Ex-Beverly Hills Mayor Blasts Amnesty ‘Word Games’

Despite having led one of the wealthiest cities in America, former Beverly Hills Mayor John Mirisch blasted pro-amnesty advocates who compare the act of illegally entering the United States to violating the speed limit.

In a Monday op-ed, Mirisch, who now sits on the City Council, recalled attending an “Immigration Reform” panel at the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ annual Washington, D.C., meeting in March where he encountered the following sentence: “We believe that it is vital for any immigration legislation to enable people to come out of the shadows and fully pursue the American Dream for themselves and their families.”

“‘Immigration reform’ itself is often a code word for amnesty. In an attempt to redefine illegal immigration as something it is not, the term ‘illegal immigrant’ has been stricken from the stylebooks of news agencies and newspapers,” he wrote. “Would, perhaps, ‘immigration fraudster’ be a more apt description?”

He then said that “despite these nonsensical attempts to redefine words in the English language by the likes of Marco Rubio, in my book, providing a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants is amnesty – or even more than amnesty.”

He then said that pro-amnesty advocates who compare illegally entering the United States to speeding are misguided and said a “more apt vehicular analogy would be the individual who gets a speeding ticket but who doesn’t have a driver’s license.”

“Even if they paid a fine and attended traffic school, we wouldn’t give them a license unless they went through the same process as everyone else who wants a license,” he wrote. “And as anyone who’s ever been to the DMV knows, they’d have to go to the back of the line.”

Mirisch concluded by saying his “opposition to amnesty is mainly based on fairness and the potential to set a precedent.”

“Any and every policy that results in the legalization of illegal immigrants – short of sending them back to their home countries to wait at the back of the legit immigration line – is unfair to those would-be immigrants who are playing by our rules,” he wrote.




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4.6 Billion Years in the Making, The Bitcoin Bowl

If Beef O’Brady’s can have its own bowl game, why not Bitcoin?

The Beef O’Brady’s Bowl is now the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl. The digital currency owns naming rights through 2016.

So how many bitcoins did BitPay pay to sponsor the game? Last season, Beef O’Brady’s spent around $375,000 to put its name on the the nearly seven-year-old bowl game. Currently, traders value a bitcoin at around $600. So, BitPay coughed up roughly 630 bitcoins for naming rights. One guesses the bowl committee asked for cash, check, or some more traditional form of payment, though.

The game plays as one of 39 postseason college bowl games this coming season. Like currency, bowl games lose their value when too many flood the market. The Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl competes with such contests as the Taxslayer Bowl, Fight Hunger Bowl, and GoDaddy Bowl for the attention of distracted college football fans around the holidays.

The made-for-cable-TV contest, staged since 2008 at Tropicana Field, normally features a team from the American Athletic Conference against a Conference USA or Atlantic Coast Conference team—or basically whatever school they can coax into playing. In its short history, three .500 teams have competed in the bowl.

Last season, Eastern Carolina defeated Ohio 37-20 in the pre-Christmas game. 




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Three’s a Crowd in South Beach? The Big Three’s Addition by Subtraction Dilemma

It’s tough to keep a trio together.

Larry and Moe had to go through Shemp Howard, Curly Howard, and Joe Besser before finally ending up with Joe Derita. Jack and Janet had the change from Suzanne Sommers to Jenilee Harrison. So, with the wrong-colored confetti falling down on the Miami Heat Sunday night for the first time in three years, a question arose: would the trio of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh get green-lit for another season, or has the time come for a 6’9” version of Jenilee Harrison to enter stage right?

Whether this group stays intact or splits apart largely depends on a human trait that is seldom, if ever, associated with the modern athlete: unselfishness. Miami is old and needs to get younger and more dynamic quickly. With picks stacked at or near the back of the draft, their ability to replenish their ranks through this month’s player selection meeting is nearly impossible. In order for this team to improve they can only do so by adding explosive and dynamic players through the free agency process.  

So, what’s the problem? The NBA is a salary-capped league and Wade, Bosh, and James are on the books for over $61 million dollars next year. The projected NBA cap falls just over $63 million. So, clearly neurosurgeon-like science is not required to see that if Miami’s Big 3 all commit to stay in South Beach, they’re all going to have to opt out of their current deals and sign newer, more team-friendly contracts.

For LeBron and D-Wade, this problem is pretty elementary. LeBron has a net worth most recently valued at $185 million dollars. He recently made $30 million without so much as lifting a finger when Dr. Dre sold Beats to Apple. Meaning, at this point in his career, LeBron has made his money and he stands to make far more still. If LeBron values championships more than money, then he will need to prove this to enter the rarefied air of Kobe, Jordan, and Magic in the 5- and 6-ring club. So, if winning rings, in South Florida, is as important to LeBron as I think it is, then his financial security makes him the perfect candidate for taking a pay cut to improve the roster.

This math is simple for Dwayne Wade as well. Wade looks to make $20 million dollars next year. But, he also missed 29 games during the regular season, had a postseason so forgettable that he was best known for a flop, and he showed so little effort that someone was actually able to make an 11-minute video of Wade playing awful defense. There is no market for D-Wade outside of Miami, and he knows it. Whether Wade plays at the $20 million he’s on the books for, or whether he opts out and takes a pay cut, Wade is the least likely of Miami’s trio to leave next year.

Which brings us to Chris Bosh. For the last four years Chris Bosh has been the Shemp Howard of the Miami Heat Big Three: funny faces, awkward screen grabs, and the question of what his contribution to the overall operation really is; and there are other critical differences between Bosh and his co-stars. For example, as opposed to D-Wade, there’s a market for Chris Bosh. As ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported months ago, Dallas is very interested in making a run at Bosh, who has Big-D roots and starred at Dallas Lincoln High School as a kid.

