Alphaape's past comments

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    Alphaape

    The more a person spends time looking around jealously at others who might have have got an easy deal or a free pass, the less they are able to appreciate their own good fortune.

    @ lucabrasi: If that's the case, then why the whole "Occupy" movement? Afterall, those who have risen to the top money earners may have had an easy pass according to the Occupy movement and they didn't do it "farily." I love the way liberal thinkers like to tout that line and then be against it when it suits their needs.

    As far as paying the back taxes and the steps that they need to take to get their status updated, do a quick research on the return rates of the people from just this summer for the mass of children who poured into the US and their rates of actually going to their hearings. It is less than 10% (and I'm being optomistic with that number). What makes people think that now that it is safe they can come forth, and pay taxes on their past incomes, if according to the stories we keep hearing they are just "getting by" on meager wages. How will they pay back taxes then?

    You will find out what a few places have seen when the government takes steps for these people to come forth that they all don't work. They expected a huge number of illegals in a few states to get the Driver's licenses when they made them available for them but not many showed up. Why, because they will tend to not want to be easily identified with a form of ID that the government can easily track. Also, as with a license,comes the responsibility to get the proper insurance, etc, etc that the rest of us legal drivers have to get, and if they don't get it, and have an accident, they will lose their vehicles. But I am sure that some loop hole will be found to let them off the hook, while the rest of the law abiding public has to take up the slack.

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    Alphaape

    @djv124 @Alphaape Comparing your spouses' case to these undocumented parents is like comparing apples and oranges

    @ Sam Trumbull: You should read toguru's post very carefully. We both followed the curent immigration laws and had ot wait to get what we wanted. Now this rule is going to let those who didn't follow the rules get what they want. As with illegal immigrants, I had a family member who was not going to be a citizen, so I did what I was supposed to do to bring her in. Just becuase people came to the US illegally in the first place, took advantage of the 14th Amendment and had a kid as an anchor baby and now are demanding that they have rights is not how a country functions. Does our laws need to be changed, yes I would agree and I would start off with changing the 14th Amendment. That was mainly used so that the former slaves and their children would be granted citizenship.

    As with myself and illegals there is no difference in comparison. THe US laws are on the books, myself, djv124 and many others chose to do the right thing, and follow them no matter how complicated and expensive. These folks didn't, and it is not my problem that as a result of their flagrant violation of the current laws, they are in the situations that they are in now. Should have thought of that before they broke the law.

    Posted in: Obama spurns Republicans with immigration orders

  • -1

    Alphaape

    @ djv124: I feel your pain, since I had to do it myself as you have. What I find really appalling is that the President chose to do this announcement, right before the Latin Music Awards which was shown on Univision (for those who don't know, a Spanish language TV station in the US and Central America), and not shown live by the big three major US networks. Pretty much an open invitation to those still in Central America to come to the USA. He stipulates that they must have been in the USA for 5 years. How are they going to prove that? There is a thriving market now for illegal documents so this will only fuel that niche industry further.

    “Gracias, Presidente Obama.”

    I also find it intersting that if they have been in the USA for so long, and really want to "come out of the shadows" don't you think that they would have had signs that were in English instead of Spanish?

    This is how Obama should have implemented Obamacare, by slow incrementalism as I heard it called. Instead of forcing something down our throats at one time, first they came up with the "Dreamers" kids who were brought to the US by their parents and too young to object. Then they said you can't deport the parents of anchor babies since those kids like the dreamers would not be able to live in their parents countries. Now that the kids are safe, we get to add the parents,and before long we will get the "family values" spiel and how many Hispanic familes take care of extended family members and instead of having them in the USA wiring money back to Mexico and making people like Carlos Slim (the richest man in the world who owns the Mexican telecommunications industry and gets a huge slice of those wire transfers) why not bring those family members to the USA where they will not have to pay those high fees and we can show true compassion.

    By that time that 5 million will blossom to another 20 million. As for those who say we can't deport that many people, we can't but we didn't bring that many in, they self imported to the USA. Cut off access to public benefits and stricter controls on who gets to work and they will self deport themselves.

    As far as the sob story cases they trot out to show the plights of these dreamers, they need to equally do the stories on the 30% of prisoners in the jails in the USA that are illegals and the crimes they committed.

