• comment on a post Obama and Immigration over 7 years ago

    The point that EVERYBODY is missing, is that for many people around the world, there IS NO avenue for legally immigrating to the US, at least within the lifetime of the person themself.

    The bulk of undocumented immigrants in this country are taking jobs that are semi- or unskilled labor jobs.  The H-1B visa that covers this type work-related immigration is only for seasonal or temporary work, and does not permit the families of the workers in, and does not give the workers any avenue for permanent residency or citizenship.

    Family-related immigration for people who did manage to get into this country legally is mostly a joke.  The waiting list for people of some countries (phillipines, ex) is 5+ years for a son or daughter (over 18), 10+ years for a brother or sister.

    Spousal visas (husband or wife) is taking 1+ years just for the temporary K3 (20 months in the case of my Chinese-born wife) and 2+ years for their residency "green card" (39 months for my wife).

    Fees for immigration and travel to the US have become surreal.  Just for the in-person interview (now required for EVERYBOBDY wishing to travel to the US, even for a vacation trip) the fee is a non-refundable USD $100.00, with no assurance that the visa will be issued.  Add in expenses for traveling to the consulate or embassy, and the cost of obtaining a US visa can be equivalent to several months pay for the person in their native country.  

    If these fees aren't already bad enough, the USCIS and State Department has a proposal out to double all existing fees by 2009.

    If we want to fix "Illegal Immigration," we need to start by making it possible for people to actually immigrate legally.

  • comment on a post Vote Theft, Robocalls, and Terry Nelson over 7 years ago

    There is a great diary just posted on DailyKos that is the "Mother of all Meida Lists."  The link is:

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/11/6/ 85144/4854

    This would be a great resource to locate an appropirate publication and ask them to report on this story - BEFORE the F&%*ING election tomorrow.

  • comment on a post Republican Candidates Super-excited about Bush over 8 years ago

    From Synonym.com we learn:

    Synonyms (Grouped by Similarity of Meaning) of verb bush

    Sense 1
           => supply, provide, render, furnish

    Overview of noun bush

    The noun bush has 7 senses (first 3 from tagged texts)

    1. (5) shrub, bush -- (a low woody perennial plant usually having several major branches)

    1. (2) bush -- (a large wilderness area)
    2. (2) scrub, chaparral, bush -- (dense vegetation consisting of stunted trees or bushes)
    3. Bush, George Bush, George W. Bush, George Walker Bush, Dubyuh, President Bush -- (43rd President of the United States (born in 1946))
    4. Bush, Vannevar Bush -- (United States electrical engineer who designed an early analogue computer and who led the scientific program of the United States during World War II (1890-1974))
    5. Bush, George Bush, George Herbert Walker Bush, President Bush -- (Vice President under Reagan and 41st President of the United States (1924-))
    6. pubic hair, bush, crotch hair -- (hair growing in the pubic area)

    Overview of verb bush

    The verb bush has 1 sense (no senses from tagged texts)

    1. bush -- (provide with a bushing)

    Just in case another Repub needs to show support of the Pres without actually, you know, use the word "Bush."

  • comment on a post Boycott Target Stores over 9 years ago
    I believe Target has banned the Salvation Army from their stores due to the SA's position on Gays.  The Salvation Army refuses to hire gay people, has in fact fired anyone within the organization identified as being gay.  

    If this is the reason Target took the action they did, I believe we owe the store chain a letter of support.

  • comment on a post Black Box Voting Update... over 9 years ago
    As of Saturday Nov 13 The Mississippi Democratic party has decided to launch a recount here.  They will  also be opening lawsuits against select counties for vote fraud.  Quiet research this past week has uncovered numerous examples of precints that turned in 200% to 400% more votes than registered voters.  


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