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6/11/2014

Cantor’s Loss and the Flood of Illegal Children at the Border

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:35 am

Lovers of liberty often point out that government action can have unintended consequences — even when the goal sounds good. To many, the idea of not deporting children who are here through no fault of their own sounds good. So Obama decides he can do it on his own, by simply declaring he won’t deport kids. The unintended consequence? A flood of illegal children at the border:


Megyn Kelly says in this clip that 6500 such children came across the border last year — and estimates are that there will be 90,000 to 150,000 children coming across the border this year. This issue is coming to the forefront because pictures of the children are being leaked — and the administration’s response is to fix the problem ban cell phones so that no more pictures are taken.

Obama blames this on violence caused by drug cartels. But drug cartel violence is just what the children are told to blame so that they will get asylum. Most of these children are coming from Central America. They’re coming a long way simply to escape cartel violence — and the magnet drawing them is obvious: Obama’s announcement that he will not be deporting kids any more (together with the fact that many of the kids have relatives here, and are hoping to leverage that immigration law loophole into permission to stay).

This kind of unintended consequence is not the type of thing politicians care about. They blame clearly unrelated factors and refuse to draw the obvious conclusions.

You know what provides politicians with clarity? Losing elections.

With Eric Cantor’s shocking defeat — the first primary defeat of a House Majority Leader in history — politicians will, all of a sudden, start connecting dots that they were unable to connect before. You know those politicians who can’t seem to process a connection between a policy of not deporting kids and a flood of illegal kids? They’ll be able to process the connection between the flood of illegal kids and Cantor’s loss.

And those politicians who don’t care about the unintended consequences of kids dropped on street corners in Phoenix, or waves of undocumented kids in Arizona school? There’s one unintended consequence they do care about: the unintended consequence of losing an election that everyone knew — knew! — could not be lost.

If there’s one thing that gets a politician’s attention, it’s the possibility of losing office. That’s the importance of kicking out Cantor. A complacent politician suddenly becomes less complacent when he sees a colleague get his ass unexpectedly handed to him by the voting populace.

72 Responses to “Cantor’s Loss and the Flood of Illegal Children at the Border”

  1. Ding.

    Patterico (9c670f)

  2. This is CHAOS. The Saul Alinsky RULES FOR RADICALS http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saul_Alinsky
    and CLOWARD PIVEN STRAGEY – implemented. This is what the making of anarchy, revolution look like. The Rule of Law in America has collapsed. GLZ.

    Gary L. Zerman (df7f8e)

  3. Obama and his AG Holder have done all they can to disregard immigration laws and facilitate this flood. Impeach them now.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  4. I voted for Brat thinking Cantor was his usual inevitableness. I wanted to make the margins a little tighter than he would like, and remind him he still had some obligations to his district as well as his party, and that his constituents were not obligated to support him in any event.

    I got what I wished for, and more.

    SarahW (267b14)

  5. What makes me really livid about politicians like Cantor and Obama — one on the right (squishy or otherwise), the other on the left — is that the mess (or slop fests) they create or are enablers to can be easily sidestepped by them, since they have the nonchalance and convenience of easily voting with their feet and the moving van. (“I can afford to send my precious children to private schools and don’t mind putting lots of mileage on my car since I buy a new one every other year!”) For all us schlubs out there, that option is not quite as accessible, welcome or innocuous.

    Mark (c36e03)

  6. Ah a Cantor defeat “For the encouragement of others” is probably a good thing.

    As for Obama’s policy of having the Border Patrol wave young illegals across the border; then putting them on a plane to dump them at a bus station in either Phoenix or Tucson, what can I say.

    He’s accomplishing two things–(1) “payback” for Governor Brewer not genuflecting at the approach of Imperial Majesty Obozo; and (2) restocking the young sex worker trade in Arizona and maybe California. These are 13 and 14 year old kids with limited skills and limited English. They have no family support system here in the US. They can become thieves, drug dealers, burglars or prostitutes.

    Now I know that, if they survive, they may finally wind up as loyal Democrat voters–so in Obozo’s mind, there’s that. But it’s going to be a rough ride in more ways than one, while these kids try to survive.

    Skeptical Voter (12e67d)

  7. Thanks so much, SarahW.

    mg (31009b)

  8. I have come to believe that this flood of children is more than a spontaneous movement. With LaRaza in the White House, and Eric Holder at the top of the criminal enforcement, I can’t help but think that activists are fomenting this.

