Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Three Cheers and Three Kicks

Something is UP in Oklahoma City!

For one of the few times in it's 100-year history, the Oklahoma legislature is listening to it's constituents. A hard-fought state illegal immigration bill is on its way to Governor Henry's desk, where its expected to be signed! This is an odd feeling.... for usually, it is relying upon Congress in Washington, D.C. to correct the abuse heaped upon us Okies from the creeps in our state legislature. Now things are exactly opposite-- Thank You, Republican state legislature!

And this legislation has teeth!

Immigration Bill Heads to Governor
lovingly lifted from: The Norman Transcript

OKLAHOMA CITY -- House members approved Senate amendments to an immigration reform bill Tuesday, sending the legislation on to the governor.Members voted for the amendments in spite of some saying the changes were "watered down" and not tough enough on illegal immigration.

"It's lukewarm at best," said Rep. Terry Harrison, D-McAlester. "I think we need to be tough."The bill, House Bill 1804, passed the House with Senate amendments by an 84-14 vote.The immigration measure would, among other things, require public employers to verify the residency status of new employees; would require local and state law enforcement agencies to detain illegal immigrants; would require anyone seeking state identification to prove residency or citizenship; and would terminate government subsidies like health care and welfare for illegal immigrants except in certain emergency and humanitarian public services.

Rep. Rebecca Hamilton, D-Oklahoma City, was in favor of the Senate amendments, which inserted the stipulation about humanitarian public services. She was against the overall bill, however, because she hoped for a comprehensive approach to immigration reform. "We have created a large part of this problem with our government activities and inactivities," she said, adding the government should take into consideration causes of illegal immigration in drafting comprehensive reform.

The original bill that passed out of the House with an 88-9 vote included a provision that would have repealed a statute that allows in-state tuition to some illegal immigrants. The Senate changed that portion of the bill by allowing children of illegal immigrants who have lived in the United States for more than two years and graduated from a high school in Oklahoma to be eligible for in-state tuition as long as they are pursuing citizenship. This provision would not affect current college students.Several lawmakers thought the bill should be harder on businesses for knowingly employing illegal immigrants.

"I think it sends a poor message to let employers slide," said Rep. Mike Shelton, D-Oklahoma City. "...We look like we're doing something, but we're not doing anything at all. It is fluff."Rep. George Faught, R-Muskogee, supported the bill and hopes it will depress the labor market for illegal immigrants. "We must stop these abuses and create a jobless market for illegal immigrants," he said. "...Let's not cheapen the privilege of being an American, an Oklahoman. Just like in football, if you don't play by the rules, you are ejected."

I will comment more, when our D-himmi governor Brad Henry signs this. Suffice it to say, now, that I am pleased with my state legislature these days, but not surprised that this Representative Faught got a "Football" reference in.....

I'm so happy by this action, that I will add a little joke here:

A big city lawyer went duck hunting on a crystal blue river, in rural Oklahoma.
He shot and dropped a bird, but it fell into a farmer's pasture on the other side of a fence. As the lawyer climbed over the fence, an elderly farmer drove up on his tractor and asked him what he was doing.
The litigator responded, "I shot a duck and it fell in this field, and now I'm going to retrieve it."

The old farmer replied, "This is my property, and you are not coming over here." The indignant lawyer said, "I am one of the best trial attorneys in the United States and, if you don't let me get that duck, I'll sue you and take everything you own."

The old farmer smiled and said, "Apparently, you don't know how we settle disputes in Oklahoma. We settle small disagreements like this, with the 'Three Kick Rule.'" The lawyer asked, "What is the Three Kick Rule?"

The Farmer replied, "Well, because the dispute occurs on my land, first I kick you three times and then you kick me three times and so on, back and forth until someone gives up."

Well, the attorney quickly thought about the proposed contest and decided that he could easily take the old codger. He agreed to abide by the local custom. The old farmer slowly climbed down from the tractor and walked up to the attorney.

His first kick planted the toe of his heavy, steel-toed work boot into the lawyer's groin and dropped him to his knees. His second kick to the stomach sent the lawyer's last meal gushing from his mouth. The lawyer was on all fours when the farmer's third kick to his rear end sent him face-first into a fresh cow pie.

The lawyer summoned every bit of his will and managed to get to his feet. Wiping his face with the arm of his jacket, he said, "Okay, you old fart. Now it's my turn."

The old farmer smiled and said, "Naw, I give up. You can have the duck."

1 comment:

Abouna said...

That Old Farmer three kicks is great I can't stop laughing.