Protect and Defend

Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Random Quote

“As of now the name of Danish pastries will give way to Rose of Muhammad pastries.”
– An order issued by the Iranian confectioners’ union, renaming Danish pastries in response to the publishing of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad by a Danish newspaper.

In Iran it is blasphemous to draw a picture of Muhammad, but it is acceptable to rename a doughnut after him.

Daily Rant

The oil companies are making huge profits in this country and much of that profit goes to Middle Eastern oil companies and state owned Middle Eastern regimes that support terrorism. But, cutting back on the amount of profits that these countries receive each year from the U.S. is easier than you think. In fact, each and every one of us can make the conscious decision to not purchase gasoline that supports these regimes. I am not talking about rationing or even hybrid cars or biodiesel. No, you can cut back on the profits made by Middle Eastern oil companies by not buying their gasoline.
Hess Oil has little or no dealings with Middle Eastern countries, as their exploration and production activities take place primarily in the United States, the United Kingdom, Norway, Denmark, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Algeria, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Azerbaijan, Brazil and Colombia. Hess gasoline stations do not use Middle Eastern oil, and by purchasing your gasoline from Hess, neither do you. In addition, the Sinclair and Sunoco oil companies do not use Middle Eastern oil either. (To find a Hess or Sinclair station near you, click on their name. Sunoco has approximately 4,528 retail outlets primarily in 25 states from Maine to Florida, including the District of Columbia, and west to Indiana).
If you choose to not purchase gasoline from oil companies where the profits go back to Middle Eastern countries, you have the power of the pump in your own hands.
-Publius

Monday, February 27, 2006

Daily Rant

For most of us September 11, 2001 came as a complete surprise. It was unimaginable to think that the U.S. could be attacked and in the days and weeks that followed it was even more unimaginable that those who attacked us had been living among us for so long, some here legally and some illegally, but all with the secret intention of killing us. But, what if we had known there were people among us who wished to kill us and overthrow our very way of life? Well, that is the very question that Britain must now face.
A recent survey published in the British paper the Sunday Telegraph reports that 40% of Britain’s estimated 2 million Muslims want Islamic law, known as Shariah, introduced to their country. And the survey also found that 20% of those Muslims surveyed sympathized with the “feelings and motives” of the Muslim suicide bombers who killed 52 people in four attacks on the underground subways and a bus in London on July 7, 2005. But, the study takes solace in the fact that 91% of British Muslims still say “they feel loyal to Britain.” But, that means that nearly 200,000 Muslims in Britain do not feel loyal to their own country and 40% “sympathize” with the terrorist attacks that occurred in London this past summer. How can anyone in Britain sleep at night knowing that tomorrow they too could be killed in another terrorist attack?
What if these percentages were the same in the U.S.? I have read estimates that show there are as many as 5.4 million Muslims in the U.S. Is it possible that only 91% of them feel loyal to the United States? Is it possible that there are right now 540,000 Muslims in the U.S. who are not loyal to this country? And are there Muslims in this country who “sympathize” with the “feelings and motives” of the 9/11 hijackers?
I don’t believe that the numbers in the U.S. are as high as they are in Britain. I would even go as far as to say that we might have a 100th of the problem that is facing Britain as the U.S. has been a haven for those who seek to escape the totalitarian rule of radical Islamic governments. But, even if 99.9% of all Muslims in the U.S. feel loyal to America, how are you going to sleep tonight?
-Publius

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Daily Rant

Well it seems that American kids are not getting dumber because of poor schools, bad teachers, or a greater emphasis on standardized testing. No, American kids are getting dumber as a whole because they are getting lazier as a whole too.
Today’s Washington Post had an article concerning a study to be released Thursday entitled “The Silent Epidemic” (Washington Post, February 26, 2006). The study was conducted for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation by a research firm called Civic Enterprises. The study found that only two out of every three young men and women entering high school will emerge with a diploma and that those numbers are even lower for minority students. What does this mean? Well, high school dropouts earn an average of $9,200 a year less than high school graduates and have a far greater likelihood of winding up on Welfare, in prison, or on drugs.
Back in the day, not finishing high school was not the end of the world, as many in the Greatest Generation never completed high school and instead opted for the workforce to support their families. But, this is not the case today, not that the jobs are not still out there, but these low paying jobs are often now being done by illegal immigrants. Soon, the Baby Boomer generation is all going to retire, and if it was not enough that those few of us who work have to support them, now we have a whole undereducated underclass of people who were too lazy to finish high school and now are too lazy to work in the few jobs available.
With rising dropout rates, a retiring generation, and an influx of illegal immigrants, where will the relief come from, and how will we pay for all of it if these trends continue? Well, there is no way to pay for it, unless taxes go up and we Americans pay the way for those who either can’t (the older and retiring Baby Boomers) or those who won’t (illegal immigrants and the lazy). You can’t keep people from retiring, and only one state, New Mexico, requires students to stay in school until they obtain their high school diplomas, and the laws are not in place to stop illegal immigration. Only government legislation is going to stop the problem of a nation on social welfare programs and force students to stay in school until they have a high school diploma, otherwise you have to enforce the immigration laws so that these dropouts have a job they are qualified to take once they enter the workforce.
Kids are going to dropout of school, they always have and they always will; it’s up to us to decide if we want them to have a job once they get out or if we want to support them and allow them to continue to do nothing with their lives other than receive a Welfare check.
-Publius

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Daily Rant

I am not sure who writes the immigration laws, but someone somewhere is doing a “Heck of a job.”
When an American citizen commits a violent crime their names and the details of the crime committed becomes public record and these details are often published, including home address, in the newspaper or on television when a story comes out concerning their conviction or charge with a crime. However, the same is not true of illegal aliens who commit crimes in this country. The names of illegal aliens convicted in the U.S. of violent crimes like rape or murder and sentenced to time in American prisons are considered classified information and not released for the public record.
In the case of those convicted of a violent crime, the government actually affords more privacy rights to illegal aliens than to a U.S. citizen.
Does this make sense? Shouldn’t we be allowed to know who is committing these violent crimes and where they come from, if for no other reason than our own safety? We make sex-offenders register with the local police and their names and address become part of the public record, in fact their names, addressees, and occupations can be found on the internet. Do illegal aliens who commit sex crimes also have to register after they have been released, and if so, is this information public knowledge? I would hope they would be deported for committing these crimes after serving their jail time, but if not, is it possible that there is a non-registered sex offender who lives in your neighborhood or near your child’s school and you don’t know about it because the government classifies the names of illegal aliens who commit violent crimes? And if the illegal aliens who commit sex crimes are deported, doesn’t the public have a right to know who they are? If they illegally came into this country once, what is to stop them from coming again, and if they do, shouldn’t we have the right to know who they are?
Just something to think about.
-Publius

Happiness is being a Republican

This week Time magazine reports that 34% of Americans say they are “very happy” (Time, February 27, 2006). But, the same report also shows that 45% of Republicans say they are “very happy,” compared to only 30% of Democrats.
It must be tough going through life believing someone owes you a handout.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Daily Rant

