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  1. Michael says:

    Some border links…

    “Jack Knox, a retiree living in Douglas, was among those volunteers who would lead nervous families on a short walk to the border crossing and watch as they approached the customs officers checking documents at the entrance.

    If officers didn’t take the families in by the evening, a volunteer would escort them back to the shelter, to try again the next day.

    Knox said he was aware of the risks and exposure associated with helping migrants but said he was undaunted.

    “I do it for the same reason that people of faith have been doing it for 2,000 years,” he added. “It’s part of what it means to be a Christian.”

    https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2019/04/01/migrant-families-face-extortion-cartels-near-agua-prieta-mexico-us-border/3146408002/?fbclid=IwAR2Wg5xjqzCevj1j1w2_aFzjepqpjdYWrl_cF0wXajFNnK3WJvnNksSJrcU

    Tough commute? Try crossing the US-Mexico border to go to school

    https://www.pri.org/stories/2019-04-04/tough-commute-try-crossing-us-mexico-border-go-school

    A brief history of border closures…

    https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/2019/04/03/border-closed-after-assassination-president-john-f-kennedy-enrique-kiki-camarena-drug-smuggling/3357101002/

    Murder in Honduras is nothing new. But the newly sadistic ways women are being killed — shot in the vagina, strangled in front of their children, skinned alive — have people running for the border.

    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/04/05/opinion/honduras-women-murders.html

    The booming business in getting migrants over the border…

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/border-business-inside-immigration-cbsn-originals/

  2. Jean says:

    This article exposes the serious challenges facing America by looking at economic effects. It is not a religious article.

    “Today, however, the system has produced little or no real income growth for most people for decades, according to the Dalio essay on LinkedIn. Prime-age workers in the bottom 60% have had no real (inflation-adjusted) income growth since 1980, and the percentage of children who grow up to earn more than their parents has fallen to 50% from 90% in 1970.

    “The wealth gap is at its widest point since the late 1930s, with the top 1% owning more than the bottom 90% combined, ‘which,’ Dalio notes, ‘is the same sort of wealth gap that existed during the 1935-40 period (a period that brought in an era of great internal and external conflicts for most countries).’

    Most people in the bottom 60% ‘are poor,’ he writes. About 40% of all Americans would struggle to raise $400 in the event of an emergency, he says, citing a recent Federal Reserve study. The childhood poverty rate stands at 17.5% and has not shown meaningful improvement in decades. That, in turn, leads to poor academic achievement, low productivity and low incomes.”

    https://www.marketwatch.com/story/founder-of-worlds-biggest-hedge-fund-says-capitalism-needs-urgent-reform-2019-04-05

  3. Em says:

    I am not at all sure that capitalism can function in an overcrowded, chaotic scofflaw society that has slim to no comprehension of a representatove Republic…. God have mercy, indeed… He might. 🙋

  4. Jean says:

    I don’t know what country you are thinking of Em, but America is not overcrowded. I haven’t seen any studies showing that our economy is at risk due to chaos or scofflaw. The article does enumerate the problems in need of reform quite well.

  5. Jean says:

    “Compared to other countries around the world, the United States does not rank within the top 50,”

    https://www.statista.com/statistics/183475/united-states-population-density/

  6. Eric says:

    On Sunday I moved in with a Bangladeshi family. I’ll be here at least for April.
    Also on Sunday, the informal church I’m in was talking about Mat 25, the sheep & the goats.
    Then on Monday, I took some food to one of our guys who had no food or money! It happens a lot around here.

  7. Michael says:

    I’ll be out of town all weekend.
    Not far out of town, but out far enough…

  8. j2theperson says:

    ***I am not at all sure that capitalism can function in an overcrowded, chaotic scofflaw society that has slim to no comprehension of a representatove Republic…. God have mercy, indeed… He might. 🙋***

    Are you talking about America? The country you’re describing is not at all like the country I’m living in.

    But, be that as it may, is there some other economic system that would work better in a nation such as you describe?

  9. Em says:

    J2, i live in Washington state and i may have a skewed view of the state of the nation… We are so liberal that Seattle’s streets are worse than San Francisco, including feces on public sidewalks, my daughter’s city had to fight hard to keep the county from placing a safe site for drug users to shoot up in her town… The University has a safe place for students traumatized by global warming… etc.
    Our governor as declared his candidacy for POTUS. Trust me, you don’t want this egocentric educator running the nation
    As i said, i may have a skewed viewpoint. 🙆

  10. Em says:

    Linnea, it is because cats don’t wag their tails? Or maybe because cats like sedentary people with laps to sit on?
    Nothing like a friendly horse to cheer one up. 🙋

    Now to go finish my taxes….. Quick find me a tail wagging dog, somebody

  11. DavidM says:

    Em, I also love in Washington. Did you see the “Seattle is Dying” documentary?

  12. DavidM says:

    Em, that’s LIVE in Washington . . .

  13. Em says:

    DavidM, yes, i did…. Kind of cut thru the denial…

  14. Jerod says:

    “I am not at all sure that capitalism can function in an overcrowded, chaotic scofflaw society that has slim to no comprehension of a representatove Republic…. God have mercy, indeed… He might.”

    Just finished watching The Highwaymen on Netflix. I’m in the mood to agree with Em… as usual.

    Maybe the film is influencing my early morning insomnia.

    We’ve been sick for a long time …

  15. Jean says:

    Prophesy given; prophesy fulfilled.

    “Thus says the Lord : ‘As the new wine is found in the cluster, And one says, “Do not destroy it, For a blessing is in it,” So will I do for My servants’ sake, That I may not destroy them all. I will bring forth descendants from Jacob, And from Judah an heir of My mountains; My elect shall inherit it, And My servants shall dwell there. Sharon shall be a fold of flocks, And the Valley of Achor a place for herds to lie down, For My people who have sought Me.’ ”

    “But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.”

    Why go to church? ^^^

  16. Em says:

    I see where an elderly Mouseketeer has gone missing in Phoenix OR. Exactly how big are Michael’s cats ?

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