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

Friday, March 31, 2006

Illegal immigrants hurt the economy and new technology

From today’s Washington Post, “Ethan G. Lewis, an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, suggested that companies are forsaking adoption of new technologies in favor of old-fashioned labor - a trend that would help absorb low-skilled immigrants but could hurt innovation and high-wage work in the long run” (Washington Post, Friday, March 31, 2006).

And I wish I had written down which labor union spoke out in favor of the guest worker program and added something to the extent that “we care more about union cards than green cards.” Some might find their statement funny, I find it sad.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Mexican Flag

I can’t understand the idiocy of these protestors who wave the Mexican flag and then at the same time complain about legislation that tries to prevent illegal immigration. They are obviously proud of their country of origin so I say go back there, protest and wave the American flag for awhile and then we will see if we want to let you back in. But, while they are gone let’s build the wall so they can’t.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Ted Kennedy

Ted Kennedy is an ass. I’m sorry, 99% of the time I am against such a statement about a politician, even Hillary, but not only do I not agree with his politics but I also question whether he is deep down a good person. Isn’t he responsible for a young girl’s death so many years ago and yet still made it as a Senator? Kennedy is pushing a bill through the Senate the provides AMNESTY to illegal aliens, although he calls them “undocumented workers” and he believes that because he makes illegal aliens wait for 11 years to become a citizen and charges them with a nominal fine that people can’t see through his BS.
If ever that was a silent majority they need to get up and speak now and tell their Congressman and Senators that if they become pro-illegal alien and pass pro-illegal alien legislation that come November they will need to find a new line of work because the people won’t vote for those who sell-out America. Sen. Kennedy, you made the list.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Now I am getting angry

Guest worker visas is the same as amnesty, it’s rewarding people for breaking the law and rewarding big business for caring more about profits than they do about America. Those who vote in favor of guest worker visas that would allow more than 12 million illegal aliens to stay in this country and then grant them citizenship (if they decide they want it) are traitors to America.

Bracket Busting

The Washington Post reported that “Of the more than 3 million tournament brackets submitted to ESPN.com, only four predicted the Final Four correctly, while 284 brackets had George Mason winning the national championship” (Tuesday, March 28, 2006). And no, I was not one of the 4 or one of the 284.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Guest Worker Program

Senators McCain and Kennedy have passed a bill through the Senate Judiciary Committee that would allow a guest worker program in the U.S. and thus granting amnesty to the more than 12 million illegal immigrants in this country and the more than 3,000 who illegally come into this country every day. Now, I have never liked Kennedy, and this only reassures me that he is out-of-touch and bad for America. But, I have liked McCain and I still think he is an American Hero, but with this decision to sell-out America to big business and give a free pass to more than 12 million people who are here illegally, I will not vote for McCain should he run for President. He has lost my support, and the support of the conservative base that he needs to become President.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

George Mason basketball

The George Mason basketball team is only the second 11th seeded team to make it to the Final Four in the history of the NCAA tournament. I think we all hope that Cinderella gets a date to the finals.

Al-Qaida tries to poison beer and burgers

How can anyone not think that Al-Qaida is the most dangerous organization on the face of the planet, because either we destroy them or they will destroy us. This story comes out of the Associated Press.
LONDON - An alleged al-Qaida terrorist plotting a bomb attack on Britain told accomplices to sell contaminated beer at soccer games or poisoned hamburgers from street vending stalls, an FBI informant told a court Friday.
Waheed Mahmood, 34, accused with six other British men of plotting a terror strike, claimed during a meeting in Pakistan that he had already tested the poison plan, said the witness, Mohammed Junaid Babar.
Babar, 31, a U.S. citizen of Pakistani descent, has testified that he met a group of British Islamic militants in Pakistan who planned to bomb Britain's electricity network, a London nightclub or one of Europe's largest shopping malls, a 330-store center in southern England.
Babar, who secretly pleaded guilty to several terrorist offenses in New York federal court, including having links with al-Qaida, said the poison plan was raised by Mahmood during a meeting at the Pakistan home of another suspect, Salahuddin Amin, in a village outside Lahore, Pakistan, in February 2003.
Babar, who was escorted by two U.S. marshals and protected by armed British officers outside the courtroom doors, claimed Mahmood said "you could get a job in a soccer stadium as a beer vendor."
"You just put poison in a syringe, inject it in a beer can and put a sticker on it, which would stop it leaking, and hand them out," Babar said, recounting Mahmood's proposal.
He said he also suggested getting "a mobile vending cart selling burgers, just poison those. You could set up a shop on a street corner and sell poisoned burgers and then all you have to do is leave the area."
Omar Khyam, 24; Anthony Garcia, 24; Nabel Hussain, 20; Jawad Akbar, 22; Mahmood; Shujah ud Din Mahmood, 19; and Amin, 31 _ face life imprisonment if convicted of a charge of conspiring to cause an explosion.
Babar, who had worked for a Pakistani software firm, said that in March 2003 Wahid Mahmood had asked for three computers for "the brothers," which he said he took to mean for "members of al-Qaida."
In late April 2002, he showed Mahmood a secret weapons store, close to his home in Lahore, and told him "to take them if he needed them," Babar said.
"There were AK-47s and AK-47 magazines, about 2,000 to 3,000 rounds of ammunition and grenades," Babar said. "We had buried them in the area outside Punjab University."
He said both Khyam and Amin had told him on trips to Pakistan that they were working for a man called Abu Hadi, who "was the No. 3 in al-Qaida."
Khyam, Garcia and Hussain deny a second charge of possession of ammonium nitrate fertilizer for possible use in terrorism. Khyam and Shujah ud Din Mahmood, who are brothers, also deny a charge of possession of aluminum powder for possible use in terrorism.
These people are willing to do any and everything to kill us and destroy all democratic nations that will not succumb to Islamic radicalism. This plot to kill countless people could be carried out anywhere. How many of us have bought a burger or beer from a vendor at a sporting event, or maybe a hotdog, or nachos, or a pretzel?
For those who complain and protest the government putting wire taps on suspected terrorists, or how terrorists are treated in internment camps, or whether we should sanction terrorist regimes, or whether we should invade terrorists states, think about this: who in those countries are protesting for us? Which terrorists are protesting killing innocent men, women, and children? None of them are; they are fighting a war with both hands and with every means at their disposal while we fight with one hand tied behind our back. It’s time to realize that the War on Terror is a war that we could lose.

