California Kicks Off New Year By Issuing Driver’s Licenses To Illegal Aliens

California Begins Issuing Driver’s Licenses To Illegal Aliens – CNS

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Mexican immigrant Jesus Moreno emerged smiling from a California Department of Motor Vehicles office on Friday with official permission to do something he’s been doing here for more than a decade: driving.

The 30-year-old vending-machine installer, who has forked over hundreds of dollars in traffic tickets and car-impound fees as an unlicensed driver, became one of the first to get a permit under a new program to give driver’s licenses to the nation’s largest population of immigrants in the country illegally.

“It’s not that I want to drive,” said Moreno, after leaving a packed DMV office in Orange County. “It’s a necessity.”

Thousands of people crammed into DMV offices and waited in hours-long lines to apply for a license as California became one of 10 states to authorize immigrants in the country illegally to drive.

The DMV expects to field 1.4 million applications in the first three years of a program aimed at boosting road safety and making immigrants’ lives easier. By 3 p.m. Friday, more than 11,000 immigrants had applied, said Jessica Gonzalez, a DMV spokeswoman.

Only four DMV offices were taking walk-in applicants. Hundreds of immigrants donning scarves and gloves and clutching driver handbooks braved near-freezing temperatures in the Orange County city of Stanton to try to get a place in line before dawn.

“This is a big opportunity for me,” said Sammy Moeung, a 24-year-old Cambodian immigrant eager to get a license to avoid having to ride his bike to work at his brother’s doughnut shop. “Having this is moving a step forward in life, in California and the United States.”

Immigrant advocates have cheered the licenses as a way to integrate immigrants who must drive to work and shuttle children to school, though the cards will include a distinctive marking and are not considered valid federal identification. Critics have questioned state officials’ ability to verify the identity of foreign applicants, citing security concerns.

Applicants must submit proof of identity and state residency and pass a written test to get a driving permit. Those who don’t possess foreign government-issued identification on a list of approved documents can be interviewed by a DMV investigator to see if they qualify.

Immigrants must come back at a later date and pass a road test to get the license, which will be marked with the words “federal limits apply.” Those who have licenses from other states are not required to take the road test again, Gonzalez said.

Law enforcement officials have said the program will improve road safety because more drivers will be tested and insured. A DMV study of 23 years of crash data found unlicensed drivers were more likely to cause a fatal collision.

Some immigrants who waited in line for hours Friday failed the required written test and vowed to make an appointment to return on another date to try again. About half of new driver’s license applicants fail the written exam, Gonzalez said.

Celia Rayon, a 49-year-old warehouse worker from Anaheim, left the crowded office in Stanton with her new permit in hand. For nearly two decades, the Mexican immigrant has refrained from driving, relying on rides from co-workers to get to her job.

“You can’t go out anywhere,” Rayon said, adding that she’d like to drive to visit relatives in Georgia once she passes her road test. “Now we’re going to feel more secure.”

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Hey kids, who is ready for some Liberal Tolerance?

Oh no! That rascally South Carolina Governor, Nikki Haley, who dares to be a Conservative even though she is both a woman and a minority got a VERY politically incorrect Christmas gift. What will Liberals on Twitter do? Embrace Haley, and actually be tolerant? Or launch violent, hateful tweets at the governor?

What do you think?

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley received a brand new Beretta PX4 Storm pistol for Christmas. While she was extremely happy with the gift, liberals predictably responded with hateful messages, including wishes she would kill herself with it, Twitchyreported Friday.

“Our family had a wonderful Christmas together! I must have been good Santa gave me a Beretta PX4 Storm,” shetweeted.

“Please God, use it on yourself. Like before New Years,” one person said in response.

“I hope you don’t accidentally shoot someone in your family with it. Actually, I don’t really care either way,” another person said.

Yet another person falsely claimed Haley was somehow promoting murder by posting a picture of the pistol.

“I know where she should stick it,” one person exclaimed.

Some refused to understand why Haley would want or need a gun.

“No clue as to why our governor needs a handgun,” tweeted “Katie Thompson.”

Setting aside for a moment the fact that the Constitution allows for the private ownership of guns, Haley was the target of a parent volunteer who was arrested earlier in December for threatening to kill the Republican governor.

 

Here are the rest of my bowl predictions

You can read my rant against the BCS, and all my bowl selections thru Dec 29’s games here

Now, marching on through the entire bowl schedule

New Year’s Eve brings us some promising games, starting with Vandy, and NC State in the Franklin Amer. Mort. Music City Bowl in Nashville. Since you will not be drunk yet, you can watch this game without double vision. Vandy wins here. Why, because the SEC dominates the ACC

Next up will be the Hyundai Sun Bowl or the Crappy Imported Car Sun Bowl as I call it. USC should win over Georgia Tech in this one.

In the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Tulsa meets Iowa State, yes the Hurricanes and Cyclones will blow us away in this one. Who wins? Who cares? Give me the Cyclones in a stormy finish

In the Chick-fil-A Bowl, which used to be called the Peach Bowl, we get a matchup of two teams deserving of BCS slots, Clemson, and LSU. Tough game to pick, but call it LSU by four

In the, as a resident of Dallas I am ashamed to even write this corny name, but Heart of Dallas Bowl Purdue rolls in to meet Oklahoma State, and the Boilermakers will get pounded on New Years Day. OSU BIG in this one

The TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl, good grief just call it the Gator Bowl, Northwestern and Mississippi State clash. The MSU Bulldogs should win, and their fans should be beaten with their obnoxious cowbells they insist on bringing to games!

