New Directions Veterans Choir

This is a good story… It’s even better in that these Veterans HAVE come back and are productive again…

And below is a link to the Virtual Vietnam Wall…

It is a virtual wall of all those lost during the Vietnam war with the names, bio’s and other information on our lost heroes. Those who remember that time frame, or perhaps lost friends or family can look them up on this site. Pass the link on to others if you like.

http://www.virtualwall.org/iStates.htm

Tom McClintock Responds To Caldron Speech…

You’ve gotta appreciate this for a couple of reasons, one- McClintock is from Kalifornia; two- He lays it out and doesn’t pull any punches!!!

It’s also interesting that there was NO response to his speech on the floor…

New Arizona State Flag…

Got this from a friend in Phoenix, AZ today; along with the following comment…


Most especially for all Liberal Mexifornians (that’s most of ’em), boycott us and our DUI rate will drop along with the shoplifting, murder, kidnappings, etc.

Interestingly, there has apparently been a drop in crime since the law was passed… unintended consequences, or a true effect; much like when Florida and Texas authorized concealed carry and violent crimes against persons dropped by 33% ???

You tell me…



Memorial Day 2010…

As we celebrate our 142nd Memorial Day, please take a moment and remember those who gave all for our great country…

ETERNAL

REST GRANT THEM O LORD,

AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON

THEM.

The Hispanic Agenda…

A good friend of mine for many years, who is also a retired Naval Flight Officer (and second generation Hispanic) living in California sent me these- I’ve known him for almost 20 years and I’ve NEVER seen him so upset at the powers that be, and frustrated with the lack of attention being paid to these people and the illegal immigrant problem. I’ve met his family, and heard his Dad talk about it taking him 7 years to get here legally, then 5 more to get his citizenship, and to this day he has that picture hanging in a place of honor in his living room…

Statements are noted whether they are not verified by Urban Legends at :
http://www.snopes.com/politics/quotes/hispanicleaders.asp

Hispanic leaders speak out- In their own words!!!

Augustin Cebada, Brown Berets; “Go back to Boston! Go back to Plymouth Rock, Pilgrims! Get out! We are the future. You are old and tired. Go on. We have beaten you. Leave like beaten rats. You old white people. It is your duty to die . . Through love of having children, we are going to take over.

Richard Alatorre, Los Angeles City Council. “They’re afraid we’re going to take over the governmental institutions and other institutions. They’re right. We will take them over . . . We are here to stay.”

Excelsior, the national newspaper of Mexico, “The American Southwest seems to be slowly returning to the jurisdiction of Mexico without firing a single shot.”
NOT Verified by Urban Legends: http://www.snopes.com/politics/quotes/hispanicleaders.asp

Professor Jose Angel Gutierrez, University of Texas; “We have an aging white America. They are not making babies. They are dying. The explosion is in our population . . . I love it. They are shitting in their pants with fear. I love it.”

Art Torres, Chairman of the California Democratic Party, “Remember 187–proposition to deny taxpayer funds for services to non-citizens–was the last gasp of white America in California.”

Gloria Molina, Los Angeles County Supervisor, “We are politicizing every single one of these new citizens that are becoming citizens of this country . . . I gotta tell you that a lot of people are saying, “I’m going to go out there and vote because I want to pay them back.”

Mario Obledo, California Coalition of Hispanic Organizations and California State Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare under Governor Jerry Brown, also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton, “California is going to be a Hispanic state. Anyone who doesn’t like it should leave.”

Jose Pescador Osuna, Mexican Consul General, “We are practicing ‘La Reconquista’ in California.”

Professor Fernando Guerra, Loyola Marymount University; “We need to avoid a white backlash by using codes understood by Latinos . . . “
Not verified by Urban Legends: http://www.snopes.com/politics/quotes/hispanicleaders.asp

Are these just the words of a few extremists? Nope, these are mainstream Hispanics and leaders on both sides of the border… Of all the quotes, only two are not verified, but ‘fit’ the tone and substance of the other quotes…

His final statement on the email is one I agree with wholeheartedly…

When will AMERICAN CITIZENS STOP giving away THEIR RIGHTS???

