Daily Recap — April 6

Sorry to keep you waiting, folks. Complicated business.

This is a special Friday recap that will be based solely on questions received from readers. Fear not, though, it just so happens that RNR readers asked all the pertinent questions of the news cycle, so all the important stuff is there. Enjoy!


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What exactly is the mission of the National Guard at the border? Are they armed? What is their authority & how can they use it?

 

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It’s a bit complicated; both good and bad news here.

They’ll be armed, to the extent that guardsmen in the field are always armed. But they won’t be authorized anything near shoot-to-kill, nor will they be carrying weapons on their person. They’re only allowed to attack in self-defense. But I don’t foresee that being an issue. The cartels aren’t stupid enough to pick a fight with the military. Mad Dog will slaughter them within a week. They don’t even mess with known DEA agents anymore after they skinned an informant alive in the 80’s and Reagan unleashed the dogs of hell for a week. 

The National Guard isn’t authorized to act as a domestic police force, at least insofar as making arrests. Under the mechanism the administration is looking to use, the Guard wouldn’t be mobilized as a federal force at all. The Governors are still in control of them at the end of the day, as they should be. I’m a big states rights guy. Fortunately, every border state governor is solidly behind the plan, other than (shocker!) Moonbeam Brown. 

It’s not all bad news, though. While guardsmen won’t be able to load up the paddy wagon, they’ll be helping to fill them up nonetheless. They may not be authorized to act as a police force, but they’ll be assisting the hell out of the guys who are.

There will be a boatload of Air National Guard helicopters providing backup for Border Agents chasing #BadHombres or checking out sensor hits to determine the number of immigrants having crossed the line. Essentially, their job is to canvas the border so that no one cross without detection. From there, they work in tandem with the Border Patrol guys who can actually throw the cuffs on. It’s actually very effective.

In addition to monitoring and maintaining video surveillance to help provide real-time intel to border agents, they’ll also offer maintenance services for things like vehicles and other hombre-snatching equipment. The most important service they provide, though, is as a deterrent. The very announcement that NG troops are headed toward the border will dissuade many would-be illegals from making the trip, which makes the job of catching those who do that much easier. 

Of course, that’s pretty effective for the Mexican crossers. Things are a bit more complicated for the Central American crowd (like Hondurans) who come to the border for the sole intent of claiming political asylum. Under that law, they can’t be turned away and deported (like the Mexicans). We have to give them due process for refugee status and many make it out to Main St. America while their applications are pending, simply because we don’t have the bunk space to house them. 

Yeah, it pisses me off too.

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HOW MANY GUARDSMEN AND HOW LONG WILL THEY BE THERE?

 

As for the money, although it’s impossible to get a definitive answer to this, I’m almost positive the Pentagon would need authorization from Congress for any funding beyond a few months. Fungible monies aren’t typically allocated for a prolonged basis. Not even the defense budget is that large, and it’s pretty friggin big.

Will Congress authorize the money? Depends on the politics at the time. If PDT’s approval continues to rise and popularity of his tough border stances remains relatively strong (as they are now), it will be tough for Republicans and many red state Democrats to turn it down. PDT will be on them like Ted Kennedy on a Waffle House waitress and they know it.

Conversely, if the economy begins to tank, PDT’s political capital will take a hit and his bully pulpit won’t be nearly as intimidating. One is only as powerful as the stick they carry. I believe it will turn out fine for us, though. My personal prediction: PDT keeps the pedal to the metal on the border and the economy remains relatively strong, giving him a strong enough hand to man the border with guardsmen for the foreseeable future. 

It’s also hard to get a definitive answer on numbers at the moment. PDT is aiming for roughly 4000 but word on the skreet is somewhere between 1000 -1500 are headed there right now with more likely on the way. That doesn’t seem like much, but it’s actually substantial when strategically positioned to employ technology. It’s more about the military equipment than the manpower. 

Work smart, not hard.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

 

It’s a band-aid until we get the wall. PDT is ratcheting up pressure on Congress more than anything. I’m personally ecstatic that we’re beefing up our border presence — because it will pay dividends — but I’m not naive as to the political gamesmanship behind the move.

PDT wants Congress to know that #TheWall is going up come Hell or high water, and not only will he be focusing executive action toward immigration initiatives, but they need not even hand him a budget this September without wall funding.

In short: the military is funded, although it took Democrats getting damn near everything they wanted, and now it’s time. When PDT wants something, he obsesses over it. His father imparted upon him from an early age an unquenchable thirst to win. The thought of losing makes him damn near physically ill. That’s not an exaggeration. Research his life. Hell, it may even be unhealthy — but it sure is useful. 

Playtime is over. PDT is gonna get his wall.

 


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Why would Trump even acknowledge the whore? He doesn’t piss me off very often but when he answered a question about her I wanted to slap him.

 

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Because he’s physically incapable of resisting a counterpunch against someone who’s come after him. Refer to the above piece about the effect his father had on his psyche at a young age.

It drives me nuts sometimes too. But it can also be amazing. It’s maddening to see him punch down at no-names, but there’s something supremely entertaining about a guy who goes through life punching absolutely everyone in the face. 

 


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Zuck & the attempt to access medical data— I know it didn’t happen, so no charges can be brought, but what IF? Violation of HIPAA, certainly— against the medical establishment for allowing it (if they had) as well, correct?

 

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If the data had been handed over to Facebook (or anyone else) it seems to me to be a pretty clear violation of the privacy standards required by HIPAA, which mandates patients’ medical data remain private and secure. Significantly, HIPAA requires patients give their consent for use of any of their medical data. Hospitals can’t just give out your data, even if they withhold your name. The data is protected regardless.

The withholding of names wouldn’t have mattered anyway. Facebook sought to match the anonymous health data with patients’ Facebook profiles using a technique called “hashing.” This method scrambles data, such as names, using a specific algorithm, and then searches for matches among the sets of coded information. For example, if Tom J. Coochiecapper’s name was scrambled to “hu78lY A34olu7k9,” the scramble of characters wouldn’t be immediately apparent as his name, but they would appear as the same on both his Facebook profile and his medical data.

Yes, that is scary. Thank God the medical community knew better. The law won out this time. Let’s stay vigilant so that trend continues.


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Apparently Epstein is paying millions of dollars to fill in tunnels at his island. What’s going on?

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I assume you’re referring to this Q post:

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Frankly, there’s no way to know for sure. I find Q to be a pretty typical anonymous 8chan poster; throwing out cryptic messages about scattered news stories and allowing everyone’s confirmation bias to create a stir for their own entertainment.

But I do know that Epstein is a pedophile and the visitor’s log to Lolita Island would probably blow our minds were it revealed. And it very well may be, who knows. Slick Willy has been there far more than once, and made sure to leave the Secret Service off the plane for the journey.

So why is Epstein is filling the tunnels? I imagine that’s only one of many measures he’s taken since getting out the poke and realizing that the G-men have a #BigFat magnifying glass on him.

Or maybe Q-Anon is real, and the person posting on 8chan is an actual above-top-secret intel analyst, apparently read on to many different unrelated missions, who’s heard the phone conversations of people on the island that were held while the tunnels were being filled in, then decided to leave a vague post about it in the conspiratorial corners of the internet. 

But I wouldn’t bet the farm on it.

 


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What’s this that Mueller told PDT’s lawyers he wasn’t under criminal investigation? Does that mean Mueller has worked himself out of a job?

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Ok, so first, let’s define PDT’s status in the probe. Reports, which I believe to be accurate, are that Trump is not a criminal target but rather merely a subject in the investigation. A target is someone prosecutors view as a likely criminal defendant, while a subject is someone whose conduct is within the scope of the investigation but who is not currently considered likely to face charges.

As I’ve been yelling from the top of my internet lungs for the last year, Trump is not getting indicted for anything. They don’t have squat on him. However, his status as a subject is significant, because it means Mueller is going after someone in his circle, which is almost certainly former campaign manager Paul Manafort.

King Bob has already gone after Manafort for not properly registering as a foreign agent when he lobbied for pro-Russian parties in Ukraine 12 friggin years ago, but that has nothing to do with PDT, so he’s going for something else.

It could — emphasize could — be that he’s trying to build a case against Manafort for Russian collusion. There are reports that a Manafort/Rick Gates business associate has ties to Russian intelligence. Here’s the issue with that, though — many Russian oligarchs have links to Russian intelligence.

In Russia, if you’re wealthy, it’s because Vladimir Putin allows you to be. The lines between the government and the business community in Russia are so blurred as to be non-existent. Anyone who has contacts with the Russian aristocracy could be six-degrees-of-Kevin Bacon’d straight to Russian intel. Just the way it is. 

Until King Bob produces something besides this old lobbying garbage he’s using to give his office legitimacy, I’m calling BS on him having any hard evidence of anything collusion-related. 


