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An Immigrant's Musings - November 2014



GOP to Deliver Immigration Reform


As I began my reflections this month my eye was drawn to an on-line blog with the caption: Can the Republicans deliver on Immigration reform? With less than a month before we go to cast our votes it is a good question to ask. The answer depends of course on whether the GOP can take control of both houses following the mid-term elections.


Right now the polls suggest that there is a great chance of the Republican Party taking charge of both chambers. No sensible punter would bet against them holding on to their majority in the House. The Senate is certainly within their reach, however, at this stage the result is too close to call.


One wonders if the GOP should they take control of the Senate, will they deliver an overhaul of our immigration system. The party is aware (as we have often note in the past) that without the support the Hispanic community they have no real chance of taking back the White House in 2016. Will the strong right wing section of the party, controlled by the "tea party" change their view of "illegals" and support "amnesty" for the undocumented? I guess gentle reader, we will just have to wait and see.


On a different note, my attention was draw this week to a service that has been launched by a fellow Clare man called Alan Foudy: Funerals Live. The following is taken from their website http://funeralslive.ie/.  It offers families the option to record their loved ones funeral service to include family and friends who are unable to make it in person. We offer mourners the opportunity to take part in the grieving process through a secure online viewing system. With the families permission we record the funeral service and make it available within a few hours through a secure online portal.


The ceremony can only be viewed by those who have received a specific password to ensure high levels of privacy. We aim to provide a professional and discreet service which respects the sensitivity of the occasion, conducting our work from an appropriate distance so as not to disrupt the ceremony.




The Falcon & The Branch


Once there was a king who received a gift of two magnificent falcons. They were peregrine falcons, the most beautiful birds he had ever seen. He gave the precious birds to his head falconer to be trained.


Months passed, and one day the head falconer informed the king that though one of the falcons was flying majestically, soaring high in the sky, the other bird had not moved from its branch since the day it had arrived.

The king summoned healers and sorcerers from all the land to tend to the falcon, but no one could make the bird fly.


He presented the task to the member of his court, but the next day, the king saw through the palace window that the bird had still not moved from its perch.


Having tried everything else, the king thought to himself, "May be I need someone more familiar with the countryside to understand the nature of this problem." So he cried out to his court, "Go and get a farmer."


In the morning, the king was thrilled to see the falcon soaring high above the palace gardens. He said to his court, "Bring me the doer of this miracle."


The court quickly located the farmer, who came and stood before the king. The king asked him, "How did you make the falcon fly?"


With his head bowed, the farmer said to the king, "It was very easy, your highness. I simply cut the branch where the bird was sitting."





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