Re: Immigration Issue: Some Facts

A response that started as a comment on the Houston Metro Blog article Immigration Issue:Some Facts but it got too long.

Adrian I hope you feel better after venting, but most of your arguments are strawmen.

The thing that most pisses people off is the idea that a group of people break our laws and then protest against us wanting to enforce them. And right now they are breaking more laws – skipping school – to do the protests.

Not all Hispanics are immigrants

People are not calling on the deportation of every hispanic person in America. They want people who have broken the law to be held accountable. I don’t think it helps you to decide everything is based on race, therefore any non-racist argument is irrelevant.

Illegal Immigrants do not free load on welfare or healthcare

Illegal aliens may be afraid to go to a hospital, but they do. When you are desparate you’ll do what you are afraid of. Your argument doesn’t include the use of services provided to the poor – which are part of the welfare system – that do not require identification.

And you side stepped the educational system. We accept students in to our schools without questioning their citizenship status.

Illegal Immigrants are a drain on the economy because they don’t pay taxes.

Not paying taxes helps the economy, not hurts it. The argument is they don’t pay income tax on the income they do earn like everyone else. This is a problem because again it is against the law. And I don’t like paying income taxes, but I do it anyway and others should too.

America is all Immigrants

America is made up of Immigrants. But the vast majority of those Immigrants played by the rules to get here. It is an indignity to call on them to justify illegal Immigration now.

Culture vs. Citizenship… the kids are waving Mexican flags.

I actually agree with you somewhat. Waving the Mexican flag is just like waving the Irish flag. But it is bad PR for your movement. If they had waved both the American and Mexican flag it wouldn’t have seemed such a big deal. And of course it makes this a Mexican issue and not a Hispanic issue.

The issues isn’t simple and won’t have a simple solution. We need immigration and the current system doesn’t work well. But we also need law and order.

What solution are you offering? Just say everyone who broke the law should be given a pass and made citizens? That’s rubbing people the wrong way.

None of this deals with the issue of national security and a porous Mexican border. If illegal aliens can cross the border, so can foreign terrorists.

WordPress 2.0

So I upgraded the Mrs yesterday and myself today. Admin interface is much nicer. If this posts, then XML-RPC works.

My theme works, but I’m going to be changing it so it will work with widgets.

One weird and a little annoying is you have to sign up for a WordPress.com account – which creates a blog for you – just to use the new built in comment spam filtering. But for you the reader I did it and the image thing is gone from comments.

Updates to come.

Obscure Tech That Changed The World

There are a lot of things we don’t even think about that end up making major changes in the world. One of those jumped out at me in this article on the Business Opportunities Weblog. The Container That Changed the World.

Containers are those big metal boxes that you see being pulled by 18 Wheelers or on trains. And they there are huge ships to transport around the world. Read the article to see what I mean about a world changing tech.

MySpace Apple Store Story

Last week before going to Atlanta you may remember my computer was in the for repair. On Thursday night it finally came back and I had to go to the Apple Store in the Woodlands. This is a fairly large Apple store. Bigger than the one in the Galleria.

There are apple computer’s all around the parameter of the store and a few tables in the middle. Almost all of these computers had a teenager at them – including my two. After I got my computer one of my boys was in the bathroom and we were waiting on him. I decided to walk around and see what all these teens were doing on the computers.

Of the probably 20 teens in the store, only my son didn’t have a web browser open to a Myspace page. Even the couple that were playing with PhotoBooth or iChat AV had a browser window open to something on Myspace.

I knew Myspace was big, but this kind of freaked me out.

Take it for what it is worth.

As an aside, I’ve told this story a couple of times in the real world, and it still took me almost a week to tell it on my blog. What’s up with that?

Nightwatch

I was listening to the podcast The Treatment and they talked about this Russian movie called NightWatch. They said if The Matix was written by Tolstory it would be NightWatch.

I watched the trailer and was blown away by the quality of the photography and the special effects.

Does not seem to be showing in Houston, even though the website said it should start showing here 3/3. Can’t believe it is gone that fast.