    Posted in: Obama spurns Republicans with immigration orders

  • -5

    Alphaape

    Obama didn't just suddenly let all illegals stay in the country, he let parents of those who are in the country legally stay.

    So these parents who were illegal and now get to stay and have status, what jobs will they be competing for? If it is 5 million people, that's more than the jobs that were produced the last quater. So where will they work now that they are legal?

    Posted in: Obama spurns Republicans with immigration orders

  • -7

    Alphaape

    This will make the Muriel Boat lift back in the late 70's by Cuba look like a small blip. For those who don't know, that was when Castro opened up his prison gates and let all the bad seeds make it to the ocean to be picked up by the Coast Guard and found amnesty.

    Who will these countries send? Certainly not the best and brightest of the country. They will send the poorest and sickest to America in hopes that they can get social services that they can't get in their homelands. Yes Reagan granted amnesty back in the 80's. But guess what, at least he was honest when he did it, and not trying to hide behind some "smoke and mirrors" like this plan is going to be where in the future we will find out that these people will be given full amnesty to get the benefits that he says that they will not get.

    And for the record, in regards to not being able to get healthcare according to Obama, in CA where there is a large illegal population, the illegals can get Medi-Cal, which is health insurance that is paid by the state of CA. But, that program is supported by money from the Federal Gov. So, yes they will not be able to get Federal health care, but they can apply in states like CA and the Feds will pick up the costs of that program.

    Just another in a long line of "smoke and mirrors."

    Posted in: Obama spurns Republicans with immigration orders

  • -2

    Alphaape

    the president has the power to make exective actions all presidents make executive actions.

    Yes they can, but they can't make up laws and their actions must be within the current laws. What Obama is proposing to do is to contradict the current laws which is not allowed.

    Posted in: Obama to unveil plan to fix 'broken' U.S. immigration laws

  • 1

    Alphaape

    Dems only controlled the Senate, not the House, which is populated with politicians (mostly Republicans) who pander to bigoted constituents.

    @ paulinusa: You are wrong on both counts. When Obama was elected in 2008, the Dems controlled both the House and the Senate as well as the White House. He spent his political will in forcing his "Obamacare" on America, and as we have seen, behind the scenes those who were crafting it were not truly being above board and honest.

    As far as you characterizing Republicans as pandering to bigoted constituents, you need to step away from the liberal talking points and do some research on your own. Case in point, these last elections, my home state of AR just elected a Rep Gov (from a Dem), and now has both Senators and all Congressmen from the GOP, the first time in 134 years. But in that same election, the people of my home state voted for a minimum wage increase law. In OR, a very liberal state, the voters of the state voted in legalizing pot, but voted out a provision to allow illegal aliens to get driver's licenses.

    So if you want to just stick to the same old tired talking points of Dems good , GOP bad (or vice versa) you probably need to realize that people tend to vote more on how issues affect them personally and not by some talking points. The people of OR don't want anyone just getting a state ID who shouldn't get one, and by and large they are more liberal in that state, the people of AR, have had enough of the far left (remember, for a long time it was controlled by the Dems and we put Clinton into office), but are willing to look at the issue of making sure people get paid a fair wage.

    The majority of Americans don't want to grant citizenship rights to those who come in and break our laws, no matter where they come from. I have a foreign spouse, and before I got her Green card, I had to go through all of the paper work and pay the fees, and even had to sign a statement that when she comes to the USA, I will not get on the government "dole" and not be able to support her. So why do others who just come across the border illegally or overstay their visa get special consideration? What's the point for those who have been waiting for years for the opportunity to go about it the legal way and watch as some "special interest group" jumps ahead in line.

    Posted in: Obama to unveil plan to fix 'broken' U.S. immigration laws

  • -3

    Alphaape

    An ironic news item was reported in Ferguson about one of the protestors at a "No Justic No Peace" rally. It seems that while chanting "F" the police her car was stolen. Not a major high end brand but a Saturn with over 250,000 miles as was tweeted by the victim who thought that no one would want such a car. Oh well, I guess they didn't get the enlightenment memo.

    @ yabits: You seem to revel in trying to name call those who don't agree with you. I guess your ultra liberal beliefs don't really hold true. As far as eyewitness accounts go, you do remember that the guy that was with him when all of this happened has said pretty much that what they were doing was as the police had put together. It would seem that if you have an eye witness who was there, and yet you still need to take it to a Grand Jury tells me that the evidence would point to the cop will not face charges, and the Prosecuter and other agencies are doing this to not make it seem that it was not transparent.