    If the media had any guts, they would be flying down there and asking questions.

    Patricia (5fc097)

  9. This is a coordinated and deliberate effort to manufacture an immigration crisis using children to justify blanket Amnesty.

    How else do THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN from all parts of Central America wind up across our border unaccompanied?

    SGT Ted (eed28b)

  10. Valerie Jarrett is in charge of rounding up all the activists.
    She should be 6′ under an Iranian sand dune.

    mg (31009b)

  11. Patricia,

    This is an invasion fomented and sanctioned by the felonious regime. They think that this will bring pressure to pass “immigration reform” (aka blanket amnesty). In fact, it just gets people like me (who support some normalization of some illegals) to get their backs up.

    And this is by no means the first, or likely last, criminal attack on the Constitution, the People or the rule of law by this pack of traitors.

    I’m beginning to think that the Dems might lose in a tidal wave this year.

    Kevin M (b357ee)

  12. Where are all these unaccompanied children going to go? The streets? Internment camps? Church basements? This is a politically driven human tragedy unfolding real time in our country and reminds of the hordes of refugees who swarm over borders in times of war in places like Sudan and Syria, etc., requiring medical care, food, and social services.

    You’re damn right the media should be asking some questions. And Eric Holder needs to be forced out. I cry for these children who are being used as political pawns by evil men.

    elissa (89f665)

  13. I truly hope this ensures Amnesty is dead in the water. Everyone is saying “Something must be done.” BS. Nothing needs to be done except the cessation of coddling non-citizens.

    DejectedHead (a094a6)

  14. The illegals are invaders. Until our government treats them as such they’ll continue to try to overrun us. Those Central Americans that have families here already have heard how easy it is to get food stamps, free health care in emergency rooms whenever wherever, and free public education. They’re coming here to take, not to contribute. I also blame idiotic city governments that call their cities asylums, and I blame foolish churches that give aid and shelter to these invaders. I care nothing about some Latino’s kids and I owe them nothing. Until more Americans can look at this problem realistically it’ll just get worse. Jobs and opportunity are precious we should jealously guard them from outsiders.

    Gusto Smooth (941ba0)

  15. Agree, Kevin, they have overplayed their hand.

    David Brat (5fc097)

  16. Sock puppets are frowned upon

    JD (0b1656)

  17. Of course it’s organized and coordinated. It’s Mariel all over again. I wish they had done it in September, 2012, we wouldn’t have Obama no more. Why didn’t the Republicans think of it?

    nk (dbc370)

  18. Obama blames this on violence caused by drug cartels.

    I agree this isn’t the direct cause of this flood of children. But I disagree that it’s entirely unrelated. More on that in a moment. First a slight excursion into the distant past. Also known as 2010.

    http://www.csmonitor.com/World/terrorism-security/2010/0909/Mexico-denies-Hillary-Clinton-s-insurgency-comparison

    Mexico denies Hillary Clinton’s ‘insurgency’ comparison

    …“[W]e face an increasing threat from a well-organized network, drug-trafficking threat that is, in some cases, morphing into or making common cause with what we would consider an insurgency, in Mexico and in Central America,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said at an event hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations on Wednesday. “It’s looking more and more like Colombia looked 20 years ago.”

    It’s kind of rich, doncha think, for this administration to blame cartel violence for creating a flood of refugees. While at the same time refusing to acknowledge the obvious. We have a failed state on our border. And the cartels do constitute an insurgency.

    In other words, if this flood of refugees were due to cartel violence in Mexico, then this highlights another foreign policy failure of the Obama administration. Another denial of reality (I recall an Army general getting reprimanded for committing the gaffe of telling the truth, and talking about an insurgency in Mexico, approx in the same timeframe). Because when dealing with reality is too hard, Obama denies it exists.

    But of course there’s something more. Never let a crisis go to waste. If you want to fundamentally transform America, it’s kind of nice having a failed state on your border creating the flood of refugees you need in order to call Americans heartless. In fact, why not run guns to the insurgency and stir things up more. That has the secondary effect of manufacturing evidence to call for the gradual abolition of the Second Amendment.

    But of course as Pat points out this flood of refugees is coming from Central America. It’s curious, doncha think, that Hillary! mentioned Central America in the same sentence she mentioned Mexico’s insurgency? This highlights another foreign policy failure of the Obama administration. He lost Latin America just like he lost the Middle East.

    Or is it a failure? Perhaps it’s deliberate. I’d put nothing past this malicious clown. Is Mexico the only country where we’re running guns to the criminals, stirring the pot, creating the crisis he won’t let go to waste?

    Steve57 (5f0260)

  19. The barbarians are storming the borders while the Empire is unable or unwilling to stop
    them. “The Cantons will look to their own defense as there are no more legions to send.”

    Bar Sinister (b48c12)

  20. JD, I know, it’s really hard to get rid of a sock. You can only do it when you comment, and even then it keeps popping up.

    Patricia (5fc097)

  21. *And the cartels do constitute or are making common cause with an insurgency.

    Perhaps I missed it, but since per our illustrious former SecState said this is the case both in Mexico and Central America, can anybody recall the Obama’s administration plan to do something about it?

    Steve57 (5f0260)

  22. You bring your kid to this country illegally as a criminal, and it’s my fault that he got sent back to Mexico? No.

    CrustyB (69f730)

  23. So, the Democrat solution should be to repatriate these kids in their homeland so they can be w/ their families. In order to do thqatm they need to make those countries safe for them. Obviously, take them over, Obama.

    jb (50d75e)

  24. i believe that children are our future herd them into camps give them cachet

    teach them about welfare teach them food stamp pride

    then let those chamber guys

    have their way with them

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  25. maybe if we trade them some terrorists they’ll give us Iraq back?

    that would be the polite thing to do I think

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  26. http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/380085/obamas-alternative-universe-iraq-edition-andrew-c-mccarthy#!

    …citing the Wall street Journal today (may be behind a pay wall – I think you can see it the first time you click)

    http://online.wsj.com/articles/militants-seize-provincial-hq-in-mosul-city-iraq-1402387098?mod=trending_now_2

    In response, National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said the U.S. would continue to help the Iraqi government fight ISIS.

    “President Obama promised to responsibly end the war in Iraq and he did,” she said.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  27. Air power could have prevented this. Air power is the twentieth cenbtury version of walled cities. This attackk could not ahve bene made with bombing.

    A lot of sniperrs caused many Iraqis to desert.

    It sounds a little bit like the fall of Nationalist China in 1948-49, or South Vietnam in 1975 or France in 1940.

    This is not Al Qaeda. This is mutant al Qaeda. They are worse than traditional al Qaeda.

    Al Qaeda is no longer monolithic. They are not taking orders from al Zawahiri, although maybe they still are taking orders from the ISI, or some people in the Gulf styates or who knows.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  28. How do these ‘children’ get across 1000+ miles of Mexico – who BTW have very strong laws about illegal aliens from south-of-the-border – and then just waltz into Estados Unidos?
    Will we discover communications from the WH to the new Mexican Presidente about this at some point?
    And why is that Marine still in a Mexican jail, and five Taliban terrorists are lounging about the pool at a Qatari resort?

    And, in a tin-foil hat moment – will these ‘relocation centers’ at Ft. Sill, Port Hueneme, and Lackland AFB, be handed over to the DHS once these kids are ‘mainstreamed’ for ‘re-education centers’?
    What is Billy Ayers doing these days?

    askeptic (8ecc78)

  29. taking orders from the ISI

    There are rumbles within the Pakistani political class about the government allowing a foreign army (the Taliban) to set up shop within the country, especially after this second attack on the Karachi airport. The Islamabad government has effectively lost control of Waziristan, and most of Baluchistan too.

    askeptic (8ecc78)

  30. How do these ‘children’ get across 1000+ miles of Mexico

    There’s movies been made about it, askeptic.

    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Dinstant-video&field-keywords=el+norte

    nk (dbc370)

  31. Re: Cantor

    Cantor neither defended his position on immigration, whatever it was, nor
    convinced the voters that David Brat was describing it wrongly.

    He spent a lot of money and probably the money he spent the more it hurt him. According to the New York Times he blanketed the district with fliers and television ads in which he claimed he opposed amnesty.

    Wrong move.

    The lesson to be drawn here is that this is not an issue that can be finessed.

    What killed Cantor’s election prospects was not his position on immigration, but a perception of dishonesty.

