Here’s a question . . .

Does anyone know Trump’s personal tastes in art, music and literature?

Does he listen to music?  Probably not — he’s been in the White House for 18 months and not a single musician has been invited to perform.  Ditto for writers or other artists.  Has he talked about a book he read?

Do we know anything of Trump’s taste in anything? Does he enjoy anything, you know, anything outside of golfing, talking about himself and banging porn stars?

What a deal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The World’s Greatest Deal Maker just got his ass handed to him by a North Korean punk

U.S. intelligence officials, citing newly obtained evidence, have concluded that North Korea does not intend to fully surrender its nuclear stockpile, and instead is considering ways to conceal the number of weapons it has and secret production facilities, according to U.S. officials.

The evidence, collected in the wake of the June 12 summit in Singapore, points to preparations to deceive the United States about the number of nuclear warheads in North Korea’s arsenal as well as the existence of undisclosed facilities used to make fissile material for nuclear bombs, the officials said.

The findings support a new, previously undisclosed Defense Intelligence Agency estimate that North Korea is unlikely to denuclearize.

The assessment stands in stark contrast to President Trump’s exuberant comments following the summit, when he declared on Twitter that “there is no longer a nuclear threat” from North Korea. At a recent rally, he also said he had “great success’’ with Pyongyang.

Intelligence officials and many North Korea experts have generally taken a more cautious view, noting that leader Kim Jong Un’s vague commitment to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula is a near-echo of earlier pledges from North Korean leaders over the past two decades, even as they accelerated efforts to build nuclear weapons in secret.

In case you forgot, here’s a photo:

LEFT: Kim Jong-Un RIGHT: Sum Dum Fuk

Judge laughs at Trump’s lawyer

The Trump Foundation is being sued by New York’s attorney general, Barbara Underwood, for using the charity to enrich and benefit the Trump family. Lawyers for the Trump Foundation, which is run by Trump and his oldest children, Don Jr, Eric, and Ivanka made a ridiculous request during court proceedings on Tuesday. They asked that the execution of justice be rescheduled to accommodate the midterm elections. New Yorker:

During Tuesday’s hearing, the Trump Foundation’s lawyer, Alan Futerfas, asked that the trial not commence in October, because it was so close to the midterms. Judge Scarpulla laughed in response, did not change the trial date, and hinted that she is likely to require the President to testify.

The Trumps don’t seem to realize that the justice is system is apolitical by design, so the fact that the trial date is close to the midterms is not relevant to the courts. Hence the laughter in response.

The hint about requiring Trump to testify makes for a fascinating scenario. The sitting president testifying in a court case trying to explain why money was flowing from his charitable foundation into his pockets and those of his children while his party is campaigning for midterm elections that could have a major impact on the future of his presidency and his party. Sounds like a potential political disaster, at least for an ordinary politician.

Well, well . . . cry me a river . . .

Agents who work for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement in California have found that they’re so unpopular even other law enforcement officers want nothing to do with them, the Los Angeles Times reports.

 In the Times story, ICE agents complain that people are calling the police on them as they try to operate—or even when they try to get coffee in the city.
 “Even the cops don’t like us anymore because they’re listening to the news also,” said an ICE agent who the Times allowed to remain anonymous. “ ‘Oh you guys are just separating families.’ ”

Ice agents are under fire nationwide. Rightwingers became enraged with WikiLeaks recently when the Russia-connected site published the names of 9,000 supposed current and former ICE employees. (The information is public record.)

 Some ICE agents even hate ICE—earlier this week several officers sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen asking her to disband the agency.

Let’s lay waste to Trump’s lies about MS-13

The Trump administration’s campaign against immigration conflates the flow of undocumented immigrants from Central America with the growth of MS-13 — the brutal transnational street gang. The president and the attorney general frequently say that stopping the former means stopping the latter. Information about the four-decade-old gang, formally named Mara Salvatrucha, is scarce, but we know enough to dispel some of the misconceptions that have grown up around it.

Myth No. 1
MS-13 was created by Salvadoran ex-guerrillas.

National Geographic said in 2011 that many original MS-13 members “were former guerilla fighters who brought their war experience and a hardened attitude towards life and death.” The Atlantic’s David Frum also embraced the idea of former guerrillas and soldiers who arrived in Los Angeles and founded “criminal gangs to protect themselves and earn a living.”

The gang originated in Los Angeles, mostly in the areas of Korea Town, Pico Union and Westlake, in the early 1980s. It was formed by children of refugees fleeing El Salvador’s 12-year civil war. The original members were teenagers and young adults who bonded around metal music, marijuana and the need to belong to an identity-based group in a foreign land. Their hand sign, with the forefinger and pinky extended, comes from the practice of flashing horns in heavy metal. Most members were too young to know their homeland’s conflict firsthand, but they appropriated war stories to frighten rival gangs.

