Thursday, June 28, 2018

Poll: How serious an offense is illegal border crossing?

Blogger has "retired" its Poll gadget, so I'm just going to wing this, because I really want to know...

I suspect the divide between left/right on illegal immigration is driven by how serious an offense you think border-hopping is. Leftists make their views known by dropping the qualifier "illegal" entirely -- everybody's an immigrant. They invented a linguistic dodge -- "undocumented" which allows them to distinguish between legal immigrants and illegal without having to use the term illegal. Their media enablers have gone along with this.

So, how serious an offence is illegal immigration? Please "vote".

a) Not at all serious or important -- open the borders!

b) about as serious as speeding or illegal parking

c) about as serious as shoplifting

d) about as serious as cheating/lying to the authorities on your income tax

e) about as serious as cheating/lying to authorities AND breaking/entering into someone's home or property

f) more serious than (e) above (explain)

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Schumer rejects US border separation solution - Why Did The News Cycle Drop This??

Schumer rejects GOP proposal to address border crisis
Asked if that meant Democrats would not support a bill backed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to keep immigrant families together while seeking asylum on the U.S. border, Schumer said they want to keep the focus on Trump.
Why wasn't this Democrat move shouted from the media mountaintops?

Implementing zero-tolerance is just another way of saying "we will uphold the laws of the United States".  If you don't like the law, change the law.

US Border Separations: "All this can be avoided if --

... These kids... are brought over in extremely dangerous conditions, in extremely dangerous terrain, and all this can be avoided if they just go through the port of entry. There would be no crime committed by them and they wouldn’t get separated. Why they don’t do this is beyond me,” explained Cabrera, adding, “As we all know, when you get arrested, you don’t get to stay with your family.”

RedState -- Border Patrol Agent Teaches CNN Just How Ignorant The Network Is About Migrant Children 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The Truth about Separating Kids: just the facts, ma'am

A fact-based explanation well worth the read by Rich Lowry @ National Review.
Why try to hold adults at all? First of all, if an asylum-seeker is detained, it means that the claim goes through the process much more quickly, a couple of months or less rather than years. Second, if an adult is released while the claim is pending, the chances of ever finding that person again once he or she is in the country are dicey, to say the least. It is tantamount to allowing the migrant to live here, no matter what the merits of the case.
.... The option that both honors our laws and keeps family units together is a swift return home after prosecution. But immigrant advocates hate it because they want the migrants to stay in the United States. How you view this question will depend a lot on how you view the motivation of the migrants (and how seriously you take our laws and our border).
So true, so true.

Notes:

1st offense misdemeanor: Separation of less than one day while the violation is being processed. "The migrants generally plead guilty, and they are then sentenced to time served, typically all in the same day, although practices vary along the border. After this, they are returned to the custody of ICE."

2nd offense: felony. Criminal proceedings apply.

Appeals for asylum:  "In that scenario, the adults are almost certainly going to be detained longer than the government is allowed to hold their children." "Flores Consent Decree from 1997...  unaccompanied children can be held only 20 days. A ruling by the Ninth Circuit extended this 20-day limit to children who come as part of family units. So even if we want to hold a family unit together, we are forbidden from doing so."

Why hold adults at all? "... if an asylum-seeker is detained... the claim goes through the process much more quickly, a couple of months or less rather than years. Second, if an adult is released while the claim is pending, the chances of ever finding that person again... are dicey, to say the least. It is tantamount to allowing the migrant to live here, no matter what the merits of the case.

Lowry ends by saying, "Congress can fix this". See my post on Chuck Schumer -- not interested in a fix by Congress.


