Sunday, April 09, 2006

The Ongoing Duke Stuff and Illegals Protesting

Okay, yesterday's entry was about immigration and today's entry is no differant. However, I must caution those of my readers the least bit easily offended that I will be utterly unapologetic about what I am preparing to write.
In Texas today there are about 150k illegals running around the streets of Houston demanding "rights" that are not thiers to demand. Excuse me? You are here ILLEGALLY and as such really have no such right to protest or even gather in such numbers. What could possibly possess you to think that you can just walk across our border and begin making demands? Where is the INS and other Federal and State authorities? Tihs ia a perfect oopourtunity to execute a massive sweep and arrest, wrap up some truly heavenly arrests and get these people out of our country. As usual the left is trying to make an end run around our process and I have had enough. My own mother had to wait 7 years to get her citizenship and she was married to an American. What right do these people have to jump ahead of people like my mother who waited a very long time and played by the rules. And my Elito's mother who has been here almost 6 years and also played by the rules, working her ass off all the while? Should she be denied her papers now becuase some asshole wants to have something that they are not entitled to?
Enough already. We are a country of law and order which means you should be shipped off back to wherever the hell you came from after you serve whatever time you were given for being here. Mexico deports illegals immediately upon detection and you donot see them protesting in the streets. They get the hell locked up and sent packing. But not hers. Oh no, the left would howl in portest, claiming that illegals are "entitled" to protest because they are simply entitled to it. Since when, pray tell? When the hell did it become fashionable to ingore the law and then be rewarded for it?
If I were the INS today I would have a large number of paddy wagons ready, let the illegals protest, and then round them all up at the end of the protest. No apologies, no hand-wringing, and if some organizer of the protest wants to resist then that person ends up tossed in with their precious illegals and have their paperwork get misplaced.

Further on the Duke allegations: The two sides now are battling each other with the DA releasing the fact that the Duke Lacrosse team were already on note for their sometimes arrogant behaviour. Whatthe hell does this have to do with the current allegations? So the hell what if the kids were arrogant and insufferable? They are atheletes for heaven's sake! It is part of being an athelete. And it looks like the DA is just playing fast and loose with the media and the truth, since the DNA evidence may very well be too weak to support his contention.


Saturday, April 08, 2006

They've Done It To Us Again

After being served notice by law-abiding citizens of this country that we have had our fill of lawlessness at our southern borders and have had enough of millions of illegals doing whatever they want and then insisting that we just give them something others have had to wait decades for, namely citizenship, our elected tormentors torpedoed immigration reform largely along partisan lines. The Democrats led by Kennedy said "poo" to tougher enforcement and making immigrants have to pay fines. According to the bill approved by the House earlier this week, anyone here 5 years or more would simply have to pay a fine and then wait a small amount of time and then they could have their citizenship. Anyone here less than 5 years or more than 3 would have to go back to their country of origin, fill out the paperwork at the nearest US consults or embassy, wait a little bit, and them come back to the US. Anyone else (like less then 2 years) was immediately sent packing back to where ever the heck you came from.


Which is precisely why it was doomed from the start. The bill had no hope of seeing life because of the likes of Ted Kennedy and his ilk. It was far too fair, it required folks to actually get the hell in line with the rest of the others who have been waiting far longer than 5 years for their citizenship and they have followed the law. Now the Democrats want to just GIVE citizenship away, like it means nothing to them because in essence their own freedom and citizenship mean nothing to them. They look down upon the republic and everything that it stands for. They detest the fact that anyone that has ever achieved anything in this country has had to work their asses off to get where they are. And that is also something that the left cannot stand because those on the left have never been able to compete, never been able to even hold a fast food job if they wanted to. They want everybody to be the same, poor and disenfranchised. Like the Soviet system before, the left here wants everything for nothing. They want their freedom but don't want to do the work of protecting it. They want all benefits of a rich state, but don't want to work for it. They want all the freedom of the rule of law but donot want to held accountable for their actions. To them, all worldviews are acceptable from child rape to polygamy. and they despise the values of the common man and woman.
As for the values of the common man that the likes of Kennedy hold in such contempt, I am not talking about religious ones. I am talking about the values of hard work, common sense, loyalty, duty to one's neighbor's, looking out for the less fortunate, being held accountable for your deeds and words...those and others are values that the left hold in such utter contempt. I personally try my hardest to practice those values and others because they require a certain amount of personal integrity, something the leftists also hold in utter contempt. Refusing to do what is convenient in order to do what is ethically or honorably proper is also an American value. What we are saying to the illegals is go ahead and come here, burden our system, exploit the loop holes in our laws and make yourselves right at home. To the American taxpayer and citizen we are saying up yours, you are going to ake this up your ass and like it. The elected tormentors decided to not hold people accountable and decided to leave our borders open, failing that basic test of government which is to protect those of us here from those who would do us violence in the name of whatever religious or political flavor of the month.
If the Democrats really thought that this will gain them the Latino vote, then they are in for a rude shock. Almost every single Latino that I have as coworkers, friends, and neighbor's who are here would vote overwhelmingly conservative with a few who would go the other way. But that is beside the point. Our domestic tranquility and safety are no longer paramount to the politicians on the American Left. What is more important to them is making Bush look bad as much as possible and causing all of us-legal and not-to be in far more danger than we should be. And I for one resent being held hostage by the likes of Kennedy and his ilk just so that they can score points with the loonies on the left.
I will vote in the next elections as I always do, but I will not be voting for those who killed this very important bill. For like Benjamin Franklin, I firmly believe that if you sacrifice freedom for security, you deserve neither.


Saturday, April 01, 2006

The Ongoing Allegations at Duke University

Things are not as they appear over at Duke University. Last week a young woman accused several lacrosse players of rape. Since that time, the young woman's story has had more twists and turns than a mountain road. First there are the two seperate 911 calls, the second of which she changes her story form walking to driving past the house and giving the exact address of the house.
A reporter for one of our local news channels went by the house both during the daytime and at night and through his report you can clearly see that there are no numbers on the house and at night it is virtually impossible to even see the front door. There are also inconsistencies in her behaviour that make one wonder what indeed did transpire. The local durham DA has been playing fast and loose with the rules, dropping hints and making totally inappropriate commentary about the evidence, like linking the fake fingernails that were indeed found in the house to his supposition that there must have been a ferocious struggle. But according to my friend Barbara Maholick it is the amount of glue that determines how easily or not the nails come off. In her words:
" You can use just enough to keep them from falling or such a large amount that pliers couldn't pull the damn things off." (used by permission-B. Maholick, April 2006)
Just because there are false nails laying about the room mean little on the face of it. It is just like seeing an empty whiskey bottle on a table in a house and coming to the conclusion that the resident is a lush. Context is everything with evidence. And just because you also find the 400 USD that she was supposed to collect after her visit still there in the house is open to interpretation as well. Any number of reasons can be advance but I will leave it to the defense teams to do so.
The parties in this are far from squeaky clean as well. To quote a news article from WRAL:

According to court documents, the woman has a record, which includes a DWI, a
misdemeanor eluding arrest charge, and three license suspensions. But she has
had no arrests for prostitution or any other related sex crimes.
As for the
players, The Raleigh News & Observer reported that 15 of them have faced
misdemeanors in the past three years stemming from drunken and disruptive
behavior, according to court records
. Source

That does not mean that you go from a few scrapes with the law to rape. Nor does it mean that the young lady in question can be made out as a harpie. It just means that we should not jump to conclusions about this.

What all this means is that there are far too many red flags in this case so far to just come down on one side or the other. Aside from the predictable protestations of innocence from the accused and the all too convenient timing of the young lady's family insistence that she cannot discuss it, there is also the idea that the accused are innocent until proven quilty and have no real need to cooperate any further than they already have.

There is however another angle that causes me even more red flags. Within hours of the accusations came the racist, sexist, and oppurtunistic arrival of the radical elements. The accuser is of African-American descent whereas the accused are all Caucasian. That in itself is a red flag too because she did not accuse the sole African-American male player. Once it was her ethnic background became known, then the NAACP made a rush to judgement and began making demands that the case be solved like yesterday. The conduct of the DA handling the case seems to inidicate that he may indeed be pandering to the radical elements. Across Duke campus we now have radical feminists demanding that these young accused come do what, exactly? These young men have no obligation whatsoever to say anything at all. And who are these people to make demands that these men violate their constitutional rights?

Sadly, the answer is that no matter what this case has already been politicized by elements who have no buisness sticking their knoses into this. The case is in it's infancy and may very well sort itself out into a frightened young woman in over her head who said something that she should not have and now she is in even more over her head. Did something occur? I don't know and won't know until it comes to trial, if it ever will. My sympathy goes out to the families of all involved because they are the true victims.

The lacrosse team members have forfeited the rest of the season and these young men may very well never get their lives back should all this sort out the way I fear it will. And the young lady may also never have a normal life either because she has taken on the Duke University behemoth. She may have thought that all she had to do was make the accusation and the school would fold. Or she may indeed have been scared. Whatever the case she will be the loser in all this as well.

The school itself has shown impeccable restraint, far more so that some of the radical elements in their student body. From the beginning the authorities there have urged patience and restraint, going out of their way to keep the radicals from going too far and have tried to be civil, classy and above all decent to all sides.

The other radical elements have not shown such grace or manners. Almost at once they rushed to judgemant, to crucify these young men without even bothering to check the facts. The NAACP became nothing more than a screeching harpie, the feminists were no better. Neither group has shown the manners and common good grace of Duke University. My late grandmother would be proud of the school's handling and be utterly dismayed by the others. I wonder if the groups and idiotic individuals who have rushed to judgement will apologise when this case falls apart or when these young men are found not guilty?

Probably not. And this hardly help the cause of women's rights either. But in the cloud cuckoo land of radical politics the ends justify the means regardless of the real truth behind the news. And somewhere I am reminded of Al Sharpton and the Tawana Brawley case. That featured many of the same plot elements like a young woman accuses police officers of Caucasian extraction and then when the story is exposed as false instead of saying "I lied" she comes up with even more extraordianry excuses and accusations.

The case before us requires a little patience and clear thinking. But some prefer to jump to their own conclusions without regard for the evidence nor for the rights of both the accuser and the accused.