From: Pete Brittian (e-mail him)
Re: Joe Guzzardi's Column: Two For The Price Of One! Obamacare And Amnesty Will Die Together
It's not about healthcare, it's about power. If it were about healthcare, then Congress would have to be covered and illegal aliens would be shut out.
But as it is proposed, Congress does not have to participate and illegal aliens are covered.
Obamacare becomes one more step in the process to make illegal aliens citizens and eventually vote Democratic.
Many Americans are asking what the rush is to pass healthcare legislation so quickly.
But if you were the Democratic Congress, why wouldn't you ram it through? Obamacare will perpetuate your power and you don't have to be covered by it if you choose not to participate?
From: Barrister Bricolage (e-mail him)
Immigration lawyer and regular New York Daily News columnist Allan Wernick recently wrote:
"Fall semester registration is open now for the City University of New York's immigration law program. Offered by CUNY's School for Professional Studies, the program awards a certificate in immigration law studies."
To earn the certificate you must hold a bachelor's degree and successfully complete the program's introductory course and two of four advanced courses. This fall, SPS will offer Introduction to Immigration Law online (for maximum convenience) as well as in the classroom.
Also offered this semester are advanced courses in business and family immigration law, online only. Other SPS offerings include additional advanced courses in naturalization law, and proceedings in immigration court: the removal process and applications for relief.
Wernick describes the many courses as providing an "outstanding opportunity for paralegals, legal assistants, community organizers and lawyers to get an advanced understanding of this complicated area of law." [CUNY School of Professional Studies Offers Certificate in Immigration Law Studies, by Allan Wernick, Daily News, August 13, 2008]
And remember that the City University of New York describes itself as the nation's largest urban public university, "comprised of 23 institutions..." As of the fall semester 2008, total enrollment exceeded 244,000 students.
The university also boasts on its homepage that: "CUNY students are remarkably diverse, tracing their ancestries to 205 countries. African-American, white and Hispanic undergraduates each comprise more than a quarter of the student body, and Asians more than 15 percent. Forty-seven percent of undergraduates have a native language other than English...."
CUNY already does a good job, so to speak, of covering the immigration spectrum. A search of the its website for "immigration" yielded the "CUNY Immigration and Citizenship Project" where it offers immigration services free to all members of the community—students and non-students!
The identical information is posted in Spanish.
Separately, and under the banner of "A Nation of Immigrants," CUNY provides its immigration services website.
Thinking about all those hundreds of thousands of CUNY students this year and all the following years, studying online and in the classroom on the taxpayer's dime for their 'immigration certificates" reminds me of the question that VDARE.COM asks so often: Must we subsidize our own dispossession?
From: P.W.J. (e-mail him)
Re: Steve Sailer's Blog: Obama On The Passion Of Gates
Like Henry Louis Gates, I too was arrested for disorderly conduct.
My offense: I raised my voice at an incompetent retail store employee.
A year later as I was returning from the U.K. and in front of my Chief Executive Officer and other peers, Homeland Security put me in handcuffs and turned me over to the local police department.
I had no notice that there was a warrant for my arrest. After spending a night in jail, I had to post a $5,000 bond which is not easy given that you can only make collect calls from prison because you can't leave a message for anyone.
In the end, I was penalized 20 hours of community service and had to pay court costs of $1,000.
What was Gates' punishment for his disorderly conduct charge?
A beer with President Barack Obama at the White House. How wonderful…
P.W. J. describes himself as a fiftyish male living in the Seattle area who is unemployed for the first time since he was 13.
From: Red Rawlings (e-mail him)
Re: Augosto Perez's Letter: A Puerto Rican Reader Challenges Nicolas Stix On Caribbean Baseball Player's Skills
Playing high quality baseball has nothing to do with age, ethnicity or the type of swings or pitches a player makes.
Nothing wrong with that; it added to Berra's mystique and it made him much more dangerous hitter.
New York Giants' great Mel Ott was in the majors at age 16, although he was kept on the bench for a long time early in his career. Ott had a terrible hitting style and liked to swing at balls.
The St. Louis Cardinals' Stan Musial had perhaps the worst-looking hitting stance of all.
As for coming to the major leagues too soon, Brooklyn Dodger Sandy Koufax broke in when he was 19. The Cleveland Indians' great Bob Feller pitched against major leaguers in a trial as a high-school kid, age 17. Cincinnati Reds' Joe Nuxhall debuted even earlier—15—and eventually had a long and successful career.
I mention these examples to prove to letter writer Perez that he need not and should not apologize for the supposed tendency of Latin ballplayers to have unorthodox styles or to be less than perfectly coached in their youth.
Baseball talent has nothing to do with being Hispanic or being from North America, black or white.
We need to overcome the injustice baseball perpetrated by keeping such stars as Dolf Luque, Roberto Clemente and Jackie Robinson out of major league baseball for so long while others like Josh Gibson, Jose Mendez and Cristóbal Torriente never had the opportunity at all.
So, let's have more young Latin players! Let's let all the players play, whoever they are. And let's stop arguing about Mets' general manager Omar Minaya which is only a distraction.
The important thing is the ability of a select number of extraordinarily talented men to play the greatest game on earth.