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DACA is More Complicated Than You Think by The Elephant's Child

From the New York Post today:

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday that it was “not in our nation’s interest” to expel the roughly 800,000 young people protected from deportation by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

“I do believe that kicking these 800,000 kids out to countries that they have probably not been to since they were toddlers, countries that speak languages that they may not even know, is not in our nation’s interest,” Ryan said.

Who are these “young people”, “kids”, “dreamers”,  innocent children, that were covered by former President Obama’s illegal executive order?  They must have been under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012, so some of them are 35 years old. Kids, indeed. Here are the guidelines, read them carefully.

So that batch of children under the age of 31 are dreamers and must be covered, but according to today’s news, “despite the intense summer heat, thousands of illegal alien minors and families risked their lives to illegally cross the border with Mexico in August. The apprehension of family Unit Aliens rose by 37 percent this week, the fourth straight month of increases.

So these illegal alien children, brought to the United States by their parents, are not covered by DACA, but is that fair? Do we have to give the same consideration to all children of illegal alien parents  the same coverage to be fair? One thing a good many mothers learn is that saying “Well, just this once…” doesn’t work. You either have rules or you don’t.

A former immigration official estimates that the fraud rate for the DACA program is at 40 to 50 percent. Experts say that under Obama, background screening was lax and applicants lied about their qualifications. USCIS employees deferred to get them through. 21 percent have dropped out of high school, far above the national rate.

These are not 800,000 innocent children who are headed for college and going to enrich our nation with their entrepreneurial spirit. Some may be, some won’t. Many have  already committed felonies. Yet the Democrats’ latest talking point is simply that not making them all citizens is cruel. And we can’t have a wall because a wall is cruel (though walls work to reduce the flow). If we must offer citizenship to this bunch, why then must we not offer citizenship to the next bunch and the next?

I am not anti-immigrant. I welcome immigrants. But I do believe that the 4.4 million people who have signed up legally to immigrate to the United States and are waiting patiently in line — for years — for their turn, deserve priority.

I believe we need a new immigration system that recognizes that we can only admit a certain number in a year without too much disruption. I don’t believe in chain immigration, where once someone gets in, they can get all their relatives in, uncles and brothers and grandparents. There’s the problem of “anchor babies.” Some women from foreign countries hide their pregnancy to visit and have their baby as an American citizen. I don’t believe that some industries should be able to import cheaper workers so they can refuse to hire Americans and increase their own billions. American workers should be protected from that kind of competition. But where do you draw the line with farm workers or computer programmers or doctors? What about exchange students who don’t go home, or legal visitors who simply overstay their visas? Democrats lean towards open borders, and those who will be future Democrat voters, without addressing the problems involved. But they are always a little light in the consequences department.

The Center for Immigration Studies (cis.org) is a think tank devoted to the study of immigration, which is a very complicated subject, and worth your attention. Here’s a speech by Heather MacDonald (in 2016) examining mass illegal immigration and its effect on American society. Europe may be committing a slow suicide. Its a very contentious subject, and it behooves us to study up. Our representatives in Washington seem to be more worried about how they will be treated by the mainstream media, because we seem so poorly informed.

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Historic. Remarkable. Devastating. Destructive. World Ending. by The Elephant's Child

(Chicago, 1871. A city destroyed. Very low CO2.)

We are indeed watching historic hurricanes, but not in size or — destructiveness. Irma comes in only 7th in the list of hurricanes that have made landfall on the U.S. We had quite a respite from serious hurricanes, but now they’re back, but not because of global warming.

This year we have not only have almost instant coverage and constant updates, but we have film from the intrepid pilots who fly over the hurricanes. We have pictures from the Space Station and satellite pictures delivered instantly to your computer or cell phone. 

But hurricanes are unpredictable. Irma was a Category 5, degraded to a 4, then a 2.  Was supposed to go up the east coast of Florida, made a turn and is heading up the west coast, expected to hit Georgia and the Carolinas, then last I saw is turning west towards the more central states. Unpredictable.

Will more information make us brighter? Probably not. Irma pulled the waters out of Tampa bay, and some residents promptly went down to the shoreline to see the water pull so far back. STORM SURGE! A storm surge can be 12 or 15 feet above normal. All at once. One of the brighter souls suggested shooting this #*”! storm, and many thought that was an excellent idea, while officials shrieked no! no! the bullets can be blown right back at you. Looters are busy and busy being taken in. Some wag remarked — At least bookstores are safe!

For more serious and informed information, and a bracing dose of common sense, visit Climate Depot or Watts Up With That  where you will find the silliness debunked and links to the comments of climate scientists who are experts in this stuff. Read the comments too:

The WashPost ist buyed by Al Gore and his co-operates. That`s the real fight Pres. Trump has to fight against the fake news media. But Trump is a scotch fighter with german blood, he will stand this media storm. Scotchs have been fighting over hundreds of years against the normans, saxons and vikings on the british islands and Scotland is still standing until today. It is, in line with Ireland ( which is an island) and Wales the last bastion af the once great celtic nation.

With a period of low hurricane activity, people have forgotten how bad it can be, and they are scared that it’s all falling apart: Here’s Peter Brannen from the Guardian: “This is how Your World Could End.” And as a rebuttal, here’s the always sensible Christopher Booker: “Hurricane Irma’s numbers simply do not add up  although the global warming brigade would like them to.”



As I Was Saying…. by The Elephant's Child



Trying to Understand Hurricanes by The Elephant's Child

Hurricane Harvey is, I guess, in the mopping-up stage, which will be long and difficult. Someone mentioned that homeowners should not haul stuff out to the curb to be picked up until the insurance adjusters have seen and valued it. I hadn’t thought of that, I imagine one’s first impulses would be to get rid of all the ruined, broken and waterlogged and rotting stuff as quickly as possible.

Irma, following closely on the heels of Harvey has progressed fully into a Category 5 hurricane, prossibly the worst ever seen in the Atlantic,  if not the worst, or that may be an exxageration.  Barbuda is literally just rubble. Britain’s Telegraph has particularly good coverage of Irma in the Caribbean, for islands like Barbuda and Antigua are still British possessions. That’s Irma in the satellite image.

American coverage is more apt to focus on Florida, Georgia and South Carolina that are currently in the path. Winds of 185 mph will do a lot of damage. France also has islands in the Carribean. I’ve been there once on a cruise, but I don’t remember all the islands nor which one belongs to which country. Don’t like cruises, would never do it again.

Here’s an article about “5 Hurricane Charts Climate Alarmists Don’t Want You to See as They Rush to Politicize Harvey.” Surely no one would politicize so much damage and ruin and death, would they? Hurricane Katia is heading for the coast of Mexico, but so far doesn’t involve destroying winds. Irma looks to be heading up the Florida coast, but we won’t know till Friday. José is sitting out in the Atlantic at present. Go to the NOAA Hurricane Center for the official word.



“Struggle Down In Houston” by The Elephant's Child

Donations for the Houston flooding are pouring in, and Houston people face a massive clean up, and massive grief and expense.  The situation is becoming clearer as people begin to sum up the damages. Hurricane Harvey was a big one. It had nothing to do with “global warming”, though the global warming enthusiasts are just sure that it does. It came after a long respite of nine years. Houston has a long, long record of hurricane and flooding damage. Here are pictures from past disasters.

Engineers have been warning for years that the city is a flood disaster in the making,. A University of Texas at Austin civil engineer, Robert Gilbert, said “Houston is very flat. There’s is no way for the water to drain out.” Texas Governor Greg Abbot suggested that Houston residents who had somewhere to go should think about evacuating, but Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner urged them not to evacuate. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina that hit Louisiana so hard, another hurricane followed and Houston residents were urged to evacuate and caused the traffic jam of the century.

The city’s flood system is supposed to protect the public from a 100-year storm, but that is based on a rainfall total of 13 inches in 24 hours. In an average year, Houston gets 50 inches of rain — as much as Harvey would deliver in some parts of the city. The muddy rivers—the San Jacinto and Buffalo Bayou have dams, but they were built mostly for storage, not flood control. Lake Conroe, a reservoir 43 miles north of the city has a capacity of 430,000 acre feet. The river authority which manages water supplies knew Harvey was coming, but chose not to release water in advance, because it could have caused flooding even before the storm hit, but by Monday they had no choice but to open the flood gates to send another 79.141  cubic feet of water to flooded Houston every second. There have been eight deaths, and the rescue efforts of men with boats have surely prevented many more.

