Saturday, June 29, 2019

NATIONAL AFFAIRS A Q&A to clarify issues in Cardinal Pell's appeal

Is Cardinal George Pell guilty of the sexual attacks with which he was charged? Having sat down before the Court of Criminal Appeal, listened to the appeal and read the evidence, there are two opposing camps.

via newsweekly.com.au

Add to deadly spiders and snakes a really nasty attitude towards Catholics and a bent criminal justice system. Otherwise, Oz is great, mate! I still want to visit there. On no basis in particular, I predict the case against Cardinal Pell will be dismissed.

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Andrew Sullivan: Democrats Are in a Bubble on Immigration

Last month alone, 144,000 people were detained at the border making an asylum claim. This year, about a million Central Americans will have relocated to the U.S. on those grounds. To add to this, a big majority of the candidates in the Democratic debates also want to remove the grounds for detention at all, by repealing the 1929 law that made illegal entry a criminal offense and turning it into a civil one. And almost all of them said that if illegal immigrants do not commit a crime once they’re in the U.S., they should be allowed to become citizens.

How, I ask, is that not practically open borders? The answer I usually get is that all these millions will have to, at some point, go to court hearings and have their asylum cases adjudicated. The trouble with that argument is that only 44 percent actually turn up for their hearings; and those who do show up and whose claims nonetheless fail can simply walk out of the court and know they probably won’t be deported in the foreseeable future.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement forcibly removed 256,086 people in 2018, 57 percent of whom had committed crimes since they arrived in the U.S. So that’s an annual removal rate of 2 percent of the total undocumented population of around 12 million. That means that for 98 percent of undocumented aliens, in any given year, no consequences will follow for crossing the border without papers. At the debates this week, many Democratic candidates argued that the 43 percent of deportees who had no criminal record in America should not have been expelled at all and been put instead on a path to citizenship. So that would reduce the annual removal rate of illegal immigrants to a little more than 1 percent per year. In terms of enforcement of the immigration laws, this is a joke. It renders the distinction between a citizen and a noncitizen close to meaningless.

via nymag.com

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Friday, June 28, 2019

The Future Of Socialized Healthcare: Government Mandated Abortions

Inch by inch over the past few years, the British government has been establishing itself as not only its citizens’ healthcare provider, but also its healthcare decision maker.

When the government controls healthcare, it controls healthcare decisions.

This was inevitable, as the two are one and the same, but these stories that shock Americans provide a unique window into the future that advocates for socialized healthcare seek to establish for Americans.

Government funded healthcare may sound compassionate, but it ends up being the opposite. Judges make cold decisions about the lives of children according to whether or not they will be a burden on the state.

When the government controls healthcare, it controls healthcare decisions.

via humanevents.com

Sad!

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Voters Are Fed Up With Big Tech Monopolies Trying To Run Their Lives

My concern remains that markets alone will not solve this problem, and that in the absence of changed behavior on the part of market participants, one or both of the major parties will seek to resolve the issue via force of law. The organic partisan pincer movement on this subject is clear: of all the Democrats The New York Times asked about breaking up Big Tech, only irrelevant Californian Eric Swalwell gave a definitive “No”. And when Republicans feel Big Tech is not just inconveniencing media figures but is their enemy, why would their representatives stand in its defense?

Who should we thank for this circumstance? Thank the failure of movement conservatism? Thank the degradation of the church? Thank the algorithms that lured media and customers and sellers only to turn on them in a sick joke? Thank all of this, yes, but in particular, thank the Bigs, the increasingly woke elites who run them – and the line that runs through every human heart that stirs toward vengeance.

via thefederalist.com

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Julian Castro Pounds the Table, Demanding Abortion for Men, Too

During Wednesday night's first Democratic presidential debate, San Antonio mayor Julián Castro stated he supports taxpayer-funded abortions for "transgender women."  "I don't believe only in reproductive freedom; I believe in reproductive justice," he said.  "And what that means is just because a woman, or let's also not forget someone in the trans community — a trans female — is poor, doesn't mean they shouldn't exercise that right to choose."

National Review correspondent John McCormack summed up Castro's response:

It was not immediately clear whether Castro simply misspoke and made an unwoke gaffe by supporting abortion for a "trans female" — that is, a biological man who identifies as a woman — or had reached some transcendent level of wokeness by supporting tax-funded abortions in biologically impossible circumstances.

via www.americanthinker.com

I suspect it's the latter: Trans females should get the technology so they too can become pregnant so they too can get abortions. Social justice demands it! There is plenty of money to figure this out. All we have to do is put a tax on yachts, private jets and communion wine.

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America Cannot Afford a War With Iran | RealClearDefense

While the U.S. military is the superior force, that doesn't mean war with Iran would be quick and easy. Remember there were those who predicted that invading Iraq would be a "cakewalk" and we all know how that turned out. The U.S. was able to topple Saddam Hussein's regime, but then found itself mired in an insurgency. The U.S. military formally ended its mission in Iraq after eight years in 2011, but was re-dispatched in 2014 and are still there today. We shouldn't expect anything less in Iran.

via www.realcleardefense.com

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America Cannot Afford a War With Iran | RealClearDefense

While the U.S. military is the superior force, that doesn't mean war with Iran would be quick and easy. Remember there were those who predicted that invading Iraq would be a "cakewalk" and we all know how that turned out. The U.S. was able to topple Saddam Hussein's regime, but then found itself mired in an insurgency. The U.S. military formally ended its mission in Iraq after eight years in 2011, but was re-dispatched in 2014 and are still there today. We shouldn't expect anything less in Iran.

via www.realcleardefense.com

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SCOTUS Loses Its Census over Citizenship

Supreme Court Justice John Roberts may go down in judicial history as the worst Republican SCOTUS pick ever. The man who found ObamaCare constitutional by inventing the fiction that it was a tax has joined the court’s four liberals to block a citizenship question on the 2020 Census, not because it is unconstitutional, but rather because he didn’t like the Trump administration’s reasons for asking for it.

via www.americanthinker.com

Roberts the worst pick? He's got some tough competition.

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Byron York: In debates, Democrats move toward open borders

"Raise your hand if you think it should be a civil offense, rather than a crime, to cross the border without documentation," said NBC's José Díaz-Balart.

All 10 candidates — Biden, Sanders, Buttigieg, Harris, Gillibrand, Bennet, Swalwell, Hickenlooper, Yang, Williamson — raised their hands in approval. That moment was perhaps the Democratic Party's most significant step yet toward embracing a policy of open borders.

via www.washingtonexaminer.com

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Conservatives blast Roberts as turncoat - POLITICO

On Thursday, Roberts stunned many court watchers by invalidating a Trump administration decision to add a question on citizenship to the 2020 census.

Adding to the sting is the fact that the chief justice wasn’t just along for the ride on the closely watched ruling: He penned the majority opinion, which essentially accused Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross of lying about his reasons for seeking to add the question on citizenship.

via www.politico.com

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