Saturday, April 24, 2010

I Might Just Start Liking the Sun Devils and Wildcats

I do not like the University of Arizona Wildcats nor the ASU Sun Devils. Never have. Really it is not so much a dislike but rather more of a discount. I tend to discount PAC 10 football when considering the "national championship" picture although this can be a mistake at times. Remember the exceptional USC teams of a few years back? One year the Condoms claimed a share of the national championship although they did not play in the actual BCS Championship game. That game was of course between LSU and the Sooners. It is really a shame that the BCS system can be so flawed that Oklahoma played in the game instead of USC which truly deserved the shot, but so it goes. It would have been much better if they had, and it is entirely possible that USC would have beaten the Tigers that year to legitimately claim the title. Alas they did not and consequently can not claim to be the rightful champion. The BCS is so screwed up. But that is not what I came here to discuss.

Arizona has passed anti illegal immigration legislation in their fair state and that is a good thing. Any of us who live in a border state and now even those who do not know that illegal immigration has gotten completely out of control. This is not a real secret and the problem has been with us for such a long time that any solution to eradicate (as in humanely deport - don't get your panties in a knot) those already here unlawfully will be inadequate at this point. That does not mean however that further illegal immigration can not be stopped. Arizona has taken a step in the right direction. It is interesting that some of the "Latino" advocacy groups are already calling for this to be repealed or be challenged in the federal courts. What they don't understand is legislation does not give carte blanche for the police to "profile" and arbitrarily harass Hispanics and others.. What it does do however is give the police the authority and indeed the obligation to inquire about immigration status when contact is made with criminal suspects in the performance of their job. Does this mean that some rogue cops will not profile? Of course not. This will happen and will, I am sure, be dealt with on an individual basis. Nothing is perfect. Now many people believe that all illegals should be rounded up and deported to their country of origin. I am not sure that is a realistic goal although it certainly is an admirable one. Many people including my brother are advocates of this tactic. He says ship them all back if found to be illegal and bill the cost to transportation to their country of origin. He even includes the oriental massage girls most of which are probably here illegally. In that case I say let us not be too hasty. Let's not go overboard here. All joking aside, this action by Arizona is a breath of fresh air and will open the door for other border states to consider similar action. Our nation can no longer afford to take on the "tired and hungry" of the world any longer. Sorry but we just can't. Waiting for the federal government to take any meaningful action will do nothing but insure that the problem will get worse. The current national administration certainly will not do anything.

With the passage of this legislation I am now officially an ASU Sun Devil and U of A Wildcat fan. I will follow their progress on the road to a BCS national title.

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