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Posted on January 16 at 3:03 p.m.
When does the period of massive Presidential Signing Statements start?
On Capps Decries Partisan Politics in Immigration
Posted on January 12 at 8:08 a.m.
Je suis Americain, Charlie, Juif, et Francais....et Newspress...
On Je Suis Charlie
Posted on January 12 at 7:54 a.m.
Nice work on explaining to us that McLuhan is important. But you missed using UCSB's Hugh Kenner's effort as part of the effort. However, I'd say, your article is a little light on digging into what he really said and meant--the 'content' Dean, the content.
Good idea though to write about him and mention the book.
On McLuhan’s Message
Posted on January 11 at 8 a.m.
The General Petraeus story has certainly drawn my attention. Isn't this the beginning of a Presidential election? Some might like Patraeus out of the way, don't you think. Madame Broadwell's book on him is an interesting read.
I think I'll re-read Bill Budd today. Thanks for the idea JarvisJarvis...
On Protestors Blast <em>News-Press</em> Headline
Posted on January 9 at 5:27 p.m.
Amnesty ever so often, as an immigration policy is the dumbest system imaginable and only encourages more illegal immigration. Don't do it.
Posted on January 9 at 5:23 p.m.
Tempest in a teapot. Who cares if the Newspress or anybody else says or writes 'illegals'...? Why so touchy? What's important is to clear up our system of controlling immigration. Are you for open borders? We need a visa system that covers all the options that make up a credible immigration system? Sure let's have some options for refugees. Temporary workers. Foreign students. Special cases. Talented engineers and scientists. I was amazed to see the other day that all the workers in the Minneapolis Airport were from Somalia. Fleeing Iranians are in LA. Vietnamese too. Plenty of Iraqi refugees too. The list goes on. So how come the Mexicans can't get in the game legally? Is it because they don't play by the rules? I don't have anything against Mexican immigrants. Just illegal ones.
Posted on January 9 at 2:28 p.m.
hmmm. ....'can't we all just get along'....
Posted on January 8 at 4:50 p.m.
Here's the full quote Jarvis J.:"Give me your tired, your poor/Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free",
and it came early on...lots of fund raising had to be done...the tale of the statue of liberty is a saga....as is the state of freedom that stands above the capitol dome.
On Protest Planned over <em>News-Press</em> Headline
Posted on January 8 at 4:31 p.m.
Measle story is right. Just ask me.
The Presidio Neighborhood branding idea is excellent. Do it.
You might like to know Sam, about my personal experience with the Chumash. In 1818, a French revolutionary name Hypolito Bouchard suddenly showed up with two warships loaded with cannon, and came ashore. He said: "You poor people, rise up and throw off your chains" (as French Revolutionaries often do!). The response of the Chumash was to form up in horseback cavalry to defend the Spanish settlement. Did you know that Sam?
In 1824, the Chumash did revolt but then THAT was after those Mexican revolutionaries had taken over.
On Branding the Presidio Neighborhood
Posted on January 8 at 4:12 p.m.
Immigration is a necessary element of our nation's existence. The Statue of Liberty says: "Bring me your poor, your tired, your hungry". This was a gift from France at the end of the 19th Century. But certainly we want immigrants, we have always had immigrants. We NEED immigrants.
We should have a system that optimizes a true rational immigration system. We know some components. There are various categories of visas. Sometimes people need to immigrate because of natural disasters or political repression. Sometimes we should seek people who have certain talents. But an 'illegal' system of occasional mass amnesty is the worst of all possible systems that I can imagine. It encourages bad immigration. How come we can't rationalize this system into something more logical. Switzerland is pretty on top of controlling its borders and immigration and it's in the middle of Europe surrounded by swirling difficulties for centuries. So why are we so incompetent? This puzzles me. Giving amnesty for illegal behavior encourages more illegal behavior. It's obvious. We should have already learned this.
The Chicanos call this the 'Reconquista'...they have a "Studies" department at the University.
I say: "Fix the system"...permanently. We could even fix the University while we're at it. Let's go back to the Humanities out there and get back to the old Western Canon....