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- Goethe, German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist, and Scientist (1749-1832)
Monthly Archives: January 2013
There are an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in America today. Where most families in America immigrated here playing by the rules, these people broke the rules and cut to the front of the line.
Even worse, you’ll see some of these illegal immigrants at rallies demanding rights, talking about racism in America and waving stupid signs reading, “No Human Being is Illegal”, supposedly ignorant of the fact that every nation on Earth has immigration laws and back in the home country for most, the Mexican government is ten times as harsh when it comes to their immigration laws, especially on the enforcement and punishment side of it.
I can never get over the mentality of the La Raza types who claim there’s no such thing as illegal immigration and fantasize about a “Reconquista” of the land that was STOLEN in the Mexican-American War. Get a clue. What kind of claim did Mexico have on this land? Some scattered missions across vast, empty stretches of land?
What, you want to protest the reality of history? You want to be in denial over the fact that every war has its winners and losers and that to the winners go the spoils?
You think that’s unfair? Maybe we should ask Spain if it thinks it’s unfair they lost their colony in the Mexican War of Independence.
I laugh every time I hear the whole idiotic idea of there being some sort of “Aztlan”. You know what you would have if you could wave a magic fairy wand and undo the results of the Mexican-American War? You’d have about 1 million more square miles of the Third World here in North America, that’s what you’d have. If Mexico had won that war, there would be no promised land in this region and no one would even want to immigrate here in the first place.
Finally, look at your own national language, Mexico. Where does that language come from again? That’s right, it comes from Europe, Spain to be specific, and you’ve got a little too much of the blood of the Conquistadors in your veins to be crying about any stolen land, Mexico.
That’s the part that really gets me is sometimes you’ll talk to people who are here illegally and it’s clear some think America owes them something, like they were robbed or something. Listen, America doesn’t owe you anything any more than if I was to immigrate down to Mexico under the delusion that Mexico owed me something.
So I get the anger from those who are dead set against amnesty for some who ignorantly believe we owe it to them anyway, I get the anger of the average taxpayer who knows that amnesty in the short term means more in benefits paid out than taxes paid in and I get the anger from many American citizens who view amnesty as meaning twice as many legal applicants for jobs in an already dismal job market. I get all of that, but the anger will get us nowhere. For Republicans especially, the anger will only make it easy for others to cast our party as the party of the angry racists, no matter how far that may be from the truth.
We need to remind ourselves of something though, the vast majority of illegals are here to work hard and prosper. It’s not like you can be angry at the illegal immigrants themselves for coming here. Just put yourself in their shoes. If you wanted a better life for yourself and you wanted a better life for your family, are you really telling me you’d put those hopes and dreams aside to respect the laws of a United States which only enforces it’s immigration laws halfheartedly at best?
Republicans like Sen. David Vitter, Rich Lowry and Ann Coulter need to stop sniping and ditch the anger and deal with the reality: there are 11 million illegals in America and those people are already here. To invoke the fairy wand again, there’s no magic fairy wand you can wave to make them go away.
The solution will not come in the form of a police state running some massive deportation program. Amnesty is going to happen. It’s a reality just as sure as amnesty was granted for a previous generation under Ronald Reagan. Republicans can either drop their “just build fences and deport everyone” thinking and put forth pragmatic solutions like McCain did in 2005 and like Rubio has done now, or they can continue to rail against reality, sound even more like the angry party no one wants to associate with and ultimately, end up being alienated (no pun intended) with the fastest growing demographic in the nation.
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In response to the news today that the Commerce Department projects GDP shrank by 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012, here’s the White House response:
White House press secretary Jay Carney laid the blame for a surprise economic contraction squarely at the feet of congressional Republicans Wednesday, saying economic threats during the “fiscal cliff” negotiations had prevented important defense spending.
Our economy is facing a major headwinds, and that’s Republicans in Congress,” Carney said.
source: The Hill
I’m not making this up, that’s the White House response! After four years of a flaccid recovery under Obama, now we see that we might be on the verge of a double-dip recession and what’s the Obama administration’s response?
Obama had carte blanche in Congress his first two years, he passed a government takeover of 1/6 of the nation’s economy in Obamacare, he was able to wrack up more new government spending in his first nine months than Bill Clinton did in all his eight years as president and Democrats have had control of the Senate since Mr. Obama went to Washington in 2006, and still this administration reflexively points fingers? The Democrat-controlled Senate hasn’t passed a new budget in nearly 1,400 days and we’re supposed to blame the economic contraction on House Republicans?
You can only imagine what Obama would do if Republicans didn’t have their modest 32 seat majority in the House to blame everything bad on in his second term . . . perhaps he’d shift to blaming Romney and the GOP for daring to challenge his presidency in the first place, distracting Our Dear Leader from his ability to focus his full concentration on his most impeccable stewardship of the economy, or maybe Obama would simply blame the more than 60 million Americans who dared to vote against him, saying they only pretend to care about providing for their families when in reality, they’re secretly working to sabotage Our Dear Leader’s otherwise unassailable record.
We have to pray this is just an anomaly here, but I’ve got a very bad feeling this is some kind of a second Obama term that could be more grim than even a lot of pessimists might have imagined.
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How is this not a major news story across every news outlet in America???
The FBI late Tuesday night raided the office of a South Florida eye doctor who allegedly was involved in providing young prostitutes to Sen. Bob Menendez — a claim the senator’s office has denied.
The thing that’s absolutely astonishing about this is not the fact that a senator (allegedly) has an addiction to sex, hookers and drinking parties, but that outside UPI and a couple local news blogs, you can only find this story via right-wing channels: FoxNews, Drudge, Twitchy, the Daily Caller . . .
If you have any question in your mind whether journalism is dead in America and as to whether the Non-Fox News is as shameless in its partisanship as any news you’d be served in Iran or North Korea, just ask yourself two questions:
- If Senator Menendez was a Republican and the office of the same doctor who was allegedly hooking the senator up with prostitutes was just been raided by the FBI, would this not be the top story of the day across every news outlet?
- How is it that senate candidate Akin’s idiotic comment was easily a top five story during the presidential election, but now in a lighter news cycle, a man actually serving in the senate who is under increasing suspicion for having sex with underage prostitutes doesn’t even merit a mention?
Finally, I’m just curious on this one, the NFN did everything it could to rally America against a so-called “War on Women” during their campaign for Barack Obama, so when a sitting senator is engaging in and supporting human sex trafficking (allegedly) which is it: does the War on Women no longer matter, or does the War on Women only matter when it can be used as a narrative against the GOP? Oh wait, it’s both? Okay, thanks.
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That chick was badass, wasn’t she? So the movie’s been out for a while, but I finally got a chance to catch The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo last night on one of the movie channels and it was a great adaptation, great acting, good pacing, but it really got me to remembering how much I’d enjoyed that book. Man, what was it that got me stalled on the second book in the series? I forget, but I just cued it up again on my Sanza and I’m going to enjoy The Girl Who Played with Fire all the way through this time.
Watching that movie last night also called for a mandatory re-read of Christopher Hitchens’ Vanity Fair article, Stieg Larsson: The Author Who Played with Fire. Hitchens’ somewhat biting critique of Larsson’s style and his foray into Larsson’s background and the underlying politics both provide a healthy skeptic’s perspective of the books without totally trashing them. Then of course, he also goes into the conspiracy theories and Larsson’s premature death just at the moment as he was about to witness his tidal wave of success strike shores across the globe.
A very untimely death it was, or was it that someone finally managed to take this crusader against the Swedish neo-Nazis down?
If you’re a fan of the books, Hitchens’ take on Larsson and the Millennium Trilogy is well worth the read.
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We all hate spam, in fact, I’ve heard there’s a new circle in hell that’s been built exclusively for spammers, but the history of spam is somewhat interesting to view from an evolutionary standpoint.
First off though, can someone please tell me how the hell I ended up on someone’s list as the kind of guy interested in woodworking plans? I get these emails like five times a day. It can’t be any more annoying than it must be for all the women receiving penis enlargement spam, but no, sorry, I’m not going to be whittling away on a flute any time soon.
There’s always the random chattle of spam, some of my favorites, an email I received a couple times which actually offered a “life experience degree.” How awesome is that? You don’t even have to go out into the real world any more, now you can receive a degree in life experience online! And if you’re naive enough to pay good money to “Buy degree online in just 14 days!” only to find out your degree is totally worthless, well then, there’s some life experience for you.
It’s partly because I only receive them two or three times a year, but I like the spam I get trying to sell me a forklift. There’s something cool about receiving an offer to buy a forklift. I can ease back in the chair a bit as I ponder it, “Yep, I just may need to get me one of those.”
It seems like I get a lot more mail-order bride spam these days . . . or is that because I’m just paying attention more? No, no, no, it’s definitely not that, definitely a lot more mail-order bride spam in the inbox lately.
I did a little research and found that the first spam email was sent via ARPAnet on May 3, 1978 pitching a DEC computer to a list some enterprising salesman had put together of 400 members of the 2600 member network. (How crazy is it to think you can trace back in time the fact that just 35 years ago, there were 2,600 computers all hooked up in the precursor to the Internet the same way about 2.5 billion of us are now connected today?)
My first memories of Internet spam were, the Nigerian scam letters, which I can remember actually reading through once or twice before they were ever known by their collective name and I can remember my curiosity shifting from “what is this email?” to “how the hell could anyone fall for this?”, and then there was the great spam triumverate of penis enlargement spam, Viagra spam and weight loss spam. I can remember there was a time when “Viagra” was simply written “Viagra” and then a bit later when “Viagra” became “v1agra” and “work from home” became “W0rk frØM H0mÈ” as the spammers tried to outsmart the spam filters. (The worst thing about spam filters and in general, anti-spam software, is that even the best combination of filters and heuristics is still going to nab some legitimate emails, meaning you’re still going to have to wade through that junk email folder regardless.)
I don’t seem to get any penis enlargement spam any more (I guess the word finally got out) and Viagra seems to have given way to more Prozac or OxyCodone. There have always been the knock-off watches and fake designer goods, but the Chinese keep cranking them out and the spam keeps coming, so someone must be buying that crap.
This is all my subjective experience (which is just about as close to empirical as you can get) but the funny thing is, in trying to find some stats on the Net, it’s hard to make sense of any of it, even if you compare the same company’s stats from the same website:
Spam by Category 2010
Spam by Category 2012
I like the way personal finance went from 3.4% to 77.77% in two years. Nice job, Kaspersky Labs.
In one chart that actually seems to hold out across different sources though, there is a bit of good news: global traffic percentage rates for spam are on the decline.
68% is definitely low for my inbox, but the overall trend is encouraging.
So how can you do your part to help stem the flow?
The rule for spam is the same rule that applies to email attachments: never, ever, ever click on a link from an unsolicited email. If you see one of those topsy-turvy upside-down hanging tomato plant offers that will start hitting your inbox around Spring and you feel like this year’s the year to give it a try, DON’T BE LAZY! Open your browser and type that product’s name in and go direct to the vendor! We need to starve those insidious spam-slinging monkeys.
Hope you enjoyed our little tour through the history of spam. Oh, looks like I have 57 new messages since I started this post. Time to go wade through the shit.