Is that, or is that not, the smuggest looking dog you've ever seen?
I couldn't resist this snarky photo.
This comes from the comment section of a column at PJ Media by John Hawkins. Hat tip to the commenter - LeMan - who appended it.
A majority of voters want immigration reform (73%) and secure borders (76%). Voters also want stricter enforcement of immigration laws (70%). Voters support prosecuting immigrants who cross the border illegally (53%) and sending these immigrants home (64%). A majority (55%) also stand against so-called “catch and release” policies.How do "Abolish ICE" Democrats think they can win elections in the face of such numbers? Short answer: they probably can't in many districts. Getting out too far ahead of public opinion isn't a winning strategy.
The Dowager Empress of Chappaqua, AKA Hillary Rodham Clinton, AKA the person who did her best to transform Washington DC into Rodham and Gomorrah, is over in Britain at the moment, and yesterday compared herself to . . . Churchill.From what Hillary said there, Hayward concludes she would like to run again in 2020. I’m okay with her being the next Adlai Stevenson, who famously was beaten like a drum by Dwight Eisenhower, both times.
Call me crazy, but I sense that the deputy attorney general sees the Trump phase of the Mueller investigation — the probe of “collusion” and obstruction — drawing to a close without allegations of crime. Not with a ringing endorsement, mind you. Mueller will no doubt write a report, and it will probably hammer the president for bringing scoundrels like Paul Manafort and his disturbing Kremlin connections into the campaign, and for being all over the map in explaining why FBI director James Comey was fired. But I suspect Rod Rosenstein sees a way to wrap this debacle up without further damaging the president, the presidency, the Justice Department, and the FBI — if everyone would just be patient, if Trump would just stop tweeting, and if House Republicans would just stop . . . period.It appears punishing FBI agents who are too-partisan Democrats isn’t included in Deputy AG Rosenstein’s agenda. He wants it all to “just go away.”
I felt a great disturbance in the forceAs if a million snowflakes all melted at once.
Photo of attorney Gloria Allred, holding a petition, captioned:Hawaiian judge rulesKennedy retiring unconstitutional
Publicity still of Batman and Robin in the Batmobile, with Photoshopped™ faces of Trump and Pence respectively. Pence speaks:Breaking news:Gloria Allred will be holding a press conferencedetailing sexual assault allegations madeby her client, a Chicago woman, against President Trump’sSupreme Court nominee, whoever that eventually is.
Photo of the G-7 summit with Merkel giving Macron an agitated look as Trump walks out of the frame, captioned:He can’t talk right now ...He’s busy winning.
Photo of three uniformed Border Patrol agent women, all Hispanics, posing proudly beside a vehicle, captioned:The look you get when you realizethe person paying the tab is leaving the restaurant.
52% of Border Patrol agents are HispanicPhoto of a not-young Henry Fonda, posing with children Peter and Jane. His voice balloon says:
but by all means continue with your Nazi narrative.
America, I want to apologize for raising stupid kids.A four photo cluster, in the first President Trumps says:
We are going to make a Space Corps!!The second photo shows Patrick Stewart from Star Trek: the Next Generation and his crew, captioned:
What we hope it will beThe third shows Imperial Stormtroopers from Star Wars, captioned:
What we fear it will beAnd the fourth shows Rick Moranis as Dark Helmet from Space Balls, captioned:
What it really will be
It’s important to maintain a sense of perspective. No imaginable change in the composition of the Supreme Court would mean that “blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters” or that “schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution.”What Sunstein concludes is that many of the ‘progressive’ societal changes that have rubbed conservatives the wrong way could be reined in, circumscribed. ‘Progress’ toward strangeness like normalizing pedophilia and sharia law will likely slow or cease.
But a great deal turns on Trump’s choice — and on how the Senate reacts to it. More than at any time in decades, it looks as if fundamental principles of constitutional law are in for a serious overhaul.
