Archive | July 15, 2019


From: Hank Ashmore

The Deplorable Infidel




It is useful to start with a not-so-hypothetical possibility. Suppose that next April 1, the official counting day for the 2020 census, a caravan of 10,000 citizens of Honduras storms across the U.S. border into Texas. Their leaders proceed to proclaim intent to remain as permanent residents. According to the Census Bureau’s Residence Rule, they can immediately fill out census forms and be included in the population of Texas for purposes of determining the state’s number of House seats and Electoral College votes. Similarly, the 1 million people subject to final deportation orders who remain in this country must be counted. The bureau’s current test is whether someone resides here, regardless of legal status, and nothing in its rule excludes them. The common sense response to these conclusions is: excuse me? To which the bureau would likely reply that the Constitution requires it. Move along. Nothing to see here. The law may be an ass, per Charles Dickens, but when a result so contradicts common sense it should make us pause and take a closer look. Sure enough, there is a lot to see here, and the answer underneath it all is illuminating.

The essential question involved in this situation, does the U.S. Constitution require that illegal immigrants be counted for purposes of appointing House seats and electoral votes. The answer depends on a proper interpretation of the  Constitution. Article I, Section2, Clause 3 ,as modified by the 14th Amendment, says representatives are apportioned among the states “according to their respective numbers,” as determined by “counting the whole number of persons in each state, excluding Indians not taxed.” The clause goes on to require a decennial enumeration – we know as the census. So as a matter of constitutional interpretation, does the phrase “whole number of persons in each state” include illegal immigrants? Without getting too into the weeds, the best conclusion is that it does not. In 1789 (U.S. Constitution ratified) and 1868 (the 14th Amendment ratified), the nation’s borders were open, and citizenship easily obtained, so the category “illegal alien” did not exist.

The drafters clearly wanted to extend the count beyond citizens but had no need to distinguish further. No matter your method of constitutional interpretation, however, it is hard to argue that the Constitution requires counting illegal immigrants. Instead of being added to the census, they should be subject to immediate deportation.

The Deplorable Infidel



“If our country is to survive and prosper, we must summon the courage to condemn and reject the liberal agenda, and we had better do it soon.”

-Walter Williams-



Uncle Joe Biden refuses to apologize for high deportation numbers during the Obama years. Wonder just how long it will be before he does apologize. Knowing Uncle Joe, it won’t be long.



Isn’t it about time we found Congress in contempt of The People?




Christmas came early in The ATL.


The Editor:  Can you see the future, LL ?

Flux Capacitor Cat:  I can see a little.  Here is America’s future.  Once a great country run aground by greedy politicians and the media.

The national debt is over three ( 3 ) times the value of all the gold ever mined in human history.

Too many believe the lies of the media and politicians, and not enforcing laws.

Amigo thinks these attitudes are reinforced by schools and the media.

TE:  Do you still work as a reporter-cat just for entertainment, FC ?

FC:  I sure do.   Never have I seen so many ignorant politicians do so little,  for so few,  for so long.  I don’t see much improvement unless there is a major catastrophe or Trump has a second term and can appoint judges who follow the Constitution.  Keeping the faith is hard work.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

The Space Station Crosses a Spotless Sun
Image Credit & Copyright: Rainee Colacurcio

Explanation: That’s no sunspot. It’s the International Space Station (ISS) caught passing in front of the Sun. Sunspots, individually, have a dark central umbra, a lighter surrounding penumbra, and no solar panels. By contrast, the ISS is a complex and multi-spired mechanism, one of the largest and most sophisticated machines ever created by humanity. Also, sunspots occur on the Sun, whereas the ISS orbits the Earth. Transiting the Sun is not very unusual for the ISS, which orbits the Earth about every 90 minutes, but getting one’s timing and equipment just right for a great image is rare. Strangely, besides that fake spot, in this recent two-image composite, the Sun lacked any real sunspots. The featured picture combines two images — one capturing the space station transiting the Sun — and another taken consecutively capturing details of the Sun’s surface. Sunspots have been rare on the Sun since the dawn of the current Solar Minimum, a period of low solar activity. For reasons not yet fully understood, the number of sunspots occurring during both the previous and current solar minima have been unusually low.

Tomorrow’s picture: moon launch