Today, most MS-13 members were born after the Salvadoran civil war concluded in 1992, and they have no memory of the political conflict that ravaged the region in the 1980s.

Myth No. 2
MS-13 is well-organized and controlled from El Salvador.

In 2012, the Treasury Department designated MS-13 a significant transnational criminal organization and named some of its members as targets of economic sanctions. Its aura as a syndicate has prompted the New York Post to say that “MS-13 has better organizational structure than some corporations.” Some overzealous law enforcement officials told InSight Crime in 2016 that decisions about MS-13 activities are made in El Salvador, not in the United States.

But the gang is only loosely organized in this country. It can be better described as a federation of teenage barrio cliques that share the MS-13 brand. The gang is more structured in El Salvador — where its development, after arriving from Los Angeles, responded to local policies and prison conditions — than in Honduras or Guatemala. There are important differences in the way it operates in every country and in various regions of the United States. Local or national leaderships are usually not recognized across borders, despite the efforts of some operatives, primarily from El Salvador, to control cells on the East Coast. Most of the gang’s activities and criminal dynamics seem to be more determined by local conditions.

Myth No. 3
Illegal immigrants are coming to the U.S. to expand the gang’s reach.

According to U.S. officials, MS-13 leaders in El Salvador are sending gang members to the United States to bolster local cells. As President Trump has equated “illegal immigrants” with MS-13 members who want to “pour into and infest our Country.”

Yet only a minuscule share of undocumented immigrants who have entered the country in the past few years are linked to MS-13, according to Stephanie Leutert at the University of Texas. The overwhelming majority of those who have joined the gang in Central America have never left their countries. A Florida International University survey of mostly imprisoned gang members in El Salvador in 2016 showed that 91 percent have never been in the United States. Those who leave often do so because of family, joining the massive migration flows from Central America, not because the gang instructs or sponsors them. In many cases, they are trying to flee the group and its violence. As with other brand-name gangs that have spread in the United States, the growth of MS-13 seems to be linked more to the relocation of family groups than to a deliberate expansion plan.

Myth No. 4
To combat MS-13, stop immigration from Central America.

Trump has made the case repeatedly that U.S. immigration laws have enabled MS-13 to infiltrate American communities. “I am calling on the Congress to finally close the deadly loopholes that have allowed MS-13, and other criminals, to break into our country,” he said in his State of the Union address this year. If that’s the case, then restricting illegal immigration and enforcing immigration laws are key in the fight against gangs, according to the Center for Immigration Studies (tagline: “Low-immigration, Pro-immigrant”).

But most MS-13 members living in the United States joined the gang here, because of social conditions or life events, according to a study by InSight Crime and American University. As with many other street gangs, recruits often come from broken families or have parents who work several menial jobs to get by. Factors such as community services, the quality of the school system, a student’s peers in school and local law enforcement policies play more critical roles in determining the success of the gang than immigration. In Homestead, Fla., for instance, where the local government offers many of these salutary resources, a substantial and growing Central American immigrant community has produced no significant reports of MS-13 expansion.

Research has shown that the best way to prevent the establishment of street gangs is to work with local communities to address the problems that push young people to seek refuge in such gangs. The ruthless fight against undocumented immigration within Hispanic communities will alienate some of these populations from the authorities and law enforcement organizations that could help.

Myth No. 5
MS-13 is a threat to communities all over America.

The president says MS-13 has “literally taken over” U.S. cities, and the White House claims that the gang has “brought violence, fear, and suffering to communities” nationwide. “The MS-13 Gang Is a National Threat,” said a headline last year in the Trumpet, a Christian news magazine.

Actually, MS-13 is not a large street gang; it’s not even among the biggest in the country. According to Justice Department data, it has some 10,000 members here — half the size of the Bloods and one-fifth the size of the 18th Street Gang (or Barrio 18), MS-13’s archenemy. While its activities in some cities are brutal, MS-13’s threat on American soil is concentrated in a few Hispanic communities, especially around Long Island, Los Angeles and Washington . Its primary targets are other teenagers who live in the same areas.

Memo to Trump supporters: Do the rest of us a favor and go kill yourselves.

In California today, a 14-year-old boy — born and raised in the USA — stood up to speak about immigration.  “Adults” screamed at him.

“You are going to be the first deported”

” Dirty Mexican ”

— were some of the things they yelled at this 14 year old boy. He was defending immigrants at a rally and was shouted down.

The dog-faced bitch wearing the MAGA hat and shrieking at the kid is  Roslyn La Liberte. She owns RC Associates, a construction company she seems to run out of her house in the Woodland Hills section of Los Angeles.

This is what you TeaPublicans have unleashed on us.  How about you all just go kill yourselves??

 

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