WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump has signed an executive action implementing “new vetting measures” that he says are aimed at keeping “radical Islamic terrorists” out of the United States.
Trump says, “We don’t want them here.”
The president says he only wants to admit people to the United States who will support the country. His comments echoed his campaign pledge to implement “extreme vetting” programs, particularly for people coming from countries with ties to terrorism.
The president signed the executive action at the Pentagon, where he met with the joint chiefs of staff and participated in a ceremonial swearing-in for Defense Secretary James Mattis.
The presidential executive order suspends the U.S. Syrian refugee program indefinitely. It declares the entry of “nationals of Syria as refugees” is “detrimental to the interests of the United States.”
Trump is suspending the program until he says their admission to the country is “consistent with the national interest.”
The order also appears to be capping the number of refugees from other countries at 50,000 people in in fiscal year 2017.
Trump had promised to scale back refugee admissions during his campaign, arguing that they posed a potential risk to national security.
Trump signs new vetting measures for immigrants | 27 Jan 2017 | Pushing full-speed into international controversies, President Donald Trump on Friday ordered ‘‘new vetting measures’’ to keep ‘‘radical Islamic terrorists’’ out of the United States and alternated tough talk with kind words in his diplomatic standoff with Mexico. Trump traveled to the Pentagon where he joined Defense Secretary James Mattis for the signing of an executive action to bring sweeping changes to the nation’s refugee policies and put in motion his plans to build up the nation’s military. ‘‘I’m establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America. We don’t want ‘em here,’’ Trump declared. ‘‘We want to ensure that we are not admitting into our country the very threats our soldiers are fighting overseas. We only want to admit those into our country who will support our country and love deeply our people.’’
The disastrous ripple effects of Trump’s executive action on refugee resettlement
Posted by Michele Kearney at 4:42 PM
“… U.S. automakers can’t compete in the global economy by manufacturing cars in America, former Mexican President Vicente Fox claimed in a CNBC interview on Friday.
“You produce cars in the United States at such a high price and such a mediocre, mediocre quality that you cannot compete, you cannot compete manufacturing in the United States,” Fox asserted in a contentious interview after the Twitter war erupted between President Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.
“That’s why Ford, Chrysler, General Motors went broke,” Fox said.
“By joining up the production in Mexico, the United States, and Canada, they are back to business for Chrysler and General Motors,” Fox claimed in the “Squawk Box” appearance…..”
[Ed.: In the parking lot at the supermarket the other day, I pulled my car in next to a brand-new Audi A4 when a young lady alighted, with some difficulty, from the passenger side of the shiny black sedan. Noting out loud as I opened my own door that she hated that car, I said immediately that I’d be delighted to take it if she were giving it away. Just then, the handsome young driver emerged, smilling drolly and shaking his head gently ‘Ain’t gonna happen, but I appreciate your good tastes.’]
Mexico Grudge Match
U.S.-Mexico Rift Deepens Over Trade Threat, Canceled Meeting Wall Street Journal
White House Sows Confusion About Plan for a 20% Import Tax New York Times
US Consumers to Pay for Wall: Trump Plans 20% Border Tax on Mexican Goods Michael Shedlock. EM: “Note the appreciable push-back in the comments with respect to the simplistic ‘this is bad for US consumers’ thesis.”
U.S.-Mexico crisis deepens as Trump aide floats border tax idea Reuters (furzy)
Is NAFTA Over? Atlantic (resilc)
AP source: Border Patrol chief says he’s been forced out Associated Press (furzy)
State’s federal lands may face new pressures from Washington VTDigger (martha r)
In the wake of the announcement of President Trump’s new border security measures, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has cancelled his planned visit to the United States and expected meeting with the new president. The security measures released on Wednesday are designed to not only stop the tide of illegal immigration but also to interfere with the cash flow of the notoriously vicious Mexican drug cartels which just so happen to have most likely financed the political campaign of Enrique Pena Nieto! SOURCE: ALEX THOMAS (INTELLIHUB)
“… Those desperate to see the wall built, illegal immigration halted, and those here illegally deported, see the country they grew up in as dying, disappearing, with something strange and foreign taking its place. It is not only that illegal migrants take jobs from Americans, that they commit crimes, or that so many require subsidized food, welfare, housing, education and health care. It is that they are changing our country. They are changing who we are…..”
Posted by Michele Kearney at 5:08 PM
FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 2017
“The people of Syria are crying for peace, asking the US to stop arming terrorist “rebels” who are destroying Syria.”
Trump has to be careful – give Gabbard too much prominence and she could wipe the floor with him in 4 years.
You can actually see the shekeling!: “Gabbard meeting with Assad draws disgust from fellow lawmakers”.
“UK accepts Assad could run for reelection, marking shift in Syria policy”.
“Leading Clintonite worries that Trump will sell out Israel in forging deal with Russia”. More evidence – not that any is needed with proper honest analysis – of the bullet that Americans just dodged.
“The deceitful words of Ambassador Regev”.
“On Martin Chulov of the Guardian (he is competing with Liz Sly for being the worst correspondent in Beirut)”. Now who would want to see whoppers about Hezbollah and Iran?
