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April 29, 2010

Arizona’s Desperate Measures

Arizona is hoping to do what the Federal government cannot by passing a controversial law intended to try and relieve the illegal immigrant problem within their state lines. I say controversial because that is the label it has been given by the majority of the morons in this country who get their news from Comedy Central or the 60 second radio snippet on their way to work.

The 17 page document, cited as the “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe
27 Neighborhoods Act", is an easy read and certainly not as long to read (and interpret) as Obama’s health care reform bill. The major uproar over the new law hails from the second paragraph in the first article on the first page. If you are one of those dorks who specializes in Internet shorthand you will probably be irritated by the ALL CAPS. The text does not represent yelling; I have copied the article directly from the law and have not edited its formatting.

11-1051  Cooperation and assistance in enforcement of immigration laws; indemnification
A. NO OFFICIAL OR AGENCY OF THIS STATE OR A COUNTY, CITY, TOWN OR
    OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THIS STATE MAY ADOPT A POLICY THAT LIMITS
    OR RESTRICTS THE ENFORCEMENT OF FEDERAL IMMIGRATION LAWS TO LESS
    THAN THE FULL EXTENT PERMITTED BY FEDERAL LAW.

So far, so good.

B. FOR ANY LAWFUL CONTACT MADE BY A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL OR AGENCY
    OF THIS STATE OR A COUNTY, CITY, TOWN OR OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF
    THIS STATE WHERE REASONABLE SUSPICION EXISTS THAT THE PERSON IS AN
    ALIEN WHO IS UNLAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES, A REASONABLE
    ATTEMPT SHALL BE MADE, WHEN PRACTICABLE, TO DETERMINE THE IMMIGRATION
    STATUS OF THE PERSON. THE PERSON'S IMMIGRATION STATUS SHALL BE VERIFIED
    WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PURSUANT TO 8 UNITED STATES CODE SECTION
    1373(c).

This is where the media stopped reading the bill along with the government of Mexico who is now telling prospective illegal’s to watch out for Arizona and to cross into the money pit by some other border. Why are we not shitting on Mexico harder for this? I digress.

The oversensitive Americans who believe in immigrant’s rights over their own countrymen’s rights have latched on to paragraph B and have interpreted this as free reign of law enforcement to stop anyone whenever they feel like it and ask for proof of identity. They have, in fact, incorrectly interpreted this paragraph. The first four words give the condition for the verification of status. It isn’t a willy-nilly notion the officer might have, it is lawful contact. In other words, the person has done something to provoke lawful contact.

By the way, if someone is here in the United States without proper credentials then he is classified as an illegal alien. Most people lose sight of the first word of that word pair- illegal. Illegal aliens are criminals as established and defined by Federal Law.

Arizona’s new law has taken State’s Rights and paralleled the existing Federal illegal immigration laws with their own. The police officers in Arizona are not doing anything that a Federal Border Patrol agent is authorized to do. Are Phoenix police officers not supposed to have the authority to question someone about their legal status in the United States because Phoenix is a 3 hour drive from the border?

Worse than the irrational arguments from the opponents of immigration control are the rash statements by desperate people juxtaposing the ability of Arizona police to ask for ID during lawful contact to the Gestapo asking for papers in Nazi Germany. Really? You want to establish a connection between the process of rounding up Jews and murdering them to a police officer asking for someone to prove their legal status to be in this country? You need a Twix break.

People that throw the “N” word around anytime a rule, guideline or law has the remote chance of pissing someone off need to come up with something less divisive if they want to be taken seriously. It is indiscriminately thrown around so much that it can be attached to any person or entity without regard.

No smoking within 20 feet of a building entrance? NAZI!!
Not hired because you have $200 worth of piercings in your face? NAZI!!
Thrown in jail because you crossed the border and then killed an Arizona rancher in his own house? NAZI!!
Tried to steal the Ark of the Covenant to aid your quest for world domination? NAZI!!

Alright, I’ll give you that last one.

The concept of providing proof of identity or other documentation is not new in this country. As a retired member of the military carrying ID at all times is not new to me. In fact, I still carry with me, at all times, my retiree military ID.

Want a driver’s license? Birth certificate required. Stopped by the Game Warden? Fishing license required. Pulled over by the cops for speeding down a one way street the wrong way, in reverse, naked while wearing a jock strap over your face? Don’t forget to show your proof of insurance.

If an Arizona policeman has established lawful contact why is it unreasonable to show some ID?

Here are the concerns from people who don’t live in Arizona who have no idea how bad the border crossings really are, people who love to jump on a bandwagon heading off to fight a perceived racially motivated injustice (i.e. Al Sharpton. No wait, he TURNS everything into a racially motivated injustice. My bad.) or people who are just plain uninformed, unintelligent and some other third thing that starts with “un”.

  1. Even though some illegals are killing, raping, looting, squatting, stealing and/or ripping up flower gardens as they tear through someone’s backyard to get across the border, they are just trying to make a better life for themselves. (Pedophiles are just trying to make a better life for themselves too. Both are against the law.)
  2. We need immigrants in our country to add to the melting pot. (I agree with this statement but it has nothing to do with illegal immigrants.)
  3. It takes too long to become a U.S. citizen. (Not my problem. People still manage to do it and become naturalized. Get in line.)
  4. Illegal immigrants contribute to our economy and they do pay taxes when they purchase items at a store. (Really, that’s all it takes to accept an illegal alien in your city- buy something from Safeway and you’re good?)
  5. If you deport all the illegal aliens then the agricultural industry will collapse because no lazy American will pick cabbage or oranges. (My favorite because it levies a doomsday scenario based on no facts whatsoever. Here is my appeasement: get the bums on welfare to do it- no workie, no checkie.)

These are just some of the irrational excuses I have heard in the last few days. A quick internet search will yield many pages more. Many people across the United States are pissed about this new law, but 70% of (legal) Arizona residents support it. That is a big number and it screams desperate measures for desperate times. Since the border issue has taken a back burner to bailing out criminally mismanaged banks, car manufactures and insurance companies, giving money to people for their piece of shit cars in hopes to stimulate the economy, and a health care reform bill that will leave many Americans wishing for the old days of only a 4 hour wait in the ER, Arizona had no choice but to draft an “extreme” measure to protect her citizens.

Obama has stopped kissing the asses of our enemies and begging them to friend him on his Facebook page to weigh in on the AZ immigration law; his teleprompter minions are checking on the legality of such a law. People are calling for boycotts to AZ tourism, the Diamondbacks and products and services from AZ based companies. Futile, irrelevant and symbolism-over-substance gestures that will have no affect on anything except the warped conscience of the Americans who have lost sight of their fellow countrymen who are desperately trying to live their own American dream without the fear of losing it to people who enter this country illegally.

April 11, 2010

Musings from another time and another forum

I was going through some old files and had to install a Word Perfect converter to read an old archive. Many years ago I used to write at Gibe.com, in fact it is where I first started to write pseudo commentary (long) before Aloha Dump. I came across this gem in which I was in rare form and let someone named Horizon have it with both barrels. He was anti military, as evidenced by his post, and really bashed me for about a month before I wrote this final response- to which he never replied.

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Re: Crime & Punishment
05-01-97 03:48:39
horizon

Hey Shitster,
how can you be on the net, with more info at your fingertips than the world has ever known, and still be so unbelievably ignorant?

How is it that you can only look back as far as Iraq? I mean, I won't even go into the part where Hussein was "Our Boy" for years, only demonized by US, when he refused to obey.
How about the invasion of Vietnam? The carpet bombing of Cambodia and Laos? Military (torture) advisors in Guatemala, El Salvador, Brazil, Columbia, etc... US trained and funded troops raping, torturing and murdering mothers and fathers in front of their children (and vice versa) in Nicaragua. Are you proud of this? Because that is what you work for.
Why don't you try looking into the real history of your favorite institution of murder, the military. When's the last time you defended "our borders" from an actual attack? Or is it that "our" military is always sent abroad to act as the corporate cop, ensuring a safe and consistent flow of commodities (and therefore, profit)?

YOU ARE A SLAVE AND YOUR MASTER IS EVIL.

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My Master is Evil???
05-05-97 08:35:29
smitster

Well, folks, I just got back from raping and pillaging another third world country's village and read horizon's last post.

I've said it once and I'll say it again- It is obvious to me that you have never really understood the military, or how it works. There are those of us who speak from our EXPERIENCES in life and those who speak from what they manage to gleen from one's computer screen.

The problem with the latter is that they are really only parroting the agenda of those who are anti whatever. The inexperienced and naive take up the "cause" far too quickly.

 I haven't been to all those places you refer to- it was before my time. But I have read about them (as you suggested) and have talked to military people who have BEEN THERE and if you think the "US trained regime" isn't better than what was replaced then you are worse than uninformed, you are brain washed. If you think this would be a perfect world without the evil military then you are worse than naive, you are prejudiced.

The truth is, not one military man or woman who has died for this country wanted to. Not one soldier, airman, marine or sailor wants to go to war. We do what we are told to do by the PRESIDENT and CONGRESS. The military HAS NEVER BEEN AUTONOMOUS!! If we were then I'd be having sex with your sister and your father would be doing my gardening.

The military did not VOLUNTEER to bomb Cambodia, enter the Persian Gulf, invade Vietnam, retaleate for the slaughter in Pearl Harbor, defend the millions of jews being slaughtered by the Natzis, or engage in ANY DEFENSIVE OR OFFENSIVE ACT.

Now listen to this very carefully - WE HAVE ALWAYS ACTED ON THE ORDERS OF THE PRESIDENT - ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS.

Yep, the same guy the majority of this country voted for.

Yes, we make deals with unconscionable leaders from other Nations. Yes, we train armies from other Nations that do terrible things to others. But how does that differ from our government, be it city, state or federal, giving immunity to one murdering rapist in order to convict another? How does that differ from big business polluting our planet with complete disregard for anyone or anything but a larger profit share? How does that differ from our solders being torn to shreds on razor wire in Viet Nam that was bought from companies in the United States, who cared more for profit than the Americans fighting the war? How does that differ from a "respectful" attorney whose job it is to ensure the freedom of a known killer or rapist? How does that differ from a hospital who refuses care to the sick and injured who have no insurance because money is more important than healing?

Sadam Hussain's army raped and plundered their way across the desert - that was an attrocity. We were sent there to end it. Was it based on oil? Well duh! Wake up and smell the roses. If you don't like that cause then park your car, turn off your fossil fuel eating computer and sit in a dark corner playing with yourself while relishing in this new "perfect world" you want so badly.

Here is how it works: Big business, that is the car you drive, the mall you shop in, the housing development you live in, the insurance companies you have to use, the medical facilities that keep you well, the construction industry that builds the roads, bridges and infastructure you rely on, and even the companies that build your computers and act as servers for your internet, pay billions of dollars in the form of PAC money that is used to get our government officials reelected. In turn, those government officals protect the interests of those businesses. Government has an agency that ensures those interests are protected: locally it is the city police, then the state police and on up to that oh so evil US Military.

Is it a perfect system? Well, of course not. But from someone who speaks from experience, it is the best one around. The men and women who serve this nation in the military are some of the finest. They are just like any other American. We don't want to be away from our families, we don't want to go in harm's way, but we do. We do it because we feel our way of life is worth protecting. We do it because we took an oath to follow the orders of the President of the United States. We do not think every order is a good one - but we are men and women of honor and integrity and we keep our word.

"When's the last time you defended 'our borders' from an actual attack?" you ask.

In today's warfare, if we wait to fight only at our borders then we have waited too long. Many, many things threaten our way of life. Yes, a threat to the flow of oil is a threat to our way of life. If you, as an American, are not willing to give up all those things that require fossil fuels then don't complain about those who risk their lives to protect it. If you think the only fight to be fought is one that starts on our borders then get some education on warfare, as displeasing as that might be.

There are many ways to serve this nation, not just in the military. But regardless of how one chooses to serve, the bottom line is that those efforts will strengthen the "system." I would ask, "How are you serving? How are you making a difference?" If the answer is " I am sitting at my computer criticizing those who do.", then you are a waste to this society and a waste of my time. How many letters to your Congressmen have you written, or even to the Pres? Does it even come close to the amount of babble you have posted here?

One other observation, name calling such as "Shitster" is not indicative of a mature, thinking individual who's thoughts, ideas and concepts should be listened to. If you want to have a discourse about the military, or anything of importance, then try to have a mature, open, unpredjudiced and meaningful discourse.

Here is some unsolicited advice: EVERYONE HAS AN AGENDA,

Everything you read, see, or hear is slanted to the author's opinion. Somewhere in the middle of all the rhetoric and opinions is the truth and YOU must search for it. Truth is rarely found at the extreme right or left of any ideal or belief. During the search for truth, have a deep respect for those you come into contact with.

I use sarcasm a lot but I still respect the opinions of the other posters. I don't know how this ended up in Crime and Punishment, I wish it would have originated in the Military topic.

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Re: Crime & Punishment
05-05-97 20:10:36
gayusa@aol.com

Welcome back Smitster. Great post. 

April 10, 2010

World War II photographs

Here is a link to some of the most immersive photographs of the war theaters I have ever seen.

The Pacific and Adjacent Theaters in WWII


















U.S. Marines Storming Iwo Jima
February 1945