Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Attention citizens of North Carolina!

You're about to get screwed again. This time, you're going to help finance college educations for illegal aliens--at least if some of our legislators get their way.

From the Raleigh News and Observer: Noncitizens could get tuition deal: House bill would grant in-state rate to some illegal immigrants, but there are a few catches

Well, I don't care about the "catches", the whole idea stinks.

Some interesting quotes include:

Proponents say the bill, introduced Tuesday in the N.C. House, is a crucial piece of the state's economic development strategy.

You need an "economic development strategy" to turn us into a Third-World country? Shipping our textile and furniture jobs overseas isn't enough?

At a news conference Tuesday morning at the legislative building, two Democratic and two Republican House sponsors spoke in favor of the measure.

We now have yet more proof that there is precious little difference between the Republicrats and the DemocansRepublicans and the Democrats. Like we needed it.

Oh yeah, and the bill has 31 co-sponsors, also a mixture of parties.

North Carolina would not be the first state to offer a tuition benefit to illegal immigrants. Similar laws have been enacted in nine states in the past three years, according to the bill's sponsors. Legislatures in more than a dozen other states are expected to consider such bills this year.

As my parents said to me on numerous occasions, "If Johnny jumped off a bridge, does that mean you should too?"

This state is looking at a projected $1.75 billion budget deficit, and we want to start a give-away program for illegal aliens. Lovely.

And while none of the legislators aren't identified by name in the N&O article, the Charlotte Observer has a list:
And, courtesy of your tax dollars, here's the bill's homepage on the NC Legislature's web site. Thoughtfully included is a list of the 31-co-sponsors. Thank God none of them are mine, although a lot are from neighboring areas.

And those of you in the aforementioned politicians' districts, you might want to think about this at election time. The links above will take you right to their NCLeg homepage, which conveniently has all of their contact information, just in case you want to get in touch personally and let them know what you think.

I'll be writing to my legislators urging them to block this ill-considered piece of nonsense.

Cheery thought for the day

(From The Federalist Patriot)

The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation.

Vladimir Lenin

Sound familiar?

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

I need to start reading Vox more...

However, there's a problem with doing so. When you start reading Vox Popoli regularly, you start spending an inordinate amount of time researching some of the things he talks about. The guy is really well read.

Here's one where he saves you the trouble of doing your own research. If anyone ever calls you a fascist, you'll be prepared to rebut them or say "Thank you" as appropriate. Most interesting.

Words of wisdom

Vox Popoli has some excellent advice for those with a marriage in trouble. And for those of you who want to say it isn't true, that's it's a lie or an exaggeration, I can point you to an acquaintance who has went through the exact same process with the exact same results. Gentlemen, you have been warned--watch for the warning signs and act appropriately.

Monday, April 11, 2005

We're catching up

Going to do some catch-up blogging. Keep reading.

Spring has officially sprung

You know it's officially Spring at The Freehold when we have the "Ritual Untarping of the Camper".

For a change, it was accomplished with no wind (Hey, you try to wrestle a 20x40 tarp standing 10 feet in the air in a stiff breeze!) and no swearing (due to the lack of the aforementioned stiff breeze).

No we get to clean it up, do a bit of maintenance (trust me, owning a boat is less work), and we're going to tow it up to our campground and do the condo-camping thing. I'd rather be towing it from place to place, but with gas prices being what they are, I don't see that happening much this summer.

Oh well. Two pools, a hot tub, 2 clubhouses, 340 acres with plenty of trails, 2 fishing lakes and a river and 30 minutes from the range--we'll just have to rough it.

I love this kind of post

Me bud Rob, at The Blog and Nothing But the Blog, has an excellent reminisce about his grandfather and air travel in "the good old days".

Post like this just make my day.

Now this is a welcome development

Along the lines of "An armed society is a polite society", Florida has recently enacted a "stand your ground" self defense law. No longer are you required by law to try and retreat before defending yourself against those with ill intent. You may now simply plug the ner-do-well if you feel your life is in immediate jeopardy.

"This is about meeting force with force," said House sponsor Republican state Rep. Dennis Baxley of Ocala. "If I'm attacked, I should not have to retreat."

Amen, brother.

Of course, the leftist tools, otherwise known as DemocrapsDemocrats, are in Full Whine Mode:

"For a House that talks about the culture of life it's ironic that we would be devaluing life in this bill," said Democratic state Rep. Dan Gelber of Miami Beach. "That's exactly what we're doing."

No Dan, what you're doing is telling the law abiding citizens of Florida that their lives and continued well-being is more important than the lives and continued well-being of those who would prey on them.

Critics say the measure could lead to racially motivated killings and promote deadly escalations of arguments.

It's not about race, it's about protecting yourself from the bad guys. Despite what you Liberal Loonies think, the entire world doesn't see through race-colored glasses.

"All this bill will do is sell more guns and possibly turn Florida into the OK Corral," said Democratic state Rep. Irv Slosberg of Boca Raton

Sorry, Irv, but selling more guns (especially if they're made by American manufacturers), is a Universal Good Thing. We're keeping the gun store operators (usually small independent businessmen, BTW) in business, the manufacturers manufacturing, the ammo manufacturers manufacturing, all the raw material suppliers supplying, and the shooting range owners (also small independent businessmen) busy. It's a big win for the economy, as I see it.

And Florida isn't in any danger of turning into a corral, OK or otherwise. Too many horse's asses, not enough horses.

The Man Room Lives!

The saga of the Man Room (parts 1 and 2) was completed over the weekend. Well, close enough, anyway. The furniture is set back up, my computer is set back up, my stereo is set back up, and my son's TV is set back up. Now he doesn't have to endure Cartoon Network withdrawal any longer. Poor kid.

I still have the bookcases to move, but it's supposed to be rainy and nasty, so any outside work is on hold, likely for most of this week. So instead, we'll move the bookcases, cleaning as we go. Hopefully, I'll find a few volumes that can be donated to the local library. That makes room for some new volumes.

I also have the "art" to hang. As a mounted deer head (complete with party hat) has been ruled out rather emphatically by Mrs. Freeholder, I suppose I'll have to put the old stuff back up. I did win the argument about my duck decoys and some ducky artifacts I want to mount on the wall.