Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Clinton won—but does anyone really care?

By SJ Otto
The presidential debates were predictable. Donald Trump never ran out of things to say, and he was a pushy bully. Hillary Clinton was not as aggressive as she should have been. But she kept to the facts.
I watched the debate at the 20th Century Center, in Wichita, with the Murdock Theater. There were a few hundred people there. In years past I bragged of watching such fluff as Gilligan’s Island rather than watching the presidential debates. This year I decided I’d watch it. I sat next to three young people. At least one was in her teens. The girl said she was not old enough to vote but wanted to understand the candidates.  
A lot of experts think Clinton won the debate. But many also admit it may not be enough to put her over Trump. After all, Trump is an alfa male, a bully and a brute. And most of his supporters like that about him. It isn’t much different from Ronald Reagan. He was able to unfairly crush most of his critics. But that only made him popular, even with people who disagreed with him. Deep down inside a lot of people like a fascist and a bully for a leader.
Clinton clearly had the facts on her side. But again, many people don’t pay attention to that. They are more for style over substance. There are a lot of voters who don’t even understand the facts.  So once again, she was ahead in the debate, but it may not make much difference.
 The high point of the debate was when Clinton called Trump out on his treatment of women. She accused him of calling them "pigs, slobs, and dogs." Trump admitted; “I called Rosie O'Donnell a pig, but I think most people agree she is.” Clinton was able to show his anti-women biases.

So now the contest moves on.

Local Democrats watch the debate at the 20th Century Center.
Photo from CNN.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Journals of a lumpen-Proletariat—Homelessness

