I know that a lot of people are allergic to Ted Cruz, but I think that his proposal isn't bad. I would add that there needs to be investigations done in regard to practices at the border, add a clause that calls for Congress to review the criteria for claiming asylum and then enforce the bloody law. Boom. Sessions can prosecute the law as written, asylum seekers get to know the result within 14 days instead of almost 60, and kids stay with their parents unless there is suspected criminal activity that puts the kids in danger.
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5 days agoPriest NonSequitur OCC Consular
If I broke into a store and got caught, I would be arrested. If I am arrested, my children have to be taken care of by somebody. If I have no family, then that somebody is the Government. I am not allowed to be near my kids, and they are not allowed to be near me because I am being incarcerated for breaking and entering. It doesn't matter why. If I broke in just because I wanted a new cappuccino machine, or if I broke in because my children were starving...I am still going to have to argue this in the court of law because what I did violated the law. My kids are suffering because of what I did, not because of the Government who now has to determine how best to ensure their welfare until my ordeal is complete.
So to immigration. With all of this being in the news, there is a lot of talk about "The Children." I want to state that first, "because...children" is a bad argument. It is without objective merit in the least because it forces answers that defy logic. If "because...children" is a good argument in enforcing criminal border violations, then it should also be a good argument for domestic criminal violations. "because...children" also completely ignores any facts in a case. For instance, the facility in Texas isn't just a 'prison' for children. It is a nationally accredited and Governmental certified non-profit that works hard to move these kids out of the facilities they're in and into sponsor homes, and that the security is specifically designed to keep these kids privacy. The last thing they need are hordes of journalists sticking cameras in their faces and asking them questions.
All of this muddies the water and prevents anyone to have conversations based on the facts of the matter. It hides the root cause, which is: that border security still is an issue and that immigration reform is needed to ensure that there is a fair, common sense method of applying for citizenship/ asylum in the US; but also has strict laws for rule breakers. Things need to be done right, and the argument "but...children" has no baring on that.
With that being said, I want to ask y'all...
If you are elected King of The US for one day, and in that one day you have the power ONLY to create the immigration policy for the US, what would you do?
1. How should people be allowed into the Country?
2. What rules/ controls should be put in place to ensure compliance?
3. What penalties would you have for people who break the rules?
2 weeks agoPriest NonSequitur OCC Consular
I have a very vibrant dream life. I know for a fact that I have solved many of humanities problems while letting my subconscious just roll. I also know that I have written many a fantastic song. I just wish I could remember it all.
Last night (or this morning for me) I was asleep and had a dream that I was trying to reconcile a relationship with a person (who started out as a former co-worker but mutated into an ex-girlfriend from college.)
I don't remember a lot about the conversation, but I do remember one thing. I said "Mistakes can never be erased, they can only be corrected."
I'm not sure if that's deep or not. I think probably not. But I found it interesting that my sub mind was contemplating reconciliation.
4 weeks agoPriest NonSequitur OCC Consular
So there is a kids movie out called "Show Dogs." On the offset it seems like one of those movies that screams "put it in the DVD player during long trips and then ignore it." I thought nothing of it until I started getting feedback on Facebook from mommyblogs. For the record, I almost never put faith in mommybloggers. I've never once felt like the focus on MLM like Plexus, Essential Oils, Body by Vi, Avon or the fascination with cleanses, or the passive-aggressive way they judge everyone else's parenting to be that relevant in my life. But this was an exception. The claim came down to this: Blogger Terina Maldando reviewed the movie and was disturbed by a subplot in the movie. A brief synopsis is that This detective and detective dog go undercover at a dog show to catch the bad guy. The problem comes with part of the plot being that the dog needs to learn to be comfortable with the detective feeling up his "private area." At first I was skeptical. This couldn't be something...right? That's groping...are we telling kids that to achieve we need to let a friend (or a stranger) grope us? I looked into it to see if it was histrionics.
There are more than one article I read, however it all seems to reference the same blog post, and all the back and forth comes from a response to it. There are other context driven posts, most of which are affirming momybloggers/Christian sites like Focus on the Family. Her feelings are simple: it is never okay to joke about touching private parts.
So I'm, right out of the gate, supportive of her position, though I haven't before today seen anything on this movie and to be honest, I probably wouldn't have thought about the whole situation in this light. Heck, we have always made fun of privates...what is funnier than taking a ball to the nuts? It's all a part of slapstick. As I thought about it in that context, I started moderating back to being ambivalent. I just wanted to ask y'all about this. Is it ever okay to make kids think that touching privates (even if it is an anthropomorphic dog) is funny? Is this 'gooming' for pedophiles?
1 month agoPriest NonSequitur OCC Consular
So I have been in my current position for about two months. As I look back at my professional career, one of the things that has hampered my career progression is an inability of mine to be bold in declaring what I WANT. If I would provide everyone with copies of my performance reviews all the way back to 2014 (that's as far back as I have copies.) EACH instance would show me exceeding expectations. I have grown each year, taken on more responsibility, turned in exemplary work product, and been proactive to take on projects that were up for grabs. My manager had, on two separate occasions put me in for a promotion, but they were denied. The reason: There was no apparent added value. Sure, I did everything that was asked, and I did more...but I wasn't VISIBLE enough to senior management and I wasn't hitting some of their invisible career metrics. I'd like to point out that both the MD and VP of that org are on probation because of their employee satisfaction scores which we all knew were going to be horrible because everyone under them (including the managers) feel like they are creating a hostile work environment because of the competition between them. But that's a story for another day.
So my new job moved me under a Managing Director that I had worked for before. She is stellar. yesterday at 10AM I had just finished a 13 hour shift and was talking with her (it was the first time we had talked since I hired in under her.) It was a great conversation, and she bragged on me for work that I did back when my team reported to here (2013.) It got me thinking: I need to talk to her about my goals for career advancement.
So I started writing an email. I told her that I was happy to see her and that I would like to have a discussion in the next 3 or so months to discuss my long term goals. I told her that I still had a lot to learn in my current position, but that I wanted to talk about creating a development plan to prepare myself to have the necessary skills and experience to bid on management positions in the next 3-5 years. I told her that I felt like I had a lot to learn, I valued her experience and advice, and I looked forward to talking about this.
I almost didn't send it.
My mind went into overtime (am I making a move too fast, is this too presumptuous, am I skipping a level and should I have this conversation with my manager, Is this going to sound smarmy and brown nosy.) I had the email open, but I didn't send it. I went about doing some other work, and then one of my co-workers brought a young kid into my office (young being 21.) I have benefits expertise, and he had benefits questions. I answered them and we talked for a bit and then he asked me about how long I had been there. I told him that I'd ben there 10 years, and that it is a great company to work for. Then he asked me, "Do you have any advice?" At that moment, I looked down at my email and realized that what he was doing and what I was doing was exactly the same. He's at the ground level, he's hungry and he thinks he has something to offer. I am a little bit down the road from him, but I am still hungry and I believe I have something to offer. So I sat there for about 5 minutes talking to him about things he needed to do to move up in the company (BE ON TIME and AT WORK, follow policy, avoid drama, ask questions, and bid on jobs. Use the tuition assistance program and get a degree. Take advantage of on the job training opportunities. talk to your Manager and SM and let them know your goals.) I'm giving him the advice that I myself need to take, and the irony was not lost on me. So after he left my office, I sent the email.
I got a response this morning from my MD. She wants to mentor me and can see me in management someday. She wants me to setup a 1:1 to go over my goals and to help get me in the pipeline for advancement. I am stoked. I am a freaking hard worker, but I know that there is a gap (even in HR) between production and leadership. I know there are skills that I need to develop, and by God, I am going to work hard at it.
1 month agoPriest NonSequitur OCC Consular
As I continually try to become a better writer I find more things to critique about myself and others. One of the things that has stood out to me is the use of adjectives and adverbs. They are absolutely necessary to hone the tone and feel of a scene. I can throw a ball, I can weakly throw a ball, I can throw a ball violently, I can throw a flimsy ball, I can carefully throw a razor-sharp ball. How you use these descriptors matters and you can get carried away with it.
One of the things I see all the time are the SAME EXACT adverbs and adjectives popping up. There are three offenders that tend to chain together in much of the dialog I read. They are:
I think these words are overused. What are some descriptors that you think are overused? Are there any that are underused?
1 month agoPriest NonSequitur OCC Consular
- While not yet on the board, North Korea could denuclearize and we could see a peaceful Korean Peninsula for the first time in over 50 years.
-South Korea directly attributes the peace negotiations to Donald Trump
-Donald Trump starred on The Celebrity Apprentice
-Dennis Rodman competed on The Celebrity Apprentice
-Dennis Rodman and Donald Trump are friends
-Dennis Rodman has made multiple trips to North Korea
-Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong Un are friends.
-Dennis Rodman has said that Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un are "Basically the same people."
-Dennis Rodman has been talking about his role as a peace ambassador since 2014
-Dennis Rodman gave Un books on America and Trump
-Dennis Rodman claims Kim Jong Un asked him to help him talk to Trump to solve things
-Dennis Rodman has stated on Twitter that Trump and Jong Un should meet
-Trump and Jong Un are going to meet.
-Dennis Rodman is responsible for the Peace talks in North Korea
-Dennis Rodman should get a Nobel Peace Prize
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Questions answered by Priest
| Asked by: Izayer 9 months ago
Jambalaya (homemade) garlic bread, cake. Now that I'm an adult, I'd like a nice, tall, glass of scotch.
| Asked by: EricHVela 9 months ago
Hmm, do I get to keep the experience I have now? If so, I'd like to go back to 19 and make different health choices, and cherish youth a little more.
| Asked by: Lamkia 1 year ago
Male Lion. I would love to lay against Simba while losing on the Xbone
| Asked by: Ratatoskr 1 year ago
The Earth is Flat. I just want to see what that would look like.
| Asked by: LtTank 1 year ago
Dengar, you can't tell but he's pretty good at telling a joke.
| Asked by: AgentWashingtub008 1 year ago
Hmm. Well, if I were to pick a car that would aesthetically look like a spaceship but not actually be a space ship, I would have to pick the Eagle 5 from Spaceballs
| Asked by: EricHVela 2 years ago
I would help you at no charge bud. BTW, King of the Road is one of my favorite songs. My family has always been musically inclined, and my Dad used to sing Roger Miller during road trips. Obviously quite different than Verdi stylistically, but hey, that's not a problem.