Posted by: nhfalcon | April 28, 2010

J.A.R.M. v.4.26.10

(Delayed. Again. I gotta work on that. Anyway…)

* – shred for your life!

* – it’s been too long since the last Meat Loaf album, hasn’t it?

* – a little sneak preview of Russell Crowe’s upcoming Robin Hood.

* – time for MIB III?

* – time for Bad Boys III?

* – Robert Downey, Jr. in The Wizard of Oz?

* – a take on “Jack and the Beanstalk”, anyone?

* – hey, how about a movie version of I Dream of Jeannie?

* – finally! A movie sequel that shouldn’t happen, won’t!

* – here’s a little info on upciming Pixar and Disney stuff.

* – anybody remember the John Travolta – Nicolas Cage flick Face-Off? Well, it’s a reality now.

* – note to self: move to Brazil.

* – and this iPhone app ought to be useful when I get there.

* – this ad was banned? Seriously?

* – beware “Boobquake!”

* – I know, I know, I’m going on about sex again. Sorry, it’s my male brain in action. I can’t help it.

* – oh, I’m sure this will get the panties of some pro-choicers in a twist.

* – hey, Mrs. C., were you aware of the Nutella Curse? You’re a fan of that stuff, aren’t you?

* – thanks for the hot tip, Steve.

* – seven things the dealer has to tell you when you buy a car.

* – amazing what a car company can do when it’s not run by the government, huh?

* – as opposed to what a goverment-run car company can’t do (don’t believe those GM ads claiming they’ve paid back their government loans, in full, with interest).

* – I know there are those who dismiss homeschooling (and I’m sure my sister would like to have a discussion with them), but “unschooling?”

* – Are you f#*king kidding me?! A ban on toys in kids’ meals at fast-foot restaurants to try to combat childhood obesity? Really? REALLY? This is the Nanny State in action, ladies and gentlemen. Call me a conspiracy theorist all you want, but this is just a little baby step. What choice will they take away next?

* – Jesus Christ! This thing is more confusing than the healthcare flow chart. No wonder there’s no clear direction in Afghanistan.

* – speaking of healthcare

* – Good.

* – yes, I agree – wholeheartedly, I will willingly add – with Arizona’s new immigration law.

* – though there are obviously many who don’t.

* – this sums up my feelings on the issue pretty well.

* – the fact that this new law might put “Cap N’ Tax” on the backburner makes me only like it more.

* – check this video out:

People throwing water bottles at police officers and striking police officers, but it’s the Tea Partys that are hateful and violent? Really? REALLY? I challenege any of you to find evidence as indisputable as what you just saw above showing Tea Partiers engaged in similar behavior. Find me video. Images. Audio. Arrest records. Anything.

Go ahead, I’ll wait.

I’m not holding my breath, though.

* – and that video is just the tip of the iceberg.

* – another great example of “If a Republican had said this…”

But, again, it’s the Tea Partiers who are racists and bigots.

Right.

* – wow, I didn’t think Keith Olbermann knew how to apologize.

* – and now to the anti-Olbermann – Glenn Beck. I would like you to read this and this and then look me in the eye and tell me with a straight face that this is a man of hatred, a man of intolerance, and/or a man of violence.

Go ahead. I dare you.

* – hey, it’s one thing if I surf porn. At home. On my own time. It’s another thing when members of the Securities and Exchange Comission do it. At the office. While working. Pretty much for their entire shift.

* – I’m sorry, MSM, the mortgage meltdown was whose fault?

* – and for Michael Steele and the RNC, the hits just keep on coming.

* – oh, yeah, Earth Day was the other day, wasn’t it? Eh. I think George Carlin and I were on the same wavelength on this one:

(stolen, with love, from Saintseester)

* – one last thing, folks (no link here, just me rambling for a minute). I obviously talk about of lot of things here that stir a lot of passions. They are passions for me, too, otherwise, of course, I wouldn’t write about them. I know dander can get up toot sweet. I know panties can get twisted easily. I personally don’t think anybody has crossed any lines yet, but I would like to ask that we all – and I include myself in this – take a breath and think a second before we start responding to me or to other people’s responses. Let’s try to keep the snark in check. Let’s try to not get too personal. I do not want to censor anybody on either side of any fence. I am not asking anybody to watch what they are saying, but simply to consider how they are saying it.

Thank you.

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Responses

  1. I was NOT aware of the Nutella curse. Since I’m not a soccer player, though (and no one’s asking me to be featured in an ad for the stuff), I think I’m safe. Thank GOD!

    I’m going to take issue with Arizona’s new statute (oh, come on… you KNEW I would). As a Holocaust educator, I get asked, “Mrs. C., how does something like that happen?” a lot. Well, boys and girls, it happens a little like this.

    Look, I am not in support of people being here illegally; let’s get that clear before we go any further. If you cross ANY border in violation of ANY country’s laws, I think you should be sent back to go through the process legally (barring your imminent danger in being sent back, of course – and I think that should be considered in each case).

    That being said, however, I DON’T think that giving the authorities license to stop ANYONE they might SUSPECT of being illegal is a good idea AT ALL. The claim is that this won’t inspire racial profiling. Well, I’m calling bullshit on that. Do you think that you or I – some of the whitest people on the planet – would get stopped and questioned under this statute? Of course not; we’re not “suspicious.”

    Do I think this is going to bring on a Holocaust? Of course not. Do I think that this is going to make the environment in certain parts of Arizona (and, perhaps, the rest of the country) more hostile and inhospitable? Yes. Do I think that this is going to make it more acceptable for people to be racist and suspicious of each other? Yes. Are those the conditions that Hitler manipulated to do what he did?

    Yes.

  2. The law does not give the authority to stop anyone for suspicion of being an illegal immigrant. That’s a misconception propagated by the press.

    The law requires immigration status (of everyone not just a certain shade) to be checked when someone is arrested for a crime. It allows immigration status to be checked when the person is involved in other legal instances (such as speeding tickets or traffic accidents).

  3. Seester, that’s what the law says, to be sure (and yes, I have read it, though I haven’t cross-referenced any of the other statutes it mentions). What concerns me, though, is this:

    E. A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, WITHOUT A WARRANT, MAY ARREST A PERSON IF THE OFFICER HAS PROBABLE CAUSE TO BELIEVE THAT THE PERSON HAS COMMITTED ANY PUBLIC OFFENSE THAT MAKES THE PERSON REMOVABLE FROM THE UNITED STATES.

    The problem I have with this law in general is what happens when an officer detains someone WITHOUT probable cause. Sure, the statute says there has to be cause, but it doesn’t spell out any consequences for there NOT being any. Proponents will argue that either way, it doesn’t matter; if you get pulled over (or detained on the street) and you can’t cough up the appropriate documentation, you’re out. You were doing something wrong by being here, they’ll argue, so what difference does it make HOW the fact that you’re here illegally was discovered? I see that as a very dangerous thing.

    I think my biggest issue is that this specifically targets a group of people. Let’s be honest; like I said earlier, no one is going to ask ME to prove I live here. The only way this law can work (and, honestly, I don’t think it can) is if EVERYONE is subjected to the same standards of proof. I can imagine that there are a lot of people who would find that an unreasonable imposition on them and wouldn’t long stand for it, but as long as it’s happening to THEM and not to US, it’s okay. It’s that attitude that concerns me, for it’s that attitude that leads down a road I’m not interested in traveling.

  4. Also, the law DOES NOT require that EVERYONE’S status be checked:

    B. FOR ANY LAWFUL CONTACT MADE BY A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL OR AGENCY
    OF THIS STATE OR A COUNTY, CITY, TOWN OR OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THIS STATE WHERE REASONABLE SUSPICION EXISTS THAT THE PERSON IS AN ALIEN WHO IS UNLAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES, A REASONABLE ATTEMPT SHALL BE MADE, WHEN PRACTICABLE, TO DETERMINE THE IMMIGRATION STATUS OF THE PERSON. THE PERSON’S IMMIGRATION STATUS SHALL BE VERIFIED WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PURSUANT TO 8 UNITED STATES CODE SECTION 1373(c).

    The emphasis is mine.

  5. That’s not where I said that. I said “The law requires immigration status (of everyone not just a certain shade) to be checked when someone is arrested for a crime.”

    When arrested for a crime, the law says immigration status must be checked.

    Any law that allows police to stop people can be abused. Does that mean we should have none? Traffic laws that allow police to pull over someone for “speeding” can be abused, too. That doesn’t mean we cannot allow the police to work. In an area that is overrun with people breaking the system and using up every resource, something has to be done to deter that. There are areas here where that is happening to a large degree.

  6. I like Nutella. And I suck at soccer. I do think there’s a connection. I just thought I was uncoordinated.

    And I think if parents in Santa Clara loose a bunch of pissed off preschoolers on the city council, some edicts will change REAL fast!

    BTW: Boobquake was a lot of fun. Just sayin’.


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