Friday, April 28, 2006

Alternate Fuels

Great article (from Popular Mechanics) covering the various alt fuels, their pros and cons, and the likelihood of wide-scale development. While I'd like to see additional domestic production and refining capacity built, some of these ideas have had, and will continue to have, an impact on the nations' energy needs, particularly biodiesel and ethanol. I'd like to see a similiar articles on tar sand/oil shale developments and methane hydrate nodules. Of course, I'd like to see some new pebble-bed nuclear reactors built in this country, too, but I'm not holding my breath.

101st Keyboarders

Several bloggers (including the famous Frank J of IMAO) have started an informal organization/logo in reply to the oft-used left winger rant of "chicken-hawks" to describe those of us in favor of a strong foreign policy or the liberation of Iraq. As Ed Morrisey over at Captains' Quarter's puts it:

"Our friends on the port side of the blogosphere have had quite a time tossing around funny little nicknames for those of us who support the war on terror and use our blogs to express our convictions about it. We've seen the names here at CQ in the comments section -- the term "chickenhawk" has appeared more than once, and others in the blogosphere have assigned us to a unit called the 101st Fighting Keyboardists."

Of course, the wingnuts on the left don't seem to understand that to use the term Chickenhawk really shouldn't be derogatory. Chickenhawks are vicious predators, as has been pointed out by Ed:

"And why the chicken hawk? When we looked into it, it turns out that the chicken hawk is a pretty impressive predator. It's the largest of its family. This species vigorously defends its territory, getting even more aggressive when the conditions get harshest. It adapts to all climates. Most impressively, it feeds on chickens, mice, and rats."

Artwork courtesy of Chief (and short background story) here at Freedom Dogs.

I'll note for the record that I'm not sure I qualify, being a vet. Of course, I've been out of the service now far longer than I was ever in. But I really like the idea anyway, and this is my spot to sound off, so I am. I'll never be as eloquent as some people, particularly this fellow, who I wish would let us know he's alive, but I do the best I have with what little (especially time) I have.

Lincoln Paper's Endorsements

LJS endorses Osbourne over Gov. Dave and Nabity. I'm a little surprised, but I think the paper is trying to go with the winner. The comments left by readers are a bit amusing in spots. The argument that a football coach can't make a good governor ignores the fact the man is a 3 term Congressman, as well as a long term educator with a ton of experience in management, social issues with youth and dealing with journalists. It also flies in the face of common sense; being elected to political office doesn't, or shouldn't, require any particular expertise, or so those ignorant Founding Fathers thought. My perspective is that we shouldn't have a permanent political class.

The paper also goes with Mr. Ricketts here, touting his extensive business experience, and also taps military hero Shane Osborn (no relation) for State Treasurer. I have to admit I like the lineup for the most part. While I doubt Ricketts can beat Senator Nelson, he's probably the best equipped to make it a close fight. If Osborn wins the Treasurer primary, the job will be his as the Dems have no candidate.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Rick Monday's Greatest Play

From MLB.

It was the 30th anniversay of Rick Monday's rescue of the American flag from a pair of hippies trying to burn it in the Dodger's outfield yesterday.

While I've never been a big fan of the Dodgers, and don't remember the incident, I have to give a lot of credit to Monday (and Tommy Lasorda) for their actions that day. It's really too bad the bums didn't give Tommy a reason. Monday's stature, in my mind, has taken a great leap upward. Even if he did play for the Cubs.

If everyone had the courage to stand up when misguided individuals start trashing the good old USA, we'd be a lot better off. Freedom of speech/expression is one thing, but I have every right (as well) to tell you where to shove it if I don't agree with your "statement".

Monday, April 24, 2006

Husker BB Takes Series @ TX, Reaches Top of Big 12

Huskerextra link above.

7 innings of scoreless work from Johnny Dorn extends his scoreless innings streak to 19, and NE wins its first series at Texas since 2002 to win its 11 straight Big 12 series and 7th on the road. NE goes to 12-3 in conference. and 32-6 overall, while Texas remains just percentage points behind at 13-4 in the Big 12 and drops to 28-15 overall.

3B Jake Mort provided the offense with 4 RBI, including a base clearing double in the 6th, to break the game open. Zach Herr shut the door on Texas with 1 2/3 innings in the eighth and ninth after Erik Bird struck out TX All-American CF Drew Stubbs.

OWH write-up here.

