It is no secret that the Obama administration and congressional Democrats want to legalize the illegals. It is no secret that some Republicans such as former Pres. George W. Bush and Sen. John McCain wanted to do that too! Recently Rupert Murdoch and New York Mayor, Michael Bloomberg came out in favor of amnesty for illegal immigrants. Well there are employers and politicians on all sides of the political spectrum that want to at least give illegals legal employment status.
As far as I am concerned that is a swift hard slap in the face to those who entered this country legally and are making their way down the arduous path to U. S. citizenship. I am for immigration reform that allows legal immigrants to get other family members and/or relatives into this country at a faster pace. I personally know of a situation where a legal immigrant who was able to get his wife and biological children over here about 4 years ago, but not his adopted child. He continues to work to get the child here.
I do admit that I have a heart for children who have been brought here illegally. Many are now coming to the realization as teens and young adults that they are not citizens of this country. I have read about some situations where college students are finding themselves in illegal immigration detention, fighting possible deportation to the country of their birth but nevertheless an alien country. Their parents get the full blame for their illegal status.
The war going on between Arizona and the Obama administration over people illegally crossing the U. S. border from Mexico into Arizona has so many facets. The way the Obama administration is dealing with the border crossings of drug smugglers is one of them and it is bizarre. Gov. Jan Brewer has every right to be infuriated. To see what I am talking about, go here and/or here and for another little illegal immigration tidbit. Philadelphia, the city of my birth and where I lived three quarters of my life is becoming a sanctuary city.
Those who are against offshore oil drilling in the U.S. are doing a monumental "see I told you so" over the largest oil spill in our history in the Gulf of Mexico. The spilled oil will is hurting the environment and the economy of the Gulf states and eventually the entire country. I feel we need to increase offshore drilling and safety precautions.
Regardless of where we stand on this issue, most do not want to continue to be beholden to the Middle East for oil. Our country is being accused of being too dependent on oil and should look to alternative sources. Really, most people think of oil as primarily an energy and heating source; therefore, replacing it seems rather simple to some folks.
Solar energy gets the nod for the most talked about alternative to oil. In magazines, I have seen people proudly standing in front of their solar energy homes and/or cars. Environmentalists tell us we should be willing to walk or use a bicycle (BTW petroleum oil is used in tire construction) to cut down on our oil dependence, better yet addiction to oil. I wonder do all those who think there are plausible alternatives to oil realize the use of oil goes far beyond heating a home and driving a car. We use oil for just about everything.
Are there non oil alternatives for oil used in our daily apparel, health and beauty aids, household utensils and appliances, off the counter medical applications, furnishings, office supplies, and etc? Go here to see a long list of items that are made with petroleum i.e. crude oil and then tell me about living without oil.
I remember my 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Commaker talking about how our Constitution's 14th Amendment gave citizenship to babies born in the United States to foreign nationals and immigrants. I always felt good about that. There are now calls for citizenship to be revoked from children born to those in the country illegally and to even do away with citizenship altogether regardless of parental immigration status.
I admit I have been reticent about doing away with the 14th Amendment, even though I am against illegal immigration. Now I am learning that this infant citizenship was not the original intent of this amendment. The citizenship was originally intended for those who had been born slaves in the United States. Well that puts a whole new light on the subject. A repeal and/or further amending of the 14th Amendment is needed to keep illegal immigrants from having a legal anchor to remain in this country through being parents of an infant born here.
In my growing up family environment, if the interest could be financially afforded, it was supported. Thus, it was normal stuff, nothing out of the box. I grew up tall and thin. My father was into track and field. I showed a tiny bit of promise in running and in the high jump when I was around 11 years of age. My father lovingly tried to steer me in that direction, but by the time I turned 13, I was no longer interested.
Now, if I had wanted to sail a boat at anytime in my minor life at home with my parents and do an Abby Sunderland, their response would have been, "absolutely not! Are you crazy? What in the world has gotten into you?" Abby who is 16 years old was thought to be missing in her attempt to sail around the world, but has been located.
My siblings are allowing their children to pursue their interests. My twin nieces will spend part of the summer in a performing arts camp. My younger niece will be going to something similar to a music camp and will continue to improve on her basket ball skills. My 3 nieces have form a singing group and have been performing at church and a few local Lansdale, PA functions.
