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May 31, 2015 Vol. 8 No. 36
NOT (AMERICAN) ENOUGH
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. As I reviewed the news of the past week, I somehow felt compelled to share this with you. It is about how discrimination against immigrants is not just about those lost at sea. It is about how it can infect the highest levels of any and all governments. This is also about why such bigotry profits no one.
Yes, I will respond to my esteemed colleague, since I understand this issue has been raised in committee.
He is right. I was not born in this country. He is also correct in noting that my parents were not citizens of the nation in which I was born.
And as I am sure this esteemed body is aware, this and information like it could be used to support the contention that the immigrant population is not a stable one.
Despite his being as powerful as I am small, I still do not think that is going to work for the senator. And I will tell you why.
From the streets of my neighborhood to the hallowed halls we are in now, I see many people like me and mine. America continues to be a melting pot.
As I look around this room at the faces of my fellow senators, I see lots of people who were not born here or who are first generation here. Despite my esteemed colleague and his anti-immigration legislation, America continues to be a melting pot.
I do not define people by traditional lines but I do respect those other cultures who respect mine. I am the sum of two people, and all those who came before them. They were good people. I am good people.
Now, the senator can make a career out of hating people like me. He can get downright creative about it and he probably will. He can call me anything he wants. He can start another Holocaust.
And if the members of this august body allow him, he might possibly get away with it. It certainly would not be unprecedented and America is no more invulnerable to that than any other nation has been, despite our conceits to the contrary.
I am an American now and still from where I was born. I am also a member of the world community and that voice, too, will be heard.
In the end, if he persists, all the senator is going to do is hurt a lot of people, including his own family. He will most certainly lose his constituency because people where he lives do not put up with this. That is what his hate is going to buy him.
And in the end, he will have accomplished nothing, for there is one thing my esteemed colleague and all his hate cannot change, about me or any others like me and mine. He cannot change who we are. Even I could not do that and I will admit there are times when I have wished I could.
I do not begrudge the senator his feelings. Where I am from, you do not kick a man when he is down. And you do not judge a man’s soul because that is not up to you, it is up to God.
If this august body does not want me here, it better tell me real soon. If it does, then please protect me from esteemed colleagues like this one.
Thank you, Gentlemen. I now call for the vote
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This is getting very interesting. It would be a significant advancement in international relations, I suspect, if Beijing could broker peace in these regards. Taliban And Afghan Peace Officials Have Secret Talks In China
With respect to demographics and the web of life, something tells me this is not getting the attention it deserves. Saigas, an Endangered Antelope, Dying of Mystery Disease
WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE
ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM
FROM THE UKRAINE
Recently Vitaliy Klitchko, mayor of Kiev, appealed to foreigners and investors with a letter Welcome Back to Kiev
Few days ago young women travelers from the project Inside-Of-Living stepped into to this beautiful city, capital of Ukraine, after walking for a month from the eastern border (Kharkov region).for Maybe there is no direct link between these two events, especially if we were to compare two gentle young women to an ex-boxing champion and now politician. But what is important is that both represent a positive attitude throughout the nation and a benevolent attitude for newcomers.
And not the least, Kiev is a comfortable city not only for Ukrainians but for people from other countries too. A growing number of expats (expatriates) are choosing this city for living or for working. The number of new businesses is proof enough that Kiev is indeed a commerce and cultural center both.
While the European Union is still debating liberalizing the visa process with Ukraine, the country is surely becoming open for international opportunities and not waiting for bureaucratic machine to follow. And Kiev has definitely become a networking community for cosmopolitan professionals.
Stay warm, Mishka.
I love stories like this. One Man’s Millions Turn A Community Around In Florida
Now this is more like it. Saving Sea Turtles From Soup
This is more like it: Part II – U.S. To Limit Petroleum Drilling On Habitat Of Greater Sage Grouse
We need to do something about this, together and quickly, or we are going to lose these little dudes and dudettes. ‘Loud Wakeup Call’ Over Rare Dolphin
This does not look good for him. Payments By Hastert Linked To Report Of Sexual Abuse
This hardly comes as a surprise. Sigh. Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster Behind Mass Dolphin Deaths
OUR WORLD AND BEYOND
Here is an example of borrowing from Peter to pay Paul that could backfire on us big time. Sending Swiss Alps Ice To Antarctica
And under the general heading of Beating Swords (and Scimitars) Into Plowshares, War Machines For Sale
Great perspective in this one. ‘Space Changed My View Of Earth’
HERE ON EARTH
FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE
The Earth Observatory’s mission is to share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about climate and the environment that emerge from NASA research, including its satellite missions, in-the-field research, and climate models.
THE GREEN AGENDA
HEALTH & LIFESTYLE
We’ve collected what we consider the most wholesome, family-oriented and genuinely humorous comic strips we could find on the Net. They include: Adam@Home, Calvin & Hobbes, Emmylou, For Better or For Worse, Foxtrot Classics, Garfield, Get Fuzzy, and Peanuts. Either click the banner or this link.
BEST OF THE NET
It is an America gone mad from the addiction to war and desperate for resources beyond its own borders. A military dictatorship controls the country and life is grim. The Republic is fighting for its very survival and for decades, especially with Latin America.
This is the world of the United States Coast Guard cutter Testament, a cybernetic patrol boat, and her six-person crew. Her mission, and those of her sister craft, is simple.
Quench the rebellion and stop the flow of Americans seeking refuge in Canada. Kill when expedient. Deliver the survivors to the Bellingham Re-Education Center.
A simple operational order and one which has served America well. Until Testament
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
This is totally cool. The Falcon Hospital Of Qatar
Taken within the context of a reptile who seduced the first woman of our species in a paradise created for her and her mate, this is kind of spooky. Snake Ancestors Found To Have Ankles And Toes
Since I firmly believe that the survival of our species depends on these dudes (and dude-ettes), I am very glad to read this. Video: Why the Common Dolphin is becoming more common
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