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calendar   Saturday - June 30, 2007

Mediations on Immigration Reform

LawDog is one of my daily stops.  This one nails it.

In 1986 the Congress of the United States of America passed a comprehensive immigration law, otherwise known as the Simpson-Mazzoli Act.

In 1986, the Senators of these United States and the Representatives of these United States stood in front of the people of the United States and declared that this new law was guaranteed to control our borders.

In 1986, these Congress-critters stood in front of the citizens of the United States who had put them in office, and whom they were sworn to serve, and they solemnly promised that this new law would stop employers from hiring undocumented—illegal—immigrants.

The cost of this, they murmured piously, was that the United States would have to grant amnesty to the estimated three million illegal immigrants who were “hiding in the shadows” at the time.

Do this one thing, they promised us, and we will control the borders. Amnesty for no more than three million, and we will stop employers from hiring new illegal immigrants.

They lied.

Don’t bother with protestations—the Congress lied to the American People.

Oh, not about what would come to be called “la amnestia”—no, on that the Congress of the United States went above and beyond their call of duty.

No, Congress lied about controlling our borders. And Congress lied about preventing employers from hiring new illegal aliens.

Now, twenty-one years after the deed, the Senate of the United States, in their colossal arrogance, believed that the American people had forgotten that they had been lied to in the past about “immigration reform”—or believed that those of us who did remember would happily forgive Congress for lying to us about “immigration reform” in the past.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/30/2007 at 12:00 PM   
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Color Me Surprized

It’s the people vs. the government, new poll suggests

WASHINGTON (CNN)—How do people think the Democratic Congress is doing after six months? Lousy.

Ya Think?

Oh, wait, I forgot that this was CNN

But better than the alternative

Well, couldn’t expect more I suppose.

Why the low marks? Democrats point to one issue where not much seems to be getting done. “The war in Iraq is dragging down people’s confidence in what’s going on in this country,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said

Republicans point to another issue. “One of the reasons that confidence is at an all-time low is because of the immigration bill,” Sen. Jim DeMint, R-South Carolina, said.

So, are voters ready to change horses again and go back to a Republican Congress? Nope.

How about we throw them all out and start over?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/30/2007 at 11:00 AM   
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calendar   Friday - June 29, 2007

Lost!

This is where I’ll be landing in late August.  I just made my reservations for a conference in this fine city.  Last time I was there, my hotel faced the water you see to the right and I could watch a number of aircraft flying about.

This particular airport handled about 17.4 million people in 2005 and over 152,000 tons of cargo.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/29/2007 at 04:27 PM   
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Man Found

As an update to this story, we see that they found him.

WILLIAMS, Ariz.—A 65-year-old St. Louis man who went missing Sunday night after Amtrak personnel, mistaking his diabetic shock for drunk and disorderly behavior, kicked him off a train in the middle of a national forest, has been found two miles from where he was dropped off, according to police in Williams.

Police said Roosevelt Sims, a factory worker who had just retired last week, was discovered Thursday night walking along the railroad tracks barefoot by Coconino County sheriff’s deputies.

Deputies said he was dehydrated and disoriented.

Looks like more information is being released as well that tell more about what happened.  My original image was that they stopped the train and put the guy off in the woods.  Sounds slightly more reasonable with this account:

Amtrak, in a statement released late Thursday, said it followed company policy. “The conductor and the passenger waited on the platform with the passenger’s luggage,” the statement said. “Upon arrival of authorities, the passenger fled into nearby woods.”

When officers arrived at the crossing, police said, they found Sims had left his luggage and medication behind.

So it looks like they stopped at an old station, called the constable and waited for him to arrive.  When he did, the man took off for the woods, leaving his luggage and meds behind.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/29/2007 at 03:12 PM   
Filed Under: • Health-MedicineStoopid-People •  
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Car Bomb in London

You’ve heard by now that they found a car bomb near Picadilly Circus in London.

LONDON (AP) - Police thwarted an apparent terror attack Friday near the famed Piccadilly Circus in the heart of London, defusing a bomb made of a lethal mix of gasoline, propane gas, and nails after an ambulance crew spotted smoke coming from a silver Mercedes outside a nightclub.

The bomb in the city’s theater district was powerful enough to have caused “significant injury or loss of life” - possibly killing hundreds, British anti-terror police chief Peter Clarke said.

Britain’s new home secretary, Jacqui Smith called an emergency meeting of top officials, calling the attempted attack “international terrorism.”

“We are currently facing the most serious and sustained threat to our security from international terrorism,” she said afterward. “This reinforces the need for the public to remain vigilant to the threat we face at all times.”

Allah has all of the latest with many updates flowing in.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/29/2007 at 03:08 PM   
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Street Art

After all of the political news of the past couple of days, I wanted to give you something a little lighter.

Stop-Action motion picture photography is a genre that fascinates me.  The idea is to take many still photos and blend them together into what appears to be a movie.  It is painstakingly tedious work with no shortcuts.

Apparently, the group Modest Mouse had a contest for folks to make a music video for them.  These guys went overboard and did it with stop-action digital photos.  4,133 of them for a four minute video.  They did a heck of a job in my opinion.

