Child Sexual Abuse: The UN and the Speaker

Commentary by Rob Lorez—

First off let me begin by saying the following absolutely disgusts me to no end.  I’ll begin with the former US House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert a Republican who has been indicted on federal criminal charges for violating US banking laws following several suspicious withdraws over several years and for lying to the FBI.  The LA Times is reporting that what Hastert was actually doing was paying a male he obtained sex from to keep quiet!  At the time of the alleged sexual abuse the male was a minor and Hastert was a wrestling coach and teacher in Yorkville, Illinois.  The sexual abuse allegedly happened decades ago.  The hush money has amounted to about $3.5 million.

Once again here we have one of the elites getting caught and suddenly everything is hush-hush.  It must be noted that the federal charges and investigation are NOT into the alleged sexual abuse by Hastert against a minor boy but are aimed at his violation of federal banking laws and lying to the FBI.  Sources in Illinois say they doubt Hastert will even be prosecuted for the alleged sexual abuse as likely the act(s) are subject to the statute of limitations in Illinois. In other words he will likely get away with it and only face the music on charges for violating banking laws!  Anyone remember back in the late 70s when several US Senators were accused of having sex with their minor boy pages? That was all hushed up to and none went to jail and that is what is going to happen in this case IF the LA Times report on the allegations is correct.  You see America STILL works on this principle….”It’s not the crime you commit but who you are and how much money you have.”  WHAT A CROCK!!  There should be NO statute of limitations on child sexual abuse anywhere!

In another matter regarding MORE child sexual abuse it seems the United Nations has some of its own trouble now. Reports of sexual abuse committed by UN Peacekeeping forces (namely French soldiers) are surfacing out of Central Africa.  Reports indicate that the French troops would demand oral sex from boys as young as 8-9 in exchange for food. Numerous reports surfaced in May and June of last year in the Central African Republic where French UN Peacekeeping forces are supposed to be protecting refugee camps in the conflict torn nation.   Continue reading

Dreamers: Why are we punishing them?

Editorial by Robert Lorez

A federal appeals court let stand a lower court’s decision that has halted President Obama’s plan to shield 5 million people from deportation which includes young immigrants called “Dreamers.”  The President created a program back in 2012 to prevent Dreamers from being deported.  The program does not create a path to US citizenship but, nonetheless, critics say it is essentially an “amnesty program.”  Twenty-six states have sued the federal government in an effort to stop the President’s plan.  Critics argue that the President overstepped his authority.  The program was created by President Obama through an executive action after Congress failed to pass immigration reform.  As a consequence Dreamers will not be allowed to obtain state drivers licenses or other benefits.

Dreamers are the adult children of illegal immigrants who were brought into the US when they were children by their parents who illegal entered the US.  The president’s program would allow these children, now adults, to apply for deportation deferrals and work permits.  Critics say US immigration laws should be respected and that’s all fine and well but, frankly, those laws are outdated and unrealistic in today’s world!

Children brought into the US illegally by their parents who came into the US illegally had no choice.  They were CHILDREN!  So why are we punishing them?  Many of these people don’t even speak Spanish and have never even been back to Mexico since their parents brought them to the US illegally.  Some know next to nothing about Hispanic culture and to throw them back into Mexico or Central America would be disastrous for many of them as they have grown up in America and consider themselves to be Americans.  Cultural shock would not even begin to describe some of the things these people would experience should they be deported.

Some of these adults who were brought illegally into the US by their parents have served in the US military, gone to US schools, have careers in the US just like all other Americans.  They’ve built their lives in America as Americans! So why are we punishing them for something that was no fault of their own?

MOST Dreamers are contributing members NOT of Mexican or Central American society but of AMERICAN SOCIETY.  They serve in the US military, attend US schools and colleges, have American jobs, pay American taxes. In every respect Dreamers ARE AMERICANS save one and that is their immigration status due to their parents bringing them into the US illegally.  So, I must ask, just what has American become?  Do we now punish children for the actions of their parents?  If a parent now commits a crime should we also punish their children?  Do you see the illogic in that kind of thinking?

Yes, American has laws and America has immigration laws but laws should never be set in concrete set so hard that they cannot be modified.  Fact is our immigration system is beyond broken and badly in need of revisions.  We can bitch about illegal immigration as we’ve been doing OR we can demand our representatives in Congress do something about our immigration laws that brings them more into line with modern times.  Congress responds when they hear the voice of the American people loudly and clearly!

Of course, the entire issue of illegal immigration (Dreamers included) is riddled with a cesspool of racism.  One would think that in this 21st century people would be beyond skin color but, sadly, many are not.  One would think that one would see all people as people and that one would see others as, simply, human beings.  But, sadly, that seems not to be so for some people in this country who seem insistent on fanning the flames of their own racial hatred and prejudice.  How sad for them.  I cannot imagine how such people live with themselves.

At some point this nation is going to have to not only face but resolve the immigration issues we are facing in a constructive, just, and fair way.  Ignoring the issue is not the solution to anything as it is not going away.  The deport the Dreamers and deny them the benefits of having been raised in America as Americans is UNJUST, UNFAIR, AND DESTRUCTIVE for all of us and our society!

