20 thoughts on “News/Politics 1-11-20

  1. This seems rather barbaric.

    There’s a reason 49 other states don’t allow this, and it’s exactly because of this kind of exploitation of the poor.


    “During her shifts at a Church’s Chicken, Annita Husband looked like the other employees. She wore the same blue and red polo shirt, greeted the same customers, and slung the same fried chicken and biscuits.

    But after clocking out, Husband, a mother in her 40s, had to wait for a white van with barred windows and the seal of the Mississippi Department of Corrections on its sides. It delivered her to the Flowood Restitution Center, a motel converted into a jail surrounded by razor wire, nestled among truck stops and an outlet mall. Here, Husband slept in a room with seven other women, sharing a mirror to get ready in the mornings, enduring strip searches for contraband at night.

    A judge sentenced Husband to the restitution center in 2015 to pay off almost $13,000 she owed from an embezzlement conviction in 2009. The corrections department would not release her until she earned enough money at her $7.25-an-hour part-time job to clear her debts and cover $11 a day for “room and board” at Flowood.

    “If I wasn’t at work, I was in prison,” Husband said.

    The corrections department took her paychecks, she said, giving her back just $10 a week — all in quarters — so she could buy things like soap and deodorant.”


    “People sent to the centers had been sentenced for felonies but didn’t commit violent crimes, according to the program rules. When we tracked down the cases of more than 200 people confined there on January 1, 2019, we found that most originally got suspended sentences, meaning they did not have to go to prison.

    They didn’t usually owe a lot of money. Half the people living in the centers had debts of less than $3,515. One owed just $656.50. Though in arrears on fines and court fees, many didn’t need to pay restitution at all—at least 20 percent of them were convicted of drug possession.

    But inmates spent an average of nearly four months — and up to five years — at the centers, working for private employers to earn enough to satisfy the courts. Meanwhile their costs continued to balloon, since as they had to pay for room and board, transportation to their jobs, and medical care.

    They didn’t get paid much. Between 2016 and 2018, workers at the centers made an average of $6.76 an hour in take home pay, according to our analysis of state data.

    It’s a futile system that penalizes the poorest residents of the poorest state in the country, said Cliff Johnson, director of the MacArthur Justice Center at the University of Mississippi.

    “Debtors prisons are an effective way of collecting money—as is kidnapping,” he said. “But there are constitutional, public policy and moral barriers to such a regime.””

    Liked by 1 person

  2. So 70% of border jumpers that have received their hearings (only 25% are thru the system) were not the desperate women and children supposedly fleeing violence the media made them out to be.


    “Judges denied 70% of migrant asylum claims in 2019: Data”

    “Nearly 70% of asylum claims that U.S. immigration judges ruled on in the government’s fiscal 2019 were denied, continuing a sharp uptick from 45% in the early 2010s, according to a nongovernmental tracker.

    Data released Wednesday by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a nonpartisan data research center at Syracuse University, showed federal judges decided 67,406 requests for asylum. Of that number, judges found 46,735 claims were illegitimate and that those asylum-seekers had not suffered or were not in fear of persecution for race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. That denial rate has quadrupled from less than 10,000 in fiscal 2014. The fiscal year runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30.

    Judges granted protection in the remaining 19,831 cases of migrants who arrived at the United States-Mexico border and claimed a credible fear of returning home, double the number approved five years ago. It’s not clear how many total migrants sought asylum in 2019.

    The total decided asylum cases represents just one-quarter of all immigration-related cases judges ruled on. More than 400,000 people who arrived at the border from countries other than Mexico and Canada and were with a family member would have been able to claim having a credible fear of being deported, which commences the asylum process.”

    Liked by 1 person

  3. So keep building….



    “The Trump administration on Friday marked the 100th mile of wall construction along the southern border — describing it as a “milestone achievement” and promising that there are many more miles to come by the end of the year.

    “Today is a milestone that has been reached and a celebration is in order,” Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said in front of wall in Yuma, Arizona. “Today I am proud to report that the Trump administration has constructed 100 miles of border wall system along the southern border.”


