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  1. I think it was Robert Frost who said, "Home is where, when you have to go there, they have to take you."
  2. Except the US never gains control over the oil. It didn't in Iraq either. It does get the situation to the point where the oil keeps flowing. I also wish they wouldn't interfere, but if they are, then a little more control of those reserves would be fine. As it is, we invade, fight, kill, spend a lot of money, and countries like Russia go in and take advantage of the situation to develop the oil fields. Northern Iraq is heavily dominated by the Russians, just as one example.
  3. It doesn't affect me directly, but I suspect the uncertainty is a big problem.
  4. I think the responsibility for getting her back should fall squarely on her shoulders. She embarked on a mis-adventure that was harmful not just to her, but to her own country. Such near-treasonous behavior should not be enabled. It's probably better for everyone if she returns and faces a court concerning both her words of support for terrorism and her actions. She should be silenced by the court as a part of her rehabilitation. It's best that she not become a pseudo-spokesperson or recruiter for militant religious causes.
  5. Undocumented immigrants commit less crime: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2018/06/19/two-charts-demolish-the-notion-that-immigrants-here-illegally-commit-more-crime/?utm_term=.84115b1e7e77
  6. Regardless of what one thinks about the Wall, it can't be denied that he has sure tried to fulfill his problem. I'd be much happier if the energy put into this was directed at something like getting the health care system working for everyone.
  7. In general, confiscated funds go to the general treasury. It takes legislation to specifically designate funds to a cause. I believe there is a bill being considered to direct El Chappo's ceased assets to go toward the wall. It remains to be seen whether it will gain any traction. It needs to be remember that the vast majority of his wealth and property is in Mexico and well outside the reach of the US government. Any property he has in Mexico will go to the Mexican government.
  8. It will be very interesting to see how this plays out in the courts. I note that the article doesn't mention what, if any agreement has been made with Mexico. I don't know that they are under any obligation to accept returnees who are not nationals of Mexico. I suspect that some sort of compensation is being offered to Mexico to accept them, but it remains to be seen just how long Mexico will continue to do this.
  9. Sadly, this IS about a WALL. It IS NOT about border security. There are much more effective and less expensive means of protecting the border: Fiber-optic cables could secure the border instead Amid the cacophony, one lawmaker has tried fruitlessly to divert attention away from the wall, and toward fiber-optic technology that could pinpoint with precision where border intrusions occur, determine what exactly is coming across, and relay the information to Border Patrol agents in realtime. "I would love to lay a fiber-optic cable from sea to shining sea," Rep. Will Hurd, a Texas Republican who represents more of the US-Mexico border than anyone in Congress, told The New York Times' "The Daily" podcast in January. https://www.businessinsider.com/fiber-optic-sensing-technology-vs-border-wall-2019-2?utm_content=buffer6703d&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer&fbclid=IwAR1hHb5NJT9-2AU4_U7MJDcMrJzb7TDk3UFPWZzrP_pGQOhBTrGsT2lXxBE
  10. You're comparing apples and oranges. First of all, she is not being rescued. She is not being detained. She was not arrested. She is simply a UK citizen who wants to return home. She is about in as much need of rescue as thousands of expats in Thailand who made poor judgments and life choices and now find themselves stranded. Does the UK (or any other country send a private plane to pick them up?). And, even if they were going to 'rescue' her, just where would the plane go? A private plane landing in Syria sounds a little dangerous. As far as your comparison to Otto Warmbier, he was RELEASED by the NK and full permission to land a plane and return him to the US was granted. A completely different scenario.
  11. I suspect that it's not an idle threat. There is little question that Putin has damaging information on Trump and that is why he never has a bad word to say about him. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
  12. Alexander's army refused to go any further, they thought they were near the end of the earth. They may have been correct.
  13. Trump Trade War Helps Push Farmers Into Record Number Of Bankruptcies Dairy farmers were counting on China milk buyers before the trade war. “The problem is both nations have stubborn leaders,” an industry analyst said. Twice as many farmers in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin declared bankruptcy last year compared to 2008, according to statistics from the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Journal reported. Bankruptcies in states from North Dakota to Arkansas leaped 96 percent, according to figures from the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trade-war-record-farm-bankruptcy_us_5c611dcee4b0910c63f251ad?utm&fbclid=IwAR2k1-GV4C6A9UqWcqZiHIrcL5i_FzHm46t6zo4mleGY8GccuqDoOAMMKKk
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