WOW! Forum What to do about North Korea?

Every week on Monday, the WoW! community and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s Question How Would You Solve The problem Of North Korea?

Don Surber: I have no idea. Hope Trump does.

Rob Miller: I’ve been thinking this one over for awhile. Patrick O’Hannigan was kind enough to refer me to an Austin Bay article  on the subject, which as it happens I’d read. One of things the article reiterated it that in this situation, “there are no good options.”

True enough, but there but there are indeed better and worse ones. The worst of them is to do nothing.

Some facts stick out. Obviously both President Trump and the Chinese were operating under a false premise. The president assumed that the chemistry between himself and President Xi was better than it actually was, and that the Chinese were reasonable actors who could be counted on to help dismantle this threat.   The Chinese mistakenly think they’re still dealing with Bill Clinton, George W. Bush or especially, Barack Hussein Obama.  That assumption on their part is undoubtedly being aided by the disrespect shown President Trump by the media and various Democrat politicians. In China, a leader allowing  this kind of thing would be the result of a shocking loss of face and a prelude to losing power. The Chinese have never really understood many aspects of our society.

So the Chinese are saying North Korea isn’t their problem, and continuing to trade with them…in fact, trade has actually increased by almost 40%. Sanctions are mostly worthless because of the way China and America’s economies  are linked up. And negotiations with the Kims, as always, are an exercise in futility.

North Korea and Iran are both rogue nations close to having nuclear weapons. And if they have them, they will sell technology and perhaps even actual nukes to all sorts of bad actors, giving rise to global terrrorism on a scale which will dwarf what we see now.

Since China refuses to get involved, our options appear to be waiting around to see what happens (that worst option I mentioned)  or a well planned, well executed preemptive strike.  If I were President Trump, I would already have the plans drawn up for this and secured so that the New York Times, CNN or creatures of that ilk couldn’t commit treason by leaking them in Prime Time.  I’d want the strike to target the Yongbyon reactor and destroy it, along with several research centers and the Nork’s missile sites. I would also sink anything North Korea’s military  has that floats or flies as well as the bases they use, and target North Korea’s military bases that house its conventional army as well. 

Without air cover, North Korea’s numerous but poorly equipped conventional army would be controllable, if they even invaded. Ground troops without air cover usually end up taking the dirt nap in modern war.  Taking out the Kims could be an added bonus, since totalitarian functionaries like army generals  are not known for taking action without orders from the top. 

Civilian casualties would be unavoidable, but given how many lives would be saved, especially American lives, it’s unfortunately unavoidable. And there are benefits.

Our relationship with China could change for the better as long as the Chinese were reassured that their ‘near abroad’ was not going to be militarily invaded. China really isn’t prepared for a war, especially against the U.S, which would involve their chief trading partner and a major strain on their economy. A closely linked economy is a two edges sword that cuts both ways. And new respect for America and our president would ensue, not just in China but elsewhere.

I’m convinced we will eventually have to deal with Iran in a similar fashion, but that presents a somewhat different scenario that should be dealt with separately.

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Mike McDaniel: Before getting into solutions, we need a bit of a history lesson. We are still at war with North Korea. In fact, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice–July 27, 1953–will soon be here. North Korea formally announced it would not abide by the Armistice at least six times, beginning in 1994, and more recently, in 2013. And despite such high-level diplomacy as Madeline Albright watching traditional communist pageantry such as dancing children and marching troops, the Norks have continued to be deadly belligerent.

The North has routinely engaged in espionage, and hostile military exchanges, routinely shelling South Korean territory, kidnapping foreign nationals–including Americans–for ransom, torpedoed at least one South Korean ship, and a wide variety of other clear acts of war. A partial list of their depredations is long indeed.

The Hermit Kingdom brutally tortures its own people, incarcerating thousands in a vast gulag, and brainwashing the entire population to the extent they believe their rulers Gods, protecting them from the evils of the outside world. Those rulers and their lackeys, of course, live like kings while hundreds of thousands of their people starve, often being reduced to eating grass and tree bark. Due to malnutrition, North Koreans are substantially smaller in stature, and far less healthy, than South Koreans

While the North Korean military is antiquated, it is vast, with thousands of hidden and fortified artillery pieces aimed at Seoul. North Korea has a substantial chemical and biological arsenal, which it will not hesitate to use. And then there is the nuclear threat, which is the current crisis.

North Korea seems to have at least a few warheads, though they are apparently unreliable and of low yield. Their missile program, which often fails, is growing at a feverish pace. The Norks work with Iran and other rogue regimes, and will ally with any group that can help them, and which will harm the West. During the Obama years, the world’s despots knew they had free reign, and took advantage of it, which brings us, again, to the current crisis.

Diplomacy ever only works when it is part of a concerted effort backed by overwhelming military force. To date, American diplomacy has been little more than abject appeasement, which has allowed North Korea to become something of a nuclear state. There are some that think North Korea will not be dangerous until it has the ability to mount a small nuclear warhead on a ballistic missile of sufficient reliability and accuracy to strike American targets, or the cities of our allies. Such a view is very short-sighted.

There can be no doubt of the outcome of a war between us. Even if the Chinese interfered, which they may in at least a limited manner, the conflict would be brief, but exceedingly destructive, particularly to the civilian population of South Korea. The Norks would not bother to spare civilians, in fact, much of the military doctrine revolves around destroying Seoul. China, despite its military buildup of recent years, probably does not want to take us on directly. The North would use nuclear weapons offensively. We would use them only in response.

While it’s likely our advanced missile interceptors could shoot down North Korean nucs, they would need only one to slip through our defenses. And delivery by missile is far from the only way to detonate a nuc against us or our allies. A significant and great danger is that North Korea would certainly sell nuclear weapons to rogue states and terrorist groups. One might reasonably assume when President Trump declared North Korea would never get nuclear weapons, he had such hard intelligence in hand.

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The primary question: is President Trump serious? Will he do whatever is required to prevent North Korea from obtaining significant nuclear capability? Do we have sufficient combat power and weapons to accomplish that task without leaving us vulnerable to all of our other enemies, or have the Obama years left our military so debilitated–as he obviously intended–that we cannot defend our allies and our own interests from existential threats?

Unless elements of the North Korean leadership stage a successful coup, unless such people are enlightened enough to stand down the North Korean military and sue for peace and unification, unless China keeps its communist hand off the potential for peace, we can only assume we will either have to continue to appease the North and allow them to do whatever they please, or be prepared to obliterate them militarily.

That’s our choice, forced on us by the North Koreans and the feckless cowardice of too many American presidents. It’s also our choice with Iran. Hopefully President Trump is not foolish enough to think they’re abiding by the deal and waiting 10 years to develop nucs. We’re going to have to deal with North Korea and Iran, sooner, rather than later. One can only hope when that day arrives, we’ll take them on, and that we have the military capacity to do it quickly, with overwhelming force, and in such a way no one can effectively interfere.

Dave Schuler : I wouldn’t do anything. At least not publicly and not yet. Privately I would probably inform China, South Korea, and Japan, as calmly and emotionlessly as I could, that If North Korea attacks us, South Korea, or Japan. attempts to extort concessions from us, or sells it nuclear or missile technology to another country or non-state actor that North Korea will cease to exist and they should be prepared.

We can’t allow ourselves to be held hostage that way and we can’t allow every nasty dictatorship to seek nuclear weapons as an insurance policy.

Laura Rambeau Lee : At some point in the near future we will have to deal with Kim Jong Un and his aggressions against the U.S. and our allies in the Pacific. When it comes to issues of such global impact we will need the support of our allies, particularly those closest to the clear and present danger they face should Kim Jong Un decide to attack. Our actions must be quick and decisive and must end his reign of terror over the Korean people. It would be nice and clean if we could do a surgical strike and take him out without civilian casualties but it seems unavoidable. Knowing the potential millions of deaths should he attack Seoul or Tokyo, in the end it becomes a calculation of lives saved versus lives lost. The North Koreans live in darkness, physically and mentally. To free them from such a brutal dictator would be an act of mercy even if some lives are lost in the effort. Dealing with the aftermath will require the cooperation and contributions of our allies. What we do know is we cannot wait for him to strike first.

Well, there it is!

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Florida Drug Dealer Arrested After Calling 911 To Report Stolen Cocaine – Washington Times
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Florida police officers made a quick arrest last weekend when 35-year-old David Blackmon called 911 to report his stash of cocaine missing.

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Detroit: Immigrant Steals $132 Million From Medicare, Owns $7 Million Mansion – 100PercentFedUp

A health care executive cheated Medicare out of $132 million and blew the money on a $7 million Franklin mansion and courtside NBA tickets, and stuffed secret storage units with cash, prosecutors allege.

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Texas Allows Open Carry Of Knives And Swords – Washington Standard
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In a move that gets closer to actually recognizing the right of the people to keep and bear arms of all kinds, the state of Texas has advanced a bill into law that will recognize the right of citizens to carry knives or swords with blades that are longer than 5 1/2 inches in public.

After September 1, 2017, if you are carrying anything from a small dagger to a long sword in public, you will not be violating any laws, as it should be.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 1935 into law, which removes the restrictions regarding knife blades being carried in public by adults.

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Feds Issued $171 Million In Improper Payments To People With More Than One Social Security Number – Washington Free Beacon

The Social Security Administration issued nearly $200 million in improper payments by paying people twice for their benefits.

The inspector general for the agency found that individuals with more than one Social Security Number received $171 million, according to a new audit. In many cases, the payments were issued to SSNs held by deceased individuals.

“We identified more than 5,000 instances where, contrary to Agency policy, SSA appeared to simultaneously issue monthly [Old-Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance] OASDI benefits and/or SSI payments to individuals under both of their cross-referred SSNs,” the inspector general said.

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Approximately 4.9 million people have more than one SSN. Individuals who are victims of identity fraud can receive a new SSN, though they are not entitled to receive benefits under both numbers…

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Leftist Douchebag Who Managed To Get Elected To Congress Calls For Statue Of Liberty On Southern Border – American Mirror
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As Republicans make moves to protect the southern border from illegal immigration, a member of Congress has a different idea: build another Statue of Liberty, instead.

During a U.S. House Homeland Security hearing on Tuesday, New York Democratic Rep. José Serrano said instead of building a wall, America should send a different signal: come as you are.

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The Republican National Committee (RNC) raised a record $13.4 million in June, bringing its total 2017 fundraising to $75.3 million.

In a release provided first to The Hill, the RNC announced another strong monthly haul and has $44.7 million in the bank. It’s the most the RNC has raised in June of a nonpresidential year.

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Senator John McCain Diagnosed With Malignant Brain Tumor – Tuscon
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U.S. Sen. John McCain revealed Wednesday evening that he has a brain tumor.

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Treatment options may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation.

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“Further consultations with Senator McCain’s Mayo Clinic care team will indicate when he will return to the United States Senate,” the statement read…

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After declaring that Christians have “been horribly treated” by the refugee program under former President Barack Obama, President Donald Trump has reversed the Obama administration’s disgraceful discrimination against Christian refugees.

According to a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. State Department refugee data, during the period from January 21, 2017 – President Trump’s first full day in office – through June 30, “9,598 Christian refugees arrived in the U.S., compared with 7,250 Muslim refugees. Christians made up 50% of all refugee arrivals in this period, compared with 38% who are Muslim.”

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Trump: Sessions Should Have Told Me About Recusal, ‘I Would Have Picked Somebody Else’ – Washington Times
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President Trump criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions in an interview Wednesday for recusing himself from overseeing the Russia investigation, calling the move “very unfair to the president” and expressing regret that he nominated Mr. Sessions.

In an interview with The New York Times, the president said Mr. Sessions’ decision in March led to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller, a development that Mr. Trump said shouldn’t have happened.

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“I Won’t Let Myself Be Fucked”: French Armed Forces Chief Resigns After Clashing With Limp-Wristed Macron – Zero Hedge
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France’s armed forces chief resigned on Wednesday, culminating a dramatic dispute with president Emmanuel Macron over defense budget cuts, in what Reuters called “an early test of the newly elected president’s mettle and the tough presidential style he is cultivating.” Last week, General Pierre de Villiers publicly lashed out about Macron’s proposed €850 million cuts to the military’s budget, when in an outburst before a parliament committee he said he “won’t let myself be fucked like that,” adding that “I may be stupid, but I know when I am being had.”

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ICE Adding Officers In ‘Uncooperative Jurisdictions’ To Arrest Criminal Aliens Released By Leftist Traitors – Breitbart

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) executives are reallocating resources to increase enforcement efforts in “uncooperative jurisdictions” where criminal aliens are released back onto the streets by local jail officials.

Acting ICE Director Thomas D. Homan said he is going to deploy more officers and agents to “sanctuary cities” to arrest illegal criminals, the Washington Examiner reported. In an interview with the Examiner, praised the focus on law enforcement from President Donald Trump saying, “What this president has done is taken the handcuffs off of law enforcement officers who are charged with enforcing immigration laws.”

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More Migrant Riots Hit France – Joseph Klein
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The European migration experiment is failing miserably. Self-declared “refugees” and migrants from Africa and the Middle East are importing their violence, chaos and regressive norms of behavior into formerly harmonious countries all over Western Europe. As Seth J. Frantzman wrote in the Jerusalem Post last December, “They hate the very society they have often chosen to migrate to. Their new society tolerated their intolerance and taught them that this new country provided such unfettered freedom that it should be destroyed.”

For example, while many French people were busy celebrating Bastille Day – a year after the tragic Islamist massacre in Nice – riots and violence reportedly broke out on the nights of July 13 and 14 in suburbs of Paris heavily populated by migrants…

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Trump Sends Feds In To Raid New York’s Islamberg After 2 Decades, Uncovers America’s Worst Nightmare – Freedom Daily

There’s a mysterious hidden Muslim compound called Islamberg that’s nestled deep within the woods of the Catskill mountains in New York. The only way to access the 70-acre compound is through primitive dirt roads, where more than 100 Muslims live in seclusion away from the prying eyes of curious Americans.

For over two decades, infidels have been prohibited from entering, as anyone attempting to enter will be “greeted” by armed Muslims patrolling a guard shack at the compound’s entry gate. Without access to the compound, there’s been no way to confirm rumors about the location being used as a training ground for Muslim terrorists. But after an alarming incident involving one of the Islamberg residents, police were finally able to obtain a warrant and raid the place. And what they discovered that these Muslims have been quietly plotting for years is nothing short of chilling.

For over two decades, this cult-like group of Sharia Law-following Muslims have lived quietly under the guidance of Pakistani Sheikh Syed Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani, a radical Muslim with known ties to Jamaat al-Fuqra, a terror organization responsible for a long list of terrorist activities around the world, including murders of rival religious figures in the United States…

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Moonbats Release Up To 40,000 Minks That Probably Won’t Survive In The Wild – Moonbattery
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Moonbattery results from a perfect storm of sanctimony, malice, liberal ideology, and idiocy. One of its most extreme manifestations is the animal rights movement, which is likely responsible for this:

Sheriff Don Gudmonson says sometime between 10:30 p.m. Sunday and 5:30 a.m. Monday a person or group of people burglarized the Lang Farms LLC in Eden Lake, just northwest of Eden Valley. The Lang Farms raise mink for pelts.

Gudmonson says once the vandals were on the property they took apart sections of the exterior fence that surrounds the barns and released all the mink from their cages.

Authorities say around 30,000 – 40,000 mink were released, all of which are domesticated and will likely not survive in the wild…

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Government Thieves Go Wild Stealing Your Stuff – WorldNetDaily

The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to stop governments in Michigan from collecting overdue property taxes by confiscating the property, selling it and keeping the entire profit.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs, who want back the difference between their taxes owed and what the government got for their properties, warn that similar scenarios are arising in a handful of other states.

WND reported in March an appeals court decided 2-1 based on jurisdictional issues that it could not order the return of the $190,000 profit Van Buren County made when it confiscated a church’s camp property for nonpayment of taxes.

Two other plaintiffs, each of whom lost smaller parcels, are joining Wayside Church in being represented by Pacific Legal Foundation.

The third judge on the panel pulled no punches, however, in condemning the government.

“In some legal precincts that sort of behavior is called theft,” wrote Judge Raymond Kethledge in his dissent of the 2-1 6th Circuit Court of Appeals decision in favor of Van Buren County…

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Trump Administration Unveils New Iran Sanctions – The Hill
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The Trump administration on Tuesday unveiled a new slate of economic sanctions against Iran over its ballistic missile program and destabilizing actions in the region, the day after announcing that it will grudgingly recertify Tehran’s compliance with the nuclear agreement reached under former President Obama.

The U.S. Treasury Department designated 16 entities and individuals for supporting “illicit Iranian actors or transnational criminal activity,” according to a statement.

Some of those targeted had supported the Iranian military or Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) by developing drones, fast attack boats and other military equipment. Others stole U.S. and western software programs, which were sold to the Iranian government, according to the statement…

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First Statewide Bicycle Tax In Nation Leaves Bike-Crazy Oregon Riders Deflated – Washington Times

In Oregon, a state known for its avid bicycling culture, the state Legislature’s approval of the first statewide bike tax in the nation has fallen flat with riders.

Democratic Gov. Kate Brown is expected to sign the sweeping $5.3 billion transportation package, which includes a $15 excise tax on the sale of bicycles costing more than $200 with a wheel diameter of at least 26 inches.

Even though the funding has been earmarked for improvements that will benefit cyclists, the tax has managed to irk both anti-tax Republicans and environmentally conscious bikers.

BikePortland publisher Jonathan Maus called it “an unprecedented step in the wrong direction.”

“We are taxing the healthiest, most inexpensive, most environmentally friendly, most efficient and most economically sustainable form of transportation ever devised by the human species,” Mr. Maus said…

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DNC Vice Chairman Praises Russian Health Care System During Obamacare Rally – American Mirror
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If Cuba’s health care system is so great, it’s not clear why Minnesota Congressman and DNC Vice Chairman Keith Ellison doesn’t go there for his own care.

While defending Obamacare and opposing changes Republicans want to make to the failing program, Ellison held up as positive examples the health care systems of Cuba, and perhaps more shockingly, that of the Democrats’ favorite boogeyman: Russia.

“Why is it that countries like Cuba or Canada or Russia or a lot of places in this world spend half what we spend per capita and they got better health outcomes than we do?” Ellison asked.

“And the reason is our system is not designed to keep people healthy. It’s not designed to keep them well,” he said…

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House Unveils Balanced Budget That Increases GDP To 2.6% – Washington Free Beacon

The House Budget Committee unveiled its Building A Better America 2018 budget Tuesday, which is balanced and achieves a $9 billion surplus in 10 years and increases GDP growth to 2.6 percent.

“Our budget is one of sustainability, smaller government, stronger national security, and greater freedom for individuals,” the committee states. “The status quo is unsustainable spending, higher deficits and debt, higher taxes, bigger government, and more federal control over the lives of Americans.”

The budget not only balances within a decade, but aims to increase economic growth by implementing tax reform and reducing government regulations, as well as reforming several government programs to ensure taxpayer dollars are used efficiently and appropriately.

The committee notes that under the Obama administration, federal spending grew at a rate that increased the debt to unprecedented levels. They found that if spending continued along this path, in the next 10 years there would be $9.4 trillion more added to the debt…

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Trump Kicks Off ‘Made In America’ Week With Guitars, Tractors, And Fire Engines – Washington Examiner
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President Trump kicked off a week aimed at promoting American manufacturing by touring an exhibition of U.S.-produced goods at the White House and previewing his administration’s plans to rework trade deals in favor of American workers.

“When we purchase products made in the USA, the profits stay here, the revenue stays here and the jobs – probably most importantly of all – they stay right here in the USA,” Trump said during a speech at the White House on Monday.

“For decades, Washington has allowed other nations to wipe out millions of American jobs through unfair trade practices,” Trump said, vowing to renegotiate trade deals in the coming weeks.

“What we’re going to be doing over the next six months will be incredible,” the president said…

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Leftist Delusion Syndrome

Yet another Liberal Malady This one discovered by William Teach of Pirates Cove

The Editorial Board of the Santa Fe New Mexican has decided to take a stab at immigration issues, more specifically one specific refugee, while mixing its metaphors

The U.S. should be a welcoming place

Tighter U.S. security and greater scrutiny of foreign visitors are not stopping the world from coming to Santa Fe this weekend in a glorious show of global harmony.

Why wouldn’t peaceful visitors from across the globe come to the most welcoming, charitable nation on earth? What planet are these fools from?

The International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe is the antithesis of a U.S. that fears the world, desires to remain in isolation and keeps out Muslims and other “different” types of visitors and immigrants. What has happened in Santa Fe for the past 14 years — the coming together of master artists from all over the world — is a better version of the United States than one where foreigners are viewed as suspect.

Good Freaking Grief! We fear the world? We are isolationist? We want to keep “different” people out? How many drugs have these people done? WE are the most diverse, and tolerant nation on earth, yet, knuckle draggers like those on the Santa Fe New Mexican Editorial Board seem to have no clue. Here are some clues

The U.S. immigrant population stood at more than 43.3 million, or 13.5 percent, of the total U.S. population of 321.4 million in 2015, according to American Community Survey (ACS) data. Between 2014 and 2015, the foreign-born population increased by 899,000, or 2.1 percent, a slower growth rate compared to 2.5 percent between 2013 and 2014.

According to the 2016 Current Population Survey (CPS), immigrants and their U.S.-born children now number approximately 84.3 million people, or 27 percent of the overall U.S. population.

Just to be clear, here is more

According to the Department of Homeland Security, the United States accepted 1,062,040 legal permanent residents in fiscal year 2011, a number that has been fairly steady over the past few years. Of this number, roughly 45 percent were new arrivals and about 55 percent were people already in the U.S. whose status was upgraded to “permanent.”

Separately, the U.S. admitted more than 4.4 million people in 2010 on a long-term temporary basis, either for employment or study. This number does not include a much larger total (roughly 42 million people) admitted for shorter stays, including visitors for pleasure or short-term business.

We looked at immigration statistics from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a research group for advanced industrialized nations.

Using 2009 statistics, the only nation that came close to the U.S. in permanent immigrant inflows was Germany. That year, the U.S. had 1,130,800 permanent immigrants, compared to 606,314 for Germany. So the U.S. had numbers about twice as big. The third-place finisher, Spain, had 469,300.

Now is that indicative of an isolationist nation that wishes to lock out immigrants? Apparently the editorial board at the Santa Fe New Mexican thinks so. There is also this they missed because they cannot allow facts to interfere with their closed-mindedness

On the other hand, the U.S. does diverge from most of the rest of the world on the rights granted immigrants once they are made permanent.

“Where the U.S. differs from most European countries is that the immigrants we admit are generally eligible for full membership in society through naturalization, and that the immigrants’ U.S.-born children are automatically citizens with full rights,” said Jeffrey S. Passel, senior demographer with the Pew Hispanic Center. “Neither of these is generally the case in Europe.”

What backwards bigots we Americans are huh? But, again, none of this dents the metal plates in the heads of Leftist America bashers

As the folk art market was getting underway, this is what has been unfolding in Albuquerque. Kadhim Al-bumohammed, an Iraqi man facing detention and deportation, instead decided to seek sanctuary. Al-bumohammed, 64, had been told to report to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials with a packed bag, likely to be sent back to his home country of Iraq. He has not lived there since 1994. His family believes he would face persecution in Iraq because he aided the U.S. military during the Persian Gulf War in 1990-91 and later taught language and cultural awareness at California military bases. In Iraqi eyes, he is a collaborator.

Al-bumohammed can be deported — he has misdemeanor convictions on domestic violence charges — and the U.S. is pushing to kick out foreign residents with any criminal black marks. Such a blanket action, though, does not leave room for human compassion or even for rewarding those who risked their lives to help our troops overseas. Al-bumohammed faces serious health conditions, including having limited kidney function. He takes oxygen because of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and must take medicine daily.

So, because he is a violent criminal he might get booted? I suppose the editorial board cannot fathom that certain crimes might cause a hosting nation to give someone the boot? Do they not believe a nation, any nation holds the right to say who enters their lands, and how long they stay? And what offenses might cause such allowances to be rescinded?

Here is what Mr. Al-bumohammed did to get on the radar of ICE

Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement Thursday that 64-year-old Kadhim Al-bumohammed (kah-DHEEM al-boo-MOH-HAH-med) was convicted in San Diego, California, in 1996 of a assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest in 1994.

The agency says Al-bumohammed also was convicted of domestic violence in Merced County, California, in 1997. ICE says that domestic violence made him eligible for removal under U.S. law.

Wait! What am I saying here? I forgot, Leftists do not believe in national sovereignty do they? Of course not. They believe in Collectivism, and a global society. They simply do not believe that a nation reserves a right to set standards of behavior for immigrants seeking citizenship, or asylum. Nations also reserve the right to say who may enter, and nations hold the absolute right to vet those seeking entrance. This seems pretty straightforward to me.  For now Al-bumohammed is seeking sanctuary at a church  in Albuquerque.

If the Santa Fe Mexican wants to argue for Al-bumohammed to stay, then let them make their case. But to smear an entire nation as isolationist and fearful of immigrants because they have immigration rules and try to enforce them? Spare me the fake outrage and hand wringing.

Cross-posted at WOW! Magazine

Your Daley Gator CCW News Update For Tuesday (07/18/17)


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Border Agent: ‘Miraculous’ Drop In Illegal Immigration Under Trump – Daily Caller

National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd said that agents have seen a “miraculous” drop in the number of migrants seeking to cross the border illegally thanks to President Donald Trump.

The significant reduction of illegal border crossings from Mexico to the United States is unprecedented, Judd told C-SPAN on Monday. Judd is the head of a union representing U.S. Border Patrol agents

“What we’ve seen is nothing short of miraculous,” he said. “If you look at the rhetoric that President Trump has given, it’s caused the number of illegal border crossers to go down, something that we’ve never seen in history at the Border Patrol.”

“We’ve never seen such a drop that we currently have.”

In June, the U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection reported a 53 percent decrease in the number of apprehensions and inadmissible persons along the Southwest border compared to last year. It says the drop in apprehensions has a correlation with those attempting to cross illegally…

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McConnell Abandons ‘Repeal And Replace’, May Just Repeal Obamacare Instead – Gateway Pundit
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As TGP reported earlier, GOP Senators Jerry Moran (Kansas) and Mike Lee (Utah) announced Monday night that they will not be supporting the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Now, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is moving toward a full repeal of Obamacare and will leave Congress two years to create a replacement.

The statement came late Monday evening after the support for the bill collapsed.

The Examiner reported:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell late Monday announced he was abandoning efforts to pass a bill to “repeal and replace” Obamacare, and said he would instead push a bill to fully repeal the law and give Congress two years to figure out a replacement…

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Reebok Mocks Trump’s Compliments Of Macron’s Wife – The Hill

The sports brand Reebok is mocking President Trump’s compliments of French President Emmanuel Macron’s wife that were made during Trump’s visit to France last week.

The sports apparel company posted a graphic to their Twitter account on Friday.

In a chart, labeled “when is it appropriate to say, ‘You’re in such good shape…beautiful,’” several scenarios are listed, including “Are you a world leader greeting the spouse of a head of state?” and “Are you in an elevator with a woman?” In response, the company advises: “No.”

“Did you just find a forgotten action figure from your youth, unscathed after decades, in your parents’ basement?” is the only scenario on the chart that is labeled as appropriate for Trump’s quote.

Video posted to Macron’s Facebook page Thursday caught Trump complimenting France’s first lady Brigitte Macron as the two world leaders and their wives greeted each other following a tour…

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Facebook: Muslim’s Rape Threat Against Ex-Muslim Doesn’t Violate “Community Standards” – Washington Standard
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Maryam Namazie is a Marxist, which means that her opposition to Islam is just a matter of wanting to exchange one form of violent authoritarianism for another. She is a vicious Jew-hater who has spread “Palestinian” jihad propaganda.

Namazie is also a liar, as she claims here that Pamela Geller and I have accused her of practicing taqiyya, and she has published an entire report defaming and libeling us in numerous ways.

None of this, of course, means that she should be raped, or that rape threats against her should go unnoticed. Facebook’s refusal to act on this is yet another example of its determination to implement Sharia blasphemy norms and silence all criticism of Islam, as Facebook’s Vice President recently assured Pakistani authorities that it would do…

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Woman Accused Of Lying About Rape Claims Psychiatric Illness – Fox News

A former university student accused of lying about being raped by two university football players is seeking to have the charges against her dismissed.

The Connecticut Post reports former Sacred Heart University student Nikki Yovino filed an application in court Friday saying she’s suffering from a psychiatric disability.

The 19-year-old South Setauket, New York, native will undergo a psychological evaluation. A judge will decide whether she qualifies for a pretrial diversionary program. If she qualifies and completes that program she could have the charges dismissed.

Prosecutors say they’ll contest Yovino’s request. They previously offered her a plea deal with a two-year prison sentence.

Yovino accused two Sacred Heart football players of sexually assaulting her during an October party. The players said the sex was consensual. Police say Yovino later admitted making up the allegations…

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Clinton Foundation Witness Set To Testify Before Anti-Corruption Commission Next Week Found Dead – WorldNetDaily
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Klaus Eberwein, a former Haitian government official who was expected to testify against alleged Clinton Foundation corruption and malpractice next week, has been found dead in Miami via gunshot wound to the head.

The death was ruled a suicide. Eberwein was 50 and reportedly told acquaintances he feared for his life for his fierce criticism of the Clinton Foundation.

Eberwein was due to appear next Tuesday before the Haitian Senate Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission where he was widely expected to testify that the Clinton Foundation misappropriated Haiti earthquake donations from international donors.

