Donald Trump has arrived at his moment of truth. Two paths in the woods diverge in front of him. The time for equivocation is ending and the constant legerdemain of his campaign will soon cease fooling anyone. Trump must decide whether he intends to send all illegal aliens back to their home countries – or not. By this choice the character of the man will be determined and the fate of his campaign will be sealed.
Trump’s campaign for the White House began last summer with the common sense recognition that “you either have a country or you don’t.” The essential corollary of this axiom is that those who have entered our country without permission (or remained past the expiration of their visas) are in violation of our laws and are subject to removal. As Trump said in an early-campaign interview with NBC journalist Chuck Todd, even though some lawful process may be passed through Congress to enable their return, “they have to go out. Ifthey come back they have to enter legally.
With the 2016 election looming like a 900 foot tidal wave, Americans on both sides of the aisle cannot understand how a country like this could end up with candidates like these. Is there hope after November?
The U.S. and China will formally join the United Nations global warming agreement while President Barack Obama makes his final trip to Asia for the G20 meeting in September, sources tell the South China Morning Post.
U.S. and Chinese officials said an announcement will likely be made Sept. 2, about two days before Obama meets with President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit in Hangzhou, sources told the Post.
If true, Obama will have ratified a major international agreement without Senate approval. Obama clearly hopes U.S. and Chinese ratification of the deal will help it come into force earlier than anticipated, making it politically harder for a future president to undo.
“There are still some uncertainties from the US side due to the complicated US system in ratifying such a treaty, but the announcement is still quite likely to be ready by Sept 2,” a source with knowledge of the announcement told the Post.
Brussels (AFP) – The European Union on Tuesday ordered Apple to pay a record 13 billion euros in back taxes in Ireland, saying deals allowing the US tech giant to pay almost no tax were illegal.
In the latest in a series of rulings that has angered Washington, Brussels said the world’s most valuable company avoided tax bills on virtually all its profits in the bloc under its arrangements with Dublin.
Apple and the Irish government immediately said they would appeal against the European Commission ruling, while the US Treasury said it could undermine its economic partnership with the EU.
Ireland has been seeking to attract multinationals by offering extremely favourable tax conditions, known as sweetheart deals, but EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Apple’s broke EU laws on state aid.
“This decision sends a clear message. Member states cannot give unfair tax benefits to selected companies, no matter if European or foreign, large or small,” Vestager said.
“This is not a penalty, this is unpaid taxes to be paid,” Vestager added.
The Environmental Protection Agency will begin collecting employee data on sexual orientation and gender identity to help LGBT employees “feel included,” according to an internal agency email sent by EPA chief of staff Matt Fritz last week.
“A professional, productive and inclusive workplace is essential to our mission of protecting human health and the environment,” Fritz told employees in the email, according to the Washington Free Beacon.
“When collected, safely stored, and analyzed along with other demographic information, S[exual] O[rientation] G[ender] I[dentity] data serve as an important resource for developing workforce engagement strategies and improving organizational performance,” Fritz added.
Fritz said that, while there are legal protections already in place for LGBT employees, statistics suggest that LGBT employees “do not feel included in workplaces and feel compelled to lie about their personal lives at work.” He added that collection of such data can help the agency learn how to get more employees engaged at work.
“We all have a sexual orientation and gender identity, and participation in the pilot by a diverse set of people will enable better analyses,” Fritz said.
The late Gene Wilder not only played comedy, but wrote it. "Young Frankenstein," for my money Mel Brook's best film, was Wilder's idea, and the script was a joint effort by the two comic geniuses. Cloris Leachman's creepy cameo as Frau Blücher, the housekeeper and apparent mistress of the late monster-maker, qualifies as one of the funniest moments on the American screen. Horses rear in terror at the mention of her name. She gazes at her dead lover's grandson with a perverse lust that would grow fungus on a billiard ball. And she was in the film for a reason.
"Frau Blücher" was the married name of the renegade Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt, the erstwhile mistress of the philosopher and sometime Nazi Party member Martin Heidegger. The most influential Existentialist of the 20th century, Heidegger took over the University of Freiburg the same month that Hitler seized power in 1933, and threw in his lot with the Nazis--after looting Arendt's dissertation on St. Augustine for material in his magnum opus Being and Time. The married Heidegger spent the 1920s sleeping with his Jewish graduate student and borrowing her research, before joining the Nazi Party himself. Arendt was obsessed with Heidegger. After World War II she appeared in public with Heidegger and aided his rehabilitation, even though Heidegger refused to renounce his support for Hitler.
I do not have direct evidence that Wilder modeled the character on Arendt, but the coincidences seem too close to believe in accidents. In hell, Jew-haters are tormented by Jewish comedians. My understanding of the World to Come is hazy, but I hope that Gene Wilder's talents continue to afflict the departed souls of the enemies of his people.
So, about those electronic voting machines… The FT:
The FBI is investigating the suspected hacking of the election computer systems in at least two US states by a foreign agent and has warned other states to watch out for potential intrusions.
Officials in Arizona and Illinois confirmed that their systems had been the subject of cyber attacks in July, with information about as many as 200,000 voters hacked in Illinois.
The rise of the cyber world has been so fast that our ideas and our institutions are still a long way from catching up. Your smart phone and your laptop computer these days open out into international space: foreign governments, criminal syndicates and goodness only knows what corporate and governmental snoops can access your data and reach out to change your world.
When we talk about border security these days, it’s not just about the Rio Grande or our harbors and airports. The greater the preponderance of American power in meatspace, the more incentive our rivals and opponents have to put their resources into cyberwar. It would be nice to hear more from candidates for office about their plans to defend the country from these growing threats.