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  • A GOP Ultimatum to Vlad [Pat Buchanan warns against US involvement in Ukraine and Eastern Europe]

    07/30/2014 4:42:39 AM PDT · 28 of 36
    Aetius to SeekAndFind

    If Buchanan had been elected in 2000 I doubt he could have done much to stop Atta and 9-11. I also don’t blame Bush, even though he was absolutely horrible on immigration through and through, from supporting amnesty and increases in legal immigration to helping popularize new nauseating platitudes like ‘family values don’t stop at the Rio Grande’ or ‘Islam is a religion of peace’.

    But had Buchanan been elected in 92 or 96 and had he been able to put in place his preferred restrictive immigration policies then who knows? Maybe garbage like Atta wouldn’t have been allowed in.

    I admit it’s speculative, but that’s all we can do is speculate about what might have beers. One thing we don’t really need to speculate about though is that current immigration/refugee/asylum policy predictably continued to import terrorists even after 9-11.

    As to Buchanan and Afghanistan; I think he would have gone there. Even if he didn’t want to, public pressure would have demanded it. He probably wouldn’t have gone to Iraq, and in that he would have been right.

  • A GOP Ultimatum to Vlad [Pat Buchanan warns against US involvement in Ukraine and Eastern Europe]

    07/29/2014 7:20:27 PM PDT · 20 of 36
    Aetius to SeekAndFind

    No I can’t. But a policy change from our current pro-Democrat one of unending mass immigration towards one of low-moderate immigration would allow more scrutiny of all legal entrants. It would hopefully allow someone like Atta to be screened out, and would hopefully disallow student visas from most Muslim nations.

    Conservative immigration reform would also abolish the absurd Diversity Visa Lottery and end extended family chain migration. Together with allowing fewer refugees, these changes would likely cut off most Muslim immigration. It would definitely slow it down, and reverse the insane upwards trend of Muslim immigration since 9-11

    Do you disagree that ending mass immigration and reducing the numbers we allow in from all the various channels would result in fewer terrorists being admitted? Or that it would allow greater scrutiny of the lower numbers we do allow in?

  • A GOP Ultimatum to Vlad [Pat Buchanan warns against US involvement in Ukraine and Eastern Europe]

    07/29/2014 6:43:58 PM PDT · 14 of 36
    Aetius to SeekAndFind

    Buchanan is a conservative on immigration. He opposes amnesty and unending mass legal immigration. He supports conservative comprehensive immigration reform,. He would greatly reduce immigration overall.

    So how would Buchanan-favored policies have prevented 9-11? It’s simple; Buchanan policies on immigration (i.e. sane, conservative policies) would have made it much less likely that the hijackers would have ever been allowed in the country in the first place. They would have also made it less likely that garbage like the Boston Marathon bombers would have been admitted.

  • A true maverick for Colorado: Who’s afraid of Tom Tancredo?

    06/14/2014 8:58:01 PM PDT · 62 of 69
    Aetius to impimp

    Then how much ultimately would you allow? We already admit over one million legal immigrants per year. That isn’t enough?

    And would you even look at reallocating existing visas before calling for an overall increase? Why not abolish Ted Kennedy’s absurd Diversity Lottery visas? That’s 50,000 a year right there. Why not end extended family chain migration? Why not discontinue the settlement of refugee groups who would be better suited elsewhere? Why not be more strict with asylum seekers so we don’t get garbage like the Boston Marathon bombers?

    And finally, how can you reconcile support for even higher amounts of legal immigration with supporting conservative principles? Hispanics and (to a lesser extent) Asians are natural liberals. Going left on immigration will not change that. Your policy would hasten the demographic doomsday of conservatism.

  • A true maverick for Colorado: Who’s afraid of Tom Tancredo?

    06/14/2014 8:46:32 PM PDT · 61 of 69
    Aetius to Reo

    Well if one is going to be a one-trick pony then immigration is a good pony. Immigration affects pretty much every other issue, especially those considered more important (economy, jobs, health care, education, homeland security).

    Maybe Tancredo wasn’t as loud on other issues while in Congress, but he had a nearly unassailable conservative voting record.

  • A true maverick for Colorado: Who’s afraid of Tom Tancredo?

