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The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, adoptedin 1791, reads:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
These forty-five words encompass the most basic of American rights: freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, the right of assembly, and the right of petition. We have a Constitutional Crisis when the President of the United States issues an executive order that violates the most basic of American rights, freedom of religion. That’s exactly what Donald Trump promised to do during his campaign, and what he has now done during his first week in office.
CNN reported that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the agency which oversees Customs and Border Protection, did not even know about the executive order until it was being released to the public. Nor did its lawyers, who did not do a legal analysis of it until after it was in effect. DHS lawyers reportedly determined that it did not apply to green card holders and permanent residents, but the White House – led by Steve Bannon – overruled that objection and kept the restrictions on green card holders in place.
Several judges put an immediate stay on deporting legitimate green card holders stuck in airports on Saturday night and ordered those still detained have the right to access lawyers. “But the situation got even more bizarre and Orwellian on Sunday: CBP officials at some airports – in direct violation of the court orders – were reportedly still refusing lawyer access and apparently not responding to congressional representatives who were trying to figure out what was going on.”
As MSNBC’s Chris Hayes wrote: “$64,000 question is: are they being told to violate the court order by the White House?” If the White House is, in fact, directing DHS and CBP to violate a crystal clear court order, the rule of law has completely broken down and we are in a truly unprecedented situation here.
In the face of the massive protests, on Sunday night, new DHS secretary John Kelly released a statement saying all permanent residents will be let in the country, yet there was still no word from lawyers on the ground whether it is actually being obeyed.
The White House, meanwhile, is still pretending that its executive order is not technically a “Muslim ban”. Beyond the obvious fact that Trump campaigned on such a ban, his crony Rudy Giuliani laid those questions to rest on Fox News late Saturday night, claiming Trump asked him to figure out how to make his Muslim ban campaign promise “legal” – confirming it’s a Muslim ban in all but name.
No matter your political views, the fact that the White House is attempting to circumvent legal advice, install dubious appointees to incredible powerful national security positions and violate court orders is outrageous and despicable, so let’s be clear: “Congress needs to quickly move towards impeachment if this is true.”
From New York’s JFK airport to San Franscisco’s airport,
people across America are protesting the violation of the most fundamental of American rights. Imagine the outrage an American citizen would feel if they were refused admission to their country because of their religion.
Trump’s ban—which targets nationals from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen—is affecting people on pretty much every possible scale and corner of the internet. On the macro scale, BBC reports that Google has issued a recall to 100 of its traveling employees to return home, lest they be blocked from the country by zealous (i.e., accurate) execution of Trump’s orders. Microsoft, which, like much of the tech sector, relies on the work of 1st and 2nd-generation immigrants to power its success, issued a statement warning shareholders of the impact of the ban on its business. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg issued a long statement outlining his concerns with Trump’s actions, writing, “Expanding the focus of law enforcement beyond people who are real threats would make all Americans less safe by diverting resources, while millions of undocumented folks who don’t pose a threat will live in fear of deportation.”
On a more human scale, a number of refugees have already been detained at JFK Airport, and even more have been blocked from boarding flights bound for the U.S. Many of these were students with green cards who had the bad luck to be traveling abroad when Trump’s order was signed, while others were experts looking to lend their abilities to medical research fields. According to The New York Times, lawyers for at least one refugee hopeful—an Iraqi man who worked as a translator for the U.S. military—were told “Call Mr. Trump” after asking who to contact about securing freedom for their client.
Not surprisingly, Trump attacked McCain and Graham, through Twitter. Instead of addressing their constitutional concerns, Trump accused the veteran senators of “looking to start World War III.”
Compare the size of the crowd from Obama’s inauguration to that of Trump.
Whatever numbers might be touted by Trump, this picture is the best evidence of the small crowd that actually turned out to watch the astonishing swearing in of the pussy-grabber in chief. The national mall was filled to capacity for Obama’s inauguration, but there was more white showing on the mall for the Trump inauguration that the area covered by the crowd.
More impressive were the number of people across the country, and the world who turned out to demonstrate their disdain for the pussy-grabber. Estimates of the number of people protesting are amazing! Originally organizers of the Women’s March on Washington expected more than 200,000 people to participate in the protest in D.C. D.C. Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Kevin Donahue tweeted Saturday morning that the anticipated number had jumped to 500,000. Just before 1 p.m. on Saturday, the D.C. government’s Inauguration Twitter account said Metro stations were “at full capacity.” By 4 p.m., Metro said its ridership for the day was at 597,000. Perhaps the most objective comparison of numbers comes from the DC Metro which reported 275,000 rides as of 11 a.m. (1600 GMT) Saturday, 82,000 more than the 193,000 reported at the same time on Friday, Inauguration Day.
