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Eight Minutes of Televised Trump Tonight Could Cause Chaos: Reason Roundup

Plus: Israel boycott bill divides Democrats, Cyntoia Brown gets clemency, and the "skills gap" was a lie.

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President Donald Trump is scheduled to give an immigration talk tonight, during which we can expect more bloviating about the billions in border-wall funding that he wants. On Monday afternoon, the president tweeted "I am pleased to inform you that I will Address the Nation on the Humanitarian and National Security crisis on our Southern Border."

ABC, CBS, and NBC have all announced that they'll air the primetime speech live, starting at 9 p.m. Trump's speech will allegedly last only eight minutes. That move isn't sitting right with some people, since the networks all refused to air a 2015 immigration broadcast from then-president Barack Obama. (Obama didn't get the ratings Trump does, though.) "Cable networks CNN, Fox News, and Fox Business all confirmed they would carry the speech" as well, notes The Daily Beast.

Now House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D–Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D–N.Y.) are demanding Democrats get equal on-air time too.

Tonight's Trump talk is predicted to be heavy on The Wall and perhaps include the declaration of a state of emergency.

The White House "knows GOP holding together is critical," tweeted Washington Post political reporter Robert Costa yesterday. "That's why POTUS and VP are phoning mbrs. That's in part why there is a speech to nation and trip to border. Direct msg to skittish Rs that this is the line, this is a crisis, so hold on tight."

The impediments to such action would be myriad, thank goodness. Trump "could declare a national emergency," said Republican Sen. John Cornyn (R–Texas) on CNN. "But what that may mean in terms of adding new elements to this—court hearings and litigation that may carry this on for weeks and months and years. To me, injecting a new element in this just makes it more complicated."

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D–N.Y.) said Democrats "will oppose any effort by the president to make himself a king and a tyrant. The president has no authority to usurp Congress' power of the purse."

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Israel boycott bill divides Democrats. The Senate is voting today on a measure that includes the "Combating BDS Act" from Sen. Marco Rubio (R–Fla.). The measure "seeks to counter the global Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement against Israel over its treatment of Palestinians and the settlements," explains the Associated Press. The measure has divided Democrats, with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D–Calif.) and other prominent liberal legislators strongly opposed.

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The "skills gap" was a lie. A lot of think pieces and government initiatives were devoted to pondering an alleged skills gap between what U.S. employers needed and what U.S. workers could do. The idea was that massive worker re-training programs might be needed. But, as Vox puts it, "new research shows it was the consequence of high unemployment rather than its cause." Companies requested more specific skills and credentials after being flooded with applications owing to a lot of recently laid-off workers. "The education and experience qualifications employers were looking for got steadily higher as the unemployment rate rose during the Great Recession," writes Matthew Yglesias. But "as the unemployment rate started to fall, so did employers skill needs."

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  1. President Donald Trump is scheduled to give an immigration talk tonight,

    I bet he reads from Mein Kampf.

    1. Hello.

      It’s amazing how much I loathe the modern progressive left in Canada and the United States.

      1. So much hate is bad for the heart, Rufus. Hug a progressive today.

        1. As long as he gets their written consent first

        2. I’ve been shovelling snow for two days and damn near needed an oxygen mask.

          1. What is…sn-o-w?

        3. Fight for freedom and punch a progressive with love today.

        4. Love the sinner, hate the sin.

    2. I wonder how long it will be before the Left stops comparing Trump to Hitler and instead compares Hitler to Trump. They’ll claim that Trump wrote Mein Kampf.

      1. And yet….I’ve yet to hear a SINGLE proper example proving the assertion.

        I’ve asked many a times to many a person and all I get is gibberish and confirmation of my suspicion that they never read a single fricken fact about German history during the period.

        1. “Hitler” has degenerated into a mindless chant, rather like “four legs good, two legs bad”.

        2. .I’ve yet to hear a SINGLE proper example proving the assertion.

          And you won’t because Trump is not a racist, anti-Semite, socialist (i.e. ‘Nazi’).

        3. Princess Buttercup said that facts don’t matter when you are making a moral point.

          1. Yeh I saw that. smh.

            I had to kill him because it was best for the society one last patriarch was around. I idid it for me; for us.

      2. Of course Trump’s family helped Hitler write Mein Kampf 🙂

        Its right there in the book about America enforcing its immigration laws and protecting its border.

    3. He probably won’t address planned parenthood today

      1. What’s the over/under on how many times he mentions how “many people” have said he and/or his policies are tremendously fantastically great and smart and tremendously fantastic?

        1. in 8 minutes? Three, beginning, middle and end.

          He will also crap on the idiotic idea that walls are immoral, while saying nice things about Pelosi, because she’s getting drilled by the hardcore left that is trying to run the party. No one except hardcore leftists are stupid enough to believe walls are both immoral and don’t work, which thank god is a small minority. The absolute stupidity of such a position is astounding.

          1. No one except hardcore leftists are stupid enough to believe walls are both immoral and don’t work

            Oh there are plenty of libertarians and anarchists who think the same.

            A wall is neither moral nor immoral. The ways and means of constructing it may be a different matter. To decide whether it works, you need to first decide what you want it to accomplish. I don’t think it will work to prevent all or most illegal immigration.

        2. What’s the over/under on how many times jerryskids will bitch about it today before it happens?

          1. It’s a fucking joke, dude. If you can’t laugh at Trump’s personality peculiarities, then you are suffering from whatever the inverse of TDS is.

            1. The inverse of TDS is also TDS (Trump Dingleberry Snacking).

              It has become the most prevalent disease in the US. And both of them are extremely contagious since the germ that causes both spreads by turning its host into a rabid spitting evangelist for the disease. Thus the germ leaves the mouth of its host to enter either the ear or mouth or nose of the new host. Both are resistant to all known cures too and apparently highly resistant to even the acknowledgement that they are a disease.

    4. “I am pleased to inform you that I will Address the Nation on the Humanitarian and National Security crisis on our Southern Border.”

      Never let a crisis (real or imagined) go to waste.

      1. Since this one is real, good that he is addressing it.

        1. It’s really amazing that we’ve been able to survive as a country without a wall on our southern border. The threat is imminent. Any minute now!

          1. These people should get together with the global warming crowd. They could have a great pants shitting competition.

          2. Leo, you might want to check my link Nearly 700 Miles of Fencing at the US-Mexico Border Already Exist

            700 miles of US-Mexico fencing, etc already exist.

            What else you got because clearly the Trump is a poopy-head argument is not working.

      2. Trump got elected by a heavy tilt to address this crisis.

    5. I bet he channels Nathan Jessep

      We live in a world that has walls and those byootiful walls have to be guarded by men who have guns. Who’s gonna do that? You? I have a Yuuuger responsibility than you can possibly fathom. Yuuuge. You weep for some Guatemalan rugrats and you curse the Border Patrol. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know — that those rugrats deaths, while tragic, probably saved lives; and my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives.

      You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall — you need me on that wall. I use words like “byootiful”, “yuuge”, “winning”, “fake news”, “the swamp”, “tremendous”. I use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punch line.

      I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself in more than 140 characters to those who rise and sleep under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather that you just said “thank you” and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon and stand the post. Either way, I don’t give a DAMN what you think you’re entitled to!

      Make America Great Again. And God Bless Me.

      1. Would you rather have Colonel Jessup on that wall or that faggy poof Tom Cruise?

        1. My preference is for Steve Rogers.

  2. Everything in our house, including geothermal heat-pump and deep freezer (full of grass-fed beef we raised), is running on this rekt ModelS tesla battery right now. It was charged by solar today. I built it & programmed it in C on a Pi.

    TFW haters call me anti-science… pic.twitter.com/x90e6wQya4
    ? Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) January 8, 2019

    Is his deathkillmurder gun he uses to protect it solar powered, too?

    1. Forget the deathkillmurder gun, what’s up with that emoji of a glasses-wearing buck-toothed yellow guy at the bottom? LACIST!!!

  3. “I am pleased to inform you that I will Address the Nation on the Humanitarian and National Security crisis on our Southern Border.”

    I’ll be watching Netflix.

    1. Lucifer?

      1. Eager for them to release S4. Probably my favourite binged show last year

    2. Yay, I have a meeting to attend. [Not something I typically say about meetings.]

  4. Anyone who reports as if “holiday steak” in an American prison is some kind of luxury should be forced to eat it https://t.co/g34DskiODV
    ? Kerry Howley (@KerryHowley) January 7, 2019

    Journalists like their holiday prison steak rare because if it bleeds it leads.

  5. Now House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer are demanding Democrats get equal on-air time too.

    Yes! Yes!! Let’s finally have a real, honest, open debate in front of the American people on this issue once and for all. Let’s let the hideous Jokerfaced old freak get on camera herself and try to convince the American people why we should continue to have an open border.

    She’ll never do it in a million years because she can’t, and she damn well knows it.

    1. The US doesn’t have an open border. Stop lying.

      1. I want to have this open debate in front of the American people once and for all. Right now!

        It’s you jerks who don’t want to have it. You’re absolutely terrified of it. YOU’RE the liar.

        1. Why all the lying and misinformation about terrorists crossing the southern border if your position is so badass?

          1. I agree, the Democrats really need to answer that.

      2. Old, harmless – and stupid.

    2. You insulted RBG yesterday and are insulting Pelosi today. I think you have a problem with strong women.

      #LibertarianFeminism

      1. I have a problem with strong women. I prefer the ones that bathe.

      2. Strong women? Nigga, please……

        Just how much do you think Pelosi or RBG can bench?

        1. Probably both could kick Michelle Obama’s husband’s ass but that’s a pretty low bar.

          1. I have to give credit to Michelle Obama. She could probably curl one of those skinny old biddies with each arm.

          2. I have to give credit to Michelle Obama. She could probably curl one of those skinny old biddies with each arm.

    3. We don’t have an open border right now. We haven’t had an open border in 100+ years.

      1. I’m ready for us to finally debate the entire issue of immigration and the southern border in front of the American people, right now. I’ll say it again and again and again and again and again.

        Because Jokerface is 100% right here, you left liberal democrats have the right to make your case to the American people just as much as Trump does.

        You’ll never do it in a million years though, because you can’t win an honest debate on this issue and you know it.

        1. Of course Pelosi and Schumer don’t favor “open borders” either. So I don’t know what you expect to emerge from that type of debate.

          I am pessimistic that a debate on “open borders” would go well, because it is so easy for Team Closed Borders to demagogue the issue. All you would have to do is argue “Open Borders means MORE DEAD BLONDE COEDS” and your side would likely win. Your side knows this, which is why right-wing news is full of articles about dead blonde coeds murdered at the hands of illegal immigrants, despite the rarity of the occurrence. It’s shameful and disgusting, but that is how demagoguery works.

          But I think if the emotional manipulation and the demagoguery were taken out of it, and the premise of the debate was firmly about immigration policy and its connection to individual liberty, then the closed-border fanatics would have a much more difficult time.

          1. Thanks for admitting that you don’t really want the issue discussed at all. I already knew that before you even said it, but you admitting it is kind of nice.

            Because as I said, you can’t win it. All you can do is call the people who disagree with you demagogues. Good luck making that argument to the American people!

            1. Wrong.
              He can also call them racists and xenophobes.
              Other than that omission, you’re entirely correct

            2. All you can do is call the people who disagree with you demagogues.

              If you weren’t a demagogue then I wouldn’t call you one.

              This is from the entirely predictable closed-border playbook at this point:

              Trumpian Border Restrictionist: “Those illegals, they bring crime and violence, they mooch off welfare, they do bad things, I don’t want them here!”
              Me: “That sounds rather collectivist and xenophobic…”
              Trumpian Border Restrictionist: “SEE? SEE? All they can do is call me names like ‘xenophobe’! I’m a victim! I’m a victim!”

              Well, you *are* a xenophobe at this point. Either embrace it and stop whining about having an entirely accurate label applied to your beliefs, or stop making xenpohobic arguments.

              But you, like the SJW’s that you continually rail against, like to use victimhood as a badge of honor. That is why you continually spout xenophobic nonsense, and then cry like a bitch when someone actually calls you a xenophobe.

              1. Your perception of things is seriously skewed. I know you’re a total idiot, but I think you have some imd of neurological issues beyond that.

                Simply put, you’re not arguing with us, but instead some voices in your head.

                1. And then we get to the third stage of right-wing argumentation on this issue: the gaslighting.

                  “You’re not really arguing against MY position, you’re arguing against some strawman. Of course I’m not going to bother to explain what is the difference between my position and this supposed strawman. I will just assert they are not the same.”

                  1. And then we get to the third stage of right-wing argumentation on this issue: the gaslighting.

                    “You’re not really arguing against MY position, you’re arguing against some strawman. Of course I’m not going to bother to explain what is the difference between my position and this supposed strawman. I will just assert they are not the same.”

                    Well you’ve done got that ass backwards.

              2. You’ve just proven, in part, why no ne can have a real adult discussion with you. You claim to be reasonable, then start ranting and raving about the same old hackneyed unoriginal bullshit you always do.

                Next you will likely default to your go to,sophist argument about how it’s collectivist for,the federal government to execute it’s duties under the constitution to protect our sovereign borders.

            3. You all never cease to amaze me.

              For how long did you all wave Kate Steinle’s bloody shirt as an ‘argument’ against illegal immigration? And then when someone calls you out for your demagogic behavior, you whine and cry about the *accurate label* that is applied to that type of behavior?

              1. Clearly there would be tons of demagoguery in any immigration debate but:

                A) Right now most demagoguery is coming from the left in regards to the government shutdown. We’re told by CNN and others that it’s an absolute disaster for the country and specifically the poor government workers. And yet they wont allocate a measly sum for a tiny portion of a wall that may or may not ever be built.

                B) Democrats are strongly anti liberty. I’d love to see someone make the pro-immigration argument that both you and I might appreciate, but if you did that you’d run into questions about minimum wage and other restrictions on our ability to freely associate with anyone we please. Remember: every time dems respond to Trump, they remind us all that they are super duper opposed to illegal immigration. Liberty’s got nothing to do with it.

                1. Right now most demagoguery is coming from the left in regards to the government shutdown.

                  Keep the government shut down and open the border.

                  There.

              2. Oh Little Jeffy, I know you want your open borders oh so badly. I picture you, in your footy pajamas, anxiously awaiting Santa Claus to deliver notification that your lefty pals have finally destroyed our sovereignty so you can have your shiny little present.

                Bit pointing out illegals commit violent crimes with the full protection of those leftist friends of yours is NOT demagoguery. It’s just provable facts.

                1. our sovereignty

                  sigh

          2. the premise of the debate was firmly about immigration policy and its connection to individual liberty

            Except there’s more to it than that, which you consistently never acknowledge.

            1. Yep, he’s more than willing to debate the issue, just as long as he gets to dictate the terms ahead of time on what aspects of the issue can and can’t be discussed.

              That’s not how real debates work. It never ceased to amaze me what a jerkoff “chemjeff” is.

            2. From an individual liberty point of view, no there really isn’t.

              But please, do try to make the argument that creating a collectivist nationalist identity and excluding outsiders *by force* who don’t share that identity as firmly as the collective desires, is somehow a totally libertarian thing to do.

              1. Perhaps after you make the argument that these are all natural libertarians.

                1. I don’t assert that they are all natural libertarians. I freely admit that many of them are not. They are just ordinary people living ordinary lives, for the most part.

                  Why don’t you explain to us what type of immigration (if any!) you would support and how you intend to enforce those immigration restrictions against those you don’t want to see migrate here.

                  1. Are a million legal immigrants a year not enough? Also I might have missed your reply yesterday about if you believe in god or not. It’s an important question since you appear to want to stand on natural rights.

                    1. Are a million legal immigrants a year not enough?

                      What’s the right amount for central planners to allow?

                    2. No idea, but until American’s are selfless enough to sacrifice half their income at least I’ll assume that most people are absolutely not serious in any way about open immigration. At least, they wouldn’t be if anyone educated them about what that would look like in practice.

                      I’m curious if you’re indifferent to your wages being cut in half, or being unemployed, because an Indian or African will do your job for $.50 an hour? Or….wait. Have you actually taken formal economics in school? If so, did you pay attention to comparative advantage and supply/demand in labor?

                      I bet you’re exactly that selfless and will lead by example and quit today to give that Indian a chance, right? Or, like most idiots, are you morally posturing while enjoying all the fruits of limited immigration?

                  2. The point system Trump, amd others, have suggested is a good idea. Prioritizing individuals with needed skills and experience. Also, assuming successful background screening, making it easier for those willing to serve in our armed forces to obtain citizenship.

                    Developing a more streamlined guest worker program based on reasonable labor demands. And not just for low skilled laborers. Although ending abuses of the H1B1 program is a necessity.

                    But border security and an end to the tens of millions of illegals here has to happen first. Border security is always or side and never really delivered. No more.

                    Once that’s done, yes, we definitely need to enhance our legal immigration programs.

          3. Your side knows this, which is why right-wing news is full of articles about dead blonde coeds murdered at the hands of illegal immigrants

            Please cite all the articles. Also “your side”? That sounds like the collectivist projecting that you’re always about, Jeff.

      2. “We haven’t had an open border in 100+ years.”

        Up until maybe 20 years ago the border between Texas and Mexico at the major cities (Brownsville and Matamoros, Laredo and Nuevo Laredo, etc.) was basically an open border. There were little immigration shacks on either side, but you normally could walk across without talking to either country’s guards. Zero documentation required.

        1. Just define open borders. You all are just arguing past each other because you’re clearly using different meanings of the term. It’s not well defined.

          1. Well CLEARLY, Open Borders means “spending billions on border security to ensure that 97+% of the population of the US are legal residents”. /sarc

            1. Jeffy, go away. Your shitposting prevents good discussions.

          2. You’re absolutely correct, BUCS. I can guarantee you that my view on borders is quite different than what Nancy Pelosi’s view is on borders. If she presents her side, she won’t be championing what I see as the correct libertarian (constitutionalist even) view is on borders.

            For starters, immigration does not equal naturalization. Both sides of the “main-stream” debate continually conflate the two.

            1. “immigration does not equal naturalization”

              Gov. Gavin Newsom proposes healthcare mandate, Medi-Cal expansion to more immigrants without legal status – LA Times

              Seems like one side DGAF what your words mean, and would gladly run the country into the ground

              1. Then Gavin Newsom is wrong to do so.

                See, that was easy.

          3. An open border means no check point. Like the borders between the states.

            1. California has checkpoints with neighboring states.

              1. Those should be dismantled. Trump should take control of the CA National Guard and straighten CA.

              2. das unconstitutional

                1. Communists have taken control of CA. Every day the democrats there are making it easier to make the case for declaring martial law.

  6. President Donald Trump is scheduled to give an immigration talk tonight, during which we can expect more bloviating about the billions in border-wall funding that he wants.

    Punctuated by misleading assertions that purport to scare gullible whites by painting images of a brown horde having sex with their daughters! On the butt! While carrying opioids in their backs or something or other. Whatever the Alfred Rosenberg of the American Right –Ann Coulter– tells him to say, I guess…

    1. … all followed by pants-wetting and pearl-clutching from the antiTrumps.

      Political theater at its purest and stupidest.

      1. There will be plenty of that on both sides. Don’t pretend one side is somehow better than the other.

        1. Psst, his side has the best pearl-clutching.

    2. Followed by an old hag that will tell you how physical barriers not only defy science by not physically barring anything, they’re also so ineffective they’re also immoral.

      Which is it? Ineffective or immoral?

    3. You used to be more sane and honest.

      1. Right?

        It’s like he’s lost his fucking mind. There was a time when, to Old Mex, Mexicans and Mexico was just another Euro settled country on the American continent–which is what it, and they are.

        Now, he talks like Mexicans are some sacred POC that must be appeased.