 

BIG PICTURE ANALYSIS OF KING BOB:

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Bob Mueller is nothing more than the political establishment’s hysterical reaction to what they see as an existential threat to their existence: PDT. 

When Peter Strzok spoke of an “insurance policy” in those text messages, this is exactly what he meant. Mueller is the Marine and “universally respected” (read: guardian of the Swamp) prosecutor no one dare critique, and as such he must be allowed to run around picking on whomever the hell he pleases — hence the name “King Bob.” 

The Swamp is absolutely freaking out. Not only is there a POTUS in the White House who couldn’t care less about the cushy lives they’ve carved out for themselves on the back of the working class, that very working class sent him to D.C. to be a wrecking ball.

The Establishment is in 5-alarm fire mode and Mueller is driving the fire truck. He’s going to keep his investigation alive as long as possible, until the absurd optics force a retreat. So no, he didn’t work his way out of a job. He’s just gonna ride the Manafort bus until the wheels fall off.


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Any insights into Trump’s tariffs with China as far as the end game? We know that they have been allowed to take us to the cleaners since Nixon with the hope of them becoming more of a capitalist society but they certainly are stealing our IP and disregarding patents. If we are successful what is the upside?

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I’m certainly no economist but I can tell you this. China needs us more than we need them. If our leadership has the stomach to stick this out (he does), they’re likely to cry uncle within the next year or so in order to get their economy expanding again. China relies heavily upon economic growth given their defense initiatives and population growth.

So basically, there will be some pain on our side, especially among the farm community (soy farmers, for example, are heavily reliant upon exporting to China), but in the long term, they’ll be forced to the table to negotiate more favorable deals for the U.S. They’ll also be greatly incentivized to stop stealing our technological innovation, though honestly it’s impossible to stop that altogether. 

The end result will be lower tariffs on our products on the Chinese side and better enforcement of tech patents. PDT needs to make that case to the American people in the meantime, though, because like I said, there will be short-term pain.


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Will Trump take money from the military budget to build the wall in the name of national defense? What do you think the odds are of that happening?

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At this point, very low.

There’s no doubt that’s the exact angle PDT is trying to get #TheWall built, but Congress would likely need to redirect money from the current Defense budget for it, which is unlikely to happen.

Reports are that PDT has spoken with the worthless Paul Rino behind the scenes asking him to reallocate the money based on the fact that border security is national security, which it is.

Rino, unsurprisingly, is resistant to the idea because he’s more beholden to the defense contractors feeding at the trough than the American people. He’s not going to take money from the usual bullies in order to actually protect Americans. It really is that simple. Sorry.

Now, as I’ve written in previous recaps, there is the option of the White House invoking the president’s power as commander-in-chief to justify the unilateral reallocation of funds, but it would immediately become a subject of the Judiciary. And there’s a good chance that the September budget would roll around by the time it was resolved there anyway.

So from my vantage point, as I noted in the first item, it appears PDT is going to play hardball all the way up to September and use that budget to fund the wall completely.

It’s going to be fun to watch. I believe he’ll get it done.


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Why can’t Trump issue an executive order to end “catch and release”? And how was OVomit even able to get this law passed??

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If it were just an executive action by the Obama administration, it would be reversible by the Trump administration. Unfortunately, it’s not, and the Judiciary is the main culprit.

The term “catch and release” basically refers to how we handle a logistical issue (though it’s really an issue of political will). Rather than keeping them in custody, we release illegal immigrants into the interior of the U.S while they await court hearings  based on a shortage of housing. Unsurprisingly, only a tiny fraction (about 3.5%) actually have their cases heard. Once released, they’re gone. Pretty predictable.

The practice actually began during the George Dubya Bush years. He was a lot like his #BadHombre-phile brother Jeb! when it came to open borders. 

Immigration rose sharply from 2000 to 2010, as 14 million new legal and undocumented immigrants ran to the United States upon seeing we had an open borders weenie at the helm. At the same time, ICE didn’t have enough space to house all the illegals being apprehended.

So Team Dubya would release many of the illegals under their own recognizance — and (shocker!) many of them would then fail to report for their immigration hearings.

There’s more. In 2001, the Supreme Court ruled that immigrants who were under deportation orders — but whom no other country would accept — generally could not be detained by U.S. officials for more than six months.