Given the Department of Justice’s dogged refusal to provide information to the committees with oversight responsibility–and, even worse, its concealing of relevant information through obviously improper redactions–I infer that Rod Rosenstein, Andrew McCabe and others at the DOJ and FBI are covering up a major scandal, perhaps the worst in American history.Meanwhile Scott Johnson writes:
Rep. Jim Jordan grilled Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about information improperly withheld or redacted from documents produced to the House in the Trump-Russia collusion investigations. Rosenstein smirked and explained that it’s not his fault. Rosenstein wanted it known that he just supervised the hired hands responsible for the work.One thing is very clear to this lifelong management professor: Rob Rosenstein doesn't understand that as the boss, he is ultimately responsible for whatever his subordinates do or fail to do. The buck stops with him, and I expect Congress will eventually hand him his head.
That might be a reasonable response if Rosenstein could say that he had done anything to prevent it, disciplined the perpetrators or felt any regret. There is serious wrongdoing involved here and Rosenstein is unrepentant. He all but sings Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me, Babe” and reprises Freddie Prinze’s comedic catchphrase, “It’s not my job.”
You can’t get people to fight for an imaginary country. And as I’ve been writing here and elsewhere for years, Afghanistan isn’t a country — it’s a hole in the map where neighboring countries aren’t.I'm no expert but this feels right. Afghanistan seems what the U.S. Cavalry used to call "Indian country," basically a lawless Hobbesian state of nature. Plus its warlords are proud pedophiles.
Why the U.S. government does not tax remittances and why it does not prohibit foreign nationals on public assistance from sending cash out of the country are some of the stranger phenomena of the entire strange illegal-immigration matrix.Indeed.
Will it get worse? Probably. To have a civil war, soft or otherwise, takes two sides. But as pseudonymous tweeter Thomas H. Crown notes, it’s childishly easy in these days to identify people in mobs, and then to dispatch similar mobs to their homes and workplaces. Eventually, he notes, it becomes “protesters all the way down, and if we haven't yet figured out that can lead to political violence, we're dumb.”Political mob violence was one of the hallmarks of the Weimar era in 1920-30s German politics. Adolf Hitler's Nazi brownshirts battled with Rosa Luxemburg's Communist bullyboys, right fought left in the streets and beer halls. Eventually the Nazis won out. Do we really have to live through what our grandparents experienced? Have we learned nothing about the descent into madness?
Conservatives who view conservatism as mainly a set of policy preferences will probably be quite pleased with Trump.I suspect something similar motivated Charles Krauthammer, albeit to a lesser degree. He could approve of some things Trump accomplished, even as he recoiled from how the 'sausage' got made.
Conservatives who view conservatism as mainly an attitude, aesthetic, and approach to living are likely quite displeased with Trump.
It has always seemed to me that, for George Will, conservatism is predominantly an attitude. More than any other modern commentator I know of, he has the knack of making his aesthetic preferences seem like moral imperatives.
There is a suitcase full of human s— on the corner of Isis and 13th. Last night, I had to threaten violence to a man smoking crystal meth on my front porch. This morning, my 2-year-old son and I watched a rat rummage through the trash in our gutter. Things have been getting worse and worse on my block since 2010, and the city does NOTHING to fix it.I read on and discovered the author of that email was Ernst Shoen-Rene, a former faculty member at the university from which I retired. He has moved to SF and gone to work in the private sector, apparently.
Nobody’s ever trying to chop up meat and treat it so it looks and tastes like broccoli. Why might that be?Because we are carnivores, red in tooth and claw. Every time I see a whiteface or Angus standing out in a green field, I think there's rib eye or prime rib, on the hoof.
It seems pretty clear that this is a case of investigating a man in the hopes of finding a crime, rather than investigating a crime and hoping to find the man behind it.They did a lot of this in Stalin's Soviet Union. Here it tends to be characterized as a "witch hunt" or simple attempt to destroy someone disliked, and we abhor the practice.
The first, by Karl Vick for Time, bemoans Trump's tough approach to illegal immigration as "not who we are." The second, by The Federalist's Mollie Hemingway, reports Economist/YouGov polling which shows that Trump's immigration policies are popular with a clear majority of Americans. Her article is summarized below.
- A Reckoning: What Kind of Country Are We?
- Trump's Immigration Policies Are Surprisingly Popular
When highly committed parties strongly believe things that they cannot achieve democratically, they don't give up on their beliefs — they give up on democracy.Several of us in the commentariat have been trying to tell Democrats this for over a year. Collectively, our message can be paraphrased thus: "If you manage to get rid of Trump and Pence, in hindsight they'll look like pussycats compared to what we'll send at you next. When you sow the wind, you reap the whirlwind."
American civilians own nearly 100 times as many firearms as the U.S. military and nearly 400 times as many as law enforcement.
Mexican presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) called for mass immigration to the United States during a speech Tuesday declaring it a “human right” for all North Americans.I'll bet I don't have a "right" to emigrate to Mexico if I so choose. It sounds like the U.S. might need to support regime change in Mexico, if AMLO is elected. "Loose deck gun" doesn't begin to describe his craziness.
“And soon, very soon — after the victory of our movement — we will defend all the migrants in the American continent and all the migrants in the world,” Obrador said, adding that immigrants “must leave their towns and find a life in the United States.”
Asked which policy they prefer for how to handle families that are stopped for crossing the border illegally, two-thirds of the 1,500 surveyed said they support detention for lawbreakers and less than 20 percent responded that they support previous presidential administrations’ policy of letting the lawbreakers enter the country with a promise to return for a later court date.Things to keep in mind when the media frightens you with tales of the government brutalizing poor defenseless economic migrants. Don't be stampeded, the people stand with you while the lying media carries Pelosi-inspired "open borders" propaganda.
Given a choice for how to handle illegal border crossing arrests, some 44 percent of Americans chose “hold families together in family detention centers until an immigration hearing at a later date.” Another 20 percent of U.S. adults chose detention options that would separate families. Only 19 percent chose to return to the policy of allowing people who cross the border illegally to go without detention on the promise they’d return for a court hearing at a later date.
The poll also shows that only 8 percent of American voters think illegal immigration is not a serious problem.
Shalom Charles K.We will miss your insights onThe news of the day.
Effectively criminalizes organizations that work to help undocumented immigrants. As the New York Times summarizes, under the new law, “helping migrants legalize their status in Hungary by distributing information about the asylum process or providing them with financial assistance could result in a 12-month jail term.”In the U.S. it could be sold as a law prohibiting "conspiracy to aid and abet the crime of illegal entry." It would have the added bonus of driving 'progressives' absolutely hysterical.
The federal government is treating no one inhumanely; the “families” involved are not so much immigrants as they are economic migrants with no inherent right of entry into the United States—and to the extent that there is an “ongoing human tragedy” on the border, responsibility for it resides with those attempting to enter the county illegally.Analysis: true.
Americans have the right, if not the duty, to lock their doors to keep their persons and property safe. Why shouldn’t the nation, too?
Opponents of the administration’s border policy are arguing for blanket immunity from the democratically legislated consequences of blatantly illegal conduct.
Mr. Trump’s anger at America’s allies embodies, however unpleasantly, a not unreasonable point of view, and one that the rest of the world ignores at its peril: The global world order is unbalanced and inequitable. And unless something is done to correct it soon, it will collapse.Nobody, including Europeans, likes it when their gravy train derails. Being told to pull up their socks and stop being dependent is not fun. (mixed metaphor alert) Hat tip to RealClearPolitics for the link.
The Europeans have basically been free riders on the voyage, spending almost nothing on defense, and instead building vast social welfare systems at home and robust, well-protected export industries abroad.
All those German politicians who oppose raising military spending from a meager 1.3 percent of gross domestic product should try to explain to American students why their European peers enjoy free universities and health care, while they leave it up to others to cover for the West’s military infrastructure.
