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If you think that the propaganda espoused by the homosexual community saying they don’t want to impose their views on others, read this.
The idea that a person cannot have a constitutionally protected right to freedom of religion in the face of this “right” to freedom of behavior is just plain outrageous. Telling someone they cannot determine they don’t want to do something which violates their religious convictions (by aiding someone to do what they consider immoral) is violating their 1st amendment rights. Forcing people to do what they consider wrong. I would protest someone telling a member of PETA to do a commercial for a butcher, even though they don’t have any religious beliefs on the line. If the Huguenins don’t want to do business with someone, they should have that right regardless of the reason. Someone doesn’t want to do business with anyone that should be their choice. Any business should be able to set their own moral standards and should not be forced to violate those standards. Not in this country. Next thing these people will want is to become the pastors of churches … oops, already been there.

The border fence, one of the proposals for deterring illegal immigration, is a plan that by itself will do no good. Why? The same reason that intelligent people know that just locking the doors at night is no guarantee that their house will not experience a break-in. The locks only prevent honest people from entering. Dishonest people will break-in to homes, or break-in through the fence.

What the fence buys is a little time. Just like locks and alarms buy time for those in a home. In a home, when someone breaks in, you gather the family into the most secure location you can, arm yourself so that the intruder will be stopped if he continues, and call the police. Anything less, and you risk being the one that “when seconds count, the police are only minutes away.” The country needs to treat this the same way. People that cut through a fence to enter the country should be viewed as potentially being drug runners, smugglers, terrorists, or any other kind of evil people. They are attacking the borders of our country, and should be repelled with all available force. The fence — along with technology to warn of the attack — should be used to give enough time to deploy force. We have a national guard, we ought to use it.

As a result of the new “Legal Arizona Act” signed into law last year by that state’s Democratic governor – exactly the kind of law Virginia’s senators and Democratic governor could not deliver – the unthinkable is happening.

Mexico is being inundated with Mexicans:

The state legislator who sponsored the work bill, Representative Russell Pearce, says the law’s undeniably positive effects include smaller class sizes, shorter emergency room waits and an overall huge savings to taxpayers. The Republican congressman drafted the bill because studies revealed that illegal immigration cost Arizona taxpayers over $2 billion annually, not including the toll of crime and destruction.

It turns out that enough illegal immigrants have either fled the U.S. or been deported that officials in the Mexican state of Sonora, which shares an extensive border with Arizona, have complained that too many of their fellow countrymen have returned. They miss the remittances sent from the U.S. as well as smaller class sizes in local schools.

Mexican government officials knew Arizona’s tough employment verification law would become their worst nightmare, which explains why they tried blocking it. Earlier this year a delegation of nine legislators from Sonora toured Tucson and held a news conference to say that their beloved state cannot handle the demand for housing, jobs and schools resulting from illegal Mexican workers returning home.

What an amazingly corrupt country Mexico is.

It goes without saying that allowing Mexico’s plutocrats and criminal public officials to continue to avoid their structural problems by foisting the costs of their huge underclass on the American people is unfair to us, and not so great for the migrants either. Most damningly, it allows them to put off reform for another day.

Meanwhile, 185 years after achieving independence from Spain they still have not figured out the whole “rule of law” thing. Their state controlled oil company, which should be capitalizing on massive oil fields under the Gulf of Mexico, continues to flounder because, among other things, they have not taken the initiative to figure out how to do deep water drilling. They are sitting on natural resources which would be the envy of many countries in the world. Yet they continue to go backwards.

They need a revolution down there, is what they need. And maybe more like the French one than the American one.

This is relevant to last night’s story and the ensuing discussion.

More than 37 million immigrants in the United States, both legal and illegal, cost the federal government more than $346 billion last year, twice as much as the nation’s fiscal deficit, according to a report released yesterday…

The report, which analyzed costs based on 15 separate federal agencies, estimated that the departmental impacts ranged from a high of $146 billion at the Treasury Department to a low of $300 million at the Defense Department.

The loss estimates, the report said, included $100 billion in federal taxes lost “from the reduction of native incomes caused by immigrant workers.”

Read it all.

Because the vast majority of legal immigrants into the U.S. are permitted on the basis of family reunification rather than any type of merit or needed skills, it is not surprising that on balance immigration imposes a large net cost on the legal residents of the country.

Immigrants consume much more in public services than they pay in taxes.

For some people, this fact (among others) justifies opposing all immigration. I disagree with that standpoint because I think legal immigrants have by definition taken the necessary steps to begin becoming contributing members of our society. They have taken ownership and can be expected to become progressively more self-sufficient with succeeding generations.

Generally speaking, illegal aliens, to the contrary, are only here for the money and have no interest in becoming Americans, and consequently don’t buy in to our rules and regulations. On top of that, they impose a significant cost as the study details. Take away these factors and we would not have a controversy over illegal immigration in this country.

UPDATE: The report is not available online yet but here is more coverage from CNN Money.

A friend saw this taking place today:

The arrests stem from an investigation that began in July after a routine inspection of the resort’s I-9 employment forms. Agents suspected that many employees were using fraudulent documents or stolen identities to get their jobs…

“Companies that use cheap, illegal alien labor as a business model should be on notice that ICE is dramatically enhancing its enforcement efforts against illegal employment schemes.”

About time.

It’s amazing we still see the soft-headed argument that illegal migrants deserve more consideration than legal residents. No one who’s lost their job to cheap, illegal labor, or had their identity stolen, would make that case.

Good to see the feds are stepping up enforcement here.

UPDATE: Related note – A modest proposal on anchor babies.

…or at 86.  The WaPo article says 83, the photo caption says 86.

 In any event, he was a great actor, and a fine representative of the NRA.

For we children of the 60s, history is such a heart-rending thing:

It is 76 years since Cheeta the chimp was plucked from the African jungle to become a Hollywood star in the Tarzan movies. Yet incredibly, he is still going strong…

On Johnny Weissmuller: “Dear old Johnny was more typecast than I was. I remember we were both up for the role of Terry in On the Waterfront and the casting director told Johnny he was wasting his time. I got a callback but it came to nothing. He went off to start a swimming-pool company. Swimming was never my thing.”

Isn’t it amazing, though, all the chimp has seen?