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Archive for the day “September 6, 2017”


I don’t even want to talk about DACA because it’s a total disaster. It’s one of the worst, most shameful parts of Obama’s legacy. He left us stuck with this horror show and should just keep very quiet about it right now instead of making condescending noises about “young strivers.”

In effect, DACA turned 800,000 people into pawns for the Democrats to use in shady dealings of all kinds whenever it’s convenient, as we’ve seen today. Keeping people suspended, uncertain, always dependent on the possibility of yet another short-term extension is a cruel and unusual punishment that is completely immoral. How can anybody, a young person especially, live like this? Imagine not being able to make any kind of plan, any strategy of your own life. This is horrible. 

The strivers part just about did me in. You make people arrive in perpetuity, dangling the rotten carrot of another short-term bit of mercy for ever and ever. And then get on a high horse and go all self-congratulating on the very people you are screwing over. 

Americans! Make up your minds. Fucking make a decision already. Stop supporting the inhuman and cruel DACA and let these 800,000 human beings just live their lives without having to beg you for something every couple of years.

Fuck DACA. Fuck deferred action. Enough deferring. Enough. 


Kids Today

Klara learned to use the computer mouse. You’d think from this that we live in front of the computer but it’s not true. We use Skype once a week to talk to her “Kama” (grandma) and I showed her itsy bitsy spider and wheels on the bus a few times. 

And then I went to the kitchen to fetch some sunflower seeds and came back to discover her using the mouse to choose her favorite songs from the menu like it’s the most natural thing in the world. 

Scary shit, this. 

Fake News

Part of my class on Cuba was showing students a news clipping about recent events in Cuba.

“Is this fake news?” students asked.

We have messed with young people’s heads in unpardonable ways.

Immigration Update

In personal immigration news, I got my citizenship exam scheduled for October 2. I have classes on this day but in the current environment I’m afraid to reschedule for later. 

For My Colleagues

I know many of my colleagues are reading this blog, so I want to communicate to them that I just heard from our Chancellor and he says that we’ll get our pay raise retroactive to July on our October or November paychecks.

The union is working for you.  

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