The Bishop and the Butterfly: Murder, Politics, and the End of the Jazz Age

    People are Strange, Angry, Indifferent, Jaded, Delusional

    From NYT article today, Border Patrol Facilities Put Detainees With Medical Conditions at Risk:

    .....Representative Raul Ruiz, a Democrat from California who is also a physician, helped secure funding for additional measures to improve migrant health after visiting border facilities where he said he saw children coughing and sneezing and infants without diapers, all packed tightly into cells with little in the way of food, soap and other basics....

    ...“Border Patrol is a law enforcement agency. It’s not a humanitarian agency,” said Dr. Alexander L. Eastman, a senior medical officer with the Homeland Security Department who is trying to put into place, for the first time, a comprehensive approach to the care of migrants across the department.

    Some health care workers said they have seen Border Patrol agents in the field prioritize enforcement of immigration laws over migrants’ urgent medical needs. Ambulance crews near the border say they sometimes face delays at Border Patrol checkpoints.

    The NYT article reported facts on the ground from California to Texas.  It had quotes and some opinions from health care workers and Immigration officers or officials. The reporters themselves expressed no opinion.

    In the manner of good journalism, it reported "what is happening and where it is happening, not telling readers what to think about it."

    That terse description of reporting was mentioned by the renown  AP foreign correspondent Robert St. John in his 1942 book, From the Land of Silent People, on his escape from the Nazi onslaught across the Balkans and Greece.

    Like "good Germans" many Americans don't want to hear reporting about what is going on in their nation, and in their names by their government. Many don't care at all about the treatment of people seeking asylum.

    The top article comments tout the Wall as the "solution". Many are merciless in their indifference for these people who have left conditions few Americans have ever experienced or could imagine.

    To those who don't want to read what is going on in this country, a government that treats people in official custody with malice, neglect or disdain, that government may next be treating you the same way (if it isn't already). Abusing, blaming or hating others won't make your life better.  Sheri Fink and Caitlin Dickerson were reporters doing their jobs.

    Excerpts from top comments at the article:

    So a wall is immoral but the catastrophic consequences of a porous and chaotic southern border are not?

    ...sorry but it seems to me that the illegal immigrants are putting themselves at risk. Period...

    Assuming that these are illegal aliens or, more likely, asylum scammers, this amounts to 800,000 per year....his isn't a crisis? We don’t need a wall?

    If the Times spent a fraction of the attention it focuses on the plight of "migrants" instead on the plight of Americans, there might be some balance. 

    Build the wall now!!!!!!

    Build the Wall and then regulate immigration so that all Immigrants are legal and have the right to Minimum Wage and safe working conditions.

    Are you required to give medical care to someone who breaks into your house and then gets injured in doing it???



    Yes and they ĺl vote for Trump , unless we give them a  democratic candidate who serves as a ¨golden bridge¨: a Biden not a Bernie . Yes. I say sadly.. Because I clearly understand that nearly every cliche is true some of the time and  for some of them it will be a matter of life or death.

    But the reason there haven´t yet elected  five liberal presidents ´ in our history is: 

     we weren  ´t  good enough . To   vote for them.

    It´s not an odd accident that so many people sincerely hate immigrants. Or supported slavery.  People aren´t necessarily evil. Only when itś  in their  interests.


    People always seem to think that what they want is what "the people" want. People who aren't at all like "the people" want to tell me, us, what "the people" want. I'm not at all like "the people." I don't think like them. I don't do the things they do. I don't know them at all. I don't know what they're going to vote for. I don't accept the judgment of people who tell me what "the people" want or what they'll do. I don't think they know any more than I do about what "the people" are going to do. All I know is what I'm going to do. And on my list Biden is the one I'll never vote for. Never. And Sanders is next on my never list.

    The Wall isn't in anybody's interests, except politically connected Wall Builders.

    It's not in anyone's interest to be manipulated, exploited and have their country looted by a lying con man, and  a Party that's run like an organized crime syndicate.

    ok, now let's try the "Lying Con Man" category:

    Remember when @realDonaldTrump tweeted on Xmas Eve that he "just gave out a 115 mile long contract for another large section of the Wall"? (That's a long contract, by the way!) A govt lawyer said in court last week "there is no such contract." @aaron_leib:

    — Joshua A. Geltzer (@jgeltzer) March 5, 2019

    The contract could be the Wall!

    Heres the looting part: far for this fiscal year starting Oct. 1, the total deficit is 77 percent higher than it was for the same period a year ago....Tax revenues were lower following the new tax cuts, with corporate payments down 23 percent...

    and this:

    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin informed Congress on Monday that he will stop making payments into two government retirement funds now that the debt limit has gone back into effect.....Mnuchin said that he would stop making investments into a civil service retirement fund and a postal service retirement fund.....

    and this:

    Tariff-Man Trump to Preside Over $100 Billion Jump in Trade Gap.....

    Hashtag #SummaCumLiar just tweeted by Kellyanne​'s husband:

    I will concede him this: Wherever he goes and whatever he does, Trump will always be summa cum liar. #SummaCumLiar

    — George Conway (@gtconway3d) March 6, 2019

    Which brings to mind, where the heck is the sitcom about the Conway family? Where he's okay with wifey lying for living, it's the real liars that are the problem? And what the hell are their kids like? Enquiring minds want to know!

    I'll just take the "People are Strange" category, Alex.

    Maybe it will help with this non U.S. example I just ran across to see what I think Flavius is trying to say:

    Brexiteer politicians and voters, and Trumpers, are increasingly frustrated The Great Glory Days have not arrived for them ......personally, as they imagined were coming.

    They could care less about anyone else

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