10 thoughts on “News/Politics 9-12-17

  1. Huh.

    Well, so much for his lecturing of Trump and this statement….

    “To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada.”


    “Canada has deported hundreds of people to countries designated too dangerous for civilians, with more than half of those people being sent back to Iraq, according to government data obtained by Reuters.

    The spike in deportations comes as Canada faces a record number of migrants and is on track to have the most refugee claims in more than a decade. That has left the country scrambling to cope with the influx of asylum seekers, many crossing the U.S. border illegally.

    Between January 2014 and Sept. 6, 2017, Canada sent 249 people to 11 countries for which the government had suspended or deferred deportations because of dangers to civilians.

    That includes 134 people to Iraq, 62 to the Democratic Republic of Congo and 43 to Afghanistan, the data shows.

    The number of Iraq deportations increased from 22 in 2014 to 51 in 2016 and stands at 35 so far this year.”

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  2. This goes nicely with Ricky’s link above.


    “Recently I explored whether parents have a right to opt their children out of classroom discussions of transgenderism. As I explained, state law governs this question and currently only a few states grant parents the authority to remove their children from gender-identity lessons. (Guttmacher Institute provides a summary of each state’s law and Rutgers links to the controlling state statutes.) Later, I exposed the deficiencies in state sex-education opt-out statutes.

    The first article also explained that while parents hold a constitutional right to make decisions regarding the upbringing and education of their children, that right—at best—allows parents to remove their children entirely from the public-school system; it does not allow them to edit the curriculum within the school system. Further, while the First Amendment and many states protect religious liberty, courts are unlikely to interpret those guarantees broadly enough to encompass an opt-out right.

    So for parents who wish to avoid the confusion that will surely result from their young children learning in school a counter-factual lesson—that boys might really be, or can become, girls—the best option is to abandon the public-school system. However, for those unwilling or unable to do so, the next natural question is what rights, if any, do parents and their children retain to reject the transgender agenda within the public-school system. In short, schools cannot force pupils to affirm a gender-dysphoric student’s assumed sex.

    Schools Can’t Force Students to Affirm Anything
    General principles of First Amendment jurisprudence make that much clear. More than 70 years ago in West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, the Supreme Court held that public schools could not force students to salute a flag, explaining: “If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein.”

    Here’s what that means for classmates of a student presenting at school as transgendered. A school cannot mandate that other children “mis-sex” a gender-dysphoric student. In other words, a pupil cannot be forced to call a boy a girl, or refer to a boy as a “she” or “her.” Nor can a school insist that pupils celebrate a “gender-reveal” or “coming out” of a gender-dysphoric classmate through applause or other affirming behavior.

    Additionally, teachers may not require students to believe the transgender lessons taught in school or to profess such a belief in classroom discussions, on examinations, or otherwise. If instructors test students on theories of gender identity, students would be well within their rights to annotate questions or responses to make them accurate. To illustrate, if a teacher posed this question: “What pronoun should you use to refer to a transgender man?” A student could response with a caveat, along these lines: “You told the class to refer to a transgender man with masculine pronouns.”

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  3. The single largest unaddressed problem with illegal immigration. The enablers who go unpunished.


    “s part of its tough stance against illegal immigration, Texas has been one of the few states requiring state agencies to use a federal system known as E-Verify to check job applicants.

    The system checks Social Security numbers to make sure a prospective employee can legally work in the U.S.

    But despite the state’s determined use of technology, it has no one in charge of making agencies comply with the law. It also does not require private employers to use the system if they are not working with the state.

    And that, some immigration experts say, highlights a flaw in how states and the federal government combat illegal immigration.

    E-Verify is supposed to weed out would-be workers in the country illegally, but its use is largely optional. In states that do require E-Verify, its use is inconsistent, even in a state such as Texas.

    Some immigrant rights activists complain that governments, though eager to target workers in the country illegally, protect the employers who hire them. Texas Democrats have come up with a term to describe this situation — a twist on the phrase “sanctuary cities” — that JoAnn Flemming, executive director of the conservative group Grassroots America, says she can agree with.

    “It’s called ‘sanctuary businesses/industry,’” she said. “That makes a lot of Republicans mad when you use that term, but the fact of the matter is that there is a strong cheap labor lobby in Texas, and they give a lot of money to candidates and they have a lot of influence.”

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  4. Regarding rape, I don’t know why campuses need tribunals anyway. Rape is a criminal activity and we have a criminal justice system to deal with it. I know many people are not crazy about Betsy Devos, but I think she’s getting this one right. Colleges could use some new guidance on the issue. It’s a shame they need it. Not only do the students seem to be unable to think rationally, the administrations appear to be more muddle-headed than ever before.

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  5. “It’s called ‘sanctuary businesses/industry,’” she said. “That makes a lot of Republicans mad when you use that term, but the fact of the matter is that there is a strong cheap labor lobby in Texas, and they give a lot of money to candidates and they have a lot of influence.”

    This is not surprising. And it’s precisely the kind of thing that causes Americans to view immigration with a jaundiced eye. Lobbyists don’t care that they are undermining confidence in rule of law. This is just another one of many traditional barriers to chaos that is being systematically diminished.

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  6. Hmmmmm……


    “It’s amazing that Hillary Clinton got so close to becoming president, after intentionally using a private email server and potentially destroying evidence in the investigation.

    Chase Cook of the Baltimore Sun has more:

    Anne Arundel judge orders investigation into three of Hillary Clinton’s attorneys

    An Anne Arundel County judge has ordered Maryland officials to investigate a complaint against three lawyers accused of deleting emails while representing former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, overruling objections from lawyers representing the state.

    Circuit Court Judge Paul F. Harris Jr. ruled Monday after a short hearing in Annapolis that the Attorney Grievance Commission and Office of Bar Counsel Maryland Office of Bar Counsel must investigate attorneys David E. Kendall, Cheryl D. Mills and Heather Samuelson. All three are licensed to practice in Maryland and could face professional sanctions if the commission determines there are guilty of misconduct.

    Ty Clevenger, a Texas attorney who lives in New York, filed the complaint, saying they deleted thousands of emails related to a private email server Clinton used during her time as Secretary of State. He argued they engaged in misconduct by destroying evidence…

    Leading up to Monday’s hearing the Maryland Attorney General’s Office filed a motion to dismiss the case, which was denied by Judge Ronald A. Silkworth. The judge ruled Clevenger had a right to request the investigation as Maryland law allows any person to file a bar grievance.

    To think it was just about a year ago that Hillary was joking about wiping her server clean with a cloth. Had she won the election, she would have control of the Justice Department and this entire affair would be buried.”

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  7. Everyone should have to obey the law, no matter who they are, where they go to college, what their sex is (or isn’t),or where they were born. Isn’t that the point of having a rule of law?

    Isn’t that sort of what all the above posts are about?

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