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The Perils of Zero-Sum Worldviews on the Left and Right

US Immigration Reform Forum - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 12:11pm
The Perils of Zero-Sum Worldviews on the Left and Right

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Taking a chance

ElPasoSpeak - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 5:00am

On the city council agenda for Tuesday, March 19, 2019 we have this resolution:

From the RISE web site:

With the inaugural event in June 2019, RISE has developed an innovative approach to identifying, developing and nurturing cycling talent in athletes of all ages and from all athletic disciplines.

Our overarching goal is to help these athletes become cyclists for life, and to help them achieve their personal cycling goals through the development of life skills, creation of a collaborative network of cycling experts, and improve athletic performance on the bike.

This is their inaugural event, yes the first time they have done this.

Evidently wanting to get in on a good thing the city is promising to pay the group $435,000 and to host the event for five years.

This might turn out to be a good thing but no one knows for certain.  In particular we don’t know if we will want the company or the participants to come back after the first year.

By the way the city promised to do this back in November we are only learning about the money this week.

We deserve better

Brutus

 

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How Nancy Pelosi Set an Immigration Trap for Republicans

US Immigration Reform Forum - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 4:18am
How Nancy Pelosi Set an Immigration Trap for Republicans

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is a Machiavellian genius. She took the rift between congressional Republicans and President

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Automation Is Making Us Stupid

EPN - Border Analysis - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 10:00pm
I keep asking myself how it is possible that airline pilots are landing at the wrong airports. It […]
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ICE Is Releasing a Staggering Number of Migrants Into Some U.S. Cities: Reason Roundup

US Immigration Reform Forum - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 6:05pm
ICE Is Releasing a Staggering Number of Migrants Into Some U.S. Cities: Reason Roundup

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I Am an Immigrant. Someday You Might Be One, Too.

US Immigration Reform Forum - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 6:05pm
I Am an Immigrant. Someday You Might Be One, Too.

Increasingly, people are being forced to flee their homes not just by war and poverty, but also by climate change. It?s time we rethink our antiquated ideas about immigrants.
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How Nancy Pelosi Set an Immigration Trap for Republicans

US Immigration Reform Forum - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 9:15am
How Nancy Pelosi Set an Immigration Trap for Republicans

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is a Machiavellian genius. She took the rift between congressional Republicans and President

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Dear Congress: What's Your Plan?

US Immigration Reform Forum - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 9:15am
Dear Congress: What's Your Plan?

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Is 'Extreme Vetting' Really Responsible for Backlogs at USCIS?

US Immigration Reform Forum - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 9:15am
Is 'Extreme Vetting' Really Responsible for Backlogs at USCIS?

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To somehow put current delays on President Trump's doorstep is an absurdity...

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EPISD–please learn to follow the rules

ElPasoSpeak - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 5:33am

Does the EPISD board of trustees do anything right?

The snippet below is taken from the bottom of a recent application to be placed on the election ballot for a district representative:

Notice that the bottom portion is “TO BE COMPLETED BY CITY SECRETARY OR SECRETARY OF THE BOARD”.

Who is the secretary of the board?  From the latest board meeting minutes that they have gotten around to publishing:

Ms. Carrasco is neither the city secretary nor the secretary of the board of trustees.

Do these people even know that there are laws controlling what they do and how they do it?

In this case Texas Election code 144.004.

We deserve better

Brutus

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Beto Living in Utter Poverty Since Forbes Downgraded Father-in-Law to Multimillionaire Status

Deep Inside El Paso - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 5:00am


Above: Beto O'Rourke lites a cigar as he talks of the dire economic situation of his family.
Beto Living in Utter Poverty Since Forbes Downgraded Father-in-Law to Multimillionaire Status
O’Rourkes hit financial rock bottom
by  Satira Sinvergüenza
Associated Mess
     Times have been hard in the Beto O'Rourke's household since a November 2018 announcement by Forbes that his father-in-law Bill Sanders is not a billionaire.
     Beto feels cheated. "I was made for this!" But he says the family has made some cutbacks for husband not willing to work, and they should be able to survive out the year.     “It’s been a terrible 4 months since that announcement,” says Beto, barefoot at home. “I'm entitled to so much more. I’m working hard playing on my guitars, trying to get the band back together.”
     In November 2018, Forbes reported “Based on a review of Sanders' biggest deals, we're far from ready to put him on our list of The World's Billionaires Based on the public information that Forbes has reviewed, Beto O’Rourke’s “billionaire” father-in-law is more likely to have a net worth in the neighborhood of $500 million.
     "This is terrible news," stated O'Rourke. From devaluing their El Paso mansion with the local tax entity to making cuts in house staff, the O’Rourke’s have hit rock bottom.

     “Instead of a butler,” said Beto as his valet used a clothes brush to brushed off dust from the shoulders of same blue shirt he wore yesterday (and the day before), “we had to settle for a footman."    Waving his arms fanatically, "Imagine if your family, your children have to be served dinner by a person wearing white gloves. This is unacceptable!”
     Even tough culinary decisions have had to be made in the O’Rourke household. “The pancake batter we bought for Shrove Tuesday and for National Pancake Day,” says Beto almost breaking into tears, “we’ve had to make that last. We may be eating this same mix until after St. Patty's day!”
     “Instead of the gold sprinkles we use to put on our pancakes, we have limited ourselves to silver,” says Beto wiping a tear from his eye. “I now know who my former constitutes in El Paso’s Segundo Barrio live. I feel their pain.”     Nevertheless, the O'Rourke's have not stopped their community generosity. "I just sent four cases of caviar to the womens shelter this morning," says Beto. "And the kids and I are going to volunteer this afternoon at the community garden, at the country club."
Above: O'Rourke, in Iowa accesses the blues shirts he never takes off.

     The dire economic situation of the O’Rourke family has also affected the family’s fashion.  Beto had had to wear the same blue shirt every day. Exclaiming his frustration, Beto yells, “I can’t even afford to buy the lower sleeves for my blue shirt."
     In interviews, Amy Rourke has had to limit the times she turns her head toward Beto in a loving gaze. “We have now limited it to 3 times an interview,” says Beto. “Least we have to visit the chiropractor less than 4 times a week.”
     “When I said my wife was taking care of the kids,” says Beto, “ I meant that we had to fire one of our three nannies. Hell, I may have to start mannying again, or being a real dad.”
    At his computer, as Beto searches the web for government assistance, he is distraught.       "We are going to have to make other sacrifices," says the presidential candidate. “We were about to put in 25-caret gold faucets in our bed room bathroom, but after a long conversation with Amy, we had to set for 14 caret.”
Above: O'Rourke sacrifices since hitting poverty include buying 14-caret gold facets instead faucets of  24-carat gold.

     “Also, my skin is really suffering,” says the former congressman. “I was used to cash baths and long soaks in $100 bills, but of late we’ve had to settle for 1 dollar bills. I’ve broken out in rashes all over.”Above: O'Rourke in cashbath: regarding cash baths, "...of late we’ve had to settle for 1 dollar bills."

     As he puts the strap of his guitar round his neck, Beto assures that he  will make it through this tough time. "I think every poor family like ours has to make sacrifices once in a while. For example, yesterday at Guitar World, instead of buying the $20,000 Les Paul, I thought about my  family, and settled for the $19,000 Squire Strat instead."
     After tuning the guitar, he says “Have you heard this CCR song?":  “Some folks are born, made to wave the flag
Ooo, they're red, white and blue...”
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Border Mic – Episode Nine – I Still Check My Car Before I Get In It

EPN - Border Analysis - Sun, 03/17/2019 - 10:00pm
I approach the car looking for things out of place. I look in the wheel wells. I look […]
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This 8-Year-Old Chess Champion Will Make You Smile

US Immigration Reform Forum - Sun, 03/17/2019 - 6:04pm
This 8-Year-Old Chess Champion Will Make You Smile

Overcoming life?s basic truth: Talent is universal, but opportunity is not.
Source: [url=https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/16/opinion/sunday/chess-champion-8-year-old-homeless-refugee...
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El Paso Times subscription costs

ElPasoSpeak - Sun, 03/17/2019 - 6:48am

This came in from a loyal reader:

 

Got my subscription [for the El Paso Times)] renewal  invoice in the mail yesterday:  $469.20.

 

I called the 800 number and spoke to JV.  He thanked me for being a long time subscriber (he insisted he was in El Paso, but sounded a lot like he was in Calcutta).  I said that I hoped the bill was for a five-year renewal period, but he replied that it was only for a year.

 

I pointed out that I paid $260 in 2016, $261 in 2017, and $330 in 2018.  I then asked to speak to someone with authority.

 

After a short pause to check, JV told me that he will send a new invoice for $336.

 

Candidly, the main reason I subscribe to the Times is that they deliver my Wall Street Journal.

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RumpToons No: 124

EPN - Border Analysis - Sat, 03/16/2019 - 10:00pm
I hope you enjoy this week’s RumpToons!
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A Tattooed Libertarian on the Arizona Supreme Court: Clint Bolick's Long Fight for Freedom

US Immigration Reform Forum - Sat, 03/16/2019 - 6:07pm
A Tattooed Libertarian on the Arizona Supreme Court: Clint Bolick's Long Fight for Freedom

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In 2016, Clint Bolick became an

Dissecting the Dreams of Brexit Britain

US Immigration Reform Forum - Sat, 03/16/2019 - 6:07pm
Dissecting the Dreams of Brexit Britain

I've traveled England trying to understand what drives the Brexit psyche.
Source: Dissecting the Dreams ...
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Your turn

ElPasoSpeak - Sat, 03/16/2019 - 5:00am

It’s Saturday so it’s your turn.

Brutus

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Wilbur Ross Says He Did Not 'Intentionally' Mislead Congress About the Census

US Immigration Reform Forum - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 6:03pm
Wilbur Ross Says He Did Not 'Intentionally' Mislead Congress About the Census

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A Tattooed Libertarian on the Arizona Supreme Court: Clint Bolick's Long Fight for Freedom

US Immigration Reform Forum - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 6:03pm
A Tattooed Libertarian on the Arizona Supreme Court: Clint Bolick's Long Fight for Freedom

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In 2016, Clint Bolick became an

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