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Immigration…Yesterday and Today…

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 10-07-2015


 E-mail from a friend…Pass it on…Pete
For some reason, people have difficulty structuring their arguments when arguing against supporting the currently proposed immigration revisions. This lady made the argument pretty simple. NOT printed in the Orange County Paper …..
Newspapers simply won’t publish letters to the editor which they either deem politically incorrect (read below) or which do not agree with the philosophy they’re pushing on the public. This woman wrote a great letter to the editor that should have been published; but, with your help, it will get published via cyberspace!
From: “David LaBonte”
My wife, Rosemary, wrote a wonderful letter to the editor of the OC Register which, of course, was not printed. So, I decided to “print” it myself by sending it out on the Internet. Pass it along if you feel so inclined. Written in response to a series of letters to the editor in the Orange County Register:
Dear Editor:
So many letter writers have based their arguments on how this land is made up of immigrants. Ernie Lujan for one, suggests we should tear down the Statue of Liberty because the people now in question aren’t being treated the same as those who passed through Ellis Island and other ports of entry.
Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to people like Mr. Lujan why today’s American is not willing to accept this new kind of immigrant any longer. Back in 1900 when there was a rush from all areas of Europe to come to the United States, people had to get off a ship and stand in a long line in New York and be documented. Some would even get
down on their hands and knees and kiss the ground. They made a pledge to uphold the laws and support their new country in good and bad times. They made learning English a primary rule in their new American households and some even changed their names to blend in with their new home.
They had waved good-bye to their birth place to give their children a new life and did everything in their power to help their children assimilate into one culture. Nothing was handed to them. No free lunches, no welfare, no labor laws to protect them. All they had were the skills and craftsmanship they had brought with them to trade for a future of prosperity.
Most of their children came of age when World War II broke out. My father fought alongside men whose parents had come straight over from Germany, Italy, France and Japan. None of these 1st generation Americans ever gave any thought about what country their parents had come from. They were Americans fighting Hitler, Mussolini and the Emperor of Japan. They were defending the United States of America as one people.
When we liberated France, no one in those villages were looking for the French-American or the German-American or the Irish-American. The people of France saw only Americans. And we carried one flag that represented one country. Not one of those immigrant sons would have thought about picking up another country’s flag and waving it to represent who they were. It would have been a disgrace to their parents who had sacrificed so much to be here. These immigrants truly knew what it meant to be an American. They stirred the melting pot into one red, white and blue bowl.
And here we are with a new kind of immigrant who wants the same rights and privileges. Only they want to achieve it by playing with a different set of rules, one that includes the entitlement card and a guarantee of being faithful to their mother country. I’m sorry, that’s not what being an American is all about. I believe that the immigrants who landed on Ellis Island in the early 1900’s deserve better than that for all the toil, hard work and sacrifice in raising future generations to create a land that has become a beacon for those legally searching for a better life. I think they would be appalled that they are being used as an example by those waving foreign country flags.
And for that suggestion about taking down the Statue of Liberty, it happens to mean a lot to the citizens who are voting on the immigration bill. I wouldn’t start talking about dismantling the United States just yet.
Rosemary LaBonte
I sincerely hope this letter gets read by millions of people all across the nation!

Comment on Pojoaque Pueblo….received a 403 Forbidden…

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 07-07-2015


This is a comment that could not be posted to hesterbooks.com for some reason. So I posted it to make it public…


AMEN! If the Native Americans wish to be responsible American citizens of the current
American Government, they must pay their fair share of taxes administered by the
state, which is an subsidiary of the American Government, in which they live and
do business. After all, they do not hesitate to charge any gamlbler from any
state that darkens their doors a hefty amount, regulated by the state, that
provides a great income for the tribal governments. I do not know about the
Pojoaque Pueblo, the Cities of Gold, and Buffalo Thunder Casinos, but the
casinos of the Choctaw tribal government in Mississippi and Oklahoma do know how
to pad their income regardless of where their patrons live. If they can not live
by the rules and regulations set by the state in which they live, then they can
rebel and continue their fight for independence from the American Government.
Many other states, namely many of those of the former Confederacy, may
eventually do much the
same but for a different reason. The American
government and the American Experiment in democracy will survive only for reason
of its ability to implement and establish principles, rules, and laws hammared
out by compromise in the midst of an honest, free debate in which all parties

Immigrants…Illegal Immigrants…A Big Difference

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 06-07-2015


2 hrs ·     This from my Facebook page this morning….

Why do people confuse immigrants with illegal immigrants…there is a big difference. Immigrants are good and desirable. Illegals immigrants are law breakers.  Immigrants are trying to become honest citizens…. I am not a Donald Trump fan, but I think folks misunderstand what he said or maybe they are just trying to use it to make the Republicans look bad….America has enough trouble trying to provide for our own people who need help…. To you Mexican citizens who wants to work in the United States, well, get your green card and come on. We can use you…but don’t cross the border without one as that is breaking our laws and is a slap in our face…..And my friends of Latino descent who are citizens of the USA stopping the flow of illegals is not a bad thing. The people of Mexico are a wonderful, warm and happy people and are a joy to be around…. You also know that there are many trying to cross our southern border who are not Mexican…Many. You also know that there are those in Mexico that are  crossing the border for illegal activities. Don Trump may not be likeable, but one thing is for sure….He “ain’t stupid.”…..

Conundrum spelled out…

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 03-07-2015


This e-mail forward is from a cousin in Alabama…pretty good…

Free people are not equal.
Equal people are not free.
“A gun is like a parachute. If you need one and don’t have one, you’ll
probably never need one again.”

The definition of the word conundrum is something that is puzzling or

Here are six Conundrums of socialism in the United States of America:

1. America is capitalist and greedy – yet half of the population is
2. Half of the population is subsidized – yet they think they are
3. They think they are victims – yet their representatives run the
4. Their representatives run the government – yet the poor keep
getting poorer!!!
5. The poor keep getting poorer – yet they have things that people in
other countries only dream about.
6. They have things that people in other countries only dream about –
yet they want America to be more like those other countries.
Think about it!!!
And that, my friends, pretty much sums up the USA in the 21st century.

Pojoaque Pueblo…At It Again

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 02-07-2015


Do you remember a few years ago when the Chief of the Pojoaque Pueblo threatened to shut down US Highway 84 that runs through the pueblo if he did not get his way…I don’t remember all the details now but he wanted things his way. Now, the Cities of Gold and Buffalo Thunder Casinos do not want to pay their fair share of taxes to the State of New Mexico. There are 5 other Indian casinos paying the rates set up by the state and are not having a problem with it. The taxpayers of New Mexico or better said, the casino players of New Mexico should boycott both the Cities of Gold and Buffalo Thunder until they pay their fair share….just as the others are doings…let the Fort Sill Apaches have the Pojoaque Pueblo license….That Will Work..

If you receive a 403 forbidden message code on any comments please send a e-mail to phhester6@aol.com and advise me that you have. I am working to repair this as comments have always been welcomed. Thanks, Pete Hester…

update: well, folks who tried to post on this subject matter gets hit with a “403 Forbidden” for some reason. I suppose it’s not who you know but who you pay. E-mail your comments to me at phhester6@aol.com and we will see what else we can do.

Skinny Food, Fat Food….

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 01-07-2015


This morning Sweetie informed me that she needed me to return a couple of cans of food to Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market. I did. I had the receipt and everything. There were two ladies at the customer service desk. They asked how they could help me and I explained that my wife had bought a couple of cans of evaporative milk and when she got home she discovered that they were fat free and she needed regular. The lady asked what the problem was with the items and I told her that these two cans were for skinny people and I needed two cans for fat people…..Well, she was still laughing as I walked back into the store to make the exchange…..Pete

Quote of the Decade….

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 25-06-2015


This is an e-mail from a friend in Dallas:

 “A liberal’s paradise would be a place where everybody has guaranteed employment,

free comprehensive healthcare, free education, free food, free housing, free clothing,

free utilities, and only law enforcement has guns. And believe it or not, such a place

does indeed already exist: It’s called Prison.”


Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Maricopa County, Arizona

Sheriff’s Office

Racists in America….

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 25-06-2015


Are there still racists in America….Yes, even with lots of us trying very hard not to be racist, we are…I am guilty….There I have said it….You mean that you have used the n word Mr. Hester?…Guilty…But have you ever defended some of your black friends, Mr. Hester…Yes, many times I have. Listen, some of the best people I know are black and I still have let them down by being a racist at times…But let me tell you a little secret…Some of the blacks are as bad or worst than me on racism….And I think the President has very racist leaning just as bad as me…Brother Al and Brother Jessie and lots of our news reporters are just as racist as some of us white boys….So, the blacks can preach racism all day, but please point the finger in your own direction about as much as you point toward me. I’m being truthful. We need to work on loving our neighbors, not only on our own streets, but all over town, all over the country…We still have lots of work to do, us whites are as guilty as can be, but you black boys and girls need to examine yourselves also. We got to pray about it…Loving ones we consider unlovable takes lots of time and effort and yes, prayer. ……..Let’s get started…OK?

Kirtland AFB Jet Fuel Spill Cleanup Starts Friday, June 26, 2015…

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 24-06-2015


The leak was discovered in 1999, but some say it has been leaking for decades, but Friday, June 26, clean up starts…so they say. Well, I hope that’s the case….. They will pump the water up out of the aquifer and pipe it about 3 miles to a treatment plant on Kirtland AFB. The cleaned water will be used to water the golf course on the base and after the water meets certain standards, a infiltration system will allow the water to percolate  back into the aquifer. Only one extraction well is pumping now but 2 – 3 others are planned for this year and possibly 4 more wells for 2016. That is good news for the citizens of Albuquerque. We are growing at a tremendous rate and water is absolutely necessary. …The rate of pumping for the present well should be at 100 to 120 gallons per minute starting Friday…That’s a pretty good stream. Thanks to the Air Force Civil Engineering Center in San Antonio, TX along with a team of top Air Force scientists and some folks from the New Mexico State Environment Department….Good job to all of you folks…And thanks…

Warming trend….It’s here….102 degrees In Albuquerque, NM

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 23-06-2015


Ok, now I’m a believer….It is here with the 102 yesterday and 100 plus for today seems to mean we are in a warming trend…and it is reported that this trend will continue into July and usher in the monsoon rains for this year…while I don’t expect monsoons to the extent we see in India, I’m hoping for a quarter inch or so for our area…Yeah, I know…..but brown is our favorite color…well, for a lot of us anyway. Green means flies and mosquitos and other pesky insects and high humidity….some of us humans are difficult to please, aren’t we? I love New Mexico…We know where to look for water when we need to….High mountain steams, a few nice lakes and a mud puddle here and there….Life is good…