    A reader of Morning Jolt living in Cantor’s district wrote:

    I think everyone on FOX and the other channels who are seeing something bigger than local politics here are missing the boat entirely. Brat ran a very Obama-like campaign, using the local Tea Party to get out the vote among low-information voters (“Cantor agrees with Obama on amnesty” was Brat’s message). I don’t think there is any “big” message tonight, other than all politics is local.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  32. Claiming that any provision of law that would allow anyone currently illegal to
    stay here legally, under any terms whatsoever, for a reason that derives from their
    already being here illegally, and would not be available to someone who is not already present in the United States – claaiming that is not amnesty is finessing the issue.

    So is saying that any amnesty will be the last amnesty.

    The whole thing is not a real issue – it is logic trap,and the Republicans don’t know how to get out of it.

    They have as much difficulty arguing their position as Winston Churchill did in opposing socialism

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  33. Happy days are here again! No amnesty for undocumented now and there will be no amnesty for republicans either! Now latinos will hate republicans as much as black people do! Only the democratic party can protect them now. Every election cycle 5,000,000 more minority kids turn 18(voting age) add undocumented and dreamers another 1,000,000! gop is through! Mrs Clinton will be MRS PRESIDENT in 2016 then are first latina president!

    vota (da923b)

  34. 36. vota (da923b) — 6/11/2014 @ 12:47 pm

    Happy days are here again! No amnesty for undocumented now

    It is not amnesty that is dead – it is “comprehensive immigration reform” (unless the Democrats can manage to pass it with mostly Democratic votes and do so only because they want it as cover for themselves saying it is a compromise.)

    Did you know that Senator Schumer has proposed January 20, 2017 as the effective date of the amnesty, or the whole law, saying that if Republicans don’t trust President Obama to enforce the law, then let’s lwave it to the next president.

    Polls show that 65% to 75% of the voters support amnesty – with impossible and unrealistic conditions (things like “border control”, amnesty not to apply to criminals, payment of taxes, or more employer sanctions etc.)

    Nobody seems to have polled real world choices.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  35. Something is fishy.

    Two months before Congress is about to take up amnesty, 10s of thousands of young children suddenly run away from home, are able enter Mexico without a visa, transit the country and are dropped off on the US/Mexico border where the Border Patrol is waiting with open arms. It’s all too pat.

    This smells of a choreographed effort from the White House to make the country say we must have immigration reform. I don’t know how flouting the law by Customs and Immigration will give confidence any new law will seal the border. Obama and his minions ignore it now and will ignore it in the future.

    Frankly, if this is a staged operation it is counter-productive. Witness Cantor’s loss yesterday.

    Corky Boyd (c95a33)

  36. and there will be no amnesty for republicans either!

    Did you know there’s another Republican member of Congress running scared the other way, in Colorado?

    http://online.wsj.com/articles/immigration-twist-in-colorado-race-1402443788

    AURORA, Colo.—During his first few terms in Congress, Republican Rep. Mike Coffman sounded like the immigration hard-liner his conservative Colorado district had been electing for years.

    He voted against granting legal status to students who entered the country unlawfully as children, and praised his predecessor, Tom Tancredo, who is nationally known for fierce rhetoric about illegal immigration.

    But as he campaigns for a fourth House term in a congressional district dramatically transformed by newcomers to the U.S., Mr. Coffman is delivering a far more conciliatory message. At a recent dinner for Asian-Americans in the Denver area, he said it was high time Republicans became more sensitive to immigrants’ concerns.

    “There was a perception about Republicans being anti-immigrant,” Mr. Coffman said. “In my view, immigrant communities in America are a jump ball. And Republicans have just not been in the game.”

    Mr. Coffman faces one of the toughest re-election battles in Congress this year. His Democratic rival, Andrew Romanoff, has raised $2.6 million to match Mr. Coffman’s war chest—more than any other House challenger in the country..

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  37. Now latinos will hate republicans as much as black people do! Only the democratic party can protect them now.

    Don’t forget Asians.

    And young people in general.

    This will be mire divisive than the Vietnam War.

    Every election cycle 5,000,000 more minority kids turn 18(voting age) add undocumented and dreamers another 1,000,000! gop is through!

    No more than they were through after 1936.

    Mrs Clinton will be MRS PRESIDENT in 2016 then are first latina president!

