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!

Flu

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.

https://thehill.com/latino/407848-yale-mit-study-22-million-not-11-million-undocumented-immigrants-in-us

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.

#1 Best Seller on NYT List

Tucker Carlson’s book, A Ship Of Fools, is #1on the New Your Times Best and Seller List, and deserves the ranking. I bought the audible.com audio book with Tucker doing his own narration, and found, again, that the problem with audio books is the inability to underline and annotate. Nevertheless, I do recall one phrase that stuck in my mind…talking about the fact that liberals, even liberal Blacks, live in almost exclusively White neighborhoods (even Maxine Walters), Tucker calls a neighborhood, “White enough to burn your retinas.”

As a writer, I love a well-turned phrase.

It is a great book, and I enjoy it immensely, enjoy because I take it in 30 minute intervals interspersed with Kindle book reading. It is wonderful to have an enjoyable relief from NFL football, and TV in general.

Buy Tucker’s book, in whatever form you find most enjoyable. It must have galled the NYTimes to make Tucker’s book #1, but they have been criticized over the years for ignoring other Conservatives, so perhaps they are atoning for past sins.

A Very British Report

A report on the British House of Commons is that it’s members are indeed common, or as the WaPo calls that British lower chamber ambience, a “frat-house-from-hell atmosphere,”

(I can’t speak from recent experience, but in the days of Senator Stromboli’s Thurmond, that atmosphere permeated the US Congress as well. I witnessed it first hand.)

The British, ever the ones to turn a phrase, refer to the Members of the House as being “handsy” with the female staff, of bullying, and making inappropriate and unwanted propositions.

Bingo! Our Congress as well, as demonstrated by the use of taxpayer funds to settle lawsuits, and not telling the taxpayers for whom the suits were settled! That is outrageous, and hopefully someone, likely Judicial Watch has filed a Freedom of Information request!

But back to the British House of Commons, the report, issued by “Dame Laura Cox, a retired High Court judge, uncovered a culture ‘cascading from the top down, of deference, subservience, acquiescence and silence,”’ so reports WaPo.

Dame Laura Cox would have a lifetime sinecure, were she to look at American politics.

Sorry, You Are a Mob

Whether you call a group of people with insensate rage a protest or a mob is in the eyes of the beholder. We have nothing to measure intensity, but if the object of the rage feels fear, then it has no place in American politics.

I don’t think Sarah Sanders felt fear when she left the Virginia restaurant, but Mrs. Ted Cruz may well have and certainly the drivers in Portland did when attacked by Antifa. A liberal friend in Portland assures me that the Antifa activity is not so bad, but then there is video. My lying eyes tell me that Antifa found a home in Portland.

Any activity that requires you to cover your face is problematic. I suspect that cameras can include software to identify people just by their eyes and forehead, and if the algorithms don’t exist, they soon will. It is highly likely that the Portland police know the identity of every Antifa member to a certainty.

Antifa is a Mob, regardless of how a Mob is defined. A group of women beating on the doors of the Supreme Court may not engender fear, but they are a Mob because of their intensity. The various Women Marches were not a Mob because they threatened no one and had little intensity, therefore those were protests.

The Left does not like the term “Mob,” thinking themselves above that, but in many cases they are a Mob.