The Trans-Atlantic Illegal Alien Trade

One wonders if the trade is triangular

by baldilocks

The Organized Left seems to have a limited set of tactics. But, I’m fascinated by the logistics of the following, not to mention the audacity.

The Assembly of African Migrants — a confederation of about 3,000 people from various African countries currently in Tapachula, Mexico — launched in the past week, according to La Jornada, citing assembly leaders. The group issued its first press release Thursday, describing its origins, how members have suffered since entering Mexico, and their demands.

“We, the people of African origin, forced to remain in Tapachula, suffer an unbearable humanitarian situation related to nurture, housing, health and hygiene; as well as systematic discrimination by immigration authorities,” the press release began. “Since we left our countries, for us life has been a permanent escape. We feel despair, hopelessness, fear, demoralization, loneliness and abandonment.”

The Assembly of African Migrants is made up of illegal immigrants who traveled from the Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola, Cameroon, and other African countries. They said they left their countries, traveled across South and Central America, but have remained detained in Tapachula, a city on Mexico’s southern border near Guatemala.

Thanks in large part to pressure from the Trump administration, the Mexican government has dramatically stepped up enforcement against illegal immigration. While the majority of illegal migrants traveling through Mexico are Central Americans, thousands of African migrants have also found themselves stuck near Tapachula’s federal immigration office.

If you’re blown away by the irony of this – especially juxtaposed against the New York Times singling out the United States for its alleged birth defect aka enslavement of black Africans – don’t feel as though you’re alone.

But the same question keeps popping up every time I read about this: who owns the fleet which is bringing these Africans across the Atlantic Ocean?

I’d guess that it’s the same entities who got them organized into an “Assembly,” wrote their press release, told them to march, and supplied them with the lovely Spanish-language signs. (Several possible culprits are listed here. Spanish language.)

Also, I’ll bet that the US Navy has the ferrymen identified.

Another question: has anyone warned these poor Africans about the horrible white supremacism and toxic masculinity rampant north of the USA-Mexico border?

I’m guessing not.

RELATED: Musings on Illegal Aliens

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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Before you go there: NO, President Trump did not pull a Hillary Clinton

I saw the same picture you did when President Trump tweeted about Iran’s failed satellite launch. The picture is pretty nice and detailed. It’s resolution appears to be much higher than commercial imagery, and more than a few people are accusing the President of releasing classified information, and in doing so, demonstrating disregard for our intelligence capabilities. I’m calling it now…it won’t be much longer until someone compares this to Hillary Clinton’s classified emails.

Except that it’s an apples to pawpaws comparison. The picture was likely part of an intelligence product. The black spot in the upper left was probably where the classification marking was located. Most likely this appeared in a product of some kind, and President Trump asked to release it at an unclassified level. Whether that is responsible or not isn’t much of a discussion, because as an original classification authority, President Trump is 100% authorized to declassify any intelligence he wants.

The Intelligence Community exists to serve national interests, and declassifying intelligence at a sooner than expected date is not unprecedented. Showing our enemies that we have knowledge of an event, a military buildup, or something else may advance our interests. In the case of Iran, it was probably intended to stave off Iranian accusations of US meddling. It’s also a high-level trolling event, where President Trump wishes Iran “good luck” in finding out what happened. Does he know something? Did he pay off someone? Or did he get lucky? If it causes a flurry of accusations about Americans inside the Iranian ranks…so much the better.

This post represents the views of the author and not those of the Department of Defense, Intelligence Community, Department of the Navy, or any other government agency.

The Biggest Danger to A Christian’s Soul…

…is the belief that the same God who we trust to forgive our sins that we struggle with will not forgive the sins of others.

It can be tough thing, particularly when you are dealing with public sin that is flaunted but the reality is we don’t know if that person is struggling with their sins, and currently failing.

