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Immigration Is American

Ed52 Wrote: Sep 17, 2014 2:12 PM
1. The immigrants of the past were screened for quality - physical defects, illness, mental problems, inability to work, liable to become a public charge were all reasons for denial of entry. Compare & contrast with the conditions of today. 2. Previous immigrants wanted to assimilate in mainstream America, enjoying a new way of life while while retaining their food, celebrations, and heritage. 3. Using "undocumented" as a euphemism so as not to insult the lawbreakers requires a supreme level of self-righteousness and elitism. A smug condition brought on by not liking the laws that require certain procedural steps as decreed by Congress to achieve legal residency. Often the speaker is a Congress Critter with the power to initiate change. . 3. The same people who blithely talk of "undocumented workers", when discussing drug problems. should always refer to drug pushers as "unlicensed pharmacists".
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Multiculturalism Is a Failure

Ed52 Wrote: Sep 17, 2014 11:17 AM
Tolerating the intolerant and refusing to recognized absolutes undermines the tolerant society. Acceding to the demands of the intolerant because of political correctness or any other reason is stupid verging on suicidal. There is no "Freedom from insult, offense or discomfort". There are laws against assault, vandalism, terrorism and disruptive behavior. Along with "Freedom of Speech" we have "Freedom to Ignore", it is not exercised enough. There is no "Right to an Audience".
A good manager fixes the problem, not the blame. But, then again, a good manager generally solves problems, not symptoms. It's always easier to address the symptoms because problems generally call for discomforting people you don't want to discomfort.
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Breaking Through The President's "Cocoon."

Ed52 Wrote: Sep 16, 2014 2:16 PM
Tom Frieden and his CDC team of virologists and epidemiologists know how to confront Ebola and can use the military personnel as support. The important factor is to appoint and allow a knowledgeable LEADER to act in a timely and medical, scientific manner, not in politically correct atmosphere refusing to believe that (a) there really are absolutes and (b) the behavior of viruses in the real world is not subject to negotiation.
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Prickly Narcissist

Ed52 Wrote: Sep 16, 2014 2:02 PM
It seems to me that our current Fearless Leader is the first president since Jefferson, or maybe Lincoln, who has not surrounded himself with advisers smarter then he is. There are many advantages to using full discussion with exhaustive analysis/arguments, plumbing the depths of the issues and imagining the “unintended” consequences of proposed solutions. A primary advantage is a sound basis for thinking that your solution is purposeful and might work; a secondary advantage is that surprising questions are minimized.
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Perpetual Motion Machine

Ed52 Wrote: Sep 16, 2014 1:53 PM
While you're thinking of arrangements that involve rotation try to figure out how to create (or recapture) enough energy to overcome friction on a long term basis.
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In Scotland, 'Aye' Means No to England

Ed52 Wrote: Sep 16, 2014 10:45 AM
Another example of "Hope & Change" sloganeering trumping facts. The inconvenient and expensive details will be overwhelming, surprising, and unforeseen by those who didn't bother to look or think about what separation means.
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Professors Must Defy Feds To Protect Victims

Ed52 Wrote: Sep 16, 2014 10:38 AM
You omitted that we should also pay taxes (a.k.a. Fair Share) while we wallow in our pathetic morass of reason and logic.
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Obama Learns of Pearl Harbor

Ed52 Wrote: Sep 16, 2014 9:59 AM
Great column! Of course, your preaching to the choir. Irony, sarcasm, satire and humor are rhetorical tools that are only effective when understood and recognized by those with a broad enough education to be able to perceive depth and meaning. In this case, you bewilder those ignorant of history. And, of course, your words will irritate most of those with knee-jerk reactions to anything that even slightly implies that their politically correct stances on things that are "universal truths" (because Everybody Knows...) are actually based on wishing and hoping.
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Professors Must Defy Feds To Protect Victims

Ed52 Wrote: Sep 16, 2014 9:50 AM
There has been established by duly elected lawmakers at various levels working for years to develop a considered system of law enforcement and judicial determinations. I see no reason why a university setting is independent of the legal systems surrounding the campus. Almost 100% of the students are adults - age 18 or over; they are subject to the laws and social expectations and have adult responsibilities for their behavior. College is not just an extension of high school and college students are not a segregated class of citizen subject to a different set of laws and judicial procedures. Universities should impart knowledge not modify or subvert a legal system or act as a filter between a victim exercising citizen rights and the real-world, off-campus legal system.
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Late-Talking Children

Ed52 Wrote: Sep 16, 2014 9:35 AM
"A false diagnosis is worse than no diagnosis." It takes a true professional, one who knows and admits what he/she does not know, to accept and communicate this concept. A large number of practitioners seem either unable/unwilling to do it or need to satisfy the parents more than they desire optimum results for the patient.
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