Enjoy.

“Myself and a couple have friends have entered the above into the Modest Mouse video competition. Using green screen footage provided by the band we cut a simple music video. We then degraded the images and printed out each frame sequentially. (all 4133 of them) We then nailed each “shot” of 50-100 posters to various structures and posts. Then using a digital SLR camera with a long exposure we frame by frame shot each poster. Oh, and theres a little video projection (again, frame by frame on the SLR) just to mix it up. There is no compositing, no shortcuts, just lots of blood, sweat and tears, and a huge Kinkos bill!”.... Max


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/29/2007 at 11:10 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - June 28, 2007

And What if He Was Drunk?

Does that make it OK? 

Diabetic Man Kicked Off Train, Now Missing

PHOENIX—A 65-year-old St. Louis man is missing after Amtrak personnel, mistaking his diabetic shock for drunk and disorderly behavior, kicked him off a train in the middle of a national forest, according to police in Williams, Ariz.

Police said Roosevelt Sims was headed to Los Angeles but was asked to leave the train shortly before 10 p.m. Sunday at a railroad crossing five miles outside Williams, reported KPHO-TV in Phoenix.

“He was let off in the middle of a national forest, which is about 800,000 acres of beautiful pine trees,” Lt. Mike Graham said.

Police said there is no train station or running water at the crossing, which is about two miles from the nearest road, at an elevation of about 8,000 feet.

Amtrak personnel told police dispatchers that Sims was drunk and unruly.

The Sims family said Sims is diabetic and was going into shock.

Sims’ brother, Brian Mason, said his family tried to call Sims on his cell phone that night, but Sims was incoherent.

When officers arrived at the crossing, police said, Sims ran into the woods, leaving his luggage and medication behind.

Cell phone records show that Sims’ phone was last used in Litchfield Park, Ariz., 180 miles from Williams.

Williams police said Amtrak has used the abandoned crossing as a drop-off site in the past, the television station reported. Graham said that whether drunk or not, no one should be dropped off there.

“You don’t put anyone off in an area like that,” Graham said.

Amtrak said the company is looking into the matter.

Can anyone say: “Lawsuit”?  John Edwards, call your office.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/28/2007 at 07:41 PM   
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Cloture Vote II

Being taken now.  Counts in a moment.

I’m counting 19 Yays after the first round.  They need 60 yays to pass.

Looks like 25-30 (Yes/No) now

OVER 40 NO’s!!!!!!

Its dead, dead, dead. 

Final count 46/53!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/28/2007 at 03:04 PM   
Filed Under: • Illegal-Aliens and ImmigrationPolitics •  
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How It’s Done in Florida

Via member sdkar, we find this sotry:

Fla. sheriff targets illegals

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - The sheriff’s department has developed a remarkably effective — and controversial — way of catching illegal immigrants: Deputies in patrol cars pull up to a construction site in force, and watch and see who runs.

Those who take off are chased down and arrested on charges such as trespassing, for cutting through someone else’s property, or loitering, for hiding out in someone’s yard, or reckless driving, for speeding off in a car.

Good idea Sheriff.  Now, the money quote:

“It’s not wrong for them to run, but it’s not wrong for us to chase them either,” said Sheriff Frank McKeithen

Indeed.

Of course, there are the whimers.

Mexican illegal immigrant Jose Madrid, 28, said he has been unable to find a construction job over the past six weeks because of the crackdown, and hasn’t been able to send money to his parents and his 7-year-old son back home.

“We immigrants, we are leaving Panama City. People are afraid they will be deported,” he said. “The companies don’t want to hire illegal people. Now they’re only hiring those with papers.”

Boo.  Freekin.  Hoo.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/28/2007 at 01:22 PM   
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Mitt’s Doggie Story

According to Time Magazine, Mitt Romney is under the microscope for animal cruelty.  Of course, it happened in 1983 and was, to my nieve eyes, a simple case of necessity.

Here’s the story (as told to the Boston Globe):

The white Chevy station wagon with the wood paneling was overstuffed with suitcases, supplies, and sons when Mitt Romney climbed behind the wheel to begin the annual 12-hour family trek from Boston to Ontario.

Before beginning the drive, Mitt Romney put Seamus, the family’s hulking Irish setter, in a dog carrier and attached it to the station wagon’s roof rack. He’d built a windshield for the carrier, to make the ride more comfortable for the dog.

Then, the inevitable happened.

As the oldest son, Tagg Romney commandeered the way-back of the wagon, keeping his eyes fixed out the rear window, where he glimpsed the first sign of trouble. ‘’Dad!’’ he yelled. ‘’Gross!’’ A brown liquid was dripping down the back window, payback from an Irish setter who’d been riding on the roof in the wind for hours.

As the rest of the boys joined in the howls of disgust, Romney coolly pulled off the highway and into a service station. There, he borrowed a hose, washed down Seamus and the car, then hopped back onto the highway

I don’t know about your dog, but mine refuses to ride in the truck with me unless she can have her head out the window.  Summer or winter, makes no difference, she wants the 60MPH air blast up her snout.

But, after a couple of hours, my guess is any dog would need to relieve itself.  If it is in a cage (on a car, in the laundry room or in your basement), its going to do the deed where it can.

I’m not sure I understand the big deal here.  Help me out.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/28/2007 at 01:08 PM   
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Sticking a Fork in Shamnesty

Acording to Drudge, Michelle and a host of others, Shamnesty may be on its last breath.

11:10pm Eastern. You know all those calls you’ve made? All those faxes/letters you’ve sent? They are working. Don’t think you can’t make a difference. Here’s the Washington Post headline: “Immigration Measure Appears Imperiled Again.” More quotes of the day:

The Senate yesterday turned back a series of amendments from both parties aimed at substantially altering controversial immigration legislation, but the bill shed supporters as it became mired in procedural hurdles that left backers concerned about its prospects.

The legislation faces a make-or-break vote this morning when senators will decide whether to cut off debate and move to a final vote tomorrow. If it does not get the 60 votes necessary, Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) has said he will pull the bill, all but dashing hopes for any meaningful legislation this year.

Top legislative aides in both parties predicted today’s vote would be very close but would fall short of keeping the proposal alive.

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), a key opponent, crowed last night that “they tried to railroad this through today, but we derailed the train.” Another opponent, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said, “I would say to my colleagues: Let’s end this thing.“

I hope they’re right.  I want this thing to die quickly and decisivly.  But that does not excuse my two Senators who voted for cloture on Tuesday.  No sirree Bob.  They both know in the most certain terms that I and others will be working feverishly in November 2008 to ensure their defeat.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/28/2007 at 08:36 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - June 27, 2007

Going to Ground

May be light posting activity today.  I have three hot projects I’m working on at the day job and all require a good bit of concentration.

How ‘bout you Recon Patrol members?  Got anything good this week?  Sure been quiet over there.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/27/2007 at 01:02 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - June 26, 2007

The Cloture Vote

Live Blogging the Senate Vote

11:47 - Harry Reid saying that this bill will fix border security and everyone should vote for it for that reason alone.

11:49 - Now he’s waxing on about his father in law coming from Russia and how immigrants make America great. True enough....LEGAL immigrants!

11:50 - Motion to close debate and vote for cloture

11:52 - Voting on union organization bill.  ???

11:53 - Ahhh, OK.  The CSPAN graphic says the immigration bill is next

11:56 - Tallying the votes.  This is a rather important one as well.  This should be defeated....I hope.

12:00 - Still tallying for the union vote.  If this passes, it will allow the unions to come into a company and simply start without a secret ballot, but only using a sign-up sheet.  What happens now is everyone is pressured into signing the sheet, but when it gets to a secret vote, where the union thugs don’t know which way you vote, it is defeated.  If this bill passes (I hear a lot of “Aye’s"), the thugs can simply pressure the majority into signing a form openly.

12:16 - Final Talley for the Union Bill:  Yays: 51 Nays: 48 FAILS! (not a 2/3 majority, I think)

12:25 - First Round of Voting for Cloture.  Now going through those who did not vote the first time

12:35 - Final Tally on Shamnesty Cloture:  Yays: 64 Nays:  35
PASSES!!!!!
This means it goes to the next step.

Final who’s who of the votes when it is available

Update.
The Roll of Shame. 

YEAs ---64
Akaka (D-HI)
Bennett (R-UT)
Biden (D-DE)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Bond (R-MO)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Brownback (R-KS)
Burr (R-NC)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Clinton (D-NY)
Coleman (R-MN)
Collins (R-ME)
Conrad (D-ND)
Craig (R-ID)
Dodd (D-CT)
Domenici (R-NM)
Durbin (D-IL)
Ensign (R-NV)
Feingold (D-WI)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Graham (R-SC)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hagel (R-NE)
Harkin (D-IA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Kennedy (D-MA)
Kerry (D-MA)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Kohl (D-WI)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
Lincoln (D-AR)
Lott (R-MS)
Lugar (R-IN)
Martinez (R-FL)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Obama (D-IL)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Salazar (D-CO)
Schumer (D-NY)
Snowe (R-ME)
Specter (R-PA)
Stevens (R-AK)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Warner (R-VA)
Webb (D-VA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wyden (D-OR)

NAYs ---35
Alexander (R-TN)
Allard (R-CO)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bayh (D-IN)
Bunning (R-KY)
Byrd (D-WV)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Dole (R-NC)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Enzi (R-WY)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Landrieu (D-LA)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Sanders (I-VT)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Smith (R-OR)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Sununu (R-NH)
Tester (D-MT)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/26/2007 at 03:47 PM   
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In Memoriam

I talked to Allan’s son Sean last night and he let me know that the memorial service for the Skipper will be at 2:00pm This Sunday, July 1st in Opp, Alabama.

He apologizes for the short notice, but plans were just finalized in the last couple of days.

Wyatt Funeral Home
1018 Florala Highway (map)
Opp, AL 36467
Phone Number: (334) 493-2506


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/26/2007 at 03:06 PM   
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