While we should not shy about noting the sin and even admonishing the sinner (which is a spiritual work of mercy) we must also pray for such folks with the confidence in the forgiveness of God and the key words in the Our Father or as our Protestant Brother say, the Lord’s Prayer…

Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

Or to put it a better way.

You will meet a lot of self righteous people religious and non-religious who loudly proclaim their love for the people of the world and their desire for their well being, but have no use for individual people.

They love humanity in the abstract but can’t stand people.

Christianity is practically the opposite.  Jesus himself says 

Someone asked him, “Lord, will only a few people be saved?” He answered them,

“Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.  After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door, then will you stand outside knocking and saying, ‘Lord, open the door for us.’ He will say to you in reply, ‘I do not know where you are from.’

This is a commentary on people as a whole, yet over and over when Jesus encounters people with a long history of sin, he offers that individual compassion and forgiveness, even as others disapprove.

So it must be with us.  We might disapprove of the culture as a whole but the people we encounter are individuals.  They need to be treated with love, compassion, understanding and forgiveness with the knowledge that they are children of God whose sins Jesus  died for and will willingly forgive.

That difference is the difference between the virtue of humility and the sin of pride.

Collective guilt is an alien concept in our constitutional system

From the founding of the United States until about the mid 1960s individual guilt was the only form of guilt that existed in this country. Thanks to progressives taking us on a path that is entirely foreign to the founding principles of this nation, collective guilt has been steadily replacing individual guilt.

Until the mid 1960s only the individual who committed a particular crime was punished for that crime, and every individual was solely responsible for their own actions. That changed when a group of radical professors began introducing collectivist teachings into college campuses. Those radical teachings took hold on college campuses and over time have infected so much of academia and our culture. Now, thanks to radical progressives inhabiting the United States Congress and State Legislatures, collective guilt is starting to make inroads into out legal system. Several of the Democratic candidates for president support some form or collective guilt. This is very dangerous.

Slavery Reparations are the most ludicrous form of collective guilt I’ve encountered. Since slavery was abolished in 1865 in the United States and all slave owners have long since perished how can anyone alive be individually guilty of the crime of slavery?

Stripping innocent gun owners of their right to bear arms because other individuals have committed crimes with their guns is another all too common form of collective guilt. This form of collective guilt will only make everyone less safe. Good guys with guns stop on average 1 million crimes a year. Stripping gun owners of their guns will also eliminate one of the most important safeguards the founders of this nation devised to prevent the government of the United States from becoming tyrannical.

Progressive taxation is also an insidious form of collective guilt. The wealth of individuals who have committed no crime, they are simply successful through hard work, is confiscated and redistributed to individuals who have not earned it.

White guilt is another ridiculous form of collective guilt, one that is very much in vogue on college campuses. If the same false blame was placed on another race the cries of racism would be deafening and unremitting.

Assigning guilt to collective groups such as society or one particular race only makes crime worse. When crimes of individuals are not properly punished then more individuals will boldly commit the same crimes. This is one reason why crime is much more prevalent in Democrat controlled states and cities.

Individual guilt is enshrined in our Constitution, not collective guilt. This is most notable in the Due Process Clause of the 5th Amendment and the 14th Amendment. Blanket warrants are not covered by the 4th Amendment, only individual warrants. Unfortunately the federal government has recently forgotten this in their quest to fight terrorism.

Could the Post Luck Colts Pursue Brady after this Season?

As I mentioned at the backup blog one of the funniest things I’ve heard concerning the retirement of Andrew Luck is the repeated meme that this was their year for the Superbowl.

The blunt Truth is that until someone in the AFC manages to figure out how to get Past Tom Brady it’s his year and nobody else’s.

But the Luck retirement has opened up one possibility that nobody has talked about.  In Brady’s newest contract he is able to become a free agent at the end of the season if he so chooses, if indy is really serious that their team as constructed was only Andrew Luck away from a serious superbowl run why not go all out and try to sign Tom Brady to fill that hole?

Not only would that unite Brady with his Superbowl partner and the only player in the league older than him in Adam Vinatieri but it’s likely that the Colts would offer him a hell of a contract with as much control as he wants.

Now in fairness all of this is dependent on Brady having another big year without injury and the Colts not making another long term move or Jacoby Brissett suddenly breaking out big and I mean REALLY big.

But if I’m the Indy front office I have nothing to lose by going all in on the Brady sweepstakes at worst it’s a short term hit that puts butts in the seats and at best it could mean another super bowl heading to Indy and wouldn’t it be something to see Brady and Vinatieri hoisting that trophy together again?

FYI If I’m the Patriots front office I’m making contract offers to prevent this possibility RIGHT NOW!

Three Reasons Why The Left Might Be Better Off with a Trump SCOTUS appointment NOW vs Later

Yesterday I talked about the reasons why the GOP should be happy to ignore Democrat Pleas to wait on replacing Ginsberg, now here are a couple of reasons why the Democrats might wint Trump to replace Ginsberg NOW!

Reason one  Murkowski and Collins

Right now the GOP has only a single seat majority in the Senate and the key swing votes are Murkowski and Collins.  Of all the senators in the caucus they are the most likely to force President Trump into a more moderate choice for SCOTUS.

If Donald Trump wins (likely) and has coattails (likely) the Democrats are apt to find themselves in a position where the votes of Murkowski and Collins (if she survives) are not needed to get a conservative judge across the line, particularity since Alabama is unlikely to stay Democrat and Manchin is very likely to vote his state rather than his party.   If that is the case you might see a Justice that makes Antonin Scalia look like Earl Warren.

Reason Two Turnout

Since the best chance for Democrats to win in 2020 is to further motivate potential Democrat voters.  Nothing would do so more than a successful replacement of Justice Ginsberg with a conservative, particularly as a club to use against GOP senators in states like ME and COL

Given that the primary reason for Democrat power IS power the short term gain from such an event is likely to pay high dividends at a time when they need such a thing to counter the Trump economy.

Reason Three Breaking the cycle of dependence 

One of the reasons why the Democrat party has pretty much become an urban regional party has been their reliance on the courts.  Namely why bother to try to win over the people when you can count on the courts to legislate your agenda for you.

If Ginsberg is replaced by a solid conservative now it will finally force the Democrat party to do what it needs to do to survive long term, actually connect with voters and serve their needs.  The president’s inroads with minority voters demonstrates the dangers of relying on a race based coalition and of course any splits in the various groups (see the Tom Hagen Math posts) are likely to isolate the party even more.

The party can’t wean itself out of it’s dependence on the courts and re-connect with the actual votes until that break is complete.  A Trump appointment would do that.

Of course this point assumes party leaders care about the future and when your party is about narcissism and not having children that’s a rather big assumption isn’t it?

Serfing

Pun and visual metaphor

by baldilocks

It’s really quite simple. California’s intent is to create a serf class and to enlarge it.

(…) California Teachers Association, emboldened by the huge Democratic gains in 2018, continues to push an aggressive and fundamentally reactionary approach to education, spending upwards of a million a month to curtail the surge of innovative charter schools in the state. This is particularly critical in lower-income communities, such as the East Bay, central Orange County and Los Angeles, where the state’s public schools have consistently failed and where some charters have made considerable strides through reforms and innovations.

But nothing has been more illustrative of the political agenda of our educational establishment than the recent draft curriculum for an “ethnic studies” course for the state’s schools. Although this curriculum has created a firestorm of opposition and is unlikely to be adopted as is, the fact is the curriculum reflected a far-left agenda that is deeply entrenched in the educational establishment.

The scariest thing about the ethnic studies curriculum may not be its ultimate content but how it reflects an ideology that advocates indoctrination of youngsters who often don’t even have the most basic understanding of sociology or history.

