"We have staked the whole of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God." James Madison

Sunday, April 30, 2006

2nd post while away for the weekend.

Whenever I travel, I always forget to pack something and this weekend is no different. So last night jumping into the smoke laden rental car I got from AVIS... I headed to the drug store to pick up the forgotten toiletries.

Waiting to check out, I noticed the lady ahead of me had a difficult time speaking english (of latin descent I believe) and was trying to purchase some over-the-counter alergy medicine. Evidently, In California anyway, if purchasing certain meds now, an ID is required for tracability (I didn't know that until last night). Well she didn't have a driver's license so she couldn't buy those particlar drugs. No problem. But when I noticed she paid for the rest of her $40.00 purchase, she used a credit card/check card. Hmmm. If she didn't have a driver's/ Id, how could she get a check card/visa I wondered to myself? Well, I said, it's not against the law to shop in our country.

No worries, I paid for my few items and headed back to my stinky, filthy rental car I got from AVIS (did I already say that?), and guess what I saw... My latino line-mate getting into her car and driving away. Did I mention she didn't have a License?) And Did I also mention that on the back of my credit card where the signature goes I wrote 'Check ID'? It didn't happen at that store... Longs Drugs by the way.

My point is this... The majority of American Citizens still don't see the threat to the American dream. Futher, those that do are reluctant to step up, and protect what little freedom we still have.

Teen Challenge

This weekend, I'm in the Bay Area to a couple of charities. Both are great causes, but one in particular is special to me. It is for an organization called Teen Challenge. Though the name leads you to believe it is for kids, trust me when I say this program affects far more people than just teens.

They are a substance abuse program that is international in scope (worked for them in Okinawa in 79-82), and have been identified as THE BEST program by Northwestern University.

Please visit their web site, and review the findings of the study done by Northwestern U.
These guys affect our nation and the world in the best positive way.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Measuring the Fallout (Cost of the 1986 amnesty after ten years)

This article was written 9 years ago, almost 10 after the first amnesty. This post is only the summary. Please click on the link for the full article.

Center for Immigration Studies ^ May 1997 David Simcox


The federal government began legalizing almost three million illegal aliens 10 years ago, on May 5, 1987, wary of the fiscal liabilities of opening more public assistance programs to a population with high needs and low taxpaying power.

To ease the burden on the states, Washington closed some programs to the newly legalized for five years and reimbursed the states nearly $3.5 billion for some of their aid costs.

Was the concern of Congress, the White House, and many state and local leaders justified? A review of the evidence a decade later confirms that legalization indeed carried a high fiscal price tag — a total 10-year cost of $78.7 billion — with the indirect and downstream costs still accumulating. In the ten-year period ending in 1996, the amnestied population:

  • Accounted for an estimated $102.1 billion costs in current dollars in twenty federal, state, and local assistance programs and services.
  • Paid total taxes of $78 billion, for a ten-year fiscal deficit of $24 billion in the public assistance and services portion of the budget.

These are estimates of the direct costs only. There were, and will continue to be, significant indirect costs associated with the legalization of 2.7 million persons:

  • Job Displacement: About 1.66 million legalized workers, 70 percent of them unskilled, displaced an average of 187,000 citizen and settled immigrant workers from jobs each year. Costs of public assistance to those displaced totaled $9.9 billion for the decade.
  • Citizen Children: Women in the legalized population had an estimated 1.25 million U.S. citizen children between 1970 and 1996. Public education and three major public assistance programs to citizen children 18 and under amounted to $36.1 billion in the decade since amnesty.
  • School Costs of Undocumented Children: Remaining in the households of legalized population, or joining them subsequently were some 400,000 illegal immigrants by 1996, up from 177,000 in 1987. Costs of providing public schooling for them was $8.56 billion.
  • Five-Year Prospective Education Costs: Public education costs for U.S. citizen children of legalized aliens are projected to claim an additional $29.4 billion in the five years from 1997 to 2001, mostly from state and local budgets.
  • Total direct and associated indirect costs of the legalized population after taxes reached $78.7 billion in current dollars for the decade.

Large numbers of the legalized began to naturalize starting in 1995. According to the U.S. commission on Immigration Reform, 1.4 million spouses, children, and parents of amnestied aliens now on immigration waiting lists, will gain immediate entry as relatives of citizens. The costs of public education for the young people of this population and medical care and income support for the 900,000 aging parents is expected to be formidable.

The Government is telling us that these 'workers' are necessary for our economy. But, how can any American Citizen with an understanding of a few simple facts assume that granting amnesty to 11 million people can be anything other than an exponentially worse decision than in 1986?

Immigrant boycott aims to "close" US cities

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pro-immigration activists say a nationwide boycott and marches planned for May 1 will flood Americas's streets with millions of Latinos to demand amnesty for illegal immigrants and shake the ground under Congress as it tackles reform.

But while such a massive turnout could make for the largest protests since the civil rights era of the 1960s, not all Latinos, nor their leaders, were comfortable with such militancy -- fearing a backlash in Middle America.

"There will be 2 to 3 million people hitting the streets in Los Angeles alone. We're going to close down Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Tucson, Phoenix, Fresno," said Jorge Rodriguez, a union official who helped organize earlier rallies credited with rattling Congress as it debates the issue.

Immigration has split Congress, the Republican Party and public opinion. Conservatives want the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants to be classified as felons and a fence built along the Mexican border.

Others, including President George W. Bush, want a guest worker program and a path to citizenship. Most agree some reform is needed to stem the flow of poor to the world's biggest economy.

"We want full amnesty, full legalization for anybody who is here (illegally)," Rodriguez said. "That is the message that is going to be played out across the country on May 1.

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Comments from TexasFred-

"We want full amnesty, full legalization for anybody who is here (illegally)," Rodriguez said. "That is the message that is going to be played out across the country on May 1."

And so it goes... Want in one hand and SPIT in the other...

If our politicians and lawmakers want to keep their jobs, they'd better remember THIS: there's a hell of a lot more than 12 million AMERICANS that ARE here legally, and we VOTE...

Short of taking to the street and engaging in ARMED confrontation, the voting booth is our ONLY option, but something else the politicians had better consider, there are MANY Americans, right now, that are armed and ready, this nation is on the verge of open hostilities, armed conflict committed by our CITIZENS against ILLEGAL INVADERS, and I can't say that this is at all an unimaginable option to be honest about it...

IF the PRESIDENT of the USA would do his job, instead of kissing every Mexican ass he can find, this could ALL be avoided...

Close the border, deport the ILLEGAL INVADERS and restore order to this nation... Wake up President Bush, YOU are personally destroying the southwestern United States with YOUR inaction and incompetent administration of this nation...

Bush had better decide which side of this fight he's on, because at the moment, it appears he's damn sure on the side of the Mexicans and IF the voters of the USA have ANY sense at all, we will vote OUT any politician that supports Bush on this amnesty debacle, no matter WHICH party they belong to...

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Cross Posted and/or Trackbacked with:Freedom Watch - Border Control

"Any single man must judge for himself whether circumstances warrant obedience or resistance to the commands of the civil magistrate; we are all qualified, entitled, and morally obliged to evaluate the conduct of our rulers. This political judgment, moreover, is not simply or primarily a right, but like self-preservation, a duty to God. As such it is a judgment that men cannot part with according to the God of Nature. It is the first and foremost of our inalienable rights without which we can preserve no other." —John Locke

Thank You JJ, Guidons, and the rest of our Military

Last week, while traveling to Chicago on business, I noticed a Marine Sergeant traveling with a folded flag, but I did not put two and two together.

After we'd boarded our flight, I turned to the sergeant, who'd been invited to sit in First Class (and was seated across the aisle from me), and inquired if he was heading home.

"No," he responded.

"Heading out?" I asked.

"No. I'm escorting a Marine home."

"Going to pick him up?"

"No. He is with me right now. He was killed in Iraq. I am taking him home to his family."

