Do we really need secure borders?


It is said that one of the requirements of a  nation is its ability to control its own borders.

Some countries, such as the old East Germany, North Korea, or just the old Soviet Union, had borders set up to keep their citizens from escaping.  Some countries might only worry about the border as a demarcation between their neighbors, while others wish to enforce their borders as a way to keep their national identity from being diluted by the cultures that immigrants will bring into their borders.

For sure, the United States is a country of immigrants, as with the exception of the Native Americans, this country was settled by people from other countries.  When the settlers from Europe arrived they found a good portion of the landscape populated by various tribes, with their own cultures, who would slowly find themselves pushed west, or put into reservations.  historically this is tragic but it was basically a result of not being able to control, or even have, borders.

Over a period of time the United States started to take notice of the influx of new citizens and established ports of entry through which new arrivals could legally enter the country.

We have had immigration laws since just after the government was formed.  These laws covered not only who could enter the country but who could be a citizen, or naturalized.

There are a number of reasons that we would wish to secure our borders:

  • Illegal aliens who come into the country for better jobs, or to escape oppression in their own country.  Many of them are desperate, and so they do not bother with the legal stuff.  Kind of like the guy who is hungry and so he breaks the window at your house and then sits down at the table with you as if he expects you to feed him.  Many of these people have been known to bring drugs across the border, they don’t have papers to prove their residence and so they can not legally obtain jobs.  This last bit would require the use of fraudulent identity papers, or, as some people would call it, IDENTITY THEFT.
  • Don’t forget the drug smugglers.
  • This you have a terrorist who just wants to kill us. Though I have not really seen much about terrorist getting in this way, as they seem to use visitor visas.
  • We also have to be alert for the smuggling of so-called “dirty bombs”.

 

The point here is that WE DO have laws covering how people can gain entry to the United States, and how we enforce those laws shows the type of commitment we have to be a sovereign nation.

Here comes the really fun part.  How do you enforce your laws?  That would depend on how much you value being able to control your own borders.  The way I see it there are two main points of control, border security, things like walls or even alligator filled moats, and internal security, this being ways to verify that people getting jobs are legally eligible to have those jobs.

One of the ways to verify the person’s eligibility for employment is called e-verify.  This is, as far as I understand it, a way to connect all of a person’s document in such a way that their identity and nationality can be verified.  President Trump only stated to use it in 2018 after several of the “fake news” organizations reported that he, or his companies, were hiring undocumented workers, read that illegal immigrant.  Doing this earlier, and without the impression that he was being forced to do so, would have lent more believability to his urgency about building a wall.

Any measure that is undertaken, be it a wall or an electronic verification process, is subject to an old security adage “no security plan is perfect”.  Given enough time and effort and security system can be bypassed.

The most you can hope to accomplish with security is to keep the honest person honest, make the time and effort they put into subverting that system more trouble than its worth or make them take enough time doing it that they are detected and apprehended.

Yes, if the democrats were to cooperate in national security, we could build a wall, do the verify thing and cut down on the number of illegal aliens who will help us bankrupt the social security system but, what does it really matter

There was a recent report, an analysis of the census data, that gave a timeframe of 20 to 30 years before Hispanics outnumber whites and blacks.  The question then is : will they have grown up as part of the American identity, or will the be like a couple of our new Congresswomen who have shown us they know nothing, or little, about the way this country works.

Who knows.  In 30 to 50 years from now, this country could be another 3rd rate Latin American country with Nukes.

Thanks,

That Joe Guy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have an idea..


I was recently reading about the sanctuary Cities, or areas.  While I was reading some of the material, like how it was suggested that California might want to succeed from the United States. the idea came to me that we might be able to deal with a couple of the illegal immigration issues.

Why don’t we take a look at the Kurt Russel movies, “Escape from New York” and “Escape from L.A.”.  We could pick a spot and declare it an “International Sanctuary Area”, and give it to the United Nations to administer, or just call it “Sanctuary City”.

It seems that the people in that area, San Francisco comes to mind, don’t really want to be part of the United States so maybe they would like the idea of going on their own, and they would get all of those illegal immigrants that come here in violation of our laws.

We could even provide public transportation to the City, and just build a wall around that, plus we would not have to deport anyone, just transfer them to this location.

We keep hearing from President Trump about these people, not just the Mexicans, being criminals, drug mules, and rapist, so we can let them have what they want and still keep them out of the United States.  Yes we still want immigration, just not the people who show contempt for our country by breaking in.

Would you invite the people who break into your home to be members of your family?

Does the bank offer savings accounts to people who rob it?

So we take an area, again San Francisco comes to mind, build a great honking wall around it and let these people settle there.

We could even scatter video feeds around the area and make it into a “Real Reality Show” like “Survival City”?  It might be able to pay for itself with pay per view and season passes?

Just a thought.

Thanks,

That Joe Guy.

When is Collusion not Collusion..?


 

 

When it comes to the meeting, in Trump Tower, with Kushner, Donald Jr, and the other guy with the Russians there are several things to consider….

Merriam-Webster defines Collusion as:  secret agreement or cooperation especially for an illegal or deceitful purpose acting incollusion with the enemy

Let’s look at the “agreement or cooperation” aspect of this.  Yes, there does not seem to have been any collusion but, that was only because the Russians did not have the material the Trump representatives wanted, information on Hillary Clinton.  I see that as like if you went to buy drugs and were told “we don’t have any drugs for you but, how about some really nice caviar?”.

It is true that it was not a secret, after all it was reported by the press, only because it was reported by the press.  I would go so far as to say that, when the press reported the meeting, the did the Trump group and unintentional favor..  Favor you ask?  Of course.

I will explain it this way.  When I was in the Air Force, mid 70s to 84, one of the little film they showed us, it was for people who had contact with classified information, was about a young Airman who worked in his bases headquarters.  One night he was in a bar and met a stranger.  The two shared drink and the stranger found out, he problably already knew, that the Airman worked in Headquarters, and the two started to talk about some unclassified program that were going on.  The stranger was interested in one of these programs, I think it was supposed to deal with things the Air Force was trying to do in the community near the base.  The two agreed to meet the next day.  The Airman would bring the brochures in an envolope and the stranger would bring him some information about his company.  The two met the next night.

The Airman, not thinking it was important, did not report the contact with the stranger.  Sometime later the two would see each other at the bar, and the stranger would pull him over to ask about information of a classified matter.  The Airman would say he could not talk about things like that.  The stranger would explain that it was too late, and he would show the Airman photos that had been taken of the two of them exchanging envelopes.

For the Airman this was a problem.  He had not followed regulations which stated he was supposed to report that contact, and it now looked like he had given them information for money.

Now, getting back to the Trump meeting.  Had the press not reported the meeting the Trump team would have been in the same position as the young Airman.  It would look like they had exchanged something for information on Clinton, even though no real exchange had taken place.  Further, in this last scenario, their problem would for Kushner and Don Jr to prove what really happened in that room….  I find it hard to believe the Russians would offer such information about H. Clinton without wanting something in return.  The question would be : did they get anything other than the possibiity of a later blackmail?

Things like this just point out the lack of judgement exhibited by the Trump group, which comes from a lack of descretion.

The next 3 1/2 years will most likely result in more incidents such as this.

 

Thanks,

That Joe Guy.

 

 

 

 

 

I have been away.. but I am back, for now..


I have not posted anything for a number of months.  It started near the end of last years election cycle when I really came to understand that I did not like either of the two candidates.  The choices seemed to be between the guy on the right who gave off bilious gasses from both ends, and the woman who bragged about her failures and who’s best achievement stemmed from the fact that she, along with her husband, has been able to avoid going to jail.

During this period I started a number of articles, I will try to get back to them, that I was not really sure how to present.  Each time I started on one of them, such as one I started to do about Medical Quackery, reinforced the understanding that much of what we believe comes from our perception of what it is…

Take the one I was going to call “Why I love the Internet”.  In this article I was going to point out that with the ability to search the internet for information a searcher could find more than one way of looking at almost any idea.

Take the idea of the Religious Trinity..  The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.  Some will point to sections of the bible and explain that they are all three aspects of the Father, while others might point to the same section and explain that they are all separate and say that the other idea, that they are all the same entity, makes no sense.

In the Medical world there seems to be an argument that MMR vaccines cause autism.   The anti-vaccine people will point to studies that, they say, proves that Autism is caused by the MMR vaccines, and that the Center for Disease Control  and Prevention(CDC) had been outed as having fixed it’s studies to show that there was no connection between the two.  The other camp, which is sometimes called Mainstream Medicine, will tell you about the CDC studies that prove there is no connection and will even go so far as to tell you that the studies, by the Anti-vaccine group, have been refuted numerous times and they they still bring them up.

Andrew Wakefield so called god father of the Anti-Vaccine movement

Andrew Wakefield is a name that often comes up in these discussions.  It was from a study he did, along with 6 or 7 other researchers, that lead to the assertions of Autism being connected to the MMR Vaccines.  The study, published in the British medical journal the Lancet, would later have his fellow researchers ask to have their names removed from the paper, after his press conference that explained the connection, a connection his fellow researcher stated was not contained the their results of the study.  The Lancet would retract the story, and the British Medical establishment would take his Doctor’s licence away after charging him with a number of ethics violations, such as abusing the 12 people he used in his study and lieing about his work being approved by an ethics panel, or the medical community that took away his credentials and struck him from the Physician list in Britain.

My point here is that we often form our opinions of this based on the way we look at things.

For my last item to think about is this.  In the United States we had a series of mass shootings.  Some people saw this as a call to get firearms away from the public, others saw this as a demonstration that the police can not protect the public and that they have a right to buy more firearms they can then use to defend themselves.  It is a situation where you have to ask : do we work on the symptoms, or the cause, of this violence…

I plan to get back into a routine of articles.  Hopefully you will think about what I say.  I don’t believe I will change anyone’s mind, but maybe the readers will consider what I put forth, and make up your own mind.

These are, as the title says “How I see the world”.

 

Thanks,

That Joe Guy.

 

Toxic Growth?


In Southwest Florida the challenge seems to be in limiting the growth to what can be sustained by infrastructure.  More and more we hear about large developments being planned  but, where are the plans to expand the water supplies, the road networks, the school system or even jobs for the newcomers?

We have to trust that out elected representative will be there to control this growth, and keep it at a manageable level.

Then there is, as the real-estate people say, location, location, location, which of course means where they build.  In the area near where I live the question has come up about Toxic materials in the ground that were left over from landfills.  This is the in area of the old Foxfire Golf course, where Medallion Homes will be building the Waverley subdivision.

Medallion Homes is owned by Carlos Beruff, who is running for the Senate, and who was appointed to the SouthWest Water Management District by, I believe Charlie Crist, and then, some time later, resigned from that with his last official act being to OK the plans by one of his fellow developers, even though, as reports say, various boards recommended against it.

He has also had problems with Chinese Drywall which was put into a large portion of the homes he build…  The Rip Off Report has this to say.  When the question came up about remediation he said the cost would break the company, and refused to do it..  The Sarasota Herald Tribune has this to say.

To further muddy the waters the area they are building on, at the future Waverley site has a number of unlined landfills, which the county would rather not test, even though there have been indication that toxic chemicals, may be able to spread in the water table..

If you are curious about this, and want to know just what the fuss is all about, then you should go to the Foxfire West site and see what they have to say.  From where I am sitting it looks to me that the developers are winning and the people getting sick, both of it and from it.

Now I have singled out Carlos Beruff but, I am sure he is not the only one who gets away with pulling tricks.  Like developers who lay waste to wetlands but to stick more houses into an area.

Thank,

That Joe Guy.