A Special Place In Hell

Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ used a Bible verses to justify the Trump administration’s immigration policies to split up families that arrive at U.S. borders seeking asylum and separate children from their parents.

The Trump Administration was putting children in a tent city which was an empty Walmart building in a Texas border town with tents erected outside.

Cage like “chain link” enclosures were also erected to house children.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions was quoted as saying: “I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13 to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order.”

During a daily press briefing, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked the question:

“Where in the Bible does it say that it’s moral to take children away from their mothers?”

Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded by saying:

“I’m not aware of the attorney general’s comments or what he would be referencing. … I can say that it is very “Biblical” to enforce the law.”

It has been reported that at least 2,700 children have been separated from their parents since the “no tolerance policy” was announced.

It is estimated that an average of 45 to 50 children were being taken from their parents each day.

https://www.vox.com/2018/6/11/17443198/children-immigrant-families-separated-parents

Initially, President Trump dug in his heels over his controversial “zero-tolerance” immigration policy that forcibly separated children from their parents at the Mexican border.

Mr. Trump pointed to Europe, which he said had become a “migrant camp,” and said that would not happen to the United States under his leadership.

Speaking at the White House Trump said:

“The United States will not be a migrant camp, and it will not be a refugee holding facility. You look at what’s happening in Europe, and in other places, we cannot allow that to happen. Not on my watch.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/18/trump-attacks-germany-migration-policies-criticism-child-detention/

Trump then went on the offensive trying to say it was all the Democrats fault and he could not issue an executive order or do anything until the immigration laws were changed.

On June 21, 2018, the “Time” magazine on its cover featured a viral image of a two-year-old Honduran girl crying at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The crying child isn’t alone on the cover.

Time Magazine illustrators placed an image of President Donald Trump right beside the child looking down as the child looked up in tears and wailing.

The caption is “WELOME TO AMERICA”.

The Time Magazine cover image is so indicative of what President Trump really stands for and what the Republican Party has become under Trump.

On June 21, 2018, bowing to immense bi partisan pressure and public outcry, including former First Ladies Lara Bush and Michell Obama, President Donald Trump abruptly reversed himself and signed an executive order halting his administration’s policy of separating children from their parents when they are detained illegally crossing the U.S. border.

President Richard Cohen with the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center said Trump’s executive order still does not go nearly far enough when he said:

“The administration still plans to criminalize families — including children — by holding them in prison-like detention facilities. There are workable alternatives” [but none has been offered].

https://www.abqjournal.com/1186956/homeland-security-drafts-plan-to-end-family-separation.html

Perhaps the Republican Congress out of sure desperation to hold on to their majorities in congress will finally enact comprehensive immigration reforms.

COMMENTARY

I wonder if Attorney General Jeff Sessions and President Donald Trump have ever read the bible verse:

“Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Mark 10:14)

Trump’s America Kingdom only belongs to him, as is a special place in hell.

The “no tolerance policy” and his treatment of children is nothing more than a continuation of Trump’s racists ways.

For more commentary see:

See “Steve Pearce Breaks Back Bending Over Backwards to Racist Defend Racist Trump:

http://www.petedinelli.com/2018/01/13/congressman-steve-pearce-breaks-back-bending-over-to-defend-racist-trump/

See “The Book of Trump Ten Commandments”

http://www.petedinelli.com/2018/06/18/the-book-of-trump-ten-commandments/

Race And Equity Profile Report Gives Economic Development Roadmap

On June 19, 2018, a report entitled “An Equity Profile of Albuquerque” and was released by the Keller Administration and it is racial profile of the city and the impact race has on the city economy.

The report on Albuquerque is an interesting read and the entire report can be read here:

http://nationalequityatlas.org/sites/default/files/ABQ_Profile_Final.pdf

(DISCLAIMER NOTE: The entire “Equity Profile of Albuquerque” is over 100 pages long containing graphs and statistics. The report entitled “An Equity Profile of Albuquerque” was researched and prepared by PolicyLink and the University of Southern California’s Program for Environmental and Regional Equity. Funding for the report came from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. This blog article is based on the information gleaned from review of the report, should not be considered a total nor complete summary of the report, and quotes the report extensively with references to pages numbers.)

According to the Keller Administration, the report will serve as a guide for the city’s newly reorganized Office of Equity and Inclusion which was created by the previous administration last year.

The Equity Profile Report examined the indicators of economic and social inclusion and found that “equitable growth” leads to a stronger local economy.

