Archive for ◊ January, 2017 ◊

Immigration Reality
Monday, January 30th, 2017 | Author:

The Leftists are apoplectic over Trump’s executive order halting immigration from terrorist-spawning countries. Here is an interesting viewpoint on what’s really happening:

Advocates of sane, secure immigration policy have long noted that it’s almost impossible to have a reasonable discussion of the refugee and immigration issues, because it’s been sentimentalized and politicized beyond the realm of rational thought.

This weekend brings them another superb example of media-magnified shrieking about fascism, bleating about “white nationalists,” howling about “religious persecution,” false invocations of the Constitution, and theatrical sobbing on behalf of the Statue of Liberty.

The hysterical reaction to Trump’s order illustrates the very thing that worries advocates of strong immigration security: Americans’ security is the lowest priority, far below progressive ideology, crass political opportunism, and emotional theater.

We’re being effectively told by the theatrical class to tolerate a certain amount of Islamic terrorism because their feelings would be hurt by the tough measures we need protest ourselves from a tough enemy. But this time, President Trump is proving tough enough to push our security up into the top priority.

Source: Seven Inconvenient Facts About Trump’s Refugee Actions

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Trump vs Obama on Immigration
Saturday, January 28th, 2017 | Author:

This is a good summary:

There’s one fundamental difference between the new White House and the old when it comes to immigration: Barack Obama ordered his administration not to enforce a number of immigration laws. Donald Trump has ordered his administration to enforce them.

Trump’s two immigration executive orders, issued Wednesday, are long, far-reaching, and complicated. But perhaps the most consequential passage in the two combined orders is a single sentence: “The purpose of this order is to direct executive departments and agencies to employ all lawful means to enforce the immigration laws of the United States.”

Source: Trump’s radical immigration plan: Enforce the law

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Fred Sokol, Of Blessed Memory
Thursday, January 26th, 2017 | Author:

In memory of my father, Fred E. Sokol (zikhronah livrakha, זיכרונה לברכה), known in his younger days as Ephraim Shklovsky.  He was born in Petah Tikva, Israel in 1929 and passed away in Dayton, Ohio in 2017…  a few photos through the decades of 1930, 1940, 1970, 1980, 1990, and 2010.

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A Major Change in USA Direction
Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 | Author:

Ideally, changes for the better are coming…

Inauguration Day 2016 will mark perhaps the greatest political and cultural shift in American history as the Utopians of the Progressive Left kick and scream, wail and whine as they shuffle off into forced retirement and irrelevance.  Perhaps not since Lincoln’s trip to Washington in early 1861 to begin his first term has so much vitriol, so many official and unofficial attempts to derail and delegitimize the president-elect, been seen.

Source: Trump Gores a Sacred Cow, and Liberals Lament

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Islam and Opposition to Western Values
Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 | Author:

For those who believe that Israel is the reason that Islam opposes the West:

The international community must wake up soon and acknowledge the truth that a religious war is in progress between Radical Islam and the civilized, democratic, and free Western world, which includes Israel. Israel has been in the forefront of the war on Jihadist terror because it is a Western, democratic, nation located in the barbaric, primitive, Islamist neighborhood where Radical Islam originated.

However, the international community should know by now that throwing Israel under the bus through condemnations, product labeling, boycotting, and divestment will not save it from Radical Islam. Associating with, sympathizing with, and granting concessions to other radical Islamist players such as Iran, Assad’s Syria, Hamas, Hizb’allah, and the Palestinian Authority, only reassures Islamists that Europe and the world is not serious about defeating Muslim terror and eventually can be weakened and defeated by it.

Source: Betraying Israel

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You have been Snookered
Saturday, January 14th, 2017 | Author:

All of you who believe that Obama (better known as the Manchurian Marxist Moslem) is a master statesmen and the latest arrival of the Messiah should be a little disappointed.  In reality, he is a delusional master charlatan.  Take a step back and examine the facts.  Over eight years, Obama has relied on the unprecedented practice of two key strategies:

  • Repeat the message, no matter how fictional, until it becomes real to people
  • Use the federal presses to print money and buy-off the sycophants

As Lawrence Sellin noted: “Over the course of eight years, Obama’s pronouncements steadily became, not motivational instruments or representations of a desired state of affairs, but feats of political transubstantiation, where, if he utters them, words become reality.”  Obama and the mainstream media have perfected the practice of presenting their spin on any message.  It’s now very difficult to differentiate between videos observed on CNN from those produced by Hollywood.

