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Ants.
Self | January 14, 2003 | Luis Gonzalez

Posted on 01/14/2003 2:26:38 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez

Ants...

That's my answer.

My wife hates ants, she freaks out when she sees those little tiny ones (pissants we called them as kids) running across the kitchen floor. She buys gallons of insecticide, she drowns them in the stuff, and we pay a guy to fumigate every month.

But the ants always come back.

One day I decided to find out what was going on, I had always thought that ants are just a fact of life, and that you better get used to interacting with insects, living in the tropics and all (the Florida State bird should be the mosquito), so I tracked one.

It came in through a tiny hole under the sliding-glass door leading out to the patio. It ran across the floor, along the wall, up the side of the cabinet, and into a little crevice that led it to the storage area below my kitchen sink. I opened the door just in time to see the little guy climb up the wall of the kitchen trashcan, and into a veritable pissant smorgasbord!

My kid's leftover banana peels from breakfast, the last two bites of a Pop Tart, some coffee grounds, and the crumbs from the bottom of a box of Frosted Flakes.

No lid.

That's our problem, we leave sugar out for the ants, and then we act surprised, and outraged, when they show up to do what ants do.

What needs to be done about illegal immigration, in order to truly bring an end the problem, may be more than what we as a nation may be willing to go through. We need to stop giving the house away, and quit electing politicians who do it. We need to convince others that they need to do the same.

The quick (and deadly) solution of militarizing the borders, is scary, and has no possible end in sight, the moment we think we have things under control and stand down, the ants will come again. It's like taking an over-the-counter cold remedy, you're still sick; you're just too medicated to notice; and as soon as you stop taking it, you feel like crap again.

We need to seriously curtail the welfare entitlement programs, for everyone too, not just illegal immigrants. We need to limit State assistance to anyone believed to be here illegally to:

We need to challenge the current interpretation of the XIV Amendment in Court, a well-organized, well-financed challenge seeking to eliminate "anchor babies". We need to severely fine and/or prosecute employers found guilty of knowingly using illegal alien help. We need hard time for smuggling, and manufacturing and/or distribution of falsified legal identification documents...hard time, not Fed time.

We need to increase the technological abilities of the INS and the Border Patrol, and improve their efficiency.

I think we should offer incentives to American manufacturing firms looking to set up shop overseas, to build in Mexico, and not China. Mexico needs to co-operate with some internal reforms, and by relaxing some laws. If we are about to help a nation grow economically, I want it to be the one right next door to me, not the one who has nukes trained on me.

We should also bring back the Bracero program, it's a win-win.

Any individual caught in the U.S. illegally should be deported, and not allowed to return to this country, for any reason, for life. But I also think that if we find someone who has been here illegally for fifteen years, working, not breaking laws, setting roots, and otherwise being a model member of the community, we need to give them special consideration, and try thinking out of the box for a kinder solution.

I want to solve the problem, not medicate the symptoms.

I think a long-term goal of US foreign policy towards Mexico should be one of mutually beneficial trade terms, and wealth creation.

And I think that we need to clean up our spilt sugar. The ants will not sneak in under the sliding-glass door, because they know there's nothing in here for them.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government; Mexico; News/Current Events; US: Arizona; US: California; US: New Mexico; US: Texas; Your Opinion/Questions
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1 posted on 01/14/2003 2:26:38 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez
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To: BlackElk; hchutch; PRND21
It seemed like a good time to post this.
2 posted on 01/14/2003 2:27:55 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (The Ever So Humble Banana Republican)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
Good analogy.

Some years back I had to buy a bunch of tightly sealing containers to put all our cereal, pasta, and similar things in, because we had a plague of pantry moths. Ants, too.

Cut off their supplies and they'll go somewhere else.
3 posted on 01/14/2003 2:31:58 PM PST by Cicero
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To: Luis Gonzalez
Actually, if you have ants, you just mix equal parts of flour, sugar and borax and set it out in bottle caps when you see them.

Works every time...

4 posted on 01/14/2003 2:33:04 PM PST by IncPen ( God as my witness I thought turkeys could fly)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
bump
5 posted on 01/14/2003 2:35:07 PM PST by Centurion2000 (Darth Crackerhead)
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6 posted on 01/14/2003 2:35:26 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Luis Gonzalez
It is a great time to post it, and you are so right.
7 posted on 01/14/2003 2:36:42 PM PST by Bahbah
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To: Luis Gonzalez
Sounds good to me!

And BTW, if you are really trying to rid your place of ants (and not just using that example as a really clever ploy to get us to read your editorial) look for a damp place where they can hide their nests.

My mother was plagued by ants for years. Nothing helped. Last Christmas when we were out in California doing repairs on her house my husband found the mother of all ant nests under a matt of rotting leaves and other tree vegetation collected on her cedar shake shingles. Removed the shingles, removed the nests, no futher problem with ants. Who would have thought to look for them on the roof????

8 posted on 01/14/2003 2:37:10 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Luis Gonzalez
AbsoFReepinglutely, Luis.
9 posted on 01/14/2003 2:37:37 PM PST by Taxman
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To: IncPen
yep, and terro works pretty good too. (with borax)
10 posted on 01/14/2003 2:39:07 PM PST by CJ Wolf (FNK)
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To: William Wallace; Victoria Delsoul; Prodigal Daughter; afraidfortherepublic; JohnHuang2; Budge; ...
PING!
11 posted on 01/14/2003 2:41:42 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (The Ever So Humble Banana Republican)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
If you really have a problem with ants, get that stuff sold at Walgreens. Don't recall the name but it is a viscous fluid that you leave out as bait.
12 posted on 01/14/2003 2:43:54 PM PST by Ben Ficklin
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To: Luis Gonzalez; My2Cents
Ants? Hmmm.......I need some help with carpeter bees!

I liked your ideas. As usual.

13 posted on 01/14/2003 2:46:39 PM PST by Howlin
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To: Luis Gonzalez
Nice post.

The only thing I disagree with is making exceptions. If you're here illegally, you should be deported.

I don't care if you put down roots or not. Breaking the law should not be rewarded.

Regards,

L

14 posted on 01/14/2003 2:48:24 PM PST by Lurker
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To: Luis Gonzalez
You raise some excellent points. Liberals constantly point out how hard it is to patrol the whole border but imho they miss the point. If we took away the incentive to be here illegally, and were vigilant in deporting illegals whenever they were caught, you would see a massive drop. The problem right now is they know once they've crossed the border they're home free.
15 posted on 01/14/2003 2:49:42 PM PST by Godel
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To: Howlin
What about killer bees? (These come in from Mexico.)
16 posted on 01/14/2003 2:57:46 PM PST by hoosierskypilot
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To: Luis Gonzalez
I love the essay, Luis! Your writing is getting so darn good, you'll be found in magazines before long, and then we'll be the little people you used to write for. LOL ... More power to you, my friend.

One note to add to the 'right on' essay: it is time to bring our employed military folks home to patrol the borders using their techno skills. Will it stop the ants from coming in? No, but it will slow them down, and it will get our people out of the nations we're paying to insult US, like South Korea, Germany, and ... oh never mind, no one listens to a non-political kook like me, anyway. You, on the other hand, they need to listen to, Luis!

17 posted on 01/14/2003 2:58:32 PM PST by MHGinTN (Freepers Rule! As Lazamataz says, 'We are a force to be reckoned with.')
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To: Luis Gonzalez

Surrender humans, resistance is futile!


18 posted on 01/14/2003 3:04:33 PM PST by Rain-maker
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To: Godel; Luis Gonzalez
We would cut out all of the welfare sponges with Luis Gonzalez's approach.

The violent criminals (gang members, etc.) can be dealt with by a variation of Project Exile.

The terrorists are best dealt with by having a strong intelligence community, a sharpened Special Operations Command, and the will to wipe out the terrorists in their foreign training camps before they can get to our shores, and then to collect intelligence so the FBI can deal with the ones we find here.

That will deal with most of the problem. But some folks won't be happy with anything less than 100%.
19 posted on 01/14/2003 3:04:41 PM PST by hchutch ("Last suckers crossed, Syndicate shot'em up" - Ice-T, "I'm Your Pusher")
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To: Rain-maker
Kent Brockman: "Ladies and gentlemen, er, we've just lost the picture, but, uh, what we've seen speaks for itself. The Corvair spacecraft has been taken over -- "conquered", if you will -- by a master race of giant space ants. It's difficult to tell from this vantage point whether they will consume the captive earth men or merely enslave them. One thing is for certain, there is no stopping them; the ants will soon be here."

