Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Second federal appeals court rejects Trump's Muslim ban.

Trump showing off his signature on the Muslim ban that is never going to happen.
Courtesy of the New York Times:

A second federal appeals court has ruled against President Trump’s revised travel ban, delivering on Monday the latest in a string of defeats for the administration’s efforts to limit travel from several predominantly Muslim countries. 

The administration has already sought a Supreme Court review of a similar decision issued last month by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in Richmond, Va. Monday’s decision came from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco. 

The two courts employed different reasoning to arrive at the same basic conclusion. The Fourth Circuit said the revised executive order violated the First Amendment’s prohibition of government establishment of religion. 

The Ninth Circuit, by contrast, rested its conclusions on statutory grounds. It said Mr. Trump had exceeded the authority Congress granted him in making national security judgments in the realm of immigration without adequate justification. 

“The order does not offer a sufficient justification to suspend the entry of more than 180 million people on the basis of nationality,” the Ninth Circuit’s opinion said. “National security is not a ‘talismanic incantation’ that, once invoked, can support any and all exercise of executive power.”

This news of course pissed off the Orange Fuhrer.
"As predicted?" I don't remember Trump ever suggesting that this ban would fail. All I remember is hearing him talk about all of that winning.

I love the fact that not only is Trump under constant fire from the various investigations into his dealings with the Russians, but virtually everything he promised to do during his campaign he is now failing to deliver.

By the way when was the last time anybody even heard any talk about that stupid border wall?


  1. Anonymous11:46 AM

    "Second federal appeals court rejects Trump's Muslim ban."

    ....And it's one two three strikes you're out in the old ballgame ....

    Trump you have two strikes on your Muslim ban, if there's one more strike regarding the Muslim ban that will be cause for dismissal

  2. The wall gets mentioned nearly every day at (I hope you don't mind) the Field Negro. A gentleman from overseas has been keeping a running count of how many meters of wall have been built each day.

  3. Anonymous11:55 AM

    You stupid buffoon donald trump!
    It is you, whom is creating the dangerous times.
    Bend over and get your fat head out our your ass!
    You "predicted"? Then you must know how stupid you are!

    1. Anonymous3:49 PM


      "“tiny fingered, Cheeto-faced, ferret wearing shitgibbon” on Twitter and then made an even bigger splash last week when Pennsylvania state Sen. Daylin Leach called the president a “fascist, loofa-faced, shit-gibbon.” But where did this exquisite creation come from, originally?"
      "“I’m surprised and delighted that a word I made up in the 1980s to insult British indie rock stars has resurfaced in the context of 21st-century U.S. politics and the shitgibbon in the White House,”aka
      $hitgibbon tiny djt drumpf.
      "how NOW shitgibbon fits an emerging pattern for obscene insults like douchewaffle, turdweasel, and jizztrumpet, all of which consist of a monosyllablic expletive plus a trochee (a stressed syllable followed by an unstressed syllable). Along with metrical concerns, Jones notes how vowels often repeat in such words, as in dickbiscuit, craprabbit, and spunk puffin."

  4. Anonymous12:02 PM

    ot?"Ivanka loves the kissy-face. “Ivanka Trump doesn't have a personality—she has a content $trategy.”
    LIKE Daddy dearest..Comey Ki$$..?
    "$he air kiss feels like a girlish TIC she's developed as a way to humanize herself, a task she is congenitally terrible at." LIKE Daddy dearest...?

  5. Anonymous12:03 PM


  6. Anonymous12:10 PM

    So I'm waiting for this case to make it to the Supreme Court and see how they rule,and how the vote breaks down. Will Gorsuch support Orange Hitler? And after having his tweets used against him, he quadrupled down and called it a travel ban again. And how will a travel ban protect us against the white supremacist terrorists who are from this country?

    1. Anonymous1:02 PM


  7. Leland1:13 PM

    As President, Humpty Trumpty does have broad powers concerning national security. What he doesn't understand, what he CAN'T understand, is that the power MUST be used within the confines of the laws of the country which are based on the Constitution.

    He will NEVER grasp the significance of that!

