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Archive for February 15th, 2019

A cold winter day: Roasted veg for lunch

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Ready to go. That’s The Wife’s David Boye 6″ chef’s knife:

Turnips, beets, and carrots, with extra-virgin olive oil, Maldon salt, and pepper. 400ºF for 35 minutes or so. Update: 35 minutes not enough. Going now for 50 minutes. Update: Now to 60 minutes.

Written by LeisureGuy

15 February 2019 at 11:14 am

Posted in Food, Recipes

CBP agent detains two US citizens (born in the US) for the crime of speaking Spanish in public

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The US is becoming increasingly authoritarian. Emily Wax-Thibodeaux reports in the Washington Post:

Two U.S. citizens who say Customs and Border Protection officials detained them for speaking Spanish while they waited in a convenience store line in Havre, Mont., have filed a federal lawsuit arguing that their constitutional rights were violated.

The women — Ana Suda and Martha “Mimi” Hernandez — say the May 16, 2018, incident began after the nursing assistants finished work, put their children to bed and went to the gym together. They then decided to pick up milk and eggs at the Town Pump, a store in the small town about 35 miles south of the Canadian border. That’s when they say a border agent approached them and commented on Hernandez’s accent, asking where they were born, according to the lawsuit, which the American Civil Liberties Union filed against CBP on Thursday in U.S. District Court in Great Falls, Mont.

The women told the agent they were from Texas and California; Suda then made a video of the agent after he sought to see their identification cards.

“Ma’am, the reason I asked you for your ID is because I came in here, and I saw that you guys are speaking Spanish, which is very unheard of up here,” the agent says in the video, which the ACLU has released.

The women allege that the agent then detained them for 45 minutes instead of letting them go when they identified themselves as U.S. citizens. Cody Wofsy, a staff attorney with the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, said the unlawful detention amounts to a violation of the Fourth Amendment’s bar on unreasonable searches and seizures.

“Speaking Spanish is not against the law. Americans speak hundreds of different languages,” Wofsy said. “This is really a sign of local agents’ abuse of power, which has only been emboldened during the Trump administration.”

CBP spokesman Jason Givens declined to comment on the pending litigation. The border agent [Agent Paul O’Neal – Havre, Montana CBP office – LG] could not be reached for comment Thursday.

The lawsuit also claims the agent targeted the women based on their race, and it seeks to permanently block the agency from stopping and detaining people on the basis of race, accent or the language a person is speaking.

Suda wrote in an online post that after the women provided their driver’s licenses, the agent got on his car radio and asked for backup, “as if two moms holding a carton of eggs were a threat.” Other uniformed agents then arrived, including a supervisor, she wrote. “When I asked him whether we would have been detained for speaking French, he said, ‘No, we don’t do that.’ ”

Suda said that since she spoke out and sent video of the incident to the media, she has faced threats and has been harassed by “people yelling at me in restaurants and bars, saying that I am ‘an illegal.’ ”

Suda was born in Texas and moved to Montana with her husband in 2014. Hernandez was born in California and has been living in Montana since 2010. Both are certified nursing assistants who work at an assisted-living center. . .

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It’s a shame what has happened to the US, but the character of the country has definitely changed for the worse.

Written by LeisureGuy

15 February 2019 at 9:04 am

Utah gov defies voters, signs limited Medicaid expansion

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Nathaniel Weixel reports in the Hill:

Utah’s governor on Monday signed legislation into law a limited Medicaid expansion plan, defying voters who approved a full expansion in November.

The bill signed by Gov. Gary Herbert (R) would cover far fewer people, and cost taxpayers more money, than the plan voters approved in November.

The new law calls for the state to ask the Trump administration for permission to launch a partial expansion of Medicaid for people earning up to 100 percent of the poverty level, rather than the 138 percent under ObamaCare.

In a statement, Herbert said the measure “balances Utah’s sense of compassion and frugality. It is now time to set aside differences and move forward to get those in greatest need enrolled on Medicaid and on the federal health care exchanges.”

The new plan is set to be implemented beginning April 1.

In November, voters narrowly approved Proposition 3, which called for full expansion. The new plan signed Monday effectively replaces the voter-approved measure with one that’s much more narrowly focused.

Anyone earning between 100 and 138 percent of the federal poverty level will have to purchase coverage on the federal exchange.

Proposition 3 would have covered 150,000 people, and would have been paid for by an increase in the sales tax.

The new law will cover about 48,000 fewer people, and will cost $50 million more than full expansion, according to a state analysis. It includes a cap on enrollment if costs are greater than expected, as well as a requirement that would remove coverage from people that don’t meet a work requirement.

The law relies on the Trump administration giving Utah billions of dollars to expand coverage to only a fraction of the people called for under the law, a request the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has denied in the past.

Still, state legislators have told reporters they are confident the waiver will be approved. If it’s not, the legislation calls for the program to revert to the full expansion approved in November, with certain restrictions. . .

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Republicans are willing to spend public money to be mean-spirited. What a disgusting political party and outlook.

Written by LeisureGuy

15 February 2019 at 8:37 am

Breakfast this morning

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15 February 2019 at 8:34 am

Trump called executive action on immigration dangerous, unconstitutional, and impeachable

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Trump vs. Trump, as reported by Andrew Kaczynski at CNN:

President Donald Trump once said taking executive action on immigration was an unconstitutional action that could lead to impeachment.

Trump’s past comments are at odds with his current plans to declare a national emergency and other executive actions to secure funding for a border wall.

Trump made the comments on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” in November 2014 when asked about executive actions by then-President Barack Obama that would halt deportations for the undocumented parents of children born in the United States.

“Now he has to use executive action and this is a very, very dangerous thing that should be overwritten easily by the Supreme Court,” Trump said.

“So we’re looking now at a situation, it should absolutely not pass muster in terms of constitutionality, but it depends on what these justices do,” he added.

The White House did not return a request for comment.

Trump was also asked if the Obama had committed any impeachable offenses. He said Obama could certainly be impeached for his executive action on immigration.

“Well, he certainly did something that was unconstitutional,” Trump said. “Now, it depends on Justice (John) Roberts. If he wants to just curry favor in the Beltway like he did with Obamacare, because that’s the only reason he did it. Because he knows he was wrong, but it certainly depends on what happens. I mean, I think certainly he could be impeached and certainly they could shut down the government.”

The comments from Trump echo a tweet he sent, also from November 2014, in which he wrote, “Repubs must not allow Pres Obama to subvert the Constitution of the US for his own benefit & because he is unable to negotiate w/ Congress.”

Written by LeisureGuy

15 February 2019 at 7:15 am

Exotic Elemi and Pashana, with the Rockwell 6S

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Exotic Elemi is another Meißner Tremonia shaving soap with a great fragrance, floral with a spicy note. Mr Pomp made a great lather, and the R3 plate on my Rockwell 6S delivered its usual great shave, finished with a good splash of Pashana, which I realized I’ve missed. Glade to get it into regular rotation again.

Written by LeisureGuy

15 February 2019 at 6:50 am

Posted in Shaving

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