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

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Day Without Immigrants

Tomorrow is a Day Without Immigrants as immigrant groups around the country are asking legal and illegal immigrants to not show up to work, to not go to school, and to not purchase any products or services. In fact, to show support some businesses have already decided to not even open up tomorrow including many in the meat packing industry.
So their children suffer because they are not going to be attending school.
Their wallets suffer because they will not be working.
And the American economy suffers because it means that 12 million illegal immigrants and millions more will not be purchasing goods and services.
But, they can sit at home and sing the National Anthem in Spanish, which not only changes the tune but the words as well.
But, I will leave it at that for now for you all to discuss.

Friday, April 28, 2006

Pollen

Is it just me or is the pollen worse this year than any year before? Why is it we can make a drug like Viagra and yet no one has come out with a pill that will stop my nose from running, my eyes from watering, and keep me from sneezing unless I hide in the house with the windows closed, the shades drawn, and hiding under my covers with an oxygen mask? Supposedly only the tree pollen is bad right now, and will be for another three weeks and then it will be time for the grass pollen.
I would like to blame it on global warming and as an excuse for the need to switch to biodiesel and alternative energy, but I don’t know enough about it to be sure. But, I will say this, when I am out and driving my car it gets worse maybe that is nature’s way of telling me that using gasoline is bad for my health. Damn oil companies.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Time to Wake Up

Washington D.C.’s ABC news affiliate reported during the six o’clock newscast that tonight on over a thousand Spanish language radio stations across the country a new song was going to debut: the National Anthem in Spanish.

On Tuesday, The Miami Herald reported, “A British-born immigrant and Latin music producer has put together a stellar group of Latino artists to record a Spanish language version of the Star-Spangled Banner that is shaping up to be a We Are The World for Latinos eager to be heard on the immigration debate. Set for release to radio later this week, Nuestro Himno (Our Anthem) with the voices of Olga Tañon, Aventura, Andy Andy, Ivy Queen, Reik, Wyclef Jean (who sings in Spanish) and many others is being recorded in New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Puerto Rico, Mexico City and Madrid…Adam Kidron, head of Urban Box Office… said he was inspired to create Nuestro Himno by TV reports on immigration last week and by his own experience as a successful immigrant… Kidron also promises to e-mail the song to congressional offices this week.”

From an article on abcnews.com dated April 22, 2006, “"We chose to re-record 'The Star-Spangled Banner' to show our solidarity with the undocumented immigrants and their quest for basic civil rights," UBO President Adam Kidron said in a news release.
The recording, dubbed "Nuestro Himno" or "Our Anthem," is set to "rhythmic Latin musical arrangement" but respects the song's traditional structure, UBO said. The song will be primarily in Spanish with a few words sung in English.
The song is on the album "Somos Americanos," which will be sold for $10, with a portion going to Washington-based National Capital Immigration Coalition, UBO said.”

They have changed the words of the American National Anthem to Spanish, they have changed the score to be more Latin, they protest waving foreign flags, and are making no attempt to assimilate into American culture and society. I do like that the album is Somos Americanos, We are Americans, or at least we are people who speak a foreign language, wave foreign flags, but live on American soil.

Is there anyone who still wants to argue that this flood of illegal immigration is not changing the national identity of this country? At what point will you think we have a problem? Is there anyone who can’t see the dominoes are beginning to fall? Bilingual and bicultural societies can no exist but that is the road we are heading down and too many are asleep at the wheel.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Private Fence

The Minuteman Project has proposed building a fence between the U.S. and Mexico on private lands with the help of private donations. Anyone can help and anyone can donate.
I don’t understand the tax laws, and I doubt there is a single person alive who does, but this donation might be tax deductible so you might be able to give and save at the same time. If the government won’t do its job, maybe the American people need to do it.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Open Borders

For more information on those who are advocating an Open Border Policy, see the Friday, April 14, 2006 Post on “Should Illegal Immigration be Against the Law.” Spotz, this will answer your question too.

So much to talk about and so little time

Let’s start here: I will not be filling up my car with Exxon gas. Right now gas prices are going through the roof and although there are many factors that have lead to this increase including the increase in oil consumption by China and India, instability in Iran, Venezuela, and Nigeria, the summer driving season, Iraq, and yes 12 million illegal immigrants, another reason for this gas price hike is because Exxon Mobil gave a $400 million dollar retirement package to Exxon Mobil Corporation Chairman and CEO Lee Raymond. Yes, that was Four-hundred million dollars for a retirement package. It takes Howard Stern almost 4 years to make that kind of money and this guy got it in one lump sum. But, as it turns out there is some logic behind the decision to grant Raymond such a large retirement package, last year Exxon posted a $36,000,000,000 profit all while consumers had to pay at the pump. And if you think profits were high last year, as of last Tuesday, one week ago today when gas prices had not climbed to over $3.00 a gallon, gas prices reached a national average of $2.78 which was up 55 cents from a year earlier (Reuters, April 18, 2006). I can only imagine the profits that Exxon is expecting this year.
So no, I will not be buying my gas at Exxon, not that we aren’t being gouged by the other oil companies, but at least they have not received the brunt of my ire, yet.

Oh, and I would like to thank the President for not putting any gasoline in our reserves and instead putting it out in the market, because that might save me what a penny every time I fill up at the pump? I am not a scientist, a car manufacturer, or a politician, but if I knew of any way to make a difference in this I would other than sticking to a no Exxon Gas policy and driving as little as possible.

Republican Cartoon


I received a cartoon today and I figured why not post it here, thank you to the contributor. Obviously the cartoon equates the Republican Party to the Nazi Party, because the similarities are so obvious.
This is Howard Dean thinking where he believes that the Republican Party is made up of old, rich, white men and yet he, Teddy Kennedy, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Jimmy Carter, George Soros, Al Franken, John Kerry, John Edwards, etc are all old, rich, white men too. And for the record, whereas the Nazi Party was dedicated to the eradication of the Jewish People, it is the Republican Party that is the big supporter of the Jewish State of Israel.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

I thought Martin was the crazy one

In a radio interview, Charlie Sheen explained that he believes that 9-11 was a government conspiracy and that the collapse of the World Trade Center was a controlled demolition. In the same radio interview Sheen questioned whether a plane ever hit the Pentagon either (read the March 23, 2006 post, Oh Charlie, for more from a Boston Herald story).
But, as it turns out Sheen gets even weirder to the point where we have to question whether the star of the CBS show Two and a Half Men, should even be around his young co-star. We seem to forget that Sheen has been in and out of rehab and was one of the most famous names in Heidi Fleiss’s black book. And now, according to a story I watched on Fox News, Sheen’s ex-wife Denise Richards has filed a restraining order against Sheen that prevents him from being in contact with her or their two children, and has charged Sheen with threatening her life, hitting her, and for a penchant for looking at child pornography on the internet of both underage boys and girls.
Should a man who likes to look at pornographic images of little boys be allowed to work with one? Can CBS continue to promote a television show about Charlie Sheen and his relationship with an underage boy?
And, what the hell is wrong with the Sheen family? Remember Martin Sheen is a big supporter of the ACLU, an organization that has represented NAMBLA, the Northern American Man/Boy Love Association, which promotes sex with young boys.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Duke Lacrosse Players

Why is it that I know the names, ages, hometowns, and life histories including arrest records of the two Duke Lacrosse players accused of rape? Why have I seen their photos? Why have I seen video footage of the two of them being arrested, handcuffed, and standing before a judge? Why have I seen their mug shots? Why has their name and image been all over the news as the two players who have been accused of a crime? Why do we know more about these two young men than most of us know about some of our own relatives? And why do we know so much about these two men charged with rape, forced sodomy, and kidnapping, and yet we know so little about the accuser?
These two men have already been convicted in the court of public opinion as either guilty of these crimes or somehow involved in these crimes. I don’t know if they are guilty, but does it matter? Will the lives of either of these two boys ever be the same? I doubt it, these two young men regardless of the outcome of this case will never get out from under the shadow of the media storm they are under now. For the rest of their lives whether it be in trying to find a job or a girlfriend they will be linked with a charge of rape.
But, why has the media been so quick to destroy the lives of these two young men while at the same time gone to such lengths to protect the identity of the accuser, even in the face of DNA evidence that shows not only were these two not involved but that no member of the Duke Lacrosse team was involved. We do not know the accuser’s name nor have we seen her photo. The media has taken the side of one person over the word of 47. But, who is this one person and what do we know about her and the reliability of her word versus the reliability of the word of 47 others? We know that the women is a stripper, we know that she is a single mother, we know that she goes to a Historically Black College in North Carolina and we know that she has a criminal record. What is her criminal record? According to Newsweek, “In 2002, she was accused of stealing a taxicab and trying to run over a police officer (but pleaded guilty to lesser charges)” (Newsweek, April 17, 2006).
As I have said, I don’t know if these two boys are guilty. But, the more I read and hear about the case the less I believe that they are guilty of the crimes they are accused of by the D.A. and by the police. I have no need to know the identity of the accuser, just as I had no need to know the identity of the accused. I simply want to know why the lives of two of those involved in the case have been destroyed while the life of another has been so closely protected.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Teddy Kennedy Strikes Again

Last night’s guest on the Daily Show was Ted Kennedy. Kennedy was trying to explain to Jon Stewart that the Democratic Party was responsible for the majority of change and progress that has occurred in the U.S. during the last 70 years including ending the Vietnam War.
But, no, I guess that Kennedy forgot that it was his brother who originally sent troops to Vietnam and his brother’s successor who escalated the war, but it was President Nixon, a Republican, who got us out of Vietnam.
In some ways I feel bad for Teddy Kennedy; he will always have to live in the enormous shadows of his two brothers. JFK and RFK will always be beloved and revered figures in American history and Teddy has searched his entire political career for the same legacy, but has failed. Kennedy has now chosen the illegal immigration movement as his Civil Rights Movement and as an opportunity to create a legacy. But, what he forgets was that the Civil Rights Movement sought equal protection and equal rights for all Americans, the illegal immigration movement seeks to reward those who break the law.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Homeland Security actually protecting the Homeland

From to the Associated Press (April 20, 2006):

“Federal agents on Wednesday arrested seven current and former managers of IFCO Systems, a manufacturer of crates and pallets, on criminal charges, and more than 1,100 people were arrested on administrative immigration charges at more than 40 IFCO sites in the U.S…"Our nation's communities cannot be a wild frontier where illegal aliens and unscrupulous employees subvert our nation's laws," said Julie Myers, assistant secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement…More than half of the company's roughly 5,800 employees during 2005 had invalid or mismatched Social Security numbers, the government alleges. The case began after officials got a tip that IFCO workers in Guilderland, N.Y. were seen ripping up their W-2 forms because they did not intend to file tax returns, Chertoff said. Six of seven current and former IFCO managers charged with felony conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens were released on bond and are to appear May 4 in Albany, N.Y., where the criminal complaint was filed and the investigation began at a suburban IFCO facility. The managers could face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each alien involved, as well as forfeitures. "Just a small fine or a slap on the wrist is not a deterrent," Myers said. Most of the 1,187 illegal immigrants arrested are being processed for deportation, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Tina Sciocchetti in Albany.”

If Congress won’t stop illegal immigration, maybe the bureaucratic giant of Homeland Security will. Monetary fines and jail time might make big business rethink using illegal immigrants, and if there are no jobs, the problem begins to go away.
Does anyone see a problem with the government enforcing the laws?

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Paris Hilton

I was watching a VH-1 Special on Paris Hilton, because I still am trying to figure out why God can let good things happen to bad people, and they talked about how the heiress was part of Puff Daddy’s 2004 VOTE OR DIE! campaign.
Well, as it turns out Ms. Hilton never registered to vote and never voted. As she is still alive, I have come to the conclusion that she has made a deal with the devil which explains why someone with absolutely no talent or personality has not only achieved more than 15 minutes of fame but has become an eye-sore on all that is wrong with this country. The devil may have her soul, but we all are forced to suffer for it.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Odd Product Endorsement

I was sitting back today going over my email with a nice cold can of Vintage Lemon-Lime Seltzer water when I noticed a mysterious label on the side of the can in a white circle. Inside the circle it said, “KOSHER FOR PASSOVER, Rabbi J.M. Ralbag, Orthodox Rabbinate.”
Now, I don’t know a lot about Jewish Law, but can water not be Kosher? I mean there are only 2 ingredients: Carbonated Water and Natural Flavor. Was my water blessed or is it more pure than other water? Can anyone explain this to me? And does anyone else think this seems just a little odd?

Monday, April 17, 2006

Time Magazine Part II

It took me a bit to get around to reading the Time article called Dropout Nation which discussed how 30% of America’s High School students leave without graduating. As it turns out that number is a bit misleading. The article does point out that the national average is 30% of high school students who will drop out, but the article also shows that an alarming 50% of all black and Hispanic students will leave high school without graduating (Time, April 17, 2006).
If you remember our discussion from last March 22: 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). So if we combine these two statistics, more than 1 out of every 4 black males in high school right now will end up in prison. But, if they don’t wind up in prison, I’m sure there are plenty of jobs out there for people without a high school diploma.
No, illegal immigrants won’t be taking my job and they might not take yours either, but what about half of all black men in this country who won’t have a high school diploma, where are they going to find a job that doesn’t require a high school education?
The illegal immigration problem has so many sides to it and so many of those sides show how bad it is for Americans. Sure, illegals may not take your job, but what about someone else’s?

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Happy Easter

May you and your family have a wonderful day together as we celebrate our Lord.

What the Hell?


What happened to Kenny Roger’s face? Why can’t people accept that fact that they are getting old? Sure, no one wants to look 60 when they are 40, but how can anyone want to look like a stretched piece of plastic?

Saturday, April 15, 2006

A story from the Washington Post

This article comes from the Style section of today’s Washington post, but rather than make you sit through the whole article, I will instead go over the highlights by paraphrasing. “Thirty-seven Texas eighth-graders (traveled to Washington DC for a sightseeing tour led by their) history teacher Armando Barrera…and three other history teachers…The students from Roma Middle School…will enter a high school that’s doesn’t even bother doing college counseling…Roma, Tex, their home, is a town of 9,000 on the banks of the Rio Grande…Once it was a prosperous herding village; today the commodity driving the economy is illegal drugs. When the Mexican-American War ended in 1848…Half the city became Roma, Tex; the other half became Miguel Aleman, in Tamaulipas, Mexico. But its identity has remained Mexican – today the population is 98.5 percent Hispanic…According to their teachers, many of the students arrive in middle school with only the vague understanding that Texas and Tamaulipas are different states, let alone in different countries…Roma, nearly six hours south of San Antonio, remains one of the poorest places in America. Its per capita is around $7,000, less than a fifth of the national average…fewer than half of its high school freshman go on to graduate…Barrera says…”It’s a vicious cycle…Kids dropping out. Getting married too young. We have an eighty grader who has two kids already. And her mom graduated high school with me in 1990. Some eighth-graders are reading at a third-grade level. There’s no need to learn English – nobody reads for pleasure”…His town and its sister city in Mexico, Miguel Aleman are overrun with drugs. In October 2005, three local policemen there were arrested for drug smuggling. Everybody knows about Los Zetas, the paramilitary drug gang; nobody talks about it, for fear of being kidnapped or murdered…In a world with few options, the drug trade is almost too tempting to resist…someone can get paid $5,000 to drive (a truck filled with drugs)…from Roma to Corpus Christi or San Antonio. Maybe $15,000 for getting it across the border from Mexico…The kids from Roma don’t ask what to do about the porous border, where the…instructors first were shocked and then grew used to seeing people swimming across the river” (Washington Post, April 15, 2006).

A lot of things in that article to discuss, but I figure I will leave that all up to you all.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Liberals and Big Business

I know I don’t understand liberals, but doesn’t it seem just a tad ironic that liberals are siding with big business on the illegal immigration issue? For all the Liberals and Democrats who rail on big business for its devastating effects on America and Evil Corporations, take a look at who you are getting into bed with on this issue. Please, this time I am even asking you to think like a liberal, if big business thinks it’s good, do you really think it can be good for America?

