If I could fall / Into the sky

“Would you like to come over for Sunday Night Football tomorrow? Steelers vs. Chargers,” entreated Aaron; however, Bennigan and I first watched Patema Inverted.

A young girl, from a civilization that resides in deep underground tunnels, finds herself trapped in an inverted world and teams up with a resident to escape and return home,” which is less about The Upside Down than about cooperation and trying to understand a another point of view.

“Only fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart.
For consider what great things he has done for you. (1 Samuel 12:24)”
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Reach for the sky by Batonya12561

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When I’m tired and thinking cold / I hide in DRUDGE REPORT®, forget the day ♪

Media Slams President For Prematurely Ending Crisis They Were Exploiting
Our brains rapidly and automatically process opinions we agree with as if they are fact: Trump signs executive order to stop family separations, Ted Cruz announces bill to stop family separations at border, Naturalized Citizens No Longer Have an Assumption of Permanence

“For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing,
not realizing that you are wretched,
pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. (Revelation 3:17)”
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Our brains rapidly and automatically process opinions we agree with as if they are fact:

Have you heard that children were separated from their parents under Obama & Clinton? Then, you need a little Facts vs Myths lesson. Michelle Martin, Ph.D. Cal State Fullerton summed up the most important FACTS:

There is so much misinformation out there about the Trump administration’s new ‘zero tolerance’ policy that requires criminal prosecution, which then warrants the separating of parents and children at the border. Before responding to a post defending this policy, please do your research…As a professor at a local Cal State, I research and write about these issues, so here, I’ll make it easier for you:

Myth: This is not a new policy and was practiced under Obama and Clinton – FALSE. The policy to separate parents and children is new and was instituted on 4/6/2018. It was the brainchild of John Kelly and Stephen Miller to serve as a deterrent for undocumented immigration, approved by Trump, and adopted by Sessions. Prior administrations detained migrant families but didn’t have a practice of forcibly separating parents from their children unless the adults were deemed unfit.

Myth: This is the only way to deter undocumented immigration – FALSE. Annual trends show that arrests for undocumented entry are at a 46 year low, and undocumented crossings dropped in 2007, with a net loss (more people leaving than arriving). Deportations have increased steadily though (spiking in 1996 and more recently), because several laws that were passed since 1996 have made it legally more difficult to gain legal status for people already here, and thus increased their deportations (I address this later under the myth that it’s the Democrats’ fault). What we mostly have now are people crossing the border illegally because they’ve already been hired by a US company, or because they are seeking political asylum. Economic migrants come to this country because our country has kept the demand going. But again, many of these people impacted by Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy appear to be political asylum-seekers.

Myth: Most of the people coming across the border are just trying to take advantage of our country by taking our jobs – FALSE. Most of the parents who have been impacted by Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy have presented themselves as political asylum-seekers at a U.S. port-of-entry, from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Rather than processing their claims, they have been taken into custody on the spot and had their children ripped from their arms. The ACLU alleges that this practice violates the Asylum Act, and the UN asserts that it violates the UN Treaty on the State of Refugees, one of the few treaties the US has ratified. This is an illegal act on the part of the United States government, not to mention morally and ethically reprehensible.

Myth: We’re a country that respects the Rule of Law, and if people break the law, this is what they get – FALSE. We are a country that has an above-ground system of immigration and an underground system. Our government (under both parties) has always been aware that US companies recruit workers in the poorest parts of Mexico for cheap labor, and ICE (and its predecessor INS) has looked the other way because this underground economy benefits our country to the tune of billions of dollars annually. Thus, even though the majority of people crossing the border now are asylum-seekers, those who are economic migrants (migrant workers) likely have been recruited here to do jobs Americans will not do.

Myth: The children have to be separated from their parents because their parents must be arrested and it would be cruel to put children in jail with their parents – FALSE. First, in the case of economic migrants crossing the border illegally, criminal prosecution has not been the legal norm, and families have been kept together at all cost. Also, crossing the border without documentation is a typically a misdemeanor not requiring arrest, but rather a civil proceeding. Additionally, parents who have been detained have historically been detained with their children in ICE ‘family residential centers,’ again, for civil processing. The Trump administration’s shift in policy is for political purposes only, not legal ones. See p. 18:

Myth: We have rampant fraud in our asylum process the proof of which is the significant increase we have in the number of people applying for asylum. FALSE. The increase in asylum seekers is a direct result of the increase in civil conflict and violence across the globe. While some people may believe that we shouldn’t allow any refugees into our country because ‘it’s not our problem,’ neither our current asylum law, nor our ideological foundation as a country support such an isolationist approach. There is very little evidence to support Sessions’ claim that abuse of our asylum-seeking policies is rampant. Also, what Sessions failed to mention is that the majority of asylum seekers are from China, not South of the border. Here is a very fair and balanced assessment of his statements:

Myth: The Democrats caused this, ‘it’s their law.’ FALSE. Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats caused this, the Trump administration did (although the Republicans could fix this today, and have refused). I believe what this myth refers to is the passage of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act, which were both passed under Clinton in 1996. These laws essentially made unauthorized entry into the US a crime (typically a misdemeanor for first-time offenders), but under both Republicans and Democrats, these cases were handled through civil deportation proceedings, not a criminal proceeding, which did not require separation. And again, even in cases where detainment was required, families were always kept together in family residential centers, unless the parents were deemed unfit (as mentioned above). Thus, Trump’s assertion that he hates this policy but has no choice but to separate the parents from their children, because the Democrats ‘gave us this law’ is false and nothing more than propaganda designed to compel negotiation on bad policy.

