Today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor include opposing views on "illegal immigration." If you can get through the first one, kudos; then please proceed to the second, because our voices matter:
Illegal immigration is an "act of love," says Jeb Bush. My foot it is.
Bush should tell that to those who obeyed the law to come to the United States, and to those around the world waiting to enter legally. They waited (or are waiting) patiently for years, even decades, to get their green cards, adhering to the much-maligned and supposedly "broken" immigration system.
Dr. Jack Kevorkian, notorious for assisting more than 100 people with ending their lives, probably thought he was committing an "act of love" each time he helped someone commit suicide. But a jury of his peers convicted him of second-degree murder and sent him to prison.
As an independent voter, I respected Bush's political views and opinions, and would have considered voting for him had he not uttered those melodramatic words about immigration.
When I served in the state's National Guard, I had the honor and privilege of commanding a unit. We had several soldiers who were not citizens of this country. They were every bit as dedicated and reliable as the others.
I never once saw or heard any behavior by them that led me to believe their national loyalties lay elsewhere. In fact, I actually had been around citizen soldiers who weren't bashful about displaying Confederate symbols.
So I was disappointed to read about House Republicans who had harsh words for undocumented immigrants who have lived here since childhood and wanted to serve in the U.S. armed forces. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) should be ashamed for telling the undocumented who want to serve their country that "we have a bus for you to Tijuana."
Anyone willing to put on the uniform and risk dying for this country deserves a chance at citizenship. King and others in Congress who think like him demonstrate why there should be term limits in Washington.
Potential Republican 2016 presidential contenders went out of their way to woo the Jews yesterday, specifically billionaire Sheldon Adleson. The elitest of the elite (read: wealthiest) GOP donors showed up in Las Vegas at a Very Special Event. Members of the Republican Jewish Coalition were holding auditions, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Ohio Governor John Kasich, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush were strutting their cringe-worthy stuff in one way or another.
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Being one of many Jews who would never open my wallet for any of those possible candidates, I tend to find humor in situations like these. And this time I found it courtesy of an article in the Los Angeles Times that included some of the more awkward moments.
Let's begin with how Gov. "Heartbroken" tried to shake off his Bridgegate scandal and how determined he was to rescue his damaged career by kissing Adeleson's
ass bank account:
For Christie, Saturday's tryout showed the potential for missteps when governors wade into foreign policy at this early stage. During an otherwise warmly received speech, Christie's mention of a helicopter flight over "occupied territories" — terminology used by Israel's critics — during his trip to Israel sent murmurs and whispers of surprise through the conservative audience.
Oops, "murmurs and whispers of surprise" couldn't have done much to salvage his image. So much for Gov. "Who Moi?" and his efforts to restore some of the credibility he never had.
Scott Walker's anemic overtures to Jews whom he couldn't believably relate to at all went this way:
The candidates' attempts to connect with the audience appeared awkward at times. Walker emphasized that he decorates his house during the holidays with Christmas lights as well as a menorah candle. He also noted that his son's name, Matthew, means "gift from god" in Hebrew.
You've heard of Christian Mingle? This "What Happens in Vegas Pays in Vegas Moment" was a little like Jewish Mingle. A speed dating version of courting a roomful of donors. John Kasich's version of flirtation was trying to ingratiate himself by flaunting his first-name basis palsy-walsitude with Sheldon:
Kasich, who had been sitting next to Adelson at the Saturday luncheon, addressed him by name repeatedly throughout his post-meal remarks, as if the conversation was one-on-one.
Allow me to address these opportunists by name: Chris, Scotty, John, Jeb, can we talk? Don't pretend you're BFF with obscenely wealthy Jews when you're not; don't try to impress Jews with embarrassing references to your trip to Israel; and pleaseohplease don't attempt to convince Jews that you, an Evangelical Christian, are "one of them" because your Christian kid's name happens to have a Hebrew origin or meaning.
What next, asking Adelson if he's a Scorpio?
Well, it was only a matter of time before the real choices for President were revealed. And Larry King, the master of peeling down the political onion and getting to core business just broke the story of 2016, right here in early 2014. The next POTUS is going to be James George Janos... If you want to see the video, click HERE. You won't be sorry you did.
Now take a moment and catch your breath. So instead of "The Gipper," or "W", or even the "Big O," the next president is going to be..."The Body." His real name is James George Janos but you know him better by his professional name, Jesse Ventura. Yes, those of us old enough to remember the days before he was Governor of Minnesota, he was a WWF star who went by the moniker, "The Body." Slam!
And Jesse, more often than not, the bad guy in these contrived showdowns, did have the body. You don't mess with Jess. He could pile drive and body slam with the best of them. He even experimented with the "helicopter spin" and the "sleeper" hold. His motto in those days says it all: motto "Win if you can, lose if you must, but always cheat!"
After a successful WWF career, and an earlier stint in the military as an underwater demolitions expert in Viet Nam, he entered politics. He ran and became Mayor of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. Then his aspirations grew. Good to his word, he ran for and won the Governorship of Minnesota. No easy task for a relative political neophyte. What's even more interesting is that he ran his state successfully and despite pleas to run for reelection, he chose to walk and reenter civilian life.
I don't know about you but he's got the scent of a winner. A no nonsense tough guy. Something we could use in the White House. I don't want a wimp in the Oval Office. I want someone to knock heads together and get sh** done. I want someone who can don a commando outfit, pack and fire an M16 A2 or the AT-4 Anti-Tank rifle-- and if he has to, go out and win a war all by himself. In a three-way match up with or without a standing ten count, I'd pick Jesse over the tag team of Hillary and Jeb together any time.
Oh, of course this scenario that King exposes makes the assumption that Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton will be his two main opponents. He just might be right but they'll be cowering in their boots if "the Body" gets on all 50 state ballots. If that happens, watch out. My money has Ventura making good on his prediction he'll mop the political ring with his opponents weak-ass carcasses to become the 45th President Of the United States?
Maybe George and Ira Gershwin, if they were still around, would be revising their refrain of THEY ALL LAUGHED:
They all laughed at Christopher Columbus
When he said the world was round
They all laughed when Edison recorded sound
They all laughed at Wilbur and his brother
When they said that man could fly
But ho, ho, ho! Look At Jesse The Body
He's got the last laugh now!
Hey, you never know. But maybe we could do worse. Just look at the list of GOP hopefuls and tell me you wouldn't welcome a change. I can hear it now, Jesse's first State of the Union speech -- "Sit down, all of ya's! Today the state of the union is -- Kickass! That's right. And lets give a special shout-out to my cabinet: Gorilla Monsoon, Adrian Adonis, Bruno Sammartino, and Hulk Hogan. My Secretary of State Rowdy Roddy Piper isn't here tonight because he's out cracking some Taliban heads."
Now be honest, wouldn't you feel safer with a straight forward guy like Jesse in office, than Rafael 'Ted the Alien' Cruz, Rand 'Sissy boy' Paul, Marco 'the Thirsty Wimp' Rubio or Chris 'The Bridge' Christie calling the shots?
The Bush family of blunderers is at it again. First it was GHW 'no new taxes' Bush, then the ever-challenged scion GW 'Iraq is my game' Bush, and now older brother, Jeb 'Lost in the' Bush. Can a family really be that misinformed collectively? Two Presidents and a governor and not a penny of common sense among them?
Well, seems the Bushes could easily be a sketch on SNL once again -- "Meet The Foot-in-Mouth Family."
According to HuffPo reports,
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) called out President Barack Obama for closing the U.S. embassy to the Vatican, questioning whether the decision was political "retribution" for Catholic opposition to the Affordable Care Act.
Here's the actual tweet: (from @JebBush on Twitter)
Why would our President close our Embassy to the Vatican? Hopefully, it is not retribution for Catholic organizations opposing Obamacare.
There's just one small problem. The Vatican Embassy isn't actually closing. It's moving. A bit of a difference there, but subtly has never been a Bush family trait.
For cost saving purposes, some $1.4 million per year, the current standalone embassy will relocate to a larger compound shared with the U.S. Embassy in Italy, as well as the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. New address. Same embassy.
Okay, it's possible Jeb the dunce missed this, but then to accuse Obama's decision as being a political "retribution" for Catholic opposition to the Affordable Care Act. That takes some balls. And Jeb doesn't have them.
Apply this logic and see where it takes you. Obama is closing (or moving) the US facility to the Vatican, Pope Francis's home, because of fear over the the Catholic Church's take on healthcare? That's what Jeb's saying. But it's also not true. The Church is absolutely for the Affordable Care Act.
It was just a few days ago that the Pope, the Holy See, came out publicly and nailed the US Republicans to the holy cross for their discarding the poor in favor of the almighty dollar?
Doesn't Jeb have a TV or radio? Is he too ignorant to know how to turn it on? You can't have missed the Pontiff's speech. Even Fox News covered its contents, before labeling Francis a heretic.
Pope Francis, in his first apostolic exhortation has condemned the trickle down economics, the mainstay of the Reagan-GHW Bush fiscal plan. Pope Francis also denounces tax evasion and economic inequality, and he exhorts governments to ponder a saying that “not to share one’s wealth with the poor is to steal from them and to take away their livelihood.”
That condemnation, my dear readers, is of the Republican Party platform and programs. It is though, what the the church says is categorically "unchristian."
So letting logic dictate, if anyone wanted to shut the Vatican Embassy down, it would be Bush's GOP party. Fortunately, no such move is planned. A cost cutting effort to bring our budget under control is being exercised by Obama. It's called fiscal prudence, not political retribution. That's the Tea Party's game, not Obama's or the Democrats.
Jeb, you're the acorn that didn't fall far from the Bush-- but the fallow one that never took root. Time to abort.
I have an aversion to writing or making predictions about 2016 presidential prospects, but this was too good to pass up because of the direct references to Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, Chris Christie, and Jeb Bush. As far as I'm concerned, all the Hillary Clinton talk has already devolved into overkill and, well, premature speculation.
The Latino population is growing as the GOP grasp of reality is shrinking. So while so many Americans may suffer from premature speculation, the Republican Bubble O' Oblivion brings this Moment of Seinfeld to mind:
Their political impotence has led to revelations of what a sham their whole laughable "outreach effort" has become; it just hasn't clicked with voters, because Americans aren't the gullible pushovers that conservatives seem to think they are.
Check this out from The Hill:
A new poll of likely Hispanic voters in the 2016 presidential election shows strong support for the two candidates seen as potential Democratic nominees: former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Biden.
The survey, by Latino Decisions, also revealed Republican candidates continue to significantly trail among Hispanic voters, with even champions of immigration reform like Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush significantly behind top Democrats.
73 percent of likely Hispanic voters give Hillary a big thumbs up. Biden scores with 58 percent.
Rubio, on the other hand? He has 31-29 positive favorability rating. And Jebby should go back to whatever it is Jebby does (ALEC-related, corporate, anti-union Bushy stuff):
Jeb Bush — also a proponent of immigration reform — is underwater with his favorability ranking. While a third of Hispanic voters don't know him, 39 percent view him unfavorably and 27 percent view him favorably.
Oh, and a measly two in 10 Hispanic voters view Paul Ryan favorably, while Chris Christie rates a 38-12 percent, trailing Rubio when Hispanic voters were asked who they would vote for in a Republican primary.
Meanwhile, back at the '08 ranch, early supporters of Barack Obama support a Hillary Clinton run in 2016, per The Hill.
Whoa doggies, that's some concentrated crazy right there. Looks like Elizabeth Flock from US News & World Report put on her hazmat suit and traipsed into the muck for us.
- "We gotta put some salsa sauce on the Republican party." – Sam Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, calling for more Latino outreach by the Republican party. He also encouraged delegates to "just reach out and grab that brown hand."
"Immigrants are more fertile." – former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, making the case for immigration reform
"College campuses are indoctrination camps for the abortion industry." – Kate Obenshein, vice president of Young America's Foundation, in a panel on advancing the pro-life movement. She also called Planned Parenthood "barbarians."
- "We are at a tipping point the likes of which we have never seen in civilization." – Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., on government spending.
"[Allen West] is a real American ... We should really take something from his gene pool and put it everywhere across this great country." – actor and conservative speaker John Ratzenberger, best known as "Cliff" from the TV show "Cheers," introducing West to the convention crowd.
- "We lost because Obama won crushing, lopsided majorities among Americans who are single, poor, irreligious ... There are people who are all three." – Michael Medved, conservative radio talk show host, on why Republicans lost the 2012 presidential election.
Really Jeb? Your mom is starting to sound smarter every day.
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