Hogwash Volume 32

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December 2014
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Immigration News: Executive Actions (and Inaction Too)   

 

On November 20 President Obama announced a series of executive actions affecting the nation’s immigration system, extending protection from deportation to an estimated 4.3 million unauthorized immigrants currently in the U.S.

 

The President’s new plan includes an extension of the 2012 program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which granted temporary work authorization and relief from deportation to certain unauthorized immigrants who entered the U.S. as children before 2007, often referred to as “DREAMers” after the ill-fated DREAM Act (one of the many botched congressional attempts at immigration reform over the past decade-plus). Under the newly announced executive actions, protection for “childhood arrivals” will extend to those who entered the U.S. under the age of 16 before 2010.

 

Additionally, certain immigrant parents who arrived in the U.S. before 2010 and have at least one child who is a U.S. citizen or green card holder will be spared from deportation, and allowed to work legally and pay taxes. This new program is called Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA).

 

The protections offered by these executive orders are not permanent; the employment authorizations and relief from deportation are only valid for three years (possibly less, depending on how the next president feels about these measures). Many observers expect that only a small share of eligible immigrants will “come out of the shadows” and sign up, because the benefits offered are only temporary and do not provide a path to legal permanent residency, much less U.S. citizenship.

 

Other criticism of the new policies comes from the high-tech industry. The President announced a plan to help foreign students and recent graduates of U.S. schools in the so-called STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) to remain in the country for a few years after graduation. But high-tech companies have complained that the executive actions will not solve their greatest concern: a shortage of skilled, experienced workers needed to push that industry forward.

 

This shortage exists because of caps on the number of visas available to foreign skilled workers. In recent years, less than half of those who applied for such visas in a given year received one, with the yearly quota exhausted in a matter of days. Senior administration officials claim that the President does not have the authority to raise visa caps, so he didn’t. And, with Congress unlikely to work towards reform, those who see immigration as a potential boost to the U.S. economy will have to wait a little longer.

 

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) expect to begin accepting applications for the newly announced programs by mid-February. In the meantime, individuals who think they may be eligible for one or more of the new initiatives are encouraged to begin gathering documentation now. If you or someone you know needs immigration help, please contact ROSI & GARDNER, P.C.

Issue: 32           
In This Issue
Immigration News: Executive Actions
Who’s Your Favorite Underdog?
Beware of Falling Snow and Ice
Puffing About the Neck . . .
Whose Bank are you, anyway?
Karen’s Home Cooking

 

Who’s Your Favorite Underdog?

      

In 1976, “National Underdog Day” was proclaimed to honor those everyday heroes who hail not from a class of wealth or aristocracy, but from the common worker, from “everyman” (and, we would hasten to add, “everywoman”). Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger jump to mind here . . . 

 

Reportedly the term “underdog” originated in the building industries, when wood planks, called “dogs” were being handled and processed in great numbers. The work crew bosses, who worked “above” the planks were sometimes called “overdogs” while the common laborers, who worked below the planks, where it was often dark, dirty, and sawdust-filled, were referred to as “underdogs.”

 

This year, December 19 is their day. Tout the virtues of your favorite “Dr. Watson,” Herv Villechaize, Katniss, or other unsung heroine. Who is your favorite underdog? Send an email to info@rosigardner.comwith the name of your favorite underdog and we’ll publish some of our favorite responses in next month’s “Hogwash!” 

Beware of Falling Snow and Ice

 

It may seem tempting on these unseasonable autumn days when Mother Nature has chosen to make large, unseasonable deposits that some many affectionately refer to as snow (but which others may have less polite names) to voluntarily help out your employer and tackle the mess.

 

Beware before you begin – our Court of Appeals has suggested that such is not, necessarily, a good idea.

 

In a past snow season a conscientious employee sought to remove ice and snow from his employer’s roof when Mother Nature applied the age old rule of gravity. Gravity always – at least almost always – wins.

 

Yes, as you may have guessed, the ice and snow landed upon our hero causing grievous injuries. As an employee he sought to sue the owner of the building, not his employer, for damages. The court, in a two to one decision, ruled that the injuries to our hero were directly caused by his own actions. Rather than being an invitee to whom the building owner had a high duty to protect, our hero became, by his actions, a licensee to whom those duties did not apply.

 

The distinction between invitee and licensee were not well received by our hero’s attorneys so perhaps the matter will be addressed further by the Supreme Court. In the meantime, be warned that a Good Deed seldom goes Unpunished.

Puffing About the Neck . . . 

 

 

It’s National Neck Tie Month. For us at Rosi & Gardner it’s part of our uniform; we must wear it when entering a court room.

 

Why, though, must a long, knotted piece of cloth hang, from around our necks, to our belt buckle? (Or, for the more refined, be tied in a bow around our necks?)

 

Like all things fashionable, ties have their source . . . . in the military, right?! Okay, perhaps it’s not the fount of all fashion movements, but the military is the source of the neck tie. It appears likely that it has its first European noticeable source in the cravat, a scarf knotted at the necks of Croatian mercenaries hired during the reign of Louis XIII in France. Common enlisted men usually had cravats of coarse cloth, while officers wore ones of fine silk or linen as part of their military kit. Speculation is that Cravat is a mispronunciation of “Croat.”

