Don’t have to live like a refugee

Ricketts-Branstad 01Governor Pete Ricketts joined a growing group of Governors — including Iowa Governor Terry Branstad — in making an effort to stop Syrian refugees from settling in Nebraska until a clear plan for weeding out potential terrorists is enacted.

It makes basic sense: You have a people from a specific country with a very real terrorist threat who want to enter the U.S. And it looks like that threat actually took place in France. So is it really that unreasonable to say the U.S. isn’t just going to open their doors to any and everyone?

Well some of the usual suspects are raising a stink.

For instance, the OWH reports that the ACLU of Nebraska and Iowa chimed in:

The ACLU of Iowa called Branstad’s decision “morally and legally wrong.” And the ACLU of Nebraska said the governors’ “efforts to block refugee resettlement in their states blames refugees for the very terror they are fleeing.”

So, a few things…

First, isn’t the ACLU supposed to be fighting for the rights of AMERICANS? Last time I checked, the people of Syria are specifically NOT that. And why are they even involved in an issue of whether or not a certain group can enter the U.S?

And while they may be correct that the Governors are not legally correct in their bid to thwart the Federal government, that’s the Obama Administration’s fight — not the ACLU’s.

And while we’re at it, where do they get off declaring what is and what is not morally correct? According to whose morals? Theirs? They are supposed to be about upholding the Constitution of the United States. Now they’ve slid off to declaring Governors immoral for not wanting un-reviewed Syrians in their state.

Thanks for butting out ACLU.

 

Hour of Power

Kevin Williamson of National Review (one of my favorite NR writers — very straight forward, clever, intelligent and generally cuts through the crap) wrote an article today about the future of the Republican party — particularly regarding the GOP Presidential candidates. Aside from the two leaders, Trump and Carson, Williamson is very optimistic.

(I guess we will have to re-gauge his optimism if either of the leaders makes it through…)

But before even getting to the Prez candidates, Williamson notes that he was at the William F. Buckley, Jr. Program’s Fifth Annual Conference on “The Future of Free Speech” at Yale University on November 6th.

Giving the keynote address at the program was Yale grad, U.S. Senator Ben Sasse.

A Yale student wrote up Sasse’s speech, noting…

Sasse is particularly concerned about the future of American higher education, which he says is becoming increasingly bureaucratized as young people are indiscriminately advised to pursue a college degree. Meanwhile, 18- to 22-year-olds are unprepared to do meaningful work and stay at a single firm for more than a few years.

“I believe that what we’re doing is very accidentally creating and extending adolescence into an age of dependency,” Sasse explains, “that creates a kind of sheltered young adults that don’t understand very much at all about the world and that probably come and protest like you heard today.”

You may note that this speech was given after the Halloween Costume Email events that took place at Yale recently.

I was looking for a version of Sasse’s speech — wondering why it hadn’t gone up earlier.

It could have been because Sasse’s speech is…63 minuutes long!
Holy crap! That’s Bill Clinton territory.

Well, here is what Williamson, a little more seasoned that the Yale student, had to say:

Senator Sasse is in possession of a living mind open to original thought, and he has spent part of his first year in the Senate thinking seriously about what the Senate really is, what it does, and what it should do. That sounds like the sort of thing that everybody in Washington ought to be doing, and maybe it is, but there isn’t to my knowledge anybody in elected office doing it with the intelligence and rigor that Senator Sasse applies to his job.

So if you have an hour to kill, here is Senator Sasse’s FULL speech at Yale earlier in the month.

If you watch the whole thing, give your thoughts.

 

Guess it’s a good thing he’s not on “Intelligence”

A-member how dumb Dan Quayle was because he read a notecard that put an “e” on the end of potato.

And remember how every time former Republican Rep. Lee Terry crossed the street, there was a reporter nearby to record what he may or may not have said.

Well, then you’ve no doubt seen Democrat Rep. Brad Ashford attempting to spell the name of one of the most important committees in Congress, right?

No?

Well, here you go:

Funny.
I’m fairly sure that had this been Lee Terry, it would have been a 3-week story, with a side-investigation and a call for impeachment.

