Judicial Activism

12 06 2006

Cross posted from Free Constitution

Today in Colorado, criminals can celebrate.

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled against a ballot initiative that could have denied services to illegal aliens.

The measure was snonsored by Defend Colorado Now, and sounds quite reasonable:

The measure would not stop the state from paying for federally mandated services such as public education or emergency medical care. But Elbel has said it would prevent illegal immigrants from receiving welfare and in-state college tuition.

And the logic or lack thereof, behind the ruling:

…[it] violates a state constitutional requirement that initiatives deal with only one subject, the court said in a 5-2 opinion.

The measure aimed to decrease public spending for the welfare of illegal immigrants in Colorado and restrict access to administrative services, the ruling said.

“Because we determine these purposes are unrelated, we conclude they comprise multiple subjects connected only by a broad and overarching theme,” the ruling said.

It is one helluva stretch to argue that, I don't know what happened to intellectual honesty in some of our highest courts. Such reasoning could argue a glass of water deals with multiple subjects: the glass, and the water.

In light of this, the word of the day may describe the feeling: Billingsgate.

To go out on a limb, one could argue such activism could pre-emptively stop a constitutional amendment contrary to the court's opinion.

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let me know at what level you would like to participate.





Rested and Back in the Saddle!

12 06 2006

Cross posted from Fix 4 RSO

We just got back from a short trip to “The Happiest Place on Earth”!

Now, whoever said that all day, every day, is “happy”? Have you stood in those lines on a hot summer day in Southern California? If you have, and you are a parent, then you know what it must be like to be an illegal alien waiting for a kai-yoh-tee (coyote) to take you across the border, or you make a run for it all on your own!

Here, lemme ’splain:

  • You cough up tons of cash just for the opportunity to ride the rides (nothing’s free)
  • You stand around in hot temperatures with little or no concept how long it’s gonna take (another hidden cost)
  • There are tons of people around you looking for the same fun and excitement (hundreds a day cross)
  • Once in a great while a fairy with pixie dust or a prince or princess (politicians) makes your day with free stuff
  • There is the “Fast Pass” (coyote) way to get to the USA – sometimes not worth the trouble
  • If the lines are short you can just jump the chain and end up right next to the last person in line (amnesty)
  • You’re jammed into the smallest spaces, subjected to noise, and left wanting (smuggled in a car or truck)
  • Food’s expensive and you hope for water in this heat (water stations and maps)

OK, so that’s a funny way of seeing this whole mini-vacation! But, while traipsing around SoCal, I really did have a few observations that sorta, stick. And, being a Native Californian, I’ve seen a serious trend emerging that no longer threatens this great state of California – we’re already down for the count and the ref is on number 8.

We drove the whole way. It’s a hot, and kinda boring, drive from the Bay Area to Anaheim. You can see all walks of life on your journey, and often times wonder if these folks are also on vacation. But, to be honest, I was interacting with folks that just did not adequately communicate in English. Here’s a list of everywhere I HAD to repeat myself or received the wrong thing:

  • Gas Stations
  • Fast Food (ok, McDonalds and Wendy’s is really not a joke)
  • Hotels and Motels (especially the motel)
  • Restaurants
  • Stores
  • Rides and Attractions

For some people this is the biggest vacation they have once a year, or maybe once every five years. Kids are wide-eyed and amazed at all the things going on around them – parents just wanna take a nap! ;) Sometimes you can be tolerant and look the other way when someone doesn’t understand you. And, if you are not constantly immersed in the communication mismatch saga, you’ll be nice and smile and repeat yourself until understood. I mean, you’re a good Christian or were raised with good manners, so it’s wrong to get frustrated – just try a little harder.

For those of us that live this day to day – you start to get short tempered. For those of us that have been beaten over the head with ESL and screwed up lesson plans, ya start to fume just a bit. And then, when you have someone close to you (or you yourself) needing the services of a local hospital, and illegals are in front – you get down right mad! Why is it that you are to be second-citizen to someone that has placed undue burden on your state?

And, folks, that is the crux of this whole issue. We all have become second-citizens because our government and its representatives, held hostage and threatened by the Drive By Media, haven’t the strength to take a stand. These spineless dolts continue to play Three Card Monty with us – and all we get is taken, time and again.

We need a change. Keep a close eye on your representatives. And, enjoy “The Happiest Place on Earth” if you haven’t already! I still had fun – as long as the ibuprofen kept coming! ;)

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration – CAII. If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, e-mail the coalition and let them know at what level you would like to participate.





Basic Pilot Program

12 06 2006

Cross posted from Valgerd's Hearth

Applaud Dunkin' Donuts for Joining the Basic Pilot Program

This new fax has been posted in your Action Buffet based on your answers to the Interest Survey.

You can find this fax by proceeding to http://www.numbersusa.com/faxes?ID=5710

There's something new at your local Dunkin' Donuts, and, some might say it's more satisfying than a hot cup of coffee and a fresh donut.

Recently, the nationwide chain began posting signs in its stores alerting customers and potential employees, "We follow the law! This company hires lawful workers only."

The new signs arrived just after the company signaled that it joined the Basic Pilot Program which quickly and easily allows employers to verify a worker's status using online databases from the Social Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Stephen Horn, chief legal officer for Dunkin' Brands Inc., said the donut chains are participating in the Basic Pilot Program due to "the growing awareness of the hiring and employment of undocumented workers and the difficulty faced by employers for screening new hires within the confines of the law."

Whether or not you're a Dunkin' Donuts customer, please let the company know that the majority of Americans appreciate and applaud their efforts to act as a responsible corporate citizen in communities across America.

Send this fax and show your support for Dunkin' Donuts' desire to uphold the rule of law, thereby setting a stellar example for businesses across America and the federal government.

Do you want more or less information?
As a NumbersUSA subscriber, you will receive occasional emails about immigration-related opportunities. If you want to increase or reduce the frequency of these emails, click here and choose from Total Activism, Moderate Activism, or Limited Activism at the bottom of your registration form: http://www.numbersusa.com/user

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**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let me know at what level you would like to participate.





Stand Up For What’s Right

12 06 2006

Cross posted from bRight & Early

Geno'sYou are probably already familiar with the story of Joey Vento, Owner of Geno's in South Philly. Michelle Malkin posted on it here and here.

Now (AP via Yahoo News) Philadelphia's Commission on Human Relations,

alleges that the policy at Geno's Steaks discourages customers of certain backgrounds from eating there, said Rachel Lawton, acting executive director.

Geno's owner Joseph Vento posted two small signs at his shop in South Philadelphia proclaiming: "This is AMERICA: WHEN ORDERING 'PLEASE SPEAK ENGLISH.'"

Lawton said that violates the city's Fair Practices Ordinance, which prohibits discrimination in employment, public accommodation and housing. "It's discouraging patronage by non-English speaking customers because of their national origin or ancestry," she said.

Speak English

I couldn't find a clear image on the web, so I did my best to make a duplicate. I think Joey should take down his current sign . . .

. . . and post a much bigger one!

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let us know at what level you would like to participate.





The Philadelphia Story

12 06 2006

Cross posted from Magnums Conservative Voice

By now everyone has heard about Joey Vento the owner of Geno's Steaks of South Philadelphia. Mr. Vento placed a sign in his place of business that says "This is America-when ordering, speak English." As you can imagine in today's PC world in which we live this has caused a bit of an outrage from some groups. Earlier today I saw this story from Reuters:

A civil rights watchdog agency has decided to open an investigation into a Philadelphia cheese steak restaurant that posted a sign saying "This is America – when ordering, speak English."

The Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations will file a complaint later on Monday, effectively opening an agency case against Geno's Steaks of South Philadelphia, said Rachel Lawton, acting executive director of the agency.

The Philadelphia controversy has fed a national debate over immigration in which the U.S. Senate passed a bill that would declare English the national language and politicians have raised objections to a Spanish version of the national anthem.

The sign may violate the city's Fair Practices Ordinance, which bans businesses from discriminating on the basis of nationality or ethnicity, Lawton said.

"The complaint will say that the sign discourages patronage by non-English speakers because of their national origin and/or ancestry," said Lawton, whose agency enforces the city's anti-discrimination laws.

As usual these groups only see what they want in regards to anyone that does anything that they remotely disagree with. Since this story originally broke there have been several follow-ups. Even though I do not know Mr. Vento it is clear to me that he is in no way attempting to discriminate or belittle anyone. By making this statement he is simply trying to promote assimilation. In fact, he states this very thing in the article. Mr. Vento said, "no one is refused service and no one is discriminated against. The sign, which has been displayed for about six months, is meant to encourage immigrants to learn English."

Now I will grant you that this sign and policy could be a cause of uncomfort to some foreign tourists that may visit his establisment. But then again most tourists traveling to another country at least try and learn enough of the language to order food or ask for directions. They almost always have either a book or something electronic that will help them translate. At any rate this is about immigrants that live and have lived here and have not bothered to learn enough of our language to order a sandwich.

According to the rest of the article if the sign is a violation of city ordinance he could be ordered to take it down. This is something that Mr. Vento says he has no intention to do. The article also states that Mr. Roberto Santiago the director of the city's Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations has received about 50 "hate" emails in response to his opposition of the sign. He also went on to state that "This is dividing the nation, I'm really saddened by these individuals who are upset by having to be tolerant. I'm glad I'm living in an America where comments like Mr. Vento's are out of order."

Mr. Santiago is doing a great job of spinning this into a fight against racism. The only thing that Mr. Vento and the rest of us are intolerant towards is the breaking of our Countries' laws. We are intolerant to the fact that some of those that are here illegally are taking advantage of employment opportunities, freedom and the services provided by our country but have no intention of assimilating. I believe that Mr. Santiago will find that is what most Americans believe is out of order.

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let me know at what level you would like to participate.**





Immigration, Globalization, and Political Extinction

12 06 2006

Cross posted from Right Truth

Politicians should be thinking about their futures, because that future might just depend on how they vote on immigration reform.

Politicians who want to put illegal aliens on a pathway to citizenship may soon find themselves on a pathway of their own – the high road to political extinction previously trod by Federalists, Whigs and others who lacked the courage to confront reality. (FrontPageMag)

What about the US economy and the global economy? Americans are concerned about both because it seems WE are footing the bills. Our politicians don't seem to care about that either.

Keep On Rockin' In The Free Market

But we don’t live in a free market. We live in a state capitalist economy where the state has cartelized most industries: by anti-competitive regulations; by subsidies to operating costs that render corporations artificially profitable at sizes far above maximum economy of scale; and by subsidies to capital- and skill- and R&D-intensiveness that artificially increase the minimum feasible size and otherwise raise entry barriers.

We live in an economy, in short, where the average corporation has all the internal inefficiencies and irrationalities of a planned economy–but is able to survive because the taxpayers foot the bill for so many of the diseconomies of scale. Volunteer Voters

What's the problem with American workers? Planck's Constant offers an explanation AND a cure (complete with photos):

I will never hire illegals, but most of my employees are immigrants because it is almost impossible to find Americans willing to work hard. Read carefully here. The operative word is hard. Minimum wage is not an issue; no one at my company makes less than $20 an hour, some $80 an hour and more. The real problem is one of attitude. To get Americans to work with the same amount of glee and diligence I would have to pay them three times as much. And no, I'm not in the farm business. Despite popular notions, 98% of immigrants do NOT work on farms. …

As a public service to my fellow businessmen, I offer you my employee manual. Feel free to modify it to suit your business.

Welcome to XXXXXXXXX

This will be brief. Please keep a copy of this in your wallet or purse or under your pillow should you need some late night reading. Please read it often enough so that you have it memorized.

Paydays: Don't obsess about them.

Workday Hours: Don't look at the clock.

Overtime Compensation: If you need more time to finish your daily work, then by all means work longer. However, you will not be paid more to complete work you should have done in 8 hours. If we ask you to do someone else's job after your daily shift then we will gladly pay you 1.5 times your hourly wage even though you cannot give us the same effort after 8 hours of hard work as you gave in the first 8. (Go read it all, you will laugh, you will say 'yes!', go read it here)

There is much to consider when talking about the effects of BAD immigration legislation. Another blog has covered this subject perfectly:

The following is by Allie at Allieblog. I give all credit to him. Go visit him for other enlightening articles. Read it and let me know what you think.

Oil, Globalization, Immigration, and Overpopulation

Globalization: the goal of the global plutocracy, so they can make money everywhere, exploit everyone, sell to everyone in the world. Globalization: One world ruled and exploited by a small class of people. They try to convince us it’s a good thing even for us and sometimes it is but globalization is predicated on an abundance of cheap oil and those days are ending. As it does and globalization become less possible, the plutocracy (a controlling class of the wealthy) pushes for it even harder. They are trying desperately to squeeze every last little bit of profit out of the world before the global collapse that will come with the end of the cheap energy that sustains the world’s huge populations.

World Population GrowthLet’s talk a little more about globalization. Dell, for instance, makes computers in China and sells them in the US. The US computer industry is gone, killed off by foreign competition, killed off with government complicity. If the US is cut off from the rest of the world, if it is no longer economically feasible to ship computers from Asia to the US, then we will no have computers (or TVs) because America no longer has the factories to make its own.

The grocery store is filled with celery and onions from Mexico, grapes from Chili, and other produce from even farther away. Where once most food came from local farms, or at most, from California and Florida, now it doesn’t. The US is no longer a net exporter of food. We no longer produce enough food to feed our own. When there is no more cheap gas, how will we feed ourselves?

So globalization makes us dependent on foreign sources of food and manufactured goods. Soon we be unable to import these goods cheaply and our own industry is gone. When we need American industry to make things that we can no longer get globally, it won’t be there. The Bush Junta and the Clinton fools, pushed by the Rockefellers and the Council on Foreign Relations, have killed off our industry in their search for cheaper labor and higher profits abroad.

We will be sorry we can’t get our cheap computers and cell phones from China, but we will be very, very sorry that we can’t get the foreign food on which we have come to depend since the deliberate destruction of much of US food production.

Without oil, what? Back to the days of slow and stinking steamships, their smokestacks visibly belching pollution that makes the average car look like a clean alternative? Or maybe we’ll have nuclear powered ships. Instead of oil spills like the Exxon Valdez, we’ll get Chernobyl/Titanic disasters till the oceans are poisoned with radioactivity.

They will try everything, but in the end, without oil, globalization isn’t possible. You can’t depend on foreign imports without cheap transportation. As globalization fails each region will be forced to fall back on its local resources, its locally grown food, and its locally manufactured goods. Will American have anything to fall back on?

With the disappearance of cheap oil, it will become more and more difficult to support our population. Already we have to import food and half our oil. With the collapse of oil as a significant energy source, any country whose population exceeds its carrying capacity, i.e., its ability to feed its population, will have famines and massive population reductions.

With the luring of up to 66 million (the illegal immigrants and their families) additional people to the US we are assuring that we won’t be able to feed or provide for our population in the post-globalization world. It’s like adopting ten kids when you know that in six months you will only be able to feed two of them.

Projected US population growthBy allowing immigration, by encouraging it, legal or illegal, we are blighting our future and dooming our country and our children. We should be working to reduce US population. Instead the plutocracy works to increase it, first by trying to end abortion and birth control, then by massive immigration. Their ideal is China, China with its surfeit of cheap labor, China with its 1.4 billion, China with its history of famine and overpopulation and environmental degradation and its millennia of political repression. That is where they are trying to lead us. Because they think it is good for them.

We need leaders who will prepare us for the coming oil crunch and not just by trying to steal the oil of Iraq and Iran. We need leaders who will help the US to become self-sufficient, and not just for energy, but for food and manufactured goods.

I think we need Al Gore. He’s the only candidate I see that seems to recognize the finite nature of our planet and its resources.

But with or without him I think we are due for some hard times. I am reminded of Joseph in the Bible counciling the Pharaoh to prepare in the fat years for the coming lean ones. This seems common prudence. Instead we have a leadership whose motto seems to be “Eat, drink, and be merry because tomorrow we don’t care if you die.”

Also posting, Red Hot Cuppa Politics, "Globalization Spurs Illegal Immigration …" "

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let me know at what level you would like to participate.**





*Action Alert for Indiana* (and other Illegal Immigration goodies)

12 06 2006

Cross posted from Take Back Georgia

Since i'm light-years behind on my e-mails, I'm going to multi-task and cross-post some articles from the CAII AND feature some *Action Alert* items that have come to me personally. (I still can't upload photos here – so for the full post – visit me on MySpace.

Read carefully, ACT where you can, and keep up the good fight for America!!

FINALLY – people have to actually show a birth certificate or passport before getting Government-funded healthcare? What took them so long?

Here's a great post from Freedom Watch regarding Bush's little PR ride to the border. Remember – MS-13 is a growing gang problem here in Gainesville and has ties to Al Queda.

Oh, boy – this article from Bright and Early makes me want to…vomit? Whining and complaining about how the illegals are mistreated and underpaid while working to rebuilt Louisiana. Umm…how 'bout they CHOSE to be there AND they are working ILLEGALY! GET OVER IT!

In Georgia news, Senator Isakson stands firm with wanting to secure the border first before doing anything else about illegal immigration.

*ACTION ALERT* K.S. from Evansville, Indiana says they have a new potential candidate for Senator – RICK HALE – and that is strong on illegal immigration. HOWEVER, he needs 30,000 signatures from registered Indiana voters to get his name on the ballot. Please HELP and visit his site. now!

Rundown on Rick Hale (Thanks, KS!)
Rick On The Issues

NATIONAL SECURITY
I support a strong national defense, and September 11th demonstrated that national defense extends beyond a large and powerful military. The agencies at the federal, state, and local levels must all work together more efficiently and share information so as to best protect the citizens of the United States.
In keeping with a respect for the rule of law and insistence on a high level of national security, I support the placement of a secure and well-maintained fence on the southern border with Mexico, as well as anywhere else our border is insecure

TAXES
I believe that Americans are overtaxed and that tax rates should be reduced
I oppose an inheritance tax at any level of government. The government has no business raiding the gifts of loved ones who have passed away.
I oppose property taxes at any level of government. Taxpayers should not have to pay a ransom in order to keep their own property.

RACIAL AND SEXUAL NON-DISCRIMINATION
I support absolute equality between the races. A person should not enjoy an advantage by nature of being a member of a certain ethnic group, nor should that person suffer any disadvantage for being of that group. Every person must be judged solely on his or her merits, with no attention given to race
I support absolute equality between the sexes. A person should not enjoy an advantage by nature of being a member of a certain sex, nor should that person suffer any disadvantage for being a member of that sex. Every person must be judged solely on his or her merits, with no attention given to his or her sex

AMERICAN JOBS AND LABOR RELATIONS
I oppose the “offshoring” of American jobs. I also oppose the importation of foreign workers to take jobs that Americans want but will not take for the low pay that a foreign worker will accept. I support legislation that will remove the economic incentive for abandoning American workers in pursuit of cheap foreign labor
I recognize the value of labor unions. They were the driving force behind the elimination of child labor practices, they helped raise the standard of living for many Americans, they helped establish the number of hours in a standard work week, and they are responsible for many other positive things that many workers now take for granted. I support the right of labor unions to negotiate for fair wages (as determined by market forces), benefits, and working conditions for its members. I oppose discriminating based on union membership, or non-membership, in employing or keeping workers. I take the position that labor unions, when engaged in collective bargaining, should always keep in focus the employer’s need to remain competitive. The union’s goal should be nothing more nor less than a fair and safe working arrangement for employees.

IMMIGRATION
I insist on immigration enforcement that results in the removal from the United States of any person found to be here illegally.
I oppose amnesty for illegal aliens. Any plan which allows illegal aliens to remain in the country, or which gives them the opportunity to come back into the U.S. ahead of those people who are waiting to enter legally, is amnesty.
I support the requirement that all employers use the Basic Pilot Program, which allows employers easily to check the legal status of their employees. After that program is in widespread use, I support heavy fines for employers who employ illegal aliens
I oppose the practice of bestowing citizenship on any person born of parents who are in the United States illegally.

CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS
To protect Americans’ rights and freedoms, I support a Constitutional amendment that establishes original intent/original meaning as the required philosophy for interpreting the law. In keeping with that approach, which was the expectation of the founders of our nation –
I support the sovereignty of the individual states when addressing issues over which the Constitution grants the federal government no authority (see the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution).
If the nation as a whole wishes to address an issue, it should do so by means of the amendment process laid out in the Constitution of the United States
I support the issue of abortion being returned to the individual states for the people to decide. If the nation as a whole wishes to address the issue of abortion, it should do so by means of the amendment process laid out in the Constitution of the United States
I support the right to keep and bear arms, as well as the vigorous prosecution of anyone who uses those arms in the commission of a crime
I oppose the use of eminent domain as a means of transferring one private citizen’s or organization’s property to another private citizen or organization, for any reason.
I oppose those campaign finance laws that restrict the speech of private citizens and/or their political organizations.
I support the display of the Ten Commandments on public property.
I support the continued presence of the words “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance
I oppose any and all treaties that affect the sovereignty of the United States or the freedom of the people of the United States. The authority of Congress and the President is derived from the Constitution, and neither the President nor Congress may do anything other than amend that Constitution to alter its effect

THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE
I support recognizing that English is the official language of the U.S. All ballots, signs, and government documents should be in English. I oppose the use of tax dollars to accommodate those who do not speak the English language

JUDICIAL ACCOUNTABILITY
I support the creation of a means by which a judge and/or Supreme Court Justice may be put to a “no confidence” vote, whereby he can be removed based on his receiving less than 50% of the popular vote. The “no confidence” vote would be offered as a ballot initiative.

POLITICAL ACCOUNTABILITY
I support the creation of a means by which all senators and congressmen would live and vote from their home states and districts. Communications technology should be implemented to bring this about. Exceptions would be made for cases that require a high level of secrecy (national security issues, for example).

EDUCATING AMERICA’S CHILDREN
I support school choice for every child. What school a child attends ought to be the parents’ decision, not the decision of the government.
Because of its historical significance and its being a profound and concise summary of America’s spirit, I would encourage the following daily recitation by schoolchildren:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM

I will fight to ensure the Internet remains an avenue for the unrestricted exchange of information and ideas. I oppose the creation of any system by which some are allowed more or better access to the Internet than others.

ALTERNATIVE ENERGY
I support the development of hydrogen or other clean, alternative energy sources that remove America’s dependence on oil. This is an economic, environmental, political, and national security issue, making the conversion to an alternative energy source one of the United States’ highest priorities

Principle Above Politics
Send Donations to:Friends of Rick Hale
P.O. Box 6018
Evansville, IN 47719-0018

E-mail:
rickhale@rickhale.org

OOOOOOOOOOOOh – you have GOT to read THIS post from Inmuscatine!! Personal experiences from an Accountant dealing with illegal immigrants – you think they pay for services they can never use? THINK AGAIN!

Finally, i'll leave you with Committees of Correspondances' post that features Senator Kennedy whining about why Americans shouldn't have to use a photo I.D. to vote. GOD forbid we have to prove that we're actually LEGALLY voting American Citizens, GAWSH!

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let me know at what level you would like to participate.**








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