The case was Zadvydas v. Davis. Republican senators introduced legislation to narrow the scope of this ruling in 2014, complaining that the Barry Crew were relying on it as a basis for releasing deportable immigrants. They were correct. 

In a separate case, the courts approved what’s known as the “Flores settlement” in 1997. This agreement struck by Slick Willy’s administration requires the federal government to release rather than detain undocumented immigrant children, first to their parents if possible, to other adult relatives if not, and to licensed programs willing to accept custody if no relatives are available. As a last resort, U.S. officials may place children in the “least restrictive” setting available.

A federal judge in California ruled in 2015 that the Flores settlement covered all children in immigration officials’ custody, regardless of whether they were apprehended crossing the border alone or with family. The judge’s ruling also covered any accompanying parents. Surprisingly though, the coochie-cappers of the 9th Circuit of Appeals reversed that part of the ruling and said the Flores settlement required only that children be released, not parents.

The same basic arithmetic that confronted Bush — lots of #BadHombres, not enough space to house them pending immigration hearings — has continued under Trump.

There are two solutions to the problem:

  1. A friggin WALL, and
  2. The political will to increase detention housing.

Neither of which we have at the moment. Let’s hope things change over the next few years.


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I was wondering exactly what a ‘sealed indictment’ was, and how do they work?

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Typically, sealed indictments are sealed for the reason of keeping things under wraps until the subject of an investigation is brought into custody. Evidence is presented to a grand jury. Said grand jury determines whether the evidence presented is enough to conclude that a crime has probably been committed. Bear in mind, the standard for attaining an indictment is much lower than that of a prosecution. 

Basically, if a judge deems that the release of the indictment information could adversely affect law enforcement’s ability to serve a warrant on the indictment’s target, he/she orders it sealed and it can’t be unsealed until the person has been brought in. 

It’s a tactical move to maintain law enforcement’s element of surprise.


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Skip over all the details and just predict the future altogether.

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The universe will collapse upon itself in a glorious but final (?) heat death, wiping away all that’s ever been known in this cosmic sand grain we call a galaxy. Every human accomplishment; every era of life on Earth or any other planet; every meaningful event to emerge from the sea of consciousness we call sentient life — gone in a glorious flare of light followed by unfathomable darkness. 


Slightly before that, North Korea will legitimately denuclearize, giving PDT perhaps the greatest foreign policy achievement since the fall of the USSR. In exchange, and at the absolute disgust of neoconservatives like H.R. McPermaWar and Cooter McCain, we’ll concede to many of Rocket Man’s demands to lighten our footprint on the island. Because that’s what PDT wants to do anyway.


Russia will continue to back down because we’re poised to become the world’s oil superpower by 2023. That means we have them by the Corleones. There will be a lot of tit for tat chest-beating within the spy community but in the big scheme of things, the Russians already backed down from our naval blockade off the coast of North Korea and Mattis put a warhead on their forehead in Syria, so they know their place for at least 6 1/2 more years.


We’ll win the trade war because we have the leverage and PDT has the stomach to endure the short term pain. 


#TheWall will get built.


We’ll leave Syria and tell Putin that if he loves being the big badass in the Middle East, he can deal with the Muslims who will send an endless supply of suicide bombers to run the godless Ruskies off their land. Just like Afghanistan. Those who don’t remember history are doomed to repeat it. That’s especially true of our own country, sadly, since our CIA loves to arm the Muslims vs. Mother Russia. Just like Afghanistan.


Shepard Smith will be found in a bathhouse dead of mysterious circumstances. And I’m not sure exactly how but Obama will be involved. Lindsey Graham will breathe a sigh of relief that he wasn’t there that night. 


Nancy Pelosi will be the first ever lawmaker to lose a nose on the House floor.


The North Korea achievement will put PDT legitimately in the top 10 of presidents of all time even if he accomplishes little more, which will cause coochie-cappers to organize mass suicides, thereby raising our country’s collective IQ by roughly 7-10 points.


Shake-n-Bake will remain the most un-American cooking product one can use. What kind of sociopath tries to fool people with fake fried chicken?


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That’s about it.  


 

There it is, homeskillet. You know the drill: questions, comments, concerns, memes, insults, compliments, stickers, jokes, emojis and, if we have time, complaints.


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1 thought on “Daily Recap — April 6

  1. Alan Devincentis April 7, 2018 — 3:31 am

    It’s shake and bake, and I helped! I don’t understand your animosity towards a box, with a bag inside, consisting of bread crumbs and flavoring. Wtf?

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