The Mystery

I was not; now I am—a few days hence
I shall not be; I fain would look before
And after, but can neither do; some Power
Or lack of power says “no” to all I would.
I stand upon a wide and sunless plain,
Nor chart nor steel to guide my steps aright.
Whene’er, o’ercoming fear, I dare to move,
I grope without direction and by chance.
Some feign to hear a voice and feel a hand
That draws them ever upward thro’ the gloom.
But I—I hear no voice and touch no hand,
Tho’ oft thro’ silence infinite I list,
And strain my hearing to supernal sounds;
Tho’ oft thro’ fateful darkness do I reach,
And stretch my hand to find that other hand.
I question of th’ eternal bending skies
That seem to neighbor with the novice earth;
But they roll on, and daily shut their eyes
On me, as I one day shall do on them,
And tell me not the secret that I ask.

Paul Laurence Dunbar, 18721906

Federal Judge In Hawaii Blocks Travel Ban…

Just breaking. Another federal judge has put a temporary halt on Trump’s new travel ban. US District Court Judge Derrick Watson has determined Trump’s new  executive order still does not pass the legal test.

“The illogic of the Government’s contentions is palpable. The notion that one can demonstrate animus toward any group of people only by targeting all of them at once is fundamentally flawed,” Watson wrote.”
Equally flawed is the notion that the Executive Order cannot be found to have targeted Islam because it applies to all individuals in the six referenced countries,” Watson added. “It is undisputed, using the primary source upon which the Government itself relies, that these six countries have overwhelmingly Muslim populations that range from 90.7% to 99.8%.”
“It would therefore be no paradigmatic leap to conclude that targeting these countries likewise targets Islam,” Watson added. “Certainly, it would be inappropriate to conclude, as the Government does, that it does not.”
Several states and immigration advocates say the new order still suffers from legal flaws and asked federal judges to weigh in by issuing temporary restraining orders blocking the ban before Thursday. Federal judges in Maryland and Washington state may also issue rulings Wednesday.
The new ban was announced earlier this month and set to take effect Thursday. It would ban people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the US for 90 days and all refugees for 120 days.
The White House did not immediately comment on Watson’s ruling, but the Trump administration argues the ban is necessary to protect the nation’s security.

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) Doesn’t Like “Other People’s” Babies…

Are these the kind of folks we want running our nation? Does the nation of immigrants (USA – The melting pot) now want only white folks so we become totally homogenous? Has King noticed children of immigrants perform FAR better in science?  Are we really that fearful? Scared of shadows and people who don’t look exactly as we do? Really?

Enter the “Age of Trump”. His candidacy and eventual election to the highest office in our land has made it acceptable for white nationalists and white supremacists to go mainstream.

The Washington Post Rep. Steve King’s game of footsie with the white nationalist arm of conservative politics reached a new level over the weekend, when the Iowa Republican tweeted new praise for the nationalist, anti-immigrant Dutch politician Geert Wilders.

White nationalists praised King’s phrasing, with supremacist-du-jour Richard Spencer recording a video shortly afterward lauding King’s comments, a sentiment he followed up with a tweet of support Tuesday. Despite that, King stood by his comment, telling CNN on Monday that he “meant exactly what I said.”

“We need to get our birthrates up or Europe will be entirely transformed within a half century or a little more,” King told CNN’s Chris Cuomo. He voiced his support for an American population that’s eventually “so homogeneous that we look a lot the same” and added that he’s “a champion for Western civilization and, yes, our English language is a big part of it. It’s a carrier of freedom.” In a radio interview, King insisted that he wasn’t talking about race, but that he was referring to “our stock” and that “we need to have enough babies to replace ourselves.”

King’s home state of Iowa is one of the most homogeneously white in the country. But census data show that his district is one where nearly 10 percent of the children younger than 18 live with at least one parent who was born overseas.

There’s a correlation between the foreign-born population in a congressional district and its politics. (Both of those things overlap with the percentage of the population that lives in urban areas.) If we use census data on the percent of the population that’s foreign-born and compare it to Cook Political Report‘s partisanship rankings for each district, the pattern is clear.

King’s Iowa district — the 4th — is embedded firmly in that clump of Republican-leaning districts that has a low foreign-born population. It’s near the bottom among all of the districts, when ranked by this metric. His ranks 337th on this metric. (There are 435 districts, but not all had census data available.)

More with graphs BELOW THE FOLD.



Trump Says “Very Interesting Items” To Be Revealed On Alleged Surveilance…

Again Trump defends his unsubstantiated claim that President Obama ordered surveillance on his phones.  Apparently another Trump alternative fact distraction.

Trump is saying that information could be revealed that could prove him right. Again he gave no evidence to support his allegations.

This is reminiscent of birther activities back in 2011 when he  claimed that “an ‘extremely credible source’” called him to tell him President Obama’s birth certificate was fake. If memory serves he was going to drop a real bombshell on that one. Result? A yuuuuuge nothing. Why, it wasn’t true. Just Trump BS.

So, anyone willing to place odds on this one? True, or, another Trump falsehood?

From The Washington Post:

President Trump on Wednesday defended his unsubstantiated claim that former president Barack Obama ordered surveillance on his phones at Trump Tower in New York during last fall’s campaign.

Trump again offered no evidence to support his wiretapping accusation, but he maintained in an interview with Fox News Channel that information would soon be revealed that could prove him right.

“Wiretap covers a lot of different things,” Trump said. “I think you’re going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks.”

Trump made his comments during an interview with Fox host Tucker Carlson that is scheduled for the cable channel Wednesday evening. {MORE}

We patiently await credible sources to substantiate his allegations. And, we likely will be waiting for a very, very, long time. If history hold…