Public Health and Safety

Crown prince of radicchio whines to the Times

Submitted: Feb 10, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Maybe it's the drinking water. Could it be the worst air quality in the country? What kind of pesticides do they spray on radicchio? Whatever it is, it's hard to imagine why any farmers, particularly the Marchinis with their operations spread out over several prime rowcrop regions: Le Grand, Kettleman City, Watsonville, Salinas, and Yuma, would bite the hand that gorged them with the 2013 Farm Bill?1.

No. The Crown Prince of Radicchio tuned up a wondrous California Ag Whine for the reporter ladies from New York and Los Angeles because he could and because that was what they wanted to hear.

You've got to hand it to Trump. He has done what even the foul state Proposition 187, in 1994 failed to do, even though it turned kindergarten teachers into Border Patrol personnel: he has flushed out the growers of the San Joaquin Valley and made them speak up about their workforce. Perish the thought that there should come a day when no surplus of undocumented Mexicans are wandering the Valley, the Central Coast and Yuma looking for farmwork! 

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10 top diplomats and spies against Trump's ban

Submitted: Feb 10, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

2-6-17

NBCNews

Trump Travel Ban Makes America Less Safe: Ex-Top Security, State Officials

Andrea Mitchell And Richie Duchon

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Standing Rock in the balance

Submitted: Feb 07, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Maybe there is both rhythm and rhyme to history instead of the tedious "repetition" people talk about. The Indians of the Northern Plains are leading again. The government is trying to tear up the little land left to them, destroy natural resources, threaten tribal sovereignty (can you imagine what Trump thinks of tribal sovereignty?), destroy sacred sites, threaten pollution of a major American river, termination and relocation. And the Sioux are rallying the tribes to defend Native rights, even if, at the moment, they are trying to disperse demonstrators, who have themselves become an ecological problem.

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Terrorist attacks in the US by immigrants from Trump's target countries

Submitted: Feb 06, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The Badlands Journal editorial board asked a question many others have asked about the immigrant-ban executive order: how many immigrants from these seven nations have committed acts of terrorism in the United States?

We read several articles but preferred this one above the others because it contains a dialogue with some disagreement but doesn't vilify. It is an understandable disagreement occurring in a moment of high political and legal pressure.

Another aspect of this story not often covered in the media is the number of terrorist attacks foiled by good intelligence.

Altogether, we thought this short interchange between a hard-working politician with an extraordinarily diverse district and Politifacts, a respected source of factual corrections in the media, except if you believe Matt Shapiro of The Federalist (Dec. 16, 2016) who asserts the Politifact has an anti-conservative bias.

The poor dears. -- blj

 

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The president bullies on: Saturday must be Bully the Federal Courts Day

Submitted: Feb 05, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Donald J. Trump 

@realDonaldTrump

The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!

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What many San Joaquin Valley people hear and say about Trump

Submitted: Feb 02, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 “Trump also seeks a return to the past,” Slim said. “Like a friend said, to a ‘regressive utopia.’ ” Franco Ordonez, Modesto Bee, Jan. 27, 2017

 

1-27-17

Modesto Bee

Trump may find he’s facing a master negotiator in talks with Mexico

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President Black Jack Trump rides the borderline

Submitted: Feb 01, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Reporter: How will Mexico pay for the wall?

President Trump: "It will be in a form, perhaps a complicated form."

Reporter: Will it be as complicated as your tax forms?

--blj

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Impeachment, when?

Submitted: Jan 31, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

After little more than a week, thoughtful Americans are anticipating the impeachment of Trump, basing their prediction on the evidence of Trump's unfitness to hold the office. He has already outraged more sectors of the population than can be imagined and the numbers grow by the day.  The only real question is how much damage will be done before he is removed. -- blj

 

1-28-17

Huffington Post

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President Xerxes does global warming

Submitted: Jan 30, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

They then began to build bridges across the Hellespont from Abydos to that headland between Sestus and Madytus, the Phoenicians building one of ropes made from flax, and the Egyptians building a second one out of papyrus. From Abydos to the opposite shore it is a distance of almost two-thirds of a mile. But no sooner had the strait been bridged than a great storm came on and cut apart and scattered all their work.

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John Dean on Donald Trump

Submitted: Jan 29, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Just a little note from John Dean, White House counsel to President Richard Nixon, to the crowd that prepared the political ground for the Ascent of Trump by declaring the end of history.

No doubt it won't mean a thing to the neocons because it don't have that triumphalist swing. And the Alt-Right, the Devil knows, has its own chosen frequencies. Maybe you had to have been there watching Dean (not Howard, the antsy New Democrat from Vermont, but John, the lawyer with the photographic memory), testify before the Senate Watergate Commission in the summer of 1974, to understand how dangerous this moment is. John Dean is a dark and mottled character in American history, but he is a touchstone like few other living Americans are and fewer would wish to be. -- blj

 

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