By SJ Otto
A few years ago I remember reading about groups of people trying to duplicate the experiences of being poor and/or homeless. I can understand the desire to want to know “what it is like.” But trying to live in the streets for a few days or a trailer for a few days really won’t do any good. These experiences don’t allow people to feel the stress and fear that people who experience these things feel for real. The problem is that the experimenters can just go home if they get tired or demoralized. Once they get home they can kick back, watch TV and forget the problems they didn’t really HAVE to live with. The real people don’t have that option and that makes a big difference.
I decided to write about my days as a lumpen-Proletariat[1] in the late 1970s. The idea is to let the reader know what it really feels like to be one of society’s throw-away people. So here is my piece on homelessness—my first article in this series:
It was in the summer of 1980 that I found myself without a home. I was living in Lawrence KS and I was going to school off and on.
I came from a middle class family and my dad had agreed to pay for my college costs. But I met a girl I wanted to live with. He disapproved of me living “in sin” so he cut me off from the money for my college education. After one year, I married the live-in girl-friend and we moved from Wichita KS to Lawrence, about 300 miles away. We got married and after one year we got divorced. So I stayed in Lawrence believing I could make a living on my own and go to college off and on over the next few years, until I got a degree that was supposed to allow me to get a great job, making lots of money.
I was living with a room-mate, a guy about my age, who I met at a previous job. It was a large spacious house and we both had our own bedrooms. We shared a kitchen and all the other rooms in the house.  The house was conveniently located in an old neighborhood in the middle of town. After two years my room-mate decided to move elsewhere. I could never afford rent for the entire house. Almost 1/3rd of my income went to paying for my share of the rent. So staying in this big house alone was just not an option.
While he was moving out, I had just got fired from my job at a Van Camps pork and bean factory. I had been involved in a strike that lasted about three months.[2] I had refused to cross the picket line, so when it came time to call us back to work I was told they “didn’t need me.” I was not the only person who got fired or not allowed to come back, but that didn’t help my situation.
Since I was technically laid off, I was able to get unemployment. That was the good part. However, I was now without a home. I had a friend, Red (not his real name) who I occasionally hung out with at parties and at the house of a girl, Frieda (another fake name), we both knew.  He was a bit of an intellectual and he liked to party. He had been introducing me to a lot of punk rock bands I was unfamiliar with. Punk rock was still new to most of us in Kansas, so at that time I was trying to learn all about it. He knew I was looking for a place to live, so he agreed to let me stay at his modest apartment on the edge of town. There was just enough room for the two of us and I kept a lot of my stuff packed up since I only planned to stay there for about a month or two. As for pets, I had an aquarium with about one fish that was left. So I put the fish in a Styrofoam cooler and cleaned out the aquarium for storage until I could set it up again.
While I was used to working full time, I also tried to make a little extra money by selling small amounts of drugs, such as locally grown marijuana. A few friends and I had been harvesting plants that were ripe and ready. One night after harvesting several garbage bags full of marijuana, I had taken it to my bed room to let it dry.
At that time, many counter culture people thought drug dealers were heroes. Also it seemed as if it was a very exciting and an action packed lifestyle. After all, the TV cop shows were full of successful drug dealers—until they got caught. Throughout history many lumpen-Proletariats have been petty criminals of some type, such as drug dealers or prostitutes.
 In real life that excitement and adventure turned out to be an illusion. I rarely made enough money to make it worthwhile and I averaged no more money than I could make at a minimum wage job.
The marijuana led to some real problems with my new room-mate. One night I came home and found he had removed the drying bags of marijuana. After waking him up and yelling “where’s my pot!” it turned out that it bothered his sinuses and he put it outside. After that night I decided to leave. I was then living in my car.
Having nowhere to live I called my old land lord to see if he had anything he could rent to me. When he asked where I was working I told him I was on unemployment. That was a big mistake. I soon realized that he and every land lord in the town would not rent to someone on unemployment. So even though I had the money to rent a room or small apartment, no one would rent to me. It was like a “catch 22” situation. If I had a home, I would have an easier time looking for a job. Without a job I had no way to rent myself a home. Landlords in that town were careful and checked to make sure their renters had a steady income. I did not, so I had no place to live. I ended up living in my car a lot longer that I had planned on. 
So what is a typical day like in the summer when a person is living out of their car? I had arrangements made with a friend to have my unemployment check sent to his house. He also let me store a few things there and one of them was my pet fish, which I had to check on at least every other day to make sure he was OK and to feed him.
The hardest part of the day was finding a place I was allowed to be. I often visited friends.  We would sit around discussing a number of topics and that allowed me to be someplace where I could relax and not have to buy anything.  
There were many days when I spent a lot of time in bars, where my presents was tolerated. After all, a lot of places would kick me out if I spent more time than money in them, such as a store or restaurant. Bars put up with my presence as long as I bought a drink once and a while.
Sometimes I went to parks or public places in the country, such as a swimming lake, where I could relax and enjoy the scenery free of charge.[3] But in town there is not much sympathy for those who are homeless.
At the end of the day I had to find a place to spend the night.  It was time to go home—a home that really didn’t exists. One place I stayed was an old abandoned farm house in the country about five miles out of town. There was a driveway, a stone wall structure that still stood and piles of old boards and remnants of the old home inside the walls. That building was absolutely useless. So why stay there? First there was a drive way that went behind the house and I could park there without being harassed for loitering, trespassing or a number of other legal offenses. The motto of most businesses was “don’t stay here unless you are spending money on my business.”
If the weather was pleasant I could put out a blanket and sleeping bag and sleep under the stars. If it were raining I could put the blanket or sleeping bag in this large empty silo that stood near the deserted farm. It was not a comfortable place to sleep, but it did have a roof so I didn’t have to get wet while I slept at night. 
Some nights I was invited to sleep over at a friend’s house. He was very generous to let me stay there but I didn’t want to wear out my welcome and stay there every night. So I tried to stay there just a few nights a week.
Right after pay day, I often stayed in a motel for the night. That gave me a chance to clean up and get a good night sleep.
The worst part of being homeless is the stress that comes from always having to BE SOMEWHERE. All readers of this who go home, sit in a chair or couch, grab a beer or favorite beverage, and sit down in front of a TV—to rest and relax—imagine not being able to do that—EVER!
Our society has few places outside our homes where people are welcome to just make themselves at home. Most restaurants, bars, stores, etc. want you to buy something or you are just taking up their space for no pay off.
My car was filled with my stuff. My car was actually my home and it was very cramped when I had to sit in it or sleep out of it at night.
My life would have gotten a lot worse if I had to live there through the winter. I have no idea what I would have done in the long run to live out of a car during the frigid cold of a Kansas winter.
My problem ended when a friend and I got arrested for trying to steal a few cases of beans[4] from the factory I used to work at. I finally contacted my parents who came to Lawrence, bailed me out, and invited me home. They told me I should have let them know I was in so much trouble. I moved to my parent’s house in Wichita, got a job and began to go back to college. I also quit selling drugs permanently.
I really don’t recommend trying to intentionally become homeless just to understand that problem. But trying to duplicate it in some way is just plain stupid and it doesn’t work. I do recommend going to places where it is possible to meet homeless people and hear their stories. Not all homeless people have the same story I have. Some don’t have cars. Some have never sold drugs.
My story was that of a middle class kid who moved out of his parent’s house only to find himself falling into “life on the streets,” which is how most Americans refer to the lumpen-Proletariat. I fell down to the bottom and learned what it was like to be hated by the rest of society. Street people are often talked about as if they are human trash and hopelessly destined to be losers.
That provides me with insight into that part of the problem. Homelessness is a big problem in the US. It is estimated that 243,627 Americans are homeless, living on the streets, in cars or in abandoned buildings.[5]