    06/14/2014 8:42:38 PM PDT · 60 of 69
    Aetius to Benito Cereno

    Passing on the values of the Founders will not be possible unless we have a long pause from mass immigration, just like we had from the mid 1920s until the effects of the deceptive 1965 immigration reform act took effect.

  • A true maverick for Colorado: Who’s afraid of Tom Tancredo?

    06/14/2014 8:29:40 PM PDT · 58 of 69
    Aetius to impimp

    Yes I can deny your incorrect claim that it’s a crazy position. It’s not my position, as I support a policy of greatly reduced legal immigration, but if forced to choose between no legal immigration at all or continued mass legal immigration, I’d choose the former. And if it’s a choice between no legal immigration versus greatly increased legal immigration (that the Gang of 8 bill would deceptively unleash), then the choice for the former is even easier.

    With the former, at least conservative principles would have a fighting chance demographically going forward. If mass immigration continues (even if it’s all legal) then there is no chance; the left will gain a lock on power. The idea that immigrant communities would flock to the GOP if only immigration were removed as an issue is a fantasy. All that would do is put more weight on other issues, the majority of which immigrant communities hold liberal views on. There is no way that mass immigration is good for conservatism.

    As for Tancredo; yeah I’ve seen the comments saying he’d like to end legal immigration, but he would usually add an exception for immediate family members (and even refugees sometimes). I’ve also heard him call for a moratorium on legal immigration, but what some don’t realize is that ‘moratorium’ in this context usually means setting legal immigration levels to equal emigration levels, which would be 200,000+ per year. The bills that Tancredo sponsored while in Congress would have still allowed upwards of 300,000 legal immigrants per year, which is generous by any sane reckoning.

  • A true maverick for Colorado: Who’s afraid of Tom Tancredo?

    06/14/2014 8:03:02 PM PDT · 55 of 69
    Aetius to impimp

    Your impression of Tancredo is one to be expected of liberals and the WSJournal/Bush wing of the GOP.

    First of all, opposing all immigration is a perfectly legitimate position, and much preferable in my opinion to unending mass illegal and legal immigration.

    But in point of fact Tancredo does not want to end all legal immigration. While in Congress he sponsored bills that would have greatly reduced legal immigration (as we should), but still allow upwards of 300,000 legal immigrants per year. Only in the mind of pro-unending mass immigration zealots like you does that represent a xenophobic or extreme position.

    Your preferred policy of mass legal immigration will demographically destroy conservatism and any hope of smaller and more limited government. Most Hispanics hold liberal views on most of the big issues. The same is true of most other immigrant groups too.

  • Our Endorsement of Raul Labrador for Majority Leader

    06/14/2014 7:51:24 PM PDT · 21 of 21
    Aetius to Dr. Thorne

    Doesn’t he support increasing already too-high levels of legal immigration? Which of course is the same as saying he supports hastening the demographic destruction of conservatism.

  • Scott Walker, Wisconsin’s action governor

    11/30/2013 8:59:05 AM PST · 6 of 58
    Aetius to Fiji Hill; bigbob

    He’s made conflicting statements on amnesty. But don’t focus just on his views towards illegal aliens and illegal immigration. Legal immigration is an even bigger deal.

    Walker recently made comments suggesting he supports not just current pro-Democrat levels of mass legal immigration, but increased levels of unending pro-democrat mass legal immigration.

    It’s an insane and left wing position for a conservative to hold. There is no way it would not import even more future democrats, and it is a position opposed by most Americans.

  • Christian B&B owners lose Supreme Court appeal: forced to sell business after gay couple complains

    11/29/2013 6:48:18 AM PST · 11 of 47
    Aetius to calex59

    It will happen here too. Whether it’s photographers in New Mexico or bakers in Oregon, businesses are being destroyed by the same forces in play in Britain.

    Based on previous rulings, is there any reason to think Anthony Kennedy will put a stop to it? It’s more likely he will author decisions like this one from Britain.

  • Most Americans back path to citizenship for immigrants

    11/25/2013 8:24:56 PM PST · 44 of 60
    Aetius to moonshinner_09

    This poll is garbage because it doesn’t present the alternative of attrition-through-enforcement for dealing with illegal aliens.

    And even worse than that, it doesn’t inform respondents that the bill would massively increase permanent legal immigration. This is the most unpopular aspect of the bill, so any poll that leaves it out is garbage.

