Sunday, February 21, 2021

Mr. Biden, tear down this wall...


Photo Courtesy of the Daily Mail

With apologies to President Reagan and the title of this post, I steal his quote and make it...  Our own. Yes, we own it now.  Right here in the good old U S of A.  Thanks 46!  

The photo above is the 'wall' being constructed prior to President Biden's inauguration.  Not illustrated in the photo above is the razor wire which was added following the completion of 'the Biden wall'.  It was to remain in place for a month following the inauguration, but unless my calendar is running a bit fast, shouldn't this 'Border Wall' be removed by now?

And what about the thousands of National Guard troops brought in to patrol the property, they were supposed to be removed in March, but now I hear that they'll be lucky of they get to go home for Thanksgiving?  Of course, they'll have to shelter in place for 14 days, so while Turkey may be off the menu when they come out of lockdown within their own homes, they'll have plenty of time to browse Amazon online to get some really awesome kids who haven't seen them for the better part of 2021!

If I am understanding events correctly, BLM RIOTS (Portland, NYC, Kenosha, Seattle and a few hundred more zip codes)  at 220 locations across America in 2020 were o-k-a-y, but dare step foot into a facility which houses our beloved politicians - this is verboten.  

You vill be punished!!!  💀💀💀  

The implication is that lawmakers / politicians / the 'Feds' are cool with a private citizen's business, home and / or neighborhood being destroyed but if you put your feet up on Nancy Pelosi's desk - Katy bar the door!  Big brother is checking your Visa billing to see if you were anywhere NEAR the capitol building and they will track you down like a dog (hey, it turns out that dogs can be 'legally shot', see important PETA update later in this post.)       

Here's one of my most favorite images from last year - courtesy of BLM, CNN and the city of Kenosha, Wisconsin...  

They did not even get a whiff the irony when appearing on TV last year.

Image courtesy of CNN - because they factually report 'stuff' - 24x7x365!


I wish I didn't have to offer the following disclaimer in 2021, but in an effort to deter the some of the more obvious hate mail I'll get for this post, here goes...

"I, INSERT NAME HERE, do NOT approve of police shooting of un-armed Native Americans, Blacks, Latinos, Italians, Greeks, Lithuanians, Irish, Russians, Iranians, Immigrants, space / time travelers from this, or any other world, or any of the previously categorized individual's personal pets (especially dogs)."  

Did you know that during a police pursuit, if an officer enters your private property (i.e.:  your fenced-in yard or home) they can shoot your pet if they feel that it is a threat to their safety?  Where's PETA when you actually need them?  

And now back to the original post, already in progress...

I am NOT condoning what happened on January 6th, I wasn't there, it wasn't my fault, and the folks who destroyed public property and threatened the safety of our political elite are, & were, in my opinion, pretty much idiots.  

However, when Political 'folks' (nicest word I can use here) feel personally uncomfortable, they wall themselves up, call up the National Guard and keep these volunteer soldiers away from their families for unspecified amounts of time?

I guess walls are okay if they protect YOU personally, but protecting our Nation and citizens against others who enter our country without documentation / following the process millions of others followed (legally) is ridiculous?  I assume the next logical step is tear down any newly-constructed border walls, and make sure the National Guard is NOT anywhere that would deter anyone from visiting for any reason?  Well, logically from the purely political perspective, at least.   

Building walls is un-American (I have been assured of this by the ruling party in Washington) so I know it is (unless it protects 'them')!  And un-American behavior is BAD - unless of course, it is 'pro-World government' in which case the needs of the many (the world) outweigh the needs of the few (the USA).  And yes, Start Trek II "The Wrath of Khan" was on last night, and I caught the last 20 minutes of it - so, I had to go there.

Perhaps an excellent idea (feel free to give me credit for this one) is to MOVE our Nation's Capitol and both houses of Congress along the US / Mexico Border?  I'm pretty sure walls will be built, the Guard will be deployed, but for the love of God, let's not shoot any unarmed dogs / coyotes (four-legged, at least) trying to enter the country illegally.  Shoot, it may even bolster the Texas electrical grid and keep Texans from dying of cold, thirst, and, perhaps, even of shame.   

In the meanwhile, America, the Capitol Building, businesses and society in general remains pretty much locked-down with most folks too nervous to speak in-person with their neighbors.  I can't fly to Japan to visit my Navy son and be there for the birth of my second grandchild, but hey, you guys and gals from Latin American, no problem-o!  

Ya'll can come on it.  We'll leave the lights on for you...  

Just leave your dogs at home.  As we can legally shoot them.  

I hope PETA is reading this, I really do...  But maybe they are too busy wearing salads, or lying dead in the street.  I wish I were making this up.  But I can't.  

Seems like all the assorted, loose nuts have rolled to the left and are pulling our country with them.  When things get weird, the 'Weird' turn 'pro'.

Welcome to the big Game.                   

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Those Poor Immigrant Children

Photo courtesy - Associated Press / Ross D. Franklin
I cannot believe that a US President would order his MINIONS to place children, innocent foreign children into detention centers here in America!  I am shocked, horrified, and embarrassed for my country that these innocent cherub-faced tikes have been made to be pawns of an evil administration in the White House!  Who the heck does HE think he is?!?!?!
.
We haven't seen this level of hatred for a group of people since Adolph Hitler and his Nazi henchmen put children into death camps, awaiting the fiery furnaces of the concentration camps!  Where is the humanity?
.
More photographic evidence of this outrageous mistreatment of foreign children on American soil! 


