October 6, 2007


Q1 - Stay or Go: Eduardo Gonzalez, a petty officer second class with the U.S. Navy, is about to be deployed to the Persian Gulf for a third time. Making his deployment a little more frustrating this time around is the fact his wife may not be around when he comes back. Gonzalez's wife, Mildred, came to the United States with her mother in 1989 when she was just 5 years old (they were granted political asylum because of their status as war refugees from Guatemala). Fast-forward 11 years to September 2000, when Mildred's mother applied for legalization and included her daughter (Mildred) in that application. Mildred's mother was finally granted legal status in July 2004, however, six weeks earlier, Eduardo and Mildred got married, canceling Mildred's ability to apply for legal status through her mother because she was no longer an unmarried daughter under the age of 21. You with me so far? (If not, read it again.) In June of this year, a judge granted Mildred a one-year extension to remain in the United States. If her legal status does not change by June 2008, she will have to leave the country or face deportation. And of course, all of this would happen while Eduardo is overseas serving in the U.S. Navy. Okay, with all this in mind, do you think Mildred Gonzalez should be allowed to stay in the United States simply because she is the wife of a U.S. soldier, or should she be treated like every other non-citizen who is deemed to be in this country illegally? Oh, by the way, Mildred and Eduardo have a young song, Eduardo Jr., who was born here in the United States.

Q2 - Prove It!: If you could disprove something that many people believe is true, what would you like to disprove?

Q3 - What Matters Most: When it comes to deciding which Presidential candidate you are going to support in 2008, which one of the following areas is most important to you when it comes to the candidates' stances on issues: National defense issues, such as the situation Iraq and terrorism; Domestic issues, such as education and health care; Moral issues, such as abortion and gay rights; Economic issues, such as taxes and trade; None of these issues; or, you're just not sure? (Note: f you are inclined to say more than one or all, then the question becomes... if you had to choose just ONE, which area would you say is MOST important to you personally?)

Q4 - Police Competitions: Reports of on-duty sheriffs deputies in Los Angeles County participating in "enforcement competitions" have watchdog groups in California crying foul. One recent competition -- Operation Any Booking -- challenged deputies to arrest as many people as possible within a specific 24-hour period. Other one-day competitions included "Operation Vehicle Impound," a contest aimed at seizing as many cars as possible, while another challenged deputies to see how many gang members and other suspected criminals could be stopped and questioned. How do you feel about these sorts of "competitions"? So long as the bad guys are rounded up and put into jail, no harm no foul; or, situations such as these encourage bad arrests, distort policing priorities, and encourage police to focus on trivial matters instead of more serious crimes?

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1. I think she should be allowed to stay. She's been here 18 years, and it's not like she's did anything illegal to initially enter the country. She's married to a U.S. citizen and has a child, what the heck is she going to do back in Guatemala to support herself and her child? I think her husband should be allowed to stay home with her and help her through the process. How horrible would it be for him to come home and have his family gone? On the other hand, maybe she should have considered all of this before getting married and losing her legal status under her mother. Either way, I say she should be allowed to stay.

2. Hmm...I'll get back to you on this one.

3. Improved health care is vital to this country. There are SO many problems with this system and so many people who can't afford health care. Other countries like Canada and Sweden seem to have it worked out - sure it's socialized, but it's available. I do not understand some human beings, how you could claim to be the leader of the greatest country in the world, but you don't give a flying fig about your citizens. How can any government or society allow there fellow citizen to suffer physically and emotionally because they don't have the finances to get proper health care? It takes a village, and citizens also need to work with resources to make changes. I know it's a complex issue, but it can be made right.

4. No competitions should be allowed. This may lead to unnecessary or unjust arrests. Police don't need to be playing any games while my tax dollars are being used.

Posted by: Vera at October 5, 2007 8:45 AM

Q3 - The question is partially moot. The most important thing is to have the president uphold his oath of office which is to obey and uphold the constitution!

Vera, show me in the constitution where it says that the government should be our mother and take care of our healthcare problems?

Posted by: Matt at October 5, 2007 10:07 AM

1 - Any direct family member of a soldier fighting for our country should be allowed to reside within the US.
2 - Gravity dude.
3 - Domestic and Economic issues. We have swayed too far right where moral and national defense issues are now used for nothing more than 'wedge' issues.
4 - They encourage bad arrests and do nothing more than (further) tarnish the image of the LAPD.

Posted by: Tyson at October 5, 2007 10:09 AM

1. Stay or Go: I'm not sure what the problem is. It seems to me that being married to an American should make it awful easy to get a green card. My (Filipino) mother has been in the country for over 30 years and has never had a problem because she is married to my father, who just so happened to be a Petty Officer in the Navy when they married. Mildred should be allowed to stay through legal means... if it is difficult for her to do so, then the process needs to be updated to make it easier. However, we can't play favorites. We can't deport one person but not the other because the latter got some media attention.

2. Prove It!: Government conspiracy theories regarding moon landings, Kennedy assassination, space aliens, and 9/11. Although doing so would probably put a lot of people out of work ;)

3. What Matters Most: It's almost a toss up for me between defense and domestic. It's like a chicken and egg to me. But I guess if I had to choose one, it'd be domestic. We need to build a strong nation internally. My only issue is that without a strong military to go with, anybody can waltz in and take it away.

4. Police Competitions: Well, I'd be totally fine with it if everything was on the up-and-up. Competitions that get cops to actually do their job? Great idea! Only problem is, you know dang well it will result in some bad stuff. So end result: I don't like it. Cops are bullies enough already.

Posted by: Stuart at October 5, 2007 10:19 AM

q1. stay
q2. that speeding to red lights will get you to your destination faster
q3. hmmm...matt makes an interesting point i think integrity will be mine
q4. i don't think i'm comfortable with this

Posted by: Ryan at October 5, 2007 10:20 AM

1. Immigration and illegal status rules might be needin' an overhaulin'.

2. I'd like to disprove the myth that Google is good.

3. Here is how I rank the issues when deciding on a political candiate this next round: Economic issues, Domestic issues, National Defenses issues and then Moral issues.

4. Competition is good for business and it's good for consumers. I say Bring it On!

Posted by: at October 5, 2007 10:35 AM

1. I think she should stay, but not because she's married to a soldier, rather it should be because she's married to a US citizen.

2. God

3. I think I'll vote for whichever catidate can manage to offend the largest number of potential voters in the fewest number of words. By these criteria, I can feel comfortable voting for any of the leading cantidates in either party.

4. As a non-drinker (as in I've never even had a sip) who was stopped in Russia for 'Drunken Quotas' I'd have to say this is not good at all. I didn't like it then, and I don't like it now.

Posted by: Greg at October 5, 2007 12:27 PM

1. I think that it is a very nice idea to let her stay. That being said, I will not shed a tear or feel even slightly sad if they send her away; I think illegal immigrants are horrid. What do you teach your children when you come into a country illegally? That laws do not apply to you or can be bended and twisted when you deem it best? On that line, I think police officers should have the power to deport any random person they stop if the person does not speak English. This goes for traffic stops as well as criminal cases.

2. Pluto is a planet. Stop making everyone sad and neglecting it!

3. I think moral issues are the most important to me in choosing a president. I do not want a president who is freaked out by gays and makes abortions illegal. It is a horrible punishment to force a woman to go through pregnancy and labor for a child they do not want just because she made a stupid mistake--probably a result of bad education and the lack of FREE contraceptives.

4. I think some of the competitions are a little extreme, but if the rounded up all illegal immigrants, I would be ecstatic.

Posted by: Emily Cox at October 5, 2007 12:59 PM

Q1 - Stay or Go: If the husband/father is serving the U.S. in the military, he has earned the right in my book to have his family stay in the U.S.

Q2 - Prove It!: That global warming is caused primarily by irresponsible human activity.

Q3 - What Matters Most: The economy. I think if business is strong and conducted in an ethical manner, then everything else takes care of itself. I believe in having a strong defense, but I don't think it comes from just having a strong military. I think we're getting into more and more military conflicts because our government is overspending and relying too much on foreign oil and investments.

Q4 - Police Competitions: Sounds sick to me. All of the quality law enforcement people I have met in my days have had a good attitude toward it. They genuinely liked people and were not trying to fill quotas. The jerks seem to be on some power trip, and competitions will only make them worse.

Posted by: Joba at October 5, 2007 12:59 PM

1) Of COURSE SHE SHOULD STAY. This is a no -brainer! Only the U.S. could come up with such a convoluted legal mess.

2) People think we store toxins in our bodies. You hear this all the time especially from folks who like organic food and natural remedies (both of which I do like BTW.) "It removes toxins from your body", folks often say. While it is possible to store certain poisons (mercury, arsenic). For the most part, bodies constantly flush foreign substances from your body. That's why we have an endocrine system complete with a liver and kidneys. Now Can we abuse these systmes, you bet. But the idea that the human bodies store up a library of toxins is ridiculous.

3) Domestic issues and care of our own damn country, including health care, and our national debt whcih will destroy us eventually.

4) This is such an egregious abuse of police power it makes me ill, and I say this as the son of a retired Police officer.

Posted by: at October 5, 2007 2:48 PM

Matt, try answering the questions instead of starting a pointless argument.

Here are my answers:

Q1 - Let Mildred stay, for God's sake. She came here as a refugee and has been a law-abiding citizen since.

Q2 - First, religion. Not the concept of God, but religion in general. Second, the stereotype that fat people are unhealthy and lazy. It's just not true! But like religion, people are not willing to let go of convenient lies.

Q3 - Iraq and terrorism, economic issues, then moral issues. But just choosing ONE? The war in Iraq - and how our leaders plan to resolve the mess.

Q4 - Uh, this is a really bad idea. I'm very fond of how hard police work to keep our communities safe, but this is going a little too far. They don't need "competitions" to get the job done.

Posted by: Sarah at October 5, 2007 5:42 PM

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