13 thoughts on “News/Politics 7-9-22

  1. Don’t worry AJ, I enjoyed an internet filled day. Canada has only three real telecoms who have a virtual monopoly of any wireless or internet activity; Bell (based in Quebec) Telus (based in Vncouver) and Rogers (in Ontrio). Competition is managed by the three through resellers – I’m with Virgin a Bell reseller so I was okay. Rogers is the smaller of the three so it mostly affected Ontario. However, this is a good example of the problems of oligarchy – only three companies controlling a nations telecommunications networks (the monopolies are both horizontal and vertical). Similar to the oil companies that are currently gouging us these companies needed to be either broken up or taken over/managed by the gov’t. Canada has one of the highest data/wifi/cell fees in the world because of the monopoly. Four years ago while teaching in Poland, I found data to be around 10-20% of what is charged here.

    The real reason I didn’t respond yesterday – I was reading a great book by historian Timothy Snyder called the Road to Unfreedom. Using a historical perspective, he looks at the ideological motivations behind today’s events in the US, Russia and the EU. It was published in 2018 yet is still relevant today and helps you understand Putin’s motiation in Ukraine for example.


  2. In reference to your migration links and comments; Similar to your distrust of the Post, I’ll wait for confirmation on whatever the Examiner writes. DHS only publishes year end stats so they’re six months behind. Its a given 2022 will exceed 2021 but if remains to be seen by how much. Usually the peak migratory period is March but it seems to have moved to July – in any case, the numbers should trend downwards now.

    Here’s an interesting article;

    2021 was a record year but only slightly higher than 2000 and 1985. I don’t believe the Democrats threatened to impeach Reagan for dereliction of duty. The interesting thing about the data is the increase in single adults from countries other than Mexico and Central America. Ecuador (covid linked decline) Venezuela, Nicaragua (two “socialist” countries failing bc of either ineptness or US interference) Brazil (neo-fascist human rights abuse) Cuba, Haiti (natural disasters). It seems to be a perfect storm.

    Expulsions and deportations continue at the same rate as during the Trump administration which was far lower than during the Obama administration. Given the difference in migrant demographics – these aren’t economic migrants, it will be pretty difficult to stem the tide unless the push factors in the home countries change.


  3. “DHS only publishes year end stats so they’re six months behind.”

    That is incorrect. They issues quarterly reports.



    And Border Patrol and Customs releases numbers every month on encounters.

    Released June 15th, the most recent stats.


    “CBP Southwest Border Enforcement Numbers for May 2022

    The large number of expulsions during the pandemic has contributed to a higher-than-usual number of migrants making multiple border crossing attempts, which means that total encounters somewhat overstate the number of unique individuals arriving at the border.

    The number of unique individuals encountered nationwide in May 2022 was 177,793, a 15 percent increase in the number of unique enforcement encounters over the prior month.
    In total, there were 239,416 encounters along the southwest land border in May, a 2 percent increase compared to April. Of those, 25 percent involved individuals who had at least one prior encounter in the previous 12 months, compared to an average one-year re-encounter rate of 15 percent for FY2014-2019.

    69 percent of all southwest land border encounters were single adults, with 165,200 encounters in May, a 2 percent decrease compared to April.
    100,699 southwest land border encounters, 42 percent of the total, were processed for expulsion under Title 42. 138,717 southwest land border encounters were processed under Title 8.

    90,650 encounters involving single adults (55 percent of all single adult encounters) were processed for expulsion under Title 42, with 74,550 processed under Title 8.

    9,850 encounters involving family unit individuals (17 percent of all family unit individuals) were processed for expulsion under Title 42, with 49,432 processed under Title 8.”


    Note the lies the left spreads about this being mostly minors. 69 percent were single adults. That’s been the trend since this started, but the media and Democrats lie about it. As is the lie about it being mostly family units.

    “Unaccompanied Children

    Encounters of unaccompanied children along the southwest land border increased 21 percent, with 14,699 encounters in May compared with 12,180 in April. In May, the average number of unaccompanied children in CBP custody was 692 per day, compared with an average of 479 per day in April.
    Family Unit individuals

    Encounters of family unit individuals along the southwest land border increased by 8 percent from 55,092 in April to 59,282 in May—which is a 32 percent decrease from the peak of 86,631 in August 2021.”

    And as I said, Biden’s Invasion is record setting.


  4. The left is so tolerant….

    But only if you agree with them. Dissent will not be tolerated.

    Now they’re paying people to harass judges.


    “Liberal protest group offers ‘bounties’ for info on where conservative justices are located”



  5. AJ – the quarterly reports aren’t very useful. The monthly reports (from cbp not dhs — I looked at the wrong site) are interesting, particularly the catch and release nature of the single adult migrants. Single adult migrants are still being expelled as per the Trump admin practise. However, 25% of all expellees are encountered again within a one year period. In other words, CBP dumps the single adults in Mexico and they try again – I have to imagine some of them will succeed. Since the majority of the single adults are from outside Central America and Mexico, I doubt expelling them will result in them returning to Haiti, Cuba, Ecuador etc. They will just try again. Maybe they should change the Trump era policy and deport to the country of origin instead.

    Of course deportation is a lenghty legal process so it takes more time and money and may result in some migrants being granted refugee status so let’s continue with catch and release.


  6. Unfortunately for Kavanaugh and Morton’s, the Supreme Court has ruled that protesting in front of homes and businesses is legal as long as they remain on the sidewalk and do not physically impede access. From what I understand, the protesters were abiding by the law. Someone eating there commented that Kavanaugh did not hear or see the protesters. The irony here is that attempts to create buffer zones to protect abortion clinic patients were struck down by the Supreme Court as an infringement of free speech. In a further irony, the Supreme Court has created a buffer zone around itself directly contradicting its own ruling.


  7. Apples and oranges.

    This is not just noxious behavior; it is illegal. Federal law — Section 1507 of Title 18 of the U.S. Code — clearly states that it is unlawful to protest near a “residence occupied or used by [a] judge, juror, witness, or court officer” with the intent of influencing “the discharge of his duty,” adding that anyone who “uses any sound-truck or similar device or resorts to any other demonstration in or near any such building or residence, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.”
    The reason is simple: It is obstruction of justice. Just as it is against the law to tamper with witnesses or jurors by intimidating them or their family, it’s unlawful to tamper with a Supreme Court justice by coming to their home to threaten, harass or coerce them to influence their vote in a case before the court.

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  8. The BP numbers are more accurate, since they aren’t whitewashed by DHS for political reasons. The BP is the ones incountering the invaders. They know the real figures better than anyone.

    Also the expelled but returning is happening because Trump tossed them to Mexico to wait as their first country encountered and international law. Biden has opened the gates and they are flooding back now.

    It’s dereliction of duty and an impeachable offense.

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  9. Before I comment further, let make it clear I don’t think people should be harrassing a judge out for dinner nor protesting in front of a Planned Parenthood doctor’s house or harassing women entering an abortion clinic. We can disagree on fundamental questions but we should maintain civility. My observation is only the irony of the situation. The Supreme Court has ruled that harassing people on the sidewalk is free speech, that buffer zones are uncostitutional yet they themselves erect baricades and their supporters cry foul. In addition, I don’t think the protesters are attempting to influence Kavanaugh or obstruct justice they just want to make his life miserable which again is apparently an exercise in free speech. That is, even more irony.

    There’s even more irony —- https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/supreme-court-buffer-zone-anti-abortion-group-1377512/.


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