35 thoughts on “News/Politics 3-28-17

  1. The Cult is moving left. Get ready, HRW. You may never like his stupidity and dishonesty, but Trump now wants to be your friend.


  2. See! The emperor with his new clothes is mad at the bad old conservatives.

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  3. Cheryl, John Paul Strain really loves Virginia. To a Texan, all of the Old Dominion looks like Eden. You can still visit all of these locations in the Valley. The women may be wearing slightly different attire.


  4. This was the comment from the boy’s mother:

    “We have been through hell this morning. They detained Aaron for well over an hour at DFW. (And deliberately kept us from our flight… we are now on an alternate) We were treated like dogs because I requested they attempt to screen him in other ways per TSA rules. He has SPD and I didn’t want my child given a pat down like this. Let me make something else crystal clear. He set off NO alarms. He physically did not alarm at all during screening, he passed through the detector just fine. He is still several hours later saying “I don’t know what I did. What did I do?” I am livid. Please, share… make this viral like the other children’s videos with TSA… I wish I had taped the entire interchange because it was horrifying. We had two DFW police officers that were called and flanking him on each side. Somehow these power tripping TSA agents who are traumatizing children and doing whatever they feel like without any cause, need to be reined in.”


  5. Tychicus, My wife says the boy (like many of our immigrants from colder climates) does indeed have SPD: Sorry Parenting Disorder.


  6. http://www.dailynews.com/government-and-politics/20170327/la-mayor-vows-to-fight-trump-administration-attempt-to-strip-sanctuary-city-funding


    Responding to the latest warnings by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that Department of Justice funds will be withheld from sanctuary cities, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday he will fight efforts by the Trump administration to take away federal funding needed for law enforcement in Los Angeles.

    Garcetti said that such actions would be unconstitutional, adding that the city’s policies are “designed to keep our residents safe.”

    “Slashing funds for first-responders, for our port and airport, for counterterrorism, crime-fighting and community-building serves no one — not this city, not the federal government, not the American people,” he said. “We will fight to protect the safety and dignity of all Angelenos, and we will work closely with our representatives in Congress to make sure that Los Angeles does not go without federal resources that help protect millions of people every day.” …

    (side note: this is from our sister paper and, since the link ran high on Drudge today, we’ll get a lot of “hits” which will make the powers-that-be happy)


  7. So they want the law enforcement money, but they don’t want to enforce the law. I suppose in Cali that makes sense.


  8. Democrats just get more pathetic as time passes.


    “The top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee asked the government ethics watchdog on Monday to review comments by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin plugging “The Lego Batman Movie,” a film one of his companies produced, for a possible ethics violation.

    In a letter to Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub, Senator Ron Wyden said he was concerned that Mnuchin had violated his ethics agreement signed in January in his comments on Friday at the end of a live interview with the Axios news website.

    Mnuchin had agreed to divest his interests in Ratpac-Dune Entertainment Holdings LLC within 120 days of his confirmation, and “not participate personally and substantially in any matter that has a direct and predictable effect on the financial interests of the entity” unless first obtaining a waiver.

    RatPac-Dune, co-founded by Mnuchin with producer-director Brett Rattner and media billionaire James Packer, has produced and financed a number of Hollywood hits in recent years, including “Avatar,” “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “The Lego Batman Movie.”

    At the Axios event, Mnuchin was asked in a question from a reader for a movie recommendation.

    “I’m not allowed to promote anything that I’m involved in. So I just want to have the legal disclosure, you’ve asked me the question, and I am not promoting any product,” Mnuchin said. “But you should send all your kids to ‘Lego Batman.'”

    The comment drew laughter from the audience at the Washington event.”


  9. Ricky, under the circumstances, your post at 9:10 is highly inappropriate. This is highly improper treatment of a child. Comments on the child’s parents are unnecessary and out of line.

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  10. SPD does exist, even in children who are well-disciplined.

    That boy handled himself well. He obeyed the man, & did not pitch a fit, but he must have been in turmoil inside. To have SPD, but put up with that treatment, would seem to point to his parents teaching him to control himself as much as possible.

    (I realize there may have been some kind of fuss not caught on the mom’s camera, but the part we are seeing looks like the boy exerted a good deal of self-control.)

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  11. Some people believe in SPD. Some people believe in ADD. Some people believe in Global Warming. A handful still believe in spending time with and providing discipline to their children. The kid across the street supposedly had all the alphabet syndrome diseases. We saw how his mother and his effeminate father raised him.


  12. Ricky, whether or not you believe in a specific illness is irrelevant here. As Kizzie said, the boy handled himself extremely well, and there is no reason to make slurs on parenting when the TSA is the one who has been caught in wrongdoing. It would be akin to you posting that your daughter has been raped and people start making jokes at your expense–it isn’t kind. I don’t know whether you claim to be a Christian, but it isn’t Christian behavior. (Your wife made the joke in private, and I get that. But you chose to make it public, and that is rude.)

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  13. I have a few friends who are cops who work in schools. It is outrageous what teachers, principals and cops have to put up with from kids with these alphabet syndromes and their whining, incompetent parents.

    So if all these horrible alphabet diseases and syndromes really exist apart from pathetic parenting, why were all kids in the fifties and sixties expected to play by the same rules, take the same tests, etc?


  14. Ricky, irrelevant to this situation. Using a true wrong done against someone to pontificate about bad parenting is unkind.

    Also, why were children with Down syndrome routinely put in institutions in the fifties and sixties? In other words, the way we treated children with problems in the past was hardly worth emulating, either.

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  15. Our schools are a mess with all the labeling. But it is not helped when teachers put the children all at a table to do their work or when cell phones are on in class or when students are allowed to be disturbances. That is why children in the past with less ability to focus, were able to focus. The other children were expected to behave, thus, not providing even more distractions to the distractable.

    In this case, the boy did amazingly well and his parents have done a fine job on rearing him to be able to set aside his label and obey the authority. The TSA official did just what he was supposed to do in as uninvasive a way as allowed. Both are to be commended.

    If we don’t like the way things are done, we need to address that issue. I have been on several flights with my older boys and they have always been “Randomly selected” and we watched the pat downs. Just figured it was the new normal and if we did not like it, don’t fly or get the rules changed.

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  16. Just because some parents or schools label too many kids with these “alphabet syndromes”, doesn’t mean there aren’t some who really do have them. A lot of the kids who struggled through them in the past later told of being spanked or beaten, or otherwise harshly disciplined, for something they could not control, or had a very hard time controlling.

    One child I know of with SPD has strict Christian parents who homeschool. IOW, she is disciplined, & she gets the attention she needs from her parents, but she still has struggles with sensory input.

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  17. I realize I worded it wrong when I wrote, “One child I know of with SPD. . .” That child is the only one I know of with SPD, although there may be others I just don’t know about. 🙂

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  18. Mumsee, does the TSA actually allow more invasion than that (with a child who has caused no reason for concern)? That kind of patdown should only be done of someone with reason to suspect criminal intent. It’s also why my husband (and I would assume many thousands, even millions, of men) won’t fly nor do they wish to have they wives do so. To me that’s really extreme, not minimal anything. A strip search in private would be better than that, I would think.


  19. When I was in a wheelchair coming home from West Africa, I had to stand up and walk through the full body scanners in Chicago – that was a bit difficult, because it was at the end of an very long journey and I was getting close to the end of my energy – but I got through it. The other places I went through security were more accommodating of my wheelchair, but it was high security from the time we started onto the boarding ramp of that flight from Brussels to the U.S. – the ramp was lined start to finish with security officers and dogs, and it was a pretty long ramp. I have had pat downs, once because I was wearing a skirt, and the small airport (Mumsee knows the one) didn’t yet have the full body scanners, which had just been introduced; and once because I was in the wheelchair, instead of me having to walk through the metal detector. The pat downs were both done by women who were called over specifically to deal with me. It really wasn’t a big deal – it is done very quickly with as little invasion of privacy as possible. It would be much more invasive to be strip searched. I find, generally, if you are attentive to the instructions of airport security officials and display no resentment, they are decent to you – the only one who was a bit unpleasant was the one who had me get out of the wheelchair to go through the body scanner, as my standing position wasn’t quite right or something, but I had nothing to hide, so it was fine in the end.