Just so that we all understand, from Maryland to Oregon, from Maine to Florida, from Washington to California, and Alaska and Hawaii are all America. Regardless of who comes to this county, this is still America. But, in some areas of the country it seems people forget this fact.
Recently a Major League Soccer team, the San Jose Earthquakes, relocated to Houston which last month renamed the team the Houston 1836, not exactly a great name for a sports franchise but still the name selected. The number 1836 actually represents the year the city of Houston was founded. But according to Sports Illustrated (February 27, 2006), many in Houston’s Mexican-American community were offended by the name “because it evoked Texas’s secession from Mexico, the Battle of the Alamo and Sam Houston’s defeat of the Mexican army at the Battle of San Jacinto.” Well, if Sam Houston had not defeated the Mexican army at San Jacinto, Texas might still be part of Mexico. Does the Mexican-American community in Houston think it would have been better if Sam Houston had been defeated? Which side were they rooting for, Mexico or the U.S., and if God forbid there were ever another war against Mexico, which side would this community side with?
The name was not an ethnic slur and instead celebrated the history of the town and when it was founded and had nothing to do with the Mexican-American War which occurred between 1846 and 1848, perhaps if they had named the team 1848, I could understand their argument. But, this is not the same as Native Americans who find the use of names like Redskins or Fighting Sioux as being offensive. For Mexican-Americans to be offended by the local sports team being named 1836 would be the same as people in Boston of English ancestry who think the team name New England Patriots is offensive because of Cornwallis’s defeat at Yorktown.
America is supposed to be a melting pot, where people of various races and nationalities come together and assimilate into the American culture. No, they are not expected to turn their back on their heritage, but we do expect they embrace the history and culture of their new country. Perhaps those offended would also like to rename Houston: Santa Anna.
On April 21, 1836, General Sam Houston and the Texas Army defeated General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna's Mexican forces at the Battle of San Jacinto.
-Publius

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Daily Rant

I believe I have already expressed my disdain for professional sports with their overpaid and undeserving athletes who complain that they can not “feed their family” on only 9 million dollars a year. And yet, owners keep paying these players exorbitant sums of money to play a game. The money to pay these salaries comes partially from TV revenue and partially from merchandizing, but a bulk of the money comes from ticket sales.
In today’s edition of the Washington Post Sports section (February 23, 2006), there is an article that discusses the Washington Wizards raising their tickets prices for next season at the MCI Center. Next season, seats in the lower-bowl Rows A – G, in the center three sections closest to half court will charge $175 per seat per game, up from between $110 and $114 this season, and the VIP seats on the arena floor will increase from $750 to $800 next season. The Washington Post quotes Matt Williams, a spokesperson for Washington Sports & Entertainment, the Abe Pollin-led company that owns a majority of the MCI Center and the Wizards, as saying, “We have evaluated our tickets prices and the ticket prices throughout the NBA and determined that the ticket prices…need to increase to allow us to remain competitive in the league.”
Now, NBA teams plays 81 games a season and roughly 40 of those are home games, so next season the Washington Wizards will make $32,000 of just one VIP seat at the MCI Center because they need to “remain competitive” within in the league, but what do they need to stay competitive with? The NBA has a salary cap and although the Larry Bird exclusion allows teams to pay a player additional money that is not covered within the salary cap, when did the Wizards have a player that was as good as Bird, or even close to as good as Bird, or who could even carry Birds jockstrap on a good day? The Wizards don’t have a Kobe, or Shaq, or Garnett, and yet they pay even mediocre players ridiculous sums of money because regardless of how you feel about paying $800 to watch a basketball game, there is some idiot who is going to pay it. And $800 is relatively low for a floor seat at an NBA game; according to the website for the Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Lakers, tickets prices can be over $2,000. What idiot pays this kind of money?
Until we collectively decide that athletes make enough money and either watch at home, read about the games in our daily paper, or check out the Internet to get live game feeds and box score, players’ salaries are only going to continue to rise. And as players salaries rise to levels that compete with the GDP of small countries, the deplorable actions of these self created demigods will only continue.
I do not go to NBA of NBL games, I do not buy their merchandize and I don’t watch their games on TV, and although I have been to NFL games, I have not been to one in more than 5 years and I do not buy NFL merchandise. Instead of throwing money away to support the spending habits of professional athletes, I say watch college football where each game can make or break a season, or March Madness with the excitement of win or go home, or even the College or Little League World Series where ballplayers find a reason to perform other than their wallets. I enjoy watching professional athletes perform but I refuse to sell my car to watch it in person.
-Publius

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Daily Rant

I am constantly amazed how misguided and utterly devoid of logic the radical Islamic Movement is in the Middle East. And this misguided violence and uprising appears to be only on the upswing. Wednesday in Samarra, Iraq, insurgents posing as police destroyed the golden dome of the 1,200-year-old Askariya shrine, one of Iraq's holiest Shiite shrines. The shrine, also known as the Golden Mosque, contains the tombs of two Shiite imams, who are considered by Shiites to be among the successors of the Prophet Muhammad. This destruction of a Shiite shrine by insurgents set off a wave of violence as angry crowds rushed into the streets and militiamen attacked Sunni mosques, and at least 19 people were killed even though no Sunni group claimed responsibility. Additionally, 90 Sunni mosques were attacked with automatic rifles or rocket propelled grenades, burned or taken over by Shiite militias. In the predominantly Shiite town of Basra, police said militiamen broke into a prison, hauled out 12 inmates, including two Egyptians, two Tunisians, a Libyan, a Saudi and a Turk, and shot the 12 dead in reprisal for the shrine attack; 7 of the 12 prisoners were not even Iraqi but foreign Muslims. But, even with all this Muslim against Muslim violence some Shiites lashed out at the United States for being partly to blame. In Najaf, Kut and Baghdad's Shiite slum of Sadr City, thousands of protestors marched through the streets with many shouting anti-American and anti-Israeli slogans and burning the U.S. and Israeli flags. Yet, after the attacks it was U.S. and Iraqi soldiers working together to surround the shrine to prevent further destruction and 500 additional soldiers were sent to Sunni neighborhoods in Baghdad to prevent more death and destruction. The U.S. did not blow up the shrine, nor did they retaliate against Sunni Iraqis, instead they acted to prevent more death and violence and yet protestors still marched and protested against the U.S.
There is nothing else to compare this to anywhere else in the world. It is so entirely illogical that there is nothing to compare it to, it would be like if the Baptists blew-up St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City and the Catholics responded by protesting Latvia.
I am at a loss on how to deal with and defeat radical Islam because it is radical Islam that is at the heart of this latest wave of violence and destruction. You can not defeat an abstract idea like radical Islam with the tangible weapon of a gun. I believe that the radical Islamists know this, they are not trying to defeat non-radical beliefs with military battles, instead they seek to completely wipe off the face of the earth anyone with opposing ideals and any object or artifact that represents those opposing ideals. Radical Islam seeks to eradicate any opposition to their thought and beliefs and that opposition includes the U.S. This is not World War II where we took-up arms to prevent the spread of fascism; this in all reality is World War III where we must use any and everything at our disposal to prevent our own destruction.
-Publius