[1] This term represents a sub-class of poor people who may work, full or part-time or may not work at all. They are below the actual proletariat, or working class, and they often use criminal activities to survive.
[2] This will be another story I post later.
[3] Just recently Sedgwick County, where I live, voted to charge “user fees” in all public parks were a person might fish, campout or just picnic. It seems that local governments today just don’t want poor people to have anything to do at all. http://www.sedgwickcounty.org/lake_afton/park_fees.asp
[4] I also plan to post a story about the US prison system and my view of it from the inside.
[5] “Homeless In America, A Snapshot,” Scope, November 2013, Vol. 62 No. 3, page 7.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Another secret news event—Dakota Access Pipeline protest

By SJ Otto
Day after day I see posting about the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. And yet night after night, the evening and morning TV news are silent. I’ve seen a little bit about this in the local newspaper, Such as The Wichita Eagle, “The Latest: Pipeline developer declines comment on work halt,” The Associated Press.  But if it weren’t for the social media outlets this issue would be invisible.
Just as with the Maoist war going on in India, our major US news media outlets have made it almost a secret. For whatever reason this protest has been treated as a non-news event—getting scant coverage if any coverage at all.
There seems to be two basic issues at work here. First there is the environmental angle. This pipeline might leak and spill oil in people’s drinking water. The second issue is that protesters have argued that the pipeline construction will disturb sacred lands and burial grounds. The land in question is close to lands of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.
Another important issue is that protesters have gathered at that site for the last few weeks and people from around the country have come to support the tribe and their struggle to keep their land free of intrusion by big oil companies. This country has spent 250 years treating the Native American Indian’s culture as a mere inconvenience to economic development. After all that time our government and its leaders still can’t treat those people with the respect due to them.
There has been some coverage from the less-mainstream news-media, such as The Huffington Post, “The Dakota Access Pipeline Is An Example Of A Much Bigger Problem,” by
Joseph Erbentraut. And there is Pacific Standard, “The Native American Protests in North Dakota Are About More Than an Oil Pipeline, Do the last few weeks mark a turning point for environmental activism?,” By Jared Keller. Both articles have taken an in depth look at the pipeline protest and the issues around them.
Then there is always the right-wing garbage that tries to demean the protests such as Standing Rock Fact Checker, “Checking the facts once again,” which simply list so called “facts” that try and make the protesters look like liars and losers.

So as the time goes on we will try to present an unbiased account of the protest, the protesters and the pipeline issues. This site will treat Native American Indians and their protest supporters with the respect they deserve.  We will not allow the silence of the mainstream press to win out.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Nine people injured, 44 arrested in Charlotte night riots

I haven't had time to write up my own comments on the events in Charlotte, so I am posting this. I have found that RT Television and other news sources do a better job of covering our mishaps, such as riots, than their US counter-parts. So for now it is better to get a realistic look at the riots from an outside sources. -SJ Otto

From RT:
The second night of violent protests in Charlotte resulted in 9 people injured and 44 arrested, according to the city's police chief. He refused to make public the tape of the fatal police shooting of a black man that led to protests.
The 44 arrestees are charged with failure to disperse, assault and breaking and entry, Chief Kerr Putney said during a press conference on Thursday morning.
Chief Putney said police had used gas when the peaceful protest turned into a riot on Wednesday night but made no mention over the use of rubber bullets. Posts on social media from witness said police had fired rubber bullets into the crowd as they exited the Omni Hotel. A man was hit in the head and lost a lot of blood. Police said he was in critical condition and the incident was the result of "civilian on civilian" assault. By Thursday afternoon, WCNC reported the man had died. 

