Tuesday, June 26, 2007
"Want 5-10 more years of the currently broken down immigration system and
impotent laws? Side with the Amnesty Hypochondriacs in the GOP because if they
succeed and tank the immigration Bill in the Senate there will be no new
legislation on this issue for the remainder of Bush’s term and well into the
next President’s term (because what new President would risk a chance at a
second term on immigration reform?)."
I have heard this said a number of times and I don't like it. I don't think that we should settle on a solution because those who are giving us the solution claim that if we don't take it they won't give us another one for ten years. The bill should be voted on based on its merits, not on the manipulative skill of its backers.
"The implicit model is that once people have spent money for an asset they
value that asset more than they would value their prospective income stream from
living in the United States. Jane postulates a kind of endowment effect for
immigrants. Moving away from family-based immigration also limits potential
trustable allies for law-breaking.
I suspect that auction-based proposals
will result in too few legal unskilled immigrants, and also more illegal
immigration of the unskilled, but I would not rule out this idea just yet. I'm
still waiting for someone to write down an impossibility theorem for a good
immigration policy, noting that much of the domestic demand is for immigrant
traits (e.g., cheapness and immediate readiness to work) which are strongly
correlated with illegality. That is some employers want (explicitly or
implicitly) to deny some of their workers the benefits of integrating with the
U.S. capital stock. "
Without agreement, I think that these are some interesting ideas and it does raise a good point. If a system is created to make immigrants legal, will the people who hire them even want to employ them anymore. If a system is set up where they will be treated fairly, why not hire an American if you are not going to get a worker you can abuse. I know this has a negative assumption to it, but there is reason to believe that illegal workers are cheap because they are illegal, and they are hired because they are cheap, which means they are hired because they are illegal.
"The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud
of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no
matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but
the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war. — Sidney J. Harris
Patriotism is a lively sense of collective responsibility. Nationalism is a
silly cock crowing on its own dunghill and calling for larger spurs and brighter
beaks. I fear that nationalism is one of England’s many spurious gifts to the
world. — Richard Aldington"
I really like this and think it is very true.
"On October 18, 2006 The Post and Courier of Charleston, SC wrote ' Arthur
Ravenel Jr., who is running for an East Cooper seat on the board, caught flack
16 years ago when he was in Congress and made a comment about white committee
chairmen who operated on 'black time,' which he said meant fashionably late.'
As recently as January 2000, the Post and Courier reported in an article
headlined 'Ravenel stepped outside 'civility,'' that Ravenel called the NAACP
the 'National Association For Retarded People.'
When asked about the comment
in the story, Ravenel said that he misspoke. 'It was a slip of the tongue. I
have never said the NAACP was retarded,' he told the Post and Courier. 'I made a
rhetorical slip, and they want to lynch me for it.'"
Breaking news, Rudy has fired a cocaine addict and hired his racist father to run his campaign in South Carolina. Really his campaign is about as professional as the cast of The Real World, on MTV. The next thing is that one of them will be charged with rape.
"The state’s newest Democrat said his dissatisfaction with the Bush
administration also played a role in his decision. Froehlich claims to have been
against the Iraq War since before it began, said he is horrified at President
Bush’s abuse of Habeus Corpus (which Froehlich claimed is the thing that
“separates a free system from an unfree system”), has been very bothered by the
national party’s “harsh rhetoric” on immigration issues and has disagreed with
his fellow Republicans on environmental issues.The state’s newest Democrat said
his dissatisfaction with the Bush administration also played a role in his
decision. Froehlich claims to have been against the Iraq War since before it
began, said he is horrified at President Bush’s abuse of Habeus Corpus (which
Froehlich claimed is the thing that “separates a free system from an unfree
system”), has been very bothered by the national party’s “harsh rhetoric” on
immigration issues and has disagreed with his fellow Republicans on
environmental issues.The state’s newest Democrat said his dissatisfaction with
the Bush administration also played a role in his decision. Froehlich claims to
have been against the Iraq War since before it began, said he is horrified at
President Bush’s abuse of Habeus Corpus (which Froehlich claimed is the thing
that “separates a free system from an unfree system”), has been very bothered by
the national party’s “harsh rhetoric” on immigration issues and has disagreed
with his fellow Republicans on environmental issues."