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Daily Rant

I wanted to point out an article from the front page of today’s edition of the Washington Post entitled Jail Riots Illustrate Racial Divide in California (February 20, 2006). I believe this article greatly illustrates the effects that a large influx of Mexican immigrants has on our country. Here are some highlights from the article:
- Two weeks ago fighting broke out at the Pitchless Detention Center on the northern fringe of Los Angeles when a group of Latino inmates in the two-tier dormitory detention center began throwing furniture down on a group of black inmates, leaving one dead. On February 12, a second black inmate was killed, and as fighting continued six more inmates were injured. The Los Angeles jail system which holds 21,000 inmates is now on lockdown and Latino and black inmates are being segregated. The fighting stems from ongoing rivalries between black and Latino gangs on the outside of the prison walls, and ignited when the gang known as the Mexican Mafia supposedly gave the green light for prisoners of Mexican ancestry to attack blacks within the jail system.
All this comes at a time when throughout the country a deep resentment appears to be boiling over between blacks and Latinos.
- Last year after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans’ Mayor Ray Nagin complained of Mexicans overrunning his city and displacing blacks which became the basis of his now famous Chocolate City statement.
- Recently in an interview on CNN, Rev. Jesse Jackson said he was concerned about the influx of illegal Mexicans into New Orleans.
- Deputy chief of the LAPD Earl Paysinger was quoted in the article saying that there is a “demographic earthquake” occurring in Los Angeles as Latinos increasingly move into “an ecosystem of African-American culture;” the city of Compton, known as the birthplace of gangsta rap is now 60% Latino. Also, almost 1/3rd of California’s 36 million people are Hispanic while only 6.7% are black; in 1980, Latinos made up 19% of California’s population while blacks made up 7.7% (this percentage of change is not caused by a black flight from California but as the entire population of California has increased the number of Latinos in California have increased proportional and in total population).
- In 2005, widespread fighting between Latino and black students at 12 schools in Los Angeles sometimes necessitated the schools to go into lockdown and for police officers to be sent in to these schools.
- In California, black students each year skip school on May 5th, Cinco de Mayo, as Mexican gangs have warned in graffiti that they will shoot and black students who attend school that day. - In Los Angeles, 73% of the identified suspects in anti-black hate crimes are Latino.
- Los Angeles is home to over 1,000 gangs who are predominately Mexican and Tony Rafael who is a gang expert and writing a book on the Mexican Mafia believes the Latinos are winning. In fact, the Post quotes Rafael as saying, “Blacks are outnumbered. And they can’t seem to create a united front to resist.” Oddly enough, it seems that some black gangs in California are trying to establish a united front. Recently, Deputy Tim Brennan, a patrol officer who works the streets of Compton stopped a car with two passengers, one from the Bloods and one from the Crips, two historically warring black gangs.
This article was not hidden on the back page or somewhere in the middle of the national news section; it was right on the front page of one of the largest newspapers in the country and the world. A very serious and deadly situation is developing in California and one that threatens to spread throughout the country. I don’t think it is a stretch to assume that California’s enormous illegal Mexican population precipitated this problem, nor do I believe that it is a stretch to think that this problem will spread from Los Angeles to the rest of the country where large numbers of illegal Mexican immigrants are gathering, especially when you add to the mix the Mexican Mafia’s main rival the El Salvadorian gang MS-13.
I mention this story because trying to stop illegal immigration is often seen as only a hot-button issue for the Republican Right, but considering how this issue effects us all, is there anyone, Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative, who does not believe it is a problem that affects us all, and one that will only be solved if we establish a united front?
-Publius

Monday, February 20, 2006

Daily Rant

Let’s examine how to stop illegal immigration.
First and foremost, contrary to popular belief, illegal immigration could be stopped tomorrow if the President called on the National Guard to defend our southern border. If the President required the National Guard to assist Border Patrol Agents and patrol our open border at checkpoints and roadblocks and along public and private lands, illegal immigration would come to a screeching halt. This may seem like an excessive and unprecedented means to stop illegal immigration, but guess what, Mexican Federales are stationed all along Mexico’s southern border to prevent illegal immigrants from coming into Mexico from Latin and Southern American countries. Mexico has no problem letting people illegally leave Mexico for the U.S. and in fact President Vicente Fox and the Mexican government encourage Mexicans to enter the U.S. illegally, but Mexico is unwilling to allow other Hispanics from entering Mexico illegally. Remember it was Fox who said that Mexicans would do jobs in the U.S. that even blacks would not do. If Mexico can be allowed to protect their border with nationalized troops then why can’t we?
But, even this is only a temporary solution. The U.S. can not keep thousands of National Guard troops along the border indefinitely especially when so many of them are currently stationed in Iraq. But, it would establish a serious and effective means of temporarily stopping those who seek to enter this country illegally.
Next, the U.S. needs to continue to build more walls between the two countries to stop the flow of illegal immigrants. This would not require the U.S. to build a wall that stretches the entire 1,951 mile border because parts of this 1,951 mile stretch are already protected by walls or rivers. But the U.S. must continue to build this physical barrier to decrease the available passageways to illegally enter this country. This would bottleneck where people could illegally cross and make it easier to capture those who are trying to enter. Building such a wall would create jobs as well and would resemble similar programs used by FDR during the Great Depression where the government paid individuals to build public works. In effect, it kills two birds with one stone.
But, both of these solutions merely make it more difficult to enter but do not solve the heart of the problem of why people try to come here illegally. They do this because they know there are jobs here and companies that will illegally hire illegal immigrants. The government must institute a serious crackdown on those companies that knowingly hire illegal immigrants. These companies must be forced to pay stiff fines for hiring illegals and those who knowingly break the law for hiring illegals must be prosecuted. When the well is dry, no one comes to drink. This also opens room for more out of work American to find jobs that would decrease rising levels of unemployment in this country and decrease the burden that Americans face by supporting a welfare system that keep people from finding jobs. Welfare was established to act as a safety net for those who are out of work, not as a form of employment for those who don’t want to work. All people require food, clothing and shelter, and will take any job regardless of what it is to provide themselves with life’s absolute necessities.
Station the National Guard at the border, build fences and walls that protest the border, and prosecute those who break the law by hiring illegal immigrants; this is how you stop illegal immigration. Perhaps someday we will have a President and a Congress that does what is necessary to protect and defend our border.
-Publius

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Daily Rant

It seems there are still people who can’t fathom the extent of the problem when it comes to illegal immigration and this time I don’t mean for our schools or our economy but the sheer number of illegal immigrants in this country. The Pew Hispanic Center estimates that there were 6.3 million illegal Mexican immigrants living in the U.S. in 2005, but with illegal Mexican immigrants making up only 57% of the total number of illegal immigrants in this country, the actual number of illegal immigrants is closer to 11 million. Right now the population of this country stands at about 300 million legal residents, therefore when these two numbers are combined it means that 1 out of every 31 people you encounter is here illegally. But, illegal immigrants are not spread evenly throughout the United States with much higher concentrations in California, Texas, Illinois, and Arizona where the numbers are 300,000 or more illegal Mexican immigrants per state, while Mississippi, Montana, Alaska, Hawaii, Wyoming, North and South Dakota, West Virginia, Delaware, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine have less than 14,000 illegal Mexican immigrants. Some states simply ignore the problem because it is not in their backyard yet, while other states seek to appease the problem rather than trying to solve or end it. The entire culture is being changed in parts of the country by this overrun of illegal immigrants.
A 2004 estimate showed the population of Arizona was 5,743,834 but with more than 300,000 illegal Mexican immigrants, this means that nearly 5% of the total number of people in Arizona are illegal Mexican immigrants, or 1 in every 20. How can a state survive and continue to provide services when more than 5% of those residents do not pay for those services? And remember, the 300,000 estimate only covers illegal Mexican immigrants, not all illegal immigrants, and the figure is actually 300,000 or more; these numbers could be significantly higher.
We have a serious problem going on and little is being done about it, either because people don’t know or because they are purposely trying to undercut this country to take advantage of cheap labor. And the problem continues to get worse with an average of 485,000 more illegal Mexican immigrants coming to this country every year. The U.S. simply cannot remain the dumping ground for illegal Mexican workers because the Mexican government has historically been a corrupt and inept institution that does not provide for its own people.
-Publius

