Sunday, January 29, 2017

Upper Javelina and Day Nine

It was a windy morning, but way warmer than it has been.  We headed out to Dove Mountain at the Ritz Carlton for a walk in the Tortolitas.  Today's route was Upper Javelina.  It's steep in places.  We walked out to where the trail intersects Wild Mustang, and then returned to the truck via the hotel spur.  I can't decided which is worse, the spur or doing an out and back on Upper Javelina.  Both have boulders and loose rocks.  It was a glorious day.

It's day 9 of the new administration.  A blogger I read often said, "It took nine days to break nearly everything this country stands for."  She's right.
The executive order to ban Muslims was signed Friday at 4:30 pm, despite its illegality.  Illegal since 1965.  People from the seven banned countries were either summarily deported, or detained.   Lawyers swarmed the airports and the courts.  A seven day stay was put in place by Judge Leonie Brinkema of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on Saturday.  As of Sunday night, Homeland Security's Customs and Border Patrol is still defying the order and will not allow lawyers in to see some of the detainees.  This is called breaking the law.  Without the rule of law, we get dictators.

Citizens are back in the streets protesting.  The Republicans are not condemning this.  It's disgraceful.  It's also important to write it down and remember it.


  1. With all these Executive Orders its very dictatorial. Even though the Republicans have control in both Houses it would have been democratic at least to have a debate, after all the US is a democracy. There are now calls for his State visit here to be cancelled, but considering some of the other people we have given a state reception for over the years I doubt if it will happen. As you're well aware of once national assets are sold off, there is virtually no chance of central government ever regaining them, if the administration changes. This populist movement is scary and it will be interesting to see how France votes in their forthcoming election.

    1. I seem to remember he was banned from London while still a candidate for his remarks. One can only hope it's enforceable.

  2. Shun Trump... would make a good t shirt :)

  3. The ban is so wrong, especially given its selectivity to countries that the Donald has no business interests in. Outrageous. This is just one of many stories that bring a face to this latest move by Mr. Dictator. Did he think of people like this accomplished young woman when he signed his executive order with a flourish of his pen? Not that he cares about anyone other than himself....