Tuesday, May 11, 2010 2:51:03 PM
I ended my Saturday blog post with the question, "Do you want this country to end up like Greece?" There are still plenty of people here that would love to get the benefits that employees and college students in Greece have been getting and think the U. S. is wrong for not doing so. For instances, there are millions in this country that believe health care should be free. Here are a few of the many benefits that have been available to Greek citizens:
- Adult children of deceased civil servant parents can continue to collect their parent's pensions.
- Civil servants can retire with a pension in their 40s.
- Vacation time is far more generous for a person just working a couple of years on the the same job than any American worker with 20 years seniority working for the same business.
These kind of benefits that have bankrupt Greece are desired by many in this country. I hear consistently about how our government has enough money for wars, but can't take care of its people like providing free health care and other "take care of me" socialistic entitlements. Frankly, many of us have a small knowledge if any on these constitutional issues. Get a primer here and for those who argue "general welfare," go here.
Greece's imploding home on the socialism road should be scaring the daylights out of us, but what is going on there is not registering with many folks here. Greece's government is going to put an austerity program in place which will cut down and cut out many of the entitlements that their people have enjoyed for a long time. As you have read and seen on TV news, the Greek citizens have protested the program in a violent manor, because they see these benefits as rights. For another view of Greece's messed up economy, take a look at Star Parker's very informative column.
Friday, April 30, 2010 9:52:12 PM
This Arizona Immigration Law is really peaking emotions. Is it discrimination? I say the purpose is not discriminatory. After all the true intent is to rid the state of people illegally entering this country through the state of Arizona were the border is very porous. Going after people who broke laws by how they entered into this country has nothing to do with discrimination or human rights violations. Anyone planning to march this weekend over a law that targets people for illegal entry are misguided and wrong.
The Arizona Immigration Law is far more controversial over the freedom/power it gives to local law enforcement than the actual arresting of illegal immigrants. Many see the local law authorities as being able to practice racial discrimination through the authority of stopping anyone they suspect of not being a U.S. citizen and asking them to produce identification (ID).
I have heard plenty expressing the belief that this law gives the bad eggs of the local police the legal cover to harass people they know are not illegal immigrants. But majority of the folks in Arizona, do not have a problem with the law and that includes some of the black population. That angers quite a few black folks in the Philly area. One local black personality can't understand how any black person can support such a law.
I admit I that I do wonder a little about this law's constitutionality. Judge Andrew Napolitano who politically is libertarian says there are constitutional problems. Conservative columnists Byron York begs to differ. I hear a lot of folks fussing over producing ID. Legal immigrants have to be able to produce their green cards at all times. In the last couple of days, I heard much arguing over what will happen if a citizen is stopped by the police and asked to show ID proving legal status like a driver's licence, a state issued non driver's ID or a passport, etc, but do not have any of that on them at the time! I really feel that if you go out sometimes without ID, it is not that much of an effort to start keeping ID on you from now on.
BTW the way, if you did not read the following link on my Facebook page or in my 'Twitter Updates' on this blog page's side bar, you can read it now. The new Arizona Immigration Law is already being successful at ridding the state of illegal immigrants.
Thursday, April 22, 2010 2:36:23 PM
I had been wondering about a certain person lately and sadly I found out yesterday that my supicions were true. I lost a blog buddy who passed on April 14, 2010. His name was Dave Sinkula. I connected with him on this blog. He posted a few comments (some in respectful disagreement) from time to time as Opinions and sometimes signed off as Observer.
Dave had started a blog on Opera and moved on to another blogging platform where he evolved into a microblogger. I greatly benefited from his microblogging. He had developed a fantastic conservative news feed which provided me with the information base to many of my blog posts. I also retweeted and shared his conservative news links on my Facebook page. Every now and then when my blog posts did not include one of Dave's news links, he would include my blog post in his feed. My condolences go out to his family, relatives and friends. Read more about Dave here.
Monday, April 12, 2010 4:14:49 PM
Can You Believe the Following?
- There is a move to ban gender specific bathrooms, sports teams in schools in Maine. Imagine female and male students sharing the same bathroom facilities! You know the larger one with several sinks and stalls. I have heard this is done in some parts of Europe. I don't really know, because I have never been anywhere in Europe. But I did have experiences with a public restroom with several stalls for used by both sexes and and detested it. This was during mid 80s, when I took a course on Temple University' Art campus. The first time I went in that bathroom, I saw a guy coming out of one of the stalls and turned around and walked out. After that, most of the times I only saw other females in that bathroom; nevertheless, I did suffer a few incidents that were mortifying.
- I just read a Facebook note shared by a FB friend about a mother enraged over her son's elementary school in Maple Shade, New Jersey forcing the male students to cross-dress for women's History Month. Now you know that is outrageous. Some of these lesson plans have gone beyond the "too far" level. Are you ready to obtain female clothing for your son so he can get a good grade in this type of class participation? While on a visit to see the grandchidren, how would you older folks feel about catching your grandson in preparation for his cross-dressing assignment?
UPDATE: The school has backed away from forcing the cross-dressing. Read all about it here.
Planned Parenthood feels that HIV-Infected Youth should continue to enjoy sex and is against laws behind informing HIV/AIDs status to potential partners. WHAT! That is so irresponsible! Enjoying sex! Youth should not be having sex. Planned Parenthood has been messed up from its very inception. It came into being through Margaret Sanger, who saw abortion as a means to slowdown people of color from reproducing. Planned Parenthood is just indefensible. I do not see any good in that organization.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 12:27:00 PM
The Lower Merion school district in Montgomery County, PA is in boiling hot water for spying on high school students through their school issued computers. It seems that school officials can observe students through the computer's web cam in the privacy of their home (like bedroom...). An assistant principal at Harriton High School told a student that she had observe him doing something inappropriate in his home. This school says it had the laptop cameras turned on in case of theft in defense of this intrusive action. They also defend the actions of the assistant principal.
In watching the debates on this issue on Fox News programming, I have heard rather weak defenses of the remotely turned on laptop web cameras in the privacy of the student's home. But locally where Lower Merion is a Philly suburb, radio talker Dominic Giordano has been trying to defend the Lower Merion School. He has pointed out that the outrage is more national than local. The Lower Merion Community as a whole don't seem to be that upset about it, except for some of the families that have high school students with the laptops. Of course, as you might already know, one family is suing.
Mr. Giordano thinks we should reserve judgment until we hear more of the facts. I listen to him last night and he was really not that upset at the idea of of the laptop's camera allowed for school officials to peek into the private lives of the students. Some callers agreed with him. It was said, "After all, the parents had to sign off on the computers. If they did not read the fine print about how the district would deal with possible theft, then that is on them." I can't go with that. Isn't there a larger constitutional question of privacy invasion?
This theft defense is weak, because if stolen, those laptops could be tracked through the IP address and/or a GPS tracking device. Also, there is the question of whether a laptop was ever reported stolen. Fortunately the web camera software was disabled. We know at least one school official was watching/spying on a student while at home. Do you wonder how many other school officials where doing that? This can't be excused. This is so very wrong.
Monday, February 1, 2010 11:50:00 PM
Please keep praying for aspostate Rifqa Bary. If you have not heard it already, her parents have withdrawn their consent to the previously agreed solution of their daughter remaining in foster care until she turns 18 later this year along with all of them undergoing counseling. The parents want a new trial. If Rifqa ends up back with her parents, her life will be in grave jeopardy, because of her conversion to Christianity.
Hopefully, her plight will finally be settled in her favor, or maybe the court procedures will drag well into this year while she continues to stay with foster families until her 18th birthday sometime in the summer. The concern about the quality of Rifqa's legal counsel is coming to surface and those closer to her situation feel there should be some new legal blood. Read more here and/or here.
Thursday, January 21, 2010 3:55:28 AM
There is a sweet victory in the state of Massachusetts. Republican Scott Brown won over Democrat Martha Coakley. This victory came about through presumption and indifference on the Democrat side, voters choosing the best person irrespective of political party, voters choosing someone they feel will go against the Obama government based solutions agenda and no Republican/conservative infighting. For those on the Republican/conservative side, we need to pay attention in order to win back more congressional seats and do to Obama what the 1994 Republican Congress did to former Pres. Bill Clinton.
Scott Brown is a Republican but some would say he is not a conservative's conservative. But any kind of a Republican getting elected in the very liberal Mass. is something else. Liberal Democrats are shall we say stunned! I kind of thought it was going to be close enough that this election would drag out in recounts like the Coleman/Franken affair. It is so great that the victory was very decisive and that no later discovered voting ballots of dead people will be able to come into play to reverse this present voting outcome.
It was interesting to listen to reasons why Martha Coakley lost on the local urban radio talk program this morning. Pres. Obama was criticized for not sticking to his agenda and trying to woo the Republicans. How is that for sounding way off base? It was sticking to his agenda, especially with the health care bill that most in this country do not want that got Scott Brown elected.
Local urban radio chatboard folks did not get nasty with me with my comments against their reasoning. That was a little surprising. In fact, they ignored my comments on Brown/Coakley. I guess they thought I was rubbing it in. I was, but in not in a nasty "I told you so" way.
Just think! Republican Senator Brown who will now take over the Democrat seat of the late Edward "Ted" Kennedy who held it for 47 years. WOW!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 9:20:00 PM
I hope you have not forgotten about Rifqa Bary. I have just found out that she has pleaded guilty to the charge of being unruly. She and her parents have agreed to submit to counseling, but Rifqa will remain in the custody of child services. It will be her choice to remain in foster care until she turns 18 which (I think) will be sometime in the summer or move back with her parents.
Rifqa Bary pleaded guilty to being unruly by running away to Florida to the home of a Christian Pastor and his family, because her father said he would kill her for her apostasy in rejecting Islam for salvation through Jesus Christ. Read more here and continue to pray for Rifqa Bary. Those who have left Islam where supportive such as Former Muslims United and backed Rifqa in her fear of being killed by her father.
There is some concern over what kind of counseling Rifqa will undergo (keep praying). But I am thankful to the Lord that Rifqa Bary will not be forced to go back to live under the same roof with the family authority figure that threatened her with death i.e honor killing for choosing Christianity.