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ARIZONA / IMMIGRANTS / DREAMERS / Drivers Licenses ordered by the 9th District Court

ARIZONA / IMMIGRANTS / DREAMERS … Yes, if it were me I would give drivers licenses to Dreamer kids that can pass the test. Lots of reasons: safety, employment, getting to/from school, basic economics.

Denying Dreamers the chance to get a drivers license is just spiteful and will be counterproductive in the long run: these kids will end up living their lives in America as Americans. Do we want them to wave the Red, White and Blue or do we want them to grow up distrustful of their country?

However, this is an issue that each individual state must deal with.

In this case, the court can order but the order will be appealed and thus not happen. It will go to the Supreme Court which would/should rightly note that absolutely nothing in the Constitution gives the federal government power over drivers licenses.

As for ‘equal protection’ or ‘equal treatment’, none of the requirements between the states re drivers licenses are inherently equal. A state can choose to be as progressive or regressive as it wishes.

Bad for the Dreamers, but not the federal government’s business. If it wants them to have drivers licenses then it should issue them one … which it cannot do … not within its authority.

READ THE FULL STORY on The Wire — includes the complete court order.

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HELL EXPLAINED by a chemistry student

The following is supposedly an actual question on a University of Arizona chemistry mid-term, and an actual answer turned in by a student.

The answer by one student was so ‘profound’ that the professor shared it with colleagues, via the Internet, which is, of course, why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as well:

Bonus Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)?

Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle’s Law (gas cools when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or some variant.

One student, however, wrote the following:

First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So we need to know the rate at which souls are moving into Hell and the rate at which they are leaving, which is unlikely. I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it will not leave. Therefore, no souls are leaving.

As for how many souls are entering Hell, let’s look at the different religions that exist in the world today. Most of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell. Since there is more than one of these religions and since people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all souls go to Hell. With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially.

Now, we look at the rate of change of the volume in Hell because Boyle’s Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the same, the volume of Hell has to expand proportionately as souls are added.

This gives two possibilities:

    1. If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter Hell, then the temperature and pressure in Hell will increase until all Hell breaks loose. 

    2. If Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell freezes over.

So which is it?

If we accept the postulate given to me by Teresa during my Freshman year that, ‘It will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you,’ and take into account the fact that I slept with her last night, then number two must be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and has already frozen over.

The corollary of this theory is that since Hell has frozen over, it follows that it is not accepting any more souls and is therefore, extinct….. ….leaving only Heaven, thereby proving the existence of a divine being which explains why, last night, Teresa kept shouting ‘Oh my God.’

THIS STUDENT RECEIVED AN A+.


Thanks to William Corzine for sharing this with me. Friends and shared observations make the world a more interesting place.

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July 21st – Online or Live – Cato Institute Debates Whether Arizona’s New Immigration Law Can Survive Challenge

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The Politics and Law of Immigration

POLICY FORUM
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Noon (Luncheon to Follow)

The controversy over America’s immigration policies will ratchet up once the new Arizona law, known as SB 1070, goes into effect on July 29. Can that law withstand the legal challenges that are awaiting it? And legality aside, will the Arizona law create more problems than it can resolve? The federal policy options are no less divisive. Should illegal immigration be reduced by deploying soldiers or by enacting a comprehensive immigration reform bill? Join us for a wide-ranging discussion of the politics and law of immigration policy.

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Arizona – If You Do Nothing Then ‘We The People’ Have The Right To Do Something

by Bill Golden
aka JeffersonConservative.com

Arizona – lots of talk of boycott of Arizona for its new law requiring identification for those stopped by police for some violation of the law and suspected of being a non-U.S. citizen.

Yet out of those same mouths there seems to be no forthcoming suggestions about how to prevent the illegal alien problem to begin with. No talk of securing the borders.

Is citizenship itself racist? One person wrote me and said that all citizenship laws are racist. They said that people have been migrating throughout the Americas for 30,000 years. Technically that may be true. But once they stopped migrating they created boundaries. What I call a citizen someone else calls a tribal member.

Take the time to do some quick research and you will find over 400 documented inter-tribal wars between native American tribes over their own boundaries just since the arrival of settlers at Jamestown. The Aztec and the Mayan also had rather draconian methods of dealing with out-of-season migrations further to our south. No, I do not think migration is a natural reason for doing nothing.

Is it legal? Any number of folks have suggested that Arizona’s new law is unconstitutional or violates U.S. law. Sorry. No. In fact, Arizona must submit any law for prior review to the U.S. Department of Justice if it potentially affects the 14th and 15th amendment rights of citizens because Arizona is under restrictions imposed by the 1965 Voting Rights Act — which is meant to strengthen and to protect the rights of minorities. Arizona did due diligence and has a Washington DC Department of Justice review and approval ‘yes you can’ certificate in hand.

Arizona’s Impact on America: A week or two ago there were huge rallies to show Arizona that its fellow American citizens and the Latino/Chicano/Hispanic community weren’t happy with its new law. Don’t blink. Many of the rallies were massive. Don’t blink. Many of the rallies worked hard to paint Arizona as racist and repressive. Don’t blink. The hypocrisy was so huge that national support for Arizona’s new law has surged from 51% to now 64% of Americans support Arizona the state and Arizona’s new law — per an MSNBC/WSJ poll just this week.

So when all is said and done, nothing has been done by Washington DC to fix Arizona’s borders or to address its concerns. Arizona is not a province. Arizona is a state — and ‘state’ has meaning. Arizona has its own ‘We the People’ and they have made a decision.

Want to boycott Arizona? Fine. Free choice is yours.

Want to poke fun at Arizona? Go ahead. Enjoy your 1st Amendment rights. But beware, Arizona’s spirit is contagious and a number of other states have ‘We the People’ too — and a number of states are considering Arizona-like laws to include CO, GA, OH, OK, MD, MI, MS, SC, TX, UT.

You can fix a problem, or you can ignore it and someone will eventually fix it to their own liking. When they do then it really is too late for you to care.

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Arizona and the Fourth Amendment, U.S. Constitution

by Bill Golden
JeffersonConservatives.com and Bill4DogCatcher.com

A permanent resident alien is entitled to constitutional protection, and specifically the protection of the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

For all Americans, knowledge of the U.S. Constitution is important — probable cause, reasonable suspicion, search and seizure all have highly defined meanings.

Below are two important constitutional challenges that are relevant to Arizona’s recently passed law SB1070:

Landon v. Plasencia, 459 U.S. 21, 32-4 (1982):
‘[O]nce an alien gains admission to our country and begins to develop the ties that go with permanent residence, his constitutional status changes accordingly.’ Bottomline: Legal aliens (immigrants) have full protection of the U.S. Constitution.

Terry v. Ohio, 392 U.S. 1, 392 U.S. 1 (1968):
As for how reasonable suspicion plays a role in checking someone’s identification, the courts acknowledges that this is a tricky area of law. However, the bottom line is that the police are ultimately held to an objective justification reviewable by the courts.

“It is quite plain that the Fourth Amendment governs “seizures” of the person which do not eventuate in a trip to the station house and prosecution for crime – “arrests” in traditional terminology. It must be recognized that whenever a police officer accosts an individual and restrains his freedom to walk away, he has “seized” that person. … This Court has held in [392 U.S. 1, 18] the past that a search which is reasonable at its inception may violate the Fourth Amendment by virtue of its intolerable intensity and scope. … The scheme of the Fourth Amendment becomes meaningful only when it is assured that at some point the conduct of those charged with enforcing the laws can be subjected to the more detached, neutral scrutiny of a judge who must evaluate the reasonableness of a particular search or seizure in light of the particular circumstances. And in making that assessment it is imperative that the facts be judged against an objective standard: would the facts [392 U.S. 1, 22] available to the officer at the moment of the seizure or the search “warrant a man of reasonable caution in the belief” that the action taken was appropriate?”


The 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution was added as part of the Bill of Rights on December 15, 1791. It deals with protecting people from the searching of their homes and private property without properly executed search warrants.

The 4th Amendment reads like this:

    “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

The 4th Amendment requires that in order for a government official, such as a police officer, to search a person’s home, business, papers, bank accounts, computer or other personal items, in most cases, he must obtain a search warrant signed by the proper authority, which usually means by a judge.

In order for a warrant to be issued, someone must affirm to the judge that he has a reasonable belief that a crime has been committed and that by searching the premises of a particular location, he believes he will find evidence that will verify the crime. The person submitting this information to the judge is usually a police officer. The police officer does not have to be correct in his assumption, he just has to have a reasonable belief that searching someone’s private property will yield evidence of the crime.

The judge then reviews the information and if he also believes that the information the officer has submitted shows probable cause, he will issue the warrant. In order for the warrant to be good, it must identify the place and the particular items or persons that are to be seized if they are found. A warrant is not a general order that can be used to search for anything, anywhere the officer wants. It is very specific about what is being looked for and where the officer can look for it.

