On this 18th anniversary of the attacks of September 11 2001, we offer some previously expressed thoughts for consideration. —————————————————————– It has been 18 years since the towers fell, the Pentagon was damaged, and Flight 93 crashed en route to a fourth target. It has been nearly as long since the US first invaded Afghanistan, … More 18th Anniversary of the September 11 Terror Attacks in the US
Last year I made the following “resolutions:” – Advocate for civil rights and civil liberties for the LGBTQ community, religious minorities, racial and ethnic minorities, women, immigrants, and any other group being disenfranchised. – Back law enforcement personnel, but call for strict accountability for those who violate the laws and principles they are sworn to … More Happy New Year!
The third version of Trump’s Travel Ban was upheld along partisan lines by the SCOTUS today as constitutional. Since I have a day job, I have not yet read the actual ruling. I have looked over a few analyses and will include a brief one from Chris Cillizza here. The full text is in the … More Travel Ban: Upheld
The immigration system as we know it today is only a little over 100 years old. When the quota system that we now have was first implemented, it was based on the proposals of the Dillingham Commission, which framed its research from the context of immigration as a problem. Today, we continue to look at … More Trump’s Immigration Policy: Lies and Racism
Yesterday, the ACLU celebrated the anniversary of Ed Snowden’s “revelations” in 2013. I’m normally on board with the ACLU, but not in this case. Ed didn’t use legal channels to bring his perceived issues to anyone’s attention, so he was and is not entitled to whistleblower protections. He was indiscriminate in his collection and release … More Ed Snowden Reboot
The New York Times reports that President Trump is looking into reducing the number of US troops in South Korea. This is coming on the cusp of a meeting between Trump and Kim Jung Un. Says NYT: Reduced troop levels are not intended to be a bargaining chip in Mr. Trump’s talks with Mr. Kim … More US Troop Reductions in South Korea?
The recent news that North and South Korea are finally agreeing to end a 65-year-old conflict has many cheering and celebrating. President Trump is touting his toughness and his political base is calling for a Nobel Prize to be awarded for his efforts to bring the two sides to the table. How much credit does … More The Art Of The Bluff
What are the pros and cons to a meeting between the US and North Korea? … More Trump Vs Kim, what could possibly go wrong?
I think everyone is probably tracking the President’s awful comments about immigration from “shithole” countries by now. The defense from the White House might be even more offensive. The notion that immigration programs harm us economically or provide an easy avenue for terrorist infiltration have no merit. These are blatant lies. While Trump’s administration labels … More Sh!thole
In any context, correct identification of the root issue is critical to development of meaningful courses of action. Calls for doing away with immigration programs on the basis of a handful – or just one – person committing a terrorist act are ill-founded. Terrorist acts aren’t driven by means of entry. In order to determine … More Immigration Programs Pose No Significant Threat