The Statue of Liberty

Statue Liberty Often, people have difficulty framing their arguments when debating the currently proposed immigration revisions.  Rosemary LaBonte had no such problem in the letter she wrote to the Orange County Register.  Unfortunately, although it was clear and concise, they wouldn’t publish it because this particular letter to the editor was “either deemed politically incorrect” or simply “did not agree with the paper’s philosophy.”  I thought you should read it, because it’s so spot-on:

Dear Editor,

So many letter writers have based their arguments on how this land is made up of immigrants.  Ernie Lujan for one, suggests we should tear down the Statue of Liberty because the people now in question aren’t being treated the same as those who passed through Ellis Island and other ports of entry.  Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to people like Mr. Lujan why today’s American is not willing to accept this new kind of immigrant any longer.

Back in 1900 when there was a rush from all areas of Europe to come to the United States, people had to get off a ship and stand in a long line in New York and be documented.   Some would even get down on their hands and knees and kiss the ground. They made a pledge to uphold the laws and support their new country in good and bad times. They made learning English a primary rule in their new American households and some even changed their names to blend in with their new home.  They had waved good-bye to their birthplace to give their children a new life and did everything in their power to help their children assimilate into one culture.  Nothing was handed to them.  No free lunches, no welfare, no labor laws to protect them.  All they had were the skills and craftsmanship they had brought with them to trade for a future of prosperity.

Most of their children came of age when World War II broke out.  My father fought alongside men whose parents had come straight over from Germany, Italy, France and Japan.  None of these 1st generation Americans ever gave any thought about what country their parents had come from.  They were Americans fighting Hitler, Mussolini and the Emperor of Japan.  They were defending the United States of America as one people.  When we liberated France, no one in those villages was looking for the French-American or the German-American or the Irish-American.  The people of France saw only Americans.  And we carried one flag that represented one country.  Not one of those immigrant sons would have thought about picking up another country’s flag and waving it to represent who they were.  It would have been a disgrace to their parents who had sacrificed so much to be here.  These immigrants truly knew what it meant to be an American.  They stirred the melting pot into one red, white and blue bowl!

And here we are with a new kind of immigrant who wants the same rights and privileges.  Only they want to achieve it by playing with a different set of rules, one that includes the entitlement card and a guarantee of being faithful to their mother country.  I’m sorry, that’s not what being an American is all about.  I believe that the immigrants who landed on Ellis Island in the early 1900′s deserve better than that for all the toil, hard work and sacrifice in raising future generations, to create a land that has become a beacon for those legally searching for a better life.  I think they would be appalled that they are being used as an example by those waving foreign country flags.

As for that suggestion about taking down the Statue of Liberty, it happens to mean a lot to the citizens who are voting on the immigration bill.  I wouldn’t start talking about dismantling the United States just yet.

Yours truly,
Rosemary LaBonte

The only thing I can add is thank you, Rosemary.  You’re a great American!

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Is It FOX or Me?

fox-news-the-fiveIs FOX taking a slow, butt-covering turn to the left or is it my imagination?  Most recently, they fired Judge Andrew Napolitano simply for truthfully telling it like it is.  Ironically, a portion of his presentation touched on Americans losing the right of free speech.

Recently, I’ve heard that FOX’s ratings have been falling.  I’d like to see some reliable documentation … but IF certain shows are suffering in the ratings which, overall, are still double the viewership of their two cable competitors combined, it’s because they’re beginning to overexpose more left wing hard liners … and hosts are letting these blithering nutcases get away, unchallenged, with spewing their baseless bumper sticker slogans.

Half the time Ted O’Baxter doesn’t know what he’s talking about, Megyn Kelly has transitioned from a disarming girl next door into a pre-programmed publicity hound, and Sean Hannity is so full of himself that his cup runneth over … and over, and over!  Watching CNN, MSLSD or any of the so-called ‘big three’ broadcast networks is like consulting with the Kremlin, Saul Alinsky or Raoul Castro!  So where does that leave a Conservative, with the only relatively balanced TV outlet fading into the sunset?

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our lives,” as we watch the world catch fire, the country crumble [into an equal level of misery for all] and search for a few honest men who can fix the wiring that is methodically being ripped out one functional circuit after another.

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Chrome A Bit Tarnished

california-chrome1For the horse’s sake, it’s unfortunate that California Chrome didn’t win the Triple Crown … but it appears the owners got exactly what they deserved.  Co-owner Steve Coburn may be the biggest horse’s patute in all of sport; he is definitely the rudest, crudest, nastiest individual I’ve seen on TV, since Bill Mahr.  I wonder if this fellow ever heard of something called sportsmanship, or of winning and losing gracefully.  Most kids learn these these skills by the time they’re out of grade school.

Not only did he air his wounded sense of entitlement publicly and stupidly but demeaned the winner of the Belmont, saying Tonalist’s owners “took the easy way out,” calling them “cowards.”  All eleven Triple Crown winners in history have had to endure the same rigors and scheduling he was blathering about and labeling “unfair” … that’s what makes winning all three ‘jewels’ so special (there goes that ‘fair’ word again).  Sorry mister irate owner but dumbing-down the sport is not the answer.  Maybe getting a better horse or employing a better strategy is.

Tonalist’s owners set out to win The Belmont Stakes — not the Kentucky Derby, not the Preakness, but Belmont — and they did.  I’d simply call that smart!  As for Coburn?  Maybe he doesn’t belong in horse racing.  Maybe all he needs is a new sport … maybe shuffleboard.

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70 Years After

“Hero” is an overworked word that seems so easily applied to everyone from some guy in blue tights and red cape to a millionaire hitting a baseball into the stands on Sunday afternoon.   On this day we commemorate TRUE heroes, as they eternally watch over a small piece of real estate for which they willingly sacrificed everything.

Many died so American rights and liberty could live; many died so European nations might continue speaking with their broad variety of native tongues, free from the shadow of the German jackboot.  Now, only a few remaining survivors still carry vivid memories of that horrific day.  It is to all of these brave souls that we owe our gratitude and the obligation to never forget what they did for us on that beach and in those hedgerows, 70 years ago today!


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What Fair?

bama-share-taxesI’m getting pretty tired of hearing political know-nothings talk about level playing fields and fair shares.  Whatever social, political or economic philosophy you subscribe to, everyone is never going to be equal … not once the sperm hits the egg.  A level playing field is a great place to grow grass and life is, by its very nature, a lawnmower!  You can’t legislate fair, either, any more than you can legislate respect.

A “FAIR” is a place where they have animal competitions, tractor pulls, music, rides and corn dogs … it’s not a word that applies to life.  After decades of work, trying to eliminate that word from my kids’ vocabularies, Obama and his minions come along and trot it out as if fairness somehow applied to reality!  I guess that’s what happens when you’ve never worked or competed for anything.  No, campaigning is not competing.  It’s just a matter of demeaning and destroying the other side.  That’s something different!

The key is to honestly compete and overcome the inequities of nature — to understand that life will sometimes knock you down and know how to pull yourself back up — not kowtow to the impossible dreams of an out-of-touch political few, who preach about “FAIR” but have never even been to one.

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Street or Golf Course?

google-selft-driving-carJust when I thought it was impossible to make a car uglier than the Scion or dopier and more dangerous than a Smart Car, VOILÀ!  Google actually did it!  What we have here is a solution in search of a problem!

The creature has been describe as a combination of a Volkswagen Beetle and a golf cart.  Besides looking ridiculous, there is no brake, no steering wheel, no accelerator … in other words no control, kind of like the government that’s pushing for little roller skates like this.  The vehicle does provide a GPS arrangement that will allow you to enter the coordinates for your destination and a screen with which you can access the Internet.  It’s kind of like placing a panic button in an elevator to distract you from the fact that you are falling … in this case careening helplessly toward other vehicles and past screaming pedestrians, similar to the effect of an amusement park ride.  Bumper Cars and The Runaway Train are two that spring immediately to mind!

I don’t know whether they are trying for economy or [safety?] but hope you don’t have to be anyplace on time, like work or a doctor’s appointment.  With a top speed of about 25MPH, at least you won’t kill anyone if you run over them … but you might get a good laugh!

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Shooter? Really?

SB-VigilThe horrific mass murders in Santa Barbara last Friday were described as follows:  “As authorities reconstructed the events, they would conclude that Rodger had stabbed three victims in his apartment, shot and killed three others at random, and injured 13 more either with gunshots or a car that he used as a battering ram against bicyclists and skateboarders.”  This kid was in therapy since he was eight, wrote a 115 page hate manifesto and detested women, especially blondes, because they were perceptive enough to either reject his advances or ignore him altogether!

His strange behavior was overlooked on at least three separate occasions by police and authorities … including after making a citizen’s arrest of his roommate for allegedly stealing three candles worth about twenty bucks.  Dangerous nutcases like this falling through the proverbial cracks has become nearly pandemic in the past few years.  Yet I keep hearing his killing spree referred to as “The Shootings” and him as “The Shooter” … and how none of this would have happened if he hadn’t been able to purchase the guns.  Hogwash!  This type of  lingo may fit the left’s template for trampling on the 2nd Amendment but it sort of takes a convenient shortcut around the facts!

Funny, I haven’t heard much detail about the knives or car he used against many of his victims, but the media had make, model, caliber … everything except the serial numbers when it came to the firearms.  This guy could have been called a slasher, an overly-aggressive driver or even a crazy person, which would have been the most accurate monniker, although not the most PC term.  Shooter seems to be the crowd pleaser if you’re gunning for the Constitution … but until we start addressing the real problems within our “new normal” society and begin focusing on separating the mentally unstable from the rest of us neurotics, this kind of episode will be making headlines long after Progressive policies have plundered all of our God-given rights.


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A Toxic Fairy Tale

chicken-littleOne day Chicken Little was walking through the woods when, suddenly, an acorn fell on her head.  It scared her so much she trembled all over, shaking so hard, half her feathers fell out.  “Help!  Help!  The sky is falling!  The sky is falling!  I have to go tell the king!” she cried.  So, terrified, off she ran to tell the king.

Along the way she met Henny Penny who asked, “Where are you going, Chicken Little?”
“Oh, help!  The sky is falling!”
“How do you know?”
“I saw it with  my own eyes, heard it with my own ears and part of it fell on my head!”
“This is terrible, just terrible!  We’d better hurry up,” urged Henny Penny!

So they both ran away as fast as they could.  Soon they met Ducky Lucky.  “Where are you going, Chicken Little and Henny Penny?” he inquired.
“The sky is falling!  The sky is falling!  We’re going to tell the king!”
“How do you know?”
“I saw it with my own eyes, heard it with my own ears and part of it fell on my head,” exclaimed Little!
“Oh dear, oh dear!  We’d better run!”

So they all ran down the road as fast as they could.  Soon they met Goosey Loosey walking down the roadside. “Hello there. Where are you all going in such a hurry?”
“We’re running for our lives,” chorused the trio!
“The sky is falling,” shouted Henny Penny!
“And we’re running to tell the king,” added Ducky Lucky!
“How do you know the sky is falling?”
“I saw it with my own eyes, heard it with my own ears and part of it fell on my head!”
“My goodness, Chicken Little!  Then I’d better run with you!” (Read More…)

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Liberal Amount Of Confusion

lib_confusionMuch has been reported lately in the media about gender confusion, which started me thinking about political confusion.  Just like the elbow-biting indecision about which restroom to use, some folks may experience frustration figuring out which voting lever, touch screen or hanging chad best expresses their viewpoint.  For those uncertain few sitting on the fence, I’ve compiled this list as a public service to end the confusion before their picketed perch causes permanent brain damage.  If you’re a Conservative you pretty much stick to set of core principles, a Republican you just want to be liked by everyone … but consider the possibility you might be a liberal:

If you deny that you are a liberal or substitute the word progressive

If you say “both sides do it” when backed into a corner

If you change the subject when backed into a corner

If you create your own ‘facts’ or figures when backed into a corner

If you believe that spending more money will somehow help the economy

If you believe that profits are evil

If you believe in measuring effort or intent rather than results

If you believe that all our problems are caused by rich people

If you think there is such thing as a level playing field … and government can create it

If you believe in equal results instead of equal opportunity

If you believe big government is the answer to everything

If you believe man is somehow screwing up Earth’s natural warming and cooling cycle

If you believed you could sign up for “free” health care on October 1, 2013,

If you believed Obamacare would allow you to keep your doctor & insurance plan

  (Read More…)

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Initially Speaking

Bele_and_LokaiIf I were a visitor to Earth from a distant planet I would probably need a magic decoder ring to know what anyone was talking about, not because I don’t know the language but because I don’t understand all the initials!  References to “the N-word” are spread over the news media as thickly as “the F-word” is plastered across printed pages … “the T-word” has become a symbol of malenss along with trusty old “Ed”, whoever he is!  Maybe he’s the guy sitting in the second bathtub who goes to “See Alice.”  I guess I’m just not ‘PC’d” enough.

By now the left has pretty much neutralized the impact of calling those who disagree with them “racist”, so the term “N-word” is beginning to get a more vigorous workout than ever.  Personally, I don’t see the difference between saying the actual word or just using the ‘correct’ letter.  If everyone knows what you mean — and they do — is it any more subtle?  Is it any less hurtful?  If you’re not going to say exactly what you mean, maybe it’s best not to say anything at all!

The funny thing is, when I was a kid if you called someone black they’d punch you in the pie hole.  It was considered an insult.  The ‘correct’ word was Negro … and most people of color (various shades of black, brown and beige) thought of themselves as Colored.  Me? I’m a person of color.  The Michelin Man and the Pillsbury Dough Boy are white.  I’m PINK.

The bottom line is (I’m a bottom line guy) that all of us had better develop a little thicker skin and stop worrying about what some street-corner activist says is the proper hue du jour!  Either that, or all Americans had better prepare to remain indefinitely divided … to be political pawns and ideological playthings for the self-appointed power seekers, that have put down their protest signs and dressed up in suits in a desperate attempt to look respectable!‬

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