Avenue Wars!

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(Sebastian Gorka wearing medal of the Historical Order of Vitéz)

 

Yesterday night Perry Gershon won the Democrat’s primary to face Lee Zeldin in November.  20,000 people voted in this democratic primary.   That’s a 40% increase over the 2016 primary!  It shows a lot of energy and Lee Zeldin took notice.  It took only minutes for the Zeldin folks to dub him “Park Avenue Perry” as per Patch.com.  It is comical that the “lap dog of 5th Avenue Trump” would make that argument!

LZ: “Congrats to Park Avenue Perry on buying his way into a general election. It’s amazing that the Democratic Party was so desperate that they nominated a liberal Manhattan Democrat who has never even voted here in a November election for Congress,” a release said. “After a primary where he continuously preached about his desire to make Nancy Pelosi the next Speaker of the House, made the disgusting comparison of President Trump’s rallies to Hitler rallies, pathologically lied about Congressman Zeldin’s policy positions, defended high taxes, and took many other out of touch, far left positions, Park Avenue Perry proved how unrepresentative to us he would be as a representative.”

It seems that the Trump voter has long since accepted  1) the outsider without political experience, 2) the mega-rich, and 3) those that do not really represent them!

But the real issues are hardly mentioned by Zeldin’s folks. Does anyone care about affordable healthcare?  How about preserving medicare, medicaid and your social security?  Who cares about the fact that job growth and salaries in Suffolk county lag behind nearly every county in New York State?   Who really cares about the enviroment?  And that includes clean energy, not just Block Island!

Finally, Lee talks about anger and hatred? What is with his choice of fund raiser guests?  Sebastian Gorka? Steve Bannon?  Are you kidding?

Gorka was an editor for national security affairs for Breitbart News,[31] where he worked for Steve Bannon.[32]   Both ofcourse were released from their duties at the WH.  Gorka failed to obtain the security clearance necessary for work on national security issues.

Shortly after taking a position in the Trump administration in early 2017, Gorka drew criticism from multiple commentators in academia and politics, who characterized him as a fringe figure in academic and policy-making circles. Business Insider politics editor Pamela Engel has described Gorka as being “widely disdained within his own field.”  Georgetown University associate professor Daniel Nexon reviewed Gorka’s PhD thesis, describing it as “inept” and saying “It does not deploy evidence that would satisfy the most basic methodological requirements for a PhD in the US”.

The Historical Order of Vitéz:  The Order of Vitéz was a Hungarian order of merit founded in 1920 to reward heroic soldiers. It entitled the bearer to the title vitéz (literally: “valiant”), as well as a grant of land. The title was inheritable, passing from father to son. Like all such orders in Hungary, it was disbanded at the end of World War II.  The U.S. State Department lists this order among organizations having been “under the direction of the Nazi government of Germany” during World War II.

Since then a number of private associations have worked to restore the order. The most notable of these is the Historical Order of Vitéz. This Order granted Gorka’s father, Paul Gorka, their title in 1979 in recognition of his resistance to the post-war Soviet occupation of Hungary.

In a 2007 video, Gorka declared his support for the Magyar Gárda (Hungarian Guard), a paramilitary group described by various sources as neo-fascist and anti-Semitic.

Gorka wore his medal of the Historical Order of Vitéz at Donald Trump’s inauguration. The medal was awarded to Gorka’s father, Paul, for his efforts in fighting against Hungary’s post-WWII Soviet-aligned regime. Gorka says he wears it to honor his father’s memory.

Gorka was detained January 31, 2016 at the Ronald Reagan Airport in Washington D.C. for attempting to board a plane with a 9mm handgun in his luggage. The gun was confiscated by Transportation Security Administration officers and Gorka, after being detained and issued with a criminal summons, was permitted to board his plane.[102] Gorka said that he had packed the carry-on bag without remembering that it contained a gun. A judge dismissed the charge on February 3, 2017 since he had stayed out of legal trouble for six months, in an arrangement agreed with the prosecutor.

Regarding Steve Bannon we have previously blogged on his connections to Breitbart and neo-nazi groups:

 

LZ decries “the left” as “filled with hate and intolerance…”    Wow. Does that sound tone deaf or what?

 

 

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Atrocities at the Border

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Rosaries taken from migrants at the Mexico border: Memories of piles of shoes and the holocaust!

