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  • Anger builds at EPA over radioactive landfill

    08/30/2015 9:29:08 PM PDT · 12 of 18
    Ben Ficklin to Fungi; Tolerance Sucks Rocks
    George Bush's EPA plan was to cap it and that only cost $41 million at the time, but the locals didn't like that solution, so EPA had to back up and start over.

    St Louis wants this transferred over to the Corp of Engineers who would dig it up, haul it, and dump it in Utah or Nevada. But that is probably going to cost $500 million, plus it takes an act of Congress to transfer it over to the Corp.

  • Hillary claimed in 2003 that she was 'adamantly against illegal immigrants'

    08/29/2015 4:32:53 AM PDT · 12 of 17
    Ben Ficklin to Sarah Barracuda; GilGil
    Hillary, like everybody, is opposed to illegal immigration.

    The conflicts arise from what is the solution to the problem of illegal immigration. So Hillary's solution to the problem is probably different from yours and you could say that the solution she subscribes to would include what the unions, immigration lawyers, and corporate America wants.

    Likewise, Jeb Bush's solution to the problem of illegal immigration is probably different from yours.

    Many try to reframe the argument to say that if you dis-agree with my solution to the problem of illegal immigration, then you support illegal immigration.

    There are many moving parts at play in solving the problem of illegal immigration, but the most basic is whether or not the problem can be resolved using enforcement only.

    I don't think that Hillary or Jeb support enforcement only. I doubt that Trump supports enforcement only but he is smart enough to know what you think and is going to tell you what you want to hear.

  • Nikki Haley welcomes Muslim refugees; governor's statements called 'the height of hypocrisy'

    08/29/2015 3:49:54 AM PDT · 25 of 34
    Ben Ficklin to AnotherUnixGeek; dodger
    You are missing the point, there are two sets of facts, or two realities, or parallel realities, or alternative realities.

    Who is eligible to occupy what office is determined by which set of facts one uses or subscribes to.

    Like wise, how the refugee resettlement policies work depend on which set of facts you use.

    Gov Haley uses a set of facts that are easily found, that involve congress, the prez, the federal agencies, the voluntary agencies(NGOs), the criteria used, etc. For example: religion is not used as criteria in refugee resettlement.

    OTOH, there is a second set of facts surrounding refugees which is used by most freepers, World Net Daily, Sen Jeff Sessions, etc. These are the facts that come from Ann Corcoran and Resettlement Watch. For example: Obama wants to allow only Muslim refugees.

  • Hillary Clinton: Republicans Want To Round Up Illegal Immigrants And Put Them In "Boxcars"

    08/28/2015 1:14:11 PM PDT · 72 of 128
    Ben Ficklin to hosepipe
    "Actually it's more like 50 million"

    If you put 100 illegals in each boxcar, it would take 500,000 boxcars to haul them off

  • Traitor Senators Took Money from Iran Lobby, Back Iran Nukes

    08/28/2015 1:06:40 PM PDT · 16 of 39
    Ben Ficklin to R_Kangel; dowcaet
    Here's the IAPAC website

    On the right side of the page is found candidates that IAPC has supported since 2004. Click on it and you will find republicans and democrats.

    If you look at Americans Jews, about half of them support the Iran agreement. J Street, the Israeli Lobby group, supports.

  • Wyoming man files suit over massive EPA fines for building pond

    08/28/2015 9:02:46 AM PDT · 28 of 61
    Ben Ficklin to CommerceComet; vette6387; Reno89519
    This is an old case that has been posted numerous times at FR thru the years.

    Its not a stock pond. It has a spillway and mechanical gate. Its built across a creek and the down stream neighbors complained.

    The Corp tried to work with him but eventually had to turn it over to EPA.

    Some think that the govt/epa/courts don't have the authority to tell them what to do on their private land. Even though the stste eng told him he needed a permit he wouldn't apply and would never respond.

  • Judge rules Obama administration water rule should be halted

    08/28/2015 4:34:10 AM PDT · 6 of 7
    Ben Ficklin to jazzlite; Gaffer; Olog-hai
    "Look it up and understand what is happening"

    Correct, if you do that, you see this problem was created by the Roberts Court, in 2006.

