TJ Brim-ordinary citizen of an exceptional country

May 4

Where No One Locks The Door

This is an interesting way of looking at the immigration issue…

Where No One Locks The Door
By Doug Patton
May 4, 2010

Imagine you are a child growing up in a small town. You have always felt safe there. The crimes of big cities seem distant from your serene world, where no one ever locks the door.

Then one night your next-door neighbors are murdered in their home, which is burned to the ground. Drawings of the suspects are printed in the newspaper. The sheriff says they speak a foreign language. No one in your town looks or sounds like that.

Your parents gather the family together for a reassuring pep talk. “The men who did this will be brought to justice,” your father assures you. “Until they are caught, I will protect you.” Then your parents announce that the front and back doors of your home will not only remain unlocked; they will be left standing wide open.

You are astonished. Murderers are out there — loose! Why don’t we just bolt the doors? Why doesn’t the sheriff just stop people who look like them? Your mother says that would be “profiling.” You don’t understand what she means, but the way she says the word, it must be worse than what the murderers did.

Miraculously, nothing happens for five nights. On the sixth night, you hear a noise downstairs. You wake your parents and follow your father down to the kitchen, where you discover a suspicious-looking man rummaging through your trash. He is mumbling in a foreign language.

Your father opens the refrigerator and tells the man to take what he wants and to turn out the lights when he is finished. Amazed, you ask why he doesn’t just throw this man out and lock the doors. He tells you that locked doors are not the way of your town. “Besides,” he says, “do you want him to hate us?” Angry and confused, you go back to bed and listen to the sounds of the man in your family’s kitchen.

Over the next fourteen nights, six men wander into your house and take what they want. One night, you open your eyes to find one of them standing over your bed. In answer to your screams, your father simply puts his arm around the man and escorts him downstairs to the refrigerator. The next morning, your family discovers their home theater system is missing. Your mother shakes her head, while your father simply shrugs.

On the second night of the third week, just before you fall asleep, you smell something that sends chills over every inch of your body. Gasoline! This time you don’t wake your father. You reach for the phone and call the sheriff, who arrives just before one of the strange looking men in your living room lights a match. The men are arrested and taken to jail.

The next morning, your father tells you that you were right all along. He announces that he is having a security system installed in your home immediately, which he does. That night, you hear someone trying to open the back door. When they are unsuccessful, they start yelling and pounding on the house.

When you open the door to go to school the next day, your back yard is filled with angry people carrying signs expressing how unfair your family is for locking their doors and installing an alarm system. They scream at you, saying that you and your family are bigots, that you hate people who are different, that you are a “racist.” You don’t know what that means, but you know that life in your town will never be the same again.


Doug Patton is a former speechwriter and public policy advisor who now works as a freelance writer. His weekly columns appear in newspapers across the country and on various Internet websites, including Human Events Online and, where he is a senior writer and state editor. Readers can e-mail him at

-TJ Brim

May 3

Laugh Track

I’ve discovered a way to really enjoy speeches from Barack Obama…just add a laugh track.

Think of the authenticity…you really can’t believe the stuff he says, so a hearty belly laugh will make it fit.

Try this link . Just click on the laughing buttons when Obama starts and keep clicking them thoughout the speech. Click all three of the laugh buttons when he looks especially serious.

After all, how can you take this guy seriously? This will make it more palatable…and may even give you a grin when he speaks.

-TJ Brim 

Apr 28

Immigration…A View From the Southwest

Interesting article…

A carefully crafted immigration law in Arizona

April 26, 2010

Read more at the Washington Examiner:

The chattering class is aghast at Arizona’s new immigration law. “Harkens back to apartheid,” says the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Cynthia Tucker. “Shameful,” says the Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne. “Terrible…an invitation to abuse,” says the New York Times’ David Brooks.

For his part, President Obama calls the law “misguided” and says it “threaten[s] to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans.” Obama has ordered the Justice Department to “closely monitor the situation and examine the civil rights and other implications of this legislation.”

Has anyone actually read the law? Contrary to the talk, it is a reasonable, limited, carefully-crafted measure designed to help law enforcement deal with a serious problem in Arizona. Its authors anticipated criticism and went to great lengths to make sure it is constitutional and will hold up in court. It is the criticism of the law that is over the top, not the law itself.

The law requires police to check with federal authorities on a person’s immigration status, if officers have stopped that person for some legitimate reason and come to suspect that he or she might be in the U.S. illegally. The heart of the law is this provision: “For any lawful contact made by a law enforcement official or a law enforcement agency…where reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States, a reasonable attempt shall be made, when practicable, to determine the immigration status of the person…”

Critics have focused on the term “reasonable suspicion” to suggest that the law would give police the power to pick anyone out of a crowd for any reason and force them to prove they are in the U.S. legally. Some foresee mass civil rights violations targeting Hispanics.