He had served as director general of the Haitian government’s economic development agency, Fonds d’assistance économique et social, for three years…

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Teen Who Blasted ‘Fuck Tha Police’ At Cop’s Funeral Booted From Apartment – New York Post

A cop-hating Bronx teen has been kicked out of his apartment for repeatedly blasting the rap song “Fuck Tha Police” from the window as thousands of NYPD cops gathered to mourn a slain colleague, the building’s superintendent said Friday.

Super Danny Morales said he ordered a tenant to get rid of Julien Rodriguez, 16, and his older sister, who had been staying in the tenant’s third-floor pad.

“I called him and told him he needs to take care of this right away,” Morales said.

“I told him it’s disrespectful and they can’t be doing this. The police lost a family member. We all need to come together and respect that.”

Morales said he was especially offended because his nephew, Saul Quiles-Morales, is a cop assigned to the nearby 40th Precinct.

“I wouldn’t want to see him lying in a box also. We need to respect the police,” he added.

The tenant, who identified himself only as “Jesus,” insisted the incident wasn’t his fault and called Rodriguez and his sister “lowlifes.”…

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McConnell Delays Action On Obamacare Repeal Due To McCain Surgery – The Hill
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Saturday night that Senate consideration of legislation repealing and replacing ObamaCare will be delayed while Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) recovers from surgery.

McCain had announced earlier on Saturday that he would not be in the Senate next week, depriving Republicans of a key vote.

Without McCain, Senate Republicans likely would not have had the 50 votes necessary to advance the legislation.

“Elaine and I, along with the entire Senate family, wish John the very best and wish him a speedy recovery,” McConnell said in a statement that referred to his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao…

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Anti-Trump Group Protesting Against NRA Protected By Armed Guards – American Mirror

Do as they say, not as they do.

A group of women opposed to President Trump marched against the NRA through the streets of Washington on Saturday. They walked 18 miles from the pro-liberty group’s headquarters in Virginia to the Department of Justice in downtown DC.

The Women’s March, which first came on the scene the day after Trump’s inauguration, organized the protest yesterday. They demanded the protection of “civil rights of Black gun owners,” something the NRA defends.

The protest’s notable leftist celebrity was Linda Sarsour, the Muslim woman who defends Sharia law and once said she wanted to take the vaginas away from women with whom she disagreed politically.

Twitter users noted the hulking men protecting the marching women were armed. The NRA’s Cameron Gray noted the women’s “nuclear-level hypocrisy.”…

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Doubt Surfaces About ‘Suicide’ Claim Of Clinton Investigator – Daily Caller
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A Wall Street analyst who spoke to Peter Smith the day before he reportedly committed suicide told the Daily Caller News Foundation there were no indications the Chicago businessman and anti-Clinton political investigator was about to take his life.

“He may have been a fantastic actor but I certainly didn’t leave that phone call saying, ‘oh shit, the guy’s at the end of his rope,’” Charles Ortel, a Wall Street investment banker and market analyst, told The Daily Caller News Foundation’s (TheDCNF) Investigative Group.

“This does not seem like a settled story. It made perfect sense to me he might have died of natural causes, but little chance he would have killed himself,” Ortel said.

Ortel and Smith shared a common interest in the Clintons…

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FEC Shoots Down Democrat’s Plan To Target Conservative Media – Breitbart

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has declined a proposal by Democrat Commissioner Ellen Weintraub to undertake new rulemaking regarding alleged foreign influence in the 2016 election to target conservative media including the Drudge Report and Breitbart News, stating it “cannot support proposals that would burden the free speech rights of American citizens based on incomplete information about foreign activities in the 2016 election.”

The FEC has declined to consider new rulemaking over alleged foreign influence in the 2016 presidential election that could target conservative media including InfoWars and Breitbart News. In a statement released by Vice Chair Caroline Hunter and Commissioners Lee Goodman and Matthew Petersen, the members state they “cannot support proposals that would burden the free speech rights of American citizens based on incomplete information about foreign activities in the 2016 election.”

They further describe Weintraub’s proposal as one that would “‘blunt’ the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizen’s United.”…

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Bill Allocates $1.6 Billion For Trump’s Border Wall – The Hill
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The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday released a bill allocating $1.6 billion to begin construction of a physical barrier along the U.S. border with Mexico, one of President Trump’s central campaign promises.

The bill funding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for fiscal year 2018 also negates one of Trump’s central promises, that Mexico would pay for the construction of the wall.

“Keeping Americans safe by protecting our homeland is a top priority. This funding bill provides the resources to begin building a wall along our southern border, enhance our existing border security infrastructure, hire more border patrol agents, and fund detention operations,” said House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee Chairman John Carter…

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Advisors To Socialist Pope Francis Bash American Christians In Bigoted Screed – Breitbart

In a peculiar, rambling essay, papal adviser Father Antonio Spadaro SJ has caricatured white southern evangelicals as well as conservative American Catholics as ignorant, theocratic, Manichean, war-mongering fanatics anxiously awaiting the apocalypse.

It is “these religious groups that are composed mainly of whites from the deep American South” that push conflicts and justify belligerence, while favoring the Old Testament “rather than be guided by the incisive look, full of love, of Jesus in the Gospels.”

The article appeared in both Italian and English in the Vatican-vetted journal La Civiltà Cattolica, of which Father Spadaro is editor-in-chief. In it, the Jesuit priest says that U.S. Evangelicals and Catholics have engaged in “an ecumenism of conflict” that seeks to advance “a theocratic type of state.”

Spadaro, a friend and counselor of Pope Francis, was assisted in drafting the essay by an Argentinian Presbyterian minister, Marcelo Figueroa, an old friend of the Pope’s who was hand-picked by the pontiff as editor-in-chief of the Argentinean edition of the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano…

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Longtime Clinton Crony: We Should Debate Whether To “Blow Up” Russian Intelligence Agencies Over Fake Hacking Story – Washington Free Beacon
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CNN commentator and longtime Clinton ally Paul Begala said Wednesday that the U.S. should be debating whether to “blow up” agencies like the GRU in an apparent call for President Donald Trump to bomb Russia.

Begala, who like many Democrats praised Barack Obama for mocking Mitt Romney’s description of Russia as “our No. 1 geopolitical foe” in 2012, said on CNN that Russia is a “hostile foreign power” and the Trump administration should be “retaliating massively” for Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election in 2016.

“We were and are under attack by a hostile foreign power, and they seem to be abetting that hostile foreign power,” Begala said, according to the Daily Beast. “We should be debating how many sanctions we should place on Russia, or whether we should blow up the KGB or GSU, GRU…

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Pro-Trump Challenger Announces Bid To Unseat Lunatic Tim Kaine – Truthfeed

Corey Stewart, a pro-Trump Republican wants to end the Tim Kaine clown show in Virginia. Stewart is exactly they type of Trumplican we support, one that is not afraid to take the gloves off and screw political correctness.

Tim Kaine most recently humiliated himself by claiming, Don Jr’s nothing burger meeting with a Russian lawyer amounted to “treason.”

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Corey Stewart vowed Thursday to run a “vicious” campaign as he announced he will seek to unseat Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine in the 2018 midterm election.

Fresh off his narrow loss in last month’s GOP gubernatorial race in Virginia, Mr. Stewart, chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, said he plans to run a Trump-style campaign against Mr. Kaine, making immigration a major issue.

“I am going to run the most vicious, ruthless, campaign to dethrone Tim Kaine for the United States Senate,” Mr. Stewart said, with his wife, Maria, standing at his side…

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Trump Makes Progress Packing Courts With Conservative Picks – Daily Caller
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A Senate panel cleared several of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees Thursday, just hours before the White House announced its fifth slate of judicial candidates.

The day was a productive one for an administration facing an unprecedented number of vacancies on federal courts.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance the confirmation of several Trump nominees to federal appeals courts Thursday morning. John Bush, a Louisville lawyer in private practice, and Damien Schiff, a public interest litigator, were each approved by the committee on a party-line vote. Bush was nominated for a seat on the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, while Schiff was tapped for a 15-year term on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims…

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Leftist Seattle Councilman Objects To Hosing Excrement-Covered Sidewalks Because It’s ‘Racist’ – Heatstreet

A Seattle councilman has come out against an effort to hose sidewalks to wash excrement off outside local courthouse, claiming it’s racist.

The area around the local Seattle courthouse, King County Superior Court, is known to include a shelter for homeless people and other social-services for the underprivileged people in the town.

But it also contributed towards creating an “unsanitary and potentially frightening” neighborhood “that reeks of urine and excrement”, The Seattle Times reported.

“When they come to this courthouse they’re afraid to come in,” said the county’s Sheriff John Urquhart after two jurors were assaulted near the courthouse. “They’re afraid to walk down Third Avenue because what they see.”

“There is public urination, defecation. That’s a crime,” he added when testifying on the courthouse safety on Tuesday. “There is smoking marijuana in public. That’s a crime.”…

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Maine Democrat Kicked Off State Congressional Committees For Threatening President Trump – Washington Times
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A Maine state lawmaker who is being investigated by the U.S. Secret Service over a threatening online comment about President Trump has been removed from two legislative committees as punishment, the state’s House speaker announced Friday.

Democrat Rep. Scott Hamann has been kicked off the Health and Human Services Committee and the Marijuana Legalization Implementation Committee, House Speaker Sara Gideon said, the Bangor Daily News reported.

The punishment came three days after Mr. Hamann called President Trump a joke, a rapist, a racist and a liar in a lengthy Facebook rant that concluded with an apparent threat against the president.

“Trump is a half term president, at most, especially if I ever get within 10 feet of that pussy,” Mr. Hamann wrote…

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Nevada Declares State Of Emergency Over Legal Marijuana Shortage – Circa

Nevada has declared a state of emergency over a shortage of legal marijuana.

Since recreational use of weed became legal in the state on July 1, Nevada’s 47 retail dispensaries have struggled to meet the high demand.

Nevada’s state Department of Taxation warned that the “nascent industry could grind to a halt” in declaring a state of emergency last week.

The state dispensary association estimated that customers in the state bought between $3 million and $5 million worth of pot in the first four days of it becoming legal.

Gov. Brian Sandoval, who at first did not support the legalization of weed, endorsed emergency regulations to increase marijuana supply.

Sandoval is supporting new reform policies to speed up the review process for cannabis companies’ transport licenses. These reforms were created by Deonne E. Contine, executive director of Nevada Department of Taxation…

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Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts Was ‘Hacked’ By Obama Officials – Big League Politics
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Evidence shows that John Roberts, chief justice of the United States Supreme Court, was “hacked” by a Deep State surveillance operation overseen by Obama administration CIA director John Brennan and Obama director of national intelligence James Clapper.

Roberts, the Bush appointee who made the decisive vote to uphold the constitutionality of Obamacare before the 2012 election, was allegedly the victim of the same Deep State surveillance program that spied on President Donald Trump.

Tapes released by Federal Judge G. Murray Snow – preserved on a Whistleblower Soundcloud page – show real estate billionaire Timothy Blixseth explaining Brennan and Clapper’s surveillance program to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and detective Mike Zullo…

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Leftist Judge Forces Prison To Provide Hormone Therapy To “Transgender” Dude Named Sparkles Wilson – Daily Caller

A federal judge has ordered officials at a taxpayer-funded county prison in Pennsylvania to provide – and foot the cost for – hormone therapy treatment for transgender inmate Steven Fritz, a man who longs to become a woman and who prefers to go by the name Sparkles Wilson.

Judge Robert D. Mariani issued the order late Friday, reports The Scranton Times-Tribune.

Mariani’s ruling comes after Fritz had filed a $1 million-plus lawsuit alleging that he will suffer physical harm and mental trauma if he does not continue receiving regular estrogen infusions.

A prison doctor, Edward Zaloga, had challenged the judge’s order because, Zalonga said, side effects of the hormone treatments could harm Fritz.

However, Judge Mariani, an Obama appointee, overruled the doctor’s concerns. In his emergency order, Mariani held that Zalonga had presented insufficient evidence to support the claim that Fritz might be harmed…

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Cult of Climate Change: Bad news capitalist pigs! You will have to give up your land for the greater good!

Just like every other front of Leftism, climate change leads to Marxism. Pirates Cove explains

But, no, remember, this is all about science” (via Watts Up With That?)

Can property survive the great climate transition?

There is ample activity aimed at making this happen, including through designing and building ecocities, and calls such as that of the Transition Towns movement, which suggests substantial changes to our ways of life might be both necessary and inevitable.

In all of this, very little has been said about the elephant in the urban living room – property. Property systems are the codification of our relationship to place and the way in which many of us make a claim to place, including a roof over our heads.

If our cities are to become more resilient and sustainable, our systems of property need to come along for the ride.

Ah the ride? The ride to the Socialist Utopia of Collectivism

Western systems of property law assume property is delineated and static: the property holder has invested (often substantial) financial resources to secure a claim to that neatly identified parcel of land and/or buildings. Further, the property owner expects to make a nice economic return on their parcel.

Unfortunately, the future doesn’t look neatly delineated or static. Many researchers and practitioners tell us the future might not look like anything we’ve ever seen. Some say we are reaching a tipping point, after which the rules we have constructed will no longer apply or be of use. (snip)

Living in colonised landscapes tells us it might be time to rethink which way around the “ownership” dynamic works in property relationships.

That is, if we are to think about and create property systems that are as dynamic as the landscapes we occupy, we might need to start thinking about ourselves as belonging to and answerable to the land, not the other way around.

So, what would this mean to us, you know, the people? William Teach edifies us

Follow this to the logical conclusion: the government would have all claim to property, and people would be allowed to live in places that government dictates. Because science.

And, of course, we must never, ever, under any circumstances, question the science, which is settled, so, no one dare question the settled science, which is, you know settled! Settled as in you better never, ever say anything like this

Yes, such speech as you see above must stop, because the science, you see, is, well , settled! So what can we expect if the definition of property changes the way Progressives seek? Well, consider this from TransitionNetwork.org

Transition is an approach rooted in values and principles.  These are described slightly differently in different parts of the movement, but broadly:

We respect resource limits and create resilience – The urgent need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, greatly reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and make wise use of precious resources is at the forefront of everything we do.

We promote inclusivity and social justice – The most disadvantaged and powerless people in our societies are likely to be worst affected by rising fuel and food prices, resource shortages and extreme weather events. We want to increase the chances of all groups in society to live well, healthily and with sustainable livelihoods.

We adopt subsidiarity (self-organisation and decision-making at the appropriate level) – The intention of the Transition model is not to centralise or control decision making, but rather to work with everyone so that it is practiced at the most appropriate, practical and empowering level

We pay attention to balance – In responding to urgent, global challenges, individuals and groups can end up feeling stressed, closed or driven rather than open, connected and creative. We create space for reflection, celebration and rest to balance the times when we’re busily getting things done. We explore different ways of working which engage our heads, hands and hearts and enable us to develop collaborative and trusting relationships.

We are part of an experimental, learning network – Transition is a real-life, real-time global social experiment. Being part of a network means we can create change more quickly and more effectively, drawing on each other’s experiences and insights. We want to acknowledge and learn from failure as well as success – if we’re going to be bold and find new ways of living and working, we won’t always get it right first time. We will be open about our processes and will actively seek and respond positively to feedback.

We freely share ideas and power – Transition is a grassroots movement, where ideas can be taken up rapidly, widely and effectively because each community takes ownership of the process themselves. Transition looks different in different places and we want to encourage rather than unhelpfully constrain that diversity.

We collaborate and look for synergies – The Transition approach is to work together as a community, unleashing our collective genius to have a greater impact together than we can as individuals. We will look for opportunities to build creative and powerful partnerships across and beyond the Transition movement and develop a collaborative culture, finding links between projects, creating open decision-making processes and designing events and activities that help people make connections.

Sound like a bad sales pitch? Yep! ut what choice do we have really. The science, remember, is settled! So, Capitalism is out. Private property? Please! The new word is sustainable comrades!

A few weeks ago I came home buzzing from a meeting in a chapel opposite Bondi Beach. That meeting will be remembered as the birth of a non-profit community organization set up “to establish and implement community land trusts as a viable affordable housing option in New South Wales.” Interest in community land trusts is snowballing in Australia, which gives me hope for shareable and resilient cities.

As we go forward with building alternative structures like land trusts, we have a major challenge before us: the broad-scale refit of our existing urban areas into more sustainable forms and systems.

Community Land Trusts he says? How would that work?

Community land trusts (CLTs) started in the United States in the 1970s as a civil rights movement. The model builds on Henry George’s land value tax model and is explicitly inspired by practices of common land ownership in indigenous America, pre-colonial Africa, and India’s Bhoodan Movement, which encouraged wealthy landowners to voluntarily share their property with lower castes, who would then manage the gift as a commons.

Since 1987, the number of CLTs in North America has tripled—and today, there are roughly 200 non-profit organizations holding title to land and sometimes buildings, ideally forever. CLT property holders then hold title to anything from the ground up – whether crops, individual condos, houses, or entire buildings. Property holders can be homeowners, renters, cooperatives, businesses, charities, affordable rental hosing providers, or other community organizations.

To balance the interests, rights, and responsibilities of the individual household, the broader community and the public at large, a ground lease between the CLT and the property holder then spells out use, inheritance, maintenance, resale and other conditions of the property. CLTs stipulate there be no speculation, no absenteeism.

So, the “landowner” would not really “own” the land, house, etc. Here let Julian Brave NoiseCat explain

We live in a world dominated by the principle of private property. Once indigenous people were dispossessed of their lands, the land was surveyed, subdivided and sold to the highest bidder. From high above, continents now appear as an endless property patchwork of green and yellow farms, beige suburban homes and metallic gray city blocks stretching from sea to shining sea.

The central logic of this regime is productivity, and indeed it has been monstrously productive. In tandem with the industrial revolution, the fruits of billions of acres of dispossessed and parceled indigenous land across the Americas, Africa, Asia, Ireland and Australia enabled two English-speaking empires – first the British and then the American – to rise to global dominance. The latter remains the most productive economy in the world.

Property also embodies and upholds a set of values and relationships to land. It propagates a utopian vision called the American Dream, wherein hard work, land and a home are platform for boundless opportunity – or at least escape – from capital domination. It separates humanity from all other animals and cements man’s mastery over the natural world and all living things.

While property has transformed the world, its flaws have never been more apparent. Open land on the frontier, if it ever actually existed for the common man’s taking, is long gone. Homeownership no longer provides the economic security it once did, and appears out of reach for younger generations. The richest 1% holds more wealth than the rest of the world combined. At the same time, environmental degradation and climate change proceed at a terrifying pace.

See! Capitalism is bad, evil, and imperialistic! 

Another, more cutting-edge possibility is to heed the diverse indigenous voices displaced and drowned out by imperialism. From Standing Rock to Queensland, colonized and indigenous people are demanding new relationships to water that sustains the life and land which provides for the people.

This approach entails returning lands and resources to indigenous control and rethinking our relationship to the environment by recognizing and protecting indigenous values and the rights of nature through the law.

So, there we have it. We must cede control of our land, and homes and begin to live as the State dictates we live because sustainability. Sure Capitalism has led to more prosperity, liberty, living conditions and yes, cleaner environments, but we must never argue because the science is, well you know.

So, who is up for handing over control of our land, then eventually the right even own land? Who is ready to be told where we must live? Who is ready to be told, by the State, how big a home, and a family is “sustainable”? Who is prepared to be told what we may eat, how much we can weigh, and what type of vehicle, if any we may own? Who is ready to be herded into large cities, to live in our sustainable homes? What? You do not trust the State to control all of these decisions for everyone? You want to sacrifice sustainability and the common good for your individual liberty? Maybe you should be sent to a re-education, ah, I mean a sustainability awareness program facility comrades!

Cross-Posted at WOW! Magazine

Roger Federer wins Wimbledon for record eighth time

And he did it at 35, without dropping one set during his run to his 19th Grand Slam. Best ever!

Roger Federer is a Wimbledon champion for a men’s record eighth time, defeating Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 in Sunday’s final.

The win moves Federer above both Pete Sampras and William Renshaw, who each have won seven titles at the grass-court major.

The 35-year-old Federer became the oldest champion at the All England Club, and he won his second Grand Slam of the year in impeccable fashion by not dropping a set throughout the two-week run. Federer joins Bjorn Borg (1976) as the only men in the Open era to win Wimbledon without losing a set, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

What is this WOW! Magazine you keep hearing about?

It is a collection of writers, thinkers, and folks devoted to the virtues of liberty. Here are some samples

The Rule of Law

Donald Trump Jr.: Traitor!

UK Acid Attacks Skyrocket – Britain’s Secret Shame

Seattle Wealth Tax Approved On Incomes Over $250K

Michael Brown: Punishment

Russia Russia Russia

Natalia Veselnitskaya, Magnitsky Act, Russian hackers, Putin’s tentacles, you name it…

CNN’s White House propagandist claims Trump delivered ‘white America’ speech in Warsaw.

Everybody wants you — flattering and overwhelming

Peruta: Liberty Denied?

Forum: Will Media Outlets Like CNN Ever Practice Journalism Again?

Face the Nation: US Ambassador Nikki Haley on Trump and Putin’s G-20 meeting

Amerisclerosis

Testing Tyranny, Part 4

Baltimore: Clueless

I’m a Victim, He’s a Victim, She’s a Victim, Wouldn’t You Like to be a Victim too?

Article V and the Code of the West

Go read and enjoy

Latest threat to mankind? Gendering your pet

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Freaking Feminists!

Via Moonbattery

From the feminist revolutionaries at Medusa Magazine:

Pets cannot speak for themselves. They cannot tell you that they are being misgendered. It’s important not to make assumptions about what gender your animal is based off of its sex.

Hold on, it gets even crazier:

Sex and gender are separate things and are in no way intertwined. The sex of your pet is irrelevant. The only time you need to concern yourself with the sex of your pet is when you spay or neuter it (and this begs the question of whether or not we should perform operations on our pets without their consent). Animals can have diverse genders just like humans, and they can have diverse sexualities also.

Owners are advised to give their pets gender-neutral names and use gender-neutral pronouns. You wouldn’t want to offend your pet, which might be a trans-pet.

Also, it’s an important way to practice getting rid of gender norms all together [sic].

Good Freaking Grief! What type of loon thinks up this stuff??

Virginia Representative Brat calls CNN/Dems over Trump bashing

Collusion, collusion, collusion. That is all we hear, but, as Brat points out is whether or not a crime was committed is the important thing. We know the media is eager to get Trump on something, anything. We know that Democrats are using these stories/accusations/hyperventilating to deter the administration’s agenda. Could the president handle some of this better? Yes, of course. Should President use Twitter in a better way? Yep he could, and should. 

