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INVISIBLE
 

2 November 2018

I've become invisible.

I have been participating in a discussion group on SwapBot for several years.  I have been one of the more active of the dozen or so regulars there.  I was off for several days when my computer was acting up.  During the time I was off line, the slaughter in Pittsburgh happened and when I went back on, I was surprised that NOBODY had said a word about it.  Not. one. word.

I wrote a long impassioned comment about it, not mentioning that nobody had talked about it.  I also shared my good news about my latest encouraging blood tests, my feeling stronger, and my concerns for Walt's upcoming surgery.

There have been seven additions to the discussion board since I wrote, and not a single person mentioned my entry or addressed the massacre in Pittsburgh.  This is not, it is true, a political discussion board, but we have in the past at least mentioned current events that are of concern to us and I feel like I've been shut out.

So I'm taking a break, I think.  I don't need to feel invisible.  It hurts, to tell you the truth.  If you can't discuss how upset you are with people who have become on line friends, maybe they aren't really on line friends at all.


Trump said he believes there are more people traveling with the migrant caravan than has been reported in the media — because he’s “pretty good at estimating crowd size.”  He's still debating the size of his inauguration crowd, but he knows more than the United Nations and the Mexican Government, which have estimated the crowd size as between 3,600 and 7,000 and the size changes as people leave or join the caravan.

In an ABC interview, Trump also said he believes the caravan is made up of mostly “young men” and that the women and children seen in pictures have been posed on purpose for cameras.

According to other comments by Trump and others, this group of "invaders" is bringing just about every disease imaginable, including, one report said, the new strain of polio that is just breaking out in the south and the previously eradicted Smallpox  I'm not sure how all these mostly strong young men can be bring TB and leprosy and still walk thousands of miles.

I've thought from the beginning that the president was not in the right mind, but lately he seems to be decompensating at a faster rate.  Every day some off the wall thing, like how he was going to pass a tax cut just for middle income people and it would be passed before the midterms, though Congress was not in session again until after the midterms.  (Two days ago, it was announced there could not be a tax cut for the middle class, but that didn't make the headlines that the original announcement did)

His latest reaction to the bomb scares and the massacre in Pittsburgh was that it had slowed the momentum of the midterms.  And then he went off to Pittsburgh despite the plea of the mayor and the rabbi to please wait until the survivors had buried their dead.  At least he had the good sense (or listened to someone in his circle) not to make political hay out of that visit, though it could not have been easy for those already suffering from the grief of losing friends and family.

Now there's this business with birthright citizenship.  He thinks he can change the Constitution with a presidential order, which everyone (even Kellyanne Conway's husband, a constitutional scholar["Trump has no comprehension of the words he’s using’"]) knows he cannot and he even chides Paul Ryan for weighing in on the question when "he knows nothing about it."

He claims we are the only country with grants birthright citizenship, when in fact more than 30 of them do, including Canada and Mexico.  And he talks about what it costs this country for as long as 85 years.  He doesn't factor in that these birthright babies will grow up like any other child in this country, go to school, get jobs, pay taxes and act just like any other baby growing up in this country.

The number of troops he is sending to the border changes every day, up to as many as 15,000 -- more than we have in Afghanistan.  He needs to send them NOW beause the caravan won't reach our border for more than a month and he can't use that as a political ploy for the mid term elections.  He even says that if someone throws a rock, the soldiers may respond with gunfire.

“Anybody throwing stones, rocks, like they did to Mexico and the Mexican military, Mexican police, where they badly hurt police and soldiers of Mexico, we will consider that a firearm,” Trump said. "We’re not going to put up with that. They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back. I told them to consider it a rifle.” -- Newsweek 11/2/18

No one seeking asylum will be released awaiting their hearing, but he is going to erect a huge tent city that will hold thousands of people (men, women and children) and once they get in there they may be there for years (how much will THAT cost the taxpayers to feed and house them?).  This because when they are released, they never return for their hearing, though statistics show that 85% of them do return.

Thee is another interesting twist, according to Fox news, of all places:  The U.S. cannot send troops into Mexico to cut off the caravan from crossing the border, it said. Even with the National Guard at the border, once an immigrant indicates an intention to apply for asylum, the suit maintained the process has begun.

I was happy to hear that a dozen migrants traveling by foot from Honduras to the U.S. to seek asylum filed a class-action lawsuit Thursday against President Trump, the Department of Homeland Security and others, claiming a violation of their due process under the Fifth Amendment.

The Fifth Amendment states that, "no person… shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law."

Immigrants who are seeking asylum must be referred for a “credible fear interview,” for which an asylum officer would determine if the immigrant has a “credible fear of persecution,” the lawsuit said. If the officer makes that determination, then there is a significant chance for the asylum-seeker to be granted asylum, according to the suit.

Nothing will come of the lawsuit, but I'm glad to read that they are fighting back.  We all know how serious Trump considers lawsuits -- they are lifeblood to him.

When, Oh, Lord, will we be free from this mad man?

 

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