You don’t believe that Obama was buying support?  During the Obama years, he added more than 9 trillion dollars to the national debt.  This is almost a doubling of the debt that has been accumulated over a 200 year period!  Is that not significant?    An example that may be more meaningful — the number of food stamp recipients increased by more than 10 million people, 32% higher than when Obama took office.   In 2008, about 80 million Americans were out of the workforce. That number has since grown by more than 15 million people.

All politicians are part-time magicians — fast with their hands and tongues.  Obama has taken the manipulation of the public to unprecedented levels.

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Is Science Now More Political Than Ever?
Monday, January 09th, 2017 | Author:

A tenured professor of climate science at Georgia Tech University decided to call it quits:

“A deciding factor was that I no longer know what to say to students and postdocs regarding how to navigate the CRAZINESS in the field of climate science.  Research and other professional activities are professionally rewarded only if they are channeled in certain directions approved by a politicized academic establishment — funding, ease of getting your papers published, getting hired in prestigious positions, appointments to prestigious committees and boards, professional recognition, etc.  How young scientists are to navigate all this is beyond me, and it often becomes a battle of scientific integrity versus career suicide.”

Source: Knives sticking out of my back

Do Headlines Matter?
Sunday, January 08th, 2017 | Author:

In the world of Obama, the Moslems and Democrats are never responsible for bad behavior. Thus, for the last eight years we’ve seen headlines that twist reality and hope to absolve the immoral party of responsibility.  One of worst perpetrators is CNN.

The graphic below shows an example.  In this case, a Palestinian intentionally rammed a large truck into a crowd in Israel, killing four people. The headlines from some of the journals appear below…  I suppose the truck operated on it own.

It’s the Leftist journalist way of helping to ensure that Moslems are never accountable for their immoral behavior.

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There is Hope for America
Thursday, January 05th, 2017 | Author:

According to a recent Gallup poll, most Americans are concerned about the threat from a large government presence:

Two in three Americans (67%) identify big government as the country’s biggest threat. That is below the record high of 72% in 2013 but still on the higher end of the range since the mid-1960s.

Source: Americans Still See Big Government as Top Threat

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We Want Less Tyranny
Monday, January 02nd, 2017 | Author:

Call it what you want — Classic Liberalism, Tea Party Supporter, Deplorable American.  It doesn’t really matter.  These ‘parties’ all support the same basic notions about liberty and freedom.  There are those of us who yearn to have less government telling us how to live.

If you’re a reader of this blog, you likely understand the viewpoint that politics is not so much about Democrat versus Republican, but about the trade-offs between tyranny versus anarchy.

Interestingly, this week two pertinent articles appeared from authors for which I have great respect.  Both writers share stories about how government mandates and regulations have reached ridiculous levels.  The first commentary is from Mark Steyn where he notes:

In the Fifties one in 20 members of the workforce needed government permission to do his job. Now it’s one in three. The original justification for requiring a government permit to cut another person’s hair is that a salon contains potentially dangerous chemicals such as coloring products. Making the license conditional upon acing sexual-assault training courses is not just the usual Big Government expansion but the transformation of the relationship between a private business and the state

The second commentary is from George Will where he observes the evolution of the nanny state:

Let freedom ring, in the nooks and crannies of the administrative state: One day a year — Lemonade Day — children in Austin can sell the stuff without spending $460 on various fees, licenses and permits. Twelve-year-olds in a Tampa middle school, learning about “how much privilege” they have, were asked if they were “Cisgendered,” “Transgendered” or “Genderqueer.” Two years after Emma was the most common name given to baby American girls, the trend was toward supposedly gender-neutral baby names (e.g., Lincoln, Max, Arlo) lest the child feel enslaved to stereotypes. A New Jersey mother says a police officer interrogated her 9-year-old son after he was suspected of a racial slur when he talked about brownies, the baked good. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission pondered whether a worker committed racial harassment by wearing a cap emblazoned with the Gadsden flag (depicting a coiled rattlesnake, with the words “Don’t Tread on Me”). A University of Iowa professor complained that the Hawkeyes’ mascot Herky, a fierce bird, is “conveying an invitation to aggressivity and even violence” that is discordant with the “all accepting, nondiscriminatory messages we are trying to convey.”

With the new year, many of us are hoping that the new administration restores a little more logic in its handling of governance.

 

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