You are browsing the archive for 2018 June 25.

Avatar of admin

by admin

Fox News Reportedly Suspends Trump Supporter After On-Air Racist Smear — For Just 2 Weeks

June 25, 2018 in Blogs

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Fox News decided to take action against David Bossie's blatantly racist insult, according to the Daily Beast.


How long should someone be barred from appearing on a news channel after using a racist smear to attack a fellow guest? According to a new report from the Daily Beast, Fox News seems to think the answer is two weeks.

That's how long David Bossie, President Donald Trump's former deputy campaign manager, has reportedly been suspended from Fox News after he told black Democratic strategist Joel Payne on-air that he was “out of his cotton-picking mind.”

“I've got some relatives who picked cotton, and I'm not going to sit here and allow you to attack me like that,” Payne said in response.

Ironically, Bossie has been responding to critics of Trump administration policies who drew comparisons to Nazi Germany. In trying to ward off these criticisms, he used an insult that evokes the days of another racist regime: the Confederacy.

Watch the clip below:

Related Stories

…read more

Source: ALTERNET

Avatar of admin

by admin

CNN Guest Explains Why People Calling for 'Civility' Need to 'Check Their Privilege'

June 25, 2018 in Blogs

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

“Sarah Huckabee Sanders thinks she's Rosa Parks in this situation, and she's absolutely not.”


As CNN continued Monday to discuss the debates around “civility” sparked by a local restaurant's refusal serve White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, former Bernie Sanders spokeswoman Symone Sanders explained why the whole discussion is misguided.

“I think Sarah Huckabee Sanders thinks she's Rosa Parks in this situation, and she's absolutely not,” Symone Sanders said on Jake Tapper's “The Lead.” “The folks calling for 'civility' may need to check their privilege.”

She continued: “Where is the civility in the press briefing room, Jake? Where is the civility at the border for these children? This conversation about civility is completely one-sided and skewed.”

Symone Sanders also drew on the history of the civil rights movement and other protest groups that are often misleadingly portrayed as more docile and less controversial than they were in their own time.

“Those movements should be non-violent, but they should not be non-confrontational,” she said. “If we were waiting for non-confrontational and civility, we might still be sitting at segregated lunch counters.”

Watch the clip below:

Related Stories

…read more

Source: ALTERNET

Avatar of admin

by admin

'No Place for Human Beings': Asylum Seeker Reveals the Devastating Details of Her Time in a Detention Center

June 25, 2018 in Blogs

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

“It’s an experience that I wouldn’t wish on anyone.”


As President Donald Trump has pledged to move from a policy of separating immigrant families to one of detaining parents and children together, an asylum seeker from El Salvador published an anonymous op-ed in the New York Times decrying the horrendous conditions of immigration detention centers.

A policy of detaining families together is no solution, she said: ”It just exchanges one form of trauma for another.”

She tells the story of fleeing El Salvador to the United States because of threats against her life, bringing her young son and younger sister with her.

“But after we crossed the border, we found no relief,” she writes. “Instead, we were held for two months in a family immigration detention center in Artesia, N.M., run by a for-profit company.”

She description of the treatment she received in the centers is horrifying:

The food was often expired, the milk was spoiled, and we weren’t provided with snacks for our children between meals. When we saved food for snacks, it was taken from us and thrown out because of concerns about rats in the dorms. Children went to bed hungry. And we could get water between meals only by asking the officers. Sometimes they wouldn’t bring any. The water we did have made us sick.

It was no place for human beings, let alone for families with small children.

Medical care was no better than the food services. Parents would often wait days before seeing a doctor after requesting a care for their child, she says, and one boy died after being denied medical care and having his mom deported.

The op-ed is worth reading in full, as it portrays the frightening reality that the U.S. government unnecessarily imposes on some of the most vulnerable people in the world. It also urges that the country should not accept half-steps and false promises from President Donald Trump's administration about decent treatment of immigrants. Justice for these people must be demanded and enforced.

Related Stories

Avatar of admin

by admin

Reporter Corners a Stammering Sarah Sanders over Trump's Anti-Judiciary Tweets: 'So He's Just Complaining?'

June 25, 2018 in Blogs

By Chris Sosa, AlterNet

Sanders did her best to frame the president's words as something other than an ignorant outburst.


White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was left mumbling an explanation for President Donald Trump's tweet that undocumented immigrants should not have due process.

“We cannot allow all of these people to invade our Country. When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came,” Trump wrote over the weekend in a characteristically uninformed tweet.