"And I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords. I'd like to remind them that as a trusted TV personality, I can be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground sugar caves."

20 posted on 01/14/2003 3:12:17 PM PST by amused (socialism is totalitarianism in sheep's clothing)
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To: Rain-maker
'All your sugar bowls are belong to us.'
21 posted on 01/14/2003 3:12:43 PM PST by MHGinTN (Freepers Rule! As Lazamataz says, 'We are a force to be reckoned with.')
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To: Luis Gonzalez
Good post. Thanks.
22 posted on 01/14/2003 3:13:55 PM PST by Robert_Paulson2 (clintonsgotusbytheballs?)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
MEXICO

4 tunnels for migrants, drugs found at border

HERMOSILLO -- Mexican agents found four tunnels under the Mexico-Arizona border that were presumably used to transport drugs or migrants into the United States, officials said Monday.

The tunnels were found Saturday by Mexican agents patrolling near the border city of Nogales, federal investigators said. The agents entered a drainage canal as part of their patrol and found a door at the border that led to four separate tunnels.

23 posted on 01/14/2003 3:17:51 PM PST by ATOMIC_PUNK (The Fellowship of Conservatives)
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To: IncPen
"Actually, if you have ants, you just mix equal parts of flour, sugar and borax and set it out in bottle caps when you see them. Works every time..."

I was wondering if something like this would work. We are infested with these ants and nothing else we have tried works. It's on my "to-do" list now, for sure.

24 posted on 01/14/2003 3:18:50 PM PST by redhead (A' course it's Pete! Jist lookit 'im!)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
A Plus!
25 posted on 01/14/2003 3:19:10 PM PST by ruoflaw
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To: Cicero
Cut off their supplies and they'll go somewhere else.

I think they went to my house.

26 posted on 01/14/2003 3:20:22 PM PST by My2Cents
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To: ATOMIC_PUNK
From the billings gazzete

4 drug tunnels found under border

HERMOSILLO, Mexico -- Mexican agents have found four tunnels under the Mexico-Arizona border, which were presumably used to transport drugs or migrants into the United States, officials said Monday.

The tunnels were found Saturday by Mexican agents patrolling near the border city of Nogales, federal investigators said. The agents entered a drainage canal as part of their patrol and found a door at the border that led to four separate tunnels, each about 1 yard in diameter.

They found some picks and chisels used to carve out the tunnels, but there was no evidence of drugs or people -- only old clothes.

Drug Enforcement Administration were arriving from the United States Monday to investigate exactly where the tunnels lead and what they were used for.

27 posted on 01/14/2003 3:21:29 PM PST by ATOMIC_PUNK (The Fellowship of Conservatives)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
It could be worse:


28 posted on 01/14/2003 3:21:42 PM PST by null and void
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To: Luis Gonzalez
I think we should offer incentives to American manufacturing firms looking to set up shop overseas, to build in Mexico, and not China.

How about incentives to locate in the United States rather than either one of the other two?
(tariffs)

29 posted on 01/14/2003 3:23:48 PM PST by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!)
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To: Luis Gonzalez

30 posted on 01/14/2003 3:24:05 PM PST by My2Cents
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To: Luis Gonzalez
I've seen ya and I'll bump ya one.

20 mule team borax does pull it's weight, now if we could get the rest of those capital mules to do so . . .

31 posted on 01/14/2003 3:26:05 PM PST by Dust in the Wind (Reminisent of somebody; just who was that man? ;^))
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To: Luis Gonzalez

"I like delicious ants!"

32 posted on 01/14/2003 3:28:23 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Someone left the cake out in the rain I dont think that I can take it coz it took so long to bake it)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
That is one excellent post!..and I love the Banana Republican gif
33 posted on 01/14/2003 3:33:18 PM PST by RnMomof7 (Rom 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: ...)
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To: madfly; B4Ranch
Banana Republic bump
34 posted on 01/14/2003 3:34:49 PM PST by RnMomof7 (Rom 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: ...)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
Great analogy, Luis.

Bump!