        He sounds like he’s drunk the Marxian Kool-Aid he used to decry.

  7. LA Times: Can you admire Louis Farrakhan and still advance the cause of women? Maybe so. Life is full of contradictions
    Personally, I find Farrakhan’s world view vile. Yet, I think it is possible to be repulsed by his hateful rhetoric about white people, especially Jews, and still appreciate some of the empowerment work that he has done in the black community, including leading the 1995 Million Man March to promote African American family unity.

    If that is hypocrisy, there is plenty to go around.

  8. I have some good news pic.twitter.com/wB3kVMjUSR
    ? Christopher Mims (@mims) January 7, 2019

    The number of homicides dropped from around ten in the 90’s to about five these days? I think those estimates are low.

    1. It’s supposed to be the homicide rate. I assume in number of homicides per 100,000, but who knows since the graph doesn’t have any labels on the axes.

      1. Or error bars. A graph without error bars is worthless.

  9. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D?N.Y.) said Democrats “will oppose any effort by the president to make himself a king and a tyrant. The president has no authority to usurp Congress’ power of the purse.”

    Excellent news. It’s one thing for Presidents to put American soldiers in foreign countries without a formal declaration of war. It’s quite another for a President to “go it alone” on this racist, white nationalist, cruel, draconian, human-rights-violating border wall. THAT is the behavior of a tyrant.

    #NoBanNoWall
    #OpenBorders
    #AbolishICE

    1. #NoBootsOnTheGround

    2. Democrats “will oppose any effort by the president to make himself a king and a tyrant. The president has no authority to usurp Congress’ power of the purse.”

      I have a pen and a phone.

    3. Damn right OBL, the president acting as a king or tyrant is only allowed for democrats!

  10. Nancy Pelosi says ‘Trump’ is hate speech and wants word banned.

    Reuters Jan 6, 2019.

    Democrat Nancy Pelosi, the new speaker of the U.S. House of Representative., will submit a bill calling for the word ‘Trump’ to be categorized as hate speech.

    Ms Pelosi said, “It pains me to say that word, you know the word I’m talking about, it starts with T and ends with P. That word is very hateful, racist, sexist, homophobic and other things. So we will pass this bill for the children.”

    1. Got a link?

    2. Ms Pelosi said, “It pains me to say that word, you know the word I’m talking about, it starts with T and ends with P…”

      She was actually talking about some other word.

    3. Never knew my weekly game of pitch was that threatening.

  11. Even more disastrous economic news.

    Sears plans to shutter after 126 years in business as Chairman Eddie Lampert’s bid fails

    Over a century in business. Plenty of ups and downs. Yet they could not withstand the total collapse of the American economy caused by Drumpf’s election. Of course Paul Krugman predicted all of this.

    #DrumpfRecession
    #UnbanPalinsButtplug
    #KrugmanWasRight

    1. But corporations are immortal!

      1. Sadly not the case under the Drumpf regime. Orange Hitler ? possibly by accident, but possibly on Putin’s orders ? has caused a global recession, with no end in sight.

        1. What are some corporations you feel good about patronizing, OBL?

          1. I support corporations that demonstrate their commitment to LGBTQIA+ rights by creating rainbow versions of their logos.

            Oh, and corporations that pull their ads from Tucker Carlson’s show. That proves their commitment to immigration justice.

      2. There Can Be Only One.

        Highlander

        1. Your physical proportions are that of a newborn.

        2. I do look forward to decapitating many democrats and taking their quickenings in the coming civil war.

          “Here we are, born to be kings. Fighting for survival in a war with the darkest powers”

          -Queen

          Truer words have never been spoken.

  12. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D?N.Y.) said Democrats “will oppose any effort by the president to make himself a king and a tyrant. The president has no authority to usurp Congress’ power of the purse.”

    Unless it’s Obama and he wants to invade Libya, attack Syria, back the Saudis in Yemen, or bomb who knows how many nations in Africa, in which case: “here’s the check your holiness, just fill in whatever amount you want.”

    1. False equivalence. Military operations across the globe are of vital importance to national security. A border wall is not. In fact a border wall actually harms national security.

      1. You really are too good at this.

      2. Look what happened to Humpty Dumpty.

    2. Jerrold Nadler specifically opposed Obama’s unilateral action against, as did many others on the left.
      Nadler Criticizes Obama For Not Seeking Congressional Approval For Libya Action

  13. Former Utah Republican Rep. Mia Love was hired by CNN as a political commentator.

    A gal’s gotta eat, even if the food is paid for with fake news money.

  14. When you consider the number of “national emergencies” we are currently experiencing I’m thinking that maybe some people ought to consult a dictionary and look up the word “emergency”.

    One would also hope that perhaps the Congress would use this occasion to rethink passing laws allowing presidents to bypass Constitutional limits by wantonly declaring an “emergency”. But one would hope in vain, I’m sure.

  15. Not sure if anyone else shared this story, but I’ll just leave it here in case.

    An alleged kidnapper followed a woman into a karate studio. It didn’t go well

    1. Not quite as bad as the guy that tried to mug an MMA fighter.

      1. And didn’t some SJW rioters try to attack another MMA fighter in CA during one of their tantrum/riots last year? I think the guy beat up four odpf the six, with the other two fleeing.

  16. “Full @SpeakerPelosi / @SenSchumer statement here: “Now that the television networks have decided to air the President’s address, which if his past statements are any indication will be full of malice and misinformation, Democrats must immediately be given equal airtime”

    So, I guess it’s time for Reason staff to circle the wagons and cry and moan over the Democrats’ assault on the First Amendment, amirite?

  17. Why’d he have to schedule his speech at the same time as the Mario Kart 64 AGDQ run

  18. (Obama didn’t get the ratings Trump does, though.)

    (Try not being a snoozefest next time, bro.)

    1. Obama would have been a lot more exciting if only they had let him be clear.

  19. Everything in our house, including geothermal heat-pump and deep freezer (full of grass-fed beef we raised), is running on this rekt ModelS tesla battery right now. It was charged by solar today. I built it & programmed it in C on a Pi.

    TFW haters call me anti-science… pic.twitter.com/x90e6wQya4

    ? Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) January 8, 2019

    Everyone else calls you “that guy”.

    1. No need to be a jealous little bitch just because without Whole Foods you would starve to death.

      1. What is Whole Foods?

    2. On Twitter, everybody is “that guy.”

  20. Single-payer healthcare by executive order here we come.

  21. Tonight’s Trump talk is predicted to be heavy on The Wall…

    Sync’d up with The Dark Side of the Moon.

    1. All while The Wizard of Oz is shown a large screen in the background. Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be there to hand out peyote to everyone as well.

    2. “You… yes you… stand still, laddie.”

      1. stand still… hombre?

