Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Sloppy last-minute legislation

What triggered the crush of kids crossing our border? A bill rushed through Congress by Democrats in just two weeks, and signed by a lame duck Republican president in December 2008.

The William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 was introduced on December 9, 2008. It became law December 23rd.

Rushed legislation tends to be flawed legislation.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Something happening here. But not yet clear exactly what

Trump's zero tolerance immigration policy is six weeks old.

But only the past week has media and Democrat panic ensued. And much of that had to be driving by deceptively out-of-context photos, many from the Obama era, or accusations that detainment on the border is analogous to Nazi concentration camps.

How long does it take a migrant family to hike from El Salvador to El Paso, assuming they're not raped, murdered, and left in mass grave along the way?

What kind of intel is available from the countries of origin, or along the migrant path.

Is it possible fewer families are presently departing, or that some who previously departed have returned on their own upon hearing of the policy change? Is that why Democrats and others on the Left are in panic mode - Trump's strategy is showing signs of success?

I don't know exactly what, but something's going on here, and we're only getting the most thin slice of the story. And even that may to be distorted.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Not just one, but three good guys with guns

When a gunman started shooting in a Walmart outside Seattle on Sunday, he found himself confronted and pursued by two armed civilians before being shot dead by a third.

Via CBS News:
Witness Megan Chadwick told KIRO-TV her husband saw an armed civilian take down the shooter. "He said he watched him (the shooter) take his last breath," Chadwick said. "There were three civilians going after him to shoot him and two of them had their guns up and then the third guy shot him through the window of the car.

Sunday, June 10, 2018


Folks are still hashing and rehashing 2016 voter turnout.

I found this interesting. 
Trump actually won a smaller share of the white vote than Mitt Romney. He was nonetheless able to win because he won more Hispanics and Asians than his predecessors, and more black votes than any Republican since 2004.

Rise of OPEC, revival of Islamic fundamentalism

Some food for thought in this Twitter nugget:

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Debatable history

Never Trumpers are at it again.

This time they accuse the president of getting history wrong, claiming he said Canadians burned down the White House in the War of 1812.

Trump nay-sayers say Canada wasn't a country, so it couldn't be a war with the U.S.  Naysayers do accurately say British troops did the burning.

But history shows the British burning of Washington DC was in retaliation for an American war party burning a Canadian town.  And while it was British regulars who actually invaded and burned Washington, it was Canada's governor general who called for the tit-for-tat retaliation.

More importantly, however, Trump didn't say Canadians burned the White House. Not by any accounts I've seen.

What Trump reportedly did was ask a rhetorical question, one that played into a widely held belief among Canadians.

“Didn’t you guys burn down the White House?” is what CNN and the CBC say he said.

Canadians, it seems, have the curious notion they, indeed, were the ones who burned down the White House.

Don't take my word for it. They even have a song that celebrates their touted act.

And the video below, featuring the song, is apparently widely used in Canadian history classes.

Time out

Getting ready for a move.

Occupancy of new mountain home is about 30 days away.

New home will eventually replace both the cabin and a primary residence outside Atlanta.

Been plenty busy setting this up, and will be plenty busy with the move and with getting the existing cabin ready for resale.

Therefore, expect light and/or intermittent posting this summer.