The Internet is rising up in protest on February 11th

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Surprise, surprise, surprise!

Another friend on Facebook asked, ‘What comes to mind when you hear the word “religion”?’ In response, I queried, “Are you trying to keep your mind sharp by asking philosophical questions throughout the summer, and is this just the first of many?”
There’s no religion but sex and music / There’s no religion but sound and dancing ♪
“If you’re watching a TV show, and you decide to take your values from that, you’re an idiot,” so saying, “My politics continue to be informed by South Park,” was the last straw?
“Be watchful, stand firm in the faith,
act like men, be strong. (1 Corinthians 16:13)”
Floating by mirroredseaaa
Floating by mirrored sea

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Shame, shame, shame!

When I’m tired and thinking cold / I hide in DRUDGE REPORT®, forget the day ♪
“For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing,
not realizing that you are wretched,
pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. (Revelation 3:17)”
 Starlight’s Night Out by SLB94
Starlight’s Night Out by SLB94

Have you heard that children were separated from their parents under Obama & Clinton? Then, you need a little Facts vs Myths lesson. Michelle Martin, Ph.D. Cal State Fullerton summed up the most important FACTS:

There is so much misinformation out there about the Trump administration’s new ‘zero tolerance’ policy that requires criminal prosecution, which then warrants the separating of parents and children at the border. Before responding to a post defending this policy, please do your research...As a professor at a local Cal State, I research and write about these issues, so here, I’ll make it easier for you:

Myth: This is not a new policy and was practiced under Obama and Clinton - FALSE. The policy to separate parents and children is new and was instituted on 4/6/2018. It was the brainchild of John Kelly and Stephen Miller to serve as a deterrent for undocumented immigration, approved by Trump, and adopted by Sessions. Prior administrations detained migrant families but didn’t have a practice of forcibly separating parents from their children unless the adults were deemed unfit.

Myth: This is the only way to deter undocumented immigration - FALSE. Annual trends show that arrests for undocumented entry are at a 46 year low, and undocumented crossings dropped in 2007, with a net loss (more people leaving than arriving). Deportations have increased steadily though (spiking in 1996 and more recently), because several laws that were passed since 1996 have made it legally more difficult to gain legal status for people already here, and thus increased their deportations (I address this later under the myth that it’s the Democrats’ fault). What we mostly have now are people crossing the border illegally because they’ve already been hired by a US company, or because they are seeking political asylum. Economic migrants come to this country because our country has kept the demand going. But again, many of these people impacted by Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy appear to be political asylum-seekers.

Myth: Most of the people coming across the border are just trying to take advantage of our country by taking our jobs - FALSE. Most of the parents who have been impacted by Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy have presented themselves as political asylum-seekers at a U.S. port-of-entry, from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Rather than processing their claims, they have been taken into custody on the spot and had their children ripped from their arms. The ACLU alleges that this practice violates the Asylum Act, and the UN asserts that it violates the UN Treaty on the State of Refugees, one of the few treaties the US has ratified. This is an illegal act on the part of the United States government, not to mention morally and ethically reprehensible.

Myth: We’re a country that respects the Rule of Law, and if people break the law, this is what they get - FALSE. We are a country that has an above-ground system of immigration and an underground system. Our government (under both parties) has always been aware that US companies recruit workers in the poorest parts of Mexico for cheap labor, and ICE (and its predecessor INS) has looked the other way because this underground economy benefits our country to the tune of billions of dollars annually. Thus, even though the majority of people crossing the border now are asylum-seekers, those who are economic migrants (migrant workers) likely have been recruited here to do jobs Americans will not do.

Myth: The children have to be separated from their parents because their parents must be arrested and it would be cruel to put children in jail with their parents - FALSE. First, in the case of economic migrants crossing the border illegally, criminal prosecution has not been the legal norm, and families have been kept together at all cost. Also, crossing the border without documentation is a typically a misdemeanor not requiring arrest, but rather a civil proceeding. Additionally, parents who have been detained have historically been detained with their children in ICE ‘family residential centers,’ again, for civil processing. The Trump administration’s shift in policy is for political purposes only, not legal ones. See p. 18:

Myth: We have rampant fraud in our asylum process the proof of which is the significant increase we have in the number of people applying for asylum. FALSE. The increase in asylum seekers is a direct result of the increase in civil conflict and violence across the globe. While some people may believe that we shouldn’t allow any refugees into our country because ‘it’s not our problem,’ neither our current asylum law, nor our ideological foundation as a country support such an isolationist approach. There is very little evidence to support Sessions’ claim that abuse of our asylum-seeking policies is rampant. Also, what Sessions failed to mention is that the majority of asylum seekers are from China, not South of the border. Here is a very fair and balanced assessment of his statements:

Myth: The Democrats caused this, ‘it’s their law.’ FALSE. Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats caused this, the Trump administration did (although the Republicans could fix this today, and have refused). I believe what this myth refers to is the passage of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act, which were both passed under Clinton in 1996. These laws essentially made unauthorized entry into the US a crime (typically a misdemeanor for first-time offenders), but under both Republicans and Democrats, these cases were handled through civil deportation proceedings, not a criminal proceeding, which did not require separation. And again, even in cases where detainment was required, families were always kept together in family residential centers, unless the parents were deemed unfit (as mentioned above). Thus, Trump’s assertion that he hates this policy but has no choice but to separate the parents from their children, because the Democrats ‘gave us this law’ is false and nothing more than propaganda designed to compel negotiation on bad policy.