Friday, March 24, 2006

NCAA Rant

If we all wrote in to CBS, do you think they would tell the announcers for the NCAA tournament games to quit treating the telecasts like tryouts for SportsCenter? I was watching the George Mason v. Wichita State game tonight, and I am not sure but at least one player on each team at all times was required to have the nickname “Big Fella.” I was just trying to watch a college basketball game, not to find out if the point guard on a fast break "Could go all the way……"
-Publius

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Oh Charlie

I don’t like to just copy an article from the newspaper and put it on here, but with this article I figured I must, this story comes from the Thursday, March 23, 2006 edition of The Boston Herald.

Charlie Sheen, following in the footsteps of his politically outspoken father, Martin Sheen, has joined the chorus of conspiracy theorists who don’t believe the official version of events surrounding 9/11.

The estranged husband of Denise Richards, who is better known for his affinity for prostitutes and gambling than his Homeland Security credentials, told the GCN Radio Network he doesn’t buy the government’s explanation that “19 amateurs with box cutters (took) over four commercial airliners and (hit) 75 percent of their targets.”

The “Two and a Half Men” star, who was shooting his former sitcom “Spin City” the morning the World Trade Center towers fell, said he was immediately suspicious about the official reason given for the buildings’ collapse. After watching in horror as the South Tower was hit, he said to his brother, “call me insane, but did it sorta look like those buildings came down in a controlled demolition?”

Sheen pointed out that eyewitnesses recounted hearing what sounded like bombs and explosions coming from the basement levels of the buildings and discounted the theory that the damage to the towers’ lobbies was the result of fireballs traveling 110 feet down elevator shafts.

The father of two also questioned whether a plane actually hit the Pentagon and how President George Bush was able to see the first plane hit the north tower, when no live footage of that incident was carried.

“I guess one of the perks of being president is that you get access to TV channels that don’t exist in the known universe,” the actor-turned-pseudo-intellect quipped.

“It is up to us to reveal the truth,” Sheen asserted. “We owe it to everybody’s life who was drastically altered, horrifically that day and forever. We owe it to them to uncover what happened.”

Excuse us if we don’t exactly feel that Charlie’s the man for that job!

What the hell is wrong with this family, between Charlie, Martin and Emilio, there is a lot of stupidity that is being allowed to breed. For those wondering who I am talking about when I say the “Kool-Aid drinkers on the Left,” well there you go. The Sheen/Estevez family will be busting through your wall any minute now, and it’s your choice whether you want to drink.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

The missing WMDs have been found?

On Monday’s episode of The Daily Show (March 21, 2006), Jon Stewart interviewed Georges Sada, aka Gewargis or George Hormis. Sada who was born in Northern Iraq and raised by Christian parents, graduated in 1959 from the Iraqi Air Academy, and went to study overseas in Britain, the USSR and the United States. Through 1964-1965 he studied piloting in Texas, and in July 1968, began serving in the Iraqi Air Force. Sada who went on to train other pilots, became Air Vice Marshal in Saddam Hussein’s military. Now retired from the military, Georges is director of the Iraqi Institute for Peace and serves as spokesman for the newly elected prime minister of Iraq. In recent years, Georges held the position of principal advisor to the former Iraqi Prime Minister, Iyad Allawi. Additionally, he acted as the lead consultant for the reconstruction of all three branches of the Iraqi defense system.
But most importantly, in Monday’s interview, Stewart questioned Sada about a portion of Sada’s new book, Saddam's Secrets: How an Iraqi General Defied And Survived Saddam Hussein, where Sada insists that his pilots told him that Hussein had ordered them to fly portions of the WMD stockpiles to Damascus in Syria just prior to the War in Iraq in 2003. This admission would explain the missing WMDs which was the original purpose for the War in Iraq. Sada said there were WMDs in Iraq just prior to the war and that soon this information will made public.
This begs three questions. First, is Sada telling the truth? Second, if he is telling the truth, does Syria now possess stockpiles of Weapons of Mass Destruction? And third, if his admission is correct, how does this affect the overall perception of the war?
I find this to be startling information and even more startling considering I learned it on The Daily Show.

Paul Tagliabue

With the upcoming retirement of NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, I can’t help but wonder if the NFL will be forced to interview minority candidates for the position. Remember the NFL requires NFL teams to interview at least one minority candidate before making a new coaching hire or face fines and loss of draft picks, which happened to the Detroit Lions who hired Steve Mariucci without first interviewing a minority coach even though they wanted Mariucci. This is also the same reason why the Washington Redskins have not already named Gregg Williams as Joe Gibbs successor, they know they are going to make Williams the next head coach, hell everyone in football knows Williams is going to be the next head coach of the Redskins, but the Skins can’t name Williams successor because they will first have to interview a minority coach for the job even though they have no intention of hiring that minority coach.
Will the NFL follow its own rules, or will they find a way around it?