In the report, and “equitable city” is defined as “when all residents – regardless of their race/ethnicity, nativity, gender, income, neighborhood of residence, or other characteristics – are fully able to participate in the city’s economic vitality, contribute to the region’s readiness for the future, and connect to the region’s assets and resources.” (See “An Equity Profile of Albuquerque”, page 11).

Not surprising, the report found persistent inequities by race and gender are holding the city back from having a stronger local economy.

POPULATION GROWTH DRIVEN BY PEOPLE OF COLOR

According to the report, the overall population of Albuquerque is growing, increasing from roughly 546,000 to 554,000 between 2010 and 2014.

Albuquerque’s population growth is being driven by communities of color.

The report found that forty-seven percent of the city’s residents identify as Latino or Hispanic.

Between 1980 and 2014, the White population grew but their share of the overall population is shrinking from 60 to 41 percent.

Between 1980 and 2014, the number of Whites increased from roughly 203,400 to 228,900.

During the same time period the number of people of color grew from 133,500 to about 324,700.

The vast majority of Latino and Hispanics in Albuquerque were reported born in the United States.

According to the report, in the year 2015, 6 out of 10 Albuquerque residents are people of color as compared to 1980 when 4 in 10 were reported as people of color.

The rapid demographic change created a large “racial generation gap” that can not be ignored.

74 percent of Albuquerque’s youth (under age 18) are people of color, compared with 37 percent of the region’s seniors (65 and older) who are people of color, a 38 percent difference.

The gap between youth and seniors red flags a serious problem for Albquerque.

Studies show that the larger gap between the two age groups corresponds with lower investment in public education.

“In general, unemployment decreases as educational attainment increases.”

“However, Latinos in Albuquerque with some postsecondary education, but not a BA, face higher rates of joblessness than those with some college, but no degree.

On the other hand, Latinos with a BA degree or higher have very low unemployment – even lower than their White counterparts.

The report suggests that many of the differences in unemployment by race/ethnicity are partly explained by differences in education.

The report suggests that the difference in unemployment by race/ethnicity among people with the same education level tended to be smaller.” (See “An Equity Profile of Albuquerque”, page 41.)

The report found that unemployment has decreased steadily since 2011, but the economic recovery in Bernalillo County has occurred at a slower rate than the nation as whole.

By 2015, the overall unemployment rate was 5.9 percent, which is higher than the national average, but still lower than the rate for the state of New Mexico at 6.6 percent.

CITY’S MIDDLE CLASS IS SHRINKING, LOWER INCOME CLASS INCREASING

Albuquerque’s middle class is shrinking while the lower-income class is increasing.

“Since 1979, the share of households with middle-class incomes decreased from 40 to 35 percent.

The share of upper-income households also declined, from 30 to 28 percent, while the share of lower-income households grew from 30 to 37 percent.

According to the reports analysis, middle-income households are defined as having incomes in the middle 40 percent of household income distribution.

In 1979, those household incomes ranged from $33,130 to $78,276.

To assess change in the middle class and the other income ranges, the report calculated what the income range would be today if incomes had increased at the same rate as average household income growth.

Today’s middle-class incomes would be $34,890 to $82,435, and 35 percent of households fall within that range.” (“An Equity Profile of Albuquerque”, page 34.)

“POVERTY” AND “WORKING POVERTY”

One of the most troubling findings of the report is that “poverty” and “working poverty” is on the rise in Albuquerque. (“An Equity Profile of Albuquerque” page 38.)

The poverty rate in Albuquerque was similar to the national average between 1980 and 2000.

However, since 2000 the share of residents in the city living in poverty has spiked.

Today, nearly 19 percent of Albuquerqueans live below the federal poverty line, which is just $24,000 a year for a family of four.

Working poverty, defined as working full-time with an income below 200 percent of the poverty level (roughly $48,000 for a family of four), has also risen.

In 2014, about 10 percent of the city’s 25 to 64-year-olds were working poor.” (“An Equity Profile of Albuquerque”, page 38)

It has been consistently found that communities of color are the one that are always the most impacted by the lack of economic opportunity.

EDUCATION, WAGE AND INCOME DISPARITY

26 percent of Native American women, 18 percent of Latino and Native American men, and 15 percent of Latina women are working full-time but earning less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level which is $48,000 for a family of four.

It is common knowledge that wages tend to increase with higher educational attainment.

The report found that women of color consistently earn the lowest wages at every level of education.

“White men have among the highest unemployment rates among the population with a high school diploma but no college, but those who are employed make $2 an hour more on average than men of color and $5 an hour more than women of color.

The wage gaps persist even among those with high levels of education.