Often incapable of meeting basic grade-level English language and mathematics standards, these students would be forced to learn academic jargon like misogynoir, cisheteropatriarchy and hxrstory. (…)

California’s 8th graders, on average, have fallen well behind the rest of the country in science, mathematics and reading scores — including even demographically similar states such as Texas and New York. Almost three of five California high schoolers are not prepared for either college or a career; the percentages are far higher for Latinos, African American and the economically disadvantaged.

Serfs don’t need real education, of course.

Many want to know how formerly conservative California reached this abyss. There are several prongs and the descent in the quality of education is only one of the factors.

People have been trying to get me to document the other factors in the Third-World-ization of my home state. So, I’m going to take a shot at it. It will take a few days – perhaps a week – to gather the research and put it in coherent form.

Look for it at my home blog.

(Thanks to Glenn Reynolds, whose birthday is today.)

RELATED: Fighting For the Serf Turf

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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DaTimes and revisionist history

Having failed to take down Donald Trump with the Mueller investigation, the American media have turned to race as a way to discredit the president.

DaTimes launched the first assault with its project about slavery and race.

In case you missed it, DaTimes has determined that the nation started in 1619, the title of its nearly 100-page missive on race in DaMagazine, when slaves were shipped to Virginia.

It’s worth noting one significant error with this revisionist history: Slaves actually arrived on the continent 100 years earlier in Florida, which was controlled by Spain. But that fact undermines the narrative that DaTimes and others are pushing.

But I digress. DaTimes links slavery to rush hour traffic, mass incarceration, an “inequitable” healthcare system, and American overconsumption of sugar. “[N]early everything that has made America exceptional grew out of slavery,” DaTimes argues.

But there’s more. The Smithsonian will examine the slave trade, beginning in the 15th century. In partnership with the Pulitzer Center, DaTimes has offered lesson plans, guides, and activities to help teachers bring this material into their classrooms.

Others have decided to toe the line. DaPost offers an advice column from a college professor: “Dear fellow white people here’s what to do when you’re called racist,” on how to cope with such attacks.

USA Today chimed in about “America’s original sin.” AOC called the electoral college a “scam” because it gives too much power to white people in flyover country.

The creators of the 1619 project and its followers argued that they are interested in a dialogue about race, but it’s a diatribe. At a meeting with reporters and editors at DaTimes, executive editor Dean Baquet faced outrage from the staffers who wanted the organization to call Trump a racist.

According to a recording of the meeting obtained by Slate, the question of how to address presidential “racism” was something the paper would need to do. “How do we cover America, that’s become so divided by Donald Trump?” asked Baquet, who is black. “How do we grapple with all the stuff you all are talking about? How do we write about race in a thoughtful way, something we haven’t done in a large way in a long time?”

The emphasis on race comes at a time when Trump’s support from minority voters has never been better. A recent Zogby poll found that a quarter of blacks and half of all Latinos support the president.

Had DaTimes and others been serious about a dialogue about race, there have been many opportunities, particularly during the Obama years. Hanging such a discussion on events from 400 years ago seems rather dubious.

Why not just admit that race is the media’s current argument against Trump for the 2020 election? That would at least be honest.

The Left’s Ginsberg Argument is Fair, but Irrelevant

Vincent Gambini: I object to this witness being called at this time. We’ve been given no prior notice he’d testify. No discovery of any tests he’s conducted or reports he’s prepared. And as the court is aware, the defense is entitled to advance notice of any witness who will testify, particularly those who will give scientific evidence, so that we may properly prepare for cross-examination, as well as give the defense an opportunity to have the witness’s reports reviewed by a defense expert, who might then be in a position to contradict the veracity of his conclusions.
Judge Chamberlain Holler: Mr. Gambini?
Vincent Gambini: Yes sir?
Judge Chamberlain Holler: That is a lucid, intelligent, well-thought out objection.
Vincent Gambini: Thank you, your honor.
Judge Chamberlain Holler: Overruled.

My Cousin Vinny 1992

Our friends on the left are getting increasingly worried about Justice Ginsberg’s health and are terrified that Donald Trump will get a chance to replace her when she dies.

In this panic they are making an argument that because the GOP congress decided to use what they called at the time the Biden rule namely to, with an election pending, wait till the results of the election so the decision will have the sanction of the people and they point to the “fairness” argument that if Garland didn’t get a hearing during such a year then neither should a Trump nominee.

It doesn’t happen often but that final argument is actually not an unreasonable one, here is why we should ignore it:

1.  It’s not yet the election year

Justice Scalia died on Feb 13th 2016 and Judge Garland was nominated on March 16th 2016.  2016 was an election year 2019 is not.

If Justice Ginsberg hangs on till then then call me

2.  The election is not in full swing.

Debates not withstanding, by the time Justice Scalia died the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primaries had taken place meaning the election had offically begun.  As of today, debates not withstanding it has not.

If Justice Ginsberg hangs on till Iowa votes then call me

3.  Obama was a lame Duck Trump is not

In the 2016 election the person picking the nominee would regardless of the result be gone and unaffected by the people’s decision.  Donald Trump will not be a lame duck so his decision would have consequences for him

4.  It would be a valid voter metric for him and others

Not quite a separate point but because he Trump on the ballot his pick would be a valid metric for voters to decide on his re-election just as the Senate’s decision to not have a vote was a valid metric for their election or re-election

5.  Democrats crying fairness NOW?

Am I to understand that after 3 years of treating this president in ways unprecedented from the day of his election from trying to game the electoral college to the with help from the Obama administration trying to frame him as a Russian against they expect to have him answer the “fairness” argument.

6.  They would do it in a second. 

Does anyone seriously believe that if in the same position the Democrats would hesitate for a moment to use this power if they had it?

And the final and clinching argument….

7.  We CAN!

One of the things about elections is they give confer certain powers, those powers do not expire until the said people are officially replaced.  Donald Trump holds the power to appoint a person to fill a Supreme Court Vacancy.  The Senate holds the power to move forward a nomination or to hold it up that power is not dependent on Democrat outrage.

Tomorrow I will explain why democrats might be smart to go along with such an appointment.

Report from Louisiana: Locking Up Cell Phones

The new school year is now underway and with it come all of the typical classroom management issues that frustrate many teachers, especially at the middle and high school level.

One of those problems is cell phones. Since the cell phone has become as common as the Number 2 pencil teachers have been struggling to either incorporate the technology into the lesson or ban the devices altogether. There seems to be no middle ground as most teenagers simply can not deny the lure of social media or games on the phone.
It’s so much more entertaining to participate in an ongoing game of pool on the phone with a friend than listen to that history lecture.

In Bossier Parish, Louisiana, one high school English teacher used the first day of school to conduct an experiment: “Students measured how often they received notifications on their cell phones, from text messages, to phone calls, to news alerts, to Snapchat pings,” and by the end of the day there had been 868 distractions, or notifications, from student devices.

How can teachers compete against this?

Benton High School in Bossier City, Louisiana has found a way. The school purchased Yondr pouches, such as those used at some concerts. At the beginning of the school day students are required to put their phones in the pouch and there it stays until the end of the day when the pouches are unlocked as students leave the building. Students rent the pouches for the year and retain possession of the pouch/phone all day.

While teachers celebrate this development, students are nonplussed. Many feel like they are being punished for the sins of others.

As of now, two Bossier Parish schools are participating in this experiment, but teachers across the parish are hoping it catches on. The cell phone has moved beyond a classroom management problem. Many students pull out the phone and check messages simply as an automatic reflex these days and hey, while there, let’s take a cute selfie, and check that email, and check that new YouTube video real quick.

I’m curious to see how this pilot program works. I’m not clear on what happens if a student is caught with a second phone; many students have more than one phone and routinely carry a “throwdown phone” in case a teacher tries to take their device up.

It would all be much more ideal if students just had the willpower to keep the devices put away, but we are talking about teenagers and when many adults can’t even do this, how can we expect kids to?