“State Department Walkout Only One Of Many Anti-Trump MSM Lies”. “Those ‘Resignation’: What Really Happened at the State Department”. Someone should do a blog which consists of documenting the porkies told by the Jew-controlled media about Trump. It would be a full-time job! See also: “So Far Trump Has Been No Worse Than Expected–It’s Senate Dems Who are the Problem”.
“The Trump Speech That No One Heard”: “None of the major media published Trump’s comments, and for good reason.”.
Unified wackadoodle theory of recent American politics: “Dear Mr. Putin, Let’s Play Chess”. The url is “https://patribotics.wordpress.com/2017/01/17/dear-mr-putin-lets-play-chess-louise-mensch-trump-russia/” (“Louise Mensch adds one more Twitter gaffe to her list”).
More clarification: “Freedom Rider: Democrats Attack Trump from the Right”.
Sadly, Mr. Angry can’t stop tainting his useful observations with gratuitous attempts to fit into the credentialed view of the world: “The lies and fabrications of some journalists are as bad as Trump’s”.
“US Fact-Checking Institute Sponsored by Soros on War Path Against ‘Fake News’”.
“Wow, It Gets Bigger”. Despite increasingly desperate efforts by the usual suspects, the whole Trump-Putin propaganda ploy has been a big bust.
“Trump argument bolstered: Clinton received 800,000 votes from noncitizens, study finds”. They make illegal voting in California so easy it would be a miracle if massive amounts of it didn’t happen.
“Victim Or Aggressor – Chrystia Freeland’s Family Record For Nazi War Profiteering, And Murder Of The Cracow Jews”. The Khazar trait – see George Soros – of making bank off identity claims while not being particularly fastidious about selling out your identity group, particularly ironic given the pure Khazar origins of identity politics.
“David Icke and the meaning of Jewish power.” (Atzmon). It is very easy to tell who your slave owner is.
“America First or IDF First? …” (Atzmon). The internal contradictions of Trumpism all turn on one single issue.
Comment from megamie at Naked Capitalism that has somehow survived moderation, but I greatly fear for its life (it is a shame we have to be so solicitous of the lives of real progressive comments!), so here it is:
“Stanford historian uncovers a grim correlation between violence and inequality over the millennia
May I recommend this book:
Why the Germans? Why the Jews? Countless historians have grappled with these questions, but few have come up with answers as original and insightful as those of maverick German historian Götz Aly. Tracing the prehistory of the Holocaust from the 1800s to the Nazis’ assumption of power in 1933, Aly shows that German anti-Semitism was―to a previously overlooked extent―driven in large part by material concerns, not racist ideology or religious animosity. As Germany made its way through the upheaval of the Industrial Revolution, the difficulties of the lethargic, economically backward German majority stood in marked contrast to the social and economic success of the agile Jewish minority. This success aroused envy and fear among the Gentile population, creating fertile ground for murderous Nazi politics.
Surprisingly, and controversially, Aly shows that the roots of the Holocaust are deeply intertwined with German efforts to create greater social equality. Redistributing wealth from the well-off to the less fortunate was in many respects a laudable goal, particularly at a time when many lived in poverty. But as the notion of material equality took over the public imagination, the skilled, well-educated Jewish population came to be seen as having more than its fair share. Aly’s account of this fatal social dynamic opens up a new vantage point on the greatest crime in history and is sure to prompt heated debate for years to come.
[Ed.: That last chunk is fascinating but a good deal of the historical and current anger is probably based on the systemic use of deception and what used to be called “sharp practice” in busines transactions and today consists in great part of fraud, bending or ignoring the rules, and the fine art of taking advantage of the fact of separatist/racist exclusion of their own.]
“… “The United States is in a bizarre position of being a superpower that is completely controlled by the lobby for a tiny nation half way around the world….”
(in: WMR GENERAL ARCHIVES January 2017)
Jan 27, 2017
Is the State Department returning to a sanctuary for “Arabists?”
BARACK OBAMA AND HILLARY CLINTON HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO TURN DEMOCRATIC MAJORITIES INTO WINNING GOVERNING STRATEGIES
January 27, 2017
The Democratic Party in the United States is the oldest and most long-lasting political party on earth, whether one chooses to date its actual founding at the beginning of the 19th century by such luminaries as Thomas Jefferson, Aaron Burr and the Tammany Hall political organization in New York City, or its successful ascent to national power with the triumph of Democratic voting rights for white males in Andrew Jackson’s victorious election campaign in 1828. http://globalpi.org/research/barack-obama-and-hillary-clinton-have-been-unable-to-turn-democratic-majorities-into-winning-governing-strategies/
Posted by Michele Kearney at 4:49 PM
On the “rogue” Twitter accounts from within Federal agencies:
Women’s March on Washington
“Enter the Pussyhat” [N+1]. A survey of participants. More like this, please!**
“The election of Donald Trump has sent millions of people pouring out onto the streets to protest a man they think is a racist, misogynist, xenophobic bully who will destroy US democracy in his quest to establish himself as supreme fascist ruler of the country” [CounterPunch (Re Silc)]. “Maybe they’re right…. But where were these people when Obama was bombing wedding parties in Kandahar, or training jihadist militants to fight in Syria, or abetting NATO’s destructive onslaught on Libya, or plunging Ukraine into fratricidal warfare, or collecting the phone records of innocent Americans, or deporting hundreds of thousands of undocumented workers, or force-feeding prisoners at Gitmo, or providing bombs and aircraft to the Saudis to continue their genocidal war against Yemen? Where were they? They were asleep, weren’t they? Because liberals always sleep when their man is in office, particularly if their man is a smooth-talking cosmopolitan snake-charmer like Obama…” It strikes me that this is a little bit like the “blaming the voters” thing that establishment Democrats do. I think one can rightly ask where the leaders and organizers were; I don’t think it makes sense to ask why millions weren’t self-mobilizing.
