On the legal status of the “dreamers,” young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally and protected from deportation by the Obama administration.
TRUMP: We aren’t looking to do anything right now.
AP: That’s going to be the policy of your administration, to allow the dreamers to stay?
TRUMP: Yes. That’s our policy. I am not saying … Long-term we are going to have to fix the problem, the whole immigration problem. … Here is what they can hear: The dreamers should rest easy. OK? I’ll give you that. The dreamers should rest easy.
**Can you say “comprehensive immigration reform”…???**
Annie Dookhan is not the first. She will not be the last.
Dookhan, who in 2013 pleaded guilty to 27 criminal counts involving obstruction of justice and tampering with evidence, was a chemist employed by Massachusetts to test evidence in drug cases. She was involved in thousands of them, and she routinely falsified evidence.
For example, she declared samples positive for drugs without testing them and forged colleagues’ signatures on reports.
On Wednesday, Massachusetts announced that it was obliged to throw out 21,587 drug convictions secured with questionable evidence.
In September 2001, Oklahoma City fired forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist. Gilchrist had been accused of falsifying evidence, though she never was charged with a crime. She had offered testimony in capital murder cases in which she claimed that DNA samples matched those of the accused — claims that later turned out to be false.
Jeffrey Todd Pierce, who served 15 years in prison on a rape charge bolstered by DNA evidence that turned out to be false, sued Gilchrist and the district attorney for $75 million, claiming that they had conspired to falsify evidence. Oklahoma City settled.
Curtis McCarthy spent 20 years on death row thanks in part to Gilchrist; his conviction was thrown out after the court found that Gilchrist had mishandled evidence and may have intentionally altered it. The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals found that she had fabricated evidence in another capital case.
Really, how could you punish someone who did that sufficiently?
Moreover, the degradation to our culture far outweighs any short-term, tribal political benefit. The message sent when conservatives rally around the flag to defend the indefensible is exactly the message the Democrats sent so loudly as they continued to prop up the Clinton machine through scandal after scandal. Only winning matters. Ambition is everything. Political movements are about personalities, not ideas — so you’re left with the political equivalent of warring mafia families in which the highest value is loyalty, and the ends always justify the means. But ambition isn’t everything, and the single-minded quest for winning ultimately creates a class of losers. O’Reilly and Ailes together built a cable news empire. Yet their legacies will forever be marred by the tawdriest of scandals: two men (pathetically) proving unable to control their petty lusts and desires. Michael Flynn was a hero. Now he’s an object lesson. And people like Lahren and Yiannopoulos? They didn’t even achieve “real” fame before their corruption emerged. Do a few viral Facebook videos justify diva behavior? Does telling off feminists on YouTube insulate you from the consequences of advancing the worst of ideas?
This is right, of course. The defense of pigs is rank tribalism.
I’ve toyed around in my head that we might be better served by our men and women in Congress if they were periodically forced out of office and required to work for some time out in the private sector somewhere well outside the city limits of D.C. before being allowed to run for public office again. The hope behind this being that if they had to put up with living like the majority of the population they might just be a bit more loathe to allow job killing bills and/or other bills that put undo hardship on the American people come to pass. I think 3 terms for the House and 2 for the Senate is plenty of time apiece before they have to go back to the private sector if they want to run for public office again. Oh and when I say work in the private sector I’m talking a full time job and they gotta work it for a length of time at least equal to 1 of their terms in office! We do need however to come up with some safeguards against cronyism though if we were to do this. One thing I can think of right of the bat is they can’t go to work for major campaign contributors. We want to discourage them from landing easy do nothing jobs in return for political favors after returning to office after all.
So thoughts? Good idea, bad idea, needs work?
I like it! Though I do see some legal issues…
What would be some of those issues? If this idea of mine needed laws to be amended in order to work it would be a good idea to know what needs changing beforehand.
As a general rule, and based on the principle of free association, the law takes a dim view of limiting someones ability to work where they wish.
There are, of course, exceptions, such as non-compete agreements. But those are reviewed with a gimlet eye for the very reasons in the first paragraph.
I’m not saying it could not be done and pass legal muster. I am saying it would be challenged, and quite possibly overruled by the courts. It would take some very keen drafting and needle-threading.
Surprise: The New York Democrat is a New York Democrat.
During the campaign, Donald Trump published a “Contract with the American Voter,” and he may even have read it. He described the document as “my pledge to you.”
If anybody had been listening, they might have learned from his former business partners what a Trump contract is worth and from his ex-wives what value he puts on a solemn pledge.
I have some bad news, Sunshine: Ya got took.
He goes on to elaborate on his point. Which is like pouring salt on slugs to T-rumpian cultists.
It BURNS… The truth…IT BURNS…!!!
