Joe Arpaio, Trump’s Kind of Lawman, Pardoned

Joe Arpaio is Trump’s kind of lawman: cruel to the point of sadism, racist, makes his own law, and self righteous to a fault. Unfortunately, I am not embellishing the truth. After decades of effort by civil rights organizations and many citizens of Maricopa County and beyond. Arpaio had been ordered by the court (in 2011) to stop racially profiling people assumed to be Latino, stopping them, and turning them over to immigration authorities (ICE). Many of those stopped were citizens or legal residents, and many were not Hispanic; however, all that was required was that a patrolman, or a deputized citizen (and there were lots of those) believe you were Hispanic. Arpaio flagrantly ignored this order and continued his practice of harassment and illegal detention. So he was brought back to federal court and U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton found him in criminal contempt of court.

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Blacks for Trump?

Blacks for Trump

Screen capture of USA Today video of Trump rally in Melbourne, Fl. Feb. 19, 2017.

Trump the narcissist, craving his drug of the adulation of the crowd, headed off for Melbourne, Florida for a rally. Not surprisingly, the rally was kicked off with a prayer – “The Lord’s Prayer” in fact. Three strange things here. One, I get the giving of a prayer though there is a major red flag for me at this treating of a political rally as a religious event, and I wonder if this is now typical of Republican political rallies and events. Two, was that it was not Donald Trump praying, but Melania. Three, The Lord’s Prayer? Really? This seems oddly off key for the event which was to follow.

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Damn Right Trump’s Election is Illegitimate

Trump sneer

Graphic of Trump courtesy of Boing Boing

I am getting damned tired of people asking the question of whether Trump’s election is illegitimate. And I am even tireder of people (largely Democrats and media) responding that the Electoral College voted and he was officially elected. Forget the fact that the Electoral College would not even discuss what was happening in terms of interference with the election. I am tired of being told that there is no evidence that the Russians mickied the voting machines.

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And in other Trump news

Tech CEOs meet with Trump

The technology sector CEOs invited to the Tower. (screen capture from CNBC)

Given the explosive nature of the discussion of foreign (mainly Russian) interference in the 2016 election, and the actions of the Trump team vis a vis Russia, other important Trump news has disappeared off the grid. One of those items presents both economic and ethical problems. This is unseemly interaction by Trump and company with the business community. There are two primary ways this intervention is happening. One is through his use of tweets, and the other is his meetings with CEOs.

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