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  • ddt 19.59 on March 6, 2018  

    “It was as if all criminal roads led to Trump Tower,”


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  • milwaukiedave 18.53 on March 26, 2017  

    Trump Supporter’s Husband Deported

    File this under things that make you go “hmm…”.

    The Huffington Post Reports that Roberto Beristain is being deported after being in the United States for almost 20 years from Mexico City. He owns a restaurant and has a wife and four daughters. Roberto’s wife, Helen, is a Donald Trump supporter. Helen agrees with Trump’s stance on immigration, but doesn’t understand why her husband is being deported.

    A little bit of background on the reason for the deportation. In 2000, the couple was on their way to Niagara Falls and went the wrong direction ending up in Canada. When they came back across the border Roberto was detained and he was told he had 30 days to leave the country. He chose not to and was given a waiver and told if he worked and did not have a run in with the law that he could stay.

    Obviously under Presidents Bush and Obama there was not a big push to deport those who had not committed a crime. Enter Donald Trump. Right from the start he promised that he would deport anyone who was not in the country legally. At a rally where he announced he would run for president, Trump stated:

    When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. … They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.

    Trump made it abundantly clear from his statements that any immigrants that did not have the proper paperwork would be thrown out of the country. There was no ambiguity about it. A vote for Trump was a vote for mass deportation. Yet Helen Beristain still voted for Trump and professes to agree with his stance. This makes no sense at all. Are people really dumb enough to vote against their own best interest? Obviously, yes they are. Now we can begin to see why Trump won the election and why many of his supporters are not happy.

    Now the family has to pay the piper. You get what you deserve.

    Here is a clip of his exact words:

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  • ddt 00.59 on February 18, 2017  

    Forbes, Reminding Everyone That It Knows Jackshit

    Via foreboding Forbes in a fallacious #farticle:

    U.S. policymakers are engaged in the usual wailing and gnashing of teeth, fulminating about the threat to American security and debating which unsatisfactory course of action Washington should next take. There is almost unanimous agreement that the DPRK poses a serious, if not currently the most serious, international danger facing America.

    But the threat is largely self-induced. That is, Washington could easily deflate the fantastic nightmare of a North Korean nuclear attack on America by leaving the Korean peninsula.


    The emphasis is all Ddong Today and really, the only two things that will be accomplished with an American pull out on the Korean peninsula will be:

    1. The South Korean government, opposition groups, chaebols, etc. will loose their favorite boogeyman/scapegoat and be forced to look inward for malcontents and only be able to come up with “immigrants” which will be the start of a backlash/purge of darker skinned folks from parts of lesser Asia and the Middle East (where “lesser” = poorer than South Korea which is basically every country except Japan and China; UAE, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia).
    2. China will flex more muscle in the region, increase its bullying showdowns in the West Sea and sink more South Korean fishing boats and Coast Guard vessels.

    Forbes is shitting armchair analysis of a country most of their staff probably couldn’t name 10 brands from or a single province or name five cities. They also probably don’t know that South Korea has had an incredibly puny defense budget for so long, that an American pull out would leave the country ill-equiped to fend off aggressors. (Heck, the government removed most of the anti-tank barriers north of Seoul in 2006).

    There is a standing army and mandatory military service and the ROK marines are hardcore, but the defense of the country has been strategized for the last 60 years with the US right there. Having troops arrive after a conflict has started from Japan and Guam might not be good enough.

    Forbes’ farticle has a page 2:

    But the U.S. could take one simple step which would transform the Korean conflict. Washington should end its security guarantee to the South and phase out American troops. While offering their diplomatic assistance, U.S. policymakers should turn over responsibility for dealing with the North to its neighbors.

    There is no “one simple step” here. Pulling 30,000 troops and support and logistics out of anywhere is not “one simple step”. And Accomplishment #1 (above) would slow down, delay, and possibly even derail or perpetually sabotage the “one simple step” from ever happening. South Korea needs the US presence for more than just defense posture—not having to maintain a huge military budget means most Koreans pay a paltry 3.3% of their earnings in taxes. (Yes, this is another way, a much bigger way, that American tax dollars subsidize the South Korean economy even with the local government picking up most of the yearly costs of stationing US soldiers on its lands). 

    Forbes also seems to think that ending a security guarantee is a good thing to do. This would have repercussions with other, present tense allies already nervous about the Trump agenda. Worse, breaking a security guarantee would definitely have repercussions with other, future tense allies—potential friends needed in situations unfathomable right now asked to do things for a guarantee that would mean a lot less if one had been broken in the past because it was politically convenient. 

    Ddong Today should also mention a third, somewhat hidden accomplishment:

    1. All those Korean products Americans love so much, the Hyundai cars, the Samsung washing machines, the LG phones, etc. would be a lot more expensive once the tax burden in South Korea increased significantly and the country’s citizens could no longer pay the inflated prices offered for the identical items in the South Korean marketplace. Once South Koreans stopped subsidizing Korean goods at home, prices in America would rise to normal and no longer be as competitive further sealing the economic down spirals (unless America got giddy for cheap Chinese knockoffs again, it’d be back to Japanese gadgets or ass expensive Korean ones). 

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  • ddt 15.28 on February 17, 2017  

    Why Trump Hating Asshats Are Do Nothings

    This. Read this “article”. It will take less than 10 seconds because it isn’t an article, it’s a 5am tweet. It’s less coherent than the stream-of-angst from the president of the United States of America. This is clickbait:

    Why are the liberals completely overreacting to Trump’s unique style of governing?

    They’re not. He’s a fucking sociopath. And here’s a recipe for raspberry scones:


    The rest is a scone recipe. Literally. 

    This kind of internet segue is a sign of the interrelational quagmire we find ourselves wherein discourse has been replaced by one-offs. Trump is “a fucking sociopath”—why? Cite one example, there’s lots to choose from, so it’s not that hard—it’s just lazy not to choose an example then breakdown why it makes Trump a sociopath. Here, from the NYT transcript of the president’s hour and fifteen minute press conference:

    I will not back down from defending our country. I got elected on defense of our country. I keep my campaign promises, and our citizens will be very happy when they see the result. They already are, I can tell you that. Extreme vetting will be put in place and it already is in place in many places.


    Excepting that a true sociopath has extreme anti-social tendencies and that Trump is almost the opposite of that (as narcissists are extroverts), the other trait of a true sociopath is a lack of conscience. Trump made so many campaign promises trying to be everything to his wide, but mostly white voter base, that’s it’s improbable that he could keep all his campaign promises even if he intended to. Stuff like releasing his tax returns and making Mexico pay for its new border wall (here Time has a nice pre-election round-up of seven campaign promises Trump would be unlikely to keep). Trump has repeatedly dismissed these two things and clearly doesn’t care that folks don’t like that. He does have to care because the law can’t force him to keep his campaign promises and neither can “the people”. 

    He is in office and is doing whatever he pleases which mostly includes chastising his political opponents, the press, the intelligence community, liberals, and SNL. 

    This isn’t a hard thing to write about. It takes a few extra minutes to focus one’s thoughts, to find a few links, and Jenga a post together that has some substance beyond a bar one-liner. 

    And, Ddong Today disagrees with the “he’s a sociopath” armchair analysis. It doesn’t really matter what the psychological makeup of the 45th president is—focusing on that is yet another distraction from the core issues. Like, he is already in office and fucking shit up with his cohort of hate. They’re all off-kilt in some way … then again, so are a lot of regular folks, so again, it doesn’t matter what Trump is, it’s what he’s doing and how we talk about this shit that actually matters.  

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