We’ve gone so far the other way… Bent over backwards not to offend anyone; but it seems no one cares about the AMERICAN CITIZEN that’s being mocked, villified, and offended! It’s time to take the offensive, seal the border, ENFORCE the laws, and stop coddling illegals…

A few things from the military side…

This one is kinda long- Three things in this post- DADT, ROK/NK situation, and Women/medical issues on subs…

First, WHY is the administration rushing to repeal DADT? The Pentagon has not finished the review and comment period, nor have the finished their report to the administration (it’s due after Christmas); but today we hear there are bills in both the House and the Senate the administration wants votes on by next week… What happened to ‘orderly’ processes? Where are these bills, so we can read them??? Anybody??? (crickets…)

ROK/NK- I “think” this one is about to get out of hand…

As of today, there are FOUR Sang-O NK subs at sea and unlocated, and ROK has upped their DEFCON to near war footing…
From STRATFOR- North Korean Minister of the People’s Armed Forces, Vice Marshal Kim Yong Chun, issued a statement May 22 via official media condemning South Korea’s refusal to allow a team of North Korean inspectors to visit South Korea to assess the evidence Seoul prepared during the investigation of the March 26 sinking of the navy corvette ChonAn. Kim, also a vice chairman of the National Defense Commission (NDC), the center of political power in North Korea, demanded Seoul allow the NDC team to visit, citing Chapter 2, Article 10 of the 1992 Basic Agreement between Seoul and Pyongyang, which states, “South and North Korea shall resolve peacefully, through dialogue and negotiation, any differences of views and disputes arising between them.” North Korea has strongly denied any involvement in the sinking, becoming even more vociferous as the May 20 announcement of the multinational team’s investigation neared. During a May 3-7 visit to Beijing by North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, North Korean officials told the Chinese that Pyongyang was not responsible for the incident, though later Chinese reports suggested that Kim Jong Il himself had remained silent on the issue. While it may seem minor, this point allows North Korea some leeway in dealing with the issue and with its ally, China, as whatever path North Korea takes, Kim’s silence means that he did not directly lie to the Chinese president. On May 14, North Korean media announced that NDC member and First Vice Minister of the People’s Armed Forces Kim Il Chol was relieved of all his posts a day earlier due to his “advanced age of 80.” Four days later, North Korean state media announced that the Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA) would hold another session on June 7.

Note: These two things are particularly interesting in light of the silence of KIJ… Chol could be the scapegoat that is getting ready to be ‘sacrificed’ for the common good… I still think this one has the possibility of going to a shooting war if things get any further out of hand. KIJ is NOT the most stable individual anyway, and the ROKs have upgraded their DEFCON (not to full war footing, but closer than normal). And lastly, women on subs and the potential health risks… I wrote about this before, but again, why the rush?

Here is an article from the Center for Military Readiness, May 13, 2010

Undersea Medicine Expert Warns of Health, Operational Problems

The push to assign women to submarines began in September, 2009, when Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead started promoting the idea as if women’s career opportunities were the only consideration. The Center for Military Readiness issued an immediate news release, drawing attention to irresolvable problems with the program-none of which had nothing to do with the abilities of female officers or sailors. In addition to habitability concerns in confined submarine spaces, health risks unique to women could threaten lives as well as operational efficiency. Navy officials diverted attention from that inconvenient information, disregarding overwhelming opposition within the submarine community. Secretary Mabus and Admiral Roughead demonstrated their lack of personal experience with submarines by equating them with larger surface vessels that operate in fresh air, not under the sea. In this sealed environment, as confining and dangerous as outer space, man-made air must be produced to preserve the life, health, and efficiency of the submarine crew. Unlike the atmospheric air on surface ships, man-made air has many problems in its production and will never be equivalent to the natural product. On February 19 the Secretary of Defense sent formal notice to Congress, claiming in a three-paragraph letter that even though assignment of women to submarines was considered “cost prohibitive” in 1994, the Department of the Navy has “recently concluded a further review of this matter and has determined it is ready to implement policy changes to support a phased approach to the assignment of women to submarines.” On the contrary, as the Washington Times reported on April 5, there has been no careful study and there is no objective plan to deal with medical concerns that are unique to women in the submarine environment. Women in Submarines Face Health Issues On April 29 Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead moved ahead with their announced plans to assign female sailors to submarines. Congress accepted the move passively-failing to fulfill oversight responsibilities by asking questions about issues of critical importance to the submarine community. Much to the alarm of submariners, their families, and supporters, Navy officials still have not addressed the health-related and operational concerns associated with this policy, many of which were discussed in the Navy’s own prior reports and responses to inquiries from the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS) in 2000-2001. On March 11, 2010, Rear Admiral Hugh Scott (MC) USN (Ret.) sent a detailed letter to the Secretaries of Defense and the Navy, Pentagon officials responsible for the submarine force, and the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees. In his letter, Dr. Scott, an expert in the field of undersea medicine, discussed in detail a long list of irresolvable health risks associated with gender integration on submarines. For example: The primary mission of the SSBN force is the strategic defense of the U.S., it is not realistic to think that the integration of men and women at the height of their reproductive lives can be structured in a way that is conducive to good order and discipline while serving together in the forced intimacy of a submarine. Pregnancy is incompatible with submarine duty due to the uniqueness of the submarine environment and the operational mission(s) of the submarine (SSBN/SSN) Once a woman becomes pregnant she is lost to the command for 20 months. Vacancies on submarines would have disproportionate impact on other crewmembers. When young men and women live together in close quarters, sexual and romantic relationships inevitably ensue. Personnel complications would be worse on submarines. The surface Navy has a major problem with the occurrence of unintended pregnancies among women serving on Navy surface ships. According to Navy Times, (25 August, 2009) operational deferments for pregnancy increased from 1,770 to 3,125. These increases, described as 50% jump from June 2006 to August 2008, occurred despite the ongoing efforts of the Navy’s Sexual Health and Responsibility Program (SHARP) towards the prevention of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, and the prevention of unintended pregnancies. Abnormal pregnancy complications, such as ruptured ectopic pregnancy and hemorrhagic spontaneous abortion, require emergency surgery and blood replacement which are not available aboard a submarine. Due to the operational nature of the submarine mission, timely emergency mid-ocean evacuations would be unlikely. Surgery under such conditions could result in loss of reproductive capability. In the case of unintended pregnancies occurring just prior to or during a submarine deployment, prolonged exposure to chemical contaminants in the constantly recirculated air would pose a significant risk to the normal development and vitality of the unborn child. Increased levels of carbon dioxide, 10x normal; carbon monoxide from fires, cooking, oxidation of paint, etc, hydrocarbons are safe for adults but not for a developing embryo-fetus. Atmosphere control equipment cannot remove all of the contaminants. There have been no specific studies regarding the effectiveness of men and women serving together on a submarine. Ignoring sex differences doesn’t render them inconsequential, as the assignment of women to surface ships has and continues to demonstrate. There are those who believe that the sexes do not differ substantially in combat-relevant ways, other than in physical strength in some situations, and that any differences that do exist are a result of socialization that can be eliminated through education, training, and an attitude adjustment on the part of males. These theories have not been subjected to any Navy-sponsored rigorous evolutionary psychology research to determine the validity of those assumptions. Dr. Scott addressed his letter to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, and to Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, author of legislation mandating prior notice to Congress before any action to assign women to submarines. Not a single member of Congress responded to Scott’s letter. Questions from CMR In the meantime, the Center for Military Readiness submitted the following questions to senior Pentagon and congressional leaders:

1. Given the extremely low retention rates of female nuclear trained female surface officers, how can the Navy justify habitability intrusions and compromises to accommodate female sailors on all types of submarines? (Normal career paths include smaller subs as well as larger ones.)
2. Given what is known about current non-deployment rates due to pregnancy among enlisted women as well as officers, what is the Navy’s estimate of comparable non-deployment rates of female officers and enlisted women on submarines? (Extensive programs to discourage Navy pregnancies have failed. According to Navy Times, rates have increased.)
3. How many mid-ocean evacuations are expected to occur on an annual basis and how will these evacuations be accomplished in remote areas; i.e., under the Polar icecap?
4. If a submarine CO is faced with the operational necessity to continue an undersea mission, despite high risks of birth defects for a newly-discovered embryonic “passenger,” what does the Navy expect the skipper to do?
5. How many women are likely to permanently lose reproductive capability due to botched undersea surgeries or worse-how many are expected to die due to hemorrhage in conditions offering no options for immediate evacuation?
6. What is being done to inform women of health risks to themselves and to future offspring in the embryonic stage of development?

CMR President Elaine Donnelly posted two messages asking the same six questions on the widely-read COMSubGroup TEN blog, which is operated by Rear Adm. Barry L. Bruner, head of the “Women in Submarines Task Force.” Donnelly noted that birth defects are difficult, the loss of reproductive capability devastating, and ectopic pregnancy life-threatening for women. Bruner conspicuously avoided answering her questions. Instead, Adm. Bruner claimed on his blog that there are “no discernable medical issues that should preclude the assignment of women to submarines.” He did not cite medical studies to support his statement, but he was probably referring to studies comparing adult men and women that specifically omitted discussion of the unique risks to adult women who are pregnant-a condition that is not rare among women of child-bearing age. It’s not as if the Navy is unaware of these issues. Details about women’s unique health risks were chronicled in this November 26, 2001, report of the Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory: The Medical Implications of Women on Submarines The report documented additional risks of spontaneous abortion and higher rates of migraine headaches, orthopedic injuries, and loss of bone strength over time (osteoporosis). It also commented on risks to a female sailor’s developing embryo if a pregnancy begins or is discovered while underway: “The submarine atmosphere, containing a chronically elevated level of CO2 and other contaminants, and submarine environmental factors such as noise and vibration levels, present currently unknown risks to the fetus. Reassurance, therefore, cannot be given to the reproductive age crewmember should she be pregnant while deployed.” (NSMRL, p. 26) Putting the horse after the cart, Adm. Bruner wrote that the Bureau of Medicine & Surgery has proposed three additional studies “to further quantify and validate the low probability of any effects of a submarine’s environment on women’s health or fetal development.” His disingenuous comment about “low probability” risks, followed by a pledge to conduct three more studies after the fact, suggests that previous medical studies were not reassuring. One has to wonder, to what degree the Navy is willing to risk the development of an unborn child in order to promote “diversity.” Irresolvable problems are being ignored at incalculable risk. Navy women should be officially informed that a career in submarines could put their future family and/or reproductive capability in danger. The submarine community as a whole also deserves an explanation of why it is necessary to implement this program without any cost/benefit analysis in terms of operational necessity, not “diversity” or other social goals. Absent this information, evaluated objectively, Congress had a duty to intervene. Instead, both Navy leaders and members of Congress let the submarine community down.

More information on this topic is available in the report of the Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), titled Submarine Assignment Policy Assessment, which discussed difficult habitability issues that have not changed. SAIC noted that submarine accommodations have been compared to living inside a clock. Unencumbered space is about one-third to one-half that afforded to crewmembers n small surface ships. Total living area for more than 130 people on an attack sub is equivalent to a medium-size house. A diagram in the SAIC report illustrated how cramped a submarine’s living space is by superimposing the outline of a typical attack sub over the fuselage of a 747 aircraft. In this confined space sailors are expected to spend 77 days or more, often “hot-bunking” in shared berthing compartments offering little or no privacy.

HERE is a link to various reports on Women on Submarines… One other interesting question, how were the women selected? For the men, that is an arduous almost 2 year process, but the results of THAT process were completed with orders announced last October, and now suddenly 9 women have been selected; what was the process? Who ran it? How many competed? To what level of rigor? Personally, I believe the women should be in open and fair competition against the men for those billets, otherwise there WILL be heartburn/hate/discontent over their selection…

Oh Joy…

Yet ANOTHER watch list that TSA has…

Pushy fliers may show up on TSA’s radar

By Thomas Frank, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON — Airline passengers who get frustrated and kick a wall, throw a suitcase or make a pithy comment to a screener could find themselves in a little-known Homeland Security database.

The Transportation Security Administration says it is keeping records of people who make its screeners feel threatened as part of an effort to prevent workplace violence. Privacy advocates fear the database could feed government watch lists and subject innocent people to extra airport screening.

A TSA report says the database can include names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, home addresses and phone numbers of people involved in airport incidents, including aggressors, victims and witnesses.

Incidents in the database include threats, bullying or verbal abuse, remarks about death or violence, brandishing a real or fake weapon, intentionally scaring workers or excessive displays of anger such as punching a wall or kicking equipment, the report says.

The database was created in late 2007… Read the rest of the article HERE.

Huh??? 2007 and it’s just now being made public? WTF??? So, bottom line, if you’re ‘mean’ to a TSA screener (and that is totally up to TSA’s discretion) you can end up on THIS list too…

Ya know, this just makes me wonder how many OTHER lists there are out there, and how many of them each of us are on…

Lemme see- Retired Military, shooter, Christian, so I’m at least on DHS home grown terrorist list; I have had issues/filed complaints with TSA over screeners in the past three years, so I’m on that one too; Maybe that explains why I’ve had my bags searched the last two trips… BOTH ways… I’m a conservative and blog, so I’m probably on at least one of the Administration’s lists… I’m on a restricted travel list because of my job…

Sigh… I think I’m just gonna go crawl in a hole and pull the hole in after me!

Somebody wake me up when this crap is over…

Ill Wind…

An ill wind is sweeping this country…

It’s in the form of more and more government regulation; which, in my opinion, is badly flawed…

Why was TARP done, and the bailout? To save us? Nope, to save big business and unions that had paid to get this administration elected and now wanted their payback…

Health care was passed by bribery and coercion, plain and simple…

To expect health care to be cheaper, provide more services, and cover an additional 12-30 million is frankly absurd. There are not enough doctors now, and more and more of them are getting out of Medicare/Medicaid and that reimbursement will only go down. The ONLY way things will get cheaper is if less services are provided, and whom will that affect the most? Children and the Elderly… those who need it the most…

The new financial regulation bill has passed, but there is not yet a bureaucracy in place to actually manage all that oversight, and where are they going to actually GET experts (on a government salary no less), who will be willing to do this oversight??? And why were Freddie and Fanny excluded? They are money pits where our tax dollars are being poured to keep bad loans afloat for those who should NEVER have gotten mortgages in the first place…

Retired Admiral Blair resigned as the Director of National Intelligence yesterday, and he is the fourth director to leave in five years…

This is an “agency” that is supposed to be the pinnacle of intelligence within the government, yet they have no authority, no money, and no power to make real, substantiative changes needed to actually make the intelligence community function correctly. My personal belief is that it is only a matter of time until we have a major attack here in the US by terrorists; and after the fact we will find that the information WAS available, but due to turf battles, “I’ve got a secret” mentalities at the agency’s, and lack of cooperation it could have been avoided.

The administration has not seen fit to increase military spending to allow replacement of sadly worn equipment, and in fact most if not all the services are facing hundreds of millions of dollars in deferred maintenance; with FY-11 funding being effectively cut due to the administration’s intent to NOT separately fund the war, but make the services take it from their base budgets…

Additionally, Gates either on his own (which I doubt), or by direction, is pushing to limit pay raises for the troops, saying the out year costs are too high and the troops are better paid than their civilian counterparts. WTFO??? I don’t see any civilians going over there and putting THEIR lives on the line for us, much less giving up years away from family to stand and protect us on the front lines…

Immigration and the border… All the Arizona law does is mimic the Federal law, and gives enforcement authority to State personnel, since the administration won’t secure the border.

President Unicorn stood smiling next to Calderon as he railed against our immigration policies, while never admitting his own are MUCH more strict (see my last post). Also, he ‘demanded’ we re-institute the assault weapons ban to “prevent” weapons from coming into his country…

Guess what Bud- Most of those weapons are coming from YOUR armed forces that either defect, or are bribed, or look the other way when armories are being robbed… You can’t buy M-2 machine guns over the counter up here, nor hand grenades, nor full auto M-18’s or AKs…

And speaking of guns, they will continue to go after ours any way they can, and with Reid looking at defeat, Chuck U Schumer is licking his chops, since he will be the HMFIC, and can bring all his energy to bear (and he REALLY hates guns), Kagen is not a friend either, and when she gets on the court, you can bet she will team with the others to prevent advancement of our freedoms…

Lastly, the oil spill… I believe this will be President Unicorn’s Katrina- While they are ‘selling’ that they have been involved since day one, it’s simply not true. And the blow up at the oil execs? Because it’s making him look bad… I believe he will use this spill as an excuse to draft drilling regulations that will be insurmountable, effectively preventing drilling forever off US shores, while China and others ARE drilling in the Gulf and reaping the benefits, while we continue to deal with spot prices and the Middle East…

What can we do? VOTE!

The 2010 elections are just around the corner, and we need to remember what this administration and the incumbents of BOTH parties have done to us… And we need to vote them all out…

REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER, and lets start taking back our country.

Mexico is Angry…

The shoe is on the other foot and the Mexicans from the State of Sonora, Mexico don’t like it. Can you believe the nerve of these people? It’s almost funny…

The State of Sonora is angry at the influx of Mexicans into Mexico . Nine state legislators from the Mexican State of Sonora traveled to Tucson to complain about Arizona ‘s new employer crackdown on illegals from Mexico. It seems that many Mexican illegals are returning to their hometowns and the officials in the Sonora state government are ticked off. A delegation of nine state legislators from Sonora was in Tucson on Tuesday to state that Arizona ‘s new Employer Sanctions Law will have a devastating effect on the Mexican state.

At a news conference, the legislators said that Sonora, – Arizona’s southern neighbor, – made up of mostly small towns, – cannot handle the demand for housing, jobs and schools that it will face as Mexican workers return to their hometowns from the USA without jobs or money. The Arizona law, which took effect Jan. 1, punishes Arizona employers who knowingly hire individuals without valid legal documents to work in the United States . Penalties include suspension of, or loss of, their business license.

The Mexican legislators are angry because their own citizens are returning to their hometowns, placing a burden on THEIR state government. ‘How can Arizona pass a law like this?’ asked Mexican Rep Leticia Amparano-Gamez, who represents Nogales. “There is not one person living in Sonora who does not have a friend or relative working in Arizona”, she said, speaking in Spanish. “Mexico is not prepared for this, for the tremendous problems it will face as more and more Mexicans working in Arizona and who were sending money to their families return to their home-towns in Sonora without jobs”, she said. “We are one family, socially and economically”, she said of the people of Sonora and Arizona.

Wrong!

The United States is a sovereign nation, not a subsidiary of Mexico, and its taxpayers are not responsible for the welfare of Mexico ‘s citizens. It’s time for the Mexican government, and its citizens, to stop feeding parasitically off the United States and to start taking care of its/their own needs.

Too bad that other states within the USA don’t pass a law just like that passed by Arizona. Maybe that’s the answer, since our own Congress will do nothing!

These are some long standing immigration laws. You must read to the bottom or you will miss the message…

1. There will be no special bilingual programs in the schools.
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2. All ballots will be in this nation’s language..
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3.. All government business will be conducted in our language.
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4. Non-residents will NOT have the right to vote no matter how long they are here.
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5. Non-citizens will NEVER be able to hold political office
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6. Foreigners will not be a burden to the taxpayers. No welfare, no food stamps, no health care, or other government assistance programs. Any burden will be deported.
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7. Foreigners can invest in this country, but it must be an amount at least equal to 40,000 times the daily minimum wage.
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8. If foreigners come here and buy land… options will be restricted. Certain parcels including waterfront property are reserved for citizens naturally born into this country.
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9. Foreigners may have no protests; no demonstrations, no waving of a foreign flag, no political organizing, no bad-mouthing our president or his policies. These will lead to deportation.
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10. If you do come to this country illegally, you will be actively hunted &, when caught, sent to jail until your deportation can be arranged. All assets will be taken from you.
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You think this is too strict?

The above laws are current immigration laws of MEXICO!

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Another view of the Mexican immigration law comes from J. Michael Waller reflecting the same basic concepts.

“Mexico has a radical idea for a rational immigration policy that most Americans would love. However, Mexican officials haven’t been sharing that idea with us as they press for our Congress to adopt the McCain-Kennedy immigration reform bill.

That’s too bad, because Mexico, which annually deports more illegal aliens than the United States does, has much to teach us about how it handles the immigration issue. Under Mexican law, it is a felony to be an illegal alien in Mexico.

At a time when the Supreme Court and many politicians seek to bring American law in line with foreign legal norms, it’s noteworthy that nobody has argued that the U.S. look at how Mexico deals with immigration and what it might teach us about how best to solve our illegal immigration problem. Mexico has a single, streamlined law that ensures that foreign visitors and immigrants are:
• in the country legally;
• have the means to sustain themselves economically;
• not destined to be burdens on society;
• of economic and social benefit to society;
• of good character and have no criminal records; and
• contributors to the general well-being of the nation.

The law also ensures that:
• immigration authorities have a record of each foreign visitor;
• foreign visitors do not violate their visa status;
• foreign visitors are banned from interfering in the country’s internal politics;
• foreign visitors who enter under false pretenses are imprisoned or deported;
• foreign visitors violating the terms of their entry are imprisoned or deported;
• those who aid in illegal immigration will be sent to prison.

Who could disagree with such a law? It makes perfect sense. The Mexican constitution strictly defines the rights of citizens — and the denial of many fundamental rights to non-citizens, illegal and illegal. Under the constitution, the Ley General de Población, or General Law on Population, spells out specifically the country’s immigration policy.

It is an interesting law — and one that should cause us all to ask, Why is our great southern neighbor pushing us to water down our own immigration laws and policies, when its own immigration restrictions are the toughest on the continent? If a felony is a crime punishable by more than one year in prison, then Mexican law makes it a felony to be an illegal alien in Mexico.

If the United States adopted such statutes, Mexico no doubt would denounce it as a manifestation of American racism and bigotry. We looked at the immigration provisions of the Mexican constitution. [1] Now let’s look at Mexico’s main immigration law.

Mexico welcomes only foreigners who will be useful to Mexican society:
• Foreigners are admitted into Mexico “according to their possibilities of contributing to national progress.” (Article 32)
• Immigration officials must “ensure” that “immigrants will be useful elements for the country and that they have the necessary funds for their sustenance” and for their dependents. (Article 34)
• Foreigners may be barred from the country if their presence upsets “the equilibrium of the national demographics,” when foreigners are deemed detrimental to “economic or national interests,” when they do not behave like good citizens in their own country, when they have broken Mexican laws, and when “they are not found to be physically or mentally healthy.” (Article 37)
• The Secretary of Governance may “suspend or prohibit the admission of foreigners when he determines it to be in the national interest.” (Article 38)

Mexican authorities must keep track of every single person in the country:
• Federal, local and municipal police must cooperate with federal immigration authorities upon request, i.e., to assist in the arrests of illegal immigrants. (Article 73)
• A National Population Registry keeps track of “every single individual who comprises the population of the country,” and verifies each individual’s identity. (Articles 85 and 86)
• A national Catalog of Foreigners tracks foreign tourists and immigrants (Article 87), and assigns each individual with a unique tracking number (Article 91).

Foreigners with fake papers, or who enter the country under false pretenses, may be imprisoned:
• Foreigners with fake immigration papers may be fined or imprisoned. (Article 116)
• Foreigners who sign government documents “with a signature that is false or different from that which he normally uses” are subject to fine and imprisonment. (Article 116)

Foreigners who fail to obey the rules will be fined, deported, and/or imprisoned as felons:
• Foreigners who fail to obey a deportation order are to be punished. (Article 117)
• Foreigners who are deported from Mexico and attempt to re-enter the country without authorization can be imprisoned for up to 10 years. (Article 118)
• Foreigners who violate the terms of their visa may be sentenced to up to six years in prison (Articles 119, 120 and 121). Foreigners who misrepresent the terms of their visa while in Mexico — such as working with out a permit — can also be imprisoned.

Under Mexican law, illegal immigration is a felony. The General Law on Population says,
• “A penalty of up to two years in prison and a fine of three hundred to five thousand pesos will be imposed on the foreigner who enters the country illegally.” (Article 123)
• Foreigners with legal immigration problems may be deported from Mexico instead of being imprisoned. (Article 125)
• Foreigners who “attempt against national sovereignty or security” will be deported. (Article 126)

Mexicans who help illegal aliens enter the country are themselves considered criminals under the law:
• A Mexican who marries a foreigner with the sole objective of helping the foreigner live in the country is subject to up to five years in prison. (Article 127)
• Shipping and airline companies that bring undocumented foreigners into Mexico will be fined. (Article 132)

All of the above runs contrary to what Mexican leaders are demanding of the United States. The stark contrast between Mexico’s immigration practices versus its American immigration preachings is telling. It gives a clear picture of the Mexican government’s agenda: to have a one-way immigration relationship with the United States.

Let’s call Mexico’s bluff on its unwarranted interference in U.S. immigration policy. Let’s propose, just to make a point, that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) member nations standardize their immigration laws by using Mexico’s own law as a model.”

This article was first posted at CenterforSecurityPolicy.org.

Why Engineers Don’t Post Recipes…

Chocolate Chip Cookies: Ingredients:

1.) 532.35 cm3 gluten
2.) 4.9 cm3 NaHCO3
3.) 4.9 cm3 refined halite
4.) 236.6 cm3 partially hydrogenated tallow triglyceride
5.) 177.45 cm3 crystalline C12H22O11
6.) 177.45 cm3 unrefined C12H22O11
7.) 4.9 cm3 methyl ether of protocatechuic aldehyde
8.) Two calcium carbonate-encapsulated avian albumen-coated protein
9.) 473.2 cm3 theobroma cacao
10.) 236.6 cm3 de-encapsulated legume meats (sieve size #10)
To a 2-L jacketed round reactor vessel (reactor #1) with an overall heat transfer coefficient of about 100 Btu/F-ft2-hr, add ingredients one, two and three with constant agitation. In a second 2-L reactor vessel with a radial flow impeller operating at 100 rpm, add ingredients four, five, six, and seven until the mixture is homogenous. To reactor #2, add ingredient eight, followed by three equal volumes of the homogenous mixture in reactor #1. Additionally, add ingredient nine and ten slowly, with constant agitation. Care must be taken at this point in the reaction to control any temperature rise that may be the result of an exothermic reaction. Using a screw extrude attached to a #4 nodulizer, place the mixture piece-meal on a 316SS sheet (300 x 600 mm). Heat in a 460K oven for a period of time that is in agreement with Frank & Johnston’s first order rate expression (see JACOS, 21, 55), or until golden brown. Once the reaction is complete, place the sheet on a 25C heat-transfer table, allowing the product to come to equilibrium.

And one more funny…

Mechanical vs. Civil Engineers
What is the difference between Mechanical Engineers and Civil Engineers? Mechanical Engineers build weapons. Civil Engineers build targets.