More Stats

Thirty percent of black men in their mid-thirties with only a high school diploma have served time in prison, and 60% of black men in their mid-thirties without a high school diploma have served jail time according to a study by Bruce Western, a sociologist at Princeton (Washington Post, March 22, 2006).
It’s not just George W. Bush, but the Democratic Party as well that doesn’t care about black people or they would not let so many go to prison. What is sad about these figures is that it only takes into account those who go to prison and not those who are affected by black-on-black crime. I am left to wonder what percentage of black men in their mid-thirties without a high school diploma are in jail or have been killed in a violent crime?

Monday, March 20, 2006

Polygamy and Gay Marriage

In 2003, when Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) told the associated press that legalizing gay marriage would pave the way for legalizing bigamy, polygamy, and incest, this angered gay-rights activist who perceive gay marriage and polygamy to be separate issues. But, it turns out that polygamy advocates do not see gay marriage and polygamy to be separate issues. Mark Henkel, founder of the Christian evangelical polygamy organization TruthBearer.org, said “Polygamy rights is the next civil-rights battle,” adding that if Heather can have two mommies, she should also be able to have two mommies and a daddy (Newsweek, March 20, 2006). Using the same legal precedent set forward in Lawrence v. Texas, the 2003 sodomy case where the Supreme Court ruled that individuals have “the full right to engage in private conduct without government intervention,” gay marriage and polygamy advocates are pushing forward hoping to achieve the right to homosexual marriages and polygamy marriages (Newsweek, March 20, 2006). As it turns out, one can lead to the other, with bigamy and possibly incest not being too far behind once the precedent is set; the issues are all tied together after all. Unless America decides that they are going to support polygamy and bigamy they must prevent gay marriage, otherwise the “slippery slope” that Sen. Santorum mentioned in 2003 will not be an outlandish comment but our reality.
-Publius

Saturday, March 18, 2006

French Protests

I am a little nervous about the rioting going on in France right now. French men and women in their 20s are taking to the streets to protest new labor laws that would allow young French people to be fired without probable cause in an effort by the government to shake up their stagnant economy. But, what happens if this breaks out into an all out civil war in France; if the French starting fighting against themselves they won’t know who to surrender to.

Census Facts

According to recent census data, 34.5 million U.S. residents claim Irish ancestry, which is almost 9 times the population of Ireland itself, but only 4.8 million immigrants have come to America from Ireland since 1820.
Right now there are more than 11 million illegal immigrants in this country half of whom are from Mexico. Just something to think about for those who still want open borders and think an influx of illegal immigrants will not affect our national identity.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Happy St. Patrick’ Day

Remember that today is about more than drinking. In Ireland, St. Patrick the patron Saint of Ireland, is a respected religious figure who brought Catholicism to the island and converted her people from their druidic and pagan ways. St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration in Ireland and was the one day during Lent when Irish Catholics would eat meat, and no not the corn beef and cabbage that we hear about, but ham or bacon with potatoes, cabbage and carrots. So today and especially tonight, celebrate your Irish Heritage, but remember it is about more than green beer and Guinness, it is also about being one of the lucky few who can truly say, “Kiss Me, I’m Irish,” because it was the Irish that saved Western Civilization.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Here's a thought

Less than two and a half months from now, children all over the world will be born at the sixth second of the sixth minute of the sixth hour of the sixth day or the sixth month of the sixth year. For the first time in a hundred years a child will have the birthday 06/06/06 at 06:06:06. I can’t help but wonder how many women will try to hold off on giving birth or have labor induced so as to avoid their child being born on 666. There have of course been plenty of children born on June 6th in the 6th year of each century, but this is most likely the first time that people will know the exact second that a child is born and rather than only having the 666 birthday they will also be born on 666 at 666.
Its not that June 6th in the 6th year of any Century has brought about evil individuals, in fact the only person I could find who had the birthday 666 was Max August Zorn, a German-born mathematician who was born June 6, 1906 and was a professor at Indiana University, but just being German doesn’t make him evil. I would still imagine though that most parents would want to avoid having their child born on this upcoming day and couples would want to avoid having their wedding on June 6th this year too, although you know that there are going to be wackos out there who are going to hold some sort of ceremony at that time.
Will this 6/6/6 be the mark of the beast and bring about Judgment Day? I don’t think so, but just to be sure, I think I am not going out that day, although I am sure the media will build up to that day with their ever so subtle news coverage and remind us all to lock our doors and stay inside.
-Publius

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Daily Rant

Time magazine reports that in 2005, 22,000 immigration visas were issued for foreign-born orphans adopted by U.S. families which is up from 1995’s total of fewer than 9,000 (Time, March 20, 2006). I am sure it is difficult to adopt a baby and although I don’t know if it is more difficult to adopt a child from another country or one from the U.S., the fact that there are tens of thousands of children in the U.S. living in foster homes or waiting or needing to be adopted and yet the government allowed 22,000 children from foreign countries to be adopted by Americans is ridiculous. Even more troubling is that considering the problem that so many children are being adopted from foreign countries while so many children right here in this country need to be adopted, numerous advocacy groups are pushing for tighter abortion restrictions.
Before I continue I will say that I am Pro-Life and that I believe that once a child is conceived a soul exists that will grow into a person, but you can not advocate forcing women to keep unwanted pregnancies and not have a plan or system in place to care for these tens of thousands of children. If women can not have an abortion and must have a child that they either do not want or are unable to keep, the newborn child born in this country should not have to wallow in child services, foster homes, or orphanages while 22,000 kids from foreign countries find a home here. The Pro-Life vs. Pro-Choice debate should not end once the child is born, that child still needs a home. I don’t get it; maybe it is a status symbol to adopt a child from a foreign country; celebrities like Angelina Jolie can’t seem to adopt enough children from around the world while ignoring the ones here.
This is just another example of people trying to solve the world’s problems while ignoring the ones at home. I applaud anyone who takes an orphan into their family or who adopts an unwanted child; they are giving the gift of hope and family to someone who does not have it, and I applaud them for doing so whether it be for a child born here in America or born in another country. But, so long as even one child in this country has to go without the opportunity to be in a loving home while 22,000 children from foreign countries are adopted by families here in the U.S., our government has to reevaluate its position of allowing so many visas to be issued, and Pro-Life advocates must include a focus or plan on what happens to the children who are born to mothers who do not want to keep their child. We can not find a home for every unwanted child in the world, but maybe by tightening immigration laws that allow 22,000 children to be adopted from foreign countries we could find a home for 22,000 children who were born in the U.S. who never had the chance for a home.
According to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, in 2002 there were 134,000 children in foster care waiting for adoption. By limiting the number of visas issued to adopt children from foreign countries we have the chance to find a family for children born in this country who otherwise would not have a home.
-Publius