    Listening to a reporter interview a neighbor of Brown, he (the neighbor) firmly believes that Brown had actually paid for the cigars in question and that the store owner was misinformed, etc. So if you want to call out people with deficient thinking, I would suggest you go there and do a few one on one interviews with some there, even with all of the evidence put in the news who will still think this way and you would not have to wonder why all of the commotion is going on.

    Posted in: Missouri governor declares state of emergency ahead of ruling on Ferguson shooting

  • -2

    Alphaape

    Polls of the general population do not matter, unless, that is, all those who are asked actually witnessed the event.

    @ yabits: I bet if the polls said that 99% of the Black residents in the area thought the cop was guilty, you would probably be jumping up and down trying to make sure that those people are appointed to the Grand Jury. The Grand Jury is composed of people in St. Louis county, so not just the city of Ferguson, so I am sure if they return a verdict not to your liking, you will say that the general populations opinions do matter in the bias of the results.

    As far as your not reading anything about eyewitnesses not coming forth saying that they thought it was justified, I guess you need to harken back to the original cashier at the quick stop where Brown started off, and how afraid he was to be named and present his story. Same thing with the witnesses, why would you come out with the truth that may not go with the pervailing mood and subject yourself to getting your life in danger or risk harm to your property.

    Posted in: Missouri governor declares state of emergency ahead of ruling on Ferguson shooting

  • -12

    Alphaape

    He should have just gone on Alibaba and sold them to dog farmers in Korea and Vietnam.

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  • -2

    Alphaape

    Unless you're living in LaLaLand, don't expect justice from a jury with a white majority.

    yet you don't see these lowlives demanding for pedophiles and rapists to be treated in the same fashion..

    @ Mennonite Maiden: In the state of LA, child molesters can receive the death penalty. Before you go and blame "whitey" for building more rehad centers, and privacy protections, you need to see who was leading the charge on those issues. It was the white liberals in groups like the ACLU, and other "grass roots" organizations that take the lead in defending the druggies, peodophiles and others that seem to come away with more protections than the victims they inflict their harm on, all in the name of "fairness" and the new movement "restorative justice." When people want to impose tougher penalites to criminals, those very same groups will deride them as "racist" etc, and if you happen to be a minority who hold those beliefs, then out come the "Uncle Tom" name calling and we get ourselfes into the name calling and arguing that really gets nothing accomplished.

    A teen physically engaging a cop should not carry a death sentence, but if the teen doesn't want to get shot, maybe they shouldn't be assualting someone with a gun. If the police pull random minorities off the streets and mistreat them then of course they should be prosecuted. But in this case, we don't have that situation. But at least, they are actually going through all the evidence and factors to try to determine the root cause, and not just jump to some self serving conclusion.

    @ John Galt, very good points. We can agree to disagree on this forum, but we all must hope that the right thing will be done and justice will be served.

    Posted in: Missouri governor declares state of emergency ahead of ruling on Ferguson shooting

  • 0

    Alphaape

    Picture title should probably be changed to "Night Shift" or "Off to Work" if you want to probably be more accurate.

    Posted in: A night out

  • -2

    Alphaape

    The bags contain all the make-up and change of clothes necessary for the job they are about to start from 8pm.

    Those are the probably the truest comments that have ever been posted on JT!

    Posted in: A night out

  • -2

    Alphaape

    @ yabits: A recent story about a poll taken back in Sept shows that 1 in 3 Ferguson Black residents felt that the cop was justified in the shooting. So there is not a "unanimous belief" among Blacks in the area as the media wants people to believe.

    shot him down like a dog

    In regards to those who are talking about someone being "shot like a dog" it has a lot to do with the final scenes in the movie and book "Old Yellow" about a boy who had to put his favorite dog down because the dog had rabies. Similar to the old saying about shooting horses with a broken leg.

