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The latest on Trump's "wall"

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    Dutch Wrote: Like I said so many times, the President should not have the powers to involve the military; why don't the Dem's put in some laws to prevent these things. It is time to do more than "oversight" make some strong limits on the power of any President. Mulvany said today he will make sure a "wall" will come. How sick is this stupid government; who is going to do something about this "mobster" bunch. Pelosi on her own can't do much.
    I agree. Trump has way, way too much power. And it looks like another government shutdown is imminent, because talks broke down. This is no way to run a country. I hope the people who voted for trump are fed up with his bullshit, I know I am and I never voted for this asshole.
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    that guy in AZ Wrote:

    Schmidt:

    Here is a while we all would like to see:

    https://www.gocomics.com/stevebenson/2019/01/29

    Good cartoon of wall/fence/steel slatted barrier surrounding the White House. Didn't I read that the steel picket fence around the White House was increased in height a few years ago? Too many "terrorists" were jumping the wall.
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    Schmidt Wrote:
    that guy in AZ Wrote:

    Schmidt:

    Here is a while we all would like to see:

    https://www.gocomics.com/stevebenson/2019/01/29

    Good cartoon of wall/fence/steel slatted barrier surrounding the White House. Didn't I read that the steel picket fence around the White House was increased in height a few years ago? Too many "terrorists" were jumping the wall.
    Yes great cartoon; however I'm missing all the "military" and "drones" and the "tent" city as well the "ICE" people.
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    I'm afraid that we are between a rock and a hard place again.

    See the source image

    The sticking point has been Democrats' demands for funding fewer detention beds for people detained by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) than the Trump administration seeks. Republicans want to increase the number as part of their drive to speed immigrant deportations.

    Although the Republicans in congress don't want another shutdown, Mick Mulvaney said that he would not rule it out.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/02/shutdown-looms-talks-stall-detention-policies-190211035642261.html

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    Schmidt:

    The height of the White House fence WAS increased recently.

    The overall height will be 13 feet and 1 inch. The fence itself will be 10 feet and 7 inches, and will also include anti-climbing measures on the top. The fence itself is 5 feet taller than the old fence, and will include ram-proof gates.

    https://wtop.com/white-house/2017/02/white-house-getting-bigger-fence/slide/1/

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    We have another thread on the border wall, but it certainly looks like Trump is not taking "no" for an answer, even if he has to concoct phony stories about much of his wall is already being built, and thus his new slogan "Finish the Wall", which he debuted at his El Paso rally. The conference committee proposed legislation will pass both the House and the Senate with some Democrats voting "no" to adhere to their "no compromise" ideological promises from their campaigns.

    Donald Trump will sign it and claim it is a "down payment". Then he will go into what executive actions he will take to shift money around to "finish the wall". Eventually it will fade as a controversy unless Ann Coulter calls him out again.

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    "Half of the six contractors that built border wall prototypes had questionable track records, including one contractor that the Army Corps of Engineers felt was too risky to do future business with, "

    pogo.org/analysis/2018/04/bad-actors-am...

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    Chet Ruminski Wrote:

    "Half of the six contractors that built border wall prototypes had questionable track records, including one contractor that the Army Corps of Engineers felt was too risky to do future business with, "

    pogo.org/analysis/2018/04/bad-actors-am...

    Yes Chet that is correct; the one's who do get the "contract" already have "agreements" (read "loyalty") with Trump to "overprice" in order via the "backdoor" give Trump his "commission" just as Manafort got his the same way from the Ukrainians/Russians. But yeah Schmidt does not believes this. I bet it is true. I found that out in reality via aircraft deals. So nothing new.
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    This post is not on the topic of "the wall". It was something shared by Keith Olbermann on Facebook. Anthony Bourdain makes serious and poignant comments about "Mexico". I found it very interesting. I am not as capable at copying things from the internet so after a Google search I found it. I hope most will see the details contained and realize it.

    explorepartsunknown.com/mexico/bourdain...

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    TJ -- Thanks for sharing the Anthony Bourdain perspective on Mexico. It is spot on. Donald Trump himself should very well share that view given how many Mexicans and other Latinos from Latin America that he employs at his golf courses, hotels, casinos, and such. But instead he panders to the racist nationalists focusing on the worst element of illegal immigrants instead of the good.