“Albuquerque ranks 34th of the largest 100 cities in the share of residents with an Associate’s degree or higher.

Compared to other cities in neighboring states, Albuquerque’s education levels are relatively high.

Albuquerque’s 44 percent of residents with an Associate’s Degree or higher is greater than Tucson, Arizona and El Paso, Texas – both of which are at 32 percent.” (See page 64.)

Women of color with a Bachelor’s degree or higher earn about $10.50 an hour, less than White men and about $4 an hour less than White women.” (“An Equity Profile of Albuquerque” page 43.)

Notwithstanding, the report found that people of color have lower median hourly wages at virtually every educational level compared to their White counterparts.

“White workers with some college but no degree earns more than workers of color with an Associate’s degree.

The racial wage gap persists even at the highest education levels.

The median wage of Albuquerque people of color with a BA degree or higher is $25 an hour compared with $29 an hour for their White peers. (An Equity Profile of Albuquerque, Page 42)

“According to the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, in 2020, 36 percent of New Mexico’s jobs will require an Associate’s degree or higher.

While many of the region’s workers currently have that level of education, there are large differences in educational attainment by race and ethnicity.

Only 14 percent of Latino immigrants, 31 percent of U.S.-born Latinos, and 32 percent of Native Americans have an Associate’s degree or higher.” (See “An Equity Profile of Albuquerque” Page 63.)

ALBUQUERQUE JOB GROWTH RATES

The report found that wage growth in Bernalillo County has been positive across all industries, with the exception of mining and arts, entertainment, and recreation.

Administrative and support, and waste management and remediation services, finance and insurance, and real estate have the highest growth in earnings since 1990.

Among low-wage industries, all sectors except arts, entertainment, and recreation experienced 20 percent or higher changes in earnings compared to 1990.” (An Equity Profile of Albuquerque, page 45, 46 and 48.)

According to the report’s industry strength index, the region’s strongest industries are health care and professional services.

Health care had a 34 percent increase in employment between 2005 and 2015.

Professional services rank second due to its high average annual wage and relatively strong concentration of jobs in the region. (“An Equity Profile of Albuquerque”, Page 49.)

INDUSTRIES EXPECTED TO GROW

The industries that are expected to grow over the 10-year period from 2014 to 2024 are as follows:

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting
Mining, Quarrying & Oil & Gas Extraction
Construction
Manufacturing
Wholesale Trade
Retail Trade
Transportation & Warehousing
Information
Finance & Insurance
Real Estate & Rental & Leasing
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services
Management of Companies & Enterprises
Administrative & Support & Waste Management & Remediation Services
Educational Services
Health Care & Social Assistance
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation
Accommodation & Food Services
Other Services (Ex. Public Administration)
Federal Government
State Government, Excl. Education & Hospitals
Local Government, Excl. Education & Hospitals
Self-Employment & Unpaid Family Workers

(“An Equity Profile of Albuquerque,” page 46.)

OCCUPATIONS EXPECTED TO GROW

The occupations that are expected to grow over the 10-year period from 2014 to 2024 are:

Management Occupations
Business & Financial Operations Occupations
Computer & Mathematical Occupations
Architecture & Engineering Occupations
Life, Physical & Social Science Occupations
Community & Social Service Occupations
Legal Occupations
Education, Training & Library Occupations
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports & Media Occupations
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations
Healthcare Support Occupations
Protective Service Occupations
Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations
Personal Care & Service Occupations
Sales & Related Occupations
Office & Administrative Support Occupations
Farming, Fishing & Forestry Occupations
Construction & Extraction Occupations
Installation, Maintenance & Repair Occupations
Production Occupations
Transportation & Material Moving Occupations

(“An Equity Profile of Albuquerque,” page 47.)

SUMMARY CONTAINED IN REPORT:

“While the nation is projected to become a people-of-color majority by the year 2044, Albuquerque reached that milestone in the 2000s. Since 1990, Albuquerque has experienced dramatic demographic growth and transformation – driven mostly by an increase in the Latino and Asian or Pacific Islander population. Today, these demographic shifts – including a decrease in the percentage of White residents – persist.”

“Albuquerque’s diversity is a major asset in the global economy, but inequities and disparities are holding the region back. Albuquerque is the 59th most unequal among the largest 100 metro regions. Since 2000, poverty and working-poverty rates in the region have been consistently higher than the national averages.”
“Racial and gender wage gaps persist in the labor market. Closing racial gaps in economic opportunity and outcomes will be key to the region’s future. Equitable growth is the path to sustained economic prosperity in Albuquerque.”

“The region’s economy could have been more than $10 billion stronger in 2014 if its racial gaps in income had been closed: a nearly 20 percent increase. By growing good jobs, connecting younger generations with older ones, integrating immigrants into the economy, building communities of opportunity, and ensuring educational and career pathways to good jobs for all, Albuquerque can put all residents on the path toward reaching their full potential, and secure a bright future for the city and region.” (“An Equity Profile of Albuquerque”, page 4.)

COMMENTARY

Albuquerque has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country.

For the last 8 years, the prior administration failed to attract a single major corporation or company to relocate to Albuquerque.

Further, very little if any progress was made to create economic based jobs.

The Keller Administration approved budget of $3.9 million for the Economic Development is so a meager as to be an embarrassment given the fact that the city has a total operating revenue and approved budget of at almost a billion dollars at $955,300,000 for fiscal year 2018-2019.

The City Council enacted a one-eighth of a cent tax increase that will generate an additional $55 million a year.

Gross receipts tax revenues from the state are now being reported in excess of what was projected.

The city is seeing a 4% to 6.8% increase in gross receipts tax revenues compared to last year from the state as a result of increase in business activity.

https://www.abqjournal.com/1178079/abq-sees-bump-in-gross-receipts-revenue.html

Candidate for Mayor Tim Keller proposed as a “big idea” creating personal or individual Tax Increment Districts (TIDS), more use of industrial revenue bonds and tax incentives to attract new industry to Albuquerque and create jobs.

As Mayor, Keller proposed no major increased appropriation for economic development in the approved 2018-2019 budget.

As far as “economic based jobs”, or jobs that are created by a business that exports goods or services thereby expanding the economy intake and that provide higher wage jobs, the Keller Administration has yet to announce anything different, nor fund anything different, than what has been going on at city hall for the last 8 years.

Albuquerque can and must expand and find better ways to use financial incentives for economic development in the growth industries.

Tax increment districts (TIDS), industrial revenue bonds, and economic development investment programs such as initial startup funding with claw back provisions has always been the traditional approach.

The city’s Economic Development Department needs to find a better way.

A good start would have been funding a $20 million initial startup fund for new businesses with claw back provisions with the program administered by the Economic Development Department.

Albuquerque needs to pursue with a vengeance real growth industry like healthcare, transportation and manufacturing, the film industry to diversify our economy,especially those industries and occupations that are identified in the “Equity Profile of Albuquerque”.

Public-private partnerships in the growth industries where ever possible should be encouraged and developed.

Albuquerque’s taxpayers must be convinced by Mayor Keller and the City Council of the importance of economic development in the growth industries and not the service industries.

First Poll Released For November General Election

Carroll Strategies released the first poll for the November general election.

https://www.kob.com/politics-news/poll-lujan-grisham-leads-pearce-in-race-for-governor/4956518/?cat=500

According to Tom Carroll, the president of the company, 1,199 people were polled.

The reported margin of error is 2.8 percent.

New Mexico Congressional District 1

The Carroll poll proclaims a close race for New Mexico’s First Congressional District between Democrat Deb Haaland and Republican Janice Arnold-Jones.

According to the poll, Debra Haaland polled at 47 percent and Arnold-Jones polled at 42.7 percent with 420 people polled of likely voters.

The New Mexico Governor’s Race:

Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham – 50.5%
Republican Steve Pearce – 42.1%
Libertarian Bob Walsh – 3.1%
Undecided – 4.3%

U.S. Senate:

Democrat Martin Heinrich – 49.8%
Republican Mick Rich – 39.3%
Libertarian Aubrey Dunn – 5.3%
Undecided – 5.7%

U.S. Congress CD 1:

Democrat Debra Haaland – 47%
Republican Janice Arnold-Jones – 42.7%
Libertarian Lloyd Princeton – 3.6%
Undecided – 6.7%

U.S. Congress CD 2:

Democrat Xochitl Torres Small – 34.7%
Republican Yvette Harrell – 48.5%
Undecided – 16.8%

U.S. Congress CD 3:

Democrat Ben Ray Lujan – 58%
Republcan Jerald Steve McFall – 30%
Libertarian Christopher Mannin – 4.7%
Undecided – 7.2%

COMMENTARY

Frankly, this poll is way too premature to be much use given the fact the summer has not officially started.

Although Debra Haaland at this point has 4.3% advantage over Janis Arnold-Jones, what is going to make a real difference is who has the ability to raise the millions to run an effective campaign.

The First Congressional District leans heavily Democratic and considered safe Democratic seat.

Chances are extremely likely that Debra Haaland, as the first Native American, Female Progressive that would ever be elected to the US Congress, she no doubt will get significant help from national interests and progressive organizations such as Emily’s list that contributed up to $200,000 to run ads against Damon Martinez in the last two weeks of the primary.

Janis Arnold-Jones I suspect will be left to fend for herself by the Republican National Committee that will be more concerned about retaining their majority in the US House and investing in congressional districts where incumbents are facing stiff reelections.

The only candidate that appears to be running TV commercials at this point is Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham running for Governor.

I suspect Michelle Lujan Grisham is running commercials so early to protect or preserve her overwhelming landslide in the primary, to keep Democrats motivated and offset some of the negative ads that were run against her by Senator Joseph Cervantes and Jeff Apodaca.

The heavy lifting will now begin to start in earnest to raise the millions that will be needed for the general election campaign.

The Governor’s race is somewhat problematic for Mithcell Lujan Grisham when it comes to money for the general election.

Just prior to the primary, federal election reports had Lujan Grisham with a little over $1 million left for the general election while Steve Pearce had close to $2 million.

Steve Pearce is a millionaire in his own right and no doubt will be raising millions from the oil and gas industry.

However, after 8 years of Republican Suzanna Martinez and disastrous Republican policies, Steve Pearce has more than a few major problems to overcome including his strong support and approval of all things Trump and support of the conservative agenda of tax cuts for the rich, repeal of Obama Care, and reduction in social services.

Michelle Lujan Grisham is more than capable of raising sufficient money for the general election seeing as she raised over $3 million to win the primary in a landslide.

The election is in four months away, which is an eternity in politics.

Brace yourself in about two months for one nasty general election race.

For more commentary on Steve Pearce bending over backwards to defend racist Trump see:

http://www.petedinelli.com/2018/01/13/congressman-steve-pearce-breaks-back-bending-over-to-defend-racist-trump/

Parents Who Feel Their Golden Child Can Do No Wrong

Very proud parents who feel their golden child can do no wrong are the very first to get upset about low grades in school and are always wanting them changed because they feel the grades given are not “fair”.

It is very similar when lawyers appeal decisions of judges only to have the lower court affirmed by a higher court to their chagrin.

On June 18, 2018 I took some direct and indirect flack over the report card I issued on Mayor Keller’s first six months grades in office and published by the Albuquerque Journal on June 8, 2018.

You can read my entire Journal guest column published here:

https://www.abqjournal.com/1183092/keller-earns-a-c-in-his-1st-semester.html

The Albuquerque Journal published 4 letters to the editor saying how wrong I was to give Mayor Keller a “C” average for his first six months in office.

The grades were “A” for Public Relations, “B” for Political Appointments, “C” for Public Safety, “D” for DOJ Reforms and “F” for Economic Development.

Former Mayor Marty Chavez, my old boss, did not mention me by name but proclaimed Tim Keller “rock steady”, admitting he endorsed Keller, felt he was the best candidate at the time, and saying Keller has vision for the city and can carry it out.

Three others mentioned me by name: attorney Roberta Ramo Cooper, Margaret Galbraith and Rick Frendle.

All three said how wrong I was and proceeded to proclaim Mayor Keller in their own words the best thing to happen to Albuquerque since sliced bread and did not disclose they were strong Keller supporters.

I was told by the Journal that it gets over 100 letters to the editor every week and that it received only the 4 letters to take issue with mine.

LIMITATIONS ON JOURNAL GUEST EDITORIALS

Guest editorial columns such as the one I wrote to the Albuquerque Journal are strictly limited to 650 words, and no more.

Once published, the person must wait a full 90 days to offer another article.

My last Letter to the Editor before this one was March 7, 2018 and it was on me supporting the one-eighth of a cent gross receipts tax enacted by the city council.

Because of the Albuquerque Journal’s limitation to 650 words, which is strictly enforced, I could not list what I thought were Keller’s accomplishments that formed a basis of the grades.

I did publish a very lengthy and extended blog article listing Mayor Keller’s major accomplishments as well as low test scores with the link here:

http://www.petedinelli.com/2018/06/08/mayor-tim-kellers-first-semester-report-card-and-low-test-scores/

The list of accomplishments are very detailed as are the low “test scores”.

The main reason for the “F” in economic development is that the Keller Administration has failed to put forth or suggest any kind of economic development plan that is any different than we have had for the last 8 years.

