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Friday, March 3, 2017

There are refugees, and then there are not...



Simply put, a true refugee is a person who has been forced to leave a country because of war for religious or political reasons.  So why then, would a person bring those same beliefs (religious and/or political) to the country that is taking him in?  Why would a true refugee come to a country to be safe, a country where he is now free from persecution and strife only to demand that that country follow the same way of life from which he just escaped? The reason is, many of the thousands coming to the USA now are not true refugees.   They are claiming refugee status in order to infiltrate our country with hopes of changing our way of life.  If that sounds far-fetched, just look at Europe (yes- even Sweden).  Think of the countries there that have so many problems because of the rapid increase of thousands of so-called "refugees".   


There are a couple of quotes from President Trump's recent speech to Congress that sums is all up very nicely -

"We've defended the borders of other nations while leaving our own borders wide open for anyone to cross..."

"It's not compassionate but reckless to allow uncontrolled entry where proper vetting cannot occur.  Our country cannot be a sanctuary for extremists."

"Our obligation is to serve, protect, and defend the citizens of the United States from radical Islamic terrorism."

and finally, 

"Americans must put its own citizens first because only then can we make America great again."  


And to the naysayers - I end with this...


To those who keep spouting that those weren't Trump's words, that he has a speech writer...so do ALL presidents.  Get over it. 

To those who want to take in thousands of "refugees" without proper vetting (Who wouldn't want to know who is coming into our country?) Maybe you should take one or two or three home to live with you.  

To those who think it's terrible to say Americans should put America first?  What country should Americans put first if not their own? I would expect that of citizens of any country...to put their country first.   In your personal world, do you put your spouse, your children, your families first?  I would hope so!  So, why not our country.  It only makes sense.  

People fight to get into this country legally every day, not because it is LIKE the country they currently live in, but because it is NOT.  Why would we want to risk losing our identity and way of life?

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Words mean things-even if those words are "undocumented immigrant"



I keep hearing from the pundits and reading in the news about people being upset because of the immigration policy that President Trump is trying to enforce because it is unfair to undocumented immigrants.  

Well, words mean things, even when sugar-coated. So, let's look at a breakdown...

According to Meriam-Webster.com, let's define the following -

undocumented
not documented: such as :  not supported by documentary evidence <undocumented expenditures>b :  lacking documents required for legal immigration or residence <undocumented workers>

immigrant
 a person who comes to a country to take up permanent residence

illegal
not according to or authorized by law :  unlawful, illicit; also :  not sanctioned by official rules (as of a game)

alien
relating, belonging, or owing allegiance to another country or government :  foreign <alien residents>


To summarize- If you are an immigrant you are taking up permanent residence, but if you do not have legal documentation to do so, that makes your being here illegal.  Since you are not from the USA to begin with, you are from a foreign country. Being from a foreign country makes you an alien.  Therefore, undocumented immigrants are illegal aliens.  I remember about a decade ago when there was a big push to use the euphemism "undocumented immigrant" instead of illegal alien, because it sounded better.  Well, it might have sounded better to some, but it doesn't change the truth.  Those people broke the law by coming here illegally, it's just that simple.  

If someone passed away, they are no less dead. Being vertically challenged, doesn't make me any taller, and if I'm between jobs, I'm still unemployed.  

Being politically correct, which is why this all started to begin with, doesn't make the issue change or the problems go away.  We need to have an immigration plan that protects AMERICANS.  We need to secure our borders to help protect AMERICANS, and we need to do it sooner rather than later.



Next week we will look at the word REFUGEE...  





Tuesday, November 29, 2016

New City...New Sale!

I have not blogged recently because so much has changed since this summer. The biggest change being that we are now in another state. No more Chicago living for us.  My husband and I went scouting out places this summer and alas, found ourselves a new home. 

We traded gunshots for cow farts and couldn't be happier!


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Now that we are settled, it's back to business...at least book business for now.


From now until Christmas it's the
2 for $10 Sale and Shipping is Free!


What do you get for $10.00?  The Moose at the Manger Storybook (which includes a free audiobook download) and The Moose at the Manger Coloring Book!  I will autograph them and ship them anywhere is the USA. Shipping is on me this ChristMOOSE season!


