One commenter suggested that the problem with current immigration law is that Congress has not been forced to act. I didn’t quite agree:
Current law enacted by Congress handles immigration reasonably well. It certainly prevents the current crisis. Except that it didn’t: Continue reading Lawlessness
Citizen Tom is discussing family, illegal immigration, and governmental failures. Along the way, he asked, “Why have we chosen such people to lead us?”
I interpreted this to mean “What’s wrong with voters these days?” It seems to me that there are several factors: Continue reading Voters
(Reposted with minor edits from a discussion at Citizen Tom’s blog.)
The sole difference between mocking Christianity and Judaism and Buddhism and the Sikh faith and so on versus Islam is that all of those others won’t kill you for it, as a general thing. Islam deserves to be mocked until it grows up and/or weeds out the jihadist (and jihad-supporting) elements that make up too large a portion of its adherents now.
President Obama, speaking at the Summit of the Americas last month, made a couple of intriguing statements.
Perhaps President Correa has more confidence than I do in distinguishing between bad press and good press. There are a whole bunch of press that I think is bad, mainly because it criticizes me, but they continue to speak out in the United States because I don’t have confidence in a system in which one person is making that determination.
Continue reading Bad Press
I’d really hoped that this was satire. That, perhaps, what is celebrated as April Fool’s Day in the US is early May in Australia. But no, the commenters (most of whom were similarly puzzled and astounded) were also commenting about the “April Fool’s Day” aspect of the piece. Continue reading Family
Except from a conversation with a rather vehement and objectionable catastrophist, who was asserting a consensus with AGW (anthropogenic global warming). I replied:
Incidentally, I agree with AGW. Specifically, in answer to the questions posed on the famous survey, that it has warmed in recent decades and that humans have contributed some non-zero amount to this. But… Continue reading Science
This is a rather nifty little short film about out-of-this-world technology:
Abiogenesis (Short Film) from Richard Mans on Vimeo.
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One topic I am thinking about is the farcical kabuki dance surrounding the Iran sanctions regime. T^he lawmakesr pretend that they are going to be tough about the sanctions. Obama pretends that he will be tough about the sanctions. But in fact we effectively released them more than a year ago. Continue reading Sanctions
The word “carbon” is often used as a shorthand for carbon dioxide. Environmentalists talk of “carbon footprints” and “carbon pollution” and have injected such terms into the language. But not too long ago, we all recognized that Earth’s biosphere was one of “carbon-based life.” That is, of course, still true. But humans are changing the picture a little bit:
Continue reading Carbon Credit
Progressive statists tend to think of Constitutional conservatives holding the notion that “all taxes are theft.” This is not a position held by us in general, and it is instead a strawman created to attack us. Here is my thinking on the topic: Continue reading Taxation