Expounding a bit on immigration

President Obama can not legally give anyone legal status in the United States.  That has to come by way of Congressional action.  Those of you who believe that whole amnesty thing need to go and read up on immigration law a bit.

The President, by being the head of the Executive Branch, is the point person for the enforcement of law.  What his executive actions can do is direct how a particular law or set of laws is enforced.  He cannot change law either.  So, don’t believe that crap.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, did not legalize any children brought here to the US.  It did not give them a legal pathway to citizenship nor did alter their current legal status.  It only gave them a temporary reprieve for being subject to orders of removal.  They are still subject to grounds of inadmissibility, and they can be removed if the situation warrants removal.

What we need is a Congress that has the balls to be honest with America.  We need a media that has the balls to be honest with America.  We need an America that has the balls to be honest with America.

Obama cannot grant amnesty, and I doubt he intends to do so.  His actions can only direct enforcement of immigration law.  Congress has the power to grant amnesty, and I doubt they will do so.  They can, however, do what’s necessary to settle our immigration issues.  Instead, they’re too damn busy trying to score political points by stirring up the base, pushing ideological lies that do nothing but make people angry.

Obama, for his part, is playing political games as well.  He’s asked Congress numerous times to work on immigration, and they have chosen not to.  By pushing EOs, he’s basically goading them into doing something.  Whether it turns out to be meaningful or strictly political is up to Congress.

Get your earplugs ready

The White House has announced that Obama will announce his Executive Order on immigration tomorrow with a rally to follow on Friday in Las Vegas.

From the Washington Post:

President Obama said in a video that he will lay out his proposal to overhaul the nation’s immigration system Thursday and will travel to Las Vegas on the heels of that announcement to rally support for his initiative on Friday.

“Tomorrow night I’m going to be announcing here from the White House some steps I can take to start fixing our broken immigration system,” Obama said in a video posted on Facebook Wednesday afternoon.

“Everybody agrees that our immigration system is broken. Unfortunately Washington has allowed the problem to fester for too long,” Obama said. “So what’ I’m going to be laying out is the things I can do with my lawful authority as president to make the system work better even as I continue to work with Congress and encourage them to get a bipartisan, comprehensive bill that can solve the entire problem.

If you hear what sounds like two stray cats f**king inside a jet engine that’s scraping fingernails on a blackboard, then that is likely people who are opposed to his EO voicing their opposition.

Personally, I’d much rather see Congress deal with this crap as that is what we pay them to do.  However, the realist inside knows that I have a better chance of seeing lake effect snow cover the island of Puerto Rico than seeing Congress actually do their job in a productive manner.

 

The pipeline that Congress needs to support

Keystone XL didn’t survive a vote in the Senate, and that’s a good thing from my perspective.  I don’t like being lied to, and the supporters of this pipeline have embellished the benefits of this pipeline so much that I think some people honestly think that this pipeline will lower gas prices in the US.  In reality, the only benefit of this pipeline is that Canadian oil will be able to be sold on the world market, which would have doubled the price that it was being sold for at one point.  I’m not sure if the same would hold now because of the overall decline in oil prices.

If there was a need for a public infrastructure pipeline that would benefit America, I would offer this as a suggestion.  Instead of a single pipeline, why not build a series of pipelines to move water/snow from areas overwhelmed with it to areas that need it.  For example, Buffalo just got hit by a major snowstorm that will dump up to 6 feet of snow in some areas.  Wouldn’t it benefit California and Buffalo right now if that water could be moved from one area to the other?  Buffalo could keep their streets clear and California could get some much-needed water.

Such an endeavor wouldn’t be cheap, but the long-term benefit would be great.  We know that Grand Forks, ND and other areas are going to get flooded by the Mississippi River next spring when the snow melts.  Why something like this hasn’t already been proposed or suggested is beyond me.  These events happen every year with predictable results.  We know that the Upstate New York area is going to get hammered by lake effect snow.  We know that the Mississippi River is going to jump its banks when the snow melts in the spring.  Even if we didn’t pipe the water to specific areas, we could use a series of pipelines to shift water from one river to another to alleviate flood conditions or other things.

We don’t need Keystone XL or the 20-30 permanent jobs that Americans would compete for.  TransCanada does need Keystone XL to boost their profits.  Why should Americans risk our natural resources for something we don’t directly benefit from?  If there was a direct benefit for America, I could see a reason to approve this pipeline.  When the reasons Americans should prove it are lies, I say that we should focus our infrastructure ideas to things that will directly benefit Americans.

Video of Darren Wilson surfaces

All the boarding up isn’t going to stop what I think is about to happen.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has released videos showing Officer Darren Wilson leaving the police station to go to the hospital and returning after being checked out.  By their report, he left for the hospital two hours after the shooting and returned back to the police station about two and a half hours later.