Well, that’s good, as far as it goes. HE should have removed his own corrupt self hearing the case.
HuffPo Removes Article on Banning White Men from Voting After Discovering Author Doesn’t Exist
Yeeeeeooo. That was predictable.
“This is great news for conservatives across America. Conservative judges no longer have to recognize gay marriage. The left is even cheering on the precedent. We should all take notice and start implementing this across the country. Today, Neil Gorsuch joins the Supreme Court, but that has nothing to do with gay marriage. Nope, liberal judges themselves have set this precedent.
In Arkansas, federal judge Wendell Griffin has stopped the state from performing several executions. After [issuing] the injunction, Judge Griffin went to an anti-death penalty rally and joined the protestors. He said he is morally opposed to the death penalty.”
Well, they DID set the pattern…
Another important piece by one of damned “illiterates”, quoting yet another set of them.
Those guys are everywhere…!!!
**Smith’s April 5 Tablet column hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves. In it Smith asks: “Did the Obama administration’s abuse of foreign intelligence collection start before Trump?” Smith argues that the Trump/Russia narrative replays Obama’s abuse of FISA to smear political actors opposing the administration in the lead-up to the Iran deal.
The predicate for Smith’s inquiry is derived from a December 29, 2015 Wall Street Journal article describing how the Obama administration had conducted surveillance on Israeli officials to understand how Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli officials intended to fight the administration’s Iran deal. The Journal reported that the targeting “also swept up the contents of some of their private conversations with U.S. lawmakers and American-Jewish groups.”**
Smith argued in another Tablet column at the time that the Obama administration had merely used the appearance of spying on American lawmakers to corner opponents of the Iran Deal. “Spying on U.S. citizens would be a clear abuse of the foreign-intelligence surveillance system,” Smith explains. “It would be a felony offense to leak the names of U.S. citizens to the press.”
Smith now confesses his belief that he erred in the previous column: “I believe the spying was real and that it was done not in an effort to keep the country safe from threats—but in order to help the White House fight their domestic political opponents.”
But can we trust the government? Whether we are inclined to do so depends on what is making us feel most vulnerable at the moment: foreign threats or rogue officials. If I had to bet right now, I’d say FISA is in trouble because of the rogue officials . . . and we’re in trouble because the foreign threats are not going away.
An excellent piece you should read entirely.
Some here can’t, because it’s by one of those “illiterates” at NR. The closing of the T-rumpian mindless.
The Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard, in “Concluding Unscientific Postscript” (1846), tells the story of a young man who escapes from a mental asylum. He quickly realizes that to evade detection, he needs to convince the mentally sound that he is one of them. He reasons that if he sticks to the objective truth, no one will doubt his sanity. Consequently, every step he takes and to every person he meets, the patient repeats, “The Earth is round. The Earth is round. The Earth is round.” He is returned to the asylum immediately.
Every year, Stanford asks its applicants an excellent question: “What matters to you, and why?” Ziad Ahmed of Princeton, N.J., summed up his answer in three words. His essay consisted of the hashtag “#BlackLivesMatter” repeated 100 times. He got in.
It is no longer madmen who merely repeat obvious truths. Now the success stories do it too. The society in Kierkegaard’s parable immediately recognized that mindlessly repeating the truth was a sign of something wrong. Our society applauds it. That is the chilling part of this story. The young man or the society—it is no longer clear who has escaped from the asylum.
And teams of mindless rappers take home debate trophies…
Earlier this week, Vojvodic launched a Facebook group called, “The concerned support base of President Trump,” which quickly drew several dozen sign-ups. She also changed the banner on her Facebook page to a picture of Bannon accompanied by the declaration: “Mr. President: I stand with Steve Bannon.”
“I’m not so infatuated with Trump that I can’t see the facts,” she said. “People’s belief, their trust in him, it’s declining.”
The swiftness and abruptness of Trump’s shift from bomb-throwing populist outsider to a more mainstream brand of Republican has taken the president’s stalwarts by surprise.
It shouldn’t. You all were told. He’s an establishment Collectivist. All his life entire.
This sounds like a joke.
Oh, and they aren’t that “currency manipulation” demon, either.
What’s annoying about Clinton’s cheap partisan preening isn’t simply that she’s wrong (and I suspect she knows it). It’s that she is perpetuating an infuriating tendency of liberals today to claim science is always on their side.
There’s a decidedly undemocratic flavor to this kind of argument. Patrick Moynihan famously said that everyone is entitled to their own opinions but not to their own facts. Liberals want to turn that on its head and claim that their opinions are facts and anyone who disagrees isn’t merely voicing a bad opinion but it somehow living in alternative reality or “denying” science. It’s the secular version of claiming that God is on your side.
A fine insight by Goldberg.
Are you feelin’ the dupe…???
MOSTLY among Republicans.
