Time Magazine: Ok, The Story is Fake…But It’s Real in Our Hearts

It’s like the “fake news” media just can’t help but make Trump’s whacky points for him over and over and over again. No matter how insane he might sound at times, the echo-chamber that houses mainstream news coverage somehow manages to slip on the banana peel he throws down every time.

This week the Democrats were somehow able to look up from their own navels long enough to remember who they were and the power they used to wield. For a moment they have been able to successfully reach into their tired bag of tricks and lay an immigration crisis that has been going on for decades at the feet of President Trump. Well, played. Except…

Time Magazine just couldn’t help themselves, despite being nailed for their photoshop antics multiple times over the years (O.J.Simpson, anyone?). The point was clear – here is a little girl stuck at the border, crying and pleading for her mother…a mother Trump is single-handedly and uncaringly snatching from her grasping arms.

Only as it turns out, that’s not at all the real story of that child’s photo.

The young girl’s father eventually stepped forward to say that his daughter was not separated from her mother at the border. The family left together. Furthermore, the mother was not seeking asylum of any sort but rather just looking for work.

Just like that, all the air went out of a headline and a cover that Time Magazine seemed to be feeling pretty proud of.

But the real kicker is that rather that simply say, “Hey, we made a mistake.” Time has doubled down on their fake-newsery.

“The June 12 photograph of the 2-year-old Honduran girl became the most visible symbol of the ongoing immigration debate in America for a reason,” said the magazine’s editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal. “Under the policy enforced by the administration, prior to its reversal this week, those who crossed the border illegally were criminally prosecuted, which in turn resulted in the separation of children and parents. Our cover and our reporting capture the stakes of this moment.”

Ya hear that, America? The story they reported isn’t true but the spirit of the story is what’s important. They meant well!

Judd Legum of Think Progress was ticked. Not at Time of course, but at the rest of us for not just letting that little oopsie go in favor of the larger story.

While Legum’s thread is entertaining in it’s hysteria, it is also a sign of the larger problem he pretends is actually a problem of the “far right-wing”…he’s ignoring the details to make his point. This wasn’t just a cover. Time was actually claiming the girl had been separated from her mother. They aren’t a celebrity gossip site, they’re a legitimate news outlet and have a burden of substantiating their reporting. And yet time after time they forgo that burden in favor of simply inflaming emotions. This is exactly what President Trump is saying when he refers to them and others as “fake news”.

If you don’t want to be called “fake news” then stop posting fake stuff.

And when you get caught posting fake stuff, own up and go find some real stuff. It’s not that hard!

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Misleading border photo use shows silliness of approved journalists

It would easy to beat-up on the press for its collective and specific dishonesty in being caught using the image of a crying two-year-old illegal alien from Honduras for its propaganda purposes of enraging people over border enforcement. It would be especially easy to beat-up on what is left of the once important Time magazine […]
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Global Warming Predictions vs Reality After 30 Years

Promoted from the diaries by streiff. Promotion does not imply endorsement.

It was 1988 and James Hansen went before congress to deliver his prophecy of doom that our current civilization was on its way to being the new Atlantis. We would be submerged below rising oceans, while what little land was left would be desert and scou red by hurricanes, all by an atmosphere turned into an EZ Bake oven. If you thought about it at the time much of the predictions were at best a little off, if not contradictory.  If Hansen had of been a religious leader his claims would have been dismissed outright but because he wore the robes and regalia of a scientist his prophecy of doom was giving credence.

The question is now that time has passed is he a true prophet or just another crazy predicting the end is nigh.

Mr. Hansen’s testimony described three possible scenarios for the future of carbon dioxide emissions. He called Scenario A “business as usual,” as it maintained the accelerating emissions growth typical of the 1970s and ’80s. This scenario predicted the earth would warm 1 degree Celsius by 2018. Scenario B set emissions lower, rising at the same rate today as in 1988. Mr. Hansen called this outcome the “most plausible,” and predicted it would lead to about 0.7 degree of warming by this year. He added a final projection, Scenario C, which he deemed highly unlikely: constant emissions beginning in 2000. In that forecast, temperatures would rise a few tenths of a degree before flatlining after 2000.
Thirty years of data have been collected since Mr. Hansen outlined his scenarios—enough to determine which was closest to reality. And the winner is Scenario C. Global surface temperature has not increased significantly since 2000, discounting the larger-than-usual El Niño of 2015-16. Assessed by Mr. Hansen’s model, surface temperatures are behaving as if we had capped 18 years ago the carbon-dioxide emissions responsible for the enhanced greenhouse effect. But we didn’t. And it isn’t just Mr. Hansen who got it wrong. Models devised by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have, on average, predicted about twice as much warming as has been observed since global satellite temperature monitoring began 40 years ago.
So much for Hansen getting staffers to turn off the air conditioning in congress and demonstrating statistics with rigged dice. I guess if challenged these days he would take a page from Harry Reid and say “Sure I lied but it worked”. What about his other predictions ?
Outside the warming models, his only explicit claim in the testimony was that the late ’80s and ’90s would see “greater than average warming in the southeast U.S. and the Midwest.” No such spike has been measured in these regions.
As observed temperatures diverged over the years from his predictions, Mr. Hansen doubled down. In a 2007 case on auto emissions, he stated in his deposition that most of Greenland’s ice would soon melt, raising sea levels 23 feet over the course of 100 years. Subsequent research published in Nature magazine on the history of Greenland’s ice cap demonstrated this to be impossible. Much of Greenland’s surface melts every summer, meaning rapid melting might reasonably be expected to occur in a dramatically warming world. But not in the one we live in. The Nature study found only modest ice loss after 6,000 years of much warmer temperatures than human activity could ever sustain.
Oops not only not happening can’t happen.  Did Hansen stop at just being wrong ?
Several more of Mr. Hansen’s predictions can now be judged by history. Have hurricanes gotten stronger, as Mr. Hansen predicted in a 2016 study? No. Satellite data from 1970 onward shows no evidence of this in relation to global surface temperature. Have storms caused increasing amounts of damage in the U.S.? Data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show no such increase in damage, measured as a percentage of gross domestic product. How about stronger tornadoes? The opposite may be true, as NOAA data offers some evidence of a decline. The list of what didn’t happen is long and tedious.
If Hansen were a religious leader his cult would be falling apart by now. He isn’t though, he is a hack scientist who created a political agenda. An agenda that allowed the politically connected to take money out of the public’s pocket and put it in theirs. While there is no hope that any of the people involved with this will see the insides of jails they so richly deserve we can hope that future generations look back on this scam and learn from our mistakes.

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Speaker Ryan Memorializes His Friend Charles Krauthammer On The House Floor (Video)

House Speaker Paul Ryan took a few minutes during his time on the House floor Friday to talk about his longtime friend Charles Krauthammer’s passing yesterday.

Watch: (Ryan’s comments begin at 10:25)

“He wrote the most vigorous commentary of our time,” Ryan began.

“He had a beautiful mind and a wonderful, wonderful way about him,” he went on. “Simply put, I loved this man.”

Ryan went on to say,

“He had this unique ability to take the issue of the moment and place this perfectly in the context of bigger things. “America is the only country founded on an idea,” he would say. And his vocation was the defense of that idea.

As big as his intellect was, there was just absolutely no arrogance about him. He was good company. He was gracious. He was curious.

You take any topic and he had already thought through his argument, your argument, and all of the counter arguments before you even got started to think.

He was always willing to join the fight but with good cheer. He enjoyed it, he reveled in it, and he excelled at it. He used his immeasurable gifts to contribute to our civic discourse. He did it civilly and we are all the better for it.

We will be wiser for what he has done for us. I only hope and pray we can emulate his spirit and sense of wonder and his sense of civility. The House and this nation are in his debt and our prayers are with his family.”

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Lubbock-area news for 6/22/2018

Lubbock County Lockup: A look into jail’s security measures VIDEO Milwaukee Avenue and Erskine Street maintenance work City bag bans violate state law, Texas Supreme Court rules UPDATE: C.J. Peterson charged with misdemeanor DWI VIDEO Lubbock ISD announces new principal for Guadalupe and Jackson elementary schools Texas Tech Named Finalist for National Community Engagement Award […]
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Abilene-area news for 6/22/2018

Advisory board works to assist in city street maintenance VIDEO Abilene traffic signals getting a boost from bond debt issue Abilene’s street maintenance fee board starts rolling ahead Does the City of Abilene owe you money? (open to find out!) City bag bans violate state law, Texas Supreme Court rules Abilene elementary teacher arrested for […]
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Wichita Falls-area news for 6/22/2018

WFISD works to put new Strategic Plan into action VIDEO What is the future for Lake Wichita revitalization? VIDEO City bag bans violate state law, Texas Supreme Court rules Sheppard main gate project anticipates summer start VIDEO Landavazo family will unveil memorial for families that lost children VIDEO Dog Days of Summer Photo Contest – […]
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The Government’s Zero Tolerance Policy Caused This Mess. Now How Do We Clean It Up?

The Trump administration’s decision to implement a “zero tolerance” policy of criminally prosecuting every person who crosses the border illegally has been mishandled from the beginning. The policy resulted in the separation of families and a subsequent uproar that eventually caused President Trump to sign an executive order to hold families in immigration detention together instead. Unfortunately, the issues created by the zero tolerance policy cannot be so easily and quickly resolved.

The zero tolerance policy was a departure from previous administrations’ immigration enforcement, which didn’t require agencies to refer every person caught for prosecution and which allowed families to be detained together while awaiting immigration court proceedings.