Myth: The parents and children will be reunited shortly, once the parents’ court cases are finalized. FALSE. Criminal court is a vastly different beast than civil court proceedings. Also, the children are being processed as unaccompanied minors ("unaccompanied alien children"), which typically means they are sent into the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHS). Under normal circumstances when a child enters the country without his or her parent, ORR attempts to locate a family member within a few weeks, and the child is then released to a family member, or if a family member cannot be located, the child is placed in a residential center (anywhere in the country), or in some cases, foster care. Prior to Trump’s new policy, ORR was operating at 95% capacity, and they simply cannot effectively manage the influx of 2000+ children, some as young as 4 months. Also, keep in mind, these are not unaccompanied minor children, they have parents. There is great legal ambiguity on how and even whether the parents will get their children back because we are in uncharted territory right now. According to the ACLU lawsuit (see below), there is currently no easy vehicle for reuniting parents with their children. Additionally, according to a May 2018 report, numerous cases of verbal, physical and sexual abuse were found to have occurred in these residential centers.

Myth: This policy is legal. LIKELY FALSE. The ACLU filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration on 5/6/18, and a recent court ruling denied the government’s motion to dismiss the suit. The judge deciding the case stated that the Trump Administration policy is ‘brutal, offensive, and fails to comport with traditional notions of fair play and decency.’ The case is moving forward because it was deemed to have legal merit.”
Fake News & The Computational Propaganda Phenomenon,”
about which I trust South Park more than Facebook.
With George W. Bush elected again in 2004, Democrats with whom I worked were saying, “Hurricanes don’t Hit Democratic Counties: High Opioid-Use Counties Voted Trump in 2016,” which is what they are saying now.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Toward flecked 017, Are we really doing this?

“Where angels fear to tread, fools rush in,” so a fear of being misunderstood has limited my aspirations for this post, this commentary. In the end, a friend on Facebook said it better. Wherein I found a title, here is the scene from Family Guy.
Dog Gone (2009)
Brian Griffin: You see, I’d thought I start out locally,
then try to merge with one of the larger groups.
Lois Griffin: Oh that’s a great idea, Brian. Maybe you could join PETA.
Peter Griffin: Join me for what?
Lois Griffin: No, PETA. The organization.
Peter Griffin: What organization?
Lois Griffin: PETA.
Peter Griffin: What?
Lois Griffin: PETA is an acronym, Peter.
Peter Griffin: No, I’m not. I’m Catholic.
Stewie Griffin: Are we really doing this?
Lois Griffin: No, Peter. All I’m saying is, maybe if this meeting goes well, Brian could be part of a PETA rally.
Peter Griffin: Somebody’s having a rally for me now?
Lois Griffin: No, for PETA.
Peter Griffin: That’s me! I’m Peter!
Lois Griffin: I’m not talking about you, Peter. I’m talking about PETA!
Peter Griffin: Somebody better have something to say to me pretty damn soon.
Or I’ll have something to say to them. I’m very busy!
Chris Griffin: I think Betty White is in PETA.
Peter Griffin: THAT DOESN’T EVEN MAKE ANY SENSE!
“For where your treasure is, (Matthew 6:21)
there your heart will be also.”
Twilight in socks, very old sketch. - Pucksterv
Twilight in socks, very old sketch. - Pucksterv
“Love how people post articles supposedly not biased because it’s not from a publication that opposes their point of view, then the material they post and cite is produced by organizations biased to the other extreme. But no, keep telling yourself you’re not guilty of drinking kool-aid while you accuse dissenters of drinking kool-aid of their own.”

Sunday, June 17, 2018

The Spirit of Radio

After his regular full-time job, my friend Travis and I met on the other side of town at Jack in the Box before he went to his second job.
While he ran some errands, I gave a listen to Coast to Coast AM, where Lisa Garr spoke with American Psychic: A Spiritual Journey from the Heartland to Hollywood and “The Sleep Doctor has advice, news and tools to help you.”
I don’t know why I can only seem to get Pandora radio to work on my seven-year-old Dell tablet; Jim Gaffigan has a particular style which I find appealing.
“But Peter said, ‘I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you.
In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!’ (Acts 3:6)”
New pet (PART 1) by MagnaLuna
New pet (PART 1) by MagnaLuna

Saturday, June 16, 2018

The Incredibles, too

Cake by the Ocean,” which is how I know DNCE,
is roughly the third episode of FLCL Progressive tonight and The Incredibles, too.
[first lines]
Underminer: Behold, the Underminer! I’m always beneath you, but nothing is beneath me! I hereby declare war on peace and happiness! Soon, all will tremble before me!
“remember the former things of old; for I am God, (Isaiah 46:9)
and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me,”
yet we should keep in mind Sunday is also Father’s Day
Swim Suit Rarity by fromamida
Swim Suit Rarity by fromamida

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Every Which Way but News of the World 102

“If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed,
because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. (1 Peter 4:14)”
Illustration of "1017" - "71" [pixiv]
Illustration of "1017" / "71" [pixiv]

Monday, June 11, 2018

Need more time than that (Again?)

Need more time than that?
“Remember the wondrous works that he has done, (1 Chronicles 16:12)
his miracles and the judgments he uttered,” said to me condescendingly.
MLP Vector - Starlight Glimmer #10 by jhayarr23
MLP Vector - Starlight Glimmer #10 by jhayarr23