Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Mojado Nation Pt Tres

There really is no point in debating it anymore. None of these Mojado kids are going back, and more will keep coming. These are not my father's migrant generation. It's different now.
Now, they come here illegally, expect food stamps, housing assistance, free legal, everything in their language and publically demand the rights of citizenship, expecting their desires will be delivered to them.
And it will be delivered.

Maybe real soon...  when POTUS delivers a blanket amnesty by Executive Order.

Its not our country anymore. The country belongs to the 51% who don't pay the freight because we have reached that tipping point. Like I've said before, we've hit the iceberg. It's over.

I almost feel sorry for the border kids, coming here thinking they going to get an education and live a good life if they work hard...
Guess what, kids!!???
You're being hosed, too.

Some of you are going to college and get that liberal arts degree to a big payday, like your professors said it would. Hahahahaha...
Instead, you'll end up with $500,000 in student debt working as a bank teller (if that job still exists in 10yrs), looking for your promised American dream...

Sure, some of you will become losers, and learn how to milk the system to get in with that 51%... making you the real winners after all... but don't expect those checks to be worth as much as they are now. Atlas is shrugging. It won't last much longer.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Damn, That Hurt!

Well, that was not near as much fun as I was expecting.
Doctor told me it would hurt. Told me to take my meds soon as I got home, before the numbing wore off. Told me to take even  more meds before the previous dose wore off. It's gonna hurt....

She was not overstating the situation.

I was twilighted for surgery, not truly asleep, but was informed I wouldn't remember anything.
I remember waking up during, saying something like 'Hey, gimmee more juice, it hurts'.
She did, or somebody did....

The deed was done, and I was sent home to recover.
72 hrs of throbbing pain later, I started feeling some relief...

I can sit in front of the computer now, if only for a brief time. Gotta keep the foot elevated.
After about 5 minutes of nonelevation, it reminds me, in case I forgot.

No bathing or getting the foot wet for about 5-6 weeks. I got wires holding things together and I cant get them wet.
This discomfort will take a while, I guess. Oh well, it's all for the better.

But damn.... I had no idea such a simple procedure could hurt so damn much.
Wow.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

From Top To Bottom

Going into surgery in a few more hours.
Nothing as serious as it is painful and inconvenient: Something about slicing a foot bone and screwing it back together into a different shape. (the 4th metatarsal on the right foot, I think...)

This should solve a bunyun-ish  problem I keep having... So bad that it's left me all but crippled at times.

I'll be laying around with my foot in the air and booted for a couple weeks, but after that, it's gonna be mostly an easy ride while I heal for two to three months on disability (longer, if I can help it.)

On the positive, they intend to leave my head and neck out of scalpel range for a change. I'm happy about that.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Mojado Nation (Part Dos)

--Last word I hear is that the Feds have stopped trying to bus Mojaditos to Murrieta. I guess the public uproar was just too much. They're bringing them in through the back door, though, with several local Inland Empire churches already taking possession of several hundred individuals.
This is the type of charity that churches should be doing and I got no issue with that.

--The issue is do have with the churches (my own parish is complicit, as well) is their intent to spread the charity to the unwilling. Jesus taught that we must be charitable, individually. He never taught us to take our alms from another to credit ourselves.
But that's what the churches are doing. Helping the migrants navigate the with housing applications, food stamps, and medical care, free school lunches... all provided by taxpayers.
It's not charity when somebody is paying for your donation.

--In Mass this weekend the priest offered up a prayer 'for migrants, that they may find the peace and security they seek'. No mention of the 'the taxpayers, that they may find justice in a system stacked against them'. This is part of the problem within the Catholic Church and why so many are leaving the Faith. Those who pay the freight are expected to continue while all the spiritual services go to those who dont pay anything. Care for the underprivilaged is a good thing, but when it becomes a self serving fetish, things change.
We get lectured to become more accepting of those 'not like us', but those 'not like us' are not lectured toward their responsibilities toward us: like, volunteering for the church, learning the local language and ways, not trying to turn the congregation into another Mexican church where we feel like foriegners in our own parish. Demanding respect for your culture while dissing ours is no way to make friends.


--Having had to spend some time in one of the regions few emergency rooms, things are going to get a lot rougher around these parts with hundreds of free riders being added to the mix.

--the same goes for everything else relating to public services. This region is primarily a commuting population. It was hit hard in the recession and hasnt bounced back yet, with unemployment in the double digits (for those that are still in the workforce. Many of our residents are fixed-income retired, this region serving as the retirement zone for much of Los Angeles and Orange County.) 

--I don't have a problem with any one of the migrants on a personal level. If I was living in a mud hut and somebody was offering a free chance at something better for my kids, I'd take it too.

Friday, July 11, 2014

FIFA Update.

 This hot Belgian babe caught the eye of the marketing folks  at L'Oreal...










They offered her a covergirl gig... and celebrated on her facebook page.


















On the day her country was scheduled to play the USA, she encouraged her team to victory by posting this to her facebook page...




 Soon after, L'Oreal dumped her citing cruelty to animals.
(Rumor has it the real reason was finding someone who could  pronounce 'Despiegelaere')


See?
Soccer isn't boring at all!.


















Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Mojado Nation

Since so much is happening in my neighborhood, I'll just go ahead and post some thoughts and ramblings, in an order as coherent as US immigration policy:

--It was broadcast early today that the Feds had given up on delivering any more bus loads of migrants to the Murrieta facility, after two previous loads had been turned back. The authorities has gone through the process of removing barricades and opening streets... 'Hey, it's all good, you win... Sorry bout the drama. No hard feelings, ok?'
Driving in to work at the moment,
and I'm thinking: it's a trick.
Nobody backs down Federal authorities and gets away with it. NOBODY! There will be buses, today, if not tomorrow, but they are coming...
hehehe...
and YES, they did...
and were turned back, for a third time, by an angry crowd.
These protester folks are good.
Sure, they left the impression of being off-guard, but they must have everybody on speed dial or something... with spotters far enough ahead to give advance notice to those on-site or near-site.

--The anti-migrant protestors seem like an honest bunch to me. I went there twice over the weekend... to check things out... get a vibe for the scene in person. While I was there, a dude bout my age walked up and offered to bring sodas, bottled water, some sandwiches... "whatever you need". He spoke in a clear, proper English with an obvious Spanish accent (Think Ricardo Montalban from Fantasy Island). I struck up some convo with him.
He's a migrant from Argentina, many decades ago... (paraphrasing) "who did it 'the right way, when nobody gave me anything'.  He stressed: I'm not anti-immigrant. I'm not anti-Latino. I am both, and pro both. My children are Latinos and Americans... And I'm an American, by choice. First and always. My choice. They need to do it the right way, with the right heart. This country gave me a chance when my old country never did. Have to respect that."

--the real reason I made two trips to the protest-vigil:
make personal contacts and hand out my business card.
It looked to me like things may get 'ramped up' and some folks would be needing bail... I wanted a piece of that action if I could get it.
Poltics, Shmolitics... I want your money,... whatever side you're on... I'm here, and I'm here for you.

--there were some arrests last Friday.
Backstory: La Raza showed up and began making their presence known, trying really really hard to piss people off and get both sides riled up. Prior to... things were boisterous and loud, but both sides were intent on keeping their own crew 'in check'. Police lines were respected, threats not tolerated... it was a peaceful demonstration and counter-demonstration.
It was La Raza that broke this code and tried to get the violence started.
And it was the La Raza peeps that got arrested. Six of them.








to be continued...




Friday, June 13, 2014

Can We Lose What We Never Had?

You know all about it now: Iraq is beginning to fall into the hands of an al Qaeda offshoot, while neocons are up in arms over the policies of the Obama administration for 'losing Iraq'.

I don't accept the notion that 60% of Iraqis who are Shia will tolerate being ruled over by an extreme Sunni movement, and this bloodshed is only beginning. ISIS may stretch to Baghdad, but it will be stopped there.

What ISIS needs to worry about is the legacy of Saddam Hussein and the policies/ideologies of the Baathist party that ruled Iraq for decades. One thing can be said about Iraq is that it does have an educated population. This is not a collection of goat herds living with 15th century ideas. These are modern thinking folks that won't be easily subdued into a medieval dictatorship.
The mainstream Sunnis themselves will bring about the end of ISIS as soon as they are able to gather up their head of steam, while Iran will not tolerate Shias being subjugated by an extreme brand of Sunnism.

Speaking of Iran, they are the big gorilla in the room. This is a perfect time for them to strike and claim a form of dominion over south Iraq, maybe set  up their own client state.
This isn't necessarily a bad thing. I think a divided Iraq into three parts is the best way to go and will finally give the Kurds the nation state in the north they've been fighting for and deserve to have.

One thing for sure...
It looks to me like the political map of the Middle East will be changing.