Unlike, LeBron and Wade, though, Chris Bosh doesn’t have multimillion-dollar endorsement deals to fall back on after taking a pay cut. In other words, the money that Chris Bosh makes right now from his NBA salary is virtually all the money he’s going to get, and it’s going to have to last him and his family a very long time. LeBron and Wade’s salaries are pot-sweeteners, Bosh’s salary is the pot.

No doubt most of the talk this offseason will center on James. Will he stay? Or, will we be treated to “The Decision” version 2.0, where this time James takes his talents to Hollywood or Broadway? As tantalizing as that would be for the sports networks, I think James is the least likely to go. He already left a team once and it almost destroyed his reputation–a reputation he cares deeply about. Why do you think the LeBron bad-boy image campaign, when he told us he wasn’t going to be a role model, was quickly replaced by self-deprecating McDonald’s ads where he took jabs at himself for not winning the championship in 2010?

LeBron tried the villain thing and it didn’t work for him. The last thing he wants to be seen as is some kind of rootless hired gun jumping from super team to super team on a quest for championship gold. LeBron will have options, but unlike the last time he won’t be looking to make a splash. He’ll be looking for ways to stay put.

If Lebron remains, and with Dwayne Wade’s choice already made for him, if anyone leaves Miami this offseason, it will most likely be Bosh; and most likely headed back home where it all began. So, don’t be surprised if there’s a new third amigo in Miami next year.

Dylan Gwinn is the host of The Mighty Gwinn Show heard on Yahoo! Sports Radio every Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 EST. Follow him on Twitter @themightygwinn.

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Elon Musk’s Short-cuts for the Solar Industry Really Stink

Elon Musk is the kind of crony capitalist that gives businessmen a bad name. Watchdog.org has the story: The solar energy industry, led by billionaire Elon Musk’s SolarCity, has been dictating the building codes of a Silicon Valley city hell-bent on being the greenest city in America, a Watchdog investigation has revealed. This was spurred on by the powerful solar lobby, which threatened to withhold a Green Power Conference award from a top Palo Alto city official unless something drastic was done to change its permit process, according to emails between city officials and the solar industry. During the past six months, the city of Palo Alto has started signing off on solar panel building inspections with lightning speed after removing an electrical expert from those duties and replacing her with an inspector with less expertise, a former employee said. All of this was done to placate the solar energy industry, which complained of cumbersome inspection processes. “Is this dangerous? Absolutely,” said Rick McManus, who worked as a Palo Alto building inspector before resigning in November and going to work for the city of East Palo Alto. “It was such a disaster and they had so many complaints, they pulled in another inspector.” McManus said the complaints came from other building department employees who felt the permits were just pushed through with no thought, and even a few customers who said the critical onsite inspection lasted only a few minutes. Read the rest here: http://watchdog.org/154579/solar-groups-rule-city/



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Niall Ferguson: Thatcher Would Have Seen Off Radical Islam, Obama is the ‘Wobbliest President of Modern Times’

CITY OF LONDON, United Kingdom – Historian and author Niall Ferguson today delivered a speech at the Centre for Policy Studies’ inaugural Margaret Thatcher Liberty Conference, discussing the “wobbliness” of U.S. President Barack Obama, and noting how former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher would have dealt with the challenges the West faces today.

Speaking in front of a several hundred strong crowd in the historic and grand surroundings of London’s Guildhall, Ferguson said that NATO was no longer a credible force in the world, which has led to the resurgence of Russia as a global power. Prime Minister Thatcher, he noted, would have “striven to make NATO a force… and urged President Obama to make the red line [with regard to Ukraine] a real one”.

Ferguson, who is the author of ‘Civilisation: The West and the Best‘ as well as being a history professor at Harvard University, said: “We are in cultural decline too… In the wake of victory [in 1991] came a serious decline of the West.

“Who would have predicted in 1989 that by the year 2014 that at least on one measure, China would be the biggest economy in the world, and still under the control of a Communist party? What a defeat.”

“Imagine how Margaret Thatcher would have responded to the fiascos we have seen in Syria and with respect to Ukraine,” he said, before going on to note that the former PM would have supported freedom-loving dissident movements in both countries, the opposite of what modern leaders have done. 

“Have we made comparable efforts to support dissidents in the Middle east and North Africa, have we helped them in the way we helped the opponents of Communism? No, and not surprisingly their revolution failed and their revolution was hijacked by the enemies of freedom”.

Ferguson believes that a referendum on European Union membership would have been combatted by Thatcher, who would have fought to avoid a federal political union under Germany’s control. He said that “a British exit from the European Union would be a profound set back… but if the British voter is confronted with exit and being part of a German-led federal state – could you really blame [them] for voting for the exit?”

Lastly, Prof. Ferguson noted that the battle against radical Islam is perhaps the most serious issue the West faces today. He said: “It is the most rapidly growing threat to Western values,” and noted that Thatcher, who “stopped the leaders of the West – American Presidents – from going wobbly” would have her work cut out for her with President Obama, the “wobbliest president of modern times”.

“[Mrs. Thatcher] would have seen the vital strategic importance of the West [working] against the rise of radical Islam.

“That is the most important lesson we can learn from 1989. A fight against political Islam is the fight the footsoliders of freedom should be fighting today. Thatcher, were she with us, would support [this fight] whole heartedly”.




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