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Hours after Donald Trump took the principled stand that he will sign whatever Congress sends him on the matter, a federal judge in San Francisco ruled Tuesday night that the administration can't dismantle Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program just yet. US District Judge William Alsup issued a nationwide injunction ordering the administration to renew DACA protections for anyone who was covered by DACA at the time of Trump's order in September, until a lawsuit by California A.G. Xavier Becerra and several other state attorneys general, DACA recipients, the University of California, and other plaintiffs is resolved.

The order doesn't resolve the DACA problem that Trump created for himself and 700,000 undocumented young people brought to the US when they were children, but it keeps the administration from arbitrarily deporting anyone until the lawsuit plays out in court -- by which time Congress may actually pass a permanent fix to protect DREAMers.

Judge Alsup's ruling ripped the Trump administration's flimsy justification for rescinding DACA. Attorney General Jeff Sessions (vomit) claimed President Obama lacked the legal authority to defer enforcement actions against the people covered by DACA, but in several pages of law talking stuff, Alsup notes the many legal precedents for the executive setting enforcement priorities for any number of reasons, going back as far as 1975, including "humanitarian reasons or simply for [the Executive’s] own convenience.” Obama's DACA program, he said, has roots in discretionary relief programs going back even farther, such as the Eisenhower administration's decision to allow the entry of foreign-born orphans adopted by Americans but barred from entry by then-existing immigration quotas. Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush also took executive actions to allow other technically "illegal" immigrants to be exempt from deportation.

The New York Times points out that Alsup even cites Donald Trump's own tweets in favor of granting DACA recipients permanent protection:

He noted that in September, the president wrote: “Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really!” Such tweets, the judge said, bolstered the idea that keeping the program going was in the public’s interest.

That would be in opposition to Trump's campaign rally declarations that DACA was just a ruse to protect illegal immigrants and promote open borders, of course, because Donald Trump will say whatever he thinks will make people like him.

As we like to say, go read the whole thing -- it's a remarkably clear summary of how, for decades, presidents have had the authority to set immigration enforcement priorities and provide relief to some classes of immigrants, yes, even nasty undocumented immigrants. Barack Obama didn't just make up DACA out of his head, but Alsup makes a pretty clear case that Sessions and Co. manufactured their rationale for rescinding DACA out of very thin legal arguments. New York magazine has an excellent roundup of the case if you're not into reading legal documents (you really should, though).

Alsup's order called the cancellation of DACA "arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion, or not otherwise in accordance with law" and held that DACA recipients would be irreparably harmed if they were made subject to deportation before a final ruling in the legal challenge to rescinding DACA. He ordered that DHS must issue DACA renewals to anyone covered by the program in September, but the department isn't required to consider new applications from people who hadn't previously been protected by DACA. This means that tens of thousands of people can apply for DACA renewal past the administration's arbitrary cut-off of renewals for those whose permits expire as of March 5.

Donald Trump, of course, has Thoughts on Alsup's decision: Our courts are terrible and we should do something about that, because Donald Trump isn't getting his way:

Oh, those sneaky plaintiffs from California, jurisdiction shopping by going to the federal court that covers California!

Speaking of sneaky, we should also note that the official White House "transcript" of Trump's meeting yesterday with members of Congress conveniently left out the moment where Trump seemed to agree with Senator Dianne Feinstein on passing a clean DACA bill before addressing other matters. The Washington Post reported yesterday that the transcript did not include Trump's reply to Feinstein, "Yeah, I would like to do it." A White House official explained any missing lines from the transcript was "unintentional." The line has now been added to the transcript. Looks like Donald Trump's brain isn't the only one with a Memory Hole.

The administration will almost certainly fight the order all the way to the Supreme Court so it can start deporting the first wave of DACA recipients -- very lovingly, you know, it just tears Donald Trump up to see this happen, but he has no choice. But for the moment at least, DACA recipients have a little more breathing room than they did yesterday.