  22. The Honorable Senator Feinstein finally got around to getting her toilet unclogged, and the plumber found that the problem was a copy of the Constitution that she had tossed in there several decades back. He handed it to her and she took a peek at one page before tossing it in the garbage.

    That’s the only way I can explain that tweet from her.

  23. Dianne Feinstein opposes a bill because it violates the Constitution. LOL.

  24. Israel boycott bill divides Democrats.

    Many Senate Democrats are proud to dust off their hoods and grab their tiki torches and march against the zionists.

    1. Will Nickelodeon be carrying the speech as well?

      1. Yes, accompanied by a list of secret words. Any time Trump says one of the secret words, someone will get a bucket of slime dumped on them.

  25. 5 reporters, three stories full of bald racial innuendo, each one with a full interview from the same prison guard union leader at Coleman Penitentiary

    Something to keep in mind whenever “journalists” fluff themselves as anything other than lazy gossips.

  26. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D?N.Y.) said Democrats “will oppose any effort by the president to make himself a king and a tyrant…”

    The acceptability of that ended two years ago!

  27. Everything in our house, including geothermal heat-pump and deep freezer (full of grass-fed beef we raised), is running on this rekt ModelS tesla battery right now. It was charged by solar today. I built it & programmed it in C on a Pi.

    What!? This guy didn’t use Rust for embedded development. This amoral shithead is risking LIVES by using such a filthy unsafe language. I bet he rapes puppies in an undefined manner.

  28. Eight Minutes of Televised Trump Tonight Could Cause Chaos

    This reminds me that I need to buy popcorn.

  29. Chaos? That’s not a bit of an overreaction is it? I’ve heard major TV Networks may not broadcast him out of protest. Really shows the partisan pettiness out country is diving into!

  30. “Now that the television networks have decided to air the President’s address, which if his past statements are any indication will be full of malice and misinformation, Democrats must immediately be given equal airtime”

    Unlike the malice and misinformation espoused by you and your cohorts, Mr. Schmoobs.

  31. “Israel boycott bill divides Democrats. The Senate is voting today on a measure that includes the “Combating BDS Act” from Sen. Marco Rubio (R?Fla.). The measure “seeks to counter the global Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement against Israel over its treatment of Palestinians and the settlements,” explains the Associated Press.”

    Incidentally, speculation in foreign policy circles has it that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, of Khashoggi outrage fame, may soon visit Netanyahu in Israel.

    One of the reasons why we have such disparate narratives in American policy these days is because of things like this. The Democrats keep running around in circles of outrage over the way things should be. Meanwhile, in this case, our allies are coalescing around Trump in the face of our shared threat–Iran.

    Why does everyone in the world but TDS victims, including Netanyahu and the Saudi Crown Prince, seem to understand that Israel’s, Saudi Arabia’s, and the United States’ security policies are more or less aligned? I’ll be so bold as to make a prediction. IF IF IF peace breaks out between the Saudis, their allies, and the Israelis, Trump won’t get any credit for it.

    1. P.S. Someone should also point out to the idiots behind these divestment drives their fundamental premise is profoundly stupid. They seem to imagine that if only it weren’t for the support of the United States, Israel would lay down its arms and embrace the Palestinians in peace. This is delusional.

      If it weren’t for the support of the United States, Israel might have slaughtered every man, woman, and child in Gaza long ago. When Pinochet held a referendum on his own rule and respected the results and stepped down when he lost, it wasn’t out of the goodness of his heart. It wasn’t because the United States had withdrawn their support either.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D….._Standards


      1. If it weren’t for the support of the United States, Israel might have slaughtered every man, woman, and child in Gaza long ago.

        Yeah, frankly that’s a pretty likely end result. The U.N. might have been able to curb that, but now that the U.N. is going against Israel I’m not so sure they give fucks about what the U.N. thinks anymore.

    2. our shared threat–Iran.
      How is some shithole in the Asia a threat to the most powerful country on Earth?

      1. Apparently someone didn’t read the neo-Con playbook.

        1. If you think I’m a neocon, after everything you’ve read, then you don’t understand the word.

          Jesus Christ, I’ve been lambasting neocons here since the site first started. All through the Iraq War, which I opposed. I remember being lambasted as a Bush hater! Those were the days.

          Honestly, I don’t think you understand the word. Anyone who thinks fighting our enemies through proxies, who happen to be evil dictators, probably isn’t a neocon in the way that you’re using the word.

          You’re mistaking the ocean for a desert.

          1. I struggle with anyone who props up Iran as a “shared threat” to the US. I’m not saying that you are one of these people necessarily, but most of the current crop of GOP would have you believe this because it furthers our entanglement in the middle east.

            1. It’s like getting told I’m a foot fetishist despite my repudiation of that label. Yes, the crowd I hang around with likes licking feet, but I don’t. Armpits are better. Fuck, they’re two extra vaginas! Sweaty, moist, and sometimes hairy! That’s why advocate for all suitable women to wear sleeveless clothing. Traps too!

            2. I’m necessarily saying that I’m not a neocon, and I’m necessarily saying that I’ve got comments going back to 2003 to show it.

              I’ve been writing about foreign policy here for all those years, and I’ve repeatedly denounced neoconservatism all that time.

              You got it wrong. If you don’t understand why, go figure it out on your own.

              1. Ken, you’re allowed to self-identify as anything that you want to be called. I’m sorry I didn’t respect that right.

                1. It doesn’t have anything to do with self-identity.

                  I’m not a neoconservative whether I call myself something else or not.

                  Neoconservatives have certain things in common. I abhor all of those things and have demonstrated here daily for years and year and years.

                  Your personal ignorance of what a neoconservative is and why I’m not one has nothing to do with what I call myself.

                  Your inability to distinguish between me and a neoconservative despite reading my comments on foreign policy for years has nothing to do with what I call myself.

                  It’s all on you, Buddy Ro!

      2. “How is some shithole in the Asia a threat to the most powerful country on Earth?”

        How does a shithole country with an open-ended nuclear program that has already used their space program to successfully launch satellites with multistage rockets threaten the most powerful country on Earth?

        The question answers itself, right?

        . . . especially when you consider that they’re also a state sponsor of terror with an army of terrorists in addition to their state security forces.

        1. Assuming their missiles would successfully pierce our airspace, there’s an important question that needs to be answered: how would nuking America benefit Iran? I doubt even terrorists would want to do that. I’m not saying we shouldn’t be circumspect, but dumping money on this shit and stirring the pot hasn’t worked out well. Also, continuing to bungle about there in any capacity is invigorates those terrorists.

          1. There’s more than one kind of threat. Just really briefly and leaving a ton of points out:

            1) The Cold War was not an era of peace.

