RushBabe49 and Hubby’s Excellent Arizona Adventure

From February 13th through the 18th, hubby and I flew down to Arizona for a Hillsdale College National Leadership Seminar in Phoenix.  We attended the Seminar Tuesday and Wednesday, then did some sightseeing the rest of the time.  Monday’s flight was uneventful, and we arrived at our hotel in good time.  Upon unpacking, however, hubby discovered that he had forgotten to pack some necessities, one of which was very important for our Seminar.  So we broke out the GPS for directions, and went shopping.  We made our way to the Desert Ridge Marketplace, an outdoor mall near the site of the seminar.  Fortune was smiling on us that day, because we found what he needed the very first place we stopped.  Once that was done, we could go find dinner.

On the way over to “restaurant row”, we stopped by an interesting amenity at the mall, a shallow “fountain” designed for people to wade in to cool their feet.  I sat down on a bench, under the palm trees, and looked up.  I couldn’t resist taking this picture with my iPod camera.

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Tuesday morning, we checked out of our hotel, and headed down to the Arizona State University Research Park, to visit the offices of my professional association, the Institute for Supply Management.  I have been doing the Report on Business for the Western Washington Chapter since 1999, and I thought it would be good to visit those at the National office who manage the National ISM Report on Business, to whom I send a summary of my data every month.  I found them to be a delightful group, and we had a productive meeting.  I thank them for their excellent hospitality, and their ongoing support of my efforts for Western Washington.  As a result of this meeting, I was invited to complete the National survey for my company; my boss and I agreed to do it.

When we were done there, we had a nice lunch at the local Chick-Fil-A, then drove over to the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa (long name, huge property!), the site of the Hillsdale Seminar.  We found our very nice room, got unpacked, and relaxed for a while.  Our room had a balcony, and this was the view.

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Once we settled in, we went downstairs to meet one of our online Ricochet friends, who was also attending the seminar.  As with all of our Ricochet friends, she was a very nice person, but busy so we couldn’t talk very long.  Next, we went to the President’s Club reception before dinner, where we greeted friends from Hillsdale, including, of course, their President, Dr. Larry Arnn.  RushBabe also got a chance to cross an item off her “gotta do before I die” bucket list.  I got to speak with, and shake the hand of, the “Last Un-documented Guest Host (for Rush Limbaugh) Before the Border”.  That would be Mark Steyn, who was one of the conference speakers.  He is a very tall, very gracious guy, and I was lucky to get to talk to him.  We also met another of the speakers, Mr. Herbert Meyer, who just so happens to live in Friday Harbor, Washington, not too far from us. And, he is the father of one of the Ricochet editors-a twofer!

After the reception, we went in to dinner, and were bowled over by the size of the crowd.  This seminar had over 700 attendees, enough to fill the entire ballroom.  At our table were seated two more of our Ricochet friends, one of whom flew down from our neighborhood to attend.  We had a nice dinner, heard Dr. Arnn and Mark Steyn give excellent speeches, and then called it a night.

On Wednesday, we had a nice breakfast out on the lawn, and were joined by Mr. Meyer.  The rest of the day was filled with  speeches, a nice lunch, and more speeches!  In the afternoon Elaine Donnelly gave a very interesting talk about women in the “Obama social experiment” military, and how that may be reducing the readiness of the US military for combat.  The seminar ended in mid-afternoon, and our Ricochet friends went home, so we were free.  Wednesday evening, we drove into Scottsdale, through ugly rush-hour traffic, to have dinner with yet another Ricochet friend, who we’d met before.  We had a great pizza dinner at Grimaldi’s, and caught up with everyones’ doings.

Thursday was to be our “drive south” day.  In the morning, we had a nice breakfast in the hotel, and strolled around the grounds for a while.  The resort has some very beautiful landscaping; in fact, a river runs through it!

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After our stroll, we checked out, and headed south toward Tucson.  Along the way, we stopped at a rest area, and I got out the trusty camera.  This is really Arizona.

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And then, there’s this:

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In Tucson, we had a very nice lunch, at the Gringo Grill, with a couple more Ricochet friends, one of whom is a former Portland, Oregon police detective, and the other of whom is a graduate student in Physics, from Cambodia.  Can you say “great stories”?!  Well, they had them, and we spent a very pleasant hour.  Then, it was back on the road.  We drove to the border town of Nogales, caught a glimpse of the border with Mexico, turned around and drove back to Phoenix.

