British Petroleum oil slick in the Gulf: are “temp” workers doing the work on most oil derricks?


Rumor heard — that many oil companies do not have full-time employees but hire only temporary workers…  If true, would that have an effect on efficiency and safety? oil slick

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Open Borders for the U.S.A or something else?


From San Francisco and Los Angeles, to New York and Washington D.C., (and other places here and there), is heard that we must boycott Arizona…  Though not said directly, those who say boycott ( Los Angeles mayor ) are in effect speaking up for an Open Border policy —  which in essence means, if anyone wants to come into this country, no one ought to have the right to stop them because the illegal immigrant has a superior right to enter…  (Be mindful that most countries of the world do not have Open Borders)…

These politicians hold press conferences making wild assertions that because Arizona passed its law, the sun will stop shining and will mean that America will no longer be able to serve apple pie…  Or, they’ve made similarly silly remarks…

Citizens and illegal immigrants need a resolution to the dilemma…  Not simply drama….

Probably with minimal or no controversy, most can agree that national politicians allowed the problem to fester and have made it worse by not dealing with the issue in due time and with due diligence, and now call press conferences to denounce those who are trying to do something about the problem…   

Also, probably with the same low-level of controversy as stated in the previous paragraph, most will agree that the matter of illegal immigration needs to be resolved…

Having said that, what follows likely will be more, way more controversial…

And that is, that to begin to resolve the issue, a basic foundation of the resolution will have to be the recognition, and acceptance, that a certain category of illegal immigrants will not be deported…  In this group will be, for example, those who have been here as of a particular date, whatever the date set might be…  This is because a significant number of these people own their own homes and/or businesses, have responsible jobs and fixed roots in their communities, are law-abiding (other than entering the country illegally, for example), and have children who are American citizens…  Reality is reality.

Thus, commonsensically, it seems it would be impractical or impossible in one swoop to deport tens of millions of those in the category described above…  Additionally, court challenges in which the courts would have to decide if it is fair and just to deport millions with the aforementioned qualities, might likely result in decisions saying that it is not fair and just — not fair and just because it is not envisioned that in the 21st century any court would support a new “Trail of Tears” (or a variation of the Japanese-American evacuation policy of WW  II) involving MILLIONS and MILLIONS of human beings uprooted and shipped out… 

But the matter of whether the countless illegal immigrants  in the category already described would be deported or not, could  be secondary or tertiary or nonexistent if a law were passed stating: that employers who hired illegal immigrants as of a set date henceforth would be fined severely, and those illegal immigrants who after the set date tried to get a job would be deported swiftly and would never be allowed legally to emigrate to the USA…  End of the dream for them, plain and simple…

This punitive action against employers and illegal immigrant potential employees would put a serious dent on illegal immigration, immediately, and would be a compromise position for everyone involved in the illegal immigration controversy…

Again, though, before the law against employers would be passed, what likely would have to be accepted is that the illegal immigrants in the special category previously mentioned would not be deported…  A mighty supposition…

Will Congress and the president do their jobs by resolving the matter of illegal immigration anytime soon?  Highly unlikely(  President Obama and Congress ) because the issue is controversial, the November Elections are almost upon us, and most politicians do not have a backbone…  Meantime, the border states and some others will continue with the problem… 

Undoubtedly, citizens as well as illegal immigrants deserve a solution to the problem…  ( Workers of the World May Day on May 1 — demonstrations planned.)

The results of the next national elections will tell what views on Open Borders, illegal immigration and other major topics of public policy will prevail…  Stay tuned…

Potpourri Pan America: it’s illegal to be an illegal alien?!… Conservative “actors talk in whispers”… And more..


Here and Yonder:

Conservative “actors talk in whispers”

 Policing the Party  (video): Riot Police/Swat team readying to “face off” Tea Partyer group of senior citizens  demonstrating  peacefully at President Obama’s function in Quincy, Illinois. 

Sports writer Dave Zirin: Dont take anyone out to the ballpark.  (video) The writer was interviewed regarding the state of Arizona’s illegal immigration law — he supports, with a twist,  Raúl Grijalva’s boycott plans for Arizona…  He is pushing that no one in Arizona go to Diamondback baseball games(!), and when the team plays on-the-road, that no one ought to go see them either…  Frankly,  I had never heard of the guy before the video… 

Immigrant Rallies on May 1….

Real Clear Politics : President’s latest approval rating –approve: 47.9,         disapprove:  45.7

Hugo Chavez : because we were all dying to know, leftist President of Venezuela now has a twitter account (chavezcandanga) and supposedly will join Facebook next… Wonder who his first friends will be.

a Talking head: supposedly said something deeply insightful — that the new immigration law in Arizona will make it illegal to be an illegal alien… 

Argentina in Anarchy?

PanAm: and , finally, found my button today from the World Cup in Pasadena in 1994…  Thinking of World Cup South Africa…  Just sayin’…    

Arizona voters and others are “misguided” and “psychologically disoriented”?!


In Arizona, because Governor Jan Brewer signed Senate Immigration Bill 1070 into law last week, the police now are required to stop anyone who has brown skin”, so say not only the most vociferous and strident of those who oppose the law, but also the unthinking ones who only repeat what they hear…

Of course, that is not what the law says, but facts do not seem to be important to ones who apparently do not want to discuss the issue in a sensible manner, preferring instead simply to confuse, agitate and demagogue.

Political Campaign 2010 is in full stride a full six months before November.

Al Sharpton has been making the rounds of talk shows aggressively expressing opposition to the recently enacted Arizona law, saying the law is
“misguided”, and more  Why?…  Maybe because as a reported confidant of President Obama he is stoking Latino anger in order to gain their support in voting in November for candidates favored by the president…

 President Obama says the law is “misguided”.

 Secretary of Homeland Security Napolitano repeats what her boss says, that the law is “misguided”.

 Nancy Pelosi, from California, Speaker of the House, says the law is “misguided and irresponsible”.

 Gavin Newsom, mayor of San Francisco, California has asked that the city boycott Arizona because the law is “misguided”, and more.

Bill Clinton, former president, says the passage of the Arizona law indicates that people have a “psychological disorientation”!…

Raúl Grijalva, state representative from Phoenix, has stated that he is pressing a boycott of businesses in Arizona (apparently to show his disdain for the immigration law)…  As several in the news media have pointed out, what kind of representative for the voters is he if he is saying he wants businesses in his district to suffer economic ruin because the state passed a law to control illegal immigration?  Whom does he represent?…..

Rich posted yesterday something to the effect that Hispanic citizens ought to know they are simply pawns being used for the November elections…  Seems like a good point…

 Shouldn’t they know?…  Are Latino/Hispanic citizens of The United States of America (and other voters) going to be herded like sheep by President Obama, Al Sharpton, Nancy Pelosi, Secretary Napolitano, Raúl Grijalva, Gavin Newsom and Bill Clinton into voting for anyone simply because they are prodded in that direction?

If they can be herded so easily, maybe they do have a psychological condition as Mr. Clinton indicates.

 

 

Potpourri Pan America: Arizona and Obama in the Spotlight


A condensed overview across the hemisphere:

Argentina  — Secretary General of the Organization of American States calls the law discriminatory.

Mexico — President of Mexico calls the law discriminatory.

Chicago — Columnist believes the law will “backfire” on Arizona.

Los Angeles — Washington Bureau of the L.A TIMES/Tribune indicates the law will change the dynamics of immigration reform.

Washington — President Obama seems to be appealing to Latinos (as well as other minority groups) to energize them for the November elections, and the Arizona Law recently passed might be a good political vehicle for him to rally the particular segments…

And, finally — HeavyWeight — heaviest man marries (no connection to the Arizona law, if anyone is looking for it).

Some states are reacting aggressively to illegal immigration problems because the Federal Government has failed to fulfill its responsibilities


Immigration discord: The passage recently in Arizona of a controversial immigration law seems to be a response to perceived and real concerns that the federal government is failing and has failed for years to protect the country’s borders against illegal human migrations…  That failure has created special problems for the people of Arizona…  Furthermore, it is a strong message from at least that one state (among more than several) that faraway Washington D.C., is still seemingly uncaring and oblivious to the problems border states (primarily) continue to experience – problems that are the result of the uncontrolled migrations that have brought countless thousands of illegal immigrants into their midst…

 The national government needs to fulfill its responsibility for protecting the nation’s borders and must provide relief – especially for the governments and people of the border states, if it does not want other states to follow the example of Arizona…

 A simplistic observation by some American citizens, as well as by numerous illegal immigrants (and by certain immigration activists), is that people who expect border laws to be enforced are either uncaring folks or are just plain racists…  Although realistically it can be assumed that there are some racists among those who demand America’s borders be well-regulated and controlled, it must also be assumed that the great majority  of the people making the demand are not.…

 Illegal immigration causes countless problems for the receiving states, including having local tax payers pay for the costs due to overcrowded schools and for all the special programs required by the continuing influx of immigrants into educational systems, along with the costs incurred by  local agencies that serve the illegal immigrant – for example, public assistance, medical care, and police, court and penal systems… 

 Not only has the Federal Government allowed uncontrolled, generally unregulated, illegal immigration to flourish in the country, thereby causing local tax payers to have to bear the brunt of the effect of uncontrolled immigration, but the central government in Washington also has indicated its desire for leniency in the enforcement of street-drug laws — meanwhile, reportedly, the drug cartels from the south in various ways are running over Arizona by using it as a staging ground and as a re-distribution center

Thus, in addition to other costs, local Arizona tax payers have to deal with the additional expenses of fighting drug cartel crimes, plus, they will have to incur extra costs down the line because of the Health Bill that was passed not too long ago —  which reportedly places more financial responsibilities on individual states… 

Uncertainties and more financial burdens cause stress…  But the totality of the scenario seems to be that Washington is leaving the states to fend for themselves, and when a state such as Arizona reacts in support of its citizens, the first action President Obama seems to take in response is to indicate that Arizonans are “misguided”… 

 Frustrations and tensions are bound to rise…  Stay tuned…

PlayOffs, anyone?!


What else could a sportsperson ask for in professional sports?!Maybe curling…

NBAPlayOffs — NBA PlayOffs: in full swing…  Sit back and enjoy them.

NFLDraft2010 — The Big 12 led the pack on the first day…  Longhorns placed Earl Thomas in the first round…  Colt McCoy, not until the 85th pick, but went to the Browns where he can grow into the position… (Apologies to the non Longhorn fans.).

WorldCup2010 — the greatest show on earth this year:  things will be jumping in South Africa…

HockeyPlayoffs — Hockey enthusiasts rejoice, the skating to the Stanley Cup is in full puck.