Obama cracks down on undocumented immigrants

But only Cubans.

President Barack Obama announced Thursday he is ending a longstanding immigration policy that allows any Cuban who makes it to U.S. soil to stay and become a legal resident.

The repeal of the “wet foot, dry foot” policy is effective immediately. The decision follows months of negotiations focused in part on getting Cuba to agree to take back people who had arrived in the U.S.

“Effective immediately, Cuban nationals who attempt to enter the United States illegally and do not qualify for humanitarian relief will be subject to removal, consistent with U.S. law and enforcement priorities,” Obama said in a statement.

The Cuban government praised the move. In a statement read on state television, it called the signing of the agreement “an important step in advancing relations” between the U.S. and Cuba that “aims to guarantee normal, safe and ordered migration.”

Denying Cubans refugee status has nothing to do with cracking down on illegal immigration, it is just a parting gift to Castro’s Cuba.

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Freaky Friday Caption Contest

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I Feel Like Starting A Fight

I have noticed, since the ascendance of Donald J Trump to the forefront of the Republican nominating process, that a not-insignificant portion of the “right” (we’ll call them the “alt-right”), decided that they are no longer satisfied in being conservatives and maintaining the moral high ground. I’m convinced that these people are the same who wouldn’t vote for Romney or McCain, ensuring their respective losses and giving us 8 years of Barack Obama, though I have no means of proving it.

This “ends justify the means” attitude is straight out of Alinsky’s playbook. We discussed this here, years back, the virtue or vice of assuming the negative traits of the enemy to defeat them. I don’t agree that we have to become like the left to beat the left. They’re beating themselves. I will not become what they want to believe I am, just so I can use their shit tactics against them.

I stand for me. I stand for liberty. I stand for a limited constitutional republic. Anything short of that will be met with scorn & ridicule. I will never change until it is time to take up arms. Then, I will stand for relentless death-dealing and subterfuge until my enemy loses their will to fight, because that is the means and end of war. Nothing short of warfare, will force me to become like the vile, hate-filled, ignorant left.

I will never support a strong man to run my country. (I am not saying DJT is, but we see the comments all the time that he should do what Obama did and that pisses me off.)

So many of the pillars of the alt-right are based upon fault assumptions, like the idea that “diversity + proximity = conflict”. This wrong-headed notion completely ignores hundreds of millions of man-years where diverse peoples who assimilate into one society with one standard, thrive. Multi-culturalism is an abject failure of western progressive ideology. The bogeyman you seek is not diversity, but multi-culturalism.

Childish games and public tit-for-tats are funny because I have the sense of humor of a 7 year old boy, but they are not what I want from my President. Dictatorial violations of the US Constitution may get things done, but they aren’t what I want from my government. Donald Trump has made solid nominations and I’m happy with that aspect of his winning the election, but so long as he continues to act like a jackass, I will continue to assault his jackassery with every bit of wit and ridicule I can muster.

I owe no fealty to any party or leader. I am a free man. I will not act like the enemy to defeat them. I will stand on my own two feet and live my life as the man I was brought up to be and never surrender my principles on the altar of political gamesmanship. The left is destroying itself. We don’t have to go to their side and use their tactics to help it along. People choose to do that because it’s easier. For me, losing hope that the ship can be righted, was easier than giving up principles. I will continue to live by them.

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Arizona Trooper Saved By Good Samaritan Who Shot His Attacker

That’s how it’s done, kids.

A separate driver reported gunfire and a trooper was responding to that call when he spotted the car crash and stopped, Milstead and DPS Captain Damon Cecil said.
When he started to block lanes and put out flares, a suspect ambushed him, opening fire then physically attacking him.

The trooper was shot at least once near his chest and fought to the ground by the suspect. The man was on top of the officer and ‘getting the better of him,’ slamming the trooper’s head into the pavement.

That’s when the passerby spotted the altercation and asked the officer if he needed help. The officer said yes, and when the suspect ignored the passerby and continued attacking the trooper, the Good Samaritan shot him dead.

Hat-tip to The Bronze!

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And now, a celebrity endorsement…

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George Soros Loses One Billion Dollars After Trump Win

In case anyone believes in conspiracy theories and that the whole political process is scripted, I offer you this bit of schadenfreude. Billionaire progressive financier Geroge Soros lost a billion freaking dollars betting on the worst Democrat candidate in history. Couldn’t happen to a better guy.

Billionaire hedge-fund manager George Soros lost nearly $1 billion as a result of the stock-market rally spurred by Donald Trump’s surprise presidential election.

But Stanley Druckenmiller, Mr. Soros’s former deputy who helped Mr. Soros score $1 billion of profits betting against the British pound in 1992, anticipated the market’s recent climb and racked up sizable gains, according to people close to the matter.

Irony, thy name is Hillary:

Heh.

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1950s Western Predicts the Future?

The episode of a series called Trackdown aired on CBS in 1958 and was titled “The End of the World” and featured actor Lawrence Dobkin playing the role of “Walter Trump.” Trump claims he can prevent the end of the world by building a wall around a Texas town.

A description from the Classic TV Archive reads as follows:

Walter Trump, a confidence man, puts on a long robe and holds a tent meeting in the town of Talpa. He tells the townspeople that a cosmic explosion will rain fire on the town and that he is the only one that can save them from death. Ranger Hoby Gilman attempts to prove Trump is a fraud.

Obviously, this is another glitch in the Matrix. 🙂

Hat tip to Woodface.

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Now Cosmopolitan Is Yelling ‘Racist’ At Republicans

It’s really no surprise that Cosmo’s editors espouse progressive ideology. But progs lost big in the 2010, 2014, and 2016 elections. They don’t have much of any power left except for screaming invectives at Republicans. And they still think the most powerful word in their arsenal is the term ‘Racist’. It’s nothing new. They have been doing it right along. But by overusing the word they have managed to rob it of nearly all its power.

“Why Republicans Hate Obamacare So Much”

So do Republicans really despise the Affordable Care Act? Despite the fact that they have voted in some way, shape, or form to repeal some or all of the ACA more than 60 times in the six years since it was signed into law, the answer may surprisingly be no. Or at least, not as much of it as they claim. But they do hate the “Obamacare” that was passed solely with Democratic votes and signed by a Democratic president, and they will do anything to tear that down completely. And when they later replace it with a new plan that has a surprising number of policies similar to the law they just undid, well, then we will know the thing they hated most about Obamacare was always Obama.”

More at Cosmo

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Senator Corey Booker Said Some Bad Things about Sen. Jeff Sessions…

… But all the things he said were innuendo. He doesn’t want anyone in the Attorney General’s office who is not a progressive. He did not draw blood. He had no facts to back up his attacks. It was just a regurgitation of Democrat talking points.

Professor Jacobson at Legal Insurrection correctly called Booker’s rant nothing but a publicity stunt. He has Presidential aspirations, you see, and he needs the face time.

You would think Booker might have had something to say that had not already been said by Democrats a hundred times already. He didn’t.

You would think Booker might have had some personal anecdote which would have given him insight others didn’t have. He didn’t. Indeed, the only personal anecdote was positive, how Booker had worked closely with Sessions to pass legislation granting the Congressional Gold Medal to recognize those who marched in Selma on the Raymond Pettis Bridge in the famous civil rights march.

Instead it was same old, same old. Literally nothing new, startling or historic. It was just time in the spotlight.”

Sad, really. The Congressional Black caucus was aligned against Sessions. They used terms like ‘Racist’ but presented no evidence of racism. The reason for their position is clear. Sessions is not a progressive Democrat like they all are. The CBC has no power, even less, now, since the election, but they still have the ability to shout, “Racist”, any time one of them gets in front of a microphone.

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I’m Confused. Is This Real News Or Fake?

This may also be fake news but I cannot understand why a left-leaning source like Politico would invent this story. Whether real or more fakery it will not get much traction in the mainstream media because it runs counter to their allegations that Donald Trump’s electoral win is illegitimate.

It has gotten to the point that the first question we must ask is whether the news report is fake.

“Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump backfire”

Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko’s

Donald Trump wasn’t the only presidential candidate whose campaign was boosted by officials of a former Soviet bloc country.

Ukrainian government officials tried to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Trump by publicly questioning his fitness for office. They also disseminated documents implicating a top Trump aide in corruption and suggested they were investigating the matter, only to back away after the election. And they helped Clinton’s allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers, a Politico investigation found.”

More at Politico

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2 Dumb-Asses Walk Into A Gun Shop

One leaves.

Autoplay Video Below The Fold.

More below the fold…

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Nota’s Universal Health Insurance

I read Tom Cotton’s Repeal & Replacement of the Affordable Care Act (sic) and you can, too by clicking this link for the pdf.

