Sequestration For All

In the U.S. since its earliest days, death mobbing has been a trend, from the Salem-witch trials, that got its administrative system from the Court of Oyer and Terminer, to when horse stealing was a hanging offence, with the unspoken law concurring, to the race lynching’s in the Southern states, in the presence of the local sheriff, one thing that they all had in common, a kind officialdom, that on the surface seemed to make it ok. Today, a kind of officialdom has been placed in open discrimination of Islamist and illegal immigrants, extending to even birth citizens suspected of being Muslim or illegals. Just like in the days of yore, there has been a sudden resurgence of anti-Semitism throughout the nation sparked by a kind of officialdom coming from the very top of official government. Jewish Community Centers in at least eleven states have received bomb threats, which have turned out to have been hoaxes, hoaxes for the time being, but nevertheless, leading to fear and anxiety, is disruptive and intimidating to a normal life. I submit that the root for such vile acts and threats stem from the perceived fear of ‘the other’, anyone that is not Mayflower white, oh so it seems and cannot and is not expected to play any part in ‘making America great, again’…Jonathan Allen of Reuters, reports, such threats have been ‘emboldened by Trump’s election’, a kind of officialdom if you will…the ‘build the wall’ crowd, wanting to be shut off from the rest of the world, in reproduction isolation…

And Now, The Real Focus

President Donald Trump spent a large part of a major speech on Friday attacking the media, in part for their use of anonymous sources – but he used unnamed sources to make repeated false claims about Barack Obama. Source, Rachel Roberts, Independent…

 

No news entity worth its salt would ever knowingly go with a story without the support of an executive editor or a story editor, even if it must be run quoting an ‘anonymous source’ as the basis for the information, the reputation of the news organization is at state, to support the above is how the Watergate story came to have its legs. An editor’s job is to intensely question the reporter and be convinced that the information is true and can be trusted and can pass the smell test…this is not fake news…  

Antagonism or Irreconcilability

Reuters is reporting that the Kuwaiti government may pay up to $60,000 to hold their National Day celebration at the president’s owned Washington hotel, the Trump International Hotel, even though the president has promised to turn all hotel profits over to the U.S. Treasury. It cannot be lost on some observers that, according to the Kuwaiti Ambassador, similar celebrations have been held in the past at the Four Seasons, for about the same amount of bucks, however, this event, this year, in this facility, is owned and operated by the President of the United States and or his family which on the surface can and does add just a little more magnification and may be referenced some fear, used, somewhere down the road as a turning point in some high-stake business dealings. Washington government ethics experts are dizzily in mental confusion has to why the president is putting his presidency and the nation through this conflicting development that may well end up in the courts or be one of many articles of impeachment… 

Applesauce?

It’s barely a month in, but the Trump administration has already brought great news for America’s private prison companies.

On Feb. 21, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded a memo that former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates issued last summer which moved to end the department’s reliance on private prison companies. Source, Betsy Woodruff, The Daily Beast…

 

Is the American prison system about rehabilitation of its inmates or about making a buck on their backs? Government run facilities have government mandated regulations in place geared toward the safety of its inmates and guards regardless of for the most part the expense. For example, if regulations state that bed linen must be changed at least once a week, what’s to stop a privately-run institution from doing so every two weeks instead, saving on the delayed maintenance cost of running a laundry. What if regulations state each inmate be given five teaspoons of applesauce at each meal, the privately-run prison will only dispense four, the less applesauce (cost) can be added to the profit line, and so on. Investors in the private prison industry with friends in the criminal justice system and investors can and will make sure that frivolous laws remain on the books guaranteeing a steadfast flow of inmates if broken, not for any meaningful view of justice or even punishment but to simply keep the privately-run prison well stocked with human bodies. Wall Street market shares of U.S. private prison companies stock value will be going up with more and more inmates being held, to increase the bottom line of their investment, prison management will be encouraged to cut corners at every turn, instead of five guards per twenty inmates there may be only three, safety in numbers, not here. I realize that there is a business view that what private industry can do is so much more proficient than government if the aim is to make money as government is about the service, human services, that I will admit is true up to a point, however, when profit is or becomes the main motive, government in service for the people and the powerless is ever so much the point of this or any government run endeavor not so for any privately-run enterprises (zone)…   

Indecorous to a Fault

David Brooks, an Op-Ed columnist for the New York Times made a passing remark on the PBS NewsHour that has haunted me ever since I first heard it, that the Presidents businesses are monarchal run by him with family members all around, by extension, he is running the American presidency as a monarch, run by him with family members all around. Upon a very close examination I view it as a recipe for disaster when a lose-lose step can and will place his presidency on the road to impeachment. In his most recent financial disclosures, Trump listed 144 individual companies that have had dealings in at least 25 countries in Asia, Europe, Africa, South America and North America, among other companies with regional international interests, according to a CNN review. So, it may be possible to visit anyone of twenty-five countries around the world and find the presidents name on buildings, on financial contracts, on almost any kind of monetary enterprises involving the U.S. government or his family members either one of them or both at the same time. If this is not on the surface at the very least have an appearance of impropriety, moving forward, then I don’t know what does.

Help, help me from sinking

Proponents of work-release programs maintain that they promote public safety by gradually re-integrating inmates into their communities, forging supportive ties with family, establishing gainful employment and building a safety net of savings, all of which contribute to preventing re-offense. Washington Post, Lily Garcia, April 25, 2010…

 

Depending on your point of view one can always find fault with the above assessment both pro and con, but not with its aim, of preventing recidivism. Anyone with a mind to do the research can find numbers in support of and against all work-release programs that vary from state to state, it’s my aim to shine some encouraging light on the issue that it’s well worth the good that it does despite its many high profiled failures, the Willie Horton case comes to mind, that one failure has placed the fate of thousands of would be successful re-entries into civil society at an dead end and because of that one failure it should not mean that we should suddenly stop trying to re-educate and reform the criminal elements in our society.

 

 

Am Not From Around Here

Harvest of Shame was a 1960 television documentary presented by broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow on CBS that showed the plight of American migrant agricultural workers.  An investigative report intended “to shock Americans into action,” it was “the first-time millions of Americans were given a close look at what it means to live in poverty” by their televisions. Source, Wikipedia…

 

Thousands demonstrated across the U.S. in what was called, ‘A Day Without Immigrants’, in protest to President Trump’s immigration policies, was just a small taste of how the nation would look and feel without its immigrants, those who labor in the hot sun in the fields picking produce, busting tables, washing dishes in restaurants for sometimes less then minimum wages, being the best that they could get from employers that know that. In some parts of the country cutting grass, standing by road sides seeking day jobs, maintaining good house-keeping with small children, cooking and cleaning, being treated like under paid servants liken to servitude of sorts, however, some are treated like family, just not real family. Immigrants are some thirteen percent of the U.S. population, forty million naturalized American citizens, all can be referred to as, pardon the expression, ‘just off the boat’, as adults their English, if spoken is less than perfect so they stand out in answering questions or speaking through their American born small children that can be so demeaning on so many levels. The president campaigned on the backs of the estimated twelve million illegal immigrants now living in fear, confirming to the native born that they are to be feared too mostly without reason giving high praise to the president’s policy based on the manufactured fear of ‘the other’, painting them as potential terrorists or worse. Tied in for special treatment are Muslims, giving rise to an anti-Semitic atmosphere by extension, turning a once feel good nation about its immigration heritage into something dirty and shameful, no longer proud to be just a regular American now must be a Mayflower white American with roots in the 1620’s America…that many claim no way true, but so claimed anyway…