Archive for ‘Immigration’

July 3, 2013

Reading 7/3/2013

by thoughtfulconservative

If George Zimmerman Is Found Not Guilty, Can The American People Handle It? « TheTradingReport.

I suspect some rioting will take place if he’s found innocent.

The growing public acceptance of same-sex marriage and the legalization of marijuana are signs of that the idea of the government minding its own business — in most things — is gaining credence with the public.

via The Libertarian States of America.

And it has a map! #mapgeek

A Gallup poll has found that Obama’s Perceived Honesty, Crisis Management Key to Approval.

So there’s that.

And it’s a poll so <shrug>.

JONATHAN ALTER: There is already very little [illegal immigration] right now, if you look at statistics.

via Chris Matthews: “Republicans Don’t Like Illegal Immigration” And Democrats “Believe In Illegal Immigration” | RealClearPolitics.

Matthews’ quote is, as media is wont to do, a broad brush that attempts to polarize. One group is one side of the issue, the other group is the other side of the issue. It’s what draws viewers and henceforth sells advertising.

Although MSNBC doesn’t seem to be doing that well…

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December 30, 2012

Clearing the tabs…12/30/2012

by thoughtfulconservative

Secretary of State Clinton hospitalized. I guess it turned out to be more than “Benghazi flu” after all… Prayers for Secretary Clinton and her health.

How to prepare financially for 2013 despite fiscal cliff. Step one: Don’t panic. Step 2: Prepare for the worst. That’s when I panic. Step 3: Turn investments into cash…Yeah, right.

Farmer cites religious issues in raw milk case. May be behind a “pay wall.” Sorry.

Immigration reform could get overshadowed in Congress. By what? Oh….yeah…forgot.

Red-light cameras run up $7.6 million in fines in first year. Look for this revenue stream to come to a community near you soon.

French court throws out Hollande’s tax on rich. America should be so lucky.

And last but certainly not least, Obama signs FISA warrantless wiretapping program extension into law. It’s nice to know that while the government might not be able to pay its bills, it will still be able to spy on its citizens. Kohl, Johnson and Sensenbrenner all voted “Yes.”

May 21, 2010

Ray Stevens – “Come to the U.S.A.”

by thoughtfulconservative

OK, I’ll have more to say later, but I couldn’t resist this:

(A tip of the conservative ball cap to All American Blogger)

May 20, 2010

Quote of the Day 05-20-2010

by thoughtfulconservative

“Under Canadian immigration laws, individuals who are not Canadian citizens may be detained at the border and, in certain cases may not be permitted to enter Canada at all, if they have any sort of past criminal record.”

via Memo: MLB Players Have Been Detained at Canadian Border Due to Past Crimes.

(a tip of the conservative ball cap to a tweet by baseballcrank)

November 14, 2008

Quick Hits 11/14/2008

by thoughtfulconservative

Here’s more stuff I wanted to blog on but didn’t get to this week.

Chris Lufter was an able leader of the Waukesha Taxpayers League. It will be impossible to replace her. Hopefully she gets to enjoy her family now.

Remember how after the I-35 bridge in Minneapolis collapse, many shrilly indicted the infrastructure. I’m not saying everything’s rosy but, Federal investigators say design error, too much weight doomed I-35W bridge.

Holding the first of a two-day hearing before it releases final findings and recommendations, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday the collapse in Minneapolis was caused by a fatal design error. The error allowed an accumulation of weight added to the bridge over its 40-year lifespan — plus the weight associated with a new construction project — to finally topple it, killing 13 and injuring 145. [Emphasis mine.]

H-1B Visa Reform Takes Shape to Address Fraud, Procedural Nightmares

The agency responsible for granting H-1B visa applications plans to tighten up its procedures for vetting and approving the applications in the wake of a report indicating as many as 20 percent of the applications may be fraudulent or technically flawed.

Immigration needs to be fixed. Soon.

This story by Dan Shelley, former news director of WTMJ radio, sounds like the sour grapes we’ve heard from former Bush Adminstration officials (Scott MacClellan, I’m looking at you). Here’s a response from Charlie Sykes that Milwaukee Magazine should have offered before it ran an obvious hit piece.

If the Fairness Doctrine makes a comeback like Chuck Schumer and many on the left wish, although some say it won’t happen, will conservatives get equal time with The Washington Post and MSDNC’s Chris “My Job Is To Make Obama Presidency a Success” Matthews and Keith Olbermann?

February 16, 2008

Where have the illegal immigrants gone?

by thoughtfulconservative

From the Chicago Tribune, via The Week magazine,

Oklahoma’s new law, which cuts off undocumented immigrants from most government programs and mandates felony charges against anyone who transports or shelters them, has emerged as Exhibit A in the struggle.

Three months after the law took effect Nov. 1, anecdotal indications are mounting that many of Oklahoma’s estimated 100,000 illegal immigrants have fled the state. But so are indications that the new law is triggering unforeseen consequences.

Catch that? “Unforseen consequences.” Wonder what they might be?

The splintered trees, downed branches and piles of wood still littering nearly every neighborhood of this sprawling city two months after a devastating ice storm stand as a testament to something more than the ferocity of nature.

The debris is also a sign of the effectiveness of Oklahoma’s new law intended to drive illegal immigrants out of the state — the strictest such statute in the nation.

The branches are still here, many of the law’s critics say, because the undocumented workers who would have cleaned them up are not.

“You really have to work hard at it to destroy our state’s economy, but we found a way,” said state Sen. Harry Coates, the only Republican in the state Legislature to vote against the immigration law. “We ran off the workforce.”

Rut roh.

Construction companies that relied on undocumented laborers are having trouble completing jobs. Thousands of undocumented children have been dropped from the state’s Medicaid program. And business is down sharply at the stores, groceries and restaurants that serve a Hispanic clientele.

More rut roh. Or is it?

“The state of Oklahoma ought not be in the business of subsidizing the presence of people who are here illegally,” said Republican state Rep. Randy Terrill, sponsor of the Oklahoma Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act of 2007, also known as House Bill 1804.

He’s got a point.

But is this what we want?