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September 19, 2006

Prosser — 1st CD now available

Filed under: Culture,Miscellaneous,Music,Opinions — Rob @ 10:10 pm

If you like guitar and cello music, go to the Prosser link on my blogroll and check-out Eric’s and Dylan’s first official Prosser CD.  It will be released in stores about mid-October but you can buy it now through their website via Clickpop.

And if you live in the Seattle area, you can see them perform at some of the local venues there.


July 26, 2006

Illegal Immigration – Part I

Filed under: Culture,Illegal Immigration,Opinions — Rob @ 10:30 pm

As a preface to my thoughts on immigration, specifically with regard to immigration to the US from Central and South America, I would like to let readers know I am reasonably well-informed about the conditions from which many immigrants, and particularly illegal immigrants, are fleeing.  And though I have considerable sympathy for the plight of these, mostly economically and educationally deprived, folks, I think it is the job of their own governments, their own countrymen — and not the government or people of the US — to provide for their employment, health, education and welfare.  The US has a myriad of problems within its own citizenry and does not need the additional burden of solving the low-end-of-the-totem-pole-people-problems of other corrupt or inept governments.

That said, here are my thoughts:

1.  Immigration can be legal or illegal.  Legal means you respect and follow the laws of the country to which you are emmigrating, i.e., entering only at official entry points and with valid documentation.  Illegal means you don’t; that you instead attempt to cross borders without the host country’s permission and without valid documentation.

(For those who don’t grasp the distinction, think of your home as the US, people you have invited to your home (for dinner, let’s say) as legal immigrants, and complete strangers as illegal immigrants.  Now what would you do if one day two or three complete strangers were to climb through your open window, walk into your kitchen, help themselves to food in the ‘fridge, then sit down on your sofa to watch TV? 

Would you call the police to evict them, or would you just let them have the run of your house — while you continue to pay the mortgage?)

2.  Every country in the world has immigration policies and laws.  The US is not attempting to prevent entry but to control entry.

3.  Because US policies and laws have little to no effect on Central and South Americans in particular and because these people generally cross the United States’ southern borders illegally, I think we should build a triple fence, with video and electronic monitoring, along our border from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean.

4.  We cannot do, nor should we try to do, anything (with the exception of #7., below) about the current population of illegal immigrants in the US until an effective fence is built. When you have a burst water pipe in your basement, what’s the first thing you do? That’s right, cut off the water supply.  Only then can you begin to deal with the water and the water damage.

5.  While the fences are being built, Congress should change one very important, very old law that is being seriously abused.  That law says that anyone born on US soil automatically is a US citizen.  I think the law should be amended to say that anyone born to a mother who is a US citizen or born on US soil to a mother who is a legal immigrant is, by law, a US citizen.

6.   Concurrently, the US should issue every citizen (from birth) a photo & biometric, national ID card.  And every legal immigrant should also be provided with a US-issued equivalent photo & biometric ID card that indicates his/her legal alien status, e.g., country of origin, type of visa, length of visit, etc.. These cards should be replaced every five years.

7.   Then, as soon as the national biometric ID cards have been issued and the program is in full-swing, we should begin enforcing the Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986.  Title I, Part A, Sec. 101., “SEC. 274A. (a), 8 USC 1324a” of this 20 year-old law makes it unlawful (illegal) for an American-owned business to knowingly employ unauthorized aliens (illegal immigrants) in the US.  In fact, I think such hiring should be made a felony. There should be significant cash rewards given to citizens who, anonymously, report the hiring of illegal immigrants.  Employers found guilty, from the CEO/President on down to the hiring personnel in the HR department, should face mandatory, jail sentences of at least 5 years.

                                                             End of Part I

Parts II – X are going to be a bit more complicated as they will deal with such issues as (in no particular order):  the current population of approximately 12-15 million illegal immigrants, families divided by borders, guest workers, the cost of produce, rich folks’ lawns and nannies, low-wage jobs, English proficiency, the path(s) to citizenship, social security, voting, social services (e.g., hospitals & schools), driver’s licenses & insurance, gangbangers, drug runners, human traffikers, the transfer (or lack, thereof) of national & cultural allegiances (i.e., are people coming here because they like the American culture and want to become part of it, or are they simply coming here for the American dollar and trying to impose their failed systems, cultures, values, etc., on Americans), reciprocity (considering how warmly their home countries (people & governments) treat legal (not to mention illegal) immigrants from the US), NAFTA, racism, minimum wage, elimination of federal and state income taxes in favor of national and states sales taxes (which are collected regardless of citizenship status and access to loopholes), Congressmen and the President growing backbones (ever notice how they lead from poll results, i.e., lead from the rear), etc.

It may take a few months to knock out the next sections — it’s definitely a tangled web….

Whew! (Lebanon)

Filed under: Culture,Opinions,Random Thoughts,Religion — Rob @ 9:33 pm

Lots going on lately. Floyd won the Tour. Tiger won the Open. And Hezbollah won a kick in the teeth for the Lebanese people. What is it with those guys?  Of course, the Lebanese populace didn’t do themselves any favors by voting against having Hezbollah disarmed. So now the voters are reaping what they’ve sown. And they’re whining about it.

Like, it’s okay to shoot a few rockets into Israel but it’s not nice, or fair, if Israel retaliates. Of course, I do feel sympathy for the innocent bystanders, especially the children who were too young to vote and the women who were probably not allowed to vote. If these radical Islamists continue to provide for the welfare of their families in this way for the next 50 years, let’s hope the 20-30 who remain will collectively hatch a brain and join the human race.

I’m not holding my breath.

Abortion and Miners

Filed under: Culture,Humor,Opinions,Random Thoughts,Rants,Religion — Rob @ 2:03 pm

If you’ve listened to the news lately, you’re sure to have heard about the recent debate and vote in the Senate about making it illegal to help miners cross state lines to get abortions without parental notification or consent.

I find this extremely disturbing for several reasons.

First, from among the thousand (or so) occupational classifications in this country, why single-out people who help miners?  Why can’t they provide assistance with crossing state lines for this purpose without notifying the miners’ parents.  Can they help them cross state lines to give birth without parental consent?  Can they help them cross state lines to murder an adult without first obtaining parental consent?  Heck, most of these miners are probably of legal age anyway and most are probably male on top of that — so what kind of “help” are we talking about?  Cab fare?  So why pick on the few female miners under 21 who happen to get preggers and then decide to have an abortion in another state?  And what if such a miner lives 200 yards from a state line and the nearest medical facility is just down the street in an adjacent state?  We’re talking about only three or four people a year here, folks.

Second, don’t most miners (and presumably, prospective helpers) live and work in West Virginia?  So why make a law that disproportionately affects the residents of just one state?  It just doesn’t seem fair.  They send us their beautiful mountain tops in the form of coal so that we can continue to live our nice, cushy lifestyles and this is the thanks they get?

Third, what’s a state line anyway.  Has anyone ever actually seen one?  Is it like a voting district line in Texas — you know, the kind that can be changed willy-nilly if you have enough friends with enough money and your political party is in power?  I’d be hard-pressed to know whether or not someone has crossed a state line that 1) is theoretically changeable and 2) by all accounts, invisible.  So who’s qualified to enforce such a law?  And who could possibly witness its violation?

Last, I wish politicians in general, and our wonderful holier-than-thou Congressmen in particular, would find something better to do with their time than to meddle in the personal lives of honest, hard-working American citizens, especially those in West-by-God-Virgina.  Sheesh!  You’d think they’d be more concerned with the violation of child labor (npi) laws.  I’m sure the miners there (and, again, their prospective helpers) can dig that!

Disclaimer: I am not a miner, a prospective helper, or a West Virginian.

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