The gist of the argument, for those of us not steeped in the law, asks the question: does the federal government have the right to dump budgetary costs on a particular state’s taxpayers by its decisions in Washington to place refugees in states that have already said they do not want to participate in the US Refugee Admissions Program?
Frankly, many of us who want to see the US Refugee Program dumped or reformed had high hopes for a political solution via the Trump Administration and a Republican Congress, but Trump went no further than temporarily reducing the numbers. And, Republicans under the leadership of Paul Ryan clearly had no stomach for dealing with this tough issue.
Now we will see if the courts will force this critical reform.
If you follow me on Twitter you know I am ticked-off.
I’ve come to the conclusion that they don’t take down, or suspend, some conservatives’ Twitter accounts as much as they wear us down with games about followers and inaccurate analytics.
For those of you who don’t bother with Twitter, this might be in-the-weeds, but it goes to a broader question about social media generally and we need to be thinking about what are the alternatives for us to get our messages out.
Heck will we be holding secret meetings in basements in the near future!
Twitter has for months and months played this game with my account where I have generally (who knows really!) 15.2 thousand followers. I gradually gain followers over the course of a month and as I reach close to 15.4 they take away more than a hundred in a day or so and bring me back to 15.2.
After I complained in a tweet a few days ago, bam!, I see they graciously gave me back over a hundred followers and today (briefly?) I’m at 15.4.
Then also this week on March 12th, I checked my analytics and Twitter is telling me I haven’t been tweeting in March—WTH! Of course, not tweeting messes up your other data—what they call “impressions.”
In fact, I had tweeted 62 times between March 1 and March 12th!
That same notice is still up on March 14th!
What about Facebook?
If you were a regular follower of my Refugee Resettlement Watchblog, you know that I had a RRW facebook page that was doing really well with the help of a friend.
I am no longer permitted to post there.
Why? Facebook wanted a screenshot of my Drivers License and in light of more news about data security at Facebook, like this storytoday, I chose not to give them any more information they could “share.”
By the way, my Twitter feed (for as long as it lasts!) is on the right hand sidebar here at Frauds and Crooks.
So what do you do? As long as you can, use social media (don’t give them your personal information!), but know that it could all come crashing down one day.
That brings me to my incessant nagging about writing a blog of your own. It is not hard!
I know that we could lose that avenue for our right to free speech, but if hundreds of us did it, thousands and thousands!, they would have a more difficult time silencing us all.
Here is what I see as the most pressing need—either specific issue blogs where you become the expert on an issue and work as a real investigative reporter (of old) worked.
Or, a state-wide blog where you basically compete with the prevailing Leftwing media in the state to get out a conservative, America First!, message.