Water Cooler 03/30/17 Open Thread; Hawaii 7 Strike Again; John Podesta Keeps Digging; Robots Invade


The Hawaii 7 Strike Again

As you’ve no doubt heard by the time this is published Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii has ruled on the president’s travel order.If you haven’t seen  it yet it’s covered here. While the ruling is no shocker, (Judges doing whatever they feel like and calling it law is hardly news anymore),the rationale for extending the refugee ban certainly is.


Department of Justice attorney Chad Readler downplayed the state’s concerns about the ban’s impact on foreign students and the tourism industry, telling told Judge Watson via telephone that the state was too general in its concerns pertaining to the aforementioned issues.


Wow Hawaii gets significant tourist business from these countries that can’t properly provide a visa and their refugee population is significant ? WELLLLLL MAYBE NOT SO MUCH.

Hawaii was the first to oppose the revamped executive order of President Donald Trump on immigration as the State filed a challenge in federal court on Wednesday. Hawaii however has one of the bleakest record when it comes to refugee resettlement with no refugee coming from any of the terror torn countries in the Middle East.

In Fiscal year 2015, Hawaii accepted seven refugees as per records from the Office of Refugee Resettlement. The recorded refugee acceptance for that fiscal year, only District of Columbia accepted fewer refugees with five for the same period.

The seven refugees the state accepted, one came from Ukraine, one from China and five from Burma. Notably, none of the refugees came from any terror-torn countries in the Middle East.


I don’t know, does Hawaii want more refugees ? If their absence is such a hardship on their economy surely more would be a good thing for them ?


John Podesta Has Decided To Try Fight With Streisand Effect

What’s 75,000 shares in a Russian energy company between friends ? Well apparently it’s enough for Mr. Podesta to try and censor the “The Daily Caller”.

John Podesta slapped the Daily Caller with a cease-and-desist letter on Wednesday after the conservative news outlet published a story about the former Clinton campaign chairman and Obama counselor.

The letter sent to publisher Neil Patel by Podesta’s counsel, Marc Elias, singles out a March 26 article titled, “EXCLUSIVE: John Podesta May Have Violated Federal Law By Not Disclosing 75,000 Stock Shares.” In it, reporter Richard Pollock wrote that Podesta “may have violated federal law by failing to disclose the receipt of 75,000 shares of stock from a Kremlin-financed company when he joined the Obama White House in 2014.”

—The Washington Examiner

I am going to guess that Mr. Podesta like most other Democrats is only interested in that free press that fights to bring people the news, only when it’s talking about people he doesn’t like. Otherwise he is happy to have it just shut up. Unfortunately for Mr. Podesta, the internet has a real good sense of humor about these things and by the time I started writing this the article had already been archived  http://archive.is/o9YA4 (there and lots of others). What’s more there’s now lots more outlets carrying the story https://www.google.com/ Something of an oops there but not as bad as having incompetent counsel. Seems his lawyer sent the cease and desist letter to the wrong address.


The Daily Caller’s article is still live at this time without any corrections. An issue Podesta and his legal team might run into, the Washington Examiner’s Alex Pappas points out, is that the letter was sent to the wrong address.


Rise Of The Machines, ROBOTS INVADE D.C.

With your lunch.

WASHINGTON — Some hungry customers in the nation’s capital may be surprised to discover a robot is delivering their pastrami on rye.

The delivery service Postmates is using knee-high, six-wheeled robots to bring food to customers. The robots can travel up to 4 mph and use sensors and cameras to navigate sidewalks and cross the street. Initially, the robots will be accompanied by a person, but eventually their progress will be monitored remotely.

—-The Star Tribune

New Technology new opportunities. I have heard people describe drone delivery as skeet with prizes, jut how well is a knee high robot going to do in a city with D.C.’s crime rate ? Instead of Skeet with prizes they will have muggings with a meal ?  The memory and batteries alone will make the robots good targets.

Quote of the Day

“Our Constitution . . . intending to establish three departments, co-ordinate and independent that they might check and balance one another, it has given—according to this opinion to one of them alone the right to prescribe rules for the government of others; and to that one, too, which is unelected by and independent of the nation. . . . The Constitution, on this hypothesis, is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary, which they may twist and shape into any form they please.

–Thomas Jefferson 1819


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