June 22 & weekend updates

Feds blackmail parents: Want your kids back? Leave US
Texas Tribune
— In a detention center near Houston, an asylum seeker from Honduras said he agreed to sign a voluntary removal order from the U.S. after federal officials promised to reunite him with his 6-year-old daughter.

The hypocrisy of elite neo-Fascists with a Mexican appetite
Opinion by Monique Truong
…. But no matter what restaurant (Steven) Miller and (Kirstjen) Nielsen patronize, we should be appalled by the flagrant disconnect between their gustatory desires and the people who make it possible to satisfy those desires. It doesn’t matter what the name out front is or what the menu purports to offer, chances are, every restaurant in the D.C. area has a back-of-the-house (kitchen staff, dishwashers and busers) who came from Mexico or Central America, with or without documents. In that sense, every restaurant is a “Mexican” restaurant.
— In major U.S. metropolitan cities, approximately 70 percent of the restaurant workforce self-identifies as “immigrants.”

Last stop on this Earth? For many, it’s WalMart parking lot
Washington Times
… where people live, they also die.
…. those who are homeless, truckers, immigrants, drug-addled, suicidal or ill – all whose bodies are found nationwide in cars, vans and other vehicles in the parking lots of the retail giant. It is the last stop, one that can go unnoticed amid the daily crush of shoppers searching for deals, sometimes focused on the rattle of carts instead of their crowded surroundings.

Crude oil leaks into flood waters, rivers after Iowa derailment
Minnesota Public Radio

California announces immediate inspections of child prisons

Jailed 36 years in cop killing, he’s free when judge tosses confession
Chicago Tribune
— Jackie Wilson, one of two brothers convicted in one of Chicago’s most infamous cop killings, walked out of Cook County Jail on Friday, a free man for the first time in more than 36 years.
00 The sudden freedom for Wilson, 57, came after Cook County Circuit Judge William Hooks ordered his release a few hours earlier. The judge had tossed out his murder conviction last week after finding that notorious ex-Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge and detectives under his command had physically coerced his confession.
— Saying nearly four decades in prison had aged Wilson “far beyond his chronological age,” Hooks held Friday that he did not pose a danger to the community or a risk to flee — factors in whether he could be released.

Trump country is opioid country, researchers find
— “When we look at the two maps, there was a clear overlap between counties that had high opioid use … and the vote for Donald Trump,” says Dr. James S. Goodwin, chair of geriatrics at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and the study’s lead author.
— In counties with higher-than-average rates of chronic opioid prescriptions, 60 percent of the voters went for Trump. In the counties with lower-than-average rates, only 39 percent voted for Trump.

Virginia restaurant boots Press Sec’y on “moral” grounds
Sarah-Huckabee-Sanders-1280x720— After a Virginia restaurant reportedly threw out White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and her family on Friday night, reviewers swarmed to their Facebook and Yelp page to post feedback.
— On Friday night, Jaike Foley-Schultz, allegedly a waiter at The Red Hen, a restaurant in Virginia, took to Facebook to announce that Sanders was prevented from eating at their establishment.
— “I just served Sarah huckabee sanders for a total of 2 minutes before my owner kicked her out along with 7 of her other family members…” he wrote.
— Sanders confirmed the incident in a Saturday morning tweet saying, “Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left.”
>>> Maybe she should have fajitas with Kirstjen Nielsen … oh wait!

GOP icon George Will: Vote Dems this November
Raw Story
— Conservative columnist George Will is hoping President Donald Trump’s horrifying zero-tolerance policy on the border that led to the separation of thousands of kids from their parents will be the last straw for many people planning to vote Republican in the 2018 midterms.
— In a striking op-ed for the Washington Post, Will wrote: “The congressional Republican caucuses must be substantially reduced. The Republican-controlled Congress, which waited for Trump to undo by unilateral decree the border folly they could have prevented by actually legislating, is an advertisement for the unimportance of Republican control.”

