Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Tuesday April 27th 2010
Well,today's post is going to begin with some commentary on the national news and then i will try to get to some family news as well.The first thing i would like to discuss is the immigration law that was put into affect in Arizona.It requires Police to request papers from anyone who is suspected of being an illegal alien.This is not only an unamerican law,i hope it is struck down as unconstitutional.The State government of Arizona is reacting to some very conservative activists who are unhappy with the 500,000 apparent illegal mexican immigrants who are in their State.I am personally disgusted with State and Federal authorities who go after these mexican immigrants with such fervor,but leave the GIANT corporations alone who hire these immigrants so they can abuse them as they have no protection from anyone in the workplace.From giant global food conglomerates to other large corporate businesses who hire these folks so they can avoid worrying about State and Federal labor law,workers compensation and other issues like mandatory overtime without time and a half pay,our Government is giving these companies a pass and are going after the workers themselves.As these companies continue to break federal and state labor laws by hiring illegal immigrants,the Federal Government has decieded to agressively go after the workers and leave the businesses alone.This is more than a travesty of justice,it is an absolute tragedy in my opinion.For our Government to send armed ice enforcers to arrest and deport workers from their beds in small trailer parks and low income housing,while at the same time allowing these global corporate titans to continue illegal hiring practices without any fear of Government crackdown is unamerican and disgusting.These companies have legions of attorneys and huge Washington lobbying firms pressuring Federal Representatives to ignore these practices and go after the illegals instead.These companies need to be boycotted by all americans,republican or democrat alike,because they are a MAJOR reason we have the problems we do related to illegal mexican immigrants coming over the border to look for work.As long as these companies continue to be allowed to hire illegals,break State and Federal labor and workers compensation law,the people from other countries who sneak into the U.S. seeking a better life for themselves and their families will continue.Until both sides of the political spectrum realise that we are all on the same side and rise up against this rediculous contradiction in federal enforcement against poor immigrants who just want a better life,it matters little what we are bickering about because the problem will continue.I think these companies need a wake up call by the federal enforcement of their unfair and illegal practices of hiring illegal workers so they will start to address the problem we face as a nation.As long as the feds continue to try to look like they are doing something by arresting these folks who are NOT criminals,these giant global conglomerates will continue to abuse the labor pool of illegals.They will use whatever tools they are given to furthur their profit margins while keeping labor costs low.This seems to be so widespread in our nation that if they really deceided to crack down on these corporate criminals it would have a tremendous negative affect on an already weak economy.Even during one of the worst economic downturns in history it is our obligation as a nation to be a leader in the enforcement of safe and honest labor practices by giant rich and powerful global corporations.If they deceide to move out of the U.S. because of this so be it in my humble opinion.I would rather watch these jobs go overseas than continuing to allow these companies to get away with these horrible human rights violations.The United States is supposed to be a world leader in regards to workplace safety,yet the truth behind the numbers shows exactly the opposite,that we allow rich and powerful companies to abuse the labor pool of illegal immigrants in the name of capitalism.As a father and a citizen of this great nation i must admit a level of disgust with our current political environment,and cannot just sit by and watch as the Politicians continue to pander to these global corporate powerhouses,accepting massive campaign donations while at the same time pretending to be an honest broker of the public good.As the record shows,many of these very politicians whom it just so happens used to work for these same companies as executives,now get to make decisions that will directy affect their former employers profit margins.This was held in stark relief as a supreme court justice who used to work for the same company as an executive,authored the majority opinion that allowed his former employer a pass on labeling food that has genetically modified ingredients.This decision directly affected the food we feed ourselves and our children,yet the court decided it was the companies profits that were more important than the public good.This is happening on a daily basis in our courts,the fact that whomever can pile enough money on lady justices scale wins.Many of these companies will continue the unfair and illegal labor practices regardless of the State and federal laws currently on the books to prohibit it,because they know if they continue to contribute huge amounts of cash to lobbying and campaign coffers they will be allowed to continue breaking the law without any fear.The People who run our Government would much rather use Federal Law enforcement against the poor immigrants than against Giant Global Corporations whom contribute literally millions of dollars to get them re-elected.This rediculous contradiction will continue no matter what industry it happens to be,unless we the people can put up enough of a non-violent protest that they actually feel like their re-election would be in jepordy if they do not act.Many of the Federal elected officials from both parties would love for this subject to be put off,as this is an election year and they do not want a backlash from the growing voting block of hispanic legal citizens.This is as toxic as the political environment has ever been,and another stone on the load just may cause the whole wagon to topple over.As we as citizens have seen in the past,the political winds can shift faster than anyone can predict and can sweep one party or the other into or out of power.This new Arizona law will hopefully,in my opinion,force the immigration issue front and center at exactly the wrong time for both parties.Because Immigration reform legislation is an issue that affects so many States,I foresee a great storm of press releases from Federal Representatives regarding this issue.As our President looks into his options to block enforcement of this new Arizona law,we will see Mexican border state officials continue to push Washington aggressively toward Federal enforcement of the laws already on the books against the large group of illigal immigrants across this great nation.The number of illigal immigrants in the United States is estimated to be around 14 million,and any realistic legislation would have to include some sort of amnesty program for these folks already here.This is another reason that both sides can continue to avoid any truthful discussion,because the far right of will absolutely fight any type of path to citizenship,with conservative media talk shows fanning the flames of intollerance using very insindeary language to get the strongest negative backlash as they can possibly can prevoke.The far left on the other hand will use the exact same tactics to attack conservative ideals in the name of freedom and democracy,and we will end up at the same place we always end up in these contensious issues,nowhere.Alot of finger pointing and name calling but absolutely no progress on the issue.Do i have a solution to suggest?Of course i do,but i will abstain from bringing in my opinion on how to solve this as i am in no position to make a difference either way.I am nobody with an opinion,and we can be found anywhere you look.What i do know for sure is that this new law in Arizona is absolutely unconstitutional and will eventually be struck down as such.In the meantime it will distract us even more from the issues that are vital to our survival as a free and democratic nation,our involvement in an unjust and illegal war in two nations.This "war on terror"as it is known,is the longest war in American history.When television commentators say these are two different wars,they are just plain lying through their teeth.It is one global offensive that our Government has engaged us in because of the attacks we suffered as a nation on September 11th,2001.I would like to mention that i believe going after terrorists is a noble goal,but to undermine the very freedoms they are supposed to protect in the name of fighting an enemy that has no uniform or governmment is not only unlawful and unjust,but absolutely Unamerican.I totally support our Military men and woman,but i am completely and totally against this war we are currently engaged in.I would also like to mention the fact that our government has decieded to allow very unconstitutional practices of warrentless wiretapping of american citizens,and also very sweeping searches of our homes and businesses in the name of this "war"which by the way has no foreseeable end.I personally would like to say that if i were to ever be killed in a terrorist attack,do not use my death as an excuse to remove freedoms that all prior wars have been fought to protect.This "war" is going to go on and on until we the people force our government to stop it and bring our brave troops home and to abandon the unfair unamerican unconstitutional practices that were put into place following those awful days after 9/11.The new law in Arizona is just another over reach by Government officials whom see an opening to gain more power over their constituancy.To pander to the groups who are against illegal immigration has always been an election year stategy in border States with a large anti immigration populations like Arizona,and will continue to be until we as a nation can address seriously the problem of needing the immigrants to preform many jobs that ordinary americans will just not do.
The family news is mostly normal boring family news relating to school,work,ect.and i will try not to blab on and on about mundane topics so as to keep readers attention.Our son Matthew had his 8th birthday on the 21st of April,and we had some cupcakes and juice along with a few small gifts of beanie babies and books,and writing material such as a journal with space to draw at the top of each page.Matthew,as i have mentioned in prior posts,is in the autism spectrum and has a few issues that hamper his social abilities.To try to help with these and other issues we continue to support any interests he has,including his need to read and write to express feelings otherwise stiffled by his autism.His beanie baby collection continues to grow and his love for them grows as well,as they are very real friends to him.I must say to all the folks who have helped him amass this collection that every single one is loved and cared for and will continue to be .Our other son Jeromy continues to struggle with school,and i continue to advocate for him related to his abilities and the help he needs to address these deficiencies.I am going to continue to push the system to get him the help he needs and deserves to help him move forward with his education.My wife continues to be the breadwinner in our family,and we are doing our best to get another car for her to drive to work. The lease on our current car expires on the 9th of May and we are hopeful we will qualify to get another new car,but with the credit markets so tight we are not so sure it will happen.I personally would be very happy if we do as i believe my wife deserves to drive something she is proud of,and something that has a proven safety record to keep the children safe when they are riding in it.The one we picked out may not be the one we end up with in this tight credit market,so i will refrain from mentioning the make or model until we are actually parking it in our driveway.As far as me and my personal health related issues,i continue to battle the backpain with the tools i am provided.While they do a fairly good job of masking the underlying problems,the real problem continues to remain untouched.So more surgery is what they suggest to get at the underlying problem of the failed fusion and the collapsed disc above it. I have family members who are very adamantly against me having such an extensive elective surgery.As time goes on and my pain gets worse,the dibilitating nature of chronic pain may end up forcing me to accept the risks and go for the surgery to try and regain some sort of quality to my life.The pics today are two veiws of camp,one of the kids in the water in front and the other is of sunset looking off the bow of the family fishing boat.Anyways i will end here for now,until next time,thank you for reading. spacewalker