Have you ever wondered how to get your high School student or young college student to start thinking about immigration reform? By getting students to stop and think about immigration and the issues surrounding immigration they have the potential to automatically start evaluating how immigration affects individuals, both immigrants and those affected by immigrants. This can include both positive and negative effects.
I wondered what atrocities this guy had committed to warrant a family boycott of Pizza Hut and all its deliciousness. When I asked my mom, she told me he hated women and girls. Yikes. Ten years and a lot of locally-produced pizza later, I was a young adult who still didn't know much about Rush Limbaugh, except that my mom was not a fan and he had an oxycotin addiction that was suddenly all over the headlines.
Now, as I'm pushing thirty and am a mother of a little girl, a recent news story has driven home the fact that my mother was absolutely right (don't you hate when that happens?). Rush hates women and girls. Why else would he say this about Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown law student who testified before Congress in favor of contraception mandates:
"What does it say about the college co-ed Susan Fluke [sic] who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex -- what does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She's having so much sex she can't afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex."
The fact is that the primary reason for any government to exist at all is to protect its people from hostile attack by other nations or groups. Physical defense of its citizens is the most primal duty of any government. It's the reason some band of humans wandering through the Stone Age world first made some guy the war chief. Every other function of government developed after that.
So if Iran- a country not exactly known for its rational leadership- presents a serious threat, our government is not only within its rights to use force to protect us, it's obligated to do so. But I still don't support a war with Iran.
According to a recent feature in TIME, Fisher was denied admission to UT in 2008 based on their Affirmative Action racial criteria. The university accepts 80% of admissions that are students that graduated in the top 10% of their class. The other 20% of admissions are selected based a number of criteria, of which race is one. There are plenty of legal precedents, even at the Supreme Court level, that have found university admissions decisions based on race to be OK. However, since the last court case involving Affirmative Action criteria (Grutter v. Bollinger) was in 2003, and the makeup of the Supreme Court has changed. Sandra Day O’Connor, who was the deciding vote in that 2003 case, has since retired and been replaced by Anthony Kennedy. Kennedy, who has tended to vote along conservative lines, does present difficult position in that he thinks that Affirmative Action does have place in society, “but must be used carefully.”