35 posted on 01/14/2003 3:40:53 PM PST by Diver Dave
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To: Luis Gonzalez
Great post. Great ideas.
36 posted on 01/14/2003 3:48:45 PM PST by Amelia (Who's sending missile parts to Iraq?)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
seems like forever since you wrote a missive ... allegory bump to you
37 posted on 01/14/2003 4:56:40 PM PST by fnord ( raeppa yeht naht resolc era srorrim ni senil gat)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
Well said, my friend. And welcome aboard....

:^)

38 posted on 01/14/2003 4:56:50 PM PST by Cyber Liberty ( 2003, Raving Lunatic LLC)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
Oh, BTW...I use explosives for the ants we get out here.
39 posted on 01/14/2003 4:57:28 PM PST by Cyber Liberty ( 2003, Raving Lunatic LLC)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
Great article, Luis. I think your answer to an unending plethora of problems is it.

Somehow, I can see you watching that ant.

40 posted on 01/14/2003 4:59:50 PM PST by Slip18 (The ants go marching one by one. Hurrah, hurrah. The ants going marching two by two. Etc.)
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To: RJayneJ
That's our problem, we leave sugar out for the ants, and then we act surprised, and outraged, when they show up to do what ants do.

Ping to the quoted line for possible QOTD....

41 posted on 01/14/2003 5:00:48 PM PST by Cyber Liberty ( 2003, Raving Lunatic LLC)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
Any individual caught in the U.S. illegally should be deported, and not allowed to return to this country, for any reason, for life. But I also think that if we find someone who has been here illegally for fifteen years, working, not breaking laws, setting roots, and otherwise being a model member of the community, we need to give them special consideration, and try thinking out of the box for a kinder solution.

Does not make sense at all. How is 15 years a magic number? What is the reasoning behind the above 2 statements.

I do agree that we need to cut off the sugar. Even if we cut off the sugar, the problem with letting people in is, we will have to make it inconvinient for the legal folks in their everyday life by introducing somethign in the lines of national ID to find out who gets the sugar.

42 posted on 01/14/2003 5:07:30 PM PST by Cool Guy
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To: Luis Gonzalez
Any individual caught in the U.S. illegally should be deported, and not allowed to return to this country, for any reason, for life. But I also think that if we find someone who has been here illegally for fifteen years, working, not breaking laws, setting roots, and otherwise being a model member of the community, we need to give them special consideration, and try thinking out of the box for a kinder solution.

And what happens to the ones who aren't caught? If they work hard, don't break the law, and are model members of the community, in fifteen years from now they would also want people thinking out of the box for a kinder solution and special consideration. :-)

43 posted on 01/14/2003 7:08:07 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul (Just want to see if you reply to my post.)
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To: Victoria Delsoul
And what would you do with the ones that aren't caught?
44 posted on 01/14/2003 7:21:42 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (The Ever So Humble Banana Republican)
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To: Lurker
"Breaking the law should not be rewarded."

Never said that. But there are many levels of penalties that can be set when one is found guilty of breaking the law. Deportation is just one.

45 posted on 01/14/2003 7:23:26 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (The Ever So Humble Banana Republican)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
I think we should offer incentives to American manufacturing firms looking to set up shop overseas, to build in Mexico, and not China.

I agree with you on this. We need to give Mexicans a reason to stay south of the border.

46 posted on 01/14/2003 7:25:53 PM PST by tubebender (I gave at the secure server...)
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To: ATOMIC_PUNK
"The tunnels were found Saturday by Mexican agents patrolling near the border city of Nogales."

Nice to see Mexican authorities taking care of their side of the issue.

47 posted on 01/14/2003 7:26:03 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (The Ever So Humble Banana Republican)
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To: Willie Green
In other words, maintain the status quo that makes crossing the border illegally so tempting?

One more reason why I say that we don't have the resolve to do what's needed.
48 posted on 01/14/2003 7:28:17 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (The Ever So Humble Banana Republican)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
And what would you do with the ones that aren't caught?

Hard to do anything if they aren't caught. But, if they are caught….here is something I agree with:

"Any individual caught in the U.S. illegally should be deported, and not allowed to return to this country, for any reason, for life."

49 posted on 01/14/2003 7:33:33 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: Victoria Delsoul
So, you then agreed with the deportation of that student who even Tancredo supported in his attempt to stay?
50 posted on 01/14/2003 7:35:01 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (The Ever So Humble Banana Republican)
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