As already stated, most of the “Russia hacked the election” narrative is baloney. It is a nothing burger with extra nothing! The Republicans should, in my view, let the Democrats wail and whine. Republicans have the majority in both houses, use them! Scrap the filibuster, stop letting Chucky Schumer deter the agenda. Democrats do not play nice, why should Republicans?  Repeal ObamaCare rather than trying to keep most of it, get meaningful tax reform done, address the budget. And, if Democrats wish to help in any of those processes great. If not, then make damn sure to let the American people see who the party of no is. If the Democrats want to hold meaningless hearings, let them! Stop playing the Democrat’s game of delay, delay, and delay. In short lead!

The American people have given the GOP a majority of governorships. They have voted overwhelmingly for GOP majorities in legislatures across the nation. They voted for a Republican majority in the House, and in the Senate. They elected a Republican president. Given these facts Republicans ought to be able to see the writing on the wall. Americans gave the GOP a to do list. Now the GOP needs to start checking off items on that list!

I’m a Victim, He’s a Victim, She’s a Victim, Wouldn’t You Like to be a Victim too?

As you watch this, just substitute the word victim for pepper

Why is being a victim, or at least pretending to be a victim, and telling everyone within earshot how big a victim you are, so popular with people on the left? 

If you are a person who partakes in watching, and trying to understand the Left, you have no doubt asked yourself that question. And if you are a person who does the research, and looks at stats, and simply observes people you might have come to the same conclusion I have. The vast majority of people claiming victim status are not victims or racism/sexism/Homophobia/Islamophobia/ Transphobia or any of the dozens of other “Isms” and “phobias” the left has manufactured over the last thirty years.

Victim hood, and the selling of victim hood has become an industry of sorts. People like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and many other leftist activists have found that if they can convince a certain demographic, be it gender, racial, religious, sexual orientation, or socio-economic, that everything about them is defined by their “identity”, they can then convince that same group that they are victims. Victims who can only be helped by the very people, or groups that have convinced them of their victim status to begin with.

Once they have created enough “victims” They may then begin profiting in one way or another, from keeping those victims perpetually aggrieved, and angry. They are, in a way the slave masters of the 21st century. They shackle people with their “identity”, and then with a feeling of helplessness and  victimhood. They then use their power to get elected, sell books, raise donations, or gain influence or power, in short, it is all about the Benjamins, not helping anyone. If they really wished to help they would shut up, and start looking for actual solutions to actual problems. But, again, the Benjamins.

The victim-creating has become such a big business that now the Victim-Pimps are exploiting naive college students, attending very prestigious, and expensive universities that they too are victims. Anyone, anywhere who reads, or hears something that offends them is now a victim too. Even if you are not a victim, you will be!

If your candidate did not win an election? VICTIM!

If you pull a gun on, or try to take a police officer’s gun and get shot, VICTIM!

Someone chooses not to take part in your Gay wedding? VICTIM!

Your school invites someone with whom you disagree ideologically, to give  a speech? VICTIM!

If you are a woman Feminist and attractive, and a man notices you, VICTIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If a historical statue, monument, song, or holiday notes that at one time Southern states, for varying reasons, seceded and fought a war for that right? VICTIMS!!!!! VICTIMS EVERYWHERE!

If millions of Americans choose to legally buy, own, or carry firearms for self-defense? VICTIMS!!!!!

If you are transgender and anyone dares use a pronoun that refers to a specific gender? VICTIMS!

In fact there are so many victims now, that well, you likely are one, even if you do not feel victimized. Here are a few warning signs

If you are of any skin color, except White! YOU are a victim.

If you are of any gender, yes any of the 57, except male of course, unless of course you are Gay, or a male trying to become a female, then you are a victim.

If you are of any sexual orientation, VICTIM! Well, unless you happen to be straight of course, you sick freak!

If you are told that anyone except those that completely agree with you has a right to express their views………Oh yeah!

If you are triggered, by anything, VICTIM!

If you are a woman, well, then the Patriarchy is victimizing you every time a man looks at you, talks to you, asks you out, compliments you, treats you nicely, or well, breathes in your direction!

I wonder why anyone would want to be like these folks. Seriously (language warning) but this guy gets it!

The saddest thing is that these wannabe victims fail to see who their real victimizers are. They, for some inexplicable reason prefer pretending to be victims, than about throwing off the chains their actual victimizers are tying them down with.

Just another example of how Leftism destroys everything it touches

What new at WOW! Magazine?

Lots to read, so go, read

Russia Russia Russia

Natalia Veselnitskaya, Magnitsky Act, Russian hackers, Putin’s tentacles, you name it…

Amerisclerosis

John Podesta, Hillary’s Campaign Chief Is The One With The Real Russia Ties

CNN’s White House propagandist claims Trump delivered ‘white America’ speech in Warsaw

Everybody wants you — flattering and overwhelming

Face the Nation: US Ambassador Nikki Haley on Trump and Putin’s G-20 meeting

[VIDEO] Being a millennial: “self-responsibility is a form of cruelty

San Francisco refuses to release videos of attacks on BART riders because

Because public safety is secondary to social justice or something!

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — In the last three months, there have been at least three robberies on BART involving groups of teenagers.

“I think people are genuinely concerned — they are fearful about the stories that have come out about the recent attacks, the assaults, the thefts,” said Debora Allen, who is a member of the BART Board of Directors.

But videos of the attacks are not being released. Why?

Allen told us the agency issued an explanation for why it is being tight-lipped about the thefts.

“To release these videos would create a high level of racially insensitive commentary toward the district,” she was told. “And in addition it would create a racial bias in the riders against minorities on the trains.”

According to a memo distributed to BART Directors, the agency won’t do a press release on the June 30 theft because it was a “petty crime” that would make BART look “crime ridden.” Furthermore, it would “unfairly affect and characterize riders of color, leading to sweeping generalizations in media reports.”

There you go, another example of how deeply demented those afflicted with Racial Obsession Syndrome are. Somehow it is better, to them, to protect thugs than to protect citizens. How soon do we see certain crimes being openly excused or simply ignored for the same type of flawed logic?

On this edition of “How in the Hell did they get elected?”

Via Moonbattery!

One problem with placing a courthouse too close to a homeless shelter is that jurors have to wade through human excrement to get in the door. One problem with electing moonbats is that they will object to hosing the excrement away, because that would be racist:

Councilmember Larry Gossett said he didn’t like the idea of power-washing the sidewalks because it brought back images of the use of hoses against civil-rights activists.

Good Freaking Grief! This has to be parody right? Oh, wait, I forgot that it is no longer possible to parody the Left!

 

The “Women’s” March does not think much of women apparently

Behind every “Progressive” movement is the ugly face of brutality, human degradation, state control, and evil. In the case of the Women’s March, that face is represented by noted bottom feeder Louis Farrakhan. Dana Loesch rips the mask off of Farrakhan and the “Women’s March”

Of course, these women know what Farrakhan is. They know what Sharpton is. They know. They do not desire freedom, or any justice. They are a collection of Leftists intent on destroying America, and individual liberty while enriching and empowering themselves. They are dividers, hate mongers, liars, and miscreants. They can paint the Women’s March any way they wish, but it, and the people behind it, are among the most intolerant and hateful souls you could ever find.

Black woman dares to question Leftism…….

The Left claims the banners of tolerance and diversity. But, what happens when anyone shows intellectual or ideological diversity? They are shunned, maligned, and brow beaten. You see, there is no tolerance on the left side of the ideological spectrum. And no tolerance either. There is only conformity to group think, or else