Kamala Harris

And we thought Barbara (I love abortion) Boxer was dumb.

Tom Jahnke

Apple Valley

Wolf bane for the rabid left

The howling and self-described fear being heard lately by Democrats in mourning over the election comes not so much from them, but their parochial left. The Democratic Party is facing a kind of radical schism not seen since the 1960s.

Their rabid comrades are bloggers and intellectual elites whom nearly got Bernie Sanders the nomination, Redflag.org, Chapo Trap House, and Jacobin magazines are nothing new really; but old cheese that’s been repackaged for millennials’ digital delights. They are not Democrats, but having broken from Clinton-brand politics, they differ little from the '60s' radicals whom were angry at all things NATO and corporate America. Favoring their technocratic brethren less, but encumber themselves in old class-based revolutionary materialism, with little regard for capitalism or the advances made by Democratic cousins and their incremental modernity.

The depths at which this murky brand may go are a bit like an enigmatic iceberg — most of it hidden below the waterline. For instance today, if one were to listen to (liberal) New York Senator Chuck Schumer’s political stand on the subject of inequality, he’d probably sound a lot like Rush Limbaugh preaching to the Occupy Wall Street crowd — to them, Schumer would never do enough. “Democrats are traitors to the cause; they’d say, because of their collaboration with Republicans.”

Perhaps the most disturbing thing of all in this leftist lurching is that these self-anointed high-brows who are advocating a no-compromise revolution don’t live with the memory of the 20th century atrocity and the harm that was done in the name of justice and equality.

These new/old radicals are uncompromising elitists and a major headache for Democrats, who tend to overthink while swatting at flies with sledgehammers, and wondering why the table broke.

Bryan A. Cook

Phelan

Back alley abortions

I want to offer a rebuttal to the letter written on Jan. 16 by that atheist from Silver Lakes.

I would not and did not vote for (ugh) Trump but if he keeps his pledges to his supporters and manages to reverse Roe v. Wade, I will jump on his band wagon and support (ugh) him. That single issue is that important to me.

You rant and rave about your support for abortions and your obsessive insistence that unborn babies are not humans/persons and therefore prefer legal abortions to prevent "back alley" horrors. Checking with Google shows that prior to legal abortions, "back alley" abortions that resulted in deaths of the women vary in numbers from "tens" of thousands to only under one hundred annually nationwide in the U.S. But the numbers of babies being slaughtered annually in the U.S. are between one million to one and a half million. 

Now I know you have a right to your opinion but opinions are like belly buttons, everybody has one. And my opinion is that unborn babies (are) human/persons with the same rights as their mothers-to-be except that the babies have not had a chance to sin and therefore are totally innocent whereas the mothers to be are not. So I would prefer to save between 1 million to 1.5 million totally innocent babies compared to between tens of thousands down to under one hundred "not so innocent" mothers-to-be. And I know that you will have a thousand reasons why I am wrong but I also have just as many if not more to counter you.

Arthur Zamora

Barstow

A dangerous man

Donald Trump badgered Barack Obama into releasing his birth certificate, then claimed, somehow, that he didn't. He obviously relished the power he felt in getting the President of the United States to jump at his command, and then denying it — in full view of everyone. Now that the audit is done on his taxes, he refuses to release them — despite what he said when he campaigned. Or did he?

He is the ultimate gaslighter: you can have him on tape doing or saying something, and he will say it never happened. And he loves power: insulting people using crude names, embracing torture, building walls, threatening Hillary with prison, creating his own facts, and calling out women on their bodies while he himself is obviously fat.

Such leaders in history are dangerous.

Stan Brown

Victorville

Wadlwedo?

Toward the last of http://able2know.org/topic/362030-7  in a site called a2k, a discussion of troublesome vehicles prompted me to provide all you desert car buffs with a chuckle, as I sit here at my pc Tuesday morning with the utmost foreboding awaiting its reappearance.

Our own case after failure of charging software and some smoking wires in old early '80s GM SUV, an apparent difficulty in obtaining parts, in spite of repeated inquiry, kept it at the repair shop more than 2 years as we repeatedly renewed its license.

I specify at rather than in, since it had been moved around from the shop to parking lot (windows open, doors unlocked, belongings in rear), back through the shop, to the home of the shop's former owner, finally sitting in a deep backyard mud puddle brought about by recent rains (for which, God, thanks anyhow), according to last reports from our No. 1 son after his personal visit.

When, alas, a smog notice: Wadlwedo? When finally fine family friend BM stepped in and with a muted threat of legal action succeeded eliciting a promise to at least get it towed back home, still foundering of course.

We loved the ol' thing, using it for field trips shootin' in the outback, now have to decide whether or how to get it fixed...

…that is if we ever see it again.

Dale Hileman

Apple Valley

Aliens and the law

Many of the politicians in Washington, D.C. do not have the slightest idea of what laws exist in this country.

Donald Trump was criticized for saying the U.S. should suspend the immigration of Muslims. The criticisms accused him of being un-American and a racist.

Senators swore that they would never allow such legislation and President Obama called such a prohibition on immigration unconstitutional.

The McCarran-Walter Act, "The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952" allows the president to stop any entry of aliens into the United States that would be detrimental to the interests of the United States.

The president may, by proclamation, and for such a period as he feels necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or impose any restrictions on the entry of aliens he may deem to be appropriate."

The McCarran-Walter Act also requires that an “applicant for immigration must be of good moral character and in agreement with the principles of our Constitution.”

Since the Quran forbids Muslims to swear allegiance to the U.S. Constitution, why aren't all Muslims refused entry to this country?

Lawrence McCarthy

Apple Valley