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A Defense of Immigration

Here is how one man defended Immigration:

"Look, to be totally honest, if things are so bad as you say with the white working class, don’t you want to get new Americans in?” 

"You can make a case that America has been great because every — I think John Adams said this — basically if you are in free society, a capitalist society, after two or three generations of hard work everyone becomes kind of decadent, lazy, spoiled — whatever."



Putin's Advance into Korea

I am not showing this in order to mock anyone, but to point out that anyone can have a brain fart. I guess I am sensitve to criticisms of this nature because I have very modest aphasia/anomia, and it is only getting worse as I age. Anyone can make these kind of mistakes, and one needs to keep this in mind, especially for people you might not like. 


Thinking About Capitalism


Sometimes one actually thinks, I know that is a surprise. This quote from Charles Smith's blog led me to think. 

There are two real-time examples of these dynamics we can profitably study: "capitalist" Greece and "socialist" Venezuela. Both nations have impoverished their citizenry to preserve an oligarchy and its cronies.

I hope it won't be too great a shock that crony-capitalism and crony-socialism function in much the same fashion and generate the same result: the wealth of the nation is funneled (or expropriated) into the ruling Elites, impoverishing the non-elites.

But the meme is socialism bad, capitalism good, and the proof is Venezuela. Nah, not so much. Something is going to have to be done about the huge debt of the Western World. Greece is a good example of that debt. Almost no one is talking about this. They will, soon. 



McCain Commits a Felony. 

While there has never been a conviction on the Logan Act, McCain is in violation of it here. It has been the law of the land for over 200 years. 

§ 953. Private correspondence with foreign governments.
Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
This section shall not abridge the right of a citizen to apply himself, or his agent, to any foreign government, or the agents thereof, for redress of any injury which he may have sustained from such government or any of its agents or subjects.
1 Stat. 613, January 30, 1799, codified at 18 U.S.C. § 953 (2004).  


I wish to apologize once again for voting for McCain in 2008.


Who is Putin

I think that there are a few errors, but a good presentation.