    Her chances go up. She can finesse this better. She can claim Congress will pass a law. A Republican cannot. She doesn’t have to take a pro-manesty position. The opponents ofnesty will do that for her.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  38. The House is in recess (whatever) until 1 Aug, when the GOP will have to elect a new Maj-Ldr.
    It is the Maj-Ldr who schedules which bills come to the floor.
    It is highly unlikely that a Dem bill (such as what came out of the Senate) will be scheduled by a new leader who will have had to make certain promises to garner the 50%+1 votes that he needed to ascend to his new position.
    Any attempt to finesse a GOP bill through by accepting only a small number of GOP votes, and a large number of Dem votes will result in a GOP caucus in open revolt against its own leadership.

    Interesting Times.

    askeptic (8ecc78)

  39. Corky Boyd (c95a33) — 6/11/2014 @ 1:09 pm

    Fast & Furious, in reverse – brought to you by the creators of the original.

    askeptic (8ecc78)

  40. Why the flood ?

    askeptic (8ecc78)

  41. OT a bit, but the ISIS has overrun Tikrit according to a post at HotAir.
    I think the Maliki government can be counted on to fall by the end of the week.
    I believe we will see Sloe-Joe’s partition of Iraq:
    The North and West will be under Sunni (AQ) control;
    The South will be under Shia (Iran) control;
    and the Kurds in the North-East will declare an independent Republic of Kurdistan (the Turks will go ballistic).
    The temperature in the Mid-East has just been turned up to “Interesting”.

    askeptic (8ecc78)

  42. While pleased as can be with the Cantor turn out, it was not before time.

    WTF is with Kentuckians and Arizonans and Ohioans, etc.?

    gary gulrud (46ca75)

  43. #36
    It looks like our old friend Perry has escaped from the Delaware Home for the Aged, once again.
    By the way, Perry, your lack of standard grammar usage and punctuation reflects poorly on the publick skool education system of the state of Delaware.

    Once the men in white coats find you, they should return you to your rocking chair on the front porch, where you can resume your game of checkers while enjoying a nice pitcher of CountryTime Lemonade.

    P.S. Don’t forget to take your fiber supplement, and keep in mind that the Delaware Home for the Aged has its annual potluck dinner this Saturday at 4PM.

    Elephant Stone (6a6f37)

  44. I have heard mention that many Dems voted against Cantor in VA, as there was no one on the Dem ticket, and that there was a significant increase in the number of voters in this election, suggesting an influx of Dem voters.
    Anything to that, or was the increase in voters because of motivated Repubs with a legitimate alternative?
    Or, if some of both, any idea which is more responsible for the result?

    One can’t expect straight reporting on much of anything anymore for guessing which spinmeisters are spinning what in which direction and why. As many of you know, I’m sure, there have been some Repub commentators who have said, “I hope people don’t read this as a commentary about immigration reform”.

    Patterico, commence cross examination, please.

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  45. MD in Philly (f9371b) — 6/11/2014 @ 2:46 pm

    I have heard mention that many Dems voted against Cantor in VA, as there was no one on the Dem ticket,

    No Democratic primary, and Virginia has no party registration. The Democrats picked a candidate on Monday, the day before the primary.

    Now Dave Brat was (possibly – I don’t know if he has any other, maybe “libertarian” issues) not someone anyone inclined to vote for a Democrat in the general election would favor, so this would have been a pure “Operation Chaos” type of situation if it occurred.

    and that there was a significant increase in the number of voters in this election,

    Yes, but that could also be because of the heavy leafletting and TV ads.

    Cantor actually got fewer absolute number of votes than he did in the 2012 primary. In Hanover County, he received 6,838 votes – over 76% – in the 2012 primary. In 2014, it was 4,150 there, which amounted to 32%. (that would have been about 46% of the 2012 total) Brat got 8,734 there and in that county Obama got only 31% of the vote in 2012.

    In Henrico County, his home county, Cantor got 2,000 votes less than he did in 2012. (source: Best of the Web)

    suggesting an influx of Dem voters.

    Nobody knows yet what kind of an effect anything like that might have had.

    Sammy Finkelman (2d4607)

  46. 44. askeptic (8ecc78) — 6/11/2014 @ 1:38 pm

    OT a bit, but the ISIS has overrun Tikrit according to a post at HotAir.
    I think the Maliki government can be counted on to fall by the end of the week.

    It took France longer than that to fall in 1940. (and France has about the same area as Iraq) And it ws cut short by a surrender.

    It also took South Vietnam about amonth to fall, and Congress was cutting off military aid. Here it won’t be Congress.

    Nationalist china took months in 1948 and 1949, but China was much bigger.

    There may be some good units.

    I believe we will see Sloe-Joe’s partition of Iraq:
    The North and West will be under Sunni (AQ) control;
    The South will be under Shia (Iran) control;
    and the Kurds in the North-East will declare an independent Republic of Kurdistan (the Turks will go ballistic).

    you’re supposing I suppose, that Maliki will call on Iran to intervene. By the way, it’s not as if Iran and al qaeda are real enemies. If they settled, they’d probably partition Syria as well.

    The temperature in the Mid-East has just been turned up to “Interesting”.

    I getthe feeling something is brewing. Msybe a bigger war. and don’t forget what’s going on in Pakistan right now.

    “America cannot do a damx thing” said the sign behind Khamenei the other day.

    Sammy Finkelman (2d4607)

  47. “Two months before Congress is about to take up amnesty, 10s of thousands of young children suddenly run away from home, are able enter Mexico without a visa, transit the country and are dropped off on the US/Mexico border where the Border Patrol is waiting with open arms. It’s all too pat.”

    It’s been going on for months. Debbie Schlussel and others have had articles on it. It’s just now that the numbers and quantities have gotten so great that it can’t be swept under any rugs – the sickness and the starvation and the no place to sleep for kids is too much.

    luagha (5cbe06)

  48. Hanover County, he received 6,838 votes – over 76% – in the 2012 primary. In 2014, it was 4,150 there, which amounted to 32%. (that would have been about 46% of the 2012 total)

    Well, that clearly shows that many who had voted for Cantor in the past, presumably Repubs, choose to vote for the other guy, so it clearly was not simply Dems who flooded it as an “Operation Chaos”, but a significant number of Repubs who chose a different candidate.

    Thanks, Sammy.

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  49. So much for amateur hour:

    Ingraham said Brat’s campaign hardly had any interaction or interest from national tea party groups.

    “Not one major tea party organization came out and endorsed Brat, supported Brat in any meaningful way. We had a difficult time getting the tea party groups and Brat connected. They basically told him, ‘You don’t have a chance.’ They wrote him off,” Ingraham said.

    gary gulrud (46ca75)

  50. A complacent politician suddenly becomes less complacent when he sees a colleague get his ass unexpectedly handed to him by the voting populace.

    That politician is likely to become WAY less complacent when a trend becomes obvious. Who’s the next politician that should be subjected to a primary challenge?

    Blacque Jacques Shellacque (9940a5)

  51. Mrs Clinton will be MRS PRESIDENT in 2016 then are first latina president!

    If I despised the US and wanted to see it take a dive (head first), I’d welcome a scroungy liberal like her occupying the top political office of this nation. I’d welcome her, in effect, continuing the lunacy of Obama. Similarly, if I despised the French, I would have snickered with delight in 2012 when the French voted in the Socialist, who — surprise, surprise — has since made a bad situation even worse.

    I see the stupidity of the Argentinians with their embrace of Eva-Peron-type leftists, of the past and of today, and if I wanted to sabotage that nation, I’d have its voters do exactly what they’ve been doing.

    BTW, I’m somewhat snickering about the city of Seattle upping their minimum wage to the highest in the country (ie, we in California somewhat compete with the Pacific Northwest), and I hope New York City’s new mayor is as ultra-liberal as he can possibly be — and then some — since loony blue-city LA does compete to varying degrees with loony blue-city New York.

    Mark (10ada1)

  52. 53. ‘Sides Cochran in MS, Lamar Alexander in TN.

    gary gulrud (46ca75)

  53. The Hilarity! is not going to pass muster, the MFM is sick of her mudflaps.

    gary gulrud (46ca75)

  54. 40. I’d say keep your day job but I suspect you are not gainfully employed.

    gary gulrud (46ca75)

  55. If history was honest, what the President did with his words is a crime. He told the entire Americas that children can become U.S. citizens if they are simply dumped within our borders without the authority of his office or the consent of his people. And the southern continent of America listened.

    These are children, for goodness sake.

    Now, we all have to clean this up, simply because our President wanted to make some kind of political point or something on the backs of poor kids. He is a disgusting person. I am sorry, but I have no other way to express my thoughts.

    We are the most powerful force in the Western Hemisphere and one person, our President, decided to make our culture, our laws and our Constitution the victim of a system that was outdated before the day he was born.

    Ag80 (eb6ffa)

  56. 58. Well, he is the antiChrist after all. Its not like the world would be a better place for his passing thru.

    gary gulrud (46ca75)

  57. Well, he’s not the anti-Christ.

    Regardless, using children for politics is contemptible.

    Ag80 (eb6ffa)

  58. I’ll confess that if the demographics of much of the “undocumented” populace were a bit more uplifting and encouraging, while I still wouldn’t be quite as blase about the issue of immigration as most liberals or Eric-Cantor-type Republicans are, I also wouldn’t be quite as exasperated about what that controversy may mean to this society in the future. Simply put, I look at the long-term socio-economic-political trends south of the border — and it being a mess generation after generation — and I then shudder at the thought of more of that becoming more of here.

    dailynews.com, November 2013: Despite increasing numbers of Latinos attending college, the rate at which they are attaining college degrees in California is still “unacceptably low,” a new report by an advocacy group argues. Seven out of 10 Latino high school graduates in the country last year enrolled in college, a rate that surpassed their white counterparts. Yet Latinos, which make up close to 40 percent of the state’s population, have the lowest rate of college attainment in California compared with all other ethnic groups.

    Nearly 11 percent of Latino adults in California ages 25 or older have earned at least a bachelor’s degree compared with 30 percent of all Californians, 39 percent of whites, 23 percent of African-Americans and about 48 percent of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders, according to 2011 U.S. Census Bureau data.

    “We are on track to produce a generation of young people less educated than our older population,” the report entitled “The State of Latinos in Higher Education in California” issued Monday by The Campaign for College Opportunity stated. “The principal reason is that one of the largest and fastest growing segments of our population — native-born and immigrant Latinos — has unacceptably low rates of college completion.”

    While foreign-born Latinos in the state are far more likely to lack a high school diploma, Asians and Pacific Islanders are three times more likely and whites are two times more likely than even native-born Latinos to have at least a bachelor’s degree, according to Census data cited in the report.

    Mark (10ada1)

  59. if he’s NOT the anti-Christ then the poor little anti-Christ’s been totally upstaged and should probably have a sit-down with his agent fairly soon to take a look at what this means for his career

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  60. if you don’t protect your brand, you lose your brand

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  61. He’s not the anti-Christ because, you know, he’s not very good at the job. God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit have seen better.

    Ag80 (eb6ffa)

  62. so what you’re saying is

    vajayjay jarrett is the actual anti-Christ?

    God help us all.

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  63. Sammy:
    49-
    Maliki won’t be around to ask for help from Iran,
    he’ll be on a plane to some place where he’ll be safe,
    and can access the funds he’s been squirreling away.
    The Government of Iraq will not exist in another few days.

    Iran will come in to pick up whatever pieces AQ lets them have.
    BTW, someone posted that the Kurds abandoned Mosul….wrong, the Iraqi Security Forces threw their weapons down and fled.
    Refugees from the area are fleeing as best they can for Kurdistan….

    askeptic (8ecc78)

  64. Yep, you found it out, happy. She’s not only the anti-Christ, she’s Lilith. All is lost.

    Ag80 (eb6ffa)

  65. oh crap

    this is bad

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  66. I hope New York City’s new mayor is as ultra-liberal as he can possibly be

    He’s no liberal, he’s a communist. He comes by it honestly: both his parents were communists, and his mother was one of the ones Whittaker Chambers named.

    Milhouse (b95258)

  67. happy, heh.

    Ag80 (eb6ffa)

  68. 64. ” he’s not very good at the job. ”

    That’s just a slathering of whipped cream with a cherry on top. Like what could be more appropriate?

    The Almighty gave the Adversary power over Job save that over his life. His sway is between men’s ears. Room enuf.

    gary gulrud (46ca75)

  69. OT a bit, but the ISIS has overrun Tikrit according to a post at HotAir.
    I think the Maliki government can be counted on to fall by the end of the week.

    Waal, if an irregular sectarian force drawn from 18% of the populace can defeat the regular force drawn from the other 82%, you may be right.

    Art Deco (ee8de5)


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