But there you go.

71 comments

  1. bynd says:

    SS,

    About the ACLU. With some minor corrections for accuracy and truth, I believe on of our esteemed opponents have said it best. (Sorry about the paste, but then, isn’t that what this author does best? Trying to stay true to form)

    Pure fantasy.
    More precisely, psychological projection and/or false consensus bias.
    Unlike the liberal base, law abiding Americans haven’t fallen victim to the last two decades of a carefully constructed alternate reality.
    To an overwhelming degree Americans are fully aware of the mechanisms and predation of our recently birthed left-wing media entertainment complex. A business model developed not to disseminate news and inform it’s patrons. A business model assuming the guise of a news organization in order to more effectively manipulate and prey on it’s patrons.
    The ACLU are projecting an affliction unique to the left, onto Americans.
    Americans simply aren’t predisposed to succumbing to the misinformation, manipulation and mass delusion that so readily washes over those among the liberal collective.
    A case that could not be more vividly demonstrated than; Clinton, Sanders and Obama.

    • TexasAnnie says:

      “Kevin Appleby, director of migration policy at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said one tactic states could use would be to cut their own funding in areas such as resettling refugees. The conference is the largest refugee resettlement organization in the country.

      But “when push comes to shove, the federal government has both the plenary power and the power of the 1980 Refugee Act to place refugees anywhere in the country,” Appleby said.”

      • The Grundle King says:

        Apparently in TexasAnnie’s bizzaro-world, “tax equity” or “tax justice” means forcing U.S. taxpayers to support refugees who have paid exactly $0 in taxes to our government.

        Full of $#!+, as usual.

  2. Oracle says:

    bynd, please google “the science of fox news why its viewers are the most informed”. At least have SOME facts when you post nonsense. Objectively this is a much bigger problem on the right than the left.

  3. These are the chickens coming home to roost.

    I doubt many of the governors would have a problem if they were convicted there were proper vetting of the ‘refugees’, but with his complete lawlessness over the last four years, no one trusts Obama for a second on any aspect of immigration policy.

    By the way, I have a letter on this subject scheduled to be published shortly in the LJS.

    • Sparkles says:

      ” the chickens coming home to roost.”

      Of course you’d be referring to war criminal, Dark Prison Dick’s chickens.

      After all, as most are aware, Hapless George was merely an innocent bystander, sent off to feed his latest addiction, riding his bike around the brambles and mesquite shrubbery of west Texas for much of his Presidency.
      Few Presidents in history enjoyed more days of vacation than non-curious George. In the modern era, only Ronnie Raygun gave GW a run for his money when came to getting away from (one could imagine, by coercion) from the office.

    • Anonymous says:

      If the U.S. had placed similar limitations on immigration in the past to those demanded right now, anyone with an Irish Catholic background wouldn’t have been allowed into the country.

    • Oracle says:

      Typical GH form. Shoot the messenger, not the message. Why don’t you check out the polling that the article references. It could have been published in the Communist Weekly, and that wouldn’t change the reported facts.

      (Actually GH is again exhibiting cognitive bias. If the source is categorized in his mind as “liberal”, then his shortcut is to completely ignore its contents.)

      • The ‘study’ has been debunked repeatedly. It characterized opinion as fact and asked ambiguous questions. For example, they asked if opposition groups had succeeded in bringing down the government in Egypt. Which government? Then they scored people who disagreed with the opinion ‘wrong’.

        But y’all will continue to post it, because no lie should be abandoned while it still has some use.

  4. Sparkles says:

    All of the attackers from Friday’s massacre in Paris so far have been identified as…
    European Union nationals.

    Not a single Syrian national or refugee among the lot.

    Imagine that.

    So step right up there and pander away Gov Ricketts. Step up to the mic and imitate the fear mongering and xenophobia displayed by your politically motivated peers.
    Cause you know, if we simply don’t allow oppressed, fearful, victimized foreigners into our state, we’ll be safe from the violence perpetrated by religious fanatics and extremists.
    Go ahead, pretend like you have a f%^&ing clue.
    Better yet, buy one.

    • bynd says:

      So? You think it is that simple?

      When you have Syrians living in your house, then come back with your righteous indignation. Can’t liberals ever read beyond the headlines? Obviously not!

      By the way, my cardiologist is a Syrian, great guy. I would trust him with my life. In fact, I did just that!

      • TexasAnnie says:

        bynd: One of my Senators, Ted Cruz, has proposed a religious test for admitting refugees; they must be Christian! Ted says he’s a Christian. Do you think Christians should be excluding non-Christians? Particularly within a war torn event, and European continental crisis? And what about the notion that Americans should “lead.” Do you endorse Ted’s type of leadership? ‘Cause I’m ashamed of his stance on this issue. (I didn’t vote for him anyway.)

      • Sparkles says:

        Oops… another failed attempt at a coherent response.

        Keep trying bynd, you’ve still got the Infinite Monkey Theorem workin’ for ya.

    • Macdaddy says:

      One of the attackers passed through an entry point in Greece a month ago. He had a Syrian passport on him and the fingerprints match up. So, wrong again, Sparkles. Why do you make it so easy on us?

      • Sparkles says:

        Hey Mac,

        You’re sources of information must be limited to only the most inane of right wing web sites.
        Even Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal reported –
        “Paris Stadium Attacker Got to Europe Using Fake Syrian Passport”

        In case you missed it, the operative terms are; FAKE SYRIAN PASSPORT.

      • It makes absolutely no difference, of course, that the passport was fake. The point is he entered Europe as a fake Syrian refugee. A fake refugee carrying a fake passport — imagine that!

  5. Mark Andrews says:

    Re/Sass’ 63 minute speech, Pope Francis recommended (at the ordination of an auxiliary bishop for the Diocese of Rome) that sermons be “understandable & short.” He then reminded the new bishop that Francis, as a friend of the new bishop’s family, remember that the guy’s Dad “would only attend Mass at parishes where no sermon was preached.” Words to live by.

    Geez, the Gettysburg Address was, what, 300 words? More of that please.

    • repentinglawyer says:

      Mark Andrews, Reference to Pope is misleading, since he was talking about sermons in a liturgical context, where in the many a short commentary on the lessons is called for( technically a homily). Doubt he was limiting teaching time at the Greg or even CU.

      • Mark Andrews says:

        Public speaking is public speaking, RL. Has no judge told a lawyer to hurry up & get to the point? I rest my case.

      • repentinglawyer says:

        Mark Andrews, You have no case unless you believe there is some uniform time limit without regard to subject. If you are saying Sasse spoke for too long given his subject, say that. The rest is irrelevant.

  6. Ricky says:

    ISIS is not a threat to America and no refugee has ever been convicted of a terrorist plot.
    A much bigger threat to the US is nuts with guns living here already. Some of those anti-government types like those at the Platte Institute.
    Of course Mr Ricketts is a religious fellow like when he ….. well he sure don’t act like he has an ounce of religiosity in him.
    Such pandering by the Iowa and Nebraska governors is pretty sad but expected.

    ricky

      • Sparkles says:

        Your story is from 2013.
        And your story from 2013 relates to an incident in 2009 in which -two- suspected al Qaeda-Iraq terrorists were arrested in Kentucky.
        So.. let me see, they were -arrested- in 2009.. Obama was inaugurated on Jan 20, 2009.. meaning these two terrorists were certain to have entered the U.S. under the watchful eye of…

        And what.. are the remaining refugees terrorists that were maybe, sort of suspected, yet never confirmed in 2009, just hanging out at the QuickShop waiting from Louie Gohmert’s ‘terror babies’ to come of age in order to launch their nefarious plot?

        It’s more than a bit curious that the google hits show that, after being reported by Brian Ross at ABC, the few ‘news’ outlets to pick up on the story were sites like: Stormfront, JihadWatch, RedFlagnews, HotAir and FreeRepublic.