    The "navigable waters of the US" have been an issue since the passage of the CWA and many thought EPA/Corp to be arbitrary and prone to exaggerating their authority,

    Justice Roberts wanted to define and limit EPA's authority over "the waters"

    The Roberts court would use two cases to do that: the Rapanos and Carabell cases. But in that decision the court actually muddied the water and the vagueness revolved around the phrase "significant nexus".

    Most thought that SCOTUS would take another case to define the decision but they never did. In the meantime many lower courts were having to rule and many judges were complaining. Landowners and lawyers/consultants were also complaining.

    For their part, EPA did nothing except issue some guidelines based on the SCOTUS decision. Congress tried to settle it but never succeeded.

    Finally, in 2013, EPA decided to rewrite the regs in accordance with their interpretation of the SCOTUS decision.

    EPA knew the re-write would generate lawsuits, which would force the issue back to SCOTUS

  • Iranians are buying Democrat Congress (they already bought Kerry, Clinton, and Biden)

    08/27/2015 1:28:36 PM PDT · 13 of 18
    Ben Ficklin to BigEdLB; henkster; blackdog; yorkie
    Here is the IAPAC website

    On the righthand side of the page you can click IAPAC endorsed candidates and find lots of republicans dating back to 2004.

  • Meet The Members Of Donald Trump’s White Supremacist Fan Club (Does Godwin's rule apply?)

    08/27/2015 12:26:49 PM PDT · 25 of 40
    Ben Ficklin to gogeo; BenLurkin

    Its latin for with or together, like summa cum laude.

  • Bush Signs Bill Ordering Fence on Mexican Border (Flash Back to '07)

    08/27/2015 8:28:50 AM PDT · 12 of 15
    Ben Ficklin to Chgogal; Lurkinanloomin
    "I did not know this"

    It's not true. KBH represented the position of those whose property would be stranded behind the fence, which was mainly farmers and the Texas Farm Bureau was opposed.

    When your land is/was stranded behind the fence it is difficult to use and nobody wants to buy it.

    If there is a land border in a straight line, stranding is not a problem. But in Texas the border is a meandering river so stranding was big problem. It was the lawsuits that drove up the price of the fence.

    Some angry Texas are stuck south of the barrier

  • Iran is Buying Democrat Congress (They Already Bought Kerry, Clinton and Biden)

    08/27/2015 7:27:55 AM PDT · 8 of 11
    Ben Ficklin to stockpirate; SeekAndFind
    "The republicans are just as guilty"

    If you go to IAPAC website they list their campaign donations going back to 2004 and republicans get their share of this "Iranian" money.

    But the above article implies that only dems get Iranian money. The above article also contains 2 other glaring pieces of mis-info.

  • As natural gas replaces coal, U.S. utilities invest big in the future

    08/27/2015 6:11:42 AM PDT · 4 of 9
    Ben Ficklin to headstamp 2
    The above article mentions the bankruptcy filing of Alpha Natural Resources which required filings for creditors, which generated this recent article(25th).

    Giant Coal Company Bankruptcy Reveals Secret Ties to Climate Denial, GOP Dark Money Groups

  • Rivlin: Israel has 'right' to settle in West Bank [Psalms 60]

    08/25/2015 10:28:28 AM PDT · 18 of 21
    Ben Ficklin to epow; publius911; Jan_Sobieski
    Israel doesn't use the bible as the basis for the laws imposed on the Palestinians or justification for settlements in the occupied territories.

    Since Israel won the war, they can occupy the territories and under international laws they are required to establish laws for the Palestinians. So for almost 50 years they have had the laws and the laws have done a lot of evolving.

    Under international law Israel is allowed to seize any lands that they need to administer the territories, but they are not allowed to seize lands on which Israeli citizens can settle. The first Israeli settlements in the territories after the war were ruled illegal by the Israel Supreme Court.

    Israel would then utilize "Mawat Law", an Ottoman Empire law that allows unused land beyond a certain distance from a settlement to revert to the state, in this case Israel, afterwhich the land can be used for settlement.

    There are a higher grounds that are rocky and not suitable for farming and consequently unused, although the lower lands surrounding are likely farmed. Because they are higher ground, they are easier to defend, and well suited for settlement.