Myth: The parents and children will be reunited shortly, once the parents’ court cases are finalized. FALSE. Criminal court is a vastly different beast than civil court proceedings. Also, the children are being processed as unaccompanied minors (“unaccompanied alien children”), which typically means they are sent into the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHS). Under normal circumstances when a child enters the country without his or her parent, ORR attempts to locate a family member within a few weeks, and the child is then released to a family member, or if a family member cannot be located, the child is placed in a residential center (anywhere in the country), or in some cases, foster care. Prior to Trump’s new policy, ORR was operating at 95% capacity, and they simply cannot effectively manage the influx of 2000+ children, some as young as 4 months. Also, keep in mind, these are not unaccompanied minor children, they have parents. There is great legal ambiguity on how and even whether the parents will get their children back because we are in uncharted territory right now. According to the ACLU lawsuit (see below), there is currently no easy vehicle for reuniting parents with their children. Additionally, according to a May 2018 report, numerous cases of verbal, physical and sexual abuse were found to have occurred in these residential centers.

Myth: This policy is legal. LIKELY FALSE. The ACLU filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration on 5/6/18, and a recent court ruling denied the government’s motion to dismiss the suit. The judge deciding the case stated that the Trump Administration policy is ‘brutal, offensive, and fails to comport with traditional notions of fair play and decency.’ The case is moving forward because it was deemed to have legal merit.”

Fake News & The Computational Propaganda Phenomenon,”
about which I trust South Park more than Facebook.

“But when the world needed him most, he vanishedThe columnist and commentator announced in June that he only had weeks left to live.”

With George W. Bush elected again in 2004, Democrats with whom I worked were saying, “Hurricanes don’t Hit Democratic Counties: High Opioid-Use Counties Voted Trump in 2016,” which is what they are saying now.

Our brains rapidly and automatically process opinions we agree with as if they are fact: Politics is just about virtue signaling for or against Trump now

Turn right toward Springfield

This time was only the third epic road trip Denton and I have made. “In Search of a Used Postal Jeep,” we had gone to Atchison; today Adam was also along and we traveled to the Ozarks to Osagian Canoes, who know How It’s Made.

“Don’t you listen to the weather? We got a major storm here.” While the snow had been removed from all the forecast, Denton wisely wore a thick sweater.

He later created a 360-degree composite video using a 4K digital camera. Missouri Highway T was perilous, and Denton’s hands tightly gripped the steering wheel until we returned to a recently plowed dual-lane carriageway.

The weather had caused nearly every eatery, and we were finally desperate enough for the chewy, cheesy and crispy goodness of Casey’s pizza.

“Turn away from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it. (Psalms 34:14)”
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Web wanderings 048

I don’t know where I’m going / But, I sure know where I’ve been,”
when I looked for a source to an image on Facebook.

Part of a series, which I had seen somewhere on my blog, “DJ Passed Out on the Floor,” was inspired by “Last Friday Night” by Katy Perry. Results from the search included “Summary of Improv Goals 024” and brought back memories.
Also, this morning, “Triple Threat” reminds me to imagine how things could go right more than how things could go wrong, and “Campfire Tales” shows something ‘The Walking Dead’ was unwilling or unable to do,
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magicincorported characters from their comic books in their televised program, so ‘My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic’ is the better of the two shows despite what I’d said earlier.

“that I may know him and the power of his resurrection,
and may share his sufferings, (Philippians 3:10-11)
becoming like him in his death,
that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.”
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The Best Night Ever 2: Electric Boogaloo

If you know what I mean,
I need to post something about Fury,
so I received some good word about W-O-R-K, work:

The woman to the left of me, as instructional and helpful as she can be, has a new mission to get me to stop opening and closing the drawer each time to get a rubber band. Just like old times, we are going to be able to work an hour early so overtime does not have to occur exclusively on the weekend. I’m going to have to say that I might have had a breakthrough today and my production might finally begin to increase.

“He gives power to the faint, (Isaiah 40:29)
and to him who has no might, he increases strength.”
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Despite my “Optimal Situation,” a question has long lingered and at last is resolved. “Life is made up of meetings and partings. That is the way of it. I am sure that we shall never forget The Girl Next Door,” one week from Thursday when she leaves for her new job, “It’s time to bring this ship into the shore / And throw away the oars, forever.”

“I’ve got to be honest / I think you know /
You’re a god / And I am not / And I just thought I’d let you go.”

Sing a song about my Life

Working overtime was not bad today, I had the best experience at IHOP, and Benigan and I enjoyed Mary and the Witch’s Flower.

“You are my hiding place and my shield;
I hope in your word. (Psalms 119:114)”
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It’s a good question, again

After the raw drama of ‘Fury,’ Laser Rangers watched ‘What did You do in the War, Daddy?’ a farce set during the capture of Palermo, Sicily. While a welcome relief, the film had more runtime and secondary plots than necessary.

“Be strong and courageous. (Deuteronomy 31:6)
Do not fear or be in dread of them,
for it is the LORD your God who goes with you.
He will not leave you or forsake you.”
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