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Re: “Watch Lindsey Graham destroy his flip phone with a samurai sword

Lighten up, guys. Trump will keep the comedy coming for at least a few more months...…

Posted by brewengineer on July 28, 2015 at 3:01 PM

Re: “Watch Lindsey Graham destroy his flip phone with a samurai sword

"1. Any Number Involving LEGAL Immigrants and Crime Is Besides the Point
Time and again, during interviews with Trump, or segments covering his comments about illegal aliens, the media regularly quote statistics that prove legal immigrants commit less crime than native-born Americans.

This number is chaff, a distraction. Mark Murray of NBC News has been especially dishonest about this.

Trump isn’t talking about legal immigrants. No one is. Everyone is in favor of legal immigration, and those statistics have a lot to do with it.

Trump needs to call the media out on this cheap apples and oranges tactic.

2. “Illegals Do the Jobs Americans Don’t” — While Black Teen Unemployment Sits at 30%
Americans are not lazy. Moreover, we have just spent two years watching a number of our inner-cities explode — cities filled with predominantly black unemployed youths who believe they have no future.

There are at least 11 million illegals in this country.

The black unemployment rate in America is near 10%, twice that of whites.

The teen black unemployment rate is — are you ready for this — over 30%.

Remember, the unemployment rate only represents people actively looking for work, not those who have given up in despair.

Illegals don’t just pick crops, they work construction jobs in many of our major cities — the same cities where black youths can’t find jobs. These are good jobs. Many of them are union jobs. Perfect starter jobs.

Trump needs to start linking black unemployment to illegal immigration, and challenge the media and Democrats to explain why with unemployment rates this high among black Americans, they are pushing for amnesty and refusing to secure the border.

3. Illegal Traffickers Are Responsible for More Than 90% of the Heroin In America
The same Washington Post attacking Trump with rhetorical tricks that have nothing to do with Trump’s overall point, reported this just last year:

While Colombia has historically been the biggest source of heroin sold in the United States, Mexican output has since surpassed it, DEA officials say. Together, the two countries account for more than 90 percent of the U.S. heroin supply, and nearly all of it is smuggled into this country by Mexican traffickers.

As seizures of cocaine and marijuana along the border have fallen over the past several years, flows of methamphetamine and heroin have soared, federal statistics show.

Need I even point out the crime, violent and otherwise, that stems from drug addiction?

While the media dances on the head of a pin with non sequitur-statistics about LEGAL immigrants, it is South American and Mexican illegals using our porous border to bring in the jet fuel that causes most of our crime.

4. Local and State Prisons Don’t Track Legal Status … Ah, But the Feds Do!
Because local and state prisons don’t track legal status, we don’t know how many illegals are in those prisons. As my colleague Ben Shapiro points out, the lack of this number is being used dishonestly by the media against Trump. As an example, here’s The Washington Post’s left-wing fact-check site:

Trump’s repeated statements about immigrants and crime underscore a common public perception that crime is correlated with immigration, especially illegal immigration. But that is a misperception; no solid data support it, and the data that do exist negate it. Trump can defend himself all he wants, but the facts just are not there.

Except the facts are there. The Feds do track legal status, and the numbers are startling….

Of 78,022 primary offense cases in fiscal year 2013, 38.6 percent were illegal immigrant offenders. The majority of their cases (76 percent) were immigration related. Of total primary offenses, 17.6 percent of drug trafficking offenses and 3.8 percent of sex abuse were illegal immigrants. Of 22,878 drug crime cases, 17.2 percent were illegal immigrants.

The media is using numbers we don’t have to attack Trump.

The numbers we actually do have back up Trump’s point.

5. Nearly Half of Federal Crimes Occur In Just 5 of 94 Districts Along the Mexican Border
According to the Justice Department… [emphasis added]

There are 94 federal court districts in this country and the five located near the southern border see a large portion of criminal cases, according to the Justice Department’s annual report on criminal prosecutions. The five federal districts also have the biggest number of defendants actually convicted of federal crimes.

Of the 61,529 criminal cases initiated by federal prosecutors last fiscal year, more than 40%—or 24,746—were filed in court districts neighboring the Mexican border….Nearly 22% (13,383) were drug related, 19.7% (12,123) were violent crimes and 10.2% (6,300) involved white-collar offenses that include a full range of frauds committed by business and government professionals.

Read those stats closely because the media will lie and claim the crimes involve border enforcement. As you can see, over 40% involve drugs and violence.