For the rest click here.

New York Times decides to call a lie a lie, and its Trump coverage may never be the same

In at least five articles in the New York Times on Sept. 17, including the lead story in the print edition, the words “lie,” “false,” “falsely claimed” and “untrue” appeared in headlines, lead paragraphs, and top sections of the paper’s Trump coverage.
Despite public editor Liz Spayd’s recent insistence that there wasn't a problem and the only reason anyone might suggest there was something different about Donald Trump as a candidate was that they were a dirty ideologue, it’s now New York Times policy to be that little bit more blunt about what’s really going on:
“I think our investigative work—see [the Sept. 17] story on Trump’s tax breaks—has always been hard hitting,” says Dean Baquet, the New York Times’ executive editor. “But we have decided to be more direct in calling things out when a candidate actually lies.” [...]

For the rest click here.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Employment and dignity don’t mix these days

By SJ Otto
Looking for a job today is an experience in humility. Those who are not humiliated might not really be human.
The first indignation is the drug test. An applicant has to go to a lab and pee in a cup, in a laboratory that specializes in drug testing. By coincidence, such a test is also need when a person is arrested and accused of a crime. If a person has a DUI he/she will be taking a lot of them.
But the other day I took one because I was trying to get a job. I am told by my wife and friends… ”These days you just have to take a drug test.” OK I do, but it is still humiliating.
Some places are running background checks that include a credit check. I’m not trying to buy a new car, I’m trying to get a job. If my credit is bad then I really need a new job. I don’t understand why an employer would need that. It’s just one more way of acting as if they are our parents rather than an employer.
They check our driving record….even if it has nothing to do with the job. I actually lost out on a job because the employer found out I had temporarily lost my driver’s license. I did nothing really bad, I was just late paying a speeding ticket. It had nothing to do with my ability to do the job. I have ADD so my driving record isn’t good.
And I live in Wichita, a major metropolis in Kansas, where the city leaders are too dim witted to realize that they should be providing their citizens with public transportation. We have busses, but they close at 6pm. I know people who would use busses if they ran past 6, but they because they get off work too late. This is a city with almost a million people and no one ever thought people might need transportation past 6pm? I would use the buss if the system wasn’t so lousy.
Employers also read our Facebook accounts, looking for suspicious reasons not to hire us….or to fire us if we are already hired. When getting a job today, forget about privacy. The need for income compels us to have to give it all up.
I have read and heard employers say such things as “Just as if you were living in my house, you go by my rules.” In other words we are just older kids. They like to say “you represent the company in your off hours.” But we aren’t paid in our off hours.
For three summers now I have been job hunting and I keep coming up empty. There don’t seem to be a lot of jobs here in Wichita and the employers really want us to notice how expendable we are. My son lives in Portland, Oregon and he has told me that employers there need workers real bad, so they have to treat their employees with a little respect. And that is what we employees are missing…RESPECT.

Cub Koda Random Drug Testing

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Oklahoma clinic is now open...Open house!

The new abortion clinic is now open in Oklahoma City- SJ Otto

From Julie A. Burkhart
Founder and CEO
Trust Women

We're open in Oklahoma City!
Oklahoma has not seen an abortion clinic open since 1974. So it's time to celebrate! We hope you can make it to our event from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 1240 S.W. 44th St., Oklahoma City. 

We're so proud of this clinic and everything we've been able to do thanks to you. So I hope you can make it. Please RSVP to info@itrustwomen.org or call 316-425-3215.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

It is 9/11 Day once again!

