Thursday, September 30, 2010

Doing the job that Americans won't do.

From Michelle

California Sen. Barbara Boxer recruiting day labor non-English speakers to protest her opponent Carly Fiorina. 

Time for Mexico to step up.

By Diane Macedo
Published September 29, 2010  Fox

A coalition of Mexican mayors has asked the United States to stop deporting illegal immigrants who have been convicted of serious crimes in the U.S. to Mexican border cities, saying the deportations are contributing to Mexican border violence.

Those criminal deportees, he said, have contributed to the violence in Juarez, which has reported more than 2,200 murders this year. Reyes and the other Mexican mayors said that when the U.S. deports criminals back to Mexico, it should fly them to their hometowns, not just bus them to the border.

It's time that Mexico steps up to the plate and takes responsibility for their own miscreants.  Why should we have to pay to apprehend, try, imprison and transport them to their hometown.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

If anyone gives a darn, here is a couple of videos of Steven Corbert's testimony before congress on migrant farm workers.  His satirical wit is mostly lost on this committee and for good reason because he's not that funny.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Obama Care Blow Back.

From the L.A. Times.
By Duke Helfand

"Major health insurance companies in California and other states have decided to stop selling policies for children rather than comply with a new federal healthcare law that bars them from rejecting youngsters with preexisting medical conditions.

Anthem Blue Cross, Aetna Inc. and others will halt new child-only policies in California, Illinois, Florida, Connecticut and elsewhere as early as Thursday when provisions of the nation's new healthcare law take effect, including a requirement that insurers cover children under age 19 regardless of their health histories."


Sunday, September 19, 2010

Welcome to Gitmo Nation

WICD ABC NEWSCHANNEL 15 - Top Stories Videos


This video is remarkable.  The people in this video actually feel blessed that they are fitted with an electronic bracelet rather than being in jail.  That might seem appropriate if it weren't for the fact that the ones interviewed were actually first time traffic offenders.  One even seems to happily say that instead of being in jail she is allowed to pay them to stay home.
Officers are even shown rummaging through one ladies apartment on a home visit to check up on the bracelet enforcement.
Perhaps one reason the jails are so full is that they deem it necessary to imprison first time offenders.
Celebrities sporting Gitmo Jewelry and now it will be all the rage.

Friday, September 17, 2010

The Art Of Wasting Money.

STEEL WORK | $100,000 sculpture adorns city’s new bridge

By Mark Baker

The Register-Guard

Appeared in print: Friday, Sep 10, 2010

It’s 30 feet tall and made of seven red metal poles — jutting toward the sky at different angles — that support a shimmering net of stainless steel cables and reflective disks.

It’s Eugene’s latest public sculpture.

But what, if anything, does it represent?

“That’s part of the attraction — what the hell is that thing?” said Tim Smith, a member of the city of Eugene’s public art committee, who served on the selection committee for the above referenced piece, titled “Bountiful” by its creator, Dexter artist Lee Imonen.

The $100,000 art project, intended to honor Native American net and weir fishing in the Northwest and part of the city’s new $5.6 million Delta Ponds pedestrian and bicycle bridge, was paid for with federal stimulus money.

The city received $1.2 million in stimulus money to help pay for the bridge that crosses Delta Highway just north of Valley River Center. But when bids for the bridge came back much lower than initially estimated, the city was faced with having to hand back to the federal government some of the earmarked stimulus money, according to city civil engineer Michelle Cahill. Instead of returning a portion of the funds, the city decided to look at adding elements it previously had thought it could not afford for the project.

Although the city has an ordinance requiring that 1 percent of costs for public construction projects be allocated for art, it does not apply to transportation-related projects, said Isaac Marquez, the city’s public art program manager.

So art was not initially considered for the Delta Ponds bridge project that is scheduled to open for use in November and will be publicly dedicated by city officials Saturday, he said.

Faced with having to send some of the stimulus money back, the city decided to apply to the federal government to use the excess stimulus money for a sculpture, an island crossing for pedestrians and bicyclists on Goodpasture Island Road, better lighting for the bridge, and powder-coated railings, according to Cahill.

Let me get this right.  The money strapped City of Eugene not only builds a bike-pedestrian bridge for $5.6 million that we don't need but also wastes $100,000 on this piece of crap that they don't have to because they don't want to give back any of the "stimulus"money from the feds.  Believe me the next time the City cries poor mouth this issue will come up.

I Know That I Can Sleep Better Tonight. How About You?

U.S. names Asian carp czar.

The White House has tapped a former leader of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Indiana Wildlife Federation as the Asian carp czar to oversee the federal response to keeping the invasive species out of the Great Lakes.

On a conference call today with Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin and other congressional leaders, President Obama's Council on Environmental Quality announced the selection of John Goss to lead the near $80 million, multi-pronged federal attack against Asian carp.

The challenge for Goss, who was director of the Indiana DNR under two governors and served for four years as the executive director of the Indiana National Wildlife Federation, will be to make sure millions in federal money is spent efficiently, to oversee several on-going studies -- including one looking into the possibility of permanently shutting down the Chicago waterway system linking Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River--and to bring together Great Lakes states currently locked in a courtroom battle over the response to the Asian carp threat.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

First Tasers, Now Microwaves, What's Next.

From the

CASTAIC - A high-tech ray gun built for the military that fires an invisible heat beam capable of causing unbearable pain will be tested on unruly inmates in the sheriff's detention facility in Castaic, officials said Friday at an unveiling event.

The "Assault Intervention System" (AIS) developed by the Raytheon Co., could give the Sheriff's Department "another tool" to quell disturbances at a 65-inmate dormitory at the Pitchess Detention Center's North County Correctional Facility, said Cmdr. Bob Osborne, head of the technology exploration branch of the sheriff's Department of Homeland Security Division.

AIS fires a directed beam of invisible "millimeter waves" that cause an unbearable burning sensation by penetrating 1/64 of an inch into the skin, where pain receptors are located, said Mike Booen, Raytheon's vice president of advanced security and directed energy systems.

"That's our vision," said Booen. "We want to get to the point where it is a hand-held device."

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Time Editor "Sad"

The editor of Time Magazine is sad that the Israeli wall is working. It's working to keep out car bombers and those destined to kill Israelis.
It's sad that the elites of this world see more value in hypothetical "diversity" than they do in the individual's right to self defense and self determination.
It's easy for them to demand that we put up with destructive and inhumane conditions while they spend their time in gated secure luxury.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

A Sign Of The Times

From Dvorak Blog

By Jerry Seper and Matthew Cella
The Washington Times

8:58 p.m., Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The federal government has posted signs along a major interstate highway in Arizona, more than 100 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, warning travelers the area is unsafe because of drug and alien smugglers, and a local sheriff says Mexican drug cartels now control some parts of the state.

The signs were posted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) along a 60-mile stretch of Interstate 8 between Casa Grande and Gila Bend, a major east-west corridor linking Tucson and Phoenix with San Diego.

The head of Homeland Security recently is quoted as saying the borders are safer now than ever before. These signs seem to say otherwise.