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Daily Rant

Yesterday I discussed illegal immigrations and how it hurts our educational system. In addition to the problems illegal immigrants create for our educational system, the problems they create for our economy are worse. Just as illegal immigrants do not pay into the system in taxes that support the schools that their children attend, they also do not pay tax money that is used for additional public works and services like roads, police, fire rescue, and every other public function performed by the government. The reason is obvious, if you are not here legally then your wages are not taxed unlike every other citizen of this country. This loss of tax revenue may not seem like much in the grand scheme of our national budget, but look closer at the numbers.
Mexico’s second largest industry is money sent home from the United States, and according to the Pew Hispanic Center, 1.7 billion dollars is sent back to Mexico monthly from both legal and illegal immigrants in the U.S. Now, if we assume that only one-quarter of that money comes from illegal immigrants that amounts to $425,000,000 each month sent back to Mexico from illegal immigrants. But, those who live here can not send back every dollar they make or they would have nothing to live on here in the U.S. where the cost of living is much higher. So, if we then assume that illegal Mexican immigrants can send back as much as 50% of their income this means that in one month illegal Mexican immigrants in this county earn $850,000,000, half of which is sent back to Mexico, and over the course of one year they earn $10,200,000,000, none of which is taxed either by the state or the federal government. But, and once again according to the Pew Hispanic Center, only 57% of all illegal immigrants in this country are from Mexico; using the same math, if the remaining 43% earn a similar wage, close to 20 billion dollars of wages are paid in this county each year, none of which is taxed.
The 20 billion dollars worth of untaxed wages is based on two assumptions, first that only ¼ of the money sent back to Mexico is done by illegal immigrants with legal immigrants sending back the remaining 3/4th of the 1.7 billion dollars, and second that those who are here illegally can send back ½ of their income. The 20 billion dollar figure can be much higher if more than 1/4th the money sent back is from illegal immigrants and if they can not send back ½ of their income. If illegal immigrants constitute half of all money sent back to Mexico and they can only send back 25% of their wages, suddenly the 20 billion dollar estimate jumps to $81,600,000,000 worth of untaxed wages earned by illegal immigrants in this country. If only 25% of their wages were to be taxed, which is much lower than anyone in this country pays, this country loses more than $20,000,000,000 worth of taxes annually. Twenty billion dollars in taxes can go along way.
Want to know why there is no money to build new roads and schools, to pay higher wages to teachers, police officers and firefighters, why college tuition rates continue to rise, or why there are always new tax hikes? Simply look at where a windfall of revenue is going, not to our country, but sent out to the rest of the world. Does it seem fair that those who play by the rules get punished, while those who break the law get rewarded? And as the number of illegal immigrants continues to rise, more and more money, and more and more tax dollars, will be sent to other countries, and we Americans will be forced to pay for essential services while those who are here illegally continue to send money out of the country while enjoying these essential services without having to pay for them.
Still think illegal immigration is not a problem?
-Publius

Friday, February 17, 2006

Daily Rant

Let’s just look at schools and illegal immigration for a second.
First, when a child is registered for K-12 school, schools are not allowed to ask if the child is a legal resident of this country. Schools are not permitted to require proof of citizenship when a child is registered, but because of school boundary issues, they do ask for proof of address because the more kids in the school the more funds the school receives, even though the tax money that these schools receive does not come from illegal immigrants who obviously do not pay taxes. Schools can ask where the children live, just not if they are legally allowed to love there. Additionally, these children of illegal immigrants, who are often here illegally too, frequently do not speak English and additional funds must be allocated for ESL programs (English as a Second Language). One of this country’s great strengths is a “free” public school system, but in reality it is our tax dollars that pay for these school systems. Illegal immigrants and their children get the benefit of a free education without having to support the system and the already stretched thin budgets of these schools get stretched further to provide space and ESL support to these children. Our classrooms are getting more and more crowded and our math and science scores keep getting lower and lower when compared to other nations while money that could be spent to provide additional resources to boost these scores get allocated for those who are not paying into the system.
Second, at the university and college level, states legislatures around the country right now are debating as to whether illegal immigrants who reside in a state should be allowed to pay in-state tuition to public colleges and universities. Right now nine states allow illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition if they currently, and illegally, reside in that state. Once again, they are getting the benefit without paying into the system. Thankfully, some states are taking the opposite measure, and in Virginia a bill recently proposed in the Virginia legislature would prohibit illegal immigrants from even attending state colleges. In-state tuition is often at least half of the cost of out-of-state tuition and is used to not only keep the state’s residents in-state and attending state schools but also because the parent’s of that student are already paying state taxes which are allocated towards state colleges and universities to supplement the income lost from providing a more affordable education to the children of the state. But, this is not the case in nine states and that number will most likely only grow if nothing is done. Think for a second how these laws could conceivably be manipulated. If you live in Oklahoma and decide you want to attend the University of Michigan, out-of-state tuition is $13,660 per semester for an undergraduate but only $4,466 in-state, what is to stop a citizen from Oklahoma from denouncing his citizenship, moving to Michigan thus becoming a Michigan resident, and then paying in-state tuition? I am sure there are safeguards in place to prevent this and denouncing one’s citizenship would also lead to additional problems that would far outweigh the benefits of paying less tuition, but the slippery slop is there.
Our education system is on the decline and there is no one silver bullet that is going to stop this decline, but as long as illegal immigration is allowed to continue the problems caused by it are going to affect more than just the economy, but every other facet of American life. So, next time someone talks about the benefits to this country provided by “undocumented workers,” you remind them of just one more of the problems.
-Publius

