Monthly Archives: October 2017

$185k to help immigrants in the City of Columbus

Jeez, our Columbus City Council going to fork out $185,000 to help fund legal issues of undocumented immigrants in the City of Columbus. Again band-aid money to cover an issue that has been going on for decades because of our country’s poor immigration policy enforcement and only becoming an issue now because our current President has the balls to say and do something about it. The rules were very clear when undocumented people came into our country and took advantage of having children in our country relying on the laxness of our enforcement policy that they would be able to stay permanently just because they had children in our country. Come on politicians take the money and instead campaign to find a way to allow these undocumented parents to become citizens of our country providing they are working and are contributing members of our society and did not or have not ran from the law in our country or theirs. THEN make our immigration policy clear and stop any new undocumented people coming into our country for whatever reason.

As a country we cannot continue to offer welfare, food, shelter to EVERY person in the world. We as a country even though we may want to cannot sustain this. It needs to stop! We have enough citizens in our own country in need of food, shelter, education, and other forms of assistance and they struggle and compete daily and our actually given secondary status so many of our undocumented people will receive this assistance. Again it needs to stop! Let these undocumented people seek financial assistance for their legal defense from members of their own community, churches, and organizations that have specialized and continue to specialize in bringing in immigrants both documented and undocumented and then washing their hands of their well being citing that it is now the state and government’s responsibility to take over.

Personally I’d rather see this money going towards our current heroin epidemic by funding additional law enforcement to combat the drug dealers.

http://radio.wosu.org/post/columbus-city-council-will-create-undocumented-immigrant-legal-fund#stream/0

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Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat – We have to check our kid’s candy bags after trick or treat night to be sure there is no tampered candy and now parents have to go to the State registered sex offender’s website to look for sex offenders in the area to be sure their kids do not come a knocking on those doors. Seems trick or treat has become a thing of the past and is no longer safe or palatable today.

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Happy Catholic Italian-American Day!

Someone wished me a Happy Indigenous People’s day yesterday. Yes, Columbus Day is the day commemorating the landing of Christopher Columbus in the Americas on October 12, 1492. It was unofficially celebrated in a number of cities and states as early as the 18th century, but did not become a federal holiday until 1937 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed Columbus Day a national holiday, largely as a result of intense lobbying by the Knights of Columbus, an influential Catholic fraternal organization. So really, the holiday is a way of both honoring Columbus’ achievements and celebrating Italian-American Catholic heritage.

Myself I was taught in school that Christopher Columbus discovered America as that is how the history books portrayed him back then.

Myself I would be offended if I was an indigenous person and wished a Happy Indigenous People’s day because from that perspective, that was the day that my lands and culture was assimilated into a European culture which happened to be mostly “white”.

So renaming a federal holiday honoring a person who made that achievement of crossing an ocean and “discovering” a new land to a holiday honoring that one’s lands and culture was forever changed seems would be a day I would not want to celebrate.

Perhaps we should just remove the holiday since many of us, myself included, are not Catholic nor Italian-American. Or perhaps we should rename the holiday to what it really is Happy Catholic Italian-American Day!

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Pontiac Grand Prix Varoom noise!

Took my car in to find out why car makes a varoom nice while driving. Thought something to do with my muffler under the car so was anticipating about $300 worth of repair work. Turns out muffler system is fine however there is a clamp that keeps the muffler from moving around under the heat shield. $36 dollars which looks like I could have done that myself if I could have ran to the store and put the part on while the car was still on the rack.

I wanted the opportunity to look under the car so this was great. Turns out my oil pan that I had replaced in April is leaking around the gasket so guess Frank’s Discount Tire, 910 E Main St, Lexington, SC 29072 didn’t do such a great job in putting the new one on. Definitely will look into that on my next road trip to SC.

Additionally appears the seal on my transmission pan is leaking as well. I’m sure that won’t be cheap to fix as it is near the oil pan which wasn’t cheap to repair either because of a major structure bar next to it.

All that I can understand and grasp but then Midas wanted to tell me that I needed Front wheel bearing/hubs – Remove & Replace Left & Front Wheel Bearings or Wheel Hub and Tie Rod &/or both on the front wheels. All this I had done back in April 2012 and April 2014 both at Midas locations – one where I’m at now and the other in Columbia, SC. Was told driving and wear and tear caused this. Seems strange and most concerning to me because of the frequency I’ve had this done already and the fact that I don’t have the $800 + to have this done even when they offered me zero interest for 6 months on my Midas credit card that they were excited to reopen for me. Guy said I really needed this done before my road trip to South Carolina that my vehicle wouldn’t be safe to drive.

From what I understand when the bearings go bad on a wheel it makes a grinding or roaring noise from the tire area. I recall hearing that in the past when I had this done but not on this occasion. We’ll see what new sounds I hear once they fix that muffler clamp!

Then said I needed new brake pads in the rear for another $150+ which I thought I had also done recently at Haydocy (will be calling them later to see when I did have that last done).

Glad I have a Dad to talk to about this as he felt this was a bit much to constantly have to be having this done. We both agree that perhaps it’s time for a new car. 109850 miles and climbing. A great car that perhaps is reaching the stage where the maintenance cost is exceeding the cost of a new monthly car payment.

I HATE taking my car in for car repair no matter where I go as I never know what I really need vs. what I should be needing. Wish I had an honest personal mechanic that I could pay to keep my car running even if I paid that person a retainer.

[Update] The clamp that I waited hours for at the Midas shop did not resolve the issue of the varoom noise!

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09/20/10

GUN CONTROL?

GUN CONTROL? The Las Vegas Death Toll Happens Every MONTH In Chicago

“And yet Chicago has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country, right up there with New York and Los Angeles…”

Go ahead and restrict guns and then tell me how that is going to prevent a deranged resourceful mind from killing. Shall I dare say: “It’s not rocket science”?

When there is a will there is a way and all of us have experienced being resourceful enough in getting what we want. A deranged mind finding a way to secure a gun whether highly regulated or not will find a way. And besides it would take decades for the effect of gun control to have any effect, as most guns are passed down from generation to generation and/or sold on the street like Tide currency.

http://www.dailywire.com/news/21868/las-vegas-death-toll-happens-monthly-gun-free-joseph-curl

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