One factor that hasn’t been mentioned as fueling the number of people urging the US to accept ALL the people who show up at its door is the reluctance of those people to actually travel to those countries of origin to help the downtrodden masses.
It’s just a lot safer, not to mention less unpleasant, to help those people HERE, rather than THERE.
Americans of the missionary type (religious or secular) used to travel to South America, Africa, and Asia to perform their good works. Most of them no longer do so, at least in part, because the governments of those places had a nasty habit of evicting, killing, and imprisoning those do-gooders.
Not to mention other hazards:
- Sexual assault by natives, who didn’t have the American “nuanced” understanding of sexual expression, and, instead, thought of sexually-active volunteers as “free game”.
- Resistance by the entrenched powers – civil, religious, and business/landowners – who found that the volunteers threatened the current balance of power.
- Outright war/inter-tribal hostilities.
These are just a few of the reasons that many social activists would prefer to work with the underprivileged in America. It’s safer. It is subsidized by the government. And there is less chance of the government forces coming into their homes and butchering them.
All that stuff about Trump representing a “real danger” to activists?
Pul-ease! As a friend of mine used to say.
They know they can “act out” and nothing will happen to them.
I’ve been wandering around – hither and yon – always wanted to write that – and decided to throw in a hodge-podge of news/thoughts/opinions to offload them from the back of my brain.
In short, a Brain Dump.
In no special order:
- From Raconteur Report, a film you really will want to watch. Peter Jackson is amazing – the LOTR trilogy would have been sufficient to secure his place in film history, but he also produced – WITH HIS SERVICES FOR FREE – They Shall Not Grow Old. The story of WWI, from the viewpoint of Tommy – generic term for British soldiers.
- Crusius, the Dayton shooter, has his Profile on MyLife changed from Democrat to Republican – and also adds a lot of other “info” that smears Deplorables. Funny how that “just happens”. What’s that Russian word for Disinformation?
- More social media from the Dayton shooter.
- Scary – Ebola crosses into Rwanda, that country closes its border – kind of. What they are doing is checking those wanting to cross for fever. But, apparently, fever doesn’t show up in many that are infected with Ebola, until it is too late. The African countries aren’t stupid – eventually, the countries bordering outbreaks will throw up a quarantine around affected neighbors. See the map showing distribution areas below (original at link):
- And, Ebola is not the only problem disease around. Europe has its own superbug. Graphic of deaths below from caarbapenum-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae; that antibiotic is basically the last defense against many diseases.
- The more people with weakened immunity systems that are around, the more antibiotics will be overused. That’s a major problem when 1st-World countries get overrun with unchecked immigration – the kind we’re facing at our border.
- They come in with diseases that are already resistant to treatment. Often, they are minimally compliant with directions to use the medicine for the entire period needed to ensure eradication. That’s a common problem with diseases needing prolonged time periods to completely cure them, such as TB (here’s what the CDC has to say about it, and, remember, they are probably minimizing the risk).
- Muslim women often don’t see doctors for illness, as their culture may prohibit examination by men. That’s a lot of people who may potentially harbor some downright nasty stuff.
- Apple Owners – you (and I – I have an Apple phone, 2 IPads, and a Macbook) – need to have a come-to-Jesus moment, real soon, about whether to continue supporting a company with so little concern about Human Rights and Worker Abuse – which now includes children.
- For those needing to make a switch in computers, may I suggest the Raspberry Pi family? I’m on my 2nd Pi (my Pi 3B went to my sister, and I bought the new Pi 4).
- They now make laptops using Linux, too (when my MacBook dies, I will make the switch – I’m not a fan of dumping working tools for philosophical/political reasons).
- Appropo of tech, this piece about Andrew Yang does put his proposed solutions into perspective. His indifference to human desire to be free of government interference – a basic tenet of the American Way of Life – marks him, not just as another soulless technocrat, but, perhaps, captive to his Asian heritage.
- Last, a site I just found today, that moved me to put it at the top of my Blogs I Have to Read bookmark list, Tsionizm. The post that got me to Get All In? Here. Definitely a guy I’ll be referencing in Leftism 4 Beginners (which is slowly moving along – I should be able to post another chapter by next weekend).
The border wall – a REAL wall, not a metaphorical one – was the cornerstone of Trump’s 2016 election campaign. Yes, there were other issues, but that’s the one that put him over the top in many precincts.
So, now, as he is more than 1/2-way through his first term, some are loudly unhappy about his performance, and are proclaiming that they will NOT vote for him in 2020.
This is a mistake – I’ll explain below.
I believe that the wall is crucially important, AS DOES TRUMP! But, if he had focused his efforts for the first two years on building it, not only would it not be finished, but he wouldn’t have:
- Improved the economy, and reduced unemployment (and, not with make-work jobs from government)
- Gotten rid of a lot of rules, regulations, and government over-reach that crippled businesses, enforced mandatory PC actions on school districts, and enabled the Left to impose their agenda on the rest of us
- Managed international relations to reduce foreign entanglement, put American interests front and center, and kept the Neo-cons from getting us into war (that last part required a firm hand on decision-making)
- Generally drove the Left MAD – or, even madder than they already were
Not bad accomplishments, but what about The Wall?
What about it?
You do realize that building physical objects requires a lot of planning, siting, materials considerations, blueprints, and working with local governments and regulators to make it all happen, don’t you?
But the most important aspect of any building project is probably the most time-consuming – building the Foundation. Often, it takes 1/2 to 2/3 of the construction time.
Trump has been building the foundation. He’s been swatting away the entrenched interests, schmoozing with the local powers, buying off those unions/interests/politicians that he has to, and generally getting ready for the quickest part of the job – the actual construction of the project.
Trust me, his first priority HAD to be on the things that kept him from just putting up the Wall. He had to fight off impeachment, fake investigations designed to weaken him politically, foreign interests that wanted to drag America into solving their problems, invasion by a substantial portion of the Southern Continent, and a media that wants him to die, after prolonged torture.
The Wall WILL get built. I have some confidence that someone as experienced as Trump has been in building large projects will get ‘er done. Hopefully before the next election, but – even if it’s not complete by then (unlikely to be finished, given time constraints and the dedication of a good part of the Left on obstructing it), I WILL be casting my vote for Trump.
I’m not saying that Trump reads this blog, but…
This is posted in response to Trump’s declaration that the Dept. of Agriculture is moving to the – OMZ (Oh, My Zeus!) Fly-Over section of the country, in Kansas City!
While I didn’t specify the DOA, I did write about the advantage of moving troublesome agencies – including some of the Interior agencies – away from Washington – one of those advantages being budgetary.
This follows the Bureau of Land Management move to several western states. All of these moves make sense, as their job is overseeing activities in those parts of the country.
Several Senators and other lawmakers are Up in Arms! One of them, Chris Holland, D-MD, said:
“This predicament makes it nearly impossible for your employees to determine where they will be living, where to send their children to school, and other important decisions until they know where the final office space will be located in Kansas City,” Van Hollen’s letter said.
Experts believe the USDA’s move may portend a “new frontier of economic development” in which cities and states vie to lure federal offices away from Washington, D.C. On Monday, Republican senators announced that the federal Bureau of Land Management would ship jobs to three western states as it seeks to relocate its headquarters from the nation’s capital.
OMZ again! You mean, when employees are suddenly told to move on virtually no notice – as American workers have, for some time, it MIGHT disrupt family life?
Who knew? Other than the locations from which manufacturers and other businesses have decamped, not to mention those workers who weren’t even given the opportunity to move, because their jobs went bye-bye overseas.
Of course, this is just a sensible idea that is finally coming to fruition. I don’t REALLY flatter myself that my previous post set this off.
But, it is nice to dream, isn’t it?
UPDATE: I thought I should reassure the new migrants that Kansas City is really a HUGE improvement to DC for quality of life.
Here’s a short list of good neighborhoods to start with.
I do acknowledge that, in an adrenalin-fueled moment, SOME women can do amazing feats of strength. See this link – the daughter involved is described in the news as ‘skinny’, but she is not. She’s a basketball player, taller than the average women, and clearly NOT an ectomorph.
The Hollywood Reporter is THRILLED that the new Terminator movie is filled with femmes, and describes them as ‘muscular’.
Decide for yourself. I can’t see the muscles, just women who are more slender than the norm for women their age.
If faced with fighting slightly above average men – say, 220 # men in reasonably decent shape – even with guns/ammo, those women are toast.
Sure, they might be able to get off some shots early. For argument’s sake, let’s assume that 1/2 of them reach their target.
If the men have ANY experience with weapons, it won’t take long for the women to fold. Even with modern weapons, it takes some arm strength to lift them up and hold them steady for an extended time period.
The guns are METAL – and HEAVY. To use them for anything more than a short session takes a fair amount of strength in the arms. It’s one of those things that limits women’s utility in combat.
They also can’t carry as much ammo and other equipment as the men.
Sure, they can defend a position, if necessary.
For a while.
Over time, the equalizing effect of guns diminishes, and it becomes a matter of endurance. As fighters get tired, their muscle strength diminishes – yes, even the guys. Women don’t have the strength to lose.
Women in combat have some serious deficiencies.
On the other hand, women have some advantages, too, particularly in shooting rifles.
A sensible combat scenario would put women where they excel – as a backup defense, as snipers, and as support specialists.
Not as an all-female team who plans to ‘kick ass’.