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Daily Rant

As we have all seen and heard, the current strain of the Avian/Bird Flu has the potential to be a worldwide epidemic rivaling the plagues that ravaged Europe hundreds of years ago. But at least we felt safe in the knowledge that at least in the U.S. when we want chicken we either have to go out to a restaurant or purchase Frank Perdue’s in the grocery store. Most of us have seen the startling pictures, often from China, that show open-air bird markets and of people in western China who literally sleep with their livestock and chickens. The true hot zone of the Avian Flu has the potential to develop in these open-air markets where individuals buy live chickens to take home and eat because they simply are not closely enough watched or regulated to guarantee that the disease does not develop and spread. Often, the only way to know there has been an infection is after it occurs and after it has infected chickens, or God forbid people. In fact, hundreds of thousands of birds and chickens have literally been destroyed around the world to prevent the spread of Avian Flu. Ignorant as I was, I slept soundly at night believing that this virus might be contained in other countries before it could kill any Americans, similar to what occurred after the outbreak of the SARS Virus in places like China and Canada.
But, just tonight I watched in astonishment as CNN showed that right here in America the same open-air bird and chicken markets that exist in other countries exist right here too. In fact, CNN reported that there are at least 90 such markets in New York City alone and that they exist in many of the U.S.’s biggest cities where large ethnic minorities have settled and continued their “Old World” traditions of purchasing live birds to be brought home for dinner. I am not so naïve as to believe that chicken slaughter houses don’t exist in this country and have the potential to be catalysts for Bird Flu. But, these slaughter houses are owned by large corporations like Tyson Chicken and they have to have safe guards in place to prevent the Bird Flu from attacking their stock otherwise they would be forced to destroy thousands of birds and with it thousands of dollars in profit. But, I don’t feel the same sense of security with these bird markets that exist, unknowing to people like me, in all of our major cities in the U.S. Imagine what would occur if the Bird Flu developed out of one of these markets in NYC with such a compacted group of individuals mostly using public transportation. If the virus is as deadly as feared, entire cites could be wiped out in a matter of days as they simply don’t have the medical infrastructure to deal with such a large-scale epidemic. People would flee as fast as they could from the city, possibly infected themselves, and thus infect the rest of the country. Our world as we know it could be wiped out in the blink of an eye.
I don’t know what can be done to stop and close down these markets, but someone out there must. Can we take the chance just so that a group of people can continue their traditional diet of eating fresh chickens? Are you willing to take the chance?
-Publius

Daily Rant

We have luxury taxes on items like alcohol, cigarettes, and luxury homes and automobiles so why not have a luxury tax on those who make exorbitant incomes for doing “entertainment” jobs? I am not a proponent of either an across the board raising or lowering of taxes, in fact I think some people are taxed too much and some not enough. But, the idea of creating a luxury tax on entertainers and more specifically on athletes, came to mind while I was reading this week’s Sports Illustrated, no not the Swimsuit Issue but the one with Hines Ward on the cover.
After Denver Nuggets coach George Karl was suspended for two games for criticizing the officials after a game in November, according to Sports Illustrated, this suspension cost Karl $80,000 in lost wages. Antonio Davis lost $630,000 for a five game suspension for going into the stands during a game. And Kobe Bryant lost $289,000 for a two-game suspension for throwing an elbow at Memphis guard Mike Miller. Amusingly, Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor, who was not suspended, but received a $17,000 fine for spitting in the face of Tampa running back Michael Pittman during a playoff game. I bring these matters up not as they relay to the behavior of the players and coach, all of which with the exception of Karl’s are deplorable, but because of the monetary fines that these actions led to for these individuals. Kobe Bryant makes $289,000 for playing basketball for two games, and $144,500 for just one game. The Lakers could pay me $144,500 for one season and I would consider myself lucky. No, I wouldn’t score 81 points in a game, but I bet I could score at least a couple against the Raptors defense.
The point is, is that we pay athletes too much, and I do mean we. Yes, it is the owners who sign the paychecks, but the bank accounts those paychecks come from were filled from ticket sales, merchandise, stadium vendors and television deals. In reality, athletes work for us, and I say it is time they did something for us too, other than wine and complain that they can’t feed their family on nine million dollars a year ala Latrell Sprewell. These people are talented, don’t get me wrong, I can not dunk like Kobe, hit a t-shot like Tiger, throw a pass like Payton, hit a fastball like A-Rod, or drive like Jr., but tell me if any of these activities are more important than what any teacher, cop, fire fighter, or soldier does on any given day, and yet look at their pay. I doubt you could find a firefighter who could dunk a basketball like Kobe but I also doubt that Kobe could run into a burning building to save the life of someone he doesn’t even know. I don’t believe this “athlete luxury” tax should be used for more government pork but instead it could be earmarked to pay for higher wages for those who perform the most vital of occupations for this country. That we value the job an individual does playing a game four hours a day, sixteen times a year, over the work that police, firefighter, soldiers, and teachers do for forty hours a week and fifty-two weeks a year is wrong and politicians have an easy out to correct it without raising taxes on the workingman. Call it a luxury tax, or an athlete tax, or an overpaid performer tax, call it whatever, but as long as those who contribute so little make so much while those who contribute so much make so little, we and the government are performing a disservice to those who do these jobs with little reward and little fanfare, and we do a disservice to ourselves.
I believe politicians should raise taxes on these self-appointed demigods. I am sure these athletes can all live with one less Bentley and feed their children on a mere 8 million a year, while helping guarantee that those who perform vital and necessary jobs actually can feed their families.
-Publius

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Daily Rant

Where do you go for the truth? Where do you go for the news? When you really want to know what is going on, where do you look? Is it The Fox News Channel or CNN, is it Bill O’Reilly or Al Franken, is it George W. or Hillary, or is it this website? I can assure you that although you will find the truth on this page you might find yourself lacking in the day’s events. Here lies the difference or problem, what is news is not always truthful and what is true is not always newsworthy. It takes a keen eye to tell the difference and it seems that not only do the people in general lack this keen eye, but those who give us the news and who make the news lack this eye as well.
The news is exactly that, news, but it is the truth what creates news. In the argument of the chicken and the egg, the truth is both. Those who report the news tell a version of the truth, it is not incorrect but it is not all correct either. You must always delve further into any story to find the real truth behind it, that is why I do not report the news, I only tell the truth behind it. And the truth is that this is a scary world and we live in and we need strong leaders who will lead us through these difficult times. The War of 1812 lasted from 1812 until the beginning of 1815 with the battle of New Orleans, the Mexican-American War lasted from 1846 to 1848, the Civil War lasted for 4 years from 1861 to 1865, the U.S. was involved in World War I from 1917 to 1919 and in World War II from 1941 to 1945, the Korean War lasted from 1950 to 1953, in Vietnam US combat troops participated from 1965 until the official withdrawal in 1973, and the first Gulf War lasted from August 1990 until February 1991. The Vietnam War lasted twice as long as any U.S. conflict since The American Revolutionary War from 1775 to 1783. In our more than 200 year history as a nation we have been involved in many wars but for never more than eight years and usually for four or less.
It is under general agreement that the War on Terrorism began September 11, 2001, more than four years ago and shows no sign of an end or ceasefire in the foreseeable future. Now is the time that we need leaders who will tell the truth that this is not going to be a short conflict nor will it be one that will end with a signed peace agreement by either side. In reality this is a fight to the death, death for either western and eastern modern civilization or a death to radical Islam. This is not a war against Islam, there are millions of Muslim Americans in this country and Muslims around the world who are peaceful and law abiding religious people, but these are also not the same people who are trying to kill us, just as we are not trying to kill them.
But, right now we are hearing too much news, news about rioting, news about troop deaths, innocents killed, surveillance practices, cartoons, elections, and about the validity of the Iraq War. What we need is the truth, and not from journalists or truth-sayers like me, but form our politicians. We need and we deserve to hear the truth that this is going to be a conflict unlike anything we have ever seen before and one that is going to last longer than anything we have ever seen before too.
The truth is powerful, the truth leads people, the truth is revolutionary, and the truth is what we need now more than anything. Show me a politician who tells you the news and I will show you a politician who is doing nothing, but show me a politician who tells you the truth and I will show you a politician who you should follow.
-Publius

