I spent some time this weekend traveling to scenic Des Moines.  Took a road trip with an old friend and enjoyed some of the local breweries, Zombie Burger, and The Slaughterhouse.  It’s an easy, straight shot from where I live to Des Moines and just perfect for a trip.  Not so close you can go all the time, not so far that it’s exhausting.

So I’m in good spirits today.

Not all road trips are so easy or pleasant.  Particularly for that large caravan of refugees/migrants/job seekers coming from Central America.

A growing throng of Central American migrants resumed their advance toward the U.S. border in southern Mexico on Sunday, overwhelming Mexican government attempts to stop them at the border.

Their numbers swelled to about 5,000 overnight and at first light they set out walking toward the Mexican town of Tapachula, 10 abreast in a line stretching approximately a mile (1.5 kilometers).

Migrants cited widespread poverty and gang violence in Honduras, one of the world’s deadliest nations by homicide rate, as their reasons for joining the caravan.

The caravan elicited a series of angry tweets and warnings from Trump early in the week, but Mexico’s initial handling of the migrants at its southern border seemed to have satisfied him more recently.

“So as of this moment, I thank Mexico,” Trump said Friday at an event in Scottsdale, Arizona. “I hope they continue. But as of this moment, I thank Mexico. If that doesn’t work out, we’re calling up the military — not the Guard.”

“They’re not coming into this country,” Trump added.

“The Mexican Government is fully engaged in finding a solution that encourages safe, secure, and orderly migration,” State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Saturday, “and both the United States and Mexico continue to work with Central American governments to address the economic, security, and governance drivers of illegal immigration.”

I agree with Nauert.  If we allow them in, the subsequent human waves will be immense.  However, I’m fine with accepting these people if they agree to apply for asylum through the US consulates in Mexico instead of showing up at the border with their kids.  We’ve been through enough of that drama.

If they show up at the border, ship them to Tierra del Fuego and tell them they’re permanently barred.  But if they want to go through the process safely without trying to overwhelm our resources and causing a human rights fiasco, fantastic.

Of course, I’m cynical and think that causing the crisis just in time for the midterms is exactly the plan.  I’m really not sure how you stop such a mass movement without either throwing them back over the border every day or putting them in internment camps indeterminably.

Whatever the plan is here, I’m making it clear now that I will have no sympathy for the plight of these people who travel to the US border. They’ve been sufficiently warned that it isn’t going to be pleasant.   I still don’t want to see any kids in cages, but I care less if families get separated under these circumstances.

I’m sure it won’t stop the media from manipulating public opinion, but I’m not buying it this go-around.  It’s another manufactured crisis in the making and we need to call it for what it is.

Open thread!  Tell me of your travels and interests this week.

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spootyjim

Zombie Burger is truly a gem among restaurants. The wife and I generally make it a point to visit whenever we’re in Des Moines, so about once a year on average. The food is cheap and delicious, and the decor is amazing. 5 out of 5 stars every time. I’ve heard that Tacopocalypse and Fong’s Pizza are on par with Zombie Burger and within a block or two, and if you drive the extra 10 minutes East to Altoona Jethro’s BBQ is to die for according to my brother in law and his wife. 25 minutes north of the DSM… Read more »

The continuous surge of Hispanics northward, kinda reminds me of the “Migration Period” / Barbariona Invasions of the late 300s till the 800’s. The Hun, Vandels , Alans. Visigoths, and Ostrogoth tribes moving from the eastern steppe, to central Europe. The Roamans at the time were in such straights they they could not control their borders,and in many cases welcomed them inside with strict controls over where they settled an d promises of Fealty to the Roman State.. Boths sides did not live up to their promises, in time more arrived and simply ignored the borders and kept riding through… Read more »

as for travel.

a few weeks back I and my family decided to check out the http://www.wondersofwildlife.org/ The Bass Pro shops massive Wildlife and aquarium in Springfield Ill. WOW ,just wow. We spent most of our day wandering through the attractions without ever hitting the store its self.

Heh, I really don’t like traveling just for the sake of the food, although Washington is about a couple hours’ drive from where I live. Diabetes won’t allow me to eat the way I used to, unfortunately. As for the migrants…the Dummycrats certainly don’t want to say/do anything, hoping it’ll blow up in Trump’s face and that this will somehow get them that Blue Wave they were hoping for. A more sinister question might be who’s paying their way. And what does happen if Trump uses force, which I don’t think he’d really do despite liberal paranoia. If he makes… Read more »

Zurvan

Still a narcissist.

Barack Obama was supposed to talk about Nevada Senate candidate Jacky Rosen in Las Vegas on Monday.

Appearing under the guise of speaking on behalf of Democrat candidates at a University of Nevada rally, the former president really just wanted to talk about himself.

All told, Obama referred to himself 92 times during his 38-minute speech.

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