Media coverage has been interesting. Melania Trump was criticized for wearing stiletto heels when she boarded the plane to go to Texas. She changed to trousers and sneakers when they arrived. President Trump was criticized for going to Houston, and even for donating a million dollars of his own money to Houston relief. Some days you just can’t win. The media no longer seems to be quite sane.

After they have drained the city and mopped up, hopefully they will have learned from this disaster and will start to plan seriously for the next one, but there will probably be new people in charge, and funding will be so exhausted that no one will want to think about spending on preparation.

 



Just Stop All These Unfounded Allegations by The Elephant's Child

Back around the 25th of January, CNN reported that “President Donald Trump could sign an executive order or presidential memorandum initiating an investigation as soon as Thursday. …The investigation would be carried out through the Department of Justice. The move would expand on Trump’s interest in the unproven claims he has made since November’s election alleging millions of illegal votes were cast, without citing any evidence.”

Time magazine reported in July that “President Trump repeated his unfounded allegations of widespread voter fraud Wednesday, and suggested that states not cooperating with his election integrity commission because of their own laws may be somehow involved in untoward electoral behavior.” There are many similar articles that quickly turn up on a search engine.

It’s been a few months, but American Thinker reported today that in Chicago, there were 14,000 more votes in the 2016 election than there were voters. Goodness. Earlier Investors reported that there were 3.5 million more registered voters than there were adults in the U.S.

The Government Accountability Office reported 8,471 cases of double voting, in 21 states, that is, the same person voting more than once.

Rhode Island learned that 20% of their registered voters do not live in the state. That’s 150,000. The Secretary of State in Rhode Island  said “It’s not really fraud —just inaccuracies.”

Well, yes.



How to Revise History, With Some Cautions by The Elephant's Child


In Charlottesville, Virginia, we had another case of millennials attempting to fix history. Some wanted to tear down a statue, of Robert E. Lee, and others determined to stop them also turned up, to do violence. This incident apparently got all confused with World War II themes (fascism) which the press wants to connect to Donald Trump because they don’t like him and though they are undoubtedly unclear about what “fascism” means, it’s a bad thing.

The effort to eliminate Confederate monuments seems to be because of slavery, which ended in America with the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. There are approximately 700 remaining monuments left in various locations, mostly in the South, but there are around 1500 places or things that commemorate a Southern hero, so good luck with that. I suppose the illusion is that by tearing down statues, they have in some way changed history, but history remains, immutable and unchanged.

The push to begin the purge of Confederate monuments and memorials began after Dylan Roof shot up a historically black church in South Carolina in 2015. At the time, the debate centered around whether or not state governments should house Confederate flags on public property.

The city government of Baltimore, Maryland quietly removed a series of monuments, and Gainesville, Florida also removed a statue of southern soldiers last week. Additionally, officials in Kentucky and North Carolina announced plans to get rid of their own statues.

The Democrat minority leader, Nancy Pelosi, has suggested removing eight Confederate statues from the capitol’s Statuary Hall, but others out there insist that is not enough. We must remove statues of Washington and Jefferson because they were slave owners. If that is the case, it means the Jefferson Memorial, the Washington Monument and bulldozing our Capitol city. Maybe we could just re-name the city so it doesn’t remind anyone of the father of our country. For the historically ignorant, you should perhaps remember that General Washington won the Revolutionary War— the War for Independence. Does that mean we would have to give it back to England? Just how far do these people want to go?

Perhaps a better solution to changing history that you don’t like would be to wait a bit, as some scientists are suggesting that time travel may indeed be possible. Forbes magazine published a story back in April about the scientific possibilities of time travel. The objectives might be • faster so you could go to the future but stay the same age,  •slower so you could get more done in the same amount of time, or • backwards so you could return to a time in the past and alter it, perhaps changing the future or even the present? Most of us would like to go back just briefly to undo something we know we shouldn’t have done.

A note of caution though. The International Criminal Court, located in the Hague, has found Islamist militant Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi liable for more than $3 million dollars in reparations for ordering the destruction of ancient landmarks in Timbuktu, Mali. He was previously sentenced to serve nine years in prison last September after pleading guilty to destroying historic shrines at a world heritage site in 2002. The court said attacks on historic sites “destroy part of humanity’s shared memory and collective consciousness, and render humanity to transmit its values and knowledge to future generations.

Anybody spotted a blue telephone booth? Probably somewhere in London, but who knows?




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