What fewer people have noticed is the phrase “lawful contact,” which defines what must be going on before police even think about checking immigration status. “That means the officer is already engaged in some detention of an individual because he’s violated some other law,” says Kris Kobach, a University of Missouri Kansas City Law School professor who helped draft the measure. “The most likely context where this law would come into play is a traffic stop.”

As far as “reasonable suspicion” is concerned, there is a great deal of case law dealing with the idea, but in immigration matters, it means a combination of circumstances that, taken together, cause the officer to suspect lawbreaking. It’s not race — Arizona’s new law specifically says race and ethnicity cannot be the sole factors in determining a reasonable suspicion.

For example: “Arizona already has a state law on human smuggling,” says Kobach. “An officer stops a group of people in a car that is speeding. The car is overloaded. Nobody had identification. The driver acts evasively. They are on a known smuggling corridor.” That is a not uncommon occurrence in Arizona, and any officer would reasonably suspect that the people in the car were illegal. Under the new law, the officer would get in touch with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to check on their status.

But what if the driver of the car had shown the officer his driver’s license? The law clearly says that if someone produces a valid Arizona driver’s license, or other state-issued identification, they are presumed to be here legally. There’s no reasonable suspicion.

Is having to produce a driver’s license too burdensome? These days, natural-born U.S. citizens, and everybody else, too, are required to show a driver’s license to get on an airplane, to check into a hotel, even to purchase some over-the-counter allergy medicines. If it’s a burden, it’s a burden on everyone.

Still, critics worry the law would force some people to carry their papers, just like in an old movie. The fact is, since the 1940s, federal law has required non-citizens in this country to carry, on their person, the documentation proving they are here legally — green card, work visa, etc. That hasn’t changed.

Kobach, a Republican who is now running for Kansas Secretary of State, was the chief adviser to Attorney General John Ashcroft on immigration issues from 2001 to 2003. He has successfully defended Arizona immigration laws in the past. “The bill was drafted in expectation that the open-borders crowd would almost certainly bring a lawsuit,” he says. “It’s drafted to withstand judicial scrutiny.”

The bottom line is, it’s a good law, sensibly written and rigorously focused — no matter what the critics say.

Byron York, The Examiner’s chief political correspondent, can be contacted at His column appears on Tuesday and Friday, and his stories and blog posts appears on

Read more at the Washington Examiner:

- TJ Brim

Damn the Facts, Full Speed Ahead

It’s the Obama way…hide the truth and proceed with the radical agenda.

Here’s the news…

Obama covered up HHS report until after healthcare vote?

By: David Freddoso
Online Opinion Editor
04/27/10 6:48 AM EDT

I can’t say I’m surprised, but I didn’t know the deceptions surrounding Obamacare went quite this far, to the point of smothering a government report. From The Prowler:

The economic report released last week by Health and Human Services, which indicated that President Barack Obama’s health care “reform” law would actually increase the cost of health care and impose higher costs on consumers, had been submitted to the office of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius more than a week before the Congressional votes on the bill, according to career HHS sources, who added that Sebelius’s staff refused to review the document before the vote was taken.

"The reason we were given was that they did not want to influence the vote," says an HHS source. "Which is actually the point of having a review like this, you would think."

We imagined — and said in an editorial — that the report had probably been months in preparation. But that it could have actually been finished and on Sebelius’s desk (and at the White House) a week before the vote reinforces the notion that dishonesty was the White House’s most important tool in passing Obamacare.

Read more at the Washington Examiner:

I guess that sums it up.

- TJ Brim

…sorry, but I Told You So

Yesterday I said that all of the Wall Street bashing is just show.

Today, Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of Goldman Sachs (yep, the leading contributor to Obama’s election campaign), said he supports Obama’s financial industry “reform” bill now being debated in the Senate (and almost universally hated on Wall Street).

"I’m generally supportive," Blankfein told the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. —Vicki Needham, The Hill

No surprise.

TJ Brim

Apr 27

Barack the Banker

The list of contributor to the Obama campaign is pretty impressive. Here’s a list of the top bankrollers, aggregated by organization:

$994,795 Goldman Sachs

$701,290 Citigroup

$695,132 JPMorgan Chace

$543,219 UBS AG (yep, that’s the big Swiss [i.e. foreign] bank)

$514,881 Morgan Stanley

That’s a total of $3,449,317. If you compare that to the big bucks they got in bailouts, however, it looks like chump change…or, as they say on Wall Street, a very nice return on investment.