        I see also that TPNN, the Tea Party News Network reported this very same story on September 11, 2015, as if it were current.
        Here’s their headline –
        BOMBSHELL: Dozens Of Terrorists May Now Be In The US Because Of This ‘Flawed’ Obama System

        A headline itself that was picked up and regurgitated throughout the toxic underbelly of the right wing internet ‘news’ sites.

      • So your defense is ‘Boosh did it’? But it wasn’t even an attack on Obama! It was a rebuttal of Ricky’s asinine comment (but I repeat myself).

        What a boring, stereotyped little lefty you are, Sparkles. Say something original, that isn’t cut and pasted from the Daily Kos. I dare ya’!

    • bynd says:

      Ricky:

      Does being so stupid come naturally or do you really try to work at.

      Google 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Showing how stupid your first delusion is saves one from replying to any of the of your hate filled rhetoric . You make Sparkles look absolutely intelligent

  7. repentinglawyer says:

    SWEEPER, TWO OF THE USUAL SUSPECTS ARE THE HEAD OF THE JESUIT REFUGE SERVICE AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CATHOLIC BISHOPS COMMITTEE ON REFUGES, not bad company. Might add to our religious history failure to take in Jewish refugees from the Holocaust because of American Christian tradition of antisemitism. Maybe this reaction is the same type of irrationality.
    When Mrs Kleeb worried about the risk of a catastrophic spill from the KLX she was belittled because of unlikelihood. The risk from refugees is probably small though it could be catastrophic and the same folks are cheering that deep thinker Gov. Pete. Interesting.

    • Sparkles says:

      750,000 refugees have been resettled in the U.S. since Sept. 11, 2001, and not one has been arrested on domestic terrorism charges.

      • bynd says:

        What part of what ISIS has said, that they are sending their folks over with the refugees, don’t you understand? ISIS, as has been pointed out, is not another version of Al Qaeda. But keep repeating your nonsensical gibberish. I think I’ll believe the ISIS guys and not Sparkles. Remember it is Obama thought that keeps getting us in deeper and deeper.

        Such hate for those not like you. Not a good motivator to live a long life.

      • bynd says:

        Should it be comforting to know that all law enforcement and others with arrests powers report directly to you all actions that they take? What was that about Shakespearean bliss? You’ve been there.

  8. bynd says:

    Maybe the non believers should Google, sleeper cells. As for the current issue, it is nice to known that many of you, like Obama, believe that you know more about ISIS than ISIS does. They stated they are using the refugee debacle to infiltrate the west. What part of that don’t you understand?

    Good point Sparkles. Why would they wait to attack now rather than when they got here? Humm, could it be because our current leadership makes it easier and the likelihood of success has gone up? See last line in above paragraph.

    • Sparkles says:

      Hey goober, “our current leadership” assumed office the same year Gerard’s two Iraqi’s arrived to our country.

      Therefore the “current leadership” has been in office the entire time they’ve been here, making your argument wholly invalid.

      But again.. keep banging away at that keyboard.. Shakespearean delights surely await.

  9. bynd says:

    TA:

    Is a Christin still a christian when not exhibiting christian like attitudes? This isn’t a religious thing, as much as many want to make it that, it is a secular government thing. As I have stated many times before, Jesus couldn’t have cared less about the Romans. I have my doubts that a christian can even serve in a secular government. They are mutually exclusive.

    IMHO America should lead. We should lead our people out of the Middle East and let the Russians and Iranians get caught in the quagmire. As was pointed out graphically today, if you are not there to win at any cost, you shouldn’t be there. IMO The French response is appropriate for the reason it was launched.

    Do I want my government to keep us safe? Sure. Can they do it in a Christian manner? Not possible. I would also call ISIS what they want to be called but modify it to Radical Islamist. Knowing that they seem to have nothing in common with other Muslims.

    • TexasAnnie says:

      “Now they are scared of three year old orphans.”

      Perhaps Obama is correct about some Republican presidential candidates. It would seem his statement holds true for some contributors here at Leavenworth St. (Macdaddy et. al.)

      But do YOU, bynd, fear the settlement of widows and orphans from the Middle East there in Nebraska?

