Jun 19 2018

Life in Oświęcim

(from Wikipedia)

Prisoners were transported from all over German-occupied Europe by rail, arriving in daily convoys. By July 1942, the SS were conducting “selections”. Incoming Jews were segregated; those deemed able to work were sent to the selection officer’s right and admitted into the camp, and those deemed unfit for labor were sent to the selection officer’s left and immediately gassed. The group selected to die, about three-quarters of the total, included almost all children, women with small children, all the elderly, and all those who appeared on brief and superficial inspection by an SS doctor not to be completely fit.

After the selection process was complete, those too ill or too young to walk to the crematoria were transported there on trucks or killed on the spot with a bullet to the head. The belongings of the arrivals were seized by the SS and sorted in an area of the camp called “Canada”, so called because Canada was seen as a land of plenty. Many of the SS at the camp enriched themselves by pilfering the confiscated property.

SS officers told the victims they were to take a shower and undergo delousing. The victims undressed in an outer chamber and walked into the gas chamber, which was disguised as a shower facility. Some were even issued soap and a towel. The Zyklon B was delivered by ambulance to the crematoria by a special SS bureau known as the Hygienic Institute. The actual delivery of the gas to the victims was always handled by the SS, on the order of the supervising SS doctor. After the doors were shut, SS men dumped in the Zyklon B pellets through vents in the roof or holes in the side of the chamber. The victims were dead within 20 minutes. Despite the thick concrete walls, screaming and moaning from within could be heard outside. In one failed attempt to muffle the noise, two motorcycle engines were revved up to full throttle nearby, but the sound of yelling could still be heard over the engines.

Sonderkommando wearing gas masks then dragged the bodies from the chamber. The victims’ glasses, artificial limbs, jewelry, and hair were removed, and any dental work was extracted so the gold could be melted down. The corpses were burned in the nearby incinerators, and the ashes were buried, thrown in the river, or used as fertilizer.

For almost as long (actually it’s longer, but almost will do) as I’ve been writing on the Internet I’ve been screaming, shouting, hair on fire warning about the creeping Nazification of the United States. It’s uncomfortable to confront the fact that your government, the one you are taught from birth is wise and benevolent, is led by a cabal of jack booted thugs abetted by a larger group of bigoted morons for the express purpose of stealing everything you have, including your life, to benefit a thin sliver of inbred degenerates.

Yet here we are.

US Border Patrol accused of misleading immigrants while separating families: ‘They’re taking kids for baths and never returning’
by Clark Mindock, The Independent
Monday 11 June 2018

Federal public defenders say that immigration enforcement officials in the United States have repeatedly deceived immigrant parents arriving in the US seeking shelter from violent conditions in their home country, telling those individuals that they are taking their children away for baths or other benign reasons only to never return with them.

Miguel Nogueres, a federal public defender in McAllen, Texas said that he’s seen a dramatic increase in the number of cases his office sees on any given day during the presidency of Donald Trump, and that he has been hearing from clients that they were lied to by Border Patrol agents when their children were taken away, and not being given further information about the whereabouts of their kids.

He says that they have been trying to count the number of children that are being taken from parents, but that doing so has been made difficult by the changes in American immigration policies that allow federal agents to separate families with the expressed goal of deterring future immigrants.

“Every day we hear that parents are being separated from their children and are given different reasons for the separation. Some are told the truth,” Mr Nogueres told The Independent. “Others are told that they’re children are being taken for a break to play, or bathe, or sleep, … little white lies to ameliorate an exploding situation. The parents will realize they were lied to when they meet us before court.”

Mr Nogueres said that he and his colleague — a fellow federal public defender named Azalea Aleman-Bendiks, who also represents clients in mass deportation hearings and who recently made similar statements about Border Patrol deception to The Boston Globe — have seen the number of people being pushed through the courts jump from around 20 to 30 clients a day under the administrations of Presidents George W Bush and Barack Obama, up to as many as 170 a day now.

