Possibly the Dumbest Cop in America

I have great respect for law enforcement personnel.  They do the difficult job of protecting the law-abiding citizens from those dirt bags that decide to break the law.  Many times this dedication puts the officer in danger, but they do it anyway.  For that I applaud all police officers and others in related professions.

This past weekend, we have witnessed an incredible tragedy with the shooting in Arizona by a complete mad man hell-bent on killing a US Representative.  We’ve also witnessed an incredible amount of political gamesmanship and opportunism.  Attacks on leaders of the conservative movement like Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh should have been expected.  It should not have been expected to come from the Sheriff of Pima County, Clarence Dupnik.

We’ve all watched how good law enforcement personnel handle situations like this – they give the media certain information about the case with parsed details.  They generally don’t comment on who is the cause before the FACTS come in and definitely don’t express their opinion.  Well, Sheriff Dupnik decided to use his 15-minutes of fame to his advantage and in the process became a darling of all the left-wing kooks.

Here’s a short video from an interview with Diane Sawyer:

Here’s another one:

And here’s how it went when Keith Olbermann interviewed the Sheriff:

Well there you go.  This guy had an agenda from the very start.  How despicable.  If he’s mentioning those on the right, why not mention hate and vitriol on the left?  I’ve been to several Tea Party events and have taken both of my kids to a couple.  I’ve not witnessed anything hateful or despicable at any of these events and if I had, those present would have taken action.

I hope the voters of Pima County remember how ineffective this guy is and vote him out at the next election.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Robs Rant

How touching.

Arizona Governor Takes First Shot On Illegal Immigration

The issue of illegal immigration has been around as long as I’ve been alive, and then some.  There have always been those who live in the shadows that have come to the United States for a better life.  I’ve been to Mexico and have seen the squalor that many in the country lives in every day.  If I lived in a third-world country like Mexico, I would probably do what I could to escape that life.  That being said, they are still breaking the law by entering the United States illegally.

Those that simply want this “problem” to go away wish to grant amnesty to all of those 12-20 million illegals who reside in the land of the free and home of the brave.  If my memory serves me right, this idea has been tried before in the 1980’s.  I recall that President Reagan granted amnesty to several million illegals.  Wow, that sure took care of the problem!

MSNBC’s Ed Schultz has his take on what we should do to “fix” the problem.

I have no idea if this new law in Arizona establishing harsher penalties on illegals will do the trick, but it sounds like the residents of the state have had enough (70 percent support the measure.)  Some of the provisions discussed in the media sound a little hard to utilize, but it is a start.

Here is the problem I have with the whole amnesty deal – it doesn’t solve the problem! Anyone can go down the the local Home Depot and hire an illegal immigrant to do some yard work or off the books labor.  The area I live in has several major orchards – I seriously doubt all of those fruit pickers are legal, but that is just mere speculation on my part.  Granting amnesty to millions of illegals (stress on the word ILLEGAL) might bring them out of the shadows but will do nothing about the growing ranks of the unemployed.  I wonder why President Obama is so hacked off.  Hmmm…..

For immigration reform to work it has to be a concerted effort.  The Federal Government has demonstrated they have no interest in pissing off the Latino community (I’m not convinced that that would actually happen, but what do I know) and seems to have little interest in actually fixing the problem.  Hard choices have to be made and no one seems willing to buck up.  That’s called kicking the ball down the field.

I’ll take this opportunity to republish my plan to help curb illegal immigration from my post on March 14, 2009:

If I were President of the United States, here would be my 5-Point plan:

1. Send US troops down to the border to stop the flow of illegals.

2. Make sure the fence is secure with no gaps.  If we do some type of environmental damage, so be it.  The illegals inflict more damage near the border than anyone else.

3. Go after employers that hire illegals and fine them, maybe put the owners in jail.  Start with the big companies and work you way down.  With the threat there, many of the problems will cure themselves.  Plenty of jobs for Americans presently out of work.

4. Deny any social benefits to illegals.  If it’s an emergency situation, treat the injury, and send them packing.  If a child has been born here and is considered a US citizen, let them go packing also.  Parents who come to the US to have a child just so they are US Citizens is a ridiculous idea and should be repealed.

5. Continue to enforce the laws currently on the books and strike the term “Amnesty” from our language.  Amnesty policies only create more illegals.  (Hear that Reagan and W?)

Sounds as good today as when I wrote it last year.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

It’s Gettin, It’s Gettin, It’s Gettin Kind of Hectic…in Massachusetts

It’s always fun when there is a special election.  Doubly fun when it’s a national election.  This is the case in Massachusetts.

On Tuesday, January 19, Massachusetts voters will go to the polls to choose a senator to replace Ted Kennedy.  Ted Kennedy held this spot for 46 years until his death last August. 

There is a real dog fight in a very liberal state between Democrat Marth Coakley and Republican Scott Brown.  Below is an ad in support of Scott Brown.

Here is an ad from the DNCC in support of Martha Coakley.  Michelle Malkin reported that the ad has been pulled from the air.

President Obama flew into Massachusetts to try and help the sinking ship named the Martha Coakley, but I’m guessing it won’t fill the holes in the hull. 

I really can’t wait to see the election returns on Tuesday night.  What will happen if a Republican wins Ted Kennedy’s seat.  I guess the super majority will be quashed and the Democrats will actually have to start talking with the Republicans.  I’m sure Harry Reid can’t wait!

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Twas the Night Before Christmas, Roland Burris Style

I like living in Illinois for several reasons, but Roland Burris is not one of them.  It is appalling that he was the best replacement that the democratic party had to fill the vacant seat once held by President Obama.

He decided to use some time in the Senate to pen his own version of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”  Good thing he’ll be up for election soon.

Merry Christmas!

 

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Don’t Like The President’s Plan for America? Maybe You’re Part of a Hate Group!

Well, I don’t fit into any of those groups but maybe I’m a fanatic.  Not sure on that one.

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a democrat from Rhode Island, made some interesting comments on the floor of the Senate as well as a more interesting denial.

I’m betting heavily that there are groups like the Aryan groups, birthers, etc. who do not stand behind the President and his proposals.  What I heard in the entire speech was anyone who has a problem with any of the President’s proposals is somehow compared to hate groups.   Maybe I’m reading too much into his comments.  So just so I’m clear here, when democrats opposed proposals from President Bush, they should have been compared to hate groups?  OK, I get it now.

Either way, it’s an interesting speech.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Senator Claire McCaskill as The Joker

Being from the St. Louis region, I found this picture funny from the Gateway Pundit.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Reid: If You Oppose Health Care Legislation You’re A Racist

I always knew I was a racist.  First it was the Tea Parties with all of the white faces in the crowd (thank you Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews.)  Yesterday, Harry Reid expounded on the floor of the Senate, that if you are opposed to the Health Care legislation then you are just like all of those people who opposed abolishing slavery.  I seem to remember it was a Republican president who pushed the issue that plunged us into a bloody Civil War.  Whoops!

If my memory serves me right, the Civil Rights act was passed because of massive support from Republicans, not Democrats.  So Mr. Reid, am I to believe you are advocating that those opposing your huge grab for power should not speak out on their concerns?  Sounds like the desperate act of a desperate man who has run out of support for his bill.

I hope all of you in Nevada are listening to this guy and remember his idiocy at the next election.  He is an embarrassment to Nevada and the United States Senate. 

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant