Sunday, June 4, 2017

Public Respect for their wives

I must be going through that phase in life where everyone you know and like dies.  You, however,  have nothing to worry about. I never really liked you.

Who didn't like the way JFK, Johnson, both Bushes respected  their wives in public? No biggie, but it just made us, and the world,  feel good about things I think.

Expensive. I once needed snow to ski, exotic countries' sand between my toes to bring me joy. Danger. Thrills.  And today?  I spent it in my studio fixing stuff. Wearing pajamas. Perfectly content.

JFK wanted the world's respect for America, not only for its strength and power, but for American civilization.  Trump's apparent goal is for the world to respect him....not America.  See the difference? If not yet, you will eventually.

Bank called and wanted to know if I wanted to borrow money.  Where the hell was it when I didn't have any?



Twitter Bomb: Trump Refers To Immigration Order As “Travel Ban” In Contradiction With Court Arguments

by jonathanturley
donald_trump_president-elect_portrait_croppedOne of the strangest aspects of the troubled start to the Trump Administration has been the role played by Trump's tweets.  In both litigation and political settings, Trump's own words have become the greatest liability for the Administration.  In the immigration order litigation, his controversial campaign statements have been repeatedly used as the determinative factor against his Administration in both the first and second rounds of litigation.  His statements to the Russians and then his rather odd denial in Israel threw his Administration into downward spirals.  Now we may see the creation of new precedent entirely due to Trump's continued unguarded and unwise statements.  Trump's statements in interviews are the primary reason for the appointment of the Special Counsel after he directly contradicted his own staff on the reasons for the Comey termination.  Recently, after the London attack, his Twitter statements caused an understandable outcry in Britain after he first tried to use the attack to argue for his immigration order and then attacked London's mayor by misconstruing the mayor's statement to the public.  It is an incredible record.  Absent these unguarded and ill-considered statements, Trump's Administration would be in a far better legal and political position.
While the London tweets have been discussed primarily for their highly negative impact on people in Great Britain (of all parties), one tweet is equally problematic from a legal perspective.  In his controversial tweet, Trump referred to his immigration order as a "Travel ban" -- precisely what his lawyers have worked so hard to avoid before the Ninth and Fourth Circuits.  As with his Comey comments, he is using the very language that his critics most wanted him to use. It is another example of sending months and hundreds of pages of argument only to be stymied by a mere 140 words.


Rachel Rose


President Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, on the South Lawn of the White House last month. The president has vowed to overhaul the nation's nuclear arsenal.
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President Trump arriving in the Rose Garden on Thursday to announce the United States' withdrawal from the Paris climate accord.


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        A video has surfaced of John Hernandez's killing. John had been beaten and strangled to death by the husband of Harris County Sheriff's deputy Shauna Thompson at a Denny's Restaurant. There were no reports of any injuries sustained by the killer Terry Thompson. He was not arrested by the Harris County Sheriff's deputies at the scene.

    "An anonymous concerned citizen brought me the video because he said it shows murder," said criminal defense lawyer Jack Carroll, "I concur." 

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--John Hernandez

    "John's 3 year-old daughter witnessed the killing and begged the killer to stop hitting her daddy" said the mother Maria Toral, "There was such hate and rage in his eyes (referring to the killer)." 

   Bowing to public pressure Harris County Sheriff Gonzalez on Fridayrequested the United States Department of Justice and Texas Ranger oversee the investigation.

    "This is what witnesses have been saying all along." said the family's lawyer Randall Kallinen, "The Harris County deputies actively tried to cover up the killing at the scene and let a killer go free because he was married to a deputy."

There will be a press conference to RELEASE THE VIDEO at the office of attorney Jack Carroll to release the video at 1419 Franklin with community leaders, family members and attorney Randall Kallinen:
DATE:         Monday, June 5, 2017, 12 Noon
PLACE:       1419 Franklin, Houston, Texas 77002  
CONTACT: Randall Kallinen: 713.320.3785






May Calls For Free Speech Controls on the Internet In Response To London Attacks

by jonathanturley
Theresa_MayWe have previously discussed how politicians often attack free speech and other rights to show that they are "touch" on terror after attacks.  Prime Minister Theresa May however may have set a record.  May did not hesitate in immediately blaming the Internet and calling for government regulation of free speech to combat attacks like the one in London.  Of course, if these terrorists were connected to ISIS (or inspired by ISIS), their extremism was not caused by free speech on the Internet.  Indeed, the Internet often allows security to track extremists on the web.


Evergreen State College Faculty Sign Letter Supporting Students Accused Of Abusing Professor

by jonathanturley
We previously discussed the proposal at Evergreen State College to have all white faculty, staff, and students leave campus for a day as part of a "Day of Absence" to raise awareness of the contribution of the black community.   Evergreen State College biology professor Bret Weinstein made a reasoned objection to the plan for this year’s “Day of Absence." As shown in a videotape, there was a mob scene around Weinstein as students called him a racist and called for his resignation.  Protests have denounced his “anti-blackness” and demanded his removal from teaching.  Now, the faculty at Evergreen State College has sent a letter to students supporting the protesters and their demands for  disciplinary action of Prof. Weinstein.


Muslims Arrested For Praying In Myanmar After Closing Of Muslim Schools

by jonathanturley
7d105fbdbaf8a63bf70b1c645c99ebd1We previously discussed the crushing abuse and discrimination faced by Muslims in Myanmar.  The Rohingya are denied basic rights and face continued violence in the country.  The most recent outrage was the arrest of three Muslims for holding Ramadan prayers in the street.  Recently, their local school was closed by a nationalist mob.


Men and children sleeping in front of a church in the Tondo district in Manila. The church served as a safe haven from police raids.
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