Trump defends Muslim ban: ‘World is a horrible mess’ | The Times of Israel


US President Donald Trump doubled down Sunday on his insistence that America needs tighter restrictions on immigration, as the world reacted with outrage to his decision to suspend refugee arrivals and impose tough new controls on travelers from seven Muslim countries.

“Our country needs strong borders and extreme vetting, NOW,” Trump said in a tweet. “Look what is happening all over Europe and, indeed, the world – a horrible mess!”

US airports and other sites across the United States, including the White House, were expected to see a second wave of protests Sunday against Trump’s temporary immigration ban, which a federal judge partially blocked by ordering authorities not to deport detained refugees and other travelers.

The ruling also coincided with a wave of anger and concern abroad, including among US allies.

 

Source: Trump defends Muslim ban: ‘World is a horrible mess’ | The Times of Israel

The Netherlands welcomes Trump in his own words//Quand les Néerlandais présentent les Pays-Bas à Donald Trump


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Le prix de la meilleure réaction à l’investiture de Donald Trump est attribué aux Pays-Bas.
Prouvant une bonne fois pour toutes que les Néerlandais ont de l’humour, la chaîne nop3 a diffusé ce dimanche dans son émission  Zondag met Lubachune vidéo qui devrait « parler » à Donald Trump, selon ses propres mots. Ainsi, imitant avec brio la voix pompeuse du milliardaire, le présentateur a entrepris de présenter les Pays-Bas au nouveau président américain.
Imitant sa manière de parler, Arjen Lubach a également repris les idées chères à Donald Trump. Par exemple, on apprend que les Pays-Bas ont construit un mur gigantesque pour se protéger des eaux venant du Mexique. Le pays regorge également de politiciens handicapés à propos desquels on peut se moquer.

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If there’s one Trump-inspired satire you should absolutely watch, it’s the one at the end of this post. Created by Dutch satirical TV show Zondag earlier…

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ABC says Trump claimed 2 were shot dead in Chicago during Obama’s speech. But it never happened. – Chicago Tribune


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Source: ABC says Trump claimed 2 were shot dead in Chicago during Obama’s speech. But it never happened. – Chicago Tribune

Why Trump’s staff tells obvious lies


Trump is a tyrant who has to be in total control, hence his total lack willingness to take advice and attend briefings, for then others are taking part of your control.

He believes it is better to assert total control, even when this is based on lies, for he does not want to show any signs of weakness in his methods of control.

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What needs explaining is not why Donald Trump and his staff tell lies.   Many recent leaders have lied.

What needs explaining is why Trump and his staff tell obvious and easily disprovable lies, such as the claim that record numbers of people came to see his inauguration.

My own thought was that it served two purposes.  One was to confuse the issue, because most people don’t have the time or resources to check facts.   As long as you stick to what you’re saying and never back down, a certain number of people will believe you.

The other purpose was to distract the attention of the press from more serious issues.   The time spent by reporters in covering arguments over crowd sizes is time spent not covering things such as Trump’s infrastructure plan.

But economist Tyler Cowen has a more sinister explanation.

By requiring subordinates to speak untruths…

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Get Ready for the First Shocks of Trump’s Disaster Capitalism


The worst is yet to come.

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Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine, writes for The Intercept:

We already know that the Trump administration plans to deregulate markets, wage all-out war on “radical Islamic terrorism,” trash climate science and unleash a fossil-fuel frenzy. It’s a vision that can be counted on to generate a tsunami of crises and shocks: economic shocks, as market bubbles burst; security shocks, as blowback from foreign belligerence comes home; weather shocks, as our climate is further destabilized; and industrial shocks, as oil pipelines spill and rigs collapse, which they tend to do, especially when enjoying light-touch regulation.

All this is dangerous enough. What’s even worse is the way the Trump administration can be counted on to exploit these shocks politically and economically.

Speculation is unnecessary. All that’s required is a little knowledge of recent history. Ten years ago, I published “The Shock Doctrine,” a history of the ways in which crises have…

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FEMA Under Trump Fails To Help After Tornados Devastate S.E. The Incompetence Is Showing Already.


THIS is what American Carnage means. Just as FEMA failed to get help to NOLA after Katrina, so Trump and his team have dropped the ball after tornado storms ripped through the SouthEast this past Saturday and Sunday. There are 20 people dead and communities devastated with some areas looking like what many call a war zone. Officials are begging Trump to send help TWO-THREE DAYS after the tornado storms. Make sure you spread this story. Trump supporters need to see what voting for incompetent, anti-government Republicans gets them. No help when you need it. Republicans are about installing cronies and reaping profits for themselves and not about making sure Government works for the welfare of the people.

Officials Beg Trump to Send Help After Storms Kill 20 Across South

Desperate officials pleaded with President Donald Trump to send federal assistance Monday after at least 20 people were killed by storms and tornadoes that caused devastation authorities likened to the impact of a nuclear blast.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said he had dispatched a letter to Trump pleading for help after four people were killed in his state.

Source: FEMA Under Trump Fails To Help After Tornados Devastate S.E. The Incompetence Is Showing Already.

White House: Donald Trump Believes Lie That Millions Voted Illegally | The Huffington Post


Lies, lies and more lies but from whom.

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There is no evidence to support this, and the White House spokesman did not offer any.

Source: White House: Donald Trump Believes Lie That Millions Voted Illegally | The Huffington Post

This week in Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest: He violated the emoluments clause at noon Friday – Salon.com


We need to have a talk about the emoluments clause, among other things

 

emoluments clause of the Constitution in full (Article 1, Section 9, Clause 8): “No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”