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March 25, 2005

Um, Deal with it!!

After reading about President Bush's response to a question about *cough* vigalantes, I decided to send my thoughts on this to the president.

Here's what I sent to the White House this afternoon:

Dear President Bush,

You're a busy guy so I'll make this short & sweet: START PAYING ATTENTION TO THE U.S./MEXICO BORDER! Sorry for the CAPS, but I wanted to emphasize my meaning.

Mr. President, follow-through on your campaign promises and get MORE U.S. Border Patrol agents on the border - not 200, but the 2000 you said last fall.

I think you're a smart guy but I'll say this anyway: if you don't follow through on your promises to strengthen the borders of the United States and some incident - big or small - happens due to negligence in this matter, the Republican Party will be feeling the after-effects for years. Short-term gains in cheap labor will seem paltry when compared to the long-term consequences of allowing the border to be practically open.

Please - beef up the border. Put the National Guard of California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas on the border immediately. Or put more police there. Or dig a DEEP trench and fill it with gasoline - SOMETHING!

You're probably aware of the growing discontent many Americans have with illegal immigration, but I thought I'd make my voice heard.

Do not ignore the border situation.


"Mad Mikey"

Will I make a difference? I don't know, but I won't be silent about this.

Drop the White House a line: president@whitehouse.gov.

Yeah, it might only be read by some intern way down on the food chain, but it's still doing something.

UPDATE: After I sent the message, I found this grammar boo-boo:

I feel sheepish...

Posted by Mad Mikey at 02:49 PM | Comments (15)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 02:49 PM | Comments (15)

Terri Schiavo

I've resisted the urge to blog about Terri Schiavo for the simple reason that I don't know which way to feel about her situation.

On one hand, I completely understand the notion to honor her wishes (as related by her husband) to not be maintained on life support. I've told my wife in the past that I too do not wish to be maintained on a machine (or other means) if I was 'gone' mentally. Now I have to get it in writing soon so as not to burdern her with this type of grief.

On the other hand, the full weight of the law concerning this is all based on what the husband is reported to have heard from Terri and it would seem that to 'convict' someone of a crime simply based on hearsay is putting the entire will-to-live versus right-to-die argument on very shaky grounds.

All I can really say about Terri and her situation is this: my hopes and prays are with her and her family that this will end soon and that all will find some sort of peace in their hearts.

One additional hope: please - for the love of God - do NOT make this a plank in some political argument, left OR right. It serves no purpose to use this woman's life as ammunition. Doing so only makes this entire situation seem cheap and tawdry and it makes the one using it appear to be the type of person that would hide behind anyone.

Posted by Mad Mikey at 02:05 PM | Comments (6)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 02:05 PM | Comments (6)

A New Direction

The Anti-War movement here in San Diego is facing a new challenge: they cannot seem to make a dent in public opinion about how they're right and anyone who supports the troops is wrong, so they're changing direction.

Now, instead of trying to make an argument that the War on Terror and Operation Iraqi Freedom are bad, they're not targetting military recruiters.

Recruitment Centers Defaced

The San Diego National City Military Recruitment Center was defaced on March 19th with anti-war graffiti and posters. Defaced, Improved, Neutralized, Revealed - I guess it's all just semantics.

That's right - since they know that the personnel manning those offices aren't going to openly/publicly fight back.

And did they accomplish much?? It's hard to tell if they actually detered someone from enlisting, but they did cost the government money to clean up this crap.

Needless to say, I am really impressed with these children and their childish antics.


I bet their mommas are really PROUD of them and someday soon, they'll be the night-shift manager at Wendy's!!

Posted by Mad Mikey at 12:30 PM | Comments (3)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 12:30 PM | Comments (3)

Binary to Decimal

Something I came across today that peeked the 'inner geek' in me.

Test your knowledge on binary:

100,0002 - 102 = ?10

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Posted by Mad Mikey at 12:09 PM | Comments (4)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 12:09 PM | Comments (4)

Down Yet Up?

You would think that this would have made a bigger 'spalsh' on the news wires:

US Death Rate Down in Iraq Since January Elections

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The rate of U.S. deaths in the Iraq war has fallen sharply since the historic January elections as American military leaders tout progress against the insurgency but warn of a long road ahead.

March is on pace for the lowest monthly U.S. military death toll in 13 months, and the rate of American fatalities has fallen by about 50 percent since the parliamentary elections in which millions of Iraqis defied insurgents to cast ballots.

Defense analysts noted that while violence aimed at U.S. forces has declined in the 7 1/2 weeks since the election, insurgent attacks on Iraqis have escalated. They added that previous lulls in attacks on U.S. forces in the two-year war have been followed by intense periods of violence.

The number of attacks on U.S. troops has decreased while attacks on Iraqis has increased.

Hmmm....they can't take down the big man on the block so they're going after the weaker targets, the Iraqi civilians? It's either that or they're exacting some revenge for Iraqis excercising some free will and voting.

Man, what brave *cough* 'freedom fighters' they are....time to blow up another mosque boys!

Posted by Mad Mikey at 11:38 AM | Comments (2)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 11:38 AM | Comments (2)


Anyone wanna take a crack at this....?

(Glommed from Chris Muir's ever-lasting 'Day by Day' cartoon)

Posted by Mad Mikey at 11:26 AM | Comments (4)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 11:26 AM | Comments (4)

March 23, 2005

Media Snapshot

Mariah Carrey, Glitter condemed by
United Nations, Amnesty International.

SJP spotted over Newfoundland trailing smoke
from engines, denies 'in-flight incident'.

Kutch knocked up Demi,
stuck with her and Bruce Willis now.

Ashlee banging out silly show on MTV,
no one notices.

Nicole shopping for a new husband,
Tom still going after Penelope Cruz.

Posted by Mad Mikey at 02:48 PM | Comments (1)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 02:48 PM | Comments (1)

Newton Wins Again

Newton's Third Law of Motion meets small-town politics...

ACTION: Not standing for the Pledge of Allegiance and making a stink over it.

REACTION: Getting your butt voted out of office.

Colo. Town Official Who Refused Pledge Recalled

ESTES PARK, Colo. — A town trustee who refused to stand up and recite the Pledge of Allegiance during board meetings was voted out of office.

David Habecker lost the recall election Tuesday by a 3-2 margin, with 903 votes in favor of removing him from office to 605 in favor of keeping him.

Habecker is a 12-year member of the Estes Park governing board. The mountain community, located about 60 miles northwest of Denver, has about 5,500 residents.

Well duh.

This clown says he's a free thinker and that the phrase "under God" violates his religious beliefs. Well, that's okay David - the voters have removed that bothersom obstacle to your free thinking.

Why do people think that if they make a stink that it won't stick to them?? Newton wins again dork.

Posted by Mad Mikey at 01:01 PM | Comments (2)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 01:01 PM | Comments (2)

Revisionist History, Revisionist Fact

There's always the element of sheer stupidity that pops up in American culture every so often and here's something that meets that criteria:

School to vote on renaming Jefferson Elementary
President's slave holdings perturb families, teachers

Parents, students and teachers at Berkeley's Thomas Jefferson Elementary School will soon vote on whether to rename their school because the nation's third president was a slave owner.

The question of whether to rename the school has been debated for more than two years -- since several teachers, including an African American mother of three former Jefferson students, said Jefferson's moniker offended them and suggested a name change.

On Monday, Principal Betty Delaney released a list of potential new names -- one nominated by a student, the rest by adults. Parents, students and teachers must first vote on a new name, then take a second vote on whether to replace Jefferson with the new name.

The school board must officially approve any name change.

Contenders for the new name included Ralph Bunche, the African American diplomat at the United Nations who was the first person of color to win the Nobel Peace Prize; farmworker organizer Cesar Chavez; and Florence McDonald, the late Berkeley city councilwoman, leftist political leader and mother of singer Country Joe McDonald.

Other names suggested were Sojourner Truth, a woman who fled slavery in New York in 1828 and became one of the best-known abolitionist orators; Ohlone -- for the indigenous people who lived in Berkeley before European settlers arrived; Peace; Rose; and Sequoia.

Marguerite Talley-Hughes, a kindergarten teacher at Jefferson who is African American, said she thinks it is reasonable to want a name that is not offensive to some in the school community.

"It's very clear that the name is offensive to a significant part of the population,'' said Hughes, who lives in the neighborhood and sent her own three children to Jefferson.

"There's no reason we can't have a name that everyone likes and can feel good about,'' she said.

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Posted by Mad Mikey at 12:23 PM | Comments (12)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 12:23 PM | Comments (12)

A Question of Ethics

Hey all you engineering types - I have a question concerning work-place ethics that I need to bounce off you.

Drop me an e-mail and I'll mass-mail it to everyone => madmikey1-IN THE DIRECTION OF-hotmail-PERIOD TYPE UNIT-com.

(Hopefully, you'll all 'get it' with that)

Posted by Mad Mikey at 11:37 AM | Comments (2)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 11:37 AM | Comments (2)

The Numbers Please?

I've said this before and I guess I'll say it again: what numbers are the real thing?

Social Security Said to Go Broke in 2041

WASHINGTON (AP) - The trust fund for Social Security will go broke in 2041 - a year earlier than previously estimated - the trustees reported Wednesday. Trustees also said that Medicare, the giant health care program for the elderly and disabled, faces insolvency in 2020.

The new projections made in the trustees annual report were certain to be cited by both sides in the massive battle to overhaul Social Security, which President Bush has made the top domestic priority of his second term.

The go-broke date for Medicare was delayed by one year, compared to the estimate that trustees gave a year ago.

The insolvency dates represent when both trust funds will have exhausted the government bonds that have been building up to take care of the pending retirement of 78 million baby boomers.

So once again - which numbers or sets of numbers should you look at to get a 'decent' picture of the situation?

I will admit that I'm a little troubled that I cannot get anyone to say what is a good indicator of the social security solvency problem(s); I'm even a little doubtful of the numbers that the pro-privitization folks utilize. (Ummm, even I know that some cases are slanted to favor those that utilize them).

So, anyone wanna take a crack at it? I've purposefully stayed away from chatting about this cause quite frankly no one has proposed anything concrete as far as serious changes - all it's been has been 'theories'.....

Posted by Mad Mikey at 11:01 AM | Comments (6)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 11:01 AM | Comments (6)

Preventative Bifurcation

Suspect worked at Jessica's school

HOMOSASSA - For five months, convicted sex offender John Evander Couey worked as a mason's helper at Homosassa Elementary School, where 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford attended class.

A mason on the job said Couey had direct contact with students and teachers during the project, though it was unknown whether he had contact with Jessica.

Before that, Couey, who was formally arrested Monday in connection with Jessica's death, worked on the Crystal River Middle School remodeling project.

"Oh, my God," said School Board member Ginger Bryant. "I can't believe he ever set foot on any of our school sites. I feel yucky. I'm ready to throw up."

Yet another reason to just deal with these vermin as soon as they're found guilty: 9mm excavation of the cranium.

Harsh? Maybe, but these scumbags did something to merit such a severe punishment; Jessica didn't.

Posted by Mad Mikey at 04:46 AM | Comments (6)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 04:46 AM | Comments (6)

March 20, 2005

Say What - Control the Movement?

U.S. needs to watch extremists, Fox says

MEXICO CITY - Anti-immigrant sentiment appears to be growing in the United States, Mexican President Vicente Fox said Wednesday, and he urged U.S. officials to act quickly to control movements such as the 950-member-strong Minuteman Project on the Mexico-Arizona border.

Fox said he plans to push for U.S. immigration reform during a meeting with President Bush in Texas next week.

To quote my wife who just read this: Kiss my ass!!

Vicente, we don't 'control movements' here in the United States. While you may think that this is some sort of vigelante movement, the federal governemnt won't 'control' this any more than they can control the moon's orbit.

It's what we like to call 'freedom to assemble' here in America.

And bear in mind that this is just a reaction to the illegal immigration that you seem to have no problem ignoring, just as much as our government seems to ignore it. But this won't last forever; sooner or later the federal government will see this for what is really is - a national emergency - and will take step(s) to combat it. Personally, I'm in favor of putting the National Guard on the US-Mexico border armed with M-1 Abrhams tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles and possibly digging a trench and filling it with gasoline.

Posted by Mad Mikey at 04:41 PM | Comments (6)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 04:41 PM | Comments (6)

Fourth of July in March

Been wondering what San Diego Protesr Warrior would be doing to mark the 2nd anniversary of the Operation Iraqi Freedom? Well, wonder no more:

Patriot's Picnic in Balboa Park happened yesterday.

Da Goddess and Citizen Smash have the beginnings of the after-action reports. They also have links to others that are blogging about this event.

Go give them a look.


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Mikey is a forty-something U.S. Navy veteran that is currently taking a break from being a full-time student at UC San Diego studying electrical engineering.

He's also a husband, a father, a former Independent/Democrat and is currently dealing with dialysis and getting on the national kidney transplant list.

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