Saturday, May 19, 2007

President Bush Explains Immigration Plan - or - Bush Lied, America Died

THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. This week, my Administration reached an agreement with Republicans and Democrats in the Senate on immigration reform. I thank the leaders in both parties who worked hard to produce legislation that will secure the border, restore respect for the law, and meet the legitimate needs of our economy.

This legislation includes all the elements required for comprehensive immigration reform. It will improve security at our borders. It will give employers new tools to verify the employment status of workers and hold businesses to account for those they hire. It will create a temporary worker program. It will help us resolve the status of millions of illegal immigrants who are here already, without animosity and without amnesty. And it will honor the great American tradition of the melting pot by strengthening our efforts to help new arrivals assimilate into our society.

Here's how the bill works: First, it will require that strong border security and enforcement benchmarks are met before other elements of the legislation are implemented. These benchmarks include completing our plan to double the number of Border Patrol agents, improving border infrastructure, and maintaining enough beds in our detention facilities so that all those apprehended at the border can be held and returned to their home countries. We will also improve work site enforcement by implementing an effective system to verify worker eligibility using tamper-resistant identification cards, and by imposing stiffer penalties on companies that knowingly violate the law. Once these benchmarks are met, they will trigger other provisions of comprehensive reform.

The legislation will create a new temporary worker program. Such a program will help our economy and take pressure off the border by providing foreign workers with a legal and orderly way to enter our country to fill jobs that Americans are not doing. To ensure that this program is truly temporary, workers will be limited to three two-year terms, with at least a year spent outside the United States between each term. Temporary workers will be allowed to bring immediate family members only if they demonstrate that they can support them financially, and that their family members are covered by health insurance.

This legislation will also help resolve the status of illegal immigrants who are already in our country without amnesty. Those who come out of the shadows will be given probationary status. If they pass a strict background check, pay a fine, hold a job, maintain a clean criminal record, and eventually learn English, they will qualify for and maintain a Z visa. If they want to become citizens, they have to do all these things, plus pay an additional fine, go to the back of the line, pass a citizenship test, and return to their country to apply for their green card.

This legislation will also strengthen our efforts to help new immigrants assimilate. The key to unlocking the full promise of America is the ability to speak English. This bill affirms that English is the language of the United States. And it provides new opportunities for immigrants to learn English and embrace the shared ideals that bind us as a nation.

In addition, this legislation will clear the backlog of family members who've applied to come to our country lawfully, and have been waiting patiently in line. This legislation will end chain migration by limiting the relatives who can automatically receive green cards to spouses and minor children. And this legislation will transform our immigration system so that future immigration decisions are focused on admitting immigrants who have the skills, education, and English proficiency that will help America compete in a global economy.

I realize that many hold strong convictions on this issue, and reaching an agreement was not easy. I appreciate the effort of Senators who came together to craft this important legislation. This bill brings us closer to an immigration system that enforces our laws and upholds the great American tradition of welcoming those who share our values and our love of freedom.

Thank you for listening.

The preceding is the full text of President Bush's Saturday radio address of May 19, 2007.
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Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., a GOP candidate for president in 2008, said, "This package will confirm to the world that the U.S. does not really mean what it says when it comes to immigration enforcement...As a result of the citizenship benefits included in this legislation, and despite the fine print, we will see a stampede across our borders as people seek to attain legal status in the U.S." Hunter has said he is "fiercely disappointed in seeing history repeat itself” in another law neither political party, nor government branches or agencies intend to enforce. This plan didn't work twenty-one years ago; there is no reason for anyone to believe the results will be any different now.

Edmundo Bermudez from Durango, Mexico, waited at the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey, which issues more tempoary work visas than anywhere else in the world. Bermudez was quoted by Traci Carl of the Associated Press in the Orange County Register print edition (this part of the quote was excised from all on-line stories) saying, "...the plan rewards those who have already entered the United States illegally, while shutting out those who stayed home hoping to gain illeagl passage."

Gilberto Escalante, from Topolobampo, Sinaloa, Mexico legally comes to the U.S. to work the Mississippi fish and shrimp boats. He prefers the current guest worker program because, he says, it allows Mexicans the ability to freely cross the America/Mexico border without giving-up their lives in Mexico and being forced to choose one country or the other. Escalante said, “We don't want the house or the latest car in the U.S. We want to go and work so that our families can have a good life in Mexico.”

[Indigo Red gag]
Senator Ted Kennedy was a driving force behind the Amnesty/Immigration Reform Compromise. Shortly after the announcement of the agreement, Kennedy was asked by a reporter what would be done in twenty years after another wave of 12.5 million illegals have crashed the gates.