I have been chewing on my suggestion that people work on market-based ideas to make insurance cheaper, less government-centric, and still eliminate the barriers which have prevented universal coverage. I hate the gov’t option in all of its’ iterations. Single-payer, hybrid pseudo-fascist/corporatist, repeal & replace but keep the gov’t involved. My plan is fairly simple and – I believe – meets the standard of market-based & eliminating barriers.

Allow companies to sell insurance anywhere in the United States.

Tort reform to reduce expenditures on frivolous lawsuits.

Tax credits to people who opt for private insurance over eligible govt plans.

Tax credits to anyone who opens an HSA.

(Dollar-for-dollar) Tax deduction for each dollar spent by an insurance company in the legitimate care of those deemed uninsurable (high-risk/pre-existing conditions), or who live below the poverty line (including ins co’s who subsidize the difference to keep the premium affordable).

Dollar-for-dollar tax deduction for all providers of healthcare, who perform work on patients who default on the bill.

No mandate, but a tax incentive for maintaining health insurance on you, your spouse, and each of your children.

Tear it apart, please.

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On Russian Hacking…

Is claiming that Russia was behind the hacking of the DNC still evidence of Trump Derangment Syndrome?

Here is Donald Trump.

“As far as hacking, I think it was Russia.” After months of rejecting the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia meddled in the U.S. presidential election, he conceded Wednesday that he believes Russia conducted cyberattacks. “But I think we also get hacked by other countries and other people,” he continued.

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On Golden Showers & Orange-Tinted Skin

I struggle to think of a time when our country was more divided on any issue, than it is today, on Donald Trump (other than the obvious “Civil War era” where we fought each other to the death over our division)

While I freely admit that I have been openly hostile to and an ardent opponent of Donald Trump the candidate, I have put that aside (largely) since he received the nomination, and almost entirely since won the presidency. I am hopeful that he will make solid decisions and do good things. I will give him a shot. This is obviously a bias toward the Republican candidate, without regard to his historically-stated politics. I never gave a similar deference to Barack Obama, because he said he despised everything I love and live for.

I think Donald Trump is a jackass of the highest order, as do many of our fellow inhabitants of the United States. That said, I don’t remember anyone ever having been treated with such virulent and overt disrespect, as an incoming president. The media, the intelligence community, the global community, everyone seems to hate on Donald Trump. I have reasons for my dislike that revolve around my worldview which might be shared by 3% of the global population, so I know that isn’t it. I also dislike him because he acts like a crude, immoral, jackass. Half of the voters pulled the lever for a crude, immoral, jackass in Hillary Clinton, so I know that isn’t it, either.

Is he really that much of a threat to the status quo, that even his own party set out to sabotage his presidency? John McCain admitted to sending the golden showers report to the FBI. The media hates him. Half the people hate him. His supporters think he can do no wrong.

Personality cults aside, is it possible that those who support Trump have seen enough of the slanted, agenda-driven media and politics that they are with the under-dog for the whole ride, come hell or high water?

I really struggle to find any reason that the entire world hates this guy and would fail to extend the basic deference to an incoming president that has been the standard in American politics for our entire existence. Is it a combination of the hate-fueled leftist rhetoric and a generation indoctrinated simpletons? Are we thus, doomed to ever suffer the denigrations of the left toward any candidate who isn’t their choice?

This new “Intelligence Report”, in my estimation is completely, unequivocally false. It has less to do with actual intelligence than it does with smearing a man who people love to hate. It’s a perverted attempt to cast a long shadow on the presidency of Donald Trump before it even begins. Think of how many times you’ve ever seen a man treated like he was already the president, when he hasn’t even been inaugurated yet? Everyone made fun of Barry for having his pseudo-presidential seal, because he wasn’t the president yet, but Trump gets eviscerated day in and day out by the media, the blogosphere, and now the intelligence community.

I am really not proud of what my country has become. That has nothing to do with Donald Trump, and everything to do with the degeneration of our political discourse to a puerile contest of who can be the most inanely frustrating to whomever they don’t happen to like.

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“… Eventually You Run Out Of Other People’s Money”

The only fix is more money. But where will it come from?

“Britain’s health service in a ‘humanitarian crisis’: Red Cross”

Founded in 1948, the National Health Service (NHS) is a source of huge pride for many Britons who are able to access free care from the cradle to the grave.

But tight budgets, an ageing population and increasingly complex medical needs have left many hospitals struggling during the winter season in recent years, prompting headlines about patients being left to wait on trolleys for hours or even days.

