No Shutdown For Melania?

I am listening to air traffic control

EXEC1F appears to be headed to Palm Beach. ATC just said they will have to do some serious vectoring to get the plane in line with the rest of the Palm Beach traffic.

EXEC1F is typically the callsign for a plane with the first lady on it.— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman, POLITICO)

Ka-ching: Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress about Moscow Trump tower project (BuzzFeed)

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The State of the Wall Address

By xrepublican, a Trail Mix Contributor

My fellow Americans, I come to you tonight to speak about the state of the Wall. Mr trump claims that our nation will not be safe without his wall, and he’s holding the incomes of 400,000 loyal Americans hostage to get that wall out of your bank accounts.

Mr trump says that dirty, disease-spreading, drug-dealing, murderous rapists and terrorists will enter our nation, towns, and homes unless we build him his wall. The purporse of this claim is that all of you and all of your loved ones will become diseased, drug-addicted, raped, and murdered if we don’t comply. He also claims that rich people and Democrats all cower behind walls for protection, and that it ought to be the right of the common people to cower, too. As if he ever knew any of us commoners, beyond a smile, a wave, and perhaps a quick handshake followed by hand wiping.
Behind me you will see first a photograph of the trump tower in Manhattan. Next, you will see the trump tower Chicago on Wacker Drive. Third, is the Las Vegas trump tower and the trump tower here in Washington D.C. Do you notice any similarity in these buildings ? Of course, none of them have walls to protect the trumps, their guests, or their children from the disease-carrying, drug-dealing, murderous rapists and terrorists that lurk in the downtowns of these big cities. You might say that American cities are relatively safe from the dregs of shitholia, but here is a picture of the Istanbul trump tower. No wall there, either.

I put it to you, my fellow Americans, that if the trump properties, family, their guests, and their guest’s children don’t need walls, even in the roiling atmosphere of the Near East, then Americans like you and I don’t need Mr trump’s ridiculous wall, either. Call the number at the bottom of your screen and give Mr trump a message. Tell him that you don’t want his wall, and that you refuse to pay for it. Then tell him to pay our loyal employees, and Make America Great Again!

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Depraved Indifference?

To constitute depraved indifference, the defendant’s conduct must be ‘so wanton, so deficient in a moral sense of concern, so lacking in regard for the life or lives of others, and so blameworthy as to warrant the same criminal liability as that which the law imposes upon a person who intentionally causes a crime. Depraved indifference focuses on the risk created by the defendant’s conduct, not the injuries actually resulting.

By Jace, a Trail Mix Contributor

It is well understood by now that Donald Trump lacks any sort of a moral compass. He lacks the requisite empathy and understanding required of a leader. In his world, bluster, deceit and vindictiveness substitute for insight, compassion and vision.

In his world those less fortunate are less fortunate because they deserve to be.

In his world there is always an opportunity to blame the victim. We have seen it countless times. Be it hurricane relief, wild fire devastation or children dying while in custody at the boarder. There is always a callous disregard for human suffering that would shame the most corrupt third world dictator but which Trump wears like a badge of honor.

So it is really no surprise that our current government shutdown is going on with no end in sight.

Once again Trump has found a vehicle that allows him to display his warped world view and create a new set of victims not worthy of his attention. In so doing he is intentionally putting Americans at risk. Airline safety, food safety, sanitation and the Coast Guard just to name a few. As for the suffering of government workers and the people affected by their lay offs. Trump sees it as nothing more than a fund raising opportunity, and the reddest of red meat for his ever restive and demanding base.

Depraved indifference is now the official policy of this White House. Perhaps the question should be is depraved indifference an impeachable offence?

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