But there are three points worth making. First, Perlstein’s essay is titled, “I Thought I Understood the American Right. Trump Proved Me Wrong.” The funny part is he can’t even figure out why Trump proved him wrong. He entirely misunderstands — either out of blinkered partisanship, personal animosity, simple obtuseness, or all three — my own position, even when he quotes from articles that describe my position. He started with a thesis and then went rummaging about for random sentences that would support it. He then uses this misunderstanding as a window on the American Right generally. It’s like he confused a clock for a compass and for the life of him can’t figure out why he’s walking in circles.
This tweet from Malik Obama has been taken down, and the account suspended, so I’ll post it here.
Fake. That type of Id was not in se in ’81
It amazes me that tha media is totally ignoring the devastation caused by the fires over much of 4 states in our heartland. This is a well written article with a good overview of the situation. http://www.dailyyonder.com/convoys-and-social-media-come-to-the-rescue-for-midwest-ranchers-after-wildfires/2017/04/08/18728/
Seriously Prof, Kemberlee, Leslie someone who gets some attention nationally. This is really something else. Checked on a local Michigan site and there are still farmers here loading up trailers and sending them down with feed for the animals and help for the ranchers and farmers.
Total shame on the lack of coverage from the enemedia.
A piece in the Amarillo Globe, for example, told of a young couple who perished with a friend trying to save their cows. That local story went national for people following through social media.
In the ensuing weeks, social media users shared the personal stories of ranchers who told of dead livestock and cows burned beyond saving. We read the blogs of ranchers who lost their homes, buildings, and hundreds of cattle that couldn’t outrun fires that tore through the grasslands at 50 miles an hour. Ranchers told of crouching in green wheat fields to save their lives. They shared how they tried to outrun the fires in pickup trucks pulling trailers of family horses. Our farmer hearts were broken by stories of ranchers mercifully shooting cows harmed beyond saving. Burned out eyes, nostrils seared shut, dead calves at their sides. A piece in High Plains Journal, “Seeing Your Dad Cry Leaves a Mark,” told of a rancher weeping as he shot his beloved ranch horse and cattle herd, burned beyond hope.
Saturday The Red Cross, ‘Refugees Welcome’ and more than a hundred and fifty students demonstrated in the university town of Umeå well north of Stockholm against racism in response to the ISIS inspired Islamic Terrorist Attack in Stockholm, Friday. They were protesting because the arrest of a Muslim man for the Islamic Terror Attack on Friday in Stockholm could lead to racism.
Vänsterns svar på terrorn: Manifestation mot rasism
8 april 2017 kl 20.03
The postal service has just stopped home delivery for the entire immigrant community of Hjulsta in Stockholm because it is too dangerous for postmen to deliver there. Instead residents of Hulsta can for the time being go to the post office in the slightly less dangerous immigrant community of Rinkeby between 0700-1000 for however long that community is deemed safe by the postal service. Newspaper & TV reporters are attacked on sight in Rinkeby and the other immigrant communities. Wonder which immigrants are causing all this trouble?
Postnord stoppar postutdelning i Hjulsta
Aftonbladet’s solution to terror in Sweden: Prohibit vehicles – Cars should be banned at gathering places and in city centers. Aftonbladet’s editorial writer Eva Franchell eliminating vehicles will stop future terrorist attacks from happening.
The leftist writer calls cars effective murder machines. It would never occur to the leftists to get rid of the terrorists.
“In a 10-mile radius, we have 34 Arab or foreign stores within our community,” Johnson said. “We’re not going to allow them to rape our community anymore. …They need to go back to their country, where their laws are different for from our laws.”
Sounds like a shake-down in the making…
There is good news -The Lawsuit against the Climate Alarmism Enterprise – the Court set the trial schedule, thereby rejecting Defendants’ motions to dismiss.
The jury trial in the civil lawsuit 5:16-cv-00211-C, Goldstein v. Climate Action Network et al, pending before the United States District Court of the Northern District of Texas, is set for October 1, 2018, in Lubbock, Texas.
RICO lawsuit against Climate Action Network @CANIntl moves forward
I am sure in a little while the news here tonight in Sweden will be focused with outrage at the possibility that this most recent terror attack and the death of Swedes in the street might possibly reflect poorly on Muslims.
So England has been rolling out some new bank notes recently and they are made out of plastic. The claim is that these new notes are much more durable than the old paper notes. The chemists behind the youtube channel Periodic Videos decided to test out the toughness of these new bills.
This is good…
Faster, please (as Glenn Reynolds would say).
Yeah, it is the WaPo, but a lot of it rings true.
Puuuurrrr Der Donald…
Just got done watching this video over on youtube and thought I would share it here. What would you all say to a shotgun slug made out of hard candy?
