Chuck Schumer Opposed to Illegal Immigration

Chuck Schumer on the record being opposed to illegal immigration.  He stated in 2009:

During a speech at the Immigration Law & Policy Conference at Georgetown Law, Schumer repeatedly argued that immigration reform should focus on encouraging legal immigration and should make clear that “illegal immigration is wrong.”

“The American people are fundamentally pro-legal immigration and anti-illegal immigration,” Schumer explained at the conference. “We will only pass comprehensive reform when we recognize this fundamental concept.”


Wait! What? Men and women are different?

The thought police are here.  Witness this article by John Stossel.

A rather crazy exchange he had with Gloria Steinem years ago:

Feminist icon Gloria Steinem said gender differences shouldn’t even be researched. She told me it’s “anti-American, crazy thinking.”

“Aren’t women, in general, better nurturers?” I asked.

“No,” answered Steinem. “Next question.”

At the time, fire departments had just dropped strength tests to help female applicants. One critic of the change complained that instead of being carried out during a fire, now she would be dragged downstairs, her head hitting each stair. Steinem responded, “It’s better to drag them out … (L)ess smoke down there.”

John Stossel: Men & Women are different

Funny Political Cartoon

Saw this in the Wilmington Encore newspaper and it made me laugh.  It’s so true of either party – the blind followers of their party.  With the reports that 87% of media personnel self-identify as Democrat/liberal/progressive, it was rare, if at all, to have seen a cartoon like this about Obama despite the quantity of examples.  Such as: “if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor” and “premiums will go down”, could have been been used in this cartoon strip. I’m sure we all know people who do seem to ignore reality to twist themselves into defending their person.  Since the election, I have truly made it a point to really try to understand other’s opinions and rationale instead of trying to loudly get mine across.

Please enjoy this cartoon: The Modern World by Tom Tomorrow

The Modern World

Motivating Quotes

A few good quotes I recently read:
The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them – make them. – George Bernard Shaw
A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do. – Walter Gagehot
Each time you are honest and conduct yourself with honesty, a success force will drive you toward greater success. Each time you live, even a little white lie, there are strong forces pushing you toward failure.  – Joseph Sugarman
The achievement of your goal is assured the moment you commit yourself to it. – Mack R. Douglas
and now back to your regularly scheduled activities of watching cat and dog videos on the internet – me, just now.

Early Economic Results of $15 per hour wage

Now that we’ve seen the hourly wage increases in Seattle and San Diego, there are indications that it’s negatively affecting job growth in the restaurant sector.  From an article in Forbes:

in San Diego:

Rather than inch upward from $10 per hour to $10.25 per hour in January 2016, as the rest of the state was doing, San Diego jumped its minimum wage to $11.50 per hour. In the year and three months since then, the number of food service jobs in San Diego has dropped sharply, with perhaps as many as 4,000 jobs lost, or never created in the first place.

$15/hour wage hurting restaurant jobs

John Stossel view on the EPA

Recently saw this opinion piece by John Stossel re: the EPA.  The part toward the bottom about the hassles one family had trying to build on their own property is ridiculous!

Regulation zealots and much of the media are furious because President Donald Trump canceled Barack Obama’s attempt to limit carbon dioxide emissions. But Trump did the right thing.

CO2 is what we exhale. It’s not a pollutant. It is, however, a greenhouse gas, and such gases increase global warming. It’s possible that this will lead to a spiral of climate change that will destroy much of Earth!

But probably not. The science is definitely not settled.

Either way, Obama’s expensive regulation wouldn’t make a discernible difference. By 2030 — if it met its goal — it might cut global carbon emissions by 1 percent.

The Earth will not notice.

However, people who pay for heat and electricity would notice. The Obama rule demanded power plants emit less CO2. Everyone would pay more — for no useful reason.

I say “would” because the Supreme Court put a “stay” on the regulation, saying there may be no authority for it.

So Trump proposes a sensible cut: He’ll dump an Obama proposal that was already dumped by courts. He’d also reduce Environmental Protection Agency spending by 31 percent.


Some of what regulators do now resembles the work of sadists who like crushing people. In Idaho, Jack and Jill Barron tried to build a house on their own property. Jack got permission from his county. So they started building.

They got as far as the foundation when the EPA suddenly declared that the Barrons’ property was a “wetland.”

Some of their land was wet. But that was only because state government had not maintained its own land, adjacent to the Barrons’ property, and water backed up from the state’s land to the Barrons’.

The EPA suddenly said, “You are building on a wetland!” and filed criminal charges against them. Felonies. When government does that, most of us cringe and give up. It costs too much to fight the state. Government regulators seem to have unlimited time and nearly unlimited money.

But Jack was mad enough to fight. He spent $200,000 on his own lawyers.

Three years later, a jury cleared Jack of all charges.

But even that didn’t stop the EPA.

Jill Barron told me, “We won, but after we were home for a month maybe, the Army Corps of Engineers and the EPA sent us another letter saying, ‘how nice for you that you won in the criminal court, but we still feel it’s a wetlands.’ And the decision made by the jury did not matter to them. ‘And if you don’t get off the property, we’re going to fine you (in) civil (court).'”

The EPA threatened a fine of $37,500 a day.

The Barrons sold their home and moved into a trailer.

“We’ll be bankrupt, obviously.” Jill told me, “You have no idea what you’re up against. You don’t know the power that is the EPA.”

So I’m glad that Trump wants to limit the EPA. Scott Pruitt, the agency’s new director, understands that bureaucrats often abuse their power. When he was Oklahoma attorney general, he sued the EPA 13 times for regulatory overreach.

I hope he cuts the bureaucrats back to proper size.

