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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....
On Protest Planned over <em>News-Press</em> Headline
Posted on January 8 at 7:58 a.m.
The folks in the History Department used to say that the Sociology Department was much better and inventing new words to describe old traditional issues.
Hey Nick, how many of these guys that get mentioned in your story belonged to that fake organization: "Veterans for Peace"? Most of these guys were masters at the co-optation strategy for campus and public protest in town.
The sociology department used to lead the way in all this but now, les pauvres, they've been left behind by the ....Studies departments. You fill in the blank.
On Rich Appelbaum: Creating the Future
Posted on January 8 at 7:21 a.m.
The word police are on the march. Reading some of these comments made me think of Alice in Wonderland.
Posted on January 7 at 1:39 p.m.
If there is going to be a demonstration against the Newspress on my Plaza because of their headline that used the term illegal alien, this demonstration becomes, ipso facto, a demonstration calling for Press Censorship. I'm against this message and this demonstration for this reason. Therefore, I think we should form a counter demonstration that simultaneously calls for Freedom of the Press and Free Speech. No Free Speech mean No Liberty.
I'll be there. Will you?
Posted on January 7 at 7:51 a.m.
ah...Dolphinpod, long ago in this Republic of ours, one could say 'man', 'mankind' etc. and it was a generic for everybody....now we have 'humans' and 'zombies' and of course the shattered picture of humankind that divides us into the boxes of LGBT, and of course white (bad), colored (good) (...note that there are more sub-categories here), and how about immigrants, and indigenous, etc etc, the list goes on and on. And so it goes....(note how the University's Humanities have shattered into 'X' box...Studies majors....) All is shattered now into little tiny pieces in this civilization of ours and the center will not hold.
This Newspress 'headline' controversy reminds me that at a French newspaper today, Charlie Hebdo, Islamic Terrorists, just extinguished 13 journalists, for politically incorrect front pages and cartoons. Are we heading this way with the Newspress?...does Free Speech mean anything anymore?
Posted on January 6 at 8:21 p.m.
I see the 'property is theft' and the 'eat the rich' crowd identify with the door busting immigrants. Interesting. Whatever happened to the idea of a nation of laws and not of men idea...?Thus saith Citizen Don Jose
Posted on January 6 at 4:23 p.m.
A more interesting line of logic might be to question whatever happened to that old comforting idea of taking pride in earned citizenship. Once upon a time to be a Citizen of a Republic meant something. Think what a Roman Citizen was in the old Roman Empire. So let us follow this line of thought a bit farther and ask ourselves how does one truly earn the right to call oneself a citizen of a great republic? It's a matter of much importance. Why do so many of us these days denigrate and foul the republic and its citizens and feel obliged to elevate the alien newcomer who has yet to prove their right to become a citizen? They've busted in the door and demand recognition as an equal. Is this the way it should be in a Republic? I don't think so.Call me: Citizen Don Jose.
Posted on December 8 at 4:59 p.m.
Good comment Pagurus...I am also a great admirer of her efforts. Thank you for all you've done Ellen.
On The S.B. Questionnaire: Ellen Easton
Posted on December 4 at 7:05 p.m.
Thank you Pardall...I'm off to Robertson and Thompson in 1926....February? You must have something really precise in mind....care to give more clues?
On Biting the Hand That Bleeds You
Posted on December 4 at 2:12 p.m.
Amen to Pardall...and Nick: Underline your idiomatic expressions and ask yourself, "Who Am I?"
What I want to know is who laid out the street grid with one loop?