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O'Sullivan Bere

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The astonishing thing is that many of those who got scammed here would do exactly the same thing tomorrow if a new fund was set up called "The Real Build the Wall fund" run by the same scammer.


That is not an exaggeration, it is mind boggling how easily large swathes of America are continually conned out of their cash, from Madoff, to evangelists to pyramid schemes, to wellness programmes to stock market scams, to Bitcoin, to Alex Jones and a million more.

And even more mindboggling that many of the same people would cue up in Costco and push people out of the way to get a 40 cent discount on a bag of Doritos or haggle over the price of a bag of screws at a hardware store
Bizarrely, these very same people perceive themselves to be canny and astute and thrifty.
IMO the most effective deception is self-deception. Effective hustlers know that, hence why they play and prey upon things people want and wish to believe. They set the stage and the targets pull their own strings.

You'd think the Religious Right voters would even have a leg up on that one. What's the Devil's first inquiry? "What do you want."
 


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President Trump has personally pushed for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to give a GOP donor and frequent Fox News guest’s construction company a border wall contract, according to the Washington Post.
Trump has repeatedly urged leaders at the Army Corps and the Department of Homeland Security to award the contract to North Dakota-based Fisher Industries, according to the Post, citing four administration officials.
Fisher’s CEO, Tommy Fisher, frequently appears on Fox News and conservative talk radio, claiming his firm can build over 200 miles of wall in under a year and that the company’s weathered steel design would allow it to complete the project on time at a lower cost. Fisher has also met with members of Congress and invited government officials to see barrier prototypes in the desert.
The Post reported that Trump's "aggressive" push for Fisher to receive the contract has surprised Homeland Security and military officials.

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Trump has mismanaged the Border incredibly badly and antagonizing Mexico will only aggravate matters.

His latest stunt is to put tariffs on Mexico, which will probably destroy his showpiece Trade Agreement. If anyone ever trusted Trump's word before, they will not any more.


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After falling, border crossings shot up under Trump - mainly because he cut off aid to Central America and made economically poor people even poorer and more desperate.

It is not a right f**king mess - thanks to Trump.

 

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Paradoxically regarding the stunt that uses a 7 y/o child at a major prop, drinking 'hot chocolate' is an indigenous Mexican cultural import.

It's an agitprop stunt with some of the 'usual suspects' demagoguing behind it along with scarier types. It's just a bit of privately funded fence on private property with the owner's consent.

Anti-immigrant hard-liners closely associated with Trump, including Steve Bannon, Kris Kobach, and Tom Tancredo, joined the effort as advisers. Jared Kushner also got on board. Kolfage started searching for private property on the border, and he found a piece near El Paso. But he didn’t find it by himself.
We Build the Wall’s search for land got help from the United Constitutional Patriots, or UCP, the armed vigilantes who made the news in April after videos revealed that they were capturing and terrorizing migrants near El Paso. Subsequently, the FBI announced that the group was implicated in a plot to assassinate George Soros, Barack Obama, and Hilary Clinton. The Southern Poverty Law Center lists the UCP as a hate group.
 

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"We Build the Wall" wins battle with The International Boundary and Water Commission over whether a gate in the privately-built wall should be kept open or not. They said yes, while WBTW said no. Now the Commission has accepted leaving it locked at night.

 

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9th Circuit at it again. A federal judge has blocked the use of $2.5 billion in defence funds to build the wall in New Mexico, California, Arizona and Texas. The Yuma sector of Arizona is an important flashpoint for illegal crossing. This smacks of over-reach considering Texas is part of the 5th Circuit, not the 9th Circuit.

The groundbreaking was due to begin Monday.

The admin will inevitably appeal. While the 9th Circuit has been a thorn in POTUS's side for years, the liberal majority is down substantially following 6 Trump appointees (its 16-11 now). If Trump gets to fill all the vacancies this will reduce to 16-13. The relevance is that it goes to a three judge panel before it may go to an en banc hearing of all the judges. The Trump admin has been occasionally getting its way with the 9th Circuit panels recently (in one other immigration case recently, the admin struck lucky with 3 Republican judges on the 3 judge panels), so watch this space this is not over.
 
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Politico had an article yesterday about what a good week it's been for Trump. Mueller was a dud in his hearings, Esper was confirmed as Secretary of Defense, the new joint chiefs Milley was also confirmed, Kelly Craft his nominee as UN ambassador got through her panel and will be soon confirmed by the US Senate, Trumps pal and bestie, BoJo is the new UK PM and he got a budget deal done with Congress.

Politico noted that it wasn't all good, Kim is firing off more missiles in North Korea but the latest news on the wall will energize Trump and his base.

Of course, as we all know, Trump is literally only one tweet away from sh1tting on all of this. Bette Middler is the latest aging Hollywood celebrity caught up here, with her tweet (since deleted and apologized for) questioning how much Trump pays for black attendees at his rallies, referring to it as a "blackground".

Middler should prepare for income fire, "aging, overrated, failed Hollywood star", "never a fan" "tremendously bad singer".......
 

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Breaking news: SCOTUS has ruled the Trump admin can use $2.5 billion of Pentagon funds for the Wall. Supreme Court rules Trump can use military funds for border wall construction

The 4 liberal judges dissented at least partially.
Another day of sad decline in the reputation of the US Supreme Court. Its main task is now to enforce the will of Republican Party, and a Republican President as a 3rd Legislative Chamber, should the others be captured by the "wrong" party, and take inconvenient ideological positions.

What was the "unusual" case of Bush vs Gore in 2000 is now the norm.

The politicization of the US Army is even a worse signal in the decline of democracy is what was once the only example in the world.
 


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