Should illegal immigration be against the law

We need to decide if being in this country illegally is against the law or not. If it is, then those who are here illegally are breaking the law and should be deported, businesses should be fined and penalized for hiring people who are here illegally, and the U.S. needs to increase border security between this country and Mexico.
But, if we decide that being here illegally is not against the law then we should make those who are here illegally and want to become citizens into citizens – they could go to say the post office and sign up, we should tear down any barrier between the U.S. and Mexico as there would be no reason to restrict anyone from coming into this country, we should dismantle the U.S. Immigration Service including the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and fire all Border Patrol Agents because they would no longer serve a purpose, we should do away with visas because anyone can come here and stay as long as they like, we should take away any restrictions on citizenship since if breaking the law by being here illegally does not prevent someone from becoming a citizen then why should any restrictions like ability to speak the English language or even the most basic knowledge of American civics prevent citizenship, we should apologize to anyone who struggled through the lengthy process to legally become a citizen since we are just giving it away now, and we should just accept that America will be dropping off point for the world’s poor and undereducated.
Perhaps someone can tell me why granting amnesty is not equivalent to the second part? There is no good reason to allow illegal immigration or work visas that can not be combated with a better reason on why not to, the difference is that those are who arguing for allowing illegal immigration, work visas or the status quo are all well financed lobbying groups that represent big business, labor unions, and Hispanic rights groups. The overwhelming majority of Americans don’t want amnesty, but unless people speak out that’s what we are going to get.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Average Democrat

I had the opportunity to talk to a guy tonight who was dropping off some medical equipment at the house and installing it and so forth. The conversation turned to politics – he started it when he made the comment of, “Well at least you all aren’t Republicans.” So, I guess as it turns out I don’t have a big Republican sign on my forehead. The guy was about early 40s, white, and not married but had a partner, I didn’t ask if it was a business partner or not because I got the drift. For some reason this guy just wanted to tell me all about Republicans, and how “that guy who shot the old man in the face” was a bad man, how Bush was a horrible President and always looks lost and that even I had to admit “he hasn’t don’t anything right,” that Russ Limbaugh was an idiot, and how he had gone to a government building in Washington, that he didn’t know the name of, and it was full of Republicans and they were all so serious looking and needed to learn how to party. But, he did say “Thank God for Republicans though, because at least they will fight…if this country got invaded you know the Democrats won’t do anything. We don’t like to fight, so we need someone to protect us.”
I wasn’t sure if I should laugh or cry, I decided to laugh. Later when I thought about it I almost wanted to cry because I realized that this guy gets to vote and decide who runs the country. But, then I thought about it and remembered he was a Democrat and I started to laugh because I imagine all Democrats as just as clueless.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

My God the French are lazy

I thought I understood why French students had been protesting recently against a new law that would have allowed companies to fire young workers during their first two years on the job; it seemed like there had to be something about the law that was unfair for so many to protest. Turns out it wasn’t so unfair, but French President Chirac has backed down and the status quo remains in France. So what is that status quo? Workers in France only work a 35-hour work week, get five weeks of vacation, mandatory profit-sharing, retirement at age 60 and the right to never be relocated, fired, or demoted (Washington Post, April 12, 2006). I can only imagine how many holidays they have too where they take off from work.
France has the most unbelievably socialist or communist or just plain lazy labor force in the world. The French work ethic is so backwards from the American way of life that it is entirely apparent why the French were too lazy to stop Germany from invading their country not once but twice.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Time Cover

The Time magazine cover story this week says, “30% of America’s high school students will leave without graduating” (Time, April 17, 2006). But, luckily since illegal immigrants have taken all the low skilled jobs, 3 out of every 10 young people right now will end up on Welfare. Or do you think these students without a high school education will be qualified to be a doctor or lawyer or work in a career where they will not have to compete with illegal immigrants for jobs?

You can’t make this up

It seems that someone did get the memo that illegal immigrants protesting to become Americans while carrying the flags of foreign countries just does not work. So CASA of Maryland, a pro-illegal immigrant organization, ordered up 11,000 U.S. flags for the protests yesterday – made in El Salvador (Washington Post, April 11, 2006).

Monday, April 10, 2006

Immigration Thoughts

These are a series of thoughts that I had after watching hours of news coverage on the pro-illegal immigration rallies across the U.S. today. I decided to list each separately to allow a separate discussion on each topic.

If the millions who protested today and the millions who have risked their lives to come to the US illegally had instead channeled that energy into their own country would they have needed to have come here?

Immigration Thoughts

I hope the protests gave people a chance to see just how many illegal immigrants are in this country and that we need to do something, and soon.

Immigration Thoughts

Senators Kennedy, Clinton, and Schumer all went out to speak at protests in New York and Washington. If I was a citizen of New York or Massachusetts I would be embarrassed for my state.

Immigration Thoughts

Yes, this is a nation of immigrants, immigrants who escaped religious persecution, famine, wars, and Hitler, Castro and Stalin; but the illegal immigrants who are here today are only escaping corrupt governments. Is it the U.S.’s problem that countries like Mexico are so inept that we as Americans must pay the price?

Immigration Thoughts

While watching Lou Dobbs tonight I saw two things, both of which Lou mentioned too: yes the protesters were carrying American flags, but they were also carrying some upside down and during an interview with a reporter, one protestor held up a sign that read, “We were here first.” Does this mean they want to become Americans but want Americans to leave?

Immigration Thoughts

What right does a person from a foreign country have in telling us how to govern our country? Many of the protestors are not Americans and yet they want to tell our government how to govern our country and dictate our laws.

Immigration Thoughts

I guess someone got the memo that you shouldn’t protest and claim to want to be an American and then carry the Mexican flag.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Immigrants Protests

Tomorrow will be all the big pro-illegal immigrant rallies around the country. April 10th has been declared as the day of protest and rallies are planned in every major city in the United States with some estimate that nearly 10 million Hispanics will be protesting tomorrow instead of going to work, so expect major traffic delays if you are going in or out of a city. They are expecting nearly 200,000 to rally on the Mall in Washington and for around 1 million to protest in Los Angeles. These protests will be all over the news and pro-illegal immigrant groups will say that it shows the power in this new “sleeping Latino giant.” Right now, politicians are on a two-week holiday and students have the week off for Easter. Tomorrow, we will see which, if any, politicians will join in these protests and we will see thousands of students protesting to be included in the American dream to become American citizens so that they can have a better life for themselves, which does not involve working jobs that “Americans won’t do.” I still as of yet had anyone explain to me what happens if these 12 million illegal immigrants are all granted amnesty and become Americans, then who takes their jobs? I do find it interesting that when they say “Americans” they are only referring to white and black people because as President Fox told us, Mexican immigrants in the U.S. do jobs that even blacks won’t do.

Prediction for tomorrow: you can’t have one million people protest on a weekday in a major U.S. city while that city tries to go about business as usual without problems. But, if riots occur tomorrow and on the news we see rioters carrying foreign flags and clashing with police, America’s borders go on lock-down.
Tomorrow may be a landmark day in American history; the sleeping giant is awake and tomorrow we will see if that giant is angry.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Pro-illegal immigration policy doesn’t make sense

If illegal immigrants are willing to take jobs that Americans won’t do, what happens if the government grants them all amnesty and they become citizens? Do they too then become Americans who won’t take these jobs? It seems rather ignorant to believe that they won’t want jobs that otherwise would be unavailable to them because of the illegal status which would include those jobs that supposedly “Americans would do.” Even if they remain in those jobs that “Americans won’t do” with their new legal status they would at least demand higher wages for these jobs, wages which would then be high enough that Americans would then take these jobs. Or by making these 11 million illegal immigrants citizens, wouldn’t we then have to “import” millions more to do the jobs “the new Americans” wont do, and thus recreate the problem we have now? If someone can explain to me how this would not happen, I am more than willing to listen.
Prevent amnesty, protect our borders, and prevent America from becoming Mexico’s welfare state.

Immigration and the Environment

This was a comment that I posted, but I wanted to make sure everyone had a chance to read it.
The United States already allows more legal immigration each year into this country than every other country in the world combined. EVERY OTHER COUNTRY COMBINED. I think we do enough as it is without adding between 500,000 and 1 million more illegals every year. I am not as green party as everyone else, although leaps and bounds more than the Bush Administration, but look at the environmental impact of the flood of illegal immigrants into this country and how this is going to increase pollution, consumption of fossil fuels, deforestation, overcrowding, smog, and global warming. For any tree huggers out there, think about the damage the U.S. does to the environment and then add another 160 million people in this country by 2050. Maybe by then we will all be hugging a tree because there will only be one left.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Amnesty

The United States Senate has decided to grant amnesty to more than 11 million people who are in this country illegally. When those who break the laws rejoice, Congress should realize they have made a bad decision.
The majority of Americans do not favor granting these 11 million people citizenship and yet the Senate is going to go against their wishes. And although there is a deep and even divide on the issue of a guest worker program, look how poorly it has worked in France and Germany. We all saw how poorly it worked in France with the riots from last year and I have personally seen how poorly it works in Germany where millions of Turks have entered Germany and it has created a deep and volatile divide. Thank you Senators McCain and Kennedy.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Where are you from?

I had a virus on my computer yesterday and I could not get it to go away so I called Microsoft. Eventually I got to talk a real person and not a live recording. I will admit that the tech-support guy was able to help me get rid of the virus by setting the computer back to an earlier date; my Firewall, Spy ware, and Anti-Virus could not find what was on my computer which was the reason I had to call Microsoft for help. What was interesting was that the guy from tech support sounded like he was in a really busy office surrounded by a lot of others who were all taking tech support calls and who all sounded like they had a similar accent to my tech support guy whose name was Mishal; I asked him his name since he was calling me by mine I figured it was only polite. After fumbling through the pronunciation Mishal told me to just call him “Ace.” While waiting for my computer to reboot I mentioned to Ace that his office sounded busy and that he told me there were about 50 or more in the room who were all taking calls. Continuing with our polite conversation I asked Mishal were his office was located, and although he had told me his first name, given me a nickname to use instead, had told me a bad joke, and tried to impress upon me his knowledge of world time zones, Ace told me that Microsoft prevented him from disclosing the location of their call zone. Now, I have talked to a lot of people over the phone from credit card companies to airlines to online shopping stores, but this was the first time I was told they could not disclose the location of where I was calling. And although this intrigued me, I decided not to press the issue.
But, I can’t help but wonder where Mishal with his Indian accent and his coworkers, who I could hear over the phone who had similar accents, might be located.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Ike’s Back

You may remember a story from awhile back about Ike Whitaker, the VA Tech quarterback who was suspended from the team in early March for violating team rules. Well, I made the comment that Ike must not be talented enough to be able to stay on the team simply after breaking the law, known in Blacksburg as the Marcus Vick Rule. And whereas I don’t think that Ike’s talent level has changed it does appear that Frank Beamer’s quarterback needs have. According to the Washington Post, Beamer has let Ike back on the team after pleading no contest to charges of public intoxication, underage possession of alcohol and destruction of property in a Montgomery County District General Court on March 23 (April 4, 2006). The judge in the case said he would wipe the three misdemeanor charges from Ike’s record if he stayed out of trouble for a whole year, paid to fix the destroyed property, and served 25 hours of community service.
Way to go Ike, you are back on the team. And way to go Beamer, you have shown that you can forgive those who break the law, at least if they can perform for you on the football field. This is just another example of how Beamer will sacrifice doing what is right for doing what can help him. I would be embarrassed if I was a Hokie fan, good thing I am not.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Zacarias Moussaoui

Now that it has been determined that Moussaoui is “eligible” for execution, I can’t help but wonder if any of the victim’s families from 9/11 will be allowed to witness the probable execution. Should Moussaoui be found guilty, which let’s be honest he has pleaded guilty, and then executed, the families of the more than 3,000 people killed on 9/11 in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania, should be allowed to attend. Although there is still a chance that Moussaoui will not be executed by reason of insanity, as his lawyers supposedly are going to try to suggest that he is schizophrenic because of an impoverished childhood during which he faced racism in France over his Moroccan ancestry, if he is sentenced to death the families of so many innocent people should be allowed to attend the execution of a man who sat, contemplated, and planned an attack intended to kill thousands of innocent people.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

George Mason

No posts today. I hope everyone enjoys another showing by the Cinderella George Mason Patriots as they take on Florida.