All of the Wall Street bashing that’s going on now is just show…so Obama can claim that he isn’t owned by the big money guys.

Oh, and did someone whisper “what about Fannie and Freddie?”

-TJ Brim

Apr 24

America the Exceptional

The United States of America is alone, in all the world, in so many aspects it might seem to be a daunting task to focus on what’s the most important thing that makes America so exceptional.

I’ve traveled to nearly fifty countries in North America, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia. There are lots of great people in all of those places. Nearly all of those places have beautiful places to visit, interesting histories and an abundance of things to do.

So what is it that makes America exceptional and we, its citizens, so fortunate?

What is it that caused Abraham Lincoln to write in his Annual Message to Congress on December 1, 1862

“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate for the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise to the occasion. We cannot escape history. We will be remembered, in spite of ourselves. The fiery trial through which we pass will light us down in honor or dishonor, to the last generation. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose our last best hope for Earth.”

Why is America our “last best hope for Earth?”

American Exceptionalism can be found, I believe, in the simple fact that the United States was the first country to declare that its citizens have inalienable rights. These rights belong to everyone at birth, just for being human.

Elsewhere, rights are granted by governing powers. And if they are granted by government, they can be taken away by government. Sadly, the record of centuries of human history is filled with governments that trampled on the rights of their own citizens. Only here, in America, did we enshrine our rights in writing at the time of our founding.

It was a radical thing to do. “Trust the common folk to make their own decisions?” some in power no doubt questioned. “They don’t know enough,” or “they aren’t smart enough,” many of the rulers must have thought and said.

Abraham Lincoln knew how unique our union was among nations. That’s why he committed the nation to preserve it — at the cost of 1,100,000 casualties and more than 620,000 lives. That’s from a population of 31,443,321 in 1860 — 2% of the population killed!

No people ever suffered so much.

But it was worth it.

American freedom has lit the fire of countless uprisings by suffering people throughout the world in the past 234 years. Our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution have been the guiding light for all of mankind that have sought better lives for themselves and their children. They knew that they knew a better way to live if only they could run their own lives, without being dictated to by their rulers.

Today, in America, we are witnessing the greatest internal challenge to our Constitution since our nation’s founding. Many of our leaders fail to understand that it is the freedom of the common citizen that is the core of American Exceptionalism — and the reason why America has achieved so much in so short a time. Common people, with the inalienable right to pursue their own happiness, have achieved what no government of elites ever could.

Yet our own American elites in government seek to impose their wills on the citizens they are supposed to represent. They profess to “know better” than the common folk who’ve voted them into office.

Now, this year, 2010,

we, the common citizens of America

will rise up in meeting halls, on street corners

and in voting booths

and vote out these elites, who are so ignorant of American Exceptionalism.

And Abraham Lincoln will be proud of us, for we ARE the last best hope for Earth.

-TJ Brim

Apr 19


I’m not one to criticize anyone for playing golf, let alone the President of the United States. But 32 times in 64 weeks in office…heck, that’s a whole lot more than most of us mere citizens of the most exceptional nation on earth can squeeze into our schedules. But to do so on the day he was originally scheduled to attend the funeral of the President of our dear ally Poland — that’s a bit much. And he hasn’t even had the courtesy to visit the Polish embassy to pay his respects. It’s curious, though, that Russia’s President Medvedev had no trouble attending the funeral. Is this another case of Obama throwing a friend under the bus…this time the Russian bus that the Poles struggled so hard to escape? TJ Brim

Iraq - Obama’s “Great Achievement”

"I am very optimistic about — about Iraq. I mean, this could be one of the great achievements of this administration.” Vice President Joe Biden, speaking on CNN’s Larry King Live, February 10, 2010. (emphasis supplied by editor)

This may be the ultimate in Joe Biden/Barack Obama chutzpah. They blasted the Bush administration for its Iraq invasion, claimed the goals of the war weren’t worth the price, sought to cut off funding for the war, attacked the surge, and campaigned for the White House on a mission to get out of Iraq immediately.

Now, with democracy in place, and with fewer troop deaths there each month than murder deaths in most of our major cities, these absurd comments by Joe Biden show that there is no limit to the range of lies the current administration will tell.

Perhaps it wasn’t surprising, but CNN’s Larry Kind didn’t even laugh.

As Americans, liberty is our birthright. God gave it to us. So we give fair warning to all who would trample on our liberty…
Don’t Tread On Me!

As Americans, liberty is our birthright. God gave it to us. So we give fair warning to all who would trample on our liberty…

Don’t Tread On Me!