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Rumors are flying that President Trump could announce the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), allowing one of his predecessor’s most egregious examples of overreach to fade away into oblivion.

This spring, the President indicated that he may keep parts of the executive order because he has a “big heart.” It caused many conservatives and federalists to question his resolve on one of the most important issues constantly highlighted during the presidential campaign. If the rumors are true, it will be the best move he’s made so far.

Many would point to the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, but that wasn’t really much of a decision. Had he nominated a moderate or liberal, it would have been political suicide. Gorsuch (or any other Constitutional conservative judge) was a no-brainer and therefore doesn’t qualify as one of his “best moves.” It was important, but it wasn’t really a tough choice. Letting DACA lapse was a choice and the President is apparently making the right one.

Those who applied for DACA gained two years of deferred action. If President Trump allows it to lapse, it will take effect at the end of each individual’s deferment period.

There will be those who point to this as a heinous move because children or young adults are involved. The leftist mentality is that it’s not their fault their parents brought them here illegally so they shouldn’t be punished. The reality of the situation is this: they aren’t being punished. They’re being put in the same position that others who want to enter the United States are in. They are no longer going to be rewarded for the illegal actions of their parents. There’s nothing unfair about letting DACA lapse.

All too often those with similar opinions to mine are attacked for being heartless. It’s important to note that I have absolutely nothing against legal immigration. In fact, I believe that those who entered the country illegally are getting in the way of those who go through the proper lawful process to immigrate to the United States legally. What’s wrong with expecting people entering our sovereign nation to follow the rule of law? It’s not heartless to demand people not engage in criminal activities as their process to participate in the benefits of being in America.

I’ve been critical of the President, but I’m also fair. If he lets DACA lapse, kudos to him. It’s the right move for America.

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The same day that we’ve seen the story of Evergreen College joining Mizzou in floundering in terms of enrollment and budget Dan Wolken at USA today show some folks still haven’t got a clue:

 it’s an interesting question: What would happen if a star college football player, particularly at a high-profile school in the deep South, wore a Black Lives Matter shirt during warmups or used a postgame media session to talk about police brutality and racial profiling rather than the game?

What would the consequences be for the school? What kind of pressure would conservative white fans put on the coach to denounce it publicly? And in turn, what would the recruiting consequences be for the coach if he tried to silence or stifle a player bringing light to an issue?

“It’s an entirely different dynamic because the coach in college holds absolute sway,” Curry said. “I would pray that nobody would say, ‘I’m taking your scholarship away,’ and I don’t think I know anybody that would do a thing like that, but that’s what is possible at the college level.”

Given the current climate, it’s only a matter of time before someone tests that theory. And given how scared athletic departments are right now about this very scenario, even without an anthem to kneel for, college football players might find out they have more power and a louder voice than they ever knew.

For a moment let’s ignore the possibility of boosters pulling their funds, enrollment dropping like a rock and potential recruits deciding they’d have a better chance making the NFL playing somewhere else (and let’s face it nobody on a football scholarship is not thinking about their best chance to make the NFL) and let’s look at a basic fact.

While I’ve argued that Colin Kaepernick has pretty much himself to blame for not being signed to a big money contract, or any contract to this point the fact is he is an established NFL quarterback who was at one point a star NFL quarterback.  There is no question that he is good enough and skilled enough to play in this league (perhaps not at the level he once did) If he had gone 10-2 as a starter rather than 2-10 no amount of protests would have kept him from a starting job somewhere and give the nature of football,  sooner or later injury or performance will cause a team to offer him a contract as a backup and only stubborn pride will keep him from a seven figure salary and while some fans might get pissed at his signing the sustained level of anger will be directly proportional to the number of wins he produces and if he helps a team get to the playoffs.

None of that can be said about any college player.

No matter how good a player does at the college level, no matter how strong a player performs at the combine, no matter how much hype comes with a player, there is absolutely no guarantee that a college player, even one drafted in the first round or a Heisman Trophy winner, will make it in the NFL, and even less of a guarantee that such a player will be an impact player.

So if you are a head coach or a scout for an NFL team, how willing are you going to be to risk a high draft pick (let alone a 1st round pick) on a player who is going to cause disruption for your team even before the first regular season game is played?