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Daily Rant

Well thank God we stopped the United Arab Emirates from taking over the bureaucratic operations of our eastern seaports; I think we can all feel safer and go to bed soundly knowing that we are all safe and that companies from foreign countries are not in control over any of our infrastructure. The Dubai Ports Deal is not going to happen and although there is no one else at the moment who wants to take bureaucratic control over the ports, we have effectively snubbed what could have been an Arab ally. But, at least we are safe now.
Except that according to Newsweek, there is right now an Israeli high-tech company about to purchase a Maryland software firm called Sourcefire which sells firewall protection to such customers as the Pentagon, and another Dubai firm, Dubai International Capital, which is close to making a $1.2 billion purchase of another British company that owns manufacturing plants in the U.S. that produce engine parts for military planes and tanks (Newsweek, March 20, 2006).
But, its ok, Dubai won’t be paper-pushers at any U.S. ports; they will only be building our tanks and fighter planes. Yeah!
-Publius

Monday, March 13, 2006

Daily Rant

According to Newsweek magazine, Whole Foods Market is now the nation’s largest buyer of wind power after it purchased 458,000 megawatt hours of wind energy to power all 180 of its grocery stores (March 13, 2006). According to the report, this switch to wind power in these 180 stores reduces carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere equivalent to taking 60,000 cars of the road or planting 90,000 acres of trees.
I say good for Whole Foods, protecting the environment and reducing our consumption of foreign oil is vital not only for our country but the world as well. But, this does not mean that I am going to shop in their stores because I don’t see the purpose of purchasing organic foods. Why do people care if their chicken was stored in a cage or was a free range bird, either way the bird was killed, plucked, and cut up. I don’t think the last thought going through a chicken’s mind before its head is cut off is, “Well, at least I wasn’t stuck in a cage.”
-Publius

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Rant Update

This is an update from the February 24th rant on this site. The Major League Soccer team the San Jose Earthquakes which had moved to Houston has chosen a new name; they will now be known as the Houston Dynamo. Originally the team name was going to be the Houston 1836, which would have commemorated the year Houston was founded, the year Texas seceded from Mexico, and the year that General Sam Houston and the Texas Army defeated General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna's Mexican forces at the Battle of San Jacinto. But the name 1836 was dropped because of objections from Mexican-American community in Houston. Would someone please remind these people that they are Mexican-AMERICANS; their side won the war. English-Americans who live in Boston don’t complain over the name New England Patriots, because they understand that their side won and they are better off for it.

Daily Rant

It is a good time to be a university in the D.C. Metro area with the name George as Georgetown, George Washington, and George Mason all made it to the big dance for this year’s NCAA tournament.
That being said, it is not a good time to play for one of the George schools if you attended Strawberry Mansion High School in Philadelphia. According to today’s Washington Post, two of George Washington’s players, Omar Williams and Maureece Rice, were able to play at George Washington after “clearance by the NCAA from a high school in Philadelphia that The Post reported had one employee and allegedly had no teachers or textbooks” (Washington Post, March 12, 2006).
Is it possible to now admit that we don’t hold people to the same standards if they can throw, bounce, hit, or catch a ball better than the rest of us? The free pass that our society gives these athletes has to end. We shouldn’t be proud of an athlete because they don’t break the law or do drugs, they are not supposed to; just because you don’t break the law doesn’t make you a good person and worthy of respect. I hate to say this, but Charles Barkley is right, athletes are not role models, maybe they once were, but that time has long past. Athletes no longer play for the love of the game they play for the love of the money, and as money becomes the most powerful force in this country over religion, morals, ethics, tradition, and values, these athletes will continue to receive special privileges as long as they can generate money. And don’t think that college athletes don’t generate money for these big college sports programs, if they didn’t then their actions would not be tolerated, or do you think that VA Tech kept Marcus Vick around for so long because he brought cookies to the team meetings? Yes, there are some programs that will not tolerate disregard for rule violations whether those violations go against team rules or the rules of the land, but these days those programs are being few and far between.
I’ll still take college sports over pro sports any day, but I also do it with the knowledge that some schools and programs are more interested in their pursuit of money and glory over what is right.
-Publius