Random Quote

In another installment of the random quote section of this blog I have decided to include one that I read today from the 1989 movie Say Anything with John Cusack.
“I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought or processed, or repair anything sold, bought or processed. You know, as a career – I don’t want to do that.” – Lloyd Dobler
I think it shows rather clearly why this country has moved away from our traditional manufacturing industries and become a country dominated by a service industry. As Americans we just don’t build anything anymore and it is because we simply no longer want to build we would rather have someone else do it for us.
-Publius

Monday, February 13, 2006

Daily Rant

Let’s just get something perfectly clear before we move on. This country has a deep political division between the Left and the Right, between Liberals and Conservatives, and between Democrats and Republicans. Each side believes it is right and that its policies, politics, agenda and values are correct and that the nation should follow those ideals. Great debates occur over which side is correct; heated arguments occur on television news programs, in newspaper articles, on radio programs, and over the dinner table; sides argue and bicker over how this country should move forward. In fact, even the most moderate among us have their own ideas on what is best for this country whether it involves the county moving forward towards a liberal or conservative agenda or even a combination of both. But, there is one group that does not care either way: terrorists. The 9/11 terrorists did not care if the innocent people they killed were Republican or Democrat, black or white, male or female old or young; they only cared that they were killing Americans. It is a tad ironic that with all our own self-created divisions and with all the self-segregation that occurs in this country the only group that actually believes that we are all the same is the group that is trying to kill us, and they are trying to kill us. America is the greatest threat to Muslim extremists because America is the only country that is willing and able to stand up against them. With the exception of the UK, all of Europe is cow tailing to the Muslim radicals, and if you need proof look at the reaction by the EU to the cartoons of Muhammad. China and India with nearly one-third of the world’s population are only in the fight at the most outer edges and only because these countries occupy lands with large Muslim minorities; Central and South America simply do not have the military or political wherewithal to combat the threat; Africa is in a constant state of upheaval, corruption, starvation, and death with some countries already safe harbors to Muslim extremists; Japan in an insular society that has no military other than an aggrandized police force; Canada is in a state of appeasement and avoidance; and the once great Superpower of Russia remains is a state of corruption and denial as they try to maintain influence over their former Soviet-satellite nations. The US is the force that stands in the way of Muslim extremists and their side realizes this, that is why we are the ones being targeted, that is why even in the riots over the Danish cartoons of Muhammad rioters chant “Death to America,” because we are what stands in their way. They know this and regardless of the differences you might see between you and your neighbor they don’t see the same differences. They see all Americans as the same, as the enemy. On domestic agendas let us continue to disagree with each side fighting for the policies, politics, agenda and values that they believe, these disagreements and the freedom to express these disagreements are what makes America exactly that, America. On foreign policy we may still even disagree as the most appropriate actions to take and the direction our policy should lead us, but we must be in agreement that this is a war at that we are the enemy because even if we do not see it that way they do. Everyone else has skipped out on dinner and now we are left with the check and it has to be paid.
-Publius

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Daily Rant

Despite longstanding rumors and protests, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 expires next year in 2007. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was originally scheduled to expire in 1970, but they were extended in 1970, and again in 1975 and 1982. In 1982, then President Ronald Reagan signed an amendment to extend this right for an additional twenty-five years, but it has of yet not been extended and will thus expire next year.
Some important provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965:
The authorization of the U.S. Attorney General to send federal registrars (examiners) to register voters, in counties where the local registrar refuses to register blacks. [Section 6, 42 U.S.C. § 1973d]
The authorization of the U.S. Attorney General to send federal observers to monitor elections, to make sure that blacks who are eligible to vote are actually permitted to vote, and that their votes are actually counted. [Section 8, 42 U.S.C. § 1973f]
The requirement that specially covered jurisdictions gain the approval of the U.S. Attorney General before implementing new voting practices or procedures, to make sure that any voting changes that they make are not racially discriminatory. [Section 5, 42 U.S.C. § 1973c]
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was also used to eliminate the use of poll taxes and literacy tests. This act has been extended by Presidents Nixon, Ford and Reagan (all Republicans), but as it is about to end I cant help but wonder why Congress has been focusing on an Alito filibuster and the President’s terrorist surveillance program instead of the piece of legislation. So let me pose the question. Mr. Kanye West, are you sure that it is George Bush who does not care about black people or is it every member of Congress?
-Publius

Reminder

Remember, tonight at 8:00, EST, is the National Geographic Channel Special on MS-13. This show is too important and too scary to miss.
-Publius

Friday, February 10, 2006

Daily Rant

So, American Idol had better ratings than the Grammys and in fact the Grammys scored its smallest television audience to date. Between 8:00 and 9:00, nearly 29 millions people watched Idol while only 15 million watched the Grammys. It seems people are more interested, or call it hopeful, that there is undiscovered musical talent out there considering the sad state of music these days. I’m sorry but John Legend is not a legend now and he most likely never will be, Kanye West is fine as a rapper and spokesperson for idiocy but you won’t find him in my CD player, and Mariah Carey’s comeback has a better chance on Celebrity Fit Club then at the Grammys. Why are the Grammys so bad and why doesn’t anyone care? Simple, rock music is horrible these days. Just look at the Best Solo Rock Performance category: Clapton, Robert Plant, Springsteen, Neil Young and Rob Thomas; four of those 5 are already in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and I don’t even know who Rob Thomas is, and if you look at any category with U2 in it, they won too. When were the words, “Today’s music aien’t got the same soul, I like that old time rock and roll,” more poignant? Why do the Rolling Stones, U2, and Sir Paul make the most money touring? Because rock music today sucks, that’s why kids today listen to Kanye West, 50 Cent, and Eminem, not that rap is exactly the finest musical genre out there. Rap music comes and goes and what was hot yesterday is outdated and old tomorrow. The Rolling Stones still sell out in their 60s, I don’t see the same things for Kanye at the same age; anything released by Clapton, McCartney, Aerosmith, Neil Young, or U2, becomes an instant classic. Bands like KISS and the Eagles can go out on tour tomorrow and be the highest grossing acts out there. People are so starved for rock music that bands that did not have half the talent of bands like the Beatles or the Stones make money hand over fist when they reunite and go on tour: Poison, Motley Crue, Skid Row, etc, etc. And there are bands that if they got back together would make more money than the GDP of many small counties: The Who and Led Zeppelin (even with half the band already dead).
Someone somewhere forgot that rock music is all about rhythm and blues, no not the R&B of Carey and Beyonce, but the rock music that goes back to Elvis and the Beatles, with electric guitar, lyrics you can understand and sing to (even Bob Dylan’s incoherent lyrics), and a rock and drum beat that people can play air guitar to and tap their feet and fingers to in the car.
Please bring back rock and roll. I aien’t saying she’s a gold digger, I’m just saying that the music sucks.
-Publius

