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He also had a DUI in 2008 and went to trial for a DV charge and had a bunch of traffic violations. I think it's kind of dumb that this makes someone worthy of deportation, but it's been forever that crimes of "moral turpitude" and character are weighed in immigration decisions. You can technically lose your LPR status or be denied naturalization for having small violations like that on your record.
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Hey Meep, do you find it ironic that, when this is all over, all these CBP/ICE assholes are going to seek refuge in Argentina?

lol, A+ post
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The within 100 miles of a border rule is pretty shitty.

:sadyes:

That shit has been going on for years. Every time I took the Lake Shore Limited on Amtrak from Chicago to NY or the other way, the train stopped in Erie or Buffalo, and CBP got on to ask literally every passenger if they were a US citizen. Anyone who said no had to present documentation, and I watched a couple people get pulled off the train. That was when I was in grad school, between 2008 and 2010.

And when I lived in Rochester, it was known that CBP was regularly at the Greyhound station, and the University of Rochester and RIT always had to warn their students that even if they were traveling to Ithaca or NYC or wherever, they absolutely needed to carry their documents on them, which is the opposite of the advice everyone used to get before the entire country lost its collective fucking mind. Even then, plenty of people associated with the schools who had valid documents were detained and fucked over because SURPRISE, CBP agents are fucking dumb and incapable of figuring this shit out.

I remember looking all of this up back in the day because it seemed really fucked up and finding that in VT and ME, CBP was regularly setting up roadblocks on highways to do the same fucking thing.

This has been going on for a very long time, and the Democrats are just as fucking guilty.
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It got deleted.

Noted rapist Mike Cernovich is having a big idiot party with other noted pieces of shit, and Chelsea Manning showed up:


Another Buzzfeed reporter tweeted that Cassandra Fairbanks, another alt right piece of shit, was saying she and Chelsea are friends, but that was probably a lie, and the reporter got fooled. But it does seem that Manning did show up.
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This is so fucking crazy.

https://www.cato.org/blog/securing-americas-future-act-net-negative-immigration-system

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The worst enforcement provision is criminalizing simply being in the United States without status or violating any aspect of civil immigration law (p. 170). This would turn millions of unauthorized immigrants into criminals overnight. It would also criminalize legal immigrants who fail to update their addresses, carry their green card with them at all times, or otherwise abide by the million inane regulations that Congress imposes on them. Take, for example, the status provided to Dreamers in this bill. It requires them to maintain an annual income of at least 125 percent of the poverty line (p. 396). If they fall below that level for 90 days--not only are they subject to deportation again--they would be criminals. This bill literally criminalizes poverty among Dreamers. This legislation would immediately undo much of the progress that the Feds have made on criminal justice reform and reducing its prison population.

I was a green card holder when I was in college. Under this bill, it would've been a fucking CRIME for me to go to class without my fucking green card on me.

This garbage is highly unlikely to ever pass, but the fact that they'd even propose it says it all. Fucking garbage assholes, the whole lot of them.
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ah the moderating force, the adult in the room who is going to keep all the crazy shit in check
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to be honest, I think part of the reason it's not getting the interest it deserves is because everyone kinda assumed that there was some shitty abuse going on in gymnastics anyways, and we already knew that much of the culture around gymnastics was highly abusive and exploitative of these kids, even if we didn't know there was sexual abuse involved as well.

Okay, but everyone assumes there's shitty abuse in college football with kids being chewed up and spit out and getting traumatic brain injuries with permanent damage for the chance to either pay for school or maybe get drafted and earn a lot of money in the NFL. The culture around youth football is also exploitative.

I mean, one sport is overwhelmingly more popular and widespread, and I think that explains most of it, but I guess I'm still shocked at how horrible this whole story is. Like, this motherfucker has abused just about everyone, from the local teenagers who trained in Michigan to college students to national and world champions to the most recognizable faces of the sport who were on fucking cereal boxes with their Olympic gold medals. It's incredible.
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Haven't seen much out here. I'm not arguing it hasn't been covered, but I remember the Sandusky story being all over the place. Also probably has something to do with the fact that it was FOOTBALL HELL YEAH FOOTBALL!!!!! versus gymnastics.

Still, it's amazing how this literally went to the top of the sport and affected just about every big name athlete in addition to the countless students at MSU. Like, the entire goddamn Olympic team was molested at the Olympics by this guy, and people knew about it. The extent of this scandal is unlike anything I've ever seen in sports.

https://thinkprogress.org/larry-nassar-enablers-c46b8ceb5200/
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though we'd probably have to let peter theil onto the council of vampires....dammit.

it's okay, i can find some poison or another
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Has anyone been following this story?