  8. Anonymous1:34 PM

    Donald Trump's election has made me loose all hope of the future of our planet and of humanity in general. I wish I had the money to establish a survivalist camp in New Zealand like Peter Thiel and other millionaires who see the writing on the wall.

    1. Anonymous3:14 PM

      Hey there snowflake, New Zealand is by no means perfect, and you know what? Peter Their is quite the asshole and would probably never allow you into his "compound" if you can't even to manage to spell the world "lose" properly. He's an acknowledged elitist that doesn't suffer fools so you'd better head off and look for a different utopia.

      I can tell you what you'll find though, places are just people and people are assholes the world over and no matter where you go there are problems, there's no escaping it. America, yes, it's on the way down but Trump is but a symptom of the decline of the country as a whole, it doesn't mean a whole lot, just that we're not the leading world power any longer, except in military might, and yep, we can pretty much blow everyone up if they come our way, but we've lost the rest of the war; educationally, technologically and governmentally were heading downhill, but it happens to even the best countries so sit tight and you'll find that very little will change in your life or even lifetime, even with Trump.

      The sky started falling nearly 40 years ago, and now has finally met ground. Weren't you paying attention? You should have been beginning to lose hope around 1980 because this is nothing new, been a long road to our current perdition.

  9. Anonymous1:40 PM

    T.Rump = L O S E R x2

  10. Randall1:48 PM

    Didn't he once brag that he could eliminate "ISIS in 30 days" because he "know[s] more than the generals"?

    1. Anonymous2:17 PM

      All of the idiots that voted for Loser trump are simply ignorant . However, knew exactly what they were voting for , which is a racist selfish hateful stupid spineless wasteful egomaniac !

    2. Anonymous3:07 PM

      On the flip side, I'm pretty certain that ISIS has some sort of deadline by which they'd like to eliminate Trump. I don't agree with anything they do or believe, but I can get behind them on this one, as long as there isn't a lot of messy collateral damage ;-)

    3. Anonymous3:32 AM

      They should remind him of that daily, especially since he has jeopardized Israeli intelligence.

      Also he was going to do tax reform in 30 days cuz he knows more than the IRS.

      When is Mikey going to find those 3 million illegal voters, he was suppose to do that in 2 weeks.

    4. Anonymous4:05 AM

      Anon at 3:07 pm. Much as I dislike Trump (and I dislike him intensely) I do not want him to become a "martyr" for the GOP to fawn over for the next fifty years.

  11. Anonymous3:05 PM

    I'm not an adherent to any of the religions but judging a person based on their adherence to any of them is akin to judging an innocent person that just happened to born with the surname Trump; I just betcha that there are some decent Trumps out there, just like there are some decent christians, muslims, jews and all the rest.

  12. Anonymous3:25 PM

    He will dangle the border wall whenever he feels he needs to agitate the knuckle-draggers but I suspect doubts are starting to creep into the tiny brains that are not completely incorrigible. Mexico's Vicente Fox often gives Trump a well deserved slap-down when the wall comes up. I look forward to that.

  13. Anonymous3:51 PM

    The withholding of healthcate boll and cutting off media. Why couldn't someone sue to stop congress payments that work on the bill, it is USA tax payer money!
    Sue close us capital building as it is tax payer money!
    Something, I for one am getting tired of disrespect in the highest offices in the land!

  14. They used Trump's own tweets against him.


    "“Indeed, the President recently confirmed his assessment that it is the ‘countries’ that are inherently dangerous, rather than the 180 million individual nationals of those countries who are barred from entry under the President’s travel ban,” the judges wrote in a footnote. “See Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)”"

    "The judges also pointed out a CNN article quoting Spicer saying Trump’s tweets are “official statements.”"

    And of course we all remember him tweeting that is was a Muslim ban against bad countries. Basically shooting all of his lawyers in the foot.

    No wonder he can't find any lawyers to represent him.

    He won't pay and he won't follow directions.

