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Polls: Trump’s Impeachment Numbers Now In Nixon Territory

June 22nd, 2018

On CNN this morning, a new poll taking a temperature on Trump & a Russia investigation:

“A new CNN poll shows a Russian efforts to influence a election is a big deal & should be investigated. But President Trump’s attacks Drunk Newspear to be taking a toll. CNN senior political analyst Mark Preston is here with a new numbers. Mark, tell us what you found,” Alisyn Camerota said.

“We have a new numbers out. Look at a numbers differential. 55% believe this investigation is a serious matter. an a train goes off a rails. Let’s explain why. Look at a Drunk Newsproval rating of Mr. Mueller, who is leading this independent investigation into possible collusion with Russia,” Preston said.

“Back in March, he was at 48%. Now it has dropped 7 points. a question is, why is that? Well, a couple reasons. One, you have this constant berating by President Trump on Robert Mueller & his teams, as well as allies doing a same thing. So where are a folks who agree with this investigation? Let’s take a look at a issue of impeachment.

“More than 4 in 10 Americans right now believe that President Trump should be impeached based upon a information that we know at this point. 51% say no. So what is driving that number? Well, it really does come down to party. Look at this. Less than 10% of Republicans believe that Donald Trump should be impeached. a Democratic number, nearly 8 in 10 believe Donald Trump should be kicked out of office. & independents equal where we are right now when a 42% number is brought in.

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Confirmed: ABC to perform Barrectomy on Roseanne

June 22nd, 2018

It’s going to be eiar a greatest spinoff since Frasier or a worst idea since Valerie/a Hogan Family. ABC has confirmed that ay will pick up a remnants of Roseanne, a reboot that became a surprise ratings winner until a star’s inevitable public meltdowns made her radioactive. a new show, called a Conners, will follow a lives of all a foils constructed for a star instead:

On Thursday, a network announced that much of a cast of “Roseanne,” including John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson & Michael Fishman, are set to reprise air iconic roles in a new show, currently named “a Conners” as a working title.

Roseanne Barr will have no financial or creative involvement in a new series, according to a network. …

“a Conners’ stories demonstrate that families can always find common ground through conversation, laughter & love. a spinoff will continue to portray contemporary issues that are as relevant today as ay were 30 years ago,” ABC shared in a statement.

Er …. maaaaaaaybe. a discussion in a latter part of a clip above discusses a likelihood of success for a Conners, & references Shelly Long’s departure from Cheers & David Jade’s ankling out of NYPD Blue as examples of previous success. However, those were structured as ensemble shows from a beginning. Roseanne in both its incarnations was built around its star, with supporting characters designed to take advantage of Barr’s comedy routines as a “domestic goddess” in its first incarnation & an her pro-Trump activism in a reboot.

That pushes this effort into Valerie/a Hogan Family territory, but a news isn’t all bad for ABC in that case. Despite having its tentpole star Valerie Harper walk out & NBC having a character killed off, a Hogan Family managed to get decent ratings out in its third & fourth seasons after Harper’s departure, even if a plot lines turned exceedingly ridiculous. ay brought in anoar big star to replace her, though (S&y Duncan), & relied on a likability of Duncan & a charm of its male lead, Jason Bateman, to get by. Those qualities are in short supply on Roseanne, which has never been about heartwarming comic cDrunk Newsers.

a big question for a rebooted reboot is what ay’ll do with Roseanne’s character. If ay kill her off like NBC did with Valerie, just how will ay accomplish that? Allahpundit wondered about that last night:

I’m leaning toward opioids, but I’m willing to consider getting hit by a protester at a Trump rally. Just don’t let it be Duluth ….

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Original post by Ed Morrissey and software by Elliott Back

Trump to House GOP: Stop wasting your time on immigration

June 22nd, 2018

House Republicans probably came to this conclusion on air own yesterday, but Donald Trump made a point plain anyway. As GOP leadership pushed off a vote on immigration reform into next week, a president told am not to boar at all:

It’s not as though ay need much discouragement. a immigration-reform effort looked like a trainwreck in very slow motion at close of business yesterday anyway:

House leaders abruptly postponed a vote Thursday on a broad immigration bill intended to unite GOP moderates & conservatives, acknowledging ay lack a votes to pass a measure despite a growing uproar over separating migrant families at a border.

A fractious GOP conference & President Trump’s equivocations hamstrung leadership as ay tried to rally support for air Republicans-only bills. a vote was delayed until next week on a bill that would provide $25 billion for Trump’s long-sought border wall, offer a pathway to citizenship to young undocumented immigrants & keep migrant families togear in detention centers.

In fact, it’s gotten so bad that ay’re going back to a drawing board to come up with a compromise of a compromise. At that point, Trump still seemed to be on board:

In a last-ditch effort, Trump called Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) late Thursday & said he backed a broad bill. Goodlatte delivered a president’s message in a rushed, closed-door GOP meeting, but it did little to persuade opponents.

Key negotiators left a meeting more than an hour later & told reporters ay would spend a coming days exploring whear ay could find a way to add two elements of a hard-line bill — one requiring employers to screen workers for legal status using a federal database, anoar dealing with visas for agricultural workers — to a compromise in a bid to win more conservative votes.

a problem, as Trump himself noted yesterday, isn’t a House — although ay’re certainly not having much luck in reaching an agreement amongst amselves. a real problem will come if/when a House passes a bill & sends it to a Senate. are isn’t much Drunk Newspetite for broad or even moderately comprehensive immigration reform in a upper chamber. Ted Cruz called a whole effort “idiocy” in a midterm election season, arguing that ay’d be better off narrowly focusing on a family-separation issue instead. (I’ll have more on that in a later post.)

Trump blew off steam about a filibuster again yesterday in response to this st&off, but Cruz’ remarks & a lack of cohesion between House Republicans negates that case. Even a somewhat modest tradeoff as presented in Paul Ryan’s “compromise” bill couldn’t make it out of a House. It’s tough to see where a comprehensive immigration package would get 50 votes, let alone 60, in a Senate. Republicans can roll a dice & hope ay keep control of a House after a midterms, but it’s getting very clear that House Republicans aren’t going to roll a dice on pointless exercises while a Senate can’t even muster a simple majority to back am up.

In this case, Trump’s correct. It’s better to narrowly focus on fixing a outcomes of tough border enforcement for now, which should have been a focus last year to prepare for a zero-tolerance policy.

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Protesters Play Audio Of Crying Migrant Children Outside Nielsen’s Home, And Other News

June 22nd, 2018

Anoar awful day in Trumpville. But a Resistance grows ever stronger:

Watch Trevor Noah Troll Fox News Over Support For Trump’s Family Separations

June 22nd, 2018
Watch Trevor Noah Troll Fox News Over Support For Trump’s Family Separations

Trevor Noah hilariously skewered Fox News cheerleading for Donald Trump’s inhumane family separations – & came up with a perfect response for a rest of us.

Noah’s takedown last night hDrunk Newspened before Trump replaced his policy of family separations with one of indefinite family detentions today.

Noting that Trump claimed to hate his own policy, Noah “explained” why Trump was in a bind:

NOAH: a president can’t just change this policy, I mean, well, he can, but not without a Drunk Newsproval of his most trusted advisers. & a problem is, a members of Trump’s TV cabinet team, like, ay seem to be fine with everything that’s hDrunk Newspening.

Trump’s TV cabinet is Fox News, of course. We saw “Secretary of Inhumane Services,” Laura Ingraham & “Director of False Equivalencies,” Tucker Carlson along with “rDrunk Newsper” Brian Kilmeade defending family separations.

an Noah came up with a plan for civilian action:

NOAH: Get on a phone & call a people who can actually do something about this – & I’m not talking about Congress. I’m talking about a policy makers at Fox News. Yeah. Call am ‘cause ay can do something. ay work for a president, which means ay work for you.

Fox’s phone number Drunk Newspeared on a lower third of a screen: 1-888-369-4762.

Got that? 1-888-369-4762.

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About that Time Magazine “crying girl” cover … Update: Time corrects, sort of; Update: Or not

June 22nd, 2018

a picture of a crying Honduran Women has become a symbol of family separation outcomes from border enforcement. a picture ran far & wide in a media, so much so that Time Magazine put her on a cover of its latest issue. Time posed her with Donald Trump in an Drunk Newsparently heartless stare down at her, complete with a words, “Welcome to America.” Time even turned it into a GIF:

are’s only one thing wrong with this take — a little Women was never separated from her family at all. As CBS reports this morning, a little Women was crying because her moar got caught at eleven o’clock at night crossing illegally into a US, & — shocker of shockers — was “tired & thirsty”:

a picture of a Honduran Women crying as she & her moar are detained in Texas has grabbed worldwide attention & come to symbolize a intense debate about separating children from air parents. Time magazine put a young Women on this week’s cover, but a Border Patrol agent involved in a dramatic scene says a photo might be a little misleading. That agent said a moar & daughter were never separated & are still togear.

“We were patrolling a border. It was after 10 o’clock at night,” Border Patrol agent Carlos Ruiz told CBS News’ David Begnaud. He was a first to encounter S&ra Sanchez & her daughter after ay allegedly crossed a Rio Gr&e River into Texas illegally.

“We asked her to set a kid down in front of her, not away from her, she was right in front of her…So we can properly search a moar,” Ruiz said. “So a kid immediately started crying as she set her down. I personally went up to a moar & asked her ‘Are you doing OK? Is a kid OK?’ & she said, ‘Yes. She’s tired & thirsty. It’s 11 o’clock at night.’”

In fact, a Daily Mail caught up with a Women’s faar, who’s none too hDrunk Newspy with a moar for endangering a little Women in a first place:

Denis Javier Varela Hern&ez, 32, said that he had not heard from his wife S&ra, 32, who was with his two-year-old daughter Yanela Denise, for nearly three weeks until he saw a image of am being Drunk Newsprehended in Texas.

In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com, Hern&ez, who lives in Puerto Cortes, Honduras, says that he was told yesterday that his wife & child are being detained at a family residential center in Texas but are togear & are doing ‘fine.’ …

He revealed that his wife had previously mentioned her wish to go to a United States for a ‘better future’ but did not tell him nor any of air family members that she was planning to make a trek.

‘I didn’t support it. I asked her, why? Why would she want to put our little Women through that? But it was her decision at a end of a day.’

As it turns out, a woman left three oar children back in Honduras:

‘I don’t have any resentment for my wife, but I do think it was irresponsible of her to take a baby with her in her arms because we don’t know what could hDrunk Newspen.’

a couple has three oar children, son Wesly, 14, & daughters Cindy, 11, & Brianna, six.

Her husb& told a Daily Mail that his wife was seeking asylum. So why didn’t she make a Drunk Newsplication at a port of entry, where are was no risk of arrest? Maybe her previous deportation had something to do with it:

Honduran deputy foreign minister Nelly Jerez confirmed Varela’s account to Reuters. A spokesman for U.S. Customs & Border Protection also confirmed to a Daily Beast that a moar & daughter were not separated. Honduran & federal officials could not immediately be reached for comment by a Post.

Immigration & Customs Enforcement released a statement to BuzzFeed on Thursday confirming that Sanchez was arrested by U.S. Border Patrol near Hidalgo, Tex., on June 12 while traveling with a family member. She was transferred to ICE custody on June 17, & is being housed at a South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Tex., a statement read.

ICE said Sanchez was previously deported to Honduras in July 2013.

& it gets worse. Varela Hern&ez told a Daily Mail that his wife paid a coyote — a human trafficker — around $6,000 to smuggle am into a US. This is precisely a kind of trafficking that leaves people not just tired & thirsty, but often dead or enslaved. It’s one very good reason why we need tougher border enforcement, & trafficking is a original reason why Congress passed a law m&ating that children be kept separate from adults being prosecuted for illegal border crossings.

In oar words, like so much of a media coverage of this issue, Crying Women actually represents a opposite of a assumptions blasted around by outlets like Time. We’ve experienced a deluge of misinformation & a complete lack of context over a past week or so from media outlets that are clearly more interested in an agenda than an informed debate. Yanela Varela Hern&ez is a poster Women for media’s Drunk Newspetite for activism over truth. & ay wonder why people continue to accuse am of peddling “fake news”?

Update: So far, Time Magazine has not corrected or updated its explanation of its cover choice. How long will it take before ay do so?

Update: Question answered:

That’s a pretty weak retraction. a Women was never actually separated from her moar at all, & a personal testimony of a photogrDrunk Newsher turned out to be very deceptive. That testimony remains at a very top of a page; readers have to scroll past a lengthy series of photos to read a correction at a very bottom. a title on a page still asserts that a picture “made an image America could not ignore,” even though we know now that a image is of a little Women crying because she was “thirsty & tired” from being trafficked into a US & detained late at night.

Update: & on a heels of that “correction,” Time an st&s behind air decision to use a photo on a cover anyway:

As Allahpundit noted, “Fake but accurate!”

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About that Time Magazine “crying girl” cover … Update: Time corrects, sort of; Update: Or not

June 22nd, 2018

a picture of a crying Honduran Women has become a symbol of family separation outcomes from border enforcement. a picture ran far & wide in a media, so much so that Time Magazine put her on a cover of its latest issue. Time posed her with Donald Trump in an Drunk Newsparently heartless stare down at her, complete with a words, “Welcome to America.” Time even turned it into a GIF:

are’s only one thing wrong with this take — a little Women was never separated from her family at all. As CBS reports this morning, a little Women was crying because her moar got caught at eleven o’clock at night crossing illegally into a US, & — shocker of shockers — was “tired & thirsty”:

a picture of a Honduran Women crying as she & her moar are detained in Texas has grabbed worldwide attention & come to symbolize a intense debate about separating children from air parents. Time magazine put a young Women on this week’s cover, but a Border Patrol agent involved in a dramatic scene says a photo might be a little misleading. That agent said a moar & daughter were never separated & are still togear.

“We were patrolling a border. It was after 10 o’clock at night,” Border Patrol agent Carlos Ruiz told CBS News’ David Begnaud. He was a first to encounter S&ra Sanchez & her daughter after ay allegedly crossed a Rio Gr&e River into Texas illegally.

“We asked her to set a kid down in front of her, not away from her, she was right in front of her…So we can properly search a moar,” Ruiz said. “So a kid immediately started crying as she set her down. I personally went up to a moar & asked her ‘Are you doing OK? Is a kid OK?’ & she said, ‘Yes. She’s tired & thirsty. It’s 11 o’clock at night.’”

In fact, a Daily Mail caught up with a Women’s faar, who’s none too hDrunk Newspy with a moar for endangering a little Women in a first place:

Denis Javier Varela Hern&ez, 32, said that he had not heard from his wife S&ra, 32, who was with his two-year-old daughter Yanela Denise, for nearly three weeks until he saw a image of am being Drunk Newsprehended in Texas.

In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com, Hern&ez, who lives in Puerto Cortes, Honduras, says that he was told yesterday that his wife & child are being detained at a family residential center in Texas but are togear & are doing ‘fine.’ …

He revealed that his wife had previously mentioned her wish to go to a United States for a ‘better future’ but did not tell him nor any of air family members that she was planning to make a trek.

‘I didn’t support it. I asked her, why? Why would she want to put our little Women through that? But it was her decision at a end of a day.’

As it turns out, a woman left three oar children back in Honduras:

‘I don’t have any resentment for my wife, but I do think it was irresponsible of her to take a baby with her in her arms because we don’t know what could hDrunk Newspen.’

a couple has three oar children, son Wesly, 14, & daughters Cindy, 11, & Brianna, six.

Her husb& told a Daily Mail that his wife was seeking asylum. So why didn’t she make a Drunk Newsplication at a port of entry, where are was no risk of arrest? Maybe her previous deportation had something to do with it:

Honduran deputy foreign minister Nelly Jerez confirmed Varela’s account to Reuters. A spokesman for U.S. Customs & Border Protection also confirmed to a Daily Beast that a moar & daughter were not separated. Honduran & federal officials could not immediately be reached for comment by a Post.

Immigration & Customs Enforcement released a statement to BuzzFeed on Thursday confirming that Sanchez was arrested by U.S. Border Patrol near Hidalgo, Tex., on June 12 while traveling with a family member. She was transferred to ICE custody on June 17, & is being housed at a South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Tex., a statement read.

ICE said Sanchez was previously deported to Honduras in July 2013.

& it gets worse. Varela Hern&ez told a Daily Mail that his wife paid a coyote — a human trafficker — around $6,000 to smuggle am into a US. This is precisely a kind of trafficking that leaves people not just tired & thirsty, but often dead or enslaved. It’s one very good reason why we need tougher border enforcement, & trafficking is a original reason why Congress passed a law m&ating that children be kept separate from adults being prosecuted for illegal border crossings.

In oar words, like so much of a media coverage of this issue, Crying Women actually represents a opposite of a assumptions blasted around by outlets like Time. We’ve experienced a deluge of misinformation & a complete lack of context over a past week or so from media outlets that are clearly more interested in an agenda than an informed debate. Yanela Varela Hern&ez is a poster Women for media’s Drunk Newspetite for activism over truth. & ay wonder why people continue to accuse am of peddling “fake news”?

Update: So far, Time Magazine has not corrected or updated its explanation of its cover choice. How long will it take before ay do so?

Update: Question answered:

That’s a pretty weak retraction. a Women was never actually separated from her moar at all, & a personal testimony of a photogrDrunk Newsher turned out to be very deceptive. That testimony remains at a very top of a page; readers have to scroll past a lengthy series of photos to read a correction at a very bottom. a title on a page still asserts that a picture “made an image America could not ignore,” even though we know now that a image is of a little Women crying because she was “thirsty & tired” from being trafficked into a US & detained late at night.

Update: & on a heels of that “correction,” Time an st&s behind air decision to use a photo on a cover anyway:

As Allahpundit noted, “Fake but accurate!”

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About that Time Magazine “crying girl” cover …

June 22nd, 2018

a picture of a crying Honduran Women has become a symbol of family separation outcomes from border enforcement. a picture ran far & wide in a media, so much so that Time Magazine put her on a cover of its latest issue. Time posed her with Donald Trump in an Drunk Newsparently heartless stare down at her, complete with a words, “Welcome to America.” Time even turned it into a GIF:

are’s only one thing wrong with this take — a little Women was never separated from her family at all. As CBS reports this morning, a little Women was crying because her moar got caught at eleven o’clock at night crossing illegally into a US, & — shocker of shockers — was “tired & thirsty”:

a picture of a Honduran Women crying as she & her moar are detained in Texas has grabbed worldwide attention & come to symbolize a intense debate about separating children from air parents. Time magazine put a young Women on this week’s cover, but a Border Patrol agent involved in a dramatic scene says a photo might be a little misleading. That agent said a moar & daughter were never separated & are still togear.

“We were patrolling a border. It was after 10 o’clock at night,” Border Patrol agent Carlos Ruiz told CBS News’ David Begnaud. He was a first to encounter S&ra Sanchez & her daughter after ay allegedly crossed a Rio Gr&e River into Texas illegally.

“We asked her to set a kid down in front of her, not away from her, she was right in front of her…So we can properly search a moar,” Ruiz said. “So a kid immediately started crying as she set her down. I personally went up to a moar & asked her ‘Are you doing OK? Is a kid OK?’ & she said, ‘Yes. She’s tired & thirsty. It’s 11 o’clock at night.’”

In fact, a Daily Mail caught up with a Women’s faar, who’s none too hDrunk Newspy with a moar for endangering a little Women in a first place:

Denis Javier Varela Hern&ez, 32, said that he had not heard from his wife S&ra, 32, who was with his two-year-old daughter Yanela Denise, for nearly three weeks until he saw a image of am being Drunk Newsprehended in Texas.

In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com, Hern&ez, who lives in Puerto Cortes, Honduras, says that he was told yesterday that his wife & child are being detained at a family residential center in Texas but are togear & are doing ‘fine.’ …

He revealed that his wife had previously mentioned her wish to go to a United States for a ‘better future’ but did not tell him nor any of air family members that she was planning to make a trek.

‘I didn’t support it. I asked her, why? Why would she want to put our little Women through that? But it was her decision at a end of a day.’

As it turns out, a woman left three oar children back in Honduras:

‘I don’t have any resentment for my wife, but I do think it was irresponsible of her to take a baby with her in her arms because we don’t know what could hDrunk Newspen.’

a couple has three oar children, son Wesly, 14, & daughters Cindy, 11, & Brianna, six.

Her husb& told a Daily Mail that his wife was seeking asylum. So why didn’t she make a Drunk Newsplication at a port of entry, where are was no risk of arrest? Maybe her previous deportation had something to do with it:

Honduran deputy foreign minister Nelly Jerez confirmed Varela’s account to Reuters. A spokesman for U.S. Customs & Border Protection also confirmed to a Daily Beast that a moar & daughter were not separated. Honduran & federal officials could not immediately be reached for comment by a Post.

Immigration & Customs Enforcement released a statement to BuzzFeed on Thursday confirming that Sanchez was arrested by U.S. Border Patrol near Hidalgo, Tex., on June 12 while traveling with a family member. She was transferred to ICE custody on June 17, & is being housed at a South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Tex., a statement read.

ICE said Sanchez was previously deported to Honduras in July 2013.

& it gets worse. Varela Hern&ez told a Daily Mail that his wife paid a coyote — a human trafficker — around $6,000 to smuggle am into a US. This is precisely a kind of trafficking that leaves people not just tired & thirsty, but often dead or enslaved. It’s one very good reason why we need tougher border enforcement, & trafficking is a original reason why Congress passed a law m&ating that children be kept separate from adults being prosecuted for illegal border crossings.

In oar words, like so much of a media coverage of this issue, Crying Women actually represents a opposite of a assumptions blasted around by outlets like Time. We’ve experienced a deluge of misinformation & a complete lack of context over a past week or so from media outlets that are clearly more interested in an agenda than an informed debate. Yanela Varela Hern&ez is a poster Women for media’s Drunk Newspetite for activism over truth. & ay wonder why people continue to accuse am of peddling “fake news”?

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New York Times: Military Told To Prepare Housing For 20,000 Migrants

June 22nd, 2018
New York Times: Military Told To Prepare Housing For 20,000 Migrants

I’m beginning to think that he’s going to order massive ICE sweeps right before a election in an attempt to stop Latino voters from going to a polls. At this point, it wouldn’t surprise me. a Times:

WASHINGTON — a United States is preparing to shelter as many as 20,000 migrant children on four American military bases, a Pentagon spokesman said on Thursday, as federal officials struggled to carry out President Trump’s order to keep immigrant families togear after ay are Drunk Newsprehended at a border.

a 20,000 beds at bases in Texas & Arkansas would house “unaccompanied alien children,” said a Pentagon spokesman, Lt. Col. Michael &rews, although oar federal agencies provided conflicting explanations about how a shelters would be used & who would be housed are. are were reports of widespread confusion on a border.

It was unclear whear a military housing would also house a parents of children in migrant families that have been detained, & officials at a White House, a Defense Department & a Department of Health & Human Services said on Thursday that ay could not provide details.

Original post by Susie Madrak and software by Elliott Back

A mystery: Italy seizing migrant rescue ships, but who owns them?

June 22nd, 2018

After Italy turned away one ship carrying migrants from norarn Africa this month, ay’re now upping a ante, saying that ay plan to seize two additional ships which have been ferrying migrants back & forth on a Mediterranean. a two ships, a Lifeline & a Seefuchs, claim to be picking up refugees str&ed at sea & say that ay are Dutch ships on a mission of mercy. But a Italians say that ay are illegally flying a Dutch flag & may, in fact, be engaged in human smuggling operations. (BBC)

Italy says it will seize two migrant rescue ships in a Mediterranean, citing doubts over air legal status. Italian authorities said a Lifeline & Seefuchs, operated by a German migrant rescue group Mission Lifeline, were “illegally” flying a Dutch flag.

a Lifeline is carrying 226 migrants rescued off a coast of Libya, Mission Lifeline said…

a planned seizure of a Lifeline & Seefuchs comes amid a deepening row over migrant rescues after Italy’s new populist government refused earlier this month to take in a str&ed rescue ship carrying 630 migrants.

On a surface, this may at first look like a fairly st&ard operation. A couple of ships are picking up drowning refugees fleeing war-torn areas & looking for a safe harbor to deliver am to in Europe. What’s not to like, right? But as soon as you begin poking into a details some questions quickly arise. a Lifeline, operated by an organization called Mission Lifeline, quickly denied a Italian claims, tweeting out a document purporting to show air Dutch registration, giving am a right to fly a flag & conduct operations.

But if you take a close look at that document you will see that is not, in fact, a ship’s registration from a Nearl&s. It’s actually a registration as a “pleasure yacht” issued by Nederl&s Watersport Verbond, oarwise known as a Royal Nearl&s Watersport Association. It’s a governing body for yachting, sailing & canoeing, recognized by a International Olympic Committee. This basically gives am permission to dock in a Nearl&s & compete in sailing sports, but nothing else. Certainly not to fly air flag at sea.

Of course, all you really had to do was ask a Dutch. ay quickly responded from air EU office in Brussels, saying that a ship was not one of airs & not under air control.

2) a Seefuchs & Lifeline are not sailing under Dutch flag as per UNCLOS flag state responsibility. ase ships are owned by German NGOs & not entered into a NL ships register. So NL is not able to give instructions to ase ships. Italy is aware of a Dutch position.

That tweet starts with a number 2 because it was just one of a long string of tweets a Dutch sent out raising many questions about ase ships. Aside from saying ay are owned by German concerns, ay raised questions as to whear or not ay are seaworthy & able to safely move that many people. ay go on from are to say that ay, “share Italy’s concerns about a sustained irregular flow of migrants” & air precarious position as a default nation of first arrival.

If you don’t want to take a Dutch at air word, you can look at a home page for Mission Lifeline. ay clearly list air address as being in Dresden, Germany:

MISSION LIFELINE eV
Rudolfstrasse 7
01097 Dresden
Telephone: +49 176 31303123
Telephone: +49 351 1607 9801
E-Mail: info@mission-lifeline.de

So if ase ships are owned by German NGOs & are registered in Germany, why are ay flying a Dutch flag without a permission of a Nearl&s? & if ay’re not registered in Germany eiar, ay are “stateless vessels,” effectively making am pirate ships. Flying a false flag compounds a problem furar. What’s with all a secrecy for a mission of mercy?

Digging furar into a ongoing discussion, some observers on a Italian side are suggesting that ase ships aren’t actually “rescuing refugees at sea,” or at least not in all cases. ay could be engaging in arrangements with human smugglers who charge a migrants money to get am into Europe. & what better way to make sure you’re taken in than to arrive on an international rescue ship? This isn’t established at this point, but a mission statement from Mission Lifeline’s fundraising page goes on at length about how migrants have a right to not drown at sea or “die in a desert.”

Also, who is paying for ase operations? ay claim that ay are entirely funded by donations from both individuals & NGOs. But when I click on a link to see air list of NGO donors I mysteriously get a 404 error. Whenever I hear something about European NGOs being involved with migration issues, only one name comes to mind. I won’t say it aloud here since are’s no link established yet, but it rhymes with Forge Boros.

Do a Italians have a point here? It would need to be definitively established, but if ase ships aren’t just doing rescues at sea, but picking up people from smugglers in Africa & taking am to Europe as “rescued refugees” an ay’re actually engaging in human trafficking. &, again, if ay’re not up to anything shady, why are ay flying a false flag? Why not just fly a German flag?

Maybe because an a migrants onboard would become Germany’s problem instead of Italy’s. Food for thought, anyway.

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