Have you noticed that Gov. Scott has taken 21 murder cases away from the Orlando Prosecutor, Aramis Ayala, after she stated that she did not believe in the death penalty under any circumstances? Now there are calls to have her removed from office.
How can that be…??? Cruz is supposed to be totally inconsequential.
‘Somebody remarked on Twitter that Twitter is “the nation’s baby monitor.” It certainly seems that way when the President takes to Twitter and starts ranting.’
Yes. Yes it does seem so.
Tulsa officer Betty Shelby, who is facing a manslaughter charge for the shooting of Terence Crutcher, spoke out for the first time in a 60 Minutes interview last night.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and President Trump had presented a crap sandwich, to be sure, but it was the best available crap sandwich. Never mind its 17 percent public-approval rating. Never mind its accelerated death spiral. Never mind its new entitlement, its maintenance of key Obamacare regulations, or its increased premiums for the next few years.
Trump wanted it; thus it was good; thus it had to be passed. It was The Best We Were Going To Do™.
Except that it wasn’t. It wasn’t the legislative process that required a bill cramdown on the president’s own party within a three-week period. It wasn’t the legislative process that offered an ultimatum to conservatives to embrace the suck. It wasn’t the legislative process that demanded conservatives sign on to all the policies they opposed when Obama promulgated them. It was Trump. And because Ryan thought that his best option involved parlaying with Trump rather than going through the rough business of policymaking, he negotiated with himself to create a one-off bill, hoping that Trump would bring the anti-establishment conservatives and that he’d bring the establishment Republicans.
Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/446215/pro-trump-conservatives-suffering-stockholm-syndrome
Seems about right to me…
Der Donald best learn to STFU.
I love it! And TOLDJA…!!!
Interesting read, Rags, thanks for sharing it. Trump needs to back off the Freedom Caucus; they represented a lot of us in terms of limiting government involvement in health care. Geesh, even Hannity, who’s long had his nose firmly implanted in Trump’s backside, agrees that attacking the Freedom Caucus is a baaaaaad idea. http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/03/31/sean-hannity-says-trump-is-wrong-to-blame-the-freedom-caucus-for-ahca-failure/
I do disagree with RS that it’s Bannon who is doing the whispering in Trump’s ear on the Freedom Caucus. Bannon is a lot of things, but a proponent of government-run health insurance he is not. This is Reince, Ryan, and McConnell. All of them love big spending, big bigger biggest government, and none of them have any interest at all in repealing ObamaCare in any meaningful way (as evidenced by Ryan’s lunatic bill).
Dunno, Fuzzy. Bannon WAS haunting the Hill with Reince Repeat, and I have no idea what he really believes in except power.
The whole episode is appalling.
Ok gang, get your computers fired up. I’m starting to see another push for single payer on other sites.
Now it’s the “weary, but still strongly conservative” saying the aca has proven to be the failure we knew it was going to be and we’ve really got nothing left but single payer. Maybe it’s just a few trying to get the push started but the false flag is flying.
Oklahoma senate panel approves rolling back wind energy tax credit: http://www.newson6.com/story/35024418/oklahoma-senate-panel-approves-rolling-back-wind-tax-credit
Interesting. Now note that if the full Senate approves this it only changes the deadline for who can receive the credit. If approved any wind power facility not in operation by July 1, 2017 instead of the original deadline of Jan 21, 2021 would no longer qualify for the credit. I figure that without this tax credit we may see the brakes being applied to expanding wind power in this state as this would place wind on a bit more even playing field when it comes to competing against other methods of generating power.
Toldja. May is being true.
The response to the defeat of TrumpCare is not to pick up the ball and go home. It must be to draft a bill that actually does what Republicans promised, and drives down costs through market-based mechanisms.
What should such a bill look like? As it turns out, Ted Cruz had a proposal that outlined an answer to that question. I blogged that op-ed before, but with the defeat of the AHCA, Cruz’s op-ed has renewed relevance, as a blueprint that could bring Republicans together and actually repeal ObamaCare. I think it’s worth giving his proposal another detailed look.
First, Cruz suggests something I have been pushing throughout this process: starting with the 2015 repeal bill.
First, begin with the 2015 repeal language. . . . Virtually every Republican in Congress voted for that language, and the parliamentarian has already ruled it as permissible. We should begin with that previously approved repeal language as the baseline.
Bingo. The recent debate over AHCA has shown that the previous votes to repeal ObamaCare may have been fraudulent show votes. But here’s the thing: if you’re a moderate, it’s easier to justify a vote against AHCA than it would be to justify changing your vote on the exact same language you voted for before.
A duplicate of the 2015 bill, we learned yesterday from Andrea Ruth, exists — today, in this Congress. It is languishing in committee. It needs to be pushed to the floor and voted on.
Read the whole thing.