It is fucking unbelievable how many people let this piece of shit get away with abusing so many girls and women.

I mean, look at this shit:
http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2018/01/nassar_victim_describes_tellin.html

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Boyce said she was uncomfortable with his treatments, which include vaginal penetration, and she and a teammate getting the same treatments went to Klages with their concerns.

"This could have stopped in 1997," Boyce said. "But instead of notifying authorities or even my parents, we were interrogated. We were led to believe we were misunderstanding a medical technique.

Unlike many Nassar victims who did not talk to others about his treatments, "I told somebody," Boyce said. "I told an adult. I told Michigan State University. Instead of being protected, I was humiliated and told that I was the problem."

Boyce said she didn't realize that Nassar and Klages were close friends. "If I had known, I would have never gone to her," Boyce told Nassar. "She choose you over me."

In fact, Boyce said, Klages told Nassar about Boyce's concerns, and at Boyce's next appointment with Nassar, "pulled up a stool and said, 'so, I talked to Kathie ..."

"I had to listen to you explain away your abuse," Boyce told Nassar in the courtroom. "I apologized to you. I apologized for the misunderstanding and said it was all my fault.

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Klages could not be reached for comment. She retired from the university in February 2017, a day after she was suspended by MSU for defending Nassar to her team even after he was fired in September 2016. That included asking her team to sign a sympathy card for him, according to Lindsey Lemke, a MSU gymnast who is among the lawsuit plaintiffs.

Over 100 women have come forward to give witness impact statements, and that fucking monster had the gall to complain to the judge that he didn't have the "mental stamina" to listen to all of them.

All but 1 of the 5 gymnasts on the 2012 London team and half the 2016 team have come forward, and McKayla Maroney had apparently signed a confidentiality agreement with USA Gymnastics to keep quiet, but she spoke up anyway. Aly Raisman wasn't going to personally deliver her statement, but she ended up doing it: https://deadspin.com/aly-raisman-is-ready-to-burn-it-all-down-1822234455

It's just stomach-churning to think that while these girls were under tremendous pressure at the defining moments of their careers, at an event they spent their whole lives trying to get to, they were also being molested by a fucking monster, and their organization knew about it and decided to cover it up and let it keep happening, instead. They just protected one lousy fucking doctor over all of these girls to try to cover their own ass, but it's not like he was going to get away with it forever. Sooner or later, he was going to get caught.

To be honest, I'm also a little surprised this isn't getting as much attention as the Penn State Sandusky scandal, but we are living in interesting times where there's a ton of horrible news stories every single day all competing for attention.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
I always take forever to leave the house and am always running later than intended (except for work, where I'm always early), but Ty does remind me to get going and get out the door so I won't be late so maybe he IS a fascist... :hmm:
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
oh no not a porn actress!

If people stopped being degenerates, there'd be no porn for the non-degenerates to get off to.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
the word has its roots in fascist rhetoric, dude. there's no "sliding on top" going on here.

eta: like, the root words of it in latin mean "to move away from one's race" and it has connotations of immorality because the fist people to throw the word around were real concerned about race treason, racial purity, etc.

Like there was a literal term in Nazi Germany for "degenerate art" that was specifically removed and banned because it wasn't German enough and was tainted by Jews, and lots of artists were exiled. Anything produced by the inferior races was considered degenerate, and the implication was that people are born this way and can't change and will taint and ruin your perfect culture if you don't get rid of them. It's a fucking gross word.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
do you see no irony in fretting about the possible crimes of leftist regimes at a moment of intense political weakness for the left while accusing others of over-reacting to the possible threat of re-ascendant fascism?

The window has shifted so far right in this country that Ronald Reagan sounds like a fucking progressive in comparison, especially on the topic of immigration, funny enough.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
It's only "beep boop" because you disagree with it.
No, it's beep boop because the thing most people are concerned about when it comes to deportation is people who have established lives here as part of communities being kicked out. That has absolutely gone up under Trump. Pointing out that fewer people have been caught at the border under Trump is presenting a statistic that has nothing to do with the issue.

Exactly, and arrests at the border depend in large part on how many people try in the first place, and that's a number that's been decreasing for years. It's extremely disingenuous to lump the two together when people are most concerned about removing people who already live here.

Why didn't I get upset about Obama's deportations? Mostly because I understand how much most Americans fucking hate immigrants to begin with and that it's impossible for any politician to do anything other than shift right on this issue, so amnesty or a serious progressive reform to the system are legitimately never going to happen, no matter who is president. The main thing, though, was that Obama's administration focused on deporting people with criminal records instead of removing the easy, soft targets like ordinary people who check in with USCIS/ICE, who work and have US citizen kids and a presence in their communities. Never under Obama or even Bush for that matter did I worry about anything happening to people I know. That's fucking why.

hysterical loons

I wish you could hear yourself sometimes. I honestly can't get you to stop ranting half the time when it comes to certain topics.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
seriously there are ICE agents literally destroying people's lives under orders from this garbage administration, but let's throw around a gross word like "degenerate" over property damage

Are deportations up or down from Obama?