Apparently, the Albuquerque City Council also feels Keller deserves an “F” grade for economic development seeing that they overrode his veto by a unanimous vote of 9-0 on the “Topgolf” project giving $2.6 million for the development package.

Read the full story on the veto override here:

https://www.abqjournal.com/1186431/council-green-lights-topgolf-project.html

I cannot recall a single Mayor who has been in office for six months where the city council has overridden a veto by a unanimous vote, especially a city council that has a super majority of 6 from the same political party.

COMMENTARY

I voted for Tim Keller for State Auditor and voted for him for Mayor of Albuquerque and made it very clear I feel he is up to the challenge:

http://www.petedinelli.com/2017/12/31/up-to-the-challenge/

I have even defended Tim Keller from Journal editorials and others:

http://www.petedinelli.com/2018/03/15/boxing-match-between-mayor-keller-and-albuquerque-journal/

http://www.petedinelli.com/2018/03/28/you-must-be-republican-for-journal-to-cover-your-rear-end/

http://www.petedinelli.com/2017/12/09/apoa-union-president-is-the-one-acting-dishonorably/

The reason for my June 8 letter to the editor is that I think Mayor Tim Keller has great potential.

Given all the problems this city is facing, Keller needs to step it up a notch because what he is doing is just not cutting it.

When Tim Keller was running for Mayor, he repeatedly proclaimed his administration would be upfront and transparent with voters but as Mayor he kept all applicant names and resumes for City Attorney and APD Chief confidential until after a person was appointed.

Voters need to be upfront and transparent with the Mayor when it comes to his job performance and not just tell him what he wants to hear and support him out of blind loyalty which is what I keep seeing and hearing from his supporters.

We have already have had 8 years of blind loyalty to a Mayor and now to President Trump by his supporters.

“The Book of Trump” Ten Commandments

Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ is using Bible verses to justify the Trump administration’s immigration policies.

Sessions wants to split up families that arrive at U.S. borders seeking asylum and separate children from their parents.

Sessions wants to put children in a tent city which is an empty Walmart building in a Texas border town with tents erected outside.

Sessions was quoted as saying: “I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13 to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order.”

During a daily press briefing, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked the question:

“Where in the Bible does it say that it’s moral to take children away from their mothers?”

Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded by saying:

“I’m not aware of the attorney general’s comments or what he would be referencing. … I can say that it is very “Biblical” to enforce the law.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2018/06/14/youre-a-parent-things-got-personal-in-the-white-house-briefing-room/?utm_term=.3a4e348ad7be

I wonder if Attorney General Jeff Sessions and President Donald Trump have ever read the bible verse: “Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Mark 10:14)

Trump’s America Kingdom only belongs to him, as is a special place in hell.

THE BOOK OF TRUMP BIBLE STUDY

Rumor has it that the New York Times is trying to confirm that Huckabee-Sanders was referring to is the White House “Book of Trump”.

Confidential sources have confirmed President Donald Trump has indeed penned the “Book of Trump” that lists the Trump “ten commandments”.

Confidential sources are also reporting there are White House Bible study sessions on the “Book of Trump” ten commandments.

The Book of Trump Ten Commandments are:

1st TRUMP COMMANDMENT: Thou shall have no other Gods before Trump.

The one and only person allowed to teach this Bible Study course is Trump himself because he believes he is God. Attendees are having a hard time reading the “Book of Trump” on the morals he teaches because it is full of blank pages, white out, eraser marks and smears of the “special sauce” from McDonalds used on Bic Macs.

2nd TRUMP COMMANDMENT: Thou Shall Not Make False Idols That Are Not Trump.

Rumor is all White House staff carry 3-inch gold plated statues of Trump with “small hands” that they are required to worship each day. No other idols are allowed in the White House. Rudy Giuliani leads the Bible study on this commandment for a small fee of $1,000 per hour asking his money be funneled through the Michael Cohen law firm. While Giuliani lectures, Trump himself stands in front of the mirror saying prayers to himself while eating Big Mac cheese burgers in the private quarters, all the while FOX News provides a backdrop on TV.

3rd TRUMP COMMANDMENT: Thou Shall Not Take The Name Of Lord Trump Your God In Vain.

Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson use to teach this Bible study class until he was fired by Trump while Trump sat on a toilet because Tillerson referred to Trump as a “moron”. Chief of Staff John Kelly took over, but his position is in doubt after denying he called Trump an “idiot”. John Bannon is said to be thinking about applying for the opening once Kelly is fired.

4th TRUMP COMMANDMENT: Remember the Sabbath Day, To Keep It Holy, Unless Every Day Is The Sabbath.

