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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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We have lost the war on drugs.

No more war on drugs
Even if you think that drugs should remain illegal I hope at this point people at least will acknowledge the current methods are not working. In fact they've made the problem worse. The rise of drug cartels, which have a stranglehold on good people south of the border and neighborhoods here in the US, is a direct result of the so-called war on drugs. It's a war we've lost. If there is a drug pro...
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Parents give son pot to stop seizures, it works, they are arrested

Family of Boy who had seizures
I've mentioned before that I don't believe claims that Marijuana "cures" anything but that I am sure it has use as a medicine. Just about any plant that is psychoactive (which cannabis is) has such benefits. There is A LOT of false information about this and MANY bad studies were done in an effort to justify legalization. As happens many of those studies get repeated still even though they have be...
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America Needs Prison Reform for Liberty’s Sake

Trump at podium
I am one of those people that views prison as something that should be a last resort rather than a first and something that should be reserved only for those who cannot live in society. House arrest, or other restrictions can be used instead. Even though electronic tracking devices aren't foolproof I would rather have the occasional error than toss everyone in prison. There are approximately 1,330...
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Racism causes STD’s in LA County?

"STDs in L.A. County are skyrocketing. Officials think racism and stigma may be to blame." This is an article I don't recommend you read. I read it for you and suffered through it on your behalf. It's poorly written and obfuscates its own point with storytelling. Anyway, I just say that because reading it was frustrating but I wanted to understand. I can only imagine that a tiny number of people w...
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He was one of millions of Chinese seniors growing old alone. So he put himself up for adoption.  

Chinese man on bike
This story is touching and sad. It also highlights why a lot of people are in favor of things like Social Security and other government interventions. Such heart wrenching tales make it hard to argue against them from a logical perspective. It becomes all emotion. Reasonably so I think. "Han Zicheng survived the Japanese invasion, the Chinese civil war and the Cultural Revolution, but he knew he c...
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Words Mean Things: Words are a Weapon

Gender Cutout
Though I honestly feel most things should be legal even when I don't think they are moral, I do not believe that the line between those things should be blurred. Parents have the right to teach their children the morality they want to instill on them and it isn't the business of schools to do so. Schools should teach academics. Sticking a child into a school by government mandate then spending the...
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Saudi Crown Prince: Palestinians should take what the U.S. offers

Saudi Crown Prince
As odd as it may seem to many "peace" seems to be the word that we could use to describe the Trump presidency. Syria aside of course, though he claims his actions there are so designed. We have peace on the table between North and South Korea which, I believe is largely due to China not wanting a destabilized region. Now, in similar fashion we have Saudi Arabia stepping in to the Israel/Palestine ...
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One Korea – Credit Goes to Trump

The credit goes to Trump
I've read a lot of discussion about the talks between North and South Korea. So many people don't want to give any credit to president Trump. I have two thoughts on that. First is that the reason they don't is because they don't like him. Not because he didn't do anything good but because they can't admit that he did. There are some people who won't ever give him credit. He could cure cancer and...
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Power to Declare War & the Need to Declare War

Below is an interesting article on the power to declare war. It is found on the House.gov web site which is the official web site of the US House of Representatives. I found this paragraph interesting in tone: While a close reading of the Convention debates suggests that the framers intended to limit Presidents to defensive actions, a number of administrations, especially after World War II, have ...
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America isn’t going broke America is broke

Throw money at it
This article was shared in the comments by Platypus Club member David Grantham. It points out some data that David called, "staggering". I have to agree. The article begins with an erroneous claim, "Entitlements are driving deficits and debt. Absent reform, the problem will soon become a crisis." It is erroneous because it already has become a crisis, in fact, it has long been a crisis but one tha...
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Teachers and Teachers Unions 

Teacher writing on chalk board
Often the link I share with you all has little or nothing to do with my comment. There was just something in the article as I read it that sparked a though. In this case the article is about a teacher in Ghana who is teaching the students how to use a computer. The only problem is, they have no actual computers so he's drawing the screen on the board and explaining to the students what it would lo...
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How often do amateurs with guns stop crime?

Gun violence study cover
How often are guns used to prevent someone from becoming a victim of a crime? That's a difficult question to answer due to the fact that different studies use different definitions of what it means to stop a crime. "Over the past decade, researchers have attempted to measure the prevalence of defensive gun use in the population. This measurement problem has proved to be quite complex, with some...
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The Racist Right Looks Left

Richard Spencer
I don't talk about the Alt-Right very often. There are a few reasons for this. First off, they just make me very uncomfortable and angry. When I read the things they say and write it wells up within me a certain emotion I am most uncomfortable with. It's that emotion called frustration. I have often said frustration is the most powerful of all human emotions. Frustrated people are by far the most ...
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A Few Words on the Current Tax Bill

Tax Reform Cartoon
Just a note on the current tax bill weaving its way through Congress. It doesn't actually cut taxes. All it does is shuffle the money around so some people pay less. They call that a tax cut. A tax cut is when the government itself receives less money from the people. In this bill they end up getting the same amount by taking more from some people and less from others. Though that is great for t...
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