I’m betting not very.

Wade Davis not withstanding a college player deciding to become a social justice warrior on the field might play well on the new woke ESPN but it’s a great way for a potential 1st round pick to slip to the 3rd or below with all the subsequent salary drop such a move entails an easy way for a potential 2nd or 3rd round pick to become a candidate for Mr. Irrelevant and spectacular way for 4th-7th round pick to end up considering an exciting career in Canadian or arena football because for every guy who makes an nfl roster there are a dozen guys or more already with proven NFL experience ready to bust their asses to earn a roster spot for themselves and the difference between that 53rd and final roster spot and that 54th spot off of it isn’t as big as you might suppose.

It costs nothing for a social justice warrior to urge you to risk a chance for an NFL payday but when they do remember that at the current US minimum wage of $15,600 it will take you 27.8 years to earn as much as the NFL rookie minimum salary for 2015 ($435K )

So college player think long and hard before you decide to become anyone’s useful idiot.

I spoke to Tom Nash about his book What did Jesus DO at the 2017 Catholic Marketing Network

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Roger L. Simon wants to Make Harvey a Catalyst for Something Good. Roger reminds us of the Bible,

If you want to blame someone for Harvey, blame God.  But just be grateful it wasn’t worse, as in: “God gave Noah the rainbow sign, no more water, the fire next time.”

If you look at the WaPo and their like, you would think the entire country is nearly approaching civil war, instigated by clashes between Antifa and Nazis. My admittedly limited experience is that, when I actually think about the hundreds of people I know, I realize that I don’t know anyone who actually would participate in any violent demonstration as a member of either group.

I lived for decades in a very liberal college town. I attended conservative gatherings for years. I have met hundreds of people in the full range of the political spectrum. Of all the people that I have kept in touch over the years, no one would admit to being willing to participate in “peace through violence,” at least not to my face.

Instead, I remember dozens of people who have over the years participated in acts of great selflessness, even heroism. Some during World War II or other wars, some during natural disaster relief, some from circumstances that arose unexpectedly or that took time developing.

All of them Americans, either by birth or choice.

Deborah Heine has videos of ordinary American heroes in the wake of Harvey’s devastation; Pat Austin reports that

The Cajun Navy mobilized and headed to the Houston area Sunday afternoon.

And I can go on and on.

I urge you to read Roger’s article,

It’s probably hoping for too much, but perhaps this “act of God,” horrific as it is, will, ironically, have come along at a propitious moment for our country.  We have been going through a period of the most extreme division, driven to a great extent by virtually minuscule political minorities that were nearly, or should be, extinct.
. . .
Working together to repair a disaster could and should be just the thing to turn our society away from this self-immolating rut (actually it’s worse than that).  We can’t — and doubtless shouldn’t — all head down to Texas to help with the restoration, but we can do it with our hearts and minds. Given what has been going on recently, it may be a now or never situation.

This is the challenge of our times.

Read also Ace, Is America Now Officially Crazy?

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog

We mentioned Act for America feeling compelled to cancel their nationwide events Sept 9th.  I’ve invited Dianne Ploss of Boston’s ACT chapter to join us for the Stacy McCain Buffet Books and Blather event in Leominster.  She has graciously accepted and we look forward to seeing her on our roundtable panel.  You can get tickets here.

Speaking of Stacy McCain he has noted that this tendency to embrace the violent, the kooks the freaks and disavow anyone who critiques them will have one result or as he put it:  “Trying to win elections by claiming that people who don’t vote for you are racist sexist homophobes is a good way to lose an election. ” 

The Houston disaster continues and demonstrates something important. That while we can make good scientific guesses our ability to predict the cycles of weather and climate are limited by the amount of years we’ve actually been measuring thus when it comes to any storm cycle that repeats over a period of 300 years or more, we haven’t got a clue.

The contrast between those trying to help in Houston and those who are rioting in Berkeley or calling for the removal of monuments has been a disaster to the left and the media’s memes, or to put it another way, I’ve seen pictures of boats with Confederate flags saving folks in Texas, I’ve not seen pictures of boats full of people in black wearing masks doing so.