    A few years ago a documentary was produced in Israel examining Palestinian law, which was titled "The Law in These Parts". Its a series of interviews of men who were military administrators, lawyers, and judges who devised and implemented the laws thru the years and decades.

    It can be found on YouTube and is informative, but it is not in English so you have to read the subtitles.

  • The Democrats: Too Old and Too White?

    08/25/2015 2:52:35 AM PDT · 6 of 16
    Ben Ficklin to BobL
    "the Dems still get a majority of their vote from whites"

    Romney won 59% of the white vote to Obama's 39%(2012), and that didn't cut it. What percentage of the white vote will the GOP prez candidate need in 2025 or 2035?

  • The Democrats: Too Old and Too White?

    08/25/2015 2:45:53 AM PDT · 5 of 16
    Ben Ficklin to Cowboy Bob
    The acid test is congress. There are very, very few blacks, browns, and Jews in the GOP caucus. There are about 3 times as many female dems as female pubs, and the GOP does not allow women to hold committee chairs.

    The oddest thing about female republicans in congress is that whenever there is a public appearance or photo-op, the females always walk behind or stand behind the men, which I guess is done to demonstrate that women should be subservient to men.

  • The nuclear deal with Iran and the implications for US security: A speech by VP Richard B. Cheney

    08/24/2015 1:50:18 PM PDT · 4 of 8
    Ben Ficklin to Magnum44
    "Would have been great if Cheney had run for President in 2008."

    Having served as prez in 2000 and 2004, he couldn't serve a 3rd term.

  • Washington Marijuana-Related Traffic Fatalities Double After Pot Legalized

    08/22/2015 8:38:34 AM PDT · 15 of 47
    Ben Ficklin to rktman
    My experience is limited and was a long time ago, but I don't recall pot as causing wrecks.

    But if you smoked pot and drove a car, it was very likely that you would get lost. That was because of "spacing out" and forgetting to turn where you were supposed to turn.

  • Our World: Senator Gillibrand’s Iran Gamble

    08/22/2015 7:20:42 AM PDT · 15 of 20
    Ben Ficklin to Old Retired Army Guy
    The author is missing the fact that the lobbying is two stage and they are in the 1st stage, the precloture vote stage.

    The second stage is the arm twisting, get nasty and threatening stage. This begins after Obama vetoes the legislation. This is when AIPAC and the other groups operating under AIPAC will threaten to cut off her campaign donations and give the money instead to her next challenger.

    I strongly suspect that she has a commitment from J Street to provide her with campaign money if AIPAC cuts her off.

  • Obama Sways Influential Jewish Lawmaker to Back Iran Deal

    08/22/2015 2:28:38 AM PDT · 18 of 35
    Ben Ficklin to Hostage
    Corker's bill had nothing to do with the Iranian agreement not being a treaty.

    Corker's bill was an alternative to the Kirk-Menendez bill, which also would have required the 2/3 vote override. Obama said he would veto either, if they passed.

    Corker's bill was considered to have the best chance of getting the 2/3 vote needed to override Obama's veto.

    Corker's bill would became the preferred bill after Mossad said they opposed Kirk-Menendez, in Jan 2015. Because of Mossad's position, several Senators(including McCain and Graham) would shift their support from Kirk-Menendez to Corker.

    The underlying problem with both Corker's bill and Kirk-Menendez is that some(enough) democrats think that the GOP is trying to politicize the issue.

  • AZ Sheriff Paul Babeu: Drug Cartels With AK-47s Control American Soil 30 Miles from Phoenix

    08/21/2015 11:12:59 AM PDT · 21 of 60
    Ben Ficklin to AFreeBird
    Immigration enforcement requires only money, which requires an act of Congress.

    But you need border enforcement, interior enforcement and workplace enforcement.

    Bush doubled the number of border patrol agents, after Clinton also increased the number. Clinton also gave them a big pay raise because they had an employee retention problem. So under Clinton and Bush border agents tripled.

    Bush didn't do much on interior and workplace because congress didn't want to spend the money and a lot of people think congress should have spent more on the fence.

    He can talk about what he is going to do about the illegals but King Donald the Great will need congress to appropriate the money

  • AZ Sheriff Paul Babeu: Drug Cartels With AK-47s Control American Soil 30 Miles from Phoenix

    08/21/2015 10:52:03 AM PDT · 16 of 60
    Ben Ficklin to Georgia Girl 2
    Bill Clinton sent the Marines to border and they mistakenly killed a teenage Mexican American. So they don't do that anymore.

