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The President has informed us that he is “considering” an Executive Order to end “Birthright Citizenship” in the United States.

Whether you believe that to be wrong or right says more about you and your politics than it does anything else.

The truth is that there is significant debate as to whether or not it should be a thing in the first place. There are also precedents extending far further back than a mere hundred years that make it clear that the Framers might not have seen things the same way as President Trump.

In fact, at one point in this country, the Supreme Court made it clear that the idea that just because you were born here makes you a citizen was not acceptable or Constitutional…


What Would I Have Done?

A PLRI terrorist attack on a French Train was stopped by three Americans. The terrorist survived the attempt, and now he claims that he is not a terrorist, but a simple robber who just happened to find an AK-47, a pistol and a box cutter knife in a park and decided to flash back to 1880’s and the American Old west to rob a train. He failed in his attempt, but he is dumfounded that anybody would confuse little ‘ol him with an actual Islamic terrorist. The Americans have been awarded the French Legion of Honor, but it also leave all of us with the question: what would I have done?

Otto von Kim JongNorth Korea has surged some fifty of its submarines, causing a great deal of alarm and unease, even as the Chinese stock market collapses and takes other markets down with it. Over the weekend, Dave finally caught a documentary he’s been waiting to see for some time, and that film, Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in Pyongyang, leaves him wondering what we might be talking about today instead, if Dennis Rodman didn’t have a drinking problem?

The Birthright Citizenship debate continues. Fine. Some of those who didn’t actually listen to what Dave said about the practice continue to bombard him with the opinion that “under the jurisdiction thereof” means a foreign power. Which is fine. Two Supreme Court Justices agreed with them (Fuller and Harlan). And lost, 7-2. That doesn’t mean that we cannot change the practice, but before we do, we better make sure that we follow the Constitutional Procedure for doing so and we’d better make sure that we fully understand the opinion and what effects it might have to reverse it. But mainly, we need to stop assuming that a dissent is the law. It’s not.

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A Shot to the ‘Nads

13-jordany-valdespin.w529.h352.2xDave’s Friday gets off to a weird and painful start when a co-worker makes an observation about his wife, and his son starts playing “Ninja” with his school friends.

Frank Carson is told that he cannot continue to represent a murderer in court while he is still in jail. It’s just more of the circus atmosphere that Carson is both cultivating and wants to create around his own murder case.

There has been a great deal of discussion about the Anchor Baby rules, which is good. The bad part is that some people, among them, leading Talk Radio hosts, are being either intentionally misleading or they are flat out ignorant.  If it’s the latter, then they need to be set straight. If it’s the former – and it is – don’t you have to ask yourself why they are being intentionally misleading? At least one national Chat Show Host keeps claiming that the Supreme Court “has never considered” birthright citizenship. This is untrue, as anybody with research staff and computer can see for themselves.

Modesto has a Homeless problem, so does your city. Modesto also had a Blue Ribbon Commission to find solutions to the problem. So does your city. Of course, that was five years ago, and nothing has changed. Why not? Because the solutions to the problem won’t work. Modesto wants more money to provide “Safer Neighborhoods,” presumably to include less homeless at the parks, and a Judge says that Measure G can go ahead because even if it is bogus it’s too late to get changes to the printer.


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