Just Why are Illegal Aliens not Criminal?

Listening to members of the Obama administration trying to explain President Obama’s plan for amnesty for illegal aliens offers evidence that they still think like very young children, particularly when they are trying to avoid being blamed for anything that happens.

Most parents will immediately recognize any phrase out of a child’s mouth that begins with “Well, I wasn’t really running when…” is what any veteran gambler would call a “tell” that gives away an attempt to hide what that child either actually did, or lets you know that what you are about to be told is a bare-faced lie.

Offering “amnesty” for millions of “illegal aliens” or “undocumented aliens” acknowledges that some law has been broken. But one can only assume that Obama and Company would prefer that you skip over the definition where “amnesty” might, even in a remote way, actually be sort of a pardon for what would actually be a crime. Rather Obama would prefer that amnesty means that it’s just an accommodation for only a minor transgression like jaywalking. Sort of saying “Nothing to see here, so move along.”

Sadly (but only for Obama) the word “amnesty” is really a synonym for pardon or forgiveness for a criminal act. Criminal acts are occasionally pardoned, but usually the pardon would only relieve the criminal of the remaining portion of their punishment for the crime for which they were found guilty, perhaps even the entirety of an unserved sentence. Crimes are pardoned occasionally, but not en masse.

So it appears that good ol’ Barry is going to provide amnesty to millions of people who want to live in the United States but really think it’s inconvenient to have to ask the government to grant them a legal authorization to live and work (and might actually be expected to pay state and federal taxes and support themselves and their families) in our country.

Did I just say “Millions”? Now that will really be doing something en masse.

But such an action by the administration is not amnesty nor a pardon.  These criminal invaders of a sovereign nation have not been convicted of their criminal acts. The vast majority have never been arrested, never been tried and never been convicted, so being “forgiven” for their illegal behavior seems to be impossible.

That would be about the same as offering amnesty to 30 million drivers for speeding when none were ever stopped by a cop.

Obama’s amnesty is supposed to be given to non-Americans for illegally entering our nation.

Apparently they will also be forgiven for crossing our border illegally during the last few hours of pregnancy so that their child will be born and provide an alien Mommy with an “anchor baby”. Anchor babies will insure that neither mother nor child will be sent back to the nation where this child’s mother was impregnated, and where she carried the fetus for all but the last day or two of the entire pregnancy. Obviously Obama’s amnesty is based on the long relationship mommy had with America. (For any reader of a leftist mindset, that last sentence is sarcasm, just in case you wondered.)

These illegal aliens will be forgiven for taking a job from an unemployed American, because (we are told) that there are jobs that Americans are unwilling to do themselves. If Obama is going to base any of his amnesty on that imagery, is there proof available? Is such proof being supplied by Professor Gruber, by any chance?

Are these illegal aliens paying normally required income taxes on the revenue that they earn as employees doing these jobs that legal Americans are unwilling to do themselves? If they are not, how do they avoid getting their employer to avoid deducting such taxes? If the employers are abetting this criminal tax avoidance, will they too be given a pardon?

Perhaps all these questions are addressed by the brilliant senators and congresspersons who are feverishly working on what is being called Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Of course, I’m probably not as well informed as to what questions are being addressed, understood, and fully agreed upon as those Congressional members, geniuses in the White House, or the PhD highly paid “consultants” from top-flight colleges such as M.I.T. or Harvard, but the questions need to be both asked as well as clearly answered before this Executive Order by Barack Hussein Obama wastes a drop of ink in its drafting.

From American Thinker.

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WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee and a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, in response to the President’s speech on immigration executive action. Sessions outlines a plan for Congress to use the power of the purse to ensure no funds are available for the President to implement his unlawful scheme:

“President Obama’s executive amnesty violates the laws Congress has passed in order to create and implement laws Congress has refused to pass. The President is providing an estimated 5 million illegal immigrants with social security numbers, photo IDs and work permits—allowing them to now take jobs directly from struggling Americans during a time of record immigration, low wages, and high joblessness.

This amnesty plan was rejected by the American people’s Congress. By refusing to carry out the laws of the United States in order to make his own, the President is endangering our entire Constitutional order.

The President’s plan will apparently also allow many illegal immigrants to receive green cards and become legal permanent residents—meaning they can access almost all U.S. welfare programs, have lifetime work authorization, obtain citizenship, and sponsor foreign relatives to join them in the U.S.

Law enforcement has warned this unprecedented amnesty will unleash a ‘tidal wave’ of new illegal immigration flooding into American neighborhoods at taxpayers’ expense.

