Citizenship Is In Short Supply Or Something

Good Lord. *sigh*

MILFORD, N.H.—Mitt Romney said he believes President Obama’s decision to allow as many as 800,000 young illegal immigrants to apply for work permits and temporary legal status will ultimately make it harder for immigrants to gain permanent citizenship.

Okay, as always, let’s look at what’s really being said here.

If these youngsters are allowed to stay, it’ll be harder for other immigrants to become citizens.

Because why?

Perhaps the immigration people have only printed out 800,001 applications. So once these young folks have filled theirs out, only one more person can apply. Then the rest have to wait until our government printing office can make more.

But that can’t be right, because the application pack for American citizenship can be downloaded here: http://tinyurl.com/cfzcqe

No, it can only be one thing.

Mitt Romney is coming from his very special place of privilege again. He’s trying to win a campaign by waving the specter of “not enough for everyone if you get some”. That’s how a lot of the super wealthy work. Keeping the rest of us divided and fighting each other by acting like there isn’t enough lets them get away with whatever they want to do.

In this case:

Making false scarcity arguments about a big step forward Obama has made keeps people from understanding that Romney has no plan.

So today American politics carried on as it has been for years. Obama did something, and a leading Republican whined about it while offering nothing but vague mumblings & distractions in return. Yawn.

In other news, the sun rose again today. Carry on.

Ready Player One: Win A DeLorean!

OMG, you all!!!! The Hunt has come to life!! In celebration of the release of Ready Player One’s paperback, Ernest Cline has announced his own Easter Egg Hunt. The prize: a 1981 DeLorean. But I’ll let him tell it:

Here’s more info on the rules and challenges: http://www.ernestcline.com/rp1contest/

Let the Hunt begin!!

Zimmerman’s Bond Revoked

Gee, who would have thought George Zimmerman was a huge lier?

As most of the world knows by now, he’s had his bond revoked and has to turn himself in by Sunday. Of course he gets a ton of time to report back instead of having to come back to jail immediately like any other person. Must be nice to have friends in high places.

I won’t say too much else, just show you the actual court filing. Here in these papers, you can see the extent of the lies he and his wife told. They also have transcripts of jail conversations the two of them have had.

Enjoy!

Starting May 4th: Wells Fargo fee waivers now even harder to get

I got a message in my inbox from Wells Fargo the other day. Starting May 4th, transferring money back and forth between linked accounts will no longer be an easy way to waive their $10 monthly fee. Now you have to either have more money, or juggle things around like this:
“You can waive the current $10 monthly service fee when you have three additional linked accounts or services (such as a Wells Fargo debit card, savings account, online banking or direct deposit) and one of the following:

  • Maintain a $1,500 minimum daily balance, OR
  • Maintain a qualifying monthly direct deposit of $500 or more1, OR
  • Maintain a monthly automatic loan payment from this Package checking account to a Wells Fargo home equity/personal loan or line of credit, or Wells Fargo Home Mortgage® loan”         (Source: my Wells Fargo message inbox)

I’m not staying. As soon as my May “Qualifying Direct Deposit” (SSDI) drops in, I’ll be closing my Wells account for good. Of course, there’s another big reason to get out that I just found out about last week.

Wells Fargo is the second largest stockholder in a private prison company called GEO Group. Now, full disclosure, I worked for six months at a private juvenile prison in Missouri. Even though they pretended to care about the kids and rehabilitating, it was still an awful place. And the private adult prisons are worse.

So next week I better go back up to BECU again and see if they’ll let me open an account. Because it’s not just about the fees. I could waive those with my direct deposit. I cannot let my money support private prisons, especially since I know better.

If you want to read the full fee message, it’s below the fold. I’ve included for an FYI, and because I know there are other folks like me who skim stuff and throw it out. This one’s important. Thanks to the customer service folks who put it back for me. 🙂

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