Beyond Belief…

19 Jan

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2015, photo. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley speaks at the National Press Club in Washington. Americans should resist "the

I usually like to watch the Republican rebuttal to the State of the Union Address but this year I missed it, so I have had to read about it. Once again I am completely stumped as to where the Republicans find their rebuttal-ists… and what planet they find them on.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley gave this year’s Republican rebuttal and in it for some reason, she decided to make references to Donald trump and his proposed policy to ban all Muslims from entering the United States. Coming from a family of immigrants herself (who hasn’t?) she said:  “No one who is willing to work hard, abide by our laws, and love our traditions should ever feel unwelcome in this country.”

That makes sense. But then the next day, when asked to elaborate on her comment by reporters, she concluded:

“After all, when you’ve got immigrants who are coming here legally, we’ve never in the history of this country passed any laws or done anything based on race or religion. Let’s not start that now.”

Good grief! I’m wordless… Can anyone please tell me…Do Republicans go to school? Ever?

 

 

 

 

Anchor President?

17 Jan

Here’s an interesting possibility. Senator Marco Rubio, from Florida, is running for the Republican nomination for President of the United States. He was born in Miami, Florida in 1971 so he is an American citizen. However, his parents were not citizens of the United States at the time of his birth and didn’t become citizens until 1975.

So for all intents and purposes, Marco Rubio can be considered an “anchor baby” which is a term used to refer to a child born to a non-citizen mother in a country which has birthright citizenship, which many folks (namely Republicans) view as providing an advantage to family members seeking to secure citizenship or legal residency.

In fact Republicans in Congress have supported bills that would deport immigrants and their anchor babies regardless of the fact that anchor babies are legal citizens under U.S. law.

Now imagine that Senator Rubio wins the Republican nomination and then the presidential election and becomes the next President of the United States. Then imagine that Congress passes a law deporting non-citizens and their natural born American babies. President Rubio could be the first president ever to be deported by Congress!

Pretty silly huh? And ridiculously unlikely…but this is why one doesn’t entertain proposals that fly in the face of morality and U.S. constitutional laws. Why or how would it be fair or just to deport U.S. citizens today under different rules while still allowing the U.S. citizens of yesterday, who became citizens under the same conditions and rules that have helped them to obtain citizenship and even rise to the Presidency of the United States, to remain here as U.S. citizens?

Maybe we should just deport everyone? America has always been a nation of immigrants. And we former immigrants need to stop listening to all of the complaining and useless rhetoric and just get used to it.

Debtor’s Prison

14 Jan

This just in! Total student loan debt in the US has reached 1. 3 TRILLION dollars…and that starts with T, which rhymes with P and that stands for Payments you’ll never finish Paying.

Because according to the Associated Press Americans who are between the ages of 35 to 50 still owe as much money on their student loan debt as new graduates do! Thanks to interest… and not the kind that the bank pays you but rather the kind that you pay to the bank when the bank loans you money from the pile of depositors money that they are not paying interest on to depositors… a college loan is the gift that you keep on paying for!

There is even a website that you can go to now to watch the U.S. student debt rise as it happens in real time… at a rate of $2,726.27 per second!

But Huzzah! The Federal government is stepping in with a plan to cap student borrowers monthly loan payments at 10% of their discretionary income. And since discretionary income is the money you have left after deducting taxes, other mandatory charges, and expenditure on necessary items. (loan payments are now even surpassing groceries as the biggest monthly expense for many households) Which begs the question: Are groceries necessary?

So in any event…you should be repaying that loan…forever! Or at least until you check into that nursing home, at which time the Nursing home and your Alma Mater will have to duke it out to see whose debt trumps whose. Or is that whom? Which rhymes with tomb…

College debt is becoming a veritable debtor’s prison, where you get to stay at home, but only if you can afford one, that is.

So parents, when your kids grow up and start to inquire about college you might want to trot out a new twist on an old phrase…”Ignorance is cheap. ‘Tis folly to be wise!”

 

 

 

 

Some Sobering Facts

13 Jan

Here’s something new that I just learned. In Iran the drinking of alcohol is prohibited. As a result Iranians drink an average of 60 million liters of alcohol every year. That’s 16 million gallons of booze to us here in the States.

Which is roughly the amount that Wisconsin drinks in a year…not the state but the people in it…and we have 49 other states, many of which I do believe are thirstier than Wisconsin! So I wonder, is it freedom or religion (or lack thereof?) that makes us such booze hounds?

Also, did you know that as far as internet speeds go (and we do love our internet here in the U.S.) the United States is 16th in internet speed! Latvia is 9th! Latvia??? And it costs us Americans about 50 dollars per month to use our 16th fastest internet. So you can just imagine how much it must cost in Latvia!

Okay, stop imagining. It costs 12 bucks over there. South Korea is first in internet speed at almost twice our speed…and you guessed it…at less than half the cost. And why is that?

Probably because we drink so much… I guess?

Cubanadian?

12 Jan

Is the hopeful Republican presidential nominee, Ted Cruz, an American citizen or a Cubanadian? Ted’s father is Cuban and Ted was born in Canada so Donald Trump (who else) thinks that he may not be an American at all. Now even the U.S. Senate is confused because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has recently said that he thinks the Senate “shouldn’t get in the middle of it.”

Get in the middle of what? For goodness sake, U.S. law is pretty clear on this. If your mother is an American citizen then guess what? You are too! And it does not matter where you were born…or your father.

But when you are the party of “making stuff up” and not a party of “facts” then this is what happens: Anyone can believe or say anything because “facts” are simply opinions that a lot of people agree on for no apparent reason.

Republicans are still on the fence about whether or not the President of the United States is an American simply because they really don’t want him to be…and President Obama was actually born in the United States! Whereas Ted Cruz was not! Even though they both have mothers who are American citizens, when you are in the party of “making stuff up” then you have a dilemma because, well you know, facts and laws don’t mean anything.

Actually, when you think about it, Ted Cruz is exactly as much Cuban as he is American. (father Cuban, Mother American) Just as President Obama is exactly as much white as he is black. (father black, mother white)

So perhaps Republicans (and others, to be fair)  should just keep on doing what they always do, judging  everyone by what he or she looks like. So what do you think? Does Ted Cruz look like a Cuban to you?

 

And the Count Continues…

1 Jan

Happy New Year everyone and thank you for visiting my blog once again this year. There are 525,600 minutes in a year and in 2012, I crossed the 30 million mark in minutes spent on Earth

…So that means that as of midnight of the 31st of December this year I will arrive at 31,874,400…but again, who’s counting? Still almost 32 million minutes alive!? Is that an accomplishment or just something that breathing and waking up every day took care of for me? And why does it seem to have flown by so quickly…and keep accelerating all the time? Life in the fourth dimension took forever to move through when I was a child…but now it seems like I’m on the fast track to old age!

Anyway, thanks for slowing yourself down every once in a while and taking the time to visit and read and please keep reading if you will, unless you can thing of a better way to spend your minutes.

In any case, do your best to Spend your time wisely …it may be a crazy and unpredictable world but it still is the only world in town.

I’ll be stepping over the 32 million minute threshold sometime this year and I will try to enjoy every minute of it!

Do your best to enjoy each and every one of your minutes too.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Child’s Play

29 Dec

So this is what is turning out to be a typical day in the United States of America in the year of our lord 2016.

In this land of over 300 million guns, a 12 year old child picks one up (or a reasonable facsimile thereof) and starts to play with it.

A concerned onlooker calls 911 to report his concern about what looks like one of our 300 million citizens waving one of our 300 million guns about and pointing it at other people.

Soon the cops arrive and within 2 seconds gun down the gun pointing child, in this land of 300 million guns, because…

they are fearful for their lives.

And to a Grand Jury, in this land of 300 million guns, in the United States of America, in the year of our lord 2016…

That sounds quite reasonable.

If the police are afraid of an armed citizenry, and our courts all agree with them…then what chance do the rest of us have?

Many American citizens and most of our political leaders believe that, according to the infinite wisdom of our founding fathers, the only answer is…

In the land of 300 million guns…we need at least 300 million and…1 ?

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