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Written by Mike Scruggs   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 00:00

A Forbidden Look at Unmentionable Causes

April 14 will mark the 102nd anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, the newest and grandest of the British White Star Line of passenger ships at the time.  Nearly 883-feet long, the Titanic was the largest ship afloat and so formidably designed that many said that she was unsinkable. Proudly cutting through the waves of the North Atlantic on her maiden voyage, steaming for New York at near top speed, she must have been an awesome sight as her passengers and crew enjoyed an evening of carefree celebration. The crew of the Titanic received eight iceberg warnings from six different ships in the area, but they were dismissed as inconsequential. Near midnight, the top lookout, Frederick Fleet, recognized the terrifying image of a huge iceberg looming straight ahead. He immediately rang First Officer William Murdoch on the bridge, but the giant ship could not be turned or slowed enough in time to avoid the iceberg. The starboard (right) side of the Titanic scraped, and bumped along the iceberg, gashing and puncturing 300 feet of the ship’s side below water level, flooding five of the ship’s sixteen water-tight compartments.  In two hours and forty minutes, the great “unsinkable” ship plunged into the icy waves and into the depths. Over 1,500 of the 2, 225 aboard perished.

Illegal Immigration in North Carolina PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Scruggs   
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 00:00

$2.0 Billion Annual Fiscal Costs

The Federation of Americans for Immigration Reform (FAIR) has just released a multi-resourced report entitled, The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on North Carolinians.  (See With 410,000 illegal immigrants, 4.3 percent of the population, North Carolina ranks 11th among the states impacted. At the end of 2013, the state had 323,000 or 6.9 percent unemployed, ranking 17 out of 50 states in percentage unemployed.

The fiscal costs of illegal immigration in North Carolina are estimated at $2.0 billion per year or 9.7 percent of the state’s $20.7 billion annual budget. This is $578 annually for each North Carolina native or naturalized citizen household.

Robert E. Lee PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Scruggs   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 00:00

Measuring True Greatness

January 19 marked the 207th birthday of one of the most revered military leaders in American history.  In fact, Robert E. Lee remains one of the most studied and respected military commanders in world history, although he was ultimately on the losing side.

The enormous importance that the mainstream media and political leaders today give to the Martin Luther King Holiday has worked to obscure the memory of Lee. Although there are many states that celebrate holidays for both King and Lee, most Southern politicians, following the politically correct fashion of the times, have shied away from honoring Lee. That is a great tragedy, for few men in American history have left such an exemplary record of Christian faith, noble character, and devotion to cause and duty. 

A Republican Dream Act for Illegal Immigrant Children? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Scruggs   
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 00:00

Analytical Negligence Shaping Catastrophic Blunder

On its surface, amnesty for the children of illegal immigrants would seem to be a commendable mercy, but its real nature would be unjust because it would be paid for at the expense of American workers, taxpayers, and their children. It would be unwise because it would risk losing control of immigration and impose unacceptable security risks at a time when a formidable enemy plans to destroy us by settlement, infiltration, and steady “Civilization Jihad.”

Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor want to be thought of as good guys by the media and prospective voters. Hence they are constructing a Republican Dream Act in the House, which would give amnesty to those who were brought to this county as children of illegal immigrants. After all, illegal entry into the United States was not their fault, and Social Security number fraud or identity theft were felonies they had to commit to get a job when they reached employment age. Life is complicated.

Immigration Reform Deception PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Scruggs   
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

The Negligible Distinction between Two Really Bad Plans

In late January, the “Gang-of-Eight” (Four radical Democrats and pro-amnesty Republican Senators McCain, Graham, Flake, and Rubio) launched Senate legislation to grant legal status (amnesty) and immediate work permits to millions of illegal immigrants now in the U.S.

Since the 1965 Immigration Act, U.S. immigration policy has been good for illegal immigrants, employers who use cheap foreign labor in preference to American labor, and the Democrat Party. It has been bad for American workers, law-abiding employers, taxpayers, their families, and the rule of law.


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