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  • 10 May 2006

    Touché

    2:43pm by rudeboy in category: Work, Politics

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    Heh. Nevermind, homeboy quit today. I’m sure he saw the situation for what it was. Hopefully he’ll have better luck elsewhere and not get stuck with a boss who’s a total cockbite.

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    9 May 2006

    Mex-ploitation

    5:21pm by rudeboy in category: Work, Politics

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    An interesting addition to yesterday’s discussion. I found out a little more info about FNG. I couldn’t figure out why he was hired for the position he’s in because you don’t generally find many people roughly 5′4″ and 125lbs working in a warehouse setting. It seems he’s a legal immigrant from Mexico, but he’s working on his GED now since he never finished school there (which explains why he’s been ditching out every day at 1pm). Turns out that my boss actually bragged openly about hiring him for exactly that reason. He’s seen by my boss as a poorly-educated immigrant whom, should he step out of line, can, and likely will, be threatened with some bullshit means of jeopardizing his citizenship status. If that didn’t work the threat of a negative review or reference will supposedly keep him in line.

    All I have to say is that that’s a whole buncha bullshit. A warning or write-up for ditching work for some political rally is one thing, but this is outright exploitation.

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    8 May 2006

    Immigration nation

    6:36pm by rudeboy in category: Politics

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    A week ago thousands of illegal immigrants set out to protest proposed changes to laws in the United States that would affect the status and chances for future nationalization of any illegal immigrant currently residing in the country. The idea was to walk off the job, withdraw kids from school and refuse to purchase any goods or services to show their effect on the nation’s economy. Most of these jobs pertain to factories, meat packing plants, construction, hotels and restaurants. While advocacy groups love to refer to these positions as “jobs Americans won’t do”, all sense leads me to see that these are jobs that Americans won’t do for the near-slave wage paid to the illegal immigrants currently working them.

    The point I think needs to be clarified. The issue in question here isn’t about race or nationality. No one culture is being singled out by this proposed legislation. We’re talking about illegal aliens, not mere “immigrants.” If legal immigrants stopped working for a day, we would be without the services of physicians, nurses, computer programmers, writers, actors, musicians, and quite a few airline pilots… as well as most of the upper management of Google. To this country’s economy a day without legal immigrants would be utter devestation, but that won’t ever happen because legal immigrants are American citizens whose rights are, for the time being, protected by the laws of the United States.

    Not everything pertaining to this subject is necessarily on the negative. Some somewhat positive statistics of potential changes to the US economy if there really were no illegal aliens:

    • Hospital emergency rooms across the southwest would have about 20% fewer patients, and there would be 183,000 fewer people in Colorado without health insurance.
    • OBGYN wards in Denver would have 24% fewer deliveries and Los Angeles’s maternity-ward deliveries would drop by 40% and maternity billings to Medi-Cal would drop by 66%.
    • Youth gangs would see their membership drop by 50% in many states, and in Phoenix, child-molestation cases would drop by 34% and auto theft by 40%.
    • Our highway patrol and county sheriffs would have far fewer DUI arrests and there would be a dramatic decline in rollovers of vanloads of illegal aliens on I-70 and other highways.

    Another thing I don’t understand is when the term “illegal alien” and “illegal immigrant” became sysnonymous with “illegal Mexican”. The above statistics, while being true for the most part, are certainly slanted on a Mexican/Latin bias. My attempt to find similar statistics for non-Mexican illegal immigrants is still without end.

    In this country we have thousands of illegal residents from pretty much every corner of the globe who get into the country from any number of legal reasons ranging from student and temporary worker visas to the routine summer vacation. When the time comes to leave they just decide to stick around. We don’t think anything of it because these people are generally more educated, work more white collar jobs and, lets face it, the look and usually talk more like us. While I would hope matters such as these could be dealt with in a calm and rational manner, ignorance and racism have a way of getting their foot in any open door.

    While my personal ideals are constantly evolving I can’t help but see amnesty for illegal immagrants not so much wrong as it is unfair. It’s a slap in the face to everyone who legally entered the country over the past 160 years. Why enter the country legally, take the tests, pay the fees to do it the right way when you can just do things the easy way, then play the race card and scare a bunch of election-year senators into giving you the equivalence for free? In a perfect world there would be no borders, no passports and no person would be illegal, but until then there’s a legal way and an illegal way to do things. I think a lot of our laws are insane, but should I choose to break one, I’m not going to play the victim shoud I get caught.

    Certainly there was a noticable level of inconvenience on May 1st, but nothing even close to the levels of economic devestation that were being forecast. The funniest part of it all, the immigration-enforcement agency responsible for locating and deporting illegal aliens also took the day off. They didn’t call it a boycott, of course, it’s just (non)business as usual.

    It’s also worth noting that I’ve already been deemed racist and fascist for daring to be pissed of for getting screwed when the new kid at work (a self-proclaimed angry Mexican) no-showed last Monday and discussing the potential good in a nation witout illegal immigrants.

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    15 March 2006

    Torture

    6:44pm by rudeboy in category: General, Politics

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    Any support for, agreement with or sympathy for those who commit torturous acts gives societies a green light on barbarous behavior. This, in turn, would surely lead to more brutal behavior by police and other law enforcement officials. It will force the innocent to lie to avoid abuse and guarantee punishment whether a suspect is guilty or not. It’s globally rejected and morally deplorable, period.

    In all honesty I’m not surprised AmeriKKKa is the modern world’s last bastion for torture. We justify it by glancing over details. We say, “well whatever was done, [enter potential tragedy here] was avoided”. We say the “slippery slope” argument is a bunch of crap when there’s really no other situation in which it’s more applicable and accurate. We regularly sanction the death penalty and then tell ourselves that if something like government sanctioned killing can be OK then we’re really just weighing the risk of said potential tragedy against the temporary discomfort of an alleged criminal and that’s not really so bad… is it?

    Yes. Yes it is…

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    1 March 2006

    Military Brainwashing

    4:15pm by rudeboy in category: Politics

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    There’s no way anyone can change my opinion that recruits to our armed services, Army, Navy, Marines, are being systematically brainwashed. I just had a heated discussion with a guy I know who received a CD of these ‘march chants’ from an Army recruiter. Odd thing was they were on a Memorex CD-R disc. Made me think that it’s an under-the-table last resort hand-out to appeal to those who would actually be drawn to the prospect of some mindless violence and senseless killing. Certainly worked in this case…

    Now, I’m far from sensitive to your typical violent imagery, but these were some of the most abhorrently violent things I have ever heard, and now after reading what they consisted of I can’t get their fucking lyrics out of my head. Imagine every day exercising to the point of exhaustion, sleeping the bare minimum possible, and chanting about murdering women, children, civilians, etc. There is no way a human being can go through that and not be turned into a sick, twisted, brainwashed, killing-machine.

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    16 December 2005

    Patriot Act reauthorization attempt fails in The Senate

    5:20am by rudeboy in category: Politics

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    Saw this article over on CNN that reports The Senate rejected attempts to reauthorize several provisions of the USA Patriot Act. They cited it as infringing too much on Americans’ privacy and liberty. This deals a huge defeat to the Bush administration and Republican leaders. I’m certain a special weekend session will be called, but if a compromise isn’t reached, the 16 Patriot Act provisions will expire on December 31.

    The funniest part about this is the fact that the event that might have tipped the scales against the renewal of the Patriot Act was Dubbya authorizing the unlawful surveillance of American citizens. But can we honestly be shocked by any of this? Especially from a president who has been quoted as saying the Constitution is “just a god damned piece of paper“. Fortunately, it looks like most of the Senate (including a few noteworthy Republicans who crossed the aisle on this one) have a slightly higher regard for the Constitution of the United States.

    Granted, Rense may not be a completely reliable source, but given that this President has stated that it would be easier if the US were a dictatorship (as long as he were the dictator), would a lack of respect for the Constitution really surprise you?

    Frankly, I’d believe it if the Weekly World News said that Bush eats babies.

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    14 November 2005

    The Ego has landed

    4:59pm by rudeboy in category: Politics

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    Frank Murkowski’s jet finally showed up last week along with the $2.6million price tag. He’s still claiming it to be an aircraft the state needs siting the fact that we’re one of the most aviation-dependent states in the country. Odd, his press secretary left out the part where the plane can’t land at over 99% of airstrips in the state seeing as how all but a handful are made of dirt, gravel or completely non-existant in some areas.

    The story even made Reuters Oddly Enough.

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    17 October 2005

    I’m a what?

    5:45pm by rudeboy in category: Politics

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    A class-reductionist, or so I’ve been told in a discussion on feminism and women’s rights throughout history. As if there aren’t enough -isms and -ists out there already, that one was completely new to me. My point in the discussion was that feminism in the workforce and specifically capitalist feminism is just plain silly. I don’t see the point in fighting for equal wage oppression under the ruling class. That’s where I was so neatly labeled (could have been the third Emma Goldman quote that spurred it).

    It was explained to me that a “class-reductionist” is someone who boils all of society’s ills down to class-conflict or merely the fact that classes exist. The fact of the matter is that it’s true. Whether you consider it Marxist or not there is class oppression and classes are there whether people want to see them or not. With the fragile state of the American economy and Bush’s subsequent decimation of the middle class it’s become a social taboo to discuss classes in this country. People look at you like you’re some kind of conspiracy spouting psycho while priests exclaim how “It’s in the Bible! It’s meant to be!”. I would also contest that the people who refuse to admit class-war is a reality are the people who know themselves to be a lower class than they’d like themselves to be in.

    I guess the real arguement is whether or not female oppression comes from classism, but that’s a very complicated discussion. Parecon states that they are seperate oppressions that intersect and interact, but I don’t agree with that. There was oppression of women in feudal times as well as pre-feudal times. Some people would like to simplify it down to male chauvenism or sexism, but I don’t agree with that either. Emma Goldman said “No social revolution without female liberation, no female liberation without social revolution”, but I think the goal of the revolution specifically has to be women’s rights and the destruction of the class system or else it’s doomed to failure. Women’s oppression just changes each time there is a revolution.

    The only hope for humanity is the inception of a truely classless society. It’s already been proven they work. The Iriquois nation in North America and Canada was a real classless society where women lost power only after european imperialists came over. They were also pre-industrialist, pre-bourgeois. It would stand to reason that the modern class system came with the bourgeoise revolution.

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