Missed a few days? This effort has been going on longer than we care to admit.
Get caught up in "Recent". This page last updated April 17, 2017
We’re baaa-aack…sort of…provided others [particularly Microsoft and other tech companies] hold up their ends.
We apologize for the “hiatus” of about the last two-weeks …and for the new schedule. We can no longer be providing something new every, or perhaps even most, days: we will try to at least check in at least every other day but without aiming for any rigidity of a predetermined schedule, such as odd-numbered days or even-numbered days. Health and other demands simply will not now permit the 365 schedule we managed for over 5 years.
That said, there may be times when we post several days in a row; eventually we may even return to a true daily grind, though we do not expect that will be possible for at least some months.
Moral support counts: please consider our petitions, available and accessible through our “Action Items“ page. We do expect to be adding a good deal of support material for those efforts, here and elsewhere, with somewhat greater frequency than we’ve managed recently.
Terrific news on one front: there are to be a significant number of new judges added to the immigration system that may actually work well if given the opportunity [the electric toaster designed to use standard household current is not likely to do its job operating off a single AAA 1.5 volt battery]. The addition of 100 judges, if working full time and around 250 days a year, seems likely to start putting a serious dent in the backlog of some half a million cases in relatively short order…certainly if the current “norm” of no-show continues. At the same time, it was noised yesterday that it ultimately costs the taxpayer in the neighborhood of a quarter of a million dollars, in the aggregate, to pursue a case all the way through deportation. Then again, it was reported this morning that a new review has essentially “discovered” some 33,000 detention beds that apparently are available. No-shows, detention facilities, additional judges: add to that publicity surrounding cases resulting in deportation for long-term offenders, based on such things as ID theft, and it appears “the rules” are changing. That is not a reason to consider this problem “cured” or to not sort this mess out; it is a reason to find more expeditious means, and means to not have to go through the expense at all. We here believe that “encouraging” what is sometimes called “self-deportation” has great merit.
United: there is apparently, as is often the case, much more to the story than is typically reported. As we understand it, the guy who got dragged off the plane had previously accepted an offer [$800?] to surrender his seat and left the aircraft, then had second thoughts related to his work schedule and bypassed security going back onto the plane. Sorry, folks, but if those are facts, he should be thanking his lucky stars he’s still breathing…and the other passengers really might want to give the incident a bit more thought before commiserating with the guy very much, since he would have then put them all at risk [how many times in recent years has as much as a whole airport been virtually closed down for hours over such a security breach?].
As for the other side of the situation, United almost seems to have worked at botching this at every step. First, since businesses such as this seem not at all shy of going after whatever traffic will bear for what they are selling, perhaps the airline could have just kept raising the offers until they got what they wanted. That idea has been thrown out there by many, but try this one on for size: in that the airline “needed” seats in order to fly a fresh crew to another site, might it not have been possible to charter a small plane to deliver the crew…which, IOO, wouldn’t have been necessary at all with better management of resources? The CEO, it seems, may have gone off half-cocked with his first stance; then, again IOO, botched the “apology” and the back-pedaling. We think everybody would have been better served had he gone the route of “no comment; under investigation’ until he could take one solid stand and stick with it.
We continue to petition to The White House in support for “Hierarchy of Law”,
designed to keep UN & similar attempts against US
sovereignty, as regarding arms and the Law of the Sea Treaty, from ever
allowing the UN or others to dictate to the US, while still allowing the
US to adopt positions in line with such. Do you really want the UN
telling us what to do about an invasion at our border, for example?
Please help this effort to protect US Sovereignty and The US Constitution. More, here. Or, take our word for it and immediately go to The White House site by way of our "Action Items" page to sign
[making use of the WhiteHouse.gov site ensures that nobody need leave any information here, potentially saves us a lot of work, and provides opportunity for visitors to also choose from a variety of other petitions that they may also wish to support...or not].
Let’s get this thing over the 100K signatures-in-30-days threshold for a response…in record time.
We need 100,000 signatures, and would rather have twice that -- how about a half million?
We've a companion petition also accessible through the "Action Items" page with the objective of
maintaining and even improving this petition access as a tool for responsive
government [novel concept, huh?]. Signatures also requested for that one.
September 17, 2011, Constitution Day: we begin another effort at blogging. Previous efforts have ended unceremoniously for a variety of reasons; for the most part we simply have not found it appropriate to pretend that we had something of significance to say publicly each and every day, too easily then neglecting for too long, distracted by daily life rather than making such an effort a part of daily life.
This process may well be subjected to similar problems but should result in a different end: for this blogging has a new intent added to the old, one of being an exercise in and a marking of self discipline [do not expect perfection; we don't, though we will strive for minimal evidence of our imperfections]. A daily entry is a part of our objective: it may be as brief and seemingly dismissive as " Nothing today", "We, too, sometimes need a break: this is one of ours.", or " Have noted news; gathering thoughts", but we are committed to at least checking in each day, and ask readers consider doing likewise. [Entries may or may not be keyed to or even linked to other parts of the site, but we will endeavor to minimize choppiness.]
Too often, we may go on too long. We may try to cover too many bases, resulting momentarily in a light treatment of heavy material, but we believe longer treatments will be available elsewhere on or at least through this site.
One of our objectives is to not waste a visitors' time. We don't mind even offending folk, if it is all honest and above-board; but we would be disappointed if, having visited, somebody left feeling they'd wasted their time [much as we don't mind somebody leaving our table not being uncomfortably full, but would feel badly if they left hungry despite their efforts to become at least reasonably satisfied].
That will have to do for today: life interrupts.
Addendum, October 4, 2011
Any post more than a week old will be subject to being moved from this page and archived. For the immediate future, the Archive will be available on another page on the site.
Addendum, October 6, 2011
We will, from time to time, review and edit for typos et al, so that later readers may not be subjected to them.
Addendum, December 9, 2011
We have reorganized [again] so that the single most recent blog entry is readily available without having to mess with a slide bar much. Recent entries will go to another page, eventually to archives, though those pages will be as we read, oldest first. We hope this makes things easier for visitors.
Our goal is to follow the above plan in our lives and our business, thus being a part of returning our country, The United States of America, to the Republic it was envisioned and designed to be and The Great Experiment -- the Rule of Law -- brought to the world by the Founding Fathers.
We ask readers -- and others -- consider doing likewise.
Taking no ads, the only revenue to keep this site going is out of our own pockets and should arguably
be going to other things, from the few items sometimes in our store, and whatever
donations might be put in the tip jar on our Comment/Support page.
To the extent that you think reasonable
-- and please think for a moment about how long it would take you to put something like this together,
and what it would cost you, in energy and money, to then make it and keep it available on the web --
we ask you consider contributing to our delinquency.