This is the second person that Bush has run out of the party. I think that Froelich, a person I don't know much about, makes some good points about the abuse of power by this administration. There can be a million proper reasons, and actions to take, but if the actions you take are done so through abusing power and skirting the system, I can't justify any ends. The ends in fact do not justify the means, the means corrupt the ends.
Dick "Robust Interrogation" Cheney unplugged and exposed. - AMERICAblog: A great nation deserves the truth
"The Washington Post is doing an in-depth series on Dick Cheney this week. The
first article, about how Cheney secured his power, ran yesterday. Today's piece
is about Cheney's role in crafting our nation's torture policy or what he
apparently called 'robust interrogation.' Reading these articles is intense. As
bad as many of us thought Cheney was and is -- he's worse. This man, and the
President who has enabled him, have seriously undermined the country -- and the
constitution they swore to uphold:"
Some interesting facts are coming out about Cheney and the role he has played in this Administration. I think history may look back at this moment and instead of calling it the second Bush administration will call it the Cheney administration. He is clearly the source and the enactment of power in this White House. Read the article for more information.
Sunni tribes fighting al Qaeda in Anbar, so . . . wait, what's that? Uh oh . . . - AMERICAblog: A great nation deserves the truth
"This story from al-Malaf is currently the talk of the forums: Sitar Abu
Risha, head of the Anbar Salvation Council, has allegedly fled Iraq with $75
million that the Americans had given him to fight al-Qaeda. The story links his
flight to the near-collapse of the Anbar Salvation Council over infighting among
its leadership [and] claims that he simply never distributed the American cash
to the fighters, who are now threatening to go on strike if they don't get paid.
Seeing as how the Anbar Salvation Council has for months now been portrayed as
the great American hope in the battle against al-Qaeda, if this story turns out
to be true - a big if, given the shaky sourcing to this point - then it would be
a rather embarrassing fiasco."
I hope that this story turns out to be false. I have supported the movement to work with the tribes against the terrorists in Iraq. While there are ways to continue to move forward if this story is accurate, it is a blow against the co-operation with the Iraqi tribes.
"Ouch for McCain. Obama came out with some campaign ads today that are
quite nice. In the first, entitled 'Carry,' two Illinois state politicians
praise Obama. The first is Republican state Senator Kirk Dillard."
An interesting twist in this race, to see a supporter cross ranks from a republican candidate to supporting a democratic candidate. I think that both Obama and McCain are slipping in the race though, so this persons support might not mean much to either one of them.
"Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat whose district includes the World Trade Center
site, called the hearing after years of criticizing federal officials for what
he says was a negligent and incomplete cleanup after the Sept. 11, 2001,
He opened the session by saying the Bush administration 'has
continued to make false, misleading and inaccurate statements, and refused to
take remedial actions, even in the face of overwhelming evidence.'
the main focus of much of that criticism, called such allegations
'misinformation, innuendo and downright falsehoods.'
She has insisted for
years that her statements that the 'air is safe' were aimed at those living and
working near ground zero, not those who actually toiled on the toxic pile. Her
agency, she has said, repeatedly warned that rescue and recovery workers needed
to wear protective gear."
Do we really need another scandal, I am so over this habit of one party attacking the other with petty scandals. I think the democracy is sinking and the two parties are fighting over who is going to pay their shared bar tab.
As for this example, we were faced with an attack the nature of which had never happened before, mistakes were made. Why does everything have to be turned into something criminal. What would be the motivation of the administration to lie to the public on this. You think the administration wanted for people to get sick and die from exposure to these elements?
"Beaming for the cameras, Paris Hilton walked out of jail Tuesday morning after
serving what she has called a life-changing sentence for violating probation in
an alcohol-related driving case.
Shortly after midnight, a smiling
Hilton – her hair in a long ponytail and wearing an olive jacket, white shirt
and jeans – was escorted by deputies out of the jail complex's door. She waved
to a crowd of nearly 200 reporters, photographers and others, and walked up to a
waiting Escalade carrying her parents. "
Now we begin to see if she is going to change her life as she has said, or if she is going to go back to the clubs and the parties of her pre-jail life.
Great coverage of the events of the night.
"Apparently all the chaos has gotten to her a little - she even forgot the
lyrics to Candy in the middle of a performance last week and had to read them
from her BlackBerry. Now that her album has dropped and her movie comes out next
week, hopefully Mandy can finally take a rest and recuperate!"
Who knew that you could use your BlackBerry as a teleprompter.
"'I talk to her every day,' Dina Lohan told PEOPLE in New York on Monday. 'She's
going to do Promises' extended care program.'
The program, according to
Promises' Web site, is designed to help people 'make the transition from
residential alcohol or drug rehab treatment back into their community.' It
includes a 12-step program and group therapy. "
It looks like another fact pointing to the seriousness of which Lindsay is planning on taking the change in her life. She can turn her life around, and turn herself into a real star, she could be the next Drew Barrymore.
"“They just recently broke up. It’s totally and completely over,” a
source in Witherspoon’s circle tells PEOPLE.
“Reese was the one who had to
do it,” says the source. “She just got out of a divorce and was so concerned
with her family, she just didn’t have the time for him and he really demanded
When you get out of a marriage, you don't want to settle down right away, you need to take time for yourself. Reese has kids, which means that not only does she have to take care of herself before she can get into a serious relationship, she has to think about her kids. This news really shouldn't be a shock to anyone.
"'Hey look, Cameron, there are a bunch of people you're offending right this
very second. Do you see that little old lady with the shawl and the cane? The
one carrying her grandson in a papoose on her back? I think she's crying.'
Cameron Diaz may be used to offending entire movie theaters with her
acting style (ho ho), but Friday she took on a bigger challenge: pissing off an
entire country.'Hey look, Cameron, there are a bunch of people you're offending
right this very second. Do you see that little old lady with the shawl and the
cane? The one carrying her grandson in a papoose on her back? I think she's
Cameron Diaz may be used to offending entire movie theaters
with her acting style (ho ho), but Friday she took on a bigger challenge:
pissing off an entire country."
This is really silly. The story is that while she was in Peru, she had a hand bag with a red star and Chinese writing on it. It offended the people of Peru, who had a similar movement to Maoist China, that set off a devastating civil war. It was a simple mistake.
"'They wanted it. For them it was ratings. For me it was respect. I'm
fortunately at a point in my life where I can choose what I want, and this was
solely my decision. But I must tell you how classy ABC was. They didn't try to
force me or say they'd place it on 'Nightline,' or give it to someone else to do
or any of the things they could have done. They respected my decision and walked
Yeah I don't buy it. I think I smell some sour grapes. Well who wanted to get all the ratings by interviewing that tart anyways. Who cares about bringing in more viewers by having that slut on the show. We never really cared about that bimbo anyways, we just talked about her and her phone calls because we were bored.
"The World War II drama focuses on a plan to assassinate Adolph Hitler, but
despite the German theme,the crew will not be able to film on German bases.
While they have not received official requests on the project, Harald
Kammerbauer, a Defense Ministry spokesman told Reuters, Cruise's faith is behind
their decision to refuse to allow filming in the locales."
Sounds like someone over there is Germany doesn't think it would be a good idea to have members of a cult hanging around their military bases. It could of course be, that they know that the movie can't go forward without Tom. It wouldn't be a reach to suggest that a new movie about the horrors of the second world war, one that focuses on a back stabbing German general, wouldn't strike their favor.