Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Tuition Break for Illegals In Massachusetts

Massachusetts has the most lopsided state government in the United States. Of the 160 members of the House of Representatives, only 22 are Republicans. That means more than 85% of state representatives are Democrats, and the vast majority of those are liberal Democrats.

When you have such a one-sided legislature, the citizens have to put up with an incredible amount of nonsense,

60% of Voters Approve Income Tax Rollback, Legislature Says No, Then Raises
Taxes By $1.2 Billion & Spending By $600 Million

67% Of Voters Approve Charitable Deduction Ballot Initiative, Legislature Says No

By 2 to 1 Margin Voters Approve Clean Elections Initiative, Legislature Says No
The latest example from Beacon Hill is this,

House of Representatives Proposes Tuition Tax Breaks for ILLEGAL immigrants,

The proposal to allow children of illegal immigrants who have lived in the
state for three years and graduated from high school here to receive
taxpayer-subsidized tuition breaks was vetoed last year by Gov. Mitt
. That the measure wasn't even brought up for an override vote is a
pretty good indication lawmakers understood its controversial nature. It's no
less controversial now, providing plenty of reason to subject the plan to more
legislative scrutiny than the budget debate allows.

Such scrutiny, we believe, will conclude that spending limited state
resources to reward lawbreaking is wrong. But if legislators believe overwise,
they should be willing to say so in a stand alone up or down vote.

Friday, April 15, 2005

Put the illegal back in illegal immigration

Wife of injured officer hears the news
UPDATE: First the bad news...This story is more infuriating than first thought,

Lopes was detained April 4 by the U.S. Office of Immigration and Naturalization after sneaking over the border in Texas with her father, prosecutor Cesar Archilla said. She was released, but ordered back for a hearing.

and now the good news,

A Salem patrolman decorated for bravery last year is expected to make a full recovery after being struck by a car driven by a 17-year-old illegal immigrant from Brazil who didn't have a license, authorities said.

The Salem native, who is married with four children and is a 17-year police veteran, was flown to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center with head injuries and originally listed in critical condition. By yesterday, his condition was upgraded, a breathing tube was extracted and some of the first words out of his mouth were ``Am I going to make my cruise?''

He was scheduled for a week's vacation beginning Sunday, Salem police Capt. John Jodoin said.

Original Post

Everbody agrees that we are a country of immigrants, give us your poor, your so on and so forth.

Immigrants are welcome in this country, if they go through the legal process. It is Illegal immigration that has to be stopped. Illegal immigrants who commit crimes in this country should be punished and sent home.

We need to make it clear that unless you do it legally, you will be treated like, well, a criminal.

Let's start with 17 year old Leila Lopes, an illegal who enetered the US 10 days ago from Mexico.

How is her pursuit of the American dream going? Well, within ten days of arriving in the US, she made it from the great southwest to the northeast part of Massachusetts. She got access to a car, even though she had little experience driving one, and she mowed down a police officer working a traffic detail at 10:30pm. The officer is in a Boston hospital fighting for his life, fighting desperately to stay alive so he can see his wife and kids again. His pursuit of the American dream required lots of overtime to provide for his family and it may cost him his life. It may cost his children their father and it may make his wife a widow.

Police officer hospitalized after being hit by car

The driver, Leila Lopes, 17, of Brazil, was arrested at the scene. According to prosecutors, she told investigators she had illegally entered the country over the Mexican border just 10 days ago and was staying with a woman in Peabody.

O'Hearn said he was trying to turn onto Tremont Street from Tremont Place, a small dead-end street where he had been visiting his girlfriend. He said Shea had indicated with his flashlight for him to stop."All of a sudden I saw him fly up in the air and do a 360," O'Hearn said. O'Hearn said he rushed to the fallen officer, who was unconscious and bleeding. He said police and firefighters arrived in under five minutes.

The collision left a large, deep dent in the passenger side of the Honda's windshield. The car continued several hundred yards down the street, nearly to the end of the block.

Neighbors quickly gathered as Shea was rushed by ambulance to a nearby soccer field where a helicopter could land. After Shea was taken away, a police hat lay next to a pool of blood on the sidewalk. His black-and-yellow flashlight
lay in the street, still turned on.

According to Lopes court appointed lawyer she is scared and would rather return to Brazil than be in jail. No kidding? You can go back to Brazil, don't worry. But first you'll be spending the next several years behind bars.

People will always want to come to this country to pursue their dreams and make a better life for their families. At the same time, we cannot continue to have open borders and allow absolutely anyone to enter this country and do whatever it is they do. Most come for work. Some commit crimes. Some may be terrorists. Who the hell knows what they do? There is no way to track illegals, that is why we need to make it so only legal immigrants enjoy the greatness that this country has to offer. Illegals should be considered criminals. After all, isn't something illegal criminal?

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Legacy Costs Are Killing America's Great Businesses

this is why you have a 401K and they have a pension...

IBM sales, net rise less than expected Services shortfall, pension costs hurt Big Blue

IBM, with hundreds of thousands of former workers, also was hurt by rising pension costs. Excluding the impact of pension expenses, the firm's earnings would have been up 20 percent from a year ago.

UAW, GM to Work to Cut Costs

GM's health care costs, which it expects to rise to $5.6 billion this year from $5.2 billion last year, and a surprising warning last month of its worst quarterly loss since 1992 led to some speculation that the automaker could ask the union to renegotiate parts of its current contract.

Ford falls after 2005 earnings warning

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Ford Motor Co. shares shed as much as 9% Monday after the automaker blamed soaring steel, energy and health-care costs for an earnings miss in 2005 that will undermine its $7 billion profit target for 2006.

Ford's stock (F: news, chart, profile) finished down 59 cents, or 5.4%, at $10.44, after notching nearly a two-year low of $10.09 earlier in the session. In the fixed income market, Ford's corporate bonds fell sharply in the wake of a negative shift in the outlooks from leading ratings agencies.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

I hate to rain on the Pope's parade, but...

This is simply unbelievable,

Former Boston archbishop given role of honor in mourning for

VATICAN CITY -- Cardinal Bernard Law, who resigned in disgrace as
archbishop of Boston over his role in the clergy sex abuse crisis, has been given a role of honor in the mourning for Pope John Paul II.

The Vatican announced Thursday he will lead one of the daily Masses
celebrated in the pope's memory during the nine-day period that follows the funeral, called Novemdiales. The service will be held Monday at St. Mary Major Basilica, where Law was appointed archpriest after leaving Boston.

Some Catholics in his former archdiocese immediately protested.

When it comes to Cardinal Law, the fundamental question is not "What is he doing at the Vatican?" or "Why was he given a role during the Pope's funeral?"

THE question when it comes to Cardinal Law is this,

Why Isn't Bernard Law in Jail?

The evidence speaks for itself: Last spring, Law admitted in a deposition
that he was aware that John Geoghan had reportedly raped at least seven young
boys in 1984 yet nevertheless approved the transfer of Geoghan to another
parish, working with other boys. Other documents revealed that Law similarly
knew of and ignored decades of reported child abuse by Paul Shanley, placing
Shanley in ministries with access to other children. Shanley is currently facing
trial on 10 charges of child rape and six counts of indecent assault and
battery. Law is jetting back and forth to Rome.

Throughout his tenure, Law seemed to reserve his warmest sympathy for
the abusers, not the victims. He lied to a West Coast bishop about Shanley's
history. He signed a document attesting that another known child-molesting
priest, Redmond Raux, had "nothing in his background" to make him "unsuitable to
work with children." Last week, more court documents revealed that the
archdiocese gave new jobs to two priests, one of whom was known to have molested
boys while the other had supplied cocaine to a teenage lover. Law's responses to
these and earlier disclosures? The molesters had been cleared by physicians; the
church kept bad records; his subordinates vetted the transfers; he forgot; he
never knew; he's sorry.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Cardinal Law Gets A Vote!

The fact that Cardinal Law was allowed to resign and was assigned to a cushy job in Rome is outrage enough.

The fact that he is one of 117 people voting for the new Pope is just out of this world outrageous.

Cardinal Law oversaw a crimal conspiracy to protect pedophiles at the expense of children. There is no other way to say it. So that's what I did back in 2002,

the Boston Globe published papers which clearly indicate that the Catholic
Church had known that Father John Geoghan was molesting children as far back as
the 1960's yet continued to assign him to local parishes until 1993.

Cardinal Law arrived in the Boston archdiocese in 1984.

Since the mid-1990's more than 130 children have come forward with claims
of abuse at the hands of Father Geoghan. As a Catholic and someone who was
confirmed in the Church by Cardinal Law, it brings me no joy to say that he is a
co-conspirator in the molestation of every one of Geoghan's victims after
1984. Cardinal Law demonstrated a reckless, criminal disregard for those
whom he was supposed to protect, comfort and minister. He exposed the most
vulnerable in all of society, children, to a serial pedophile.

Needless to say, the victims are angry. Who can blame them.

Monday, April 04, 2005

Need another reason to despise the French?

French flag tribute to Pope sparks left-wing anger

PARIS, April 4 (Reuters) - As Catholics mourned the death of Pope
John Paul, French leftwingers and a major teaching union criticised the
government on Monday for ordering flags on public buildings to be lowered in a
sign of respect.

Socialist senator Jean-Luc Melenchon and Yves Contassot, a senior Green party member on the Paris City Council, said the government had abused its powers in ordering the official tribute to the Pope, who died on Saturday. The Unsa union said the government was guilty of double standards having ordered schools to take part in the tribute to a religious leader while having banned Muslim headscarves in state schools in a drive to keep schools firmly secular. "Let the Christians pay tribute to the head of their church, it's a private matter," Contassot told France Inter radio.

"Today, we have a government and a head of state who, clearly, for
political reasons, are trying to take advantage of an issue that is a private
matter," he said. Lowering of flags on all state buildings was "totally out of
place and at the limit of legality."

Clinton Legacy Comes Into Focus

Oral Sex Safe and Not Really Sex, Say U.S. Teens

CHICAGO (Reuters) - One in five U.S. teenagers say they have engaged in
oral sex, an activity that some adolescents view as not sex at all and certainly
less risky than intercourse, a report released Monday said.

The survey of 580 children with a mean age of 14-1/2 found 20 percent
said they had engaged in oral sex, compared to 14 percent who said they had
engaged in sexual intercourse.

New York Senator Hillary Clinton commented on the report by saying,
"I'm afraid I don't know much about this subject, maybe you should ask my