Thursday, June 28, 2007

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Congress keeps busy, but nothing substantial or effective ever becomes law. The immigration bill that failed to pass today was a typical bill that would have accomplished little other than to legitimize our failures. They need to start with clear minds and rethink the whole issue.

There was a problem with illegal immigration when I was 15 years old, and there is still a problem 40 years later. Every few years there are new laws but never a solution. Passing laws and not enforcing them makes no sense. Businesses were supposed to be penalized for hiring illegal aliens. I once needed to show my employer some form of ID in order to verify I was not here illegally from Botswana or other faraway land. That requirement fell into disuse. It used to be a standard of practice to deport illegal aliens when discovered. Now that idea is being brought up as something brilliant and new.

Illegal aliens come from all over the world, from every country. They are drowning in oceans, and dying of thirst in deserts, because their governments suck. Their countries usually have the elite class, and the lowest of the lower class. Middle class in most of these countries does not exist. People from those countries want to come to the USA to be in the middle class, which is a huge improvement from the suckhole lives their homelands allow. It seems part of any immigration bill would need to insist that these countries evolve. How many illegal alien Canadians have you heard of? Find me one illegal alien Australian sneaking in. No illegal aliens come here from countries that do not suck.

Our government has failed to secure our borders. Homeland security, the war on drugs, and stopping illegal immigration all start at our borders. Cutting the budget of the Border Patrol and the Coast Guard never has made any sense, yet that is what each administration does. Start with a bill that secures our borders, then work on the temporary worker visas, then work on what to do with the existing illegals. If you are going to grant some form of amnesty, call it that and quit trying to put a spin on it.

Our government should work out a deal with the various suckhole countries from where most of the illegal aliens come from. They can take them back or they can contribute some money toward “amnesty.” A better deal is this; we will take one honest, hard working immigrant for each criminal we can export. Most of the trash governments of this world have draconian prison conditions. They can house one of our hard-timers for each honest immigrant we take. I smell a real solution here.

Thanks for listening,


James A. Zachary Jr.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

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There are Moslems who are American Citizens. There are American Citizens who are from the many countries of the Middle East. My roots in the USA go back to before the Revolutionary War on both my Mother’s family and my Father’s family. A Citizen of the USA naturalized yesterday afternoon is as much an American as I am. There is no DNA measure for being an American. If the USA says you are a citizen, then by God you are a citizen and you have the same rights as all Americans. That's not my idea mind you, I personally feel I should be King with a harem of Hooters Girls, but The Constitution of the USA keeps me in my place.

During World War II we subjected Japanese Americans, Italian Americans, and German Americans to internment and other violations of their rights as Americans. Bigotry, fear, and anger motivated many actions that in hindsight we all recognize as wrong.

The founding principals of this nation included Freedom of religion; Moslems are not an exception. The War on Terrorism should not be a War on Moslems or on American Citizens with Middle Eastern roots. Terrorists can hide behind religion or ideology, but they are quite simply nutballs looking for a reason to kill. They are controls freaks with explosives. The fool that blew up the Federal Building in Oklahoma City hid behind some convoluted ideology. He was a terrorist, a nutjob looking to go down in history as a martyr. Never will I dignify his name by writing it. He killed women and children without regret. Terrorists of any shade are quite simply baby killers, the lowest form of life on earth. Do not call yourself a patriot after killing babies to make your point.

We often think we know the mind of God. No human can ever truly know the mind of God. I will venture a guess that if we hear a voice telling us to kill, we most likely are not talking to God. If we hear a voice that tells us to oppress fellow Americans because of their religion or roots, I’ll hazard another guess that we are simply hearing the voices of fear and bigotry. Our Founding Fathers listened to a different voice.

Thanks for listening.


James A. Zachary Jr.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

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Few things can rattle me any more. Most things that should freeze my bones barely get a shrug. There are a few exceptions, one of them being Modern Slavery. Go to your web browser and type Modern Slavery into the window of any decent search engine. What you will read should make you sick.

Many cultures still look at slavery as a tradition, or as part of their social order. Many governments and religions find no sin in slavery. Many of the countries that condone slavery are the same ones we consider “friends” because they sell oil to us, or allow us to “fight the war on terrorism” from their soil (or sand if you will).


Pakistan has slavery. Think of THAT the next time you buy a shirt made in Pakistan. The corporations of this nation should swear a public oath not to buy goods or services from countries that condone slavery. We as consumers need to vote with our wallets, and refuse to buy any goods from any country that allows slavery.

The USA once condoned slavery, and the USA purged itself of that sin with blood spilled during a great war. Many alive in this country today had great great grandparents who were slaves, or who fought in the war that ended slavery. More that a hint of the foul taste of slavery still exists in this land. The horrible stench of Modern Slavery exists unchallenged in other lands. If the USA looks the other way for the sake of expediency in our dealings with countries that allow slavery, we are just as vile now as we were antebellum.

Thanks for listening.


James A. Zachary Jr.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

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On September 11, 2001, all of the air-transportation in the USA came to an abrupt, unpredicted stop. The politicians came up with no answers; everyone was on their own to find a way to where they needed to go.

Amtrak stepped up to the plate and moved hordes of people across the nation. Amtrak was a system that was in place to do the tough job. Amtrak proved itself as a key part of our national security.

Few politicians feel Amtrak is worthy of continued subsidy from the federal government. Interesting thought, since the federal government subsidizes roads and airports. In the overall picture of federal spending, Amtrak is but a drop. Still, each new administration seems to have the death of Amtrak as a key part of their mission statement.

Take an Amtrak ride when you get a chance, even if it is on a train going to “anywhere.” Passenger trains helped build this nation and passenger trains help keep this nation strong. Trains can be for both recreational and essential travel. Not everyone can fly. Not everyone can drive. A substantial number of Americans need Amtrak to get to where they need to be. Let us hope there is never another national emergency like September 11, 2001. Let us hope Amtrak continues to exist to serve us all in case there is.

Thanks for listening,


James A. Zachary Jr

Saturday, June 2, 2007

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Any company or bank that issues you a credit card is not your friend. Read that sentence again then tape it on your bathroom mirror. Banks and credit card companies moan and cry about the risks they take, and about how many deadbeats there are in their business world. It is all trash-talk. Banks and credit card companies LOVE people who cannot manage their money. They LOVE when you are late with a payment so they can charge you a late-fee that is pure profit. The profits they make on late fees are obscene. Further still, a credit card with a “low rate” is seldom under 9% unless it is a “teaser rate.” Therefore, you rack up a huge credit card balance at 9%, which is bad enough. Pay it late once or twice and suddenly you can be 18%, 21%, or even as high as 29.99%. These obscene rates are what your government allows these companies to charge you. If a crime syndicate loan shark charged these rates, the politicians would call for congressional action. Credit cards can be your friends, but the banks and credit card companies that issue the cards never will be. They can legally raise your rates into the “penalty zone” if you are paying ANY of your bills late, not just your credit card bill. The politicians have failed you.

If you are thinking of investing for your future, if you have any dreams of building a nest egg for retirement, PAY OFF YOUR CREDIT CARD BALANCES and promise yourself NEVER to carry a monthly balance ever again. It is the biggest step you can take to achieve financial independence. The only friend you have is yourself. Give yourself a hand.


Thanks for listening.


James A. Zachary Jr

Friday, June 1, 2007

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Gangs of smelly bikers have returned to our highways with the warm weather. Their expensive chrome laden rides glisten as they race down the roads with little regard to laws or common sense. They often ride in packs, denying any right-of-way to cars and pedestrians. In groups, they fuel each other’s need to intimidate. They all feel the need to dress the part, to wear the uniform of true bikers. Police are powerless and let them do as they please. Politicians dare not try to regulate them. Sweaty outlaw bikers will be with us until the snow drives them away.

We can only hope that someday they all move on to motorized cycles, where their recklessness will result in thinning of their ranks via natural selection. Yuppie bikers wear helmets as part of the uniform code. Yuppie motorcyclists do not.

Thanks for listening.


James A. Zachary Jr.