Mr Nogueres said that the cases he came across before would skew towards people with criminal records, and now the cases skew in the opposite direction.

“So, 90 per cent of those cases would be people with criminal records and less than 10 per cent of those would be with no criminal record,” Mr Nogueres said of the way things used to work, before noting that the representation of criminal vs civil defendants has essentially reversed itself, from what he has observed.

A Border Patrol spokesman said that the claims that these children were in any way inhumanely or unlawfully taken from their parents are not substantiated.

“I would tell you nothing could be further from the truth and these allegations are unsubstantiated,” Daniel Hetlage, the spokesman, said in a statement.

A spokesperson for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said, when contacted for comment, that the agency is committed to ensuring the parents are able to get in touch with their children, and to find out where their children are located.

“ICE is committed to connecting these family members as quickly as possible after separation so that parents know the location of their children and have regular communication with them in line with ICE policies and detention standards, including the directive Detention and Removal of Alien Parents or Legal Guardians,” Danielle Bennett, the spokesperson, said in a statement.

“ICE will post new information in all of our 72-hour facilities advising detained parents who are trying to locate, and/or communicate with, a child in the custody of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) to call the Detention Reporting and Information Line (DRIL) for assistance,” Ms Bennett continued, noting an effort to inform inmates that began last week. “Separated parents who are still in US Marshals Service custody and have not yet been transferred to ICE can also call the DRIL for assistance in locating their minor child. The information provided by these parents to the DRIL operators will be forwarded to ORR for action. ICE and ORR will work together to locate separated children, verify the parent/child relationship, and set up regular communication and removal coordination, if necessary.”

The administration has cited restrictions on children being in federal detention centres that only allow for adult detainees. Children are referred to a different agency.

Once families are separated, it can become difficult for them to be reunited, and it is not at all clear that a child will be deported alongside their parent if the parent loses their court cases.

Mr Nogueres said that he tells it how it is when clients ask if they’ll see their children any time soon: He doesn’t know, but he tries to get them the opportunity to call the relevant agencies to ask if their kids are OK. But, they often face a confusing, uphill battle and they may have to fight it once they’re back home.

“I tell them I hope they’ll be reunited, but I know from what they’ve told me that they will not be reunited immediately,” Mr Nogueres said. “The children are sent god knows where. The parents are cent to a processing centre in McAllen. … I have to tell them to mentally be prepared to be deported without their children, because I know that it has happened and that when they get to their country to immediately go to the authorities, to go to the state department of the country, to go to the US embassy, and to find a reporter from a newspaper. That’s the best I can do for them.”

Baths?! Folks, at least when I lie to you I try to inject some originality and novelty. Using the exact same lies the Nazis did is unimaginative.

(L)ate in 1944, pit burning became the chief method of corpse disposal. The pits had indentations at one end from which human fat drained off. To keep the pits burning, the stokers poured oil, alcohol, and large quantities of boiling human fat over the bodies. The sizzling fat was scooped out with buckets on a long curved rod and poured all over the pit causing flames to leap up amid much crackling and hissing. … The air reeked of oil, fat, benzole and burnt flesh.

You can not live downwind of that, day after day after day, and pretend it is anything except what it is. You can not hear the final screams over the revving motorcycles or look that the trains arriving full and leaving empty and delude yourself that you don’t know, really know, in your heart of hearts what is happening.

What is hard to accept is that these monsters are people like you.

Not the ones doing the dying, they’re sympathetic, I mean the ones doing the killing. Good Germans.

I’m not advocating the medicine they’re dispensing, far from it, but they certainly need to be prevented from further harm to others. They are in every respect “deplorable” and at the least should be publicly shunned and humiliated as a lesson.

If there is a positive thing to take from this stain on our national character it’s that they represent less than a third (27%) of our population. Of course it only took the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei 32% in November of 1932.

They represent 55% of Republicans though.

