May 31, 2006
25 ÷ 5 = 14
This is the funniest thing I've seen in a long time.
Here's a video that proves 25 ÷ 5 = 14.
- Joatmoaf -
On This Day
May 31, 1790
U.S. Copywrite law was enacted.
May 31, 1809
May 31, Composer Franz Joseph Haydn died in Vienna, Austria on his 77th birthday. When Napoleon’s armies marched into Vienna, the commanding general posted guards in front of Haydn’s house to protect Haydn from trouble, and a young officer was sent to sing for the old man.
May 31, 1868
The 1st Memorial Day parade was held in Ironton, Ohio.
May 31, 1889
A damn across a tributary of the Little Conemaugh River collapsed under pressure from the rain-swollen Lake Conemaugh. Water slammed into Johnstown, Pa., 55 miles southeast of Pittsburgh and killed 2,209 people in a flood and related fire.
May 31, 1900
U.S. troops arrived in Peking to help put down the Boxer Rebellion.
May 31, 1902
The Boer War ends.
May 31, 1909
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) held its first conference at the United Charities Building in NYC.
May 31, 1916
24 Battleships, 5 Battle Cruisers, 11 Light Cruisers and 63 Destroyers of the German fleet faced off against 28 Battleships, nine Battle Cruisers, 34 Light Cruisers and 80 Destroyers of the British fleet.
Just before four o’clock on the afternoon of May 31, 1916, a British naval force commanded by Vice Admiral David Beatty confronts a squadron of German ships, led by Admiral Franz von Hipper, some 75 miles off the Danish coast. The two squadrons opened fire on each other simultaneously, beginning the opening phase of the greatest naval battle of World War I, the Battle of Jutland.
The Battle of Jutland—or the Battle of the Skagerrak, as it was known to the Germans—engaged a total of 100,000 men aboard 250 ships over the course of 72 hours. The Germans, giddy from the glory of Scheer’s brilliant escape, claimed it as a victory for their High Seas Fleet. At first the British press agreed, but the truth was not so clear-cut. The German navy lost 11 ships, including a battleship and a battle cruiser, and suffered 3,058 casualties; the British sustained heavier losses, with 14 ships sunk, including three battle cruisers, and 6,784 casualties. Ten more German ships had suffered heavy damage, however, and by June 2, 1916, only 10 ships that had been involved in the battle were ready to leave port again (Jellicoe, on the other hand, could have put 23 to sea). On July 4, 1916, Scheer reported to the German high command that further fleet action was not an option, and that submarine warfare was Germany’s best hope for victory at sea.
May 31, 1921
A major race riot broke out in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Greenwood, the black section of town, was burned. In 1997 Jewell Parker Rhodes wrote the novel "Magic City" based on this event. As many as 10,000 white men and boys attacked the black community and 35 blocks of the black business district were burned with participation by police officers and a local unit of the National Guard. Some 200-300 people were believed to have been killed. In 2000 the Tulsa Race Riot Commission recommended that reparations be paid to survivors of the riots. In 2001 a final state commission recommended that reparations be paid to survivors and their descendants.
May 31, 1940
General Bernard Montgomery left Dunkirk.
Winston Churchill flew to Paris.
May 31, 1955
Supreme Court ordered that states must end racial segregation "with all deliberate speed."
May 31, 1962
Adolf Eichman, the Architect of the Holocoust was hanged in Tel Aviv, Isreal.
In January 1942, Eichmann met with top Nazi officials at the Wansee Conference near Berlin for the purpose of planning a "final solution of the Jewish question," as Nazi leader Hermann Goering put it. The Nazis decided to exterminate Europe's Jewish population. Eichmann was appointed to coordinate the identification, assembly, and transportation of millions of Jews from occupied Europe to the Nazi death camps, where Jews were gassed or worked to death. He carried this duty out with horrifying efficiency, and between three to four million Jews perished in the extermination camps before the end of World War II. Close to two million were executed elsewhere.
May 31, 1982
Jack Dempsey (86), former heavyweight boxing champ, actor, died.
May 31, 1988, 1990, 1994
Three U.S. Presidents in three different years, take significant steps to end the Cold War.
Ronald Reagan in 1988
On the third day of the Moscow superpower summit, Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev said maybe it was "time to bang our fists on the table" to complete work on a strategic arms treaty. President Reagan responded: "I'll do anything that works." Reagan received a standing ovation from students at Moscow Univ. following a short speech with questions and answers.
George H.W. Bush in 1990
President Bush and his wife, Barbara, welcomed Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev in a ceremony on South Lawn of the White House. The two leaders and their aides then held talks on German reunification.
William Jefferson Clintion in 1994
President Bill Clinton pledged continued cooperation with Russia in a “New World Order,” declaring that the U.S. would no longer point nuclear missiles at Russia, ending the antagonism and fear of “mutually assured destruction” that characterized the half-century-long Cold War between the two superpowers.
May 31, 1995
President Clinton declared he was ready to permit the temporary use of American ground forces in Bosnia to help UN peacekeepers move to safer positions if necessary.
May 31, 1996
Timothy Leary (75) died of prostate cancer.
Leary was a big promoter of LSD, lysergic acid diethylamide. He began using the drug while at Harvard with Richard Alpert, aka Baba Ram Dass. He was arrested in 1969 for marijuana possession and sentenced to 10 years, but escaped from captivity. In 1973 he was caught in Afghanistan and returned to prison from which he was paroled in 1976.
May 31, 1997
Rosie Will Monroe (76), WW II icon (Rosie the riveter), died.
May 31, 1999
During a Memorial Day visit to Arlington National Cemetery, President Clinton asked Americans to reconsider their ambivalence about Kosovo, calling it "a very small province in a small country. But it is a big test of what we believe in."
NATO missiles killed at least 26 people in separate attacks. In Novi Pazar an apartment block was struck and 10 people were killed. At least 16 people were killed on the outskirts of Surdulica, when missiles hit a hospital and retirement complex.
May 31, 2000
Clinton proposed to EU allies in Portugal to share key technology on a US missile defense program to calm fears of a nuclear arms race that would leave Europe vulnerable.
Tito Puente, Latin jazz bandleader, died in New York at age 77. He recorded some 119 albums from 1949 to 2000.
May 31, 2001
Microsoft released its new Office XP for Windows software.
In Afghanistan the Taliban barred female foreign-aid workers from driving. The virtue ministry said the activity is harmful for society.
May 31, 2002
A three-judge federal panel in Philadelphia ruled that public libraries cannot be forced to install software that blocks sexually explicit Web sites.
The US State Dept. urged some 60,000 Americans in India to leave over concerns of war between India and Pakistan.
Bulgaria signed an agreement with the US to destroy its Cold War-era missiles. The US planned to pay the costs of destruction.
In Denmark the Parliament voted to stiffen rules on immigration.
May 31, 2003
President Bush visited the site of the Nazi death camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau in Poland as he challenged allies to overcome their bitterness and mistrust over the Iraq war and unite in the struggle against terrorism.
American forces arrested 15 members of Saddam Hussein's banned Baath Party as they met at a police college in Baghdad.
Air France planned to ground its last 5 Concorde airplanes. The Air France Concorde, the world's fastest and most luxurious passenger jet, flew from New York to Paris for the last time.
May 31, 2004
In Austria a catamaran filled 27 people overturned on Hinterbruehl Grotto, Europe's largest underground lake, drowning 5 people after the boat's railings formed a cage 5 feet down on the lake floor.
Newbridge Capital, an American private equity firm, became the 1st foreign financial to gain control of a Chinese bank with an 18% stake in Shenzhen Development Bank and majority control of the board.
May 31, 2005
Human Events, a conservative weekly, published a list of what 15 conservative scholars considered to be the 10 most harmful books of the 19th and 20th century. Here
NATO troops took command of security and reconstruction efforts in western Afghanistan from US forces under a plan that will likely soon put NATO forces into insurgent hot spots.
