Dallas Has Been in the News Three Times This Year for Generosity and Tolerance. What the Heck Is Up with That?

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When the world looks at Dallas, if the world looks at Dallas, will it see a city with an open heart?

Something recent and specific must be driving the surge of unaccompanied immigrant children across the Texas border with Mexico. It's reasonable and prudent for government to try to figure out what's behind it in order to stem the tide. But that's one thing. The other thing is this: The offer of Dallas County leaders to provide shelter for some of those children is morally brave. In fact it's music to the ears and a balm to the heart in this age of heartless and fearful selfishness.

After touring shelters in at the border yesterday, State Senator Royce West put his finger on the immediate moral dilemma: "The question you have to ask yourself is, do you believe that you are your brother's keeper?"

Yes, it's a mess. No, we can't simply respond passively and allow this grotesque Dickensian nightmare to continue. But those are not the first questions before us. The first question is exactly what West asked. What do we do with these children right now?

All of us in Dallas County should be fiercely proud. The people speaking for us at this moment are West, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, County Commissioners Theresa Daniel, Elba Garcia and John Wiley Price, as well as clergy including Frederick D. Haynes III, all of whom have pledged succor and shelter for the thousands of vulnerable children pouring across the border.

If the readers of the Sydney Morning Herald, Australia's oldest continuously published newspaper, remember the town of Murrieta, California, at all, probably it will be for the woman quoted in that newspaper this morning, screaming at busloads of immigrant children, "We don't want you! Nobody wants you!"

That's an expression of evil. Please, don't tell me about the complexities of the immigration issue. We're not there. That's not what this moment is about. As if you were a child on that bus, listen with your heart to what that woman is screaming at you. Assume that some kid on the bus translates it. Imagine that the message gets through to you. Who in God's name could say that to a child, a lost child wandering in danger without parents?

But that is exactly how several communities in Southern California and around the country have reacted to proposals for shelters. The fact is that Dallas County's opposite and generous reaction is anomalous. It's not how this issue is going in many other places. We should be doubly proud for that reason.

But this cry for decency is not anomalous here. Our mayor, Mike Rawlings, has attracted national attention and stature for his outspoken campaign against men who beat up women. If you think that's not such a difficult position to take, then tell me why other prominent men haven't been doing it and why Rawlings' activism has attracted so much attention.

Last February Dallas sportscaster Dale Hansen also drew the national spotlight by speaking out effectively against homophobia in professional sports and the sports media. The response was huge, in part because Hansen's words of tolerance and decency were so rare.

Look, I don't think we should arrange our lives around what people in Sydney think of us, but if people in Sydney ever do think of us, they have three recent stories about Dallas to shape their thoughts -- Rawlings, Hansen and now the outreach to immigrant children. It's almost as if the world is hungry for expressions of generosity and tolerance, isn't it?

And, no, we're not in danger of becoming San Francisco any time soon. Umm, we're not really in danger of that happening ever. Dallas is still basically a very conservative place -- viewed that way by people elsewhere who happen to view us -- and maybe that adds to the power and piquancy of these gestures. Maybe the people of Southern California can look at us and say in their own hearts, "Wow, even Dallas is more compassionate than we are." That should be a wake-up call for anybody.



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mslane9
mslane9

How many people did you interview to get enough positive responses for the article?

wontunow
wontunow

Wow, Did you hear who Joan Rivers "outed" this weekend?


<crickets>

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Saying that President Barack Obama waited "about five years too late" to worry about border security, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is calling for "boots on the ground" and drones to patrol the U.S.-Mexican border.

Perry testified last week at a congressional field hearing in South Texas that he wants to see National Guard units sent to the border while more border patrol agents are trained.

This past year has seen an upswing in illegal immigrants from Central America crossing the border, mostly children and mothers. Perry and other Republicans blame the rise on Obama for what they say is an unspoken policy that implies they will not be sent back. --- Newsmax


Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

OOPS gave the country another laugh yesterday when he called for "boots on the ground" at the border.  The OOPS goof wants to declare war on immigrant babies. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

626 comments, and this is my first contribution?  Man I was really busy this weekend, blowing shit up and cooking the fuck out of some meat

boomer8
boomer8

More good stuff for the twins (as if the Democrats need any more help):


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/06/chuck-todd-hobby-lobby-republicans_n_5561488.html?utm_hp_ref=politics&ir=Politics 


"NBC Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd had words of caution on Sunday for Republicans cheering the Supreme Court's controversial decision on birth control in the Hobby Lobby case.

Many conservatives were celebrating when the court recently ruled that Hobby Lobby and other "closely held" corporations cannot be required to cover contraception for employees under the Affordable Care Act. Speaking on Sunday's "Meet the Press," however, Todd warned that the decision could potentially backfire for Republicans.

The ruling gives Democrats an issue to campaign on, he said.

"Normally ... the social conservative movement used to quietly hope for losses on the Supreme Court because it gave them a political reason for existing, it gave them something to campaign for, it gave them somebody to beat up on the courts. What was fascinating post-Hobby Lobby is how frankly excited Democratic campaigns are acting, where it's like 'We have something to run on here on the left,'" Todd said.

Todd suggested the backlash is already apparent among white women ages 40 to 55, who will be crucial swing voters in this year's midterm elections. "These are the women that in 2010, they were leaning Republican at this time," he said. "This time, they haven't been."

Watch Todd's comments in the clip above.

boomer8
boomer8

This is where the twins are getting their information re Obama Conspiracy Theory: Rick Perry (what an intelligent source) -


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/06/rick-perry-border_n_5561436.html 


WASHINGTON -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is not backing away from a conspiracy theory he recently floated about the Obama administration somehow coordinating the surge of immigrants coming over the border for some unknown reason.

Perry recently suggested on Fox News that the Obama administration might be "in on this somehow" and helping move immigrants over the border. Asked about that statement on Sunday, Perry didn't back away.

"I have to believe that when you do not respond in any way, that you are either inept, or you have some ulterior motive of which you are functioning from," Perry said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.

Perry didn't elaborate on what that "ulterior motive" might be or how the Obama administration would be politically helped by more immigrants coming over the border. Perry also said he wanted the Federal Aviation Administration to allow for drones to be used on the border.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

I'm claiming comment #600 with this comment, btw.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Myrna

Obama already did "declare war"

President Obama announced Monday that he is shifting more immigration enforcement agents to the border...

The agents probably wear boots.

leftocenter
leftocenter

@ScottsMerkin

I didn't realize Jim's article was about abortion...I must read more closely.

JackJett
JackJett

@ScottsMerkin  I want to borrow you official cooking term next time I am dining out.


I'll have the Sirloin with the fucked cooked out of it.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

@ScottsMerkin You did what you're supposed to on a holiday weekend.   Bless You

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@boomer8

If dems can convince some voters that hobby lobby doesn't cover contraception, which they do, it might work.

But, voters dumb enough to not know the difference between contraceptives and abortifacients are default dem voters anyway, no net loss.

dingo
dingo

@boomer8 

...the court recently ruled that Hobby Lobby and other "closely held" corporations cannot be required to cover contraception for employees under the Affordable Care Act. 


This is a lie. Technically speaking, the ruling only covers contra post-conception drugs. The context of the specific excerpt above clearly infers all contraceptives.

Say it slowly:  prop-a-gand-a.

It is curious how you can get your brain so excited over something that, in all probability, you know is not true. 