By SJ Otto
Once again it is 9/11 that horrible holiday that reminds us that we can die at anytime due to terrorist attacks. After 15 years we are not any safer than we were in 2001. We can pretend that all of the efforts our government takes to prevent such attacks are working. In reality those determined to find ways to attack us will at some time succeed.
This is an imperialist country that is heavily involved in shaping the lives and future of others. That task is impossible without someone getting upset and trying to kill us from time to time.
I remember the day the planes hit the twin towers in New York. I was just getting out of bed. I was not working that day. I turned on the TV as the events began to unfold. I was watching when the second tower got hit. Then they began to crumble and New York City looked like the aftermath of a volcano eruption.
As bad as it is to see almost 3,000 die in one disaster, what happened after that was just as bad. Every wing-nut in the country was out waving flags and promoting war with just about an country or group who ever had a tiff with the US. There were flags everywhere and on everything.
Today we have a few tributes on TV, a few flags raised and we're done with it for a year.
Since 9/11 we as a nation now occupy Iraq and Afghanistan. We aren't finished with these countries yet. With the use of drones we kill innocent people along with alleged terrorists who have never been on trial. This country can do a lot better than that.

One other interesting thing about 9/11 is it just happens to be the date of the military coup in Chile that brought about the end of Democracy, under the gleeful eye of our then President Richard M. Nixon. Salvador Allende, the elected president of Chile was overthrown by the military. General Augusto Pinochet took control of the country, set up military rule and banned all political parties.Democracy in Chile was illegal for the next 10 or more years.

Below is Allende's final speech in full. It is somewhat eerie to imagine the events of that day:

Salvador Allende's Last Speech (English translation)

Santiago de Chile, 11 September 1973, 9:10 A.M.
This will surely be my last opportunity to address you. The Air Force has bombed the antennas of Radio Magallanes. My words have neither bitterness nor deception. They should stand as a moral castigation of those who have been traitors to their oaths: Chilean soldiers, titular commanders-in-chief, Admiral Merino, who has designated himself commander of the Navy, even more señor Mendoza, the cringing general who only yesterday manifested his fidelity and loyalty to the Government, and who also has named himself Director General of the Carabineros. In the face of these deeds it only falls to me to say to the workers: I shall not resign!
Standing at a historic point, I will repay with my life the loyalty of the people. And I say to you that I am certain that the seed we have surrendered into the worthy conscience of thousands and thousands of Chileans, will not be able to be reaped at one stroke. They have the power, they can make us their vassals, but not stop the social processes, neither by crime nor by force. History is ours and is made by the people.
Workers of my Nation: I want to thank you for the loyalty you have always had, the confidence you placed in a man who only was the interperter of great yearnings for justice, who pledged his word to respect the Constitution and the law, and who did so. In this final moment, the last in which I will be able to address myself to you, I want you to take advantage of the lesson: foreign capital, imperialism, united with reaction, created the climate for the Armed Forces to break their tradition, that which they were taught by general Schneider which was reaffirmed by commander Araya, victims of the same social sector that today will be be expecting with an alien hand to reconquer the power to continue defending their profits and their privileges.
I address myself to you, above all to the modest woman of our land, to the campesina who believed in us, the mother who knew of our concern for the children. I address myself to the professionals of the Nation, to the patriotic professionals who continued working against the sedition overseen by their professional academies, classist academies that also defended the advantages of a capitalist society.
I address myself to the youth, to those who sang and who brought their happiness and their spirit to the fight. I address myself to the man of Chile, to the worker, to the campesino, to the intellectual, to those who will be percecuted, because in our country fascism has now been present for several hours; in the terrorist assassinations, blowing up the bridges, cutting the railways, destroying the oil and gas pipelines, in the face of the silence of those who had the obligation to behave.
They are in jeopardy. History will judge them.
Radio Magallanes will surely be silenced and the tranquil metal of my voice will no longer reach you. It is not important. You will continue to hear it. I will always be together with you. At least my memory will be that of an upright man who was loyal to the Nation.
The people ought to defend themselves, but not sacrifice themselves. The people ought not let themselves be subdued or persecuted, but neither should they humble themselves.
Workers of my Nation, I have faith in Chile and its destiny. Other men will go beyond this gray and bitter moment when treason tries to impose itself upon us. Continue to know that, much sooner than later, we will reopen the great promenades down which free men pass, to construct a better society.
Long live Chile! Long live the people! Long live the workers!
These are my last words and I have certainty that my sacrifice will not be in vain, I have certainty that, at the least, I will be a moral lesson to castigate felony, cowardice, and treason.

Friday, September 09, 2016

Arizona’s governor asked voters to fact-check whether pot is safer than alcohol. So we did.