There were 670 gatherings around the world. People demonstrated their solidarity with the Washington protesters. There was an estimated global turnout of more than 4.6 million participants.
Protests occurred in from London to Los Angeles, Paris to Park City, Utah, Miami to Melbourne, Australia.
Protesters in Texas didn’t even make the national news. However there was an estimated n estimated 5,000 to 6,000 protesters in Fort Worth, an estimated 20,000 in Houston, 3000 in Dallas, and 50,000 in.Austin.
Women have come too far to forget the strides we have made, and we must stand up and ensure that we stay strong and invincible.
It’s been 8 years since that astonishing day that John McCain tapped Sarah Palin as his Vice Presidential running mate. Since that painful moment, Sarah has proven herself to be just as ignorant, vicious, and bigoted as she was then. Only a few things have changed. (1) Bristol is on her third/fourth/fifth pregnancy. (2) Shailey Tripp is no longer working for Todd. (3) Track has fathered two children out of wed lock. (4) Sarah is 8 years older. She has attempted to change her hair, breast size, hair color, facial contour, glasses, but has totally failed to educate herself about political issues. Sarah has turned on Ted Cruz (She endorsed Trump instead of Cruz) Sarah has turned on Lisa Murkowski, the Republican Senator from Alaska. Sarah has turned on John McCain. (Sarah endorsed Trump and he doesn’t like losers). Now she’s turned on Trump.
Now she’s reverted back to attacking President Obama, and making references to slavery. She said:
“Fail baby Fail,” “Obama’s destructive ‘energy plan’ enslaves America to unfriendly nations, which he’s been warned about for eight years.”
Thus in one Facebook post Sarah Palin tried to revive the “Drill Baby Drill” slogan, lodge another attack on Obama even though he has days, not months, left in office, and make inappropriate references to slavery.
Palin was complaining about Obama recent executive order blocking oil and gas drilling in Arctic and Atlantic oceans
The order came after hundreds of kayaktivists protested drilling in the Arctic and the Port of Seattle being used as a port for the Shell Oil drilling rig Polar Pioneer.
This was another attempt by President Obama to solidify his environmental legacy. This order withdraws hundreds of millions of acres of federally owned land in the Arctic and Atlantic Ocean from new offshore oil and gas drilling. Obama used a little-known law called the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to protect large portions of the Chukchi and Beaufort seas in the Arctic and a string of canyons in the Atlantic stretching from Massachusetts to Virginia. In addition to a five-year moratorium already in place in the Atlantic, removing the canyons from drilling puts much of the eastern seaboard off limits to oil exploration even if companies develop plans to operate around them.
The announcement by the White House late in the afternoon was coordinated with similar steps being taken by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to shield large areas of that nation’s Arctic waters from drilling. Neither measure affects leases already held by oil and gas companies and drilling activity in state waters.
This is not the first time Obama has used the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act. He did it to safeguard Alaska’s Bristol Bay in 2014, and again last year to protect part of Alaska’s Arctic coast. The president has protected 125 million acres in the region in the last two years, according to a fact sheet issued by the White House. Sarah probably didn’t know about those.
These areas Obama is trying to protect are widely recognized as major biodiversity hotspots that are critical to fisheries. The canyons provide deep water corals used by a wide array of fish. The area also provides habitat “for . . . deepwater corals, deep diving beaked whales, commercially valuable fishes, and significant numbers of habitat-forming soft and hard corals, sponges, and crabs,” the White House said.
Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, called it “a historic victory in our fight to save our Arctic and Atlantic waters, marine life, coastal communities and all they support.” Carter Roberts, president and chief executive of the World Wildlife Fund, applauded what he called “a bold decision” that “signals some places are just too important not to protect.”
Moreover the country is not in need of additional oil resources. The current oil in the Arctic represents a mere one tenth of one percent of the nation’s oil production overall. World oil production is in balance. The long decline in U.S. crude oil production appears to be over. September 2016 output increased 60,000 bopd. Thus, the limits on drilling isn’t “enslaving” America. Obama has protected the country.
So it’s been 8 years of Sarah Palin attacking Obama and making inappropriate references to slavery. No other celebrity or political figure has ever devoted so many years to attacking a politician without any alternative proposals. No other person has absolved themself of any responsibility for making any positive change while pretending to care about acts of those in power.
We are tired of the same old whine from Sarah Palin. I’d rather listen to the Four Tops: