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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Need a dictionary?

What part of "ILLEGAL" do people not understand? I believe in immigration, I believe in civil rights. I do NOT believe that anyone here ILLEGALLY is entitled to anything other than a trip home. The argument is not one of immigration; it is one of ILLEGAL immigration. Anyone here ILLEGALLY HAS NO RIGHTS UNDER THE CONSTITUTION!! They have the basic right of being treated humanely, as they are being sent back to where they came from. I honestly cannot even understand the argument. I will repeat my line:

Calling the people here illegally an immigration problem is like calling bank robbery a withdrawal problem!

If you run a boarding house and someone comes in and takes a room without an application, without any ID or proof of income, and without paying you for it; do you call the police to get them out of your house, or do you offer them amnesty?

I really would like someone to present me with a compelling, cogent, relevant argument as to why this is even being discussed, other than from a political power play standpoint.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Here they come to save the day!!

Don't worry. At least four of our U.S. Senators are working for us. What are they working on you ask? The economy and unemployment? The growing deficit or burgeoning budget expenditures? How about support and/or concern for our forces fighting on multiple fronts? No, no, no.

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.; Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo; Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska; and Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn. have all signed a letter they sent to Facebook questioning the new privacy policies. I don't know about you, but I feel better about my government already.

(I know that is in the Constitution somewhere!?! I just can't find it??)

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Now THAT's Entertainment!

You want to know how to entertain a crowd? You want to know how to keep an audience on the edge of their seats?

I just watched a video that sums it up...

1. You take a three year old child.
2. Put them in a flashy outfit.
3. Then they go thirty or forty feet in the air.
4. You put them on a high wire.
5. Make sure the high wire goes over a tiger pit.

Now that my friends, is entertainment. I mean you got your kid appeal. You got your flashy outfit. You got your high wire fun, AND you got your pit of tigers. What more could you want?

This was done in China. I guess thousands of years of culture have eliminated child labor laws?!?            

FYI, the kid fell off the wire. The safety harness caught the child. Safety harness you ask?? Of course, you don't think safety was of paramount importance?

btw, don't worry...

no animals were harmed in the making of this video.

in case you think this is a figment of my imagination, here is a link for the video:

Thursday, April 15, 2010

I've got a baaaad headache!

This is a headline from Popular Science on-line:

In Safety Study, Sheep on Meth Are Shocked With Tasers

Man, I should have followed up with my science career!

Or maybe have been a methamphetamine sheep farmer. Should have stayed in the FFA.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Epiphany - reprint of an earlier post with comments

This is a reprint of a post I did back in November of 2007. With the political landscape of today it is even more relevant.

I am reading The Columbia History of the World right now (maybe that explains the lack of whimsy - 1100 pages plus written in textbook form) I am reading now about the Roman empire/republic. I came to a passage that almost shocked me with it's relevance to my thoughts of today. Here it is: (and I quote giving all rights to the book)

Rome ceded more easily to the demand for citizenship because her supply of citizen soldiers had continued to dwindle, and her mob of citizens without property, to grow. Of the attempts to reverse these changes the most famous were those of the Gracchi brothers in 133 and 123. Relyng on bourgeouis support, they advocated extension of citizenship to the allies, resettlement of small farmers on public land (hitherto rented to senators at minimal rates) resumption of colonization, and provision of grain at less than market rates to feed the Roman poor, pending their settlement. The longest-lived of these measures was the last: most of the Roman mob preferred poverty and indolence in Rome to the hard work of a small farmer, and when one party began to bribe them with public money, the other could not offer less, so cheap grain gradually became free grain, and other "relief" measures went on increasing through the centuries until the imperial government broke down.

Besides tbe run-on sentences that are a trademark of the book, this is great stuff and parallels today in the US (and other parts of the world). Read and re-read the passages; substitute food stamps for provision of grain at less than market rates and welfare/entitlement programs in the last line. Now, if you will remember my last post - the bulk of all taxes (government money) comes from a small minority of the population. To put it another way, almost half of the adult population PAYS NO INCOME TAX! In fact, a lot of them get tax credits that actually make their contribution a negative.

Here is the point. All politicians have been trapped in the "government money" grab. A large portion of people vote for the candidate that can get federal funds to be spent in their constituency. A lot of voters will vote for the candidate that they feel will "give" them the most.

With less than half of the people paying all the income taxes, what motivation would the majority have to bother themselves with what the taxes are? Democrats have been the traditional party of tax and spend, but unfortunately of late the Republicans are catching up (and even surpassing) fast! Read the Roman history lines again. The part about when one party began to bribe them with public money, the other could not offer less... really brings home our situation today.

I could ramble on and on but I hope this makes my point. Solutions anyone....??
I have heard throughout my life that the Roman Empire fell due to corruption. From my studies over the years, I can say that is mostly true. However, I do not feel the social and moral corruption was as big a problem as their government and politial corruption. The US has been called the modern Roman Empire or "new Rome". I fear we will suffer the same fate as old Rome.