And every morning represents an opportunity for you, my friend, to decide…

Are you a Good German?

Jun 19 2018

Pondering the Pundits

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Paul Krugman: Fall of the American Empire

The U.S. government is, as a matter of policy, literally ripping children from the arms of their parents and putting them in fenced enclosures (which officials insist aren’t cages, oh no). The U.S. president is demanding that law enforcement stop investigating his associates and go after his political enemies instead. He has been insulting democratic allies while praising murderous dictators. And a global trade war seems increasingly likely.

What do these stories have in common? Obviously they’re all tied to the character of the man occupying the White House, surely the worst human being ever to hold his position. But there’s also a larger context, and it’s not just about Donald Trump. What we’re witnessing is a systematic rejection of longstanding American values — the values that actually made America great.

America has long been a powerful nation. In particular, we emerged from World War II with a level of both economic and military dominance not seen since the heyday of ancient Rome. But our role in the world was always about more than money and guns. It was also about ideals: America stood for something larger than itself — for freedom, human rights and the rule of law as universal principles.

Jeh Charles Johnson: Trump’s ‘zero-tolerance’ border policy is immoral, un-American — and ineffective

My wife and I spent Mother’s Day in 2014 at a U.S. Border Patrol center in McAllen, Tex. The facility had been built for single adults, but it looked like a crude day-care center flooded with children. In the midst of that flood, my eyes were drawn to one little girl sitting alone at a desk and being processed by a Border Patrol agent. I was struck by her long, black hair, which was beautiful despite the hot and dirty journey from Central America she just had completed. I asked her, “Why did you come here?” She replied: “I’m looking for my mother in the United States.” She began to cry, the translator began to cry, and I began to cry.

As I witness the Trump administration’s current practice of separating children from their parents at the border with Mexico, the image of that little girl and hundreds of other migrant women and children is fixed in my mind.

I hesitate to criticize my successors in office, who are burdened with the responsibility of keeping the U.S. homeland and its borders secure. I hesitate to cast doubt on the hard work of those who once worked for me in the Department of Homeland Security. But when it comes to certain offensive and wrongheaded government policies, those of us with a public voice and who understand the issue cannot stay silent.

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Jun 19 2018

The Breakfast Club (Bedrock Of Democracy)

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This Day in History

Julius and Ethel Rosenberg executed; Father’s Day first celebrated in the U.S.; The event behind ‘Juneteenth’; Author Salman Rushdie born; NBA draft pick Len Bias dies; Entertainer Paula Adbul born.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

Two things form the bedrock of any open society – freedom of expression and rule of law. If you don’t have those things, you don’t have a free country.

Salman Rushdie

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Jun 18 2018

You Shall Know Them By Their Fruits

Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Matthew 7:17 – 20 KJV



This was always the plan:

President Trump is still trying to avoid responsibility for his administration’s brutal policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the border, but a new report confirms that Trump and his advisers had been considering the extreme measures for as long as they’ve been in power. According to the New York Times, White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller was “instrumental” in convincing the president to enact the policy, which applies a zero tolerance approach to prosecuting undocumented immigrants caught entering the U.S. — even if that means taking children away from their parents in the process. And while some members of the Trump administration have reportedly been uneasy over the policy and subsequent fallout, Miller is not one of them. “It was a simple decision by the administration to have a zero tolerance policy for illegal entry, period,” Miller told the Times, “The message is that no one is exempt from immigration law.” [..]

Aside from the plain cruelty of separating children from their parents, health professionals are warning that the entire experience puts children’s physical and mental health at risk. In particular, the amount of stress the children encounter as a result of being taken from their parents and thrust into a strange new environment — like one where the kids are denied physical contact — could be toxic, disrupting their developing brains and leading the long term health problems. The situation is especially dangerous for children under 10, and even more so for children under 5. With these risks in mind, about 4,600 mental-health professionals and 90 organizations have called on the Trump administration to end the separation policy. [..]

The shelters are managed by the Department of Health and Human Services, but even presuming that workers at the shelters are doing the best they can to care for the children, the system is being pushed to its capacity. More than 11,400 migrant kids are currently in federal custody, including both minors who arrived at the border unaccompanied by an adult and children who have been separated from their parents. More than 2,400 of these children have arrived since the beginning of May. As a result of the rapid influx, HHS has already had to stand up at least one temporary shelter to provide more housing. A new Trump administration policy mandating the fingerprinting of family members in the U.S. who come to take custody of children living in the shelters will undoubtedly lead to more children being left in government custody — if their only relatives in America are also undocumented. [..]

Trump and Miller are not alone in their support for the separations, either. Some administration officials, like Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, have reportedly opposed the border separation policy, but whatever internal opposition there has been within Trumpworld, it has only been expressed in private. White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, on the other hand, is a full-fledged supporter of the policy. Kelly infamously showed little regard for what happened to the children after they were taken from their parents during in an NPR interview in May. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who implemented the new rule, has gone so far as to claim that the administration’s lack of compassion for immigrant families is supported by the Bible — a notion which was promptly rejected by prominent Christian leaders like like Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Session quoted Romans 13 where Paul preached obedience to government laws. His choice, once again, demonstrated his bigotry as this was the biblical verse most often quoted to justify slavery and to support white supremacy

If you have ever wondered why slaves adopted the religious philosophy of their slave masters, Romans 13 is your answer. If you wanted to know why slaves, who often outnumbered slave masters, rebelled so rarely, the answer lies in Romans 13. To understand why the Bible was the only book many slaves were allowed to own, read that verse again.

Christianity was adopted by people, rulers and governments all around the globe because it tells its followers to comply. It boasts of a benevolent God who knows best; even when you are the subject of brutality, the Bible tells you that this is what God wants. At the root of Romans 13 is an edict to obey authority.

The 13th chapter of Romans is white supremacy, explained.

Almost 2,000 years after Paul’s letter, the 13th chapter of Paul’s instruction to the Romans is still being used to silence, warn and squash minority populations. When U.S. Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III quoted the verse Thursday to explain the Trump administration’s gestapolike policy of ripping babies from the arms of their mothers and throwing the children into internment camps, he was simply the latest in a long line of white people who used that verse to justify white supremacy. [..]

White supremacists love Romans 13. They used it to justify apartheid, but surprisingly, they also used it to justify why they hated Barack Obama. Hitler used it to justify the Holocaust. [..]

But the irony of Jeff Sessions’ statement and the predilection of white people for justifying white supremacy with a Bible verse is the fact that Paul was beheaded because he wouldn’t conform to the beliefs of the government.


“We are a better country than one that tears families apart, turns a blind eye to women fleeing domestic violence, and treats frightened children as a negotiating tool as a means to a political end.”

“These actions are an affront to our values and they undermine America’s reputation as a beacon of hope and freedom in the world.” Hillary Rodham Clinton

Agents telling parents that they are taking their children for showers and clean clothes never to be seen again evokes horrors to those of us who remember the history of Germany. The attorney general using the words that were used to justify slavery and the Holocaust is not Christian nor is it American. This is how the Trump administration will be remembered, liars who held children hostage for their xenophobic, misogynist agenda.

Jun 18 2018

Smashing Pottery

It’s hard to start describing the history of China without noting how very old and organized it is. Indeed “older than the Pyramids” which sit in an incredibly run down piece of Cairo barely large enough for you to frame your disgusting camel (they are terrible brutes who spit on you with much more regularity and vehemence than horses) against the sand and stone for your de regueur tourist photo to prove you’ve actually been there.

Not that I’ve traveled to either China or Egypt.

I’ll assume for the sake of argument (and we could argue it) that you’re not intrinsically interested in the trivia of the Xia and Shang dynasties (2070 to 1046 before the Common Era) and advance straight through them (and the Zhou dynasty, Spring and Autumn, and Warring States Periods) to the Qin (pronounced ‘Chin’, hence ‘China’) dynasty in 221 B.C.E. and the development of the doctrine of “The Mandate of Heaven”.

In summary it holds that The Emperor holds a special dispensation from the cosmos and nature to bring peace and prosperity to his people.

Which is all very well until things start going wrong which they inevitably do. In that case the problem is insufficient devotion and obedience until it isn’t and it’s rot at the top and a New Emperor takes over.

Sound familiar? Humans don’t change.

Hegel remarks somewhere that all great, world-historical facts and personages occur, as it were, twice.
He has forgotten to add: the first time as tragedy, the second as farce.

Karl Marx- The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte

What Marx forgot to mention is- “It’s Cold Outside.” and play I Got You Babe. because Groundhog Day was not in theaters until 100 years after he died.

“Sun going down.” Not for me, I’m a Winter Soldier anyway. “You want to know my secret? I’m always angry.”

Which brings me back to Permanent Interests. In 4000 years China has never forgotten.

I’ve seen Ming pottery, both intact and… umm… deconstructed. It’s not much of a much. It’s thick, not translucent and diaphanous, and no different from Stoke-on-Trent except for original design and coloring. More under painting because it’s done by hand. Corningware (from Corning, New York and basically glass) beats it in a cocked hat.

Tang painting, music, opera, and poetry…

They’re a thing.

Egypt is not provably older than China or Ur. Historians suppose it so since it’s closer to Africa where our monkey uncles came from. Also it’s mentioned in the Bible.

Jun 18 2018

Pondering the Pundits

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Laura Bush: Separating children from their parents at the border ‘breaks my heart’

On Sunday, a day we as a nation set aside to honor fathers and the bonds of family, I was among the millions of Americans who watched images of children who have been torn from their parents. In the six weeks between April 19 and May 31, the Department of Homeland Security has sent nearly 2,000 children to mass detention centers or foster care. More than 100 of these children are younger than 4 years old. The reason for these separations is a zero-tolerance policy for their parents, who are accused of illegally crossing our borders.

I live in a border state. I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart.

Our government should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert outside of El Paso. These images are eerily reminiscent of the Japanese American internment camps of World War II, now considered to have been one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history. We also know that this treatment inflicts trauma; interned Japanese have been two times as likely to suffer cardiovascular disease or die prematurely than those who were not interned.

Americans pride ourselves on being a moral nation, on being the nation that sends humanitarian relief to places devastated by natural disasters or famine or war. We pride ourselves on believing that people should be seen for the content of their character, not the color of their skin. We pride ourselves on acceptance. If we are truly that country, then it is our obligation to reunite these detained children with their parents — and to stop separating parents and children in the first place.

Laura Bell Cooper: Sessions holds safety beyond the grasp of abuse victims

The Guatemalan woman’s husband beat her weekly. He threw paint thinner at her, burning her breast. He raped her. She tried to hide within Guatemala, but he found her and threatened to kill her. She called the police, but they did not arrest him. He beat her again. And again. Finally, she fled and sought refuge in the United States. She received safe haven after years of legal battles. Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions took that protection away from other women like her. In doing so, he is echoing those in her home country who believe domestic abuse is a private matter. [..]

The many flaws in the attorney general’s decision may lead to it being reversed, and there are other avenues that allow some women fleeing domestic violence to prevail despite this ruling. Still, thousands of women will be turned away in the meantime, denied refuge and sent back to their fates — beatings, rapes and for some, death. For too many, safety is now beyond their grasp. Instead, the U.S. government has revoked the refuge once offered to women who dared to demand that their worth be recognized. These women rejected the premise that they were their husbands’ by fleeing their home countries. They fled because their home country governments looked on while they suffered. Now the United States too looks on, undisturbed, unmotivated to intervene, unwilling to protect them.

Charles M. Blow: Trump and the Baby Snatchers

This was the lead paragraph of a New York Times report last week:

“The Trump administration said on Friday that it had separated 1,995 children from parents facing criminal prosecution for unlawfully crossing the border over a six-week period that ended last month, as President Trump sought to shift blame for the widely criticized practice that has become the signature policy of his aggressive immigration agenda.”

This may well be one of the most callous policies the Trump administration has instituted in its zeal to crack down on illegal immigration.

These are children!

On June 9, The Washington Post reported that “a Honduran father separated from his wife and child suffered a breakdown at a Texas jail and killed himself in a padded cell last month.”

According to The Post, when the man, 39-year-old Marco Antonio Muñoz, was told he would be separated from his wife and 3-year-old son, he “ ‘lost it,’ according to one agent.” [..]

I don’t have a long treatise to issue here, no meandering argument. I am simply outraged beyond my ability to articulate it.

This practice of family separation must end, and Trump and every other politician who was silent about it or worse, endorsed it, must be held to account at the ballot box.

Rick Wilson: Donald Trump, the Insecure Pledge in the Dictatorship Fraternity

“He is the strong head. Don’t let anyone think anything different. He speaks and his people sit up at attention. I want my people to do the same.”

That was Donald Trump on Friday morning, former leader of the free world, praising murderous North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. It set off a justified firestorm. Sure, his usual cheerleaders immediately jumped to, “He was joking! Why are you libtard sharia Soros Pizzagate Killary supporters so triggered?” or “Don’t you get it, man? It’s 9th-dimensional quantum chess.”

Sorry, I’m all out of passes in the “He’s new at this” or “He’s joking” or “That’s just Trump being Trump” categories his enablers have gotten away with using for far too long. After the last week, Trump is clearly a man who puts the dick in dictator. He’s a fanboy of Putin, Kim, Duterte, and a dog’s breakfast of the worst examples of oppression, thuggery, and anti-Western values the globe has to offer. [..]

Donald Trump’s authoritarian impulses have never exactly been a state secret. The entire Trump leadership oeuvre is a grotesque, bubbling slurry of reality TV star egomania and crap-tier nationalist nostrums that sound like Pat Buchanan and Lyndon LaRouche had a love child. Barely contained racial animus and a will to power is what resembles the real heroes of Trump’s blisteringly awful mental and moral landscape.

Jun 18 2018

The Breakfast Club (Ancestors)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:00am (ET) (or whenever we get around to it) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

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This Day in History

Churchill rallies Britain in World War II; Napoleon beaten at Battle of Waterloo; Amelia Earhart crosses the Atlantic; Sally Ride becomes America’s first woman in space; Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney born.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

All of our ancestors came from somewhere.

Carol Kane

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Jun 17 2018

Rant of the Week: Stephen Colbert – Righteously Rips Jeff Sessions

This week it was reported that the trump administration has ripped 2000 children from their parents on the pretense that there is a law, written by Democrats, that “commands” them to do this inhumane act. There isn’t. This is a cruel Trump policy that Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III tried to justify with a biblical quote. “Late Night” host Stephen Colbert righteously to Jeff to the woodshed. “Hey, don’t bring God into this. First of all, I don’t think God picked you, because I don’t worship Vladimir Putin. And, the only thing in the Bible close to this is a king threatening to cut a baby in two, and he was joking.”

“It wouldn’t matter if you took these children to really nice hotels—or Trump hotels—we’d still be the only country in the whole damn world doing it, because it’s just plain wrong,” he said. “I sincerely believe that it doesn’t matter who you voted for. If we let this happen in our name, we are a feckless country,” he said.


Do it for the kids.

Congressional switchboard: (202) 224-3121.

Jun 17 2018


Manafort checks into VIP section at Virginia jail where Chris Brown, Michael Vick also did time
by Tom Jackman, Washington Post
June 16,2018

The Northern Neck jail roster indicates more than 600 inmates are currently in custody. Inmates are permitted one personal visit per week. Manafort, a former campaign chairman for President Trump, was assigned Fridays from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. as his visitation window. Visitors may only speak to inmates through a glass partition, called “noncontact” visits, for a maximum of 30 minutes.

Inmates at Northern Neck, as at most jails, cannot receive calls, but they can make collect or prepaid calls between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m., according to jail rules. Unless the calls are to an attorney, they are recorded. Attorneys may visit with clients remotely by video visitation on their computers or smartphones, the jail’s website says.

Northern Neck Regional Jail

Inmate Mail

Family and friends are encouraged to communicate with their loved ones incarcerated at the jail, and mail is just one resource to keep in touch. While there is no restriction on the amount of mail an inmate may send or receive, there is a restriction on the size of certain mail coming into the Jail (restriction does not apply to legal/privileged mail).

For reasons of Jail Security, Any non-legal mail sent to an inmate and received by the jail will be photocopied for delivery to the intended inmate. Original material will be placed into the inmate’s stored property. Please remember to use paper no larger than 8 ½ by 11 inches and allow margin space around the edges of your letter. This will ensure that any writing is not left out of the photocopied material.

Magazine, newspaper, or printed material included with a letter will NOT be delivered to an inmate.

The following restrictions should be considered when sending mail to the jail. Correspondence that does not conform to these restrictions will be returned to sender.

  • Social occasion cards, (i.e. birthday, Christmas) cannot exceed 6″ x 8″ in size. Cards that contain mechanical devices, such as musical cards, are not allowed.
  • Photographs cannot exceed 4″ x 6″ in size. (No Polaroids & no more than 10 photos)
  • Do not send cash in the mail. Only money orders or certified checks will be processed into an inmate’s account. Other types of currency will be returned to sender.

Mail will be delivered to the recipient within 24 hours after it is received from the Post Office with the exception of Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays. Mail, if any, received on these days will be delivered on the next normal business day.

Contraband items discovered in an inmate’s mail will be seized. Both the inmate and the sender will be notified of any item which has been seized and the reason for the seizure.

Inmate Telephone Services

Each inmate in general housing is afforded access to telephone services and access hours are usually between 8:30am and 10:30pm. During this time frame calls may be made to family, friends, attorneys, parole officers, bondsmen, etc. There are several options for an inmate to make calls to family, friends, or an attorney. First, the inmate may call his party collect. The receiving party is advised of the calling party, their location, and gives them the option to accept the call and charges. Another option is for a friend or family member to create a pre-paid account with the vendor whereby the inmate can make calls and the costs are paid from the account. Further, an inmate may transfer money from his or her commissary account to pay for any calls that are made.

Inmate Property and Money

For reasons of security and limited space,The Jail will not accept any personal property belonging to an inmate brought in by friends or family. The jail will provide needed articles if the inmate is without funds. Otherwise, an inmate can purchase authorized items from the commissary.

Local inmates who must attend circuit court trials may have clothing brought to the jail by family members. Due to storage limitations extra clothing for an inmate court appearance is restricted to Circuit Court cases only.

To receive clothing for a Circuit Court appearance the inmate must first make the request to the Chief of Inmate Services on request forms provided to the inmate. Once approved, the inmate’s family or attorney may arrange to bring in the clothing.

Books & Magazines

A variety of newspapers and magazines are provided to the inmates through the jail library. However, should an inmate want a subscription to a particular newspaper or magazine, the following guidelines must be followed.

Newspapers and Magazines may be mailed to an inmate only after prior approval of the administration has been obtained. Each inmate is informed of how to obtain this approval. Newspapers and/or magazines that do not have prior approval will be returned to the sender. Further, Newspapers and Magazines must be mailed directly to the inmate from the publisher.

The jail may disapprove, in whole or in part, any issue if the contents are of a nature to compromise jail security, order, or rehabilitative efforts. Further, publications cannot violate U.S. Postal Regulations.