Meanwhile some things continue as usual in places like Michigan: MICHIGAN: TERROR INVESTIGATION NABS MUSLIM WITH CACHE OF UNREGISTERED WEAPONS IN YPSILANTI. Just because the MSM leaves this stuff to Pam Geller and others doesn’t mean it isn’t going on.

I was called back to work this week from the company that laid me off, I started on Tuesday which is the 3rd workday of this new shift I’m on. While I was out of work my readers provided me with a paycheck every week I was out plus the equivalent of two more days worth of pay, I’ll leave you to decide it that is coincidence or providence.

Yesterday on the radio I heard there was a march of ministers against Trump which gave few details. One of the detals they left out was that it was organized and led by Al Sharpton, presumably because such info would defeat the MSM goal of portraying the march as an actual moral crusade.

When I was young the NAACP was known for standing up to police dogs and angry Klansmen for the rights of average people to go to school, sit at a lunch counter and live where they will.  Now they are known for protesting on behalf of a millionaire football player unsigned after a 2-10 record and people wonder why they aren’t as respected as they once were.

All last week in Cleveland while basketball fans talked the big trade with the Celtics and Baseball fans talked Indians exciting division run, Football fans were talking a dozen Browns players including one white player, kneeling for the anthem and the fallout from a judge, a VFW and a widow of a slain officer. Lucky for Cleveland the greatest Brown, Jim Brown got involved saying how he would never disrespect the flag and the Browns decided to concentrate on Football instead of protests this week and won.

To close on a football story actually involving football the New England Patriots has lost Julian Edelman for the season thanks to an injury in their 3rd preseason game. Despite what you are hearing from sites like this as long the offensive line and Tom Brady remain uninjured Edelman’s absence from the Patriot lineup this year will have only a slightly greater effect on their playoff run than my own.

the reality is those events are walking talking Trump 2020 ads that are going to coin votes for him in every swing state that the left has to win back if they are going to beat him next time around.

The Grand Prize Winner of the Boston Common Protest Pageant: Donald Trump 2020 Campaign

Ever since I covered the Boston marches this month I’ve been explaining to anyone who will listen that these marches in general and ANTIFA in particular, while making leftists in blue states feel good and self righteous about themselves, are going to coin votes for Donald Trump.  I got an awful lot of pushback on twitter for saying that celebrations of stifling free speech, these chants and the violence that came with them were politically foolish.  Tweets like this were typical

Accordingly like online leftists the media pretty much ignored ANTIFA’s labeling of all Trump supports as Fascists and Nazis and even defended their violence in accordance to the 1st law of Media outrage which states:

The level of Outrage or interest of the media and their allies on the left concerning any insult or prevarication concerning a person or thing will routinely be equal to the inverse of the degree of the political distance between said media / leftists and the target of said insult or prevarication at the time it is mad

We lo and behold the day after we were treated to ANTIFA chants of “No Trump, No Wall, No USA at all” the blogfather is noticing the same thing I am

I’ve noticed a sudden media pivot against Antifa in the last couple of days, which I assume means that someone has polled this stuff and it’s electoral poison for Democrats. Which should come as no surprise, unless you live in a Media Bubble.

And we’re seeing stuff like this from Joe Scarborough Mika and the panel:

as had Headline News:

Even Michael Moore has figured it out:

The Question is, why the sudden change? Well it’s all in accordance with DaTechGuy’s 2nd Law of Media Outrage

The level of acceptance of the positions and/or actions of any group or organization by the left and media is directly proportional to their current or potential value in electing liberal Democrats.

One doesn’t have to be an expensive political consultant to know that visuals of people in masks beating reporters and their political foes combined with chants of “No Fascist USA” and “No USA at all” being linked to the single most visible group of leftists/Democrats is not going to help Democrat Senators running in blue states.  That’s why the LA Times is doing all it can to segregate ANTIFA from the rest of the left, but as Dave Weigel put it this week:

And with that inability to thread the needle the days of the MSM defending ANTIFA have ended as the folks at Philadelinquency explain

For those of you who love putting on black bandanas it’s going to get interesting as most of your conformist liberal friends grow from disagreement to disavowing political alignment and then that may even contort into a clear divide and perhaps even separation and you two blocking each other on social media. The liberal voting mass will listen to their “smart friend” who is trying to help out Senator Casey or Save Claire! and feel less inclined to march with you. It may turn into complete ostracization at political rallies and events. Political expediency will demand this. It’s a political singularity that is a certainty. You will not be able to escape it.

For those of you who are liberal and hold down a corporate job: as you’ve been more than welcoming to extremism these last few months your new-found discovery that extremism is bad and unproductive in politics will force you into logic pretzels you never thought possible. You’ll cope by ignoring most of the shit you’ve said or done because there’s a ring on the merry-go-round that needs to be grabbed. You can’t have any of your more far-left and green friends holding you back.

How bad has it gotten for ANTIFA? Even Washington Post Humorists are denouncing them:

Now, I am an unapologetic, unrepentant, unreconstructed liberal. But I have absolutely no doubts about this issue, for reasons moral, ethical, logical and, above all, tactical.

And believe me under that 2nd law of media outrage those final three words will be the primary driver of all the media’s reactions from here on in.

Update:  Now you really know the 2nd law is in play, even San Francisco Nancy is coming out against Antifa.


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Alfonso Bedoya in The Treasure of Sierra Madre

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Evergreen  and multipurpose commentary from Harold S. Geneen, former President, CEO and Chairman of ITT, in 1984. The year of the quote is serendipitous.

Time after time in those early ITT management meetings, I would question a man about his facts, Where did he get them? (Usually from some other man.) How did he know they were correct? Were they facts? So I wrote a memo about ‘unshakeable facts.’

Yesterday, we put in a long hard-driving meeting mostly seeking the facts on which easy management decisions could be then made. I think the most important conclusion to be drawn is simple. There is no word in the English language that more strongly conveys the intent of incontrovertibility, i.e. ‘final and reliable reality’ than the word ‘fact.’

However, no word is more honored by its breach in actual usage. For example, there are and we saw yesterday:

‘Apparent facts’

‘Assumed facts’

‘Reported Facts’

‘Hoped-for facts’

‘Facts’ so labeled and accepted as facts – i.e. ‘accepted facts’ – and many others of similar derivation.

In most cases these were not facts at all.

In many cases of daily life this point may not be too important, but in the area of management momentum and decision, is all-important. Whole trains of events and decision of an entire management can be put in motion in the wrong direction – with inevitable loss of money, time and morale – by one ‘unfactual fact’ accepted by or submitted by YOU – however unintentional.

The highest art of professional management requires the literal ability to ‘smell’ a ‘real fact’ from all others -and moreover to have the temerity, intellectual curiosity, guts and/or plain impoliteness, if necessary to be sure that what you do have is indeed what we will call an ‘unshakeable fact.’

So . . . start now IS IT A FACT? but more important, IS IT AN UNSHAKEABLE FACT?

No matter what you think, try ‘shaking it’ to be sure.

Send this message down the line.

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Get your hammers and chisels out! Ready the bulldozers! Tear down the statues and remove the names of presidents who are considered “racists”!

Writing in The Huffington Post last year, Ibram Kendi, a professor at American University, provided the names of the most racist U.S. presidents. Kendi won the 2016 National Book Award for his analysis of racism in which he saw Angela Davis and the Black Panthers as the good guys.

I just want to make certain everyone knows just how crazy it could become. Here’s the list from No. 11 through No. 1:

No. 11. George W. Bush

Kendi’s rationale: No Child Left Behind Act and Katrina

No. 10. Calvin Coolidge

Kendi’s rationale: The Immigration Act of 1924 rationalized discrimination against Asians and restricted immigration from southern and eastern Europe, severely restricted African immigrants and banned the immigrations of Arabs and Asians. “America must be kept American,” President Coolidge said during his first annual message to Congress in 1923.

No. 9. Dwight Eisenhower

Kendi’s rationale: President Eisenhower did not endorse Brown v. Board of Education and dragged his feet to enforce it. He “did not wage war against segregation. And he remains as much to blame as anyone for its persistence, for the lives lost fighting against it.”

No. 8. James Polk

Kendi’s rationale: President Polk waged the Mexican American War (1846-1848). “War propagandists framed the U.S. as bringing freedom and civilization to the backward Mexicans. From the war spoils, the U.S. seized from Mexico nearly all of what is now the American Southwest—a gargantuan land seizure that mirrored the ongoing violent seizures of Native American land and the ongoing violent seizures of Black labor.”

No. 7. Woodrow Wilson

Kendi’s rationale:  “Professor Wilson and then President Wilson unapologetically backed what he called the ‘great Ku Klux Klan,’ and championed the Klan’s violent disenfranchisement of southern African Americans in the late 19th century. President Wilson began the brutal two-decade U.S. occupation of Haiti in 1915, preventing Haitians from self-governing. And possibly most egregiously, at the Versailles Convention settling World War I in 1919, President Wilson effectively killed Japan’s proposal for a treaty recognizing racial equality, thus sustaining the life of European colonialism.”

No. 6. Franklin Roosevelt

Kendi’s rationale: “President Roosevelt’s executive order in 1942 that ended up rounding up and forcing more than 100,000 Japanese Americans into prisons during World War II is arguably the most racist executive order in American history.”

No. 5. Thomas Jefferson

Kendi’s rationale: He owned slaves. [Note: Kendi doesn’t mention his affair with a slave.]

No. 4. James Monroe

Kendi’s rationale: The Monroe Doctrine, which was aimed at protecting U.S. interests in Latin and South America, was used “as a rationalizing cord for U.S. intervention into sovereign Latin American states, including the toppling of governments unfriendly to U.S. interests. This Monroe Doctrine was as racist and devastating to Latin American communities abroad as the doctrine of Manifest Destiny was to indigenous communities at home.”

No. 3. Ronald Reagan

Kendi’s rationale: “President Reagan attracted voters through racially coded appeals that allowed them to avoid admitting they were attracted by the racist appeals.

“President Reagan took President Nixon’s racist drug war to a new level, and the mass incarceration of Black and Brown bodies accelerated…. Reagan stands on this list as the representative of all these mass incarcerating presidents in the late 20th century.”

No. 2. Andrew Jackson

Kendi’s rationale: President “Jackson stepped into the U.S. presidency as a wealthy Tennessee enslaver and military general who had founded and spearheaded the Democratic Party. Jacksonian Democrats, as historians call them, amassed a winning coalition of southern enslavers, White working people, and recent European immigrants who regularly rioted against abolitionists, indigenous and Black communities, and civil rights activists before and after the Civil War.”

No. 1. Andrew Johnson

Kendi’s rationale: “President Johnson offered amnesty, property rights, and voting rights to all but the highest Confederate officials (most of whom he pardoned a year later). He later ordered the return of land to pardoned Confederates, null and voided those wartime orders that granted Blacks forty acres and a mule, and removed many of the Black troops from the South.

“Feeling empowered by President Johnson, Confederates instituted a series of discriminatory Black codes at the constitutional conventions that reformulated southern states in the summer and fall of 1865. The immediate postwar South became the spitting image of the prewar South in everything but name—as the law replaced the master. These racist policies caused a postwar war since an untold number of Black people lost their lives resisting them.”

Here in Philadelphia, the city is debating whether to remove the statue of former Mayor Frank Rizzo, who was the city’s top cop in the 1960s and went on to become mayor. Somehow lost in the debate is how poorly the city has done under African-American leadership, including the bombing of fellow African-Americans in 1985.

But there’s more. The Associated Press reports that there are other non-Confederate monuments that might be toppled. https://apnews.com/c8875d316f5f4c4bab4d48812cb7d253/In-dispute-over-statues,-where-do-you-draw-the-line

Christopher Columbus is a favorite target. But so is Peter Faneuil, whose name graces the colonial meeting place in Boston nicknamed the “Cradle of Liberty,” because he had ties to the slave trade.

Simply put, it’s clear that we need to get rid of the statues of all dead white guys who oppressed the lives of so many Americans! We could build memorials dedicated to Huey Newton, Bobby Seale, Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X, and many others to replace the symbols of injustice.

It might be funny except more and more people actually think some of these are good ideas.