Monday, June 25, 2018

Who’s Really to Blame at the Border: Activist judges, perverse incentives, and the law of unintended? consequences

The backstory to the current border crisis via Heather Mac Donald writing in City Journal: "the current distress and hysteria is the fault of illegal aliens and their enablers in the courts":
So it was a ruse. The hysteria over the separation of illegal-alien asylum-seekers from their children (or their purported children) was in large part pretextual. The real target of rage was the Trump administration’s policy of prosecuting all illegal border-crossers for the federal misdemeanor of illegal entry....
.... The extraordinarily complex thicket of interpolated rules and rights that govern U.S. immigration policy (the result of decades of nonstop litigation by the immigration bar) contains a series of judicial mandates that defeated even the Obama administration’s tepid efforts to bring some semblance of lawfulness to the border. A long-running class-action lawsuit in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, originally styled Flores v. Reno, has held that alien minors cannot be confined by the government for longer than 20 days. This 20-day cap contributed to the flood of Central American child-toting asylum seekers that picked up steam during President Obama’s second term [my bolds]. Asylum petitions typically take months, if not years, to adjudicate, given the long backlog of such cases in the immigration courts. If an adult crosses the border alone and utters the magic asylum words—a fear of persecution in his home country—he could in theory be held in detention until his asylum claim was adjudicated. If, however, he brings a child with him and makes an asylum pitch, he puts the government to a choice: detain the adult separately until his claim is heard and release the child after 20 days, or release both adult and child together.
The Obama administration usually chose the second option. Word coursed through Mexico and Central America that taking a child across the border was a get-out-of-jail-free card that would exempt its holder from both criminal prosecution and detention. This child-release lever, coupled with Obama’s announcement in 2012 that he would grant amnesty to the so-called Dreamers, meant that Obama soon had his own family border crisis on his hands. In 2014, 70,000 adult-child units and 70,000 unaccompanied minors were apprehended illegally crossing into the U.S. The administration tried building large family detention centers to hold the children and their accompanying adults, but the same Flores decree that has bedeviled the Trump White House stymied that effort. In 2015, a federal trial judge, Holly Gee, herself appointed by Obama and the very definition of an activist jurist, vastly expanded the scope of the original decree and ordered the administration to release the detained minors. The Department of Homeland Security warned that ending family detention would trigger another border surge. Judge Gee dismissed this concern as “fear-mongering,” according to the Associated Press. 
Obeying the law... is something that must never be demanded of politically correct victims. If lawbreaking carries negative consequences, the fault lies with the legal system, not with an individual’s decision to break the law in the first place.... 
The “progressive” solution to these dilemmas is to confer an immediate benefit on the alleged victim that will alleviate the problem in the short term, perverse incentives be damned. Illegal aliens with children must be exempt from immigration rules. The likelihood that such a policy will encourage more illegal aliens to come is out of sight, out of mind (if not covertly viewed as an affirmative good).... 
Strangely, after Trump issued his recent executive order, a few media voices tentatively raised the problem of the unintended consequences of purportedly humane rules. CNN anchor John Berman asked Schiff on Thursday morning if exempting illegal aliens with children from detention “incentivized” such illegal crossings. Schiff ducked the query: “Well, it’s not a simple question as whether somebody has a child or not.” But the problem of perverse incentives will not go away. America’s loss of sovereignty over its borders and the incursion of millions of barely literate campesinos and their progeny is the result of years of victim-favoring policies that ignore personal agency and court the consequences.
City Journal 

Sunday, June 24, 2018

The ‘Mustard Seed’ That Liberated Spanish Christians from Islamic Rule

Way back when, a solitary Spaniard stood against the Islamic invasion:
Exactly 1,300 years ago, in the year 718, a little-remembered kingdom was born in Spain. It soon led to the liberation of the Iberian Peninsula from Islamic occupation. To appreciate the significance of that development, we must travel back seven years earlier, to 711, when Arabs and Africans, both under the banner of Islam, “godlessly invaded Spain to destroy it,” to quote from the Chronicle of 754. Once on European soil, they “ruined beautiful cities, burning them with fire; condemned lords and powerful men to the cross; and butchered youths and infants with the sword.”....
“I will not associate with the Arabs in friendship nor will I submit to their authority,” Pelayo responded [to the dhimmi bishop]. Then the rebel made a prophecy that would be fulfilled over the course of nearly eight centuries: “Have you not read in the divine scriptures [e.g., Mark 4:30-21] that the church of God is compared to a mustard seed and that it will be raised up again through divine mercy?”....
(Here, in the Chronicle of Alfonso III, we have possibly the oldest record of the two sorts of Christians that developed under Muslim-occupied Spain: those who defied Islam and fled to the Asturian wilds, and those who accepted their lot and maneuvered within the system as subjugated dhimmis — and grumbled against their northern coreligionists for bringing Islam’s ire against them. The two will meet and compete again in centuries to come.)
National Review.
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." -- Spaniard George Santayana.

