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    I occasionally check the New York Times best seller list to get some ideas on which books to order from the library.

    A recent addition to the list is "Dumpty", by well-known actor John Lithgow.

    Here are the opening lines:

    "Trumpty Dumpty wanted a wall

    To stir up a rabid political brawl

    His Republican rivals, both feckless an stodgy

    Succumbed in the end to his rank demagogy

    Dumpty's wall made no earthly sense

    A boondoggle built at enormous expense

    But he promised, in speeches despotic and shrill

    He's make certain that Mexico footed the bill

    Trumpty Dumpty kept insisting

    More and more citizens started resisting

    Sadly, there won't be an end to this tale

    At least until reasonable people prevail"

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    Frustrated with a lack of progress over one of his top priorities as he heads into a tough reelection campaign, President Trump has tasked his son-in-law with questioning government officials about updates on the wall, according to this morning's Washington Post.

    Seems logical to me, since Kushner is also in charge of numerous other projects, and is probably good at multi-tasking. He can probably even leap tall buildings (like 666 Fifth Avenue) in a single bound.

    https://www.bing.com/th?id=OIP.UYlwKiI6BPBxq6lLNc3PrgHaKd&pid=Api&rs=1

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    I saw that on the news; Kussner is also put in charge of getting the private owned lands to "accept" (via the courts?) the "wall" building. Furthermore (I presume) to make sure that Trump gets its (negotiated) "back pocket" money from the contractors.

    The most ridiculous thing is that this son on law, who has no "appointed or approved" function in the government as well an "fake" security clearance is allowed to do all of this, looking at the "emoluments" clause. Slowly but surely the whole Trump family has "invaded" the government and everyone here is sound asleep and let it happen. Maybe that should be another "part" of the "impeachment" articles.

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    Washington Post: North Dakota company that Trump touted gets $400 million border wall contract

    "A company that President Trump urged military officials to hire for border wall construction has been awarded a $400 million contract to build a span of new barrier across an Arizona wildlife refuge, according to a Defense Department announcement Monday."

    "Trump has repeatedly pushed for Fisher to get a wall-building contract, urging officials with the Army Corps of Engineers to pick the firm — only to be told that Fisher’s bids did not meet standards. Trump’s entreaties on behalf of the company have concerned some officials who are unaccustomed to a president getting personally involved in the intricacies of government contracting."

    Hmmm...

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    I told you so; he'll get rich and no one blinks. Kickbacks galore! Wake up Dem's what are you going to do; make it part of the impeachment!
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    Why would Trump pick a firm that has 169 environmental violations in the last decade, resulting in $1,000,000 in fines?

    Let's read between the lines:

    President Donald Trump has lobbied for the company to receive contracts on the US-Mexico Trump wall, to the Department of Homeland Security, to Todd T. Semonite of the Army Corps of Engineers, and promoted the company in an interview on Fox News with Sean Hannity. Jared Kushner has also endorsed the company, as well as freshman North Dakota senator Kevin Cramer, to whose campaign the Fisher family contributed $10,000.

    Tommy Fisher has appeared on local and conservative TV and radio and is a donor to several charities and the Republican Party.. Senator Cramer suggested Fisher's Fox News appearances are what attracted Trump to the company.

    In 2009 Michael Fisher, then-owner of Fisher, pled guilty to nine counts of felony tax fraud, being sentenced to 37 months in prison and over $300,000 in restitution. The comptroller also pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States in 2009. Another former head of the company, David William Fisher, pled guilty in 2005 to child pornography and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. He was released on April 30, 2010

    There's an old saying that aptly describes Trump's attraction to unsavory characters:

    "If you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas."

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fisher_Industries

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    In the olden days, we would call these kickbacks. In the olden days, people were arrested and tried for corruption, the manchild and the GOP are untouchable, we need an Eliot Ness.

    "Eliot Ness (April 19, 1903 – May 16, 1957) was an American Prohibition agent, famous for his efforts to bring down Al Capone and enforce Prohibition in Chicago, Illinois, and the leader of a famous team of law enforcement agents from Chicago, nicknamed The Untouchables. His co-authorship of a popular autobiography, The Untouchables, which was released shortly after his death, launched several television and motion picture portrayals that established Ness's posthumous fame as an incorruptible crime fighter.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eliot_Ness

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    Trump is going to continue to get a lot of flack about his abominable wall.

    The city of Tucson passed a resolution back in 2017 to formally oppose President Donald Trump's executive order to expand the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

    https://www.kgun9.com/news/local-news/tucson-city-council-to-discuss-border-wall-resolution

    In addition, the Washington Post reported this morning that the folks in Texas who would lost their property are fighting back. As the government pushes to accelerate construction of what Trump has promised will be a total of 500 miles of new barrier by the end of 2020, it means more than cutting through desolate desert, ranch lands, shrubby wildlife preserves or old vacant lots. It also means seizing land from working families.

