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Anti-Immigration sentiment in the UK is rampant

March 31st, 2013 16 comments


The United Kingdom politicians are tripping all over each other trying to see who can be the most vocal about anti-immigration, just as the United States is preparing to debate new legislation reforming our immigration policies.

Why is anti-immigration such a popular bandwagon in merry in the United Kingdom?  According to the washingtonpost.com:

UKIP’s ability to spark a policy stampede without even winning a seat in Parliament underscores the increasing capability of anti-immigrant forces to set the agenda amid Europe’s economic malaise. An issue at the core of the party’s platform is the withdrawal of Britain from the European Union to stem the tide of immigration — as an E.U. member, Britain is legally bound to allow the citizens of 24 other European countries to resettle here with few restrictions — which speaks to the concerns of a continent where a debt crisis and high employment are increasingly making foreigners the target of popular rage.

That fear is surging as countries including Britain, Germany and France prepare for new flows of migrants from two of Europe’s poorest countries — Bulgaria and Romania, whose citizens will win unlimited access to the E.U.’s labor market as of Jan. 1.

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The Perils of Gay Marriage

March 31st, 2013 8 comments

How will the Supremes decide? Will will become of DOMA?

Should this be a matter decided at state level? How about other civil rights issues like desegregation?

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Open Thread………………………………………………………………..Saturday, March 30

March 30th, 2013 30 comments

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Hopping down the bunny trail…..Hippity Hoppity Easter’s on its way….

Joyous Passover and Easter to all.

My grandkids and I are looking forward to Seder dinner at Elena’s tonight, complete with hopping frogs.  She told me I got to be death of the first born in the pick a plague.

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“Wetbacks” and “Dinosaurs”– The GOP is having a hard time getting it right

March 29th, 2013 11 comments

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Yahoo.com:

 

During a discussion about ongoing challenges to the economy Thursday, Alaska Republican Rep. Don Young referred to Hispanic workers as “wetbacks,” an ethnic slur used to describe migrant workers. He has since apologized.

“My father had a ranch; we used to have 50-60 wetbacks to pick tomatoes,” Young told Alaska public radio station KRBD. “It takes two people to pick the same tomatoes now. It’s all done by machine.”

Rep. Don Young of Alaska apologized for using a racist term but not before GOP leaders jumped all over him publically.   According to Latinofoxnews.com:

“I apologize for the insensitive term I used during an interview in  Ketchikan, Alaska,” Young said. “There was no malice in my heart or intent to  offend; it was a poor choice of words. That word, and the negative attitudes  that come with it, should be left in the 20th century, and I’m sorry that  this has shifted our focus away from comprehensive immigration reform.”

His remark brought a rare rebuke from U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH),  and other high-ranking party leaders, who called his comment “offensive.”

“Congressman Young’s remarks were offensive and beneath the dignity of the  office he holds,” Boehner said. “I don’t care why he said it – there’s no  excuse…”

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Run Coyote! Run!

March 28th, 2013 1 comment

I have mixed feelings about this issue. Coyotes have been going in backyards and taking family pets in Colorado and Utah.

People in Utah have gotten a bounty for pelts for years. I find that repugnant.

We absolutely have coyotes here in Prince William County. I would want to flay one with my bare hands if it harmed my animals!

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Govenor Ultrasound McDonnell Hires Bullies to Answer the Phones

March 27th, 2013 35 comments
Hello, governor McDonnell's non-partisan office.  How may we bully you?

Hello, Governor McDonnell’s non-partisan office. How may we bully you?

 

So I called the Govenors office, not the first I have done this mind you, and spoke with the most obnoxious young man.  He wanted to bully me into a debate.  I will add, every other time I have called the Govenor’s office, I have spoken with a perfectly lovely black woman.  She is always polite.  Well, what a difference this experience was for me.

I wish I had asked his name now.  He answered the phone and I told him I was calling about the amendment that would inhibit women buying abortion coverage with their own money in the insurance exchange.  I asked him, rhetorically of course, why republicans always seemed to rally around the premise of small government, but when it comes to a womans vagina/i.e. reproductive system, they were more than happy to use government power to justify their means.

He then proceeded to interupt me and instead of asking me for my name etc, he wanted to debate me on the subject.  I told him I had no interest in debating him, that I simply called to register my disgust.  Well, he proceeded to tell me that I had “called a non partisan office”.  Can someone please tell me how Govenor McDonnell’s office is non partisan.  Isn’t he a republican?  Am I in the some twighlight zone episode?

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Governor Ultra-Sound Strikes Again!

March 26th, 2013 3 comments
aka Governor Ultra-Sound

aka Governor Ultra-Sound

Email from NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia:

Dear XXXXXX,

Gov. McDonnell won’t rest until abortion access is completely eliminated in the Commonwealth.

Late last night, Gov. McDonnell added an anti-abortion amendment to SB921 and HB1900, bills to implement Virginia’s new health-insurance exchange as set out under the Affordable Care Act. McDonnell’s new amendment seeks to ban abortion coverage from all private plans sold in Virginia’s federally run health-insurance exchange, and if passed, will block thousands of Virginian women from purchasing comprehensive health care with their own private dollars.

Contact your state senator and tell him/her to stand strong against McDonnell’s latest anti-choice attack!

By banning women from using their own money to purchase private insurance plans that include this one common benefit, Gov. McDonnell is attempting to restrict Virginians’ personal economic decisions as well as their access to affordable comprehensive health care. Let’s be clear – despite what you will hear from anti-choice groups, this amendment is not a matter of eliminating public funding for abortion. Instead, McDonnell’s amendment would block Virginia women from spending their own private dollars to purchase an insurance policy with abortion coverage. In addition, the governor’s amendment would take away basic coverage currently included in a vast majority of Virginia’s private insurance plans.

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Corey, you could have fooled me!

March 26th, 2013 13 comments
No Latino voters for Core-man

No Latino voters for Core-man

I got another beg letter from Corey.  He wanted money.  I am not sure why he thinks I am his friend.  Part of his  email contained the following:

The media is at it again. Just two days ago, a columnist from the Richmond Times Dispatch labeled me “an immigrant basher”.

It is no doubt this statement arises from my leadership of the nation’s toughest crackdown on criminal illegal immigration

In Prince William County, if you are arrested for a crime and it is determined that you are here illegally, then our law enforcement officers hand you over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

I need your help in this fight to combat the never ending liberal media attacking our conservative values.  A donation of $25, $50, $100 would go a long way to help me spread my message of conservative governance.

Every person who is being arrested is checked, regardless of age, sex, race, etc. If upholding the Rule of Law makes me “an immigrant basher” than let them name call, I am willing to deal with such petty insults for the safety of Prince William County’s 425,000+ residents. Since we enacted our illegal immigration policy, there has been a 47.8% drop in violent crime and we have handed over more than 6,000 criminal illegal aliens to ICE.

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Happy Passover

March 25th, 2013 Comments off

Passover is the most ritualistic dinner in Judaism.  In my home, I lead the Seder.  Every year I try to make the story of the exodus relevant not only for me, but especially, for my children.  It is a time to reflect upon what freedom means.  It is a time to remember that as a participant of a civilized society, one must remember to lift up our fellow “travelers” in this often complicate world.

The Story of Passover is about faith, bravery, kindness and redemption.   A life lesson that never loses it’s relevance.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/no-longer-centered-just-on-readings-many-passover-seders-have-creative-twists/2013/03/24/cf41e9c2-91d6-11e2-9cfd-36d6c9b5d7ad_story.html

This year we will have wind up frogs that jump on the table, masks of the 10 plagues, chocolate covered marshmallow locusts and frogs!

 

 

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Jon Stewart: The Seder and more (He’s BAAAAACK!)

March 25th, 2013 6 comments
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UVA stops use of live cats to train med students

March 25th, 2013 10 comments
Oh NO you don't!!!

Oh NO you don’t!!!

Richmond Times Dispatch:

CHARLOTTESVILLE — The University of Virginia has stopped using live cats to train medical students to insert breathing tubes in newborns.

U.Va. spokesman McGregor McCance told The Daily Progress that the university’s three USDA Category A felines — Alley, Kiki and Fiddle — have been adopted out to local residents.

“We’ve received a lot of feedback from lots of people on this issue, because obviously it’s one that stirs a lot of passion,” he said.

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PWC School Board shaves $5.6 million off FY14 budget

March 25th, 2013 Comments off

Washingtonpost.com:

The Prince William County School Board voted last week to approve $5.6 million in cuts from Superintendent Steven L. Walts’s budget for fiscal 2014. Walts amended his original budget to compensate for reduced funding from the state and county.

The board voted, 7 to 0, in favor of the revised budget, from $893.6 million to $888 million. Member Lisa E. Bell (Neabsco) did not attend the meeting.

Cuts were achieved in part by reductions in planned technology improvements and in exploring the expansion of the county’s specialty programs. The budget institutes across-the-board cuts in the schools and central offices. Each school will have to reduce its operating budget by half a percent; central office departments will cut their budgets by 1 percent.

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Open Thread……………………………………………Monday, March 25

March 25th, 2013 23 comments

spring install

Nuff said?

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North Dakota, First State to Earn Taliban Status

March 24th, 2013 15 comments

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Well, North Dakota’s legislature has approved the first Personhood Amendment.  So this is what American “taliban” looks like in my opinion.

North Dakota lawmakers voted on Friday afternoon to pass a “personhood” abortion ban, which would endow fertilized eggs with all the rights of U.S. citizens and effectively outlaw abortion. The measure, which passed the Senate last month, passed the House by a 57-35 vote and now heads to a ballot vote, likely in the next November election.

A personhood ban could have far-reaching consequences even beyond abortion care, since it will charge doctors who damage embryos with criminal negligence. Doctors in the state say it will also prevent them from performing in vitro fertilization, and some medical professionals have vowed to leave the state if it is signed into law.

So if I were to go to the CVS and buy a pregnancy test, do I have to register the results?  If I have a spontaneous abortion, will my doctor  have to go before a legal committee and defend the cycle of nature?

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Uber- Conservatives Hurt the GOP: The numbers don’t look good

March 24th, 2013 25 comments

A 20-year low for the GOP

Washingtonpost.com

 

While there are no catchy phrases for the Republicans of 2013, their image problems are readily apparent in national polls. The GOP has come to be seen as the more extreme party, the side unwilling to compromise or negotiate seriously to tackle the economic turmoil that challenges the nation.

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