24 thoughts on “News/Politics 2-10-17

  1. A tongue-in-cheek immigration proposal:

    1. Increase the number of temporary visas granted to very intelligent Asians.

    2. Allow the visa holders to become permanent residents when they can prove they have provided continuous full time employment for one Democrat and one Trumpkin for at least two years.

    3. Make the immigrants citizens when they can prove they have provided continuous full time employment for five Democrats and five Trumpkins for at least two years.

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  2. I am worn out. Has there ever been a President to face more opposition? I studied history to I know “Hey, hey, hey, LBJ. How many kids did you kill today?” I know Nixon left in shame BEFORE he was impeached….but this has got to be the worst.
    I don’t want to watch the news. I want to go lie on a warm beach and read trash novels.

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  3. On the ruling:

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/444785/ninth-circuit-travel-ban-donald-trump-ruling
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    It’s often said that bad facts make bad law. In the case of the Ninth Circuit’s just-issued ruling continuing the nationwide injunction against Donald Trump’s executive order pausing immigration from seven jihadist or jihad-torn countries, it’s necessary to amend that saying. Bad facts combined with superheated politics can make terrible law.

    Before addressing the court’s ruling, let’s refer back to some of the bad facts that made it more likely. Critically, the Trump administration issued a significant executive order (and then defended it in court) without laying any real factual foundation for its finding. Next, the administration enforced the order in a haphazard and unnecessarily cruel manner, initially including even green-card holders in its scope. By slamming the door (at least temporarily) in their faces, it created a crisis atmosphere that not only ramped up the political stakes, it told the court that the administration didn’t exactly know how to interpret its own order. This invites judicial meddling. …

    …..

    So, what should the administration do? It should think long and hard — especially given its own considerable mistakes — before galloping to the Supreme Court. Victory is far from assured, and a tie in the eight-member Court would uphold the Ninth Circuit’s dreadful decision. Rather than risk making terrible law, perhaps the administration should redraft its order, lay the proper foundation, and fight from higher ground.

    This fight goes beyond the politics of the moment and could impact national security for years to come. If it continues in confusion and haste, the administration may well lose more than a news cycle. If the administration slows down, it increases the chance of victory and of preserving important presidential prerogatives.

    The Ninth Circuit’s decision was bad enough that Trump now has to win, and the best way to win is to do things right, not to charge headlong into the legal cannonade.
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  4. It was king of interesting yesterday to hear all my liberal friends & co-workers extolling the “checks and balances” of our system — pretty much for the first time in 8 years. 🙂

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  5. YF insists that Trump is just like Hitler, & that we could indeed turn into an American version of Nazi Germany. She referred to the friends (myself included) who shared articles saying that the comparisons to Hitler & Nazi Germany are going overboard as “grown a__ adults” who are acting like children by denying what is supposedly so obvious.

    Ironically, she refuted those thoughtful articles with one of those simplistic, juvenile memes.

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  6. I’m largely avoiding the national news myself these days. FB seems to have calmed down somewhat, but maybe it’s because I’m not reading as much there as I used to.

    It would serve the administration well to slow down a bit and put some more thought and strategy into its actions and agenda. Too much frenetic activity too soon. It leaves one with a sense of whiplash, not knowing what issue of outrage the country will be yanked into next, ready or not.

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  7. YF, like most of the left, bases her opinions on raw emotion. This leads to distorted views and clouded judgement. Best to just leave them to their rantings. Ignore them. Trump should try that once in a while for sure.

    Now about that “so-called” court…..

    While the left is too hyped up to realize it, they’re opening up Pandora’s Box. Again. And much like with the “nuclear option”, and executive orders, it will be used against them eventually. And they’ll cry about the unfairness of it all like they are now, never acknowledging that they set the precedent.

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/opinion/the-9th-circuit%E2%80%99s-dangerous-and-unprecedented-use-of-campaign-statements-to-block-presidential-policy/ar-AAmNahp?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=U452DHP

    “The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has just upheld a nationwide temporary injunction on President Trump’s executive order relating to refugees and visas from certain countries. I think the court’s opinion is weak in most respects, but I will address one of the most interesting and potentially far-reaching aspects.

    Generally, the president has vast discretion in issuing visas. One of the major arguments against the executive order is that while in principle a president can limit immigration from the seven affected countries, it would be unconstitutional for President Trump in particular to do so, because in his case the action is motivated by impermissible religious bias. The central exhibit for this argument is his campaign statements about a “Muslim ban.”

    While the 9th Circuit did not address this at great length, focusing instead on due-process arguments, it did accept the basic validity of the form of the states’ argument. “The States’ claims raise serious allegations and present significant constitutional questions,” wrote the court.

    There is absolutely no precedent for courts looking to a politician’s statements from before he or she took office, let alone campaign promises, to establish any kind of impermissible motive. The 9th Circuit fairly disingenuously cites several Supreme Court cases that show “that evidence of purpose beyond the face of the challenged law may be considered in evaluating Establishment and Equal Protection Clause claims.” But the cases it mentions do nothing more than look at legislative history — the formal process of adopting the relevant measure. That itself goes too far for textualists, but it provides absolutely no support for looking before the start of the formal deliberations on the measure to the political process of electing its proponents.

    Indeed, a brief examination of cases suggests the idea has been too wild to suggest. For example, the 10th Circuit has rejected the use of a district attorney’s campaign statements against certain viewpoints to show that a prosecution he commenced a few days after office was “bad faith or harassment.” As the court explained, even looking at such statements would “chill debate during campaign[s].” If campaign statements can be policed, the court concluded, it would in short undermine democracy: “the political process for selecting prosecutors should reflect the public’s judgment as to the proper enforcement of the criminal laws.” Phelps v. Hamilton, 59 F.3d 1058, 1068 (10th Cir. 1995).”

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  8. On Facebook:

    We’re gonna build the greatest dog park.
    It’s gonna be great.
    Probably the greatest park ever built.

    And the cats.
    The cats are going to pay for it.

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  9. When we finish, it’s going to be warm in the dog park.
    And the wall will be slippery to keep cats out. They have been smuggling catnip rather than real beef.

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  10. So now it’s even a bad thing to deport child sex offenders, gang bangers, and drug traffickers? Because that’s what they’re protesting.

    http://ktla.com/2017/02/09/protests-erupt-in-downtown-l-a-following-reports-of-immigration-raids-at-homes-in-l-a-san-bernardino-and-ventura-counties/

    “While immigration advocates say more than 100 people were detained Thursday as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials conducted home raids across three Southern California counties, the federal agency insists its operations were “routine” and not part of President Donald Trump’s unprecedented immigration crackdown.

    ICE officials have yet to release detailed information on how many people the agency arrested Thursday and where they were taken into custody, only stating that the activities were “targeted and lead driven, prioritizing individuals who pose a risk to our communities,” according to ICE spokesperson Lori Haley.

    “Examples would include known street gang members, child sex offenders, and deportable foreign nationals with significant drug trafficking convictions,” she said in an email. “To that end, ICE’s routine immigration enforcement actions are ongoing.”

    However, according to Jorge-Mario Cabrera, communication director for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of L.A., those detained were either people with deportation orders but no criminal background or family members of those sought who were home during the raids and told officials they lacked documentation.”
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    It’s rather convenient that they have protesters ready to whine at a moments notice too.

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  11. Interesting article on Trump and the White House staff:

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/donald-trump-challenges-governing-presidency-234879

    It is understandable that a businessman would be frustrated with leaks and with how difficult it is to get things done in Washington. However, you normally don’t see these type of articles on staff problems until several months into a presidency.

    Many of these problems could be solved by having a strong Chief of Staff who could nip staff fights in the bud, keep Trump somewhat organized and on task, and veto idiotic ideas like the Spicer crowd size press conference that made that poor guy a laughingstock on his first day on the job. Pence could actually do that job, but Trump would need to back him completely and not allow end runs by other staffers.

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