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sd said...

Every time I read a HannaBeckman post, I think to myself, "It could always be worse."

For example: I could be HannaBeckman. I wouldn't wish that on anyone. Not even HannaBeckman. It must be a pretty damn miserable existence.

June 13, 2011 at 5:25 p.m.
sd said...

I dunno about spot on.

"It is a shame that our country manages its foreign labor resources by cruelly forcing workers to cross dangerous deserts at night..."

Uh, what? You're not forced to immigrate unless you're kidnapped or are being trafficked against your will.

But sure, the impact of immigration control on businesses and their competitiveness is a serious issue. There would be price increases for all manner of products. I think some of the people who want to boot out all undocumented workers unequivocally might think twice if they considered their wallets.

June 11, 2011 at 2:59 p.m.
sd said...

CSM gives an overview: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2011/0610/Is-Alabama-s-new-illegal-immigration-law-really-the-toughest

Do any of the business owners on this forum have thoughts/opinions on E-Verify?

I started reading about the path to citizenship process as it pertains to our friends in Mexico.

Mexican citizens are exempt from the green card lottery, so they must obtain a green card through employment (must have an "extraordinary ability", degree, be a skilled worker, former US government employee, widow/er of a US citizen or religious worker[1]) or be sponsored by a family member (spouse, child, parent, or sibling who is a US citizen and has proof that they can support the sponsoree within 125% of the poverty line [2]). A green card must be renewed every ten years.

Green card holders 18 years or older who have lived in the US for 5 years you can apply for US citizenship. (The waiting period is 3 years if you are married to a US citizen.) [3] Applicants must have "good moral character," (no criminal record, no illegal activity, has paid all taxes) and must speak and write English (there are some exceptions) and must have a basic understanding of US history and government.

The form, the N-400, has a $680.00 application fee [5].

So while the process isn't insurmountable, it's definitely something that requires effort and patience. The requirements for citizenship seem pretty reasonable to me, but I can see that this process would not be ideal for a temporary, low-skill worker who does not intend to live here permanently. There's a worker visa for temporary/seasonal service/labor workers but I haven't researched it yet.

[1] http://www.uslawcenteronline.com/PracticeAreas/Employment-Green-Cards.asp [2] http://www.path2usa.com/family-based-green-card [3]http://www.uscis.gov/USCIS/Office%20of%20Citizenship/Citizenship%20Resource%20Center%20Site/Publications/PDFs/G-1151.pdf [5] http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5af9bb95919f35e66f614176543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=480ccac09aa5d010VgnVCM10000048f3d6a1RCRD&vgnextchannel=40a9b2149e7df110VgnVCM1000004718190aRCRD

June 11, 2011 at 7:54 a.m.
sd said...

Verbal gaffs do not make a person an idiot. Everyone makes mistakes and gets tongue-tied. Rambling incoherently when you're put on the spot doesn't necessarily make you an idiot, either. But making crap up on the spur of the moment and insisting it is fact DOES make you an idiot.

I have no idea why people are even bothering to defend the Palin Paul Revere thing. In the clip it's obvious she was caught off guard and just started making crap up. She always sticks her foot in it because instead of giving a short answer she feels compelled to display her ignorance by saying whatever she thinks will sound good to her base. Then it turns out it isn't factual and her critics take her to the plinking range. Rinse, repeat.

June 7, 2011 at 7:21 p.m.
sd said...

Ignore them, L4F. Your white buttocks ARE wonderful and will always be glistening to me.

May 19, 2011 at 5:55 p.m.
sd said...

As khargis said, the Commissioners responded to complaints by stating they will approve the contract.

http://chattarati.com/metro/government-politics/2011/5/7/commission-will-approve-family-planning-contract-c/

It's pretty awesome how quickly people jumped all over this. When I first read about it, my reaction was, "Here we go..."

That being said, this is free money for a range of health services, and the fact that the Commissioners would have voted against it if it included abortion funding is problematic. They have demonstrated that they are not voting based on community need but rather their personal preferences, which means they are not doing their jobs.

May 8, 2011 at 11:13 p.m.
sd said...

Polygamy should be legal, but I'm with tderng--no idea why anyone would want to do it. It seems like a heckuvalot of work.

May 7, 2011 at 10:53 a.m.
sd said...

Re: Likelihood Herman Cain replacing Obama

I see harp and SM agree on this. It's early and we haven't seen much of Cain yet, but he's apparently making an impression in a rather lukewarm field. His "Common Sense Solutions" indicates he will shape his platform around tax cuts, "business-friendly" policies, domestic drilling, eliminating or reducing alternative energy subsidies, repealing HCR, deregulation, school vouchers, and emphasizing the role of religion (Christianity) in America's governance. So no surprises there; he's cleaving to the GOP party line.

My instinct is that Romney will do well this round, in spite of 2008, but we shall see.

May 7, 2011 at 10:49 a.m.
sd said...

7 of our 9 male county commissioners don't understand how Plan B works, and they're willing to stop funding a health program that is used by nearly 4,000 women annually because of their own ignorance.

Brilliant.

May 5, 2011 at 7:51 p.m.
sd said...

Good call. Decades from now they will declassify those photos for historians or something. OBL is dead and, frankly, the media has devoted enough attention to him.

May 4, 2011 at 7:12 p.m.
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