Immigration and Asylum: I do not know what to think.

Looks terrible, right? We are “ripping a child from a parents arms!” Well, not quite in this case: the child had a father back in Cuba who still wanted him; his mother had died while trying to escape Cuba.

The photo was from June, 2000.

And so, things aren’t what they might appear to be at first blush.

And the issues: mostly, I have questions rather than answers about what we “should do” as a country.

I do wish we talked about the issues with humane tone, as we see George H. W. Bush and Ronald Reagan doing here:

They are still human beings.

But what to do, exactly?

Illegal immigrants? I am a “follow the rules’ kind of guy. But practically speaking: there are so many here. It is impractical to round them up and ship them out..and there would be huge human costs and huge costs to our economy. Any solution would have to be a pragmatic one and will probably involve some unfairness to someone.

And I really can’t join forces with some of the “follow the law” types because many of them ARE racists and bigots, though of course, not all of them are.

DACA: yeah, that seems like a good compromise as it sets criteria and rules to be followed. This is one area where I can say “let’s get it done”; I like a solution that has been arrived at.

Asylum and refugees: ok, this one is sticky. No, we can’t be the the world’s catch all. In the case of refugees: sorry, but as far as, say, Syria, the wealthy Middle East countries should bear the brunt. Why us? Asylum: when we talk about, say, gangs and domestic violence: we have gangs. We have domestic violence. Do people leave our countries to escape to other countries? Do other countries accept, say, our domestic violence victims?

Now if that question sounds ridiculous, then are we not admitting that there are some countries that are incapable of solving those problems on their own…”shithole counties” if you will? But who got upset when that phrase was used? Ok, the POTUS should use that phrase, but conceptually, is this point not taken?

Note: I am talking about asylum seekers for domestic violence and gang violence; I understand the concept of war/famine/natural disaster refugees.

But even then it isn’t clear to me.

If someone wants to flee a country…what part did the US play in making that country an unsafe place to live? Did we help install some right wing dictator? Do we let our companies set “Gilded Age” conditions for workers? Did we help destroy that country’s economy or environment? What about climate change related environmental disasters or changes?

So, immigration, refugees, asylum seekers: there are so many issues and our moral responsibility is not always clear to me.

And argument by photos, memes and slogans just doesn’t help me, at all.

June 12, 2018 Posted by | political/social, social/political | , , | Leave a comment

More energy makes a difference

Brutally cold outside (14 F, which is more January like stuff for us)

Workout notes
Weights: pull ups (5 sets of 10: strong) Hip hikes, Achilles
Bench press: 10 x 135, 3 x 180, 9 x 160 (strong..for a change) rotator cuff
Incline: 10 x 135
military:(dumbbell), 12 x 50 seated, supported, 2 sets of 10 x 40 standing super set with:
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 65 (each arm)
pull down: 3 sets of (7 x 160 traditional, 7 x low (90, then 100, 100))
Hammer rows (between pull downs): 2 sets of 10 x 200.

Then walking on the treadmill; slow at first; 14:50 mile 1, then 39:45 for 3 miles, 41:10 for 5K.
I also did some weightless squats to stay loose.

I noticed that I had more pep with the weights; I think that the difference is that I did not go long this past weekend. It makes a difference.

The Illegal Immigrant Amnesty fight: it is explained well here. No law will be changed, but the executive can direct where enforcement is directed. President Bush did that. President Obama might do that too. What will become of it? I really don’t know.

College Football: this blog post has an amusing take on “fan misery” and gives the top 10 most miserable fan bases. Note: this isn’t a “worst team” list but rather a list of fans having a “success/recognition to wins” ratio. One 10-0 team is on this list! So is 7-3 Notre Dame and…4-6 Illinois:

If you’re a fan of the Fighting Illini, you’re asking two questions today. First, what in the world are we doing here? And two, why does Tim Beckman still have a job? Beckman has been Illinois’ coach for 34 games. He has won 10 of them against the following opponents (in chronological order): Western Michigan, Charleston Southern, Southern Illinois, Cincinnati, Miami (Ohio), Purdue, Youngstown State, Western Kentucky, Texas State and Minnesota. That’s Illinois football, folks. Or at least, it is right now, which is pretty comical when you consider that Ron Zook was fired following back-to-back bowl seasons. Of course, that’s not the full story. Zook was mediocre at best for four consecutive years after going to the Rose Bowl in 2007. It was time for a change. But Beckman has dug a far deeper hole for the next coach to climb out of, and regardless of when the coaching change comes, that’s a difficult proposition for fans to swallow. Sitting in a cold, empty stadium in Champaign, Ill., in October and November to watch more years of bad football before the next guy shows signs of life? What fan really wants to deal with that?

Emphasis mine. Sure, I go to the games, but I like football! And yes, losses and all, I enjoy myself.

And, following Illinois football is good preparation for following Bradley Basketball, where our once proud program lost to a D-III program in an exhibition game and got stomped at home by a mediocre Sun Belt team:

That was bad. Bad. Bad. Bad. Bad. Bad.
So bad, in fact, I think the college basketball team that lost its home and season opener Friday night at Carver Arena, the team wearing home whites and representing a program that once was the pride of Peoria, should be called Badley.
Texas-Arlington spanked Badley, 86-75, in one of those games where the final score lies. This was a 20-point game for nearly 20 minutes, from late first half until Badley made a few plays late in the game. If UTA were really good, it could have built a 40-point margin and we might be talking epic badness from a home team.
“We were awful,” Badley coach Geno Ford said.
At least give Ford credit for speaking truth. There was not anything else for which he deserved credit Friday. Blame, yes. Credit, no.

Well, at least there weren’t that many fans to see it and it wasn’t cold in the arena.

By halftime, the visitors had made 10 of 14 treys and stretched their lead to 48-26 before Omari Grier hit a late 3-pointer to get it under 20 at the break.
The paid crowd of 5,469 (about 4,000 actual) grew more somber when the Mavericks opened the second half with two more 3s to pull ahead 54-32.



But, in some ways, I am the worst kind of Bradley Basketball fan. Why? Well, I go to the men’s and women’s games because I like basketball; were the teams to drop to division II or even III wouldn’t affect me at all; I’d still go. Record: well, I am happy when the teams win, but….(shhh), that is irrelevant to my showing up and cheering. For me, it is “supporting the students while I do something I enjoy” sort of thing.

November 17, 2014 Posted by | Barack Obama, basketball, college football, politics/social, walking, weight training | , , | Leave a comment