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Hi, This is Wayne. This is my site, my stuff, my blog, blahblahblah. The site itself is powered by WordPress and the Scary Little theme. I thought it was cool, and I still do.

I had mentioned that I’ll be mostly staying away from politics on my blog.  But that doesn’t mean we can’t have whallitics!

But first, a tip of the hat to Dawg for introducing me to Toonlet.  I decided to take this mornings political tweetfest between Dave2 and I and make it fun, enlightening, and easy to read, even for kids!

I figure it’s like this – Dave2 can draw.  Like, awesome-like.  It’s like he’s an artist or something.  So I have to use technology to even the field.  It actually comes out pretty fair – he has the artistic talent, and I have the brains.

(yes, I know it’s hard to read when it’s resized to fit my blog – so click on it to read it in it’s glory.  In fact, you can just click on the first one to launch the clip in another browser, and just click on the arrow on the right to go to the next frames)

Ain’t nobody can argue with “So’s your face.”

We take a break from the normal Valentine’s Day messages you’re probably reading on the blogs and present to you an important safety issue.

I don’t think our country can take any more Ill Eagles.

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Please don’t get me wrong.  I’m not against immigrants.  I’m not against non-white races.  I couldn’t care less what someone’s heritage, home country, gender, or religion is, when it comes to sizing up someone’s worth.  I think the actions of a person speak louder than their skin color.

Reverse Discrimination

I know that as a white male, I get unfairly judged before I’m heard.  I already know the prejudices that abound in our nation – as soon as a white male such as myself speaks out about something illegal, he’s branded a racist pig.  I don’t think people can see the real me because of the blinders they have on because of my skin color.  “He’s white and male, so he’s probably rich too.”  “Just look at him, over there in his mightier-than-thou whiteness, whitening up the place like some whitey.”  “I bet he hates non-whites, because you can just tell; he’s white.”  “Of course he hates immigrants; all the powerful people don’t like letting go of power, like all those white people do.”

Therefore, I’m very used to having people assume all sorts of untrue things about me when I have an opinion about the law. I’m used to people misunderstanding when I say something like “if it’s illegal, then maybe we should stop it” and instead hearing “round up all the hispanics because we don’t want them here.”

There must be some global translator somewhere turning the phrase “let’s secure our borders” into “I hate Mexicans.”

And it’s not just happening to me.  Everywhere, people are performing all sorts of lexibotomies, removing some words from our vernacular in favor of other NEW words.  Words that don’t hurt so much.  All of a sudden, the term “illegal” is so… so… offensive to people.  So the phrase “illegal immigrant” is changed here and there to “undocumented worker.”  Or “unauthorized migrant.”  Or “paperless immigrant.”  And I’m reduced to being a racist when I use the proper term “illegal alien” as though I were being insensitive, rude and callous by calling a spade a spade.  Soon they’ll be called “oppressed immigrants” or “valuable unclassified asset“.  Shoot, why don’t the politicians who want them here illegally just call them “next generation entitlement-hungry voters?”  Heck, let’s just call them “liberal meal ticket.”  You think 20 million votes wouldn’t sway any election one specific way?

Look at this quote from the paper.  How much you wanna bet the guy said “illegal alien” and the reporter decided to omit the word and put in a “better” word instead.

greg hamilton quote

Why stop there?  Maybe we should eliminate the horribly and incredibly offensive word “murderer” from our vocabulary.  Doesn’t that word offend you?  Doesn’t it shock you?  Isn’t it an ugly word?  Maybe we can refer to people who take other people’s lives from now on as “life un-enablers.”  After all, they’re just un-enabling someone from using their life force – the word “murder” is so harsh and condescending.  We don’t need to be passing judgment with our words, now do we?  How insensitive!

You’re too good at your job so stop doing it

So you might guess that I was more than shocked at the outrage displayed locally in Austin at Travis County Sheriff Greg Hamilton’s GALL at actually putting in the resources to – get this – catch people doing illegal things.

Imagine this scenario:

  • Police bring in someone doing a crime.  Maybe it’s a DWI, maybe it’s theft.  Maybe it’s a murder.  Who knows?
  • They are brought to jail.
  • The person has no ID.  They have no fingerprints.  They have no verifiable identity in the States at all.
  • The person gives some unverifiable name.
  • The person stays in jail a while.
  • The person might get set free; might not.

What Sheriff Greg Hamilton did is offer up a single desk for ICE (federal immigration agents) to be there when suspects are charged and booked, so that they can check if the person brought in is an illegal immigrant.  These agents already have a job and already do their job.  Hamilton just wants to help them do their job and save time and money.  They’re not profiling and they’re not going out to “find illegals” (even though that’s their job).   You should see the debate and community response.  He just wants it easier for the in-house check to be done when someone is brought in and charged with a crime.

Hmm…. “crime.”  That’s another one of those harsh words that conjures up horrible thoughts and shouldn’t be used, lest we offend the criminals.  Maybe we should use “lawbreaker” – oh wait, no that sounds even worse!   In the video, one of the people against the agents having a 24×7 space in the jail says, quote “what they’re gonna be doing now, is checking them, even before they’re convicted.”  WHAT?  The guy is against checking if someone is a criminal (illegal immigrant) before we convict them of another crime they’ve commited?  What is going on here?

Am I a racist?

Maybe I’m a little upset at some of this.  Maybe I *am* racist.  If I were, could I really tell?  Maybe you can help me decide.

Here’s another scenario:

  • Recently in Austin, a 5yr old boy was kidnapped right out of the back seat of his family’s car around 7:45am
  • Witnesses described 2 hispanics in white hooded sweatshirts w/orange flames snatching the boy and putting him into a nearby volkswagon and driving off with 2 other hispanics.
  • A HUGE state-wide Amber Alert was sounded and caused hundreds of tips to come in (the amber alert is an all-out blitz on radio, TV, huge highway signs, etc).
  • The family received two anonymous calls demanding $300,000 for the safe return of the child.
  • The boy was later found safe about 12 hours later by a man taking out his trash that night around 8pm.  It is presumed that the quick action of the Amber Alert freaked out the kidnappers into giving up their plans.

adrian james austin kidnapping

Welcome back home, Adrian.  I hope you weren’t too scared during your ordeal.  My thoughts and prayers went out to you as I heard of your horrendous day, and willed you to get home safe.

What these stories DON’T tell you is that the kidnapper (Modesto Vences-Garcia) is the cousin of the boy’s father.

What these stories OMIT FROM THE NEWS is that the kidnapper is an illegal alien (oops, sorry, um, I meant unverifiable tissue mass)

What the stories DON’T mention is that the kidnapper had been in jail no less than three other times on other charges.  He has warrants on drug possession, drunk driving, and immigration violations.

Now I’m sure someone out there is going to say I’m a racist for bringing up that he’s illegal.  Please, bring it on.

Someone tell me how it’s racist or unfair to have stopped this thug the FIRST time he was brought into jail and have him deported.   Explain to me how it’s profiling when we take criminals and remove them from our society.

I apologize for the political bent and the abnormal passion I’m displaying towards this topic.  Oh wait, no I don’t.  I don’t apologize for my reaction to KIDNAPPING or REPEAT OFFENDERS or WANTING TO STOP CRIME from impacting my family.

Anyone for some levity?  Anyone got a lighter side?  My favorite recently was…

He was only doing the kidnapping that Americans won’t do.   (posted by Dov)

Call to Action

How do you feel on this topic?  As you can tell, I feel pretty strongly.  I want to voice my support for Sheriff Greg Hamilton and I invite you to do the same.

In a similar vein, I submitted a “correction” form to Austin American-Statesman, control number 2008021403060224775 stating the following:

In many of your stories, you refer to illegal aliens or illegal immigrants as “undocumented worker” or “undocumented immigrant” or “paperless immigrant.”  This is incorrect.  They are _illegal_.  Please refer to them appropriately in your news stories.  To define new words is to distort the news and effectively lie to the public.

I believe you to be intentionally playing down the importance of the criminal activity going on with illegal immigration.  Laws are being broken and your paper is painting a picture of someone simply being “undocumented.”  They are here illegally.  They are breaking the laws.

I bet if they got an influx of letters and emails about the same thing, perhaps they’d stop lying.

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The Fair Tax is getting more and more steam, and I’m more and more interested in it.  I like the idea of economy-incented taxation instead of just taxing wealth and double-taxing accomplishment.  I’m taxed and taxed and taxed (as you are, most likely).  Also, the Fair Tax seems to be a quick way to make sure undocumented workers (aka illegal immigrants) contribute to the economy and the funding of our government without having to alienate (no pun intended) or confiscate or deport or any of those things that are so emotional in nature.

Now there’s an online calculator you can use to determine the impact of the Fair Tax to you specifically.

fairtax calculator

It seemed safe enough to me to use, so I did and I’m pleased with the estimates:

fairtax example

Of course, since the people pushing the Fair Tax programmed the Fair Tax Calculator, I’m supposed to take it with a grain of salt, right?  Still, I like the concept and I haven’t heard of (or researched, to be fair) the down side.  The IRS is eliminated except for policing the collection of sales tax, so the country saves money there.  The government gets more money with how successful the nation is with the economy, so our leaders are incented to make EVERYONE more prosperous instead of just the wealthy or themselves.  People will re-use more items (supposedly to avoid the sales tax), so the environment will benefit.

Heard anything BAD about the Fair Tax?  Anyone?  Let me know.

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2007
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I’ve written about this once or twice before, so anyone who knows me probably knows my stance on this.  But now I’m giving you a nice little link that helps you tell your congressperson how you feel, and it’s even easier if you agree with me (wink)!

     English as official language 

I can’t stand how anyone against illegal immigration is assumed to be bigoted or racist.  Illegal is illegal.  I’m all for immigration when done through proper channels, and our existing channels need to be revised and fixed so it’s easier to become a citizen or someone on a work visa.  We’re all immigrants.  I like immigrants.  I even like Phill. 🙂

But consider these facts:

  1. It is illegal for someone to be in our country without proper papers or citizenship, period.
  2. It is illegal for businesses to hire illegal immigrants, period.
  3. Declining amnesty is NOT discrimination of immigrants.  It’s being discriminatory against illegal immigrants. 
  4. The 12 million illegal immigrants contribute to our community in some ways (primarily in the work force), but they do not pay taxes.

    

I absolutely love that our country, the great United States of America, is so well-liked that so many people want to get in.  That fills me with a wondrous sense of pride.  Where else but America can someone truly achieve their dreams, work hard, get compensated for it, and be (mostly) free to succeed as much as they want?  I think it’s cool that people want the American Dream.  So do I.

But to reduce our country so that everyone is catered to, everyone gets a free ride, everyone is challenged less and less to conform to an American culture (including English) is to demean the value of America.  I don’t mean to sound selfish, but I served in the military, I paid my taxes, I follow the law.  I want to not have to press 1 for English!  In comparison, the illegal immigrant from Mexico doesn’t serve in our military, doesn’t pay taxes, and doesn’t follow the law.  But they get bi-lingual teachers in schools, extra signs in spanish, and even a law protecting them and catering to them by forcing certain businesses to have bilingual employees.  This is so totally backwards.

I won’t needle the specifics, but in general I’d like to see the bill achieve the following general goals:

  • Make it easier to get in legally
    Have an easier, safer way for people to join the great United States of America.  The more the merrier!  Oh wait… the more LEGAL the merrier!
  • Round them up and document them!
    Get all undocumented people documented in some way, either in-place or an exit-and-come-back strategy.  I shudder to think of trying to herd 12 million people out and back in, but I shudder more at undocumented people being within our borders.  Maybe the “head of household” answer is a good one, and maybe not.  I don’t have the answer to “how” but we need to stop having undocumented people here.
  • Increase our tax base the right way
    We need them paying taxes.  So either they get documented quickly and we start withholding or we do a sales tax or something.  This might be taken care of by the Fair Tax.  There are other benefits to the fair tax, like people who cheat on their taxes won’t be able to as easily (and to me, that’s a GOOD thing).  Not to mention the savings we’d get from massively reducing the IRS expenses.
  • Secure our borders!
    I think this is in the ’nuff said category, but it seems there are still lots of people who don’t think a secure border is urgent, or even important.  Mexico has a border security problem, too, for their southern border.  Terrorism.  Bribes.  Problems.  It doesn’t do well to have swiss-cheese borders.  Where’s the 700 mile fence we paid for in 2005?  As of now, only one-side of 11 miles is done.  I think they’re still in the testing phases or something.
  • Make English the official Language
    And this is what this post links you to.  Preserving our heritage is more important than honoring someone elses.  Let’s respect their heritage, language, customs in a gracious manner, and not discriminate or unfairly judge anyone on these kinds of tenets, but we need not let someone else’s wishes trump our own.  We must be steadfast here.

So if we make America officially into what we want, as an English-speaking, easy-to-legally-get-in-and-prosper place, and secure our borders, doesn’t it follow that we would have a tax surplus, less burden on more people carrying the load, and less people wondering if they’re going to get deported tomorrow?  Is there any downside in this plan?

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2007
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The latest telephone poll taken by the office of the Governor of Texas asked whether people who live in Texas think illegal immigration is a serious problem:

35% of respondents answered: “Yes, it is a serious problem.”

65% of respondents answered: “No es una problema serio.”

  

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