I have come to the point of view that the invasion of this Nation by illegal immigrants amounts to an act of war by Mexico on the USA.
It seems obvious, for the obvious political reasons, that the current Administration will do nothing to defend the Nation during this war, but instead, has plans for surrendering to Mexico and offering to make the invaders citizens of our formerly-great country.
When government fails at this level, and to this degree, in it's most important duty, defense of the soil of the USA, then it's time for the people, collectively, to act in it's stead. In this Nation, the Government derives ALL it's power from the people, although it's difficult to deduce that from the actions of this Administration and the Congress, which acts in clear defiance of the will of the people.
This isn't about political parties, it's more fundamental than that. The Government has become so corrupt as a body that it has deliberately avoided all the possible steps to end the invasion and reverse the immigration tide by rounding up the illegals and deporting them. It has, in fact, lied constantly about it's actions to protect the border, and made Russian-style "Maskirovka" or deceptive moves to convince the citizens that it is actually doing it's #1 job, when it isn't. The previous Administration was equally involved in this deception.
I'm not here to argue which political philosophy has done the worst job of protecting the Nation from illegal immigration, the answer is obviously that both flavors of Government have done poorly.
I'm here to discuss what we, as citizens born here, or properly naturalized into citizenship here, do about the invasion.
The answer is the use of Militia, obviously, but while the immediate use of Militia on our southern border (let's be real and admit that this problem doesn't occur with Canada) would stop the invasion from proceeding, it would do nothing to ease the Nation's problems with the 12-to-20 million invaders who are already here.
The defenders of surrender in this war that we find ourselves in, know that patience has run out, that the average citizen believes strongly that something must be done to end, then reverse the invasion, if for no other reason than to save our Nation the cost of caring for the invaders, most of whom throw themselves upon the charity of the USA and it's Government soon after they sneak into the country.
The devil is in the details. I doubt that the Militia could manage the logistics of returning all the invaders it could find to the southern border to repatriate them to their native soil. Moving millions of people up to thousands of miles just can't be done without the cooperation of the Federal Government. Just detaining all the illegal immigrants it could catch would be a near-impossible task for the Militia, because the basic human needs of that many people require huge logistics just to keep them alive in any sort of humane way at all.
No, the obvious answer is to have the Mexican Government get serious about calling all their citizens back, reversing it's position of decades where it has first ignored the invasion, then in the last decade or so, actually encouraged it for reasons of it's own demographic improvement.
No, the correct role for the Militia is to secure the border to stop further invasion, and leave the repatriation to the Mexican government.
Now, how do we convince the Mexican Government that we want it to get serious about repatriation?
I'm thinking that job will have to be done by our military. Yep, we might just have to remove the present Mexican government, and install a government there which actually has the courage to admit that dumping all it's poor across the border is wrong, and requires an action of reversal.
A new Mexican government which would call all it's citizens home and help us insure that more don't take their place should be our goal here.
It's the only thing that would work in the short term.
In our own elections this Fall, we need to elect representatives who will see this obvious manifesto of action, and reverse decades of US policy of ignoring the invasion. It will be VERY difficult for the Militia to fight both the invasion and it's own government at the same time.
Politically, the Republican Party politicians who have always been part of this invasion problem are drooling over the voter opposition to the current Democratic Party and it's Administration. They shouldn't get too smug, because the very fact that the Militia is the obvious solution for invasion means that they will not be deriving THEIR authority from the point of a gun, either.
Here's a little example of why outsourcing isn't always the best solution. In my city, Gresham, OR, we have a Street Department, like most cities do. That Street Department is responsible for, among other things, sweeping the streets. Gresham has a small fleet of street-sweeping equipment for this purpose.
For some reason, the city has quit using it's own sweeping equipment (maybe because it's old and generates a LOT of dust while sweeping), and hired a private company to do the work (or maybe just leased their trucks, it's hard to say, the operators are not uniformed). We're not on the list for street re-surfacing at Schloss Rivrdog, so it's just a sweeping.
Now, we normally get our street swept MAYBE once a quarter, and two of the sweepings usually coincide with leaf drop in the fall. Imagine my surprise (and joy) to hear a street sweeper operating on my block in the middle of summer! I hurried out to the curb by my RV pad and removed the 12-foot 4X4 that resides in the gutter because the stupid city code won't allow me to have a second driveway apron to access my RV pad from.
The street sweeper came by, carefully driven so that the rotary gutter broom scrubbed the curbing clean of all the scudsy crap that accumulated behind the 4X4. I noted that the sweeper truck was a modern FMC-Wayne, the latest with good dust control and effective muffling of the vacuum turbine. Now THAT makes me feel good about paying my taxes!
Nazzofast, Rivrdog. As I finished cleaning up after mowing my lawn, some 45 minutes after the sweeper had come and gone, I noted that the usual water trail on the macadam of the street from the sweeper had not all evaporated, and in fact, there seemed to be a permanent oil slick on the pavement. Uh-Oh!
Just before sunset, along comes ANOTHER sweeper truck, a different one (not leaking hydraulic fluid). It follows the path of the first truck. Dry sweeping is going to remove an oil slick? I don't think so, Festus.
I chuckled, and had a good night's sleep.
This morning, I arise to hear yet ANOTHER sweeper truck operating on my street. Yep, they are STILL trying to dry-sweep the hydraulic fluid up.
What will this afternoon bring? I can hardly wait.
A note: when I was a Base Special Equipment Mechanic in the Air Guard (1988-1995), I trained extensively to learn to repair/overhaul these rigs. The one I learned on was the Tymco 600, a medium-duty sweeper. Of all the Special Base Equipment I worked on, such as tractors, fire trucks, aircraft de-icers and the like, the sweepers were the most difficult to maintain. The rig was an absolute maze of hydraulic piping and hosing, with probably over 100 compression fittings. It had a HUGE hydraulic reservoir, and if you ever lost that onto the pavement, it counted as a reportable oil spill. The huge seal on the debris body door that was remotely operated to dump the sweepings was especially bad, and a three-ring circus to change out.
Methinks that the outsourcing of street sweeping was not properly thought through OR inspected....
See the news clip. Probably more in-depth legal analysis coming. I'll update the links as better detail surfaces, but preliminary analysis by Fox News reveals what seems to be a horrible legal blunder by the Judge.
It's simply this: by the language she used in her ruling, NO authority other than the ICE (and presumably other Feds with whom ICE is formally linked) may inquire about immigration status. This not only stops enactment of AZ SB 1070, it immediately dumps all State regs about employers inquiring about employees' or prospective employees' immigration status.
UPDATE: 072910 1218 PDT: Since the ruling, some legal pundits have said that it didn't change as much as it first seemed, and local law enforcement officers are (still?) welcome to inquire about an arrestee's immigration status after they are booked. That's what AZ SB 1070 was all about: getting more of the illegals off the streets by being able to inquire about their status BEFORE an arrest, but doing that obviously doesn't suit the Feds.
Also, it appears that this blog-post has turned over a few rocks, and seems to have attracted the sort of critters that hide under rocks. Enjoy the comments, they'll stay open until they lose their civility, which they haven't, so far.
Also2, don't you love the demonstrators in Phoenix? They went there hoping to have an angry underclass support them while they created some mischief after the ruling. The ruling went their way, so now, instead of saying "thanks, Phoenix District", they are trying to stir up trouble with Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County. Sheriff Joe, as you suspected he might, announced that any of the demonstrators who blocked access to Federal buildings downtown would be invited to inspect his jail from the inside. Hopefully, those arrested will get to inspect the CANVAS part of the jail. It's probably 110 in Phoenix today, and the monsoon has started...
****************************************************************************** The Judge just completely muddied the waters of immigration control by going farther than even the most ardent "let them all in" people would have asked for.
But, this wouldn't be the Rivrdog Blog without a positive end to a disaster, eh?
I propose that LEOs in AZ immediately begin using the "Cookie Monster Solution"....
Years ago, I worked alongside a patrol officer who found a way around the requirement to have a Probable Cause listed on the arrest report for every arrest, even a warrant arrest. That was a requirement, long since overturned, that some Federal judge here in Portland saddled us with 35 years ago.
The patrol deputy, street-named "Cookie Monster" because of his proclivity for that type of treat, went to the Bureau of Identification, and proceeded to compile a thick loose-leaf notebook filled with mug shots of various wanted folks, making sure that he had a wide assortment of facial types and features represented in the pages of his notebook.
The Cookie Monster, a Second Night (graveyard) patrolman, then proceeded to stop whoever he wanted without having to "build probable cause" (follow the chump around until he broke a traffic law). There is a huge cop's tactical advantage in being able to make a traffic stop when and where the cop wants to, instead of having to wait until maybe the person to be stopped has the tactical advantage on YOU.
The Cookie Monster System stood the test of time and the scrutiny of all the local courts.
I see no reason why some version of this system couldn't be applied to the situation down in AZ. Were I re-inventing it for that jurisdiction, I would take every identity theft convict and put their info into a computer folder and have it available to all the cops via their Mobile Data Terminals (in-car computers).
There are SO many identity theft suspect with warrants, and SO many have been convicted of that crime, that I'm sure every physical attribute of facial structure is represented on that list. Naturally, when you bust someone you think might be an identity theft suspect, they are going to have fake ID, so you can hold them until they are properly identified, and until the Feds have had a chance to check their immigration status.
It just hit me: all these years I've suspected that something was wrong with the libertarian viewpoint, but never could put my finger on it, so I contented myself with taking down their more obviously illogical arguments.
NOW I know what's wrong with the whole philosophy.
Yep, libertarian philosophy is the product of wishing.
Wish you could smoke dope? Be a libertarian and advocate for EVERYBODY smoking dope.
Wish soldiers didn't have to die in combat? Advocate to end war, regardless of where failures of response to the various brigands and tribes we DO war upon might lead us.
Where else do we find kiddy-think?
Yes, Mr. Bueller, we find it in Liberalism (progressivism, whatever you want to call it this year). The entire idea is YOU don't have to make an effort to proceed with life, that someone else will do it for you. YOU don't have restrain yourself, no one will call you on your lack of restraint.
Yep, Treason. The publishing of those 76,000 stolen military documents has caused "exceptionally grave damage" to the warfighting position of the USA (and of NATO).
That's the definition of treason.
Some on "our side" are cheering the WikiLeaks people, but as they cheer, they have left logic and reason behind. First of all, WikiLeaks took a strong anti-war position quite a while ago, so this is a deliberate act to subvert our war effort.
Secondly, claims that the WikiLeaks people "vetted" the documents are bullshit. I guess WikiLeaks never heard of EEFI, Essential Elements of Friendly Information. EEFI theory says that the simplest piece of information on your dispositions can be of great value to the enemy, so, for example, if you're trying to keep your battlefield strength secret, you don't release how many meals the field kitchen cooked in a "puff piece" for some newspaper. WikiLeaks also doesn't tell us who might be on their "General Staff", other than the Private First Class who is suspected of hacking into military computers and aggregating the documents (something that lad has done before). They would, of course, need a "General Staff" at least as experienced as the one now running the war in order to be able to accurately say that nothing they released can cause us harm.
Over at Random Nuclear Strikes blog, now largely a Libertarian blog run by moderator Mad Rocket Scientist, with occasional righty pieces written by the original Analog Kid, who is in an intense degree program and can't write much anymore, the sentiment from Mad Rocket is that the WikiLeaks treason is a good thing because it tends to limit big Government's power.
Yes it does, but in this case, limiting Big Government means reducing it's chances of winning a war we are engaged in, and reducing them badly.
The old Canon Pixma 1500 at Blog Station Alpha died. Technically, it was fixable (the old "planned obsolescence" dealio with "ink overflow receiver full"), but I wasn't going to waste my time on it. It served me well for over 4 years, including a stretch of over a year when I was writing and printing a monthly newsletter.
I don't like to spend a lot of money on a printer, because you're going to spend enough money down the line for ink, anyway.
Since I don't do photo printing on my main printer (I have a specialty photo printer for that), I can get by with an ordinary ink-jet printer. No one in their right mind pays much over $125 for one of these.
After several hours of reading reviews, I settled on one printer, the Lexmark Impact s305. The s305 has just gone to the secondary market, so it's been discounted from it's recent price of $100 down to $79.99 at Frys.com.
I picked one up and brought it up to the computer room. It's an "AIO" ("all in one") printer, so it prints and scans. This one also has a Wi-Fi receiver in it, so it can network with any computer on my Wi-Fi network and within range.
The "quick start guide" is horribly oversimplified. It basically says "find CD-ROM, insert CD-ROM in your computer's disc drive, and follow the instructions". Why have a "quick-start guide"?
I did as instructed, and soon had the printer up and running, the longest time being taken up with the installation of the software, which took about 5 minutes. I was able to use the USB cord (used only until the network was achieved) and the power cord from the Pixma, thank God for the SMALL amount of standardization in the computer world!
Everything worked as advertised, but the scanner takes twice as long to produce an image as my other AIO printer, an HP 1400. The Lexmark has a front-loading dock for flash cards (SD, MS, xD or MMC) plus another dock for a USB flash drive.
If I wanted to, I could probably even forgo the software, as this printer has function controls for it's copy function, scan function and scan photo function. Function buttons are provided for grayscale/color printing (it does a NICE job with grayscale copies of color pages) and the maintenance menu. A tiny 3/4" X 2 1/4" monochrome LCD screen keeps you informed of function and status. There is a "green" auto shut-down feature that dumps the printer into a standby mode about 90 seconds after it is finished with a job, but it wakes up easily enough.
This printer was reviewed by lots of reviewers, but I was sold by C-Net's review which said it was one of the most economical on ink. It has four color cartridges plus the black. The color is self-adjusting: when prompted to align colors, the printer prints out a color-balance sheet, then jockeys it back and forth through the machine, presumably past the scan head, until it's done. No punching in of numbers for "best looking presentation" as I used to have to do with the Pixma, and no handling of the color-chart copy as I have to do with the HP 1400. When the align cycle is done, it just spits out the test sheet, and even politely tells you to recycle it!
Actually, my only gripe with this printer is that it doesn't hold much of a reserve of paper, just a few dozen sheets. That would be a minor bother if I was still producing a newsletter, but it's so minor as to not even reach the bitch level IMHO.
So far, I've been getting the results I looked for. At the start, my blood glucose was running around 160 mornings, 130's in the afternoon. Only a week in, my last two are 112 yesterday afternoon, and 128 this morning. According to the doc, the first major improvement would occur after I metabolized all the fat in my liver, which he predicted would take a week or two.
Calories have been problematical. I haven't been getting enough, according to the pyramid worksheet. I should be taking in about 2000, but instead, most days I've wound up with only 1350-1400, spread over 4 meals, breakfast, lunch, supper and mid-rats (military term for "fourth-meal". If it wasn't for mid-rats, I would be going to bed hungry, and that's bad.
The protein-carb-fats balance is good, with my intake showing around 5-7 ounces of protein per day, enough to sustain muscle mass, and the carb/fat ratio running 3.5 to 1. One might think that a diabetic needs to watch the carbs more than the fats, but that's not right, since low-fat foods digest completely about 3 times faster than high-fat foods do. That gives the pancreas a rest, and let's it recharge the insulin supply between meals for a longer period, which results in lower blood glucose.
If I'm UNDER the fats necessary for good nutrition, my body's metabolism will simply burn up some body fat to make up for it, and that's the general idea of a diet: burn fat. So I try to eat no more than 30-40 fat grams in a day. It's working, although cutting down fat makes my choices of protein skimpy. I can do soy protein (tofu), which I haven't started in on, or fish (I'm eating a lot of fish) or poultry. I found that Jennie-O lean ground turkey is HYPER-low in fat (but $pendy). One percent fat by weight is waaaaay below all other meat products.
I make a turkey-cheeseburger thusly:
Toast one English Muffin (Kroger Brand sourdough muffin): 110 calories, 21 gm carbs, 1 gram fat. Add two slices of Velveeta cheese (yeah, I know I could do better than Velveeta, but I like it), 120 calories, 4 grams carbs, 8 grams of fat. Fry up a Jennie-O ground turkey breast patty weighing 150g (5.3 oz), 150 calories, 0 carbs, 2 grams fat, in a spritz of Pam cooking spray in the skillet, seasoned with Season-All and garlic powder. Assemble and eat, very satisfying. Totals = 380 calories, 25 grams of carbs, 11 grams of fat. With it, I had 120 grams of fresh cherries (about 15 cherries) which were 76 calories, 19 grams of carbs and no fat. Washed it all down with a pint of Crystal Lite lemonade, 10 calories. That's an under-500 calorie meal which has kept me going for almost 7 hours as I write this (time to eat again, dummy!).
I just started the walking again. Yesterday, I walked about 30 blocks, including about 16 blocks of 10 per cent grade (about 1.27 miles total for the whole walk). Got a decent blood pressure rise out of that, but nothing awful. Have a minor gouty-arthritis going today, so didn't exercise early, and it's in the 90's now. Might walk at sunset if the pain goes down some.
Weight loss? Sure. Scale says I have dropped 4.5 pounds this week, and that's one inch off my belly. I'll be back into my 36 jeans in two weeks at this rate, but the rate might not hold.
Do I drink adult beverages? Yep, I'm allowing myself 2 oz vodka per evening, 210 calories, usually mixed either with diet tonic water or lemon crystal lite at double-strength.
Plans for this next week include integrating yogurt into the meal planning (mostly for the good microbes that keep me pooping properly). Since this is peach harvest season, will probably get some local peaches to put up for winter, so I will be eating some of those. You try not to freeze the bruised ones.
Sodium? I'm not counting it, because I'm way under the warning level of 2,000 milligrams a day, and even if I wasn't, IT'S SUMMER, so I'm sweating when I'm outside, so I'm actually using that salt.
Fiber? I'm not playing that game, either. Fiber-foods tend to be calorie and carb intense, so I don't need that complication, either. K.I.S.S. Principle at work here. Yeah, I know I can "deduct" the "fiber-carbs" from the carb totals, but this is a controlled fat and controlled calorie diet, not a controlled carb diet.
Bottom line: I'm happy with the first week, and ready for Week Two!