Travel Ban Is Based on Executive Whim, Not Objective Criteria
ConclusionFor countries on the list, and for any country wishing to remain off the list, it is vitally important that they understand which factors led to their inclusion or exclusion. If the United States is acting in good faith —seeking to change behavior as opposed to looking for an excuse to ban people—its criteria should be clearly explained and understood. The Iran nuclear deal, for example, hasvery precise requirements for Iran to avoid sanctions, down to the exact percentage of purity for its enriched uranium. This is very far from the case here.No consistent combination of factors or mitigating factors...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - October 9, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: David Bier Source Type: blogs

Where Do K-1 Visa Holders Come From?
Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik were killed last week in a gun battle with police after they committed a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California.  Malik entered the U.S. on a K-1 visa, known as the fiancé visa, accompanied by Farook.  Their attack is the first perpetrated by somebody on the K-1 visa - igniting a debate over increasing visa security.    The government issued approximately 262,162 K-1 visas from 2005 to 2013 – 3177 or 1.21 percent of the total to Pakistani citizens.  Senator Rand Paul’s (R-KY) SECURE Act identifies 34 countries as particularly terror-prone. ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - December 7, 2015 Category: American Health Authors: Alex Nowrasteh Source Type: blogs

The Eat-A-Thon 2014 Continues…
Well, mom and I managed to eat our hearts out at the Chinese restaurant last night.  Mom got the sweet and sour pork and I got the spicy General Tso’s chicken.  Our food was really delicious.  I could make a meal just out of the copious amounts of delicious fried rice they give you.  Mom had a lot of her main dish left and asked me if Maggie would eat it.  “We could always give her some and see,” I told my mother. We got a to-go box.  Mom ambled across my yard to come and see the Princess of Mauritania and Maratouse which thrilled my furry little daughter’s soul. Maggie...
Source: The 4th Avenue Blues - August 5, 2014 Category: Mental Illness Authors: Andrew Quixote Source Type: blogs

Shine a Little Light on Me…
Ah, to sit out upon one’s deck and soak in the sun.  It is supposed to get up to 77 degrees today.  After a very cold winter, this feels as if we are in a heat wave. Maggie’s been spending most of her afternoons lately on the back deck as well. The princess of Mauritania and Maritouse can produce vitamin D and survey her kingdom all at the same time. We occasionally have to bark loudly from time to time to subvert established authority and let the other neighborhood denizens we are still boss dog. Either that, or Maggie just likes to hear herself bark. Let’s just keep it below Tourette’s l...
Source: The 4th Avenue Blues - March 10, 2014 Category: Mental Illness Authors: Andrew Quixote Source Type: blogs

Freedom of Thought Under Siege Around the Globe: When You are Not Free to Not Believe
Doug Bandow Much of the world has just celebrated the most sacred Christian holiday, yet persecution of Christians has never been fiercer, especially in the Middle East.  Other faiths also suffer varying degrees of persecution.  Nonbelievers also often are mistreated.  The lack of religious belief is less likely to be punished by communist and former communist regimes.  But such systems penalize almost all independent thought.  Moreover, atheists and other freethinkers are at special risk in theocratic and especially aggressively Muslim states.  The International Humanist and Ethical Union re...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - December 31, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Doug Bandow Source Type: blogs

Plotting Our Next Diabolical and Culinary Escapade…
The phone rang loudly in my computer room.  Maggie jumped off the bed excitedly and ran into the computer room as is her custom. It was my mother from looking at the caller ID. BTW, if you have phone phobias or social anxiety then caller ID is like the best shit ever invented. Period! You can actually use your phone again.   “You want to go get another Reuben sandwich tomorrow while everyone is watching football?” “I would love to,” I replied. “But we must eat a banana split at Sonic and drink a cherry limeade after the Reuben's.” I could hear my mother chuckling on the ot...
Source: The 4th Avenue Blues - October 4, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Authors: Andrew Source Type: blogs

The Princess of Maratouse and Mauritania…
Or simply “The Duchess” as my father will call her. Maggie, strangely, is on the bed in my back computer room.  It is quiet and cool back there is what I presume.  Earlier, I was reading a book in the den and not paying her any attention despite her vying for it.  She jumped up in my Lazy-E-Boy with me to let her presence be known.  I had 30 pounds of dog in my lap. Maggie and I are now currently waiting on the head Honcho, Papa, to get here after his working three hours this morning. We will get our happy go lucky medications for another day and Maggie will get fed.  The only plans I h...
Source: The 4th Avenue Blues - September 21, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Authors: Andrew Quixote Source Type: blogs

Happy Birthday Poppa…
Today was my father’s 67th birthday.  You would never know his age for how he busily goes about his life.  This Princess of Maratouse and Mauritania gave him the greatest greeting of all tonight. She put on a grand show. “Hold on,” my father said. “I’ve got to pee.” “You can use my bathroom,” I replied. “I can’t make it that far,” dad said as he went in the bushes on the side of my house. We both laughed and Maggie barked and barked! “Just what the hell is he doing?” Maggie seemed to be asking as she barked and whined. Papa finished his...
Source: The 4th Avenue Blues - August 15, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Authors: Andrew Quixote Source Type: blogs

Happy Birthday Papa…
Today was my father’s 67th birthday. You would never know his age for how he busily goes about his life.  This Princess of Maratouse and Mauritania gave him the greatest greeting of all tonight. She put on a grand show as if she somehow knew. “Hold on,” my father said as Maggie and I stood at my screened-in front door. “I’ve got to pee.” “You can use my bathroom,” I replied perplexed. “I can’t make it that far,” dad said quickly and whimsically as he went in the bushes on the side of my house. We both laughed and Maggie barked, whined, and barked some m...
Source: The 4th Avenue Blues - August 15, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Authors: Andrew Quixote Source Type: blogs

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Waiting for Papa… This is a little game Maggie and I play. I will say, “Daddy’s gonna be here soon!” and Maggie will run into the den and sit on the back of the couch and wait on him. I will know when Papa arrives when Maggie’s loud squealing and barking begins. I think it warms my father’s heart to get such a greeting from her. The Princess of Mauritania and Maratouse just doesn’t squeal with joy for anybody. (Source: The 4th Avenue Blues)
Source: The 4th Avenue Blues - August 3, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Authors: Andrew Quixote Source Type: blogs

Maggie: I Want to Play! Me: But It is 3am Darling!
Maggie just woke me up a moment ago all frisky and wanting to play. I looked at my alarm clock and muttered “well crap!” under my breath. I knew I would never get back to sleep. Maggie would quickly run around the bedroom furiously feeling her oats and then she would jump on the bed and playfully and loudly bark at me. Then she would repeat the whole routine. She did this about five times. I really couldn’t help but smile even though I felt delirious and grumpy from a lack of sleep. The princess of Mauritania and Maratouse was going strong this morning indeed. Once In a Blue Moon Something extremely and e...
Source: The 4th Avenue Blues - June 30, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Authors: Andrew Quixote Source Type: blogs

A Good Black and White of Maggie
The Princess of Mauritania and Maratouse! (Source: The 4th Avenue Blues)
Source: The 4th Avenue Blues - June 26, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Authors: Andrew Quixote Source Type: blogs

Martha, Give Me a Wake Up Call
Busy day today so I will be brief.  The day started out early as I woke up at 8 am to a shrill alarm clock.  I showered and dressed and headed to the Juneteenth Jubilee at 9am.  I zeroed in on Mrs. Florene’s pound cake and bought it for $12.  Mrs. Florene then introduced me to some of her recent church friends.  Everybody was cordial. I only stayed about 30 minutes and then I headed to get Maggie. “This is my son’s best friend, Andrew,” Mrs.Florene would say as we greeted certain people. Getting Maggie home was a chore as Maggie weighs almost 30 pounds and I have to carry he...
Source: The 4th Avenue Blues - June 8, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Authors: Andrew Quixote Source Type: blogs

“Good Night!” He Says
It was 2:30pm when my father woke me up from a very deep slumber. He worked this morning. Maggie sat dutifully wagging her tail at the door and barking very loudly until I could get my father inside. “Just what is the Princess of Mauritania and Maratouse doing today?” dad asked Maggie as she wiggled and wagged her tail with extreme vigor. “What are you doing sleeping this time of the day?” he then asked me sounding perplexed. One part of having a mental illness is the constant scrutiny that you will receive from family members it seems. “It’s my new medications,” I replied back as ...
Source: The 4th Avenue Blues - May 25, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Authors: Andrew Quixote Source Type: blogs

"Poppas Here!"
That's what I will holler out soon and the Mags will go nuts barking with glee! She will completely sniff my father to see where he has been all day. Dad adores the greeting and attention he gets from the Mag-Dawg. We do this every night without fail."How's my Princess of Mauritania?" he will ask with Maggie's royal title.Maggie will just wiggle joyfully and get all excited.Dad worked all day today so he will probably be tired. He comes mainly to make sure I am taking my medications as I take them before bed these days. They make me very drowsy. As dad walks out the door, I am already turning off lights in prepar...
Source: The 4th Avenue Blues - April 30, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Authors: Andrew Quixote Source Type: blogs

Ah, the Mags Doth Sleep a lot…
Maggie’s had her plate of Barbeque and is now down for the count.  Those plates were very delicious today. She will probably sleep until late tonight unless something in the backyard gets her stirred up and she will go bat shi@t crazy. She looked up just to see what I was doing so close to her with the camera. Maggie has great situational awareness. Dad was balking when I asked him to use one of the BBQ tickets for Maggie. “I still can’t believe I am buying that dog a BBQ plate,” my father said to me this afternoon. I got a good laugh out of that reminding my father that Maggie is his “da...
Source: The 4th Avenue Blues - April 6, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Authors: Andrew Quixote Source Type: blogs

The Admiral’s Princess…
Dad was carrying on this afternoon that we may need to change Maggie’s title to “The Admiral’s Princess” in honor of the esteemed Admiral Yamamoto of the Japanese fleet in WWII. Dad and I both watched a public television show about the Battle of Midway last night.  My father and I can be very different about certain things and very, very alike with regards to others. “Don’t be silly,” I told my father with a smile, “She is the Princess of Mauritania.” Dad kept this kind of silly, but fun stuff going on throughout our childhoods and we would squeal with delight as k...
Source: The 4th Avenue Blues - February 9, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Authors: Andrew Quixote Source Type: blogs

Breakfast is Served…
Maggie and I had yet to eat our breakfast this morning when we passed Central Elementary school.  There were some wonderful smells coming out of the kitchen of that school as we passed making my stomach grumble harshly in protest.  We hurried home with extra zest so I could rustle the Mags and I up some grub.  Today’s breakfast was just cheese grits and Aunt B’s biscuits.  Simple, but delicious. Dad brought me another supply of Aunt’s B’s biscuits which he gets somewhere in Lagrange, Georgia.  An Extra Hand is a Helping Hand… Mom called me as I was heading to bed l...
Source: The 4th Avenue Blues - February 6, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Authors: Andrew Quixote Source Type: blogs