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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.”

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From New York’s JFK airport to San Franscisco’s airport,

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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.

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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.

The ACLU has already lodged a lawsuit in support of those detained by the ban. John McCain and Lindsey Graham issued a joint statement:

“We fear this executive order will become a self-inflicted wound in the fight against terrorism.”  They indicated that the ban “may do more to help terrorist recruitment than improve our security.”
Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker said Sunday the administration should immediately make revisions to the executive order.
“We all share a desire to protect the American people, but this executive order has been poorly implemented, especially with respect to green card holders,” said Corker. “The administration should immediately make appropriate revisions, and it is my hope that following a thorough review and implementation of security enhancements that many of these programs will be improved and reinstated.”

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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.

Republicans defending the executive order pointed to an exception for people already in transit and argued that some elements, including the religious minority preference, would not immediately be implemented. But as cable news footage brought scenes Saturday of chaos at airports around the country, where business travelers, students and even legal U.S. residents were being barred entry, other Republicans began weighing in.

Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) explained, “I guess I understand what his intention is, but unfortunately the order appears to have been rushed through without full consideration. You know, there are many, many nuances of immigration policy that can be life or death for many innocent, vulnerable people around the world.”  Dent said he was contacted Saturday by a constituent whose family members were turned away early in the morning at Philadelphia International Airport. Six family members who had secured visas and even bought a house in Pennsylvania arrived on a Qatar Airways flight but were turned back within hours, he said.

Leaders around the world came out against the action. German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Trump that the global fight against terrorism was no excuse for banning people from Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

 

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Martin Niemöller is perhaps best remembered for the quotation:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

We are witnessing a Constitutional Crisis.  Trump is responsible.  Every American who fails to speak out is complicit.  Edmund Burke said:

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. 
 

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Compare the size of the crowd from Obama’s inauguration to that of Trump.

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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

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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.

It seems that if there is one issue that would be evident to Sarah Palin from Alaska, it would be the potential for environmental devastation from an oil spill in the Artic.  Has she forgotten the tragedy of the Exxon Valdez oil spill?  Let me remind her:
*Approximately 11 million gallons or 257,000 barrels or 35,000 metric tonnes (38,800 short tons) of oil destroyed the pristine tundra.
*The Exxon Valdez spill, though still one of the largest ever in the United States, has dropped from the top 50 internationally (view a list of top oil spills worldwide). It is widely considered the number one spill worldwide in terms of damage to the environment, however. The timing of the spill, the remote and spectacular location, the thousands of miles of rugged and wild shoreline, and the abundance of wildlife in the region combined to make it an environmental disaster well beyond the scope of other spills.
*Approximately 1,300 miles of shoreline were damaged.
*The spill itself stretched 460 miles from Bligh Reef to the tiny village of Chignik on the Alaska Peninsula.
*The clean up efforts of Exxon cost $2.1 billion.
*The actual number of animals killed is uncertain.  The carcasses of more than 35,000 birds and 1000 sea otters were found after the spill.  However most bodies sink in the ocean, so these numbers are considered to be a small fraction of the death toll.  The best estimates are: 250,000 seabirds, 2,800 sea otters, 300 harbor seals, 250 bald eagles, up to 22 killer whales, and billions of salmon and herring eggs were decimated.

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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:

 

 

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