Human Accessories

NEWS: Today @CoryBooker crossed the U.S. border from Juarez to El Paso with @fams2gether to help escort 5 asylum-seekers and try to prevent them from being sent back to Mexico.

Ocasio posts staged photos in front of a detention facility. Now Booker does this stunt. Migrants are accessories to these people. They don’t care how many die or get raped on the way. They don’t care how many will be exploited or will join gangs once here. All they want is a photo-op. These are truly disgusting people.

This Congress has become more vomit-inducing than even the Tea Party Congress of 2010. If this is the blue wave we heard so much about, then fuck it. A bunch of self-aggrandizing clowns who care about nothing but their Twitter likes.

19 thoughts on “Human Accessories”

  1. This is what happens when the “normals” start infiltrating what used to be the “Professional” and “Authoritative” realms, which used to be “reserved” for only those with special aptitudes and matching fitting personalities
    …now anyone with the “right” degree “has to” be let in to the professions and positions on the basis of “nondiscrimination” and “equal opportunity”

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  2. So, check on your friends in the SoCal area, especially around Los Angeles: from Reuters
    The earthquake was the strongest since the Northridge earthquake in the 1990s.

    Also, “Even bigger earthquake” could hit California in the coming days, seismologist warns”>
    The city of Ridgecrest, California was hit by the region’s strongest earthquake in 20 years on Thursday. And while the area recovers from injuries, fires, and damaged homes caused by the 6.4 magnitude quake, officials fear that a second, stronger earthquake could strike in the coming days.

    Caltech seismologist Lucy Jones says the area should expect aftershocks to continue for some time. “There is about a 1 in 20 chance that this location will be having an even bigger earthquake within the next few days,” Jones said.

    Ridgecrest Mayor Peggy Breeden said she’s concerned about more potential damage. Breeden has declared a state of emergency for the city, which she said “allows us to seek services from all the entities, both state and federal, that can help us with the clean-up.”

    Breeden said the city is sending crews out to assess damage. Officials are looking for potential problems in the roads and issues with the city’s pipes – all while aftershocks continue to shake the area.Although the epicenter of the quake was in Ridgecrest, where items flew off the shelves at local businesses, the shaking was felt as far away as Las Vegas.

    “Everything that was on the shelves came crashing down,” said store employee Kaitlin Alexander. “The wine, all I heard was ‘crrsss.’ And it just fell.”

    Home security cameras caught the shaking that also caused roads to crack and sent at least one house up in flames. “We have multiple injuries,” said Kern County Fire Chief David Witt. “We’ve had two house fires, we’ve had small vegetation fires, power lines down, gas leaks.”

    The local hospital was partially damaged, so 15 patients were evacuated as a precaution. Some had to be air-lifted to other hospitals.

    Tremors were even felt more than 100 miles away at KCBS, CBS News’ Los Angeles station.

    This was one of the largest quakes to hit southern California since the 1994 Northridge earthquake. That quake had a magnitude of 6.7; it left 72 people dead and caused up to $20 billion in damage.

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    1. An encore:
      A second earthquake hit Southern California in as many days. It’s five times bigger than Thursday’s
      Thursday, being the Fourth of July.
      Ridgecrest, California (CNN)A powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake swayed buildings and cracked streets and foundations in Southern California on Friday night, sending terrified residents into the streets a day after another quake hit.

      The latest earthquake Friday struck 11 miles northeast of Ridgecrest, according to the US Geological Survey. It was five times bigger and 11 times stronger than Thursday’s 6.4 -magnitude earthquake, also centered near Ridgecrest, CNN Meteorologist Brandon Miller said.
      There’s been an average of one aftershock per minute since Friday’s quake in the southern part of the state, according to the US Geological Survey website.
      Gas leaks caused structure fires throughout Ridgecrest, residents reported water main breaks, and power and communications were out in some areas, according to Mark Ghilarducci, director of the Governors’ Office of Emergency Management.
      Several injuries were reported, according to Kern County spokeswoman Megan Person….
      The shaking was felt as far away as Mexico and Las Vegas, according to the USGS.
      The NBA Summer League game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the New York Knicks in Las Vegas was postponed Friday following reports of the quake. Scoreboards and speakers near the ceiling of the arena shook when the earthquake hit…
      CalTech seismologist Lucy Jones said Friday both earthquakes are part of an ongoing sequence of a “very energetic system.”
      The latest 7.1-magnitude earthquake was the mainshock, while Thursday’s 6.4-magnitude quake was a foreshock, according to Jones….
      …In addition to being bigger, Miller said it released more than 11 times the amount of energy than the 6.4 one.
      More earthquakes are possible. Newsom said he has activated the state emergency operation center to its highest level.

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  3. This isn’t the blue wave; the people who got brought in by that tend to be focused on things that actually matter. These people were around before the blue wave, and they were acting like idiots then too.

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      1. But they’re in safe blue districts. They would’ve won election with or without the blue wave (provided they won their primaries, of course.) That’s why they have the luxury of not worrying about whether their behavior is offputting to the vast majority of American voters.

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  4. So much projection here. Why can’t both things be true — 1) that the US should reform its immigration system to be more like Canada’s and make it harder to qualify for asylum, and 2) that a large percentage of the migrants are people who were unlucky enough to be born in poor countries and are seeking better lives for themselves and their children and shouldn’t be treated the way the are in detention facilities?

    I agree with you about the big picture. I still feel empathy for the people, though. If you and Clara were living in, say, El Salvador, wouldn’t you do everything possible to make sure she had access to opportunities that children in North America and Europe have?

    Why do you think the migrants are completely ignorant about the risks they are taking and are fooled by smugglers into believing life in the USA would be easy? They’re adults, many of whom, I’m sure, know undocumented immigrants from their countries currently living here. Isn’t it a bit paternalistic to assume they don’t know what’s best for them?

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    1. “Seeking better lives” isn’t cause for asylum. It’s economic emigration that’s closed in this country.

      If you lived here and actually met any undocumented people, saw how they lived, saw what their children experienced, you’d stop chattering senselessly about “opportunities.” Are you aware that both “the letters” and “the numbers” were formed in the US by precisely these children of immigrants brought here for “opportunities”? Have you thought about why that happened? Might it be because being dragged around to make some, frankly, clueless people feel virtuous isn’t much of an opportunity?

      As to how I know that many people from El Salvador and Guatemala are duped into making a journey they don’t have information about, I’ll let you guess. A small hint: what do I do every day? Yesterday, today, tomorrow?

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      1. I agree that seeking better lives is not a cause for asylum. I never argued otherwise, or at least didn’t mean to. I can’t vote to do anything about this issue, and if I could, I would vote for reforming the immigration system.

        This issue is not black and white. Yes, there are kids who are smuggled into the US who join gangs when they grow up. There are also the DACA recipients – kids who have graduated from high school and are in college, in the military, or working lawfully.

        To give some context, I’ve been reading your blog on and off for at least 8 years. I’ve probably discovered you through a comment you made on a feminist blog somewhere, perhaps on Ozy Frantz’s “No, seriously, what about teh menz?”. I see a lot of myself in you – we were a lot more similar back then. Over time we’ve moved in opposite directions. That’s why I find you interesting and keep arguing with you.

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        1. A link on DACA and criminality rates: https://www.uscis.gov/news/new-data-shows-criminal-arrest-histories-daca-requestors

          I’m very grateful that you are a long-time reader. It’s very admirable because many people, probably most, can’t stand so much… erm, intellectual ADHD.

          I recently discovered with the analyst that I tend to be very fake with people, except for my husband, my sister, one close friend and here on the blog. I do understand that I can be overwhelming, so I keep most of myself hidden from people.

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          1. Exactly.

            Starting immediately after the Chapultepec accords, there was a campaign in the press in El Salvador aimed at convincing people to leave. Then it became an official policy of the government to gently and not so gently to push people towards migrating. When two million Salvadorans reside outside of the country of 6 million, the economy is kept unchanged and unreformed thanks to the remesas (the money they send back home). It’s a profitable deal for the government and the elites whose interests it represents.

            I’m currently writing the section of my book that analyzes this media campaign and how the government’s policy was formed. El Salvador Was getting better after the war. The economy was getting better, the crime rates were dropping a lot. It was getting better. But the media did all they could to stoke fear in the population to convince more and more people to leave. The numbers of migrants from El Salvador follow the reduction in crime rates and the growth of the GDP not in the direct proportion but in the inverse proportion.

            I care deeply about El Salvador and I want it to get better. But I don’t see how it will get better if the current dysfunctional economy is preserved at the expense of pushing out an enormous percentage of the productive population to be serfs in the US and send home remesas. This has been going on for 30 years and it’s clearly not working.

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            1. And now I want to share a story of how my parents and my aunts – highly educated members of intelligentsia – emigrated.

              My mother heard from somebody that there was an easy and fast opportunity to emigrate. She got possessed by a feeling of “everybody is leaving and we will feel like idiots if we stay behind.” She forced my father to fill out the paperwork because “it’s such an opportunity, what if it’s our last chance, I feel stupid that everybody is leaving and we aren’t.” Once they arrived in Canada, it became clear this was a huge mistake. We couldn’t take her outside the house for months because she’s start weeping hysterically. Everything looked different and weird. Twenty-one years later, they still have no non-immigrant friends and don’t watch any TV that’s not Ukrainian. .
              Then my mother’s sister emigrated with the same kind of reasoning.

              The second sister emigrated from a war zone in Ukraine. Her city had been bombed into the ground. She has nowhere to return. But guess what? She’s returning. She’s flying back to Ukraine next week. To stay.

              None of the people in this story were ever illegal for a second. Never marginalization, never experienced poverty after emigrating.

              This story and many others I know make me think that the idea that people always know what’s good for them is a crock. It’s a lot more complicated than that.

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            2. “When two million Salvadorans reside outside of the country of 6 million … It’s a profitable deal for the government and the elites whose interests it represents”

              I’m reminded of the Philippines, whose only significant export seems to be (mostlyfemale) employees (unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled).

              How anyone thinks that this is a sustainable model that doesn’t case immense suffering of the poor to enrich the fossilized evil oligarchs running the country is a myster …. the fact that so many progressives are (de facto) in favor of human trafficking for the benefit of elites never fails to amaze me…

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              1. At least, the new president of El Salvador seems to have abandoned the official position of “we are a nation without borders,” so I’m hopeful.

                It’s funny but I decided to title my new book “Nations without Borders” long before I knew that this was the official position of the Salvadoran government. It was always obvious that this is what they are doing but I didn’t know they used this exact phrase. Of course, nobody will believe me now that I came up with the title on my own.

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        1. It’s a test to see if people need to be participating in this discussion. “The letters and the numbers” are MS-13 and Barrio 18, two of the gangs created by children of Salvadoran immigrants in the US.

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