Every day at the White House is the sabbath day to worship Donald Trump. This Bible study class has been cancelled until further notice from the President.

5th TRUMP COMMANDMENT: Thou Shall Honor Your Father Trump and Your Step Mother.

Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. are all having a difficult time finding any real father to teach this commandment. However, there are many mothers that can be found in the Republican Congress who refuse to denounce the actions of their chosen one.

6th TRUMP COMMANDMENT: Thou Shall Not Kill, Unless You Are President Trump.

This Trump Commandment has its Biblical origins from when Trump said “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters.” Michael Cohen, the president’s fixer, continues to teach this Book of Trump Commandment until he is indicted for taking anyone out at Trump’s order to fix a problem. President of the National Rifle Association Wayne La Pierre offers a substitute Bible class for credit entitled “People Kill People Not Assault Rifles”.

7th TRUMP COMMANDMENT: Thou Shall Not Commit Adultery, Unless You Have A Prenuptial.

Stormy Daniels teaches this White House Bible Study class using a large number of rough drafts from Trump’s previous marriage engagements. Daniels is said to have at least 3 original prenuptial agreements Trump has signed from his previous marriages to use and quote during the Bible study. Stormy Daniels is also said to use a pole as she spins around answering any and all questions during the Bible study class.

8th TRUMP COMMANDMENT: Thou Shall Not Steal And Not Say It Is A Campaign Donation.

Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, was teaching this Bible study session until he was thrown in jail for witness tampering. As a backup, the White House has asked over 3,000 students of Trump University to teach this commandment. However, there are no takers with all awaiting refunds from the settlement in the fraud lawsuit filed against Trump.

9th TRUMP COMMANDMENT: Thou Shall Not Lie, But Make Sure You Lie When You Get Caught.

The only ones that are allowed to teach this bible study are Russian President Vladimir Putin, Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Kellyanne Conway. President Trump has a lifetime being excused from attending this bible study class in that he tweets lies every single day.

10th TRUMP COMMANDMENT: Thou Shall Not Covet What Is Trumps.

Kim Jung-Un and President Donald Trump are trying decide who will lead this Bible study class as they awaite word who gets the “Nobel Peace Prize”. Rumor is that two awards have already been cast in radioactive “yellow cake” by the Nobel Peace Prize Committee, one in the shape of “LITTLE BOY” and the other in the shape of “FATMAN”. (Least anyone forget, “Little Boy” and “Fat Man” are the nicknames given to the two atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan that ended World War II.) The Nobel Prize committee is said to be conflicted as to who gets the “FAT MAN” trophy and who gets the “LITTLE MAN” trophy calling it the closest call they have ever had in recent history making the awards. The Nobel Committee is hoping to take the measurements of Kim’s and Trump’s hands as a tie breaker.

CONCLUSION

The Bible study classes continue to shrink at the White House as each day passes and Trump continues to fire his cabinet members.

President Trump was last seen sitting on floor of the White House Ballroom all by himself mumbling to himself “Blessed are the fools who believe in making America great again” as he was being measured for a strait jacket emblazoned with the Presidential Seal as he clutched a personalized autograph photo of Richard Nixon with the words “You are the crook!”

Transparency Does Not Mean Confidentiality

More than two weeks after a public records requests and one day after announcing the appointment of APD Chief Michael Geier, the city released the names and résumés of the 29 applicants for the position of APD Chief.

All the names and resumes can be read on the below link:

https://www.scribd.com/document/381820249/Resumes-for-candidates-for-Albuquerque-police-chief#from_embed

THE APPLICANTS FINALLY IDENTIFIED

Only 29 people applied for the APD Chief position no doubt because of the short time frame to apply and set up interviews.

Of the 29 people who did apply, 24 do not currently work for APD.

In addition to Interim Chief Michael Geier applying to be permanent, local candidates included Richard Gomez, a former APD captain who retired in 2007, Phillip Hart, the chief of Gallup police, Dennis Maez, who quit APD as a sergeant before a career with the U.S. Secret Service, and Joseph Silva, a commander for University of New Mexico police.

Presumably in addition to Chief Geier, the Keller Administration identified that only 3 other candidates were interviewed in Albuquerque:

1. Keith Humphrey, the chief of police in Norman, Okla.;
2. Jeronimo Rodriguez, chief of investigations in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and a former high-ranking officer for Baltimore police; and
3. Perry Tarrant, assistant chief of police in Seattle.

