Friday, May 25, 2007

Rosie O'Donnell

I understand that she left The View early after an on-air confrontation with co-host Elizabeth Hasselbeck. I won't get into who was right and who was wrong. I respect Rosie's right to say what she thinks, but she's a typical liberal who thinks that she can say whatever she wants without question.

Liberals - not all - but most of the ones I have seen - tend to react with emotion to issues and seem to think that if you don't agree with them, you are wrong. They don't take into consideration that they have to give the other person what they themselves want - the opportunity to have an opinion.

I just watched the confrontation, or at least a part of it. And yes, you can accuse me of taking what was said out of context, but I'm not talking about her comments. I'm talking about her actions. She never raised her voice, she never used abusive (meaning foul, cursive) language. But I don't understand why she felt that Elizabeth Hasselbeck should defend her. Shouldn't Elizabeth be allowed to make that choice? Or is it that if you know Rosie, you have to have her back? But, Rosie did interrupt Elizabeth to tell her what she should have said or done.

I have some old-fashioned ideas. I like women to act like ladies. Women can have disagreements about anything, but come on, let's act like grownups and the ladies I hope we are. Don't interrupt, and don't put words into other people's mouths.

I'm the kind of person who long ago decided that I don't want to be around disagreeable people. Okay, you could say I don't want to be around people who disagree with me. Not entirely untrue, but also not entirely true. I want to learn and be educated, but there are ways to give me information that will change my opinion. Using foul language, talking down to me, and telling me this is the only way I should think is not the way to change my opinion. With me, give me the information and let me come to my own conclusion. Show me the logic - I can supply the emotion. I've reacted emotionally to many issues and realized that, at least for me, that's not right. I need to back up the emotion with facts.

I do have an open mind, and it is changeable. But I will dig in my heels and insist that the sun rises in the south and sets in the east if you push me or are abusive in any way I consider to be abusive. I have realized in the middle of a conversation that my opinion has changed and will switch sides in the middle. I have also dug in my heels and insisted on staying with my original premise even though I knew I was wrong, just because the other person was pushing me. Stupid? You bet, but that's how I am when I feel I'm being pushed into a corner or being abused.

And, I do believe that Rosie O'Donnell has become abusive - she's a bully. Not that she's the typical schoolyard bully. She doesn't use her physical strength. She has a huge, strong, larger-than-life personality and tries to force other people to bend to her will. And that can be worse that a physical confrontation.

Well, I like Rosie as an actress. I don't have to listen to her on talk shows or anywhere else. I can exercise my freedom of choice by changing the channel or turning the TV off.

And that might be better for me in the long run.
A Pet Peeve

I just deleted yet another comment on an old post. I've deleted several of these lately because....they have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the post. Oh, sure, they praise the post and my blog....I'm just so witty, and smart, my blog is terrific, the very bestest blog in the entire Internet, bar none. And, if I (or my readers) want to know about Costa Rican land sales, well, just come to this site (here's the link!) and you'll find all you want to know.

Well, the post had nothing to do with land, land sales, property, Costa Rica or anything remotely to do with Costa Rican land sales.

And, the last I knew, it was illegal by Costa Rican law for foreign nationals to own Costa Rican property. Now, perhaps the law has changed, or maybe it hasn't and maybe I was wrong in the first place. I don't really care.

These commenters want nothing more than to get hits on their own sites. Or to get hits by the number of search engines that crawl the web looking for specific words. The more hits, the higher the ranking. Well, you ain't gonna get hits via my blog that way. Doesn't matter whether it's Costa Rican land sales, home decor using a horse theme (horsey accessories) or anything else.

Look, I wish you the best in your entreprenurial endevours, but don't comment on a post that's a couple of years old thinking the blogger won't notice. I'm notified everytime a comment is left. If it's worthy to leave - and if it is a comment about the topic, it will probably stay - agree with me or not. But, if I can see it for what it is, don't bother. It won't stay up more than a couple of hours.

However, if you want to advertise on my site, well, send me an email. We'll talk. I might offer you a pretty good deal.

Or not.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Immigration Stats From the L.A. Times

1. 40% of all workers in L.A. County (L.A. County has 10.2 million people) are working for cash and not paying taxes. This is because they are predominantly illegal immigrants working without a green card.

2. 95% of warrants for murder in Los Angeles are for illegal aliens.

3. 75% of people on the most wanted list in Los Angeles are illegal aliens

4. Over 2/3 (66%) of all births in Los Angeles County are to illegal alien Mexicans on Medi-Cal, whose births were paid for by taxpayers.

5. Nearly 35% of all inmates in California detention centers are Mexican nationals here illegally.

6. Over 300,000 illegal aliens in Los Angeles County are living in garages.

7. The FBI reports half of all gang members in Los Angeles are most likely illegal aliens from south of the border.

8. Nearly 60% of all occupants of HUD properties are illegal.

9. 21 radio stations in L.A. are Spanish speaking.

10. In L.A. County 5.1 million people speak English, 3.9 million speak Spanish. (There are 10.2 million people in L.A. County).

(All of the above are from the Los Angeles Times)

Less than 2% of illegal aliens are picking our crops, but 29% are on welfare.

Over 70% of the United States's annual population growth (and over 90% of California, Florida, and New York) results from immigration.

29% of inmates in federal prisons are illegal aliens.

Now, from me: I didn't compile the above statistics so I can't verify their accuracy. Nor can I verify that they are even from the LA Times. However, if they are true, these numbers are troubling, at the least.

Whether the stats are true or not, the fact remains that we have to get illegal immigration under control. I once again want to state that I have no problem with immigration; I welcome all those who come to this country legally. I do have a problem with those who are here illegally. They are criminals and are not deserving of the rights and benefits of the citizenship they are demanding to receive.

Remember: calling an illegal alien an undocumented worker is like calling a drug dealer an undocumented pharmacist.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Fanatics vs the Silent Majority

A man whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism.

"Very few people were true Nazis "he said," but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories."

We are told again and again by "experts" and "talking heads" that Islam is the religion of peace, and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace.

Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the specter of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam. The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history.

* It is the fanatics who march.

* It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide.

* It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave.

* It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor-kill.

* It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque.

* It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals.

The hard quantifiable fact is that the "peaceful majority", the "silent majority", is cowed and extraneous.

Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant.

China's huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.

The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel and bayonet.

And, who can forget Rwanda, which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were "peace loving"?

History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points: Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence.

Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don't speak up because, like my friend from Germany, they will awake one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.

Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late.

As for us who watch it all unfold; we must pay attention to the only group that counts; the fanatics who threaten our way of life.

Lastly, at the risk of offending, anyone who doubts that the issue is serious and just deletes this email without sending it on, contributes to the passiveness that allows the problems to expand.

From email