            The United States, the Soviet Union, and China never had a nuclear exchange, and we rarely went to war with each other directly. However, the era from 1948 to 1988 was a bloody mess. From Korea to Vietnam, from Angola to Central America, not to mention the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan . . .

            Countries with nuclear weapons have a freer hand to be aggressive with conventional forces. Whatever the Russians feared for helping North Vietnam in taking over the South, the nuclear deterrent they possessed meant that they didn’t fear nuclear retaliation from the United States because of that alone. At least, the fear of retaliation for supporting conventional forces was insufficient to stop them from doing what they did. If we wanted to oppose them, we had to use conventional forces of our own.

            1. One example of how this might play out in Iran’s case: Since the bombing of our Marine barracks in 1982, the elements that coalesced into Hezbollah have largely avoided targeting Americans specifically. If Iran used Hezbollah to target us now, 20 minutes later, Tehran might be six feet deep and glow in the dark. I should add, they also fear that we might let Israel off its leash (and they have nukes, too). If and when Iran gets a nuclear deterrent, that reluctance to use Hezbollah against Americans with conventional weapons probably goes out the window, and I don’t want to depend on the goodness in their hearts.

          2. 2) Proliferation

            If and when Iran gets nuclear weapons, all their enemies will want them to, and some of those enemies are better allies than others. If Iran gets them, the Saudis, the Jordanians, and the Egyptians will definitely acquire them, too. Now think about all those little emirates with more money than sense. As those nuclear weapons proliferate, so do the threats to American security.

    3. Our shared threat Iran?

      Remind me Ken, how many 9/11 perps were Iranian and how many were Saudi?

      1. The House of Saud now has more than 15,000 members. Describing the ones who are both conservative and aren’t in power as “the Saudi government” would be incorrect.

        The clique in power now that’s fighting Iran all over the region has allowed women to drive for the first time, allowed women to attend sporting events in public for the first time, and has stripped the religious police of their power to enforce dress codes on women in public–all over the objections of the conservative clergy.

        The suggestion that the present Saudi government is in any way supportive of Al Qaeda is preposterous. Al Qaeda’s primary purpose may even be to remove the present Saudi government from power.

        1. Ken, you may not believe this, but there is no dignified way to tongue Saudi ass.

          1. While your personal feelings about the Saudis are important to you, I’m sure, I was going with logic and reason and facts and foreign policy solutions.

            1. Facts Ken: Saudi Arabia is the root of worldwide Islamic extremism; no Iranian (or Shia inspired) terrorist has killed a single American on American soil. Who again is the THREAT to Americans?

              For a man protesting his association with neo-cons, you strangely share one of their core fantasies.

  32. Americans on Average Continue to Spend Much More for Health Care?While Getting Less Care?than People in Other Developed Countries
    This is what happens when you have a heavily-regulated shit heap of an industry full of licensing restrictions that has a “free market” veneer to the slovenly masses, an unhealthy diet, a poor culture for health in general, and the permissive and irresponsible nature of poorly planned sexual activities between poor sods who fuck like horny hobos–I’m sorry, Crusty’s “friends.”
    I fucking hate you all.

    1. And you know what? We fucking hate you back for thinking we’re lazier, less healthy and more permissive than your model citizen Euros, most of whom a) drink a gallon of wine a day, starting at age 4, b) don’t even know what a freaking shower looks like, never mind any other hygenic habits, and c) fornicate all over their nude beaches day and night.

  33. Has anyone explained to Trump (or those encouraging him) that it’s not like you say “state of emergency” and billions of $ start falling from the sky? You have to actually unlock specific funding sources? And you can’t declare one until you spell out how you’re using it?

    You say “state of emergency”, then grab FEMA funds. Duh.

  34. The Israel anti-boycott legislation being brought before the Senate tomorrow would give states a free pass to restrict First Amendment protections for millions of Americans. Despite my strong support for Israel, I oppose this bill because it clearly violates the Constitution.

    Now do the Second Amendment.

  35. By the way, why in the world would a televised speech cause “chaos”? Normal Americans have acknowledged the “bully pulpit” as a privilege of being the president for pretty much the history of our country. Don’t you believe in the First Amendment and freedom of speech, all you fake libertarian cunts?

    1. That move isn’t sitting right with some people, since the networks all refused to air a 2015 immigration broadcast from then-president Barack Obama.

      Now House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D?Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D?N.Y.) are demanding Democrats get equal on-air time too.

      “That’s why POTUS and VP are phoning mbrs. That’s in part why there is a speech to nation and trip to border. Direct msg to skittish Rs that this is the line, this is a crisis, so hold on tight.”

      Trump “could declare a national emergency,” said Republican Sen. John Cornyn (R?Texas) on CNN. “But what that may mean in terms of adding new elements to this?court hearings and litigation that may carry this on for weeks and months and years. To me, injecting a new element in this just makes it more complicated.”

  36. It’s like Christmas in January. #convergenceisnigh

  37. I’m becoming increasingly persuaded that Carlos Ghosn is innocent.

    Long story short, he’s being targeted for his pay (such pay for CEOs wasn’t the norm in Japan) and, in combination with that, he’s being targeted for moving various jobs in Nissan’s and Mitsubishi’s supply chain out of Japan–costing them jobs.

    I haven’t seen any evidence to convince me that he’s actually guilty of anything, and, if I understand correctly, he hasn’t even been charged with anything yet. There have been allegations but no formal charges is my understanding.

    They just wanted to make him do the perp walk.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perp_walk

    There is no good reason he should still be held without bail. In the Japanese press, his nickname is “Le Cost Killer”, and the have a word for when suppliers lose their business and lay off workers after Ghosn takes over, “Ghosn shock”, which sounds a lot like the term, “Market shock”, used in the aftermath of the Soviet Union to describe whole industries being destroyed by the unleashing of market forces.

    http://asia.nikkei.com/Busines…..ost-cutter

    I think the Japanese government just want to humiliate him for being a capitalist and acting like one, and they wanted to stop other companies with assets in Japan from doing the same things Ghosn did to turn around Nissan.

    1. Any money for the wall is a drop in the bucket compared to all the spending the government does daily.

      Border security/National Security/ National Defense is one of the few things the Federal government is allowed to do.

      These arguments you people make are why people ignore most of what you say.

      We get it, you want open borders. The majority of America does not.

      1. Any money for the wall is a drop in the bucket

        Which is WHY Trump’s shutdown is so stupid!
        And WHY even Pelosi is kicking his sorry ass. TRUMP will refuse to reopen the government and continue negotiating on border security — which is HOW Pelosi is killing him. How many Trumptards are too dumb to see the obvious? (That’s why they’re tards!)

        We get it, you want open borders. The majority of America does not.