    Prez Bush sent the national guard down to the border but many complained about how much it cost.

    Guv Perry sent the state guard, but that was probably for campaign reasons.

    I'm now waiting to see if any Trump Border Militia groups form up for patrols

  • Report from Mexico - A huge number of lower level Mexicans living in United States

    08/21/2015 7:04:25 AM PDT · 20 of 33
    Ben Ficklin to MeneMeneTekelUpharsin; Moonman62
    Mexicans are classified as being either Indios(30%), Mestizos(60%), and white(10%).

    The indios are indigenous and either full blooded or close to full blooded and the Mexican govt recognizes a large number of indian tribes in Mexico. Some of them don't speak Spanish.

    Mestizos are a indian European mix, but they can vary a lot and sometimes be classified as big Mexicans(more European) or little Mexicans(more indian). A mestizo couple can have a child with recessive genes for light skin, red hair, and green eyes.

    Legal immigrants from Mexico are awarded green cards by the US embassy/state dept. From the time an individual applies for a visa until they get it, it takes about 7 years, so these people usually come from a stable background.

    Mexicans with temp visas(H2A ag worker visa and H2B non ag worker visa) get their visa from labor contractors who are licensed by the Mexican govt and sometimes labor contractors in Mexico are aligned with unions in the US. The CA United Farm workers union is a licensed labor contractor in Mexico. Sometimes these temp visa holders don't leave when the visa expires and they become illegal.

    Traditionally, many illegals came from Mexican agriculuture because they came off of the agriculture collectives, in which the govt owns the land but the peasants farm it. About half of the farmland in Mexico is held as collectives. If a young man on the ag collective was not in line to inherit land he could try to work for large wealthy land owner, move to Mexico City, or the US. And of course there has always been a large demand in the US for farm workers.

    Some illegals have skills such as cooks, oil field workers, mechanics, construction, brick layers, etc. Some become business owners in the US. Ceasar Milan was taught to handle dogs by his grandfather, illegally entered, and ended up as the star on the TV show Dog Whisperer, which ran for 9 years

    And as you may know, because of the drug wars in Mexico, many well to do Mexicans have come to the US on the Millionaire Visa.

    In recent years the number of Mexican illegals entering is about the same as Mexican illegals leaving. Today, most illegals entering are OTMs.

    The Mexican middle class is growing quickly

  • Russian Orthodox Church Lends Weight To Putin patriotism

    08/21/2015 2:51:35 AM PDT · 13 of 22
    Ben Ficklin to ETL
    It is not much mentioned in the US media, but the lifting of the UN sanctions opens the door for Iran to become a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization(SCO). Iran has long held observer status in SCO and sponsored by Russia for full membership. It is also said that Pakistan and India will also soon become full members in SCO.

    Iran also has the potential to become a member of the Russian led Collective Security Treaty Organization.

    Bear, Dragon, and Eagle: Russian, Chinese, and U.S. Military Strategies

  • Donald Trump: I Would Never Have Invaded Iraq (May 18, 2015)

    08/20/2015 3:56:06 PM PDT · 29 of 31
    Ben Ficklin to montag813
    "Secondly, he could have used national security to override environmental blocks in ANWR, just as he did to override them to build the double-layer fences in 2007."

    Bush didn't have anything to do with overriding the environmental blocks on the border fence. That was done by Congress, in 2005.

    The waiver from enviro regs on the fence was included in the Real ID Act, which was added as an amendment to the defense supplemental spending bill in 2005. Then Congress would pass the Secure Fence Act in 2006.

    Waiving Laws to Build the California Border Wall

  • Donald Trump: I Would Never Have Invaded Iraq (May 18, 2015)

    08/20/2015 12:46:05 PM PDT · 18 of 31
    Ben Ficklin to montag813
    "he wouldn't even use his 90% approval rating to open ANWR"

    Bush didn't have the authority to open ANWR because it was/is covered by a Congressional moratorium.

    Bush did open Area 181 in the Gulf of Mexico in Dec 2001, but within 2 days Congress overturned that. It would not be until Dec 2006 that Congress would open Area 181 and South 181 in GOMESA, which was one of the last acts of the GOP controlled congress after losing the Nov 2006 election.

    In 2008, because Congress was going take up Cap and Trade(which failed to pass) plus a companion energy bill in 2009, Congress would allow most of the offshore moratoriums to lapse, after which Bush would set in motion the move to drill the mid-Atlantic region.

    Obama has followed thru on that and as I recall, they are a couple of years away from drilling offshore Virginia. Likewise, Obama opened the Arctic offshore and Shell made their first attempt in 2012 and are returning there this year.

  • The Real Winner Of Obama’s ‘War On Coal': George Soros

    08/20/2015 7:00:19 AM PDT · 13 of 22
    Ben Ficklin to knarf
    The GOP's use of Soros as a scapegoat/bogeyman didn't really begin until the Iraq invasion.

    Prior to that, in the 90s, he was praised because he funded civil society NGOs in eastern Europe, Georgia, Ukraine, etc.

    If you listen to Trump most recently, he has gotten on the "opposed to Iraq invasion" bandwagon, which is not setting well with many republicans. When he talks about it he also says in the next breath that the way we came out of Iraq was also a mistake.

  • Killer electric fans - Is falling asleep next to an electric fan a potentially fatal mistake?

    08/20/2015 6:09:41 AM PDT · 56 of 83
    Ben Ficklin to rickmichaels
    Fans generate "white noise", which make some people sleep better. Some like the noise a small oscillating fan makes while others may prefer a deeper toned attic fan

    There are also several websites that generate white noise and allow the user to set the tone(base/treble) of the white noise.

    White Noise & Co.

  • The Real Winner Of Obama’s ‘War On Coal': George Soros

    08/20/2015 5:29:38 AM PDT · 9 of 22
    Ben Ficklin to chopperman

    et cetera

  • The Real Winner Of Obama’s ‘War On Coal': George Soros

    08/20/2015 5:15:16 AM PDT · 7 of 22
    Ben Ficklin to Arm_Bears; markomalley
    "And the Republicans will be blamed"

    Republican political rhetoric has driven down the value of coal stocks, making them a good investment for those who know what they are doing.

    The premise of the article is faulty. It implies that only George Soros can buy coal stock. Anybody can buy coal stock.

    Going forward, coal use will diminish but in 2035 and 2050 sizable amounts of coal will still be used to generate electricity. That amount will depend a lot on the price of natural gas. Or how much renewables are subsidized by congress.

    Not all coal is the same. So it needs to be classified.

    1. Anthracite, bituminous, lignite
    2. Metallurgical or thermal
    3. Mining technique: shaft, mountain top, strip mined
    4. For the domestic or export market

    If you listen to the leftwing enviros, they are complaining because Obama is selling coal leases on western federal lands to the strip miners for dirt cheap.

  • Report: EPA’s Global Warming Rule Could KILL Thousands Of People

    08/18/2015 6:59:47 AM PDT · 5 of 15
    Ben Ficklin to rktman
    The courts have already ruled on this.

    In 2010, lawsuits were filed over Obama's first set of CO2 Regs. In this lawsuit, the EPA's Endangerment Findings on CO2 were challenged. In 2012, the DC Court of Appeals upheld EPA's endangerment findings.

    In the appeal to that decision, SCOTUS declined to hear that part of the case dealing with the endangerment findings, allowing the DC courts decision to stand.


    08/18/2015 3:30:03 AM PDT · 29 of 40
    Ben Ficklin to octex; Soul of the South
    A lot of people are confused about this.

    Sen Hutchinson's position on the fence was to represent the Texas Farm Bureau, who were opposed to the amount of land that would be stranded behind the fence, and much of that land was owned by farmers, whose use of the land would be impacted, lowering the value of the land.

    In Texas, landowners who have their property stranded behind a fence or road receive compensation to offset the lowering of the property value, but the feds refused to compensate these landowners so many lawsuits were filed.

    When they build a fence on a land border and the border is a straight line, stranded property is not a problem.

    But in Texas where the border is a meandering river, lots of land will be stranded behind the fence.

  • On the economy, Donald Trump sounds like Nancy Pelosi

    08/18/2015 1:59:59 AM PDT · 68 of 69
    Ben Ficklin to Future Snake Eater; sergeantdave
    If you look at the history of the issue since WW2, the prez has had very little influence. That is not going to change with King Donald the Great if he were to become prez.

    Most recently, the senate passed legislation with 68 votes, but the legislation didn't survive the Hastert Rule in the House. There are more than enough votes on the floor of the House if Boehner would put it on the floor for a vote.

    So you see, the people today who are supporting Trump, are the same people who supported the House GOP hardliners(Tea Party? Minutemen?) who used the Hastert Rule to block the Senate legislation.

    This group in the House has enough votes to block only if the Hastert Rule is used. We don't know exactly how many there are but lets say 60% of the House GOP caucus.

    Based on that and the vote in the senate, Trumps immigration plan would get 32 votes in the Senate and 60% of the House GOP caucus.

    Its not likely that the Trump plan could even get out of the Senate Judiciary committee.

  • On the economy, Donald Trump sounds like Nancy Pelosi

    08/17/2015 8:48:53 AM PDT · 62 of 69
    Ben Ficklin to sergeantdave
    "This country is under invasion by an enemy"

    Yet we give jobs to the enemy invaders. If there weren't jobs for them, they wouldn't be here. In Nevada, California, and Texas, 10-11 percent of the workforce are illegal. AZ, FL, NJ and NY are not far behind that.

    The most powerful group in the GOP are the economic elitists aka the Captains of Capitalism(who you call Marxists) and they want amnesty and a robust immigration policy.

    I don't think King Donald the Great is sincere, he's just trying to agitate the crazies. Beyond that, do you honestly think he has 60 cloture votes in the senate?

  • On the economy, Donald Trump sounds like Nancy Pelosi

    08/17/2015 6:08:43 AM PDT · 47 of 69
    Ben Ficklin to papertyger
    I don't know what Iranians have to do with it? Are there a lot of illegal Iranians wire transferring money home?

    I'm sure that there are Iranians in the US who have legal status and/or are citizens who send money home.

    Of course there are many US citizens of Hispanic descent and legal Hispanic immigrants who wire transfer money home. King Donald wants these wire transfer companies to determine who is legal and who is not. Or maybe King Donald is planning on seizing these assets of legals and citizens.

    The banks are in this money transfer business as well. They are much cheaper than the wire transfer companies, but they require accounts to be set up.

  • On the economy, Donald Trump sounds like Nancy Pelosi

    08/17/2015 5:23:58 AM PDT · 38 of 69
    Ben Ficklin to major-pelham
    A president, including Trump, does not have the authority to eliminate due process, birth right citizenship, or seize assets/money transfers.

    King Donald is blowing smoke up your ass.

  • On the economy, Donald Trump sounds like Nancy Pelosi

    08/17/2015 5:06:35 AM PDT · 34 of 69
    Ben Ficklin to Leep
    Does sessions have legislation that he is sponsoring, and if so who might the co-sponsors and co-signers be?

    He's not a member of the gang of 8.

    Immigration is part of foreign policy so the senate has the prerogative, but the house has to be involved in the law enforcement and appropriation components of immigration.

    Presidents don't sponsor legislation but they can get their allies to.

  • On the economy, Donald Trump sounds like Nancy Pelosi

    08/17/2015 4:44:23 AM PDT · 30 of 69
    Ben Ficklin to Leep

    Sessions serves on the judiciary committee and on the immigration sub-committee so he has that influence, but he is not the chairman of either committee.

  • On the economy, Donald Trump sounds like Nancy Pelosi

    08/17/2015 4:36:41 AM PDT · 29 of 69
    Ben Ficklin to Crazieman

    I don’t mean to single you out, but you can’t distinguish between King Donald’s rhetoric and reality.

  • On the economy, Donald Trump sounds like Nancy Pelosi

    08/17/2015 4:23:37 AM PDT · 21 of 69
    Ben Ficklin to Crazieman

    All I’m telling you is Trump can’t deliver what he is telling you. Any of it.

  • On the economy, Donald Trump sounds like Nancy Pelosi

    08/17/2015 4:17:59 AM PDT · 15 of 69
    Ben Ficklin to Crazieman
    Jeb is running to be president of the US(potus). Trump is running to be king of the US(kotus)

    Bush knows that Congress has to reform immigration but he can try to influence the outcome. Trump plans on issuing immigration edicts and Trump trumps congress and the courts.

