February 6, 2017
On Friday, US Federal Judge Robart in Seattle, Washington District Court ruled that real damage would be done to the people of Washington State if he did not freeze President Trump’s immigration/visa pause from seven nations deemed significant sources of terrorism by the Obama Administration following dozens of attacks in Europe and the US over the past 2 years in which hundreds of civilians were murdered by radical Muslims. Many of the attackers claimed allegiance to The Islamic State.
Robart sided with Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who filed a suit to block key provisions of the president’s executive order, which also bars Syrian refugees from entering the country. The order pauses the visa program for 120 days while the Trump administration reviews and reworks immigration screening procedures.
The fundamental question posed by the court order is; does someone sitting in Yemen have the right to enter the United States of America? Or does the US get to decide who enters and who doesn’t? Can our decision to allow people into the US be based on the foreigner’s political, racial, religious and national origin? Since we have to limit the number of people who enter the US annually, what should be the criteria of the people we do allow into the US? Should they be poor people without resources or marketable skills? Should they be people with religious back grounds who conflict with our own national history, our national identity, our national culture, our national interest and with democracy?
Smoking Mirrors | The Invisible Architects of the Evil that Pimps and Preens in the Universal Mirror.
Yeah, once again, I am going to engage in that silly business when I pretend that my blog is a “respectable media outlet” and, as such, to give myself the proper credibility and gravitas I have to copy Time magazine and others and chose a “man of the year”. This year, however, this truly was a no-brainer. The 2016 “man of the year” is, of course, the American “basket of deplorables“.
No, not Trump. Trump might well be Time’s man of the year, but as far as I am concerned, this man is just a promise, and he will remain that to me until he delivers on what he has promised the American voter. No, the real heroes of our story today are, of course, the millions who dared defy the Empire and who voted for Trump.
“All serious analysts know, and even the US government has agreed, that some Saudi figures have been supporting ISIS and funding ISIS, but the dodge has always been that it is some ‘rogue’ princes using their oil money to do whatever they like, but actually the government disapproves. But that email says that it is the government of Saudi Arabia, and the government of Qatar that have been funding ISIS,” Assange said in the interview, adding that the email was one of the most important ones in the email dump.
“Under Hillary Clinton — and the Clinton emails reveal a significant discussion of it — the biggest-ever arms deal in the world was made with Saudi Arabia: more than $80 billion,” Assange said. He went on to answer interviewer John Pilger’s question regarding whether the same money funds both the ISIS and Clinton with a simple “yes.”