[Ed.: ** The gender identity politics being driven by the Left (nee Rockefeller/Perfectibilists “both sides of the dialectic” now Gyorgy Schwarz divisiveness), as exemplifed in that N+1 piece, is getting dangerously vicious to the point that people aren’t thinking about what they are saying (or how they look) but are merely trying to be more outrageous.]
Tens of thousands of demonstrators are expected in Washington Friday for an anti-abortion march that’s shaping up as a triumphant affair under President Donald Trump – despite his ambitious projection of crowds as large as 600,000.
[Ed.: So is Air Force One going to be fitted with lasers and some of that F35 cognitive algorithmic software (adapted to political, domestic and press management) to give POTUS “a beautiful God’s eye view of what’s going on”?]
Boeing Honeywell Uninterruptible Autopilot
12-7-2014 Corbett Report · Field McConnell · Abel Danger
Beware new “can you hear me” scam
By Kathy Kristof
January 26, 2017
It’s not a Verizon commercial: If you receive a phone call from someone asking “can you hear me,” hang up. You’re a potential victim in the latest scam circulating around the U.S.
Virginia police are now warning about the scheme, which also sparked warnings by Pennsylvania authorities late last year. The “can you hear me” con is actually a variation on earlier scams aimed at getting the victim to say the word “yes” in a phone conversation. That affirmative response is recorded by the fraudster and used to authorize unwanted charges on a phone or utility bill or on a purloined credit card.
“You say ‘yes,’ it gets recorded and they say that you have agreed to something,” said Susan Grant, director of consumer protection for the Consumer Federation of America. “I know that people think it’s impolite to hang up, but it’s a good strategy.”
But how can you get charged if you don’t provide a payment method? The con artist already has your phone number, and many phone providers pass through third-party charges.
In addition, the criminal may have already collected some of your personal information — a credit card number or cable bill, perhaps — as the result of a data breach. When the victim disputes the charge, the crook can then counter that he or she has your assent on a recorded line.
What can you do? If you suspect you have already been victimized, check your credit card, phone and cable statements carefully for any unfamiliar charges. Call the billing company — whether your credit card company or your phone provider — and dispute anything that you didn’t authorize on purpose. If they say you have been recorded approving the charge and you have no recollection of that, ask for proof.
If you need help disputing an unauthorized credit card charge, contact the Federal Trade Commission. If the charge hit your phone bill, the Federal Communications Commission regulates phone bill “cramming.”
If you have not yet been victimized, the best way to avoid telemarketing calls from con artists is to sign up for a free blocking service, such as Nomorobo, or simply let calls from unfamiliar numbers go to your answering machine. Scammers rarely leave a message.
If you do answer a call from an unfamiliar number, be skeptical of strangers asking questions that would normally elicit a “yes” response. The question doesn’t have to be “can you hear me?” It could be “are you the lady of the house?”; “do you pay the household telephone bills?”; “are you the homeowner?”; or any number of similar yes/no questions. A reasonable response to any of these questions is: “Who are you, and why do you want to know?”
If the caller maintains they are with a government agency — Social Security, the IRS, the Department of Motor Vehicles or the court system — hang up immediately. Government officials communicate by mail, not phone (unless you initiate the call). Many con artists use the aegis of authority to convince you to keep talking. The longer you talk, the more likely you are to say something that will allow them to make you a victim.
The US-based research firm Potomac Foundation and Poland’s Casimir Pulaski Foundation teamed up this week to simulate a full-scale war scenario with Russia, based on a hypothetical Russian attack on the Baltic states. Using the Hegemon computer-based simulation platform, the war games were sponsored by Western and Polish defense companies.
Opinion-New York Times-Jan 26, 2017
In-Depth-Washington Post-Jan 26, 2017
Day 94 – Braverman, Haiti, and Me, Part 1, Who Killed Monica Petersen?
[Full series at Webb’s YouTune channel:
[Ed.: Increasingly I find this series to be compelling in its breadth. This particular one is especially so.]
Wall Street Journal
evening of 1/26/17
Two Amtrak track workers killed in a collision with a train near Philadelphia last year had drugs in their system at the time, as did the engineer driving the train, according to new records released Thursday.