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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

As Promised….

Here's Peanut!

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And the Winner Is…..

It's 9:24 and the winner has not been announced. However, through my powers of deduction, I have already ascertained the winner on American Idol.

Katharine McPhee will be the next American Idol.

Here's why, and it has nothing to do with talent.

The only time a guy has won Idol is when there are no girls remaining in the field.

And, Simon gave Taylor the kiss of death last night be proclaiming him the winner. People don't like Simon, and there will be many who vote against Taylor just to make Simon look bad.

These two factors are all it will take to sink Taylor to second place, leaving the off key amnesiac as the winner.

UPDATE: Sometimes, I'm happy to be wrong. This is one of them.

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Books on Teen Pregnancy

In a comment below, I half jokingly said I was going to have to write a book on helping a teenage daughter with her pregnancy. I've just done an Amazon search, and now I'm not so sure I was joking. Almost every book I previewed talked about teen pregnancy as something that must be "recovered from," instead of celebrated. It seems like no matter how hard they try, they can't get past the circumstances of the pregnanacy, and that colors every aspect of the advice they have to give.

They're not all like that; after searching through about 50 titles, I found 5 or 6 worth a closer look. But man, most of them sound like grief counseling for the mother is the first order of the day, and that's just wrong. Understanding that your life has just changed forever is one thing; grieving for it is another, and something that I think is entirely unnecessary.

I think we look at it from an adult perspective; our lives have become relatively stable and we see the magnitude of pregnancy relative to that stability. We forget that kids, especially teenagers, have been living with rampant instability for several years as they go through adolescence; pregnancy and motherhood is just one more in a long line of changes they've weathered.

Isn't it possible that most of the trauma we normally associate with a teen pregnancy springs not from the pregnancy, but from our reaction to it? What happens when we celebrate the pregnancy instead of recover from it? What happens when we allow the circumstances to fall away and let the creation of a new life take center stage?

We allow the pregnancy to be what it should have been anyway, a positive step, albeit an accelerated one, into adulthood.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

10.5 The Apocalypse

0.5 The complete waste of time.

I've got a question. What the heck happened to Kim Delaney? She used to be very attractive; now she's kinda scary.

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Privacy?  What Privacy?

We're absolutely insane in America.

Completely bonkers.

And I'll prove it.

For the last couple of weeks, we've been freaking out over the idea that the Federal government is examining phone records with no personal information attached in an attempt to isolate calling patterns that might indicate terrorist operations. We're upset that the government would even think of invading our privacy that way and we want someone's head on a platter.

But it's okay that I have to show a State ID card, sign a log book, and provide my name, address and Social Security number if I want to buy some cold medicine.

It's called perspective and I think we need to get some.

PS: For the record, I don't like either invasion of privacy. It just seems to me that getting the phone logs is much less invasive than the whole cold medicine thing and has a much greater justification.

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My First Craving Run.

My daugher had her first ultrasound today, and I'm holding in my hands three pictures of Peanut, AKA Maria, AKA Caius, all depending on who you ask. As soon as I can hook up the scanner to my laptop, I'll share them with you. By the way, I went on my first pregnancy induced craving run tonight. I was sent to fetch McDonald's French Fries and a vanilla milk shake.

It's better than the fried chicken livers and tin roof sundae ice cream I had to get for her mother.

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President Bush Secures the Borders

President Bush received praise today from Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for his tireless work in securing Israel's borders.

Now, if we could only get him to expend the same amount of energy to secure our borders...

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Monday, May 22, 2006

Flotsam and Jetsam

From time to time, instead of a long, intricate piece on a single subject, I get in the mood to write just a few lines about a multitude of subjects.

Immigration. Ok, let me get this straight. The President's plan is to build a 300 mile fence to guard a 1700 mile border, and then invite approximately 92 million people to come in over the next 20 years. With that plan, we may need every bit of the 1400 mile gate Bush left in that fence. By the way, according to the San Fransisco Chronicle, 10% of Mexico's population now lives and works in the US.

That's not immigration; that's a migration.

Katrina Recovery Despite being the only thing in New Orleans that failed faster than the dikes and levees, Ray Nagin has been re-elected as Mayor. But it should be okay; hurricanes don't hit the same place twice.

Wait, that's lightening, isn't it?

Uh oh.

English is the Official Language Wait, it's not the "official" language, but the "national" language. Wait again, it's not the "national" language, but it's the "common and unifying" language. Okay, it's not even the common and unifying language; it just happens to be the language we all speak because we're all racists and too ignorant to realize we should all be speaking Spanish.

Back to New Orleans According to Drudge, the DNC (Dean's Nutjobs and Cranks) worked to get Landreiu elected instead of Nagin, and despite raising 3.3 million to Nagin's 0.5 million, lost abysmally. This is the same organization that claims it will be able to regain control of the House in November.

Anti-Immigration Policies
[Foreigners] can't hold seats in either house of the congress. They're also banned from state legislatures, the Supreme Court and all governorships. Many states ban [foreigners] from spots on town councils. And the Constitution reserves almost all federal posts, and any position in the military and merchant marine, for [natives]

No, this isn't a description of the House Immigration Bill, called xenophobic by Mexico's Vicente Fox. It's a description of the immigration policies of Mexico.

Dixie Chicks Release New Album The new single vanished from the radio before the album even went on sale. Is it due to mediocre musicianship, or is it a backlash from theirpolitical posturing? At the time, the Chicks claimed that the backlash from NAtalie Maines comments was non-existent. I'm bettting they change their tune as their new album slides down the charts faster than Bush's approval ratings.

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Friday, May 19, 2006

A Tale of Two Daughters

I haven't blogged for about a week and when you finish the piece below, you'll understand why.

A Tale of Two Daughters

Sitting there in the doctor's office, it appeared that they had nothing in common. Although they were both 17, they dressed differently; their families were different; they lived in different parts of town; they hung out with different crowds; even the music they listend to was different. If you passed them on the street, you'd never know that they had anything at all in common; you'd think that their stories would be completely different, and for the most part you'd be right. But for a few brief moments, their stories converged to bring them here, to a doctor's office.


One girl masked it in irritation, constantly moving in her seat, picking up a magazine, turning a few pages then tossing it down on the small table, only to pick it back up a moment later. This cycle repeated endlessly, punctuated by loud sighs and exasperated glares at anyone who met her gaze. By contrast, the other girl sat quietly in the waiting room, her head down and her gaze fixed firmly on a single spot of the bland carpet. She appeared to be doing her best at becoming invisible, and succeeding remarkably well at it.

But it was fear that drove both of them; fear of finding out something that they already knew in their hearts, otherwise they would't be here in this waiting room on this day.

Time crawled as they sat in the room, waiting impatiently for their name to be called, but when it was called, they each wished for more time, for a few more moments of ignorance before their worlds changed forever.

Once they had their turns in the examination room, time condensed to a blur of questions, examinations, prescriptions for vitamins, and about 15 different pamphlets and brochures about what they could expect over the next several months. But through it all, they really only heard one word.


It echoed and reverberated, looming larger and louder in their heads like an oncoming freight train, driving out everything else the doctor said.

"I'm pregnant," they each thought, dazed by the shock of confirmation. There was no emotion attached to the thought, not yet. It was too big, too much to process. What would happen next? What could they do? How would their lives change? Wold they have any lives left?

What would their parents say?

And here is where their stories once again diverge.

One girl, call her Abigail, went home, and waited a few days to work up the courage to tell her mother. She knew she had to tell her eventually, but was afraid because she didn't know how her mother would react, and she knew how her father would. He'd yell at her, call her names, tell her how stupid she was, and try and force her to give up the baby, either to an abortion or an adoption. He'd always told her that only bad girls or very stupid girls got pregnant, and no daughter of his was bad or stupid, so if she got pregnant, then she wouldn't be his daughter anymore. She hoped her mother would stand between her and her father to cushion his rage. Abigail hoped she'd be more supportive, and would help her throughout the pregnancy, and to raise her child.

She was disappointed.

Abigail's mother was furious, and told that if she was old enough to make the adult decision to have sex, and old enough to decide to keep her baby, then she was old enough to take on other adult responsibilities as well. Far from helping her during her pregnancy, her mother said that Abigail would either have to move out of the house, or start paying rent, and that meant dropping out of school and getting a job. She told Abigail that she had just ruined her life, despite all the effort she'd put into raising her right, and she refused to waste anymore time and effort since it obviously wasn't doing any good. Abigail's father was just as bad as she'd suspected, calling her nasty names, and trying to force her to give the baby up for adoption.

Knowing that nine months in that house would break her heart and spirit, Abigail moved out and got a small apartment with her baby's father, a guy only a year or two out of high school himself. She dropped out of school, and got a job waiting tables that lasted until she couldn't physically do the work anymore. Then she just stayed home alone while her boyfriend worked twomshifts to try and make ends meet. By the time the baby came, whatever love there was between her and the father had died, strangled by brutally hard work and grinding poverty. He saw his daughter born, held her for a moment in the hospital, then walked away, never to be heard from again.

Left with no choices, Abigail moved back home with her baby girl. It was better than she'd expected; babies have a way of helping people get past hurts they'd given and received. When the baby was old enough, Abigail went back to work while her mother watched little Eva for her. Abigail's father doted on little Eva, and eventually, he told Abigail that he was proud of the decisions she'd made, and the strength of character she'd shown in the face of her parents' anger.

And so her life went on. Eva hadn't been the great tragedy of her life; that honor went to the emotional outbursts and anger that accompanied her conception. Instead, little Eva became a small slice of salvation, bridging the gaps and knitting the family back together. Abigail's life was changed irrevocably the day she learned she was pregnant. Her dreams of college and a career as an architect were ended on that day. But she had a beautiful little girl, and that counts for a lot.

But did her dreams have to die?

Let's turn out attention to the other girl in our story, call her Eileen. She too left the doctor's office afraid to tell her parents the news, but she knew that they would support her because they had told her that they would. Her parents were divorced and she lived with her father. They had talked about sex, and birth control, and what could happen Her father had said that if she decided to be sexually active to let him know and he would make sure she went to the doctor and got on the pill, or whatever form of contraception the doctor recommended. He'd also told her that if she ever did become pregnant, that he would do whatever it took to make sure that it wasn't the end of her plans and dreams, that instead of throwing her out, he would help her in every way he could.

But she was still scared, because she knew he woud be disappointed that she hadn't been careful, and had made a bad decision.

She walked into the living roomwhere he was watching television and just blurted out her news.

"Well, I've got big news," she chirped, "I'm pregnant!"

Her father wasn't sure she was serious. He saw a twinkle in her eye, and thought she was just kidding since she'd just come back from her first gyno appointment.

"Are you kidding?" he asked carefully.

"No," she said, and it was only then that he could see that the twinkle in her eye was actually a film of tears, as she fought to hold them back.

He got up from his chair and enfolded her in a hug, trying to show her that everything was going to be OK, and that he wasn't angry. He wondered what to say to her, how to ease her fear and her pain. He was prepared to handle any eventuality but one, and that one was abortion. He prayed briefly for guidance, and then spoke to her.

"I know you're scared, but it'll be alright. Whatever it takes, we'll do it. You know that I love you and I'll take care of you no matter what. You know how I feel about abortion, but that is a decision that you'll have to make for yourself."

She stopped him right there and said, "I've already decided; I want to keep my baby."

He sighed with relief. His biggest worry was no longer on the table. His little girl had made a big mistake, but she wasn't trying to run away from the consequences of her decision. He heard the firm decisive tone in her voice and he was proud of her.

"Okay sweetie, here's what I want you to do. I know you're scared, and it's understandable, but as much as possible, I want you to relax. We're all going to be here for you, and while the circumstances could be better, the important thing that I want you to focus on is that you're growing a baby, and that's the closest thing to a miracle most people ever come. You're growing a new life inside you, and that's a very cool thing. We'll take care of everything else; you just take care of yourself and that little guy growing inside of you."

"It's a girl, Dad," she said. "I just feel it."

"Okay, then take care of that little girl growing inside of you. I'm not picky."

Eileen laughed a bit, and he could feel the tension melt from her. Yes, there were going to be tough times ahead, but with the full support of her family, she and her baby would be okay. With a little hard work and sacrifice, she could still go to college and fulfill her dreams.

It wasn't a tragedy; it was a baby, and that's a cool thing.

And now you know why I've been so quiet over the last week; I've had more important things to deal with. Last week, my daughter found out she's pregnant. We've been setting things up for her at school, and planning for the future. The timing is actually pretty good, because it turns out that she has enough credits to graduate after the first semester next year. Since the baby is due in early January, that means she can finish high school, have her baby, recover and bond with her (she really is sure that the baby will be a girl), and still walk across the stage to get her diploma with the rest of her class in June. It also means she'll have plenty of time before going on to college in September.

And she will go on to college.

My biggest focus over the last week was to get everyone around her on the same page, and that has been tricky. Times have changed, but they haven't changed that much yet. A lot of folks still focus on the difficulties of an early pregnancy, even when those difficulties are pretty easy to manage. 10 years from now, I want my daughter to be able to look back over the next nine months and remember them as a joyful time when she brought her first child into the world, not a stressful time where people either scorned or pitied her. She deserves neither of those things.

She's having a baby, and that's a cool thing.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Hollywood: Not as Stupid as The RIAA

Warner Brothers is releasing movies and TV shows as bittorrent files for sale on the internet.
Warner Brothers plans to announce today that it will make hundreds of movies and television shows available for purchase over the Internet using BitTorrent software, which is widely used to download movies and other copyrighted material illegally.

The agreement between Warner Brothers and BitTorrent is an unusual deal between a major Hollywood studio and a company whose file-sharing technology has raised the ire of the movie industry.

For its part, Warner Brothers says it is trying to stem the piracy of movies on the Internet by offering consumers an easy and fast way to download movies legally.

I've been using bittorrent as a time shifting mechanism for quite a while now, especially since it makes it very easy to skip the annoying commercials. I just download the files, unzip, and then watch at my convenience, without having to sit through the comercials.

I'm betting that the WB rips will include the commercials, but the fast forward button will take care of that.

But I was thinking about this after hearing the announcement, and it's becoming more and more clear that traditional TV marketing is dead; the advertisers and networks just haven't fully realized it yet. Most of the networks and studios are trying to cling to the old world, using the courts to try and prevent the new technologies from flourishing. Just like during the home video explosion, when studios tried to legislate a tax on blank tapes to make money off of people taping shows off TV, the old guard is trying to hold back development of new technologies, instead of riding the wave and finding new ways to deliver their products and serving their customers better.

That was the whole impetus behind the DMCA.

While it's nice to see WB actually trying to embrace the future instead of avoid it, I wonder if they fully realize how things are changing. Think about it; how many companies are going to sponsor programming when they know that most of the audience will either delete or fast forward past the commercials? And if the sponsors dry up, who is going to pay for the content?

The viewer will.

Cable premium channels have already shown the way. People will pay directly for content if the price is right and the quality is high. They'll even put up with things unheard of in the past, like waiting 2 years between seasons, or watching even if the season is only 11 shows long.

It seems to me that this gives the content creators tremendous freedom to tell much better stories. First, they no longer have to shoehorn a story into 52 minutes, with spaces for commercials at regular intervals. If this weeks story takes 75 minutes instead, no worries. If act 1 takes 13 minutes instead of 18, no need to find filler material to stretch it to the first commercial.

And content! The sky will truly be the limit when subscription based TV becomes the norm. TV has always had an advantage over movies in the ability to really tell a good story, although it took them a long time to figure it out. For decades, TV relied on formulaic shows that reduced characters to caricatures and serious issues to punchlines. The golden rule of television was that nothing ever changed, and if it did change, we weren't supposed to mention it. Heck, they swapped Darrens on us and went on like we wouldn't even notice that there was a new guy. And whatever happened to Chuck Cunningham?

Eventually though, TV realized that, unlike a movie that's limited to about 2 hours, a TV show had 20+ hours per season to build characters and explore issues and tell real stories. It's no big surprise to me that some of Hollywood's biggest names are now gravitating to TV, because that's where the best stories are. Shows like Oz, Sopranos, Babylon 5, and others have shown that TV can tell a much richer, deeper story than any movie can hope to fit in 2 hours. Yeah, the big paycheck is still on the big screen, but the best work is on the small screen. This is a trend that I expect to accelerate as subscription TV becomes the norm.

So, breaking the old studio and network system should result in better content, delivered in a much more user friendly format.

It's a win win situation. That's why I'm certain that somebody will do their level best to screw it up.

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They Know Me All Too Well

Thanks to SayUncle, I've learned that for the second time, this weblog you are reading has been identified as a porn site.

Why does this keep happening to me? I don't use foul language, I don't put up lewd pictures. What's the deal?

Anyway, Uncle sent me the site of the company that has classified Shots as porn, so I'm hoping to get it reclassified so you can go back to reading at work.

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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Stepping on Bill Hobbs’s Toes

Bill usually covers the Tennessee tax and budget beat, but I heard something this morning on the radio that I haven't seen on his blog yet. Chances to scoop Bill come about rarely, so I'm enjoying this one.

Bill posted here that Tennessee's State tax collections are running significantly above budgeted amounts, resulting in a surplus of 116 to 177 million dollars.
On April 11, the Tennessee Department of Finance & Administration released data on tax revenue collections through March, the eighth month of collections for the fiscal year. With fully a quarter of the fiscal year to go, the state was already running a general-fund surplus of $103.1 million more than the budgeted estimate, powered by a $61.4 million surplus so far this year in sales tax revenue - and F&A estimated the full-year general-fund surplus would reach $177.4 million.

What Bill makes clear is that, according to the Tennessee Dept of Finance and Administration, the surplus is due to tax colections exceeding expectations.

But Gov Bredesen apparently doesn't see it that way.

Listening to the news this morning, I heard a statement from Bredesen, taking credit for the surplus, saying it was due to budget cuts and savings from Tenncare.
Bredesen, a Democrat, attributed the additional revenues to smart planning and his changes to the state's TennCare health-care program. That program's massive costs led Bredesen to cut nearly 200,000 adults from the rolls, reduce benefits and piece together another, cheaper health-care program.

Now, if somebody can explain to me how a cut in spending can result in an increase in revenue collections, then I'll be happy to give Bredesen the credit. However, it looks to me like a booming economy is the real benefactor here, not fiscal restraint from Nashville.

Goodness, did I actually use those words together in a sentence?

If Bredesen were a true fiscal conservative, his plan to spend the $177 million windfall wouldn't cost the State $266 million.

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The DaVinci Code:  The Book

This is what the fuss was all about?

Maybe I should be examining the text of the story for secret codes or messages or some such, because the story itself left me thoroughly unimpressed. Maybe it's just me; I guess it takes more than warmed over mythology combined with half baked conspiracy theories served with a snide order of anti-religious diatribes to get my juices flowing. Not to mention lazy writing, and lackluster plotting.

I've heard so much about how the plot twists and turns, that maybe I was expecting too much, but I had most of the plot figured out long before the book reached its "surprise" ending. The only real surprises was the disappointment I felt after reading it.

SPOILER ALERT: Below the fold, more details, including spoilers.

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Monday, May 08, 2006

Gas Gouging: An Exhaustive Analysis:  Part 1-Where does the money go?

Gas Prices. Everybody pays them; most think they're too high. Some even accuse the oil companies of price gouging. Most of those making the accusation base it on recent news headlines about record oil company profits, high CEO salaries, and extravegent retirement bonusses. It's almost like somebody wants us to think that oil companies are gouging.

But are they?

For the next few weeks, I'm going to take you on an in depth journey through the price of a gallon of gas. We're going to look at everything about the gas you put into your car, how much each step costs, and who makes how much money. We'll also look at historical prices for oil, gasoline, and diesel fuel, and see how today's prices match up. We'll also look at how oil company profits and margins stack up with other idustries. Finally, we'll put all the pieces of the puzzle together, and then we'll be able to say for sure whether here's any price gouging going on or not.

PART 1:Where Does the Money Go?

Gas prices are certainly igher than I'm comfortable with. It seems like my wallet empties of cash faster than my tank fills with gas. If somebody's gouging, I certainly want to know who it is, and the first step towards identifying the bastard is to figure out just exaclty what I'm paying for. In order to do that, we need to look at exactly where the money goes for a gallon of gas. Since we have all the numbers for February of 2006, that's what I'll use. The numbers all come from the Energy Information Administration website, a government agency that tracks all the numbers we need to use.

Now then, according to Gas Buddy, the average price for a gallon of regular gas in Tennessee was about $2.13. So how much of that found it's way into the oil company's pockets?

Well, let's break it down. First off, we have to deduct the taxes. This is the easiest to track since it's printed right on the pump. Federal taxes are 18.4 ¢ and state taxes are 21.4 ¢. That makes the actual price of a gallon of regular gas about $1.73. This agrees closely with the EIA number of $1.773. We'll use the EIA number for consistency, since it's certainly more accurate than my rough interpolation from a graph. Still, it's nice to have a secondary source. Next, the wholesale price in Tennessee averaged $1.615 per gallon. That means the distributer and the retailer split about 15.8 ¢ profit per gallon, with the bulk of that going to the distributer.

Refiners paid an average of $53.49 per barrel of crude. Now, this is where it gets tricky. A barrel holds 42 gallons of crude, which means the refinery is paying $1.27 per gallon of crude. The tricky part is that the barrel of crude can be made into a wide variety of petroleum products, not just gasoline, so determining the actual profit per gallon of fuel is difficult. One rule of thumb is to assume a straight one to one relationship, one gallon of gas per gallon of crude. If the refinery pays $1.27 and sells it for $1.615, then their costs and profits are 34 ¢ per gallon. What we don't know yet is how much of the 34 ¢ is profit, and how much is cost. Every chart, every source I've looked at lumps together refiner costs and profits. However, with the exception of California refineries, which have seen their profits and costs skyrocket over the last year or so, the figure for refinery costs and profits as a percentage of the price of a gallon of gas has remained fairly stable as shown by this chart. According to API, refineries ran a profit margin of roughly 15 ¢ per dollar invested, so we can figure that 18 ¢ of the 34.5 ¢ is profit.

OK, we now have determined all of our profits;, so, who profits the most off a gallon of gas?

Profit per gallon
Refiner18 ¢
State Tx21.4 ¢
Federal Tx18.4 ¢
Distributer/retailer15 ¢

So, in Tennessee at least, the State makes the most off each gallon of gas, followed by the fed, the refiner, then the distributer and retailer.

The perceptive reader will notice that there's a piece missing in this puzzle. What about the producer of the oil? What kind of profits are they making?

That will be the subject of Part 2

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Thursday, May 04, 2006

Quick HIts

Yesterday was a long day and today will be even longer, which is good for y'all because I don't have time to write a long detailed story about my latest bout with poison ivy, including graphic descriptions of each blister and its location. Instead, you'll have to make do with this:
  • Moussaoui gets his just reward. No 72 virgins for him. Instead he gets to sit and stew for 50 years or so in an 8x12 cell. In the end, he's not a martyr, not a warrior, just another animal that needs caging. Here's wishing him a very long, long life.
  • China and Russia vow not to back UN sanctions on Iraq. This is actually a good thing. Now we won't have to waste 18 months trying to win UN approval.
  • Starbucks Earnings rose 27% from last year. Can a Congressional investigation into coffee gouging be far behind?
  • Sen McCain said he'd prefer a country without free speech if it meant the government would be clean. History shows us the quickest way to get a clean government is to silence all the questioners. It worked for Castro. Just ask any of his adoring fans.
  • The National Anthem in Spanish I have no problem with singing the National Anthem in Spanish. As long as it's the Spanish National Anthem. On a serious note, how can it be that we can't get any meaningful immigration reform bills to the floor, but some idiot can float a bill to force the singing of the National Anthem in English. Come on, people, set some priorities!
  • A Silent Invasion A while back, I wrote about the immigration issue as an invasion, albeit a non violent one. As confirmation, look at the comments made by Khadaffi, who predicts that Europe will be a Muslim territory in a few decades, not through conquest, but assimilation through immigration. I'm not making this stuff up folks.
  • Blue State Immigrants According to a chart at Les's, Blue Staters are moving to Red States which begs the question: If it's so great living in a Blue wonderland, why are they all moving here?
  • Uniters, Not Dividers What issue unites 69% of Republicans, 56% of liberals and 66% of independent voters? Why, how to deal with illegal immigration, that's what. According to a Zogby poll linked at Right Wing News, a solid majority in nearly every major demographic group approves of the House approach to controlling our borders, i.e. strengthening the borders, gradually reducing the number of illegals, and no amnesty. The only exceptions were ultra liberal progressives and Hispanics, and a plurality of the Hispanics supported the House approach.

    Hey! What are the chances Karl Rove was behind the May Day Marches?

That's all the time I have for today. Y'all play nice.

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