  • Herring wins Virginia attorney general race, elections board announces

    11/25/2013 8:20:25 PM PST · 31 of 42
    Aetius to Alter Kaker

    So now the GOP will have no premier candidate to run for governor in 2017, and with Obenshain’s loss there will be no one to run against Kaine for senate in 2018.

  • De Blasio ally open to city seizing foreclosed homes from banks (New York City)

    11/18/2013 7:46:36 PM PST · 55 of 55
    Aetius to 2ndDivisionVet; ROCKLOBSTER

    I was thinking about the improvements in the city during the Guiliani era (which largely carried over under Bloomberg), especially as it relates to crime rates, versus what came before under Democrats like Dinkins.

    It can get much, much worse.

  • 2014, the Georgia GOP, and Millennial Voters

    11/17/2013 8:55:26 PM PST · 8 of 9
    Aetius to Georgia Girl 2

    Is Broun the type to fall into obvious abortion-related traps, and say something stupid (and election-losing) about rape?

  • Security adviser to Obama says U.S. is an ‘Islamic country’

    11/17/2013 8:51:03 PM PST · 3 of 22
    Aetius to B4Ranch

    There’s nothing we can do about idiots who convert, but we definitely can and should change immigration laws to prevent preventable Muslim population growth in the US.

    That means abolishing the absurd Diversity Lottery visas, ending extended family chain migration, and drastically cutting refugee/asylum visas.

    Taken together these steps should prevent Muslim immigration from growing even more.

  • De Blasio ally open to city seizing foreclosed homes from banks (New York City)

    11/17/2013 8:46:57 PM PST · 52 of 55
    Aetius to 2ndDivisionVet

    I wonder how long it will take this left wing loon to ruin NYC?

  • Virginia Governor Election Day LIVE Thread

    11/05/2013 8:28:22 PM PST · 1,911 of 2,100
    Aetius to Hoodat

    The new AG? It looks like the Dems may be able to steal this one.

  • Virginia Governor Election Day LIVE Thread

    11/05/2013 7:46:02 PM PST · 1,832 of 2,100
    Aetius to lasereye

    Yes, what you say is true. Warner is seen as a moderate, despite a voting record that proves he is a reliable liberal. That deception, aided by the media of course, has helped him win when Virginia was still a center-right state.

    With changing demographics, though, Warner won’t have to pretend much longer.

  • Virginia Governor Election Day LIVE Thread

    11/05/2013 7:42:22 PM PST · 1,817 of 2,100
    Aetius to NKP_Vet

    What you say is true, but it apparently doesn’t matter. He’ll crush whoever runs against him next time.

  • Virginia Governor Election Day LIVE Thread

    11/05/2013 7:27:33 PM PST · 1,766 of 2,100
    Aetius to HokieMom

    Mark Warner is a Senator for life if he wants to be. He is inexplicably popular.

  • Virginia Governor Election Day LIVE Thread

    11/05/2013 5:30:02 PM PST · 867 of 2,100
    Aetius to comebacknewt

    Yeah. With that sleazebag McAuliffe likely to win by a small margin, the GOP should be ashamed for not putting more resources into a race they could have, and should have won.

  • How to Appeal to the White Working Class

    10/29/2013 8:43:49 PM PDT · 15 of 15
    Aetius to Kaslin

    I’m not surprised that Charen would just gloss over immigration, and not mention racial preferences at all.

    The GOP should not just be fighting against amnesty and insane, massive increases in legal immigration that Schumer-Rubio style ‘comprehensive’ immigration reform would unleash. They should be fighting to end existing mass immigration. They should be fighting to abolish the absurd Diversity Lottery, end chain migration, and severely restrict refugee/asylum visas. This would appeal to the white working class.

    The GOP should also fight the explicity anti-white policy of racial preferences in college admissions and public hiring/contracting. This would appeal to the white working class.

    If the GOP really wanted to get creative they could point out the insane collision between racial preferences and the mass immigration of those eligible for them.

  • How to Appeal to the White Working Class

    10/29/2013 8:38:02 PM PDT · 14 of 15
    Aetius to Buckeye McFrog

    You aren’t looking very far.

