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Good book for in-depth understand of border and legal/illegal immigration issues: "Border Insecurity" by Sylvia Longmire. Published in April 2014.
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Have You No Sense of Decency, PBS?

yonian Wrote: Sep 06, 2014 10:20 AM
"Castro turning teary-eyed to the Soviets in 1969" 1969? That must be a typo. Poor Fidel. US newspapers made fun of his peasant bodyguards for cooking chickens in the hallway of a New York hotel when Castro first visited the UN. That is the real reason he hates us so much.
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NPR Shills for Socialism

yonian Wrote: Jun 28, 2014 9:54 AM
Why preach to the choir here? NPR could benefit from a few critical comments. http://www.npr.org/series/324918619/heirs-of-the-revolution-a-changing-cuba
Sometime I have thought, say the murderer's name just once and add "whose despicable crimes has forever disgraced his name". Sadly, that wouldn't be accurate for some whose families celebrate his or her "martyrdom" and whose siblings get scholarships paid for by our great allies in Saudi. And no, the killer's name probably doesn't make much difference to those who lost loved ones in this latest tragedy. But it makes a difference to our nation whether the killer was simply an evil individual or was somebody like Major Nidal Nutjob whose affiliations should have warned us about his intentions.
Making a "terroristic threat" is a crime in my state, but it is rarely prosecuted. I think it mostly applies to threatening witnesses or ex-girlfriends. Grimm apologized, so nobody here needs to defend him. I'm sure some regular TH commenters will criticize him for the apology, though.
A fellow client at the local VA clinic claimed he spent 40 months in prison because police found acetone in his workshop, lithium batteries in his desk, and glassware in his kitchen that "could" be used to make meth. A recent guest was arrested for possession and got leniency for ID-ing a "manufacturer". He may well have lied, but laws that make stories like his possible are bad laws. He didn't say anything about forfeiture in his case, but the principle is the same.
I agree 100%, but I question the .38 Special reference. It's high capacity .40 S&W, AR-15s and 12 gage shotguns everywhere that I've noticed. I would enjoy visiting a community with a police force still primarily equipped with S&W model 10 revolvers, though. But the main point is that civil forfeiture should have been thrown out on constitutional grounds in the first place. Is anybody in Congress doing anything seriously to repeal or restrict this outrage?
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