Saturday, June 09, 2018

How Does Christianity Differ from Other Religions On Homosexuality?

How Does Christianity Differ from Other Religions On Homosexuality?

That's a good question. Here's an answer by Terrell Clemmons at Salvo magazine.
Man and woman being created in the image of God is a blasphemous concept to Islam, a foreign concept in any pantheism, and an absurdity in any naturalistic secularism. Only the biblical worldview, which holds that all men and all women bear God's divine image, gives any objective grounding for inherent human dignity and value.
The argument could perhaps be summarized as this: God has a higher view of human beings than we have of ourselves, and expects us to act accordingly.

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Jordan Peterson: A Christian Critique

Jordan Peterson is neither a Christian nor a conservative. But, he is thoughtful and brave, and his message of personal responsibility resonates with conservatives and Christians.

Perhaps he is, as Jesus might put it, "not far from the kingdom".

Here's a blunt Christian critique of his Jungian philosophy from the Daily Caller.

Here's another; more of a review than a critique: Jordan Peterson, Unlikely Guru, by Matthew Schmitz at First Things.
Peterson is a latter-day Norman Vincent Peale, offering sympathy and practical advice. He tells his fans to get a job and become worthy spouses.... But Peterson has an instinct for cultural combat that Peale lacked. He flirts with positions that the Religious Right gave up on long ago, such as opposition to contraception and divorce. “Was it really a good thing,” Peterson asks, “to so dramatically liberalize the divorce laws in the 1960s? It’s not clear to me that the children whose lives were destabilized by the hypothetical freedom this attempt at liberation introduced would say so.” He refuses to use gender-neutral pronouns, such as “zi” and “zir,” that blur the line between woman and man.
Most stunning of all, Peterson criticizes the liberal rhetoric of freedom. “Rights! Rights! Rights!” he exclaims. “It’s appalling.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Heartwarming: Soldier reunites with stray dog she rescued while deployed

Great story. Heartwarming. You can tell a lot about a culture by the way they treat their animals. Proverbs 12:10.

Here's the video.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Monday, October 02, 2017

This is America - The Las Vegas Massacre

When an Islamist terrorist strikes, the West inevitably says, "we won't let this change us".

In the case of the Las Vegas shooter, this is "us". This is America. The shooting, the shooter -- homegrown, innate, intrinsic.

America places yuuge emphasis on success and fame. Was the killer really seeking to kill people, or was he seeking notoriety and fame? Whatever his motive, he short-circuited morality and died a killer.

And that's the way the Ball Bounces.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

UK: Threat Level Reduced to "Severe"

Happy days are here again.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian Coptic Christian massacre didn't even last a single 24 hour news cycle -- Donald Trump's phantom collusion with Russia and university campus hurt feelings are far more important than Egyptian massacres.

If you haven't dropped by Mark Steyn's website lately, please do so.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Jimmy Carter: Still Crazy on North Korea, After All These Years

How Jimmy Carter and I Were Wrong on North Korea—And How Carter is Still Wrong
December 13, 2010 | by R.B.A. Di Muccio

Wasn't it Carter who was against inspections because it would make North Korea think we didn't trust them? Presidents -- Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama -- have been kicking the North Korea can down the road ever since.

Pray that God gives President Trump wisdom to deal with North Korea. Pray for freedom and betterment for the North Korean people.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Resurrection and belonging

“The resurrection completes the inauguration of God's kingdom. . . . It is the decisive event demonstrating that God's kingdom really has been launched on earth as it is in heaven."

"The message of Easter is that God's new world has been unveiled in Jesus Christ and that you're now invited to belong to it.”