Tom Kiefer was a Customs and Border Protection janitor for almost four years before he took a good look inside the trash. Every day at work—at the C.B.P. processing center in Ajo, Arizona, less than fifty miles from the border with Mexico—he would throw away bags full of items confiscated from undocumented migrants apprehended in the desert. One day in 2007, he was rummaging through these bags looking for packaged food, which he’d received permission to donate to a local pantry. In the process, he also noticed toothbrushes, rosaries, pocket Bibles, water bottles, keys, shoelaces, razors, mix CDs, condoms, contraceptive pills, sunglasses, keys: a vibrant, startling testament to the lives of those who had been detained or deported.

Send this story to your friends and family!

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GOP: “feckless cowards”

Strong words from Steve Schmidt:

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Taken from a report in the WaPo:

After Trump’s contentious appearance at the Group of Seven summit in Canada this month, Schmidt condemned Republican Party leaders for not being more critical of the president. On Wednesday, Schmidt doubled down on that criticism, saying that with the exception of Republican governors Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, Larry Hogan of Maryland and John Kasich of Ohio, the Republican Party is “filled with feckless cowards who disgrace and dishonor the legacies of the party’s greatest leaders.”

All three governors have denounced the Trump administration’s separation policy.

“This child separation policy is connected to the worst abuses of humanity in our history,” Schmidt wrote. “It is connected by the same evil that separated families during slavery and dislocated tribes and broke up Native American families. It is immoral and must be repudiated. Our country is in trouble. Our politics are badly broken.”

We need a few more heroes true to Abe Lincoln.  Where are they?

 

 

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21 State Attorneys General Demand Sessions End the “Zero Tolerance Policy”

 

Twenty-one State AGs have a demanded that the Trump Administration end the policy that is the root of the disastrous family separation situation unfolding on the South border.

STATE OF NEW MEXICO

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

HECTOR H. BALDERAS ATTORNEY GENERAL

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June 19, 2018

 

The undersigned Attorneys General write to express our strong opposition to the Department of Justice’s new “zero tolerance” policy of forcibly separating all families that cross the border illegally, including those seeking asylum. The policy is not only inhumane, but it also raises serious concerns regarding the violation of children’s rights, constitutional principles of due process and equal protection, and the efforts of state law enforcement officials to stop crime. Because of these concerns, we demand that the Department of Justice immediately cease these draconian practices.

On April 6, 2018, the Attorney General announced a new “zero tolerance” policy, calling for the immediate criminal prosecution of all individuals who illegally enter the United States, including those seeking asylum. Under this policy, adults who enter the United States are brought to federal prisons, instead of immigrant detention centers, and their children are treated as “unaccompanied minors” and forcibly placed into the care of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement.

As you are aware, the fundamental rights of children are expressed in international, federal, and state bodies of law. Each of these laws is, at its core, designed to protect the best interests of children. These laws are representative of the views of millions of Americans that the government, in any process, should first and foremost seek to protect those interests. Almost universally, the statutory mandates and the litany of cases interpreting them overwhelmingly express that a child’s best interests are served by remaining with his or her family, absent a rigorous judicial inquiry resulting in a finding that a parent is unfit or proof beyond a reasonable doubt that a crime has been committed. Policies that separate a child from his or her parent absent that level of inquiry, would not only be illegal under most state laws, but also may be contrary to the policy views of state legislatures and their constituents across this country.

These views are complemented by numerous laws and judicial precedent that mandate and hold that parents have a fundamental right to raise their children. This principle is affirmed in both state and federal law, by both statute and judicial precedent. The notion that the government should intrude into the rights of a parent to be with their child has historically been met with extremely high levels of scrutiny. Thus, the deliberate separation of families for the express purpose of furthering an immigration policy is contrary to our laws.

Not only is it highly concerning that current Department of Justice policies may be in contravention of the express purpose of these legal mandates, but these practices directly interfere with the efforts of our offices and other enforcement officials—locally, nationally, and internationally—to prevent and prosecute crime. In most states, Attorneys General are responsible for enforcing laws that include human trafficking, drug trafficking, and gang violence offenses. As you are keenly aware, these issues are rarely local in context; rather, they require the efforts and collaboration of law enforcement officials across both state and international borders to prevent the widespread and syndicated perpetration of these crimes. These efforts rely on reporting and cooperation from survivors of these crimes and victims of criminal organizations. The practice of mandatory family separation is both inhumane and contrary to the efforts of the law enforcement and others who dedicate their tireless efforts to stopping violent criminals.