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Once upon a time... about ten years ago, a group of entirely ridiculous men burst onto the scene wearing stupid hats and telling men that wearing stupid hats and telling men that walking up to women in bars and insulting ("negging") them would get them laid. This did not last long, as women also had televisions and computers and were completely aware of these tricks as well, so when some ass came up to us in a bar and said "Hey, nice nails, are they real?" we would laugh and laugh and loudly announce "Oh my god, this guy just tried to neg me! Can you believe that shit? HEY EVERYONE, THIS GUY JUST TRIED TO NEG ME!" and then refer to him as "Mystery" the whole night.

Most of the men who tried that shit only did so a few times before realizing that it wasn't going to work, and thus moved on to other things. Perhaps things that did not involve furry hats and coming off as a huge creep. We may never know, because I would assume that those who tried it are now extremely embarrassed and would never, ever admit to this to us.

Still, there were a few men willing to eat that shit up, as well as some grifters willing to take advantage of that. Said grifters tended to be extremely misogynistic and seemed more like they were teaching men how to be as despised by women as they were than teaching them how to actually be liked by women.

Some of them, like Roosh V, a creepy weirdo who actually does live in his mom's basement, actively encouraged men to rape women who were intoxicated to the point of being obviously unable to consent.

However, even that branch of the PUA tree is wilting away. Many "self-help" style PUA forums like Nextasf and RSDnation are shutting down or have already shut down. In March, Chateau Heartiste, a batshit crazy PUA turned White Nationalist/Alt-Right blog was shut down by Wordpress. This week, rape advocate Roosh V (whom you may recall once called yours truly a "Wonkette typist/clown face, would not bang") announced that he was renouncing his PUA ways and devoting himself to Jesus. He explained to the forum he manages that he would no longer be allowing anyone to discuss premarital "fornication."

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'Baby Geniuses' star Jon Voight took to Twitter early this morning to proclaim his undying love for Donald Trump, probably because there is no one left in his life who will listen to him talk about this, or anything else, in person. In this video rant, Voight encouraged members of the Republican Party, whom he apparently thinks are the only real citizens of the United States, to stand by Donald Trump and "acknowledge the truth" that he is the best President since Abraham Lincoln.


Part ONE:

People of the Republican Party, I know you will agree with me when I say our president has our utmost respect and our love. This job is not easy. For he's battling the left and their absurd words of destruction. I've said this once and I'll say this again. That our nation has been built on the solid ground from our forefathers, and there is a moral code of duty that has been passed on from President Lincoln. I'm here today to acknowledge the truth, and I'm here today to tell you my fellow Americans that our country…

Oh no, not our absurd words of destruction!

Part DEUX:

is stronger, safer, and with more jobs because our President has made his every move correct. Don't be fooled by the political left, because we are the people of this nation that is witnessing triumph. So let us stand with our president. Let us stand up for this truth, that President Trump is the greatest president since President Lincoln.

Does Jon Voight not know there have been... other presidents? Can he name them? Because really, it does not sound like it. Does he also not know that a very big chunk of the Republican Party actually does not care very much for Abraham Lincoln? Namely those defenders of Confederate statues that Trump called "very fine people?" Also, did he intentionally diss their beloved Ronald Reagan?

Who can know? Who can even tell what he is trying to say or why he is trying to say it. He doesn't appear to have tweeted much since 2016, so I'm guessing whoever's job it was to keep him from tanking his career quit. Either that... or after filming the seventh season of Ray Donovan, he found out it's going to be canceled or his character is getting killed off or something and he is now free to be a jackass? I don't know, I haven't watched the show, although my parents are very into it and mad that I haven't watched it. Literally all I know about it is that it has something to do with Boston, because they keep mentioning that to me like it's a selling point.

It seems useless at this point to note that the people who scream their faces off about how bad it is for Hollywood celebs to support liberal causes, and how they should keep their politics to themselves, etc. etc. make a way bigger deal than normal people do whenever a Big Time Hollywood Celebrity like Jon Voight or, uh, Scott Baio, supports their cause. Mostly because they're the only ones who have elected a reality TV star and the star of Bedtime for Bonzo (who by the way, also once practically ruined a perfectly good Bette Davis movie with his bad acting. Which is not to say that Dark Victory is not fantastic and probably the best thing to watch if you want to sob your face off, but he was very bad in it.) to run the country.

But we might as well do that anyway, because it actually never stops being funny.

[Jon Voight Twitter]

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