  • Amnesty Is Republican Party Suicide

    10/29/2013 8:34:49 PM PDT · 31 of 32
    Aetius to jazusamo

    Rep Labrador can be commended for seeing how the Democrats want to use immigration reform as part of the plan to destroy the GOP. He can be applauded for opposing this latest push for ‘comprehensive’ immigration reform.

    But Labrador is a supporter of amnesty and a massive increase in (already too high) levels of legal immigration. He is ultimately on the wrong side of this issue.

  • Republican congressman Jeff Denham will join Democrats in immigration overhaul push

    10/26/2013 12:14:23 PM PDT · 18 of 35
    Aetius to Baynative

    Even so, once his district is sufficiently Hispanic, he will be voted out regardless of his leftwing stance on immigration.

  • Army halts training program that label Christians as extremists

    10/25/2013 7:07:39 PM PDT · 24 of 33
    Aetius to doc1019

    It should come as no surprise that something like this exists. When a leading officer proudly says (in response to the Fort Hood massacre) that if the military were to have less diversity (specificially fewer Muslims)as a result of the massacre, then that would be worse than the massacre itself...then outrageous anti-Christian programs like this are to be expected.

  • TV Has to be At Least 42 Percent Gay?

    10/25/2013 6:52:38 PM PDT · 66 of 66
    Aetius to RedMonqey

    I’d bet money there will eventually be a gay character on The Walking Dead. The show is simply too popular to escape GLAAD’s attention.

  • Texas Democrats Are Surprisingly Successful In Austin

    10/12/2013 11:54:18 PM PDT · 43 of 62
    Aetius to Texas Fossil; River Hawk

    I’m sure there are many fine Hispanics who are Republican, but they are greatly outnumbered by Hispanics who vote Democrat, both nationally and in Texas.

    It’s great that the party’s state chairman (???) is Hispanic, but most Hispanic votes in Texas go to Democrats. Bush was a shameless, nauseating panderer, yet the best he ever did in his four statewide races was maybe break even. Obama easily carried the Lone Star Latino vote twice. And correct me if I’m wrong, but Democrats have won the Hispanic vote in Texas in pretty much every important statewide race over the last 20 years.

    The GOP dominates Texas because it has consistently won over 70% of the white vote since the mid 90s. However, thanks to unending mass immigration, the day will soon come when this dominating share of the white vote will no longer guarantee victory. I don’t see Texas going the way of California so long as the white population remains conservative, but it’s not hard at all to imagine Texas becoming a battleground state.

    River Hawk is right, mass immigration is bringing in ever more future Democrat votes. Most Hispanics hold liberal views on the issues that really matter, and therefore most are natural Democrats. There is no reason to think this can change while mass immigration continues. Either the GOP will end mass immigration, or mass immigration will end the GOP. Unfortunately, I think it is rapidly approaching the point of no return.

  • 2014 Senate Overwatch (Alaska through Delaware)

    10/01/2013 7:17:21 PM PDT · 7 of 17
    Aetius to Viennacon

    I hope your lack of mentioning Begich and Pryor’s votes for the Gang of Eight’s Schumer-Rubio immigration bill (sorry if I missed it) doesn’t foreshadow the GOP failing to use these inexcusable votes against them.

    The alleged popularity of Schumer-Rubio is a sham, because the way it is presented to the public by Obama, it’s Congressional supporters, the media, and pollsters is not reflective of what it actually is. Americans have been presented with a pretty, fantasy version of a very ugly bill. It won’t end illegal immigration. The allegedly tough enforcement mechanisms and measures are mostly at the whim of the President and his Homeland Security chief. Criminal illegal aliens can get on the path to citizenship. And worst of all, Schumer-Rubio would massively increase already mass levels of legal immigration.

    It’s stunning really that this last part - the huge increase in legal immigration the bill would unleash - has received so little attention. I mean, it’s not surprising that Schumer, Rubio, Graham, McCain, Obama, and other champions of the bill don’t ever mention it. It’s also not surprising that the worthless mainstream media has not informed the public about it. It’s not even surprising that allegedly conservative Fox News has been negligent here. But it’s surprising and disheartening that Republicans have not made this a centerpiece of the campaign against this brand of ‘comprehensive immigration reform.’

    A strong majority of Americans oppose increasing legal immigration. More Americans support reducing legal immigration than support increasing it. And here are the Democrats - Begich and Pryor included - voting for a bill that wouldn’t just increase immigration by a little bit, but instead would result in tens of millions additional legal immigrants over the millions we’d already admit. This is ripe for use against the Democrats. Cotton and whoever emerges as the GOP challenger in Alaska, North Carolina, Louisiana, and other states would be crazy not to use it.

    And Jeff Sessions isn’t just okay; he’s one of the best we’ve got. He has done a better job than anyone in the Senate in trying to expose the monstrosity that is Schumer-Rubio.

    I agree totally that the Obamacare votes must be used against these red state Democrats, but their votes for Schumer-Rubio could be just as devastating if the GOP is smart enough to use it against them.

  • Harry Reid To Republicans: "Get A Life" (& stop talking about ObamaCare)

    09/27/2013 9:17:33 PM PDT · 59 of 62
    Aetius to Libloather

    Thanks again, Nevada GOP, for nominating Sharon Angle!

    It’s sickening to think how this scumbag Reid should have lost in 2010, and would have lost against a decent candidate.

  • Democrats and Their Dinosaurs

    09/21/2013 9:51:53 PM PDT · 24 of 24
    Aetius to okie01

    Gaffes have far less impact when they aren’t aired endlessly by the mainstream media and aren’t constant fodder for late night comedy.

    Which is to say, gaffes have far less impact when they are uttered by a Democrat.

  • NASA says there is NO life on Mars: Curiosity rover hasn’t discovered any clues…

    09/21/2013 9:43:46 PM PDT · 2 of 27
    Aetius to Olog-hai

    Isn’t NASA supposed to be focusing on making Muslims feel good about themselves?

  • ACORN’s former chief calls for more immigration to boost black power

    09/21/2013 8:33:10 AM PDT · 20 of 53
    Aetius to KarlInOhio

    I don’t doubt what you say about sentiments expressed by Hispanics and Asians towards blacks, but politically speaking they are cousins, very close cousins. They all favor the Democrats by wide margins.

    It may be that as Hispanics’ numbers surge past blacks that the power of blacks within the Democrat/Left coalition will weaken, but in terms of policy it won’t matter all that much because a Hispanic-dominated Democratic party will support and implement the same policies favored by the blacks. The Democrats will still push to take money from whites and give it to all non-whites. The Democrats will still use racial preferences for all non-whites (except some Asians) in college admissions, public hiring, and public contracting.

    So it may not be black Democrats at the forefront pushing these things, but the results will largely be the same.

  • ACORN’s former chief calls for more immigration to boost black power

    09/21/2013 8:26:08 AM PDT · 14 of 53
    Aetius to moonshinner_09

    Well it should have been obvious all along that mass immigration would bring in and was bringing in people who would never support the ostensibly conservative party. Most people in the world are natural Democrats.

    If reason, logic, and common sense weren’t enough to recognize this, then consistent voting results should have made it obvious. And if that weren’t enough, then the now increasingly open boasting by people like Gutierrez and this ACORN creature that mass immigration will give the Left permanent power, should have removed all doubt.

    But despite the overwhelming and undeniable reality, our party leaders have either through cowardice, or family/personal reasons, or sheer stupidity bought into the cult of Diversity and never ending mass immigration. We were cursed with two Bush presidents, and even Reagan was seemingly oblivious to what was brewing. Now...well, I don’t know what can be done. Our next nominee is likely to be no better, and the choice will likely once again be between unending mass immigration versus even more unending mass immigration.

    It’s simply amazing though that the far-Left kooks are now so confident that they can so openly boast about this. They have absolutely no fear that the still majority opposition to the monstrous increases in immigration they want to unleash can be channeled against them at the ballot box. And they’re right to be confident; the media is completely on their side (remaining virtually silent about how Schumer-Rubio would massively increase legal immigration), and the GOP is fatally split.

  • Sodomy-based marriage "legalized" in all 50 states by a bureaucratic tyrant

    09/21/2013 8:08:05 AM PDT · 19 of 63
    Aetius to grobdriver

    I’d love to see states refuse to obey the inevitable Supreme Court decision imposing recognition of gay marriage on the entire nation, but I see no reason whatsoever to think any will. I have nothing on which to base any hope at all for that.

    The bogus idea of judicial supremacy is too well entrenched now. I can’t see even states with conservative Republican governors and conservative GOP-led state legislatures willing to risk being vilified for eternity by taking such a courageous and correct stand.

  • Chris Christie Inducted into CAIR's 'Best List' for Fighting 'Islamophobia'

    09/20/2013 9:59:54 PM PDT · 3 of 23
    Aetius to 2ndDivisionVet

    That’s yet another strike against him. He’s a self-righteous prick.

  • Senator Laine Hanson Speaks: "My church is this very chapel of democracy."

    09/20/2013 9:46:58 PM PDT · 4 of 10
    Aetius to Lancey Howard

    I think it was actually a theatrical release.

    Gary Oldman actually criticized the editing of the movie, saying it was cut to advance a liberal agenda. Though one has to wonder how he could expect anything else?

  • Poll: Republican voters have embraced libertarian values

    09/20/2013 7:52:00 PM PDT · 371 of 447
    Aetius to Orangedog

    I have no problem with libertarians holding liberal views on abortion and gay marriage. But I do have a problem with libertarians’ seeming embrace of having judges impose their liberal social views. This is especially true since the type of judge likely to impose gay marriage or abortion on demand is also likely to gut Second Amendment and private property rights.

    And I have a big problem with libertarians absurd and self-defeating support for mass immigration. First of all, to view people as simply units of labor is absurd. Second, it’s simply amazing that libertarians could believe that their views have any appeal to most immigrants. They seem to think that people who leave big government, statist societies will reject those things once given a chance. There is no evidence of this, but still they insist on believing a fantasy. Most immigrants, and their succeeding generations for decades to come, will not embrace small government.

  • Can Republicans become the party of the people? [With the current leadership, no]

    09/17/2013 7:41:16 PM PDT · 16 of 18
    Aetius to markomalley

    I welcome some populism from the GOP. But I’d want that to include things like opposition to mass immigration (legal and illegal) and opposition to racial preferences.

  • Undocumented LA County Parents On Pace To Receive $650M In Welfare Benefits

    09/17/2013 7:29:29 PM PDT · 3 of 6
    Aetius to NotYourAverageDhimmi

    This is a curious article. Is this a county official actually saying this? I’d expect any such comments from a government official to be countered by claims that illegals contribute much more than they receive.

    And it’s very strange for a media outlet (and again, a govt official) to actually use the words “illegal aliens” or “illegal immigrants”, instead of “undocumented immigrant”.

  • Trailing McAuliffe, Cuccinelli changes staff, focus (Virginia)

    09/15/2013 5:58:09 PM PDT · 34 of 54
    Aetius to JHL

    It’s is nauseating to see the home of Thomas Jefferson on the verge of electing scum like McAuliffe. Considering the state has gone for Obama twice, and has two liberal Senators, maybe we shouldn’t be surprised, but McAuliffe is such a slime that it still stuns.

    Thanks to liberals moving in from other states, and a growing immigrant presence, Virginia seems on the verge of being lost. It’s sad but probably true that statewide Virginia is probably closer to being a blue state than a purple one. Demographics is destiny.

  • Archaeologists excavate Roman soldier’s chain mail

    09/15/2013 5:48:53 PM PDT · 6 of 9
    Aetius to SunkenCiv

    Thanks...love the Roman related stories.

  • Polls shows likely GOP senate takeover in 2014

    09/12/2013 8:11:01 PM PDT · 67 of 68
    Aetius to SunkenCiv

    By ‘more legal immigration’ I take it that Paul is calling for increased legal immigration, which is idiotic.

    For one thing, the vast majority Americans oppose increasing legal immigration, so it shows Paul to be just another elitist when it comes to immigration. Fortunately for him, the media will not inform the public about legislation that would increase legal immigration, like Schumer-Rubio.

    For another thing, an increase in legal immigration is likely an increase in future Democrats. Paul is clueless if he thinks small government conservatism appeals to most Hispanics and other immigrant groups.

    And finally, if Paul thinks such a position will offer him some protection from the usual baseless charges of racism and of being anti-this or anti-that, then he is an idiot.

    It’s unfortunate that Paul has seemingly bought into libertarians’ insane suicidal embrace of mass legal immigration. It’s disappointing because he has me other comments in the past that suggested he might have a clue about immigration. He once suggested that any legalization of illegal aliens be paired with a moratorium or reduction in legal immigration. And after the Boston marathon bombing he was one of the few to question the policies that allowed garbage like the bombers into the country in the first place.

    That was apparently false promise.

  • At Concord-Carlisle High a Muslim poem is read for 9/11, the Pledge of Allegiance is not

    09/12/2013 7:51:39 PM PDT · 7 of 35
    Aetius to moonshinner_09

    I wonder if it ever occurred to Mohja’s grandmother how nasty, inconsiderate, and disrespectful it is of her to wash her feet in a public sink.

    Since such considerations are meaningless next to adhering to the Religion of Peace, then it’s yet another in the very long list of reasons not to allow Muslim immigration.

  • GOP rep expects October immigration reform vote

    09/10/2013 7:34:00 PM PDT · 5 of 17
    Aetius to US Navy Vet

    And by ‘Guest Worker Program’ they are really talking about permanent workers. If the House Guest Worker plan is like the Senate one, or pretty much any other put forth in recent memory, allows the ‘guests’ to bring family with them and apply for permanent residency and citizenship.

    So these ‘guest worker programs’ are really disguised ways to increase permanent legal immigration. A true guest worker program would not allow guests to bring family and would require that they eventually go home.

  • Texas National Guard denies benefits for same-sex spouses

    09/10/2013 6:58:10 PM PDT · 33 of 33
    Aetius to Marcella

    That’s interesting, but I think it leaves out some key information.

    Unless I missed it, I don’t recall seeing in there where it actually talks about Hispanic voting results. Those results, again, are Hispanics consistently voting for Democrats by large margins in pretty much every important statewide race.

    It also has a very misleading statement when it says that the more Latino Texas becomes the more Republican it is trending. The statement is technically true, but it suggests that the reason the GOP has come to dominate Texas is because of the growing Hispanic population, and that simply isn’t true. Again, the GOP loses the Hispanic vote in Texas, so that population is on net a benefit to the Democrats. The GOP has dominated Texas because it has routinely won over 70% of the white vote. Period.

    That alone won’t keep Texas red, but it should keep it from falling into hopelessly blue status like California. I don’t deny the importance of outreach to keep Texas red in the future, but the question is what will it take to win over enough non-white voters in 10 or 20 years from now?

    I don’t buy that some conservatism won’t have to be jettisoned to do this. This article says that the state GOP has already pretty much abandoned efforts to enact strict immigration policies like other states have. Maybe allowing illegal aliens in-state tuition is a small price to pay to not ‘alienate’ Hispanics. But the problem is that the Democrats will do their best to make sure any conservative policies ‘alienate’ Latinos. So if the state GOP is surrendering on in-state tuition and sanctuary cities now, then what will they surrender on tomorrow, all in the name of outreach? Obviously there are a lot of Hispanics who are natural conservatives and will eagerly vote Republican. But I haven’t seen anything to convince me that they number more than 30-35% of the overall Hispanic population.

    But again, since my preferred action of no path to citizenship for illegal aliens and a huge decrease in legal immigration is not likely to happen, then I sincerely hope your optimism proves to be well founded.

  • Texas National Guard denies benefits for same-sex spouses

    09/07/2013 9:46:44 PM PDT · 31 of 33
    Aetius to Marcella
    Maybe Texas will take a hint from Hussein and refuse to follow any federal law they don’t like. What will the feds do? Put every Texan in jail? That would be great. But do you really think that would happen? That's what I'm getting at here, not what we'd like to see happen but rather what is likely to happen. I simply can't imagine the GOP nationally, or in Texas, refusing to obey the Supreme Court. Judicial supremacy is too firmly entrenched. I don't think most Republicans would even consider it.
  • Texas National Guard denies benefits for same-sex spouses

    09/07/2013 9:42:59 PM PDT · 30 of 33
    Aetius to Marcella

    I’m glad you’re working hard to keep Texas a red state. Without Texas, a Republican Presidential victory is almost unthinkable.

    But as far as Hispanics go I can only go by actual voting results, and polling data that shows their general views. On the former, they vote heavily for the Democrats in Texas. On the latter, they profess solidly liberal views that shows why they favor the Democrats so much.

    Hispanics in Texas may not be as liberal and as Democratic as their California counterparts, but they still routinely vote Democrat in Texas by large margins. This includes races for statewide offices and federal races. Has any Republican clearly won the Hispanic vote in Texas in an important statewide race? Even shameless panderer George W Bush lost the Lone Star Hispanic vote to Al Gore in 2004, and he probably lost it four years later to Kerry. In those races and in 2012, the most heavily Hispanic districts in Texas voted overwhelmingly for the Democrat.

    But again I admit that Hispanics in Texas are a little bit less Democrat than they are in other states, I wonder how firm this slightly more favorable view of Republicans is? What if, for example, the Republican Governor and the Republican state legislature decided to stop the University of Texas from discriminating against white kids in university admissions? Would latinos in Texas go along with giving up racial preferences for themselves?

    Republican dominance in Texas is due to the party routinely winning over 70% of the white vote. You can argue that doing a little better with Hispanics than the party does nationally helps, but there is no denying that Hispanic voters supply a significant net vote to Democrats in Texas. If illegal aliens are granted a path to citizenship, and if mass legal immigration continues (or is increased as Schumer-Rubio would do), then this advantage will continue to grow.

    When it comes to polling data that gauges Hispanic views on the issues I admit that the data is from a national sample and not limited to Texas. But considering the already covered preference for Democrats from Texas Hispanics, it’s probably a safe bet that their views are pretty much in line with the national polling results. And those results show Hispanics as favoring Obamacare, favoring more gun control, favoring a more expansive role for government, and as having among the hostile attitudes towards capitalism as any group. In other words, they fit the profile of a natural Democrat.

    Even if Texas latinos oppose gay marriage (increasingly questionable considering the national surveys), then that social conservatism on one issue is obviously outweighed by their liberalism on other issues, just as it is with black voters. It’s not much to pin hopes of increasing support from Hispanics on.

    So long as mass immigration continues, I see no hope of the GOP winning, breaking even, or even coming close to breaking even, with Hispanics in Texas or elsewhere. Maybe if the flow were greatly reduced, then after a few decades of immersion within a conservative Texas climate Hispanics would become the conservatives they are falsely claimed to be today. But so long as the influx continues, they will remain Democrat.

    But since there is no end in sight to mass immigration, I sincerely hope I’m wrong, and that you’re right.

  • Texas National Guard denies benefits for same-sex spouses

    09/07/2013 8:55:05 PM PDT · 28 of 33
    Aetius to Marcella

    I know Texas has a comprehensive marriage amendment that bans not only gay marriage but also the euphemistic substitutes like civil unions. I’m glad you guys passed it. My state has a very similar amendment, and it too passed easily with an overwhelming majority.

    But do you think that will matter one bit to Anthony Kennedy? It won’t. In fact he probably gets off on overturning the will of people he considers rubes. He’s made it clear how he will rule once a proper opportunity comes his way. So if this current Sup Court takes on a challenge to one or more of the state marriage amendments (and doesn’t punt like they did with Calif’s Prop 8), then there are clearly a minimum of 5 votes to strike down every traditional marriage law and amendment and in their place impose gay marriage on the entire nation. It may even be a 6-3 depending on John Roberts. With the current Court, it’s a done deal. The only hope to prevent it is if a definitive case is put off until after 2016, and the GOP somehow wins the Presidency back in 2016, and then gets to replace Kennedy or Breyer with a conservative (I think Ginsburg will retire before then so that Obama can replace her). Otherwise, it’s over as far as the Sup Court goes.

    Which brings us to what will happen if indeed the Sup Court votes to impose gay marriage on the entire nation. I contend that what will happen is some meaningless words from some of our GOP leaders condemning the Court for usurping the issue from the states. And that’s about it.
    I can easily see Texas having some of the loudest voices against such an act by the Sup Court. But if it’s just words, then yeah, I’d still consider that to be meek acceptance.

    It would be great if a state like Texas would actually refuse to obey such an outrageous, renegade, unconstitutional decision. It would be great if the Texas Governor, Atty General, and the legislature collectively said no to the ever increasing arrogance of the Sup Court. Maybe others would follow Texas’ lead.

    But I don’t think that will happen. I think Texas will obey this decision when it comes, just like the other 49 states.

    So what do you think will happen if the Sup Court strikes down Texas’ marriage law and amendment?