China said reporter Ching Cheong of The Straits Times, Singapore's main English-language newspaper, has admitted to spying for a foreign intelligence agency. Cheong’s wife said he was arrested April 22 after a source gave him documents about purged former Communist Party leader Zhao Ziyang, who died this year.
French President Jacques Chirac appointed Dominique de Villepin, a loyalist who was France's voice against the Iraq war, as prime minister.
Pakistan’s Pres. Gen. Pervez Musharraf said Senior al-Qaida terrorist suspect Abu Farraj al-Libbi, arrested on May 2, will be sent to the US for prosecution. He is believed to be behind two assassination attempts against Musharraf and could have received the death penalty here.
- Joatmoaf -
May 29, 2006
We Support U
I know what I said on my last post but what better way to say "Thank you" than to say We Support U
I know it's old but it's just so...right.
- Joatmoaf -
I'm going to post one more thing today that pertains to Memorial Day.
It's an e-mail that a Senior Manager of Raytheon recieved from a friend. It's in the first person.
Last week, while traveling to Chicago on business, I noticed a Marine sergeant in Dress Blues traveling with a folded flag, but I did not put two and two together. After we'd boarded our flight, I turned to the sergeant, who'd been invited to sit in First Class (and was seated across the aisle from me), and inquired if he was heading home.
"No sir," he responded.
"Heading out?" I asked.
"No. I'm escorting a Marine home."
"Going to pick him up?"
"No. He is with me right now. He was killed in Iraq. I am taking him home to his family."
The realization of what he had been asked to do hit me like a punch to the gut. It was an honor for him. He told me that, although he didn't know the soldier, he had delivered the news of his passing to the soldier's family, and felt as if he did know them after so many conversations in so few days. I turned back to him, extended my hand, and said, "Thank you. Thank you for doing what you do so my family and I can do what we do."
Upon landing in Chicago, the pilot stopped short of the gate, and made the following announcement over the intercom. "Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to note that we have had the honor of having Sergeant Steeley of the United States Marine Corps join us on this flight. He is escorting a fallen comrade back home to his family. I ask that you please remain in your seats when we open the forward door, so as to allow Sergeant Steeley to de-plane and receive his fellow soldier. We will then turn off the seat belt sign."
Without a sound, all went as requested. I noticed the sergeant saluting the casket as it was brought off the plane, and his action made me realize two things: I am proud to be an American, and I will continue to fly on American Airlines, because it respects what our soldiers do every day. So here's a public thank-you to our military for doing what they do, so we can live the way we do.
Again, I want to thank the men and women in our Military for doing what they do.
May God Bless you, every one.
- Joatmoaf -
A Moment Of Silence
- Joatmoaf -
May 28, 2006
Who Cares if A Soldier Dies?
Take a man and put him alone,
Put him twelve thousand miles from home.
Empty his heart of all but blood,
Make him live in sand, in mud.
This is the life I have to live,
This the soul to God I give.
You have your parties and drink your beer,
While young men are dying over here.
Plant your signs on the White House lawn;
"Lets get out of Iraq".
Use your signs and have your fun,
Then refuse to use a gun.
There's nothing else for you to do,
Then I'm supposed to die for you?
There is one thing that you should know;
And that's where I think you should go!
I'm already here and it's too late.
I've traded all my love for all this hate.
I'll hate you till the day I die.
You made me hear my buddy cry.
I saw his leg and his blood shed,
Then I heard them say, "This one's dead".
It was a large price for him to pay,
To let you live another day.
He had the guts to fight and die,
To keep the freedom you live by.
By his dying, your life he buys,
But who cares if a Soldier dies?
I found this at the website of a Marine who is stationed in Iraq,
I don't know who wrote it but it also asks that those in the Military who care, add their name to the list.
In honor of those who died, I will post the names of those who already signed it, and I would ask that you also leave your "signature" (It doesn't have to be your real name) in the comments.
Those who already signed:
LCpl Newman, Jessica Lee
SPC McKinney, Douglas
A1C Williams, Crystal
SNOS JOSHUA, FERRARI
PFC Lewis, Marcus
SGT Wright, Carter
SrA Viles, Kristina
SSgt Evans, Martin
SrA Evans, Meghan
SrA McCoy, Scott A...
SrA DiBenedetto, Austin P.
Proud Navy Wife - Robblee
Posting in honor of my boyfriend, Pvt. Sykora
Proud Army Wife-- SPC McCosh
Gisela Lanning *Proud Army Wife* ~~~ Sgt. Lanning
Christy Weintraub *Proud Army Wife* ~~~~Spc. Weintraub
A1C Villa aka LTK
S.T.B Army Wife- PFC Stanton
SPC Beerbower, James
CDT Short, Carrie
SSG RUIZ, IVAN
SPC REYNOLDS AND PULLEN
SPC Pike - 2/87th INF
SPC Castillo, Daniel - 2/1 Infantry 172nd (SBCT).
SGT NAPIER, RICK 2/1 INFANYTRY 172ND SBCT
SPC Strickland, Blake 2/1/ INF.
CPL Hiller, Jonathon A 52nd INF
SFC Bench, Christopher A 52nd Infantry 172nd (SBCT)
SPC Eck, Jeffrey A co 52nd IN (AT) 172nd SBCT
SGT Priest, jason A 52nd IN (AT) 172nd SBCT
SGT Graham, Clifford
SSG Davis.......Prior Service
SGT Olliff---- Afg
SGT Heberling, Chris, Army, Afghanistan
SPC Cordell, Brian, ARMY, Afghanistan bitches
SPC Quimby-ARMY, Ansbach, Germany
SGT Johnson Meghan, Iraq
SGT STOUT, Jason-Iraq
SGT Heard, Andria-Ft. Hood. TX
My husband CPL Robbie Light, Ft. Hood, TX (KIA 5/1/06 Iraq)R.I.P.
A1C Mark Mears/ Afghanistan
Cpl Young, George O-- III MEF, 3rd MRB, ELMACO-Okinawa Japan 2846/USMC
Cpl Nathan Cole Cosby.... OKINAWA
MastaGunz morin okinawa IIIMEF
Lcpl. Silvia- TQ, Iraq, USMC
Cpl Frawley Iraq, USMC
- Joatmoaf -
May 24, 2006
Pattern Of U.S. Military Operations Since World War II
From Strategy Page
A Washington think tank has announced a breakthrough in the search for a pattern in US military activities since World War II that might predict what the future missions of the US will be in the post-Cold War world.
"We think they are spelling out a message," explained an unnamed spokesperson. "Just look at the places where the US has fought: Korea, Vietnam, Libya, Iraq, Iran, El Salvador, Grenada, Nicaragua and Somalia.
If you rearrange the first letters of those countries, it spells 'ELVIS _S KING.' We just need to find another 'I' country to complete the message."
Who's next, Italy, India, Ireland, Indonesia . . . ?
Come on people! If you're like me and hate a mystery, or can't stand that empty blank in the sentence, or if you're just a huge Elvis fan, help me out.
What country that begins with an "I" can we attack?
P.S. I have a little test for you.
What Rock Legend is quoted as saying this; "The only thing worse than a Phrenchman is a Phrenchman in Canada" ?
- Joatmoaf -
May 22, 2006
Things You Thought You Knew
Are you the kind of person who knows it all?
Do you think that you would clean the board on Jeapordy?
Well let's see.
Here are some things you thought you knew (but probably didn't).
A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue.
A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.
A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
A snail can sleep for three years.
Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.
Almonds are a member of the peach family.
An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
Babies are born without kneecaps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.
Butterflies taste with their feet.
Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds. Dogs only have about 10.
"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".
February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.
In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
If the population of China walked past you, in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.
If you are an average American, in your whole life, you will spend an average of 6 months waiting at red lights.
It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.
Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.
No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.
On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag.
Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite..
Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
"Stewardesses" is the longest word typed with only the left hand and "lollipop" with your right.
The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.
The cruise liner, QE2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.
The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
The sentence: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter of the alphabet.
The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.
The words 'racecar,' 'kayak' and 'level' are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes).
There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
There are more chickens than people in the world.
There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous
There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: "abstemious" and "facetious."
There's no Betty Rubble in the Flintstones Chewables Vitamins.
Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.
Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.
Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks; otherwise it will digest itself.
..............Now you know everything, (almost).
- Joatmoaf -
May 15, 2006
The Difference Between The Sexes
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Immigration Reform? I Think Not
On This Day, (yesterday actually) May 13. 1846 The United States Declares War On Mexico.
That's the lead sentence in this topic because, if you know history, events between the U.S. and Mexico are following similar political lines as they were then.
Sure, they didn't have such technology and gadgets as we do now, and politics and diplomacy have evolved to a more refined art form.
But with those things taken into consideration, things between us are pretty much the same.
From: The Mexican War
On Apr. 25, 1846, Mexican troops crossed the Rio Grande and ambushed a detachment of American dragoons commanded by Capt. Seth B. Thornton. Taylor's report of this ambush reached President Polk on the evening of May 9, a Saturday. On Monday, May 11, Polk presented his war message to Congress, and on Wednesday, May 13, over the vigorous opposition of the abolitionists, the U.S. Congress voted to declare war on Mexico. In the meantime two more Mexican attacks had been made across the Rio Grande at Palo Alto (May 8) and Resaca de la Palma (May 9), and both had been repulsed.
Tension had been brewing between the U.S. and Mexico for decades. The French and English both had been trying to install their puppets to some little sucsess. The English in particular hadn't given up on aquiring as much new territory as they could, and the Western Region of what is now America, was open territory to all except the U.S. Government.
The U.S. under a policy of Manifest Destiny, considered everything from the Atlantic Ocean to the pacific U.S. Territory and they actually made an effort to establish a presence in as many places as they could.
The U.S. annexation of Texas in Feburary 1845 was, in a small sense, our first attemp at Border Control.
Texas demanded it, and after looking into some of their allegations of Mexican actions, Congress approved.
Those deeds were on the order of small to large raiding parties, smuggling, and trying to exert their authority over the Texans.
It sounds eerily similar to the news reports today.
There have been reports of Mexican Military officials on U.S. soil, guarding and protecting drug trafficers and smugglers.
There's not a week that goes by without hearing about finding a new tunnel between the 2 countries.
Farmers and ranchers who have property right on the border are either strongarmed to sell it to drug lords, or they have to patrol their perimiter while armed, and hopefully with friends.
Utility vans. Semi-trucks, boxcars and shipping crates are rutinely found with dead Mexicans in them.
The Coyotes simply get them across the border (for a hefty sum) the rest is up to the illegals.
So when no one shows up at the railroad yard or truck lot to let them out...they die.
Recently a Coast Guard Cutter returned after a 6 month cruise in the South Pacific with over 30,000 lbs. of cocaine. Most of the cruise was spent in the Phillipine Island area, but that's not where they got the coke.
It was "aquired" a few miles off the coast of Mexico, while they were returning to port. The ship was tracked from a port in Mexico.
What does all of this mean? Well, for one thing it means that the very last thing President Bush shoud do tomorrow is allow anymore of this namby-pamby nonsense to continue.
We need tighter security at our borders and we need to keep those who would enter illegally out!
These kind of things not only affect the security of our country but our very ideology, our way of life.
There's an e-mail being passed around addressed to Senator Frist. The e-mail is from a former Border Patrol Agent and it adresses 11 common myths and misperceptions that are popular with the media and the left.
Myth 1. Is that illegal immigrants want U.S. citizenship.
Other than the rare exception, that is patently FALSE!
They don't want citizenship because they don't intend to live here. What they want is the money that come from working here, they send it home, and when it's time to "go back" they are sitting pretty, financially.
They don't want to pay taxes, but they do want all the benifits that American taxpayers enjoy.
A free school for their kids, government subsidized housing, medical care and in state tuition to name a few.
Who pays for that?
Myth 2. Is that they take the jobs that Americans wont.
Again, that is patently FALSE!
America didn't become the country that it is now by the philosophical musings of elite lazy bums.
No, we worked our collective butts off to get where we are and I defy anyone to prove me wrong.
Coal mines, sawmills, hunters, trappers, carpenters, plumbers, maids, landscapers, and any number of other menial or Trade jobs.
Just because a college graduate media figure wouldn't do it, or doesn't know anyone who would, doesn't mean that Americans (the regular, normal kind) won't.
All it means is that he/she has a very small knowledge of how things work in the real world.
Sheltered, if you will.
What Americans won't do is go out in the field and break their back 12-14 hours a day for $10 a day.
We won't do that.
For one thing, I thought it was supposed to be illegal. For another, we're not stupid.
Pay a fair wage and you'll get quality American know how.
Myth 3. Illegals came here because they are homeless.
They left homes in their own country, and when they get done milking our System for all they can get, they'll go back to those homes.
Approximately $20 billion is sent out of the U.S. each year to their respective families.
Myth 4. They are critical to the economy.
Not only patently FALSE, but a blatant lie.
They constitute less than 5% of the economy. Yet because they take menial jobs at such low wages, they are really a drain on the economy.
Their willingness to do so reduces wages and benifits for lawful residents and workers.
Many people, economist especially, might argue that point but it has been historically proven.
In The Black Plagues of the middle ages when up tp 1/3 of the entire population of Europe died most people of means (the rich) were concerned that their financial resources would be depleted due to price gouging.
The poor on the other hand were certain that their lot could only get worse.
What really happened was the opposite of both expectations.
The rich and savvy got to expand their fortunes while the poor, due to the very nature of their skills which the rich lacked, they got to become wealthier, even landowners in many cases.
There was a vacuum and it was filled.
Here's an example of how "essential" they are to the economy:
MAY 6, 2006
On May 1st, as a result of the Mexican ( aka: illegal alien) boycott,
national retailers reported 4.2% lower sales for the day, with a 67.8%
reduction in shoplifting ..
Myth 5. This is an immigrant Nation.
Since when is it an immigrant Nation?
Since the Mayflower?
Pray tell, How long ago was that?
I was born on an Army base in Kentucky (101st Airborne) and the last time I checked it was a part of The United States of America. I'm fairly certain that most people in th U.S. were born here too, so how does that make us immigrants?
Are you, the reader, an immigrant? If so, Welcome to America. Now speak English.
There are 2 kinds of immigrants here, legal and illegal.
We're talking about the second kind.
Myth 6. The United States is welcoming to legal immigrants.
TRUE! Therefore not a myth.
However, the illegals are not immigrants by definition.
The U.S. accepts more lawful immigrants every year, than all the other nathions of the world combined.
Myth 7. The "Hispanic" vote.
FALSE! And more political dogma.
There's no such thing.
It's comparable to the "white" vote. Tell me of anyone, anywhere that can predict how most white people will vote based only on the color of their skin.
Even the democrats Ace In The Hole "black" vote is staring to reveal signs of un-reliability.
Why? Because believe it or not, a person will more likely vote in line with what they know about a topic than the fact of their differences.
Whites are a different color than blacks or latinos, but that doesn't mean that they'll vote against a pro-black or latino law just because they are white.
Not most of us anyway.
The same goes for the blacks and latinos. If it's a good law, it's a good law. Period.
Unlike this New World Order garbage that liberal elitists are trying to foist off on us, most people actually like being different, being unique and being a singular individual who can think for themselves.
That's what our Country, our Constitution and our Bill of Rights are founded on.
Not our sameness, but our differences.
Beware of stereotyping.
Myth 8. Mexico is our friend.
Since The Mexican War Mexico has been nothing but resentful of us.
They've allowed raiding parties to enter the U.S. From time to time and in WWI they allowed German spies to operate freely to spy on the United States.
During WWII Mexico allowed the Axis powers to spy on the U.S. from Mexico.
During the Cold War, spys from countries hostile to the U.S. were allowed to operate freely within Mexico.
On September 11, 2001 the attacks on the worls trade Center was cheered and applauded all across Mexico.
In Mexican schools, their students are taught that the U.S. stole California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. (I have a really cool post that deals with that particular subject. There might even be some things in it that you never knew, but should have. Check back soon.)
Myth 9. We are a rich country and theirs is poor so we should be generous with our wealth.
First part TRUE! Second part FALSE!
There are approximately 6 billion people on earth. Of that number about 1/5 lives on less than a dollar a day.
That's 1.2 BILLION people.
Why stop at just the Mexicans? Why not invite all of those 1.2 billion people to come to America and have a better life?
I don't really need to answer those questions do I? If I do then you're up past your bedtime.
Let me put it this way.
The UN (spit) distributes food and supplies to needy 3rd world countries. That's the only they've been even moderately sucessful at.
The UN gets its funds from member nations, usually reluctantly and in spurts and trickles.
There are only 3 nations (all Western) that are consistant and genorous, but of all nations the United States is there.
We're there firstest with the mostest.
We, The people of The United States of America subsidized about 20% of all UN charities.
Are the hungry getting fed?
Is the monies being accounted for?
Do we have a say in how it's distributed?
No to all three.
The same would happen if we decided to take on Mexicos (or South Americas) financial burden.
But aside from all of that, I simply refuse to go broke just to appease some foreign leader(s)
They made their bed, let them lie in it. If "the people" decide they've had enough...well, you know what the results can be.
We are not a lifeboat to the world. That's not being harsh, just practicle.
I will take a chance on dying if it will save someone elses life. I won't do it if it will kill us both.
Myth 9. There is a labor shortage in this country.
Have you looked at the unemployment rates lately? They have been consistantly low for a number of years and the fact is, a lot of the unemployed in America don't want to work.
They're either getting workers comp or simply feel certain jobs are beneath their lofty status, but when the belt begins to tighten they might change their opinion.
Hunger does that, and the bills have to be paid.
Pride goes only so far as Reality.
Myth 11. It is rascist to want to secure the borders.
A favorite talking point and weapon of the left, but my genuine response is: HUH? Are these people from Earth? Or Omicron Persei 8?
In this day and age, with the world in near chaos, I fail to see what is rascist about a secure border.
This whole post is about making our border with Mexico more secure (MUCH more secure.)
Money seems to be the driving force and drug lords are in charge, Drug lords aren't squeemish about who they smuggle across.
Heck, it's more lucrative for them to get an Al- Quaida connection in the U.S. than not.
Al-Quaida has connections. They also have vast opium resources to draw on.
So a South American, for the right price and connections, will expend every effort to get them in the US where the real, lucrative, market is.
Monet talks. to them, and that's their only allegiance.
I'm against letting these 12 million plus illegals get a free ride. Let them go through the system just like others before them.
We ARE a nation of immigrants. Legal immigrants not squatters.
Except for the Mayflower passangers and a (very) few others, we were all born here or legaly immigrated.
No more free rides!
This is a long post for me, and I'm sure someone will try to pick it apart peice by peice.
That's OK. If it's a good question I'll answer it. If not, don't be offended if I ignore it.
Last but not at all least, I'll leave you with some Words of Wisdom, some Kernals of Truth from a former US President:
"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes
an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone
else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace,
But this is predicated on the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an
American...There can be no devided allegiance here. Any man who says that he is an American,
but something else also, isn't an American at all.
We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language, and that
is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty, and that is a loyalty to
the American people."
Teddy Roosevelt 1907
- Joatmoaf -