It's as if you are putting all of your faith in that one last gasp hope.


dingo
dingo

@boomer8 

From 1/29/2014:

The Contractor shall provide unarmed escort staff, including management, supervision, manpower, training, certifications, licenses, drug testing, equipment, and supplies necessary to provide on-demand escort services for non-criminal/non-delinquent unaccompanied alien children ages infant to 17 years of age, seven (7) days a week, 365 days a year. Transport will be required for either category of UAC or individual juveniles, to include both male and female juveniles. There will be approximately 65,000 UAC in total: 25% local ground transport, 25% via ICE charter and 50% via commercial air. Escort services include, but are not limited to, assisting with: transferring physical custody of UAC from DHS to Health and Human Services (HHS) care via ground or air methods of transportation (charter or commercial carrier), property inventory, providing juveniles with meals, drafting reports, generating transport documents, maintaining/stocking daily supplies, providing and issuing clothing as needed, coordinating with DHS and HHS staff, travel coordination, limited stationary guard services to accommodate for trip disruptions due to inclement weather, faulty equipment, or other exigent circumstances. 

http://allenbwest.com/2014/06/feds-advertised-escort-services-unaccompanied-alien-children-january/

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@boomer8

Border Patrol agent Hector Garcia might want to weigh in here.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@TheRuddSki

DAMMIT!

i thought i had it.

I'm calling for a review of the play

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@TheRuddSki @dingo

An IUD is an "abortifacient"? No.

What is in a Plan B pill that is different than the other contraceptives on the list of covered drugs in the Hobby Lobby plan? Surprise, it is the same compound.

The court erred, the court will ultimately reconsider how they extended these "rights" to corps.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@TheRuddSki ... the #1 Abortion Provider in the World is ... wait for it .... here it comes ..... almost there ... YOUR GOD! ... who spontaneously ABORTS 100s of MILLIONS of fertilized eggs -- "unborn babies"--  ... every year.



mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@dingo 

That RFI is for a 5 year period. 65,000/5=13,000 a year.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@holmantx

Sore loser.

I, not you, will go down in history.

Thanks to boomer, I could do it and still keep my schedule, now it's off to the naked Druid fest for me!

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@boomer8

Gotta roll the dice

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Myrna

That's what the migrants want too, the whole idea is to get caught or turn yourself in, that's when the bennies kick in.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@mavdog

Copper Intrauterine Device and IUD with progestin, specifically

http://www.pregnantpause.org/abort/untold.htm

When the court reverses itself, you be sure to give us a holler, ok?

A more likely scenario is that Obama will step in, maybe offering abortifacients to women through the government, maybe you'll get to pay for them.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@mavdog "An IUD is an "abortifacient"? No"



Yes, functionally it is.


As is Plan B when used post-conception.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay

Michael Schumacher is an abortionist?

Your point is irrelevant and hyperbolic. If you want someone to be forced to pay for the four abortifacients against their belief, as dictated by an unelected apparatchik, then lobby to have the politically popular Religious Freedom Restoration Act that Clinton signed into law repealed.

In the meantime, hobby lobby employees should use one or all of the 16 forms of contraception that HL pays for. HL full-time and part-time employees starting pay is $14 and $9.50 respectively, they can afford the occasional abortifacient.

dingo
dingo

@mavdog @dingo 

'The Government anticipates awarding a five (5) year Fixed Price Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract vehicle consisting of a one year base period, and four (4) option years.'

IDIQ - Minimum and maximum quantity limits are specified in the basic contract as either number of units (for supplies) or as dollar values (for services). 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IDIQ

 

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

Damitall, gotta go, surfs up and a rising tide lifts all bootstraps, here's my last shot at glory.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@TheRuddSki

Did you actually read the page you linked?

First, no medical/scientific basis to anything that was written, two they equate all oral contraceptives to "abortifacients".

Try again.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@TheRuddSki "If you want someone to be forced to pay for the four abortifacients against their belief, as dictated by an unelected apparatchik"


So the superstitious idiots who follow Christian Science and Jehovah's Witnesses shouldn't be "forced to pay" for ANY MEDICAL INSURANCE, since they reject modern medicine in favor of group prayer, eh moron?







mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@dingo 

The language does not specify how the number correlates to the expected term.

second, are you and Mr. West aware that the US Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a report in November, 2013, that estimated the number of unaccompanied minors attempting to cross the Mexico border would be approximately 60,000 in 2014? Are they involved in this conjured conspiracy, too?

it seems that the criticism of the right goes in 2 directions: one, the whacked out crazies who claim the administration precipitated the crisis for political reasons, which of course is ridiculous; and two, the criticism the administration was asleep at the wheel in not anticipating the problem.

you have provided a clear point of evidence the later is incorrect.

well done!

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@mavdog

You're wasting your time, it's settled law. And as it's now the law of the land, the debate is over.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay

it's not for the courts to decide the validity of belief, they rightfully ruled that certain provisions created by a bureaucrat violated an existing statute.

They upheld rights, they didn't remove them.

dingo
dingo

@mavdog 

If the four years are optional then logic follows that the base year remains as the only mandatory year for the 65k to be processed.  That's the way IDIQ contracts work.


The government wants 65k for this year and does not know how many for next based upon unknown contingencies. That's what IDIQ contracts are designed for. IDIQ contracts provide flexibility due to unknowns. Your explanation is just the opposite (a fixed number over 5 years).

---------

Both assumptions by your 'wacked out crazies' are correct. The government knew about ahead of time (by evidence of the RFI) and did nothing to step up security at the border to stop it. The contract is for care AFTER the illegals have already broken into this country. The government anticipated the crises and moved the pieces into place to house, feed, relocate lawbreakers instead of utilizing US resources for US citizens.


Whatever logic exists in you argument, well, I'm pretty sure it made sense to you when you wrote it.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@TheRuddSki 

funny thing about the courts, they follow precedent until they don't....

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@TheRuddSki ... so if some for profit corporation run by religulous imbeciles decides and incorporates Racism, Bigotry and Hate into their "beliefs", they shouldn't be "forced to pay" for any Government policy that runs counter to their Racism, Bigotry and Hatred, eh numbnuts?


How much longer until the Corporate Caliphate is declared in the U$A ?




mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@dingo 

Both assumptions by your "whacked out crazies are correct"

interesting that your reading failed you, the "whacked out crazies" are the ones who claim the crisis was a calculated conspiracy by the administration, the second group (not "whacked out crazies") who claim that the administration did nothing in response.

Your post does nothing to support the first group, who fail in both fact and logic. the solicitation for bids was a response to the prediction by various groups of the potential for these kid's possible arrival.

the administration responded to the predictions with staffing of border patrol agents along the Mexican border at near an all time high, and to set in motion the ability to handle the kids should they arrive.

your claim of dedicating the "US resources" being directed towards the immigrants rather than "US citizens" is ridiculous. First you make a claim the administration isn't devoting the proper resources to stop the surge, then you make the claim they are devoting resources to the surge at the expense of domestic needs. fine logic there bud.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay

You don't lose easily.

dingo
dingo

@mavdog 

'fine logic there bud.'


Spend US citizens' money to prevent and deter (keep illegals out) or spend money to nurture and encourage (house. cloth, feed and release)? There is no policy difference between the two?


Like I said before, your argument probably makes more sense to you when you internalize it instead of exposing it to objective evaluation.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@dingo 

"spend US citizens' money to prevent and deter"

you mean such as staffing the Border Agent numbers at close to an all-time high? yes, the administration did that.

"or spend money to nurture and encourage"

"nurture"? "encourage"? holding these kids and moving to deport is somehow a nuturing process that is encouraging them to brave the travels? odd perspecitve to say the least.

let's look at your comment:

The government anticipated the crises and moved the pieces into place to house, feed, relocate lawbreakers instead of utilizing US resources for US citizens.

your logic is the government saw the surge of kids coming so they reacted to handle them, when they could have instead not done anything to handle the kids but instead spend the money that would have gone to handle the kids on "US citizens".

and you feel that you can criticize MY logic?

look in the mirror, you fail.

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