Saturday, April 7, 2007

Cahonas?

Suddenly it seems we have a President back in the WhiteHouse. After defying the democrats and harshly speaking of the Speaker of the House, now comes news that W plans on actually enforcing the immigration laws of this country.
Immigrants March in LA over Bush Plan

By PETER PRENGAMAN, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 34 minutes ago

LOS ANGELES - Thousands of people marched through downtown on Saturday, demanding a way for the country's estimated 12 million illegal immigrants to become citizens and condemning President Bush's latest proposal.

Carrying signs saying "Amnesty Now!" and "Love Thy Neighbor, Don't Deport Him," about 15,000 people danced to Mexican ranchera music, chanted "Si, se puede!" or "It can be done!" and passed large American flags over the crowd.

Many were angry about a White House plan that would grant illegal immigrants work visas but require them to return home to apply for U.S. residency and pay a $10,000 fine. (link)

Although it's too early to tell and W has a bad track record on illegal immigration, it does seem to be a start. Of course now that the President doesn't have Congress behind him, he'll try to do the right thing. Now that it's virtually impossible for him (or Congress) to get anything done.

Hopefully this will indeed happen and somehow slow the open border policy we have now. There are millions of people in the world that want to live in this country and many of them are worth the effort to get here. We benefit greatly from the people the move here legally and contribute to society as a whole. What we don't want/need or can endure is more people here on our dime that commit crimes, drive down workplace wages and steal jobs from the 44 million or so poor people we have now.

I have nothing personally against anyone that attempts to come here (or wants to have a better life) but I do have problems with criminals. The act of coming to this country sans-rules constitutes a criminal and should be treated as such. Every crime that an illegal commits, every job they take is something that should NEVER have happened. It is not a question of being 'humane' or anything, it's a question of ideals, law and right.

Most everyone I know locks their doors or lives with a fence or some other way to protect what they have from people that want to take it. Studies will show that these things DO NOT stop criminals, but they inevitably will slow them down, giving you that chance to protect what you have. Hence immigration laws and the fence. Neither will ever stop the flow of illegals, but with the fence we have the chance of funneling people that want to be here to the proper checkpoints. And if/when the laws of this land are enforced, we have the means to do something about the people that bypass the first-line of defense. Exactly how it works in YOUR home if someone makes it past your first-line, then you have law and the police to hopefully get you justice. And maybe the first place the Feds need to start looking for people that shouldn't be here, is these handy little get togethers.

I know there are many people in this country that think just because someone is here, they have the right to be here. Happily I am not one of these. There are enough people that I support by working 12 hour shifts on any given day. I do not want to work another holiday to pay for someone that doesn't belong here.

Make of it what you will, but unless you have a legitimate argument for amnesty for ANY lawbreaker, then don't give me the spiel about these lawbreakers.
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Reason to hope and rant

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Micro-manage

It seems that it's not bad enough we have 535 volunteer generals in Washington D.C. (minus various R's and a I or 2), now we have a whole State that thinks it should run things:
Top California Democrat seeks vote on Iraq war
Thu Apr 5, 2007 5:01PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California's top Democratic legislator called on Thursday for voters to call for an immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq in a ballot measure for the state's 2008 presidential primary election.

"We do not have to be on the streets of Berkeley or on the streets of Oakland," state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata said. "We can now use the ballot box."

During the Vietnam War, both Northern Californian cities hosted frequent anti-war demonstrations, but with students today not threatened by a draft as they were in the 1960s, the Iraq war has not sparked the same level of public response.(link)

Do you think if we can talk California into seceding (independently or as a part of Greater Mexico) that maybe the feds will just ignore it?
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Reason not used

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

RIP

One of the greatest football coaches of all-time has passed away:

Former Grambling Coach Eddie Robinson Dies
Apr 4, 8:33 AM (ET) Email this Story

By MARY FOSTER

RUSTON, La. (AP) -Eddie Robinson, who sent more than 200 players to the NFL and won 408 games during a 57-year career, has died. He was 88.

Super Bowl MVP quarterback Doug Williams, one of Robinson's former players, said the former Grambling State University coach died shortly before midnight on Tuesday. Robinson had been admitted to Lincoln General Hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

"For the Grambling family this is a very emotional time," Williams said Wednesday. "But I'm thinking about Eddie Robinson the man, not in today-time, but in the day and what he meant to me and to so many people."

Robinson's career spanned 11 presidents, several wars and the civil-rights movement.

His older records were what people remembered: in 57 years, Robinson set the standard for victories, going 408-165-15. John Gagliardi of St. John's, Minn., passed Robinson and has 443 wins. (link)


Prayers go out to all the family/friends of Coach Robinson.


Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Tuesday Night Video

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This is from an email from ~T~

GCC

Update: It is being reported that this was a hoax (sort of April Fool's just on the wrong day). Not sure if it is or not, but there are lots of people covering it.

Global warming climate change laws, are they really for the environment?

BRUSSELS, April 3 (RIA Novosti) - The government of Belgium's French-speaking region of Wallonia, which has a population of about 4 million, has approved a tax on barbequing, local media reported.

Experts said that between 50 and 100 grams of CO2, a so-called greenhouse gas, is emitted during barbequing. Beginning June 2007, residents of Wallonia will have to pay 20 euros for a grilling session.

The local authorities plan to monitor compliance with the new tax legislation from helicopters, whose thermal sensors will detect burning grills.

Scientists believe CO2 emissions are a major cause of global warming. (link)

I wonder how many burning grills they'll have to find before they can 'offset' the use of the choppers for it? Climate change proponents (if they truly believe what they preach) should worry about cases like this. Not only is the 'science' of your movement under heavy scrutiny (and it doesn't stand up all that well to some of it); it is also very bad when a known CCP country makes a law as blatant as this one.

If it was simply about the environment, at least the helicopters would run on water or something, no?
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Reason for doubt

Home

Well I'm finally home so maybe tonight or tomorrow I can get back to 'regular' blogging. (heh)

Seems the Democrat(ic) party is in a big hurry to lose a war (hell any war) and Bush is actually standing up to them (surprise).

Nancy Pelosi (not one to jump in the middle of 'foreign affairs' aka the Iran hostage situation) tries to defend her trip to Syria.

And since when does the Greatest Island Nation in History(TM) decide to HOPE for the release of their military men/women?

Monday, April 2, 2007

I was going to wait until I went home to post again (hoping maybe Thai would post) but seems I'll be here another day. My little one has strep so we are staying another night (she missed school today so we just stayed here).

My trip home from vacation was mostly uneventful. It started raining about 40 miles from the interstate and rained the first 112 miles I was on there. I stopped at exit 77 and ate at 'The Old Timers Restaurant'. Not sure what the name of the town is, but if you are ever that way, stop and eat. It was great food and very friendly and nice service.

It rained briefly in Montgomery too, but after that it was smooth sailing. I did goto the beach Sunday morning and get some shells for lil bit, but I didn't get a chance to go by PBR and check it out. I had planned on going by there Sunday morning, but the rain and the way I was feeling put a damper on that.

Hopefully next time I can visit there and maybe all the PBR people won't flake on us :)