    The Real, sensory processing disorder (SPD) is a real disorder – I know a young man with Asperger’s (SPD often is seen in the autism spectrum) who has it to the point that things that physically hurt make him laugh uncontrollably instead of crying – he is in pain, but somehow his brain processes the pain signals in the wrong area. Do not discount the ability of the brain and body nerve connections to get messed up. The young man I know is very well behaved and of good character, and was raised in South America by Christian parents, but he cannot help the reaction – he just has to explain to people that he laughs when he hurts.


  20. Ricky, I read a study that found that premature children can and have been shown to exhibit atypical sensory behaviors. I bring this up because I want you to think about how unfair it would have been had someone labeled your friend Sarah the Missionary’s and her husband’s baby Daniel a victim of “Sorry Parenting Disorder” had he survived his birth at 30 weeks with neurological damage and other physiological disorders that could have led to atypical responses to sensory stimuli that might look like bad behavior to the unenlightened masses who wouldn’t know his medical history, nor anything about his loving and devoted parents.

    In this study, we found that 39% of children born prematurely (at a gestational age of ≤32 weeks) had an atypical overall Sensory Profile (a section or quadrant score >2 s.d. from the expected mean, based on the Sensory Profile validation group). The sensory sections most likely to be affected were auditory, tactile and vestibular processing. In addition, in this study, children born prematurely had atypical performance in all four Sensory Profile quadrants. It is notable that sensory differences were so prevalent in our cohort, given that we studied a relatively stable Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery population. These findings support the growing literature that children born prematurely experience difficulties with sensory processing.

    Our study’s finding of atypical auditory, tactile and vestibular processing scores (with a trend toward an increase in atypical oral sensory processing scores) in children born prematurely are consistent with the published literature. Only one published study has used the Sensory Profile to evaluate premature infants; this study looked specifically at late-preterm infants (infants born at 34 to 36 weeks of gestation). The authors found that at 1 year of age, late-preterm infants were more likely than their term counterparts to score atypically on the auditory processing and oral sensory processing components of the Sensory Profile.15 Although late-preterm infants are increasingly recognized as being at risk for neurodevelopmental impairments when compared with term infants, they are at lower risk of such impairments than are infants born at ≤32 weeks. […]

    A trend was also seen toward increased brain injury (grades III to IV intraventricular hemorrhage and cystic periventricular leukomalacia) and atypical overall Sensory Profiles (P = 0.14 for each). We anticipated these associations, because brain injury is a well-recognized risk factor for adverse neurodevelopment.21 It is possible that prematurity-associated white matter injury to the brain, perhaps to the sensory cortices, and/or connections between brainstem nuclei, thalamic relays, primary cortex and/or integration areas, may have a role in atypical sensory processing. In this study, we used head ultrasounds to determine brain injury. As studies have shown improved detection of white matter injury with magnetic resonance imaging (as compared with ultrasound imaging),22 the relationship between brain injury and atypical overall Sensory Profiles may be better elucidated with magnetic resonance imaging studies. Other potential explanations for the potential association between brain injury and atypical Sensory Profiles are that the ex utero environment (with its associated noxious stimuli) may affect development in children born prematurely and that potentially harmful interventions associated with prematurity (for example, oxygen therapy) contribute to atypical sensory behaviors. […]

    In conclusion, this study provides data that children born prematurely exhibit atypical sensory behaviors across multiple sensory domains.


    Please stop making assumptions about people’s lives whom you do not know.


  21. Sorry, folks. I am on the side of the cops. I’ve been around a bunch of cops and I’ve been around a bunch of modern parents. Most of our cops are trying to do the best they can under very adverse circumstances. Most modern parents are raising their children like feral animals.

    If the kid in the video really is sick, the mother should have tried to understand the difficult situation of the airport police. Do we want ISIS or Al Qaeda members to be able to evade searches by simulating SPD? There was no reason for the mother to post the video.


