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Our Embarq phone bill has a charge this month of $13.69 for VOICEMAIL ID THEFT SRVC. Let that soak in a minute. The charge is listed under Long Distance. There are a couple of problems with this. We have neither long distance  nor voicemail service. But ESBI at Coregmedia.com is doing its part to protect us just the same. If only Homeland Security was so on the ball. 

 The bigger question is how does one go about stealing voicemail identity — assuming I had such a thing? Do they hire Rich Little to immitate the voices? Perhaps he needs a job after that disasterous gig at the Washington Press Conference. Embarq tells me by law they must bill our phone number any charge sent to them. It’s for MY convenience. Are you getting a warm fuzzy feeling about all the people out there looking out for us?

Perhaps what I really need is  PHONE NUMBER  theft protection now that I know that’s all the unscrupulous need in order to bill me. Oh, the charge is now in dispute as will future charges be. (They can’t stop the engine that is set up to bill me monthly for several cycles at least.)

I checked; this scam isn’t run by AOL, though the (very nice) Embarq employee asked me if AOL was involved! He also said most people don’t check their bills and notice something like this only after months of charges. You won’t do that, will you?

Check that phone bill, people, especially if you surf the net and this low life company has a chance to grab onto you. Let’s shut this operation down!

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The New York Times this morning had the following quote from President Bush:

 “Legal immigration is one of the top concerns of the American people, and Congress’s failure to act on it is a disappointment.” (Italics are mine.)

No, Mr. Bush. Illegal immigration is one of the top concerns of the American people.

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“I’ll see you at the bill signing.”  George Bush, June 2007

 NOT!

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Turtle Nesting Ground

turleeggs-0171.jpgturleeggs-0021.jpgAbout thirty feet along side our driveway and house the land is plowed in a swath about three feet wide. It is turtle nesting territory. Granted it appears to be a sore thumb in a neighborhood of mostly manicured lawns, but the soft shell turtles were here long before we were, long before the kids called our empty lot Frog Bog. We learned after buying here thirty-one years ago that there had been an uproar when this part of the Woodlands was sudivided. Pipes were to replace the pond so that more houses could be built, but protests instead gave us three lots of more than an acre each–and a pond to share. It is from that pond huge soft shell turtles climb the slope to the highest point once or twice a year. There they lay their eggs.

Pancake shaped with long, long necks about three inches in diameter and a snout for a nose, they stand out from your ordinary turtles. If their looks aren’t unique enough to impress, maybe the fact that they can breath anally will.  Two beautiful girls layed their eggs this week, leaving three eggs exposed, which we later covered. In two to three months (60 days almost to the day, I’m told) we should see baby turtles. Only once have we had that privilege. A little guy the size of a fifty cent piece appeared at the nesting ground. I looked at the long trek he would have to make and took him to the pond, placing him beside it. So now we wait and hope for another siting. If it happens, you will see them here. Stay tuned.

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 Like the monster that keeps coming at you, the amnesty bill refuses to die. We cannot let our guard down. This piece by Pat Buchanan in the Minot Daily News 6-14 says is ALL. Read it now and again and again as a reminder not to give up.

 

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Last week, in one of the great uprisings of modern politics, Middle America rose up and body-slammed the national establishment.

The Bush-Kennedy-McCain amnesty for 12 million to 20 million illegal aliens, and for the businesses that have hired them–a bill backed by La Raza and the US Chamber of Commerce, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post–went down to crushing defeat.

Majority Leader Harry Reid fell 15 votes short (45 to 50) of shutting off debate. Like the rout of the Dubai ports deal, the victory was achieved by a firestorm of public protest, reflected in millions of phone calls and e-mails, and citizens marching to town meetings.

The Capital’s capitulation to the country was unprecedented and astonishing. Not two weeks earlier, the amnesty provision of the bill had been supported by more than 60 senators.

But opponents of this bill, which would reward mass criminality with mass amnesty and eventual US citizenship, ought not rest.

For President Bush is coming back to resuscitate the monster, and this bill has more support in the Senate than the 45 votes it got Thursday. Some Republicans and Democrats who voted not to shut off debate are privately committed to amnesty, if they can be given political cover and face-saving amendments to take home.

Sen. John Kyl is not necessarily wrong when he says, “All we have to do on the Republican side is sit down with those who have amendments, get those amendments in a reasonable package, not too many, but enough so all of the members can say they had their chance.”

Kyl reads his party right. For the GOP is the political instrument of K Street and Corporate America–the folks who fund the party and finance the campaigns. And the No. 1 issue of Corporate America is Bush-Kennedy-McCain. For not only does it give blanket amnesty to businesses for hiring illegals, it legalizes the illegals and ensures Corporate America an endless supply of cheap immigrant labor.

The fundamental reason this bill is not dead is that its authors and backers will never quit. For this legislation is part of a larger agenda of a large slice of America’s economic and political elite.

What is that agenda?

They have a vision of a world where not only capital and goods but people move freely across borders. Indeed, borders disappear. It is a vision of a “deep integration” of the United States, Canada and Mexico in a North American Union, modeled on the European Union and tied together by super-highways and railroads, where crossing from Mexico into the United States would be as easy as crossing from Virginia into Maryland. It is about the merger of nations into larger transnational entities and, ultimately, global governance.

This immigration bill is but a piece of a great global project already far advanced. In 1993, a majority of Americans opposed the NAFTA trade deal with Mexico because they did not believe the propaganda and feared that, as Henry Kissinger said, it represented the architecture of a new world order.

More than a dozen years have elapsed. And the results?  Contrary to the promises, our trade surplus with Mexico did not grow. It vanished. In 13 years, we have run $500 billion in trade deficits with Mexico. Last year’s $60 billion was the largest ever. Mexico now exports more cars, trucks and auto parts to the United States than we export to the world.

What NAFTA did was enable US companies to close their plants here, fire their American workers, and move their factories and jobs to Mexico, while Mexico continued to export its poor to the United States.

What is the hidden agenda of the global companies, which evolved out of what were once great American companies?

They want a limitless supply of low-wage immigrant labor and an end to penalties for hiring illegals. They want the freedom to shut factories here and move them to nations where wages are low, benefits nonexistent and regulations lax. They want to be able to move products back to the United States free of charge. They want to be rid of their American workers, but keep their American consumers.

They want to be able to go out to Asia and hire bright kids and bring them to the United States to replace middle-age US workers who cost too much. They want to be able to outsource their white-collar jobs to India at a fraction of the wages they pay Americans.

It is about globalism–and about greed. And, as the Bible says, love of money is the root of all evil. But they have a problem. The nation has begun to awaken to the reality that the vision of the global corporation and the transnational elite cannot be realized without the death of the American republic. And so they are in a fight that is long overdue.

 

I think that pretty much sums it up — but now if it is coming back to life, we have to be very aggressive in contacting our representatives and senators — the American public has to become aware before it is too late — that includes our kids that need to get active in this — or their children will never know the great country we have know in our lifetime.  This has been coming a long time but our “pundits”, etc., have tried to keep us pre-occupied with everything else but the things that really matter.  It’s all a matter of keeping us in the dark.  The people at the top of the ladder think as long as they keep us distracted–they can do what they want to do with our country.  As long as they keep us divided–especially between left and right–where in reality most of the citizens of this country are right down the middle–as long as they can keep up the name-calling and keep us divided–THEY WILL WIN and we will no longer have a United States.   Pretty scary —

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Current Bedside Books

Hope you noticed the new column on my home page, Current Bedside Books. Let’s face it, we are what we read. Books reinforce and color our thinking, sometimes brightly, sometimes casting gray shadows. Some reads you’ll see here will be meat and potatoes for the critical mind and others, cotton candy for the soul. That would include my mysteries, particularly those involving cats.

Most will not be the latest best sellers because the majority come from that wonderful used book store in Longwood, Florida, Legible Leftovers. Three or four bibliocats loll among the books there and greet cat lovers with raspy yowls. It’s a home away from home. So if a listed book grabs your attention, you’ll probably find it in a used book store or online source.

 Having said that, I am pleased to brag that I will be reading a few books with unbroken spines, still smelling of fresh ink because my son gave me a Borders gift certificate for Mother’s Day. Typically, the first trip yielded only a couple of books, but I’ll be back.

 My first bedside book list contains about seven or so books because that is what is stacked by my bed. I do read them all simutaneously, skipping from one to the other according to mood. Occasionally a book will jealously grab onto my throat and not let go until I have finished it without a side dalliance. That happened most recently with After Life, a first novel by Rhian Ellis. I wait impatiently for her second.

 Obviously I won’t care for all those books that land on my nightstand, so if you have questions about any, please ask.

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You must read Annie Jacobsen’s article in Aviation Nation for several reasons.

  1. It is one more instance of strange behavior on an airplane.
  2. The heros rock.
  3. You don’t want to miss the reaction of a hero’s wife.

Now, go. Read.

http://www.theaviationnation.com/2007/06/05/what-happened-on-northwest-flight-720/

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Life in Short

bookblog0001.jpgThis  This short piece was printed in the Orlando Sentinel in March 2006. Yes, every word is true.  (Click SnapShot for full view.)

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Yesterday I was attacked by a pack of Chihuahuas. Coincidence? Granted, I have written negative pieces about the proposed immigration bill and hassled a few legislators, but do proponents have to get personal? Seven little ankle biters yipping and bouncing like jumping beans, their metal tags jingling, harassed me for a block on my daily walk. I swatted, offered them Taco Bell, shouted “Alto!” But nada.

Earlier they had scared the heck out of our cat Luther as they paraded past the screened porch, then chased a half dozen ibises from the pond while racing back across our property border.

I do not know their legal status, nor whether identifying tags are counterfeit, and understand the little dogs are only doing the work American felines won’t do. I’ll try to understand when Bush heads for the Rose Garden, pen in hand. Yo quero amnesty?

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Belly button lint is just a bunch of useless fluff. You may see the resemblance to these musings.

  • Housewife is a job with tenure—whether you want it or not.
  • The truth IS.
  • When our cockatiel Dipstick died, did he go to that big sky in the sky?
  • Did you watch the Scripts National Spelling Bee? Those kids had whizdom!
  • What is it with the way students and young adults hold a pen? We of earlier generations were taught to let the pen be guided by the arm, not awkward, scrunched up fingers. They ALL do it, so it must have been taught. Can anyone shed light on this?
  • Your cat wants to be the center of your attention; that’s why he plops in the middle of your newspaper—and now in front of your computer screen. Look, Ma!
  • How many class action law suits are you a part of? We are of great concern to a lot of lawyers, so much so I’ve created a special file. How wealthy have we become? We got a check for 38 cents once.
  • Advertisers say the word people like most to hear is YOU. Frankly, I’m sick of YOU even if it’s about ME. I have this niggling feeling I may not deserve everything Madison Avenue says I do simply because I exist and have a credit card. Deserve—that’s apparently another word we love. Ever notice how many things YOU DESERVE, like that Cadillac, for instance? Spare me the stroking. Just tell me what your product does better. I’ll decide if I deserve it. Don’t worry, the GNP won’t be affected. I may reward my sorry ass anyway.
  • We can go to the moon, but we can’t figure how to disrupt a tunnel passage at the Mexican border?
  • Forget personality tests created by psychology professors. Want a simple one? What kind of “forwards” does this person pass on? There. That didn’t cost you anything.
  • Why do they put those pucker-making strips in towels? Surely there is a better way to decorate.
  • I had a brilliant thought about thong panties, but will not put those words in my blog because we know it will attract perverts. Oops!

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