The Associated Press reported at least three “tender age” shelters are operating in Texas, with a fourth expected to open in Houston. Such facilities are designed to hold detained migrant children who have been separated from their parents.

What constitutes “tender age” is debatable. According to ABC News, Border Patrol Acting Chief of Law Enforcement Operations Brian Hastings stated children under five years old are considered to be of “tender age,” although Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) official Steve Wagner said “tender age” can mean up to 13 years old.

“Tender age” shelters are not necessarily a new development; in 2010, the Obama Health and Human Services department referred to “children of a tender age” and sought applications for housing them.

However, Trump’s zero tolerance policy has reportedly resulted in more than 2,300 children being separated from their parents in just a six-week period.

U.S. law requires the transfer of unaccompanied child migrants to HHS facilities within 72 hours of detainment. Once in HHS custody, the department must care for the children and find shelters or foster homes for them until they can be returned to a relative or U.S. sponsor.

Chris Palusky, the CEO of foster organization Bethany Christian Services, told the AP the average age of children in his organization’s care has recently dropped from 14 to seven years old. He said the youngest child to be separated from parents at the border is eight months old.

Besides the cruelty and damage of separating young children from their parents, there are legitimate questions about the government’s ability to care for migrant children. A class-action lawsuit was filed earlier this year alleging years of mistreatment of migrant children in federally-operated facilities. The lawsuit’s allegations of abuse include beating migrant children; over-prescribing psychotropic drugs; handcuffing children for days; and putting bags over children’s heads to make them feel suffocated.

According to one investigation, over a four year period, more than one billion taxpayer dollars for housing migrant children was sent to “companies operating homes facing serious allegations of child mistreatment.”

Because the family separation policy seemed so obviously cruel, it was at first difficult to believe the United States would implement such an inhumane policy.

Because many journalists on Twitter are quick to report anything negative about Trump, it seemed not only possible but more than likely corrections would be issued and reports would be walked back.

Because there was so much conflicting information — partly because immigration law is complicated and partly because the Trump administration cannot get its messaging on the same page — the discussion regarding immigration and the zero tolerance policy has been mostly unproductive.

But now it has become clear the damage that was done, and the confusion that was created, as a result of the zero tolerance policy.

Our country’s illegal immigration issues are complex, and there is no easy or simple solution. But as the old adage says, “America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, American will cease to be great.” We are the shining city on a hill, inspiring and encouraging all who love liberty and freedom. We know all humans have rights endowed to us by our Creator. We know every life has inherent value and dignity. And participating in the torture that is separating children from their parents is un-American. Separating children from their parents is no “solution” to illegal immigration. It is abhorrent to argue children can and should be used as “deterrents.”

As the party of family values, we have stressed the importance of stable environments and parental figures. It is therefore inconsistent to advocate separating children from parents and breaking up families. These actions are traumatizing and devastating, with the risk of long-term damage.

I’m thankful Trump signed the executive order reversing his administration’s decision. But an executive order ending future separation of families does nothing to help the families who have already been separated. It does not solve the difficulties of reuniting families who were forcibly separated by the United States government.

And there are numerous factors complicating the already challenging task of reuniting these families, including government bureaucracy and inefficiency; the size and scope of the American government and the involvement of different agencies; and a lack of transparency and communication among government departments and agencies.

For example, unauthorized immigrants are assigned “alien numbers” upon entering government custody, but not every agency receives that information. Meanwhile, detained children are frequently moved between shelters, and the processing timeline for children is often different than the timeline for their parents.

To make it even worse, it’s quite possible parents will be deported before being reunited with their children and without the children being notified.

Furthermore, even after the signing of the executive order, the government appears indifferent about helping those who have already been separated; according to the Customs and Border Patrol statement, only children still in custody will be reunited with their parents or legal guardians, while an HHS spokesperson stated, “There will not be a grandfathering of existing cases.”

Like the 2017 travel ban, the Trump administration implemented the zero tolerance policy without proper preparations or planning. Because of such incompetency, the policy has led to utter chaos and unnecessarily forced the White House to engage in major clean-up of its rash actions.

Every aspect of this disaster is utterly disgraceful and unacceptable. This is not pro-life. Every single one of us should demand everything possible is done to reunite these children with their parents.

Members of Congress should demand that HHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielson stand before them and answer questions about the immigration policy. She should provide answers regarding the number and location of existing shelters and foster homes; information on each child and where he or she has been transferred to; and the plans to reunite children our government separated from their parents.

Congress should also demand accountability from those responsible for implementing such a policy with no legitimate plans or preparation; at least one Republican congressman is already recommending the firing of Trump advisor Stephen Miller.

Our government created this mess, and we should demand someone be held accountable and all efforts should be taken to correct such horrific wrongs.

The views expressed here are those of the author and do not represent those of any other individual or entity. Follow Sarah on Twitter: @sarahmquinlan.

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