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Friday, April 15, 2005

Who'd a Thunk It?

I commented the other day on a story involving eleven illegal immigrants who were nabbed by law enforcement up in Fairfax County, were processed, and were released after being told to report for their court appearance relating to further processing.

Well, guess what.
11 illegal aliens fail to appear for court date
By Gary Emerling, The Washington Times

Eleven illegal aliens who were released by federal authorities after a traffic stop in Fairfax County on Sunday did not show up for immigration proceedings yesterday.

"None of them came back, and I think that the fact that these aliens failed to appear showed the challenges of immigration enforcement," said Manny Van Pelt, a spokesman for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. (
Well, no kidding.

The "challenges of immigration enforcement," Manny, begin with the mentally challenged leadership at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency who think a bunch of illegals are going to appear in court after having been released from jail.


As BB King Would Say: The Thrill Is Gone

Sorry. The magic is gone.

Bush makes pitch for history
By Thom Loverro, The Washington Times

President Bush threw out the first pitch at the Washington Nationals' home opener last night at RFK Stadium, a responsibility he considered much more than ceremonial.

"I am a baseball fan, and I love great moments in baseball," Mr. Bush said yesterday morning in an interview in the Oval Office. "Tonight, for me personally, is going to be a great moment for baseball. It is also a great thrill as a baseball fan to be invited to throw out a pitch." (
No. Major league baseball is a boring game played by a fabulously wealthy, steroid inflated bunch of prima donnas who don't hustle, lack passion, and don't speak a lick of English.

This is my kind of spectator sport.

If Only ...

I wish I had had one of these when my daughter turned 16.
Parents snoop on teen drivers
High-tech tracking systems tell them how fast their kids drive and where they go.
By Nick Bunkley, The Detroit News

A growing number of teens are taking along a few unexpected passengers when they hit the open road in search of long-awaited freedom.

Nervous parents in Michigan and across the country are becoming virtual back-seat drivers in the latest and most high-tech fight against soaring teen crash rates.

With so-called "black box" technology, parents can follow their teens in real time to find out how fast they're driving, where they're going -- even whether they're signaling before turns. Other products track every detail so parents can later download the data and look for signs of dangerous behavior. (link)

Come to think of it, I'm not sure I would have wanted to know where my daughter had gone or how fast she had been driving. She scared me enough with what little I knew about her secretive life.

The mystery, shrouded in darkness, is best left alone.

Maybe They Need a Little Competition

The United Auto Workers, whose members are all now in the top federal income tax bracket, are balking at having to pay a small portion of their own healthcare premiums.

GM stock hits 12-year low
UAW signals its unwillingness to reopen contract, deal with health costs.
By Eric Mayne, The Detroit News

General Motors Corp. stock fell to a 12-year low Thursday after a meeting with the United Auto Workers union failed to produce any strong indications that significant health care cost relief is on the way.

The automaker's stock closed at $26.66, down six percent from Wednesday's closing price. A year ago, GM was trading near $50, its 52-week high.

The soaring cost of providing health care for GM's 307,000 hourly employees was the focus of Thursday's discussion between top company executives and senior UAW officials.

UAW President Ron Gettelfinger said the meeting he has no plans to reopen the labor agreement that sets out employee benefits. (link)

I wonder. If I were to create a rival union and offer General Motors a good deal with regard to wages and benefits if they'll relocate all their plants down here to Appalachia, do you suppose they might be interested?

God knows we could use the work.

And I could use a good deal on a new car.

Tax Them! Tax Them!

The New York City subway system is a wreck. And there is only one way to fix it.

Tax the livin' hell out of the people who live in the Big Apple.
By Clemente Lisi, New York Post

NYC Transit apologized to straphangers yesterday for the recent spate of subway delays, vowing to boost confidence in the system by cleaning track beds and combining construction projects to reduce service disruptions. (
Oh, wait a minute. We can't expect the city government to raise taxes on its subjects. They are already the most heavily taxed citizens on the planet.

No matter. Tax 'em some more!

Oh, wait a minute. The federal Transportation Department will be kicking in billions to repair their disintegrating system. And you know who funds the federal Transportation Department.

Tax us some more! Tax us some more!

Hussein Gov't Still In Operation?

Here is the lead headline in the New York Times this morning:
My first thought was: Hussein aides indicted a Texan?


Are they operating out of Syria?

Did they cross our porous Texas border from Mexico and set up shop in Lubbock?

Are they indicting Americans from their jail cells in Baghdad?

Will the United States Supreme Court recognize the legitimacy of their legal actions? Silly question. Anthony Kennedy has already announced to the world that he'd prefer to draw his legal opinions from foreign sources rather than from the Constitution - even though that's not what we pay him to do.

Anyway, my suggestion to the person at the Times who writes the headlines: Put the Heineken down and concentrate on what you're being paid to do. It's not to confuse your readers.