Time For a SCOTUS Review

As I understand the extension of Birthright Citizenship to cover the children of illegal immigrants was a Supreme Court OPINION, of United States v. Wong Kim Ark, 169 U.S. 649 (1898).

The original purpose of the 14th Amendment was to cover the freed slaves. SCOTUS extended that Amendment, and SCOTUS can UN-extend that Amendment. A presidential pen can be challenged, thereby giving SCOTUS another bite of the Apple.

The challenge could more easily result in the overturning of the 1898 SCOTUS opinion, and returning to the ORIGINAL INTENT, by waiting until there is one more Conservative Justice, but since that may not happen during Trump’s time in office, he is wise to try to get that question settled ASAP.

An Executive Order will start the process of review. It is long overdue!


Please get your flu shot!

Last year I didn’t get one for the first time in years, and bigger than hell I ended up in the hospital, wearing adult diapers and curled into a fetal position for five days! In those five days, I ate six spoonfuls of food. The flu killed 80,000 people last year.

That is a whole bunch, and is particularly dangerous for the elderly. My gardener gave me the flu, and because of his youth he missed a couple of days of work.

The Doctor asked if I had taken a flu shot, and I shook my head “no.”

The Doctor said, “Next year I want you at the head of the shot line.”

I was!

“Rush The Border”

Years ago, and for many years, crowds of illegal aliens would mass in Tijuana and rush the Border entry points into San Diego. A few always escaped the Border Patrol using rubber bullets and tear gas, but what does the Border Patrol do with 7,000 rushing the Border?

I don’t know, either. I don’t know that is what they plan, but that is what I would do!

The first 1,000 or so would occupy the Border Patrol while the next 6,000 escaped into the nation’s nearest community, San Ysidro. The first 1,000 could even be the ones most eligible for asylum, and they would fully occupy the Border Patrol with just paperwork.

The Border Patrol would bring in extra people, but how many? The National Guard cannot arrest, and neither can Federal troops, so only the Border Patrol can arrest the gate crashes.

Ideally, Mexico would turn the Caravan around, but there doesn’t appear to be much hope of that.

A Glimpse of a Final Saudi Resolution

The Saudi explanation that the death of Kashogi was premeditated, explanation #17, gets closer to the truth. The Saudi government has detained 18 of their own operatives, and Trump, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, signaled the final explanation.

The final explanation will be that the Crown Prince will take responsibility for the murder as the Chief Operations Officer, but deny any personal knowledge of the murder.

It is a fig leaf, of course, but a fig leaf that works in diplomatic circles. If the King decides to punish the Crown Prince it will allow him to resign for health reasons in a few months.

Occam’s Razor

The bombs being sent/placed primarily if not exclusively at Democratic sites has generated heated debates among bloggers as to whom might be responsible.

Conservative site bloggers appear to think that the Left has done the deeds to make conservatives look bad, but Occam’s Razor appears to hold.

Occam’s Razor is a theory that given multiple possibilities, the simplest answer is usually correct.

The ODDS say that Trump’s rhetoric, which most of us blow off, has triggered some nut to act. That’s just the odds, not proof.

It is Theatre

President Trump must get his Big Boy pants on, because the Central American Caravan has grown to 5,000 and no one seems capable of turning them around.

Mexico put up a show of force to see if the Caravan could be intimidated, but Mexico made no real effort. Mexico has 275,000 Army troops, 110,000 Reservists, and additional Marines. That would seem to be sufficient to turn that Caravan around and send it back to Central America.

If Mexico wanted to. They don’t. They don’t want to be seen as doing the bidding of the United States. They remember losing a war to the US and it was humiliating to have General Scott in Mexico City dictating terms, and they hate the Treaty of Hidalgo that “sold” the West and particularly California to the United States. Mexico officially hates us, but their people don’t hate us because they keep coming North.

No, this is mostly theatre. The poverty, crime, gangs, and threats to families is real enough, and the Caravan members know that they are unlikely to get legal status, but the hope to get into the US and disappear among the population. They know we have 22 million illegal aliens here already, and they figure a few more won’t be noticed.


Hard To Ignore

“Circumstantial evidence is occasionally very convincing, as when you find a trout in the milk.” David Thoreau

The Khashoggi murder gives not just the Saudi’s a bad name, we get a black eye also. Until the King steps in, preferably removing the Crown Prince from his position. Obviously, we have no power to cause this, but we are not alone in pressuring the Saudi’s.

The Saudi government, as bad as they are, wants good relations with its neighbors. It is not interested in being a piranha nation, but it made a serious mistake in killing a Washington Post writer. Khashoggi Is not an American citizen, he is a Saudi citizen, but you can’t just kill a Washington Post writer with impunity.

At about the same time, a Bulgarian TV reporter was raped and killed, but few could identify the name Viktoria Marinova, because she wasn’t a Washington Post reporter. She was the third journalist killed in Europe this year, but we don’t know about them because they didn’t write for WaPo.

Nevertheless, the Khashoggi murder was a state sanctioned murder in a foreign country, using an Embassy. Russia was thoroughly sanctioned for their attempted murder of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Britain, and this actual murder cannot be overlooked.

I know that the president says this is guilty until proven innocent, but it is also contemporaneous, and with strong circumstantial evidence.