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Some of the pictures of border kids that haunt me most are from 2014. Here's why

This is a very interesting article.

"The other day, a veteran immigration lawyer named R. Andrew Free shared an anecdote that sheds some really critical light on what’s happening on America’s southern border — a tale that not surprisingly got buried amid a sandstorm of news about mothers not knowing where their kids are, audiotapes of anguished, crying children, and now the protests to end the human rights abuses that the current government is undertaking in our name.

What Free described on Twitter was an opportunity that few people get: A chance to personally confront the president of the United States and question him about his immigration policies. Free wrote that the answers he received from the so-called leader of the free world “shook me to my core.”


When Free had a chance encounter with the president at a political event, he warned him that the detention centers would be “a stain on his legacy.” He said the president wanted to know if Free was an immigration lawyer — implying that everyday citizens weren’t worried about what goes on at the border — and then said, according to Free: “I’ll tell you what we can’t have, it’s these parents sending their kids here on a dangerous journey and putting their lives at risk.” The message that Free took away was that the president saw family detention as a deterrent to keep more refugees from coming.

This happened in 2015. The president with the looming stain on his legacy was Barack Obama."

Article ellipsed to stay within the 4 paragraph limit. Balance of article at the link:
Posted by Muddling Through | Mon Jun 25, 2018, 08:35 PM (7 replies)

Princeton Takes a Stand for Free Speech on Campus

This is good news for a change.

"Much of the news regarding free speech on campus is enough to make anyone despair. Year after year more people and ideas are muzzled.

But some very heartening news of late comes from Princeton. Due largely to a new book promoting free speech by Princeton University political scientist Keith Whittington and the unusual support and campus-wide promotion of the book by Princeton’s president Chris Eisgruber, Princeton is now in the forefront of those American colleges and universities that have said “stop” to the onslaught of thuggish campus militants intent on shutting down free speech. This latest development comes on the heels of several other very positive developments on the free-speech front at Princeton.

Three years ago, in April of 2015, the governing board of the faculty at Princeton adopted the main body of what has come to be known as the Chicago Principles of free speech and free expression. Originally drawn up by a committee of the University of Chicago chaired by law professor Geoffrey R. Stone, these principles condemned the suppression of views no matter how “offensive, unwise, immoral, or wrong-headed by some or even by most members of the University community.”

Related: Evergreen State Gets an “F” in Lessons Learned

Princeton’s version of the Chicago Principles was proposed by mathematics professor Sergiu Klainerman and 60 faculty members of diverse political persuasions. Klainerman grew up in Communist-ruled Romania and observed first-hand how tyrannical power can be used to stifle important criticism and debate. He saw American colleges and universities being threatened by the same sort of intolerant forces that had ruled his homeland, and along with several other Princeton faculty members, was determined to halt the menacing developments he was witnessing in America."

Balance of article at the link:
Posted by Muddling Through | Fri Jun 22, 2018, 11:18 AM (2 replies)

Traveling to Pittsburgh in July.

Daughter has a college event for a week.

Any suggestions for things to see or do?

Posted by Muddling Through | Tue Jun 19, 2018, 12:15 PM (11 replies)

Second Kansas City sheriff's deputy dies after being overpowered by inmate

Well, this just sucks.

"A second Kansas City, Kansas sheriff's deputy died Saturday from injuries suffered after an inmate being transported to court overpowered her and another deputy and shot them, possibly with their own weapons.

Officer Theresa King, 44, died just after midnight Saturday from her injuries, the Kansas City Police Department said in a statement.

The two Wyandotte County Deputies were shot on Friday at 11:15 a.m. as they were moving detainees from the jail to court hearings.

Investigators believe that one of the inmates, who has not been named, grabbed a gun from one of the deputies as he got out of the van.

Rohrer, 35, died from his injuries on Friday.

The inmate was also shot during the attack and is being treated, but his condition has not been made public. "

Check those restraints.
Posted by Muddling Through | Sat Jun 16, 2018, 06:46 PM (1 replies)

My daughter

Just returned from her study abroad in Spain. Really glad to have her back; a month went by so quickly. She did a full-language immersion for her Spanish major and really enjoyed herself.
Posted by Muddling Through | Sat Jun 9, 2018, 05:16 PM (6 replies)

Former college student who claimed rape admits it was all lies

Personally, I think she should have gotten, at a minimum, 1/2 of the time to serve the accused would have gotten.

"A young Long Island woman who spent over a year insisting that she was raped by two Sacred Heart University football players officially admitted in court Tuesday that she’s been lying the entire time.

Nikki Yovino, 19, pleaded guilty to charges of falsely reporting an incident and interfering with police, according to the Connecticut Post.

The former college student reportedly accepted a plea deal, and will now serve a reduced sentence of one year in prison. She had been facing six.

Yovino agreed to the deal just as jury selection was getting ready to begin in her false rape trial, the Post reports.

“We were prepared to go to trial on the original felony charge, but after lengthy discussions with all parties involved and considering all outside factors, this was an appropriate disposition that will hopefully set a precedent about how serious the state takes this conduct,” Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Tatiana Messina told the judge in Yovino’s case."

Balance of article at the link above.
Posted by Muddling Through | Wed Jun 6, 2018, 11:48 AM (12 replies)
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