The agency was necessary in 1970, when it was created. At the time, cities dumped whatever we flushed into nearby waterways — with no treatment.

Smokestacks filled the air with actual pollutants: soot, sulfur dioxide, etc. In New York City, we didn’t dare leave windows open because filth would blow in.

The EPA required sewage treatment, scrubbers in smokestacks and catalytic converters in car exhaust systems. The regulations worked. America’s air and water is cleaner than it’s been for decades. I can even swim in the Hudson River, right next to millions of people — who are still flushing.

Now, in a rational world, the EPA would say, “Stick a fork in it, it’s done! EPA now stands for ‘Enough Protection Already.'” But bureaucracies never say they’re done. “Done” means bureaucrats are out of work. Can’t have that.

So politicians keep adding unnecessary new rules and keep harassing people like the Barrons.

John Stossel is the author of “No They Can’t! Why Government Fails — But Individuals Succeed.Click here for more information on John Stossel.


American system precludes a Hilter-type leader

Saw a longer version of this in an email from my brother and on a Facebook post.  Shortened it here:

The idea of comparing an American president to Hitler is just as absurd …from any angle, in any context. The American system ITSELF pretty much prevents “Hitlers” from showing up. And America ITSELF is anathema to what Hitler was trying to create. An American ANYTHING or ANYONE is hard to fit into the Hitler model. It’s just not apples to apples.

There are some fundamental things to understand about Hitler:

1. He took over a small, failing state that didn’t have separated government functions, enumerated powers or checks and balances. It’s difficult for a guy like that to show up here, in this system.

2. His entire political career was violent from the beginning. There was always death in his wake. He didn’t just suddenly “turn” violent. It was a pattern …as it always is with sociopaths. This is THE most important thing to watch; the violence. I always keep an eye on who is rioting …breaking things …throwing rocks and bombs. It doesn’t make them Nazis. But it signals how far they’re willing to go.

3. He entered office with his own personal military construct (the SS) with allegiance to him ONLY. They would carry out things the regular military would never carry out: i.e. the murder of private citizens and political opponents. Nothing like that exists or COULD exist in America. We simply wouldn’t allow it.

4. He didn’t start out just killing Jews. He started out euthanizing people with special needs …for the betterment of the care-givers’ lives.

5. He disarmed the population, then nationalized healthcare and education. 

The list can go on and on. But the deal is this:

Hitler was a real life murdering sociopath. He wasn’t just a charismatic speaker who incrementally fell into bad behavior. He wasn’t just a racist corrupted by unfettered power. In other words, you or I probably couldn’t end up being Hitler. A garden variety KKK leader probably couldn’t end up being Hitler either …or a community organizer …or a New York real-estate tycoon. It’s not that easy or simple.

NONE of our American presidents have ever been Hitler. But the people of Germany certainly thought FDR was a murdering dictator when B-17s started dropping bombs on them. This is why you have to KNOW what you believe and why you believe it. Good guys and bad guys are often in the eyes of the beholder. And they often look similar in the fog of conflict. I would imagine Japanese Americans in internment camps wondered if their president was Hitler-like. Nope. Not a nice thing to do, but not close to Hitler.

Now, people are comparing Donald Trump to Hitler as some compared Obama or the Left to Hitler. I get that someone who is combative with the press and who wants to vet refugees and shut down open immigration fits the bill some are always looking for when it comes to finally getting their “Hitler” villain.

But if you study enough about it, you realize the guy vetting and banning refugees is probably not Hitler …the guy CREATING refugees probably is.  If we keep looking for Hitler in every United States president we disagree with, we’re not going to recognize the real one when he actually shows up …in a different country.

Example of Irony

It was reported that in the early days of Trump’s run to be the Republican nominee that it was a publicity stunt to increase the Trump brand.  The thought was that he could get free publicity to help increase demand and interest in a new season of The Apprentice/Celebrity Apprentice, even if he stayed in only for a month or two.  Now that he’s gone further than he expected and is in fact the Republican nominee, it appears that the publicity is hurting his business.  Since Trump has brought out such strong negative feelings from a significant percent of the population, it’s hurting his brand.  This will give his kids the opportunity to manage/promote in a crisis.  It appears that people don’t want to be associated with it.  For example:

…meeting planners and industry insiders say, the name — and the property’s association with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump — is likely to be the largest sticking point for the 263-room hotel, which opened to the public Monday.

“This hotel is the new shiny penny in Washington — the only problem is that Donald Trump has his name on it,” said Chryssa Zizos, president and chief executive of Live Wire Media Relations, whose clients include the Carlyle Group and Raytheon. “People are really, really nervous about utilizing the hotel’s bigger spaces because it’s so polarizing. There’s a lot of stigma attached to it.”

Trump name bad for his business?






Election Year Observations

My family has long subscribed to Readers Digest and I continue to get it.  Here are a few comments made in a recent issue that seem relevant during this unpredictable presidential election.

Americans over the age of 40 are the only citizens with even the dimmest adult memories of the presidency of George H. W. Bush …[so] close to 100 million eligible voters have no firsthand recollection of a time when things worked in Washington.  That might be a starting point for understanding the crippling cynicism that hangs over contemporary politics.
Walter Shapiro, political columnist in a blog post

The basis of democracy is the willingness to assume well about other people.
Marilynne Robinson, PhD, novelist and professor of writing, New York Review of Books

Forcing public figures to instinctively fear saying anything even remotely offensive doesn’t encourage argument or intellectual rigor or even honesty. Instead, it compels people to stick to bland sound bites and safe topics.
Sophie Gilbert, culture writer, The Atlantic

The entry above appears to be followed by everyone in this year’s election, which may be why it’s causing such upheaval and strong feelings.