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Daily Rant

Former Serb leader Slobodan Milosevic, known as “the butcher of the Balkans,” was found dead in his prison cell Saturday. Milosevic’s death thus ends his four-year U.N. war crimes trial for orchestrating a decade of conflict that killed 250,000 people and tore apart the former Yugoslavia.
Milosevic’s death is important because he was often compared to Hitler and Hitler’s attempt to eradicate Jewish people from the face of the Earth. But, whereas Hitler was responsible for the deaths of 11 million people in concentration camps, Milosevic was only held responsible for the deaths of 250,000; I am not saying what he did was not reprehensible but let us keep it in perspective. Hitler was responsible for the deaths of 11 million in concentration camps, and countless millions more from World War II; Hitler is a form of evil all unto himself. When we try to compare the actions of others to Hitler we lose sight of how evil Hitler truly was. There was only one Adolf Hitler, and God willing there will never be another, but by comparing anyone else to Hitler, though effective in trying to paint someone as evil, we lose sight of what Hitler actually did. Yes, like Hitler others have tried to exterminate entire groups of people, but unlike Hitler, they were not able to on such a massive scale, with the support of a nation, and while the world watched and seemingly did nothing. The evil committed by the Nazis under Hitler was so incomprehensibly evil that even today there are people who deny that such an atrocity ever occurred.
The Nazi regime was only a small part of the history of Man, but when we look to compare the actions of others to Hitler and the Nazis, it takes away from the unparalleled evil of their actions. Yes, there have been evil men in this world, like Stalin, Milosevic, Pol Pot, and Mao who have been responsible for the deaths of millions, but even these men can not compare to the evil perpetrated by Hitler; where these men were responsible for the deaths of those within their own country, Hitler sought to eradicate an entire group of people the world over.
We should never forget what Hitler did, but at the same time we should not compare it to the actions of other men simply because we find them evil. Not all good men are Saints, and not all evil men are Hitler. By comparing we lessen what was done, and by lessening what was done allows us to forget.
-Publius

Friday, March 10, 2006

Daily Rant

It seems the Middle East does not get Comedy Central, or if they do, they don’t get South Park. In this week’s Time magazine, Time interviews Matt Stone and Trey Parker the creators of South Park (March 13, 2006). In the interview Trey Parker is quoted as saying, “We had an animated Muhammad five years ago. But, people say, “Oh, yeah, that’s just South Park.”
As South Park is known for its irreverent humor, I can only imagine how these two treated the Prophet Muhammad in their cartoon. I never saw the episode so I don’t know, but I can’t imagine that it was good; these were the guys who in the first “episode” of South Park had Jesus and Santa fight in a battle for Supremacy over Christmas, before the fight was broken up by Brian Boitano.
Perhaps this depiction was too obscure for the Muslim world to notice, but it would seem so would a cartoon in a Danish newspaper.
-Publius

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Daily Rant

We as Americans are politically lazy; we don’t vote in primaries, we don’t vote in elections, we don’t go out on the campaign trail, and we don’t contribute money to candidates. But, not all political activities are difficult or time consuming. In fact, emailing your Senator or Congressman could not be easier, and that’s why I want everyone who reads this to email their Senator or Congressman today and tell them to support H.R. 4437.
In December, the House passed H.R. 4437 which would impose sanctions on those who assist illegal immigrants and calls for the construction of 700 miles of fencing along the Mexican border. The bill was sponsored by Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.) and Peter T. King (R-NY) but may still be defeated or watered down unless people contact their representatives and let them know they want it to be passed in both the House and Senate.
On Tuesday, thousands of people protested against H.R. 4437 outside the U.S. Capitol which was organized by the National Capital Immigration Coalition. Already prominent politicians and officials have spoken out against the bill including James P. Moran (D-Va.) Kweise Mfume, the former head of the NAACP who is running for Senate in Maryland, and Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, archbishop of Washington. Right now the Senate is trying to water down H.R. 4437 and on Tuesday the Senate Judiciary Committee was considering a bill sponsored by Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) which would create a “visa program enabling employers to hire foreign workers when no willing U.S. workers are available” (Washington Post, March, 8, 2006).
I know that people won’t go out and rally for H.R. 4437, even though they want it passed to protect our borders, but you can do something as simple as email your Congressman and Senator and tell them that American needs H.R. 4437. So, go to http://www.house.gov/ and http://www.senate.gov/ and find your Congressman and Senator and email them to support this bill. Any compromise bill only protects big business at our nation’s expense. But, big business can not vote, only you can, and by telling your Congressmen that you want this bill passed your voice can be heard and you can take a small step towards protecting American.
-Publius

Random Quote

It seems I am totting the company line.

“Our economy has been destroyed. We continue to send manufacturing jobs overseas, and we’re basically left with a service-industry job market that many Americans won’t take because the wages have been driven so low.”
- Chris Simcox, president of the Arizona-based Minutemen Civil Defense Corps (Washington Post, March 8, 2006).

Random Quote

“If you kick out 11.5 million to 12 million people, it will bring this economy to a screeching halt.”
- R. Bruce Josten, a senior executive with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (Washington Post, March 8, 2006).
So, essentially, a senior executive from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has said that the U.S. government has thrown up its hands and given up on stopping illegal immigration. But, we can’t seem to get rid of any illegal immigrants right now, much less 12 million of them. Even if the government decided tomorrow to start deporting those who are here illegally, it would take years to deport all 12 million of them, and with more than 400,000 coming to this country every year, even if the government tried they couldn’t deport all the illegal immigrants in this country. The argument that the economy would come to a screeching halt is correct, but only if all 12 million all left on the same day, and that is not going to happen. Does the government believe that by finally attempting to control our border that suddenly the 12 million people who are here illegally will all decide to leave at the same time?
I am not sure which is worse; that the government has given up because it’s too hard, or that the government isn’t going to try and hide behind a ridiculous comment like this all to protect big business.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Oscars edition III

The final numbers finally came out on the Oscars. This year’s Academy Awards were the fourth least watched Oscars with an average of 39 millions viewers during the telecast. But, the 8:00 to 8:30 numbers when Jon Stewart was giving his monologue, there were only 33.6 million viewers. During the 8 o’clock hour the Oscars went up against “Criminal Minds” on CBS, “Dateline NBC” on NBC, and the Will Smith and Martin Lawrence waste of time “Bad Boys 2” on Fox.
That the Oscars even got the numbers they did was not a reflection of American wanting to watch, it was more of a reflection of there being nothing else to watch.

Daily Rant

The Washington Post today reported on the latest findings by the Pew Hispanic Center on illegal immigration (March 8, 2005). The Pew Hispanic Center reports that an estimated 400,000 more illegal immigrants successfully entered this country last year raising the total number of illegal immigrants to between 11.5 million and 12 million. The Pew Hispanic Center also reported that illegal immigrants now make up almost 5% of the U.S. workforce which includes 24% of all farming jobs, 17% of all cleaning jobs, 14% of all construction jobs, and 12% of all food preparation jobs. More important in the study was that among men not authorized to work in the U.S., 94% had jobs compared to 83% of all native-born American men.
How is it that 94% of illegal immigrant males are working in this country? Isn’t it illegal to hire them? And what is the other 6% doing? Could this other 6% make up the gangs that are starting to run rampant in areas like Los Angeles and the D.C. Metro area? Or does this mean that the government is only doing its job of preventing illegal immigrants from working 6% of the time? Either way, this is a complete failure on the government’s part of preventing illegal activities from occurring right here in our own country. How can they protect us from terrorism when they can’t even protect our border or our economy?
-Publius

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Daily Rant

In this weeks Newsweek there is a cartoon in the Perspectives section that shows Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton with the caption “Poll: One out of Three Voters Would Never Vote For Hillary Clinton” (March 13, 2006). The amusing part of the cartoon is that is shows Bill whistling and he looks like the cat that just swallowed the canary. The sad part of the cartoon is that only 1 out of 3 people would not vote for Hillary. There are 300 million people in this country, this means that 200 million of them might vote for Hillary. This cartoon is not funny, it is just plain scary. If Hillary won the Democratic nomination, the Republicans would have to run the Devil himself before I would vote for her.
Maybe this was how they came up with 1 out of 3.
If the question was, “In 2008 if Hillary Clinton ran for President against the Devil, would you vote for Hillary?”
A. Definitely
B. Maybe
C. Never
This is the only way I could see how they might have come up with these numbers, but otherwise, God help us.
-Publius

Oscars edition II

Its tough being right all the time, but somehow I will manage. Today the Washington Post reported that preliminary umbers show that this year’s Academy Awards had its second smallest audience in two years (Washington Post, 3/07/06). Only 39 millions views at some point turned in to the Oscars which is 3 million less than last year and the smallest audience since 2003 when only 33 million people watched as the movie “Chicago” won best picture. But, don’t blame that on “Chicago,” the 2003 Oscars were broadcast just days after the start of the War in Iraq and people were watching news coverage instead. This year the Oscars even tried to get more viewers by starting the show a half-hour earlier when the number of homes with the television on is higher.
But, people just didn’t care about this year’s nominees. Here is an interesting fact that will support the idea that Hollywood either doesn’t understand what “the people” like or they don’t care: this year’s five nominees for best picture, “Brokeback Mountain,” “Capote,” “Good Night, and Good Luck,” “Munich,” and “Crash” all made less at the box office collectively than “Star Wars III.”
I’m not saying that “Star Wars III” was a good movie, but at least people went to go see it.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Daily Rant

Does increasing the tax on cigarettes and tobacco really have the desired effect of convincing people to quit or does it instead punish the poor for being addicted to a legal drug? Tobacco in any form is bad for you, in fact it is the only think sold in this country that if used properly is actually bad for your health. Alcohol if used properly is not bad for you; in fact some studies say that small amounts of certain types of alcohol are good for you. Fast food is not the healthiest form of nourishment but if consumed in moderation is not bad for your health. Even a gun when used properly does not kill or injure a single person. And yet, we sell tobacco and more and more people start using it every year. The problem is that those who use it are often from the lower class that already typically makes less money. But, we keep increasing the prices of cigarettes by increasing the taxes on them. The price of cigarettes is so high in some places that the mafia now runs cigarettes from states with lower cigarette taxes to states with higher taxes. I wouldn’t advocate someone to start smoking nor can I fathom a reasonable person who would argue that cigarette smoking is good for them; no one has ever run a marathon and then decided they wanted a cigarette. But, why are those who smoke being punished by high taxes? It is not getting people to quit it only takes more money out of their pockets that they don’t have because the government needs more money so that is can waste more.
Cigarettes are sold in grocery stores, gas stations, convenience stores and in cigarette outlets, they are advertised in magazines, and we still see the “cool” people in movies smoking. Raising the taxes or putting giant warning labels on the pack is not going to get people to quit. Cigarettes in Europe can cost more than double what they do in America and they cover the front of the pack with a warning label, and not warnings about emphysema or about pregnant mothers, but a typical warning of SMOKING KILLS in big bold letters, and yet people still smoke everywhere in Europe. Entire countries like Ireland and Italy have banned smoking in all public buildings including bars, hotels, and restaurants, and yet they keep smoking.
Increasing the prices will not work. Warning labels will not work, I have seen a brand of cigarettes in a black pack with a skull on the front called Black Death and people still bought them.
Increasing the taxes and prices on cigarettes does not get people to quit it only takes money away from those who need it the most.
-Publius

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Daily Rant, Oscars edition

I am predicting an utter ratings failure for the Oscars and that the bulk of the Oscars’ ratings will come from the New York and Los Angeles area where people actually care about the opinions of those in Hollywood. Hollywood’s choices for movies to make and awards to hand-out this year were out of touch with America, which was reflected not only in the low box office take for these movies but will also be shown in the low ratings that the Oscar Show will get this year, even though the networks essentially gave up in programming against the show. Repeats and Sunday night movies are up against the Oscars, and even though I am sure it will win it’s time slot it will not do well. Later in the week when the ratings come out we will see if I was correct.
I did watch the opening monologue with Jon Stewart and I found him to be funny in his typical comedic style, which the audience did not find as funny as I did. For those of you who watched you might remember he made two particularly funny jokes (paraphrased to the best of my memory)
1. Normally to see this many Hollywood stars you have to write a check to the Democratic Party.
2. Hollywood loves the Oscars because at least this time around they can vote for a winner.
Neither joke got much applause, but making fun of a man shot in the face by the Vice President of the United States, and who almost died, did get the audience to cheer.
I only watched the opening monologue, I don’t know who won and of the awards, I didn’t see any of the movies, so I didn’t care and I am willing to bet most of America won’t care either.
-Publius

Saturday, March 04, 2006

A terrorist attack in North Carolina

Today from the Associated Press: CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - A recent University of North Carolina graduate was charged with nine counts of attempted murder Saturday, a day after authorities say he drove through a popular campus gathering spot in an attempt to avenge Muslim deaths.
Derek Poarch, chief of the university police department, confirmed Saturday that Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar, a 22-year-old Iran native, told investigators he wanted to "avenge the deaths or murders of Muslims around the world."

Muslim extremists are out to kill us, and not just our military and not just our political leaders, but each and every one of us. Right now we are engaged in a War on Terrorism and I keep hearing that “we can not lose this war.” But, I don’t think people really understand what it means if we lose. If we lose this War there will be nothing left. The Muslim extremists seek to wipe us off the face of the Earth and if we do not begin to realize, as a nation, that our very existence is at stake in this war, we may have already lost.
-Publius

Athletes at VA Tech

I have so little respect for the VA Tech athletic program. On Thursday, Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer announced that redshirt freshman quarterback Ike Whitaker had been suspended from the team indefinitely for a violation of team rules.
What was Ike’s violation? On Wednesday Ike was charged with purchasing and possessing alcohol while underage. I have no problem with the team suspending him; he broke the team rules and now must face the penalty. I do have a problem with the team suspending him indefinitely for doing what so many other college freshman do everyday and every year. But, I can’t help to think back to another VA Tech quarterback who was convicted on three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for serving alcohol to three underage girls in his apartment and having sex with a 15-year-old girl.

According to an affidavit, the girls told police they were given vodka and rum to drink while at the apartment and that a roommate of the quarterback took pictures of them as they "danced and stripped from their clothing." At some point, the affidavit said, two girls claimed the quarterback had sex with their 15-year-old friend in his bedroom.
State law allows a person who has consensual sex with a child 15 or older to be charged with a misdemeanor, the misdemeanor being contributing to the delinquency of a minor. In addition, at the time of the incident, the quarterback was only 20 and thus in possession of alcohol while underage himself. But unlike Ike, this VA Tech quarterback was only suspended for a season and was not suspended indefinitely until he was later charged with reckless driving and possession of marijuana, seen intentionally stomping on the leg of Louisville defensive end Elvis Dumervil with a cleated foot during the 2006 Gator Bowl, and then four days after the Gator Bowl was arrested for a misdemeanor charge of driving on a suspended or revoked license.

Ike must not have been talented enough to only get a one year suspension. Too bad Ike’s last name isn’t Vick; he could be playing in a year.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Daily Rant

Los Angeles’ Cardinal Roger M. Mahony marked the beginning of Lent on Wednesday by calling on Roman Catholics to embrace immigrants regardless of their legal status. In addition, the Cardinal said he would tell priests to defy any law that would try to force churches and other organizations to determine the legality of immigrants before giving them assistance. Later after the Mass, during an interview with Spanish-language press, Mahony vowed to instruct priests to disobey any law requiring churches and other social organizations to ask immigrants for legal documentation before providing assistance. Speaking in Spanish, Mahony told the Spanish-language press, "I would say to all priests, deacons and members of the church that we are not going to observe this law," and said he would be willing to go to jail rather than follow any such laws.
Cardinal Mahony equates anti-illegal immigration as anti-Christian, but when did breaking the law become a Christian value? What is not Jesus who said, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."
Jesus was telling his followers to abide by the law and yet Cardinal Mahony is advocating a position that goes against the teachings of Jesus. Yes, being a good Christian means helping the poor and less fortunate but not at the expense of breaking the law. Laws are meant to protect us regardless of how we feel about them; I may not like speed limits, but if I do not follow the speed limit I am guilty of breaking the law.
More so than any other issue, illegal immigration affects every one of us. Being anti-illegal immigration is neither anti-Christian nor anti-American. Being anti-illegal immigration is the belief that we are governed by laws and those need and must be enforced. We can not pick and choose those laws that we want to follow because they are convenient or because we agree with them. Breaking the law is wrong and so is advocating breaking the law.
-Publius

