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Using forged documents is no longer a crime

A fellow Protest Warrior directed me to this from Glenn Beck:

First, a state government in Mexico is reportedly intending to handout portable GPS devices to illegal immigrants this year to help them arrive safely in the United States. No – I am not kidding you. Apparently, the main illegal entry route into Arizona — oh hey, there’s Arizona again! — is actually tough to navigate so they need a little satellite help to get there.

Now, this I can actually understand, even though I don’t like it: it’s their government. But here is a really crazy thing:

But here’s where things get insane. After breaking into the country and using fake documents to secure work, an illegal may soon be able to actually claim social security benefits! A new agreement, if signed by the President, would allow an illegal alien who subsequently becomes legal, to claim benefits for the work they did prior to becoming a citizen. Put another way — we’ll ignore how you got here and how you got your job, as long as you do it the right way later.

Are you outraged yet? Well what if I told you that while most Americans need ten years of work to qualify for benefits — Mexicans would qualify with as little as 18 months of work! NOW are you getting that rage back? I hope so, because our leaders have once again proven that the only way this insanity will end is through the will of the people.

The often used euphemism for illegals is “undocumented aliens”. So, if they are “undocumented”, they work for cash. That is actually the whole incentive for some people to hire them: you can pay them below minimum wage and don’t have to pay any taxes for them. But in this case they don’t pay into the system and cannot claim Social Security benefits. If, on the other hand, they are paying into the system, that means that they do have some sort of documents. But they are illegally in the country! So, they are no longer “undocumented”. Instead, they are “fraudulently documented”. Furthermore, those people often use fake IDs, but real Social Security numbers that belong to somebody else. Thus, they are stealing somebody’s identity. Maybe I am missing something again, but I thought that fraud and identity theft were crimes. Are they not? Or those are not crimes only if you sneak across the border from Mexico?
Back in November of 1989, when my parents and I came to this country, we had to apply for Social Security numbers and then, with a letter from the Social Security Administration, we could go and apply for Medi-Cal. In both cases our documents were thoroughly checked. Is it no longer the case?

January 4, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Speaker

So, everybody is breathlessly talking about Nancy Pelosi being a first female Speaker of the House. I have this silly question: how is the fact that she is a woman relevant to her duties as a Speaker? Maybe I am missing something. You know, having grown up in a different country and all.
In all seriousness, the fact that she is a woman is absolutely irrelevant to her position of the Speaker. What is very relevant is the fact that she is a San Francisco Leftist and does not have any understanding of the global threat we are facing. That is why I would prefer that she wasn’t the Speaker of the House. Whether she is a woman, a man, or a trans-sexual, does not change this fact.

January 4, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Can we put a dead man on trial?

Among supporters of the current war effort, people who think that Saddam got what he deserved, I am not the only one who is asking: why weren’t trials for Saddam’s other crimes against humanity completed before he was executed? Here is an article by Christopher Hitchens:

…How could it have come to this? Did U.S. officials know that the designated “executioners” would be the unwashed goons of Muqtada Sadr’s “Mahdi Army”—the same sort of thugs who killed Abdul Majid al-Khoei in Najaf just after the liberation and who indulge in extra-judicial murder of Iraqis every night and day? Did our envoys and representatives ask for any sort of assurances before turning over a prisoner who was being held under the Geneva Conventions? According to the New York Times, there do seem to have been a few insipid misgivings about the timing and the haste, but these appear to have been dissolved soon enough and replaced by a fatalistic passivity that amounts, in theory and practice, to acquiescence in a crude Shiite coup d’état. Thus, far from bringing anything like “closure,” the hanging ensures that the poison of Saddamism will stay in the Iraqi bloodstream, mingling with other related infections such as confessional fanaticism and the sort of video sadism that has until now been the prerogative of al-Qaida’s dehumanized ghouls. We have helped to officiate at a human sacrifice. For shame.

In Baghdad last week, I missed the best chance I shall ever have to mention rope in the house of a hanged man. The house belonged to Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti, Saddam’s repellent half-brother and one of the two men who are now scheduled to follow him through the trapdoor. These days, it serves as the office of President Jalal Talabani, with whom I was invited to take lunch. The television was showing the trial of Saddam and his associates for the Anfal campaign, that ruthless and mechanized devastation of Iraqi Kurdistan and the systematic slaughter and clearance of its people by conventional and chemical weaponry. Every Kurd I know was eager to see this episode properly aired in court and placed on the record for all time, with its chief perpetrator on hand to be confronted with his deeds. Instead, the said chief perpetrator was snatched from the dock—in the very middle of his trial—and thrown as a morsel to one of the militias. This sort of improvised “offing” is not even a parody of the serious tribunal that history demands.

Here is another one, by Micah Halpern:

…What happens during a trial? Events are read into historical record. Witnesses offer testimony while their memory is still fresh, while the pictures are still clearly defined in their minds, while the wounds still ache. Documents are produced and validated and offered into evidence. Then comes justice. Trials are not convened for the purpose of legitimizing revenge, trials are the instruments of justice.
History and justice. The two go hand in hand. To deny one is to diminish the other. History and justice. It is our responsibility to record, to pursue and to preserve. The rest is irrelevant.

Now back to Saddam Hussein. What a colossal mistake. What injustice.

It was a mistake because Saddam Hussein was tried and convicted for perpetrating a mass murder that took place in 1982 that killed 148 Shiite Muslims in the northern town of Dujail. Just one incident involving one case of mass murder. Saddam Hussein was guilty of tens of thousands more incidents of mass murder.

The only way to actually right the wrong that Saddam perpetrated on the Iraqi people would have been to try him for every event and enter every event into the court record and convict him of every murder. This mass murderer should have been held accountable for more than one single event.

Read both of these articles. Both authors are supporters of the war effort. Both authors think that Saddam got what was coming to him. But both authors think that it should have happened after all the trials were over. I have to say that I agree with them. Now brace yourselves for the industry of Saddam’s crimes denial and conspiracy theories suggesting the we had something to hide and that is why Saddam was executed now.
Some people think that this was done in order to throw a bone to Shias and then go after Al-Sadr (hat tip: Bill Faith). Perhaps. But it seems that Al-Sadr might have grown stronger because of this. We should take him out anyway. And the Shias would have gotten their “bone” anyway, when Saddam would have been executed eventually for all of his crimes, not just one.

January 4, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments