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Thursday, February 2. 2017
Is Groundhog Day one of your top ten favorites? In New England, we call them Woodchucks.
CalExit? Go Ahead. Make My Day.
Protesters at U. Michigan March Against Campus Deer Cull
The Goldman Sachs Effect - How a Bank Conquered Washington
Trump might end up being the most consequential conservative in American history—and he is not even a conservative.
For The Last Time: Stop Throwing ‘Never Trump’ Delusions In Our Faces
Z-man's The Cloud Party goes to war:
Flashback=> Obama: “We Simply Cannot Allow for People to Pour in, Undocumented and Unchecked”
Refugees and the Right to Immigrate
Trump’s PATCO Moment: Emanating Reagan, the
Leaked Executive Order Reveals Trump's Plans For H-1B Visas
Obama Refused 91 Refugees – Sent Them Back to Castro’s Hell-Hole 2 Days Before Inauguration – Liberal Media Was Silent
Is the New York Times Hysterical or Just Lazy?
Kimball: Donald Trump vs. Immanuel Kant
McArdle: Trump's Doomed War on Regulations
Slate: Gorsuch is not a villain
CNN Lets Pelosi Smear Gorsuch As Opposed to Air, Water, Food, and Medicine Without Challenge
Gorsuch nomination a lose-lose for the Democrats
European Council President Says Trump Is ‘Existential Threat’ to Europe
After Eight Years Military Casualties Are Front Page News Again
Germany may be the land of engineers and chocolate makers, but it is also the home of the world most dangerous morons too.
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Is Chrissie Matthews saying Dems will pay a price on the other side for supporting Gorsuch? Will the devil make them shovel more horse manure?
"Trump might end up being the most consequential conservative in American history—and he is not even a conservative."
Jumbo shrimp. Pretty ugly. Conservative action.
I hear people complain that Trump isn't conservative. But he's already proven himself far more conservative than any of the Bush's.
Now we've got Rino Senators voting against some of his Education nominee - because she is too Conservative!
The problem isn't Trump, it's Congressional Republicans.
yes, it is. They have an opportunity to make good on their promises to repeal Obamacare. They have failed. They have an opportunity to make good on their promises to reform the tax code. They have failed.
I AM SO IRRITATED WITH THEM.
But I'm hopeful Trump can kick their butts into gear. Contact your congressman and senators and let them know how you feel. Especially if you are from a Trump state.
I ran into a Madison (Wisconsin USA) friend yesterday who is an old old liberal Dem leftie prog socialist marxist genius scholar and he told me that he's "so f*cking tired of those people." I said, what? — and here I thought you one OF those people? He said, "well, still, I'm sick of them all."
I said yeah they're sort of like a religious cult aren't they and he said, "they're like Jehovah's Witnesses. Only the Jehovah's Witnesses are nice. Have you ever met a Jehovah's Witness? They're always really really nice. But these people are not nice. They're like mean Jehovah's Witnesses. They're like sick people trying to steal each other's medicine."
I think it is true that a lot of the fringy people are more motivated by malice than ideology.
RE: Refugees and the Right to Immigrate
There is no right to immigrate to America, and there is no duty America owes the world to accept refugeesfrom American Thinker
Apparently AT's staff had a collective stroke or are in fact insanely ignorant and beyond stupid. If you want to get a grip on the immigration problem, you can't just preach to the choir, make false analogies and set up strawmen.
Congress has the power to regulate immigration, which it does through the Immigration and Nationality Act, enforced through administrative agencies under the Code of Federal Regulations.
the US is also party to the UN Convention on Refugees and other international treaties on refugees and asylees, these are the law of the land, subject to the Constitution itself. those, and, through congress, the INA and the CFR give refugees and asylees rights.
you can attack the extent of these rights and carve them down, but you cannot deny they exist. do this and you let people like zachriels, who would gladly fill the US with ISIS and Mexican forest peasants as long as they are for weather control and reliably vote demoncrap, control the terms of the debate by pointing out, after 30 seconds of research, that the rights exist. Today's over/under is 13 1/2 zacnrheis posts running circles around anyone trying to defend the AT drivel.
personal to the AT blahagger: its the "Know Nothing Party", not the "No Knowing Party". if you're going to make stupid analogies, at least get the names right.
You lost me.
Thought Kriminal: Congress has the power to regulate immigration...
That seems to pretty much sum up AT's position. If Congress can control immigration, then the immigrants don't.
I'm reading it literally, he says there are no rights, I'm pointing out there are and giving their sources.
if he said there's no fundamental human right to immigrate in the way that freedom of speech is a fundamental right, pointing out that the source of rights like that is not the Constitution but is guaranteed by the Constitution, I'd mostly agree. There are obvious exceptions.
here's another way libtards control the debate: they say "immigrant", a sketchy term, but they mean "legal permanent resident", and they'll never make the distinction between and LPR and a holder of a non-permanent visa, like a temporary work visa. this excludes from any rational discussion of what to do with Hose A and Hose B for whom there are thousands of short hoed jobs waiting for them every cabbage season. pro immigration groups will never opt for a non-permanent solution because while an LPR can then import wives, kids, parents (e.g, hundreds of them), a temporary worker cannot.
I also want to note that refugees and asylees can and should be afforded temporary status, then sent home when the danger is over. what kind of monster would send someone back to Darfur? or an illegal who is picked up in the US but who testified in a Mex court against a Mex narco gang who is looking for him back in his home town? or those Jews on the St. Louis?
Just a data point: According to the 1952 Immigration and Nationality Act:
"Suspension of entry or imposition of restrictions by president. Whenever the president finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, the president may, by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or non-immigrants or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate."
What kind of monster would send somebody back to Darfur? Maybe the same kind that wouldn't want to intervene in the first place.
I don't think we materially disagree. I think in this particular situation (and I think that situations and populations should be evaluated individually) it makes little sense to bring people from Syria without vetting them and it is almost impossible to vet them because unless they are known friendly operatives, there is little to no reliable data to vet them against. Opposition to Assad is not viable since ISIS and Al Qaeda are fighting Assad.
Without detailed knowledge of the UN refugee treaties, I can't discuss them, but while I agree that as a country, the moral thing is to assist innocent victims of war or violence when possible but that assistance can be to bring them to the US (Jews in WWII or Mexican testifying against a narco gang) and others, it might be to support them nearer to their home. A substantial percentage of these refugees believe that sharia law should be supreme. That being antithetical to our governing principles means that they are detrimental to the interests of the United States. They don't belong here under any circumstances.
we disagree a little on the details, that's all. Trump's EOs were correct for the reasons you talk about, except they overreached on legal permanent residents. but remember, a green card holder can have that status revoked for a lot of criminal offenses, some of which (involving drugs) can seem petty for a citizen. if the sanctuary city bullshit is disposed of, then the LPRs who aren't decent folks will find themselves in removal proceedings (removal is the modern term for deportation, I suppose it sounds more humane).
and remember, don't let libtards control the terms of the debate. immigrant doesn't necessarily mean on the path to citizenship.
Just another data-point:
The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, 8 U.S. Code § 1152, banned discrimination based on “race, sex, nationality, place of birth, or place of residence".
I consider the H1B system to be a anti-American system of worker displacement. I would favor ending it completely and sending all of the current H1B workers home. As a transition I would suggest an annual tax on H1B workers equal to their annual salary so that companies who truly feel no American can do that job can make a decision about how important it is to bypass American workers.
I agree, although I think the tax is a bit high. I'm sure there are some jobs, like translating computer materials, that are best served by native speakers.
But in conjunction w/ sending H1B holders home, US universities need to stop accepting so many foreign national students. This is simply a step to getting residency.
More to the point, this is often US citizens subsidizing these foreign nationals. While not as bad as previous decades where universities would provide scholarships, it is still inappropriate (illegal) to take resources paid for by citizens, and contracted for citizens and give this to foreign nationals.
The nice-ocrats: " Who are we to impose our values on others, ask the nice-ocrats?" And yet, they do impose their values on us.
Or try to.
Never Trump: "The latest entry in “you must pick a team and cheer” comes from New Republic’s Jeet Heer, who accuses National Review of “surrender to Trump.”" Really? I haven't noticed that.
"Ann Arbor deer cull"
This is what happens when your only exposure to nature is thru the Disney lens...think Bambi.
import a few dozen wolves - grey, red, timber, mexican, dire -- to the campus, tell them to cull any large mammal they find.
...tell them to cull any large bipedal mammal they find with a sign or pussy hat in their possession.
you're right. that was wrong of me to unintentionally include gun dogs.
This is very cool.
WWII era singer Vera Lynn to release new album on 100th birthday.
Vera Lynn Song from 1940
Thanks very much for this. I didn't know Vera Lynn was still alive. She's a marvelous singer and a classy lady, an inspiration to millions during WWII. The song you posted is one of my favorites.
Thanks for the reply Roger. You made my day.
I did know she was alive but never dreamed she would release another album. As for the rest of your comments, DITTO! You are so right.
How much ground would a ground hog ground, if a ground hog could hog ground?
Democrats are "becoming" the party of secession????
Democrats were, and always have been, the party of secession. Democrats in the North were called Copperheads, because of their pro-slavery, pro-secession views. After Reconstruction, the Democrats took over and imposed Jim Crow in the South and de facto segregation everywhere they could control.
They're just reverting to their historical behavior, is all.
Janet, you nailed it!
Straight from the movie: "Hillary Clinton's America".