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May 14 2019

Kristallnacht

Y’all stop being Fascist and I’ll stop talking about it.

Kristallnacht was-

a pogrom against Jews throughout Nazi Germany on 9–10 November 1938, carried out by SA paramilitary forces and civilians. The German authorities looked on without intervening. The name Kristallnacht comes from the shards of broken glass that littered the streets after the windows of Jewish-owned stores, buildings, and synagogues were smashed.

Estimates of the number of fatalities caused by the pogrom have varied. Early reports estimated that 91 Jews were murdered during the attacks. Modern analysis of German scholarly sources by historians such as Sir Richard Evans puts the number much higher. When deaths from post-arrest maltreatment and subsequent suicides are included, the death toll climbs into the hundreds. Additionally, 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and incarcerated in concentration camps.

Jewish homes, hospitals, and schools were ransacked, as the attackers demolished buildings with sledgehammers. The rioters destroyed 267 synagogues throughout Germany, Austria, and the Sudetenland, and over 7,000 Jewish businesses were either destroyed or damaged. The British historian Martin Gilbert wrote that no event in the history of German Jews between 1933 and 1945 was so widely reported as it was happening, and the accounts from the foreign journalists working in Germany sent shock waves around the world. The British newspaper The Times wrote at the time: “No foreign propagandist bent upon blackening Germany before the world could outdo the tale of burnings and beatings, of blackguardly assaults on defenseless and innocent people, which disgraced that country yesterday.”

It’s a real thing that actually happened unlike that “Moon Landing” they’re trying to duplicate and doctor the pictures of for the 50th anniversary.

So ask yourself, would the United States do something like this?

Before Trump’s purge at DHS, top officials challenged plan for mass family arrests
By Nick Miroff and Josh Dawsey, Washington Post
May 13, 2019

In the weeks before they were ousted last month, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and top immigration enforcement official Ronald Vitiello challenged a secret White House plan to arrest thousands of parents and children in a blitz operation against migrants in 10 major U.S. cities.

According to seven current and former Department of Homeland Security officials, the administration wanted to target the crush of families that had crossed the U.S.-Mexico border after the president’s failed “zero tolerance” prosecution push in early 2018. The ultimate purpose, the officials said, was a show of force to send the message that the United States was going to get tough by swiftly moving to detain and deport recent immigrants — including families with children.

The sprawling operation included an effort to fast-track immigration court cases, allowing the government to obtain deportation orders against those who did not show for their hearings — officials said 90 percent of those targeted were found deportable in their absence. The subsequent arrests would have required coordinated raids against parents with children in their homes and neighborhoods.

But Vitiello and Nielsen halted it, concerned about a lack of preparation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, the risk of public outrage and worries that it would divert resources from the border.

Senior Trump adviser Stephen Miller and ICE Deputy Director Matthew Albence were especially supportive of the plan, officials said, eager to execute dramatic, highly visible mass arrests that they argued would help deter the soaring influx of families.

The arrests were planned for New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and the other largest U.S. destinations for Central American migrants. Though some of the cities are considered “sanctuary” jurisdictions with police departments that do not cooperate with ICE, the plan did not single out those locations, officials said.

ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations branch had an initial target list of 2,500 adults and children, but the plan, which remains under consideration, was viewed as a first step toward arresting as many as 10,000 migrants. The vast majority of families who have crossed the border in the past 18 months seeking asylum remain in the country, awaiting a court date or in defiance of deportation orders.

DHS officials said the objections Vitiello and Nielsen raised regarding the targeted “at large” arrests were mostly operational and logistical and not as a result of ethical concerns about arresting families an immigration judge had ordered to be deported.

“There was concern that it was being hastily put together, would be ineffective and might actually backfire by misdirecting resources away from critical border emergency response operations,” said one DHS official, who, like others, described the plan on the condition of anonymity.

Nielsen and others also worried that a massive effort to deport parents and children would detract from the Trump administration’s stated goal of going after “criminal aliens.”

“The proposal was nowhere near ready for prime time,” the official said, which is why DHS senior leaders blocked the White House. “They wanted 10 cities, thousands of targets.”

Let’s just stop, shall we? Ten or more cities, especially ones that are politically opposed? Thousands of targets?

Give me a Helicarrier and an eyepatch, we be looking at a cheap imitation of Winter Soldier Matey. Spoiler Alert: Hydra are the bad guys because they’re like ultra Nazis, not fine people at all. Hail Hydra!

And the reason they didn’t do it is not that they had any particular scruples about it, it’s that they couldn’t organize it!

This is Republican Racism 101, not just Unidicted Co-conspirator Bottomless Pinocchio, the 80% of the 24% of deplorables who support him and let’s not discount that 80% number. That’s almost all of them.

On the other hand only 24% are at the left side Bell Curve on the extreme fringe of idiocy.

31% support Democrats despite their feckless mendacity and merely common corruption which I think a bad thing but a problem that can be corrected. I mean Democrats not voters. As for the Deplorables you don’t need a Scarlet Letter ‘D’ as they usually reveal themselves the moment they open their mouths.

An example- I was at a reunion with a bunch of people I mostly never knew and this one guy hunts me out (I could tell because I was watching the crowd and saw him getting directions), walks up to me and says- “I’m so and so and I work in Mutual Funds and Real Estate and I voted for Unindicted Co-conspirator Bottomless Pinocchio!”

Uh, great. Hope that makes your life worthwhile.

Look, I know almost none of these people although all of them seem to remember me, and with an undeserved fondness I might add. I’m open enough about the fact I write on the Internet with those I meet in real life so my ek hornbeck avatar is not a secret though my less impressive meatspace footprint is, still, it’s rare to have a fan (though I have some Nurses in ICU who hate my guts by handle and chatted about it for an hour twice. You listen because you can’t sleep and you can’t change the channel from the burbling brook relaxation one designed to take your mind off the fact you’re going to die.).

Or perhaps in some distant interaction from long ago that had some kind of seminal impact on him which I can’t remember at all I gave him the impression that voting Republican was something I disapproved of and that mattered to him enough to seek me out, but not change the behavior.

Well, up against the wall ‘Bless Your Heart (Dixie)’.

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