Quantum Spin

Well, due to some spammer having found this obscure blog, I have been forced to refuse Anonymous posts. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause for legitimate posters, but since I am unable to send feedback to the offending servers causing them to explode and burst into flames - well, I do what I can. Thank you to all my sincere commentators and may the spammers rot in digital agony.

Friday, May 19, 2006

This Is A Great Idea

We need to curtail the influx of illegals and put an end to those who come here merely to give birth to an "anchor baby;" a means to sponsor relatives for citizenship and residency. Representative Ron Paul of Texas, introduced an amendment in March of 2003 to attempt to curb the problem;


Title: Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to deny United States citizenship to individuals born in the United States to parents who are neither United States citizens nor persons who owe permanent allegiance to the United States.

This has been languishing in the Subcommittee on the Constitution since May 2003.

In 1993, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors reported that two-thirds of births in L.A. County hospitals were to illegal aliens, mostly Mexicans. Even conservative estimates, assuming an illegal alien population of between 8.7 and 11 million, run from 287,000 to 363,000 illegal-alien births per year.

But, this is not just a Hispanic problem. South Koreans have created a birth tourism industry. The Los Angeles Times reported in 2002, Korean tour operators fly Korean mothers into Los Angeles and other American cities, there to give birth — in Korean-owned clinics with Korean staff — to an "American."

Something must be done. But, until the Constitution is amended, we are stuck with "anchor babies" as legal constructs to facilitate questionable - perhaps otherwise illegal - entry to the United States.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Yes, It's All About Feeding Families

In a pig's eye, it is.

How about, "The American Southwest seems to be slowly returning to the jurisdiction of Mexico without firing a single shot."-- Excelsior, the national newspaper of Mexico

Or, "California is going to be a Hispanic state. Anyone who doesn't like it should leave."-- Mario Obledo, California Coalition of Hispanic Organizations (and California State Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare under former CA Governor Jerry Brown. Also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton.)

Or, maybe this, "We are practicing 'La Reconquista' in California." [Reconquista = reconquest]-- Jose Pescador Osuna, Mexican Consul General

It's "reconquest," according to the Mexican Consul General. Well, maybe he has a hungry family to feed back home.

For more, go here.

When Mexican officials start tossing about terms like "reconquest," it becomes a bit more serious.

I wonder if the Second Amendment is still outdated?

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Good Ol' CNN

Gotta hand it to'em. When it comes to embarrassing the president, they're pros. NBC inadvertently cued the president early, stopped him and then he restarted on time. Everyone else showed only the properly timed presentation, but CNN - the sneaky little devils - showed the false start.

Bravo, CNN! Keep up the good misrepresentation!

Here's a little report on it.

Oh, and for those who claim Drudge is nothing but lies, here's CNN's footage.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Though it now seems to be legal, I still don't like it. But, like income tax, I don't have much choice in the matter.

In 1979, the supreme Court ruled that there is no expectation of privacy regarding the numbers being called. It appears, this would be equivalent to staking out a potential crackhouse. No warrant is required to record who goes in or to take pictures of them. If the cops want to search inside - analogous to recording conversations - then a warrant would be needed. But, to merely watch the outside - or see who's calling what number - it seems the court has decided that's OK.

The actual supreme Court case is Smith v. Maryland, 442 U.S. 735 (1979)

Here is the relevant part;

Smith v. Maryland, 442 U.S. 735 (1979)

Surveillance Power: Expanding the Scope of the Government?s Surveillance Power

PART C: Access to Business Records Held in Third Party Storage

The police installed a pen register, without a warrant, at the central telephone system in order to obtain phone numbers that petitioner was dialing from his home. A robbery victim had been receiving calls from the alleged robber. The police found that the petitioner had called the victim?s home and charged petitioner with robbery. Petitioner contended that the use of pen registers violated his Fourth Amendment rights. However, the state court did not agree with this contention. Likewise, the Supreme Court held that pen registers do not violate the Fourth Amendment. They may be obtained without a warrant because pen registers are not a search within the traditional sense. Pen registers help uncover numbers that someone has dialed and individuals should not reasonably expect that this information is private since the dialed numbers are automatically shared with the telephone company. Therefore, the Court held that the pen register was a proper form of investigation.

And, here we have the complete decision.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

US Aids Mexico

Not only is the Border Patrol NOT securing the US borders, they are also aiding the illegals in getting across. The Border Patrol has been told to give the location of Minuteman patrols to the Mexican government. Not only are they aiding the illegals by letting them know where crossing sites are being watched, enabling them to go elsewhere, but the lives and safety of those on these patrols is put in jeopardy. The Mexican government is one of the most corrupt on the planet. Who knows what gang or drug cartel is also getting this information?

Further, the Border Patrol has been told many times NOT to go out on a Minuteman call. So, to the Border Patrol Brass, the criminality of entering this country depends upon who's looking.

If the Minutemen were to call in a rape, would law enforcement not respond?

Here we have another incident of upper level law enforcement interfering in the duties of the rank and file. Last week it was the brass stepping in to cover up Patrick Kennedy's drunken accident. Today, it's ignoring citizens - citizens who have every right to monitor the border - who call in to report illegal activity to the agency responsible for its enforcement.

What will it be tomorrow?

Monday, May 08, 2006

Pedal To The Metal

I read about a fascinating alternate fuel source - metal powder, in this case, iron powder.

Since washing the FeO in hydrogen restores it to a useable state, I suppose a complete tank of iron dust wouldn't be necessary. If one knows the time to wash the oxide in hydrogen to restore it and how many cycles the engine makes in that time, all you'd have to do is carry enough iron dust, maybe 10% extra for variable factors, to run the engine long enough to have the earliest used iron cleaned and returned to the engine.

Then, all you'd need to carry would be the necessary hydrogen - a lot lighter than iron - to do the washing.

Since the exhaust is water - the same as a hydrogen fuel cell - you could dump it or condense it from vapor to liquid to use back at home. It should be pure water, no contaminents, so you could store it for consumption or just to water the yard.

Did Iran Blink?

Has Iran come to its senses, finally?

And, as a result, oil dropped.