In the event that the jail library does not have a particular book an inmate desires, he or she may obtain the book from the publisher. As with newspapers and magazines, Books must be mailed directly to the inmate from the publisher, not a bookstore, and only paperback editions will be allowed

To receive a book, the inmate must first request approval of the administration. Each inmate is informed of how to obtain this approval. Books received without prior approval or from someone other than publisher will be returned to the sender.

Books must be paperback and cannot be larger than 11” x 7” in size.

Note: Northern Neck Regional Jail is generally considered a rather “cushy” kind with no more than the usual level of overcrowding (600 inmates in a space designed for 198 though to be fair there have been two expansions). Inmate violence and suicide are unremarkable (4 since 2012) with the most notorious case being the death of Jaimee Kirkwood Reese who was denied medication for her open heart and leg artery surgery and suffered a stroke which led to her death in March of 2016.

Other infamous inmates have included notorious dog killer and middling NFL Quarterback Michael Vick and Chris Brown, a musician I have no opinion of, as well as Taliban linked Irek Hamidullin and Hernan Giraldo Serna, reputed drug kingpin who got the full Capone of respect and deference according to reports.

Jun 17 2018

The Breakfast Club (Late Night)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

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AP’s Today in History for June 17th

The Watergate scandal begins to unfold; The Battle of Bunker Hill during the American Revolution; O.J. Simpson arrested in the slayings of his ex-wife Nicole and Ronald Goldman; Singer Kate Smith dies.

Breakfast Tune Dueling Bones (Carolina Chocolate Drops)

Something to think about, Breakfast News & Blogs below

Briahna Gray, The Intercept

FRIDAY NIGHT’S PRIMARY debate between 31-year elected official Rep. Joseph Crowley and 28-year-old progressive Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez was a contest between establishment and outsider, old guard and upstart, experience and progress, status quo and change. It marks only the third primary challenge Crowley has faced since moving from the state Assembly to Congress — and his first since 2004.

At times during the debate, his relative campaign inexperience showed, while Ocasio-Cortez presented as a well-studied newcomer with natural talent: delivering a summary of her agenda in a manner which was confident and sharp, if not effortless. The theme of her remarks was clear: “Not all Democrats are the same.”

Despite what she described as Crowley’s “adaptations” — meaning shifts leftward in response to her more-progressive campaign — there are real differences between the two, said Ocasio-Cortez, who is challenging Crowley for the seat representing the 14th district, which encompasses parts of Queens and the Bronx.

Unlike Crowley, Ocasio-Cortez said she has rejected all corporate money, and is the only candidate in the race who supports “improved and expanded Medicare for All, a federal jobs guarantee, tuition free public college and the abolition of ICE.”

By contrast, Crowley’s first remarks were those of a professional who felt confident enough to not prepare — and who realized too late that he should have.

His opening pitch was also direct. This race, to him, isn’t just about local politics: He is running against Donald Trump.

But according to Ocasio-Cortez: “It’s not enough to fight Trump. We have to fight the issues that made his rise in the first place.”

Something to think about over coffee prozac

Artist eying record for world’s largest paper airplane

FITCHBURG, Mass. (AP) — Residents of a Massachusetts city are hoping to set a world record for the largest paper airplane.

The Revolving Museum of Fitchburg revealed a 64-foot-long (19.5-meter-long) plane at the Fitchburg Municipal Airport on Tuesday. There was no plan to fly the nearly 1-ton (0.9-metric ton) contraption.

Fitchburg artist Jerry Beck tells the Sentinel & Enterprise he wanted to break the world record for the largest paper airplane to take flight but the hangar it was built in was too small to accommodate a wide enough wing span to support the glue-shallacked plane.

A construction crane held the plane aloft.

Two people measured the plane at 64 feet and 6 inches long, which Beck says makes it is the largest of its kind. He’s asking Guinness World Records to add a new category.

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