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Saturday, June 8, 2019

Week-end Musings

At one of the Wilmington houses waiting for the Diplowife and Diplodaughter to return from a yogurt run. Here with the dogs after another lengthy tour at the dog park. They are beat.

The news?

Well, some of it is interesting, some not.

I think the President had a good European visit. As per the cliche, the Brits do state visits better than anybody else, and they were up to their usual standards. Trump obviously had a good time with the Queen and she seemed to be enjoying the visit. The woman's in her 90s and she just plods ahead! Amazing. While I am not a fan of monarchs, in general, I think QEII is a great one. She has, despite a rather odd family, constantly exhibited a sense of duty, sacrifice, and patriotism that we all could emulate. I hope she stays there for a long time to come.

The D-Day ceremonies were very well done. Tasteful and full of rightful praise for the boys who landed on the beaches 75 years ago. We owe them a debt we can never pay. Even Macron was OK. Trump gave the best speech of the day, and even the left-wing crazies at home had a hard time criticizing him--although they still tried.

At home, it seems, it seems, the President might have won a battle with Mexico over the border. We'll see, of course, but given the Mexican track record in honoring deals such as this one, well, don't hold your breath. I still think, as I have been pushing for nearly three years, that we should create a "Border Security" fee assessed on all non-US citizen consular transactions, including visas and on crossing the border or landing at an airport or sea port. In addition, we should impose a "fee" on dollar remittances abroad. Those funds would go to help secure our border. It's a way to have Mexico help pay for the wall.

As usual, the Dems and some spineless GOPers were apoplectic over a possible tariff on Mexican goods. WHAT ABOUT THE AVOCADOS! These are people who have never met a tax they didn't like, and could not bring themselves to support a small tax, aka a tariff, on Mexican exports to help ensure greater security at our border and on our streets. The Chamber of Commerce Republicans were crying about how this tariff would cost American jobs because US factories depend on components now made in Mexico. Well then don't make them in Mexico; make them here. These people are hopeless.

OK, off to watch "90 Day Fiancé; Happily Ever After?" with my wife and my daughter. We relive our consular days.

8 comments:

  1. I did a repost on D-Day that includes a long first-hand account of a sailor’s experiences on Omaha beach. He was the father of a good friend, now gone ... as is his dad. Please go to this hyperlink, it is our history: “https://fletchcast.blogspot.com/2019/06/d-day-repost.html”

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    1. nice story, thanks!

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  2. Probably not exactly what you’re hoping for but talk is that DHS will start collecting $10 from every visa application to go toward funding the Visa Security Program at more posts.

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  3. Here is a recollection of my chance encounter with QEII
    http://overedicated.blogspot.com/2009/10/day-queen-came-to-town.html

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    1. also nice story!
      much appreciated

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  4. Mexico will renege. Remittances from Mexican nationals in the USA remain a very large part of the Mexican economy; and illegal migration into the USA has been an important social safety valve for Mexico ever since the Revolution in the early 20th century.

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  5. Thanks. I look forward to your common sense posts and the valuable background that you bring to our current affairs. ..And I like dogs. Please keep up your posts, I look forward to them. And congratulations on escaping California. It seems like Californias collapse is imminent.

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  6. I always wonder on 90-day Fiancee who is checking to make sure they leave if they don't get married? And who is setting up the entry visas???

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