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Fox News contributor George Will shocked his fellow panelists on Sunday by asserting that the United States should not deport child refugees who were fleeing violence in Central America.
“We ought to say to these children, ‘Welcome to America, you’re going to go to school, and get a job, and become American,’” Will suggested. “We have 3,141 counties in this country. That would be 20 per county.”
“They idea that we can’t assimilate these 8-year-old criminals with their teddy bears is preposterous,” he added.
All right-wing exhortations to the contrary, truth alone prevails.
Led Zeppelin - “That’s The Way (Rough Mix With Dulcimer & Backwards Echo)”
Video: The Sunset Limited
Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson portray a professor and an ex-convict discussing God or the lack thereof within the walls of a New York tenement apartment as suicide hangs in the balance.
Text: Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline
Dr. Becky A. Bailey offers practical instructions for anyone who would train to be a more effective parent. Using Bailey’s training might spare Preston (and me) years of therapy.
Audio: The Essential Laura Nyro
Most songwriters stay close to the standard form—verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, chorus. Not Nyro. Her favorite form was pop-fantasia spiced with jazz and gospel. Her songs may be too quirky for many, but those songs will richly reward those listeners looking for an adventure.
While the sudden rise of unaccompanied children at the Texas border has quickly become a humanitarian problem and a political tussle, minors trying to enter the US in significant numbers are not a new phenomenon. US border patrol agents encountered 16,114 from Mexico alone in fiscal year 2009 (beginning October 2008). While arrivals from Mexico have remained relatively stable in the past six years, there has been a dramatic spike in those from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
The political tussle that The Guardian refers to involves The President submitting a request to Congress for 3.7 billion dollars. This money is needed to handle the humanitarian crisis that tens of thousands of undocumented minors present. House Republicans moved swiftly, but not to aid undocumented children. Instead Republicans swiftly blamed the President for the crisis as they cited lax border enforcement and loose immigration policy as the real crisis.
My personal opinion is that the real crisis is the Republican House. When stripped of all rhetorical flourishes the Republican stance on immigration reform resembles a child covering his ears and eyes while screaming, “No, no, no!” Now actual children are marooned in a bad situation due to Republican childishness. If it would help then I volunteer to read Oliver Twist to the House as a bedtime story, but only the voters may finally put this “worst Congress ever” to bed.
First Aid Kit - My Silver Lining
(Can they truly be Sweedish?)
- “What you desire creates quality. You are not made by yourself, but by the thing you desire.”— Fanny Howe, The Wedding Dress (via mashatupitsyn)
- “An average lifetime is 70 years. You are given a norm: finish school, get a job, start a family, and retire. But the truth is, what do in those years...”
- “By contemplating the impermanence of everything in the world, we are forced to recognize that every time we do something could be the last time we do...”