Other applicants who were not interviewed included chiefs and high-ranking officials of small police departments and sheriff’s offices around the country as well as a high-ranking officer for Chicago police.

FAILING TO DISCLOSE IS NOT TRANSPARENCY

Interim Chief Michael Geier was appointed on December 1, 2017.

It was not until May 1, 2018 that the Keller Administration posted the APD Chief position, advertised and began accepting applications.

The Chief Selection Committee of 5 was appointed at the same time as the posting and tasked to review the resumes and conduct interviews with the final selection announced 6 weeks later on June 13, 2018.

The selection committee consisted of a former APD Captain, the Fraternal Order of Police President and 3 Keller Administration employees with no one from the general public nor affected groups.

The city administration also paid a private company $10,000 to assist in the recruitment, selection and interview process.

There were no representatives on the Chief’s Selection Committee from the American Civil Liberties Union, APD Forward, the District Attorney’s Office nor Public Defenders Office, nor any Hispanic, Native American or other minority groups nor communities affected by police actions and none of the stake holders in the Court Approved Settlement Agreement (CASA) and no one from the Police Oversight Board nor the Community Policing Councils.

The Chief Selection Committee held what amounted to nothing more than public relations “listening sessions” with the public and stake holders, and the Community Policing Councils, with one of the committee members not even bothering to show up at the meeting with APD Forward.

A Keller administration official defended the chief selection committee process saying that it had not ever been done before, public comments were taken on line, the selection committee agreed to attend the Community Policing Councils for input and the public was allowed to directly ask questions and express their opinions to the search committee.

The Keller Administration never posted “on line” the names of the applicants to allow the public to comment on the individual applicants.

The applicants for the position were never disclosed to the public during the “listening” sessions and all the names were kept confidential by the Chief Selection Committee until after Mayor Keller made the appointment of Chief Michael Geier.

COMMENTARY

In announcing the appointment of Interim APD Chief Michael Geier as permanent, Mayor Keller had this to say:

“What would the world look like with a brand-new fresh chief? Let’s just think about that for a minute. … They’d have to get up to speed on all the DOJ reforms that have taken years to get into place. They’d have to get to know our community, one of the most diverse and unique communities in the entire country, and on top of that they’d have an urgent crime problem.”

“There was always this idea that there was some magical person who could be all things to all people and be a new police chief in Albuquerque. People would say, ‘(The police chief would) have to have done all the DOJ reforms, and they’d have to be respected by front-line officers, and they also have to be from outside Albuquerque, but they also have to know Albuquerque. … The amazing thing about that is the closest person to that is Chief Geier.”

What is truly amazing is the Mayor thinking people are going to buy into this rhetoric that only Geier was capable of taking over given the secrecy of the selection process and the shortness of time to accept applicants and do interviews.

From what I can tell, the only person that said anything about some “magical person” and being so dismissive with the use of those words is Mayor Keller and it was done apparently to garner public support of his chosen one who was always considered the front runner.

What Mayor Keller has yet to comprehend is that what all the stakeholders wanted, including the Police Oversight Commission, the Community Policing Councils, the American Civil Liberties Union, APD Forward, the District Attorney’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office, Hispanic and Native American organization or other minority groups affected by police actions, the stake holders in the Court Approved Settlement Agreement (CASA) and the family’s of the victims who have died from deadly use of force by APD was a fair and open application and a selection process of a new Chief that was not rushed with enough time to find truly qualified people to take control of a department in desperate need of major change.

What all the community stakeholders in the Court Approved Settlement Agreement (CASA) were imagining and demanding is an APD fully committed to the Court Ordered Approved Settlement Agreement and a department not having a bunker mentality and committed to the motto of “serve and protect.”

Chief Michael Geier was a solid choice to be Interim Chief and he has done a commendable job of settling the department down.

But to presume Geier was the only one that was qualified and capable to take over a trouble Department is not credible.

Mayor Keller will now submit Cheif Geier to the City Council to be voted upon for approval which will no doubt be approved on a 9-0 vote.

I predict not a single question will be asked by the City Council about the selection process, why more people were not interviewed and why the application process was rushed.

The City Council will continue their pattern of failed oversight of APD.

Only time will tell if Mayor Keller has made the right decision in making Chief Geier permanent.

Chief Geier will need all the experience he has accumulated over his 40+ year career in law enforcement to rebuild and turn the department around.

When Tim Keller was running for Mayor, he repeatedly committed that his administration would be up front and transparent.

Keeping all applicant names and resumes confidential until after a person is hired for the most important appointment any Mayor can make does not speak well for a commitment to transparency.