There is no other reasonable way to describe ICE’s horrific action here.  No, they aren’t “just doing their job.”  To do this in front of a 13 year old child is cynical and cruel, and anybody responsible for this action at the planning, ordering, approving, and implementation should be summarily fired with a personal apology to these children from the highest superior not actually involved.  But it won’t happen under the new order.

But hassle them anyway.

Los Angeles Office of Chief Counsel
606 South Olive Street 8th Floor

Los Angeles, CA, 90014

Phone: (213) 894-2805

These assholes are calling it “fun.”

Do your job, but don’t effing strut and or take pleasure in separating families, dashing dreams, and destroying lives – no matter how righteous you feel about your job and cause.  You’re not special with special entitlement because of your skin color of the geography of your birth.  Have a little humility and empathy knowing that you and anyone else who was living the life they came from would be here illegally if that was the only way.  And in many cases, it’s the only way.

Anybody talking about these arrests as “fun” should be summarily fired.  Really missing President Obama.  Yes, he deported more than is predecessors, but that’s because he knew how to govern effectively.

Although some growers may rejoice this news of potential renewal of federal enforcement as potential to return to the glory days of 1990s prices.  What I see is more violence and more ruined lives.

Probably they won’t try to roll back medical marijuana.  That ship has sailed.  But it does look like they may try to send a message to states like California and Colorado.

The NRA will be freaking out about this Fourth Circuit Court decision essentially ruling that military-use assault rifles are not protected by the Second Amendment.  This is a major reversal of a long sequence of fortune for the more extreme wing of gun rights advocacy, and it could be overturned by SCOTUS.  But it may not be.

However, there is a silver lining for NRA types as this could put to rest all hint of any influence of the “well regulated militia” qualification to the Second Amendment.  Under prior decisions, the Courts have ruled that sawed-off shotguns and switchblades could be banned on the basis that the weapons served no practical purpose for a militia.  Arguably, under that reasoning, the protection of rights to own an AK-47 should have been stronger than that for handguns or hunting rifles.   More recently, SCOTUS overturned that line of cases in affirming the Second Amendment protection of nunchuks – also with very little practical application for a militia, but, the Court deemed, relevant to the basic right of self-defense which is deemed fundamental even though not explicitly stated in the Constitution (when strict constructionists and original intenters become Constitutional liberals, you know it’s about a right to guns or prayer).  So, having trashed the whole is-it-relevant-to-a-militia analysis process, the question is now whether it’s relevant to personal self-defense.


So as of now, if this decision stands, the process is returned to the realm of democratic processes and elected officials don’t have the cover they once had.  They face the most formidable lobby in Washington in the NRA, but they also face a growing fatigue of multiple shootings blamed on everything but mass death weapons.  From the decision:

Disenfranchising the American people on this life and death subject would be the gravest and most serious of steps. It is their community, not ours. It is their safety, not ours. It is their lives, not ours. To say in the wake of so many mass shootings in so many localities across this country that the people themselves are now to be rendered newly powerless, that all they can do is stand by and watch as federal courts design their destiny—this would deliver a body blow to democracy as we have known it since the very founding of this nation.

In urging us to strike this legislation, appellants would impair the ability of government to act prophylactically. More and more under appellants’ view, preventive statutory action is to be judicially forbidden and we must bide our time until another tragedy is inflicted or irretrievable human damage has once more been done. Leaving the question of assault weapons bans to legislative competence preserves the latitude that representative governments enjoy in responding to changes in facts on the ground. Constitutionalizing this critical issue will place it in a freeze frame which only the Supreme Court itself could alter. The choice is ultimately one of flexibility versus rigidity, and beyond that, of whether conduct that has visited such communal bereavement across America will be left to the communal processes of democracy for resolution.


I wonder if Justice Kennedy will moderate on these issues in the face of a one party rule over all three branches of government.


Julia Minton and will be hosting Monday Morning Magazine on KMUD tomorrow morning. This is what we have going.

7:00 to 7:30 – Julia and I will discuss the news of the day.

7:30 – Eureka City Councilwoman Kim Bergel will discuss the recently passed Human Rights Statement

7:45 – Supervisor Estelle Fennell will report on County business

8:00 – Eureka NAACP Chair Liz Smith will discuss the organization’s Black History Month events

8:15 – Sean McGlaughlin of Access Humboldt will discuss the current state of the open internet and access thereto.

8:30 – Jennifer Bravo of Centro del Pueblo will discuss ICE activity nationally and locally and resistance thereto.


This is just fucking insane!

We’re in trouble.

Meanwhile, neo-Nazis are blaming “the Jews” for the Flynn resignation.

No, the whistle blowing about the thing is not the “real story.”  The real story is the thing itself.

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