UN: American treatment of migrant kids “may amount to torture”
The Independent
— The United Nations has issued a damning condemnation of Donald Trump’s policy that saw migrant children separated from their parents at the border, suggesting it “may amount to torture”.
— In a statement issued by the UN’s Human Rights Council, experts said the president’s recent executive order, ostensibly to halt the controversial separations, failed to resolve the problem and “may lead to indefinite detention of entire families in violation of international human rights standards”.
>>> Trump dismisses “phony stories of sadness and grief”
Raw Story
>>> Pentagon’s plan to house 20,000 kids in tents
Washington Examiner
>>> Trump kills immigration bill he begged for just yesterday
LA Times

Poor Kirstjen Nielsen, she just can’t get no peace
— Protesters gathered outside the Alexandria, Virginia, home of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Friday morning while playing the sounds of crying migrant children who were separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border.
nielsen protest

1950s experiments showed us the trauma of parent-child separation. Now they’re too unethical to repeat—even on monkeys.
Popular Science

“Whether it is called mother-infant separation, social deprivation, or the more pleasant sounding ‘nursery rearing, these manipulations cause such drastic damage across many behavioral and physiological systems that the work should not be repeated.”
— John Gluck

Americans agree on this: President should not pardon himself
— By a wide margin, Americans believe Trump is wrong: 85 percent think it would be unacceptable for presidents to pardon themselves if charged with a crime, and 76 percent think Congress should take steps to remove a president from office if they did so.

Supremes: Cops need warrants to track cell phone locations
— The Supreme Court has ruled that police typically need a search warrant before trying to track a person’s movements via their cell phone.
— Chief Justice John Roberts joined the four justices appointed by Democratic presidents in the decision Friday, which continued an expansion by the Roberts court of privacy rights in a digital age.
— The Justice Department under both the Obama and Trump administrations argued that no warrant is required for access to cell-phone location information, because the use voluntarily reveals that data to the phone company.

Interior secretary’s got a sweet little real estate deal going
… with Halliburton! The oil drilling outfit. Gosh, no conflict there.
— Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke met at department headquarters in August with Halliburton Chairman David Lesar and other developers involved in a Montana real estate deal that relied on help from a foundation Zinke established, according to a participant in the meeting and records cited by House Democrats late Thursday.

Rhode Island may join Maryland:
Run for president here, you must release tax returns
— The Rhode Island Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that would require all presidential candidates to make their tax returns from the past five years available for voters to see, or risk being left out at the polls. Lawmakers approved of the bill overwhelmingly, 34 to 3. The legislation will now move on to the statehouse for a vote.

Driving in Maine? Prove you’re a citizen, or else!
Bangor Daily News
“If you want to continue down the road, then yes ma’am. We need to know what citizen — what country you’re a citizen of,” an agent said Wednesday evening to two reporters who went through the checkpoint. When questioned about what would happen if a driver declined to answer, he said the car would only be able to keep going if, after further questioning and upon the agent’s judgment, “the agent is pretty sure that you’re U.S. citizens.”

So-called “Christians” voting for pimps now. Actual  … pimps  …
“Tribal values now supersede personal morality as an animating force.”

Who would Jesus pay for sex?

Trump-backing soybean farmer finds elections have consequences
Raw Story
petefish— The tariffs aren’t “just numbers on a sheet or percentage of trade or dollar value,” Michael Petefish, a Trump-voting Minnesota soybean farmer tells CNN. “This is multi-generational American families, your base, that you are now squarely putting into financial peril.

UBER “monitor” was watching Hulu when robo-car killed pedestrian
— That’s according to a 318-page report from the Tempe Police Department, released on Thursday in response to a public records request. Safety driver Rafaela Vasquez could be charged with vehicle manslaughter.
— Vasquez had been streaming The Voice on her phone for 42 minutes, straight up through the crash, according to Hulu records obtained by police.


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