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Posted by on Aug 28, 2015 in Blog, Essays, Politics, What's Left | 2 comments

What Moral Responsibilities to We Have to Take In Refugees?




Most of the time, what’s posted here are (what I believe to be) answers.

Today however, I have mostly questions.

Let’s begin as follows:  What moral responsibilities, if any, do those of us in wealthy countries have to accept new immigrants from less-developed nations? 

More specifically, should we make distinctions for political refugees versus those who immigrate entirely because of greater economic opportunities on the opposite side of the border?  And to be even more specific, what about stateless refugees from war-torn areas, or those facing severe persecution back at home?  What if an undocumented immigrant is fleeing a life-or-death crisis?  What about religions and ethnic conflicts such as Sunnis fleeing Shias, or Shias fleeing Sunnis?  Under any circumstances should illegals be forcibly returned to their homeland, and if so, when and where?

These are critically important questions facing many, mostly Western nations right now, with no easy answers.

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Posted by on Aug 23, 2015 in Blog, Essays, Personal, Travel | 8 comments

Would You Ever Park in a Handicapped Space?


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It’s 10:15 on a Saturday night, and I can’t find a parking space.  Anywhere.

My restaurant of choice closes in exactly 15 minutes.  I haven’t eaten all day.  I’m starving.  I want Thai food.  Problem is, there’s no place to park my rental car within a quarter mile in any direction.  Suddenly, I seem to get lucky.

There’s a spot!  It’s empty!

Wait, not so fast.

It’s a handicapped space.  Shit!

Hmm, let me think about this situation for a moment.  Hey, I don’t see any handicapped people around.  I mean, it’s not like someone in a wheelchair is going to show up at this late hour, right?

What should I do?  What would you do?

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