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“Winter is always a very busy time for the NHS,” the Department of Health said. “To support staff working hard on the frontline we have put in place comprehensive plans earlier than ever.”

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“Kremlin Denies It Has “Compromising” Dossier On Trump, Calls Intel Report “Complete Fabrication””

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov

Responding to the latest report accusing Trump of being a Russian pawn (which may at least partially have been the spawn of a 4Chan hoax), the Kremlin said on Wednesday it was “total nonsense” that Russian officials had assembled a file of compromising information on Donald Trump. Speaking to reporters on a conference call today, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the dossier containing the claims was a hoax which had been dreamt up to further harm U.S.-Russia relations, which are already at their lowest level since the Cold War.

Peskov told reporters that Russia had no “kompromat” – a term for ‘compromising material’ – on Trump, as claimed in an unsourced report widely shared among the highest levels of US government, and which had been distributed months ago, and also available to the Clinton campaign.”

More at Zero Hedge

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Senator Sessions Confounds Democrat Haters At His Hearing

Democrats oppose him becoming Attorney General because he’s a conservative. The think he’s stupid and a racist because he doesn’t come from either coast. He’s from Alabama where people fly over but never to. And look at those ears! He looks like one of the kids in Little Rascals.

They thought they could drum up some false charges and keep him from taking office as the highest law man in the land. They accused him of racism but he has a history of fighting it. But they hadn’t counted on a couple things. First, it was not Republicans, but rather Democrats, who opposed racial equality. The Republican party came into being to fight slavery and to bring justice to America’s minorities.

Robert Byrd, (D), West Virginia, filibustered the 1964 Civil Rights Act was a KKK member

I was accused in 1986 of failing to protect the voting rights of African-Americans…of condemning civil rights advocates and organizations, and even harboring, amazingly, sympathies for the KKK,” Sessions said. “These are damnably false charges.”

Diane Feinstein then tried to corner him on Abortion:

You have referred to Roe v. Wade as, quote ‘One of the worst, most colossally erroneous Supreme Court decisions of all time. Is that still your view?”

Sessions’ answer: “It is.”

Yes, Sessions explained that Roe is the law of the land and that he would follow it, an assurance he repeated later in the day. But the moment showed a nominee in a very direct frame of mind.”

I’d have to agree with Sen. Sessions about Roe V Wade. Patrick Leahy questioned Sessions about Trump’s so-called “Muslim ban” proposal. Durbin challenged Sessions on immigration, and then added,

Tell me I’m wrong.”

“Well, you are wrong,” said Sessions. More directness.

The hearing went like that all day. Sessions is qualified for the job. Democrats are running scared because the Obama progressive years are over. Their party is in disarray and they know it. They will not stop Sen. Sessions.

More at the Washington Examiner

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Eww, Gross

Well, for one thing Jenner is 67 years old. For another Jenner has mismatched body parts. But mostly it’s the age. How many would like to see Meryl Streep pose naked? Or Barbara Streisand? Jenner spends too much time around the Kardashians who like to pose naked but have good-looking naked bodies.

I suppose there are some who would like to see this but I cannot imagine that they are sane.

“CAITLYN JENNER BIG 2017 COMEBACK PLANS: SHE’S BACK AND NAKED”

Cait wants to do something along the lines of what Kim did on the cover of Paper magazine. No one has worked harder than Cait to get the body she wants and, naturally, she wants to show it off,” sources tell Straight Shuter. “She will also use the explosive cover to help her return to TV in 2017 after her solo show was cancelled. Cait has learned from that experience and wants the new show to be more silly and fun like the Kardashian show. It will focus less on her being a transsexual and more on being a single girl that wants to date and have a great time.”

From here

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Breaking (CNN): POTUS/PEOTUS Briefed — Putin Has the Goods On Trump [UPDATED]

Whoopsie daisy…

(CNN) — Classified documents presented last week to President Obama and President-elect Trump included allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump, multiple US officials with direct knowledge of the briefings tell CNN.

The allegations were presented in a two-page synopsis that was appended to a report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. The allegations came, in part, from memos compiled by a former British intelligence operative, whose past work US intelligence officials consider credible.

It seems we just had this conversation a day or two ago…

Anywho, I’m sure this isn’t consequential in any way.

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UPDATE:

This does not jibe with CNN’s implication that the most recent classified report contained the allegations and, presumably, evidence and sourcing.

I wonder what the real story is.

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Trump assigns Robert F. Kennedy to vaccine commission

What? Wasn’t Jenny McCarthy available?

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., a noted vaccination skeptic, will chair a commission on vaccine safety and scientific integrity at the request of President-elect Donald Trump, the political scion said Tuesday.

Kennedy, following a meeting with Trump inside Trump Tower, told reporters that the point of the commission would to be “to make sure we have scientific integrity in the vaccine process for efficacy and safety effects.”

“President-elect Trump has some doubts about the current vaccine policies and he has questions about it,” Kennedy explained. “His opinion doesn’t matter but the science does matter and we ought to be reading the science and we ought to be debating the science.”

In keeping with this thinking, Trump should go ahead and assign Jane Fonda as the National President of the Vietnam Veterans of America.

Idiocracy becomes more like a documentary every day.

More of this jackassery here.

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Booger To Testify Against Sessions

In a departure from the deference usually shown to fellow Senators, Sen Corey Booger (D-Criminal) is set to testify against Sen Jeff Sessions(R-acist, not) tomorrow. Booker says he can’t sit by as this man, who “is a danger to our way of life” gets confirmed. It’s kind of weird, since the greatest moment of Booker’s life was last year when he said:

I feel blessed and honored to have partnered with Senator Sessions in being the Senate sponsors of this important award.

What award, you ask? The Congressional Gold Medal. Who was it being awarded to, you say? The black civil rights marchers who marched from Selma to Montgomery.

Yeah. Oops.

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So, Does This Mean The Global Warming Scare Is Over?

“Pravda: “Scientists Now Warn Of A New Ice Age” As Temperature Plummets to – 80°F In Russia!”

Some impressive winter events have been taking place all across the northern hemisphere lately. Especially eastern and southeastern Europe have been pounded by massive snowfalls and tremendously cold temperatures. Turkey has been buried by heavy snows and extreme temperatures have gripped the entire USA and vast areas of Russia.”

It looks like we’re having a cold winter

More at Climate Depot

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‘The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet’

So said Winston Churchill regarding the Germans. Watch this and think.

An argument can be made that German militarism sleeps but never disappears. Here is Jay Nordlinger…

Germany is embarked on a tremendous military expansion: billions more euros, thousands more soldiers. Giving a speech in October, Chancellor Merkel explained, “In the 21st century, we won’t be getting as much help as we got in the 20th.” She went on to say, “We have to spend more for our external security. The conflicts of this world are currently on Europe’s doorstep, massively so.”

In saying this, she was surely thinking of Middle Eastern and African migration, as well as Russia.

Constanze Stelzenmüller is an expert on Germany and Europe at the Brookings Institution. And she notes a dog not barking: a lack of protest within Germany over the government’s new direction. (There is a lack of protest in Europe at large, too.)

So, the Hun stirs. Is this cause for concern?

Discuss.

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Here Is An Obama Legacy That Should Be Destroyed:

“Report: U.S. and Other Countries Agree to Give Iran 116 Tons of Uranium”

According to a report from the Associated Press, six world nations recently agreed to send over a hundred tons of natural uranium to Iran.

The still-secret arrangement was made by the United States, Russia, China, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany to compensate Iran for 70 tons of heavy water exported to the U.S. shortly after the Iran deal was finalized. There was also a small amount of uranium gifted to Iran then.”

More at Mediaite

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What Legacy Is That? Failed Obamacare? Fast And Furious? Increased Racial Division?

From the Boston Globe’s Opinion page.

“Republicans aren’t focused on jobs, just on wrecking Obama’s legacy”

Susan Jhirad

I DON’T know which is more appalling — the proposal to spend our tax dollars on building a wall to keep out desperate immigrants fleeing poverty and violence, or Bristol Sheriff Hodgson’s idea that it be done by prison labor. He apparently doesn’t see the contradiction between his claim that keeping out immigrants will “save jobs” and using unpaid labor instead of union construction workers for the job.

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But why expect logic from proposals based mainly on prejudice and hate? I might add that those who supported Republicans because they believe in “the right to life” apparently ignore the fact that, according to a recent estimate by Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times, over 8,000 people a year may die when their Obamacare and Medicaid are taken away.”

This was written by Susan Jhirad, “Professor in the English department at North Shore Community College, Danvers, MA.

Susan Jhirad, Ph.D., is the author of Dickens’ Inferno: The Moral World of Charles Dickens (Leap Year Press, 2013). She is the head of the worship committee at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Medford, Massachusetts.”

Her Unitarian Universalist church connection has not made her very understanding.

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