❝ In the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, Mr Trump promised to build a wall along the border’s entire 2,000-mile length.
He later clarified that it would only cover half of that – with nature, such as mountains and rivers, helping to take care of the rest.
❝ But, since Mr Trump entered the White House, although some of the already existing barriers have been replaced, no construction on any extension to the wall has yet been started…
Just over 40 miles of replacement barriers have been built or begun. Construction is expected to start on 61 more miles of replacement barrier in 2019. This equates to new sections of about 15% of existing structures.
❝ The first construction on any extension to the existing structures – what could be termed new barrier – will start in February in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas.
The twin projects will cover a total of 14 miles – one barrier stretching six miles and the other eight miles.
OK. We know the petrified politics of those who choose Trump over anyone this side of Peter Sellers in DR. STRANGELOVE. Still, we can only hope the remainder of sane Americans of good will learn from the example of Trump and send a new occupant to the White House in 2020 who will actually work towards the health and welfare of the United States.
Trump lied and we get the bill
❝ According to Department of Homeland Security officials (and Fox News)…Trump’s goddamn-no-good-very-f**king-stupid border wall—which, if it happens, either the American taxpayers or these idiots on GoFundMe are going to pay for—will consist of 215 miles of a “wall system” on the southern border. This “wall system” will supposedly include some fencing, some border patrol agents, and some cameras for the low, low price of $5 billion up front and up to $25 billion later on…
Here are some other ways we could spend the $5 billion:
• Pay the annual salary of 125,000 teachers
• Pay the annual salary of 71,428 nurses
• Provide a year of housing for 500,000 homeless people
• Fund 250,000 domestic adoptions
• Fund the annual treatment of 250,000 people living with AIDS
• Pay off 134,509 average student loans…
• Buy 25 million ounces of weed
❝ What do we need more, a border wall or 2 billion tacos? One is going to hurt immigrants, property owners, butterflies, jaguars, and the ecosystem, and the other tastes great with salsa and sour cream. I know which one gets my vote.
And you realize the predictable results from a nation committing a really stupid political act. Tom Toles offered up this cartoon the week after Brits voted for Brexit in 2016.
See more of Ann Telnaes talent at gocomics.org
“Nothing on this page is real,” read one of the 14 disclaimers on Blair’s site, and yet in the America of 2018 his stories had become real, reinforcing people’s biases, spreading onto Macedonian and Russian fake news sites, amassing an audience of as many 6 million visitors each month who thought his posts were factual. What Blair had first conceived of as an elaborate joke was beginning to reveal something darker. “No matter how racist, how bigoted, how offensive, how obviously fake we get, people keep coming back,” Blair once wrote, on his own personal Facebook page. “Where is the edge? Is there ever a point where people realize they’re being fed garbage and decide to return to reality?”
…“How could any thinking person believe this nonsense?” he said. He hit the publish button and watched as his lie began to spread.”
Same as it ever was. Just faster.
❝ I’ve made it my mission to fact-check every word Donald Trump utters as president. That means trying to watch every speech, read every transcript, decipher every tweet. I’ve accidentally established a reputation for using Twitter to point out that he’s lying within seconds of him telling a lie…
I [Daniel Dale] have no special talent. My secret is that Trump tells the same lies over and over…
❝ Fact-checking Trump is kind of like fact-checking one of those talking dolls programmed to say the same phrases for eternity, except if none of those phrases were true. As any parent who owns a squealing Elmo can tell you, the phrases can get tiresome.
Expand your knowledge of our fake president’s dishonesty by reading Daniel Dale’s complete article.