Sanders did her best to frame the president's words as something other than an outburst with no actionable plan to implement the illegal policy.

“What is this administration planning to do to make it so you don't have to see a judge?” Ayesha Roscoe of NPR asked before Sanders cut in with a meaningless word salad.

“The president's ultimate goal is to secure the border and stop illegal immigration,” Sanders concluded after the brief rant about ports of entry and expedited removal situations.

Roscoe wasn't impressed.

“The administration is not changing anything right now when it comes to judges?” Roscoe responded. “The president is complaining about judges and saying that we shouldn't have all of the judges and people come over should just be put out but nothing is actually going to change. He's just saying — he's just complaining about the process as it stands now?”

“Um, things that, uh, we have the ability to do administratively we're working to do,” Sanders concluded nervously.

Watch the exchange below.

Related Stories

…read more

Source: ALTERNET

Avatar of admin

by admin

Commander of A Child Detention Tent City Blasts Trump's 'Incredibly Dumb, Stupid Decision' to Separate Kids From Their Parents

June 25, 2018 in Blogs

By Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet

“I want to be done with this mission 100 percent,” the incident commander said.


The incident commander of BCFS Health and Human Services—a San Antonio-based nonprofit contracted by the U.S. government to operate a tent city for detained immigrant children in Tornilo, Texas—on Monday blasted Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy, calling it “an incredibly dumb, stupid decision by our leadership.”

“I'm totally against the separation,” the incident commander told reporters, according to BuzzFeed News. “Should never have happened.”

“It was an incredibly dumb, stupid decision by our leadership,” the incident commander added. “It was flawed. All it did was harm children, no question about it.”

The commander, who was unnamed, said he would “go home today” if he could, noting his men—who include people who helped in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks—“hate this mission.”

“They get treated badly by you guys,” the commander said of the media.

“I would rather never do this mission again,” he said. “Too controversial.”

“I want to be done with this mission 100 percent,” he added.

Watch the report below, via CNN:

…read more

Source: ALTERNET

Avatar of admin

by admin

President Franklin D. Roosevelt: Architect of Monetary Madness and a U.S. Debt Default

June 25, 2018 in Economics

By Steve H. Hanke

Steve H. Hanke

Every schoolchild is dutifully taught that President Franklin D.
Roosevelt (FDR) was America’s savior. They are repeatedly
told that FDR and his New Deal policies pulled the U.S. out of the
Great Depression. What nonsense. In fact, FDR was the architect of
monetary madness and an American debt default. Yes, FDR engineered
a U.S. debt default in 1933.

This story is brilliantly told in a new scholarly book by
Sebastian Edwards, the Henry Ford II Professor of International
Economics at the University of California at Los Angeles.
Edward’s book,
American Default: The Untold Story of FDR, the Supreme Court, and
the Battle over Gold
, has just been released by the
Princeton University Press.

FDR entered the White House on March 4, 1933, and in less than
two months (April 19, 1933), he announced that he was taking the
U.S. off the gold standard. FDR asserted that he was doing this to
end the Great Depression and to raise farm prices. As FDR put it:
“the whole problem before us is to raise commodity
prices.”

FDR gave Congress license, and Congress used it to abrogate the
Gold Clause via a joint resolution in June of 1933. Before that, a
gold clause was included in most private and public bond covenants.
These covenants insured that bond holders would receive interest
and principle payments in dollars that contained as much gold as
the dollar had contained when the bonds were issued.

The U.S. government manipulated the price of gold upward until
President Roosevelt redefined the dollar in gold terms under the
Gold Reserve Act of January 1934. Overnight, the dollar became 41%
lighter. This left gold-clause bond holders out to dry.

Because of the Congress’ abrogation of the gold clause,
bondholders could only receive the nominal dollar amounts of
interest and principle, as stated on their bonds. They could not
receive enough additional dollars to make their payments equal in
value to the amount of gold originally stipulated. In short, they
were stuck with new “light” dollars, not the original
“heavy” ones that had been specified in the original
bond covenants.

Bondholders, of course, sued over this theft. But, the Supreme
Court, in 1935, held that the abrogation of the gold clause for
private bonds was constitutional. The Court’s decision rested
on the fallacious argument that contracts, which contained the gold
clauses, interfered with Congress’ authority to coin money
and regulate its value (Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S.
Constitution). Never mind.

For bonds issued by the U.S. government, the situation was
different, as Congress does not have the authority to repudiate
obligations of the U.S. government. But, because the legal briefs
were …read more

Source: OP-EDS