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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Doubling down on DACA

The governor of Indiana is not happy with Obama.  There were 245 Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) sent to Indiana from January 1 to July 1 and the administration didn't tell him.  He fired off a letter stating that Obama needs to secure the border, basically. Yeah, there are 245 more people in this state of almost 6.5 million people.  The strain on our economy must be tremendous, except for the fact that those kids are living with family members already here until they get asylum, or deported.

And try as I may, I have difficulty believing anyone who states our southern border isn't secure.  We have more border patrol, more fencing, more drones, more cameras more of anything you can think of on the border than any other time in our history.  If the border isn't "secure", it is at least the most secure it has ever been.

And the current immigration crisis is not a border security issue.  It's a lot more complex than that.  A story from the Vox goes over this issue in great detail, and I suggest reading it if you want to get a better understanding of what is going on at our southern border.  Basically, the surge in UACs are not coming from Mexico at all, but from the area comprised of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala.

The reason UACs are fleeing that area is because of gang activity.  If you are a child from that area and you are recruited by a gang but don't accept, your family will be attacked.  So children are being sent from that area to other countries for asylum.

The US is getting most of these UACs, but one thing is certain, DACA is not the reason why.  For starters, to qualify you would have had to be in the country since 2007.  Secondly, the increase in UACs started in 2011, months before DACA was introduced.  Finally, interviews of UACs find that very few even know of the existence of DACA.

So why is DACA even an issue when we talk about border issues today?  Well, because Republicans don't like it, and they don't like what it is doing, allowing "illegals" to live in America while they are skirting our laws.  Never mind that we are following the law by taking these kids from Central America in.  We can turn Mexican children away, and most do get sent back after an interview to eliminate issues with trafficking (not that there aren't still problems sending back kids who are being trafficked).

Dana today brought all this together is doubling down on the DACA lie.  Why?  This is so easily debunked. Like how incandescent light bulbs were banned.  Dana talks about stashing them like that's the smart thing to do.  They are cheaper to buy, but over the long haul they cost you more.  So it's not smart, just rebellious.  But the funny thing is, incandescent bulbs are still being sold today.  You can't buy a 100w bulb, because the new more efficient 72w incandescent bulb has now replaced it, with the same light as the 100w.  75w is now 53w, 60w is 43w, 40w is 29w.  Because it wasn't a ban at all.  It was a new guideline on bulb efficiency.

But I digress.  No, DACA isn't the problem.  The problem is we have people like Dana who would rather lie about DACA being the problem than to help out kids.  Well, except as a photo op to give them sandwiches.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The "Welcome Wagon" that is DACA

So, Dana went off on a rant about stupid people today.  About how she can have a civil conversation with people from the opposing side, but not if they are "stupid" or say "stupid" things.  Well Dana, here's your moment.

DACA is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.  It was enacted by Homeland Security on August 15th, 2012.  Dana calls it the "Welcome Wagon" for the illegal children coming into our country at the moment.  Only one problem with that.  The children coming into the country at this time are not eligible for DACA.  The children that can take advantage of DACA would have needed to be in the country for 5 years starting in 2007, and have been physically present in the country as of June 15th, 2012.

So, Dana... would you have a problem arguing with yourself?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Matt Sorum and hunters

I know what you are saying.  Matt who?  Well, if you grew up in the 80s, and listened to bands like The Cult, Guns 'n' Roses, and... ahh, who am I fooling, nobody heard of Matt Sorum.  That is nobody had heard of him until he started a twitter war over trophy hunting.

As for @tednugent my point was never about hunting , just the glorification of killing and promotion there of.

To drive the point home, here's another tweet:

I'm not asking u not to hunt or eat what you want. Just respect the animals existence and don't glorify their death , #nomoredeathphotos

Most importantly, he states that he is a vegetarian/pre-vegan.  The reason I am pointing out these things will now become painfully obvious:

You know where the meat came from in your supermarkets, don't you? NOT MAGIC. #douchebags

Anti-hunting celebs should boycott supermarkets. Those displays of meat everywhere are surely offensive. #douchebags

If Sorum spent as much time learning about conservation as he did flat ironing his bleached hair, he wouldn't sound like such a #douchebag.

No, @mattsorum has never been hunting because they don't have outlets for his flat iron in the wild. #leavehuntersalone

When I was little rock stars used to be rock stars, not whiny little pansies who freak out over hunters. Rock is dead. Manson was right.

Let's get this straight.  A vegetarian wouldn't be going to the meat section of a supermarket, right? Other than that she's just being crass.  She said on a show this week that when she sees someone with an opposing opinion, she goes into attack mode, and wants to gut them (don't I know it).  But at least have the decency to know who the guy is and what he's talking about.

Friday, July 4, 2014

The unthinkable has happened!

Dana has a hard time saying she was wrong.  I think she did it twice in one story.

She starts off the third hour with the story of illegal immigrants and the buses that the "small" town (of 100 thousand people) of Murrieta, California turned away.  She was saying there were two buses, and they just get dropped off at the Greyhound station.  Later, she says it's 3 buses (and apologizes for the error!) and they get took to a processing center before getting released.  This was a moment in the making!

Alright, I'll stop.  Of course I couldn't take Dana's word for it, whichever one you choose.  What's really going on at the border?

Dana said that something like ninety percent don't make it back.  Actually, it's more like sixty-five.  It's still bad, but it is also bad to be twenty-five percent off.

Dana said there are no health screenings or background checks.  But the Mayor of Murrieta has said the exact opposite.

Dana says they get processed and just get released.  Actually, the release is to ICE agents who will take them to their final destination in the US, or deportation.  This is not the dumping of immigrants on the great city of Murrieta.

The final destination of the buses was San Ysidro, south of San Diego.  The buses were similarly met with people on the street.  The only difference was they were welcoming them.  The immigrants have been through a lot.  Strife in their countries  A torturous trip up the east coast of Mexico.  Detention by the border patrol.  Then they had to go through what happened in Murrieta.  A welcoming face in San Ysidro must have been a warm sight.

It didn't have to be like this.  But the fury a fervor  over the immigration issue on the right has brought is to this.  Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.  When did these words stop meaning something in this country?  Dana believes we should add a caveat to that phrase, only if they are your best and brightest. 

This 4th of July, ask yourself this question.  Is this what we really want our country to be?

Thursday, July 3, 2014

"He was stopped by a good guy with a gun"

Check it out, Dana actually says in the case of Floyd Lee Corkins II that a good guy with a gun subdued him.  I don't know if the guard actually had a gun on him, but if he did, he did not use it to subdue Floyd Lee Corkins II.

An armed intruder, spouting opposition to social conservatism, walked into the Washington headquarters of the Family Research Council on Wednesday and shot a security guard before the wounded guard and others wrestled him to the floor and subdued him until police arrived, authorities said.
When you say, "He was stopped by a good guy with a gun", it's usually "with the gun" not by tackling him.  This fails on so many levels.

But let's go a little further, Dana starts off talking about the Proud Whopper and "how we (people like Dana) react" compared to "how they (liberals) react".  This fails on so many levels as well.  You can't equate one person to a segment of the population.  Not everyone who is conservative can be equated to Timothy McVeigh, for example.  Mr. Corkins is not the face of liberals, either.  The equation of such borders on ludicrous. 

The truth is out there.  You just have to find it.  More and more, I am not finding it listening to the Dana Show.  And that's too bad.  Just like she believes Patricia Ireland is intelligent, but wrong, I too believe Dana is intelligent, but wrong.  I applaud her for her success, but with success comes responsibility.  If she's going to squander it for an agenda, it's her right.  She is so much better than that, though.  I just wish she would see it.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

No, Everytown didn't say Target banned guns

No, Target Didn’t “Ban” Guns *UPDATE: Target Says “Not A Ban”

Oh, those rascally Bloomberg anti-gun extremists!  Calling Target's call to not bring your guns into their store a "ban" when you know it really isn't.  Wait, what?  They didn't call it a ban?

Moms Demand Action Applauds Target for Asking Customers to Leave Their Guns at Home in Response to Moms’ Campaign

Okay, so Moms Demand didn't call it a ban.  Maybe it was Everytown?

Thank Target for Adopting Gun Sense Policies

Um, Mayors Against Illegal Guns?  Oh, they don't have a website since they were folded into Everytown.  So which Bloomberg anti-gun extremist said it was a ban?  I'm not seeing it, on websites, on twitter, or on Facebook. 

On the issue of, "keeping your guns at home", yeah, Target doesn't say that, either.  They do request to keep your guns out of the store, and I'm not seeing much of a difference in the wording.  Yeah, you could respect Target and leave your gun in the car, thus not keeping them at home, but that's just picking nits.

Which brings us to why Dana would choose this wording.  It's to keep her opponent on their heels, even though they have reason to claim victory, and they did put in the work, and get a positive result.  And that's the point to those who claim to support the second amendment wish to do instead of actually have an honest debate on the subject.  Anyone who opposes them are anti-gun extremists, even when those same extremists advocate responsible gun ownership.

I wish we could have an honest debate on issues like these in this country.  Unfortunately, it looks like we will be pulled farther apart by the extremes.