  22. To be honest, Ricky, I’m not all that concerned about the boy’s diagnosis as the main issue here. I think the idea that we somehow think we are safer because of random patdowns, even of children, is absurd. It’s a great and useless violation of privacy, and turning the focus on “that boy must have a bad parent” is rude. If this is the way Texas operates, you can have it.

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  23. Cheryl, I was against the creation of the TSA. I think it was one of many overreactions to 9/11.
    However, I am completely sick of parents who never support authority figures who are trying to do their jobs. I actually think rich parents are worse than the poor in this area. They don’t spend enough time with their kids. They don’t discipline their kids. Then when the untrained kid has a problem with a teacher, coach, cop or any authority figure, the parent never thinks his kid should have to obey the rules made for everyone else.


  24. Cheryl, When my son was a teenager he was always searched carefully by TSA. He didn’t like it, but by wife told him,
    “Travis, When your mother is a Mexican and your dad is a Texan, you may wind up looking like a Saudi, and the Saudis were the ones who flew the planes into those Yankee buildings, so you’re just going to have to get used to it.”

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  25. I also avoid flying whenever possible. While I am sympathetic to the distress caused by security measures, I confess that I favor Israeli styled profiling at airports and at borders too. It is unfortunate that these tactics are necessary. But as Ricky points out, we don’t want ISIS or Al Qaeda members to be able to evade detection, which is why I particularly support our border control agency and their efforts to stop the near constant flow from Mexico. Tens of thousands of illegals are pouring through with no vetting at all, so police and border control agents do need our support in their efforts to keep the country safe. However, the TSA definitely needs better training to produce a more professional class of workers.

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  26. How would a person teach a child about the difference between sexual abuse and what that boy in the video went through? Say, “It’s not abuse if someone runs their hands up your inner thighs, touching your testicles, sliding their open palm across your penis, if you have your clothes on and your parent is standing there watching”?

    Clothes off (lots of sensation to touch), it’s wrong; clothes on (diminished sensation), it’s not wrong what the person is doing to you?

    How many sexual abusers start with touch on the outside of clothes . . . tell a child what they’re doing to the child is okay with the child’s parents . . . try to gain the child’s trust . . . then get ever more invasive . . . ?

    Tell the child it’s okay if some official-looking person at an airport makes you feel the way you do when you get touched like that, but it’s not okay anywhere else?

    That video was almost nauseating to watch; I can’t imagine how horrible it would be to a child experiencing something like that. Outrageous.

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  27. Debra, The Border Patrol agents do a great job. Over the years they have saved the lives of thousands of Mexicans in addition to guarding the border. South Texas is a rugged place. The Lower Rio Grande Valley is pretty, but it is nothing but mesquite bushes and rough terrain from there to San Antonio.

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  28. 6 Arrows, the same goes for the inspector: you can get paid to do this on this job! I’m not saying the inspectors are pedophiles . . . but what does it take to be willing to do such a job for no good reason? And how do you sort out would-be pedophiles, or make sure you aren’t conditioning your employees for such a “job” in the future? You couldn’t pay me enough to do that to someone’s child. If I were working in a children’s home and it was genuinely necessary for the safety of the institution, I’d still have a hard time with it, but just as it’s sometimes necessary to change diapers on an adult, it may be sometimes necessary to do this with a child who has been a danger in the past or a child you have good reason to believe to be a danger now. But to a child who poses no threat of any sort in a country that is supposed to be free? No way. If I were at all the swearing type, there would be an expletive in the middle of that previous sentence.

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  29. Now imagine that said child is returning from a trip in which he got raped by his uncle, or his neighbor has been telling him “This is no big deal; you can let me do it.”


  30. Cheryl, exactly. I thought of the same thing (some time after I’d posted) that you said about the inspector: how would you even screen someone for a job like that? What background checks would you do? What would exclude a person from getting hired, and how would that be different from the job duties?

    And your 11:41 — another “exactly.” How could a kid under those circumstances not get confused over the wheres and whens and whys and whos of what constitutes appropriate touch? If it makes you feel icky, but an adult is saying it’s fine, especially after you’ve already been violated . . .

    Wow. Just wow.

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