  4. And this Trump win will make it easier to do so.


    “U.S. Appeals Court Lifts Block on Using Military Funds for Border Wall

    Two judges who halted the block were appointed by Republican presidents; the dissenter is an Obama appointment.”

    “2020 is sure starting out with a lot of win for President Donald Trump.

    Early last month, U.S. District Judge David Briones barred the Trump administration from using $3.6 billion in military construction funds to pay for the border wall.

    This week, a U.S. federal appeals court stayed the ruling that blocked the use of those funds to build a wall along the country’s border with Mexico.

    The New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay pending the Trump administration’s appeal of a Dec. 10 decision by a federal judge that barred the funding transfer.

    In a 2-1 ruling, the panel noted that the U.S. Supreme Court had stayed an injunction in a similar border wall case from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

    The court also said there was a “substantial likelihood” that the parties challenging the funding transfer – the county of El Paso, Texas, and the Border Network for Human Rights – lacked standing to sue the Trump administration.”

    Liked by 1 person

  5. The Deep State is still at it.


    “Feds used FISA, possible stingray to spy on Giuliani-connected businessman, filing says”

    “One of the businessmen accused of conspiring with associates of Rudy Giuliani to make illegal campaign contributions argued Thursday in federal court that the government is trying to cover up the “warrantless and unlawful electronic surveillance” it conducted in its investigation, including possible “stingray” technology to track cellphones.

    Saying it now “appears to be the case” that the government obtained evidence through the use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and that it was “inconceivable” that no communications were intercepted, lawyers for Andrey Kukushkin sought an explanation as to the “genesis of such evidence and the extent to which it was used.”

    The bombshell filing comes as the FISA court has sternly rebuked the FBI for submitting false and incomplete materials as part of its investigation into other members of the Trump team. However, the FISA court has not sought a comprehensive review of past FBI filings, and at least one high-level FBI agent apparently involved in FISA misconduct remains at the bureau.

    “The government’s insistence on complete secrecy is incompatible with the rights of the defendants, particularly in the face of rapidly advancing technology,” Kukushkin’s attorneys wrote Thursday. “Initially, it was the government’s repeated insistence that ‘no Title III [wiretap] warrants were used in this investigation,’ even when asked whether non-Title III surveillance occurred. This was coupled by the government’s refusal to answer direct and repeated questions as to its use of stingray and other electronic surveillance.”

    The attorneys continued: “Indeed, other than Title III warrants, there is not a single form of surveillance that the government has denied using in the course of this investigation, which makes sense and proves the defense’s point.”

    The government, they said, should be ordered to undertake a comprehensive “agency search” and “affirm or deny” the existence of such evidence.

    Kukushkin’s legal team referenced the FBI’s well-known FISA problems, saying in their filing with the Southern District of New York that recent events have proven that the government “routinely” surveils U.S. citizens without judicial review. In this case, they said, it’s legally insufficient for the government to declare only that it did not actually use FISA evidence in its criminal probe into Kukushkin, and then attempt to shut down further inquiries.

    The government’s lack of denials came after a December filing from Kukushkin’s attorneys seeking information.

    It remained possible, the attorneys argued, that the government was engaging in a prohibited tactic known as “parallel construction” — meaning that the FBI may have illegally used FISA surveillance, then sought to reobtain that evidence through permissible means. (The government is ordinarily only allowed to use illegally obtained evidence if it can show that it would have found the evidence anyway, without any need for the initial, illegally obtained materials.)”


  6. And Iran is trying to hide evidence of their crime.


    “Iran is using bulldozers at the Ukrainian plane crash site, which could make it impossible to prove what happened”

    “Iran has used bulldozers to move around pieces of debris from a crashed Ukrainian passenger jet, possibly destroying evidence that could help prove what happened to the doomed flight.

    Images and reports from the crash site, just outside the Iranian capital, Tehran, show at least one bulldozer working in the debris at the site, where the Boeing 737-800 crashed Wednesday morning, killing all 176 people on board.