6. More Than 2,000 Sex Offenders Deported By ICE Every Year In Texas Alone
Again, here are the Trump comments that started all of this… [emphasis added]

They’re not sending you, they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists and some, I assume, are good people, but I speak to border guards and they’re telling us what we’re getting.”

Here’s what we’re getting, according to statistics released from the United States government: [emphasis added]

Of the 862 alien sex offenders deported by the Texas-based offices, about 27 percent were convicted of sex offenses against children.

ICE’s four Texas field offices are located in Dallas, El Paso, Houston and San Antonio. The Dallas area of responsibility includes 128 counties in north Texas, and the state of Oklahoma. Dallas ERO deported 171 sex offenders so far in fiscal year 2014; 47 were convicted of sex offenses against a minor. In all of fiscal year 2013, the office deported 463 sex offenders; 154 were convicted of sex offenses against a minor. In 2013, all four Texas offices deported 2,124 sex offenders; 508 were convicted of sex offenses against a minor. In fiscal year 2012, Texas ERO offices deported 2,007 sex offenders, and 2,127 in 2011.

7. Nearly a Thousand Texas Children Sexually Assaulted By Illegals Over Last 3 Years
Just do the math above.

Those are actual convictions of sex offenses against children, not reports.

Trump needs to get these numbers out there and remind America’s Anderson Coopers and Chuck Todds that it doesn’t matter how these numbers compare to similar offenses committed by Americans and legal immigrants. The fact that more than a thousand children have been sexually assaulted by illegals — people who never should have been able to get in the country to begin with — is unconscionable and unacceptable.

These children are victims of our feckless government and the media the covers for them.

Democrats and the media aren’t willing to secure the border to save one child from sexual assault, much less near a thousand.

Who are the real monsters here?

The media will cover shark attacks, but not near a thousand children sexually assaulted by illegals?

When it comes to taking the Second Amendment civil rights away from American citizens and legal immigrants, the media regularly exploit the dead with a cry of, “If it saves just one child!” But when it comes to stopping illegals from streaming over our porous border to sexually assault our children, the media not only doesn’t call for better border enforcement, the media covers these crimes up.

8. In 2013, Obama Administration Released 36,007 Illegals with 88,000 Criminal Convictions
In 2013 the Obama administration released 36,007 criminal immigrants who had nearly 88,000 convictions between them. Those convictions included 193 homicide convictions, 426 sexual assault convictions, 303 kidnapping convictions, and 1,075 aggravated assault convictions

In January, the DHS admitted to Sen. Grassley that 1,000 of the 36,007 released had gone on to commit more crime including: terroristic threats, lewd acts with a minor, various types of assault, DUI, robbery, hit-and-run, gang activity, rape, and child cruelty.

9. The Number of Criminal Illegals Deported Has Jumped From 7,000 to 79,000
According to a 2011 GAO report:

ICE is finding and removing more criminal aliens each year. The number ordered removed has gone up from 7,000 in 2007 to 79,000 in 2010.

These criminals are not being stopped at the border. These criminals are being deported after making it across the border and committing tens of thousands of crimes.…

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Posted by Native76 on July 28, 2015 at 1:47 PM

Re: “EMS chief placed on administrative leave

"How many medics go to finish medical school and come back?"

I haven't even read the book and I know who that is by the description.

Posted by leemajors on July 28, 2015 at 12:02 PM

Re: “EMS chief placed on administrative leave

How many medics go to finish medical school and come back? He might as well have said his name. He was way too descriptive about people. There was no mistaking who he was talking about.

Posted by barbarella5000 on July 28, 2015 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Watch Lindsey Graham destroy his flip phone with a samurai sword

Shocker: Donald Trump’s surge heavily reliant on less-educated, racist Americans.…

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Posted by tupper29406 on July 28, 2015 at 8:29 AM

Re: “Watch Lindsey Graham destroy his flip phone with a samurai sword

The only spittle flecked rage and rants ,i see on these posts, emanate from you.
Chill, your gonna have a stroke.

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Posted by artrogue on July 27, 2015 at 5:32 PM

Re: “Watch Lindsey Graham destroy his flip phone with a samurai sword

Let me see here... right wingers HATE Mexicans because they are all criminals, right? Hate them. The anger and venom that buoys Trump comes from roughly 25% to 45% of all Americans, they hate these criminals pouring over our borders and taking our jobs and some other mumbo jumbo. Raping and drugs and so on and so forth. They are criminals.
Yet, they come to work. They work because they're hired by companies who want cheap labor. It's a crime to employ an illegal. Ronnie Raygun signed that into law when he amnestied several million illegals in the mid-80s.
So... conservatives, where is your spittle-flecked anger at the good conservatives who hire this cheap labor? They are criminals. They are THE CAUSE of these refugees to come here to find work. I'll wait patiently while you throw yourselves into jail.
Screeching about illegals is just trolling to get the low-information, jingoists animated and furious.
Know what Trump's half-baked solution is? Keep 'em here. "They're already working and productive." So. fucking. funny.
You right wingers are hilarious.
You won't send to jail the criminals who pay the illegals. You want a GIANT government project to build a wall to keep them out, and a GIANTER project to round 'em up and send 'em back. Ha... you'd NEED to institute FEMA camps and provide soldiers extra-martial powers to unilaterally abduct and detain citizens and non-citizens alike to sort out later. You WANT this. DEMAND it. You're all so funny. It's hilarious.
Know what you could do to keep them in Mexico, like that is for some reason the most important thing in the world? Help to improve Mexico. Live in a large, interconnected, complex world. Nah... you won't do that.
Endlessly amusing, you guys.

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Posted by landsnark on July 27, 2015 at 5:18 PM

Re: “Watch Lindsey Graham destroy his flip phone with a samurai sword

It isn't 'nutso' to view illegal immigrants as refugees instead of denouncing them as outright criminals.

Perhaps if we had a reasonable path to citizenship it wouldn't be such a 'problem.'

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Posted by leemajors on July 27, 2015 at 4:52 PM

Re: “Watch Lindsey Graham destroy his flip phone with a samurai sword

"The fact that you are hung up on categorizing them as criminals because they are crossing an imaginary line out of desperation shows how little regard the GOP has for them. Or anyone really."

That is logic?

Well hell.. why should those close to the "imaginary line" get entry over all the other people on the planet? Every country on the planet has desperate people and poor people.

Why keep any out at all? Why even have a border?

Wow, your showing a complete disregard for all the other desperate people on every continent that want to come here.

How can you be so callous?

Come one.. come all..
Everyone is welcome No questions asked !!

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Posted by artrogue on July 27, 2015 at 2:26 PM

Re: “The Agenda: 30 days to review 40,000 pages; Riley backs look at carriage horse incident; Senators asking about rally permits

Stupid decision to let the two rallies meet on the same day. Should have been "first come, first served". Too much tension, destruction of private property without sufficient security coverage, and too much potential for a major riot.

Horses sometimes fall, or trip, or lose their footings on slippery pavements. The fact that these incidents happen so infrequently shows they are normally event free. The horse could not get it's footing, so it needed human help. That was done pretty fast for being "down town" and shows the carriage owners are prepared. This is a real treat for visitors, and accidents will happen....even on the farm. So give the operators a break and realize their horses are their best asset.

I cannot imagine what is contained in the ACE's report that has not been hashed out over the past few years. If you need a reminder, get a copy and read to your heart's content....and then realize it is here to stay, so get over it.

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Posted by localhutch on July 27, 2015 at 2:10 PM

Re: “Watch Lindsey Graham destroy his flip phone with a samurai sword

They're only "technically" criminals. That's classic, I didn't know Leemajors could get any more nutso but he did! AWESOME.

Since they will probably vote for Political Machine B (Democrats), though, laws don't really matter and we need to make them citizens IMMEDIATELY, right?

Control our borders and make a functioning temporary worker program, like other normal countries do.

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Posted by Cid95 on July 27, 2015 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Watch Lindsey Graham destroy his flip phone with a samurai sword

well well well...

Anyone still wonder why we come to impasses in Washington DC?

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Posted by artrogue on July 27, 2015 at 12:52 PM

Re: “Watch Lindsey Graham destroy his flip phone with a samurai sword

If Republican presidential candidates and their respective voting base could get past their hilariously blatant jingoism, they would realize what businesses already have - illegal immigrants are a workforce wet dream.

They are basically the perfect embodiment of what Republicans are trying to do to the American workforce as a whole: employ people you don't have to pay a living wage, or insure, or provide other benefits like workers' comp or health care or pensions, whom you can require to work for an inhumane amount of hours and whom can be threatened with deportation if they dare speak up about their rights being abused.

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Posted by Ron Liberte on July 24, 2015 at 8:09 PM

Re: “Watch Lindsey Graham destroy his flip phone with a samurai sword

"Interesting that you quote Mark Krikorian..."

You can't hold that against him, Ima. artrogue cuts-and-pastes about 85% of his comments, and he probably doesn't read them first.

