Archive for April, 2010

More Craziness

April 29, 2010

The State of Arizona passed a law stating that state and local police can enforce federal immigration law.  The only reason they did this is that the federal government hasn’t fulfilled its responsibilities in protecting the borders.  The result:  calls to boycott Arizona and Arizona businesses.

The Grand Canyon State welcomes you if you are a legal immigrant.  You are not so welcome if you are in the state illegally.  I ask, “What’s wrong with that?”

The issue can be simplified to just one simple question–Does an international border mean anything?  Does a nation have the right to decide who can enter its country or should anyone and everyone be able to cross an “open border?”

So-called civil rights organizations are up in arms about the new Arizona law.  There are cries of racial profiling and abuses of personal privacy.  The City of San Francisco has banned any non-law enforcement city travel to Arizona.  There are calls to boycott the Arizona Diamondbacks, wherever they are playing. I think it is all an overreaction.

No one’s rights have been trampled. The law doesn’t even go into effect for 90 days. When it does, a strict “probable cause” clause protects the civil rights of the people in Arizona legally.

It’s time for the federal government to step up and take responsibility for protecting our country. If it would enforce the law, the Arizona law wouldn’t be necessary. It’s time to close the border to those who cross it illegally. It’s time to get serious about who we allow to work. It’s time to make America less attractive to those who come here illegally. It’s time to stop the charges of racism for those who only want the government to enforce the law.

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Too Cool to Pass Up

April 23, 2010

This image is from the Hubble Space Telescope. I thought it was too beautiful to pass up.

Earth Day

April 22, 2010

Today is Earth Day.  The fortieth one.  Forty years ago today, I attended my first (and only) rally.  It was the first Earth Day rally and was held at UCLA.  I was an idealistic teenager who was very aware and concerned about how we were treating our home planet.  In fact, I was a founding member of a club at my high school–ACT, for Attack Contamination Today.  The Earth Day rally at UCLA was very instructive.  I learned a lot that day.  But it was probably not what the promoters of the rally planned for me to learn.

The most important lesson that I learned 40 years ago is that “causes,”  like Earth Day environmentalism, are populated with a wide range of viewpoints, but most of the people involved lacked even the basic beginnings of wisdom.  I saw more “crazies” that day than I would have ever imagined.  The claims they were making were way over the top.  The demands were completely unrealistic.  After a while, I realized that the rally was just a waste of my time and I went home.

I believe that we have a responsibility to be good stewards of our Earth.  We need to properly manage its resources.  We need to understand its complexities and how so many things on the Earth are interrelated.  But we also need to exercise wisdom in our stewardship.

The  current preoccupation with “global warming” or “climate change” is a perfect example.  Using very questionable computer models and also very unscientific “science,” the true believers in global warming are trying (and often succeeding) to change public policy.    Very little wisdom is demonstrated as leaders ignore basic scientific methods in favor of pushing a political agenda.

Perhaps the best way to celebrate the 40th Earth Day is to become more aware that truth is perhaps the most endangered species in today’s world.  When caring for and about the Earth, let’s remember that truth–the way things really are–needs to be honored as much as our commitment to care for our Earth.

Stalking my Family

April 16, 2010

I got a call today from my daughter, Julie.  She said that she was taking Josh and Ainsley to the Farm at Thanksgiving Point.  I remembered that there is a webcam there, so I logged on to it.

I scanned around a bit and caught a glimpse of what might have been my granddaughter.  I called Julie and, sure enough, that was them.  I zoomed in for a closer look and took the photo above.

I followed them around a bit.  Josh wasn’t too sure why he was waving to Grandpa when Grandpa was nowhere in sight, but I think he finally understood he was waving at a camera.

An added note:  Be careful how you act in a public place.  You never know who is watching.

National High Five Day

April 16, 2010

I just learned that yesterday was National High Five Day.  Which is just fine that I’m late because I don’t “high five” anyone.

There is an interesting story about a possible origin of the High Five.  Check out #5 at http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/53146

I’ve never been too comfortable with the High Five.  I’m not really a sports guy.  I don’t like high-fiving the youth that I meet at church or at scouts.

A good, friendly handshake works for me.

Earthquake Notification

April 15, 2010

I learned today that the USGS has an Earthquake Notification Service.  They will e-mail you when there is an earthquake in your area.

Somehow I don’t think I’ll need this service.  If there is an earthquake in my area, I think the shake-rattle-and-roll of the earth will notify me just fine.  I don’t think that I will need an e-mail to let me know what happened.

Post Script–

My wife reminds me that it is nice to know the location of the epicenter and the strength of the quake.  I agree.  In fact, we often look up that info at http://quake.usgs.gov/recenteqs/