The World According to Mike: April 2005

Saturday, April 30, 2005

ACLU, Boy Scouts, NAMBLA

Just an article I want to share.
Deroy Murdock pretty much writes my views with a level of eloquence I'll never possess.

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At 4/30/2005 8:13 AM, Blogger Doug-E-Fresh said...

Organizations like NAMBLA and the ACLU are the biggest threat to our children's safety. NAMBLA is teaching sickos how to do it and get away with it, and the ACLU is defending NAMBLA so they can keep doing it. How do we win?

 

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Monday, April 25, 2005

Redneck Pride!

In recent days I've been criticized for my pride in being a redneck.For some reason alot of folks (most of whom are city-slickers) seem to think the term is automatically derogatory. Quite the contrary, it is in fact something to take pride in. Foxworthy's definition is probably the closest to the way I mean it: The glorious absence of sophistication. This is not to say I'm taking pride in being stupid as one individual alluded to. While my formal education is indeed quite limited with only a high school diploma and 37 units from a junior college, I have an MBA from HKU (Hard Knocks University). Most of what I've learned in my relatively brief 38 years I've learned by living life and busting my tail for every single thing I own.

In summary, if the ability to work with one's hands, think on one's feet, etc, etc are bad things, color me bad!

What this world needs is a few more rednecks
Some people ain't afraid to take a stand
What this world needs is a little more respect
For the Lord and the law and the workin' man
We could use a little peace and satisfaction
Some good people up front to take the lead
A little less talk and a little more action
And a few more rednecks is what we need.


~Charlie Daniels
Singer, Songwriter, Patriot, Redneck

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At 4/27/2005 3:06 PM, Blogger Doug-E-Fresh said...

Right on, Mike! Just because we live in a one-horse town, doesn't make us stupid or unequal to our urban friends. If you look at the election results, it seems as though us "rednecks" are the only ones that got it right. All those sparsely populated areas in the U.S. added up, and won the election for Bush. The liberals can have L.A., New York, Frisco and Seattle, we have Idaho, Wyoming, Texas, and Northern California!

 
At 4/27/2005 10:57 PM, Blogger Mike said...

Now if Bush will just get off his ass and prove he deserves it all will be well.

 
At 4/29/2005 7:44 PM, Blogger jimini said...

Yahoo....Git along little doggie

 
At 4/29/2005 10:36 PM, Blogger Mike said...

I sure hope it didn't take you the entire 4 days from original posting until now to come up with that one!

 
At 5/01/2005 9:24 AM, Blogger jimini said...

Yes it did. I somehow misplaced my red-neck manual of common terminology. I did finally find some reference when I located my copy of Roy Rogers "Living the Good Life Thanks to Red State Mentality".

 
At 5/01/2005 9:48 AM, Blogger Mike said...

Actually, I should thank you for helping me to make my point. You, like most city born folks throw the term redneck around in a derogatory fashion without knowing what it means. You used cowboy terminology to poke fun my direction for being a redneck as if cowboy and redneck were synonymous. The two terms are in fact mutually exclusive. I've never said I was a cowboy although I have no problem with cowboys.

The popular etymology says that the term derives from such individuals having a red neck caused by working outdoors in the sunlight over the course of their lifetime. The effect of decades of direct sunlight on the exposed skin of the back of the neck not only reddens fair skin, but renders it leathery and tough, and typically very wrinkled by late middle age. Another popular theory steams from the use of red bandanas tied around the neck to signify union affiliation during the violent clashes between United Mine Workers and owners between 1910 and 1920.


It has always fascinated me how our culture bastardizes words to fit our needs. Our society has taken a word that essentially means "working man" and changed the definition to mean "white trash, bigot, low life, etc"

Well, if growing up on a ranch, callousing my hands and yes getting my neck red in the sun makes me white trash then so be it.

 
At 5/01/2005 9:51 AM, Blogger Mike said...

One more thing while I'm bloviating on the subject:

If rednecks ceased to exist the vast majority of the population of this country would starve to death or become thieves.

 
At 5/01/2005 12:18 PM, Blogger Barry said...

Wow, mike after reading that definition, let me declare myself the first Jewish Redneck in our town!

 
At 5/01/2005 5:59 PM, Blogger Doug-E-Fresh said...

AJ(a.k.a. Backside Barry) you have to be hard working to be a redneck,
not just White Trash! But, admiting it is the first step!

 

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Saturday, April 23, 2005

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals - Don't dare to morn your loved one lest his killer go free...

In a recent decision by my favorite communist courthouse in San Francisco a murder conviction was overturned because the victim’s family wore badges with the victim's picture on them! Are you kidding me?

In 1995 Mathew Musladin was convicted of shooting Tom Studer to death. During the trial Struder’s family wore small buttons with his picture on them. Musladin was ultimately sentenced to life in prison without parole. Now, 10 years later, the Ninth District Court has ruled (2-1 decision) that the buttons, worn by a grieving family, may have biased the jurors. This is an outrage! Hopefully, the district attorney will be able to salvage the case but the bottom line is we shouldn’t have to convict a man by a jury of 24 of his peers when the law says 12!

In my opinion this is the only reason a person should need to vote conservative. Imagine what would happen if we had a longer run of liberal presidents appointing judges like this!

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At 5/11/2005 6:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

mike:

if it takes buttons to get mathew musladin a new trial then maybe JUSTICE 'will' be done!!!!you people need to do your home-work before you make your comments known for the whole world to see..This man was not the BAD guy..he wasn't the one full of meth...studder was!!!!but because certain D.A.'s will do anything for a win, alot of people go to prison who shouldn't!!!maybe someday you will be in a position to have to defend yourself against druggies...if you do you may wind up in prison while the rest of the GANG goes free...GET THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STORY!!!!!!

 
At 5/11/2005 10:49 PM, Blogger Mike said...

The issue you raise is one for appellate courts to decide. I know nothing of the details of this particular case nor do I care to. I simply used this case as one example of how far left the Ninth Circuit Court is. To say small buttons on some folks shirts bearing a photo could bias the jurors is absurd. Hell, why don't we make everyone entering the court room wear identical uniforms?!?!

 

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Friday, April 22, 2005

Dastardly, Distasteful, Disrespectful Dean At It Again

(Does that qualify him to be one of the Girls of the Triple D?....just curious)

This past Wednesday Howard Dean gave a speech in Minnesota filled with his usual rhetoric about how he got into politics to make great changes and bring the country out of the sewer, yadda, yadda, yadda….. He even threw in a nice little impression of Rush Limbaugh snorting cocaine complete with the appropriate sound effects. He then admitted that this wasn’t very dignified, adding “…but I’m not running for president anymore” as if this somehow made his reprehensible remarks acceptable.

Without even getting into the fact that Rush was addicted to prescription pain killers that were prescribed legally, a condition which happens to millions of Americans with serious illnesses and injuries every year, Dean’s remarks were more than just undignified. I would say they were borderline libelous but then I’m not an attorney so what do I know?

Note to Democrats: As long as your party elevates radical idiots like this to it’s highest positions and allows the Michael Moores of the world to sit at it's tables the right side of the aisle will continue to grow.

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At 4/23/2005 10:39 PM, Blogger Doug-E-Fresh said...

I agree with you Mike. Keep letting that fool speak, it's makes them (dems) look even dumber than they are. The only thing they could do to top this is nominate Hillary in '08!

 
At 4/23/2005 11:27 PM, Blogger Mike said...

I think Hillary's nomination is all but sealed up. What scares me more is who the GOP will put against her. I will not vote for Giuliani or McCain. Perhaps it's time to see who the Libertarian's are going to run. Yeah, I know, waste of a vote. I'm starting to think going to the polls is just a waste of gasoline. Our party is actually pissing me off the most of all lately. They have an overwhelming majority and yet seem to lack any testicular fortitude to actually do anything.

 
At 4/24/2005 6:48 PM, Blogger Doug-E-Fresh said...

I hear ya Mike. I won't vote for either one of them for many reasons, the major one being both men are pro-choice. It's sad, but I think George W. Bush may be the last pro-life president.

 
At 4/25/2005 6:40 AM, Blogger Mike said...

Sad but likely true.

 
At 5/02/2005 5:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re:Pro choice/no choice-
When you have been raped by anyone and inpregnanted then tell me that you are pro no choice- grow up. Niether one of you have been pregnant so get over it and let the woman make the choice and let God make the punishment if required. Bush is an idiot as have been a few of the last. If we are the government Then we need to fire the old friggin lot of them and start fresh with some real people. Why not look into some of the more interesting, relatively recent presidental orders over the last few years and figure out what is going on behind your backs? These do not require any form of vote so think about it. Do any of you truly like corperate rule? Think on that some as well. The primary difference is that this corperation doesn't bother to balance the books.
Besides are any of you truly ready for a second civil war? Wake up and smell the manure.

