Friday, April 14, 2006

Consummatum Est.

John 19:17-30

So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called the place of a skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them. Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It read, "Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews." Many of the Jews read this inscription, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and it was written in Aramaic, in Latin, and in Greek. So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, "Do not write, 'The King of the Jews,' but rather, 'This man said, I am King of the Jews.'" Pilate answered, "What I have written I have written."

When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his garments and divided them into four parts, one part for each soldier; also his tunic. But the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom, so they said to one another, "Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be." This was to fulfill the Scripture which says, "They divided my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots."

So the soldiers did these things, but standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold, your son!" Then he said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother!" And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.

The Death of Jesus After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), "I thirst." A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, "It is finished," and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Mandatum Novum Do Vobis.

John 13:34-35

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."

Open Arms.

At Deaddrifts we believe - fiercely - in legal immigration. To believe otherwise is, well, anti American. So, please, come to America and live your dream. Just play by the rules: don't take "cuts" in the line, tell us you're here, pay your taxes, and obey our laws.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Another Job a Michigander Wouldn't Take?

Example 2: Construction Worker. $22 an hour, plus benefits. Yes, illegal foreign workers get these jobs - about 14% of this workforce is illegal.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Current Research.

The justification used incessantly for illegal foreign workers is that they just "do the work that other Americans won't do". Given the Michigan unemployment rate, which is nearly 50% higher than the national rate, this claim really needs close scrutiny. Deaddrifts will investigate the types of jobs in which illegal foreign workers can be found, and consider whether a Michigander if offered such job would take it.

Example 1: Housecleaner. The rate for 4 hours of work for independent housecleaners in our neck of the woods is at least $60, or $15 an hour, and $20 an hour is common. This is a good wage. Disclaimer: Deaddrifts' household member has worked such a job, so we're not above doing it.