The realization of what he had been asked to do hit me like a punch to the gut.
It was an honor for him.
He told me that, although he didn't know the Marine, he had delivered
the news of his passing to the Marine's family and felt as if he did know
them after so many conversations in so few days.

I turned back to him, extended my hand, and said, "Thank you ". Thank you for doing what you do so my family and I can do what we do."

Upon landing in Chicago, the pilot stopped short of the gate and made the following announcement over the intercom.

"Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to note that we have had the honor
of having Sergeant Steeley of the United States Marine Corps join us on
this flight. He is escorting a fallen comrade back home to his family.
I ask that your please remain in your seats when we open the forward
door [so as to] allow Sergeant Steeley to deplane and receive his fellow soldier
We will then turn off the seat belt sign."

Without a sound, all went as requested.
I noticed the sergeant saluting the casket as it was brought off the plane,
and his action made me realize two things:
I am proud to be an American, and I will continue to fly on American Airlines
because it respects what our soldiers do every day.
So here's a public thank-you to our military for doing what you do so we can live the way we do.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Gotta Be California

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Another Interesting Blog, even though she too, is from SoCal (not that being from So Cal is necessarily a bad thing)

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Found another good blog to peruse... Check it out

Friday, April 21, 2006

Pictures from Iraq that are too shocking and graphic for the mainstream media to carry:

Any Questions?

Retired Border Patrolman Writes Open Letter to Sen. Bill Frist

This letter sent to Senator Frist from a retired border patrol agent who has more common sense than all the bull being spewed from the Senate, with the exception of a few sensible representatives.

Dear Senator Frist:

There is a huge amount of propaganda and myths circulating about illegal aliens, particularly illegal Mexican, Salvadorian, Guatemalan and Honduran aliens.

1. Illegal aliens generally do NOT want U.S. citizenship. Americans are very vain thinking that everybody in the world wants to be a U.S. citizen. Mexicans, and other nationalities want to remain citizens of their home countries while obtaining the benefits offered by the United States such as employment, medical care, in-state tuition, government subsidized housing and free education for their offspring. Their main attraction is employment and their loyalty usually remains at home. They want benefits earned and subsidized by middle class Americans. What illegal aliens want are benefits of American residence without paying the price.

2. There are no jobs that Americans won't do. Illegal aliens are doing jobs that Americans can't take and still support their families. Illegal aliens take low wage jobs, live dozens in a single residence home, share expenses and send money to their home country. There are no jobs that Americans won't do for a decent wage.

3. Every person who illegally entered this nation left a home. They are NOT homeless and they are NOT Americans. Some left jobs in their home countries. They come to send money to their real home as evidenced by the more than 20 billion dollars sent out of the country each year by illegal aliens. These illegal aliens knowingly and willfully entered this nation in violation of the law and therefore assumed the risk of detection and deportation. Those who brought their alien children assumed the responsibility and risk on behalf of their children.

4. Illegal aliens are NOT critical to the economy. Illegal aliens constitute less than 5% of the workforce. However, they reduce wages and benefits for lawful U.S. residents.

5. This is NOT an immigrant nation. There are 280 million native born Americans. While it is true that this nation was settled and founded by immigrants (legal immigrants), it is also true that there is not a nation on this planet that was not settled by immigrants at one time or another.

6. The United States is welcoming to legal immigrants. Illegal aliens are not immigrants by definition. The U.S. accepts more lawful immigrants every year than the rest of the world combined.

7. There is no such thing as the "Hispanic vote". Hispanics are white, brown, black and every shade in between. Hispanics are Republicans, Democrats, Anarchists, Communists, Marxists and Independents. The so-called "Hispanic vote" is a myth. Pandering to illegal aliens to get the Hispanic vote is a dead end.

8. Mexico is NOT a friend of the United States. Since 1848 Mexicans have resented the United States. During World War I Mexico allowed German Spies to operate freely in Mexico to spy on the U.S. During World War II Mexico allowed the Axis powers to spy on the U.S. from Mexico. During the Cold War Mexico allowed spies hostile to the U.S. to operate freely. The attack on the Twin Towers in 2001 was cheered and applauded all across Mexico. Today Mexican school children are taught that the U.S. stole California, Arizona, new Mexico and Texas. If you don't believe it, check out some Mexican textbooks written for their schoolchildren.

9. Although some illegal aliens enter this country for a better life, there are 6 billion people on this planet. At least 1 billion of those live on less than one dollar a day. If wanting a better life is a valid excuse to break the law and sneak into America, then let's allow those one billion to come to America and we'll turn the USA into a Third World nation overnight. Besides, there are 280 million native born Americans who want a better life. I'll bet Bill Gates and Donald Trump want a better life. When will the USA lifeboat be full? Since when is wanting a better life a good reason to trash another nation?

10. There is a labor shortage in this country. This is a lie. There are hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of American housewives, senior citizens, students, unemployed and underemployed who would gladly take jobs at a decent wage.

11. It is racist to want secure borders. What is racist about wanting secure borders and a secure America? What is racist about not wanting people to sneak into America and steal benefits we have set aside for legal aliens, senior citizens, children and other legal residents? What is it about race that entitles people to violate our laws, steal identities, and take the American Dream without paying the price?

For about four decades American politicians have refused to secure our borders and look after the welfare of middle class Americans. These politicians have been of both parties. A huge debt to American society has resulted. This debt will be satisfied and the interest will be high. There has already been riots in the streets by illegal aliens and their supporters. There will be more. You, as a politician, have a choice to offend the illegal aliens who have stolen into this country and demanded the rights afforded to U.S. citizens or to offend those of us who are stakeholders in this country. The interest will be steep either way. There will be civil unrest. There will be a reckoning. Do you have the courage to do what is right for America? Or, will you bow to the wants and needs of those who don't even have the right to remain here?

There will be a reckoning. It will come in November of this year, again in 2008 and yet again in 2010.

We will not allow America to be stolen by third world agitators and thieves.

David J. Stoddard
U.S. Border Patrol (RET)
Hereford, Arizona


Thursday, April 20, 2006

Gladiator American Style

This is good. To the left, to the right, it doesn't matter.


Jarhead John was quick to point out these picts are mostly of army dog faces...

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

UCSC Student Protestors run off MilitaryRecruiters

Student (thug) protestors decided to chase active duty recruiters away from a biannual job fair;

What's even more outrageous, is after Michelle Malkin posted about the goings on, she was showered with the crudest and vicious emails I've ever read. She was kind enough to post them with email addresses.

Free speech should not be threatening, and as far as I'm concerned, UCSC should not be a State University anymore, should not receive any bank from the federal government, the chancellor terminated for allowing a riot to be incited, and the students and teachers associated with these activities arrested and charged with sedition. And as an added bonus, send the criminals to a military prison to serve their time.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Love is an action, not an emotion

I had planned to post this morning on something completely different, but felt compelled to address a specific question that was asked of Jesus: 'What is The Greatest Commandment'.

Reference: Matthew 22 (New International Version)

34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question:
36 "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" 37 Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."

So, the question that pops into mind is 'what is Love and how do we Love?'

An example provided by Jesus is found in Matthew a couple of chapters later:

Matthew 25 (New International Version)

31 "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 "Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'
37 "Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'
40 "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'
41 "Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.'
44 "They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?'
45 "He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'
46 "Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."

I believe what can be deduced from this is that 'Love' is a behavior that should be acted upon, wether one "feels" like it or not. Feelings or emotions are a bi-product of a behavior, not the other way around. Further said, waiting until we 'feel' like doing something is putting the cart before the horse.

See the need, Fill the need.


Sunday, April 16, 2006

Rumsfeld Should Stay

It has been said recently that Rumsfeld needs to hit the road of retirement running. Criticism has abounded, especially from six individual Generals that have also retired.But as I stated to a good friend who thinks Rummy should go, there are many routes to the doughnut shop. My way may be different than another's, but if, in the end I get my cream filled maple bar, then the goal was achieved. Rummy's driving right now and doing a fine job, and he's listening to the right people. So as long as he doesn't crash this ‘pie wagon’, I'm ok with him. Besides, I'm guessing there are a lot more factors involved than these 6 Stars have knowledge of, and to criticize the Sec Def in the MSM during a time of war brings their motives into question in my eyes. What's up with that anyway!?

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Another post from roses

An earlier but equally interesting post from A rose by any other name:

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Interesting blog post

I enjoy visiting other blogs because I have the pleasure of reading some well thought out posts. I found a new one for me this evening, and recommend a visit or two. Here is a link to 'a rose by any other name', and the correct link to families unit mission that is referenced in her post.

Well done Anna.

It's time to stand up and be counted

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." --Samuel Adams

Monday, April 10, 2006

Go home Cynthia

Star Parker nails Cynthia Mc Kinney on the head with this article.

Time for Cynthia McKinney to go home by Star Parker - Apr 10, 2006

It really is time for the whackie racer to hit the road. We as a nation have more than enough to rangel about without having to relive the sixties again. Go home Cynthia, but please, do us a second favor and don't reproduce.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Mr. President, I'm headed to Mexico

I read this and had to post it.
Thanks to Mr. Bresnahan for granting me permission to post this article on my blog.
Mr. President, I'm Headed to Mexico
Tongue-in-cheek Commentary by David M. Bresnahan
Dear President Bush:
I'm about to plan a little trip with my family and extended family, and I would like to ask you to assist me. I'm going to walk across the border from the U.S. into Mexico, and I need to make a few arrangements. I know you can help with this.
I plan to skip all the legal stuff like visas, passports, immigration quotas and laws. I'm sure they handle those things the same way you do here.
So, would you mind telling your buddy, President Vicente Fox, that I'm on my way over? Please let him know that I will be expecting the following:
1. Free medical care for my entire family. 2. English-speaking government bureaucrats for all services I might need, whether I use them or not. 3. All government forms need to be printed in English. 4. I want my kids to be taught by English-speaking teachers. 5. Schools need to include classes on American culture and history. 6. I want my kids to see the American flag flying on the top of the flag pole at their school with the Mexican flag flying lower down. 7. Please plan to feed my kids at school for both breakfast and lunch. 8. I will need a local Mexican driver's license so I can get easy access to government services. 9. I do not plan to have any car insurance, and I won't make any effort to learn local traffic laws. 10. In case one of the Mexican police officers does not get the memo from Pres. Fox to leave me alone, please be sure that all police officers speak English. 11. I plan to fly the U.S. flag from my house top, put flag decals on my car, and have a gigantic celebration on July 4th. I do not want any complaints or negative comments from the locals. 12. I would also like to have a nice job without paying any taxes, and don’t enforce any labor laws or tax laws. 13. Please tell all the people in the country to be extremely nice and never say a critical word about me, or about the strain I might place on the economy.
I know this is an easy request because you already do all these things for all the people who come to the U.S. from Mexico. I am sure that Pres. Fox won't mind returning the favor if you ask him nicely.
However, if he gives you any trouble, just invite him to go quail hunting with your V.P.
Thank you so much for your kind help.
David M. Bresnahan
© 2006 David M. Bresnahan - All Rights Reserved

Due Credit

Thanks, TexasFred for the work on my blog. I am definetely code challenged

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Vernon Robinson for Congress

Here is another Black candidate running for office. He is clever and conservative and I believe deserves our support. The left hates him which provides us just a little more incentive to support him.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Protestors from South of the Border

Today, our friends from south of the border announced that they're going to protest in our Country:

"Immigration rights organizers today will call for a nationwide boycott of work, school and shopping on May 1 to protest congressional efforts to clamp down on illegal aliens as part of pending immigration-reform legislation. The "Great American Boycott of 2006" is only one in a series of large-scale events the protesters hope will sway lawmakers to put millions of illegal aliens on track toward permanent residency and U.S. citizenship."

I think this is a wonderful idea. The biggest complaint about removing the 'Undocumented Imigrants' from the U.S. is that there are so many, we are unable to find and identify them... So, what better opportunity than this?

Calling all Imigration Officers: All vacations are postponed until further notice.

I'd call this a 'gimme', thank you very much!