 
At 5/02/2005 10:37 AM, Blogger Mike said...

Typical liberal dogma. You want to disagree with the conservative view so badly that you have to demonize those leaning to the right by alluding to us being unsympathetic toward victims of violent crimes. I can't speak for doug-e-fresh but I do believe we need special provisions for cases where a woman's life is in jeopardy or she is raped. Using abortion clinics as birth control is morally repugnant, however.

As to your other points, I'm on record in this very blog (and blogs of others) as saying I'm not all that pleased with the performance of the Bush Administration. I will however continue to vote for the conservative candidate if for no other reason than to keep liberal activist judges out of our high courts.

"Wake up and smell the manure." While we're giving out "food for thought", here's a little: If not for the folks who wake up to the smells of manure you'd probably starve. I don't happen to be one anymore but I appreciate them every time I have a steak or a salad.

By the way; screen names are free and easy to set up here. Just food for thought.

Thanks for stopping by.

 
At 5/02/2005 9:26 PM, Blogger Doug-E-Fresh said...

Thank you for your views, I appreciate you (anonymous) for attacking my political and religious beliefs. I would rather have you attack me than an unborn child that has no way to defend itself from your twisted views. I find it ironic that the same tree-huggin', draft dodgin' anit-war liberals that spit on the Vietnam Vets when they returned home are the same people that want partial birth abortions legal, along with any other way to kill the innocent.
Here's an idea, Anonymous- it's called birth control. Condoms, the
pill, IUD, I don't care, just STOP USING ABORTIONS AS THE EASY WAY TO COVER A MISTAKE!
To answer your last question, yes, I am ready for a second civil war-
it's called the rapture. I hope your soul is ready for it too.

 

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Friday, April 15, 2005

Quick Definition

Slow Speed Yo-Yo Operator:
The job G. Gordon Liddy says any prison guard would qualify for if he or she wasn't a prison guard. This is based on his opinion that prison guards have the intellect of half a glass of water.
(source: Hannity and Colmes show, Fox News Channel)

Mr. Liddy,

If my intellect is that of half a glass of water your's is that of an amoeba within said glass. You sir are living proof that law degrees were once available in a box along with caramel pop-corn and peanuts.

Disclaimer: The preceding has been the opinion of the author and is not intended to be published as fact. It is quite possible that G. Gordon Liddy does in fact have the intellect of two amoebas combined.

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At 4/15/2005 3:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right on! He can say that all he wants, but he sure does make a good living now bustin' our balls all over the radio! Nixon is one of my favorite presidents, if there is a bright spot to this issue!

 
At 4/19/2005 7:56 AM, Blogger Stephanie Arnold said...

I played the video you sent us and he sure was vocal in his hatred toward us. We just need to remember two thinsgs; 1)He was an inmate and 2)This is a man who did not have the brains to not get caught in the Watergate scandal.

He probably has some lingering issues of "I'm stupid" that he is trying to push off onto others.

 

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Thursday, April 14, 2005

Los Angeles Seal - The ACLU strikes again

Well, the ACLU has struck again. Fearing a lawsuit from these radical socialists, the County of Los Angeles has removed the cross from it’s official seal. The ACLU claims that by having the Judeo-Christian symbol of the cross on it’s seal Los Angeles County was violating the First Amendment provision on separation of church and state. Interestingly enough, they made no mention of the huge pagan goddess in the center of the seal which dwarfed the cross.


Even Dennis Prager, a very prominent jew, disagrees with this decision.

This is just one more example of how liberal groups who preach freedom of choice and tolerance are some of the most restrictive, intolerant individuals in the world.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it many more times, I’m sure: The ACLU is not our friend.



Judeo-Christian
1)adj : being historically related to both Judaism and Christianity; "the Judeo-Christian tradition"
2) the value system by which the United States of America was founded

Sources:
Hannity and Colmes, Fox News Channel
WorldNetDaily

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At 4/14/2005 5:57 PM, Blogger Doug-E-Fresh said...

God bless you, Mike. I watched Hannity and Colmes and I feel the same way. The U.S. was founded by CHRISTIANS, and the communists, er., I mean liberals better remember that. If I didn't know any better Mike, I would say you sound like a born-again Christian. Here's to hoping anyway. I'll pray for you, Mike. Love ya, Doug

 
At 4/14/2005 8:36 PM, Blogger jimini said...

Hey, I know Mike might have some twisted conservative views, but thankfully he hasn't gone that far. I realize that the ACLU has existed almost solely for the purpose of removing crosses from public view. But hey, we all have a bad side. Even Jesus said "" (actually I can't remember what he said). I really appreciate all the people who remember though. They help keep me holier than thou.

 
At 4/23/2005 9:37 AM, Blogger Mike said...

Well, now they've branched out from getting rid of crosses to smoking dope while observing glorified neighborhood watchers.

It's important to broaden your horizons from time to time!

 
At 4/28/2005 6:15 PM, Blogger jimini said...

http://www.watchblog.com/democrats/archives/002236.html

 
At 4/28/2005 10:46 PM, Blogger Mike said...

Interesting Jim. I did notice however that none of the posters made mention of the ACLU defending NAMBLA. I guess they either missed that little tidbit or think it insignificant.

The ACLU helps perpetrate evil while masquerading as your friend. I don’t know how much more evidence good, otherwise intelligent Americans need before understanding this.

 
At 5/06/2005 7:46 AM, Blogger OSAPian said...

Great blog Mike.

 
At 5/07/2005 8:59 PM, Blogger Mike said...

Thanks for the kind words OSAPian and welcome aboard. With your help I'm up to 9 unique visitors per day on average now...LOL

 

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Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Free for all space.

I've decided to create a little spot for anyone who doesn't necessarily have an "on topic" comment but wants to say something about the blog or, heaven forbid, me in general. Have a random comment or a shot to take?(within blog rules of course) This is the place to do it.

Here's an example. This comment was originally posted by Hellenbach in my Hanoi Jane Rides Again post:

LOL...You know, I had a sinking feeling that I was misquoting the great Kenny R. when I weas doing that piece. However, the only thing that I could have thought of that would have been more silly then the tounge-in-cheek attempt at plagarism would have been to actually spend time researching the lyrics to "The Gambler". But I trully appreciate the comment, and whether you approve or not, you now have a new reader!

It's not relevant to the topic but it was a welcomed comment and I didn't want to be a jerk and just delete it outright. Hence the creation of this free for all zone.

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At 4/13/2005 10:28 AM, Blogger Pastor Glenn said...

Mike: when Howard Stern says Jane is a hero , you know our culture is in a morass of trouble! The Right just has to defend itself instead of wimping out as so many NE RINO's do. One thing the RNC observes: if one does not send money, they get scared. Until they deal with judges, illegals, and other issues, no money or lobbying for me. And I am a part of the apparatus of the Party. I am glad that finally,Christians of both wings:Catholics and Prots, are standing up for values, policies, issues that scared them off in years past. Now, the Party itself has to defend itself against Leftist MSM and Dem Party scurrilous attacks. Blogging is one way to do it.

 
At 4/14/2005 8:46 PM, Blogger jimini said...

Huh??? Went over my head. Guess thats' what I get for being a flaming liberal

 
At 4/15/2005 8:32 PM, Blogger Doug-E-Fresh said...

I agree with you, pastor glenn. the only way evil triumphs in our society is for good men to do nothing. one cannot call himself a christian unless one stands up for his morals, beliefs, and most importantly, the words of jesus christ. god bless you

 
At 4/18/2005 9:26 PM, Blogger Mike said...

Another relocated comment:

lumberjack said...
Mike,what's up my cracka, just lettin you know im here and ready to disagree. And to start I'd like to remind you that country music made blues what it is.
4/18/2005 10:26 AM


Thanks for stopping by lumberjack.

 
At 4/19/2005 7:30 AM, Blogger Doug-E-Fresh said...

i would just like to take a minute to greet Lumberjack to Mike's blog, or as I'd like to call it-Thunderdome. I'd also like to say Lumberjack is, far and away, the sexiest man in the Tri-County area.

 
At 4/19/2005 7:18 PM, Blogger Doug-E-Fresh said...

hey mike, what do you think of the vatican voting in a german pope? do you think they passed up the nominees from africa and latin america so they can solidify europe against the western world and our political idealolgies?(I don't know if that's spelled right)how about the fact that the last 2 Popes haven't been Italians. I mean, the Vatican is located in Italy for crying out loud! i smell something fishy in the pulpit here!

