To The Daily Sun,
News from the U.S. Senate: Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn) has a bill that would override the ban on late-term abortions. The bill has support of two-thirds of Senate Democrats.
This is horrific news as the bill would allow women to have abortions, that is to kill their babies, late in pregnancy. After five months into her pregnancy, an infant is formed and has arms, legs, a heartbeat, and can FEEL whatever is happening to it. This is murder in the first degree. Please, pregnant women, do not kill your babies. In this pro-choice world, you still have the choice to have the baby, to preserve life.
Life is precious, and the life of a baby is the most precious of all.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 11:14
To The Daily Sun,
On Saturday, July 26, the Lakes Region Rotary Club will be once again host a car show spectacle at the Weirs Beach Lobster Pound. We are fortunate to have O'Reilly Auto Parts as our featured sponsor and expect to rival the great turnout we had last year when we had 150 show cars of all types and vintages on display.
With more than 700 spectators roaming around admiring the cars, it was truly a great day. This year we have added some food and ice cream vendors and will once again be awarding prizes for best in show. All the proceeds from the event go to local charities with the featured recipient this year being the Boys and Girls Club. Show time is from 10-2. Show cars are encouraged to get there earlier to get set up.
We hope to see lots of people and cars at the show. Parking will be available for spectators directly across the street from the show.
Lakes Region Rotary Club
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 11:10
To The Daily Sun,
First, the only response I can make to Bernadette Loesch's letter of last week is: Best to get your facts straight.
Yet again you have made the accusation that red-leaning states make it difficult to vote. I have disproven your accusations in a previous letter, including citations, yet you continue to make them. On the other hand, if you meant to say right-leaning states make it more difficult for ineligible voters to vote, then I would agree with you. Otherwise, give it a rest, Bernadette. No one is buying what you're selling. Saying it again and again isn't going to change the truth one bit.
Second, I'm not sure I can adequately respond to Mister Veverka's latest round of character assassination without taking up copious amounts of column inches. He expresses nothing new, disparages those who do not agree with his beliefs, and makes endless accusations without one shred of proof. But then, that's how he does it — make the accusation and expect everyone to take it on faith because, after all, he knows "the truth" better than everyone else. Facts need not apply. Frankly, he is boring because he never really says anything new. It's just endless bigotry from a close-minded progressive mouthpiece incapable of expressing any original thought. Does he really think anyone other than his fellow travelers take him seriously?
At times it seems their dislike and, dare I say, hatred of those who disagree with their political beliefs is almost pathological. Their inability or unwillingness to see or at least try to truly understand others' point of view is disturbing, to say the least.
Dale Channing Eddy
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 11:07
To The Daily Sun,
Social Security (SS) is INSOLVENT. The Congressional Budget Office just calculated that in LESS the 20 years the benefits for EVERY RECIPIENT will need to be CUT by a STAGGERING 25 percent. When polled, almost NO ONE says they will agree to a benefit cut. There is not even enough money to pay for the coming gap by taxing every dollar earned from one to a billion. That makes things rather interesting, because SOMEONE is going to pay, and pay BIG for the MASSIVE shortfall of money. It is either workers of beneficiaries.
Even worse, a staggering percentage of retired Americans already depend on SS for more than half their income. The amount of the imbalance is breath taking, but in keeping with every hair brained program dreamed up by Democrats. The fact that SS is bankrupt should surprise NO one, given it's origins in the lower bowels of the Democratic Party and we all know what is in a BOWEL.
It is not that confiscating money for a working lifetime from pay checks is a bad idea to assure people save money to retire on. The problem of our never ending SS bankruptcies stem from the absolute, INSANE, STRUCTURAL DESIGN of the SS system to FAVOR GOVERNMENT over the beneficiaries. Any private enterprise running a pension system that even remotely looked like what SS does would be incarcerated with the keys thrown away. Social Securit's design is an absolute slap in the face to every black worker because they have life expectancies far SHORTER than every other race. The shorter you live, the less you collect and the more GOVERNMENT BENEFITS. Why in hell aren't Democrats SCREAMING RACIAL OUTRAGE at those that designed SS demanding the program cease? That means screaming at themselves.
The Australians, the U.K. and the Chilean's all grew a BRAIN concerning their pension program challenges. Are those countries all smarter than U.S.? Chile changed their national pension plan 21 years ago. It covers tens of millions of workers. There was much angst and uncertainty when the new program was first introduced. Pensions became "individualized" from "GOVERNMENTIZED" and options to invest in several stock market indices were offered. The president urged every Chilean to leave the old program, similar to ours, and like ours yielded almost NO RETURN — after accounting for ravages of inflation. Those who wanted to stay in the old program could. Of course the people who made the change from investing in long term, low return, government debt (the same way we do) into the vibrancy of the Chilean BUSINESS ENGINE began receiving pensions TWICE what those who failed to change did. COMMON SENSE hit the masses. Even what we could call here the hardest of the donkey knot heads saw the LIGHT. Today, 93 percent of Chileans are invested in their equity market through their SS pensions. That investment produces average pensions DOUBLE EACH MONTH what ours is for same wages earned during a lifetime. EAT YOUR HEART OUT!