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Posted by mat catastrophe on July 24, 2015 at 8:05 PM

Re: “Watch Lindsey Graham destroy his flip phone with a samurai sword

You can't be opposed to illegal immigration and also support the free market. There is a demand for cheap labor, and there are people willing to supply said demand. If Republicans really wanted to stop illegal immigration, they would target the businesses that profit from the services of illegal immigrants, but we all know that is not going to happen.

Besides, the number of people immigrating illegally and legally has decreased under Obama.…

And, the Obama administration has deported way more immigrants than the Bush administration ever did.…

But by all means, let's continue with the histrionics and outrage. The GOP knows no other way.

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Posted by Ron Liberte on July 24, 2015 at 7:50 PM

Re: “Watch Lindsey Graham destroy his flip phone with a samurai sword

'First of all, Illegal immigrants are criminals.'

While technically correct, a more accurate description would be refugee.

Tired, poor, huddled masses indeed.

The fact that you are hung up on categorizing them as criminals because they are crossing an imaginary line out of desperation shows how little regard the GOP has for them. Or anyone really.

The GOP has shown time and time again the only 'compassion' they display is for an unborn fetus, or for rich white men. Fuck everyone else.

The GOP's idea of compassion is defunding planned parenthood (the primary source of contraception and OBGYN care for the impoverished) and outlawing abortions....then defunding medicaid and welfare for the children once they are born. Fuck you, got mine.

Grand Old Party of fucking assholes.

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Posted by leemajors on July 24, 2015 at 4:21 PM

Re: “Watch Lindsey Graham destroy his flip phone with a samurai sword

Interesting that you quote Mark Krikorian. The man is an avid anti-Hispanic racist and has had ties with White Supremists. If that's what you've got to support Trump and yourself, you are part of the proof that the biggest thing Trump has shown from his rise in the Republican polls is their massive constituency of bigots and under-educated idiots.

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Posted by Ima Oldman on July 24, 2015 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Watch Lindsey Graham destroy his flip phone with a samurai sword

Trump may have overstated the "they send" and yet, check this out:

In 2005 the government of Yucatán produced a handbook and DVD about the risks and implications of crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.
The guide told immigrants, among other facts:
- where to find health care
- how to get their kids into U.S. schools
- how to send money home.
Officials in Yucatán said the guide is a necessity to save lives but some American groups accused the government of encouraging illegal immigration.

In 2005 the Mexican government was criticized for distributing a comic book which offers tips to illegal emigrants to the United States.
That comic book recommends to illegal immigrants, once they have safely crossed the border, "Don't call attention to yourself.... Avoid loud parties. ... Don't become involved in fights."
The Mexican government defends the guide as an attempt to save lives.

"It's kind of like illegal immigration for dummies," said the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington, Mark Krikorian.

"Promoting safe illegal immigration is not the same as arguing against it".

The comic book does state on its last page that the Mexican Government does not promote illegal crossing at all and only encourages visits to the US with all required documentation.
That's a joke ...right?

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Posted by artrogue on July 24, 2015 at 1:17 PM

Re: “Watch Lindsey Graham destroy his flip phone with a samurai sword

First of all, Illegal immigrants are criminals.
The very fact that any immigrant enters our country for one of the following reasons
makes them a criminal. We have laws. We need to either enforce them as they exist or do away with them.
a) entering without authorization or inspection
b) staying beyond the authorized period after legal entry
c) violating the terms of legal entry
Section 1325 in Title 8 of the United States Code, "Improper entry of alien", provides for a fine, imprisonment, or both for any noncitizen who
enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration agents, or
eludes examination or inspection by immigration agents, or
attempts to enter or obtains entry to the United States by a willfully false or misleading representation or the willful concealment of a material fact.

The maximum prison term is 6 months for the first offense and 2 years for any subsequent offense. In addition to the above criminal fines and penalties, civil fines may also be imposed.

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Posted by artrogue on July 24, 2015 at 1:09 PM

Re: “Watch Lindsey Graham destroy his flip phone with a samurai sword

He's racist because he's wrong in mischaracterizing tons of hard-working, normal mexican people as criminals when they are not.

Desperate maybe, but not criminals.

But that won't stop idiots from getting dog-whistled into supporting him. This isn't Castro literally sending criminals to Miami. It's a stream of impoverished and desperate people trying to make money for their families. There might be criminals among them, but his shitty racist generalization is really what we've come to expect from the GOP.

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Posted by leemajors on July 24, 2015 at 11:13 AM
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