18 thoughts on “News/Politics 6-5-19

  1. The House passed a meaningless amnesty bill with no money for border control, just a get out of jail free card for illegals. They even blocked an amendment to fund the lessening of the crisis. It’s a meaningless gesture for their sheep like voters.


    “House Democrats voted 237-187 Tuesday to pass a bill that, if entered into law, would grant amnesty to an estimated 2.5 million illegally resident people.

    They also blocked a proposed change to the bill from Republicans, which could have helped reduce illegal immigration by funding border crisis relief to the tune of $4.5 billion.

    H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act, made it to the floor following a contentious intraparty debate over its contours in the House Judiciary Committee. If passed into law, the bill would create a path to citizenship for three distinct groups of illegally resident individuals who have been heretofore protected from deportation by separate government programs.

    Specifically, H.R. 6 would offer protection from deportation to 2.1 million individuals who arrived to the United States as minors (including 600,000 DACA recipients), and 400,000 some beneficiaries of the TPS and DED programs. Those who arrived as minors would be offered Conditional Permanent Residency, with a path to Lawful Permanent Residency (i.e. a Green Card) and even citizenship; TPS and DED recipients would be granted green card status.”


    Democrat leaders still refuse to acknowledge the obvious.


  2. Remember this next time you hear a Dem bashing the border patrol for these deaths. The fault rests with the criminal illegals, and no one else.


    “Something curious seems to be happening at the border. Migrants are staggering across…and dying.

    This happened in two instances this week, according to the Washington Times:

    Two illegal immigrants [sic] died at the border in less than 24 hours this week, in both cases succumbing just minutes after they breached the border, officials said Monday, detailing a rapidly expanding death toll from the migrant surge.

    A 40-year-old Honduran woman died after being caught sneaking into the country early Monday morning, following a 33-year-old Salvadoran man’s death just after noon on Sunday.

    The woman collapsed 25 minutes after being caught, and was in an ambulance 10 minutes later, but the hospital was unable to revive her, Customs and Border Protection said.

    The man’s case was similar: He was caught at 12:10, was seen having a seizure at 12:22, was given immediate attention until an ambulance arrived at 12:29, and was at a Texas hospital by 12:45, where he was pronounced dead.”

    “It coincides with another phenomenon being reported in the San Diego Union-Tribune, as well as in many of the local television news reports (I live here, so I see them):

    In the 17 days since San Diego began receiving families who crossed the border in Texas, the downtown migrant shelter have identified 149 cases associated with a flu outbreak, according to the county.

    Processing centers for migrants caught crossing the border in Texas have reported influenza cases, including one 16-year-old Guatemalan boy who died from it. Meanwhile, Border Patrol, its processing centers beyond capacity in the Rio Grande Valley area, decided to send some migrant families to San Diego stations for processing.

    San Diego’s shelter began experiencing an outbreak — meaning 2 cases within 72 hours — on May 20, the day after the first group of families from Texas were released from Border Patrol custody to its care, according to Dr. Dean Sidelinger, the county’s deputy public health officer.

    And of course, there is the upsurge in measles cases derived from illegal migrants, given the presence of a measles outbreak in parts of Guatemala and the fact that they are spreading the illness to Border Patrol agents.

    As the Washington Times notes, the Left has used these incidents to decry the Border Patrol as somehow causing them. Bad, brutal closet-Nazi Border Patrol, see, with all those people who die under their care. That’s the current narrative, and each media organ picks it up from the last one.

    But it’s pretty obvious that someone who staggers across the U.S. border illegally and dies shortly afterward is not someone who’s been done in by the jackboots of the Border Patrol. It’s pretty obvious that such people arrived with illnesses, and those illnesses were serious.”


  3. The wussification of the world continues.


    “A team of Canadian researchers are set to lecture teachers about the moral dangers of dodgeball, a sport they say teaches kids to single out and violently dominate weaker students.

    Dodgeball is a tool of “oppression” and “miseducative,” the researchers say in the abstract of a paper cited by the National Post, which they will present in Vancouver at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, a summit for thousands of academics happening in early June. The “hidden curriculum” it teaches students is out of step with the larger curriculum, they argue.

    “As we consider the potential of physical education to empower students by engaging them in critical and democratic practices, we conclude that the hidden curriculum is antithetical to this project, even when it reflects the choices of the strongest and most agile students,” the abstract reads.

    The researchers add that dodgeball “reinforces the five faces of oppression” as defined by the late University of Chicago theorist Iris Marion Young. Those are marginalization, powerlessness, helplessness of those perceived as weaker, exploitation and cultural domination, according to the abstract. The story in the National Post is part of a larger series on the most interesting research to be presented at the conference.

    “Despite the fact that many physical educators understand their vital role in helping students develop robust, equal, productive relationships and critical awareness, their practices on the ground do not always reflect this agenda,” they write. “We suggest that this tension becomes sharply visible in the common practice of allowing students to play dodgeball.

    An informal reader poll by the Vancouver Sun suggests Canadians might not be receptive to the idea of ridding schools of the sport. More than 86 percent of respondents to the online poll at the bottom of a report on the paper said schools should not outlaw dodgeball.”


  4. Arrest him, charge him, and put him on trial while he’s here. Show him there’s a price to pay for the type of interference he and his handlers brought to this country thru their seditious actions.


    “Former British spy Christopher Steele, the author of the anti-Trump dossier of salacious and unverified claims about the president’s ties to Russia, has agreed to be questioned by investigators from the United States, according to a report in Britain.

    The Times (UK) cited sources close to Steele on Tuesday in reporting that the 54-year-old is set to be interviewed in London within weeks. The development comes as attention has returned to the dossier authored by Steele — especially since its more sensational claims were not substantiated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, whose report found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election.

    The paper did not specifically say who Steele would be interviewed by.

    But there are several ongoing investigations in the U.S. related to the origins of the Russia probe, and federal investigators are probing how the Democrat-funded anti-Trump dossier written by Steele was used to secure surveillance warrants for former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page in 2016.”


  5. A surprising ally for Trump?


    “Leftwing Academic Calls On Bill Barr To Investigate A Surprising Player In The Russia Hoax Scandal”

    “Now that the popular consensus in the nation has shifted from “Trump is Putin’s tool” to “Trump didn’t want to help Mueller destroy his presidency” it is interesting to see some of the folks claim that they never ever supported the whole Russia hoax. There are a lot out there on the right. National Review’s David French, for instance, says: “I specifically say that I do not buy the collusion story peddled in left-wing media.” His byline says There Is Now Evidence That Senior Trump Officials Attempted to Collude With Russia. One expects the Vichy wing of the GOP to do such things because for all the bullsh** they spin about ‘muh principles’ there is exactly one principle they hold dear…other that checks clearing…and that is sucking up to the left for any scrap of approval they can glean.

    What shows that Steele dossier is looking more and more Chernobyl-like is the fact that the left is beginning to run from it. Stephen F. Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies at Princeton University and New York University, who is also Mr. Katrina vanden Heuvel, definitely a lefty, and a contributor at The Nation, thinks that Bill Barr might be onto something. In fact, it is hard to imagine a more eye-popping opening paragraph:

    It cannot be emphasized too often: Russiagate—allegations that the American president has been compromised by the Kremlin, which may even have helped to put him in the White House—is the worst and (considering the lack of actual evidence) most fraudulent political scandal in American history. We have yet to calculate the damage Russiagate has inflicted on America’s democratic institutions, including the presidency and the electoral process, and on domestic and foreign perceptions of American democracy, or on US-Russian relations at a critical moment when both sides, having “modernized” their nuclear weapons, are embarking on a new, more dangerous, and largely unreported arms race.”


    “Then Cohen comes in for the surprising kill:

    But Barr’s thorniest problem may be understanding the woeful role of mainstream media in Russiagate. As Lee Smith, who contributed important investigative reporting, has written: “The press is part of the operation, the indispensable part. None of it would have been possible…had the media not linked arms with spies, cops, and lawyers to relay a story first spun by Clinton operatives.” How does Barr explore this “indispensable” complicity of the media in originating and perpetuating the Russiagate fraud without impermissibly infringing on the freedom of the press?

    Ideally, mainstream media—print and broadcast—would now themselves report on how and why they permitted intelligence officials, through leaks and anonymous sources, and as “opinion” commentators, to use their pages and programming to promote Russiagate for so long, and why they so excluded well-informed, nonpartisan alternative opinions. Instead, they have almost unanimously reported and broadcast negatively, even antagonistically, about Barr’s investigation, and indeed about Barr personally. (The Washington Post even found a way to print this: “William Barr looks like a toad…”) Such is the seeming panic of the Russiagate media over Barr’s investigation, which promises to declassify related documents, that The New York Times again trotted out its easily debunked fiction that public disclosures will endanger a purported US informant, a Kremlin mole, at Putin’s side.

    This has been my position from Day One. The allegations were transparently bogus and improbable. It was a string of factoids held together by a ribbon of lies spun by the media. The media did this for ratings but also because they had sufficient animus against Trump that they were willing, time and again, to run stories that were often debunked within minutes rather than days that were damaging to Trump and his administration and they were wiling to make long term deals with intelligence leakers who had burned them before.

    The media, however, is already closing ranks to try to shout down Barr’s investigation and that shows that unless Justice brings down the Wrath of God on leakers, our media lacks the discipline or introspection to repair itself.”


  6. I wouldn’t ban dodgeball, but I don’t think it should be mandatory. There were PE periods when I was in grade school when that’s what the whole class played. Maybe I was wussified, but I hated that game. I was a notorious weakling and always felt like a target.

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  7. I don’t think anyone would care if they gave students the choice to opt out. But banning it for everyone seems like overbearing overkill.

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  8. Ungrateful, until they need us yet again.


    “Before bashing Trump, European leaders need a history lesson”

    “Over the next two days, the 75th anniversary of D-Day will be marked with solemn salutes for the undaunted courage of individual soldiers and sailors and the inspired leadership that assembled the armada that liberated Europe.

    President Trump will take part in ceremonies in England and then in Normandy, France, where the German bunkers, bomb craters and the vast American cemetery stand in silent testament to the great alliance that came ashore and defeated Hitler.

    Indeed it was great, perhaps the greatest wartime alliance in history, but could it be done again? If, God forbid, another Hitler were carving up Europe like warm bread, would a new international force respond to storm the beaches and save civilization?

    Merely to ask the question is to suggest the unhappy answer. The West ain’t what it used to be.

    This will come as news to many in London, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam and Brussels, but Donald Trump didn’t cause the decline of the West. In fact, among his supporters, the decline of America largely explains why he was elected in the first place.

    Yet to hear the London demonstrators and some foolish British politicians, Trump is the biggest problem in the world. If it weren’t for him, the lion and the lamb could lay down together.

    Sure, all you would need is a new lamb each morning.

    The modern world as we know it was born in the aftermath of World War II. Unprecedented levels of peace, prosperity and democracy spread across the globe and were guaranteed by financial and military institutions funded mostly by America.

    But vigilance waned as memories dimmed, and much of Europe used the continent’s longest holiday from war to disarm and expand their welfare states. They assumed, correctly, that America would be there to protect them.

    Then along comes Trump with his America First agenda and instantly he’s the skunk at their garden party. He demands, outrageously in their view, that Europe finally pay its fair share for the common defense, a promise often made but never kept.

    They hate his insistence on border security, even as their nations are roiled by their own influx of uninvited migrants. They hate him for this and they hate him for that, but most of all, they hate him for being so damn American.

    Give us a citizen of the world, they say, give us another Barack Obama. Give us somebody who flatters us and apologizes for America.”


  9. I agree with Kevin. Dodgeball should still be allowed as playground play, or “free play” in the gym, but not as part of P.E. It is true that in that situation, the weaker and unpopular kids end up getting pummeled.

    I’m not sure what you meant, AJ, about opting out, but if you meant to have it as part of P.E. and allow some kids to opt out, I would still say that is not a good idea. It is asking kids to voluntarily admit that they are the weaker ones, and be picked on in a different way.

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  10. So apparently there is some controversy going on about a recent piece or two on First Things by Sohrab Ahmari. I have read a few rebuttals to him. Here is one of them, worth considering. (I have also read a piece by David French about how greatly Ahmari mischaracterized him. I’ll see if I can find that again, in case anyone is interested.)

    “The New Theocrats Are Neither Conservative Nor Christian
    By rejecting classical liberalism, Sohrab Ahmari and his ilk deny the dignity of the human person.”



  11. A nice, fairly brief story of people on different sides of an issue seeking to understand the other side.

    “When the video of Philando Castile being shot by a Minnesota police officer during a traffic stop went viral in the summer of 2016, Renee Liverpool was in Atlanta, pregnant with her youngest son. As the country was once again confronted by the fact that black bodies are not always safe on the streets of America, the excitement every expecting mother experiences was marred with fear for Renee.

    Renee faced the reality that so many mothers raising children of color are forced to confront: her future was going to be full of conversations about driving while black and answering questions like, “Is it ok to be a black boy and wear a hoodie? Can you play capture the flag in neighborhood backyards without the police being called?”

    All of these thoughts and questions rushed through her mind as she attended baby showers and watched her little boy on the ultrasound. “You do not want to be afraid for your child’s life before they are even here.”

    There’s something you need to know about Renee, though.

    She doesn’t just sit in fear. She doesn’t just ask questions. She looks for solutions.”



  12. That’s weird. I had used the symbols for italics for the quotation, but it didn’t italicize.

    Will this italicize?


  13. I thought dodgeball was banned years ago, with snowballs and sleds and red rover and crack the whip. They are not played in our local school. I liked dodgeball.


  14. I dreaded the days we played dodgeball and yes we even played Red Rover in elementary school PE! Those rubber balls left many a red stinging spot on my face and I am amazed I never broke a wrist during Red Rover! (Yes I was always the last one picked for a team and by the time I was reluctantly chosen by the team captain I was so stress I wanted to throw up!) I was the tiniest, skinniest little thing in elementary school…..But saying all of that…I survived!! 🙃

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