    "The Ninth Circuit decided its case on statutory grounds instead of constitutional grounds — meaning they concluded that the government was overstepping portions of Congress-passed immigration laws instead of violating constitutional rights like the Establishment Clause. Courts that have made constitutional arguments against the executive order have focused on whether the policy was driven by religious animus against Muslims, citing statements from Trump and his associates calling for a “Muslim ban” as evidence.

    If the Supreme Court takes the case and decides it on constitutional grounds, Trump’s tweets would likely make their way into footnotes in dissents, opinions and friend-of-the-court briefs for months to come."

    Let's see if Trump takes it to the Supremes. If he does, could be they will decide that his tweets constitute "documents" and have to be preserved with all other documents and recordings. That would do an endrun around the proposed COVFEFE act but accomplish the same thing.

  15. So the ninth district is going by Sean Spicer's statement that Trump's tweets are official. That means Trump may be in hot water for blocking at least 40 people from his twitter account.


    "At 8:10 a.m. Tuesday, the progressive veterans advocacy group VoteVets alerted its Twitter followers that it had been blocked by President Donald Trump.

    Hours later, the novelist Stephen King let it be known that he too had been stymied from viewing Trump’s 140-character missives. Jordan Uhl, an organizer known for quickly responding to Trump’s tweets with what can best be described as trollish behavior, said he also was blocked on Tuesday. As did Brandon Neely, a former Guantanamo Bay guard who’s been a Trump critic.

    The seemingly thought-through effort by Trump, or whoever is running his account, to keep people from viewing his tweets is not the most outrageous example of government secrecy exhibited by this administration. It may not be the most brazen act of non-transparency to be undertaken on Tuesday (Congress gets that honor)."

    "The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University is representing the legion of the Trump-blocked. Their argument has been that there is something fundamentally unconstitutional about a president restricting access to what are definitionally public proclamations."

    And the ninth circuit basically implied that they were.

    Now we come to Rep. Mike Quigley's COVFEFE act.


    "President Trump’s tweets could soon be classified as presidential record and render any deletions illegal, thanks to a new bill introduced Monday by a Democratic congressman.

    The Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically for Engagement (COVFEFE) Act, introduced by Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., would amend the Presidential Records Act to include social media, meaning that Trump’s prolific Twitter missives would be documented and preserved — including deleted tweets."

    And it would also bar him from blocking any critics he didn't like.

    "The Presidential Records Act lacks an explicit requirement that mandates archiving a president’s social media posts. White House officials confirmed to the National Archives that they are saving the president’s tweets, including those he’s deleted, but have not detailed the process."

    "Press secretary Sean Spicer confirmed last week that Trump’s tweets are “considered official statements by the president of the United States,” despite earlier insistence from top White House officials that the president’s tweets are “not policy.”"

    "The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University is representing the legion of the Trump-blocked. Their argument has been that there is something fundamentally unconstitutional about a president restricting access to what are definitionally public proclamations."

    We all know Trump's relationship with the First Amendment isn't a cordial one.

    It will be really fun to watch him get slapped upside the head with his own twitter account. That he'll have to unblock everyone, will not be allowed to block anyone and that all of his tweets, including the deleted ones, including all of the typos, will have to be preserved.

    "Quigley, who co-chairs the Congressional Transparency Caucus, introduced another piece of legislation in March also named to goad Trump. The Making Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness (MAR-A-LAGO) Act would make public visitor logs at the White House and Trump’s resorts, including his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

    The use of “clever” names sparks interest in the legislation, Quigley said, noting that though he’s introduced measures promoting transparency every year for the past eight years, the COVFEFE and MAR-A-LAGO acts have caught the attention of Congress and the Internet."

    1. Anonymous3:59 AM

      I think little donnie thinks because he is using his own twitter account instead of the POTUS acct it can't be used against him or those are official remarks.

      boy is he wrong and they are suppose to be archiving all of them.

  16. Anonymous7:29 PM


    "The signers included retired Adm. William McRaven, who headed U.S. special operations; retired Gen. David Petraeus, who commanded U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan before becoming CIA director; retired Adm. Mike Mullen, a former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff; retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who commanded U.S. forces in Afghanistan; five former NATO supreme commanders; and past heads of the combatant commands in Africa and Europe."


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