― N.T. Wright

Saturday, April 15, 2017

What does "he was wounded for our transgressions" mean?

So, what really happened on Good Friday? What (if anything) did Christ's suffering accomplish?
The New Testament authors... saw Christ as the suffering Servant of Isaiah 53, who suffered in the place of sinners, bearing the punishment they deserved, that they might be reconciled to God. -- William Lane Craig.
Read more on atonement theories: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/must-a-biblical-doctrine-of-the-atonement-comprise-penal-substitution#ixzz4eFSJlgCz

Friday, April 14, 2017

Why is this Friday good?

Isaiah 53New King James Version (NKJV)

53 Who has believed our report?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant,
And as a root out of dry ground.
He has no form or comeliness;
And when we see Him,
There is no beauty that we should desire Him.
He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth;
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.
He was taken from prison and from judgment,
And who will declare His generation?
For He was cut off from the land of the living;
For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.
And they[a] made His grave with the wicked—
But with the rich at His death,
Because He had done no violence,
Nor was any deceit in His mouth.
10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him;
He has put Him to grief.
When You make His soul an offering for sin,
He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days,
And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.
11 He shall see the labor of His soul,[b] and be satisfied.
By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many,
For He shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great,
And He shall divide the spoil with the strong,
Because He poured out His soul unto death,
And He was numbered with the transgressors,
And He bore the sin of many,
And made intercession for the transgressors.

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 53:9 Literally he or He
  2. Isaiah 53:11 Following Masoretic Text, Targum, and Vulgate; Dead Sea Scrolls and Septuagint read From the labor of His soul He shall see light.
New King James Version (NKJV)
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

CO2: The Garcinia Cambogia Miracle Drug of Climate Science

I came across a blurb today for Garcinia Cambogia. No, Garcinia Cambogia is not some strong, brave woman Hillary Clinton plans to drag out to launch her 2020 presidential run.
Garcinia Cambogia a "miracle weight-loss" pill that MSNBC's Rachel Maddow apparently used to do some load-shedding.
I did a 5-minute google check on it. While individuals rave at what it has done for them, scientists weigh in:
It's mostly pinned on hydroxycitric acid (HCA), a substance found in garcinia cambogia that appears to inhibit an enzyme called citrate lyase and interferes with fatty acid metabolism. 
“HCA does do that—but in a petri dish," says Steven Heymsfield, M.D., the former head of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La. "Converting that to actual weight loss in humans would take 1,000 steps beyond that," he says.
I realized what I had: a near-perfect analogy for CO2 and catastrophic, species-ending, mass migration-causing anthropogenic climate change. Just re-do the words:
It's mostly pinned on carbon dioxide (CO2), a substance found in human energy emissions that inhibits the release of heat through the atmosphere and causes a "greenhouse" effect.
“CO2 does do that—but in a petri dish," says Ima Scientist, PhD and former head of the physics dept at Prestige U. "Converting that to actual temperature gains in earth's complex, chaotic, climate system would take 1,000 steps beyond that," he says.
Now, here's the rub. Why is it that scientists are predisposed towards skepticism towards weight-loss formulas, but are so quick to jump on the AGW belief bandwagon?  Climate is much more complicated, complex, and chaotic than a linear physics lab experiment.

And that's the way the Ball bounces.


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Seven Reasons to Read the Bible in 2017

1. The Bible will bring you to God.

2. The Bible will lift your burdens.

3. The Bible will guide your steps.

4. The Bible will lead you to wisdom.

5. The Bible will give you peace and joy.

6. The Bible will keep you from sin.

7. The Bible will give you a reliable lens for viewing and interpreting life's events.

Adapted from Seven Benefits from Reading Your Bible, The Daily Walk Bible.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Terrorist Attacks In The Past Year - How Many Can You Remember?

Can anyone recall all the Islamist terrorist atrocities committed in the past year?

Can anyone put them in the right order?

Friday, October 28, 2016

Corruption USA: The Politicized DOJ

Schweizer: DOJ Funneling Fines To Left-Wing Organizations
[H]ere’s the other shocking thing. if you are a bank, and say you are fined $70 million because you have committed offenses or crimes, the Department of Justice under obama will give you a 7 to 1 discount. if you owe $70 million, if you give $10 million to a progressive group, they will wipe the $70 million clean. So, they have a financial incentive to not say anything and to go along with the scam.”
Someone please tell me this isn't true. Corruption destroy's a nation's soul and kills its economy.

The USA appears to be on its way to becoming a corrupt nation -- thanks in no small part to the Democratic Party.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Democrat Thuggery -- Where's the Outrage?

While the mainstream media has been working day and night promoting Hillary Clinton’s candidacy, it has largely ignored or downplayed violent attacks against supporters of Donald Trump.
But assaults on Trump supporters appear to be growing increasingly common as Election Day approaches and tensions intensify. 
People have been assaulted; people have been hurt; personal property has been valdalized and destroyed.

The thuggery of the Hillary Clinton campaign should be a national scandal of the first order.

Instead, it's a media ho-hum.

Where's Bob "where's the outrage" Dole when we need him?

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Michelle Obama's Hypocrisy

Michelle Obama's Promotion of Misogyny and Date Rape
Donald Trump's statements, which were probably empty boasts in contrast to Bill Clinton's well-known behavior, were indeed lewd and unacceptable. While two wrongs do not make a right, Michelle and Barack Obama have openly promoted rap artists who glorify misogyny, sexual objectification of women, and even date rape. That's right; I am indeed calling out our country's sorry excuse for a First Lady for her and her husband's deplorable legitimization of the most despicable misogynistic language on earth.
Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2016/10/michelle_obamas_promotion_of_misogyny_and_date_rape.html#ixzz4OCiJjMG2 
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The hypocrisy of the left knows no bounds.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Hillary Channels John Lennon

Did you Hillary Clinton's white suit in the 3rd debate?

Looks like she's channeling John Lennon:

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do...

Hmm. You mean open borders, John?

Friday, August 19, 2016

Is Toyota Canada Trying To Lose Business?

Our 2006 Toyota Matrix -- a great car -- has had a recall notice on the front passenger airbag since 2015. For the past 14 months we have not been able to use the front passenger seat. When I called the dealer about when the airbag would be replaced, they said they knew nothing and directed me to the Toyota national website.

Finally I got a letter in the mail from Toyota today saying they now had the parts and were ready to replace the potentially defective airbag. I should call the dealer immediately to schedule. I called within one minute of receiving the letter. I was told that they were out of parts, and I should call back in two weeks. I indicated I had just received a letter saying parts were available.

The response? "That's from Toyota national. Thanks, and have a great day."

* * *

Most businesses work really hard to gain customers, and, when they have got them, they work hard to keep them. Message to Toyota: Customers view Toyota Canada as a single entity. Your schizophrenic distinction between national and dealer Toyota is not working.

Our loyalty to Toyota has been reset to zero, and I'm having a great day looking at a Subaru Forester.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

"Why Do They Hate Us?"

Another terrorist massacre, this one a truck missile in Nice, France.

Remember when this current era of terrorism started (or at least, hit critical mass) on 9/11? The question on media and politicians' lips was, "why do they hate us?" -- the inference being that it has to be our fault.

Well, we blamed ourselves. We blamed Bush. President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize and embarked on his world apology tour, prostrating himself before Muslim leaders and disavowing American/Western exceptionalism.

If we thought all this would somehow help, it didn't. If terrorist acts are a barometer, they hate us more than ever.

But now we no longer ask, "why?".

Why is that? Has something changed?

Sunday, July 10, 2016

The war on cops: The big lie of the anti-cop left turns lethal

“What do we want? Dead cops.”

Remember that Black Lives Matter chant. Well, they got 'em. Five policemen slain in Dallas, with more to come.

This is a must-read article: "The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe" by Heather Mac Donald.

Via Fox News.

The way the Ball bounces

"... nothing intellectually compelling or challenging.. bald assertions coupled to superstition... woefully pathetic"