    But as that saying relates to this situation, where is the outrage of the Black on Black shootings that occur in these areas. I can see if the police were just rounding up Blacks for no reason like was discovered in a small Texas town a few years ago, but you need to take a look at the crime statistics and see where the problems are. If Micahel Brown were walking down the sidewalk, not the middle of the street in traffic, and was gunned down for no apparent reason, then I think the cop should be prosecuted, regardless if Brown had a criminal past or not. But in this case, he was resisting arrest, and ran away and where the confusion comes into play was he returning back to fight again or surrender. Those who say that they would not shoot or the police should not shoot, put yourself in that situation and be honest about what you would do. An 18 year old young man his size can still do some harm to another adult male, so I don't think the cop was too far wrong with what he did.

    Posted in: Missouri governor declares state of emergency ahead of ruling on Ferguson shooting

  • 3

    Alphaape

    Wow. And how would that affect how a Republican district judge might select a panel for the grand jury? Although the current governor is a Democrat, Missouri is more red than blue. The state went for McCain in 2008 and for Romney in 2012. Their Congressional representation is 7 Reps and 3 Dems.

    @ yabits: It's not a matter of Dem vs. GOP, the law is the law. If anything, MO is more of a "Blue Dog" Dem state, and if you know politics many of those types still believe in "Law and Order" and don't just tow the far left line. But regardless, how they vote doesn't matter. If people who LIVE THERE know what type of violence they see and read about, they will be the ones who will evaluate what they see, not the fly by night media and all of us pundits who seem to think that they know what's best for them.

    In regards to your comments on the store clerk, you forget to mention the fact that he was shy in coming forth because he feared for his life if he would report all that happened prior to the event, and guess what, the last I checked that store has been burned down. So much for a rational reaction to these events. I don't blame the Gov for wanting to protect the rest of his state.

    Posted in: Missouri governor declares state of emergency ahead of ruling on Ferguson shooting

  • 2

    Alphaape

    That makes not one bit of sense at all. Do you believe that grand jury members are selected according to their party affiliation? That if they are selected from registered Republicans, that they are more likely to blindly believe that the police need to be protected by the legal system?

    In this case, it is made up of 12 people, 9 whites and 3 blacks. Grand juries are seated not for a case by case basis, but are generally placed in an "on call" status. So when they are picked, they are normally selected prior to their being requied to be in a case. Party affiliation should not matter, but if you want to take a look at it, I would imagine that there would be more Dems on the jury than Republicans, since the Gov is a Dem.

    Posted in: Missouri governor declares state of emergency ahead of ruling on Ferguson shooting

  • 4

    Alphaape

    If you understood the grand jury system, you would know that members of a grand jury vote to go against a DA less than 1% of the time. Less than one percent. (Are D.A.'s that infallible?) That's why they are considered a rubber stamp

    @ yabits: Again, if there is that much evidence, then hte Grand Jury would vote to bring it to trial. So for one moment you are going to say that they don't have enough sense to know what's right and what's wrong if they don't go your way. But, if they decide to bring it to trial, you will then go on and say that the people have spoken. Also, I believe that the Grand jury is made up of people from the community, so if they are in such an outrage, then the DA would still be taking a chance having them to look at the evidence.

    Also, according to one post by the protest group, they have listed certain areas where they will launch protests. Why go and protest against places like Boeing, Anheuser-Busch Headquarters and other places in the area that had nothing to do with this case? I don't blame the Gov for wanting to protect the majority of residents who had nothing to do with this case, but find that their property is a potential riot site by a bunch of rabble.

    Posted in: Missouri governor declares state of emergency ahead of ruling on Ferguson shooting

  • 3

    Alphaape

    Based on the eyewitnesses who have gone public with there stories -- plus the physical evidence of an unarmed 18-year-old lying dead in the street 100 feet from the officer's vehicle -- suggest probable cause for an indictment for use of excessive force.

    @ yabits: Now you are not making sense. If it was such a smoking gun (sorry for the pun) then why go through the Grand Jury process, and just get on with the trial. But there seems to be not enough evidence to suppor that. You keep saying "what testimony and evidence" when I brought up my points, but somehow the evidence and testimony is the "gospel" when you bring up yours.

    Also, if it is indeed as you think going to show that the officer has enough against him to go to trial, then why would the Gov. be preparing for the worse? If the people want him to be tried, and according to your beliefs they will get their trial, then why should they riot? Again, you need to take a step back and withdraw the emotion and rhetoric and just look at the facts.

    Even if according to your thinking there is enough and he is found to be cleared by the Grand Jury, they why burn and loot your own community? They didn't do it unless you count the Grand jury who is made up of registered voters of the community, and if you blame them, then they should blame themselves for not tacking part of their community. I wonder what the impact of this case has done to businesses in the area with the threat of potential rioting. Ask yourself yabits, if you owned a business in the area, would you feel comforatble with it now with the potential to lose it to some riots for something that you didn't have anything to do?

    Posted in: Missouri governor declares state of emergency ahead of ruling on Ferguson shooting

  • 4

    Alphaape

    A fleeing, unarmed, 18-year-old kid in flip-flops -- who has already been shot at least three or four times -- against a trained cop with a firearm

    @ yabits: You must not be talking about this case. It has been shown that the victim was assualting the cop before he was shot. The cop has wounds to prove it. Also, prior to the shooting, he is on video doing a strong arm robbery in a convenience store for cigars to make "blunts" which if you didn't know, you use them with your marijuana.

    I am all for curbing police brutality, and if this was just a kid who was not walking in the middle of the street, and didn't stop when the cops asked him to but was shot anyway, then I would say the people have a right to be angry. Not a right to riot and burn their own community down but to be angry. But, based on the evidence that has been shown, this is not the case. You say some white witnessess saw this, but also did some black ones and their testimonies jibe with what the cop says.

    If it seems that everyone wants to come out of the wood works and testify as to what they saw, where are these people when there are black on black crimes, and the police ask and they get the silent treatment? Let's see what the Grand Jury says and go with it. Also, the Grand Jury is made up of people from the community who are registered voters. Again with this story, Blacks are up to 65% of the community, but only had about 6% participation in the last few elections. So again, it will probably be made up of people who may not look like the community. So don't come out with "people don't have the time or opportunity to vote" if the very same people have been gearing up for the past few days to protest the verdict. That takes a lot longer than going to the polls on one day for a few hours to vote and participate in the democratic process.

    Posted in: Missouri governor declares state of emergency ahead of ruling on Ferguson shooting

  • 2

    Alphaape

    saying that “the stupidity of the American voter” helped Democrats pass the complex legislation,

    If anything, it says more about those who were in the House and Senate and the President more than the people. Afterall, they were the ones who voted it into law and signed the bill. But to a point, those who were in office at the time thouth that they had a mandate from the people wanting health care changes. I believe most Americans do, even I do and I am more right leaning than left. But I said at the time why not start off small and make incremental changes that would be more beneficial to the majority than trying to start off something new. America had processes in place to provide health care to those who truly needed it. But those processes needed to be fixed (and still do) and the focus of effort should have been on reforming those, so that they would be able to rach more people and truly be more affordable.

    This is how all types of insurance work, not just health insurance. This isn't hard to understand, is it? The 'stupidity of the American voter'.....he's right on point with that.

    But the big insurance companies needed to get paid off. And they are not going to be on the hook in the end. Remember the housing crisis back in 2008? Many of those homes that went into default the borrowers were required to purchase mortage insurance in the event they couldn't pay. Where did that money go? Lenders/banks should have been able to recoup their losses based on having all those who could make payments and the previous payments on their insurance cover the costs of those in default. But they didn't, they did other things with the money. Sad to say, but we will probably see something like this with the health care industry before too long.

    I did the same while living in the USA. And I would hope that when I am old and decrepit my premiums will go down with the assistance of the government and the general population.

    Why should I take care of you in your old age? What about the concept of making insurance affordable so that even when you get old, you will be able to pay for it yourself and not rely on the government and other people's money to take care of yourself. That should be the goal of the population, not just wanting for their government handout.

    The Interstate Highway Bill signed by Eisenhower back in the 1950's was only 12 pages long. From that law, we got the US highway system and it was at the time and still is an ideal way for providing a method of moving cars and vehicles along with a uniformed standard that has proven to be one of the greatest assests the US has to move goods from one state to another.

    So why do we need a 1200 page bill to pass as Obamacare? Just more smoke and mirrors by our so called elected leaders. But it doesn't stop there, just take a look at some of the local "bond measures" and other propositions that get put on ballots that may sound good, but if you read the fine print you find out that they do something else completely unrelated. Not so much that the American voters are dumb, but the politicans are crooks.

    Posted in: Obamacare 'stupidity'? New energy for repeal push

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