        (snort)
        NOBODY argues for open borders, or for taking our guns. So NOBODY swallows your hysteria,

        A majority of Americans oppose the wall at all. An even larger majority opposes it as a priority. And most Americans support a path for Dreamers. So you LIE about the issue! Why? Because NOBODY swallows your bullshit. You’re playing to your (tiny) crowd of goobers. Or just delusional?

        1. Shut up Hihn. No one cares what your crazy ass thinks about anything.

        2. NOBODY argues for open borders, or for taking our guns.

          It’s Time to Ban Guns. Yes, All of Them

          For someone who gets so triggered by other’s use of falsehoods, you seem to be engaging in an easily disproven falsehood yourself.

          1. Cowardly diversion. Csaba is fucked up on a website vs Congressional Democrats.
            Conservatards be psycho (smirk)

      2. I linked to a joke based on someone’s (not Trump’s) tweet or whatever. It’s pretty telling that you get all defensive after that.

        Any money for the wall is a drop in the bucket compared to all the spending the government does daily.

        Because government spends trillions, what’s a few billions?

        1. “Because government spends trillions, what’s a few billions?”

          This is the argument I get every time I suggest cutting the ridiculous military entanglements and spending. “But what about ENTITLEMENTS?! The military is nothing compared to that spending!” They never seem to grasp the fact that spending too much on both of those things is bad.

          It’s all about cutting spending until it’s a project they jerk off over, then it’s “but we spend lots everywhere else!”

          Principles are hard to stand by.

          1. That’s because neither party has any principles. The Republicans claim to be for small government, but then want government in every aspect of our lives, including defining who we can hire or where people can travel. At one point I thought that Obama would be good for us, only from the fact that the Republicans appeared to embrace small government and individual liberty under him (the original tea party movement). Those hopes quickly vanished when they came back to power.

            For as much as the Democrats talk about a tyrant as President, you can be sure (that like the Republicans before them) they’ll do absolutely nothing to reign in Presidential power. For both sides it’s always been a race to power, not a concern with limiting anybody’s power lest their own power be limited when it’s their turn at the helm.

            1. For both sides it’s always been a race to power, not a concern with limiting anybody’s power lest their own power be limited when it’s their turn at the helm.

              Plus, each party is hoping to find the magic formula that will enable them to make their turn permanent.

  38. What will be more interesting that the Democrats response is the White House staff response as they explain President Trumps remarks.

    Like;
    ” when the President say wall he really means a barrier, it could be steel, wood or even straw bales (they are renewable).”
    or
    “the President is not fixed on $5.6 billion and would accept less”
    or
    ” what the President meant was we will get out of Syria in 30 days when conditions are right”

    There is no message discipline (really no discipline generally) in the White House.

    1. Idea: we create a wall of dudes linked via penis in asshole.

  39. Gov. Bill Haslam grants full clemency to Cyntoia Brown. She will be released from prison on August 7, 2019.

    Getting out is better than serving a life sentence but anything but an immediate release is political.

    1. Why? It’s not like she’s innocent. She really did blow a dude’s brains out while he slept.

  40. BUILD THE WALL!

    I love the fact that he’s pushing them on this. It’s not like the wall will kill 100% of illegal immigration, but it will likely cut it back some small amount. It’s more about the symbolism than anything else honestly. Personally, I think he should sit back for awhile longer, letting the government remain shut down, and taunting them. All those federal employees not making their mortgage payments, the welfare dead beats not getting their (or should I say MY) money in another few weeks… He doesn’t need to go emergency declaration route just yet IMO. Save that for sometime in February. If they don’t crack before then, that is.

    As for this speech, he should just rail about how in the grand scheme of things it is basically nothing compared to what the feds blow on everything else. And reiterate that the Dems are screwing over federal employees, and soon welfare recipients, etc. But he should NOT back down under any circumstances.

    1. Yeah, expensive symbolism. I don’t want to pay for symbolism.

      1. But it’s not JUST symbolism. That is a good chunk of it… But you ignore than symbolism can also create real world effects. If we build a wall, and crack down on illegal immigrants, it shows we’re serious about enforcing our immigration laws. That alone would tremendously cut back on the number of people who feel it is worth coming here, because it changes the risk/rewards balance of the equation.

        But going by Israel’s wall, and other walls around the world, it WILL have a decent effect itself. Hungary threw up a wall when millions of illegal migrants were pouring into Europe. It was really just a half assedly patrolled fence. Hungary had almost NO migrants come into their country. Yet other comparably shitty eastern European nations that DID NOT do that were flooded with tons of them.

        Nothing is 100% effective, but a measure doesn’t have to be 100% effective to be worth it. The costs American tax payers have to spend to educate a MERE 173,000 illegal immigrant children from K-12 is enough to cover 25 billion bucks for the wall. If you think a couple hundred thousand people, and their kids, won’t be deterred over decades of a wall being there… You’re an idiot. It could potentially pay for itself within just a couple years if it ONLY reduces the number of illegals by 5-10%. If it cuts it by 20/30/40+ percent, it could pay for itself damn near overnight.

    2. Build the wall to own the libs, and who cares if the wall actually does something constructive!

      That is modern right-wing thought for you

      1. You probably shouldn’t let it bother you so much.

      2. I never said it would accomplish nothing fuck tard. See my response above. With all the mooching low income illegal immigrants do off of native born taxpayers, it would be EASY to cover the minimal expenses that a wall woudl incur. The symbolism is bonus points, and possibly more important than the practical benefits… But the practical benefits are there too!

  41. Trump’s total lack of strategy and tactics likely flows from his total lack of management experience. Is he aware that Pelosi is totally kicking his ass? Or has his bullshit backed him into a corner? Will Congressional Republicans get some balls? Or will there be an even bigger blue wave in 2020.

    Today’s “Republicans” seem compelled to empower progressives, which makes the GOP our biggest threat to individual liberty.

    Our nation’s destiny is now controlled by Coulter, Hannity and Ingraham. Trumpsters again scurry like cockroaches, as their lame excuses, sneering and bellowing continue failing bigly.

    God Save America.
    Or is it too late for even Him?

    1. Trump lacks both leadership experience and personality, as his business ventures have all ended in failure, and he can no longer appear on his TV show from his revolting persona. Nancy Pelosi, by comparison, is a skilled and wise leader who runs circles around him, as the rest of the democrat party.

      Trump is guilty of multiple felonies, including collusion, association with known criminals, and worst of all: treason, while Republicans cede patriotism and real national security to the democrat. Despite the complete hilarity of their retardedness and their complete and utter public failure, right wing talking heads dominate political thought in the USA.

      Trump is like a little orange baby being spanked by Pelosi, and everyone can see it, except for the right wing Faux news. Trump has s DISGUSTING ORANGE TINT AND STUPID HAIR AND EVRYONE HSTES HIM EXCEPT FOR RETARDS AND SCUM BAGS WHO DISLIKE ME. GOD I HATE THEM AND I HATE PRACTICALLY ALL OF YOU. YOU RUINED MY CIUNTRY AND I HATE YOU BUT ITS HILARIOUS WATXHUNG YOU FAIL EVEN AS YOUR RIGHT WING SUPERSTITIONS DOMINATE USA THOUGHT.

      Left minus right equals SHIT BALLS FUCK!

      1. Nailed it

  42. Ginsburg misses second day in a row at Supreme Court

    No mass propaganda from MSM about how she never misses work.

    This is going to be fantastic topping to the government being shut down with Trump nominating a replacement for RBG.

    1. Not going to happen. Drumpf will be thrown out of office by Mueller, or at worst defeated in the 2020 election, before RBG is ready to call an end to her fantastic career.

      Speculation about RBG’s health is based on the sexist notion that women are physically weak. Hillary Clinton faced the same sort of indefensible media coverage in 2016. It was a lie then and it’s a lie now.

      1. Misogynists guess that a woman is weak or could die soon. Therefore, women are both strong and immortal. QED.

      2. I realize you’re a parody account, but she doesn’t really necessarily have a choice about when her career ends, and I’ve lost enough family to similar illnesses to feel for her, even if I don’t like her politics.

    2. She’s a power-mad sociopathic narcissist just like McCain was, so of course she’ll never voluntarily retire. But it doesn’t matter that much because she will almost certainly be dead before the year is over.

      This garbage shouldn’t even be allowed though. America should pass a corollary to the 25th Amendment or a new Amendment altogether saying that if a federal official of any of the three branches of government can’t show up for work and prove that he’s functional, after a certain period of time he’s removed. The idea that you’re still a senator or supreme court justice even if you’ve been in a coma for two years is completely asinine. It’s a simple oversight the Founders made that should be easily correctable; it’s not even a partisan issue.

      1. The idea that you’re still a senator or supreme court justice even if you’ve been in a coma for two years is completely asinine.

        Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. A fully comatose Senate would be a vast improvement.

  43. Some freshmen say no paycheck during shutdown, but most lawmakers get paid

    Congress already passed budget for the military, Congress, and the Capitol Police.

    1. Irrelevant bullshit.

    2. I love making trolls mad at reminding them how great Trump is.

  44. I keep hearing that the Wall was authorized in 2006 and senators such as Obama, Clinton, etc. voted for it. What happened? Did that Wall get built? If not, what prevented it? If so, why aren’t the “Wall is immoral” critters introducing legislation to tear down what is already in place? Maybe McConnell should have a GOP senator introduce such a bill and see how many Democrats vote “no” when their hand is forced.

    1. The wall was authorized just as the embassy move to Jerusalem was authorized. Congress likes to talk the talk and basta.

      1. Right, it wasn’t that long ago that figures like Schumer were talking about the need for a wall. But it was ok to talk about it so long as everybody in power knew it was never going to happen.

        It was a bait and switch, and Trump’s crime is that he’s trying to give the marks what they were promised.

        1. +100

    2. 700 miles of fencing was authorized in 2006. It has been built, though some of it could stand repair or upgrading.

  45. NYC Mayor Guarantees Comprehensive Health Care for All in Historic Surprise Announcement

    It’s not health insurance; it’s the city paying for direct comprehensive care for those who can’t afford it or are undocumented, a spokesman said

    Of course its not actually covering everyone in NYC.

    1. taxing dancee or dancer?

  46. VIDEO: Students hate Trump’s immigration, border wall quotes, don’t realize they’re from Dems

    Only the quotes the students were given were not actually from Trump. They were from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Secretary of State Hillary of Clinton, and President Barack Obama.

    1. LOL

  47. “chaos” funny choice. CHAOS!!!! omg a man is talking let’s make fun of his hair

  48. The middle of the Venn diagram of people who think Trump is a dangerous immoral authoritarian and people who think Trump should have power to throw more people in jail is significantly larger than it should be

    Nicely done, Broheim.

  49. Sen. John Cornyn (R?Texas) gets it.

    A declaration of emergency shifts the conversation from “partisan intransigence over funding” to “the limits of presidential authorities”. While the limits of presidential authorities are being litigated over months and years the shutdown will continue unabated, to Trump’s advantage. The shutdown will drags on, as litigation continues, to the Democrat’s disadvantage. The Democrats then have to decide, while their government worker constituency goes unpaid, do they dig in or do they capitulate.

  50. Anyone who reports as if “holiday steak” in an American prison is some kind of luxury should be forced to eat it

    Yeah, while I don’t want to insult military cooks (and want to point out that the quality of food massively increased over the 20 years I was in), its definitely more a ‘its the thought that counts’ thing than ‘this is really good’ when it came to the special meals prepared over the holidays.

  51. ANYTHING is possible. With enough hatred and bellowing.
    Yes, it FAILS for Trump. But severe denial is the new Authoritarian Right.

  52. But, as Vox puts it

    OMG, would you fucking stop?

  53. Well it turns out there are criminals in the caravan after all. Sure, most of them are convicted of illegal entry and DUIs, but there are actual murderers and rapists in the group. And it’s not like people actually die in DUI accidents, right?

    7 thousand people (some of them probably crossing MULTIPLE borders) marched straight into the US border seeking entry. An activist outfit is reportedly organizing the movement. There’s no regulation, no oversight. The border patrol is overwhelmed and holding cells are overcrowded. A handful of kids died making the trip. The Mexican police ain’t gonna stop the cartel from kidnapping these people for human trafficking or just shooting them up for fun.

    “The wall can’t stop all illegal immigration” is true enough and made sense back in 2011. Now in the era of migrant surges, a physical barrier that impedes massive coordinated movement makes more sense. It won’t stop people from marching across Mexico, but their citizens will have a say in that matter if the caravan becomes a thing.

  54. An article that consists of other people’s tweets. Brilliant journalism.

    Trump is going to build that big old scary wall, that already exists, and send you weaklings back home to mommy.

  55. ‘The “skills gap” was a lie’

    The only gap is between wants and reality. Looking at “requirements” in ads means nothing. Those adjust according to what’s available in the market.

    Employers have a gap between the labor market they have, and the labor market they wish they had.

    Labor has a similar gap between the paychecks they wish they had, and the paychecks they actually have.

    Opening the US labor market to imported foreign labor of course improves the labor market for employers while harming it for employees. It’s in the interest of employers, and against the interests of employees.

    This was always obvious.

    What’s unobvious is why anyone would think that immigration policy should be set to benefit US employers at the expense of US labor.

  56. Why is the author referring to Trump’s speech as “bloviating”?

    1. Because it’s Reason, and TDS is a requirement to write here now.

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