More states are putting the issue of legalization of Marijuana on the ballot this November. As usual there are the naysayers who refuse to consider newer evidence that prove that Marijuana is safer than alcohol. In the article below such claims were tested and they passed. It is time for more states to pass the legalization of Marijuana. –SJ Otto

Arizona is one of five states with marijuana legalization on the ballot this fall, and the state's Republican governor, Doug Ducey, is not happy about it.
Ducey urged voters last week to reject legalization, saying it would exacerbate the state's existing opioid problem.
"If we want to expand this universe of people that are addicted and abusing drugs, well, you’ll have that chance in November," he said at a news conference. He added, "I don’t think that any state became stronger by being stoned."
Ducey cited the "unintended consequences" of legalization in Washington and Colorado, particularly the way marijuana "has infiltrated high schools with brownies and cookies and Pez dispensers and all-day suckers." A spokesman for Ducey also pointed to reports of newborns testing positive for THC and increases in emergency department visits involving marijuana.
Ducey also challenged the idea that marijuana is a safer substance than alcohol.
"I would check your facts when you say something is not addictive, that something’s safer than alcohol," he said.

For the rest click here.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Indian burial sites desecrated by Energy Transfer Crude Oil

From Monique Teal, Daily Kos:

During the Labor Day weekend, when many people are celebrating and preparing for the upcoming school-year, Dakota Access, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Crude Oil, began bulldozing American Indian burial sites to make room for a new dirty oil pipeline.When protesters put their bodies between the bulldozers and the ancestral land, private security guards used attack dogs and pepper spray, injuring dozens of people, including children. 

The burial and ceremonial sites were only identified by experts a few days earlier. In order to stop construction on these sites, the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) needed to officially survey the area. However, before they were able to do so, Dakota Access plowed through the land, destroying unknown numbers of graves and artifacts. Activists on the ground report workers were building 15 miles away and deliberately dozed the site before SHPO could survey it.

Tell President Obama: Instruct the Army Corps of Engineers to revoke permits and stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline, which is about as long as the Keystone XL, cuts through state and private farmland and American Indian ancestral and treaty land. The 1,170-mile pipeline will transport approximately 450,000 barrels of crude oil a day, fracked from North Dakota’s oil-rich Bakken Formation, to Illinois. 

The Army Corps of Engineers fast-tracked the Dakota Access pipeline permits using the "Nationwide Permit No. 12" process. The fossil fuel industry has increasingly used this process to move unpopular projects through with little environmental review or public input. 

Sign the petition: Stop the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

Energy Transfer Crude Oil claims the pipeline is safe but as we've learned, pipelines burst.During 2012-2013 alone, there were 300 oil pipeline breaks in North Dakota. When the Dakota Access pipeline breaks, it will not only contaminate a critical water source but it will also destroy sacred land and threaten individual, societal and community health. 

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has been holding the line -- through the courts and their physical presence at the construction site -- in opposition to the pipeline since April, citing two major concerns: The pipeline would pass under the Missouri River just a half a mile upstream of the tribe’s reservation boundary, where a spill would be catastrophic, and the pipeline would pass through sacred sites and burial grounds that federal law seeks to protect. 

On-going peaceful protests and civil disobedience managed to significantly slow the construction of the pipeline -- halting building for days at a time. But the pipeline is still scheduled to move forward. 

Keystone XL was ultimately defeated because of massive public pressure. We can beat this pipeline too. Now is the time to stand with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and local leaders who are protecting our water and land from this dangerous pipeline. 

Tell President Obama: Instruct the Army Corps of Engineers to revoke permits and stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Keep fighting,
Monique Teal, Daily Kos

The Powerful Interests Backing the Dakota Access Pipeline

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Donald Trump changed his immigration speech—because a tweet made him mad

Remember that little gem from the Clinton campaign?

"A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear

weapons." —Hillary

Funny, right? It’s not as if anyone, even Donald Trump, would change international policy just because someone popped a few words onto Twitter. Right? 
As Donald Trump arrived in Phoenix late Wednesday, fresh from a visit to Mexico City’s presidential palace, he had in his hands a big immigration speech that omitted the usual line that Mexico would have to pay for his proposed wall along the U.S. southern border.
Just after landing, though, Mr. Trump discovered that Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto had tweeted that he had told the Republican presidential nominee during their private meeting earlier that day that his country would refuse to pay for the wall.

Mr. Trump was peeved …