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Trump Immigration Travel Ban Upheld

Ban Hate
While I am glad the court upheld the travel ban I still find it shocking it wasn't a unanimous ruling. The authority that Trump used came from Congress itself who decided the president should have the power to regulate immigration in this manner. The majority ruling relies on the law as summarized well below. 2. The President has lawfully exercised the broad discretion granted to him under §1182...
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Is Facial Recognition Software in the Hands of Police Immoral or Unethical?

Woman with face lines
Amazon makes facial recognition software. To make money from the venture they have been selling it to law enforcement. This raised a stink is some circles and now employees of Amazon are saying it's wrong to sell the software to the police. The letter got one thing right, and one things wrong. First what it got right is that they state they "refuse to contribute to tools that violate human rights....
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Jane Fonda, Reputation, and Forgiveness 

VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 01: Jane Fonda walks the red carpet ahead of the 'Our Souls At Night' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 1, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
I've seen numerous complains from people on the right about this award. It makes me wonder, at what point do we forgive the past, and at what point do we say a person's past defines them? At a time where the war in Vietnam was terribly unpopular and thought to be by many an unrighteous war that we were doomed to wallow in as a nation Jane Fonda went and met with the enemy. Her trip earned her the ...
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Is immigration about racism or respect?

No human being is illegal
The below video explains correctly that in the early days of America there was no such thing as illegal immigration and that we had open borders. What was controlled was not who came here but who was a citizen. That's why naturalization was originally the purview of the federal government and immigration was up to each state. That changed relatively soon after the nation's founding with legal meas...
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A Dream of the White Hat and the Muddy Faces

Mud Men
I had a dream that I was in a small village that had stood for many years. It was my home. I returned to my house through winding streets and back alleys. Alleys with clothes hanging overhead and stones for pavement. Alleys with activity and fire escapes. Down one such alley was a young man wearing a white hat. He was standing on a soap box giving a speech to no one at all. When I saw the white ha...
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Anarchy is as Much a Fantasy as Socialism

Anarchy violates human evolution. Or, if  you don't believe in evolution, it violates the will of God. Either way, human nature abhors anarchy. That may sound odd since anarchy is defined as an either "a state of disorder due to absence or nonrecognition of authority" or an "absence of government and absolute freedom of the individual, regarded as a political ideal". You may think that is the n...
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ICE Arrest Makes Me Wonder if Sentimentality Drives Anti-Immigrant Passions

Man arrested by ICE in photo with his granddaughter
The crux of this story is this: A man - in the US for decades but who is not a citizen - was arrested by ICE and is being held for deportation. He was targeted because he had a misdemeanor domestic violence conviction. He was arrested out in front of his house. Now he is being held pending a deportation hearing. That's the basics - but that's not all there is to the story. The man's arre...
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The Evolution of Flight – From Dinosaurs to Birds

Feathered Raptor
It is now thought that all of the theropods had feathers. This video tanks an interesting view on how dinosaurs evolved into birds with the focus on explaining how a useless, basically half wing possessed by theropods, evolved into a full will capable of flight. The two prevailing theories are: One, dinosaurs climbed trees and glided down eventually developing flight. Two, dinosaurs ran faster ...
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Full Text of and Comments On: The Inspector General Report

This is the full text (500 pages) of the recent report from the Office of the Inspector General titled, "A Review of Various Actions by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice in Advance of the 2016 Election." Trey Gowdy, who had as recently as last week praised the FBI and chastised people for denigrating a "great American institution" had this to say after reading the re...
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The Second Amendment is NOT About Slaves but it is About Slavery

Bill Maher wants the economy to fail no matter who it hurts to get Trump
Bill Maher is hard to fathom. He's either a liar, an idiot, or a showman that only cares about ratings and will say anything to get them. I can't believe that he actually believes the things he says. Take these comments on the 2nd amendment. He says that the right to bear arms was put in the Constitution so slave owners could keep their slaves in check. That is utter hogwash. But, even if such ...
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Tribal leaders demand parents kill their child – The State, Abortion, and Human Rights

Amazonian Boys
In the Amazon (and elsewhere in the world) tribes of people will often kill children that suffer from birth defects and sometimes consider twins to be bad luck (so one of them has to go). In one case brought up in this article the tribal leaders decided a girl had to be killed due to her small size and inability to speak. The parents were ordered to do it. They could not so killed themselves in st...
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The seven deadly traits of a douche-bag

Green sloth doesn't feel all that deadly
I'm bringing up the Seven Deadly Sins because they were brought up in the comments the other day. They aren't something I usually think about in the context of a sin grouping. They tend to be Catholic in focus and since I'm not Catholic my focus has never been on them. I know what they are. The comment made was that Pride was the worst of them. So I looked them up to see and compare. The pe...
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Words Mean Things & Always Define Your Terms

No man can slay him
The term "FAKE NEWS" is a hard term for many people due to the way we use the word "fake". We often confuse it for being the opposite of genuine or real. For example I have some fossils and some replica fossils. I will show them off and sometimes someone will ask, "Is that real?" What they mean is "is that genuine". Of course it's "real", you're holding it aren't you? But fake doesn't mean not r...
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What if Demonic Possession was Real?

Demonic
This is one of those "what-ifs" that I like to ponder. I admit it doesn't have an actual point other than as an exercise in imagination. There's a line, one of my favorites, that comes from Baudelaire, "One of the artifices of Satan is, to induce men to believe that he does not exist: another, perhaps equally fatal, is to make them fancy that he is obliged to stand quietly by, and not to meddle...
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Mexicans seem caught in the middle of something

Young Mexican Killed
There are a few things about this story that interest me even though I realize it is anecdotal. This 19-year-old young man was sent home to Mexico. He was convicted of some misdemeanor crime. The story doesn't give many specifics on that other than to say it was, "...a drug-related minor charge..." and some second charge that information is not given on but which was also a misdemeanor. He was ...
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