      • bynd says:

        Do I fear it? No. Do I think it is stupid and taking unnecessary risks? Absolutely. Why are they not going to other other Arab/Muslim countries? What is it those countries understand, that we do not? If it were not for the war it would not be an issue. Our history on treating even our own citizens who appeared to be ethnically tied to our opponents is rather dismal. I’m not sure they would be any better off over here.

      • TexasAnnie says:

        Okay, bynd. I can’t get behind the rationale which motivates you. Ideally, after France, Russia and the U.S. agree on bombing strategy, refugee settlement can take place in the Middle East and it will no longer be an issue.

  10. Ricky says:

    Time and time again it is proven it’s not the foreign threat that is the bigger worry in America. It’s the lone wolf or white supremacist or disgruntled young kid with guns that are so easy to get. Thanks to the rightys that love the second amendment so much.
    I bet there are more gun deaths in America in one year than what happened at 9/11.
    But pandering politicians like the awful Ricketts and the awfuller Branstand show the worst part of themselves.
    The bad part is lots of people believe what they say.

    ricky

    • bynd says:

      Ricky:

      Must be very frustrating for you that more believe those two and none believe you. So that would prove they are not as gullible as you believe they are. Poor, lonely, frustrated Ricky. Deena wouldn’t even go out to lunch with you. She is an excellent judge of character you know:)

  11. Yale Hater says:

    63 minutes of a politician’s nasel tone drone is CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT. No wonder Ivy Leaguers like Sasse and Stenberg are so….so much smarter that the rest of us. They are, right? (At least they say they’re smarter than everybody else.)

  12. Macdaddy says:

    Here’s a partial list of foreigners, some of whom were refugees, who have either committed or been convicted of terrorist plots in the US:

    Boston Marathon bombings: the brothers’ parents were political refugees from Chechnya. The brothers were born there. Three spectators were killed, 280 injured.
    Manhattan terrorism plot, 2011: 2 North Africans, one of which was in the US after his parents were granted asylum.
    Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari: convicted in a bomb plot in Texas
    New York City subway bombing plot 2009: 3 Afghanis
    Texas bomb plot 2009: Jordanian
    Fort Dix attack plot 2007: 5 foreigners, 2 of whom were Albanians who crossed illegally from Mexico.
    Underwear bomber: Nigerian national
    LAX shooting: 2 dead. Egyptian national who claimed political asylum.
    Times Square bombing attempt 2010: Pakistani national
    9/11: all foreigners.

    Now, the idiot leftists who post here regularly will note that a lot of these attacks occurred before Obama was President. Great! You can read a calendar! Now, can you learn any lessons from previous administrations or are you too stupid like Obama? There is zero reason to import people from areas that are hotbeds of Islamic atrocities, especially when there are not good records or intel to be able to separate the bad people from the charity cases. Also, why bring them here anyway? There’s plenty of empty land in the Middle East where they can stay. In the meantime, why are we trying to overwhelm the FBI’s ability to keep an eye on people who want to do us harm?

    • Sparkles says:

      Thank you for proving how President Obama and his policies have kept us safe for nearly 7 years.

      Quite impressive, especially considering the massive clusterf*^&k he inherited.
      It was 1933 when a President last inherited a world in such critically dangerous disarray as the one a hapless George W passed on to President Obama.
      Adding to the peril, was a malignant group of Congressional leaders, plotting – on the very day Obama was being inaugurated – all-out obstruction to every proposal, every policy initiative, every utterance of our new President.
      Why does the term ‘treasonous’ so easily come to mind?

      Few leaders in history have faced such a challenge. When one takes an objective view of his accomplishments, it’s impossible not be impressed.

      For comparison, let’s look at those the GOP has offered up as POTUS. In our tumultuous and complex times, let’s see who Republicans believe to be more competent and capable than our current Commander in Chief.

      15 hours ago, NYT –
      “Nobody has been able to sit down with him and have him get one iota of intelligent information about the Middle East,” said Duane R. Clarridge, a top adviser to Mr. Carson on terrorism and national security.

      and

      11/16/2015 – NYT –
      “At least two of my colleagues in the Senate aspiring to the presidency, Senator Cruz in particular, have voted to weaken the U.S. intelligence programs,” Mr. Rubio continued, also referring to Rand Paul of Kentucky.

      and

      From the Koch funded CATO Institute, Aug 12, 2015 –
      “GOP’s Foreign Policy Goes from Bad to Ugly as Marco Rubio Pushes Intervention for Fun and Profit”

      and

      And, a feature article from yesterday’s Politico –
      “GOP leaders: National security will end Carson and Trump campaigns”
      Republican elders think their party’s flirtation with inexperience is nearing its end.

      Amateurs, grifters and the mentally abnormal.
      THAT is who the ‘conservative base’ of the GOP believes should be placed in charge of our economy, our foreign policy and the security of our homeland.

      • Macdaddy says:

        Sparkles, did you miss the Boston Marathon bombing? That happened in 2013. Who was President in 2013? Anyone? Anyone? No, Sparkles, not George W Bush. It was Obama! It was totally on Obama’s watch and totally enabled by his incomprehensible (to any non-terrorist logical being) lax travel policies and hamstringing the FBIs ability to track threats. Obama had even gotten re-elected. He couldn’t get common sense security measures in place in 5 years? Are they in place now? No? How much more time does he need? Should we grade him on a curve?

        And BTW, how much does “confused” Hillary really understand national security? She couldn’t even run it for one ambassador, why does anyone think she could handle it for 300 million people? Don’t even get me started on Bernie “Climate Change”. Sanders. The Democrats are hapless and helpless and if elected yet again, we’ll be hopeless.

      • Oracle says:

        Don’t even get me started on Bernie “Climate Change”. Sanders…

        CIA Director John Brennan: “Across the globe, in both authoritarian and democratic societies, governments are finding it increasingly difficult to meet the demands, realistic or not, of their skeptical and restive populaces…. Last year was the warmest on record, and this year is on track to be even warmer. Extreme weather, along with public policies affecting food and water supplies, can worsen or create humanitarian crises…sharply reduced crop yields in multiple places simultaneously could trigger a shock in food prices with devastating effect”

      • Sparkles says:

        Mac,

        Let’s examine more closely your statement:
        “It was totally on Obama’s watch and totally enabled by his incomprehensible (to any non-terrorist logical being) lax travel policies and hamstringing the FBIs ability to track threats.”

        1) Lax travel policies – I’ll grant you the point, with a caveat.
        The Russians warned the FBI that they suspected the elder Tsarnaev to be a budding terrorist. And, the FBI actually interviewed him, and his mother, and for some reason allowed him to travel. In hind sight, clearly a mistake. And yes, Obama was the President during this period.

        2) “hamstringing the FBIs ability to track threats.”
        Not true. That’s simply rewriting history.

        June 7, 2013, Time –
        “President Barack Obama issued a strong statement in support Friday for the controversial National Security Agency surveillance programs.”
        Obama also addressed growing outrage on Capitol Hill about the programs..
        ..“You can’t have 100 percent security and also have 100 percent privacy and zero inconvenience,” he continued. “We’re going to have to make some choices as a society. ”

        June 8, 2013, Wall Street Journal –
        “Obama Defends Surveillance”
        In Rare Acknowledgment of Antiterror Tactics, President Cites ‘Modest Encroachments’ in Name of Security

        June 11, 2013, MarketWatch –
        “Democrats, Republicans switch views on NSA surveillance”
        Most Democrats nowadays think it’s okay for the government to spy on Americans though their phone records. That wasn’t the case when George W. Bush was president.
        Republicans, not surprisingly, have moved in the other direction.

        June 12, 2013, LA Times –
        “Republicans oppose, Democrats support NSA surveillance, poll says”

        And on July 24th, 2013, Tea Party Congressman Justin Amash (MI) attempted to attach to a major defense funding bill (H.R. 2397) an Amendment to -defund- much of the NSA program.
        Amash, in his best TeaParty-speak, told reporters his amendment was “about the American people versus the elites in Washington.”
        His amendment was narrowly defeated 205-217. Voting with Amash, to defund the NSA, was nearly the entire Tea Party contingent, including Louie ‘Terror Babies’ Gohmert, Paul – Evolution & Big Bang are ‘Lies Straight From The Pit Of Hell’- Broun and Steve ‘I’ve got Valium hidden in my underwear’ Stockman.