The President’s plan also calls for boosting foreign worker programs for IT companies that experts tell us displace U.S. workers and keep wages low.

The President’s unconstitutional action is a direct threat to our Republican system of government and will have catastrophic consequences for the American people. It must be stopped. And the way to stop it is by using Congress’ power of the purse.

The House should send the Senate a government funding bill which ensures no funds can be spent for this unlawful purpose. If Reid’s Senate Democrats vote to surrender their own institution to an imperial decree and block the measure, then the House should send a short-term funding measure so the new GOP majority can be sworn in and pass a funding bill with the needed language.

Congress has no higher duty than to protect the American people and our Constitution. The President’s action is a threat to every working person in this country—their jobs, wages, dreams, hopes and futures. For years, the American people have begged and pleaded for a lawful system of immigration that serves the nation and makes us proud—but the politicians have refused, refused, refused.

It is time to stand strong for the American people. It is time to champion the interests of those constantly neglected on the question of immigration: the men and women and children we represent—the citizens of this country to whom we owe our ultimate allegiance. Every American must ask their Senator where they stand.”

More to read found HERE.

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What Warming Means for Lake Effect Snow

Buffalonians are no strangers to large amounts of snow that the lake effect (so called because the lake provides the moisture that fuels the snow) can bring, but even this was a little much for them.

“This is definitely one of the strongest lake bands that we’ve experienced,” Judy Levan, the warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Buffalo, said. “It’s definitely in the top five.”

And it’s something Buffalo could face more often in a warming world. Rising global temperatures are also warming the Great Lakes and keeping them ice-free longer during the cold season.

Snow was still falling in the Buffalo area on Friday morning, the tail end of the second bout of lake effect snow for the area in a week. The first storm on Tuesday left the worst-hit areas, all just south of the city proper, with up to 65 inches of snow.

After a brief reprieve in which emergency workers were able to dig out those stranded in cars, a second band of snow swept in late Wednesday night and hit some of the same areas already literally up to their necks — or higher — in snow. As of Friday morning, a small area around the town of Hamburg had 70 inches or more. Even in a snowy place like Buffalo, that’s a full year’s snowfall in a matter of days.

Lake effect snow is notorious for being able to dump large snow totals in a short amount of time. The phenomenon is a product of temperature differences, specifically between the cold air and the relatively warm lake waters over which that air blows. As winds blow over the lake, the water evaporates into the cold air, warming it in the layer above the lake. The warm air rises, cooling as it does so, and if it cools enough, the water freezes and falls as snow.

More to read HERE.

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An open letter to Oprah, whose ‘The Life You Want’ tour asked me to work for free

To achieve the life you want, avoid situations that devalue your worth. Like when Oprah’s “The Life You Want” tour, with its tickets priced up to $999, asks you to perform for free.

Dear Oprah:

No effing way. I could not believe it when a producer from Harpo Studios got in touch last week, asking if I could perform at your “The Life You Want” San Jose tour stop.  I mean, OPRAH WINFREY! I’ve always wanted to hear, “Welcome Revollllllvaaaaa,” as I cartwheeled onstage, to tell you my life story—the profundity of all my lingering student loan debt causing you to weep and then declare to America that I am your new BFF. (Sorry,Gayle!)

And the title of your tour: The life you want? Um, hello! As a performer, writer and activist, I’ve spent 12 years taking a million chances, attempting to live in alignment with my spirit, rather than our toxic culture. I’ve spoken up as a survivor. I’m the female comedy act in a space helmet. You want me in your lineup, right? Your producer was totally calling to add me to  your list of “trailblazers,” including Deepak Chopra and Elizabeth Gilbert, right?!?

Ah, but Oprah, you are a wise woman. I should have known that, in the phone call with your producer, there was a deep spiritual lesson in store for me. Here is our paraphrased conversation:

Producer: “Your stuff sounds great. Are you interested?”

Me: “Hell yes! Oprah! Oprah!”

Producer: “Okay, so just to be clear, you’d be on a stage outside the event. And, you know, just to be clear, Oprah will not be on that stage. Oh, and just to be clear, this gig isn’t paid.”

Dude. Okay. I have to admit that I was initially heartbroken that my name would not be bellowed with 800 extra vowel sounds. Fortunately, my heartbreak was soon short-circuited by the stroke I had when I realized your tour, with its tickets starting at $99 (for the homeless), middling out at $599 (for fast food employees) and rocketing to $999 (For 90s rappers)—featuring trailblazers who never have to dig through every compartment in their car for enough change to cross the Bay Bridge—would be ringing up local performers asking them to do their job for no pay.

Much more on this HERE.

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