No Reason At All

If I had to move tomorrow, and pick any other state to live in except Georgia, I would have to choose Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, or Utah.

One of America’s national organizations fighting against illegal immigration is announcing that 17 states are now filing versions of Arizona’s SB 1070 law which is designed to help local police enforce America’s existing immigration laws.

That’s right. I want to live in a state that tries to make sure that laws are adhered to. No, it has nothing to do with race. It has nothing to do with discrimination. It has nothing to do with racial profiling. I simply want the state I live in to enforce existing law. It really is that simple.

Numerous national and local polls indicated that 60-81% of Americans support local police enforcing immigration laws.

I bet 60-81% of Americans also want their local police to enforce all of the other laws while they’re at it too. Isn’t funny how we try to single out this one law, from one state, rather than address the issue at hand. Our current laws, especially those pertaining to illegal immigration, are not being enforced. What’s wrong with ensuring that those existing laws are actually enforced?

I can’t think of one good reason not to enforce current laws. Not one single reason.

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Just Another Common Monday

What happens after a nice relaxing weekend? A lot of catch up. No not Ketchup, nor catsup. Of course this means I am playing catch up all day today, so you’ll just have to deal with another bird photo until I can concentrate on something and have the time to actually write about it.

Common Grackle

Catching up on Mondays is becoming as common as the Grackle shown above.

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An Afternoon At Huie

Saturdays are usually birding days around here, and today was no different. Well, it was different in the fact that we didn’t get out the door until 3:45 in the afternoon.

After a quick discussion we decided we would head over to the E.L. Huie Ponds and the Newman Wetland Center to catch some late afternoon birds. All we needed to make the day successful were a few willing participants, ie: birds, and we would be set.

After a quick stop at a Chevron along the way, we arrived at the ponds just before 5:00pm. We double checked the gate closing time, which was 8:00pm and we ventured into the facility. We didn’t even get up the driveway before spotting Purple Martins, Tree Swallows, Eastern Bluebirds, and an Eastern Kingbird.

As we came around the building, we were greeted by Barn Swallows, Bank Swallows, more Tree Swallows, and a few Northern Rough-Winged Swallows.



Dancing Tree Swallows


When we spend time at the E.L. Huie facility, we usually begin at Pond A mostly because we don’t see much in Pond B. As usual, we were not disappointed. As we approached Pond A we noticed numerous Mallards, Canada Geese, and Red-Winged Blackbirds, but thrown into the mix was a Pied-Billed Grebe.

Pied-Billed Grebe


As we drove down the road between Ponds A & B, we startled a Great Blue Heron. They always look majestic as they fly across the water.



We saw a lot of the usual… Double-Crested Cormorants, Green Herons, a large assortment of small sandpipers, Rock Pigeons, Mourning Doves, European Starlings, Chimney Swifts, Thrashers, Indigo Buntings, Song Sparrows, Chipping Sparrows, and Mockingbirds.

A Belted Kingfisher kept us entertained for a few minutes,

Belted Kingfisher


then we made a quick stop by the Killdeer nest to say hi to the momma Killdeer, well, we think it was the momma.

Killdeer 2


Four Baby Killdeer


We spotted the Common Moorhens that have been reported the past week or so, but they were so far off across the pond I couldn’t get a good photo of them. I tried my hand at digiscoping again but they didn’t go too well this time.

The two female Hooded Mergansers were hanging out on Pond E, not far from the Killdeer nest, and didn’t seem too bothered with our “ooohs and aaahs” as they swam around.

Hooded Merganser 1


The highlight of the trip, for me, was the Osprey that came in for dinner at Pond A just before 7:45pm.

Osprey 2


Osprey 4


The boys had a blast, as did I, as we spotted over 30 different species of birds. It wasn’t our best day at the facility, but it definitely wasn’t our worst either. I didn’t get the greatest photos, it must have been something to do with the stormy conditions, but all in all it was a great afternoon.

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Time To Put Morton On Ice

John Morton, the head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said he plans to increase immigration enforcement in places such as Illinois, but he also said that ICE won’t necessarily process any illegal immigrants referred to them by the state of Arizona.

John Morton, who heads U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said his agency intends to expand the Secure Communities initiative, which gives police and sheriff’s departments access to a Homeland Security database that includes fingerprints. The initiative recently grew to include most of Chicago’s suburbs.

Morton said his agency will not necessarily process illegal immigrants referred to them by Arizona officials. The best way to reduce illegal immigration is through a comprehensive federal approach, not a patchwork of state laws, he said.

“I don’t think the Arizona law, or laws like it, are the solution,” Morton said.

Morton doesn’t think that immigration laws are the solution. Wow. I wonder if he knows that he’s not quite living up to his mission as the head of ICE?

ICE’s mission is to protect the security of the American people and homeland by vigilantly enforcing the nation’s immigration and customs laws.

The federal government hasn’t been enforcing our current immigration laws, so the states are starting to do it for them. There’s no good reason not to process illegals from Arizona. There’s no reason at all to continue ignoring our nation’s immigration laws. If he doesn’t like the job, maybe he should step down.

For Mr. Morton, like everyone else in the Obama Administration, it’s time to shit or get off the pot.

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The Fighting Spirit

It seems that President Obama’s Director of National Intelligence, Admiral Dennis Blair, is on his way out. Maybe it’s the fact that under his command he has failed to stop three major terrorist attacks…

For several weeks President Obama has been holding serious conversations about whether to ask Blair to step down and has interviewed candidates to replace him. After a discussion this afternoon between the president and Blair on a secure phone line about the best way forward, Blair offered to resign and the president said he would accept, sources told ABC News.

I wonder though. Is it really his fault? When we have an administration that is hell bent on “sitting down at the table” with our enemies and refuses to even use the word “terrorist”, I can’t help but wonder if President Obama himself didn’t tie the Admiral’s hands behind his back.

Blair sealed his own fate in late April when he rebuked current Obama administration policy by admitting that harsh interrogation techniques actually produce results that help stop terrorist attacks.

Dennis Blair, the Director of National Intelligence, pointed out that most of what we know about al-Qaeda came from using those techniques on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Abu Zubaydah, countering leaks last week from the Obama administration that claimed the methods produced no data

It’s going to be tough for President Obama to name a new Director of National Intelligence when, for the past year and a half, he’s proven there hasn’t been any. Intelligence that is.

In summary… If you’re fighting a war you need the proper weapons in the field and when you’re facing an enemy in that war, you cannot win if you don’t step up and actually fight.

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