Detainees sleep and watch television in a holding cell where hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children were being processed and held at the CBP Nogales Placement Center on June 18, 2014.
Photo Courtesy - Associated Press/Ross D. Franklin
.
How can ANY Administration continue to speak about the sanctity of human life when it commits such atrocities?!?!?!
.
Okay, enough of this foolishness.  For the benefit of the uninformed (like me), the above images were taken in 2014, and not in 2018.  In 2014, the President would have been, um, what's his name, yes, President Barack Obama.  And who was the President of the United States when this dastardly act sentencing innocent young children to incarceration was passed into law?    (Go ahead, think for a moment, I'll be back when you're ready to guess...)  In the meanwhile I'm going to kitchen for a glass of Black Cherry Seltzer - let me know if you want one and I'll bring you one too!
.



Okay, you ready to take a stab at it?  Wow, was this a really unfortunate choice of words when talking about state-sponsored child abuse - sorry.



.

So who signed this horrible legislation into law?


.
So what happened between 1997 and TODAY?  Two things:

One:  There is no longer a Democrat in the White House, 
.
and,
.
Two:  President Donald Trump has elected to enforce the law based upon the interpretation of his US Attorney General, Jeff Sessions.
.
What does the law say (versus what you're hearing on TV, online, Social Media, and USAToday publications?  Here's a unique idea, let's actually look at the law as written:

.
SEC. 303. APPREHENSION AND DETENTION OF ALIENS (REVISED SECTION 236).
.

    "(1) CUSTODY.-The Attorney General shall take into custody any alien who-
.
"(A) is inadmissible by reason of having committed any offense covered in section 212(a)(2),
.
"(B) is deportable by reason of having committed any offense covered in section 237(a)(2)(A)(ii), (A)(iii), (B), (C), or (D),
.
"(C) is deportable under section 237(a)(2)(A)(i) on the basis of an offense for which the alien has been sentence to a term of imprisonment of at least 1 year, or
.
"(D) is inadmissible under section 212(a)(3)(B) or deportable under section 237(a)(4)(B), when the alien is released, without regard to whether the alien is released on parole, supervised release, or probation, and without regard to whether the alien may be arrested or imprisoned again for the same offense.
.
    "(2) RELEASE.-The Attorney General may release an alien described in paragraph (1) only if the Attorney General decides pursuant to section 3521 of title 18, United States Code, that release of the alien from custody is necessary to provide protection to a witness, a potential witness, a person cooperating with an investigation into major criminal activity, or an immediate family member or close associate of a witness, potential witness, or person cooperating with such an investigation, and the alien satisfies the Attorney General that the alien will not pose a danger to the safety of other persons or of property and is likely to appear for any scheduled proceeding. A decision relating to such release shall take place in accordance with a procedure that considers the severity of the offense committed by the alien.
.
Section 305
    
"(g) PLACES OF DETENTION.-

"(1) IN GENERAL.-The Attorney General shall arrange for appropriate places of detention for aliens detained pending removal or a decision on removal. When United States Government facilities are unavailable or facilities adapted or suitably located for detention are unavailable for rental, the Attorney General may expend from the appropriation 'Immigration and Naturalization Service- Salaries and Expenses', without regard to section 3709 of the Revised Statutes (41 U.S.C. 5), amounts necessary to acquire land and to acquire, build, remodel, repair, and operate facilities (including living quarters for immigration officers if not otherwise available) necessary for detention.
.
Bottom line (MOOS DISCLAIMER: the following is an English-based summary of what I believe I just read without getting deep into the quagmire of lawyer-speak - if you've read anything I've written in the past, you know that I am NO lawyer - So help me God), when it comes to illegal entry into the country, the Attorney General of the United States has discretion to determine who is imprisoned, under what conditions they may be imprisoned, where they are placed into detention, and under what circumstances they will be released from such detention.  
.
Personally, I don't know a LOT about 'detention' as I never did any 'detention time' while I was in high school.  Well, at least if I did, I don't REMEMBER it - it was a long time ago.
.  
More recently, however, I know for sure that I never entered Mexico without benefit of a large AeroMexico jet, a Passport, a Birth Certificate, US-issued driver's license or other required official documentation for passage into the country.
.
Yes, I'm 100% sure that I have never entered Mexico (or Canada) in violation of that country's customs-related legal requirements.
.
Unlike some folks who decry the treatment of illegal aliens on Social Media, wanting us to HATE everyone who supports this president, I suggest they contact their local elected officials because if Democrats and / or moderate Republicans want to change the immigration conditions we have, they can do so by created new laws which will restrain the Trump Administration from doing 'Mean things'.  You know, like treating illegal aliens pretty much exactly as they've been treated in the past by Democrats and Republican Administrations alike since 1996.  At last count, this is something like 22 years if my math is correct.
.
And before you go there about my BIASED post / opinions only showing one side of the story, I am including a photo from this month, illustrating the incredibly unfair conditions in which these aliens find themselves.  OMG - what have we come to as a Nation?
.
 

 .
Ya'll just need to relax and stay offline.  Keep your outrage for topics worthy of it, like why Nancy Pelosi does not want the President to refer to MS13 Gangs as 'Animals'.  Yes, we can probably muster some outrage for this, I would think...
.
 
.


.
Nothing was left of 20-year-old Michael Banegas’ face after he was killed by MS-13 members.
.
His killers had forced him to kneel and tied a plastic bag around his head. Suffocation was the cause of death.
.
But Banegas’ mutilated body, found with those of three other young men in a Central Islip park in April, told a story of the gang’s savagery.
.
Hacked with a machete, his face had no nose, no lips, no cheeks; it was just a mass of bloody tissue and broken bones.
.
It’s unclear if Banegas was butchered before or after he died.
.
If we refuse to stand up to to people like this - perhaps we are the animals?