    I have employed casual Mexican labor at times doing yard work, painting, and housework. They are all excellent workers. When I lived in Texas a Mexican crew replaced the roof on my house. I give them an "A" grade.

    I believe that Mexicans have enhanced our culture -- our food certainly -- but much more. We will rue the day when much of our economy and society as whole starts disintegrating because we have built an "invisible wall" that disallows Mexican workers into our cities, farms and homes just because the color of their skin doesn't look like that of Norwegians.

    Anyway, the solid state drive HP computer that I am writing this post on was custom designed for me in the USA and built in Mexico. It works great. My previous computer was built in China, but I really like my Mexican computer better.

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    Although the House had no problem passing a resolution reversing Trump's "national emergency", it will harder to get a veto proof measure passed in the Senate, where 60 votes would be needed.

    This morning, Trump warned of "great jeopardy" for Republicans who cross him on border funds. It's a polite way of saying, "if you don't want to swim with the fishes, you'll do what I tell you to do".

    If you read a definition of "mob boss", it sounds an awful lot like Trump.

    A mob boss, crime lord, Don or kingpin is a person in charge of a criminal organization. A boss typically has absolute or near-absolute control over his subordinates, is greatly feared by his subordinates for his ruthlessness and willingness to take lives in order to exert his influence, and profits from the criminal endeavors in which his organisation engages.

    To my knowledge, Trump has never ordered anyone to be killed, but he HAS worked a number of mob bosses who have.

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    that guy in AZ Wrote:

    Although the House had no problem passing a resolution reversing Trump's "national emergency", it will harder to get a veto proof measure passed in the Senate, where 60 votes would be needed.

    This morning, Trump warned of "great jeopardy" for Republicans who cross him on border funds. It's a polite way of saying, "if you don't want to swim with the fishes, you'll do what I tell you to do".

    If you read a definition of "mob boss", it sounds an awful lot like Trump.

    A mob boss, crime lord, Don or kingpin is a person in charge of a criminal organization. A boss typically has absolute or near-absolute control over his subordinates, is greatly feared by his subordinates for his ruthlessness and willingness to take lives in order to exert his influence, and profits from the criminal endeavors in which his organisation engages.

    To my knowledge, Trump has never ordered anyone to be killed, but he HAS worked a number of mob bosses who have.

    Like any "mob" boss, he let the killing be done by others. Ask Putin.
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    I will add that Cohen's testimony that he wrote some 500 threatening letters to people on behalf of the Trump organization to intimidate and threaten them with harsh lawsuits is typical of a family mob like organization. The Trump organization is not a typical company...it is structured more like a family run mob.
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    The Senate just voted 59-41 to overturn Trump's declaration of a national emergency with 12 Republicans voting with Democrats. The House had already approved the measure. Trump has 10 days to veto the measure, which he is expected to do.

    From the NYT: “Never before has a president asked for funding, Congress has not provided it, and the president then has used the National Emergencies Act of 1976 to spend the money anyway,” Senator Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee, said. “The problem with this is that after a Revolutionary War against a king, our nation’s founders gave to Congress the power to approve all spending so that the president would not have too much power. This check on the executive is a crucial source of our freedom.”

    Julian Castro says the House and Senate should try override Trump's veto on principle even if they do not have enough votes to override.

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    Schmidt Wrote:

    The Senate just voted 59-41 to overturn Trump's declaration of a national emergency with 12 Republicans voting with Democrats. The House had already approved the measure. Trump has 10 days to veto the measure, which he is expected to do.

    From the NYT: “Never before has a president asked for funding, Congress has not provided it, and the president then has used the National Emergencies Act of 1976 to spend the money anyway,” Senator Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee, said. “The problem with this is that after a Revolutionary War against a king, our nation’s founders gave to Congress the power to approve all spending so that the president would not have too much power. This check on the executive is a crucial source of our freedom.”

    Julian Castro says the House and Senate should try override Trump's veto on principle even if they do not have enough votes to override.

    Schmidt; how many time do I have to write that the system is "broken" . It should be clearly written into "law' that Presidents can't do these things. trump knows how weak our laws are and takes advantage of it. Override on "principle" is laughable. Trump walks right over it and does what he wants. If you and Jared still think our antique "laws" work under Trump; forget it.
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