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Re: “Winners Take All

If you have cats in the double digits, they call the authorities, take them all away, fine you and call you a hoarder. If you can't stop yourself from eating or drinking to excess at the risk of your own health, they ridicule you and call you a drunkard and a glutton.

However, if you have more wealth than you could possibly spend in a single lifetime they call you a success and make excuses and exceptions for all the written and unwritten rules and laws of society you ignore or circumvent to continue to amass more and more wealth, even as others have less and less.

Hoarding is a mental disease. We have decided that protecting helpless animals from hoarding is worthy. We have decided that getting people help for drinking and eating disorders is worthy. Why then have we decided that allowing one percent of the population of this world to hold 99 percent of the wealth is OK?

Cats or cash, it is still hoarding, and hoarding is a disease.

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Posted by sgsmith on 08/29/2018 at 6:37 PM

Re: “Danehy

"If you can read this, thank a teacher." -- Anonymous Teacher

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Posted by sgsmith on 08/16/2018 at 2:53 AM

Re: “Problematic Partnership

Like most things with any level of government -- federal, state, county and city -- it is all about the money.

Politicians will do and say what ever is necessary to keep the revenue streams flowing, no matter the human cost. They will twist themselves into knots and jump through hoops to keep the cash coming in and justify their actions by claiming they are doing it for safety, security, public welfare, to save lives and on, and on, and on. Yet the problems never get solved and the only solutions they can come up with require more and more money.

Right now, there are a lot of politicians who are not sure what is going to happen in Washington but based on recent actions they do not want to end up on the wrong side, especially if it means losing out on "free" money from the federal government.

All we can do is pay attention to actions over words and follow the money to see where and to whom the politicians owe their loyalties.

On a side note, when the government names an operation or program they like to be clever and coy, often hiding the real purpose of an operation or program in the name, such as "Operation Fast and Furious", which in hindsight should have been more careful and cautious. I can not help thinking that the "Operation Stonegarden Program" is more about burying all immigration than managing it.

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Posted by sgsmith on 08/16/2018 at 2:33 AM

Re: “Grijalva: DHS Head Nielson Must Go

You are missing the point.Congressman Grijalva.

A resignation at this point in time is simply another opportunity for the current administration to put the entire fiasco/travesty behind it, just like they tried to do by signing a worthless pieces of paper that purportedly stopped a program that they initiated in the first place.

Now they are trying to pass the buck to non-government organizations that they will undoubtedly try to shift the blame to when the lost children cannot be found.

Instead of giving people who had a hand in this miscarriage of justice an out they should all be held accountable. Unfortunately, accountability in government today is as allusive as trying to catch a butterfly wearing boxing gloves and a blindfold.

If you really want to get the administration's attention, how about referring these actions to the International Courts, not that they could do anything, but it might unmask this administration for the fascists they are.

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Posted by sgsmith on 08/05/2018 at 3:33 AM

Re: “Government Asks ACLU to Find Deported Parents

(CNN) -- A federal judge called the Trump administration's slowness to track down migrant parents it had separated from their children and then deported "unacceptable," saying the responsibility is "100%" on the government.

The stern admonishment from District Judge Dana Sabraw came a day after the administration argued that immigrant advocacy groups -- not the government -- should be responsible for tracking down the more than 500 parents it had separated from their children at the border and deported without them.

"You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today."
-- Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

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Posted by sgsmith on 08/04/2018 at 6:22 AM

Re: “WaPo: Trump Admin Unprepared To Track 'Deleted Family Units,' aka Undocumented Children Stripped From Parents

Oubliette (French): a dungeon with an opening only at the top, from Middle French oublier to forget. -- Merrian-Webster

This president and his administration had a problem. A problem that they had to address for personal and political reasons.

The previous administration started to work on a solution, but as recent history has shown anything the previous president touched has been systematically dismantled and destroyed.

So, project OUBLIETTE was launched, and children were seized and secreted off to places where they could be forgotten, not by design but by the accumulative incompetence of a dysfunctional and disjointed collection of agencies trying to please a despot in Washington, D.C.

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Posted by sgsmith on 07/30/2018 at 11:39 PM

Re: “Less than half of immigrant families re-united by the eve of July 26 deadline

Unfortunately, and tragically, the children might have to wait. Apparently, Mr. Trump has a few other legal issues to clear up, that is until he stacks the courts to his liking and everything just goes away, like freedom, liberty and the rule of law.

Lawsuits alleging violations of the Foreign Emoluments Clause of the United States Constitution
--D.C. and Maryland v. Trump
--Blumenthal v. Trump

Legal challenges to Executive Order 13768, regarding sanctuary cities
--City and County of San Francisco v. Trump
--City of Chelsea v. Trump

Legal challenges to Executive Order 13769, regarding temporary immigration restrictions
--Aziz v. Trump
--Darweesh v. Trump
--Doe v. Trump
--Louhghalam v. Trump
--Mohammed v. United States
--Sarsour v. Trump
--Washington v. Trump

Legal challenges to Executive Order 13780, a revised order on temporary immigration restrictions
--Hawaii v. Trump
--International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump
--Washington v. Trump

Lawsuit alleging violations of the Presidential Records Act of 1978, 44 U.S.C. 22012207
--CREW and National Security Archive v. Trump and EOP

Lawsuit alleging violations of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
--Knight First Amendment Institute v. Trump

Lawsuits challenging Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity alleging violations of the Federal Advisory Committee Act
--ACLU v. Trump and Pence
--Joyner v. Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity
--NAACP v. Trump

Lawsuit alleging violations of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
--Stone v. Trump

Lawsuits regarding Presidential Memorandum on Military Service by Transgender Individuals by Donald Trump (August 25, 2017)
--Jane Doe v. Trump
--Stone v. Trump
--Karnoski v. Trump
--Stockman v. Trump

Lawsuit alleging violations of the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
--New York v. Trump (the DACA lawsuit)

Lawsuit alleging violation of 12 U.S.C. 5491(b)(5)(B), a component of the DoddFrank Act of 2010
--English v. Trump

Lawsuit brought by Our Children's Trust using the public trust doctrine to address the effects of global warming.
-- Juliana et al v. United States

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Posted by sgsmith on 07/25/2018 at 5:30 PM

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