Month: May 2011

High Court Upholds Arizona Law Penalizing Employers Over Illegal Immigrant Workers

This may change the landscape of immigration enforcement forever. This is from the U.S. Supreme Court which binds all of the lower courts, state and federal. The Supreme Court has sustained Arizona’s law that penalizes businesses for hiring workers who are in the United States illegally, rejecting arguments that states have no role in immigration matters. via High Court Upholds Arizona Law Penalizing Employers Over Illegal Immigrant Workers – The article further states: The decision upholding the validity of the 2007 law comes as the state is appealing a ruling that blocked key components of a second, more controversial Arizona immigration enforcement law. Thursday’s decision applies only to business licenses and does not signal how the high court might rule if the other law comes before it. (emphasis added) I would not be so quick to come to that conclusion. While I have not yet read the opinion, I am fairly confident that the reporter’s conclusion of the opinion “rejecting arguments that states have no role in immigration matters” is probably not simply a bare assertion by the reporter, but is based on at least a modicum of analysis. If that is indeed a principle now found in the jurisprudence of the high court, then it will be a factor in any decision construing a state law affecting immigration enforcement. There certainly will be additional factors in a...

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Advice for fathers about their sons and their mothers

The measure of a man Every father should want his son to grow to be a man. They grow older, but do they grow into men? Some do and some don’t. What is a “man?” I suggest that a “man” is far more than simply a male of our species. Each culture has its own rites of passage for passing a boy into manhood. For those of us in the Anglosphere it may range from learning to turn money into noise by killing animals, to starring in sports, to getting a good job, to marrying and raising a family, or otherwise developing qualities of good character and trustworthiness. I believe there to exist a simpler test of manhood and a singular essential path to developing a boy into a man. How does the boy treat his mother? Or the grown male for that matter, as his mother makes that inevitable march toward dependency on he who so depended upon her. How does that male person treat all women? Therein lies the test and thus it is clear that the path to manhood must include the inculcation of a respect and reverence first for his mother, and thereafter for all womanhood. It was so in my home long before I pledged Kappa Alpha Order at the University of Texas. There was little I could do any worse to draw my...

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The fog of disclosure: Why we must see the visuals, but never will

Killing of bin Laden deserves to be fully recorded and reported. Historic events in the life of a nation deserve to be chronicled, accurately and completely. The dispatching of Usama Bin Laden is one of those events. We must see the photos and videos (however gory they may be) for two reasons: (1) that is the modern and preferred medium for historical records, and (2) the disclosure of facts has been so “foggy” that the warm sunlight must now be brought to bear upon the events to clear the fog. President Obama’s decision to withhold the classified photographs and video associated with the mission has ironically served to deny this most modern of events one of the key ingredients present in virtually all other watershed news events in recent memory: pictures. We’ve had them from the Kennedy assassination and its Zapruder film to 9/11 and its camcorders. The Arab Spring comes via YouTube cell phone video, linked to from Twitter. Indeed, in their sheer number of rate of disclosure, the details of the bin Laden mission have formed their own digital assault: They’ve poured forth virtually non-stop since the president finished speaking in the East Room of the White House, at 11:44 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday night, May 1, nine minutes after he had begun. via Bin Laden Killing: How the White House, Pentagon and CIA Botched the...

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Environmental nuts: Here’s How to “Be Green”

This was too good not to preserve and, besides, I lived in this era and can relate. In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that she should bring her own grocery bag because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment. The woman apologized to him and explained, “We didn’t have the ‘green thing‘ back in my day.”  The clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. The former generation did not care enough to save our environment.”  He was right, that generation didn’t have the green thing in its day. Back then, they returned their milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But they didn’t have the green thing back in that customer’s day. In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. They walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time they had to go two blocks. But she was right. They didn’t have the green thing in her day. Back then, they washed the baby’s diapers because they didn’t have the throw-away kind. They dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine...

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