  • Democrats Freak Out in Response to Trump’s Immigration Plan That Puts Americans Before Foreigners

    08/17/2015 3:30:00 AM PDT · 8 of 21
    Ben Ficklin to Catsrus; Enlightened1
    There is more to it than left vs right.

    The businessmen/employers/chamber of commerce have a position on immigration that is in conflict with the rightwing populists.

    But if you do look at only dem constituents, that would be unions and immigration lawyers.

    The lawyers advocate for due process and complex regulations, because that is how they make money

    Unions don't like illegals and guest workers because they are hard to organize.

    It is difficult to frame it as an issue of legal vs illegal. Most of the conflicts arise over the dis-agreement as to how to solve the problem of illegals.

    The businessmen/employers want the guest workers or temporary visas, except if they find a good guest worker they want to be able to convert him to permanent. The lawyers and unions want permanent visas.

    The businessmen/employers back amnesty to guest worker. but the unions and lawyers back amnesty onto the path to citizenship.

  • Trump says as US prez he would deport undocumented immigrants

    08/16/2015 5:34:11 AM PDT · 38 of 44
    Ben Ficklin to 9YearLurker; Mr. K
    "he had been saying that they had to make a visit home in order to legalize them."

    That was known as "touch back" and originated in the immigration reform bill authored by Cornyn and Kyl in 2005. Illegals cannot be amnestied to guest worker or onto the path, but if the illegal touched back, he could come back as either. There was not a time frame associated with touch back mentioned in the legislation, but it was widely accepted the time to touch back would be much shorter for those who would come back as guest workers and much longer for those coming back with green card(on the path). It takes about 7 years of waiting for an immigrant to get a green card. So bottom line, it was a way to convert illegals into guest workers, which is what the Bush Plan was. It was said at the time that Bush and Rove actually wrote the Cornyn-Kyl legislation as Bush's fall back position if the Bush Plan failed.

    Touch Back would then come back again in 2007 when Congress made their last failed attempt at Immigration reform but in that context Touch Back centers would be established in key places around the US to which the illegals could go rather than to their country of origin.

  • Pat Buchanan stands up for Obama against that mean Netanyahu

    08/16/2015 3:06:52 AM PDT · 29 of 43
    Ben Ficklin to aquila48; MarvinStinson
    "I never understood why so against Israel"

    Its a foreign policy doctrine thingy. Buchanan subscribes to an isolationist foreign policy. Likewise with Taki. So if you read The American Conservative or Taki's magazine you will find that viewpoint. They are Paleo-Cons or Paleo-Populists

    The other sub-group of Isolationists are the libertarian minded Isolationists like Ron and Rand Paul.

    The foreign policy realists, such as James Baker or Brent Scowcroft, are also often called anti-semites. Another of the realists, Henry Kissinger, because he is Jew, is called a self loathing Jew. It was a major campaign issue in 2008 when Kissinger praised Obama's campaign pledge to negotiate with Iran, or Colin Powell, another Realist, backed Obama.

    James Baker committed 3 sins against the Zionists: the speech he gave to AIPAC in 1989, he organized the Madrid Conference, and he served as co-chair of the Iraq Study Group. The Iraq Study Group was influential in getting 3 NeoCons fired from the Bush administration: Doug Feith, Paul Wolfowitz, and Rumsfeld. That was made worse by the fact that George Bush first offered Rumsfeld's SecDef job to James Baker, but Baker declined so Bush gave the job to Bob Gates, another Realist, who also served on the Iraq Study Group and had also worked for Jimmy Carter, who was eventually replaced by Leon Panetta, a democrat Realist who also served on the Iraq Study Group, who was replaced by Realist Chuck Hegel, an outspoken supporter of Iraq Study Group.

    A couple of other Realists who got in big trouble were John Meareshimer and Steve Walt, for publishing a book entitled "The Israeli Lobby and US Foreign Policy".

    A lot of this is the NeoCon republicans wanting to dominate the GOP's foreign policy position by marginalizing the Isolationists and Realists. When Jeb Bush met with James Baker a couple of months ago the NeoCons were outraged. Jeb Bush was trying to say that the NeoCons and Realists would have equal footing in his administration.