When my nieces first threw out the idea of becoming a singing group, there was some resistance from my siblings and other adults in the immediate family, but that quickly subsided. Now if they had wanted something out of the box like sailing and doing a solo navigation, I am sure the reaction would have been similar to what our parents' reaction would have been.
Do you know any parents who would let their minor teen sail solo around the world even if the affordability could be handled and a record could be set? The safety issues are beyond monumental. I personally think Abby's parents went too far in allowing her to persue her interests and do something out of the box.
So what if I am old and out of it, a prude, a holly roller and so on in the cultural realm! I have problem with any kind of condom distribution especially with minors. Washington D.C. is doing this and is taking it a little step further. I know the condom distribution is for the prevention of pregnancy and HIV, but I am opposed on moral grounds which are derived from my spirituality in God through the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
In D.C., they are now going to increase the quality of the condoms, due to complaints by teenage minors who should not be sexually intimate in the first place. Officials have decided to stock up on Trojan condoms, including the company's super-size offering as oppose to the cheaper Durex versions, which are currently being distributed. This making teen sex matters worse. The teens can get these through their school nurse. I don't think parents have to be informed. Now I know there are parents who don't care and/or go along with this program. But on the other hand, there must be parents who are against condom distribution.
This is another liberal left way of dealing with and increasing the outcomes of lax morality. There are plenty of Christians who identify with being liberal, but in the instance of condom distribution to minors, will speak out on this as deplorable. I know for sure that deplorable is the sentiment in my family/relative/friend circle on the liberal side. It is reports like this that make me glad that I no longer identify with liberals.
The condom distribution program follows the New Yorks model which has been in place since 1971. It is reported that going to the school nurse to get the condoms is like going to your aunt or grandmother. I say good for those nurses! Keep applying the heat and make it hotter.
1 Thessalonians 5:18In every thing give thanks: for this is the
will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.Through all the ups and downs this year, I am thankful to God through the Lord Jesus Christ. I am thankful in everything. Although I give thanks on a continual basis, in the United States of America, today is the day for special concentration in thankfulness as we gather with our family members and friends and/or with those who are not doing so well.
I thank you Father God most of all for the giving of your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ who took the punishment for my sins (the sins of the world), for my country and what You have given me in my life. I thank you blessed Father for who you are.
In the blue vs. red, my state of Pennsylvania has been Democratic liberal blue in the past 4 presidential elections. My hometown of Philadelphia and the term liberal Democrat are basically one and the same. My parents, siblings and closed relatives were and are 93% Democrats. I found out last year that my late paternal grandparents were registered Republicans. I currently suspect an uncle and a cousin who live in another part of the country are Republicans.
My sisters are so squarely Democrat. One of them teases me about being adopted because of some physical features that she does not share with me (one is the lighter brown eye color that I do share with a few relatives on my father’s side). But now, she really thinks I am adopted for going Republican and identifying with the conservative viewpoint, even though we were both raised on conservative principles.
I started paying attention to the liberal media bias charges back in the 80s and realized that I possibly was being influenced by how the news was being reported. But for the most part, I felt the conservative objections to news reports were a bit looney, especially anything with a black perspective. Back then, when I watched Jesse Jackson on a program such as Crossfire against a conservative, I would always think ‘he told him/her.’ Now watching Rev. Jackson is painful. His arguments are almost off the wall.
One liberal behavior that gnawed at me while a Democrat and a Christian, was the increased ridiculing and denunciation of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and Christians in general. I cannot believe how I tolerated that. I have watch more and more liberal minded people on TV say horrible things about The Lord and Christians. One that most comes to mind is Bill Maher, who considers himself a libertarian, but is very liberal in his thinking. He is so wicked. I know that there are critical conservative non believers, but the liberals seem to take the grand prize with the broadcasted nasty insults.
The weather in my neck of the woods has been seasonally hot and humid. I like to wear short sleeved long flowing dresses, or a short sleeved blouse or shirt with a long flowing skirt. You will not see me in jeans until September. Sometimes I wear capris and cargo Bermuda shorts. The only kinds of long pants I wear in the summer are made of light cotton and are loose fitting. When the temperature reaches the mid 90s, then it is strictly long flowing dresses and skirts.
Therefore, here is the annual summer question about some women that I see mostly in Philly: How can they stand it? Related: