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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Writer's Life 2/22 - Sanctuary

Although I disagree with almost all liberal policy, I know much of it is drawn with noble intentions. Most of the time it simply involves the transfer of billions, some of which does good, but a lot of which is payoffs to cronies, or lost to the staggering fraud government programs attract. That's annoying, sometimes infuriating, but damaging only to an economy. Then there are those actions that defy reason, that raise questions about sanity, that may lead to physical harm or death. Today's NY Post has two articles that highlight this. Here's the gist, edited by yours truly: Ronald Fiddler, a Brit fighting for al Qaeda, was seized by American forces in Afghanistan and taken to Guantanamo in 2002. There, he claimed he was tortured. Home Secretary David Blunkett lobbied for his release, claiming Fiddler had been abused while detained. The British government eventually paid him a million-pound settlement. Yesterday he carried out a suicide bomb attack in Mosul, Iraq... Estivan Rafael Marques Velasquez, an admitted member of the notorious MS-13 gang, was released from Rikers Island on Feb. 16 after serving time for disorderly conduct. ICE officials had requested last May that he be turned over to them when he was done serving his sentence. No one at ICE was alerted to his release, as NYC is a sanctuary city. Fortunately, agents were able to track him down the same day in Queens. He has been processed and is now in detention pending removal. As I've said many times, I have no problem with illegals being here - I have a problem with them being granted government services. Sanctuary should not be granted to members of violent gangs. That way madness lies.

Also in the Post, in a blurb, reworded by yt: An 18-year-old college student received two packages from home, one filled with food, the other with trash. Baffled by the second, he contacted his mom, who told him it was the trash he was supposed to have taken out during a recent visit. Amused, he posted this pic on Twitter:

My thanks to the kind folks who bought and donated books today.
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