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That IS pretty darn amazing!
If you are a visual sort of person like I am , go to Youtube and start a search , there are really great tutorials there.I too learned by trial and error, still cant (or dont want to) follow a crochet pattern. Kind of figured out how to do it myself, much less frustrating to me, all those symbols and abbreviations make me cross eyed.
I agree with Elvish, I think there is no more we can do there, lets get out, secure our own country and stop spending billions of dollars on this war and Iraq.
Your symptoms sound almost identical to mine before I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Been on Synthroid for many years now and never had any of those symptoms return, except when my levels were off, which was only once or twice in 20 years.
Sorry for the long cut and paste, but this article really speaks to what is going out there in the land of scary extremist right wing land.
Pitchforks and Pistols
By CHARLES M. BLOW Published: April 3, 2009 Lately I’ve been consuming as much conservative media as possible (interspersed with shots of Pepto-Bismol) to get a better sense of the mind and mood of the right. My read: They’re apocalyptic. They feel isolated, angry, betrayed and besieged. And some of their “leaders” seem to be trying to mold them into militias.
Wilson/The New York Times Charles M. Blow
At first, it was entertaining — just harmless, hotheaded expostulation. Of course, there were the garbled facts, twisted logic and veiled hate speech. But what did I expect, fair and balanced? It was like walking through an ideological house of mirrors. The distortions can be mildly amusing at first, but if I stay too long it makes me sick.
But, it’s not all just harmless talk. For some, their disaffection has hardened into something more dark and dangerous. They’re talking about a revolution.
Some simply lace their unscrupulous screeds with loaded language about the fall of the Republic. We have to “rise up” and “take back our country.” Others have been much more explicit.
For example, Chuck Norris, the preeminent black belt and prospective Red Shirt, wrote earlier this month on the conservative blog WorldNetDaily: “How much more will Americans take? When will enough be enough? And, when that time comes, will our leaders finally listen or will history need to record a second American Revolution?”
Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, imagining herself as some sort of Delacroixian Liberty from the Land of the Lakes, urged her fellow Minnesotans to be “armed and dangerous,” ready to bust caps over cap-and-trade, I presume.
And between his tears, Glenn Beck, the self-professed “rodeo clown,” keeps warning of an impending insurrection by saying that he believes that we are heading for “depression” and “revolution” and then gaming out that revolution on his show last month. “Think the unthinkable” he said. Indeed.
All this talk of revolution is revolting, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed.
As the comedian Bill Maher pointed out, strong language can poison weak minds, as it did in the case of Timothy McVeigh. (We sometimes forget that not all dangerous men are trained by Al Qaeda.)
At the same time, the unrelenting meme being pushed by the right that Obama will mount an assault on the Second Amendment has helped fuel the panic buying of firearms. According to the F.B.I., there have been 1.2 million more requests for background checks of potential gun buyers from November to February than there were in the same four months last year. That’s 5.5 million requests altogether over that period; more than the number of people living in Bachmann’s Minnesota.
Coincidence? Maybe. Just posturing? Hopefully. But it all gives me a really bad feeling. (Where’s that Pepto-Bismol?!)
I already said it's a slippery slope, but the first step was taken by entering this country illegally. That was a decision made by the individuals and once again, as is so common these days is so many ways, taking responsibility for one's own decisions is so unpopular.
By default, I believe those kids have dual citizenship. So it's not like they are kids without a country.
I agree it's a slippery slope, but if we tried to do what they do and expect to get away with it in another country, how would that work? And I believe that if we just forgive all the illegalities and fastrack their citizenship, it's an incentive for others to try it that way also.
That would be a different discussion.
And no, just because they've been here for years, if they came illegally, they should not be given "cuts" into the line of people are trying to come here in the legal manner.
I believe that brings up an entirely different issue: how to get expired visa holders (of any type) to go home.
But your last bit still punishes the kids of legal residents: those born here. They should be first on the list, not worked in later if there's still classroom.
It doesn't bother what nationality at all. The legality, however, is an issue for me, especially when legal residents, those born in this state, are passed over in favor of those who are not here legally. And I'm not opposed to them getting an education either. But they should at the very least, pay full in-state tuition, and preferably, out of state tuition (like any other student who is not a legal resident of the state or even the US.)
Students from most other countries cannot just slip over the border, or be carried over as infants...they must go through the proper hoops, get student visas. But that is a legal path.
Your daughter was a legal resident of the US?
Then that doesn't apply to this situation. And student visas are handed out aplenty to deserving students. They come from other countries, but legally.
I know many Universities want diversity in their student body and think it is well worth the discounted tuition to give these students a leg up. My own daughter used her diversity as being a daughter of a single working mother who grew up in a diverse neighborhood as one of the reasons they may want to admit her to their Law School. It worked she got into one of the top ten Law Schools in the country and is a practicing attorney.
I don't think they should get a tuition break.
I'm the daughter of a LEGAL immigrant. I went without a lot of things growing up, I remember when my mother working 12 hour shifts at a factory almost every day and money being tight as she paid for her citizenship. I remember I was ahead of my kindergarten classes, because I learned to read and write as my mother struggled to learn to read and write in ENGLISH. I remember how hard it was for her, a divorced mother of two, and how proud she was to become a US citizen.
I remember having to study in school and being told, the only way I could pay for school was through scholarships and loans. I'm still paying off my student loans.
My mother did every thing right, legal, by the book; as do thousands of other LEGAL immigrants. To have illegal immigrants come over, break the laws and exceptions made for them over and over it's like spitting at us and kicking sand in our face. Why did we struggle and go without, if they get to break all the rules and obtain the same dream?? It's not fair.
Yes, I know that this piece of legislature is aimed at the children of illegal immigrants, but as a child of someone who is followed the path to citizenship, it's something that hits very close to home.
Ha! Elvish funny, cannibus is my "molecule" on facebook. I know what yours is !
I am 346/400, no surprise there. Extremely progressive.
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