The Capital One Bowl in Orlando has a marquee match up of traditional powers as the Georgia Bulldogs meet the Nebraska Huskers. Nebraska lost to Wisconsin 70-24 in the Big ten Championship. The is bad for Husker fans, what is worse is that Georgia is a lot better than Wisconsin.

In Tampa, the Outback Bowl, where your steak is ALWAYS cooked wrong, featuring Michigan and South Carolina, Fun fact is that Michigan began its season by getting waxed by an SEC team, and will end its season the same way

In the Rose Bowl, Stanford, and Wisconsin hook up. And this one will be good, with Stanford winning a close one

To close out New Year’s Day FSU, and Northern Illinois meet in the Orange Bowl. No one is giving NIU a shot, but FSU has been over rated all year, so expect a thriller, with FSU lucking out on some fluke play.

January 2 sees my beloved Florida Gators meet up with Louisville in the Sugar Bowl. do you really need me to say my pick here?

The best bowl match up happens on Jan. 3rd in the Fiesta Bowl as Oregon meets Kansas State. Should be a wild affair. In the end K-State will not have enough to keep up with the Ducks

The Cotton Bowl goes down on Jan 4th, The Oklahoma Sooners and the Texas A&M Aggies meet. Great one here, with the Aggies edging the Sooners


Time to wrap this up, in the BBVA Compass Bowl on January 5th Pitt and Ole Miss hook up, with Ole Miss prevailing

In the last bowl before the BCS Championship Game Kent State and Arkansas State collide in the GODADDY.COM Bowl, and no doubt hot women in commercials will be a draw. Who wins? Go with Arky State!

Finally, we will reach January 7th, and Bama vs the Irish. I think everyone knows my pick here. Bama should roll, let’s say 38-13. And yes their fans will be even harder to live with, and yes that SEC streak will reach 7, and yes, after that game, I will have to wait nearly eight months to see the best sport on earth again.

 

 

Another day, another example of how wacky the Left is

Courtesy of Blazing Cat Fur

The term formerly known as “blind spot” is now to be known as “blank spot” according to the Babbleloons, as in;

“Such ‘blank spots’ [Editor’s note: a substitute phrase for the ableist term ‘blind spots’] are gaps in knowledge resulting from our social location. Therefore, this assignment challenges us to think critically about our blank spots, or the things we have been conditioned not to understand.”

Ableists? Good grief, is there any group of people the Left will not try to make into a victim group? Is there no limit to their victim pimping? Now people who have no “handicaps” are bad, oppressive bigots, or Ableists! I think we have our first Marxist Moron of 2012.

More lunacy here

FAIL! Liberals finally dig deep enough in the Pit of Eternal Stupidity to reach China!

Good freaking grief! Candy Canes are now weapons? And cause suicides? Doug Powers, say it isn’t so!

You can’t make this stuff up:

MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA) — They call themselves the “Christmas Sweater Club” because they wear the craziest ones they can find. They also sing Christmas songs at school and try their best to spread Christmas cheer.

Now all 10 of them are in trouble because of what they did at their school.

“They said, ‘maliciously maim students with the intent to injure.’ And I don’t think any of us here intentionally meant to injure anyone, or did,” said Zakk Rhine, a junior at Battlefield High School.

The boys say they were just tossing small two-inch candy canes to fellow students as they entered school. The ones in plastic wrap that are so small they often break apart.

Skylar Torbett, also a junior, said administrators told him, “They said the candy canes are weapons because you can sharpen them with your mouth and stab people with them.” He said neither he nor any of their friend did that.

Next thing they knew, they were all being punished with detention and at least two hours of cleaning. Their disciplinary notices say nothing about malicious wounding but about littering and creating a disturbance.

More to the story? Possibly, but this is consistent with the over-the-top “security” concerns at many schools I’ve seen.

And here’s a school administrator that must be a blast at parties:

Mother Kathleen Flannery said an administrator called her and explained “not everyone wants Christmas cheer. That suicide rates are up over Christmas, and that they should keep their cheer to themselves, perhaps.”

Some people have absolutely NO BUSINESS being anywhere near children! These “educrats” are a prime example. They possess no common sense, none whatsoever!

Bob’s Blogging Blues!

Some good stuff from Old Belvedere!

Well I woke up this mornin’
And all my hits were down
Oh, I woke up this mornin’
And all my hits were down
All my friends are missing
I’m the only one who’s posting now

Santy Claus, Santy Claus
What you bringin’ down
Santy Claus, Santy Claus
What you bringin’ down
I need some linky lovin’
Before I shut this old blog thang down

—Ramblin’ Bob Belvedere, Blogger Mood Disorder Blues

I got me some Christmas Blogger Blues.  The only thing that will get me out of this funk is a little help from my Friends [In The Ether] and some blues…

-I always feel better when I head on over to Three Beers Later for some Jingle Bombs.  ‘Cause, if we don’t laugh at them, the terrorists win.

-Leave it to the Reaganite Republican to lift my spirits with some hilarious cartoons for the season.  Here’s my favorite, which I shamelessly swiped: