Saturday, July 10, 2010

What Fathers Should Never Do

Not long ago, I published a photo of a boy and his dad I called "What Fathers Do". On Thursday, while speaking at a Kansas City fundraiser for Senate candidate Robin Carnahan, Obama demonstrated what a father shouldn't do.

"You know, the — I don't have teenagers yet — Malia's just turned 12," said Obama, according to a pool report. "She's my baby. She's going — even though she's 5'9" now, she's still my baby. And she just got braces, which is good, because she looks like a kid and she was getting — she's starting to look too old for me."
For a year and a half, people have been debating what kind of man Obama is. I think this is the best and clearest example of what kind on man he is. He is a man comfortable using his daughter's age and height and orthodontic braces in a public speech and laughing about it. He's a shameful man. And an insensitive father.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

Friday, July 09, 2010

Dix Beats Gay in Oregon

Oregon (Reuters) - Olympic bronze medalist Walter Dix edged out Tyson Gay in the former world champion's hotly-anticipated return to the 200 meters at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League meeting on Saturday.
Credit: REUTERS/Steve Dykes

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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Defend the Emigrant, Reject the Immigrant

Ecuador, a South American hispanic type nation, has an illegal immigrant problem.

Karma sucks. What goes around, comes around. Do unto others as you would have done unto you. Payback's a bitch. And a bunch of other cliches.

La Hora (Quito, Ecuador) 7/1/10 via Right Side News --
"Arizonas" - by Simon Espinosa Jalil

Ecuador, in keeping with its new arrogant and sovereign attitude, has been one of the most fervent critics of the anti-immigration policies of the rich countries, starting from the restrictions in Spain all the way to the criminalization in Arizona. Not only that, but the government, in an attitude matching its official posture, decided to open the borders to all visitors who might want to come to our beautiful land.

The logic is that, if we defend the rights of emigrants, we must be willing to accept the aliens who might wish to enter our country, no matter where they come from or what their traits might be.

The problem, as we all already know, is that said posture was very commendable as long as the country was a land of emigrants, but it has become a headache due to the unexpected transformation of our humble Ecuador into a magnet for the destitute and for adventurers from the whole world. Now we find ourselves in the ironic situation of missing hundreds of thousands of fellow countrymen who live outside the country, while we look down on and fear the aliens who have begun to take their place.

It is, no doubt, a very interesting experience, because it's one thing to defend orally the unalienable rights of immigrants in the First World, but it's another to do so while they are within our borders. Now we have to face the same thing that is faced by countries which are the recipients of illegal immigrants, and that should make us understand that the rejection of the new arrivals is a universal feeling that cannot be condemned in passing with populist proclamations and condemnations.

Many Ecuadorans who most likely have relatives in Spain or in the United States, for example, would heartily applaud the massive deportation of Cubans, Nigerians or Chinese (although, curiously, no one has complained about the hundreds of gringos who are settling in Cotacahi or Vilcabamba....) The logical thing would be to propose a sensible migratory policy, far removed from proclamations and idealistic principles, and one that takes our contradictory situation into account.
The real problem is that there are sensible migratory policies that immigrants are ignoring. Hence, the word 'illegal'.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

Sunday, July 04, 2010

234 Years Ago...

... thirteen fractious and timid British Colonies proclaimed their independence to a candid world --

We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

Beneath the fractiousness and timidity, lay a fierceness of purpose and dedication to liberty that carried them through to victory. After more than two centuries, do we, as Americans, still possess that fierceness to continue even a few more years?

Jefferson wrote in that Declaration of Independence, "Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed."

Do we still possess the dedication to right ourselves and correct the wrongs that have been done? On this dark 4th, I pray that we do.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.