Friday, March 31, 2006

Government Mandates on MPG

The administration is planning on mandating MPG. The rules look to be targeted at trucks and SUVs--the heaviest and most powerful vehicles.

When the government gets involved with telling us what our vehicles' gas mileages must be, they infringe upon our freedom to choose. It goes against the core of capitalism. It should let the market dictate the MPG per vehicles.

Prayer Doesn't Affect Heart Patients?

Researchers from the Harvard Medical School, funded by the Templeton Foundation, which supports research into science and religion, found that having people pray for heart bypass surgery patients had no effect on their recovery.

Really? How does one measure this scientifically? I question the premise of and the ability to measure the effectiveness of having a group of people who do not know the patients devote meaningful prayer for successful surgeries, recoveries and no complications.

I have seen the power of prayer. I know it works. I have also seen prayers not answered in the manner the individual desired? How does one factor in divine will?

Faith is something that is not seen but it real (Alma 32:21). Faith is a very difficult thing to measure, if it even can.

Hezbollah & Mexican Smuggling Operation

The FBI busted Hezbollah in a Mexican smuggling operation. Mueller told a House Appropriations subcommittee that Hezbollah had succeeded in smuggling some of its operatives across the border. How many other terrorist smuggling operations have been missed?

Take Bribes but be Fair

Take bribes but be fair, Nigerian referees told. I guess it depends on how one defines "bribe".

Thursday, March 30, 2006

12 Words for the GOP

Hugh Hewitt's latest book, Painting the Map Red, which I just bought and started reading, can be summarized in his 12 word plea to the GOP:

Win the war. Confirm the judges. Cut the taxes. Control the spending.

Anything less will be a Democratic victory in November 06.

Hamas Tried Democracy

A couple of decades ago, I read a book called German Tried Democracy. I bought it off a library-for-sale table for 25 cents. It discussed the political situation in Germany between WWI and WWII, in which Germany did try democracy. The Nazi Party did win an election. Surprising, their resulting democracy kind of fell apart along the way.

HAMAS is not all that different.

Given the PLO's abysmal track record, it only made sense that the Palestinians would elect the other guys--HAMAS

HAMAS vowed to keep fighting Israel as the militant group's government began work today, ignoring western isolation that has brought the Palestinian Authority to the brink of financial collapse.

At least we know where they stand. One cannot be too optimistic given this posture.

It will be interesting to see how many other countries besides Israel and Canada pull funding for that part of Palestine.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Rep Boehner On Security Agenda

As a die-hard Buckeye, here's a position of strength...

House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement on the "security" agenda offered by Democrat leaders Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Harry Reid (D-NV):

"The Democrats' years of negligence in addressing the real safety and security needs of the American people provide a very clear choice between Republicans and Democrats on security issues.

"While Democrats have openly advocated cutting and running from our efforts to support democracy in Iraq, Republicans continue to build upon our strong record on national security by funding our troops fighting terror around the world and supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

"While Democrats seem more interested in protecting the rights of terrorists than the American people, Republicans passed the PATRIOT Act to give law enforcement the tools necessary to combat terrorism, protect our citizens, and secure our communities.

"While Democrats focus more on protecting the rights of illegal immigrants than enforcing our immigration laws, Republicans have voted to secure our borders, give law enforcement new tools to enforce our immigration laws, and help prevent terrorist and criminal aliens from moving freely throughout our society.

"The Democrats, led by Nancy Pelosi, opposed the Patriot Act, opposed REAL ID legislation, and opposed efforts to strengthen and secure our borders. And they remain unable and unwilling to articulate a cohesive strategy for supporting our troops and winning the War on Terror.

"When it comes to national security, their answer is the same as it is for everything else: no. A media stunt will not eclipse their record of obfuscation and neglect on national and border security."

The Age of Profanity

Nearly three-quarters of Americans questioned last week - 74 percent - said they encounter profanity in public frequently or occasionally, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll. Two-thirds said they think people swear more than they did 20 years ago. And as for, well, the gold standard of foul words, a healthy 64 percent said they use the F-word - ranging from several times a day (8 percent) to a few times a year (15 percent).

I am lucky. I work in a place where no one uses foul language. I live in a neighborhood where crude language is not tolerated. I rarely hear it in my professional travels and business meetings. I have never heard my children or spouse swear out loud.

Thanks goodness I am a member of the remaining 26%.

Politics of Immigration

Whenever I see thousands of protestors gathering at the drop of the hat, I know this is not a grassroots effort. It is only a matter of time before we find out that some polical organization is behind the gathering.

The immigration protests of this week were organized in part by the Spanish speaking media. Shocking. Made for TV.

The level of stupidity demonstrated by the demonstrators is troubling. Going to a demonstration in America asking for rights for law breakers while waving the flag of their home country (not the USA) is not something these people have really thought through.

We have a group of people who are trying to bring their motherland to America. They have no understanding of American history. What America offers them. They do not know what it truely means to be an American.

The same problem exists in France, and who wants to be like France. I am not a xenophobe. I actually enjoy visiting France. I worked for a French company for 4 years. I just do not like their form of government.

The U.S. polititians are, well politicians. It never dawns on them to just enforce the laws on the books--to fund the programs. They think they need to make new laws. None of the major players really address the problem--President Bush, the House, the Senate, even within parties. I don't think they even agree on the problem definition.

The illegal immigration solution must address the following, IMHO:

- Build the fence and increase the border patrol.

- Deportation -- all criminals (arrested, no trial, deport), prison clearings; mass deporation is a non-starter.

- No amnesty -- legal immigrants through a legal process.

- No benefits -- free healthcare, free education, welfare, drivers licenses, voting rights.

- No work -- punishment of U.S. businesses that knowingly employ illegal aliens. Make work and immigration status look-up operational and enforcerment.

- English language.

- No birthright citizenship.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

The Envy of the U.S.

Bill Clinton, while speaking in London on 28 March, states "Britain’s economy, environmental policy and attempts at modernization were envied in the United States, where comparable policies under President George W. Bush were lacking."

Turning these self-proclaimed important people loose on foreign soil ensures they will attempt to placate the locals with some statement about how much better they are than us or if we could only do it the way they do.

England may be good for the English but not for me. I have visted there many times. I enjoy visiting. I'll do it again. I like the British, especially the Scots. I am a big fan of English and Scottish soccer. But the UK's best days are behind it. They rarely produce value and have little creativity. They are they envy of no advanced society.

Tony Blair has done some good things but to say that England or the UK is the envy the U.S, is only applicable to Bill Clinton and his cronies.

After its all said and done, Clinton was probably trying to impress some young British girl, hoping to lure her to his hotel room after hours. Once a snake, always a snake. Or he is still campaigning for the UN leadership.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Battle of Ideas

We have all heard the statements to the effect that America in 2006 could not fight and win WWII if it were occuring today. America's ability to wage an effective war is impacted by its freedom of the press.

What freedom of the press does not provide is a carte blanc license to produce unvalidated, incomplete, false and treasonous reporting. Unfortunately, this is the MSM's status quo.

Secretary Rumsfeld states we would get a D or D+ in the ideaological war against the Muslim extremists.

For each mistake the administration has made, the MSM has committed thousands, playing into the hands of the enemy. With friends like the NY Times, LA Times and major news networks, our enemies are able to inflect serious damage.

Because of our superior military--can't be beat onthe battlefield--the war of ideas (coupled with the enemy from within--MSM, etc.) will always be our biggest battleground.

Protest Immigration Bills

This past weekend, just before the the big hearings and debates begin at the elected offical levels, protests on possible immigration bill broke out in many larget US cities. LA, home to a large Latino polulation, mainly Mexicans who appear to be the most vocal protesters, had 1960's turnout (if the current anti-war crowd could be so lucky)

Who's against legal immigration? There are a few but by far, the majority are not against it.

Who's against illegal immigration? Most people...except the illegals themselves. And quite frankly, their opinions' do not count...and that's a key point.

The protesters feel they perform a valuable service for the U.S. What work at jobs at wages that most American's will not. It is not that Americans don't want to do the jobs, it is a question of pay. The illegal immigrants, hired illegally by American's and American firms, have taken advantage of lack of law enforcement. Who can blame them--everyone's doing it and if they don't take advantage of this cheap workforce, they cannot compete.

The "open border" contingency fail to see the cost to society, despite the low wages they work for and the lower costs associated with their labors. What about the costs directly associated with illegals but not paid by them: schools, healthcare and crime.

We want immigrants. We need immigrants. But we want it controlled.

The path to citizenship can only come through legal means.

Friday, March 24, 2006

MSM/Libs Vested in Iraq Failure

Good news to the main stream media and the liberals is bad news for the country.

When everything one does and says is against the military and the current administration, their only hope to save face it to see the USA, coalition forces and elected Iraqi representatives fail.

They want an Iraqi civil war. They want more soldiers and Iraqis in body bags. They want more road side bombings.

How do they spin the latest documents that tie the Saddam' Baathist party to terror meetings with al Qaeda?

The MSM/Libs are constructing an elaborate coffin. Every day they get further and further away from real American values and mindset, despite their best attempts to change these.

Steven Hayes is onto something...
http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/011/990ieqmb.asp?pg=1

Illegal Immigration Crisis

Congressmen/women may finally realize that their electability status will be impacted by how they address the illegal immigration crisis.

Illegal immigration is, well, illegal.

Birthright citizenship is not a policy or law for illegal immigrants.

Guest worker and temporary worker programs are amnesty programs.

Guest worker programs designed to encourage a large future flow of immigrants above the current level permitted by laws, destroy the value of our U.S. citizenship.

Illegal immigrants doing jobs legal citizens will not do is a fallacy.

Businesses who violate the law and hire illegals are at least 50% of the problem.

http://www.jbs.org/artman/publish/article_514.shtml

"Without A Trace" & Ford ... The End

Just like Hollywood and their political agenda for their movies, some in the TV world are following suite.

"Without A Trace", while not a bad show, has been removed from my watch list because they are following a political agenda.

If first hit me as wierd when an episode incorrectly portrayed Mormons as overly zealous kooks. Then I saw another eposide involving lesbians coming out and their passionate kissing. Shortly afterwards, I started reading about others sharing a similar opinion.

The producers and writers have an agenda. Instead of trying to produce good TV, they exploite their good ratings and pursue an "agenda".

Related to this is the Ford Motor Company. It was was an accomplice, using the show to support their pro-gay marriage stance. Kind of brave for a compnay on the edge of bankruptcy to pursue such a course. Are more people going to buy their cars because they are such modern social thinkers or will it turn off more people because of their in-your-face fringe interest?

For me and my family, "Without a Trace" is off and a Ford will never be found in the driveway--never has been and never will.

http://www.afa.net/ford0323.asp
http://www.boycottford.com/

Justice Ginsburg - A Real Wacko

Apparently Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg believes that 5 Supreme Court Justices can trump the Constitution, rewriting it as they deem prudent.

Speaking on friendly ground in South Africa, the ex-ACLU attorney feels that she and her allies can bring a more modern approach to the 18th Century document.

Article 5 of the Constitution authorizes two thirds of both houses of Congress to propose constitutional amendments and two thirds of state legislatures to convene constitutional conventions. The Founders intended to make it so difficult to actually perfect the Constitution that they required three fourths of the states to ratify any proposed amendment. Ginsburg thinks only 5 advanced thinkers are required.

The self-proclaimed elite in high positions... Thank goodness for the inspired Founders who could foresee this enemy within.

http://www.humaneventsonline.com/article.php?id=13417

Monday, March 13, 2006

Immigration

JAMES N. CLYMER
CHAIRMAN, CONSTITUTION PARTY NATIONAL COMMITTEE

Immigration reform is a hot topic in Washington these days, with President Bush, Senator John McCain, and Senator Pete Domenici, among others, proposing various pieces of legislation purportedly designed to solve America's illegal immigration crisis. Republicans Domenici and McCain have both introduced immigration reform legislation, while President Bush, in a January 7th speech, proposed sweeping new laws providing for millions of new immigrants to be hired for jobs that "American workers are not willing to take." While the President, unlike Senators McCain, Domenici, and many other Congressmen, claims to oppose amnesty for illegal aliens (or, in the politically correct parlance of Washington, "undocumented workers"), his policies amount to capitulation to a status quo that has allowed and even encouraged millions of illegal immigrants to live and work in the United States.

The Constitution Party has never opposed immigration per se; we recognize that enlightened immigration laws have allowed America to attract talent from all over the world. Most of us are descended from immigrants ourselves. But there is a false premise underlying all current immigration reform proposals that would in some way reward the millions of illegal aliens. This premise is that America's greatness is based ultimately on her ability to maintain a hard-working citizenry. Illegal immigrants, goes the argument, are simply taking jobs that Americans are unwilling to take. As the President put it, "some of the jobs being generated in America's growing economy are jobs American citizens are not filling."

The notion that worker productivity is the ultimate measure of a nation's greatness is an old socialist fallacy, reconditioned and revamped for a twenty-first century world being encouraged to worship without question at the altar of free trade. But in fact, people all over the world work extremely hard, as our own ancestors did in the various countries where they originated. The reason people come to America is not to work harder, but to enjoy more fully the fruits of their labor, in a comparatively open and free society where, in spite of the worsening burden of taxes and regulations, capital formation is still possible and risk coupled with hard work still yields rewards.

But why is it the case that the worker in Mexico, the Philippines, or India can work as hard as or harder than his American counterpart, yet seldom manages to accumulate any savings or acquire any reward except more work? The reason American workers are so much better off is that our laws historically, for all their failings, have generally protected private property and free enterprise, and punished graft, racketeering, extortion, and the like.

The basis of our prosperity, our system of free enterprise, is dependant on our remaining a nation of laws. No legal system can last long if laws are passed that encourage and reward illegal behavior or if laws that punish lawlessness aren't enforced.

But that is precisely what the sort of policies being proposed by Senator McCain, Senator Domenici, and President Bush will do. In the case of amnesty, does anyone seriously believe that granting amnesty to millions of illegals will not encourage millions more to sprint for our borders? It's already happening. The mere prospect of President Bush's "amnesty lite" proposal has resulted in an increase of thousands of illegal immigrants each month since it was first announced.

The President also promised to work with the leaders of other nations (read: Mexico) to encourage them to change policies that have driven their citizens to seek employment in the U.S. in the first place. In other words, we have no choice but to adapt to the consequences of government malfeasance in Mexico and elsewhere, and hope they change their ways eventually.

This is naive and foolish thinking. The more we accommodate illegal aliens, the less incentive we give to governments like Mexico's to change their corrupt ways.

It is not considered politically correct to say so, but the flood of illegal immigrants has brought many evils in its train, including a greater volume of drug smuggling, the trafficking in human beings destined to lives in unspeakable forms of bondage, and an epidemic of violent street gangs. The risk of terrorists infiltrating the United States via our porous southern border is very high. Lawlessness, it seems, encourages more lawlessness.

But what about those jobs that will supposedly go unfilled if illegals are not available to fill them? The primary reason that Americans are less willing to perform those jobs is that many employers prefer to pay much lower wages, and to require longer hours of work under appalling conditions, as long as they have a captive pool of illegal workers to hire. Moreover, the extraordinary levels of taxation and regulation imposed on American industry provide strong incentives to hire workers for whom employers need not assume the heavy costs of health plans, social security "matching contributions," and other crippling economic and bureaucratic burdens. If illegals were no longer available, wages and working conditions would quickly be bid up to reasonable levels, and pressure would mount for tax and regulatory relief, so that American industry could afford to pay American workers what they are worth.

What should be done? First and foremost - enforce the law! This means our borders need to be patrolled by much larger forces. This administration is making no serious effort to impede the tens of thousands crossing the border illegally each month. Rather than spreading our troops around the world, fighting battles that do not directly involve our security or our vital interests, we should be directing our troops to the border which is our soft underbelly for terrorist infiltration. A good deal of our military budget would be better allocated to pay for protecting our own homeland and borders instead of everybody else's.

Secondly, it means finding and deporting illegal aliens. We must send a message to Mexico and other miscreant regimes that exporting their problems to the United States will no longer be rewarded.

Thirdly, instead of revising our immigration laws to encourage more people to immigrate who may threaten our American culture, our stability and our form of government, Congress needs to reform and, in many case, abolish, the regime of taxes and regulations that penalize American industry for hiring legal workers.

While we may never live in a perfect world, we need to demand of our leaders that they stop ignoring the problem of illegal immigration, and that they take genuine corrective measures to remedy it. If we do not, our country and our laws will soon be completely overwhelmed, as law-abiding citizens become a minority in their own land.

http://www.constitutionparty.org/