 
At 4/19/2005 11:47 PM, Blogger Mike said...

Doug,

Actually, I hadn't heard about it until tonight at work and I haven't had much time to think about it. One theory I had on the subject proved to be true though, I believe. They elected a pretty old guy for the job. I think Ratzinger at 78 years of age is intended sort of as a "transitional pope" while the Catholic church decides which way it's headed.

As to a Europe vs USA angle I doubt that since the rest of most of Europe is liberal as hell. I doubt someone as right leaning as Ratzinger would be the first choice in that conspiracy.

 
At 4/20/2005 8:30 PM, Blogger Barry said...

i would also like to welcome lumberjack to the blog here, and wanted to know if he was still going to play "shrek" at my kids b-day party later this year? DONKEY!

 
At 4/22/2005 3:45 PM, Blogger cracka-as-cracka said...

AJ,
whens the party? cant wait to see "shrek" in action. Who cares who becomes pope. It's not going to make a difference on what the bibe says.

 
At 5/07/2005 7:57 PM, Blogger Doug-E-Fresh said...

Hey Mike, did you see the story of that young Mexican woman that received life in prison for helping
her boyfriend rob that bank. Then,
to top off his crime, he shoots that female cop and kills her. His grand finale was a 9mm slug in the grape. The girl never fired a shot, or even held a gun during the robbery. One big piece of evidence the prosecution did have was a picture of her in a camo shirt holding an Uzi Machine Gun. She claims she was in an abusive relationship, and had no choice but to go to the bank with her boyfriend while he committed the crime, fearing for her life. She did, though, give him one last goodbye kiss before he ate the lead sandwich. My question to you Mike, is, does the punishment fit the crime for this girl, or was she a victim of circumstance?

 
At 5/07/2005 8:03 PM, Blogger Mike said...

Sorry Doug, I'm not familiar with that one. If in fact the picture you mention is all the evidence they have then I'd say the punishment is excessive. Without the court transcripts though one really can't make an informed decision. God knows our news media isn't always the best place to find things out!

 

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Saturday, April 09, 2005

Hanoi Jane Rides Again

Well, everyone's favorite communist activist turned successful capitalist has released a new book. This means she's in the news once again and the debate over whether or not she's a traitor to the United States of America is back in full swing. Now, even as opinionated as I am I do believe in being fair. There are many different stories circulating about Barbarella's conduct durning the Vietnam conflict. Most of these stories are completely false i.e. the story about Jane passing the notes that GI's gave her to their Vietnamese captors. Those of you who have given weight to the email legends going around, don't (The top 100 women of the century one has gotten new life after 5 years).

Now, let's take a look at some things that really did happen. Here's a few pieces of the transcript from her infamous broadcast on radio Hanoi:
....I cherish the memory of the blushing militia girls on the roof of their factory, encouraging one of their sisters as she sang a song praising the blue sky of Vietnam--these women, who are so gentle and poetic, whose voices are so beautiful, but who, when American planes are bombing their city, become such good fighters......
.......As I left the United States two weeks ago, Nixon was again telling the American people that he was winding down the war, but in the rubble-strewn streets of Nam Dinh, his words echoed with sinister (words indistinct) of a true killer. And like the young Vietnamese woman I held in my arms clinging to me tightly--and I pressed my cheek against hers--I thought, this is a war against Vietnam perhaps, but the tragedy is America's........
(complete transcript available here)

And let's not forget the pictures of Jane sitting on the Vietnamese anti aircraft gun wearing a Vietnamese helmet.

Ok, now just exactly what is a traitor? Here's our founding fathers' take on it:

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

~United States Constitution, Article III, Section 3, Clause 1

Since this is the World According to Mike I will now give my view. If the propaganda photos and radio broadcasts didn't give aid and comfort to the enemy, I don't know what would have. Jane Fonda is a traitor to the United States based on the facts.

Disclaimer: I was 5 years old in 1972. I cannot possibly have the passion about this subject as someone who'd reached adulthood at that time. I can only read history books and watch documentaries to form opinions on anything relating to this volatile time in our history.

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At 4/09/2005 7:50 PM, Anonymous Mike McGrath said...

Mike...Well stated. Your passion is well placed. She did commit treason, as documented in the book, Aid and Comfort--Jane Fonda in North Vietnam, by Henry Holzer (www.hanoijane.net).

Mike McGrath
NAM-POWs Historian
5 years 8 months POW in NVN

 
At 4/10/2005 9:26 PM, Blogger Mike said...

Just finished watching Barbarella on 60 minutes. She said absolutely nothing to make this redneck change his mind.

 
At 4/11/2005 2:28 PM, Blogger Hellenbach said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

 
At 4/12/2005 11:18 AM, Blogger Mike said...

The above comment sparked the need for the creation of a free for all zone and was transfered there to be used as an original example.

Thanks Hellenbach.

 
At 4/15/2005 4:07 PM, Blogger Doug-E-Fresh said...

Jane Fonda is a traitor and was a loyayist to the enemy during war. She should have been blind folded and shot by a firing squad. I'm still available for the detail, although, most of my shots at the range tend to land on the Inmate's head, crazy, ha?

 

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Thursday, April 07, 2005

Michael Jackson Trial

On one hand I want to say where there's smoke there's fire. However, in the case of someone as wealthy as Jackson greed can be a big motivator. It has to be very tempting to jump on the bandwagon so to speak for anyone who's been associated with Jackson over the last few years.

If I had to lay money on it I'd say he's guilty as sin but that's going strictly on gut instinct. The guy is obviously not right in the head. Just look at the freakish things he's had done to his own body. This case certainly brings up some interesting questions, however. In this age of 24 hour news, internet, etc will there ever be such a thing as a fair trial for anyone even remotely famous?

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Monday, April 04, 2005

The Minuteman Chronicles

As I mentioned in an earlier post there is a group of people down in Arizona who have begun patrolling the U.S./Mexican border there. This is interesting to me so I'll use this post to sort of chronicle the events that will surround this. Even though it is mostly a P.R. stunt, the stage is set for a certain amount of drama

The first thing that stands out to me is that the ACLU is already standing by to protect the civil rights of the illegal immigrants who are apprehended. Wait a minute! Doesn't the A in ACLU stand for American? Shouldn't the illegal aliens (er, excuse me, undocumented workers...wouldn't want to offend) contact the MCLU?

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At 4/05/2005 11:19 PM, Blogger Mike said...

Quick breakdown after 5 days:

Minutemen say they're winning.

Mexican government says the slow down in border crossing is due the operations they're running on their side (anyone actually believe this load of crap?!).

Border patrol says their phones aren't ringing any more than before. Border patrol is also saying the minutemen are causing havoc with sensors designed to stop illegal immigration.

ACLU still standing by to complicate things much further at their first opportunity.

Oh yeah! I'm actually gonna enjoy watching this one!

 
At 4/07/2005 11:18 AM, Blogger Mike said...

Many are calling the minutemen vigilantes. So let's see:

vig·i·lan·te ( P ) Pronunciation Key (vj-lnt)
n.
One who takes or advocates the taking of law enforcement into one's own hands.
A member of a vigilance committee.

Hmmm, I guess this forces us to look up another word:

en·force ( P ) Pronunciation Key (n-fôrs, -frs)
tr.v. en·forced, en·forc·ing, en·forc·es
To compel observance of or obedience to: enforce a law.
To impose (a kind of behavior, for example): enforce military discipline.
To give force to; reinforce: “enforces its plea with a description of the pains of hell” (Albert C. Baugh).

Well, I guess if cell phones and binoculars compel someone to obey a law I have to find the minutemen guilty of the charge of vigilantism. But then this would also force me to bring all neighborhood watch organizations up on the same charge.

 
At 4/09/2005 8:37 AM, Blogger Mike said...

The Bryan Barton Story:

The first absolutely funny (to my twisted sense of humor anyway)event has occured. It seems a minuteman volunteer by the name of Bryan Barton spotted an illegal alian while off "duty". He flagged the individual down, shared a bowl of cereal with him, then gave him 20 bucks and a tee shirt that said: Bryan Barton caught an illegal alien and all I got was this lousy tee shirt.

The minutemen promptly dismissed Mr. Barton from their organization.

 
At 4/10/2005 8:31 AM, Blogger Mike said...

9 days are in the history books now and not much new going on.

There is one new side effect that I for one didn't see coming. It seems the local merchants in the Douglas Arizona area aren't too happy with the Minutemen. It turns out that many of them rely on (legal) visitors from Agua Prieta, a city just accross the border, for business. Many of the potential visitors now say they fear harrassment if they attempt to cross.

 
At 4/12/2005 12:42 PM, Blogger Mike said...

According to an article by Morgan Lee of the Associated Press the Mexican government is investigating allegations of civil rights violations by the Minutemen against illegal immigrants. Now here’s a hoot! So, let me get this straight; both the American Civil Liberties Union and the Mexican government are poised to investigate civil rights violations against individuals who are (illegally) outside their country of citizenship.

Now that’s rich.

Here’s something to illustrate why I’m so perplexed by this:

civ•il (s v l)
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or befitting a citizen or citizens: civil duties.
2. Of or relating to citizens and their interrelations with one another or with the state: civil society; the civil branches of government.
3. Of ordinary citizens or ordinary community life as distinguished from the military or the ecclesiastical: civil authorities.
4. Of or in accordance with organized society; civilized.
5. Sufficiently observing or befitting accepted social usages; not rude: a civil reply.
6. Being in accordance with or denoting legally recognized divisions of time: a civil year.
7. Law. Relating to the rights of private individuals and legal proceedings concerning these rights as distinguished from criminal, military, or international regulations or proceedings.

 
At 4/13/2005 11:29 AM, Blogger Mike said...

April 12, 2005

James Gilchrist, the Minuteman founder, told Sean Hannity the other night that the Minutemen are considering extending an invite to Senator Hillary Clinton. Gilchrist says Mrs. Clinton is more than welcome to come to Arizona for a first hand look at what the Minutemen are doing. This could be interesting if it happens, especially in light of the public statements Clinton has made in recent days. (“I am, you know, adamantly against illegal immigrants…..") It would appear that she is much farther right on this issue that George W. Bush! I for one will be interested in what happens to her public views as election time draws nearer!

 
At 4/16/2005 7:55 AM, Blogger Mike said...

ARIZONA'S SOUTHWEST BORDER

* Approximately 65 percent of the cocaine smuggled into the United States crosses the border with Mexico.

* Colombia-based drug groups have allowed Mexico-based trafficking organizations to play an increasing role in the U.S. cocaine trade.

* The Arizona towns of Nogales, Douglas and San Luis are the principal ports of entry for narcotics. The three secondary ports of entry are Lukeville, Sasabe and Naco.

Source: U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency

 
At 4/16/2005 8:00 AM, Blogger Mike said...

Now it seems the Minutemen are so proud of their (self proclaimed) success that they are considering expanding to neighboring states for another vigil this fall.

Hell, why don't we just have the Border Patrol deputize them and really put them to work.

 
At 4/21/2005 5:58 PM, Blogger 1138 said...

Try this one Mike.

7 Law. Relating to the rights of private individuals and legal proceedings concerning these rights as distinguished from criminal, military, or international regulations or proceedings.

Now do you get the connection?

By the way how do you feel about the President of the United States of America (George @. Bush not Mr. Fox) calling the project members vigilanites?
I noticed you didn't mention it - but you surely were aware of it.

 
At 4/21/2005 10:54 PM, Blogger Mike said...

Paul,

Thanks for stopping by.

Yes, I am aware of it. As I stated in an earlier post they qualify as vigilates by any literal definition I've been able to find as do all neighborhood watch organizations in the nation. Also, I believe I stated in an earlier post that while I voted for George W. Bush his border policy is very weak.

 
At 4/22/2005 8:40 AM, Blogger Mike said...

Here’s a little tidbit that probably didn’t make the 6 o’clock news:

It seems the ACLU (is that Anti-Citizen Litigation Union?) representatives sent to watch for abuses perpetuated by the Minutemen got bored since there haven’t been any. So they did what any self respecting communist hippy would do and smoked a little dope. Of course they’re still monitoring the situation closely; between bong hits of course.

Source: World Net Daily

 
At 4/23/2005 9:41 PM, Blogger 1138 said...

That post you linked to has nothing to do with what you say it does, no surprise.

Your incorrect, George Bush has a very strong border policy, just no implementation, and if we're honest with ourselves we know the reason.

 
At 4/23/2005 10:59 PM, Blogger Doug-E-Fresh said...

Mike, you might want to check your grammer on your last post. You should have used (to) and not (too). I still love you and agree with you. The minutemen are doing a noble deed for the country while maintaining intergrity and their morality in dealing with these illegals. You go, Arizona!

 
At 4/23/2005 11:17 PM, Blogger Mike said...

I'm not sure what the heck happened to that link. This is the page it was supposed to link to:

southern border saga

 
At 4/23/2005 11:19 PM, Blogger Mike said...

Thanks Doug. I'm pretty damn tired tonight. Couldn't get my finger off the "o" button fast enough I guess.

 
At 5/01/2005 9:17 PM, Blogger Mike said...

Well, it's May 1st. I haven't had the time to watch any news for a few days but I assume the vigil is over. This whole shindig didn't provide near the drama I expected it to but it had it's entertaining moments and, I think, helped to open at least a few more eyes to a nasty problem to which I fear we will never see a solution.

I for one would just like to thank Mr. Gilchrist and company for at least trying to do something.

With that the Minuteman Chronicles come to an end.

 

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Expatriate your country. - Vote in it anyway!!!

How many of you are aware that a person can leave the United States to reside in another country yet still retain their voting rights here?

Don't like things in the U.S.A? No problem. Just move to Canada, let the CBC poison your mind worse than CNN already has, and continue to cast a U.S. ballot in all key elections.

Don't think this is significant? Keep in mind that there are in excess of half a million individuals residing in Canada while retaining U.S. citizenship. Thank god they didn't all come to the polls last november or we'd have president Kerry in the Whitehouse now (just typing that last sentence sent a chill down my spine).

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At 4/08/2005 8:25 AM, Blogger Barry said...

Hey here's an idea. Let's bomb that commi' country and add a star to the flag. While we're at it, we'll go south of the border and turn it into a nice parking lot for a Super Walmart. If we find these "Ex-Patriats" we'll go ahead and do a couple of public hangings to reduce the incidents of this type of behavior. Of course this will never happen, but seriously, how can a person vote if he/she does not even live in the country, and obviously has no respect for it. Maybe Vincente Fox and people like him will be allowed to vote in the next election. Maybe when Billary runs for the next elections, we'll have a district for ex-patriots to get their vote in on the election. Guys like Saddam, Hitler and Mussulini would be proud of this type of election. Whatever it takes to sway a "vote" your way. Oh, and let's not forget that Nanci Poloci is pushing for felons IN PRISON to be able to vote soon! WOW this is exciting! I can't wait to escort all the Inmates to the Polls to vote for Billary. TO get back to the original Blog entry, to me if you leave the country for political reasons, and go to a country that is really a psuedo France, then you are guilty of treason! God Bless America or get the hell out .....and don't vote.

 
At 4/30/2005 8:34 AM, Blogger Doug-E-Fresh said...

Right on AJ! I didn't realize how intelligent you are! Now if we could just convince you Jesus is the Messiah, we would be batting 1000!

 

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Sunday, April 03, 2005

Health Care/ Pharmaceutical Debacle

Let me get this straight; Daimler Chrysler can go to Mexico to build my Dodge pickup but I can't go to Canada if i choose to for my medications?!?!? Anyone else think the pharmaceutical lobby has gotten just a tad big for it's britches? I feel terribly sorry for anyone with serious health problems in this country today. I'm basically healthy aside from a weak Thyroid and high cholesterol and just the medication for those 2 things cost me a couple hundred bucks per year in co-pays (I don't even want to know what my insurance is kicking out). This combined with a litigious society gone wild and it's no wonder my health insurance premiums are a thousand bucks (!) per month for what amounts to an 80/20 plan.

Now before those left leaners among you start to scream about those mean old fascist Republicans, keep in mind this problem goes way back to the '80's or earlier. Translation: the Clinton administration dodged it too. Although, if Hillary get's her way we'll have socialized medicine by the end of her Presidential term. Ask the Canadians how well that's going.

If ever there was an issue that needed to transcend partisan politics this is it!!! Unfortunately, I don't see an end to it.

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Saturday, April 02, 2005

Social Security - Private Accounts

Here we have another rather heated subject. I'd be interested in hearing some real folk's take on this one. From where I'm sitting it seems on the surface to be a reasonably good idea. Inject some Federal bureaucracy into the mix however and I fear it will turn into what I call a soup sandwich (translation: mess).

I for one have made plans to be 0% percent reliant on Social Security if at all possible. If you're under 40 you'd be foolish not to do the same in my humble opinion. I'm fortunate enough to not pay into it anymore. However my wife is self employed and therefore has to pony up the entire 12.4% herself so indirectly I do have a personal stake in this.

Here's sort of a laymen's pro/ con breakdown I came across:

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