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.

 

Has Donald Trump become an Islamist?

The German magazine Der Spiegel published a recent issue with Donald Trump on the cover. He has a large butcher knife in one hand and the severed head of Lady Liberty in the other. It’s a provocative image. It seems to insinuate that Donald Trump has become an Islamist.

Islamists are the only people I know of who engage in decapitations of the people they don’t like or agree with.

It’s an absurd image to put on the cover of a magazine. Not because it’s vulgar, but because it is inaccurate. Donald Trump is not an Islamist. Donald Trump is not even Muslim, he is Presbyterian.

Donald Trump is not an enemy of liberty. Far from it. He believes in American liberty. He believes Americans have the right not to be victims of Islamist terror attacks. It is hard to pursue life, liberty, and happiness when you live under the threat of people from failed nation states coming here and killing you.

The last time I checked, emigrating to the United States is a privilege, not a right. A privilege should never usurp a right.

Even if Donald Trump wanted to kill Lady Liberty, he would not use a butcher knife, he would use a drone. That is the preferred presidential method of killing enemies. Ask Barack Obama.

I don’t support Donald Trump. I don’t like Donald Trump. I didn’t vote for Donald Trump. I reluctantly voted for Hillary Clinton. Is Donald Trump my president? According to the U.S. Constitution, yes he is.

Trump bans citizens from seven countries from entering U.S.

President Donald Trump is unique from past presidents in that he seems to keep his campaign promises. I’m still waiting for President Obama to shut down the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

Our new commander in chief signed an executive order that bars citizens of seven countries from entering the United States. This ban will remain in effect for the next 90 days.

These seven countries are:

  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Syria
  • Sudan
  • Libya
  • Yemen
  • Somalia

The Department of Homeland Security classified these countries as “countries of concern.” President Obama signed this classification into law on December 18, 2015, as part of the Omnibus Appropriations Act of FY2016.

This list was an augmentation to an earlier list of countries contained in the Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015. It added the countries of Libya, Somalia, and Yemen.

This temporary travel ban is being referred to in the media as Trump’s Muslim ban. That’s not correct. It was the Obama administration that crafted this list. Were countries added to this list because they have a majority of people who practice Islam? It wouldn’t appear so. There are other countries with far more Muslim people that didn’t make this list.

If I wanted to ban Muslims from traveling to the United States, I’d include the most populated Islamic countries to this list.

I don’t care if folks from these seven countries cannot come to the United States. Not once in my life have I wished my community had more Iranians or Yemenis in it.

Traveling to the United States is a privilege, not a right.

Even if the goal of the Obama administration’s list was to curtail Muslims from coming to the United States, I couldn’t care less. Not really. The religion you practice is a choice. Nobody is born Muslim. A person’s DNA does not decide what religion they practice. Religion is always a choice. People are no more born Muslim than they are born Pentecostal, Mormon, or Southern Baptist.

Religion, or the lack thereof, is always a matter of personal choice. It’s about time we stop pretending otherwise.

The First Amendment to our Constitution includes the words, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

I’m not a lawyer, but I have watched many episodes of Judge Judy. What these words in the Constitution mean to me is that you’re free to practice whatever kooky religion you wish without the government stepping in and endorsing it or condemning it. The government will not respect your chosen religion. The government will not prohibit your chosen religion.

That sounds swell to me.

I don’t support Donald Trump. I don’t like Donald Trump. I didn’t vote for Donald Trump. I reluctantly voted for Hillary Clinton. Is Donald Trump my president? According to the U.S. Constitution, yes he is.

How Donald Trump will pay for the wall

President Donald Trump announced yesterday that he is going forward with constructing a wall between the United States and Mexico. Considering that the promise of building a wall on our southern border was one of the cornerstones of his campaign, it really shouldn’t be a surprise.

Something I noticed yesterday was that a lot of people were saying Trump hasn’t explained how he would pay for the wall. That’s not true. He has stated repeatedly that Mexico will pay for the wall. Furthermore, he has explained how he is going to force Mexico to pay for the wall.

From the Trump campaign website:

On day 2 Mexico will immediately protest. They receive approximately $24 billion a year in remittances from Mexican nationals working in the United States. The majority of that amount comes from illegal aliens. It serves as de facto welfare for poor families in Mexico. There is no significant social safety net provided by the state in Mexico.

Today is day 2 and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is protesting the news by canceling a planned visit to the United States. Is $24 billion a year sent to Mexico from Mexican nationals working here in the United States?

If that number is anywhere close to being correct, then that gives the Trump administration huge leverage over Mexico when it comes time to negotiate the cost of the wall.

Peña Nieto said the following about the idea of the wall:

Mexico does not believe in walls. I’ve said time again; Mexico will not pay for any wall.

Mexico does not believe in walls? That’s news. Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, where the Mexican national soccer team hosts games against other countries, has a barbed wire fence surrounding the playing field. It also has a dry moat.

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Peña Nieto should demonstrate just how much he doesn’t believe in walls by having the barbed wire fence removed and the dry moat filled in at Azteca Stadium.

I don’t support Donald Trump. I don’t like Donald Trump. I didn’t vote for Donald Trump. I reluctantly voted for Hillary Clinton. Is Donald Trump my president? According to the U.S. Constitution, yes he is. 

2016 feels like the worst year ever

Planet Earth has finished yet another full lap around the Sun. It’s now the year 2017. The chronological tank of unprocessed sewage known as 2016 is finally over. When people say 2016 was the worst year ever, they’re opening the proverbial bomb bay doors and dropping a 50 megaton truth bomb. I feel like 2016 was the worst year ever. Personally speaking, I was ready to drown 2016 in a bathtub after only a few months.

Historically speaking, I know 2016 was far from the worst year ever, but emotionally speaking, it sure seemed that way.

Presidential election

The 2016 presidential election, both the run-up and the aftermath, had a lot to do with the perception that 2016 was the worst year ever. I believe Donald J. Trump will go down in history as the worst president ever, and that’s saying a lot. Then again, if Hillary Clinton would have won, I believe she too would have gone down as the worst president ever. I think that’s what made the 2016 presidential election such a massive kick to the reproductive organs: both choices were terrible.

I’d be genuinely surprised if Trump finished out a four-year term. If I was a betting man, and I’m not, I’d wager that Trump will quickly grow bored and resign. Being president isn’t the same thing as running for president.

Islamic terror attack at the Pulse nightclub

In June of 2016, Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old US citizen born to Afghani parents, went into a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida with a SIG MCX assault rifle and killed 49 people and wounded 53. Mateen pledged allegiance to ISIS and on a 911 call said the attack was “triggered” by a recent airstrike in Iraq that killed an ISIS commander.  Thankfully, police killed Mateen in the nightclub. Mateen’s family buried his body at the Hialeah Gardens graveyard, the only Muslim cemetery in all of South Florida.

This attack bothered me on many levels. It made me very mad. First of all, I’m tired of gay people being picked on. For too long gay people have been singled out for discrimination and prejudice. I felt like things were finally getting better for gay folks when the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples cannot be denied the right to marry. It made me feel proud to be an American. Then, an Islamic terrorist goes into a gay nightclub and slaughters 49 people.

Secondly, it turned out that Omar Mateen had been on a terrorist watch list two different times. We’ve been at war with Islamists since 2000 when the USS Cole was attacked by Al-Qaeda while docked in Yemen. The attack killed 17 sailors and injured another 39. We’ve been at war with these assholes for 16 years, and it doesn’t seem like we’re getting any better at it. The only thing stopping people like Omar Mateen from doing something similar is a lack of will on the part of the terrorist.

And finally, it makes me angry that Mateen was buried on American soil. Once again, an Islamic terrorist who carried out an attack on Americans is laid to rest in a Muslim cemetery in the United States. That shouldn’t happen. If you commit a terrorist attack on Americans, your remains should be handled like the remains of Osama bin Laden, dumped at sea in international waters.

A lot of good people died

It seemed like 2016 was a popular year for good people to die. The people we lost this past year, but not limited to, include:

  • David Bowie
  • Alan Rickman
  • Abe Vigoda
  • Garry Shandling
  • Prince
  • Anton Yelchin
  • Pat Summitt
  • Kenny Baker
  • Gene Wilder
  • Steve Dillon
  • Gwen Ifill
  • Ron Glass
  • John Glenn
  • Alan Thicke
  • Craig Sager
  • George Michael
  • Carrie Fisher

Some of these people passed away after living a long, full life. Others died way too young. The one commonality the people listed above all share is that their passing made me feel sad. That’s a lot of people to feel sad about in one year.