Monday July 21
Obama must be furious. Putin has out Obama'd Obama. His forces have destroyed a civilian plane, they have taken the black boxes from the downed craft and he is denying everything.
Has this the familiar ring of Benghazi, Fast and Furious, NSA, IRA, VA to name a few or what? I wonder if Putin heard about this in the media? The sad thing is Obama probably doesn't even realize it! After all he's always in the right! Just ask him!
Saturday July 19
According to a Gallop poll from March 2013, 138 million people from across the world would like to immigrate to the U.S.
In order to help less fortunate people, as immigrants and as recipients of foreign aide, we need to maintain a thriving economy. If we don't enforce our borders, our economy will suffer and I believe significantly. While most of us have compassion for the people who have come to us for help, the reality must dictate how we respond. We must return these people to their home countries and secure our borders. Only then will the deluge stop. As a temporary measure, send the National Guard down to the border where they can do paperwork and take care of the unescorted minors. That would free up Border Patrol Agents to secure our border. And instead of stationing the agents 40 miles north of the border, station them on the border.
Liberals say that we must pass the Senate Immigration Reform Bill and that will help with our current problem by providing funds. I vehemently disagree with this. Does anyone remember the bill passed in 1986 and signed by President Reagan? Congress promised to secure the border in that bill. We all know it never happened. President Reagan identified this as one of his biggest failures. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO), which provides nonpartisan analysis of the federal budget and the economy for the U.S. Congress, has determined that passage of the Senate Immigration Reform bill will DECREASE WAGES through 2025, RAISE the UNEMPLOYMENT RATE through 2020, and result in higher interest rates which contributes to inflation.
Proponents of this bill say we can't get Americans to fill certain jobs.
Do we have any problem filling jobs such as sanitation workers or sewer workers? That's because these jobs pay enough money. The same would be true with any job. Pay enough and Americans will do the job.
I am a big proponent of the border fence, where appropriate. Because it's permanent. Border Patrol, e-verify, and other measures can be given and they can be taken away. I don't trust politicians.
And because it works. The reason the stream of illegal immigrants is crossing the border in Texas and not here in California is because of the double layer fence south of San Diego. Representative Duncan Hunter was instrumental in getting that fence built and deserves our gratitude.
President Obama says the border fence is "now basically complete". Not true. The Secure Fence Act called for 652 miles (the southern border is almost 2,000 miles long) of double-layer fencing and only 36.3 miles of double-layered fencing now exists. The vast majority of the requirement was met with vehicle barriers and single-layer pedestrian fence. The original act specifically called for double-layer fencing but the act was later amended to allow Border Security the discretion to determine which type of fencing was appropriate for different areas. A fail for polticians.
President Obama has said that he has deported more illegal aliens than previous Presidents. What he doesn't tell you is that he's changed the criteria used that determines a deportation. From whitehouse.gov: "MR. LERNER: ... And also, you have been deporting much more immigrants than the previous administration did in eight years. ... THE PRESIDENT: ... Secondly, the statistics are actually a little deceptive because what we’ve been doing is with the stronger border enforcement we’ve been apprehending folks at the borders and sending them back. That is counted as a deportation, even though they may have only been held for a day or
48 hours, sent back -- that’s counted as a deportation."
Past administrations classified this as catch and return - not as deportations.
I believe if all American citizens were informed, we would demand that the border be secured first, the current surge of illegal immigrants stopped, and then we can discuss a pathway to citizenship and all other illegal immigration issues.
When Father Junipero Serra established the California Missions hundreds of years ago, Mexicans were here to greet him. Latinos have always been here legal and illegal.
Here's what I know with certainty from experience:
A third are not criminals. You cannot tell who is truly legal due to the black market of counterfeit documents including passports, drivers licenses and green cards.
Many have fake social security numbers in our antiquated and flawed federal data system. A story online suggested that up to 1600 law enforcement officers in California are here illegally.
I am told that probably a third of the Latino community in the greater LA area are undocumented.
They are gardeners, construction laborers, restaurant workers. The guy drying your car at the car wash is probably undocumented. They work jobs most of us will not work, and they work hard. The suggestion that they are taking jobs from Americans is highly doubtful, unless you want to work the aforementioned jobs, in a factory sweat shop, or harvest agriculture bent over in the hot sun all day. Somehow I doubt it.
The problem lies in requirements to come here legally when you are poor and uneducated. Meeting the asset and income requirements for a visa are impossible.
Solution? All we need is a worker ID program to identify people. No pathway to citizenship. If you want to work, sign up with a birth certificate. Issue worker photo ID's so they are in the system and police know who they are. Legal worker ID's would allow legal driving opportunities and insurance coverage.
If we find you here without signing up, you are charged with a crime and deported. Its about legitimate identification for purposes of public safety. Anyone who thinks that all illegals should be or could be deported may as well wish to go to the moon. It's not gonna happen. Besides, we need the workers.
The black market that produces counterfeit documents would take a huge hit because it would be unnecessary.
Robert Van der Upwich
Saturday July 12
I found your article on Casa Oceana very interesting.
Sometime in the 70s or 80s we purchased a large painting by Max Wieczorek, from an antique dealer in Long Beach. It is signed and dated 1917. The painting is of a Mrs. Baker, a socialite from Pasadena, a very saucy, charming lady and I learned, that he painted many well known people in Pasadena. I didn't know that eventually he moved to Pasadena. By the way, he first came to New York, where he worked in the Louis C.Tiffani studio, then they moved to Long Beach.
We have lived in Long Beach since 1956 and in 1965 we built a home in the La Marina Estates, close to CSULB. This area is neither near a real Marina, nor are these homes part of a true estate. It is however a very nice and quiet area.
One day I attended a meeting in the Langslet home and after the meeting, I mentioned to Audrey that I had a painting of the artist, who built the house we were sitting in. She got excited & wanted to see the painting so I invited her to our home. She liked the painting and asked if she could buy it, but we liked the painting too and were not planning to sell it.
I told her I saw another painting by Wieczorek at the LACMA, but it was just done in ink, very different from "our" Mrs. Baker. So this is my story to add to your article and we have always enjoyed Mrs. Baker.
Saturday July 12
Obama's never led. He'd have been comfortable sitting on the edge of a college classroom table with a cigarette and giving the minions his ideas for an ideal world somewhere very near Fantasyland.
From the beginning he dallied. He took none of the reasoned and calculated opinions from his generals for the second surge and that took him some four to six months. He did nothing at all when BP spoiled our Gulf. A leader would have sent everything we had and asked how much more did they need.
In foreign policy he has no clue and when he makes a strong statement he ALWAYS backs down. As in Syria, Iran, Ukraine, North Korea and help for our only ally in the region, Israel. How does one accept responsibility and no consequences Madame Secretary of State? Okay we'll skip over Benghazi since that's what he's done. Always a finger pointed at someone else.
The border crossing of at least 60,000 illegals under the age of 18 is the house's problem because they won't give him $3.7B. How's that work? He simply is never wrong and if you don't believe it just ask him.
The man's the most narcissistic, megalomaniac I've ever seen. He struts around like everything he does is magic instead of the utter nonsense that's dragging down not only our nation but making the entire world less safe.
Will he do anything while ISIS has atomic material or Iran or North Korea or Hamas? The tiny little state of Israel is having hundreds of missiles shot at them A DAY and he does nothing. Does he need to find out in the news what's going on over there as he did with the IRS, NSA, VA and other scandals? "Not a smidgeon of corruption" as Louis Lerner's damning emails find their way to light one by one.
He walks away saying it's all politics and the media watches as he falls into the next hornets nest and runs to his aid. Is this truly a great nation when someone so incompetent can rise to leader of the free world's greatest political position.
Friday July 11
Most residents of "Uptown Long Beach" recognize the colorful contraption on the cover of your July 11 Beachcomber as the "Orange Twist," located on Atlantic Avenue near the Bixby Knolls Shopping Center.
More important than its location, here are some questions many of us would like answered:
(1) How many tens of thousands of dollars of North Long Beach tax increment, which was supposed to be used to remove blight, was sent south to the more affluent (non-blighted) area of Bixby Knolls to get this erected?
(2) Where (in whose pockets) did this monetary treasure end up?
(3) How much of this RDA money found its way back into the campaign chests of the politicians who looted the treasure?
This piece of art serves as a monument to why Governor Brown put an end to redevelopment. As the saying goes, "Follow the money!"
Friday July 11
Your June 27 “Freedom is Precious” well-articulated front-page article got a home-run score in my book. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness … priceless words that embody the American dream. Yes, Freedom is precious; many have died for the want of it.
If our forefathers were alive today, they would be mortified at the twisted restrictive state of affairs that our governments have imposed. We have become indentured slaves to an overly-zealous legislation/executive order machine. Sadly, we are even forced to pay for this tyranny.
Every time I pick up a newspaper or purview online news, there is a steady array of articles about the government invading our privacy and destroying our constitutional rights. Warrantless search/seizures crowd the headlines. Police brutality, especially toward the mentally ill and select groups, is growing.
Militaristic uniforms and equipment have turned peace officers into formidable adversaries. Journalists have been jailed for refusing to divulge and endanger their sources. Photographers are arrested for photographing illicit police activity. Drones and other technical surveillance devices are used to invade our perceived privacy.
Groups are charged exorbitant fees to “assemble.” Intimidation and fear mongering is the order of the day.
Citizens are refused access to rights and benefits given to the general populace solely based on religious beliefs of others. Harmful tobacco, alcohol and highly addictive prescription drugs are legal and readily available; relatively harmless cannabis may result in life imprisonment while rapes, murders and violent crimes average sentences of eight years with three and one-half years of time served.
Under this oppressive system, we now have more people incarcerated in our prisons than in any other country in the World. This begs the question, “Do you feel safer than you did 20 years ago?”
Money has become the singular ticket to accessible representation. Corruption and greed runs rampant in all branches and levels of the government.
Every aspect of living does not need legislation. The government would do well to get back to the basics of the U.S. Constitution and leave our personal lives alone. And, it is up to us to ensure it does.
Friday July 11
Last weekend our Nation celebrated the 4th of July with unprecedented bloodshed. A Chicago newspaper, grabbed the biggest headline, saying that police were “Outgunned” with 82 shot and 14 killed. Even my little city of Long Beach, California reported five shootings over an 18-hour period.
The ferocity of the bloodshed was business as usual across the country and the responses from our leaders was exactly the same – across the country – just as it has been year after year after year.
They first declare their outrage and then call for more money and resources to fund the same old failed solutions. The redundancy is mind numbing.
Not once did any one of our so-called leaders risk making reference to the unambiguous source of the violence. The fountainhead that has spawned the gangs and cartels that continues to settle their grievances with guns on the street rather than lawyers in a courtroom. - - The war on drugs.
Why is that? The Gangs and Cartels love drug prohibition because they are the winners and will always be the winners as long as the politicians and law enforcement and the so-called moral leadership of our country keeps saying and doing the same things, over and over and over.
Why can’t We the People see that? Why can’t we see that by regulating and controlling all drugs the cartels and gangs will lose their main source of income and dry up? Street corner and school ground peddling fade away just like it did when we ended the prohibition of alcohol.
Why can’t we see that those who continue to pontificate the same empty solutions for all of the violence are the same ones who feed and nourish their own self-interests at the taxpayer’s trough?
The clear answer is because they don’t want us to see it. They don’t want us to understand that gangs and cartels are not the only ones benefitting from the drug war. They are too.
Drug war money is just too good to give up. They’d rather endure the violence. They’d rather build more prisons. They’d rather pontificate about their “crackdowns” and their Sunday afternoon basketball games and picnics and summer youth programs while they continue to line their pockets with overtime money, bigger grants, military equipment and dues paying, campaign donating public employee unions like police, prison guards, probation officers, social workers and all the others that feed at the drug war money machine.
After all, its ‘only’ the black and brown kids who are dying, going to foster homes or getting macerated into the cesspool of the 43 million who have already been locked down and destroyed by the violence of our nations mass incarceration hysteria over the past 40 years.
The only difference now compared to the times of alcohol prohibition is that, in the times of alcohol prohibition, law enforcement - the police and judges - got their money in brown paper bags. Today, they - and all the other drug war apologists and rehab specialists - get their money through legitimate, systematic programs run by the federal government. That’s why all the pro-drug war brown baggers use their lobbying organizations to fight every reform.
That’s why this Nation was “outgunned” over the July 4th weekend.
Friday July 11
How often have you heard immigration is broken and we should give amnesty or something like it before closing the border? Has everyone forgotten Reagan in 1986? Democrats said one million illegals were to be given amnesty after the border was closed but to Reagan’s eternal regret it never was closed and four million illegals received amnesty.
Now we have 12 million illegals wanting amnesty with 90,000 of those entering this year alone being under the age of 18. There is expected to be another 140,000 children next year.
Liberals have said their immigration reform will help the economy. By what logic? There are only three things an illegal coming here can do.
Either they take a job from someone else, they receive social program moneys costing citizens billions annually or they become criminals. What else is there? Are they going to become entrepreneurs and make jobs for others? Doubt it. Are they going to drag as many of their relatives as possible here to gain amnesty with them? Expect it.
There simply is no way illegal immigrants can help our economy. It defies logic.