~Signed, sealed, and delivered - all for $10.00~


                                         When Muse the Moose accidently wanders off from her family, she becomes lost in the forest.  She luckily finds a friend in Star Bright, the brightest star in the sky, who leads her on a fantastic journey. When Muse becomes The Moose at the Manger, she realizes her most important journey is yet to come.




Questions or Comments?  Feel free to leave a comment on my blog or email me directly at lisatortsbook@ameritech.net

Stay tuned for the new year and new blogs!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Why this teacher called out the Chicago Teacher's Union...

I was debating if I should print this correspondence here on my blog, but in recent days it seems gossip is flowing and fallacious statements are being shared.  I find the whole thing interesting since I wrote an email to the Chicago Teacher's Union and did not put it on a public forum.  Yet, I might as well have, because I've had people contacting me about my communication with the CTU even though I didn't share the information publicly.  Obviously, I caused quite a stir and people from the Union are talking.  That being said, I figured, those interested should be able to read "the real story".

So, to clear up a couple of points...

I am a CTU member who doesn't agree with much of what the Union's been doing.  April 1st was my tipping point, and I decided to tell the Union just that.  I also was going to separate myself from the Union, but as you will see from the following correspondence, I decided to remain in the Union at this time.

I took out the name of the person who was in contact with me from the Union since the individual person that responded, I am sure, got orders from others within the Union.

I find it interesting and very telling that none of the points that I brought up were ever addressed and that a full-fledged Union member's fee and an Agency Fee is exactly the same.  No wonder the Chicago Teacher's Union doesn't care whether a teacher is a member or not.  They still get their money and they still can use it for whatever they want.


Below is my full and correct correspondence with the Chicago Teacher's Union...


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

DISGUSTING...TO SAY THE LEAST!





I waited a few days to see if and how the mainstream news reported the Chicago Teachers Union big APRIL FOOL's event from Friday before posting this, and needless to say besides showing "peaceful gatherings" and marches and thousands of people blocking traffic for those workers trying to get home on a Friday afternoon, not much else was mentioned.  For all the hoop-la before the event not much was reported afterwards.

As for me, I work with some very dedicated and good teachers, and out of respect for them, I decided not to cross the picket line last Friday. But, for my own self-respect, here are over 20 reasons why I stayed home and DID NOT participate in any of the day's events.


Community Groups

Assata's Daughters 
Grassroots Collaborative
Teachers for Social Justice  
Grassroots Education Movement 
Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization 
Brighton Park Neighborhood Council 
Enlace 
BYP100 
Black Lives Matter Chicago 
ONE Northside 
Parents for Teachers 
St. James Lutheran – Acts of Love 
Village Leadership Academy 
Journey for Justice 
Black Scholars for Black Lives 
Northside Action for Justice 
Logan Square Neighborhood association 
Communities United 
350 Nation 
Bridging While Black 
Love & Protect 
Black on Both Sides 

Did the Union ask for input from its members before aligning themselves with all these groups? OF COURSE NOT!  The Union made unilateral decisions and then expected all of its members to follow along like good sheeple.  I would be embarrassed to be associated with these groups. 

Here are a couple of links that have been circulating from Friday's event to show just how much April 1st was NOT ABOUT THE TEACHER'S CONTRACT OR "THE CHILDREN"...

https://www.facebook.com/738197486317069/videos/773256259477858
Video of Page May from Assata's Daughter spewing racist remarks and hateful remarks against the police. She references her 13 year old students.  How nice that she is teaching them to hate at such a young age.


https://www.facebook.com/ctulocal1  To find this video, click this link and it's the first video on the left side of the CTU Facebook page.  (If someone has the direct link, I'd love to have it to post here.)

At the end of this clip, Karen Lewis the CTU President, tells BYP100 (Black Youth Project 100) that she is writing them a check "'cause they need it".  She was standing there as our Union president.  I wonder if she is planning to write that check from the CTU coffers or from her personal bank account?

All I can say is - 
DISGUSTING...TO SAY THE LEAST!