Alabama’s new anti-illegal immigration law has been stayed, as it were, by U.S. District Judge Sharon L. Blackburn. It is just a temporary stay so that she may study the more than 70 page bill more thoroughly. It’s only 70 pages? Shouldn’t a good bill be like 2000 pages? Anyway, I’m not sure that’s a good thing. I guess it is better than simply declaring it unconstitutional. Similar laws have been passed in Arizona, Utah, Indiana and Georgia. Federal judges already have blocked all or parts of the laws in those states. Good for them(he said facetiously)!
The first thing I do when a ruling like this takes place is to research who appointed her. This time it was George H W Bush. Not a conservative by any stretch but at least not Carter or Clinton.
Among the tenets, the law would require schools to verify the citizenship status of students, but it wouldn’t prevent illegal immigrants from attending public schools. Huh? Then what’s the point in knowing their status? Maybe to issue them additional benefits? The law also would make it a crime to knowingly assist an illegal immigrant by providing them a ride, a job, a place to live or most anything else – a section that church leaders fear would hamper public assistance ministries. What’s a public assistance ministry? I probably don’t want to know. It would just tick me off more.
While the Obama administration contends the state law conflicts with federal immigration law, state Senator Scott Beason [R-Gardendale] contends the federal government isn’t doing its job enforcing immigration laws. First, the Feds are NOT doing their job and second, who is surprised the administration is against it. The last one (Bush-43) wasn’t much better.
My recollection is we have several thousand federal laws regarding immigration and the procedures for handling illegals. I venture to say that almost none of them are adhered to.
Illegal means forbidden by law or statute. It’s cut & dry. If the feds can’t or more apt, won’t do their job, I believe it is the States responsibility to do it in their stead.
I Love this Stuff!
From The Blaze:
Back in March, NASA scientists observed a huge cosmic blast in the the constellation Draco. The events that followed were a mystery to them, until now.
They have now confirmed that X-rays and gamma rays observed by NASA’s Swift satellite were the result of a black hole consuming a nearby star in another galaxy.
According to Space.com, until now scientists had only witnessed the aftermath of stars being consumed by black holes, and that this event is helping them understand ”relativistic jets,” bursts of matter that shoot out at nearly the speed of light. Scientists say these observations could help them identify similar outbursts.
At the time when initial observations were being made, astronomers said the blast was unusual because the gamma ray bursts lasted longer than similar events:
Usually, gamma-ray bursts mark the destruction of a massive star, but flaring emission from these events never lasts more than a few hours.
According to NASA, this is what scientists concluded in the months following:
As a star falls toward a black hole, it is ripped apart by intense tides. The gas is corralled into a disk that swirls around the black hole and becomes rapidly heated to temperatures of millions of degrees.
The innermost gas in the disk spirals toward the black hole, where rapid motion and magnetism creates dual, oppositely directed “funnels” through which some particles may escape. Particle jets driving matter at velocities greater than 80-90 percent the speed of light form along the black hole’s spin axis. In the case of Swift J1644+57, one of these jets happened to point straight at Earth.
Below is a simulation, not the real thing:
Below is another visual:
Attribution: Liz Klimas
Well, not really. It’s been classified as a Tropical Storm by now. I decided to take a run out to the beach to see if there was any action. Big surf, high winds. I didn’t expect much & wasn’t disappointed. It was a lot of fun. Had to be at least 60 MPH sustained winds & it wasn’t raining at all. It ain’t exactly Hawaii, but better surf than we usually get up here in New England. Maybe I’m just a kid at heart but it was a blast having to fight against the wind just to stay upright. All in all a pretty fun experience. My condolences to those south of us that may have taken it on the chin.
An old Italian gentleman lived alone in New Jersey .
He wanted to plant his annual tomato garden, but it was very difficult work, as the ground was hard.
His only son, Vincent, who used to help him, was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and described his predicament:
I am feeling pretty sad because it looks like I won’t be able to plant my tomato garden this year.
I’m just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot.
I know if you were here my troubles would be over. I know you would be happy to dig the plot for me, like in the old days.
A few days later he received a letter from his son.
Don’t dig up that garden.
That’s where the bodies are buried.
At 4 a.m. The next morning, FBI agents and local police arrived and dug up
The entire area without finding any bodies. They apologized to the old man and left.
That same day the old man received another letter from his son.
Go ahead and plant the tomatoes now.
That’s the best I could do under the circumstances.
Love you, Vinnie
(Attribution: Bev Smith)
President Barack Obama has a problem on his hands when even his stalwart allies at The New York Times have no choice but to admit to a glaring reality: The President’s “green jobs” promise has failed miserably.
On Friday, the Times printed a harsh assessment of the state of the “green” economy—including a conclusion that the President’s promise to create five million green jobs over 10 years has proven to be nothing more than “a pipe dream,” with California’s Bay Area providing a particularly poignant example of how “green” jobs have actually been lost, not gained:
In the Bay Area as in much of the country, the green economy is not proving to be the job-creation engine that many politicians envisioned . . .
A study released in July by the non-partisan Brookings Institution found clean-technology jobs accounted for just 2 percent of employment nationwide and only slightly more — 2.2 percent — in Silicon Valley. Rather than adding jobs, the study found, the sector actually lost 492 positions from 2003 to 2010 in the South Bay, where the unemployment rate in June was 10.5 percent.
California isn’t the only place, though, where the green dream is falling short of reality. Last year, Seattle won a $20 million federal grant to invest in weatherization programs. The money was to be spent on insulating crawl spaces, serving to create jobs while helping the environment by reducing the energy needed to heat homes. The program, which was announced at the White House on the eve of Earth Day, has proven to be a total flop. Seattlepi.com reports:
[M]ore than a year later, Seattle’s numbers are lackluster. As of last week, only three homes had been retrofitted and just 14 new jobs have emerged from the program. Many of the jobs are administrative, and not the entry-level pathways once dreamed of for low-income workers. Some people wonder if the original goals are now achievable.
Those failures aren’t just hitting the West coast, either. In Oak Park, Michigan, a state-government-funded hybrid bus company sits dormant, out of business just two years after it drew acclaim for being part of Michigan’s green future, despite millions in state taxpayer funding and a contract to sell buses to be purchased with federal taxpayer dollars. Michigan Capitol Confidential reports that the company failed to meet two performance “milestones” as part of its $2.6 million total loan agreement with the state—and without government funding, the company couldn’t survive.
Despite these green failures—and reports that 80 percent of the $2 billion set aside in the “stimulus” package for green jobs is going overseas, mostly to China–President Obama is continuing to make the pitch that a federally funded green future is central to his plan for rescuing the economy, going so far as to pledge an additional $2.4 billion for green jobs, especially to make batteries for electric cars. The Heritage Foundation’s Ernest Istook explains why the President’s plan will fail, just like it has in the past:
Green jobs are about government subsidies, cronyism, and job cannibalism. They aren’t self-sustaining because they rely on giveaways of taxpayer money and they cannibalize existing jobs…
The green agenda soaks taxpayers. But it also packs a double wallop because taxpayers are first hit to pay for the subsidies, then everyone is hit by higher energy prices caused by energy taxes and regulations.
As President Obama stays the course, pursuing a well-worn path toward government-subsidized green jobs failures, it’s important to point out that there is another way toward real job growth that doesn’t require taxpayer subsidies. As Heritage lays out in its “Saving the American Dream” plan, by reversing the growth of the federal government, eliminating unnecessary regulations, and repealing Obamacare, Congress can set America on a better course. It’s one that preserves the reality of the American dream, rather than chasing the fiction of a green pipe dream.
Attribution: The Heritage Foundation, The NY Times, The Brookings Institution, Seattlepi.com, CAPCON, ABC News
All the plywood was hung
On the windows with care
Knowing that a whopper
Soon would be there
The children were ready
With flashlights in hand
While bands from the hurricane
Covered over the land
And mamma with her Mag-Lite
And I in my cap
Had just filled the bath tub
For flushing our crap
When out on the lawn
There arose such a clatter
I sprang from the closet
To see what was the matter
The trees on the fence
And the neighbor’s roof torn
Gave the fear of us dying
In this terrible storm
With a little wind gust
So lively and quick
I remembered quite clearly
Our walls weren’t brick
More rapid than eagles
Her courses they came
And she whistled, and wafted
And surged all the same
Off shingles! Off sidings!
Off rooftops! Off power!
Down trees! Down fences!
Down trailers! Down towers!
Up the coast of the state
She continued to maul
Screaming Blow Away!
Blow Away! Blow Away All!
As wind ripped and tossed
The debris through the sky
I peeked out the shutters
At cars floating by
So go to the safe-room
My family did do
With a portable radio
And batteries too
And then, in a twinkling
I heard on the set
The end was not coming
For a few hours yet!
As I calmed down the kids
And was turning around
Through the window it came
With a huge crashing sound
A tree branch it was
All covered in soot
The wind blew it smack-dab
On top of my foot
A bundle of twigs
Now lay in a stack
And my living room looks
Like it was under attack
The wind – how it howled!
The storm – very scary!
Myself and the family
Were all too unwary
The dangers of hurricanes
Are serious, you know
They are taken for granted
As Hurricanes do show
With the winds dying down
And the danger beneath
I noticed my tool shed
Was missing its sheath
So I grabbed my last tarp
And nailed it on down
Then I got in my car
And I headed to town
The traffic was awful
And stores had no ice
My five gallon cooler
Would have to suffice
Generators were scarce
Not one left in town
There were trees on the roads
And power lines down
FEMA was ready
With people to work
Came in from New York
And in the midst of
This peculiar routine
word came of another
Named Hurricane Jeanne
I sprang to the car
And gave my family a whistle
Then away we all went
Like a Tomahawk missile
You could hear us exclaim
As we drove out of sight
“Fare well to this place,
Vermont seems just right!”
Pay attention: Hurricanes are known as ‘typhoons’ in the western Pacific, ‘cyclones’ in the Indian Ocean, ‘baguios’ in the Philippines and willy-willies in Australia.
Highest Storm Surge (sea waves swell): Bathurst Bay Hurricane, Australia, 1899. It was 13 meters (42 feet)!
Deadliest: Bangladesh Cyclone of 1970. It killed 300,000 people.
The deadliest hurricane in the United States struck Galveston, Texas, in 1900. A storm surge almost two stories high broke over the city, causing 20-foot (6.1-meter) floods and more than 8,000 deaths
Largest Rainfalls: Tropical Cyclone Denise, January 1966, 12 hours, 1144 millimeters – La Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa.
Costliest Hurricane: Hurricane Andrew in 1992. The damage was estimated at $25 billion in parts of Florida, Louisiana, and Georgia.
Longest Lasting Tropical Cyclone: Typhoon John, August-September, 1994, lasted 31 days. Traveled both the Northeast and Northwest Pacific basins.
Largest Tropical Cyclone: Typhoon Tip Northwest Pacific, October, 1979, gale radius 1100 km..
Fastest Intensification: Typhoon Forrest – deepened 100 millibars (976 to 876) in under 24 hours. In one day winds increased from 120 kph to 277 kph.
After watching Glenn Beck in Israel speak of standing with the Jews, I asked myself why they are so hated? Honestly, I don’t know. How can a people be so despised throughout history just for being who they are? It’s like being hated & wished extermination for having the last name Smith. It makes no sense.
Every other hated group is hated for a relatively defined reason. The Jews, however, are despised in paradoxes: Jews are hated for being a lazy and inferior race – but also for dominating the economy and taking over the world. They are hated for stubbornly maintaining their separateness – and, when they do assimilate – for posing a threat to racial purity through intermarriages. They are seen as pacifists and as warmongers; as capitalist exploiters and as revolutionary communists; possessed of a Chosen-People mentality, as well as of an inferiority complex. It seems the Jews just can’t win. I’ve come to the conclusion it is simple blind hatred & pack mentality. There is no logic to wanting to wipe out a whole race of people. I have also concluded that the radical Moslems just need an enemy.I recall Yasser Arafat, then leader of the PLO, rejecting the Jews every overly generous land-for-peace deal. My recollection is that most if not all the talking heads of the day couldn’t understand why Arafat didn’t take the deal. I think it was then I realized the PLO didn’t want peace. They wanted & needed the upheaval. Their leaders must preserve a certain level of contempt toward the Jews to maintain control of their followers.
So what of the poor Palestinians? Where exactly is their home?
In 1948 the United Nations Resolution 181 partitioned a territory from the British Mandate for Palestine into two states – one for Jews and one for Palestinian Arabs. (Remember, in 1948 they were not referred to as “Palestinians”. Newspapers around the world invented this name after 1967). All of the neighboring Arab countries objected to the creation of the Jewish state and fought a war against it. This was Israel’s War of Independence in 1948. Despite their superior numbers, the Arab countries lost the war and the Palestinian state never materialized because of this loss. The Arab countries did not send help for the settlers that are today known as “Palestinians” but rather they sent troops to drive the Jews into the sea. The Arabs failed thus failing the Palestinian Arabs. Once again we see blind hatred trump common sense & compassion for their own people.
In the 1948 war that was waged, the territory allotted to be the Palestinian state by the UN partition resolution was divided between Israel and Jordan. The “Palestinian Arabs” were rejected by every single Arab country, with the exception of the small percentage that ended up in refugee camps in Jordan where they remain to this day.
So you tell me how this is the fault of Israel and why the hatred of the Jews is reasonable.
This is why I stand with Israel!