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    @ AZ, eminent domain.
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    Dock:

    Eminent domain was also used during the construction of the wall authorized by the Secure Fence Act of 2006. There was a lot of disagreement about the amount of compensation, and some of those cases dragged on for years. Although the 2006 law authorized construction of a fence, Congress initially did not fully appropriate funds for it (see authorization-appropriation process). "Congress put aside $1.4 billion for the fence, but the whole cost, including maintenance, was pegged at $50 billion over 25 years, according to analyses at the time

    Was it effective?

    Nope.

    A report in May 2008 by the Congressional Research Service found "strong indication" that illegal border-crossers had simply found new routes. A 2017 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, citing U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data, found that from fiscal year 2010 through fiscal year 2015, the U.S.-Mexico border fence had been breached 9,287 times, at an average cost of $784 per breach to repair, which works out to slightly more than $7,000,000.

    The fence is routinely climbed or otherwise circumvented.The GAO reported in 2017 that both pedestrian and vehicle barriers have been defeated by various methods, including using ramps to drive vehicles "up and over" vehicle fencing in the sector; scaling, jumping over, or breaching pedestrian fencing; burrowing or tunneling underground; and even using small aircraft. New York Times op-ed writer Lawrence Downes wrote in 2013: "A climber with a rope can hop it in less than half a minute. ... Smugglers with jackhammers tunnel under it. They throw drugs and rocks over it. The fence is breached not just by sunlight and shadows, but also the hooded gaze of drug-cartel lookouts, and by bullets. Border agents describe their job as an unending battle of wits, a cat-mouse game with the constant threat of violence.

    A paper by University of Pennsylvania political scientist Benjamin Laughlin estimates that the Secure Fence Act caused at least 2000 additional deaths in the border region.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secure_Fence_Act_of_2006

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    This what they use in Europe all over, instead of "walls" it takes you from Valencia to Madrid for EU19.00 in no time. But yeah we rather built walls for "billions" and waste our tax money on it so Trump can get his"kickbacks" from the contractors.

    ‘Black Friday’ AVE aanbieding voor 19 euro van Alicante naar Madrid

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    Eminent domain has been used in countless other places and situations too. It pisses off ranchers, but they'll play along with Trump because that's his base of supporters. Ranchers think it'll stop so called illegals from trespassing on their lands, but it will not. America doesn't have a comprehensive immigration policy, if it did, we would be caring for those seeking asylum, not caging them.

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    The chairman of the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee is asking the Office of the Inspector General to look into a $400 million contract awarded to a North Dakota company for a border wall in Arizona.

    In a letter dated Wednesday, Congressman Bennie Thompson raised concern about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' decision to award the contract for the wall to Fisher Sand and Gravel. Thompson wrote that prior to Monday, the company had not been awarded any construction projects because its proposals didn't meet the operational requirements of Customs and Border Protection and its prototype project came in late and over budget.

    But, Thompson wrote, President Donald Trump repeatedly urged the Army Corps to award contracts to Fisher Sand and Gravel, and Jared Kushner also supported the company's selection.

    https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/border-issues/2019/12/05/arizonas-border-wall-contract-under-scrutiny-homeland-security-chair/2624731001/

    Thompson is a Democrat from Mississippi. He has represented his district since 1993. It is the only majority black district in Mississippi.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bennie_Thompson

    Agents apprehended 33,510 migrants along the entire U.S.-Mexico border in November. That's down from this year's peak of 132,856 apprehensions in May.

    The number of migrants that U.S. Border Patrol agents encountered along the eastern stretch of the Arizona-Mexico border (the Tucson sector) went up for the third straight month in November, reaching the highest tally in half a year.

    https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/border-issues/2019/12/09/migrant-apprehensions-rise-again-tucson-border/2633795001/

    Part of the reason for the increase is that people are tunneling UNDER the wall. On Monday, for the second time in less than a week, a cross-border tunnel has been discovered under the streets of Nogales, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

    The dimensions of the tunnel were about 10-feet deep and it surfaced about five feet north of the fence, agents said.

    Agents discovered another unfinished tunnel in the same area last week, officials said. According to Customs officials, this is the 125th border tunnel discovered in the Tucson Sector since 1990.

    https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona/2019/12/09/border-patrol-finds-second-nogales-border-tunnel-within-week/4381123002/

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    Dock:

    The nativity scene you posted was erected by the Claremont United Methodist Church, 30 miles east of Los Angeles, to highlight the fact that more than 5,400 migrant children are now in government custody and separated from their parents,

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/09/us/nativity-scene-cages-claremont.html?action=click&module=Well&pgtype=Homepage§ion=US%20News

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    The "rest of the story" on Trump's "remain in Mexico" policy is the fact that they are far more likely to experience violent attacks. A new report claims there have been 636 violent attacks on asylum seekers returned to Mexico under a Trump administration policy, with close to half of those incidents coming in just the last two months.

    Once back in Mexico, the report said, migrants have been subjected to rape, assault, robbery, torture and especially kidnapping, which accounted for the vast majority of crimes.

    https://tucson.com/news/local/report-violent-attacks-on-migrants-under-remain-in-mexico-policy/article_0cfc4333-278a-5c07-95a6-199ccf7d19ad.html#tracking-source=home-top-story