 

The cravat did serve to distinguish, visually, the regiment of mercenaries that were hired to defend the French. Of course while they were in France, Parisians noticed the unusual “adornments” at their necks . . . and the predecessor of the “tie” (as they came to be know, because there were a number of knots that could be used to denote one’s own “style”) soon spread throughout Western Europe.

 

As the tie evolved, it took on particular use and significance in Britain. Ties in patterns of “regimental stripes” were used, quite literally, as emblems of different military regiments. The colors woven into one’s tie denote his regiment. These same patterns, in school colors, even came to be used by educational and professional institutions (Royal Colleges, Inns of Court, etc.). Did you know that true, British Commonwealth regimental stripes run from the wearer’s left shoulder, diagonally toward his right side? Reputedly, when similarly-striped ties were introduced in America in the early 20th century, they were made to run from the right shoulder toward the left side, in part to distinguish them from the regimental stripe ties worn “across the pond.”

 

So, before you buy the man or men in your life a tie for Christmas . . . think just a bit about where that little accessory has come from, and what it might say, to a learned person like you, the one who is wearing it!

Whose Bank are You, Anyway?   

 

How often does it happen that wherever there is an empty building on a corner lot odds are another bank, sometimes with an unfamiliar name, will tear down the old and build anew?

 

Through our history this was not always the case. Indeed, while we were a conglomeration of separate English colonies there were little or no banking facilities that were not connected to Britain.

 

Beginning in the early 1700s each of the original 13 colonies began to print various denominations of paper money, with little or no financial backing. According to A History of Central Banking in the United States from the website of The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, during the Revolution, with no other financial entity available, the Continental Congress authorized the printing of this country s first paper money. These notes, called Continentals, ultimately proved to be worthless.

 

Even before the War was over in February 1782 the Continental Congress recognized that it had many debts to pay. On May 26, 1781 at the urging of Robert Morris of Philadelphia, the Continental Congress chartered the first de facto central bank, the BAN K OF NORTH AMERICA. Shares were sold to the public at $400 each, with an initial offering of 1,000 shares. That was this country s first initial public offering.

 

According to the font of all knowledge, Wikipedia, the BANK OF NORTH AMERICA opened for business on January 4, 1782, and since then has been operating continually, albeit under different names; in turn the BANK OF PENNSYLVANIA, the FIRST PENNSYLVANIA BANK , an element of WELLS FARGO, WACHOVIA and FIRST UNION. This January it will celebrate its 232nd year with its original branch office at the Northwest corner of S. Sixth and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia where it is still open for business.

 

I wonder if the bank will still accept for deposit Continentals.

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Karen’s Home Cooking 

 

Lettuce Pear Cup 

We are getting deeper into the winter season and coming home from work in the dark. It helps my energy level to keep bright light and color flowing from the kitchen. Oranges, lemons, limes, colored peppers and fresh herbs are my winter staples – they bring the plate and the palate to life. I am also sprouting radish and alfalfa seeds for extra pep to my dishes. As always, I’m trying to keep it simple and delicious. May you and yours have a truly Merry Christmas!

 

Fish Sticks                 

1-2 lb. thick fish fillets (cod, halibut or perch) cut into strips

3 Tbsp. sesame seed

3 Tbsp. sunflower seeds

cup corn meal

1/4 cup flour

salt, pepper, dill, cayenne and cream

 

Grind toasted sesame seeds and sunflower seeds. Add to cornmeal and flour. Dip fish filets in cream (or milk), then in the ground flour/seed mixture. Refrigerate for about hour before frying. Saut in a little oil or butter until flaky or bake in the oven. Drizzle with sesame oil and top with fresh parsley and cilantro. Add some lime wedges on the side and for an interesting alternative to Tartar sauce try cranberry sauce mixed with horseradish.

 

Wild Duck Breast Pate

(Thank you to my neighbor for keeping the supply of wild game going).

4 duck breasts (or 3 chicken breasts)

12 oz. pkg. cream cheese

Hot sauce to taste

Diced red onion and garlic cloves

2 Tbsp. mayonnaise

Plenty of finely chopped basil, thyme, parsley

 

Salt and pepper the duck, saut in sunflower oil on high heat for two minutes, then flip and turn heat to medium-low for another five minutes (until juice runs clear). Let it cool. Chop the breasts fine or grind them up. Mix the chopped or ground meat with the cream cheese mixture. Serve on toasted onion bagel or toasted baguette. Add a poached egg and thinly sliced arugula or lettuce if you want to make it a very full meal.

 

Lettuce Pear Cups

3-4 pears, diced

2-3 Tbsp. Balsamic vinegar

1 Tbsp. Lemon juice

Blue cheese

 

Cook the diced pears in balsamic, a little lemon and sugar, until they are soft and dark. Sprinkle on romaine lettuce leaves and top with blue cheese.

                                               

Mixed Salad:

Mix equal parts of chopped carrots, lettuce, celery, cucumber and avocado.

Dressing: Mix the juice of an orange with one clove crushed garlic, sea salt, white pepper and 1/4 cup olive oil.

Add a bright orange Gerbera daisy to your table, a bottle of wine, and the food will definitely taste better!

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