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Posts published in “Day: July 8, 2010”

Didier and the terrorist invasion

Didier
Clint Didier

Republican Washington Senate candidate Clint Didier has a variety of things to say on the subject of illegal immigration in an interview on KUOW radio. (Transcription from the conservative blog Palousitics.)

He calls for improving security at the borders, as almost everyone does. His take on dealing with people in-country illegally is quite moderate, allowing for work visas for those who work and pay taxes (expulsion for those who violate the law), and a prospective path to citizenship for those seeking it. Less red meat than you might expect.

But there's also this . . .

But we also have an invasion of terrorists. There has been documentation found of terrorists actually crossing the southern border and northern border. So Posse Comitatus that was passed in 1878 where we can’t use our military as a police force is out of the question. We’ve got a breach of security, so therefore we can use our military on the border. You know, when they were there in 2007 for one month and no drugs and no people crossed there, and they weren’t even given bullets. The Federales came and crossed and ceased one of our positions because we didn’t even have bullets to defend ourselves.

UPDATE From a Tea Party event, there's also this, about the United Nations: "they are out to take our guns and repeal American sovereignty." And this golden oldie, direct from the John Birch Society of the 60s: "We need to get out of the U.N. and to get the U.N. out of the United States."

So curious that the John Birch Society of a half-century ago has never been as politically successful as it is today.

How the multiple parties thing works

Oregon candidates running under partisan tickets will, this year, be able to list cross-nominations from other (mainly minor) parties on the ballot and in the election guide.

What hadn't been entirely clear is how, exactly, all of that works. What's the procedure?

Well, it's in this month's Oregon Bulletin, published by the Secretary of State's office, which includes all of the state rules changes among some other things. Oddly, the text of this particular rule (which is the Secretary of State's own) somehow didn't make it on line. But we got a copy of it via email from the SOS, and it reads just concisely enough that following it isn't difficult.

Text of it below the fold . . . (more…)

Death panels again?

Question - Might it be possible now, a year later, to have a sane discussion about end of life care and possible help in planning for it, without degenerating into "death panels" lunacy?

That stuff was actually believed by a lot of people. At a congressional town hall meeting last year, we stood next in line next to an elderly couple genuinely terrified to the point of tears that one of them might be swept up by a federal death squad that had ruled them unworthy of living. Exposed to some actual legitimate information over the next couple of hours, they seemed to feel a lot better by the time they left - no thanks to the lying politicians and cable news geeks who so frightened them in the first place.

In any event, Representative Earl Blumenauer is trying again.

Blumenauer reports the "introduction of bipartisan legislation that would provide a Medicare and Medicaid benefit for voluntary patient-physician consultations regarding advance care planning. These consultations will ensure that individuals’ values and goals for care are identified, understood, and respected." Yes, it was bipartisan, before demonization of the proposal became a widespread Republican talking point.

And, yes, we'll answer that opening question right here. At the Willamette Week report on the measure, scroll down into the comment section - got yer death panel discussion right here!