Wtf kind of question is this? They are absolutely up, and I'm afraid of what might happen when my grandma dies, and the cops show up to do the paperwork, but go on calling everyone that gross fucking word.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
seriously there are ICE agents literally destroying people's lives under orders from this garbage administration, but let's throw around a gross word like "degenerate" over property damage
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
so much economic anxiety over here

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rolling in more cash than they've had since the 90s

umm ...
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In case anyone needed more proof that the NRA is trash:

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article195231139.html

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The FBI is investigating whether a top Russian banker with ties to the Kremlin illegally funneled money to the National Rifle Association to help Donald Trump win the presidency, two sources familiar with the matter have told McClatchy.

FBI counterintelligence investigators have focused on the activities of Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of Russia's central bank who is known for his close relationships with both Russian President Vladimir Putin and the NRA, the sources said.

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However, the NRA reported spending a record $55 million on the 2016 elections, including $30 million to support Trump - triple what the group devoted to backing Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential race. Most of that was money was spent by an arm of the NRA that is not required to disclose its donors.

Two people with close connections to the powerful gun lobby said its total election spending actually approached or exceeded $70 million. The reporting gap could be explained by the fact that independent groups are not required to reveal how much they spend on Internet ads or field operations, including get-out-the-vote efforts.

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Torshin, a leading figure in Putin's party, has been implicated in money laundering by judicial authorities in Spain, as Bloomberg News first revealed in 2016. Spanish investigators alleged in an almost 500-page internal report that Torshin, who was then a senator, capitalized on his government role to assist mobsters laundering funds through Spanish properties and banks, Bloomberg reported

A summary obtained by McClatchy of the still-secret report links Torshin to Russian money laundering and describes him as a godfather in a major Russian criminal organization called Taganskaya.

Investigators for three congressional committees probing Russia's 2016 operations also have shown interest in Torshin, a lifetime NRA member who has attended several of its annual conventions. At the group's meeting in Kentucky in May 2016, Torshin spoke to Donald Trump Jr. during a gala event at the group's national gathering in Kentucky in May 2016, when his father won an earlier-than-usual NRA presidential endorsement.

[...]

Torshin was a senior member of the Russian Senate and in recent years helped set up a Moscow gun rights group called Right to Bear Arms. He not only spoke with Trump Jr. at the NRA convention, but he also tried unsuccessfully to broker a meeting between Putin and the presidential candidate in 2016, according to the Times. He further sought to meet privately with the candidate himself near the 2016 NRA convention.

Torshin's ties with the NRA have flourished in recent years. In late 2015, he hosted two dinners for a high-level NRA delegation during its week-long visit to Moscow that included meetings with influential Russian government and business figures.

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California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent letters in November to two senior Trump foreign policy aides, J.D. Gordon and Sam Clovis, seeking copies of any communications they had with or related to Torshin; the NRA; veteran conservative operative Paul Erickson; Maria Butina, a Torshin protege who ran the Russian pro-gun group he helped launch, and others linked to Torshin.

Erickson has raised funds for the NRA and is a friend of Butina's. Shortly before the NRA's May 2016 convention, he emailed Trump campaign aide Rick Dearborn about the possibility of setting up a meeting between Putin and Trump during the campaign, according to the Times.

Erickson's email to Dearborn bore the subject line "Kremlin Connection." In it, Erickson solicited advice from Dearborn and his boss, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, a top foreign policy adviser to Trump's campaign, about the best way to connect Putin and Trump.

Both Dearborn and Butina, who has been enrolled as a graduate student at American University since mid 2016, have been asked to appear before the Judiciary Committee, but so far Erickson has not, sources familiar with the matter said.

Bridges LLC, a company that Erickson and Butina established in February 2016 in Erickson's home state of South Dakota, also is expected to draw scrutiny. Public records don't reveal any financial transactions involving Bridges. In a phone interview last year, Erickson said the firm was established in case Butina needed any monetary assistance for her graduate studies -- an unusual way to use an LLC.

Erickson said he met Butina and Torshin when he and David Keene, a former NRA president, attended a meeting of Right to Bear Arms a few years ago in Moscow. Erickson described the links between Right to Bear Arms and the NRA as a "moral support operation both ways."

this country resembles argentina more and more each day :awgee: