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Law restricting hiring illegal aliens ?

It's been a subject burning in my mind...

Thom says Reagan stopped enforcing the laws prosecuting employers who hire illegal aliens.

By 1999, only one company was prosecuted per year?

So, the laws are still ON the books?

Why not simply go back to enforcing them?

If the House STILL won't take up the bipartisan Immigration Reform Bill...

Obama can start prosecuting businesses that hire illegals.

It would be entirely within his authority.

Bloomberg News confirms it - Obama is the WORST SOCIALIST ever!

Corporate and economic statistics almost six years into the Obama Administration prove that Corporate American is the "healthiest" it has been in decades.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-10-02/corporate-u-s-healthiest-in-decades-under-obama-with-lower-debt.html

Just Wanted Everybody to See This

"Antonin Scalia Says Constitution Permits Court To 'Favor Religion Over Non-Religion' "

Using Scalia's "Logic" On Slavery

Scalia, and perhaps most far right, social conservative, federal judges, have found a respectable sounding rationale to use a Constitution designed originally to protect natural rights, to limit rights. We see this is their contempt for the Ninth Amendment which Bork likened to an ink blot on the Constitution beneath which we'd never know what the Framers intended. What utter bullshit.

Stealth Navy: A Waste of Money?

The navies of the world are rushing to create new stealth ships such as the Zumwalt class of destroyers seen here http://www.cnet.com/pictures/zumwalt-the-navys-massive-high-tech-destroy...

The goal is to reduce the cross section of a vessel that can reflect a radar signal. Some of this is done by physically changing the angles of deflection to there's little return to the radar, and some is through radar absorbing materials. For instance the Swedes are constructing a ship made completely of carbon fiber http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/3724219.stm

What Happened To Madison's First Amendment?

When Madison formally proposed a Bill Of Rights to Congress he suggested the Constitution be amended... that is the existing text would be modified... as opposed to amendments being added on to the document. Madison's first proposal was

[quote]MADISON: The amendments which have occurred to me, proper to be recommended by Congress to the State Legislatures, are these:

First, That there be prefixed to the constitution a declaration, that all power is originally rested in, and consequently derived from, the people.

Ebola in Texas

Apparently the CDC has now confirmed a case of Ebola in Texas. News is just coming online.

Stop calling it "The Islamic State"

Here's a crazy idea . . . if we don't want Muslims around the world to think that we are engaging in a new Crusade, maybe the media should stop referring to the terrorist group as "The Islamic State."

Female Aggression: How Gender-Role Imperatives Turn “Nice” Girls into Mean Girls

First, let's be clear about the meaning of gender roles:

Wikipedia: “Gender roles are behaviors and tasks which society associates with each gender. In the United States, men are typically expected to be stoic, decisive, direct, athletic, strong, driven, and brave; women are expected to be emotional, nurturing, affectionate, home-oriented and forgiving.

What’s the reality though? Let’s take a look:

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The Truth about Gender “Differences"

Hillary Rodham Clinton: Would You Hire Her to Flip Hamburgers?

There appears to be a push for Hillary Clinton to be the next Democratic Nominee for the Presidency of the United States. After 44 consecutive years of male presidents, Obama’s presidency finally broke the white domination, now there is a door open for the first female President of the United State of America. I believe it’s time and I believe the possible this election could produce our first Lady Commander-in-Chief, however, I don’t believe Hillary Rodham Clinton should be our woman, and this why I believe she shouldn’t be considered.

War Weary? Nah...

Two surveys -1) 72% think ground troops will be dispatched against Isil 20% say no, Obama means it.

2) 35% are against ground troops 45% are in favor "If generals call for them"

Colorado School Demonstrations

The Koch Brothers have donated a lot of money in school races in Colorado and the state is in a race to the bottom in education. Unions have been destroyed. Tenure is gone. Charter schools are on the rise. Now in Jefferson County (West Denver and it includes Colimbine) The board wants to limit history to the good things:

Cruz won!! GOP-0

Ted Cruz won the values straw poll. He vows to repeal ACA from the 25 million newly insured. The people whose frinds and family were killed by GOP governors' refusal of free Medicaid expansion must be thrilled. Elmer Gantry redux still sells. I wonder if Rafael's dad did some faith healing he could convince those dying to pray harder and redemption would come.

NC options under Tillis

Cut unemployment benefits [just because you paid for them doesn't mean you can claim them]

Concealed guns in bars and restaurants [That's not a double! when you want extra mozzarella you can prove you're serious]

More executions [how many more remains an open question]

Cursive writing [as opposed to typing since keyboards and computers are just a fad]

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Time to Rethink the War on Terror

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When Eric Holder eventually steps down as Attorney General, he will leave behind a complicated legacy, some of it tragic, like his decision not to prosecute Wall Street after the financial crisis, and his all-out war on whistleblowers like Edward Snowden.

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