All For the Love of (Illegal) Family

by: the Common Constitutionalist

The following quotes are from a CNN. Com article regarding the journey of an illegal alien mother and her 14 year old son, Jesús, from Guatemala, coming to America to reunite with the boys father, who lives in Mississippi.

It is written for one reason – to tug on the heartstrings of brainless Americans – the kind that read this clap-trap. Yeah, I know – What does that make me.

From Catherine E. Shoichet at CNN.com:

“It is a powerful need: to see the man who shaped your life from afar for almost 13 years. For 14-year-old Jesús and his mother, it was enough to propel them on a dangerous and illegal journey. They made it to America.”

“…cloaked in predawn darkness, they climbed a ladder and scaled a 15-foot-high steel fence to cross into the United States. Border Patrol agents caught them within minutes. After one night in detention, they were released on this morning in late June and dropped off at the bus station…”

“Now that they’ve made it this far, Jesús has no doubt that the moment he’s dreamed of his whole life is near. He is finally going to see someone he’s long looked up to but never stood beside.”

“Voy a conocer a mi papa,” Jesús says. “I am going to meet my father.”

The love story continues, describing the long journey. You see, the two just wish to reunite their family. It’s a tale of love conquering all – even U.S. law.

There is a video that accompanies the article, chronicling their journey.

Here is what the video reveals that the article omits: This kid’s father left them and snuck into the U.S. in 2001. That would make Jesús little more than 1 when the father left. By all accounts, he never went back. The kid says he misses his dad, but how can you miss someone you’ve never met? read more

Want to Repel Mosquitoes? There’s an APP for That

The muggy weather is creating a ‘perfect storm’ for mosquitoes to descend on our gardens.

But the latest high-tech weapon in the battle against the bloodsuckers doesn’t come in the form or a spray or clip, instead it’s a free app on your smartphone.

Anti-mosquito apps emit ultrasonic frequencies designed to frighten the mosquitoes away.

They do this by either mimicking the sounds of mosquito predators, such as dragonflies and bats, or by using the sound made by the wings of male insects.

Once a female mosquito has mated, she is said to actively avoid contact with males, so by playing this sound, the females stay away.

The most popular app is called the Anti Mosquito Sonic Repeller.

Its developers claim that the pitch of the sound it produces is so high, most humans don’t notice it. read more

Armed Citizens Do Save Lives

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Recently Garen Wintemute, director of the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program, was quoted saying: “I think most people don’t want to be in a society where people have arms everywhere, particularly since there is no evidence that being armed is a benefit.”

Well, possibly to the surprise of some, I agree with Mr. Wintemute – that is, I agree with half his statement.

I too, as most Americans certainly would, prefer a country where no one has the need or even desire to arm themselves – beyond weapons for hunting. That would be wonderful and there is a place that has achieved this level of civility, peace and love for one another.

It’s called Heaven and its inhabitants are angels.

Unfortunately, this isn’t heaven, and none of us are angels, so we do what we must to try to assure that our loved ones and neighbors don’t get there prematurely. read more

McDonald’s CEO Supports Raising The Minimum Wage

from IBD:

Don Thompson, CEO of McDonald’s, recently remarked that his company would support raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour.

It is always noteworthy when a chief executive has kind words about regulation affecting his industry. After all, if McDonald’s saw benefit in paying its workers more, it could do so today without having to wait for Congress. No regulation needed. read more

Turkey Wants War With Israel?

from The Clarion Project:

A terror-linked charity closely linked to the Turkish government is organizing human shields in the Gaza Strip and pledging to “erect the flag of Islam everywhere.” Prime Minister Erdogan is a top backer of Hamas and allows this charity, the Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH), to operate.

IHH’s website has a photo of the sign-up event in front of the Israeli embassy. The website refers to the Hamas terrorists targeted by Israel as “resistance fighters.” CNN Turkey reports that IHH has signed up at least 73 volunteers to act as human shields in Gaza, with 38 being women.

Another page on the website talks about an IHH press conference where its president, Bulent Yildirim, openly talked about its organizing of human shields. Its press release was endorsed by the Association of Muslim Scholars, a body led by the spiritual leader of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

“We, as IHH started the human shield project,” Yildirim said. read more

NASA’s New Telescope

In 2018 Nasa’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will take flight to help us understand more about the universe.

But Nasa has already begun to lay out plans for their next space observatory in the hope of one day tracking down alien life.

Called the Advanced Telescope Large-Aperture Space Telescope (Atlast), the mission concept builds upon key technologies developed for Hubble and the JWST.

This artist's rendition shows a possible design of a potential successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. A Nasa-led team of experts in now investigating the viability of this conceptual mission, called the Advanced Telescope Large-Aperture Space Telescope (Atlast)

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THE VINDICATION OF BARRY GOLDWATER

from The American Spectator:

How did our national government grow from a servant with sharply limited powers into a master with virtually unlimited power?
— Senator Barry Goldwater writing in The Conscience of a Conservative (1960)

July, 1964. Fifty years ago this month. The Republican Party nominates Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater for president. The resulting uproar was somewhere north of hysteria. And that was just from the GOP establishment of the day. Followed famously by a November landslide Goldwater “defeat” in which the Arizonan carried a mere five states in his race against Democratic President Lyndon Johnson.

Goldwater was the first conservative Republican to win nomination since the 1924 selection of Calvin Coolidge (the vice president who had succeeded Warren Harding after his death). From 1928 all the way through 1960, every GOP nominee from Hoover to Nixon was drawn from the progressive/moderate wing of the party. read more