~~ "It's All Life, until it's Over" ~~
Kilgore Trout

~~ " In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?”" ~~
Saint Augustine

~~ “Nobody would do anything if they knew what they were in for.” ~~
"Amarante", in "Milagro Beanfield War"

~~ "May you Walk with Beauty All Around You" ~~
Navajo Blessing

Friday, July 19, 2019

The History of Racism and Immigration policy....

....in one succinct essay from David Leonhardt of the New York Times.  That is, in case you didn't see it.

Please see the whole OPed piece HERE  to obtain links to all the sites he included in his article. 

I have to ask: Is this one of the reasons that the Democrats are being targeted as being too far left?  Is it because we always were too far to the right already that no one knows where the devil the Center is?   

This says it ALL, and it exposes the Ugly Truth about too many of us.

"The history of American opposition to immigration is to a large extent a history of racism, which was often promoted by powerful or influential people.
Calvin Coolidge wrote in 1921 that "Biological laws tell us that certain divergent people will not mix or blend." Henry Cabot Lodge warned, in an 1896 speech on the Senate floor, that immigrants could devastate the "mental and moral qualities which make what we call our race" — and Theodore Roosevelt praised Lodge for "an A-1 speech." Roosevelt also told a friend he was worried about the "multiplication" of "Finnegans, Hooligans, Antonios, Mandelbaums and Rabinskis."
A New York Times editorial in the 1920s warned of "swarms of aliens," while a Washington Post editorial referred to Italians as "degenerate spawn of the Asiatic hordes." Cold Spring Harbor, the prestigious laboratory, gave scientific credence to racist nativism. The same book editor who published Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald also oversaw a string of xenophobic books.
These details come from "The Guarded Gate," the latest book by the journalist-turned-historian Daniel Okrent. In it, Okrent tells the story of American leaders and elites who promulgated racist falsehoods to justify immigration restrictions. They succeeded. In 1924, Coolidge signed a law with quotas that remained in force until the 1960s.
President Trump is their nativist heir. His hateful remarks, his lies and his violation of immigrants' basic human rights all fit the pattern. His behavior is a throwback to an uglier era.
And yet not every part of the immigration debate is so clear. I wanted to mention Okrent's book — a fascinating, well-told story — as a way of grappling with what I find to be a difficult part of the issue.
Immigration restrictions are not inherently racist. Nor is border security. All countries have borders and restrictions. They have to, because they have to make decisions about who can enter their country and who can be a citizen. Nations can't function without such basic laws.
But the fact remains that the pro-restriction side in American politics has historically revolved around racism and still does today. That's important to acknowledge for anyone who wants to make a case — a non-racist case — for less immigration.
As regular readers know, I have become somewhat hawkish on immigration. I think our immigration policy should take into account the sharp rise in inequality over the last few decades. One way to do so would be to reduce, or at least hold constant, the level of immigration by people who would compete for lower- and middle-wage jobs while increasing immigration among people who would compete for higher-wage jobs.
History also makes this point. It's not just a coincidence that the period of strongest income gains for middle-class and poor families — starting in the 1940s — followed, and overlapped with, a period of falling immigration. "Immigration restriction, by making unskilled labor more scarce, tended to shore up wage rates," the great labor historian Irving Bernstein wrote.
The economists Peter Lindert and Jeffrey Williamson have noted that the foreign-born share of the labor force fell to 5 percent in 1970, from 21 percent in 1915. Countries with "slower labor force growth" in the middle of 20th century, they note, "experienced deeper income inequality reductions."
Since the 1970s, of course, immigration has surged, as has income inequality. Many other factors play a role in rising inequality: corporate consolidation, slowing educational attainment, the decline of unions, falling tax rates on the rich and more. Some of these are substantially more important than immigration. But immigration belongs on the list.
All of which raises a question: Will any political leader figure out how to make a principled case for less immigration, rather than simply a racist one? So far, the answer is no. Trump is an unrepentant lifelong racist. Other Republican politicians are largely cowed by him. And Democrats have become uncomfortable talking about any immigration policy other than liberalization.
That's a shame.
Related: Okrent wrote a recent Op-Ed about immigration, and Linda Gordon reviewed his book in The Times.
Reihan Salam has been the most prominent conservative advocate for economics-based immigration restrictions, while Dean Baker has made a left-leaning case for restriction. (Bernie Sanders once made this case too.)
"Undocumented workers who are already here," Baker wrote, "should be allowed to normalize their status and become citizens." But, he continued, "I would not like to see large numbers of middle skilled professionals come into the country … As far as less-skilled immigration, I would want it sharply limited, except for family re-unification."

Thursday, July 11, 2019

OMG OMG OMG! Thank you Ravelry! I LOVE YOU!

They have banned White Supremacy!  Fantastic!  This has made my day!   It's an extension of it's "No Hate Speech" Policy

Only members can see the link I was going to make But I'm Putin it up anyway!๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜Š


Now I'm going back into eclipse for about two months.  Hope you all have a great time for the rest of summer.  I'm going to be inordinately busy... Love and Quiches! ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿงก๐Ÿงก

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Big Win for Mother Earth.....

Earth Justice took the administration to court, and after two years, they WON!

HERE is the story about the Court battle to save the Fragile Mojave Desert Eco System.

President Obama tried to save this amazing, and magnificent corner of the Earth, and Trumpy Dumpty decided that this was part of Obama's legacy and started to rip it down from protection.  What a jealous little poot, is Trump.  He's sickening.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

A very nice Tuesday trail tale about a Chinese Runner. and, NANCY Pelosi! Yeah!

Meet Yao Miao..

She is certainly an inspiration of quiet determination!

And, Nancy, Nancy Nancy!

Pelosi of course... Here's an opinion piece I want to save.

Maureen Dowd... on Nancy Pelosi.  HERE

A Quote from the above Article:

" 'You would think that within a couple of days, 48 hours or so, of seeing that little child with her father, there would have been some challenge of conscience,’’ she said of Republicans. “But understand this: They don’t care.' "

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Sunday Stealing.. Unusual Music "Coming Out Your Ears"

Hi! I'm your host Bev Sykes of the blog "Funny the World". . Welcome to Sunday Stealing. This feature originated and published on WTIT: The Blog. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. 
(Past hosts include: Our first - Judd Corizan, Mr. L, Kwizgiver and Bud)  Cheers to all of us thieves!
From Unusual Music

Thank you Bev!  I love Sunday Stealing!  ๐Ÿ˜

Readers:  If you want to play along, or see other blogger's posts, go HERE

1. A song that gives you goosebumps
"Landslide"  And it always will be. This is probably my favorite song out of half a million...

2. A song you hated once but now love
Can't recall a single one.  Sorry.  It's sad.  I am forgetting my music...I'm gladTo have forgotten the hated ones, too!
3. Do you remember your first CD?

No. Those came along during the blitz called Twin Babies.  But I can remember my first 45.  It is Bill Haley and His Comets with, "Rock Around the Clock"

4. Has your music taste changed much since childhood?

Most definitely.  Aside from singing with my Grandpa, the music of my childhood was Benny Goodman, Arty Shaw, Dorsey Brothers, Glenn Miller, and The Andrew's Sisters.  And then, when I was in the 6th grade, Elvis Presley arrived!  My mother bought me a little transistor radio which she then told me to hide from my dad.  He was the most controlling a**hat I've ever met. 
5. Favorite genre?  

Musical?  I love music and it's impossible to choose.  (However... see #6...*points downward*)
6. What's a genre or style of music that you just don't understand?

That would be Rap.  I just don't understand why it's even called Music.  Hip Hop I get, but not Rap.  And yes, there is a difference, at least there once was.  Maybe not anymore. ๐Ÿค”
7. Do you have a process for listening to music, such as listening to the instruments more than words? 

I only follow the Lyrics if it's a solo.  Otherwise I'm listening to the Orchestration. That can get me into trouble, as my eldest daughter once pointed out, AC-DC has some pretty Rasty song lyrics.  ๐Ÿคฏ
8. What's your favorite thing about your favorite song?

I love that HUGE swell of emotion that I get when I hear the opening chords.
9. Do you have a favorite decade for music?

No.  I like music from all the way back to the beginning.  I like to hear tribal songs, for instance.
10. Can you play any instruments?

I can play both the Guitar and Ukulele.  When I finally get my arm fixed, I will play them again!  
Hippy Ky Yy Yo!
11. Do you remember your first favorite song?

"Git Along Little Dogies", and singing it with all my cousins while Grandpa sang with us, and played his guitar. 

12. What was the first concert you ever attended?
When I was 16, I went to see Redlands University's Concert Orchestra play Summer Concerts in Redlands Bowl.  I drove myself.  Freeeeeeedommmmm!

Friday, June 28, 2019

Ooh la la! It's That's L'il Britney Spears

Welcome to Saturday 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme!

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

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for the linkie ...

Now for the Questions!

1) "Ooh la la" is defined as an interjection said when you think someone or something is "surprising, unusual or attractive." Looking back over this week, did you come across anything that deserves an "ooh la la?" That would be my grand nieces!  Three!  There was a little girl there, too, but I didn't meet her.  She may be one of my grand nieces.  She is a pretty, little thing.

And, the floral arrangements at the Celebration of Life. Very June like...

2) In this song, Britney Spears sings that she's eager to accompany you, even if you're not a millionaire. But let's say you suddenly become really rich. What's the first leisure trip you would take with your new funds? Who would you bring along?  I would buy a great big, new motor home, hire a driver so that Mr. Z could relax, and take our daughters and their friends anywhere they want to go to see.  And I would buy the Girls all houses to come back to!  

Go Big or GO HOME!

3) Britney is eager to dance with you, even if you don't wear designer clothes. Let's say you need to add a blouse (or shirt) to your wardrobe. Where's your go-to for clothes shopping?
The Good Will store, and I'm not ashamed to say so.  I'm not a fancy person but I've always found the most amazingly beautiful things to wear there.  Not high fashion but shall we say FUN Fashion?

4) The video begins with Britney at the movies with her two young sons. Will you be seeing any family members this weekend? Not this weekend.  That was last weekend.   There were lots of Nieces, Nephews, and Grands.  All grown up and flown the nests....Well, I did see one youngster who is a grandniece but didn't get to meet her.  She's adorable and cute, though.  I think she was my grandniece.  And, if not, I'll adopt her anyway...

5) This is a theme from the movie Smurfs 2. A Smurf is a little blue creature who lives in a mushroom-shaped house in the forest. Assuming that your home is not shaped like a mushroom and isn't in the forest, how would you describe your abode? (Mansion, ranch house, farm house, high-rise, igloo ...)  It's supposed to be a Ranch house,  but it's just a little tract house that they gave a fancy name to.  I WISH I lived in a real Ranch House.  Because it would come with a RANCH attached to it, yes?  

Igloo.  I'd like one, too, please.  Temporary housing is just plain fun.

6) Britney admits to smoking and biting her nails. What bad habit do you wish you could break? Worry.  I'm a worrier.  I worry about everyone and everything.  I worry a lot about Wolfie but then he seems very content at the moment to just sleep in his favorite place, that is: jammed up against his lovely Papa. 

7) In 2013, when this song was popular, Pope Benedict resigned. Thinking over your working life, have you been more nervous on your first day of a job, or the last one?  I remember that Pope.  He left a HUGE tome for Pope Francis to read.  

The only job that made me nervous on the first day was as an operator at Bell Systems.  It was fun but it was a lot to learn.  My supervisor was an amazing Gal.  I really liked her.

8) Also in 2013, golfer Phil Mickelson won the British Open. When did you most recently golf? Maybe sometime in a past life, but I doubt it.  But there are a lot of Scots in my ancestry. So, that might be somewhere back there... the Golf Gene.  I do like pitch and putt and also Miniature Golf.  It's fun. 

9) Random question -- On what part of your body was the last itch you scratched?  My head.  It itches if the weather (air) dries out very much. I've yet to find a mild enough product for my delicate scalp. Lol.. Actually it's the Rhino Gene I carry, in addition to the Scot's one.  Rhino's like mud baths.  Hey, that's an idea! 

Go have a Peep in.. it looks like fun! 

Also, get out and make some connections if you are among a  group called Only the Lonely.  HERE is why!  It's deadly as smoking, they say.

Monday, June 24, 2019