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Sometimes a Headline… by The Elephant's Child

Holman Jenkins column in the Wall Street Journal on Saturday was titled:
“The Long War on Donald Trump: The president is guilty of something. It’s Robert Mueller’s job to figure it out. “

That captures the whole thing so precisely that it made me laugh.

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Mark Steyn on Problematic Speech and Free Speech. by The Elephant's Child

Mark Steyn had a long legal battle with the Canadian Human Rights Commission nearly ten years ago about free speech, for the Canadian Human Rights Commission believes that free speech does not include words with which they disagree. They had the force of law behind them, and the descent into totalitarianism is not far behind.

It’s hard for some to realize that free speech actually includes words or statements with which you disagree, especially political words and thoughts. But if free speech means anything at all, you must defend speech that you don’t like. You may disagree, refute their arguments, prove that they are wrong, but they get to say what they believe. There are few things that are so damaging to American colleges and universities than attempting to create tiny spaces somewhere on campus that are “free speech zones.” There is nothing so offensive to those who are pushing  for complete control, silencing any opposition, as free speech. That’s always where the totalitarians start, by silencing opposing voices and shutting them down.

We’ve had a lot of riots and demonstrations on our college campuses the past few years, protesting speakers who might say something  they don’t want to hear, because it might disturb them. The list of invited speakers who have been shut down is not only long, but includes prominent speakers who have important things to say. It’s pretty clear that there are some professors who are more interested in indoctrinating than teaching. So understanding the battle and the threats to free speech is one of today’s most important lessons.



The Supreme Court Stays Enforcement of Travel Ban Orders by The Elephant's Child

The Supreme Court gave the Trump administration a major victory today. They stayed the orders of two lower courts that blocked enforcement of the president’s revised travel ban. This means that travel from the affected countries can be banned or limited, while the courts continue to process appeals in the two cases.

When a court requests preliminary relief like those at issue here, a key part is the court’s assessment of which party is likely to ultimately prevail. The Court’s two orders today suggest that a solid majority of the Court thinks the travel ban will be valid and enforceable.

Remember that the ban was only on those nations that have produced a significant number of jihadists or terrorists. It was not a ban, as has been claimed by the left a blanket ban on all Muslim nations and an attack on a religion.



The City of San Francisco Should Have Been On Trial by The Elephant's Child

Jose Ines Garcia Zarate was on trial in San Francisco, for the murder on  of Kate Steinle in 2015 , who was walking with her father on the docks when she was shot by Mr. Zarate, an illegal alien who had previously been deported five times. He was back in San Francisco because San Francisco was a “sanctuary city” and he knew he would not be deported from there. America was shocked when the jury refused to convict him  of murder, in any degree, but charged him only with illegal possession of a weapon as a felon. Oh yes, he had a long record.

But the wrong person was really on trial. The City of San Francisco should have been on trial for the murder of Kate Steinle. It was the City of San Francisco that refused to obey the law, and when Immigration and Customs Enforcement asked for him to be held to face deportation rulings, released him instead, so that he could go to the docks and shoot Kate Steinle. San Francisco is very big on what they are now calling “virtue signaling.”

President Trump turned the Steinle case into a rallying cry for immigration enforcement during his run for the presidency. The illegal alien lobby, on the other hand, denied that San Francisco’s sanctuary policy had anything to do with the killing. California strengthened their status as a scofflaw after the Steinle homicide. In October, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB54, the “California Values Act” to turn the entire state into an immigration-enforcement-free-haven for any and all illegal alien criminals.

According to public defender Francisco Ugarte, the blame for the whole case belongs to Donald Trump and anyone who wants to enforce immigration laws.

“From day one, this case was used as a means to foment hate, to foment division and to foment a program of mass deportation. From day one, this case was used as a means to foment hate, to foment division and to foment a program of mass deportation,”

The case, according to Heather MacDonald, was exclusively about immigration. We are a nation of laws, and had this country the means to protect its borders and deport illegal alien criminals, Garcia Zarate would not have been on the Embarcadero on July 1, 2015, and would have been back in Mexico. And Kate Steinle would be alive and getting ready for Christmas with her family.

San Francisco supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer turned the case into a gun control matter. Of course. “I always thought this is not an immigration issue, as Trump made it out to be—this is a gun management issue,” said Sandra Lee Fewer, “A car is not a safe and sexure place to keep a gun, knowing the smount of car break-ins we have in San Francisco”

Why does San Francisco have so many car break-ins? “Because of Proposition 47, which forbids prison sentences for most thefts, which has led to a sharp increase in property crimes. Car break-ins are simply a fact of nature—like illegal immmigration—that society has no power to quell.”

California has long since become another Brazil, divided between fabulously wealthy elites hunkered down in their own coastal sanctuaries and a poor Third World population. The immigration policies that gave rise to the Steinle killing must change. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been conducting an unhearlded effort to end sanctuary jurisdictions, but the illegal alien lawyer’s lobby has foungt him at eery turn. Add to that the Democrat Party and the globalization crowd who want open borders.

The Democrats want more Democrat voters, and even go so far as to want to allow illegal aliens to vote. Election watchers believe that at least 1.1 million illegal aliens voted for Hillary in the last election. Obama was careful to place refugees where they could shift the numbers to affect the electoral college count by increasing population.

The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act sponsored by Virgina congressman Bob Goodlatte would clarify ICE’s authority to enforce federal detainer requests, and would confirm the attorney general’s authority to withhold federal funding from virtue-signalling jurisdictions. It also would allow both the federal government and victims of sanctuary policies to sue sanctuary governments.

MacDonald adds that “while building a border wall is an important part of a sound immigration policy, preserving the rule of law inside the country is even more important. Advocates agenda is clear, they want to stop all deportations and in so doing eviscerate our sovereignty once and for all. Their ultimate aim is to transform the country culturally and demographically. Sanctuary policies are one of their most powerful weapons.”



Understanding the Tax Battle by The Elephant's Child

Here’s a graph with information from the IRS, explained by AEI economist Mark J. Perry that explains some of the confusing parts of the tax questions. Read it carefully until it sinks in.   I asked Bing how many U.S. taxpayers there are, and the best I could come up with was 243 million as of 2013. They apparently haven’t counted up since then, although it seems like a number that would be needed.

But never mind. Do a little math, multiply 243,ooo,ooo by 95%, and 243,000,000 by 01% so you are talking numbers of people or households, and that will give you a sense of what they are talking about with the bottom 95% and top 1%. The standard assumption that we can just soak the very rich doesn’t work. It’s just a helpful exercise. They don’t have enough money to pay all the taxes.

I suspect that most people don’t really know what they pay in taxes. If you work for a corporation or good sized business, you probably have your taxes withheld, and get a total at the end of the year, which you enter on your return and promptly forget. But I may be describing myself, not you.

At any rate Democrats will tell you that the entire Republican tax plan is just a give-away to the very rich. Republicans will try to explain what is actually happening and get so tied up in the complicated explanation that nobody understands anyway.

We have an enormous deficit, thanks to Obama. Baby Boomers in their vast numbers are beginning to retire, so they need more money. I would suggest that since federal pay reportedly is about twice the pay of the rest of us, some pay freezes might be in order.  Just a thought.



“We Came, We Saw, He Died” She Joked. by The Elephant's Child

Hillary. Could not vote for her. She is a compulsive liar, and not a very good one. She keeps getting caught out. But I also knew that Mommar Gadhafi was a brutal dictator, and not a very nice one. But he kept his troublesome country in line. He had had nuclear ambitions, and when he saw Iran’s Saddam Hussein being dragged out of his hidey-hole and what happened to him, he discarded his ambitions thoroughly.

Hillary, as Secretary of State, not only ignored the rumbling of terrorists and revolutionaries in Syria, refused to send help to her ambassador and his aide, and extraction for the former Seals contractors who were attempting to save the embassy people, but decided to promote the end of the Gadhafi reign, apparently unaware of the fact that sometimes we have to support ruling bad guys in the interest of larger causes. Our ambassador died, unnecessarily, as did his aide and the two former Seals. Libya promptly descended into chaos, which continues.

Today USA Today reported:

Black Africans are being sold in open-air slave markets,  and it’s Hillary Clinton’s fault. But you won’t hear much about that from the news media or the foreign-policy pundits, so let me explain.

Footage from Libya, released recently by CNN, showed young men from sub-Saharan Africa being auctioned off as farm workers in slave markets.

And how did we get to this point? As the BBC reported back in May, “Libya has been beset by chaos since NATO-backed forces overthrew long-serving ruler Col. Moammar Gadhafi in October 2011.”

Under President George W. Bush, in 2003, the  United States negotiated an agreement with Libyan strongman Gadhafi. If Gadhafi would give up his weapons of mass destruction peacefully, we would not try to depose him. The Obama administration wasn’t much on continuing anything done by Bush, and in an operation spearheaded by Hillary Clinton, the United States went ahead and overthrew him. That has an effect on our options with North Korea.

The overthrow turned out to be a debacle. Libya exploded into chaos and civil war, and refugees flooded Europe, destabilizing governments there. But at the time, Clinton thought it was a great triumph — “We came, we saw, he died,” she joked about Gadhafi’s overthrow — and adviser Sidney Blumenthal encouraged her to tout her “successful strategy” as evidence of her fitness for the highest office in the land.

Uh huh.

 



Are You Offended by Free Speech? by The Elephant's Child

Free Speech zones, small spots set aside where one can speak freely? Parents and alumni should let their colleges know that restricting freedom of speech is a non-starter. Universities are very aware of what has happened at Mizzou and Middlebury, Claremont and Evergreen to name a few, and they deeply, sincerely don’t want any big drop-off in enrollment nor in Alumni donations. Since they all belong to the same crowd, they are not really aware of how offensive contemporary colleges are to many, with outrageous tuition, and Marxist professors who consider themselves as the righteous ones, working to bring about a new and better world.

FIRE is a dandy place for your donations if you so choose. They take them to court, defend free speech and defend students caught up in the melee.




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