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Daily Rant

Who thought gas prices were too high in 2005? Well it seems the answer is not everyone. In 2005, ExxonMobil saw a 36 billion dollar profit which was a 43% increase from 2004; thirty-six billion dollars. Let’s write that out, that is $36,000,000,000. I thought gas prices were higher because of the war in Iraq, or insatiability in the Middle East, or even because of Hurricane Katrina, but no. Gas prices were exorbitantly high because the oil industry is a cartel that has a stranglehold on our economy, our lives, and our government. But, before we hang the ExxonMobile Tiger in effigy let’s also think about the gas tax. Virginia has a 17.5 cent per gallon gas tax, Maryland charges 23.5 cents a gallon, and the District's tax is 20 cents a gallon. The federal government then adds an additional 18.4 cent gas tax, which pays for much of its contribution to transportation projects; remember the Alaskan bridge to nowhere, well this is how is gets paid for. So in Maryland when they were paying $3.00 a gallon for gas, 41.9 cents of that three dollars was going towards taxes.
When we purchase a gallon of gas we are getting hit by not only the oil cartel but by our own government. Now, do you understand why the government does not advocate Hybrids, biodiesel, alternative fuels, or more gas efficient vehicles? In a year, the U.S. consumes about 146 billion gallons of gasoline! Now, let’s look at these numbers, the federal government alone receives an 18.4 cent gas tax for every gallon purchased and 146 billion times 18.4 cents is…$26,864,000,000. The federal government makes almost twenty-seven billion dollars a year on the gas tax alone. It is not a Republican or Democrats issue on why this country is not encouraging a more fuel-efficient economy, it is a money issue. This $27 billion goes to pay for government pork and it is this pork that keeps politicians elected. For those who think it is the Republican’s fault that we have high gas prices, think again. Once again it is the politicians who profit while the average American suffers.
-Publius

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Daily Rant

This week’s issue of Newsweek magazine has an article on the six year investigation by the government into the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang. The article mentions that 40 alleged members of the Aryan Brotherhood have been charged with murder, conspiracy, and racketeering and half have already pleased guilty. According to Newsweek, the Brotherhood has between 100 and 200 members, most of whom are already in prison, not on the streets, not endangering the lives of innocent citizens, but IN PRISON. The mission of the Aryan Brotherhood and its roughly 100 to 200 members is to protect white inmates and sell heroin and meth to prisoners. Well thank goodness the government has spent six years making sure that prisoners who are already serving life sentences serve additional life sentences.
At this point, please view the Tuesday, January 31, 2006 post on this website. The California government has spent six years trying to take down a gang of at most 200 members who are in prison, rather than taking down the 8,000 to 10,000 MS-13 gang members, most of whom are in California and not in jail. If your house is on fire and you have a leaky sink you don’t get out a wrench and go work on the drip first. I am not advocating the Aryan Brotherhood, I already think they have been backing the wrong horse since they originated in the mid-1960s, but to focus on the smaller and relatively contained problem rather than one that actually affects those not currently incarcerated illustrates the incompetence of our penal system and the California government as a whole. Are the government’s resources really being effectively utilized to stop a prison gang and to bring to trial 20 members of that gang to further clog up the incompetent California courts when those courts should be filled with convicting the largest and most violent gang this country has ever faced? The answer appears obvious unless of course you are a California prosecutor and they never make mistakes: OJ, Robert Blake, Michael Jackson…….
-Publius

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Daily Rant

The non-Muslim world is running scared. Supposedly there are cartoons that were published in a Danish newspaper that negatively portray the Prophet Muhammad. I say supposedly because they have not been run here in the US at least not without the type of editing normally equated with the witness protection program where the picture is pixilated to where no one can make out the identity. CNN has already said that they will not show the cartoons for fear of offending Muslims. At the same time, a prominent Iranian newspaper, Hamshahri, invited artists to enter a Holocaust cartoon competition to depict Jews being gassed and killed. Iran has suspended all trade and economic ties with Denmark and Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Tuesday that publication of the cartoons was an Israeli conspiracy brought on by anger over the victory of Hamas in last month’s Palestinian elections. In Pakistan, 5,000 people chanted, "Hang the man who insulted the prophet," and burned effigies of one cartoonist and Denmark's prime minister. Riots have broken out throughout the Muslim world and Danish flags are being burned in front of embassies if not being attacked all together. These protests are all leading to an escalation of violence including the death of three protestors in Kabul, Afghanistan. And all this is over a cartoon.
Here in the U.S., Kanye West posed on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine as Jesus wearing a crown of thorns, because he believes he is somehow being persecuted because he believes "Gold Digger" was the best song last year and should have been nominated for the Grammy's best rap song category. Mr. West, you are not being persecuted because your song did not receive a Grammy nod. You are not even being persecuted; you have the do something first.
So, where does the Christian world go to protest West? I guess they don’t and instead are forced to watch the Grammy commercials where his song is already prominently featured.
Look at the difference between how a civilized society treats what can be considered blasphemous depictions and what is occurring around the Muslim world. Is there still anyone out there who doubts the danger that is on the horizon?
-Publius

Random Quote

As part of the Random Quote aspect of this blog I wanted to include an email that I received today. I can not guarantee the validity of this email, but I think the message is valuable enough that it should be included here as it speaks to what many conservatives already think and believe. It is a Doomsday Prophecy that seems all too real and as you read along the truth to the argument can not be denied.
Last week there was an immigration over-population conference in Washington DC, filled to capacity by many of American's finest minds and leaders. A college professor by the name of Victor Hansen Davis talked about his latest book, "Mexifornia," explaining how immigration - both legal and illegal - was destroying the entire state of California. He said it would march across the country until it destroyed all vestiges of The American Dream.
Moments later, former Colorado Governor Richard D. Lamm stood up and gave a speech on how to destroy America; he described eight methods for the destruction of the United States. He said, “If you believe that America is too smug, too self-satisfied, too rich, then let's destroy America. It is not that hard to do. No nation in history has survived the ravages of time. Arnold Toynbee observed that all great civilizations rise and fall and that 'An autopsy of history would show that all great nations commit suicide."
Here is how they do it," Lamm said:
"First, to destroy America, turn America into a bilingual or multi-lingual and bicultural country." History shows that no nation can survive the tension, conflict, and antagonism of two or more competing languages and cultures. It is a blessing for an individual to be bilingual; however, it is a curse for a society to be bilingual. The historical scholar, Seymour Lipset, put it this way: "The histories of bilingual and bi-cultural societies that do not assimilate, are histories of turmoil, tension, and tragedy. “Canada, Belgium, Malaysia, and Lebanon all face crises of national existence in which minorities press for autonomy, if not independence. Pakistan and Cyprus have divided. Nigeria suppressed an ethnic rebellion. France faces difficulties with Basques, Bretons, and Corsicans."
Lamm went on: Second, to destroy America, "Invent 'multiculturalism' and encourage immigrants to maintain their culture. I would make it an article of belief that all cultures are equal. That there are no cultural differences. I would make it an article of faith that the Black and Hispanic dropout rates are due solely to prejudice and discrimination by the majority. Every other explanation is out of bounds.
Third, "We could make the United States a 'Hispanic Quebec’ without much effort. The key is to celebrate diversity rather than unity. As Benjamin Schwarz said in the Atlantic Monthly recently: "The apparent success of our own multiethnic and multi-cultural experiment might have been achieved not by tolerance but by hegemony. Without the dominance that once dictated ethnocentricity and what it meant to be an American, we are left with only tolerance and pluralism to hold us together. "Lamm said, "I would encourage all immigrants to keep their own language and culture. I would replace the melting pot metaphor with the salad bowl metaphor. It is important to ensure that we have various cultural subgroups living in America enforcing their differences rather than as Americans, emphasizing their similarities." "Fourth, I would make our fastest growing demographic group the least educated. I would add a second underclass, unassimilated, undereducated, and antagonistic to our population. I would have this second underclass have a 50% dropout rate from high school"
"My fifth point for destroying America would be to get big foundations and business to give these efforts lots of money. I would invest in ethnic identity, and I would establish the cult of 'Victimology.' I would get all minorities to think that their lack of success was the fault of the majority I would start a grievance industry blaming all minority failure on the majority population."
"My sixth plan for America's downfall would include dual citizenship, and promote divided loyalties. I would celebrate diversity over unity. I would stress differences rather than similarities. Diverse people worldwide are mostly engaged in hating each other - that is, when they are not killing each other. A diverse, peaceful, or stable society is against most historical precedent. People undervalue the unity it takes to keep a nation together. Look at the ancient Greeks. The Greeks believed that they belonged to the same race; they possessed a common language and literature; and they worshiped the same gods. All Greece took part in the Olympic Games. A common enemy, Persia, threatened their liberty. Yet all these bonds were not strong enough to overcome two factors: local patriotism and geographical conditions that nurtured political divisions. Greece fell. E Pluribus Unum" -- From many, one. In that historical reality, if we put the emphasis on the 'pluribus', instead of the 'Unum,' we will balkanize America as surely as Kosovo."
"Next to last, I would place all subjects off limits; make it taboo to talk about anything against the cult of 'diversity.' I would find a word similar to 'heretic' in the 16th century - that stopped discussion and paralyzed thinking. Words like 'racist' or 'xenophobe' halt discussion and debate. Having made America a bilingual/bicultural country, having established multi-culturism, having the large foundations fund the doctrine of 'Victimology,' I would next make it impossible to enforce our immigration laws. I would develop a mantra: That because immigration has been good for America, it must always be good. I would make every individual immigrant symmetric and ignore the cumulative impact of millions of them."
“Lastly, I would censor Victor Hanson Davis's book Mexifornia. His book is dangerous. It exposes the plan to destroy America. If you feel America deserves to be destroyed, don't read that book."
There was no applause only silence.

