Illegal Immigration: Time to Take Another Look

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In the United States, immigration has become a loaded term. Surrounded by controversy, illegal immigration is an issue that stirs a variety of emotions ranging from unapologetic rage to heartfelt compassion. Some people look at the issue and see racism disguised as politics. Others look at it from an economic standpoint, lost jobs etc.
It inspires images of Latin Americans crammed into cars or floating across life boats. It inspires images of angry rednecks roaming the Mexican border with assault rifles and scowls. While these images are most certainly the stereotypes surrounding the issue, there is no denying the truth that many Americans find them to be the reality.
With more than 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States and the number only continuing to rise ( http://cis.org/Illegal) it is more important than ever for Americans to understand this complicated issue. And some believe the number to be even higher, closer to around 20 million. (http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/sep/9/nearly-20m-illegal-immigrants-us-ex-border-patrol/ )
And yet many Americans continue to believe that illegal immigrants have access to all the same benefits of citizens or immigrants who have entered the country legally. That they can get health care and welfare. That they are stealing jobs that a citizen would have if not for illegals.
Jobs which in reality they cannot get because they do not have social security numbers or driver’s licenses.
It’s time for people to be aware, to look at facts and not speculation. To move forward through knowledge instead of backwards through ignorance.
To find out what people really think, I turned to the public for answers. Some of what they said might surprise you. Some of it might not. Check out the video to see the interviews and the links above for facts.

Rutgers Students Don’t Want Rice. They Want Rights!

Rutgers Students Don’t Want Rice. They Want Rights!

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was asked to be the keynote speaker for this year’s commencement ceremony at Rutgers University.  It would seem the perfect fit for such an institution, a powerful official who was a key player in some of the most important moments of this millennium.  Here’s the kicker… Rutgers students don’t want her.  In defiance of the War on Terror, particularly the War in Iraq and even more particularly the Bush-Era interrogation tactics used by the CIA which have been controversial since they first came to light, students have protested Rice’s appearance and she has now decided against speaking.

The CIA’s Extraordinary Rendition Program involved the illegal kidnapping of people supposedly connected to terrorists.  These people would be transported to “Black Sites” where they would endure treatment that was essentially torture.  Technically, the treatment fell under the legal limits of the Geneva Conventions but since the program came to light all members of the Bush administration who approved its use have come under fire and even been threatened with trial for war crimes.  

Personally, I view the rendition program as a disgusting, evil thing which in a twisted way was able to help save millions of lives.  I commend the students for not wanting to endorse such behaviors but I also think it is important to note that many of those students, though they may not want to admit it, are glad that the Rendition program existed because it helped stop the deaths of innocent people.

Check out the full article in the link from CNN.

If the United N…

If the United Nations once admits that international disputes can be settled by using force, then we will have destroyed the foundation of the organization and our best hope of establishing a world order.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

 

NBA Star of the Week: Donald “The D-Bag” Sterling

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Hell hath no fury like a woman’s wrath.

Donald Sterling, owner of the LA Clippers is finding that out the hard way as the world calls for him to step down after audio recordings surfaced featuring racist commentary allegedly said by Mr. Sterling.  The audio is allegedly of an argument between Sterling and his much younger girlfriend where Sterling was mad that she posted a picture of herself with Magic Johnson.  Why you may wonder? Because Magic Johnson is…duh duh duh….BLACK.  

Now it makes sense right?    I mean jesus, after all the money he has paid for her to pretend she likes his wrinkles, god forbid she take a photograph with one of the greatest athletes the world has seen.  Let alone the fact that STERLING OWNS THE FUCKING LA CLIPPERS, a team coached by a black man, with a number of black players playing a sport that is dominated by black athletes.  

Sterling has long been known as a racist but it seems the surfacing of this audio may be the final straw as the NBA moves to investigate and potentially remove Sterling from his position.  Probably for the best.

And while the players on the Clippers continued to play, a silent protest via inside out practice jerseys certainly illustrated their disgust with the owner.  

As for those calling for the players to boycott or not play, please get real.  How many people hate their boss, think he’s an arrogant asshole but continue to work regardless.  They have contracts.  They make lots of money via those contracts.  They’ll work because that’s what people do even when they hate their boss and wait for society to action to remove Sterling from his position, a procedure which already seems to be taking place.

Still, its sad that someone can have such views especially when they work in a sport and employee so many people that they apparently think so little of.

So goodbye, Donald Sterling.  Welcome to the 21st century, where we don’t tolerate racist bullshit.