The CRITICAL calculation to produce MUCH HIGHER monthly income isn't just how much you CONTRIBUTE or earn but what the PROJECTED RETURN is over the very long holding period for such assets. Further, the monies contributed and earned are the property of the BENEFICIARY, NOT THE GOVERNMENT! Democrats LOVE our SS because it keeps TENS of MILLIONS more in poverty and government DEPENDENT allowing them to SCREAM INEQUALITY with the need for even MORE GOVERNMENT WELFARE. Which in the end only increases GOVERNMENT POWER and dominance over a greater percentage of the electorate. That is all any Kool-Aid blooded Democrat LIVES for — more government power and HIGHER taxes on EVERYTHING including PAYROLL TAXES. Which of course in the end leads to BANKRUPTCY EVERY PLACE in every government run program over and OVER.
WE have an opportunity and a SCREAMING NEED to CHANGE our SS system to one that does not REQUIRE BENEFIT CUTS to beneficiaries or increases to payroll withholding taxes or increases in the earnings taxed under SS. All we need to do is follow the lead of Chile and Australia. They grew BRAINS and discovered COMMON SENSE!
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00
They've blown it again, big time. They just can't help themselves.
During the Bush years, the open-borders movement won over bleeding hearts in the White House but alienated the American public with radical displays of La Raza ("The Race") militancy, desecrated American flags and Che Guevara shirt-wearing, fist-thrusting marches across the country.
Left-wing public relations consultants taught the amnesty mob to tone it down, turn the flags right-side up and stop threatening Reconquista. But the phony red-white-and-blue dye job didn't last. The movement's true extremist, entitled roots can't be concealed for long.
On Monday, leading illegal-alien journalist turned activist Jose Antonio Vargas engaged in a foolish stunt that will backfire on him and his allies in the media and Hollywood and on Capitol Hill. An openly defiant law-breaker who proudly calls himself "the most privileged undocumented immigrant in the country," Vargas traveled to Texas with a film crew to commune with illegal aliens surging across the border.
But on his way out of the Rio Grande Valley, the former Washington Post reporter and Pulitzer Prize winner was detained at the McAllen, Texas, airport by Customs and Border Patrol. He was attempting to clear security and board a flight without legally required U.S. identification.
No surprise: Vargas initially made it past the buffoons at the TSA.
The media-savvy amnesty agitator telegraphed the stunt beforehand in a piece for Politico. He hyped sympathetic coverage from the liberal Huffington Post. He tweeted a photo of his Philippine passport and a pocket Constitution, which he audaciously presented to authorities in lieu of valid ID.
And then Vargas' publicity minions captured and tweeted the exact moment when he was handcuffed, looking shocked and aggrieved that federal law enforcement officers would actually — gasp! — enforce the law.
An illegal-alien Icarus, Vargas had been riding high after movie theaters and CNN aired his biographical, pro-illegal immigration documentary. His amnesty activism is backed by the progressive Tides Center, a project of George Soros and former ACORN chief organizer Drummond Pike. To his elite friends in the no-borders industry, he's a "hero."
Journalists, celebrities and politicians immediately swallowed the propaganda bait, rallying to their privileged pal's side. "#DontDeportJose," they all cried in an orchestrated Twitter campaign.
Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of law-abiding people from around the world are waiting patiently for their backlogged visa and green card applications to be reviewed.
Vargas' outraged reporter friends don't have much sympathy for those would-be Americans. Or for the Americans who've dedicated their lives to protecting homeland security and upholding our laws. Vargas' enablers jumped to condemn the CBP employees in McAllen for doing their jobs and demanded that he be freed from "unfair" and "out of hand" detention, as one hysterical Roll Call reporter put it.
Unfair and out of hand?
As I've noted previously, Vargas came here from the Philippines as a child, but knowingly broke multiple laws as an adult in order to stay in the country. After being supplied with a fake passport with a fake name, a fake green card and a bogus Social Security number, he committed perjury repeatedly on federal I-9 employment eligibility forms. In 2002, while pursuing his journalism career goals, an immigration lawyer told him he needed to accept the consequences of his law-breaking and return to his native Philippines. He ignored the counsel and instead used a friend's address to obtain an Oregon driver's license under false pretenses. It gave him an eight-year golden ticket to travel by car, board trains and airplanes, work at prestigious newspapers, and even gain access to the White House — where crack Secret Service agents allowed him to attend a state dinner using his bogus Social Security number.
The Vargas stunt will backfire because it is a smug and emblematic middle finger to everyone outside the D.C.-Manhattan bubble who believes in following the rules. As legal immigrant Asoka Samarasinghe wrote to me on Monday, "Michelle, this guy is a slap to the face of all us legal immigrants and citizens."
As for "due process," celebrity illegal alien Vargas will undoubtedly get more bites at the immigration court and federal appeals apple than law-abiding citizens will ever enjoy (see Zeituni Onyango).
But the sob-story violins play on. Democratic New York Mayor Bill de Blasio sanctimoniously tweeted Monday afternoon: "I stand in solidarity with journalist and advocate (Vargas). He exemplifies what America is about."
Only if "America" means protecting leftist elitists from the consequences of their reckless, arrogant actions.
(Syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin is the daughter of Filipino Immigrants. She was born in Philadelphia, raised in southern New Jersey and now lives with her husband and daughter in Colorado. Her weekly column is carried by more than 100 newspapers.)
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 10:21