    There is a similar situation in the democrat party. The Liberal Interventionist democrats(like Shumer and Menendez) tend to be stronger supporters of Israel than the Dem Realists(like Feinstein and Nelson) and the anti war dems.

    If you look at foreign policy in broad strokes, under Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, and GHW Bush, the Realists were the dominant foreign policy group. Under Bill Clinton, the Liberal Interventionists rose to power and under George Bush the NeoCons rose to power. Under Obama the Realists have been dominant.

  • Well, What-do-ya-know… This Might Explain That Debate – FOX is Hillary’s 9th Largest Donor

    08/15/2015 12:41:59 PM PDT · 12 of 13
    Ben Ficklin to Cyclone59; Enlightened1
    "Why isn't anyone questioning"

    People have.

    This info is recycled from 2014, which is now found at a fringe kook website(watchdog blog) and many other fringe kook websites have pick it up and also published it.

    They take 21st Century Fox and News Corp and try to make you think that is Fox News.

    21st Century Fox holds all of Murdoch's visual assets(including Fox News) and News Corp holds all Murdoch's print assets(including WSJ). Which means, according to this article, that WSJ/Murdoch is blowing the whistle on Fox News/Murdoch.

    Then they take "Clinton Family accounts" and try to make you think that is Hillary's campaign money. The Clinton Foundation is a civil society NGO and they get money for purposes just like other NGOs do, such as Red Cross.

    Partial List of assets owned by 21st Century Fox

    List of assets owned by News Corp

    The worst investment Murdoch ever made was when he bought My Space. The second worse investment was when he bought the last 2 seasons Of Glee, the queerest show on TV.

  • 'Neocons' re-emerge amid US election race

    08/14/2015 2:50:39 AM PDT · 12 of 32
    Ben Ficklin to Slings and Arrows
    "Your opinion is noted."

    My opinion is not important. McCain and Romney running as Neocons lost to Obama running as a Realist.

  • 'Neocons' re-emerge amid US election race

    08/14/2015 2:37:12 AM PDT · 9 of 32
    Ben Ficklin to 2ndDivisionVet; Slings and Arrows

    James Baker’s 3 sins against the Zionists were his 1989 speech at AIPAC, organizing the Madrid Conference, and serving as co-chairman of the Iraq Study Group

  • 'Neocons' re-emerge amid US election race

    08/14/2015 2:17:27 AM PDT · 5 of 32
    Ben Ficklin to Slings and Arrows
    "I thought that Richard Armitage outed Plame."

    That's what the neocons said, because Armitage is/was a Realist, mentioned in the 5th line of the post. NeoCons will often call Realists Jew haters(James Baker, Brent Scowcroft) or self loathing Jews(Kissinger). The NeoCons also call Isolationists Jew haters(Pat Buchanan, Ron Paul)

    In the GOP there are 3 foreign policy groups: Realists, NeoCons, and Isolationists.

  • Kim Kardashian: ‘Gun Laws HAVE To Change’

    08/13/2015 12:36:50 PM PDT · 103 of 142
    Ben Ficklin to the_individual2014; JoeProBono; dfwgator
    "I would still tap that"

    Here's the side by side of Kim and Kim, Jr aka Naya Rivera. For a couple of years Naya Rivera has been trying to take Kim Kardashian down and the entertainment media publishes a lot of side by side photos of the two

    Both of these women are pregnant and this past week they both released dueling photos.

  • Ben Carson: No apologies for 1992 fetal tissue research

    08/13/2015 9:31:23 AM PDT · 30 of 55
    Ben Ficklin to ghost of stonewall jackson; PSUGOP
    Abortion is legal, not murder.

    Carson has done nothing illegal.

    But, some don't accept the SCOTUS decision on abortion and consequently don't accept the legal basis of utilizing aborted tissue.

    And it appears to me that it is double-bad if the aborted tissue originated at PP.

  • Ben Carson: No apologies for 1992 fetal tissue research

    08/13/2015 8:39:18 AM PDT · 3 of 55
    Ben Ficklin to ghost of stonewall jackson
    In the last paragraph Carson says:

    "But it would be good for the public to understand this whole aspect of medical research."