Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The legal history of "anchor babies"

From the indefatigable Ann Coulter:

"The drafters of the 14th amendment had no intention of conferring citizenship on the children of aliens who happened to be born in the U.S. (For my younger readers, back in those days, people cleaned their own houses and raised their own kids.)

Inasmuch as America was not the massive welfare state operating as a magnet for malingerers, frauds and cheats that it is today, it's amazing the drafters even considered the amendment's effect on the children of aliens.

But they did.

The very author of the citizenship clause, Sen. Jacob Howard of Michigan, expressly said: 'This will not, of course, include persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens, who belong to the families of ambassadors or foreign ministers.'

In the 1884 case Elk v. Wilkins, the Supreme Court ruled that the 14th Amendment did not even confer citizenship on Indians -- because they were subject to tribal jurisdiction, not U.S. jurisdiction.

For a hundred years, that was how it stood, with only one case adding the caveat that children born to LEGAL permanent residents of the U.S., gainfully employed, and who were not employed by a foreign government would also be deemed citizens under the 14th Amendment. (United States v. Wong Kim Ark, 1898.)

And then, out of the blue in 1982, Justice Brennan slipped a footnote into his 5-4 opinion in Plyler v. Doe, asserting that 'no plausible distinction with respect to Fourteenth Amendment 'jurisdiction' can be drawn between resident aliens whose entry into the United States was lawful, and resident aliens whose entry was unlawful.' (Other than the part about one being lawful and the other not.)

Brennan's authority for this lunatic statement was that it appeared in a 1912 book written by Clement L. Bouve. (Yes, THE Clement L. Bouve -- the one you've heard so much about over the years.) Bouve was not a senator, not an elected official, certainly not a judge -- just some guy who wrote a book.

So on one hand we have the history, the objective, the author's intent and 100 years of history of the 14th Amendment, which says that the 14th Amendment does not confer citizenship on children born to illegal immigrants.

On the other hand, we have a random outburst by some guy named Clement -- who, I'm guessing, was too cheap to hire an American housekeeper."

'Nuff said.

More global "warming" due to "adjustments"

There are so many examples of warmists "adjusting" temperature records to show warming that official temperature trend data has lost all credibility. Here's another example.

You've no doubt heard that glaciers in the Himalayas are retreating due to global warming. Look at the chart above to see where the warming is coming from - hint - it's not from CO2.

Another study confirms government pay double private sector

"At a time when workers' pay and benefits have stagnated, federal employees' average compensation has grown to more than double what private sector workers earn, a USA TODAY analysis finds.

Federal workers have been awarded bigger average pay and benefit increases than private employees for nine years in a row. The compensation gap between federal and private workers has doubled in the past decade.

Federal civil servants earned average pay and benefits of $123,049 in 2009 while private workers made $61,051 in total compensation, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The data are the latest available.

The federal compensation advantage has grown from $30,415 in 2000 to $61,998 last year."

Democrats doing what they do best - pretending to take care of the poor while they take care of themselves.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The NOAA heatwave

Recently the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a report claiming that 2010 was the hottest year on record so far. As you probably know, their temperature sensors are supposed to be free of surrounding heat sources, such as paved parking lots.

The warmers are projecting a rise in temperature of a couple of degrees in a hundred years. With temperature sensors like this one, it's surprising that they aren't projecting temperatures hot enough to fry eggs.

Poor whites need not apply

A recent study has concluded that Ivy League schools actively discriminate against poor, Christian, white applicants.

"Though elite schools give points to applicants for extracurricular activities, especially for leadership roles and honors...if you played a lead role in Future Farmers of America, the 4-H Clubs or junior ROTC, leave it off your resume or you may just be blackballed. 'Excelling in these activities is associated with 60 or 65 percent lower odds on admissions.' ...

For these schools are not interested in a diversity that would include 'born-again Christians from the Bible belt, students from Appalachia and other rural and small-town areas, people who have served in the U.S. military, those who have grown up on farms or ranches, Mormons, Pentecostals, Jehovah's Witnesses, lower- and middle-class Catholics, working class white ethnics, social and political conservatives, wheelchair users, married students, married students with children or older students just starting into college and raising children.'

'Students in these categories,...are often very rare at the most competitive colleges, especially the Ivy League.'

'Lower-class whites prove to be all-around losers' at the elite schools. They are rarely accepted. Lower-class Hispanics and blacks are eight to 10 times more likely to get in with the same scores...

Many of these elite public and private colleges and universities benefit from U.S. tax dollars through student loans and direct grants. The future flow of those tax dollars should be made contingent on Harvard and Yale ending racial practices that went out at Little Rock Central High in 1957."

"Displaced foreign travelers" - latest official euphemism for criminal illegal aliens

When the US Forest Service recently busted an illegal alien growing pot on the US side of the border, that's what they called him in a press release. Perhaps their previous term, "undocumented worker" is starting to have too many bad connotations in people's minds, sort of like the word "liberal".

Written proof that MSM reporters conspired to help Obama

If any proof was needed, that is. Liberal reporters and their political and academic friends used a listserv called Journolist, a place where a group of people could post comments to one another, during the 2008 election and until recently.

The Daily Caller obtained some or all of the backfiles, which show an active conspiracy among MSM journalists from a variety of publications discussing how to help Obama escape the Rev. Wright scandal.

While Republicans have known for decades that the MSM works to help Democratic candidates, this is the first evidence I’m aware of where this conspiracy is documented in writing. Among the tactics suggested by MSM “reporters” was to call senior Republicans “racist”.

This should be a huge scandal, but since it involves the MSM, unless Fox, talk radio, and the blogs pick this up and push it, the MSM will do everything in its power to bury it.

If you ever wondered whether the MSM actively coordinated its pro-Democratic coverage, or just happened to agree, this is the smoking gun.