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Daily Rant

I caught some footage tonight that showed Paris Hilton at a jewelry store picking out diamonds. She told the woman working there what she thought was “Hot” and what wasn’t, and then she told that camera that she loves diamonds because they are the prettiest of all stones. This footage saddened me because I could not reach into the televisions and smack her. This is someone with no apparent talent and no value to society and yet she is on the cover of magazines, she appears in entertainment news reports and somehow infiltrates our daily lives. In general I find Hollywood-types uninformed, over-hyped, overpaid, asinine, and generally unworthy of the status and wealth they have achieved. In some ways their existence supports my belief in God because it is obvious that they have made a pact with the devil.
And let’s be honest, I don’t care what any uneducated actor thinks about our foreign or domestic policy; if I wanted to know what a high schooler thinks about the War in Iraq, I will ask them not a Hollywood actor who only has a high school education. These people don’t understand that just because you are famous doesn’t mean anyone cares about what you think.
Let’s review some of my more favorite Hollywood activist and see just how smart they are:
Cher: Dropped out of school in 9th grade. Martin Sheen: Flunked exam to enter University of Dayton. Jessica Lange: Dropped out college mid-freshman year. Alec Baldwin: Dropped out of George Washington University after scandal. Julia Roberts: Completed high school. Sean Penn: Completed High school. Susan Sarandon: Degree in Drama from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. George Clooney: Dropped out of University of Kentucky. Michael Moore: Dropped out first year at the University of Michigan. Sarah Jessica Parker: Completed High School. Jennifer Anniston: Completed High School.
Should we care at all what these people think? No. So why in the hell do they try to tell us what to think? Does the President, Dick Cheney, or Condoleezza Rice make mistakes? Yes, but I would still take their word and their decisions over any of these Hollywood half-wits. If we believe that from education comes greater understanding and intelligence, let’s examine what these three bring to the table.
President George W. Bush: Received a Bachelors Degree from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Vice President Dick Cheney: Earned a B.A. in 1965 and a M.A. in 1966, both in political science from the University of Wyoming.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice: Earned her Bachelor's Degree in Political Science, Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver in 1974; her Master's from the University of Notre Dame in 1975; and her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver in 1981. (Note: Rice enrolled at the University of Denver at the age of 15, graduating at 19 with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science (Cum Laude).
I will go with a MBA, a MA, and a PhD over a whole roomful of Hollywood high school diplomas any day. Sometimes don’t you just want to smack these Hollywood-types and tell them to go back to Hollywood with the rest of their numskull liberal friends and leave us the hell alone?
-Publius

Lee Marvin

This was interesting enough that I thought I should pass it along.
Actor Lee Marvin who you may remember from such movies as The Dirty Dozen, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and The Comancheros was actually more of a badass in real life than he was on film.
Marvin enlisted in the U.S. Marines during World War II, and saw action as Private First Class in the Pacific. In June 1944 during the battle for Saipan in the Pacific, Marvin was wounded (in the buttocks) by fire which severed his sciatic nerve. For his injury and valor in combat, Marvin received a Purple Heart, and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
The action stars of yesterday might not have the muscle or money as the stars of today, but they were real men. Movie stars today play soldier, the movie stars of the past were soldiers.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Daily Rant/Explanation

Today I was asked about my beliefs on intelligent design and if it belonged in the classroom and more specifically if it belonged in the science classroom. So I looked up exactly what “Intelligent Design” means.
The Center for Science and Culture (a Discovery Institute in Seattle, WA) states the “theory of intelligent design holds that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection.” Proponents of intelligent design look for evidence of what they term "signs of intelligence," or physical properties of an object that they assert necessitate design. The most commonly cited signs include irreducible complexity, information mechanisms, and specified complexity. Its leading proponents are all affiliated with the Discovery Institute.
The U.S. National Academy of Sciences has stated that intelligent design "and other claims of supernatural intervention in the origin of life" are not science because they cannot be tested by experiment, do not generate any predictions and propose no new hypotheses of their own. I agree with this assertion, we can not prove that God exists but we can also not prove that He doesn’t.
So, a group in Seattle says there is an Intelligent Design to explain the origins of Man, and the U.S. government says there is no evidence to support Intelligent Design.
However, the theory of Evolution is also that, a theory and not a scientific law; there is a great deal of scientific evidence to support the theory of evolution but that in and of itself does not make it infallible or true. The Theory of Evolution is merely the best the guess we have right now to explain the origin of man and those creatures here on Earth. Intelligent Design is crutch for explaining what can not be explained by science; if science cant’ explain it then God must have done it. Intelligent Design tries to make God all-powerful and part Creator and part uninterested bystander rather than seeing Him as one or the other. I see no reason to believe that God did not do it all.
That being said, I believe in Creationism. Remember the Book of Genesis was written by Moses around 1350 B.C. and it is believed that God inspired Moses to write the book and preserved him from including any errors. Man wanted to know his origins but was incapable of comprehending those origins. How does God in all His infinite wisdom attempt to explain evolution to a man who lived more than 3,000 years ago? Even man today does not believe in evolution with all the scientific evidence to support it. In 1350 B.C. the world was flat, the sun revolved around the Earth and most civilizations were nomadic pagans. In this context trying to explain to man evolution is impossible.
But if you read the text, the Book of Genesis follows the path of evolution. God created the earth, and then the land and the seas, followed by grass, seed and herb, next were fish and fowl, followed by cattle and land animals, and finally Man. The Book of Genesis details evolution from simpler organism to more complex organism until finally the appearance of Man. Is it so impossible to believe that God was the driving force behind evolution; the Book of Genesis acts as an early blueprint for the theory. The Book of Genesis states that God created Adam first and not Eve, and even though the first upright hominid found so far was a female does not prove that Eve came first, it only represents the oldest upright hominid yet found.
Is it so difficult to believe that God and Creation are so different from evolution? Try explaining to someone 500 years ago that man came from single-cell organisms. Then try to explain to them what a single-cell organism is. Then think about how difficult it would be to explain this more than 3,000 years ago. The Bible like all of history can not be judged through modern eyes but instead can only be judged through the eyes of those who were there.
To me, Creationism is the Cliffs Notes to evolution. Should Creationism be taught in schools and science classrooms? I don’t think so; you wouldn’t have kids learn to read Shakespeare from Cliffs Notes, although it does provide a wonderful means to explain the first true masterpiece.
-Publius