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Senators to propose legislation to restrict visa waivers for Europeans

Source: Hardball with Chris Matthews MSNBC

We just saw another example of Congress rushing in to introduce meaningless legislation in hopes of placating the nervous American public. Tonight on Hardball Republican Senator Jeff Flake said that he and Diane Feinstein will introduce a bill tomorrow which will modify the current visa waiver rule. (At present citizens of 39 countries - mostly European - are not now required to get a visa in order to travel to the US.). This new legislation would require any citizen of these countries who had travelled to Syria or Iraq in the past five years to now obtain a visa in order to travel to the U.S. Presumably this would let us examine people whose travel patterns made them suspect before permitting them to come here.

The only problem: Nothing prevents the potential 'suspect' traveller from declaring his/her old passport lost or stolen and obtaining a brand new, fresh passport. There is then no way to know whether the individual visited Iraq or Syria (or anywhere else). It's a meaningless, feel-good gesture designed to show the constituency that 'Congress is on top of things' when, in fact all it does it create more red tape and cost without contributing in any way, shape of form to our security. Business as usual for Congress.

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Tom Tomorrow does Republican debate


Rethugs have solution for fairer debates - let US pick the moderators

In the wake of the CNBC Republican presidential debate, conservative media are calling for even more influence in the debate process. Conservatives have suggested upcoming debates should be moderated by right-wing pundits like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage, Mark Levin, Ben Shapiro, and Erick Erickson.

Rubio - a man of firm convictions

Rubio has shown himself to be exceptionally able to adjust his core beliefs to the circumstances of the moment. Perhaps no more telling example of this is Rubio's stated religion.

By my count he has undergone at least four, if not five, changes in his core religious beliefs. "Marco Rubio, who wants to be President, has been a Catholic, a Mormon, a Catholic again, then a fundamentalist Christian church member and a Catholic Church member."

"As a child in Miami, he was a Roman Catholic. When his family moved to Las Vegas, he became a Mormon. When the family moved back to Florida he became a Catholic again."

"And then, in 2000, he began attending Christ Fellowship in Miami, a fundamentalist mega church that is rigidly opposed to homosexuality and asks employees to sign a declaration saying they've never been in a gay relationship. Now he attends both Christ Fellowship and a Catholic church, he says.. "


In another (now locked) thread I had made the comment

that, at the turn of the century Jerusalem had more Jews than Muslims, to which the ever-genteel poster responded with a sophisticated argument - "Bullshit".

In the interests of accuracy on this point, here are some interesting population figures for Jerusalem. It's a little hard to read since he column formatting got somewhat shifted when I did a cut and paste. Nonetheless the accuracy of my original statement is clearly evident:

Jews as absolute or relative majority

Year Jews Muslims Christians Total Original Source As quoted in
1882 9,000 7,000 5,000 21,000 Wilson Kark and Oren-Nordheim, 2001
1885 15,000 6,000 14,000 35,000 Goldmann Kark and Oren-Nordheim, 2001
1893 >50% ? ? ~40,000 Albert Shaw, Writer Shaw, 1894
1896 28,112 8,560 8,748 45,420 Calendar of Palestine for the year 5656 Harrel and Stendel, 1974
1905 13,300 11,000 8,100 32,400 1905 Ottoman census (only Ottoman citizens) U.O.Schmelz
1922 33,971 13,413 14,669 62,578 Census of Palestine (British) Harrel and Stendel, 1974
1931 51,200 19,900 19,300 90,053 Census of Palestine (British) Harrel and Stendel, 1974
1944 97,000 30,600 29,400 157,000 ? Harrel and Stendel, 1974
1967 195,700 54,963 12,646 263,307 Harrel, 1974


Not that we need any more Republican clowns cluttering

up the airways but one thing has me amazed - where is Newt Gingrich? It seems that, in the past the man who is 'what stupid people think intelligent people sound like' was all over the place, 24/7. Now, not a word (at least that I'm aware of) from old 'Let's shut the gumbint down' Newtie. Does somebody have something on him? Inquiring mind want to know...

If Newt Gingrich is what the ignorant Rethug base thinks

an intelligent person sounds like, Trump is what the base thinks an ignorant know-nothing blowhard sounds like. And that's why they love him. "'Cuz he's jest like ME!!!".

At least one Neo-Confederate here in the Tampa Bay

area has found a solution to the Confederate Battle Flag controversy - (s)he has just put up a spanking brand-new 'Stars and Bars' - the original Confederate States Flag instead. I guess (s)he thinks that's making progress.

Maduro accuses Spanish Congress of being behind "manuevers against his country"

Source: Univision

Maduro accuses Spanish Parliament of being behind "manuevers" against Venezuela (Spanish - no translation).

Read more: http://www.abc.es/espana/20150415/abci-maduro-rajoy-racista-201504150301.html

More "They're all out to get me" paranoia from Dim Successor. Pretty soon the list of countries responsible for the economic downturn in Venezuela will read like the roster of members of the United Nations.
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