Kennedy replied, "Well, ah, we'll drive off that bridge, ah, when we, ah, come to it."

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An Open Letter to Our Government

May 18, 2007

President George W. Bush
Members of the United States Congress

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen:

Patriotic Americans all across our great land are flying the American flag upside down this morning, at least metaphorically, to signify that our once great nation is under attack and in severe distress.

At issue is nothing less vital than homeland security, rule of law, American sovereignty, and preservation of American language and culture, all of which are threatened by the latest amnesty legislation that appears to be gaining some acceptance in Washington, D.C.

Although the term amnesty has been carefully avoided, the fact is that the proposed legislation would legalize millions of illegal aliens who have thumbed their noses at U.S. borders and immigration laws for their own selfish purposes.

The proposed amnesty would reward these criminals, while millions of others across the globe are penalized for obeying the law.

President Bush and prominent members of the U.S. Congress are promising that the new legislation will improve border security and reduce illegal immigration. One senator from Pennsylvania even went so far as to suggest that the bill would restore "rule of law" to immigration.

With all due respect to the gentleman, simply legalizing illegal behavior hardly qualifies as a credible way to restore rule of law.

Ladies and gentlemen, the latest proposal indicates that either you are not listening or we are not shouting loud enough.

Just to make sure that our views are clearly understood, please be advised that we the people are FED UP with the attempt to undermine American sovereignty, homeland security, and culture.

In short, we the people are:

FED UP with the refusal of the federal government to secure our borders at time of war.

FED UP when armed Mexicans illegally cross our borders and assault Americans, yet our government takes no action, and refuses to even protest.

FED UP when Americans defending the U.S. from drug smuggling illegal aliens are sent to federal prison, while invading criminals are to be forgiven via amnesty for violating our borders and laws.

FED UP with the fact that upwards of 30 million illegal aliens are currently in America, costing taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars every year.

FED UP with a president who orders thousands of young Americans into harm's way thousands of miles from home, but who refuses to secure America.

FED UP with politicians who refuse to enforce immigration laws and who claim it is "impossible" to deport criminals here illegally.

FED UP with illegal aliens who can not and/or will not speak English.

FED UP with taxpayer dollars being wasted to print documents in foreign languages.

FED UP with illegal aliens who dump their medical bills on the backs of U.S. taxpayers, but who send $30-40 billion a year back to Mexico each year.

FED UP with the fact that providing free medical services to illegal aliens drives hospitals out of business, making those facilities unavailable to American citizens for whom the medical centers were intended.

FED UP with our schools being invaded by non-English speaking children who impede the learning process of students who genuinely belong here.

FED UP with the fact that federal, state, and local penal systems are overrun by illegal aliens, again costing taxpayers billions each year.

FED UP with the fact that, on average, illegal aliens kill 12 Americans every day.

FED UP with the fact that the overwhelming majority of felony crimes being investigated in Los Angeles have been committed by illegals from Mexico.

FED UP with politicians who refuse to round up and deport millions of illegal aliens who are destroying American culture and language.

FED UP with politicians who pamper illegal aliens with driver's licenses and free public services, which encourage even more invaders to come to America.

FED UP with the attempted Mexicanization of America. Mexico is a third- world slum, and we are FED UP with those who want America to be like Mexico!

Finally, Mr. President and members of the U.S. Congress, we the people are FED UP with those who consistently work on behalf of illegal aliens and the state of Mexico, and against the interests of the American people!

Please do not underestimate the dissatisfaction and rage swelling in the hearts of patriotic Americans on this vital issue.

We the people DEMAND our great country back!

Just say no to amnesty!

Author John Lillpop is a recovering liberal.
Copyright © 2007, NewsBlaze, Daily News

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Gore v. Science Fact

"After watching 'An Inconvenient Truth,' I was relatively convinced, ...(Al Gore) did a good job in presenting his points very methodically one after the other. They all build up to essentially prove his point.

"After watching '
The Great Global Warming Swindle,' my thinking completely changed. I kind of did a complete flip-flop."

Read the whole story here.

That's what science facts will do to a body. Nick Shipley, a freshman at Embry-Riddle Aeryonautical University was no exception. He had just spent a week watching two films shown by James Wanliss, Embry-Riddle space physicist. The two films, "An Inconvenient Truth' (which one must pay to see) and 'The Great Global Warming Swindle' (which can be seen by anyone free on the Internet) were shown as part of an honors course called "The Politics and Science of Fear". Wanliss believes the public is being given short shrift on the whole global warming (or cooling) debate and has not been afforded the opportunity to judge for themselves the arguments with polar(bear)-opposite conclusions.

After viewing both versions of the truth, the Embry-Riddle students of Wanliss tilted to the skeptic camp, it is a science school, after all.

Gore: 0, Fact: 1.

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Monday, May 14, 2007

What Did You Learn in School?

The Graduation Season is upon us and many graduates feel compelled to tell what they have learned. Craig B. Goldberg is far more anxious as he has only finished his third year of university. But, what he has to say about what he has learned thus far is well worth reading. Mr Goldberg is an eyewitness to the degraded state of education in America.

What I have been taught in college

Craig B. Goldberg

Today I finished my third year of college. This time next year I will graduate with a degree in history in secondary education. What have I learned over the past 3 years? Well, I'll tell you.
*I've learned that Iran isn't a big threat to Israel or the United States, and that it's all right for them to have nuclear bombs simply because we do. It's only fair. I've learned terrorism is overrated, and that it really isn't a big threat. Bush, on the other hand, uses the same tactics as Hitler and is just as evil and dangerous.
*Universal health care will be successful in America if the mean, evil conservatives would just allow the ideal to prosper. Cuba has full health care coverage and 100% literacy. We should model ourselves after them. Fidel is just a good idealist and if it weren't for the embargo they would be a success.
*Of course, Bush lied, people died. Bush, Cheney and his lackeys went into Iraq for oil and disregarded the fact that that every federal department and the international community knew he didn't have them. He created terrorism, 9/11 was an inside job, and he is profiting off the death of US soldiers, who are rapists and murderers anyway.
*The US is a torturing nation, and we treat prisoners so inhumanely. Never mind the beheading of Nick Berg and Daniel Pearl; we are the ones who are barbarians. The only reason why the terrorists did that is because we torture. It was their way of responding. We should understand their grievances.
*I've learned the media is a mouthpiece of the Bush administration. Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, and Murdoch are the biggest threat to the airwaves. PBS, NBC, CBS, ABC, and NPR are all on the lap of the neo-cons.
*Global warming is 100% real and it is Bush's fault that it has gotten this bad. The air sucks, the water is no better than drinking dirt, and polar bears are dying off faster than the ice caps.
This is only the tip of the iceberg of what I have learned over the past 3 years in academia. These people who live in the prism of liberalism, which don't see anything but their sick isolated worldview. God forbid you have a different opinion; you are some kind of criminal.

If you believe in God you're a delinquent, but if you believe in Marx you are noble. If you believe in conservatism you're on the fringe, but if you're a liberal you are just what is. If you say the word terrorist you're an Islamophobe, but if you say freedom fighter you're being courageous.

I thought liberals were supposed to be open minded and tolerant. I see more and more each day that it is not the case. So long as academia indoctrinates students in to believing socialism, neo-liberalism, and Marxism is all right and should be tolerated, I am nervous for the future of this country. These people sieve power so to indoctrinate and we need a conservative movement to let them know they are wrong, and radical anything is never justifiable.
Far too many college and university students and graduates today are academically stupid. Today's students have been trained in careers that will help in business, computer program technology, and various fields in the service industry. But, few can speak outside their own specialties. The uniqueness of America, they are taught, is solely in our ability to conquer the world without realizing it, they are unable to say whether "pursuit of happiness" is from the Constitution, Gettysburg Address, John Kennedy's Inaugural Address, or a WalMart advertisement (it was the Declaration of Independence.) That our government is a Republic, not a Democracy, has totally escaped the notice of most graduates.

I am gratified that a few students like Mr. Goldberg still exist and even plan to teach History in our schools as it should be taught, unless of course, Mr. Goldberg is beaten down, drowned out, or drummed out of his current sanity. WE, the people, wish you well in your fourth year Mr. Goldberg. Be strong.

The American Thinker

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Sunday, May 13, 2007

Seung-Hui Cho Explained

Virginia Tech graduated the Class of 2007 this past weekend. Degrees were awarded to both the survivors and the victims of the worst domestic killing spree in American history. Weeks after Seung-Hui Cho gunned down 32 innocents, people still can't understand why Cho went on his particular rampage. This is America and there must always be a reason for everything, especially the inexplicable.

Emil Guilliermo writing for Asia Week has the best and most honest explanation, I've read. Being an Asian himself and outside of the United States free of the political correctness that infects everything here, he can say what American journalists can't or won't. Guilliermo writes there were basically two reasons that Cho eventually killed. First, he was mentally ill and the Asian culture treats the condition as a myth, or the work of the devil requiring prayers. Admission of mental illness would bring greater shame to the family than the random murder of 32 innocent human beings. Second, the unwillingness, caused by political correctness, of university, legal, and medical personnel to attribute to anyone with any label even if that label can save the life of the mentally disturbed and the lives of 32 innocent human beings.

Incompetence All Around after VA Tech

Emil Guilliermo, May 11, 2007

In the wake of the Virginia Tech shootings at the hands of Seung-Hui Cho, I got an e-mail from a man who knows mental illness.

It’s not like one of those urban myth e-mails your sister sends you. It's real. But Asian Americans treat it like an urban myth.

It's the way many Asian Americans respond to mental illness.

They ignore it.

To protect the innocent, I won’t share names.

But I'm sure you've heard a variation of this story in your micro-communities.

It goes like this:

The man is white. His wife is Asian American, in this case a Korean immigrant. They have several children.

The family has been split apart by the wife's mental illness.

The man has sought help. But as is typical, a psychiatrist or a psychologist is the last person an Asian American family turns to in such matters.

More likely, the first person a family turns to is someone trusted, like a minister.

And then they start blaming loved ones for the situation.

Sure enough, the wife’s family becomes angry at the overall situation and goes into denial about their daughter’s possible mental ailment. They say it's the husband's fault. The stress from his high-powered job is the cause of her erratic behavior and her illogical acts that seem minor, but add up.

And all of it is accented with many doors slammed in anger.

The fact that one of the partners is non-Asian is the reason I heard about this particular story.

You can bet, however, if both partners were Asian American, immigrant or native born, you wouldn't see any willingness to share a shred of detail.

There’d be too much at stake involving not just the couple and their kids, but the entire extended family and its standing in the community.

The shame of mental illness seems to lead Asian American families in particular to a standard answer: silence.

And when it’s impossible to deny, they turn to anything but the right answers.


So it's no surprise to hear how the family of Seung-Hui Cho responded to his mental state years before the April 16 massacre at Virginia Tech.

The family did nothing useful.

They contacted a minister.

The real surprise is the state did practically nothing as well.

Oh, they did a little bit. After police got a student tip that Cho had claimed he wanted to kill himself, Cho was sent to the New River Valley Community Services Board, the local state-run health clinic in Blacksburg.

There, as reported in the Washington Post, Cho was found to be "mentally ill and in need of hospitalization," as stated in court documents.

But that's not enough to be committed in the state of Virginia.

Cho was passed on to the Carilion St. Albans Behavioral Health Clinic in nearby Christiansburg, but just temporarily until Special Justice Paul M. Barnett determined Cho was an imminent danger to himself as a result of mental illness and ordered him into what is called "involuntary outpatient treatment."

If the bureaucracy hasn't driven you crazy already, this next piece of the puzzle will drive you insane.

"Involuntary outpatient treatment" means that the state essentially washes its hands of the matter and turns over the responsibility of any care —BACK TO THE DISTURBED PERSON.

The system puts the onus on the helpless person to get help.

"The system doesn't work well," said Tom Diggs, executive director of Virginia’s Commission on Mental Health Law Reform to the Washington Post, which first reported the story this week.

Diggs' classic understatement symbolizes just how inadequately mental illness is dealt with by society.

It's enough to make one forgive the inadequacies of most Asian Americans in these situations.


Put yourself in Cho’s mom’s flip-flops.

Hyang In Cho, distressed over her son's behavior, blamed it, of course, on the devil.

She turned to her church, and not just one. The Rev. Dong Cheol Lee, the pastor of the One Mind Church in Woodbridge, a Washington, D.C. suburb in Virginia, was just the last in a string of churches she contacted to help her son.

"His problem needed to be solved by spiritual power," said Lee, to the Washington Post. "That’s why she came to our church — because we were helping several people like him."

Notice the significant absence of Freud, Adler or Jung. Of drugs. Of a Dr. Laura, even.

Notice the significant absence of treatment. Virginia left it up to Cho, who lived out his Travis Bickle fantasy in black, not camo.

And so now all the facts are out. It's been a month since the massacre. It may be time to understand that Cho wasn't the only incompetent in the story.

Let's also not be lulled into thinking that all is back to normal.

There are still many amongst us, my e-mail acquaintance for one, who live with mental illness every day.

For them, normal is maddening.

Mental illness is not shameful. It is an illness like influenza, pneumonia,or tuberculosis, or the common cold, and it can be treated. People do not need to die because of it, especially when those trained to recognize the symptoms do, in fact, recognize the symptoms, but do nothing of significance the alleviate the problem. Fear of labelling others is not an excuse for allowing an individual to suffer if their own private hell. Family shame should lie not in having a family member who is mentally ill, but in not seeking psychological help. Prayers helps the family; meds help the afflicted.

Asia Week

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