It’s time to get off the racist boat!  Enough of the ignorance and bigotry already!  Enough of the bitching!  It’s time to face the issue and come up with some intelligent non-racist SOLUTIONS.  It’s time to STOP punishing children who are now adults who were brought to this country illegally by their parents who came here illegally.  We should NOT punish children for the actions of their parents!!!

References:

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-obama-immigration-executive-action-20150526-story.html

 

 

Trash Obamcare? BAD Idea!

The SCOTUS is set to rule in the next few weeks on a suit brought about by Republicans claiming that language in the Affordable Healthcare Act authorizing government subsidies for people who can’t afford health insurance applies only to states that have set up their own insurance exchanges.  Most states have not set up these exchanges so they rely on healthcare.gov.  If the Supreme Court rules in favor of Republicans then millions of people in this country will lose their health insurance as government subsidies will only then be given to people who live in states that have set up their own exchanges.  Where would such a ruling put us?  BACK TO SQUARE ONE!

Millions would lose their health insurance and unable to afford it they would simply do without and have none.  This would put us right back to where we were in this nation prior to the passage of the ACA at which time millions of people in this nation were uninsured and health care costs were skyrocketing along with health insurance premiums. Once again these people would use Emergency Rooms and Urgent Care centers as their primary medical care and they would not be able to pay.  Someone has to pick up the cost and that cost would be picked up by the US taxpayer, again!  ER’s cannot refuse to treat someone with or without insurance.  They are obliged under law to provide any and all care necessary to stabilize the individual.  YOU would pay for that!

Obamacare isn’t perfect and President Obama stated such at the time of the passage of the ACA.  But it is a starting point and it’s better than no starting point at all which is what we had prior to Obamacare.  Republicans think they are helping the American taxpayer but, in fact, if the court rules in their favor they will be hurting the American taxpayer as we would have to pick up the tab for those who can’t afford health insurance, yes again.  Something tells me that House Republicans are ignoring this glaring fact as I don’t believe they are actually that ignorant.

Once again we have the “haves” setting up a conflict with the “have-nots” which, sadly, is so typical in American society.  Oh yes, I know all of the thinking and myths like “welfare is a crutch,” or “get a job, ” blah, blah, blah.  Talk is fine but where’s the action?  And btw do we as a society not have an obligation to help those that are less fortunate?  As Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, etc do we not have a moral and religious obligation to help the poor, widowed, and fatherless?  Sadly, many religious people simply wear their religion on their shirt sleeves and only follow its teachings when it suits them.  But that is NOT what a true believer does!  A true believer (someone who really is going the Heaven) knows they have an obligation to help the less fortunate and they put that obligation into ACTION by helping them not ignoring them or not by making their plight and suffering worse!

No matter what their circumstances we CANNOT and MUST NOT go back and allow the poor and working poor to be uninsured.  We have an obligation to help them and help them improve their life circumstance.  But that can’t happen if we are continuously setting up conflict between those who “have” and those who “have not.”  There is, in FACT, a growing ABYSS between those two groups of people in America and some day that divide is going to cave in and all hell is going to break loose in this nation.  It’s just a matter of time.  Is that what we desire?  Do we wish to see civil unrest in this country on a scale never imagined?  Do we wish to see our nation and our people break apart and at each others throats?  Frankly, I do NOT think that is what MOST Americans want at all.

I often hear Obamacare referred to as “socialist medicine.”  So be it call it what you want.  It’s been needed for a long, long time!  A little bit of socialism never hurt anybody especially when it actually helps the less fortunate and compels us to carry out our moral and religious obligations!  I would urge the court to rule AGAINST House Republicans because if they don’t they are going to put this country back to square one with MILLIONS OF UNINSURED AGAIN!

 

 

Strange Weather….

Severe storms ripped through Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma today which included tornadoes that killed 13 people in the Mexican town of Ciudad Acuna, a city of 25K people across from Del Rio, Texas.  An infant is also missing as the storm took up its carrier with the baby in it.  In Texas 12 people are reported missing from flash flooding.  Acuna, Mexico was severely hit by the twister and Mexican government officials are describing the scene as “devastating.”

Record rainfall hit Texas and Oklahoma and the storm continued to spawn even more twisters.  At least 2000 people in Texas have been evacuated from their homes along the Blanco River which rose an ASTOUNDING 26 feet IN ONE HOUR!!  The worst hit communities were Wimberley and San Marcos in Central Texas along the Blanco River corridor between Austin and San Antonio.

AND THEN THERE IS THIS………….

The below image was captured on Accuweather.com today.  Notice the strange blobs around Odessa and Lubbock? I’ve never seen anything like these two blobs on accuweather radar/satellite.  Anyone know what the blobs are all about?

References:

http://www.aol.com/article/2015/05/25/deadly-storms-swamp-plains-midwest-force-texans-from-homes/21186852/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D-213458654

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