  13. Najibullah Zazi came to the US in 1999 as a refugee from Afghanistan. In 2009 he was arrested in a plot to blow up the New York subway.

    So Sparkles’ point is the guys we don’t vet may lay low for a while?

    • TexasAnnie says:

      Y’all do realize Gerard’s bullying personality, or do you? How ’bout you, repentinglawyer? Is this a “silly” conversation too?

      • Sparkles says:

        You’re correct TA.

        Uninformed or misinformed is easy to excuse on the internet.
        Menacing and vile is not.

      • repentinglawyer says:

        Texas Annie, This is not a silly conversation. Issue of Prof. GH’s father was. That he is a down shouter is obvious, but you hold your own. The problem is that the risk that worries him is real, but how real is a more difficult question. Reducing the issue to two alternate lists of names adds nothing to the discussion. I think the risk is worth running, but the issue is not being addressed in those terms by either side. 100% safety is not possible whatever we do, witness Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen, a devout Catholic and member of Opus Dei. Both were nice MidWesterners. Undertake no risk logic no folks from our part of the Country in the security services and no Catholics.

      • repentinglawyer says:

        Texas Annie, over the years teaching at Creighton, there were periods when norAid bumper stickers were common, and a lot of students bought into the romantic image of the IRA. That’s an Irish American Catholic affliction. However that would not disqualify them from this discussion. We know Prof GH is no friend of IRA since in the Republic its political arm is the extreme left party. On the other hand he does seem to think conversation is a blood sport, but that is not an uncommon belief among the Irish in America.

      • TexasAnnie says:

        Well thank-you for your insight, repentinglawyer. But when Gerard addresses me it’s always to insult.

        And don’t forget, I did not bring up his parentage. And I did not respond to that attack upon Gerard from another. Indeed, I only interceded when Mark did (I had previously been chastised by Mark myself for complaining too much about DD services there). And I interceded as much to let Mark know that he’s not in charge of what another may say here, as to verify that Gerard himself had revealed this story about his father. It appeared that Mark did not believe the story. At any rate, at no time did I state that what Gerard’s parents did reflects on him personally (although I’ve got to wonder if he was psychologically abused…). That was being suggested by somebody else.

    • Macdaddy says:

      No, RWP, they aren’t ill-advised. Obama advised himself and everybody knows he’s the smartest man ever to be elected President.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Mohammad was nothing special. Just a violent murderer who wrote a bunch of bullshit poetry.

    Come and get me. Signed, Sparkles.

    • Sparkles says:

      Nov 15, 2015 –
      ..the country needs to be “open and welcoming” to refugees.
      “What the United States has done is to be open to people who are fleeing tyranny, who are fleeing danger, but we have done it in a very careful way that has worked for us.”
      Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

      • bynd says:

        Operative words being, “in a very careful way.” How do you vet some one from a country that either has none or won’t give you records on it’s refugee citizens? No one is afraid of widows and orphans, but since ISIS has shown that they will use them to kill, then an abundance of caution should be taken.

        Even the Dems, Diane, are questioning what Obama is doing and how safe he is keeping us. His concern is no more for the orphans and widows than he accuses others of. His concern is proving he is right, at the expense of others if necessary, and his stupid legacy.

        Current and leadership are mutually exclusive words for the politicians in this country. But then, it is a minority that elects them.

  15. repentinglawyer says:

    Bynd, Given how few Americans vote, what president was elected by other than a minority of potential voters? Obama was elected twice fair and square. Even if SCOTUS was right and GWB won electoral vote, he probably had a minority of the popular vote in 2000, which puts Gore in the Tilden club.
    If you think the current crop of politicians is unusually inept for USA you have been reading too many history books approved for use in TX.

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