Daily Rant

Terrorism and terrorist states are sponsored by oil. The United States has such an invested interest in the Middle East because of it abundance of oil and yet most Americans are unaware of how easily this can be changed. The United Sates does import a majority of its oil from foreign nations, but most of that imported oil comes from countries in our own hemisphere. In fact, less than 20% of the oil imported comes from the Middle East. If the United States could only cut down on its oil consumption by 20% we could conceivably release ourselves from the stranglehold that is around our throats by counties like Saudi Arabia and Iran that otherwise have little resources that can sustain their regimes. As China and India become world powers and their economies grow and with it their thirst for oil, the U.S has the opportunity and necessity to invest in alternative fuels like coal, biodiesel, and hydrogen. The U.S. is currently abundant in coal and the world is abundant in hydrogen. Biodiesel is any diesel-equivalent biofuel made from renewable materials like vegetable oil or animal fats. We literally could drive our cars on the very food at our dinner tables. As China and India’s economies grow they can not afford to invest in these alternative fuels but the U.S. has no choice. Let India and China worry about unrest in the Middle East while we search for the means to make America once again self-sufficient. Yes, expense goes up in the short run, but the long term investment is not only worth it but necessary. Right now this country is fighting the good fight and China and India are enjoying our sacrifices. If they want to sit at the table with the big boys then let them earn it.
-Publius

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Random Quote

Whenever I overhear an interesting quote whether it is through casual conversation, radio, television, or book, newspaper or journal, I feel as though I should share it with you all. Rather than taking credit for these quotes I feel it is better to give that credit where credit is due. These quotes may be about anything but they are all interesting and deserve further thought.
The most recent one I overheard was on the Jay Severin radio program. Jay mentioned that, Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslim.
Just something to think about as you go about your day.
-Publius

Daily Rant

I am glad the Steelers won Super Bowl XL, or Super Bowl 40, for those who don’t use roman numerals nor understand why the Super Bowl has used roman numerals these past 40 years. The Steelers are one of the classiest organizations in professional sports from the owner to the coach to the players, they play a hardnosed style football that harkens back to the old days, and they have the Bus. Yes, I am a Jerome Bettis fan. Bettis is the type of player that gives me an excuse to still enjoy professional football in a way that I no longer enjoy professional basketball. From being a hometown boy from Detroit, playing for the Fighting Irish, with parents showing up to each and everyone of his games, and the fact that at 5’ 10” and probably 285 pounds he is built more like a bowler than a football player, Jerome Bettis is the type of professional athlete that it is easy to root for and impossible to root against.. Bettis represents all that is right in sports, he mentors younger players, does not brag or boast, and plays the game the way it was meant to be played and his team, town, and country love him for it. While Terrell Owens ruins football and any team he is a part of, Jerome Bettis is one of the good guys and reminds us why we still watch football and athletes who make more money in one game than most of us in a year. He plays for his team, he plays for the love of the game, and most importantly he plays for his parents who are sitting up in the stands cheering on their little Bus. So congrats to you Jerome and to the Pittsburgh Steelers, at a time when old Rust Belt cities are falling apart and their jobs are moving overseas, the once proud metropolises that made post-WWII America the envy of the world need people like you to remind us why we still watch sports, and why we still care and still believe. It is fitting that a team from Pittsburgh would win the Superbowl in Detroit; two Rust Belt towns coming together to cheer on the homegrown son of one town and the adopted son of another.
-Publius

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Daily Rant

Let them play sports! I believe this might be one of the easiest solutions to the problem in the Middle East. As simple and ridiculous as it sounds it also seems to be one of the most productive ways to give the people of that region something to do with their time other than strapping on bombs to blow themselves up. Look at our own country. What are the people in this country talking about right now: The President’s State of the Union Speech, the Abramoff Scandal, the Alito Hearings, or the Osama tape? Nope, it’s whether the Buss will win Superbowl XL, or will TO go to the Broncos, or which college football team has the best recruiting class, or will the Rocket return to the Astros, or can Kobe break 100 points. Look around the world. In the UK soccer rules, Canadians are excited about the return of the NHL, Germany is gearing up for the World Cup, Italy has the Winter Games, Beijing will host the 2008 Olympics, and throughout the Caribbean, Latin and South America children run around trying to be the next Pele or Tito Ortiz. This is what is missing from the Middle East. Since they already hate western culture, exporting our celebrities with their music and movies will not work (I don’t see Brokeback Mountain scoring high in Tehran), but people everywhere love sports. Sports are an escape and can create a national cohesion in a productive manner that is healthier than religious zealotry. For all that is wrong with sports in America, the world loves sport; it is just a matter of galvanizing the people around the correct sport. As soccer is the world’s game, the US should try to create youth soccer leagues in Iraq, set up Boys and Girls Clubs to teach Iraq children cricket, boxing, track and field, or basketball; get the parents to watch their kids play sports and get the children to do something with their lives that doesn’t involve marching through the streets carrying AK-47s and burning American flags. India and Pakistan are bitter rivals and yet both countries come to a stop when they play each other in cricket, Iran prides itself in its Olympic wrestlers, and Cuba showcases its baseball skills and boxers in world tournaments and the Olympics. What the Middle East needs is not instant regime change or economic sanctions, what the Middle East needs is Sports Center.
-Publius