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Saturday, January 06, 2018

News Weakly - 1/6/2018

A Law for Breaking the Law
On January 1st California officially became a "sanctuary state." This new law prevents law enforcement from detaining illegal immigrants except for other crimes and from honoring hold requests from ICE. It creates "safe zones" where schools, libraries, courthouses, and such are not allowed to enforce immigration law. State and local law enforcement can work alongside federal immigration officers "as long as their main purpose is not immigration enforcement." (Question: What do federal immigration officers do besides immigration enforcement?) Federal immigration officials will not be notified when an illegal immigrant felon with a violent or serious conviction is released. California has essentially declared, "We do not care what your immigration laws are; we will not honor them. Oh, of course, we will require the federal government to support us in every way we deem necessary; just don't expect us to reciprocate."

Why? It "strikes a balance that will protect public safety, while bringing a measure of comfort to those families who are now living in fear everyday." That is, there are 2.3 million illegal immigrants in California that are afraid they'll get caught. I feel their pain, but what about all the other illegals who are afraid they'll get caught? What about the speeders, the single mom of three who just hasn't had time in the last 6 months to renew her auto registration, or that poor college student with 47 unpaid parking tickets, who are all afraid they'll get caught? Shouldn't California provide "a measure of comfort" to them, too?

I suppose this "sanctuary state" thing is a good thing, since California also just became the largest state to legalize (against federal law) recreational marijuana. I mean, if you're going to open up that kind of a market, it's probably a good idea to protect those who come into their state illegally to deliver the product, right?

Actors or Actresses?
Just wondering. Why is it that when females in the acting profession are fighting for "equality", they demand that they be called "actors", not "actresses", but when they're fighting against sexual harassment it is "300 actresses, female agents, writers, directors, and more women in Hollywood banding together"? Mind you, I'm in favor of opposing sexual harassment (although I no longer know the definition or the direction that will take) (I mean, is "He didn't like my idea" "sexual harassment"?); I'm just wondering about the duplicity of "In this case we're just people, but in that case we're women."

Too Much Work?
Oregon changed its the law, leaving New Jersey as the last state. What law? The law that prevents Oregonians from pumping their own gas. Horror of horrors! Some people may now be pumping their own gas in Oregon? Will the state survive? One 62-year-old native Oregonian said she didn't even know how to pump gas. Another woman worried about getting out of the car and pumping her own gas "with transients around and not feeling safe." Others were concerned about pumping gas in the cold. Perhaps Oregon isn't as liberal as we thought. At least California was concerned about people who break the law not feeling safe; apparently Oregon has no similar concern for drivers who have to ... as crazy as this sounds ... have to pump their own gas.

Global Warming
Have you heard that Al Gore canceled a speech he was supposed to give in Indianapolis, citing cold weather? Seriously, snow in Florida? I tell you what; if this global warming keeps up, we're all going to freeze to death.

Must be true; I read it on the Internet.


Stan said...

Okay, so I'm confused. I've been accused, on the basis of this post, of being a "racist". Somewhere I'm missing it. Can someone (else) point out where something I wrote here was racist?

Stan said...

I'm just wondering when it became "racist" to note that statistically 75% of illegal immigrants to America come from south of the U.S. border (Mexico, Central America, South America) or to note that statistically the primary source of drugs in America is south of the U.S. border (Mexico, Central America, South America). I'm wondering what level of hate is required on the part of those who call such facts "hate" and "racism" when it is a simple observation of fact without requiring regard or reference to race.

Dan, your false accusation is noted. Not a surprise, I suppose, and I won't expect a retraction or apology because that's not what you do.

Craig said...

I don’t see anything in your post that could be remotely construed as racist. But, racist is the catch all pejorative for those on the left. That and pedophile.

Makes you wonder if the problem is the lack of an actual response.

Stan said...

"Makes you wonder if the problem is the lack of an actual response."

You mean like the ol' "Oh yeah? Well ... your mama wears combat boots"?

Craig said...

More like, “You’re a racist even though there’s no evidence to back that up.”.

Marshal Art said...

People are up in arms about Jeff Sessions intending to enforce federal law regarding pot. All those states that decided against abiding federal law by legalizing or decriminalizing pot in their states believe they can ignore federal law. California is now doing it twice by also ignoring federal immigration law. I'm not sure how I feel about this. If Jeff Sessions loses this fight, then perhaps my state can ignore federal law regarding SSM and no longer grant marriage licenses to homosexuals. (It's Illinois. It ain't never gonna happen here. I was just sayin')

Actually, I'm totally down with Sessions' move. I also like the idea of denying federal funds to states that insist on ignoring federal law. Apparently those who run such states, like Jerry Brown, don't realize they can have the federal laws changed if they compose a rational, fact-based argument that persuades a majority in Congress to rescind the laws they don't like. But until they get that memo, I'd love to see them suffer the consequences of their petulant rebellion.

You racist.