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2020-08-30 6:51:21 PM  

Sexy Jesus: Truck Fump: iheartscotch: Sounds like they were systematically harassing her. You don't get a passport fast-pass unless the Fed really wants you to.

Being an asshole seems to be a job requirement at CBP. And it appears to be a worldwide requirement. Canadian CBP is just as bad. And I'm white.

It's part of the job function.  Officer Smiley isn't going to trigger the guilty into nervous action the way Douchey McDouchebag will.


Officer smiley does better if they know what their doing. If I'm an asshole and your defensive, it could be you're nervous...or you could just think I'm an asshole. If I'm nice and chatty and you're nervous there's a disconnect there. Why are you nervous when I'm just as friendly as can be?
 
2020-08-30 6:56:17 PM  

detonator: Steampunk Gallagher: White girl hippie here, with facial piercings and visible tattoos, and I can tell you that post 9/11, the amount of times I got "randomly" chosen to have my bags fully emptied and examined and/or be subjected to a full-body patdown was way too high to actually be random.



Stopped when I started billing the related office for my time.
 
2020-08-30 6:58:23 PM  

willwall: Sexy Jesus: Truck Fump: iheartscotch: Sounds like they were systematically harassing her. You don't get a passport fast-pass unless the Fed really wants you to.

Being an asshole seems to be a job requirement at CBP. And it appears to be a worldwide requirement. Canadian CBP is just as bad. And I'm white.

It's part of the job function.  Officer Smiley isn't going to trigger the guilty into nervous action the way Douchey McDouchebag will.

Officer smiley does better if they know what their doing. If I'm an asshole and your defensive, it could be you're nervous...or you could just think I'm an asshole. If I'm nice and chatty and you're nervous there's a disconnect there. Why are you nervous when I'm just as friendly as can be?


Officer Smiley does not want to actually mess with a real terrorist or drug lord. That shiats dangerous and there will be tons of paperwork.

Messing with a young black women is fun.
 
2020-08-30 6:59:55 PM  

spiritplumber: detonator: Steampunk Gallagher: White girl hippie here, with facial piercings and visible tattoos, and I can tell you that post 9/11, the amount of times I got "randomly" chosen to have my bags fully emptied and examined and/or be subjected to a full-body patdown was way too high to actually be random.


Stopped when I started billing the related office for my time.


Good advice, especially if you miss a flight.
 
2020-08-30 7:06:07 PM  

detonator: spiritplumber: detonator: Steampunk Gallagher: White girl hippie here, with facial piercings and visible tattoos, and I can tell you that post 9/11, the amount of times I got "randomly" chosen to have my bags fully emptied and examined and/or be subjected to a full-body patdown was way too high to actually be random.


Stopped when I started billing the related office for my time.

Good advice, especially if you miss a flight.


How do you bill them?
 
2020-08-30 7:09:42 PM  

leeksfromchichis: detonator: spiritplumber: detonator: Steampunk Gallagher: White girl hippie here, with facial piercings and visible tattoos, and I can tell you that post 9/11, the amount of times I got "randomly" chosen to have my bags fully emptied and examined and/or be subjected to a full-body patdown was way too high to actually be random.


Stopped when I started billing the related office for my time.

Good advice, especially if you miss a flight.

How do you bill them?


Second under Puppet Show.
 
2020-08-30 7:09:53 PM  

leeksfromchichis: detonator: spiritplumber: detonator: Steampunk Gallagher: White girl hippie here, with facial piercings and visible tattoos, and I can tell you that post 9/11, the amount of times I got "randomly" chosen to have my bags fully emptied and examined and/or be subjected to a full-body patdown was way too high to actually be random.


Stopped when I started billing the related office for my time.

Good advice, especially if you miss a flight.

How do you bill them?


If it works, I reckon there's no harm in trying. I've never done that.
 
2020-08-30 7:10:40 PM  

Texas Gabe: leeksfromchichis: detonator: spiritplumber: detonator: Steampunk Gallagher: White girl hippie here, with facial piercings and visible tattoos, and I can tell you that post 9/11, the amount of times I got "randomly" chosen to have my bags fully emptied and examined and/or be subjected to a full-body patdown was way too high to actually be random.


Stopped when I started billing the related office for my time.

Good advice, especially if you miss a flight.

How do you bill them?

Second under Puppet Show.


You owe me a keyboard
 
2020-08-30 7:18:58 PM  

Target Builder: hubiestubert: Y'all are going to make the slip past 50% a real humdinger, aren't you? Just got to get that last little bit of dickishness in now before the electorate and the representation takes a decided turn.

The way the far right is ramping up I don't think they're planning on letting the slip past 50% happen.

There's only one way they could realistically stop it, but anyone who thinks the far right isn't headed down that road full speed is either lying or has been in a coma for the last few years.


They can't really stop it.

Donnie has been their best bet to slow it down, with him basically screwing the Census this go around. And maybe I need some fresh tinfoil for my chapeau, but I do kind of feel that is the reason for the GOP locking step with him. Not fear of losing the support of the Idiot Brigade for their own races, or losing their easily grifted cash offerings, but really, to preserve the basis for redistricting for another decade. Once the census numbers start rolling in, it's going to make gerrymandering all the harder. Plus, there's the whole, "actual numbers of people of various creeds and ethnicities" to call upon to pierce the more blatant lies that the GOP has used these last several years to excuse themselves for treating citizens of color like garbage.

Projections have shown for the last twenty years or so, that 2030 is going to be around the tipping point where white folks fall under 50% of the population, and unless there is some serious ethnic cleansing happening, that isn't going to change. It's just the facts with immigration, with falling birthrates--even with the Quiverfull movement--and economics and culture, white folks will fall under 50%, and while they'll still be the most numerous of blended ethnicities to go under easily identified terms as white, black, brown or the other colors of America's rainbow. And that scares the bejeebus out of folks. So much so, that they supported Donald F*cking Trump for President just to get in someone to derail the census to stave off fact-based redistricting.

Donnie has their support, not so much because of a fear of his base, or their turning, but because they NEEDED those votes to keep their jobs in the future, and that won't be possible if they have to base districts on the actual populations, so skewing the Census was a key. It's a matter of money, power, and the convergent needs of racists and corporate grifters coming together. The GOP doesn't want to be in bed with these jackholes, and The Lincoln Project bears that out, but they were willing to hold their nose long enough to keep the Census from getting skewed for another decade to let them try to figure out how to keep their phoney-baloney jobs in the government a while longer, and how to keep the money pipe concentrated on their friends.
 
2020-08-30 7:19:10 PM  
Thanks for TFA, subby. It was a long, infuriating read.

There were so many parts that really pissed me off but I'm sick of reading statements like this:

"At one point that day, a State Department official told me that what I was experiencing wasn't racism, because personally, he had no issues crossing the border as a white man"

Full disclaimer: I'm a white man. But I'm so farking tired of hearing other white men make excuses for blatant racism. At some point can we start believing people of color when they talk about their experiences with racism?
 
2020-08-30 7:20:28 PM  

Texas Gabe: leeksfromchichis: detonator: spiritplumber: detonator: Steampunk Gallagher: White girl hippie here, with facial piercings and visible tattoos, and I can tell you that post 9/11, the amount of times I got "randomly" chosen to have my bags fully emptied and examined and/or be subjected to a full-body patdown was way too high to actually be random.


Stopped when I started billing the related office for my time.

Good advice, especially if you miss a flight.

How do you bill them?

Second under Puppet Show.


I've had plenty of "spinal tap" border crossings too. Not for the cucumber in the pants bit but let's just say I've had to get guys out of jails in seven different counties.
Once, we were coming back into the states in northern Idaho from Alberta in the middle of October. Winter came early and in was 40 below at night. Our van broke down at the border and the Americans would let us in ( we are Americans that live in Oregon.)
We push our van back into Canada and get our van going but the heater died. The Americans stopped us again and accused us of selling our heater for money. That turned I to a huge debacle where they wanted us to pull all of our gear out of the van but it was grazing in place. It took us eight hours- until another staff of customs agents came on- before they let us go.
 
2020-08-30 7:23:01 PM  

detonator: Texas Gabe: leeksfromchichis: detonator: spiritplumber: detonator: Steampunk Gallagher: White girl hippie here, with facial piercings and visible tattoos, and I can tell you that post 9/11, the amount of times I got "randomly" chosen to have my bags fully emptied and examined and/or be subjected to a full-body patdown was way too high to actually be random.


Stopped when I started billing the related office for my time.

Good advice, especially if you miss a flight.

How do you bill them?

Second under Puppet Show.

I've had plenty of "spinal tap" border crossings too. Not for the cucumber in the pants bit but let's just say I've had to get guys out of jails in seven different counties.
Once, we were coming back into the states in northern Idaho from Alberta in the middle of October. Winter came early and in was 40 below at night. Our van broke down at the border and the Americans would let us in ( we are Americans that live in Oregon.)
We push our van back into Canada and get our van going but the heater died. The Americans stopped us again and accused us of selling our heater for money. That turned I to a huge debacle where they wanted us to pull all of our gear out of the van but it was grazing in place. It took us eight hours- until another staff of customs agents came on- before they let us go.


"Frozen" in place
Damn spewed on keyboard
 
2020-08-30 7:23:28 PM  
As far as they are concerned, black man with more money than the officer thinks he aught to = drug dealer.
 
2020-08-30 7:25:29 PM  

leeksfromchichis: adamatari:

fark the state department.

They should be fired for racism.


CBP is under DHS, NOT State. And, yes, CBP is staffed with a shiat-ton of racists.
 
2020-08-30 7:29:14 PM  

paygun: Maybe the government isn't good.


You're right. We should start cutting back.

Let's start by defunding the police.
 
2020-08-30 7:32:22 PM  

Truck Fump: iheartscotch: Sounds like they were systematically harassing her. You don't get a passport fast-pass unless the Fed really wants you to.

Being an asshole seems to be a job requirement at CBP. And it appears to be a worldwide requirement. Canadian CBP is just as bad. And I'm white.


Canadian CPB used to require virginity checks on any Asian woman migrating to Canada to get married.  Their reasoning was that if she was not a virgin she was obviously a prostitute, and that no red blooded Canadian man would ever want a non virgin wife.

I believe this was until just a few decades ago.
 
2020-08-30 7:34:56 PM  

BorgiaGinz: leeksfromchichis: adamatari:

fark the state department.

They should be fired for racism.

CBP is under DHS, NOT State. And, yes, CBP is staffed with a shiat-ton of racists.


DHS should not exist at all.I remember pre-911.  We were fine. No one grabbed your balls when flying. Terror attacks were much less common. They've failed utterly at their one xenophobic job.

I was just responding to the previous poster implying state department credentials should garner special treatment rather than customs agents should be screened for basic humaniy before deployment.
 
2020-08-30 7:42:29 PM  

Sexy Jesus: Whatever. Get in line with the rest of us, Snowflake.  Wonder what she did to make the list?;


Be black?
 
2020-08-30 7:49:43 PM  
CBP officers seemed to be more aggressive with me, probably because I had begun regularly to ask to speak to a manager

There's your answer. It's not racism it's questioning the authority of people that just love have a little bit of authority and love exercising it even more. I can just imagine her trying to tell them she didn't need extra screening because of her job and some low level minion adding a special note to her file.
 
2020-08-30 7:51:19 PM  

Flab: Sexy Jesus: Whatever. Get in line with the rest of us, Snowflake.  Wonder what she did to make the list?;

Be black?


I got on the list while I was going back and forth all the time in Laredo while tending to a maquila. I watched them let a guy in with no ID except a phone bill, I kid you not.  I asked why they put us all through the lines and the scrutiny if they just let people in with a piece of paper? Made the list. Every damned time for six months after that I was diverted to "the room".  Every time I had to explain that the fishing worms I had were samples, not bombs and that their machine was stupid. To the same people even.  Kafkaesque.
 
2020-08-30 7:58:29 PM  

RTOGUY: CBP officers seemed to be more aggressive with me, probably because I had begun regularly to ask to speak to a manager

There's your answer. It's not racism it's questioning the authority of people that just love have a little bit of authority and love exercising it even more. I can just imagine her trying to tell them she didn't need extra screening because of her job and some low level minion adding a special note to her file.


Exactly. It's about someone with a little power wanting you to respek their autoritah.
 
2020-08-30 8:00:43 PM  

apocryphaandmyth: hubiestubert:

Y'all are going to make the slip past 50% a real humdinger, aren't you? Just got to get that last little bit of dickishness in now before the electorate and the representation takes a decided turn.

That's where the hope is, they (we) ARE slipping under 50%.  I've substitute taught enough classes to see the pattern:  if one group is a majority, the majority plays with the majority, and everyone else has their back against the wall.  If no group is a majority, everyone plays with everyone, for the most part.

Another 20 years and we're gonna be fine, if we make it past "white power last gasp".


20 years? Just in time for the Singularity. Black, white, yellow, we'll all be on the same side against the AI uprising.
 
2020-08-30 8:05:53 PM  
We're not getting the whole story.
What happened BEFORE the video starts?
Why are THOSE PEOPLE always so hostile and uncooperative?
You catch more flies with honey than vinegar!
I NEVER have these problems, because I'm reasonable, and nice to people.
Why is the media always screaming "racism"?
Jussie Smollet!!

Did I miss any?
 
2020-08-30 8:06:03 PM  

winedrinkingman: Truck Fump: iheartscotch: Sounds like they were systematically harassing her. You don't get a passport fast-pass unless the Fed really wants you to.

Being an asshole seems to be a job requirement at CBP. And it appears to be a worldwide requirement. Canadian CBP is just as bad. And I'm white.

Canadian CPB used to require virginity checks on any Asian woman migrating to Canada to get married.  Their reasoning was that if she was not a virgin she was obviously a prostitute, and that no red blooded Canadian man would ever want a non virgin wife.

I believe this was until just a few decades ago.


How on Earth did they do those? Adam Runis Everything told me that hymens don't actually exist!
 
2020-08-30 8:17:23 PM  

jso2897: We're not getting the whole story.
What happened BEFORE the video starts?
Why are THOSE PEOPLE always so hostile and uncooperative?
You catch more flies with honey than vinegar!
I NEVER have these problems, because I'm reasonable, and nice to people.
Why is the media always screaming "racism"?
Jussie Smollet!!

Did I miss any?


Probably "she was asking for it."
 
2020-08-30 8:22:28 PM  

HairBolus: Tianna Spears is rather pretty.

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I wonder if the CBP troglodytes got off on harassing a young pretty black woman who was better educated than them with a better job.

Aw come on, they were just flirting or joking. Can't she  take a joke?

If CBP has to pull out some number of crossers for secondary inspections can't they have fun doing it? Harassing fat old women isn't nearly as fun.


This was my gut thing, too...  This person represents multiple triggering mechanisms for the kind of guy attracted to CBP jobs:

1. Young and pretty, but doesn't want to bone him
2. Better educated and accomplished, so "biatch thinks she's all that."
3. She's not white, which makes her higher status even more unacceptable

One or two guys decided she was an "uppity biatch," after she had the nerve to question their authoritah.  They spread her description around, and it became a coordinated game.  The only reason it didn't escalate beyond this level of harassment was that their supervisor would have frowned on the extra paper work.
This story could have been even worse: The whole situation has all of the ingredients that lead to sexual assault if the opportunity had presented itself.
 
2020-08-30 8:25:08 PM  

jso2897: We're not getting the whole story.
What happened BEFORE the video starts?
Why are THOSE PEOPLE always so hostile and uncooperative?
You catch more flies with honey than vinegar!
I NEVER have these problems, because I'm reasonable, and nice to people.
Why is the media always screaming "racism"?
Jussie Smollet!!

Did I miss any?


"They're just doing their job"
 
2020-08-30 8:25:39 PM  

hubiestubert: Seriously, folks, what CAN black people do?  Can't BBQ. Can't go shopping. Can't skateboard. Can't bike. Can't attend faculty events. Can't walk down streets. Can't drive at night. Or the day. Or in "those neighborhoods" or "these neighborhoods" either. Can't teach. Can't attend classes.

Seems like the only thing that folks WILL let black folks do is work at Popeye's or play sports. And even then, they'd apparently best be home right after the game.

Y'all are going to make the slip past 50% a real humdinger, aren't you? Just got to get that last little bit of dickishness in now before the electorate and the representation takes a decided turn.


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2020-08-30 8:27:54 PM  

Kalyco Jack: winedrinkingman: Truck Fump: iheartscotch: Sounds like they were systematically harassing her. You don't get a passport fast-pass unless the Fed really wants you to.

Being an asshole seems to be a job requirement at CBP. And it appears to be a worldwide requirement. Canadian CBP is just as bad. And I'm white.

Canadian CPB used to require virginity checks on any Asian woman migrating to Canada to get married.  Their reasoning was that if she was not a virgin she was obviously a prostitute, and that no red blooded Canadian man would ever want a non virgin wife.

I believe this was until just a few decades ago.

How on Earth did they do those? Adam Runis Everything told me that hymens don't actually exist!


Right?  I'm gonna need a citation on that.  (Not the ARE ref, that I'll believe.)
 
2020-08-30 8:39:18 PM  

adamatari: Considering the US has a larger black population than Mexico, unless she has a massive West Indies accent then it should be obvious she's from the US. Regardless, diplomatic passport? The State Department outranks these shiatheads.

They should be showing deference to State Department diplomats and if they don't, they should be fired with extreme prejudice. This is pure, 100% racism.


The US should be treating their passport holders like the EU treats theirs.

1. Step up to machine
2. Insert passport
3. Passport validated against bearer's biometrics by machine
4. Welcome home

But the CBP feels it has to treat everyone, including Americans, like scum, and interrogates everyone like they're a criminal.
 
2020-08-30 8:45:05 PM  
It is an infuriating read - but one wonders how somebody in State gets bullied here.  I always thought diplomats were the among the brightest America had to offer - 2-3 bullshiat stops by CBP and she would go to work getting the harassment to stop, ie. having a much more senior coworker ride along with her.  It doesn't say much for State not protecting there people here either.
 
2020-08-30 8:45:49 PM  

spfccmt: jso2897: We're not getting the whole story.
What happened BEFORE the video starts?
Why are THOSE PEOPLE always so hostile and uncooperative?
You catch more flies with honey than vinegar!
I NEVER have these problems, because I'm reasonable, and nice to people.
Why is the media always screaming "racism"?
Jussie Smollet!!

Did I miss any?

"They're just doing their job"


Oh - I forgot: "Well, I'm white, and the same thing happened to me!
This one time when i was in college me and some friend got al F**ked up and.........................."
 
2020-08-30 8:47:09 PM  

hubiestubert: Seriously, folks, what CAN black people do?  Can't BBQ. Can't go shopping. Can't skateboard. Can't bike. Can't attend faculty events. Can't walk down streets. Can't drive at night. Or the day. Or in "those neighborhoods" or "these neighborhoods" either. Can't teach. Can't attend classes.

Seems like the only thing that folks WILL let black folks do is work at Popeye's or play sports. And even then, they'd apparently best be home right after the game.

Y'all are going to make the slip past 50% a real humdinger, aren't you? Just got to get that last little bit of dickishness in now before the electorate and the representation takes a decided turn.


They're also happy to let black folks die. Hell, they'll even go out of their way to help them do so.
 
2020-08-30 8:47:32 PM  

apocryphaandmyth: hubiestubert:

Y'all are going to make the slip past 50% a real humdinger, aren't you? Just got to get that last little bit of dickishness in now before the electorate and the representation takes a decided turn.

That's where the hope is, they (we) ARE slipping under 50%.  I've substitute taught enough classes to see the pattern:  if one group is a majority, the majority plays with the majority, and everyone else has their back against the wall.  If no group is a majority, everyone plays with everyone, for the most part.

Another 20 years and we're gonna be fine, if we make it past "white power last gasp".


...tell that to South Africa.  Blacks "held the majority" there for years, but were powerless thanks to apartheid.  And that's what Republicans are trying to get to now.

/Trust Trevor Noah on this.
 
2020-08-30 8:52:02 PM  

hubiestubert: Seriously, folks, what CAN black people do?  Can't BBQ. Can't go shopping. Can't skateboard. Can't bike. Can't attend faculty events. Can't walk down streets. Can't drive at night. Or the day. Or in "those neighborhoods" or "these neighborhoods" either. Can't teach. Can't attend classes.

Seems like the only thing that folks WILL let black folks do is work at Popeye's or play sports. And even then, they'd apparently best be home right after the game.

Y'all are going to make the slip past 50% a real humdinger, aren't you? Just got to get that last little bit of dickishness in now before the electorate and the representation takes a decided turn.


Black people can vote and make sure all friends and relatives vote too.  And keep making noise.  And become President.
 
2020-08-30 8:54:31 PM  

Gyrfalcon: HammerHeadSnark: Rambino: Repeat? Coulda swore I read this same story a few months back.

/still, bears repeating bears

Me too, but the byline says today. What the hell, man.

SSDD


Yeah, my 25 years in the newspaper business should've clued me in.
 
2020-08-30 8:56:06 PM  

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That's odd.  You hardly ever see a color photo of Goebbels.
 
2020-08-30 8:57:54 PM  
I've lived in the DC area for decades, and this place is stuffed to the gills with foreign diplomats.  They are treated with kid gloves by all local law enforcement, even when they do felonious things like drive drunk and date-rape and beat their domestic servants and shoplift and assault.

Before living here, I spent a childhood overseas as the daughter of a Foreign Service Officer, and I traveled on a diplomatic passport.  We were always whisked through whatever border we crossed, even the skeevier ones like Sudan and Ethiopia.  But we were white.  One of the reasons that the State Department was slow to hire African-Americans as diplomats was, get this, they were worried that blacks would be treated badly in foreign countries.
 
2020-08-30 10:02:41 PM  

Raoul Eaton: Black people can vote and make sure all friends and relatives vote too.  And keep making noise.  And become President.


why just black people?  Why is it their responsibility to fix a white problem?

I know you probably meant well but seriously this kind of thought that black people have to get other people to vote to stop white people from being assholes is ridiculous.

Why can't white people solve our own farking problems? It's like we can't wipe our own ass.

Black people have been by and large the "adults in the room" for the last centuries.  Loving this country and fighting for it while white people shiat their diaper in fear if a 5'6" black woman drives to work.

We need to call racism for what it is. Pants shiatting cowardice.

If you consider yourself a non-racist and you're a white person you are IN history right now.  You can be the hero you know you are.

This is the time.  You probably waited your whole life to shoulder some superhero responsibility for citizenship. This is that time. This is the moment in history where you can stand up and make big changes from where you are...you can start standing up for basic human decency, and the rights of citizenship, for others.

It's hard because they a forces that trying to keep white power in the USA. There's absolutely no need of "white power"....it's a farking farcical fiction.  I have no idea why people insist on being racist. Maybe somebody else can figure it out someday. From here on in,  it's going  to be a slog but now is the time to change history.
 
2020-08-30 10:08:16 PM  

AAAAGGGGHHHH: detonator: I've travelled abroad since the 1980's, even went through communist bloc countries then. The WORST customs treatment was always coming back into the USA.
I'm a blue-eyed honky too.

Gotta keep the yokels from finding out that not only is America not the greatest country in the world, it's also pretty god damn sh*tty compared to more evolved nations.

If the average American saw how much bang-for-buck value the average European's tax dollars are being well-spent for "socialist" programs like health care, education,Social Security, etc., we'd turn into a nation of Bernie Bros.


Sometimes it's the subtle things.

For one the shift from income tax to payroll tax and hiding taxation from individuals who don't actually run businesses will defang a lot of the anti taxation propaganda.
 
2020-08-30 10:53:17 PM  

dustman81: adamatari: Considering the US has a larger black population than Mexico, unless she has a massive West Indies accent then it should be obvious she's from the US. Regardless, diplomatic passport? The State Department outranks these shiatheads.

They should be showing deference to State Department diplomats and if they don't, they should be fired with extreme prejudice. This is pure, 100% racism.

The US should be treating their passport holders like the EU treats theirs.

1. Step up to machine
2. Insert passport
3. Passport validated against bearer's biometrics by machine
4. Welcome home

But the CBP feels it has to treat everyone, including Americans, like scum, and interrogates everyone like they're a criminal.


Actually, I just came back from Cancun a couple of weeks ago and this was what happened. You don't even insert your passport, you look at the screen and the kiosk spits out a ticket. Less than 5 seconds.

/why yes, it's the pre-check lane
//not white
 
2020-08-30 11:10:29 PM  
We investigated ourselves and found we did nothing wrong.

Border Patrol are the dumbest, dumbfarks in uniform, they make marines seem like geniuses.
 
2020-08-30 11:39:00 PM  

DO NOT WANT Poster Girl: Raoul Eaton: Black people can vote and make sure all friends and relatives vote too.  And keep making noise.  And become President.

why just black people?  Why is it their responsibility to fix a white problem?

I know you probably meant well but seriously this kind of thought that black people have to get other people to vote to stop white people from being assholes is ridiculous.

Why can't white people solve our own farking problems? It's like we can't wipe our own ass.

Black people have been by and large the "adults in the room" for the last centuries.  Loving this country and fighting for it while white people shiat their diaper in fear if a 5'6" black woman drives to work.

We need to call racism for what it is. Pants shiatting cowardice.

If you consider yourself a non-racist and you're a white person you are IN history right now.  You can be the hero you know you are.

This is the time.  You probably waited your whole life to shoulder some superhero responsibility for citizenship. This is that time. This is the moment in history where you can stand up and make big changes from where you are...you can start standing up for basic human decency, and the rights of citizenship, for others.

It's hard because they a forces that trying to keep white power in the USA. There's absolutely no need of "white power"....it's a farking farcical fiction.  I have no idea why people insist on being racist. Maybe somebody else can figure it out someday. From here on in,  it's going  to be a slog but now is the time to change history.


And yea -- I didn't see the Lincoln Project video that's greened before I wrote this, but I'm not the only one saying this, over, and over, and over. And over. And over.
 
2020-08-30 11:51:57 PM  

Steampunk Gallagher: White girl hippie here, with facial piercings and visible tattoos, and I can tell you that post 9/11, the amount of times I got "randomly" chosen to have my bags fully emptied and examined and/or be subjected to a full-body patdown was way too high to actually be random.


I had the opposite experience.
I fit into their drug smuggling profile, so I got checked before every flight before 9/11.
Since I do not fit into their terrorist profile I get treated like everyone else since 9/11, but they do check everyone more than they used to.
 
2020-08-31 12:34:40 AM  
In the same vein as that "Blacks for Trump" pic, I present the permitted diplomating while Black

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2020-08-31 1:01:43 AM  
Customs an border patrol are full of racists jackasses too stupid to be cops?


Some one fetch me my fainting couch. I don't think I can take the surprise.
 
2020-08-31 1:58:56 AM  

hubiestubert: Seriously, folks, what CAN black people do?  Can't BBQ. Can't go shopping. Can't skateboard. Can't bike. Can't attend faculty events. Can't walk down streets. Can't drive at night. Or the day. Or in "those neighborhoods" or "these neighborhoods" either. Can't teach. Can't attend classes.

Seems like the only thing that folks WILL let black folks do is work at Popeye's or play sports. And even then, they'd apparently best be home right after the game.

Y'all are going to make the slip past 50% a real humdinger, aren't you? Just got to get that last little bit of dickishness in now before the electorate and the representation takes a decided turn.


What's horrifying is that, despite this, I still know a few black people who are going to vote for Trump.  Because ... reasons?  God and Jesus and who-the-hell-know-why?

Building Solidarity feels impossible.
 
2020-08-31 2:04:20 AM  

Steampunk Gallagher: White girl hippie here, with facial piercings and visible tattoos, and I can tell you that post 9/11, the amount of times I got "randomly" chosen to have my bags fully emptied and examined and/or be subjected to a full-body patdown was way too high to actually be random. I took a cross-country trip 4 months after 9/11, from and then back to New Jersey, and received no less than 7 "random" examinations between both the initial and return flight. In the year following that, I got "randomly" searched at the gate while on a layover when I had less than 45 minutes between flights. I live in Portland, Oregon now and there are way too many freaks like me living here to effectively screen all of us, so now all I have to worry about is getting shot because someone mistook my umbrella for a swordcane. No, really, that actually happened, too. Got confronted by a dude in a full body-armor shoving a goddamn M4 in my face, on a return flight from Georgia back in 2014. I haven't flown since, and I can't imagine that between the budget cuts, shutdowns and reduced hiring standards, the job performance of these security a-holes has somehow massively improved.

I can still recall the palpable frustration of having security tell me "this is for your own safety" while having my bags emptied and x-rayed for the third time in the space of an hour. Or how a "mistake in the computer" meant that when I got pulled over for any traffic infraction between 2001 and 2007, I had a 50% chance of having my car searched for drugs, and I have never been charged with any drug offences. I know people who have never had their cars searched in 40 years, but for me, I had mine searched 5 times in a 6 year period.

/end rant
//this country sucks balls
///one more slash for freedom!


I learned a long time ago how to pass.  Put on the right clothes, remove jewelry, cover ink.  Even grew a beard to be as "white hetero male" as possible.  It's great: put on a shirt and tie and you never get searched or stopped.  You just have to have the right skin-tone and undercarriage!

Can't look 'Murrican-male?  Get ready for delays, suspicion, and bullshiat.  My boss likes tie-die shirts and isn't "conventionally pretty", so business trips she gets attention.  Even gets random drug tests when she gets back from trips.  Not me though.  I'm still mad at how well it works.  When I travel alone I've even gotten upgraded to business class or first class a few times.  That never happened when I looked more "student" or "liberal".
 
2020-08-31 3:48:37 AM  

bthom37: kbronsito: I got stopped by some immigration aholes while travelling back on a official US government passport. They wanted to know if I had ever been deported.

Consider the train of thought here... I sneaked into he US, got deported, came back, got a government job, passed the screening & background check and now these aholes were gonna catch me on my way back from representing the government of the United States at an international conference. They tried to claim that I had a common Hispanic last name and that this "was a problem". So I asked if they were also stopping a lot of Jones and Smiths who got "flagged" by the system but they would not comment on that for some reason.

Remember, Border Patrol is for the folks too dumb to be cops.


Given the cops I have seen, and the ones in the news from time to time, that seems like a vanishingly small pool of people from whom to choose.
 
2020-08-31 6:18:36 AM  
CBP is the enforcement arm of this misadministration's white power wet-dream. Emperor Hirocheeto expanded their ranks and appointed 'leaders' who create policy without much (if any) oversight, frequently policies which are racist and occasionally crimes against humanity. CBP is the misadministrations "go-to" team when they need willing muscle to get their way about anything. Note how the Derpublicans screech and gibber and foam at the mouth at the thought of expanding any government agency- unless said agency is involved with harassing/subjugating poor, non-white, non-christian, non-heterosexual, non-male citizens and visitors.

There have been media reports over the last decade or so documenting abuses by CBP. Those abuses became more overt and indefensible once Piggy McTinyhands appointed his Stephen Miller's Klan buddies to positions of power within the agency. CBP is out of control. There's been at least one report of CBP and Homie Scrutiny officials ignoring Congressional subpoenas, and multiple reports of CBP violating court orders. Remember that this is the agency which cheerfully separated families and locked children in cages. We've allowed Marmalade Mussolini and Yertle to build a paramilitary RW goon squad, and the misadministration has been increasingly using them as such ... against American citizens.

Assuming we can rid ourselves of the Lesser Orange Bellowing shiatgibbon (and his followers and enablers), CBP needs to be scourged of every single brownshirt who followed illegal orders and/or violated laws regarding equal treatment. Evidence of complicity in crimes against humanity must result in immediate suspension (without pay) for every CBP officer so charged, followed by a trial in Federal Court. Requiring the agency to follow the same rules as other law-enforcement agencies (especially warrants) and removing the stupid 100-mile rule would go far toward reducing future abuses of power, but the only way to convince the rank-and-file to actually follow the law is through vigorous prosecution and severe punishment upon conviction. Permanently remove their powers of arrest for any offense not directly related to border security, and remove all their legal authority outside their posts.

- Catch someone crossing a border illegally? CBP can hold the accused until federal law enforcement (FBI, US Marshalls, etc) takes custody of the alleged criminal. All Constitutional restrictions and requirements for federal law enforcement apply (Miranda warnings, access to legal representation, etc).
- Catch someone smuggling contraband over a border? Detain them until the smuggler is turned over to local, state, or federal law enforcement.
- Suspect someone encountered in a grocery store in East Bumfarkistan might be in the country illegally? Call the local cops, because the grocery store is not a border crossing and CBP employees are just private citizens when they're not working at a border crossing.

CBP needs to exist in some form or another- there are valid reasons for having a border security agency- but they need to be reined in. Strict regulations and laws must be established to enforce accountability with Congressional oversight. Any government entity tasked with enforcing the laws must be held to a higher standard than the general population. CBP doesn't appear to be held to any standards. This needs to change. Now.
 
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