White House to add border security to any law replacing DACA

The Trump administration released a list of priorities that need to be included into any law replacing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Obama executive order. From CNN:

The Trump administration has asked lawmakers to include tough border security and immigration enforcement measures in any deal to replace the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that the administration is ending. Those measures include provisions to make it harder for unaccompanied minors to enter the country illegally, money for the President’s border wall and cuts to legal immigration.

Executive order versus a law

DACA is not a law. It is an executive order put in place by Barack Obama. Since we already have laws that govern immigration, laws passed by both houses of Congress and signed into law by a president, I’ve never understood how an executive order could take precedence. There’s no denying that an executive order has power. It just doesn’t have as much power as a law.

Donald Trump is an idiot

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I don’t like Donald Trump and I didn’t vote for him. I think he’s an ignoramus. I loathe him on a very personal level. With that said, even a broken clock is right twice a day. I understand where he’s coming from on this. We as a people agree bringing children here illegally is a pretty rotten thing to do. How then can we complain when steps are taken to make it more difficult to do just that?

It seems like the moral thing to do, especially considering how businesses rely on this steady flow of illegal child immigration to build their businesses.

If we cannot use the law to stop these businesses from benefiting from illegal child labor, then we need to try harder to keep these children from being brought here in the first place. That means tougher security on our southern border. That even means building a wall.

Why build a wall?

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The future giant ice wall of Texas.

The benefit of a wall is that it’s immune from future executive orders or the future nonenforcement of existing laws. Build a massive wall on the southern border and people cannot come here illegally.

It’s physics. If you build a wall, illegal immigrants cannot come here. American companies then cannot build their workforce using illegal immigrants willing to accept lower wages than what citizens are demanding.

American companies will have to hire American citizens and pay wages in line with our economy.

There is a reason wages have been stagnant in this country for decades. Immigration, both illegal and legal, has been a big factor. Why pay an American citizen a prevailing wage when you can bring a cheaper worker here on an H-1B visa? Once you hire them, it’s not like they could ever quit and go work somewhere else for more money. They are indentured to the business that secured the H-1B visa.

I’m not in favor of building a wall. Building a wall seems like it would take a lot of work and a lot of money. It makes more economic sense to enforce existing immigration laws. Enforcing existing law seems like it would require a lot less work.

When people are discovered living and working here illegally, it’s better to enforce the exisitng law and just deport them back to their country of origin. If the American people don’t like this, they can pressure lawmakers to change the existing law. They can pass new laws that don’t include forced deportation. If lawmakers refuse to do this, the American people can then elect new lawmakers.

I am no longer a Democrat

This is the way our system is supposed to work. Lawmakers should be answerable to their constituents. They should pass laws that benefit their constituents. Lawmakers should not pass laws that go against the best interests of their constituents. The Democrats are failing to do that. If you didn’t know better, you’d think Democrats were representing people who are here illegally, not American citizens. It’s one of the reasons I left the Democratic party and registered as unaffiliated before the 2016 Presidental election.

I still voted for Hillary Clinton. I didn’t vote for her because I thought she would make a good president, I voted for her because she was the lesser of two evils. I not only voted for her, I stood in line to do so.

Joe Glass declares war on YouTube channel Diversity & Comics

Joe Glass, a comic book writer and journalist at Bleeding Cool, is trying to shut down the YouTube channel Diversity & Comics. He is also trying to shut down the Diversity & Comics Patreon account.

Remember when the comic book community valued free speech?

Joe Glass knows about harassment

Here’s a tweet he posted on Sunday, the same day he tried to report Diversity & Comics to YouTube:

He was commenting on a photo of guys wearing Donald Trump “Make America Great Again” hats. In Joe Glass’ world, this makes them serial rapists and guys who cannot get dates. That sounds like harassment to me.

Leave Diversity & Comics alone

I wish Joe Glass and everyone else would just leave Diversity & Comics alone. You don’t like his content? Fine, then don’t watch his videos. It’s a big world. There’s room enough for everyone. You don’t have to try to de-platform him. I probably wouldn’t enjoy the comics Joe Glass creates, The Pride, but I would never try to get his books removed from the public marketplace. It wouldn’t even occur to me.

I just wouldn’t read them.

I enjoy the Diversity & Comics videos and I want them to continue, and I voted for Hillary Clinton twice. I may not agree with Diversity & Comics on everything, but I don’t think that’s a requirement.


Comic book writer Aubrey Sitterson blocked me on Twitter

Aubrey Sitterson, the current writer for IDW’s G.I. Joe comic book series, has blocked me on Twitter. I’ve never interacted with him. I’ve never sent him a tweet or mentioned him in a tweet. That said, he’s blocked me.

I don’t get it.

Considering how important G.I. Joe toys were to me as a child, the idea the writer of G.I. Joe would block me on Twitter, Donald Trump’s favorite social media platform, makes me a little sad.

Just a little.


Comic book writer Aubrey Sitterson.

The mystery has been solved. Aubrey Sitterson blocked me on Twitter because I follow Diversity & Comics on Twitter. Evidently he is using a bot that blocks anyone who follows Diversity & Comics on Twitter. I’m totally fine with that. I don’t read his comics, nor do I listen to his music, so I guess it’s fine.

Draft dodging Donald Trump’s transgender military ban

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday to announce he was reversing the military’s transgender policy:

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This announcement was news to the US Joint Chiefs who were reportedly blindsided by this Twitter announcement as they were never consulted about this matter. The current policy is to allow openly transgender service members to serve in the US military. From the Department of Defense website:

Effective immediately, transgender Service members may serve openly, and they can no longer be discharged or otherwise separated from the military solely for being transgender individuals.

For me, the most powerful word in that sentence is the word serve. Donald Trump never served in the military, In fact, after graduating college in 1968 where he played tennis, football, squash, and golf, he received a 1-Y medical deferment. It meant he was exempt from military service. The reason? Bone spurs in his heels. While thousands of his peers were trudging off to the jungles of Vietnam. Donald J. Trump and his rooster feet stayed out of the military. Before the draft was abolished in 1973, Donald Trump received five medical deferments, precluding him from ever getting drafted.

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Donald Trumps feet in 1968.

How someone like this, a coward who refused to serve in the military when his country needed him, can now try to stop other Americans from serving not because of anything they’ve done, but because of who they are, is really quite perverse. It’s un-American and it’s the opposite of patriotism.

Good patriotic Americans don’t get in the way of other good patriotic Americans from serving their country.

I doubt this ban will ever go into effect. That’s probably why it was announced on Twitter. It will get blocked in the courts as being unconstitutional, which it most definitely is. I think it was announced on Twitter to placate much of his base, the transphobic Christian evangelicals who helped elect him president.


Sean Spicer resigns as White House press secretary

White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigned yesterday. Evidently Spicer was not at all pleased with New York financier Anthony Scaramucci appointment as White House communications director. If I remember the things I learned from watching the West Wing, communications director is the press secretary’s boss. Spicer quit because he didn’t want to work for his new boss.

I respect that.

I’m not familiar with Anthony Scaramucci, but I’m certain he’s an asshole. I find anyone willing to work for Donald Trump to be morally suspicious.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t respect anyone in the Trump White House. I don’t understand how anyone could work for Donald Trump. I especially don’t understand how anyone could defend the actions and comments of Donald Trump, one of the main responsibilities of the current White House press secretary.

Taking over as White House press secretary is Sarah Huckabee Sanders, daughter of former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee. She was one of Spicer’s deputies. Being that she’s from House Huckabee, I’m sure her ability to distort the truth is already naturally quite high. She’s been filling in for Spicer for a while now, so I doubt there will be much of a transition.

Now that Sean Spicer has more free time, he’ll be able to attend more anime conventions. Evidently he’s an anime nerd. Good for him.

Visa wants businesses to go cashless

Visa is encouraging food related small businesses to stop accepting cash for payments and to instead accept only credit cards. Visa is calling the program “The Visa Cashless Challenge” and is willing to pay qualified small businesses up to $10,000 to make the switch.

From the press release:

Visa will be awarding up to $500,000 to 50 eligible US-based small business food service owners who commit to joining the 100% cashless quest.

I think this is a great idea. The sooner we move away from physical currency, the better.

The concept of physical currency is antiquated. Cash money is inefficient, dirty, impracticable, and prone to fraud. Cash is the preferred currency for criminal activity. Cash is used by both the terrorist and the drug dealer.  Cash is used by people who don’t want to pay taxes or child support. Cash is king for all sorts of criminal enterprises.

Cash money is filthy. It’s rife with all sorts of germs and deadly pathogens. The herpes virus is most often passed from one person to another, not from toilet seats, but from cash. When someone tells me they have herpes, I assume they bought something with cash.

Donald Trump would not feel the need to build a gigantic wall between Canada and the United States if we had a cashless economy.

I think we’d be a much better country if we moved to a cashless society. As an added side benefit, a cashless economy will also make things easier during the End Times. In the Bible, it tells use that during the end of the world, we will all have to take the Mark of the Beast. If we don’t, we will not be able to buy or sell anything. According to the Bible, even slaves will need to have this mark. Once we switch to a cashless economy, we’ll pay for our purchases using the number on our right hand or our forehead.

Moving to a cashless economy just makes since.