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Musings

  • I guess I’m old-fashioned in that I believe that the Constitution means what its plain language says.  “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.” means, to me, that if someone is born here and is liable to follow our laws or face the punishment, then they are a citizen.  It doesn’t matter to me that some use the 14th Amendment in a way that we don’t like, it means what it says.  If a child is born 10 feet over the border in San Diego and is subject to arrest and taxation just like the rest of us, then that child is a citizen.  If we don’t like that, then we need to amend the Constitution, but it’s not a policy or something that can be changed by simple Legislative action or Executive fiat.
  • Bombing caves on the Mexican border or building a wall that’s not guarded 24 hours a day by men with guns and dogs that like the taste of human flesh, even if those things are possible, isn’t going to stop illegal immigration.  My idea for cutting the demand for illegal labor is this:  If your company or any sub-contractors/suppliers you use gets caught employing illegal aliens, then you are no longer allowed to compete for federal contracts and no federal money may be used to purchase goods and services from you.  Your food may not be used to feed schoolchildren or be purchased using government welfare.  You don’t get to compete to build, maintain, or clean government buildings or roads.  Federal insurance or disaster relief funds may not be used to purchase your goods and services.  That means that if you buy the chicken in your store from a company that has been busted using illegal labor in its poultry plants, you’re blackballed too.  If your university has students who have overstayed their visa’s, you are ineligible for Pell Grants, federal student loans, and federal research dollars.  A year or two of this, and the demand for almost slave labor will dry up.
  • There seems to be a rash of pedophiles and child pornographers caught here in Louisville, allegedly including a priest from one of the local parishes.  I just don’t get it.  If I were to ever have those kinds of thoughts, I’d like to think that I’d have the decency to suck start my 1911.  “But, DaddyBear, suicide is a mortal sin!”  So is taking upskirt pictures of minors and destroying their innocence.  Personally, I’d rather have to answer for something I did to myself than for something I did to a child.
  • Remember when you were in the military and you felt the urge to choke the life out of someone who puts their hand up when the CO asked “Does anyone have any questions?” on Friday at last formation?  Yeah, I was in a room with all of those people tonight.
  • Boo will be starting Tiger Scouts tomorrow evening.  I fondly remember my time in the Scouts, and the fine group of vandals and pyromaniacs who were in my pack and troop.  What a great bunch of future demolition specialists and confidential informants they were.  Why, it seems like only yesterday when I heard the scoutmaster, Mr. Olafsen, saying, “Which one of you maniacs broke into the mess hall and drew smiley faces on all the eggs?” at summer camp.
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  1. Old NFO

     /  August 26, 2015

    Agree with all. Scouting gave me a better perspective on life and taught me self reliance.

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