There’s a good chance for success if Europe engages Mr. Trump by his New York tycoon soul — he needs to be convinced that he’s getting a good deal. And right now, it’s easy to see why he thinks otherwise.
The number of Americans seeking Social Security disability benefits is plunging, a startling reversal of a decades-old trend that threatened the program’s solvency. It is the latest evidence of a stronger economy pulling people back into the job market or preventing workers from being sidelined in the first place.Like the man says, much of Social Security disability was just open-ended unemployment insurance in disguise, wearing a medical fig leaf. Once Congress called the SSA on their non-enforcement of standards, the agency started to close the tap and the numbers have gone down.
Fewer than 1.5 million Americans applied to the Social Security Administration for disability coverage last year, the lowest since 2002. Applications are running at an even lower rate this year, government officials say.
Thirty-eight percent of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in the United States today, similar to last month's 37% satisfaction rate but marking the numerical high since a 39% reading in September 2005.The difference makes sense if you remember people give Trump higher marks for his handling of the economy than they do for his non-traditional presidential style. People haven't been this pleased with life for almost 13 years. Meanwhile, unhappy Democrats are a source of happiness for the rest of us, purest schadenfreude.
Democrats were the only major demographic group to show no increase in satisfaction.
Now, at the midpoint of 2018, as the United States continues to enjoy a nine-year-long economic expansion, the number of Americans finding satisfaction in the country's direction is on the rise. This reflects more than a growing comfort with Donald Trump as president; growth in satisfaction has outstripped growth in Trump's approval rating.
In the Balkans, nothing is forgotten, and nothing is forgiven. It is an essential and abysmal reality. Sometimes the fights between the villages draw in other villages, draw in capitals, draw in great powers. Sometimes the great powers competing with each other draw in the Balkan capitals and the villages. Either way, there are countless local feuds and endless powers seeking hegemony over a continent, and together they open the door to all the malice in the region.Tough neighborhood. World War I began there.
By breaking the elephant rule of Times editor Abe Rosenthal, Watkins gives new meaning to ‘embedded’ reporter.Heh. I'll never see that term again without thinking of its double meaning.
My students looked stunned, at first. But then a recognition crossed their faces.These were Obama's "bitter clingers to guns, religion and anti-immigrant sentiment" and the kids hadn't noticed because the folks were polite and friendly, the way Americans are supposed to be. By choice I live among such people, they're my small town neighbors.
Two photos, uncaptioned. In the first Trump shakes hands with Kim Jong-un, in the second Hillary shakes the hand of a purchaser of her book at Costco.Breaking: 9th circuit ordersKim Jong-un to continuedeveloping nuclear weapons
The good news is, there’s a chance North Korea might give up their nukes.In the second, the same anchor says:
The bad news is, it’s because of Donald Trump!Photo of former SecState John Kerry looking tired, defeated, captioned:
Cartoon of a wasted-looking Robert DeNiro wearing a Never Trump button, popping a pacifier out of his mouth while saying:When you realizeDennis Rodman is abetter diplomat than you.
You talkin’ to me?!Uncaptioned photo of Robert DeNiro and Harvey Weinstein, both in tuxes on a sofa, deep in conversaton.
The last time we listened to you we got nuked.CNN Headline:
Trump wants GOP to court black voters — then slams voting rights for felons.Followed by a Simpsons-style cartoon character who says:
So CNN is saying black people and felons are the same thing?
How do you best evaluate the FBI’s approach to the Clinton case? Well, if I may invoke that term again, common sense says you look at how the same agents handled another case which bore on the same event that informed their every decision, the 2016 election. The question is not whether every Clinton-case decision was defensible considered in isolation; it is whether the quality of justice afforded to two sides of the same continuum by the same agents at the same time was . . . the same.Inspector General Michael Horowitz had a chance to flush out the Augean stables at DOJ. Instead he appears to have done his level best to downplay the wrong-doing his own report documents, scrupulously avoiding consideration of the disparate treatment afforded the Clinton and Trump organizations.
It wasn’t. One was kid gloves, the other was scorched earth. The candidate they hoped would win got the former; the candidate they needed to “stop” got the latter. The candidate they were almost certain would win got the case dropped; the candidate they needed an “insurance policy” against . . . well, whaddya know — the case against him is still going . . . and going . . . and going.
Did bias have anything to do with that? In 568 pages that leave out the Trump half of the story, we’re told the answer is, “Who really knows?”
I think we know.
4) Meanwhile this same cast of characters who the IG has now found to have made a hash of the Clinton investigation and who demonstrate such bias, seamlessly moved to the Trump investigation. And we're supposed to think they got that one right? #IGReportAll of that supports a judgment the IG Report cannot be dismissed as a nothingburger. There needs to be serious butt-kicking at the Bureau and DOJ. Each must try to rebuild the smoking wreck of its honor.
5) Also don't believe anyone who says this is just about Comey and his instances of insubordination. (Though they are bad enough.) This is an indictment broadly of an FBI culture that believes itself above the rules it imposes on others. #IGReport
6) People failing to adhere to their recusals (Kadzik/McCabe). Lynch hanging with Bill. Staff helping Comey conceal details of presser from DOJ bosses. Use of personal email and laptops. Leaks. Accepting gifts from media. Agent affairs/relationships.
7) It also contains stunning examples of incompetence. Comey explains that he wasn't aware the Weiner laptop was big deal because he didn't know Weiner was married to Abedin? Then they sit on it a month, either cuz it fell through cracks (wow) or were more obsessed w/Trump.
This list makes me wonder whether the same pathologies exist in military families where a father is gone for up to a year at a time, at sea or on deployment in a zone where families cannot follow. My social scientist training says if the answer is "yes," absence is truly the issue.
- At a higher risk of having behavioral problems.
- Four times more likely to live in poverty.
- More likely to be incarcerated in their lifetime.
- Twice as likely to never graduate high school.
- At a seven times higher risk of teen pregnancy.
- More vulnerable to abuse and neglect.
- More likely to abuse drugs and alcohol.
- Twice as likely to be obese.
Anti-immigration sentiment is rising to become the public’s No. 1 concern in countries across the EU.It is unfortunately true EU bureaucrats pay little attention to public concerns.
More than any federal agency or department I’ve worked for, with, or against, the Justice Department resembles a cult. Its employees think they are special. They feel intense hostility towards the Department’s adversaries. They are fiercely loyal to the Department and compulsively committed to its ways of doing things. Outsiders are viewed with condescension and suspicion, if not contempt.He sees this causing DOJ, in the person of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, to stonewall Congressional committees seeking to exercise oversight. It also has been a major frustration for the White House, mostly exhibited in irritation directed at Rosenstein's boss, Jeff Sessions, for recusing himself.
Obviously, many DOJ employees do not buy fully into the cult, but many do. Those who rise to the top tend to embrace it the most.
What did Trump get for the United States? The release of three American captives; the return of remains of missing Americans; the cessation, for now, of North Korean nuclear testing; and the destruction, complete or partial, of two (as I understand it) nuclear facilities. We should assume that the two facilities aren’t central to North Korea’s program.And Mirengoff concludes: "Trump did just fine." For this preliminary meeting, that's my conclusion as well.
What did Kim get from the United States? The cessation, for now, of war games. And the prestige associated with getting to meet the American president on equal terms.
Trump knows more than he did before about the man with the power to launch a nuclear strike. How rational is Kim (quite rational, I suspect)? To what extent does he share the traditional paranoia of his family (not much, I suspect)?
It’s also valuable to us that Kim now knows Trump better. Before he knew Trump at all, it was easy for Kim to fear he was dealing with a wild man — a warmonger. Thanks to the meeting, it’s likely that Kim no longer regards him that way.
Thus, the possibility of war due to miscalculation is probably reduced.
Our Country's biggest enemy is the Fake News so easily promulgated by fools!He's nearly correct, it's natural for a president to confuse the country with himself. He should have Tweeted:
My biggest enemy is the Fake News so easily promulgated by fools!Much of the obviously fake news is about Trump, written by haters with press credentials. I certainly don't blame him for being frustrated and angry with it.
Thefts rise after California reduces criminal penaltiesIt continues:
California voters' decision to reduce penalties for drug and property crimes in 2014 contributed to a jump in car burglaries, shoplifting and other theft, researchers reported.I hope this doesn't surprise you, what else would a sensible person expect? Keep this demonstrated relationship in mind when advising your representative in Congress how you wish them to vote on "sentencing reform," which aims to reduce sentences for federal offenses.
Larcenies increased about 9% by 2016, or about 135 more thefts per 100,000 residents than if tougher penalties had remained, according to results of a study by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California released Tuesday.
Generally, claims by aliens pertaining to domestic violence or gang violence perpetrated by non-governmental actors will not qualify for asylum.This is a good decision, it will bar most applicants from Central America. Failures at self-government are not an excuse to come here seeking succor. Whether from El Salvador, Guatamala, Nicaragua or Honduras, that is their country and they should stay there and make it work. Parenthetically, the same principle applies to Mexico.
The mere fact that a country may have problems effectively policing certain crimes — such as domestic violence or gang violence — or that certain populations are more likely to be victims of crime, cannot itself establish an asylum claim.
Foreign Policy DominanceAnd then he concludes:
Stronger Might, Less War, Safer World
His Base Is Strongest of the Era
He Will Garner Record African-American Support
Should at minimum 3 of these 5 conditions hold I believe Donald Trump will be overwhelmingly re-elected almost irrespective of who the Democrats decide to run.I didn't know politicians were permitted to actually keep promises they campaigned on, Trump is breaking new ground here.
He campaigned on promises he could keep.
He’s now keeping the promises he made.
He will in all likelihood be given a chance to make and keep more promises to the people who gave him the chance the first time.
This ain’t rocket science!
I can’t imagine that many Trump voters were watching the Tony Awards last night, so they wouldn’t have seen that virtue-signaling display. But it will enjoy a long life on social media, where it will do Donald Trump a lot of good with the masses, because it will solidify their entirely accurate belief that the cultural elites hate them. De Niro and the standing-ovation-giving audience are so vain that they don’t recognize this.The "standing O" DeNiro got for dissing Trump will do more harm to progressive causes than his statement, which is sort of the norm from "Hollywood" pond scum. The hate will soon be completely mutual, if it isn't already.
The moral of the story: It’s a weird way to prevent a bank robbery.You really ought to peruse Attkisson's column, one of 2018's few "must reads." Translation for those too busy to do so: The FBI didn't act to prevent or forestall Russian interference. It appears to have acted to frame Donald Trump and those who ran his campaign.
On the other hand, if the FBI’s real goal — in this fractured fairytale — was to frame the hated owner of the bank and his employees, it all makes sense.
Listen again to his victory speech Tuesday night, if you want to know how he’s going to hammer Newsom. It isn’t just that we need to build more housing — it’s that the price of housing is ridiculous. The schools are a mess and have been for years. And who’s responsible for that? Not the Republicans — they haven’t had a whiff of power in Sacramento for nearly a decade.Analysis: Cox is a long shot, but so was candidate Trump.
And then there’s the big one. You’ll be hearing a lot about rolling back the state’s 12-cents-a-gallon increase in the gas tax, which will pay for $52 billion in road and bridge improvements.
Cox will point to California’s problems and say Trump didn’t cause them. So it may all come down to whether Californians think their state is in pretty good shape or a steaming mess.
I still think Newsom is going to win. But it’s not going to be the glide that Democrats expect.