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“I might be illegal” t-shirts for sale!

“I might be illegal” t-shirts for sale!

TShirt - I could be illegal

Probably not the best t-shirt to be wearing in Arizona if you want to avoid attention. However, it is the American way to make money whenever possible — never let any crisis or controversy go without marketing.

“I might be illegal” yard signs also available if you are feeling especially friendly with local authorities.

Get yours in both men and women’s sizes for just $15.99 at CafePress.com.

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Arizona – A Tragedy, A Political Football & Political Barometer

Arizona is already feeling the impact of its new law making it a misdemeanor to not provide proof of  U.S. residence when asked — although to hear many critics the law is all about ‘proof of citizenship‘.

As someone that routinely travels the world I know that my presence is tracked in other countries. When entering a country it is often common protocol to declare a street address or hotel where I will be staying.

But this is the U.S.A. where many argue that we should fight any attempt to have a basic national ID card. On the face of it, this law contradicts what most Americans consider to be the norm: you only ask for identification when a law is broken, or suspicion exists.

Surely native born Americans do not walk around with their birth certificates. And we reject any attempt to issue any formal identification card … there are even those that think that America is a great land just because we can almost just disappear if we wish — although that is wishful thinking of a time long past.

REALITY CHECK

Yet, Arizona has real challenges. People are dying and being kidnapped and murdered in the desert, and in the towns and even in Arizona’s major cities.

Drug and contraband smugglers are running rampant and illegal immigrants are being abandoned once they cross the U.S. border into Arizona.

If the U.S. federal government fails to live up to its constitutional authority to protect our borders and to protect our citizens then Arizona is well within its rights to take action within its own borders.

Many Americans forget that we have ‘states‘ not ‘provinces‘. The difference between the two are not just semantics. We are a nation of states, each with constitutionally protected powers. The people of Arizona have a right and the authority to take action in their own defense.

There are those that want to make Arizona’s situation about being a roundup or harassment of illegal immigrants — I don’t think so. Illegal immigrants live among us because our society needs them. Yes, I believe that. Our economy strongly needs these undocumented guest workers. Although it would be nice if we could find a way to make guest workers and their families legal — although we tried that and it was Arizona’s senior senator who took enormous amounts of flaming arrows for trying to find a solution: John McCain.

Reality however is that Arizona has real issues on its border with Mexico, and its proximity to major border crossing areas in California and New Mexico.

Here is a short list of the violence and crime on its borders and that is spilling across its borders – you can find an amazingly long list of border violence incidents since the mid-2000s by googling: Arizona Border Violence:

  • Mexican criminals routinely cross the border and commit burglaries, kidnappings, assaults and home invasions. (1)
  • There were 366 kidnappings just in the Phoenix, Arizona area during 2009. (3)
  • Armed gunmen attacked the U.S. Nogales City police department (Nov 14, 2008).
  • Bajadores smugglers attack each other with semiautomatic assault rifles to steal the other’s human cargo for its value; current Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano (D), and former Arizona governor, actually declared a state of emergency in 2005 when things got out of control in the same area.
  • Federal agents discover 65 stash houses just in the Phoenix, Arizona area (2005-2006). (2)

And did I mention that U.S. federal authorities estimate that the death toll just over Arizona’s border has  reached almost 10,000 killed in cartel violence just since 2006? (4)

My prayers and well wishes are with Arizonans AND with those immigrants that have chosen to come to the land of opportunity and to start a new life — legally or illegally.

I don’t believe that the new Arizona law is aimed at immigrants in general. The border is a mess and the federal government under both Presidents Bush and Obama have utterly failed to carry out their oath of office to protect Americans against all enemies, both foreign and domestic — at least when it comes to the Arizonan-Mexican border.

(1) AZ Officials Tell Senators Border Violence Is Getting Worse

(2) Border Crackdown Spawns Violence, More Deaths Occurring as Smugglers Fight Over Valuable Human Cargo

(3) Law officials testify on border violence

(4) Arizona hosts border-violence talk, Officials seek federal support on issue


This blog item by Bill Golden, aka Bill4DogCatcher.com — an independent observer of economics, politics and American life. For what it is worth as regards this story: Bill is married to an wonderful immigrant wife and has two children born overseas with dual citizenship. He coaches a soccer team made up just of Latino players that he has adopted from throughout his neighborhood over the last 10 years.

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