John Boehner draped this albatross around the GOP’s neck

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Thanks to a certain demagogue who shall not be named, the GOP finds itself embroiled in a bitter internal debate over immigration policy. As Politico reports, Republican insiders are distraught over the damage it’s doing to the party’s prospects in 2016.

“He’s solidly put an anchor around the neck of our party, and we’ll sink because of it,” as an Iowa Republican official put it.

But let’s be honest: The demagogue in question has a lot to answer for, but you can’t blame a demagogue for using the ammunition that is handed to him.  This is the fault of GOP congressional leadership, which year after year lacked the courage and guts to do its job and is now paying the price.

As far back as 2012, House Speaker John Boehner was pledging to enact comprehensive immigration-reform legislation that would take the immigration question off the table well before the 2016 elections. “This issue has been around far too long,” Boehner said at the time.

He promised something similar in 2013, after Senate passage of a comprehensive reform bill. “It is time for Congress to act….” he said two years ago. “I believe the House has its job to do, and we will do our job.”

But once again, it did not, and Boehner later explained why:

If Boehner had simply allowed a House vote on that Senate bill, it probably would have passed, setting a whole range of changes in motion. Today the Border Patrol would be on its way to doubling in size, from 19,000 to 38,000 officers. Some 700 miles of additional border fencing would be under construction, installation of billions of dollars in high-tech surveillance technology would be underway, and after hundreds of millions in upgrades, the E-Verify system would be robust enough to make its use mandatory for any business hiring a new employee.

And yes, millions of illegal immigrants would also have a pathway to legalized status by now, which at the end of the day is the only rational, pragmatic outcome to all this. But the issue would be behind us, the price would have been paid, and that demagogue would have been deprived of the highly emotional issue with which he is now tearing the Republican Party apart.

Speaker Boehner, this is on you.

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Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

 As a result of these tangible changes, world consciousness is also changing to perceive of ourselves on Earth as a world community rather than simply citizens of various nations.

I'm not sure what baloney Mary Elizabeth is cooking up here or where she gets this intangible nonsense, but I sense that her idea of "world consciousness" occurs because she can see foreign and exotic places on her TV set.  There are lots of leftists and even others spouting the same bilge. 

KUTGF
KUTGF

A group of black women were escorted off of a train taking them on a wine tour after a white woman complained they were laughing loudly. After the women, who are all members of a book club, exited the train they were met by a group of police officers.

No charges were filed.

According to a Facebook posting by Lisa Renee Johnson, one of the women in the group, the trouble started when this woman approached them and said she was annoyed by their laughter.  http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2015/08/24/3694422/black-women-train-laughing/

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Laughing while black and so many other things seem to be just sooo irritating to a lot of white people. 

Bulls_3y3
Bulls_3y3

Thought the black group escorted off the train were the victims??? Make up your mind Paulie

Bulls_3y3
Bulls_3y3

Blame the white woman... Guess white women don't matter... You people...

Normd
Normd

@Paul42 @KUTGF 


Paul,


I remember back in the '70's, I annoyed a lot of people with my long hair.  What was the funniest, was the folks who were the most annoyed, were the ones with no hair...figures, doesn't it?

Paul42
Paul42

@Bulls_3y3

"Guess the white women don't matter.."

It's never too early for the victimhood crowd - 

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@KUTGF In a statement, Napa Valley Wine Train said the women were kicked off after the company “received complaints from several parties” about the noise.

You conveniently left this sentence out...

Paul42
Paul42

@Bulls_3y3

Victimhood - the poor, complaining white woman and your framing it as such.

Comprehend?

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

@KUTGF 

Personal offenses are now national news stories. 

The slightest offenses against black people are cause for national uproar and interference with DEMOCRATIC speeches and debates. 

Keep 'em angry and scared - Democrat strategy. 

Doggone_GA
Doggone_GA

@Bulls_3y3 "after a white woman complained"

" Blame the white woman"

Why did they make her do it?

Paul42
Paul42

@KUTGF

That white woman needed more wine.  LOTS more wine.

Amazing how many people get so annoyed when other people are having fun, isn't it?

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

a) buying opportunity for the 3% OR

b) how many more boom/busts will the proletariat put up with before they say 'enough of this System?'

Paul42
Paul42

Was watching the latest version of events (this one involved hearing a gunshot, not included in earlier versions) regarding the three Americans who took down the weapon-carrying guy in France and thought "huh...  if that had been in Texas those three servicemen would have been arrested and charged with assault, then would have been on the receiving end of a massive civil suit."

All the guy was doing (if it had been in Texas) was exercising his constitutional right to open carry.

Bulls_3y3
Bulls_3y3

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Grow up Paulie...

Bulls_3y3
Bulls_3y3

Boo hoo Paulie... You're the problem when you can't figure out that France is in Europe not Texas... What if you shut up & move on...

Bulls_3y3
Bulls_3y3

More like loading a military rifle on a public train in a country that doesn't allow guns Paulie...

They saved untold lives but all you wanna do is bust conservatives...

FYI, ISIS declared war on the west...

Grow up...

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@Paul42 Too bad they weren't in Texas.

If they had been, the attacker could have been introduced to those virgins.

Paul42
Paul42

@Bulls_3y3

As usual, you have  just HAVE to write something, no matter how trite.

What would have been the justification for the attack?

Oh yeah... "He looked Mooslim!"

Paul42
Paul42

@Bulls_3y3

ooohhhh.... so now an AK is a MILITARY rifle, eh?  Just like the counterpart AR-15?  You need to get out more.  What, exactly, is a MILITARY rifle and how do you tell by just looking at it?

Now you're saying people cannot carry loaded weapons, Bulls?  Just the rifle, no ammo?

Who says all Texas trains prohibit guns, Bulls?  You?  I've ridden a couple of trains in Texas where that's not the case.

Just can't face the contradiction between the real world and the conservative "It's my God-given RIGHT to have a gun and carry it around for all to see" (except if you're one of those darker-skinned types who appears 'threatening,"  can you?

Paul42
Paul42

@DownInAlbany

On what basis, DIA?

What if he'd been white, with a Dallas Cowboys baseball cap and a "Bass Pro" t-shirt and Wranglers?

Bulls_3y3
Bulls_3y3

It happened France Paulie... Man you're reading those liberal bullet points like you know something...

Your "what if" questions are a joke...

Paul42
Paul42

@Bulls_3y3

" if that had been in Texas those three servicemen..."

So now you don't even read Jay's remarks, you don't even read all the comments before you write about what the other person never said.

Figures.

Paul42
Paul42

@Bulls_3y3

So if it's a 'joke' refute it.  You tried once and failed spectacularly.  Now you're onto 'but the whole premise of 'what about Texas" is false because.... because..... it's a joke!!!"

How long you going to keep digging, Bulls?

Paul42
Paul42

@Bulls_3y3

THAT'S the best you can do?  To say a situation happened in France so it could not happen anywhere else where open carry is the law?  

I'd cut you some slack before but it appears your lack of comprehension is not an act.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

We were talking BLM earlier, and I just happened upon this bit of Rudeness that just happens to cover a story* related what we'd been discussing  talking about before, at least obliquely.


http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2015/08/shaun-king-and-need-to-discredit-black.html


Obviously, this isn't about King. It's a way to discredit King's personal cause, police brutality against African Americans, and to destroy Black Lives Matter, which is having a real impact on the civil rights conversation in our endless presidential campaign season. It's the conservative way: make people associate an organization with something awful, even if that awful thing is completely false, and you can more easily wreck something you don't like, especially when that awful thing goes into the mainstream press. See what happened to ACORN? See what's happening to Planned Parenthood? Now Black Lives Matter is in the right-wing s###-flinging path.

[...]

[W]ithout Barack Obama running, Republicans must figure that the black vote would go down, which gives the GOP a better shot nationally. If Black Lives Matter keeps its momentum, that could easily carry into the general election next year and bring out black voters, which spells pretty quick doom for Republicans. Yeah, the right could instead attempt to address the very real issues of violence, poverty, and lack of opportunity for African Americans. But it's just easier to try to silence them.



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admittedly, heretofore more or less unbeknownst to me because I certainly didn't care how some guy I'd never met self-IDs racially, and really, why would you?

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

@Visual_Cortex 

The whole black lives matter racist bunch is nothing but an attempt to silence others.  Right now that cowardly faction is disrupting Bernie Sanders.  Whoop de doo!

I wonder if they fancy themselves courageous because they are bullying a septugenarian? 

Bulls_3y3
Bulls_3y3

Yet you continue to post racist material...

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

@Visual_Cortex @Yes_Jesus_Can 

....and you prove who's trying to silence who, as well as make the big lie out of your idea that we need a "race conversation", and "conversation, let it be clearly noted, has NEVER taken place in our country, at least not politely since MLK was alive--AND not one single time since we elected our first black president.  Mark this down as yet another failing of our baby bammer, just ONE more broken promise out of a short career of failed leadership. 

This black lives matter is nothing but racist blather made for victim politics. 

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

An excellent question was asked earlier as to what is the connection between the migration of north African immigrants to European nations to the migration of Mexican and Central American immigrants to America.


Here is my thinking on it: I believe that the world is in the process of getting smaller as technology and communication become global and as commerce becomes more global and as nations work together to build peace through dialogue on the planet.


As a result of these tangible changes, world consciousness is also changing to perceive of ourselves on Earth as a world community rather than simply citizens of various nations.  I will go further to predict that we are heading toward perceiving of human beings as "Earthlings" rather than as Americans or Africans or Europeans, or Iranians, or Mexicans, etc.  We know that economic success or failure is often worldwide and certainly climate change is a worldwide concern for all on the planet.  As we travel the Universe, we will begin to identify as Earthlings in comparison with the human beings who become part of the future colonies established on the Moon or on Mars. Without being fully aware of this growing world consciousness, I believe the immigrants to various parts of the world, described above, are helping this worldwide movement to have roots and validity into the future. These immigrants throughout the world are the rudimentary pioneers of the global human dynamic change.


I believe that the tenets established by America's Founding Fathers for liberty and egalitarianism for all will prevail throughout the world even when the perceptions of various nations, including the United States of America, begin to recede into the background of our minds and the perception of a world community arises in our minds as the future unfolds.

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@josef @OriginalProf @MaryElizabethSings 

P.S.  And of course, the EU countries of Western Europe which are the migrants' goal--Germany, England, etc.-- call this the greatest immigration crisis they have faced since WW2. What will happen when the migrants get there...with all the others pushing behind them?


Perhaps a lesson for this country? ...Fix things while you can....

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

Really? Then Obama hasn't been very smart about border security, has he?

Doggone_GA
Doggone_GA

@Philo_Farnsworth That's not "how"...that's just paying the cost.  I ask again: HOW do you suggest the border be sealed?

josef
josef

@OriginalProf @MaryElizabethSings 

I've been following that one.  Before anyone gets the wrong idea about Macedonia, it was unprepared for this and has taken measures to streamline the process, and meet the needs.  Macedonia is an interesting place with a pretty good reputation in the area of refugees.  During the Kossovo ethnic cleansing, they sheltered the overwhelming majority of the displaced.  It is a small, poor country of barely 2,000,000 souls, and with its own internal divisions, but faced with such crises, has risen to the challenge.

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

Ever heard of something called a Visa? It's a temporary thingy.

Guess not.

It's either open borders or nothing with you libs, huh?

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

Obama wants amnesty. Repubs won't fund that.

If he wanted border security funding, he'd get it.

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

Secure the border. Seal it off.

Is it possible to do that 100%? Probably not. But that doesn't mean the white flag.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@OriginalProf 

It was not "Utopian" from my perspective.  From my perceptive, what I described is simply the way the planet will unfold in terms of lack of national identity in the future.  That is why I used the word "organic" to describe the process I see happening in its rudimentary stages. 

That is what connects the immigration similarity between the present day immigrants coming into Europe and the immigrants coming into America, legal or not. We are moving beyond border mentality, in other words, similar to how America's Native Indians perceived the land but beyond their perception of it, in the future, in that territorial claims will not be as pronounced.  Humanitarian outreach will be more the norm, I believe.

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

Spend money. On people who know what they're doing.

Thanks for asking.

td1234
td1234

@Philo_Farnsworth That is the point the progressives no not seem to get. Sure you can not seal it off 100% but getting it up to even 90% would be a traumatic improvement over the current situation. 


You add to it an E-verify system that fines and even jails CEO's that do not check and get state and local governments to help check the paperwork and when the jobs are no longer there then the demand was decrease. 

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

Agree.

The open border/amnesty crowd isn't interested in even trying.

They see votes and power, nothing else.

Doggone_GA
Doggone_GA

@Philo_Farnsworth And since no one has mentioned a white flag...except you...I think it's safe to say you're a quitter and don't have a CLUE how to "seal the border"

No surprise

td1234
td1234

@skydog12 Not when you begin ending means tested welfare programs. Then there will be plenty of people to work those jobs and our budget can be balanced at the same time. 


Win/win situation

josef
josef

@OriginalProf @josef @MaryElizabethSings 

They are. This took them by surprise and the processing and providing of transportation took some arranging.  Macedonia already was operating as a transfer/passage point and it was running fairly smoothly with their social services, bureaucracy and transportation schedules able to deal with the numbers/  Serbia it appears is now bracing for what will happen when they reach the Hungarian border..

 

skydog12
skydog12

@Philo_Farnsworth


The Videla onion growers and the Ga. chicken processors don`t want the border sealed.


Seal the borders and the onions go unpicked. Remember Georgia`s new illegals crackdown a few years back. The illegals did not come and the onions rotted in the ground.

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@MaryElizabethSings 

I've just been Googling through the day's news stories about the desperation of the 100s of 1000s of migrants at the borders of Greece, Macedonia, and Hungary (where the 12-foot razor fence is about finished). The earlier stories about the sinkings of migrant boats across the Mediterranean have faded because they became so common. 


And what of the Europeans unwillingly waiting for them? Already Macedonian guards have used stun grenades and tear gas to keep them back. When will rifles be used? Slovakia has already proclaimed that they will only take Christian refugees. 


Sounds so much like our own situation a year ago with border migrants from Central American countries fleeing gangs and drug cartels, and the Texan Americans standing guard against them. Those without anything want what we have. 


Seems to me that any "world community" should be chosen, not forced.

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@MaryElizabethSings @OriginalProf 

Quite frankly, I don't know how to begin to answer you, because you are describing a Utopian sort of "world community" that bears no relation to the one that I am seeing around me.

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@Philo_Farnsworth 

Not the "fixing" I had in mind! And btw, it hasn't done any good for European countries to "seal the border," because the border police are overwhelmed by the human tide of 1000s of men, women (some pregnant), and children.  Overrun by them.

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@Philo_Farnsworth 

Deflection. We have the border situation that we have. Our own immigration situation seems of a piece with the larger pattern of immigrating peoples motivated by desperation, that we can see unfolding before us in Europe. Let this be a warning.....

josef
josef

@skydog12 @Philo_Farnsworth 

And Philo don wanna pay what they'll cost if the borders ARE sealed, they ARE deported, and the farmers and chicken pluckers have to rely on the domestic work--and I use the word lightly--pool.  

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Seal the border.

It'd be cheaper to just solitary-confine any prominent moron claiming "seal the border" is a viable option.