Put simply, the deliberate separation of children and their parents who seek lawful asylum in America is wrong. This practice is contrary to American values and must be stopped. We demand that you immediately reverse these harmful policies, as it is in the best interests of the children and families affected.

Sincerely,

Hector Balderas Xavier Becerra
Attorney General of California

George Jepsen Matthew P. Denn
Attorney General of Connecticut Attorney General of Delaware

Karl Racine

Attorney General for the District of Columbia

Lisa Madigan
Attorney General of Illinois

Janet Mills
Attorney General of Maine

Maura Healy
Attorney General of Massachusetts

Gurbir Grewal
Attorney General of New Jersey

 

Russell Suzuki
Attorney General of Hawaii

Thomas J. Miller Attorney General of Iowa

Brian Frosh
Attorney General of Maryland

Lori Swanson
Attorney General of Minnesota

Barbara D. Underwood Attorney General of New York

 

Josh Stein
Attorney General of North Carolina

Josh Shapiro
Attorney General of Pennsylvania

Thomas J. Donovan, Jr. Attorney General of Vermont

Bob Ferguson
Attorney General of Washington

 

Ellen Rosenblum
Attorney General of Oregon

Peter F. Kilmartin
Attorney General of Rhode Island

Mark R. Herring
Attorney General of Virginia

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Child Abuse (Human Rights Violation)

Submitted by James Ewing (Watermill):

 

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We want you to imagine for a moment what this might be like for a child: to flee the place you have called your home because it is not safe to stay and then embark on a dangerous journey to an unknown destination, only to be ripped apart from your sole sense of security with no understanding of what just happened to you or if you will ever see your family again. And that the only thing you have done to deserve this, is to do what children do: stay close to the adults in their lives for security.

The zero-tolerance policy was announced on April 6.
Nationwide, nearly 2,000 minors were taken from their parents from April 19 through May 31, according to figures from the Department of Homeland Security.
“…the children will be taken care of — put into foster care or whatever.”
Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff John F. Kelly.

“At minimum, forced separation will cause these children extreme emotional distress…the sadness is not the thing that really matters here. What matters is this is a trauma to the developing nervous system.”
Nim Tottenham of Columbia University.
“Extreme emotional responses to separation from parents is part of evolution’s plan to keep those parents close — to break any parent’s heart, because throughout human evolution, an absent caregiver has meant almost certain death.
Megan Gunnar University of Minnesota.…

When faced with separation from loved ones, “we fight as if it’s a matter of life and death, because it is.”
Jude Cassidy University of Maryland.
“…little minds and hearts can maintain that level of distress only for so long before the children face a horrifying decision: Continue, through severe emotional pain, to call out for their parents, or proceed on the assumption that their parents are gone…
James Coan University of Virginia

We are all being made complicit in child abuse by this administration.

 

Comments added by David Posnett:

Here is Zeldin’s response:

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(UAC: Unaccompanied Alien Children)

Lee Zeldin contact info:  (202) 225 3826, (631) 289 1097.  Congressmanzeldin1@mail.house.gov

I am sure he would like to hear from you!

 

Perry Gershon for Congress

 

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Zeldin finally took a position on family separation at the border. As expected, he is supporting the cruel Trump policy. We need to replace Zeldin this November. Taking children away from their parents does not just apply to people attempting to cross the border without documentation. Our government is separating the children of asylum seekers too – these people with zero purported criminal activity. We cannot allow this to happen and be silent. And Zeldin cheers the policy. I pledge to fight this policy to all my ability if elected in November, and ask for your support on June 26 to help me get there.

If you want more color on the trump policy, this link describes it better. https://www.vox.com/2018/6/11/17443198/children-immigrant-families-separated-parents

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“Children and Parents will be Separated”

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Contributed by James Ewing:
Dear friends,
Are you as appalled as I am at the forcible removal of children from their parents at the U.S./ Mexico border? This egregious form of state sponsored child abuse tears at the very heart and soul of our nation.
Here is something we all can do in addition to calling our members of congress and petitioning: send shoes and clothing to Jeff Sessions for these children being held in kiddie concentration camps. The Border Patrol and ICE just do not have enough infant-sized orange jump suits for the more than 12,000 children being held behind bars.
Look through your closets for clothing and shoes that your children or grandchildren have outgrown. Make a visit to thrift stores or yard sales and make up a care package. Send it to the children in care of Jeff Sessions.
What if he were to receive a million packages? Or ten million? Please share widely.
Refugee children
c/o U.S Attorney General Jeff Sessions
United States Department of Justice 
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, 
Washington, DC 20530-0001.

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Note (D. Posnett): apparently there is a rift among Repulicans with Ryan and others (?) breaking with the White House on the policy of separating kids from their parents.  Where does Zeldin stand on this issue?
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This Woman Had The Perfect Response When ICE Boarded Her Greyhound Bus

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By Yvette Montoya

When Tiana Smalls (pictured above) boarded a Greyhound Bus in Bakersfield California headed to Las Vegas, she found herself in a situation that is reminiscent of Nazi, Germany. She recounts her experience in a Facebook post that has now gone viral:
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Tiana decided to act when she could have just minded her business and continued her trip. But no, what happened was bold and brave:
Realizing that the people most likely to be targeted by ICE are Latinos, Smalls got on Google Translate so she could read her message in Spanish to make sure everyone knew what their rights were. She even went as far as reassuring the terrified woman next to her, that she wouldn’t let anything happen to her.
When ICE boarded the bus, Smalls was loud, stood her ground and made sure the agents, the driver, and everyone on the bus knew, that what ICE was doing, was illegal.
Small’s “filthy mouth” saved lives. She stuck up for what was right and for those who were most vulnerable. And she reminds everyone that injustice exists because of fear and silence and that using your voice to defend those in danger is the only way to combat the racism and blatant xenophobia sweeping the United States.
But what I really want to know is why Greyhound is allowing paying customers to be arrested simply for existing?
 
There are many comments all over Facebook on this story.  Here is one that needs to be answered (spelling errors corrected):

Uri Xeno

It is the land of the free, for people who are citizens… You wouldn’t be mad at officials for enforcing theft laws, so why would enforcing immigration laws be any different? There is no propaganda involved here. If you come to the US or stay in the US illegally, you risk getting deported. It’s the same for every country in the world. If that’s an issue, work to change the laws, but it’s unrealistic to expect that someone can just move to a country and live there forever without going through some process to become a citizen. No country operates like that.
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What Uri Xeno misses, is the intent and motivation behind Trump’s minions.  Uri is correct in stating that other countries might well enforce their laws against people that overstay their visas or break immigration laws.  However,
1) other countries do not have a stated policy to hunt down their own citizens who might stand accused of having obtained citizenship by illegal means, i.e. operation Janus, and ending birthright citizenship.
2) other countries don’t declare that people from “shithole” countries are not welcome.
3) other countries don’t leave entire segments of their own citizenry (Puerto Ricans) in limbo regarding their rights.
4) other countries don’t appoint racists to positions in government which empower ICE and other agencies and enact racist policies (Carl HigbieAyo Kimathi, Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller, Jeff Sessions, John Kelley, Thomas Homan, Sheriff Arpaio,etc).  This was clear from the onset of the Trump presidency.
5) other countries don’t appoint ambassadors to raise hell with our staunchest allies.
6) other countries do not systematically turn down those that seek asylum because where they came from, they were in danger of their lives.
7) other countries don’t separate mothers from their children when they are apprehended at the border, which has rightfully spawned massive protests, 
8) and most other countries don’t have an avowed racist as their president
Those are fascist tactics as Dr. Ruth explained to Dr. Kissinger!  And our country will suffer the consequences.  The historical record will not be kind.

 

In regard to our own US history, we just saw a new play “FELLOW TRAVELERS.”  It is set during Hollywood’s notorious Blacklist.  FELLOW TRAVELERS examines the relationship between legendary theater artists Arthur Miller and Elia Kazan and their close connection to Marilyn Monroe.

As per the patch.com it is a story of one of Hollywood’s darkest hours…, when American entertainment professionals and intellectuals were interrogated and denied employment opportunities because they were suspected of having Communist ties, or simply because they refused to cooperate with the McCarthyism witch-hunt. During this poisonous political time “Fellow Travelers” was the derogatory term used for people who were suspected of having any kind of Communist affiliation.

I also highly recommend “Red Hollywood”, a movie that

mainly features clips of films made by “Communist” writers, directors, and actors in Hollywood, many of whom were targets of secret government investigations and were blacklisted—barred from working in the studios in the wake of the hearings held, in 1947 and 1951, by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAAC). Read more here.

What stands out is the creeping nature of persecution:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Martin Niemöller

 

Uri Xeno beware!  They may come after you!

 

 

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