Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Patt Morrison for Wednesday, 12/15/09


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:30

A World Without Ice: is our environmental future inevitable or avoidable?

Depressing reports from the polar ice caps have now become standard monthly affairs:  ice shelves and glaciers are melting at increasingly rapid rates, and summers are now virtually ice-free in the Arctic Sea.  While stories are ubiquitous they still seem far away—which is a dangerous outlook, argues geophysicist Henry Pollack.  Pollack is at the Copenhagen COP15 reminding the attendants that the disappearance of ice portends serious consequences for the global environmental balance, from the regulation of temperature to the extinction of animal species.  Patt talks with Al Gore’s partner in crime from Copenhagen on what a world without ice might look like.



Henry Pollack, professor of geophysics at the University of Michigan; winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (shared the prize with Al Gore); author, “A World Without Ice”




1:30 - 1:39




1:41 – 1:58:30



2:06 – 2:30

Why not tackle another huge issue? Immigration reform starts again in Congress

For a Congress that was already overwhelmed and overloaded with critically important policy issues, what’s the harm of throwing one more divisive and complex problem into the mix.  The “Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security & Prosperity Act of 2009” was introduced yesterday as another stab at settling the question of some 10 million illegal immigrants currently living and working in the U.S.  Among other features, the bill would strengthen border security, created a streamlined employment verification system and the always controversial “earned legalization program.”  Does the bill have a chance, and can Congress give its proper attention to immigration reform?




Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Illinois; author of the new “Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security & Prosperity Act of 2009”


Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona




2:30 – 2:58:30

I See Rude People

Rude people are everywhere, as they always have been. But what’s the best way to stop them? Advice Goddess columnist Amy Alkon is a little more forthright than Emily Post might be; from noisy cell phone chatters to crying babies in restaurants, she takes no prisoners. Is it the only way to fight back or does fighting rudeness with rudeness only double it?



Amy Alkon, author of “I See Rude People: One woman’s battle to beat some manners into impolite society”




Jonathan Serviss

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1 comment:

Brittanicus said...

If Internet blogger's, the national and rural newspaper comments, forums or bulletin boards, are a national grading of passing Comprehensive Immigration Reform--FORGET IT! IT JUST ISN'T GOING TO HAPPEN! I follow the commentaries very carefully and my observation show a very negative response to any new law that indicates giving the 20 to 30 million illegal immigrants a more or less free passport to the road of citizenship. Under normal circumstances it would be an impossibility to pass any AMNESTY? But when the headlines scream that 15 million irate Americans and legal residents cannot find employment, the chances of giving another AMNESTY, is impossible--and absolutely, incredulous that they would even try? Advancing this insane reform law under the noses of middle class Americans is going to be a expiration of Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), Speaker Pelosi, Napolitano and a whole mis-match of Democrats who are thinking they will be re-elected. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) champion of his government in Mexico and throughout Central and South America will--NOT--survive his incumbent election. No tourist or student overstays are equally unwelcome in this nation of laws. CALL ALL YOUR SENATORS AND EVEN CONGRESSMEN/ WOMEN. NOW and urge them--NOT--to support COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM. IT'S NOT NEEDED? THE ! THE 1986 IMMIGRATION REFORM BILL WAS NEVER, EVER ENFORCED. The Capitol Switchboard's telephone number is 202-224-3121. REMEMBER TO SEND IN YOUR 28Cent POSTCARDS NOW! WE MUST DEFEAT THIS IMMIGRATION REFORM PACKAGE.

There must be heavy consequences to illegally settling here, such as upgrading the unauthorized entry to a felony. In the future we must have an orderly immigration recruitment system, but only for people with highly skilled qualifications. Guest Workers must be equally vetted and not just given permission without strict--return instructions home, after completing their contract. No family reunification, because this has been rife with fraud as sponsors end up reneging on the financial aspect. All this issues can easily be resolved with amendment to the 1986 immigration bill. What to do with 20 to 30 million illegal aliens from across the world, slowly repatriate them using the SAVE ACT. We are unable to afford the costs attributed to illegal immigration. Learning in the Sanctuary State of California has collapsed from the massive surge of illegal foreign nationals into the school system.

Observe CNN TV documentary this week, "California in Crisis" The state may still implode under the huge burden of supporting financially the illegal aliens with large families. Unrevealed billions of dollars are skimmed from state treasuries, to pay for the immigrants that cannot sustain themselves around this nation. The demented politicians in Sacramento are already talking about raising taxes. No state remains untouched by the unparalleled invasion of this great sovereign country.Understand the immigration enforcement gradings of your politicians at NUMBERSUSA. Understand how taxpayers have been taken for a ride for decades and the unrevealed costs to you. See what JUDICIAL WATCH has to say about CORRUPTION in WASHINGTON. IF AMNESTY PASSES WE ARE JUST A SHORT INTERLUDE FROM OVERPOPULATION AND A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY EXISTENCE.