Friday, April 21, 2006

League of Women Voters of Omaha Questionaire

Ricketts never got back to them, an interesting oversight to be sure. Neither did Osbourne, even more shocking. I had no idea we had an independent running for Gov, have to find out more about that one. A lot of detail for the state & local races. Only the 2nd District race House candidates are covered, but it is more info from some of the candidates than I have seen elsewhere (Hahn & Eisch in particular) but when you aren't facing a primary fight, you can keep a low profile this early.

Poll on Gov Race


"U.S. Rep. Tom Osborne received 44 percent support, while Gov. Dave Heineman received 43 percent in the telephone survey done on behalf of Republican Senate candidate Pete Ricketts.
The third candidate for governor, Dave Nabity, got 6 percent, and 7 percent of respondents said they were undecided."

Interesting that Heineman has been airing TV spots and apparently closed the race to neck and neck. Disappointing Nabity doesn't have the money to compete, although I have to give him credit for doing a good job of getting his message across on a shoestring budget.

The poll may not be very indicative however. The article indicates it was the same poll described here conducted by the Ricketts Senate campaign by telephone -- 501 "likely GOP" voters were surveyed. Error rate was 4%. Naturally, it showed Pete leading the Senate race. By 10 points over Stenberg, and Kramer a ton behind. I'm naturally a little cynical of pollsters given the way data can be "massaged" to show what you want to show.

3rd District Harris & Polk


Neither of these guys has a snowballs chance of winnning, but apparently have some messages that they want to broadcast, i.e., bio weapons/terrorism and edcucation.

3rd District Candidate Vavricek

From OWH again.

The apparently very popular mayor of Grand Island is profiled. 2700 jobs in three years for a small city is pretty impressive. Substituting a sales tax increase for property tax relief is interesting, not sure I'd want to go along with that statewide. I do like the fact he managed to streamline the city government to help with the property tax relief. Not sure where the strong Club for Growth opposition is coming from unless it is the slight (1/2 of a cent) sales tax increase that he championed.

"After the City Council voted to put a half-cent city sales tax increase on the ballot in 2004, it was Vavricek's job to craft the ballot question.
He polled City Council members, sent questionnaires to residents and held public forums before drawing up a plan to use half the proceeds for property tax relief and half for projects such as a new fire station.
The measure, which had been soundly defeated two years earlier, won approval with 52 percent of the vote."

If you are going to ask the voters for a tax increase, this seems a pretty straightforward and justifiable way of doing it.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Senate Immigration Bill

From NRO. Senator Jeff Sessions of AL makes a pretty convincing case that the Senate bill that at first appeared to be at least marginally acceptable is, in fact, completely unacceptable. The biggest hangup for me:

"Categories of aliens that should be removed from the United States would be allowed to qualify for the compromise mass amnesty program, including:
— Aliens with certain felony convictions or three misdemeanors;
— Aliens previously barred from receiving immigration benefits for life, because they filed a frivolous asylum application;
— Aliens who are under final orders of removal, or who signed voluntary departure agreements but have never been deported."

The idea that the Senate, of all bodies, would allow/encourage felons to become citizens is disturbing to say the least.

Another issue, among many others -- "The bill provides free legal counsel paid for by the American taxpayer to illegal-alien agricultural workers"

Zoinks, this thing stinks to high heaven. I was intially cautiously optimistic, but with no border enforcement mechanisms, I couldn't support it. Now I say, stick a fork in it and let's start from scratch. Perhaps start with a modified House bill to secure the border and then deal with the throngs of "undocumented" living among us. Uggh.

Monday, April 17, 2006

3rd District candidate Hanson

Nice article explaining Hanson's role on the Osbourne staff, his personal history and where he diagrees with his former boos on ag policy. I like his thinking regarding alternative crops, which I personally believe should be an important plank on the platform of anyone purporting to support the American farmer. We raise plenty of corn, beans, etc.; far too much in fact. A little innovative thinking on crops could go a long way to save the little guy/small farmer in my book, it's almost reprehensible that the bureaucrats and big ag don't think they need to make any changes. (hey, we're making money, so why change to help out the locals?) Hanson might be the most qualified candidate for the seat given his experience working in Congress, but I don't know if his fundraising will be adequate. Of course, Smith and Vavricek also have political experience, albeit at a more local level (Unicameral and GI Mayor).

State campaigns & fundraising

From the OWH. Interesting that Ricketts keeps pouring his own cash into the campaign in an effort to (I guess) buy the primary and attempt to get the other candidates to say uncle. His explanation that Stenberg has spent $3 million on his last 7 campaigns and that Ricketts needs to play "catch up" really doesn't add up in my book, particularly when Stenberg has only $34K in his chest. I'm pleasantly surprised Kramer seems to be both raising not only signifigant funds but also husbanding his resources with $163K remaining. I expect a big push in the last few weeks of the campaign. I am warming to the Kramer camp but will wait to make any endorsements until (probably) the last week in April.

The article also discusses the fund raising efforts of the 3rd District candidates, with Adrian Smith's campaign far outreaching (almost 3-1) his opposition, probably due to the Club for Growth endorsement. I'm intrigued that Democrat Kleebs has more money than either Hanson or Vavrisek, but would also note that he isn't running against anyone in the primary.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Space/Science News

Been alot lately -- 45th Anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's historic first manned spaceflight, the 25th Anniversary of the first Shuttle launch, ESA's Venus probe enters orbit of that planet, and Hubble checks "Xena" and finds it's not quite a big as thought -- though still bigger than Pluto.


"The round world, officially catalogued as 2003 UB313, is about 1,490 miles wide with an uncertainty of 60 miles, according to new observations by the Hubble Space Telescope. Pluto is roughly 1,430 miles (2,300 kilometers) wide."

Previous estimates had it around 1800 miles in diameter.

Senate Debate

Stenberg still sits out & pouts; Kramer and Ricketts agree to support the other if they win the primary; Kramer's views on abortion are closer to my own (rape, incest, mother's life exceptions) than Ricketts, who sounds closer to Stenberg on at least that issue.

One troubling aspect to the discussion is everyone's (Gov. Dave touted his trip) support for Cuban trade; technically it is against Federal law to travel to or trade with that nation, or at least as I understand it. Of course, the Feds aren't enforcing immigration laws either, so I shouldn't be surprised I guess. I find it difficult to fathom promoting free trade with torturous, tyrannical Commie dictatorships with command economies.

April 12 Gov Debate

The threee Republican candidates spent some time taking potshots at each other in North Platte Wednesday. Nabity comes out swinging again, & I have to agree with him that the tax and spending cuts the governor claims credit for aren't terribly large -- the "tuna fish tax cut" was a great way to term it.

"Nabity noted that the biggest beneficiaries under the bill were families eligible for the earned income tax credit, people whose incomes are so low they already pay no income taxes. "I thought tax relief is for people who pay taxes," he said."

I still don't think he'll make it, but he sure is making it entertaining. Govnernor's response is pretty tepid, and sheeer baloney. Using the 3 year figure isn't relevant because the Unicameral could change the plan in the next session. Property tax relief is aimed squarely at ag interests only, and the school levy isn't being changed as promised.

"Heineman preferred to call his tax cut a $300 million package, using a three-year figure, and said it is meaningful. "When it comes to tax cuts, I take a back seat to no one."
Heineman also noted he had vetoed $25 million in state spending. He suggested Osborne had little room to criticize on budget issues, noting that federal spending is running 14 percent higher than a year ago."

Osbourne criticizes the business incentive plan the governor mentions as well.

"Osborne said Heineman has done little for the small businesses that can't hire the 10 employees or invest the $10 million needed to qualify under the new business incentives. He called for new tax incentives to lure investment capital that small entrepreneurs lack."

Nabity also hits both the other candidates on the water issue, stating that paying people not to farm is counter-productive and hurts small merchants in rural communities.

The closing statements were interesting. Osbourne touted his self-imposed contribution limits; Nabity pointed out there are ways around such limits, and Heineman brought up that Osbourne supported in-state immigrant tuition, which had not previously come up. Guess who the front-runner is?

Also noted an article from Tuesday regarding the amount of money each campaign had here.
Nabity ($5k)and Dem. candidate Hahn ($11K) are way behind on fundraising, TO and Gov. Dave are pretty close with a little over a half mil apiece.

ST-like Weapons Being Developed

The search for a new non-lethal weapons continues. Unfortunately, a lot more development needs to occur. Sunstrike project sounds promising:

"For Peter Bitar, the future of directed energy boils down to money.
Bitar heads Indiana-based Xtreme Alternative Defense Systems Ltd., which makes small blinding lasers used in Iraq. But his real project is a nonlethal energy device called the StunStrike.
Basically, it fires a bolt of lightning. It can be tuned to blow up explosives, possibly to stop vehicles and certainly to buzz people. The strike can be made to feel as gentle as "broom bristles'' or cranked up to deliver a paralyzing jolt that "takes a few minutes to wear off.''

This is a apparently a working prototype. The issue is making it deployable by an individual soldier.

"At present, StunStrike is a 20-foot tower that can zap things up to 28 feet away. The next step is to shrink it so it could be wielded by troops and used in civilian locales like airplane cabins or building entrances."

And the ninnies in the Penatagon want to spend a bunch of money on new airplanes and junk like the Crusader when projects like this need money. Not to mention the idiots in Congress that want to spend tax money to build bridges to nowhere.


Totally Needed for Bowling Night

This should be added to the "How Star Trek Changed the World" show Shatner hosted a couple of weeks ago on the Sci-Fi channel.

"Synthehol is a science-fictional substitute for alcohol that appears on the Star Trek:The Next Generation television series. It allows drinkers to experience all of the enjoyable, intoxicating effects of alcohol without unpleasant side-effects like hangovers."

If it really is possible, as Mr. Egghead chemistry scientist thinks it is, I can see a bright future for the first company that can bring it to market. Spring break/Marti Gras/St. Patty's/New Year's without the hangover?! Sign me up!

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Baseball Standings

While it's early yet, the evil Red Stockings are 6-1, while the Yanks are mired at 3-4, but they did win their home opener yesterday vs. KC with a dramatic HR from the captain, Derek Jeter.
And hold a 9-5 lead this afternoon after 6 frames, thanks primarily to a granny by the Sheff.

Almost as evil Cleveland is 6-1 as well, while Oak & LA/Anaheim/California are at 5-3. Detroit is an early surprise ar 5-2. Where did this Shelton kid come from, anyways? Defending champs have had a rough start, losing series to Cleveland and KC, but Thome has been a force. Hit #5 today against Det. which had the Shelton kid go for HR #6! Wow. White Stockings win 4-3.

Over in the Senior circuit, the stupid Metropolitans are 5-1, with the Rockies(!?) leading the West at 5-2. The Central has Cincy(?!), Houston and Milwaukee(!?) all at 5-2 as well. Brew Crew is lookin good in the early going, nice mix of kids with holdover vets like Jenkins and Lee. Cards being swept by the Cubbies is not likely to happen again anytime soon, but the Redbirds did win the home opener in the new ballpark, which is gorgeous.

Husker BB

From Husker Extra.

Huskers baseball team, now ranked #4 in the nation, escapes Iowa City with a win in 13 innings, 16-14. Closer Brett Jensen gave up a three run shot to force the extras, but sophmore southpaw hurler Jon Klausing saved the day with 4 innings of scoreless relief to earn the W. Huskers nearly wasted a season-high 24 hit effort, and blew a 9-2 early lead to improve to 25-5 for the year. Yikes.

Military Recruiting, Retention, etc.

Great article on the military at Townhall here which refutes the Five Biggest Myths about the US Armed Forces. I have a bit of a bias here; I'm a veteran who proudly served and felt like I got a great deal (the military got me my college education) and I have a brother-in-law currently serving active Army.

In short, recruiting is good (all services have hit their targets except the Army in 2005, and the Army actually RAISED their target for that year by 7,000 -- they would have achieved it otherwise). The combat branch slots are getting filled, although the force structure is changing to meet new requirements, like bomb disposal and the creation of additional combat brigades; the recruits are of high quality (over 93% have HS diplomas, compared to approx. 75% of their peers), the highest proportion of casualties are actually Caucasian (74%), and female soldiers are NOT serving in combat capacities -- although in this type of conflict, they may come under fire.

There has been some misleading articles about junior officers leaving in droves recently, particularly West Pointers. But the facts are that just under 10% were leaving BEFORE 9/11, the number decreased slightly afterward, and while it is trending back up, still hasn't reached the pre-attack levels -- after 3 years of conflict and (most likely) multiple deployments by said individuals. Hardly reason to panic about the All-Volunteer force.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Governor's Race

Good article on Nabity here from the OWH. While I like some of his ideas, I still don't think he stands a chance, and some of the ideas could stand a little more development. Particularly where he would cut the state budget.

Also, on the Democratic side, the "alternative" candidate, Glenn Booth, Jr. is apparently ineligible to run because of a 1980 felony conviction -- story here. The Democratic party apparatus (such as it is in NE) of course blames the Sec. of State for not checking into Booth's record, but there is no state law requiring such. And the deadline for filing eligibility challenges passed some time ago -- over a month ago in fact. Of course, they don't want their chosen candidate, Lincolnite David Hahn, to have to spend any money on a primary fight. Of course, the governor could pardon him and he would be eligible again. That would not only be funny, but a pretty astute move on the gov's part.

Friday, April 07, 2006

American Conservative Union Ratings

ACU released its ratings the other day for 2005. 12 Senators and 38 House members rated a perfect 100% score, none from NE and only one (King) from IA. How they determine them:

"ACU tracks a wide variety of issues before Congress, ranging from taxes to spending and national security to abortion. Accordingly, our ratings encompass three general categories: (1) economic and budget matters; (2) social and cultural issues, and (3) defense and foreign policy. ACU endeavors to analyze votes from each category in order to obtain a balanced, comprehensive picture of an individual member's ideological predisposition based upon recorded records."

For NE, Fortenberry and Terry both scored a 92, Osbourne an 88. Terry's lifetime score is a 90, Osbourne's an 83. Being a freshman, Fortenberry's lifetime rating is the same. NE Rep. Senator Hagel scored a 96; his lifetime score is 86, perhaps indicating a rightward shift given his possible presidential aspirations. NE Dem. Senator Nelson scored a 60, and possesses a lifetime score of 53, again possibly indicating a rightward election-year shift. It might be interesting to go back and look at recently deceased Dem. Sen. Jim Exxon or former Dem. Sen. Bob Kerry might compare to Nelson's scores.

Over in IA, their Senators and House members are almost diametrically opposed, Sen. Grassly coming in at a 96 (83 lifetime) and Sen. Harkin a 4 (lifetime 9). House members Nussle (92/86) and Latham (84/86) join King (100/96) with highly conservative ratings while Leach and Boswell, representing Dsitricts 2 and 3, have scores of 33/29 and 32/9 respectively. I don't recall ever seeing an Iowa district map, although I know King represents western IA. Interesting how diverse IA's representation is in Congress, particularly compared to neighboring NE. Of course, IA has IL on its eastern border, and WI on the north, both the most likely areas of Dem. voters I'm would guess.

Immigration Bill

It appears that the Senate Immigration bill has stalled, and for good reason. My earlier optimism in the fact that the border concerns would be addressed was unfounded. That being said, I think the compromise was well-crafted. Although I am against amnesty, I think you have to create a path to legal status/citizenship somehow, particularly if the immigrant has been in the country for a number of years, and there have to be restrictions that prevent criminals from gaining such status. But I have to also say that the most important function of any bill has got to be to limit the flow of new entrants. I also think we have to kick the Mexican government in the butt to get its economic house in order.

Morning Routine

Get up, get ready for work, put out the dog, drive to work, log in, get coffee, check email and calender, respond to email and do any work requiring immediate attention. Completed two things this morning, as a matter of fact.

Then the real work begins; catching up to the late afternoon/overnight news. Omaha paper, browse right-center magazine opinion sites Weekly Standard, American Spectator, National Review Online, then back to MSNBC, Fox, and the Lincoln paper for more news.

In a half to three-quarters of an hour, I'm caught up. Yes, I read fast, but am also very selective. Alot of times, I don't even read one thing at a site, just skim the headlines. I'm often amazed at how many "news" sites have the same damn feed from the AP or Reuters. For want of additional insight, you have to turn elsewhere.

Other sites I like and try to visit daily: TCS Daily, Townhall, and Real Clear Politics. If I have time and want more of a national news perspective, I go to the Washington Times or NY Post.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Immigration Bill

An apparent compromise bill on immigration is being discussed in the Senate, creating a 3 tier system for classifying illegals based on the length of time they have been in the country. Under 2 years have to leave immediately and will be charges with a felony if caught in the country more than once illegally.

The middle group are those who have been in the US between two and five years. They are required to go to one of 16 entry ports and declare themselves, then will be allowed to return to the residences with a possible 11 year path towards citizenship after paying fines and fulfilling other conditions.

Those in the US for more than 5 years will be immediately declared guest workers and allowed to stay with the possibility of applying for citizenship as the mid-tier. The bill appears likely to pass with some opposition, and of course would have to be reconciled with the House bill passed late last year, which is quite a bit more restrictive.

I have yet to see what the border enforcement provisions are, and will withhold judgement until I see them. I think I can live with this one IF the border enforcement and employer provisions are tightened and enforced.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Kramer Endorsements & 3rd District House Race

15 State Senators endorse Kramer in the primary. Of course, the Unicameral is officially non-partisan, and, just as obviously, Kramer is the former state chair of the Republican party. On another note, Stenberg is still pouting the 2 other candidates won't play by rules he set.

On the 3rd District race, OWH covers a Kearney ag forum held Monday here that gathered all six candidates (5 Rep and Dem. Scott Kleebs). The Club for Growth endorsement for Adrian Smith gets some mention by little known Dave Harris. Smith takes a swipe at Dave Hanson for being paid to travel on Osbourne's behalf. Hanson puts Dem. candidate Kleebs on notice that freshman Congressman don't make committee demands on arrival, a silly statement by young Kleebs to be certain. Jay Vavricek took a bit different approach on the water issue, saying the Feds should partner with the states while everyone else agreed it was a local issue.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006


Great start to the season - Yankees and Cardinals win big, Arod with a Granny for the Yanks and the Cards Pujols mashing 2 HRs, J. Rollins of Philly continues his (now 37 game) hitting streak, and Roy Oswalt of the Astros throws a shutout. A blown call at home (against former Yank and Ranger Alfonso Soriano) cost the Nationals a chance to tie the game against the evil Mets and possibly force extras.

The Schillinator dominated the Rangers for the even more evil Red Stockings (I really hate the fact they have one of my favorite players, but sometimes you must just grin and face facts.), so it looks like he is finally healthy. Cubbies also win large, with the rookie LF Murton having a big day with a a 3 run dinger and at least one nifty play in left. The bad news is Giants ace Jason Schmidt had a moderately shaky day, giving up 4 earned in 7 IP. Morris goes today for the SF club, as well as the Kalthalior Yahoo fantasy squad.

Best Immigration Summary I've seen.

From Real Clear Politics:

"To ordinary Americans, the definition of "immigration" is very specific: You come here with absolutely nothing except a burning desire to be an American. You start off at some miserable, low-paying job that at least puts a roof over your family's head and food on the table. You put your kids in school, tell them how lucky they are to be here - and make darn sure they do well even if that means hiring a tutor and taking a second, or third, job to pay for it. You learn English, even if you've got to take classes at night when you're dead tired. You play by the rules--which means you pay your taxes, get a driver's license and insure your car so that if yours hits mine, I can recover the cost of the damages. And you file for citizenship the first day you're eligible."

Damn straight. In my grandparents' house, my Great-great-grandfather's (yes, I'm fifth generation minimum) citizenship papers are PROMINENTLY displayed on a wall. And the frame and the document is big. My grandmother's family came to the New World on the Duke of York's expedition -- against New Amsterdam, now known as New York. That man married a Dutch girl who was already here.

"But the millions of Hispanics who have come to our country in the last several decades - and it's the Hispanics we're talking about in this debate, not those from other cultures--are, in fact, two distinct groups. The first group is comprised of "immigrants" just like all the others, who have put the old country behind them and want only to be Americans."...........The problem is the second group of Hispanics. They aren't immigrants - which is what neither the Democratic or Republican leadership seems to understand, or wants to acknowledge. They have come here solely for jobs, which isn't the same thing at all. (And many of them have come here illegally.) Whether they remain in the U.S. for one year, or ten years - or for the rest of their lives - they don't conduct themselves like immigrants. Yes, they work hard to put roofs above their heads and food on their tables - and for this we respect them. But they have little interest in learning English themselves, and instead demand that we make it possible for them to function here in Spanish. They put their children in our schools, but don't always demand as much from them as previous groups demanded of their kids. They don't always pay their taxes - or insure their cars."

As I've said, rewarding bad behavior is not only counter-productive, it's damaging. To our communities. To our schools. To our healthcare facilities. And especially damaging to those people that just might take those low-paying jobs, if they paid a little more. It's also damaging to Mexico -- it prevents them from having to address the real issues of poverty and economic malaise there. Reform real substance in that country is being delayed by exporting its poor citizens here. And their government not only recognizes it, it encourages it. Our politicians have to put real pressure on theirs to get their house in order.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Opening Day

Opening Day is a personal holiday for me, so I'm off to watch some baseball. Chisox started the season last night with a strong 10-4 triumph over Central Division rival Cleveland. Newly signed slugger Jim Thome homered (2 run shot) off the club he began his career with. A good start for my fantasy team DH, particularly considering I drafted him in the 14th round. Bloggin should re-commence tomorrow, possibly on local elections and most likely something on baseball.