Tuesday Highlights

A little late, ’cause feedly seemed to be down.

  1. Voter Id coming back into the news.
  2. But this probably won’t be. Hopefully, ’cause it sounds like sound and fury signifying very little.
  3. Works for me. And I should be ashamed, I guess.
  4. That right/left ire, a clue to a possible cause.
  5. More Clinton backstory.
  6. Sexual “harassment” and poorly thought out guidelines.
  7. A book noted.
  8. Something for the affirmative action fans.
  9. The party ‘gainst women.
  10. No.
  11. So. There’s a “border crises”. Lots of talk. Allegedly for some reason which nobody seems to talk about suddenly (?) thousands of unaccompanied minors are flooding across our southern border. Why? It seems odd to me that nobody at all seems to be talking about that. When you have a bacterial infection you take antibiotics and not drugs to combat fever. Because that’s the root cause.

12 Responses to Tuesday Highlights

  1. #11
    1. Pass immigration reform.
    2. Establish an easy seasonal guest worker program that lets Mexicans easily cross the border for seasonal work and return. By making the border a militarized zone, you turned seasonal workers who just came to the US for day jobs into permanant residents.

    Or we can try double downing on our current policy of trying to recreate the Berlin Wall along the Southern Border.

  2. Boonton,
    Re comments on 11. Huh? Let’s see. Your response is that immigration reform and a lack of seasonal guest passes are the reason that suddenly lots of kids are coming across the border. Can you connect the dots there for me?

  3. #2 The NSA story so far does indeed have a lot of sound and fury. I think the debate over collecting metadata in one big database and then only accessing it with court order (as opposed to making the phone companies store it) was kind of interesting but nothing revealed so far has been very shocking to me nor very outrageous. I think FISA courts should have more due process and there should be some type of devils advocate role to ensure that they just don’t rubber stamp warrants. Beyond that what is the story here?

  4. re #11 The current law is unstable and is due to be changed. Everyone knows this hence they are sending their kids in hopes that a changed system will give them a better life. Since the only thing for certain is that the status quo is unworkable, you need to pass immigration reform to restore certainity.

  5. Boonton,
    Not buying it. Immigration reform has been “unstable” in the same way it is now for a decade. So that doesn’t explain “Why now?” Why do you think it isn’t because of local conditions within Mexico that are driving changes (besides your ignorance of same)? What changed … “unstable due to be changed” is not it.

  6. Boonton,
    According to the linked piece, the faux outrage is listing 5 (if memory serves) guys whom were put on a watch. But absent the FISA warrant request which isn’t in the leaked information whether or not the request was reasonable or not has no there there, no meat. You can pretend the warrant was baseless, but without seeing the warrant, you don’t know.

  7. Clearly immigration law hasn’t been unstable for a decade…by definition a decade ago immigration law was actually quite stable. At this point, however, the law is IMO unstable. It will be changed either by not enforcing it or by directly changing it. Unstability is opportunity. If tomorrow Wal-Mart shut down dozens of retailers would rush in trying to take its place. If a new retailer grabs the dominant position (like a Target II), then the rush of retailers into the market would stop.

    Now if you have a narrative that explains this crises by local Mexican conditions, please share. I won’t say you’re wrong but I think it’s a little bit mixing up a larger cause for a local one. If your car has no breaks and you hit a telephone pole going around a bend in the road, you can blame the accident on the bend and pole being there. After all if it was a straight road you would have just coasted by. But ultimately not having breaks is the real issue here. Now even with breaks you may still veer off the road and hit a pole but ultimately driving with breaks does more to keep you safe than trying to get them to make the roads more straight.

  8. But absent the FISA warrant request which isn’t in the leaked information whether or not the request was reasonable or not has no there there, no meat. You can pretend the warrant was baseless, but without seeing the warrant, you don’t know.

    Indeed but then we’re just trusting that it wasn’t baseless?

  9. Boonton,

    Clearly immigration law hasn’t been unstable for a decade…by definition a decade ago immigration law was actually quite stable.

    Nothing has been done on immigration for a decade. It was a hot political issue in the Bush Presidency and all though the Obama one. Nothing vis a vis immigration changed in the last month, yet suddenly a wave of minors are coming over.

    Unstability is opportunity. If tomorrow Wal-Mart shut down dozens of retailers would rush in trying to take its place.

    Ok. What changed?

    But ultimately not having breaks is the real issue here.

    What bend in the road then, if you think (like apparently all Democrats) that it’s all about us.

    Now if you have a narrative that explains this crises by local Mexican conditions, please share

    Nope. I don’t. But there isn’t a domestic one … so I’m asking why now and not pretending that it’s a “unstable legal situation” that has been unstable for a decade in exactly the same way it is now. The likeliest is that it is explained by local conditions where the kids are coming from that has changed to cause this … because nothing changed over here.

  10. Boonton,
    Besides, do you see the House and Senate agreeing on a immigration bill that the President will sign? This is a thing? Cite?

  11. Boonton,

    Indeed but then we’re just trusting that it wasn’t baseless?

    Nothing changed, before/after the “big reveal”. No new information has been released. That’s why it’s sound and fury signifying nothing.

    Odd however, that you implicitly trust the Obama admin on so much, but here … you don’t. Why the difference?

  12. What bend in the road then, if you think (like apparently all Democrats) that it’s all about us.

    If your brakes fail but you’re driving on a straight highway without a lot of traffic you can go quite a while without a problem but when you try the off ramp you’ll discover you are in trouble. I don’t have any control over how the roads are built but I do have the ability to keep my car’s brakes maintained.

    Likewise, we can’t control Mexico. If Mexico is running fine we may be able to coast a long time without addressing our immigration sytem, that doesn’t change the fact that when Mexico starts curving we’re going to see the problem.

    NSA

    Nothing changed, before/after the “big reveal”. No new information has been released. That’s why it’s sound and fury signifying nothing.

    Well not quite. He tried to find out if there was anything suspect about those people and couldn’t. Perhaps if we had access to the information that was provided in the warrant, we’d learn there was good cause. But then we might learn they gave a bunch of crap to the FISA court.

    It would have been reassuring if he had taken the names of the people and discovered thru his reporting that there were suspect links with them. Since he didn’t find that we don’t have the comfort of that confirmation.

    Odd however, that you implicitly trust the Obama admin on so much, but here … you don’t. Why the difference?

    Every time you ever had trouble with your iTunes account did you think it was because Steve Jobs was mad at you? Every time it worked did you take it as a sign that Steve Jobs had a secret man crush on you?

    These things happen below the administration level inside gov’t. At that level my concern is more with how the systems of checks, balances and incentives are set up. Not with whether those far removed from the day to day activity have good or bad intentions.

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