Friday was our “drive north” day.  We had a Ricochet dinner meet up scheduled that evening in Prescott.  We headed north, and stopped at the Sunset Point rest area to stretch our legs and get some pictures.

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Northern Arizona obviously gets more precipitation than the south-just look at that green grass!

We arrived in the town of Prescott a little early, so we strolled around the Old West-looking downtown area.  We stopped into Jersey Lilly’s Saloon for a drink.  Jersey Lilly was the famous Lilly Langtry, and here is her portrait.

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Under her portrait on the floor is this cool old potbelly stove.

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I was taken with these beautiful old buildings across the street.

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Next door to the restaurant where we had dinner, there was this tiny establishment, and I was intrigued with the combination of services this small business offers.  CDs and bike repair?

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We had a yummy dinner of Indian food at the Taj Mahal restaurant with our Ricochet friends, then headed back to Phoenix.

On Saturday, when we were scheduled to fly back to Seattle, we awoke to something we had never seen before in Phoenix.  Rain!  It was raining lightly, very similar to what we have most of the winter in the Seattle area, so we felt right at home.  I imagined that there must be a lot of very happy vegetation in Phoenix that day.  We had been warned about the danger of flash floods, but since the rain was pretty light, there didn’t seem to be much danger of that.  We got to the airport in plenty of time, and went to our gate to wait for our flight.  It was nearly an hour late taking off, due to trouble with the aircraft (which turned out to be a software issue).  The flight was another uneventful one, and we arrived back in Seattle to nearly the same weather as we had left in Phoenix, only 20 degrees colder!

In all, it was a nice, relaxing vacation, with no real crises.  We made new friends, saw new scenery, and got away from the rat race for a while.  Definitely worth the price of admission!

Borrowed with permission from a Ricochet friend. How many of these phrases do you Disagree with?

Hello, Visitors and Followers of RushBabe49..

I’m hoping you’ll help me with a very simple data-gathering project! It will take maybe five minutes, and should be painless.

Instructions

a.) go down through the following list of statements and count up those with which you DISAGREE.

b.) don’t overthink it. Even if the phrase doesn’t precisely match your view, if you generally agree, don’t count it.

c.) let me know ONLY the number of items with which you DISAGREED (e.g. somewhere between 0 and 25!) . You don’t have to tell me which ones or why!  *Put your answer in the comments below*

I am not making any presumptions of your political leanings-just list a number, how many of the following statements you Disagree with.  Thanks!

AGREE OR DISAGREE:

1.) Sexism remains a very significant obstacle for women in America.

2.) Racism remains a very significant obstacle for Americans of color.

3.) Race-based affirmative action is necessary.

4.) The minimum wage protects workers from exploitation.

5.) To be white and male in America confers significant unfair advantage.

6.) Climate change is a real and urgent problem.

7.) Islam is no more likely to inspire violence than Christianity or Judaism.

8.) Systemic racism explains the disparity in arrests and imprisonment of black men.

9.) Systemic racism is a significant factor in recent shootings by police of black people.

10.) Income inequality is a problem in the United States.

11.) Abortion rights are good and necessary.

12.) Same sex marriage is a human right.

13.) Americans have a right to good quality healthcare.

14.) Diversity on college campuses confers significant educational and social benefits.

15.) Republicans are ideological rather than practical in their approach to things like controlling gun crime, reducing poverty, increasing affordable access to good quality healthcare and bringing down rates of teen pregnancy and abortion.

16.) Stricter gun laws are necessary to prevent gun violence.

17) Corporations are not people and thus do not have First Amendment rights,

18.) Government led educational standards are the best way to make sure the next generation is well-educated.

19.) Social problems are usually the result of prejudice/hatred/discrimination against that person’s “group” rather than character failings or poor choices on the part of the people involved.

20.) Government regulations protect citizens against harms caused by profit-driven corporations.

21.) Fossil fuels are a threat to the climate and must be replaced by renewable energy sources such as wind and solar.

22.) Israel is at least as responsible as the Palestinians for the continuing hostility between Israelis and Palestinians.

23.) The tax code should be used to redistribute income from wealthier citizens to poorer ones.

Thank you!

Illegal Immigration…Mexico Encourages it! Make this Handbook go Viral.

Illegal Immigration…Mexico Encourages it! Make this Handbook go Viral.

Thanks to my Ricochet friend “Wiley”, you can now access the Mexican Government’s Handbook for Illegal Immigrants to the United States from Mexico.  This handbook is published only in Spanish, and is available to any Mexican who thinks he can make a better living in the United States than he can in Mexico.  Just FYI, Mexico relies heavily on the remittances sent to family in Mexico from Illegal Immigrants to the USA.  My resourceful friend, “Wiley”, has translated this handbook for your edification.  Herewith is the “Guide for the Mexican Migrant”.  The original has graphics that did not copy, but the text below is engrossing in itself.  Please read, and send to as many of your “immigrant rights” friends as you can.  One more thing.  Mexico itself has very strict laws prohibiting illegal immigration into Mexico!  And their laws are strictly enforced!

Published by Mexico’s foreign ministry (apparently in 2005). The version displayed below was captured from the sre.gob.mx website. “SRE” stands for Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores or the office of the Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Affairs which is the equivalent of the US Department of State. I can no longer find the guide on their website. The guide gives insight into the Mexican government’s attitude towards illegal immigration into the US. It begins with (page 1):

Dear fellow citizen:

This guide tries to provide you with some practical advice that may be useful to you in case you have made the difficult decision to seek new work opportunities outside of your own country. [emphasis added]
Then the guide proceeds to illustrate and advise on how to “cross the northern border without the necessary documentation” (page 1); safety measures for swimming the Rio Grande (pages 4-5); advice on choosing a smuggler (pages 8-11); how to deal with the US border patrol (pages 12-17); legal rights once in the US including “You are not obligated to disclose your immigration status when you are detained” (pages 18-23); how to avoid detection once in the US (pages 24-27); and a handy list of the Mexican consulates in U.S. Cities including their phone numbers (pages 29-30).

I have provided the entire guide with an English translation below each page. It is helpful if, as you read, you envision an equivalent document written by the Dept. of State, advising US citizens on illegal entry into Canada.

INTRODUCTION, PAGES 0 – 1

Dear fellow citizen:

This guide tries to provide you with some practical advice that may be useful to you in case you have made the difficult decision to seek new work opportunities outside of your own country.

The safe way to enter another country is by first obtaining your passport, which is issued by the Delegations of the Secretariat of Foreign Relations, and your visa, which you request at the Embassy or Consulate of the country to where you wish to travel.

However, we actually see many cases of Mexicans who try to cross the northern border without the necessary documentation, crossing high-risk zones that are very dangerous, especially in desert areas or rivers with strong and not always noticeable currents.

INTRODUCTION, PAGES 2 – 3

As you read this guide you can also learn some basic questions about legal consequences of your stay in the United States of America without appropriate immigration documents, as well as the rights you have in that country once you are there, independent of your immigration status.

Always keep in mind that there are mechanisms for you to enter the United States of America legally.

In any case, if you encounter problems or difficulties, remember that Mexico has 45 Consulates at its disposal in that country, whose contact information you also can find in this publication.

Identify your Consulate and go to it.

RISKS, PAGES 4 – 5

DANGERS OF CROSSING IN HIGH-RISK ZONES

Crossing the river can be very risky, especially if you cross alone and at night..

Thick clothing weighs you down when it’s wet and makes it hard to swim or float.

RISKS, PAGES 6 – 7

If you cross in the desert, try to travel when the heat is not so intense.

Highways and towns are very far apart, so that it could take you several days to find roads and you will not be able to carry food or water for that long. You could even get lost.

Salted water helps you retain body fluids. Although you get more thirsty, if you drink salted water the risk of dehydration is lessened.

Dehydration symptoms are:

? Little or no perspiration

? Dryness of eyes and mouth

? Headache

? Fatigue and exhaustion

? Difficulty in walking and reasoning

? Hallucinations and mirages

If you get lost follow utility poles, railroad tracks or furrows.

BE CAREFUL OF ALIEN SMUGGLERS, PAGES 8 – 09

BE CAREFUL OF “POLLEROS”, “COYOTES” OR “PATEROS” [Various names for alien smugglers)

They can deceive you by assuring you they’ll cross you [smuggle you across the border] at certain times over mountains or through deserts. This is not true! They can put your life in danger leading you through rivers, irrigation canals, desert areas, along railroad tracks or freeways. This has caused the death of hundreds of people.

If you decide to use the services of a “pollero”, “coyote” or “patero” to cross the border, consider the following precautions to take:

Don’t let him out of your sight; remember that he’s the only one that knows the terrain and therefore is the only one that can guide you safely.

Do not trust anyone who offers to cross you over to the “other side” and asks you to drive a vehicle or carry a package for him. Regularly those…

BE CAREFUL OF ALIEN SMUGGLERS, PAGES 10 – 11

…packages contain drugs or other prohibited substances. For that reason many people have ended up in jail.

If you transport other people you can be confused with an alien smuggler and be accused of alien smuggling yourself or even vehicle theft.

Don’t hand over your minor children to strangers that offer to cross them to the United States.

DO NOT USE FALSE DOCUMENTS, PAGES 12 – 13

DO NOT USE FALSE DOCUMENTS OR DOCUMENTS OF OTHER PEOPLE, NOR DECLARE A FALSE NATIONALITY

If you try to cross with documents that are false or that belong to someone else, keep the following in mind:

The use of documents that are false or that belong to someone else is a Federal crime in the United States, for which you can be criminally prosecuted and end up in jail; the same as if you give a false name or say you are a U.S. citizen when you are not.

Do not lie to U.S. border crossing or inspection booth agents.

IF YOU ARE DETAINED, PAGES 14 – 15

Do not resist arrest.

Do not assault or insult the officer.

Do not throw stones or other objects at the officers nor at the patrol cars, because this is considered a form of provocation.

If the officers feel they’ve been assaulted they will probably use force to detain you.

Raise your hands slowly for them to see you’re unarmed.

Do not carry or hold any objects that could be construed as weapons, such as: lanterns, screwdrivers, blades, knives or stones.

IF YOU ARE DETAINED, PAGE 16 / YOUR RIGHTS, PAGE 17

IF YOU ARE DETAINED

Don’t run or try to escape.

Don’t hide in dangerous places.

Don’t cross freeways.

It’s better for you to be detained for a few hours and be repatriated to Mexico than to get lost in the desert.

YOUR RIGHTS

IF YOU ARE ARRESTED, YOU HAVE RIGHTS!

Give your true name.

If you are a minor and are accompanied by an adult, tell the authorities so they do not separate you.

YOUR RIGHTS / YOUR RIGHTS, PAGES 18 – 19

Your rights are:

To know where you are.

To request to speak to the nearest Mexican Consulate representative in order to receive help.

To not make statements or sign documents, especially if they are in English, without the aid of a defense attorney or Mexican Government Consulate representative.

To receive medical attention if you are injured or in poor health.

To receive respectful treatment regardless of your immigration status.

To be transported safely.

To have water and food when you need it.

You are not obligated to disclose your immigration status when you are detained.

YOUR RIGHTS, PAGES 20 – 21

To not be hit or insulted.

To not be held incommunicado.

In case they take away your personal effects, request a voucher in order to claim them when you are released.

If there is any violation of these rights, it’s important for you to inform your attorney or Mexican Consulate representative that visits you or even the nearest Delegation of the Secretariat of Foreign Relations within Mexico.

If you wish more information and you live in Texas or in Ciudad AcuÒa, Coahuila, tune in to “The Powerful Station” at AM 1570.

IF YOU ARE ARRESTED / DETAINED, PAGES 22 – 23

IF YOU ARE ARRESTED / DETAINED

If you have already been sentenced for some crime or you are in jail facing criminal prosecution, you have the following rights:

To not be discriminated against by the police, the courts or prison authorities.

To receive visits from consular officials and family members.

To receive appropriate legal counsel without conditions or obstructions.

If you being criminally prosecuted and have not yet been sentenced, ask your attorney or consular representative what the “Plea Agreement” consists of.

Do not plead guilty without first consulting your attorney about the possibilities of winning your case if you go to trial.

It’s important they you know the laws of the American state where you live and work, since each state’s laws are different. Bear in mind the following information:

If you drink don’t drive, since if you do not have papers you can be detained and deported [a bit of INFOMUNDO editorializing here: no word about maiming or killing yourself or others as a drunk driver!].

If a legal resident is cited more than two times for drunk driving, he can be deported.

Do not drive without a driver’s license.

Observe traffic signs and signals and use your seatbelt.

Do not drive without auto insurance nor drive an unknown vehicle.

[THINGS TO] AVOID, PAGES 24 – 25

Do not pick up strangers.

If you commit some traffic violation and are detained by the police, place your hands on the steering wheel and do not get out of the car until the officer requests you to do so.

Avoid calling attention to yourself, at least while you are arranging your residence papers to live in the United States.

The best formula is not to alter your routine of going between work and home.

Avoid noisy parties because the neighbors can get upset and call the police, and you could be arrested.

Avoid fighting.

If you go to a bar or night club and a fight starts, leave immediately, since in the confusion you could be arrested even if you did not do anything wrong.

Avoid family or domestic violence. As in Mexico, it is a crime in the United States.

[THINGS TO] AVOID, PAGES 26 – 27

Domestic violence does not consist solely of hitting others but also can be threats, shouting or mistreatment.

If you are accused of domestic violence against your children, your mate or someone else who lives with toy, you could go to jail. In addition, Child Protective Services authorities could take away your children.

Do not carry firearms, bladed weapons or other dangerous objects.

Keep in mind that many Mexicans have died or are in prison because of these things.

If the police enter your house or apartment, do not resist, but ask to see a search warrant. It’s better to cooperate with them and ask to speak to the nearest Mexican Consulate.

CONSULATES, PAGES 28 – 29

The Secretariat of Foreign Relations has 45 consular representatives within the U.S and on its southern border, which are designed to help you. Remember: if you have been detained or are serving a sentence, you have the right to speak with the nearest Mexican Consulate. Always carry your “Guide to Consular Protection” with you at all times.

Get Near to the Consulate…

Embrace Mexico.

It’s your home, fellow countryman!

– Secretariat of Foreign Relations

– General Administration of Protection and Consular Matters.

CONSULATES OF MEXICO IN THE UNITED STATES, PAGE 30 (left side above)

List of U.S. Cities and phone numbers.

STATES – [MEXICAN] STATE GOVERNMENT OFFICES – DIRECTORY OF OFFICES GIVING ATTENTION TO MIGRANTS IN THE REPUBLIC OF MEXICO, PAGES 31 (right side previous page), 32-33, 34 (page below)

List of Mexican cities and phone numbers.

BOX ON LAST PAGE:

This consular protection guide is not promoting the crossing [of the border] of Mexicans without legal documentation required by the government of the United States; its objective is to make known the risks implied and to inform about the rights of migrants regardless of their legal residence.

Notes

Images: https://albertozambrano.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/guc3ada-del-inmigrante-ilegal-mexicano.pdf

English translation: http://www.theamericanresistance.com/ref/brochure_translated_guia_del_migrante_mexico.html

Original URLs for document:

http://www.sre.gob.mx/tramites/consulares/guiamigrante/
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http://www.sre.gob.mx/tramites/consulares/guiamigrante/page2.htm
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RushBabe’s Top Ten First 100-day Trump Administration Wish-List

On January 20, Republican Outlier President Donald Trump assumes office.  Many segments of American Society have expectations for his administration.  Liberals’ heads are exploding everywhere, just thinking about the demise of ObamaCare and other Liberal Welfare-State favorites.  Conservatives are holding their breaths, just waiting for President Trump to do something stupid, and confirm what many of them think-that he has no idea of what a president should do, or how.  Many of us, however, have high hopes for a Trump administration to undo many of the things that the Obama Administration has done to strangle American businesses, and put American citizens in a strait-jacket, reducing our liberty as much as possible.  Following are the Top Ten things I would like to see the new President initiate within his first 100 days.  Please note, degree of difficulty NOT taken into account, and all ten are of equal importance.

  1.  Call off the Justice Department trying to run local police departments.   Immediately cancel ALL “consent decrees” that hamstring local law-enforcement and assume that they are all racist pigs.
  2. Return the Internal Revenue Service to its stated duties of collecting taxes from US individuals and businesses.  Immediately fire ALL political appointees from all prior administrations, and replace them (not all, there are probably way more IRS employees than needed for their tax-collecting duties) with impartial civil servants.  Fast-track all delayed applications for non-profit status from conservative groups.
  3. Cancel the previous enabling of public employees unions.  Invalidate all public employee union contracts.  This will save the American people the millions of dollars it is costing to pay union reps who do NO productive work for the government.
  4. Work with the new appointees for heads of the Education (Betsy DeVos) and Energy (Rick Perry) Departments to close them in an orderly fashion, to be completed within four years.
  5. Work with Congress to repeal the Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank financial legislation.  To start with, disband the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which is accountable to no one.  Look into returning to the big banks some of the huge shakedown payments the government extracted from them for their “wrongdoing” in the financial crisis.
  6. Begin the repeal of the (Un)Affordable Care Act.  First up-cancel the Individual and Employer Mandates, since it is unconstitutional for the federal government to mandate that citizens buy any product.  Immediately invalidate every single Obama Executive Order delaying or changing particular parts of the Act to benefit the Democrat party’s friends in organized labor.
  7. Cancel all Obama executive orders having to do with illegal immigration.  Immediately begin enforcing ALL current federal laws relating to immigration and border control.  Remove discretionary Federal funds from any city, state, or university that declares itself a “sanctuary city”.  Seattle and San Francisco, here’s looking at you first.
  8. Begin the process of de-funding Planned Parenthood.  Not one cent of taxpayer money should go to the nation’s premier abortion provider.
  9. Begin the process of de-funding the United Nations.  Deny the UN any US funds for any but the allied organizations like the World Health Organization.  Do not renew the UN lease on its building in New York City-kick them out and lease the place at market rates to productive businesses.
  10. Re-establish cordial ties with all the US allies whom the Obama administration has dissed over the last 8 years.  Starting with Britain, ask for that statue of Churchill back for the Oval Office.  Then, emphasize to Benjamin Netanyahu that the United States is Israel’s greatest friend, and that we will fight for their right to exist and defend themselves, and support them in any way possible.  Return to active support of NATO, and rededicate ourselves to supporting Ukraine against the Russians.

A Look Back at 2016, and the True Legacy of Barack Hussein Obama

The person who will still be president until January 20, 2017, is the most destructive individual to have ever held that office.  Destructive, that is, of America, and what she has stood for over the past 240 years.  Let’s take a look at what Destroyer Obama hath wrought.

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He has destroyed and reduced the formerly formidable US Military.  He has reduced its budget to where “For next week, there will be no US Aircraft Carriers patrolling the world’s seas”.  He has made a social experiment of the military, forcing homosexuals and transsexuals on a military force that lives by cohesion.  Our Navy now has fewer ships that at any time since World War I, making our response to worldwide threats more difficult.  He has glorified deserters like Bowe Bergdahl; and supported with taxpayer dollars certified criminals like Bradley Manning who at the last moment decided he wanted to be called “Chelsey”, and may get a sex-change operation on YOUR DIME.

He has systematically reduced our National Security by several different means.  His administration has encouraged illegal immigration on all of our borders.  Through the southern border he has let in millions of illegals from Mexico and Central America, many of whom take construction jobs at a lower wage than Unionized Americans would earn, thus lowering the average wages paid.  In November, the largest number of illegals crossed out border in recent memory-Obama packing the country with future Democrat voters?  He has allowed in thousands of Syrian and other Middle Eastern “refugees”, inviting into our country more and more Muslims who see us as the “Great Satan”.  The persecuted Christians from Syria and elsewhere are being denied entry to America, their last refuge.

All throughout his two terms in office, Obama has spurned and dissed our traditional allies, and cozied up to our enemies, starting from his first day in office, where he made a big deal of returning the Oval Office bust of Winston Churchill (perhaps the modern world’s most beloved statesman) to Britain.  Being a Muslim Sympathizer, he has been especially hostile to the only working Democracy in the Middle East, Israel, supporting UN resolutions against Israelis defending themselves from hostile Arab regimes on all their borders.  Last week’s abstention in the UN, thus allowing a new resolution against Israeli settlements in conquered territory to go through, is especially despicable.

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Jewish organizations and commentators have variously spoken out against this.

The Republican-Jewish Coalition states that Obama has damaged US-Israeli relations more than any US president in history.  Meg Greenfield, who just happens to be Jewish, says that John Kerry, perhaps the stupidest Secretary of State ever, is an “Obstacle to Peace“.  In their final hours in office, Obama and Kerry have “Resurrected the “Jewish Question””.

Speaking of cozying up to our enemies, Cuba was big in the news of 2016.  Obama has released many terrorists from Guantanamo Bay Prison in 2016; of the 242 who were there at the start of Obama’s presidency, only 59 are left, and he can hardly wait to release them, to return to their lives of terrorism against the US.  Fidel Castro died in 2016, and the Obama administration praised him, managing to ignore the millions of Cubans who the Castro regime has tortured, imprisoned, and murdered since they took power in the 1950s.  So History will judge him?  Ha!  The Cuban Ladies in White have judged him; we all hope he is burning in Hell.

Obama “negotiated” a “nuclear deal” with Iran in 2016, going around Congress, and opening the way for the brutal Muslim dictators of Iran to acquire nuclear weapons.  His administration was silent when the Iranians illegally captured and humiliated our sailors, and paid big ransom to get them back.  In short, the Obama administration has left behind it, instead of a calm, prosperous world, a world in flames, with terrorists around the world, from the Middle East, to France and Belgium, to Africa, to our own United States (Fort Hood (where the terror was described as “workplace violence”!), San Bernardino, Boston, Orlando, FL), bombing, murdering, and creating fear everywhere.

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And what about the United States under Obama?  The Ferguson Effect has been especially powerful this year.  Murders of law-enforcement personnel have skyrocketed this year, with 62 gunned down, many in ambush-type situations.  The Black Lives Matter movement has been linked to an attitude by law enforcement that THEY are at fault for the ostensible “murders” of “unarmed” black men, causing them to pull back from their activities in minority neighborhoods.  Homicide rates in many of our large metropolitan areas have increased dramatically in 2016, affecting minority areas most.  Obama, the “uniter”, turned out to be a divider instead, pitting blacks against whites even more than before.  The state of race relations in the USA is much worse now than before Obama took office.  The black unemployment rate has not improved, and black poverty has increased under Obama.

In 2016, many big banks have seen their status turned into “public utility”, their freedom of movement curtailed, and they have seen themselves blamed for the financial crisis of 2007-08.  Just FYI, the real cause of the financial crisis was the Government’s requirement that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac approve home loans to millions who could never pay them back!  The (in)Justice Department continues to shake down big banks, including overseas banks, for billions of dollars in “settlements”.  Another bit of collateral damage was the disappearance of hundreds of smaller, community banks, who could not survive the increased Federal regulation of their business.  Obama vowed to get rid of the coal industry via environmental regulation in his presidency, and that is exactly what happened.  Thousands of coal miners were put out of work, and many coal companies went bankrupt.

ObamaCare in 2016 showed that it is a destructive force in American society, causing huge premium increases and many to lose even their earlier policies.  Dozens of insurance companies left the “exchanges” due to big losses; many counties have just one option left!  Many states expanded Medicaid under the law, and thousands of those newly-covered could not find a doctor that would accept Medicaid!  So, instead of the “Affordable Care” Act, it turned out to be the Unaffordable Care Act for many, with options shrinking too.

Religious freedom in the USA has also shrunk under Obama.  Small businesses have been run out of town when their owners decline to serve homosexual “weddings”.  Tech executives have been hounded out of their jobs for supporting religious freedom.  A small pizza shop owner in the midwest was threatened with death for refusing to cater a homosexual “wedding”.  And the Supreme Court imposed homosexual “marriage” on the entire country under Obama, so those of us who support the traditional definition of marriage (one man and one woman) are denied the ability to act on our religious beliefs.

Look at your life, after eight years of the Obama regime.  Are you better off?  Has your freedom been increased or curtailed in the past eight years?  As far as I am concerned, Obama can’t be gone too soon.

 

This is thoroughly disgusting-Liberal Violence

Donald Trump won the Presidential Election.  As we probably expected, the loser liberals erupted in volcanic Rage.  Whenever things don’t go the way they want them to go, the liberals whine, cry, and riot.  Yes, RIOT.  In many large cities this week, there were the kinds of destructive riots that are basically the only way the losers know to express their feelings of disappointment and anger.

Well, they don’t only cry and whine.  They destroy the property of innocent people, and they violently attack those they deem to have voted for the wrong guy.  These are the people who decry violence and demonstrate against war!  Here are today’s headlines:

[Edit: I am adding more as they come up.  Watch this space. More every day]

Motorist beaten as bystanders laugh, jeer

One person shot during anti-Trump protest in Portland

Taggers leave anti-Trump slogans on Seattle school, Bellevue park

Outrage and fear continue to fuel anti-Trump protests

“Tears” and “Fear”..Harry Reid is not taking Trump’s election well

Anti-Trump protester calls for death, violence on CNN

Fifth night of anti-Trump protests in Portland turns violent

Thousands of Seattle Public Schools students walk out of school to protest Donald Trump’s election.  And the Seattle Police re-routed traffic!!  I swear, in Seattle the inmates are running the asylum.

Talk of assassination, and he hasn’t even taken office yet.

Anti-Trump vandal sets Mustang afire in SE Portland

Kirkland woman upset over election makes false rape claim.  This just gets weirder!

Liberals, we know you. All rage, all the time.   Losers.

After the Election

After the Election

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I have to say, I had a great time on Tuesday night.  I spent 2.5 hours in front of my computer, participating in the live chat with my Ricochet friends.  There must have been over 200 of us, from all over the world, chiming in and giving reports of how the voting was going in their areas.  People would come back from casting their ballots, and mention lines around the block at the polling stations.  Many people were watching other broadcast and Internet media, and they would tell us what MSNBC and ABC and CBS and CNN were doing and saying.  One member from Florida was very enthusiastic about how well the Republicans were doing in his state, which was considered a battleground.  Many people mentioned how depressed the mainstream media folks were acting, as Donald Trump pulled ahead in state after state.  Those who live in a bubble of liberalism were finally being hit with a big spray of cold, hard reality.  I thought it was a joke, but it seems that the Canadian web site for potential immigrants actually went down under the weight of Hollywood and other celebrities and liberals making good on their threats to leave if Trump was elected. [I say to them, don’t let the door hit you on your way out!]

So, now it’s the Great Aftermath, and lots of liberals out there, especially the coddled young snowflakes, are reacting just like you’d expect them to.  How?  By protesting, of course!  These cry-bullies seem not to know how to do anything except protest.  In Seattle, they hit the streets.  In California, the CEO of a tech company suggested very strongly that any employee who voted for Trump should resign!  They are so blind, they who emphasize “tolerance and inclusion” proceed to exclude and discriminate against those who don’t think or vote like they do!  Oh, and the Stock Market!  Thursday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up over 200 points.  But the Nasdaq Composite Index fell over 42 points-another Liberal tantrum (tech companies are run by liberals who don’t know what side of their bread is buttered).

Cornell Students Hold ‘Cry-In’ Over Trump Victory

UCLA Diversity Chancellor Holds Therapeutic Event to “Process” the Election

Protesters Block Entrance to Trump Tower

There are a lot of happy Republicans today.  We hold out hope that Trump will really make a start on draining the swamp of Washington D.C.  There are multiple posts over on Ricochet, with suggestions for a Trump Cabinet, and who he should nominate for the Supreme Court.  We hope to say good-bye to ObamaCare in the new year.

I live in Deep Blue Washington State, where most western Washington voters voted for Hillary Clinton.  I have a really hard time understanding why anyone would want an old, tired, sick, corrupt woman as president.  If you really look at her record, such as it is, you will see that she had absolutely nothing to recommend her, and she had a whole litany of immoral, illegal actions for which the fawning Press will never hold her to account.  Hillary Clinton demonstrably caused the deaths of four brave Americans in Benghazi, then lied to their relatives about how and why they died!  She played fast and loose for years with confidential, classified State Secrets, for which many others have lost their jobs and gone to prison!  I am disgusted with how the politicized FBI let her off scot-free.

We are fortunate that the Clinton Crime Family won’t be running this country.

I wish only for the best of a Trump Administration.  I think he will do well as president, rolling back the misdeeds of the Obama years.  Onward to Liberty!