I’m posting the videos so you can see for yourself, but I don’t see anything that appears to show that Wilson was badly injured as some have claimed.  The video is not the best quality, but there are no indications to show that he’s seriously hurt.  There’s no look of being in pain in his facial expressions.  I don’t see any visible bandages that would be used to treat cuts.  There’s no ice pack being used to control bruising or swelling either.

With the impending release of the grand jury decision, I think the die has already been cast, and the immediate outlook for Ferguson is not good at all.  I’m hoping that people don’t allow their emotions to get the best of them and resort to violence, but I will not be surprised if Ferguson doesn’t look like Atlanta after Sherman and his guys marched through.

We’re taught that the justice system is blind and we should trust the authorities to be honest and fair.  The longer this drags on, the more that the opposite appears to be going on here.  There has been a concerted effort to portray Wilson as the hero cop who was confronted by the criminal thug.  The only “reliable” eyewitness testimony that we have is Wilson’s himself.  Brown can’t testify on his behalf.

There have been videos that show Brown to be a thug, and they’ve been explained that way.  Talking with someone from the area, I found that a different story is being told by those in the community.  I was told that Brown paid for cigars in that store on that fateful day.  When he reached behind the counter, he put back some cigars and and got some different ones..  It sounds like a stretch, but without audio to hear exactly what was said, we don’t know.  If you look, the entire unedited video of the store confrontation has never been shown.

The reason I say this is because I was sharing what I thought could have been an alternative scenario that took place in that store.  There were no charges pressed in any shoplifting or strongarm robbery incident.  I haven’t seen any report for a shoplifting or robbery either.  The only mention of that is in the report involving the shooting.  If there was really a crime committed, there should be a separate report for that incident whether the store owner pressed charges or not.  If that report existed, I’m sure that it would have been released with the video to show proof of a crime.

In my view, there’s just too many “what if’s” and unanswered questions to think that everything has been done fairly and above board.  In an instance like this, the officer is always going to get the benefit of the doubt.  When the trust of the authorities isn’t there, that benefit looks shady.  As a result of the appearance of a cover-up being done here, the lack of trust is going to end in a fit of violence.  I honestly hope that I am wrong about this though.

Thanks Nathan Deal…

From WSB-TV2 Atlanta:

ATLANTA, Ga. —

A gun rights group is suing the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. According to GeorgiaCarry.org, one of its members was asked to leave the gardens because he was wearing a licensed handgun.

The guns rights group and Phillip Evans of  Gwinnett County filed the lawsuit.

Evans would not speak about the suit, but Georgia Carry spokesperson Jerry Henry said Evans was told to leave the gardens for wearing a handgun.

“It’s an infringement of the Second Amendment for them not to allow us to protect ourselves on that property,” said Georgia Carry spokesperson Jerry Henry.

Since July 1, Georgia law allows residents with permits to carry guns into some public places. Georgia Carry said that includes the Botanical Gardens.

“The fact that some criminal may come in here and want to shoot up the place is a danger to everybody and I don’t want to be disarmed if that happens,” said Henry.

I knew it would only be a matter of time before these lawsuits would begin.  It’s likely going to be the same scenario each time.  Some guy walks into some kind of establishment with a gun on his hip, he gets asked to leave because of the gun on his hip, and then he gets offended that his “2nd Amendment Rights” are being infringed upon.

Nobody’s infringing on your rights.  Nobody’s telling you that you can’t carry a gun.  Go carry the gun somewhere else if people don’t want you around, or better yet, carry concealed and nobody knows anything unless you tell them.  Not everyone is afraid of that “some criminal” that always seem to be lurking in these scenarios.

If you’re so skiddish that you have to carry a gun to look at flowers and model trains, then you have a much bigger issue than having your 2nd Amendment Rights infringed.

I know I’ll likely see a few people from Georgia Carry read this, and I don’t really care.  I’m a gun owner, and I am legally authorized to carry as well.  I’m simply not scared of every single shadow that crosses my path.

I don’t feel the need to have a gun on me 24/7.  I also respect those around me enough that I carry concealed to avoid any issues or controversy.  I can also guarantee that my concealed weapon is just as easily accessible for that “some criminal” as someone carrying on their hip.  I’d also wager that the open carry person would likely be the first one shot in a violent confrontation because of the fact that everyone would know that he has a gun.

I don’t understand the whole need for open carry anyway.  All that does is mark you as the first victim when the sh*t hits the fan.  I’ve always been a fan of concealed carry because the unknown is so much more unpredictable.  I have an assortment of holsters and gear, so I can carry in almost any situation with any outfit of my choosing.  If I don’t want you to know that I have a gun on me, you’ll never know without physically patting me down.

Based on how the law is written, they’re likely going to win that lawsuit.  It’s just another reminder to me of how some people have to make themselves become the center of attention.  Seeing a guy grocery shopping in Kroger with a gun on his hip is like looking at Kim Kardashian (damn, there’s that name again…) showing her ass on a magazine cover.  Some people look and say Yesssss!!!!  Others say cover that damn thing up.  What is there to define which group is right?