    The crash site is at the center of a tense geopolitical struggle over exactly what brought down the jet, which was operated by Ukrainian International Airlines.

    Iran has said the plane crashed because of an unspecified technical issue on board.

    But the US, British, and Canadian governments all say the jet was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile, citing information from their intelligence services. A video also appeared to show the impact.”



  7. Chas, the Democrats have seriously gone off the rails.

    I see that AOC is arguing that the Democrats need a “smaller tent.” You can either have 2 major parties with somewhat large, accommodating tents or a bunch of small parties with small, exclusive tents battling it out to share in some kind of governing consensus. We may be headed for the latter.

    But I still say most voters fall within the vast center, some to the right, some to the left, but most hanging on to some sanity and reason.

    Liked by 2 people

  8. So now they’re confessing, but they’re still lying about it. Or they’re even stupider and more inept than previously thought. Sorry, but a cruise missile (which they say they thought it was) looks nothing like a 737 to radar and ground tracking.


    “Iran officials acknowledged Saturday that they accidentally shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane that crashed earlier this week, killing all 176 people aboard.

    Gen Amir Ali Hajizadeh, head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard’s aerospace division, told state TV that his unit accepts “full responsibility” for shooting the down aircraft minutes after it took off Wednesday from Tehran’s international airport. He said that when he learned about the downing of the plane, “I wished I was dead.”


    Why I say the above.


    “One of the basic tasks of an air defense battery is to discriminate between friendly aircraft and foe. But amid a state of high alert after Iran had launched a barrage of ballistic missiles at U.S. bases in Iraq, an Iranian air defense unit appears to have failed tragically, in a manner that some military experts contacted by Forbes found puzzling.”


    “A properly functioning SA-15 battery would have had multiple means of identifying Ukrainian International Airways Flight PS 752 as a civilian aircraft, defense experts told Forbes. One of several head-scratchers about the incident is that radar should have shown that the Boeing 737-800 was on a commonly used flight path heading northwest from the airport—if it was inbound into the country it would be easier to explain the misidentification of the plane as a hostile aircraft, says David Deptula, a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant general who heads the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.

    “There are a lot of question marks as to why and how this could have happened,” he says.

    The Boeing 737-800 was transmitting a unique transponder identification code. If the equipment on the SA-15 that picks that up, called an IFF interrogator, was malfunctioning, battery operators would typically look at the schedule of airline traffic through their area and see if the target matched with a scheduled flight, Deptula says. Flight PS 752 was delayed by almost an hour from its scheduled departure, taking off at 6:12 a.m.

    The SA-15 operators also would have considered the path and speed of the plane on radar. “Is it operating at low altitude, at high speed, headed toward a sensitive area”? Deptula asks. Flight PS 752 was rising toward 8,000 feet at a relatively sedate speed of 275 knots when flight tracking data from its transponder cut out, a normal profile for an airliner, he says. “It is departing the area, climbing through medium altitude, not trying to hide its signature, looking like a routine operation.””


    They’re lying.


  9. Aircraft was leaving, not approaching. Climbing, not in attack mode.
    I believe that it was an accident. But something is seriously wrong with their system.
    I’m sure someone is in serious trouble over this.


  10. It certainly is.

    “They screamed in the face of the IRGC folks, who killed 1500 protesters in November, calling them murderers and telling them to leave the country. That’s courage.”

    ‘Death to the liars’: Protesters in Iran call for Khamenei resignation after downing of jet”


    “Protesters in Iran called for Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to step down after the country admitted to shooting down a commercial airliner accidentally.

    Video on social media shows demonstrators in front of Amirkabir University in Tehran chanting, “Commander-in-chief resign, resign.””

    Liked by 1 person

  11. https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-allies-explore-buyout-of-conservative-news-channel-one-america-news-network-11578696767


    Trump Allies Explore Buyout of Conservative Channel Seeking to Compete With Fox News

    Hicks Equity Partners, a firm tied to Republican National Committee co-chair Thomas Hicks Jr., is pitching GOP donors on buyout of One America News Network

    By Juliet Chung, Corrie Driebusch and Rebecca Ballhaus
    Updated Jan. 10, 2020 8:01 pm ET

    Allies of President Trump are pursuing an effort to acquire right-leaning news channel One America News Network, according to people familiar with the matter, in a bid to shake up a conservative media market that has been dominated by Fox News.

    The investment firm Hicks Equity Partners is looking to acquire the channel and is pitching other wealthy GOP donors to arrange a bid of roughly $250 million for the channel’s parent company, the people said. The firm is owned by the family of Thomas Hicks Jr., co-chairman of the Republican National Committee and a close friend of Donald Trump Jr.

    The efforts come as Mr. Trump has periodically rebuked Fox News for being too critical—despite its opinion-show hosts’ general support of his administration—and has praised One America News Network. The channel’s opinion programming is known among its cable-news peers for its praise of Donald Trump and its advocacy for conservative causes. …


  12. Like

  13. Yep.


    Obama campaign guru: Trump would love to run against Bernie

    01/11/2020 08:40 PM EST

    Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign manager is warning that Democrats would struggle in a general election against Donald Trump if Bernie Sanders is the nominee.

    In an interview with POLITICO, Jim Messina predicted that Trump would exploit Sanders’ stamp of socialism in battleground states needed to defeat Trump, keep control of the House and have a shot at winning the Senate.

    This is not the first time Messina has questioned Sanders’ viability as a general election candidate. His latest remarks come amid Sanders’ first-place showing in the marquee Iowa Poll and as the Vermont senator‘s messaging has increasingly focused on his electability.

    Messina said he is not endorsing in the 2020 race. He recently attended a fundraiser for Biden in Irvine, Calif., he said, because his wife is a supporter of the former vice president.

    “From a general election perspective, socialism is not going to be what Democrats are going to want to defend,” Messina added.“If you’re the Democratic nominee for the Montana Senate race, you don’t want to spend the election talking about socialism.”

    Messina is the latest Democrat to raise concerns about Sanders at the top of the ticket. …


  14. ————-


  15. Well done young lady. 🙂


    “Iran’s only female Olympic medalist has reportedly defected, posting a goodbye letter to Iran on Saturday, calling out the government’s “hypocrisy” as she announced she had permanently left the country.

    “Should I start with hello, goodbye, or condolences?” Taekwondo athlete, Kimia Alizadeh, 21, posted on her Instagram in Farsi, Agence France-Presse reported.

    Alizadeh did not disclose where she was going, but Iran’s ISNA news agency reported she had gone to the Netherlands, according to AFP. The Iranian report quoted Alizadeh’s coach as saying the athlete was injured and did not show up for trials ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.”



  16. Another one bites the dust.

    It’s been a bad week to be a terrorist, and that’s a good thing.


    “Iran militia leader is shot dead in Iraq”


    “Taleb Abbas Ali al-Saedi, a high-level leader of the Popular Mobilization Forces, was shot dead on Saturday in Karbala, a city about 60 miles southwest of Baghdad, the British news outlet reported. The identities of the gunmen are unknown.

    Local Iraqi media claim that al-Saedi was “assassinated” by unknown shooters. No further details about the gunmen were available. He was said to be the leader of the Karbala Brigades, which is a part of the Iran-backed Shiite PMF umbrella group.

    The Twitter account Aurora Intel said that reports claim Al-Saedi and two of his companions were killed during the shooting by anonymous gunmen.

    The attack against al-Saedi comes after members of the PMF were killed in an airstrike last week, following the U.S. military taking out Iranian terrorist Qassem Soleimani. Iran later retaliated for the killing of Soleimani by launching a dozen missiles at two Iraqi bases housing American troops; however, no Americans were harmed.”


  17. DJ,

    Well if that’s the case among the establishment Dems, I have more bad news for them. Seems their base disagrees. 🙂



    The newest Des Moines Register poll one month out from the Iowa caucuses is no doubt giving heartburn to the Democratic establishment, because it shows someone who is only occasionally a Democrat (usually on leap years) to be in the lead, with Buttigieg slipping and Biden stuck in neutral:”



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.