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April 28, 2006

Just Say "NO" To a Spanish US Anthem

This is rich:

MIAMI (AP) - British music producer Adam Kidron says that when he came up with the idea of a Spanish-language version of the U.S. national anthem, he saw it as an ode to the millions of immigrants seeking a better life.

So why is he only honoring Spanish-speaking immigrants? (Let's leave the illegal part out of the argument for the moment.) What about Germans? Icelanders? Russians? Peruvians? Brazilians? Swiss? Danes? Poles? People from various African nations?

America is an amalgamation of all of the nationalities listed above and many more. To honor one group over another is just more of the PC nonsense we've come to expect these days, and it's time we put our collective foot down.

This country, as a country, was founded by English-speaking peoples, and those who immigrated here after its founding all learned to speak English. It's not always easy, but as Thomas Jefferson said, "Defend our liberties and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindred and tongues."

Speak whatever at home. But speak English when dealing with other members of the public.

Those of you interested in finding out more on this subject, visit the U.S. English Foundation.

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Celebrity Sighting!

You know, I hardly ever see celebs walking around in NYC, although I know they are everywhere. (I've seen Curtis Sliwa a couple of times, but only because my office is in the same building as WABC Radio).

However, today I saw Nathan Lane at the Tick Tock Diner on the corner of 34th and 8th. He was on his way out, script in hand, and walked by the table my friends and I were at.

Look at me, getting all excited. I'm such a cheeseball!


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Another Reason California Is In the Toilet

This should come as no surprise:

(AP) SACRAMENTO California's state senators on Thursday endorsed Monday's boycott of schools, jobs and stores by illegal immigrants and their allies as supporters equated the protest with great social movements in American history.

By a 24-13 vote that split along party lines, the California Senate approved a resolution that calls the one-day protest the Great American Boycott 2006 and describes it as an attempt to educate Americans "about the tremendous contribution immigrants make on a daily basis to our society and economy."

The word missing in the above statement is ILLEGAL. But why let pesky details get in the way of sucking up to potential voters?

Illegal aliens and their supporters may think they are indispensible to our economy, but that's not necessarily the case. From the Center for Immigration Studies:

It is often suggested that "matching a willing worker with a willing employer" is all that matters when it comes to immigration policy. The fiscal costs of illegal immigration indicate that focusing only on workers and employers is grossly inadequate. If the presence of large numbers of unskilled workers lowers prices for some goods and services, but at the same time increases the burden on taxpayers, then this may not be a good deal for the country. Put simply, the mere fact that employers want more workers, and foreigners wish to work in this country, does not mean that Americans necessarily benefit from their coming. This fact must be considered when formulating policy.

Again, why let pesky details get in the way? Do they really think they'll close our cities for a day? I doubt it. We'll see who's right on Monday.

Crystal has more on the topic.

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let us know at what level you would like to participate.

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News the AP Way

This article about a senate probe into the failures after Katrina via AP is entitled " Katrina Report Again Rips Bush Admin." Note the first two paragraphs (all emphasis mine):

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Senate inquiry into the government's Hurricane Katrina failures ripped the Bush administration anew Thursday and urged the scrapping of the nation's disaster response agency. But with a new hurricane season just weeks away, senators conceded that few if any of their proposals could become reality in time.

The bipartisan investigation into one of the worst natural disasters in the nation's history singled out President Bush and the White House as appearing indifferent to the devastation until two days after the storm hit.

Further in:

It said the Homeland Security Department either misunderstood federal disaster plans or refused to follow them. And it said New Orleans for years had neglected to prepare for large-scale emergencies.

"The suffering that continued in the days and weeks after the storm passed did not happen in a vacuum; instead, it continued longer that it should have because of - and was in some cases exacerbated by - the failure of government at all levels to plan, prepare for and respond aggressively to the storm," concluded the report.

And this paragraph is near the end:

Though the new report singles out officials from New Orleans to Washington for blame - and lambastes Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff in particular - it gives Bush a mixed review for his performance. It credits the president for declaring an emergency before the hurricane's landfall, but faults him for waiting until two days after it hit to return to Washington and convene top officials to coordinate the federal response.

In other words, there was plenty of blame to be passed around, and Bush didn't completely bungle things. Isn't it interesting, though, the way the article is crafted? Casual readers may not have even bothered glancing beyond the headline, let alone the first two paragraphs. "RIPS BUSH ADMINISTRATION" says it all, doesn't it?

Just another example of fair and balanced reporting from your impartial media.

Hat tip: Cookiewrangler

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April 27, 2006

Teddy Kennedy Opposes Wind Farm Project

Via Boston.com:

As record oil prices turn attention to the need for renewable fuels, momentum is building in Congress to buck Senator Edward M. Kennedy's bid to block the proposed Cape Cod wind energy project, potentially reviving efforts to construct the sprawling windmill farm in Nantucket Sound.

The chairman and the top Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee said yesterday that when the bill Kennedy backs that would effectively halt the wind farm comes up for a vote in the Senate, they will object on procedural grounds. They say they'll argue that a renewable energy project shouldn't be lumped in with a bill governing the Coast Guard.


Kennedy rejected suggestions that he doesn't like the wind farm because it would be near his Cape home, and said the project probably wouldn't be visible from the Kennedy compound. He said he's against the project because it would create a range of environmental and navigational problems and would hurt tourism, one of the area's key industries.

Frankly, I think he's against the project because he plans to provide all the power the wind farm would generate from his very own piehole. All of these years being a blowhard are finally paying off for the good senator from Taxachusetts...

"You want wind?"

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Oil and Hypocrisy on the Hill

Important stories such as the influx of illegal aliens and what's going on in Iraq have taken a back seat to the price of gas, which is around $3 a gallon at the pump (a little more, a little less, depending on where you live).

Okay, I'll bite.

What really gets me in the finger pointing that is Congress' favorite game to play, is that they ignore some of the larger issues behind the price of gas: the fact that we aren't allowing oil companies to drill closer to home, the fact that increases in demand in China and India contribute to the higher demand (therefore higher cost) of oil...and the fact that many of us like to drive big cars.

Case in point: the legislators themselves. In this piece over at WaPo, we get an idea as to why those oil prices are so important:

"Since George Bush and Dick Cheney took over as president and vice president, gas prices have doubled!" charged Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), standing at an Exxon station on Capitol Hill where regular unleaded hit $3.10. "They are too cozy with the oil industry."

She then hopped in a waiting Chrysler LHS (18 mpg) -- even though her Senate office was only a block away.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) used a Hyundai Elantra to take the one-block journey to and from the gas-station news conference. He posed in front of the fuel prices and gave them a thumbs-down. "Get tough on big oil!" he demanded of the Bush administration.

Republicans don't get off easily either:

At about the same time, House Republicans were meeting in the Capitol for their weekly caucus (Topic A: gas). The House driveway was jammed with cars, many idling, including eight Chevrolet Suburbans (14 mpg).


Sen. John Sununu (R-N.H.) hopped in a GMC Yukon (14 mpg). Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) climbed aboard a Nissan Pathfinder (15). Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) stepped into an eight-cylinder Ford Explorer (14). Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) disappeared into a Lincoln Town Car (17). Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) met up with an idling Chrysler minivan (18).

Next came Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), greeted by a Ford Explorer XLT. On the Senate floor Tuesday, Menendez had complained that Bush "remains opposed to higher fuel-efficiency standards."

So our Congressional blowhards moan and groan about high oil prices, but continue to tool about our nation's capitol in gas guzzlers. Shouldn't these folks be setting an example to the American people? Aren't they supposed to be leaders?

Then again, we shouldn't be surprised, considering the perks our elected lawmakers are used to. Why should they have to conserve? Such a thing is obviously beneath them, the self-anointed patricians of American society.

Until they begin looking at the real causes behind rising oil prices, and until they decide to set a positive example for the people who look to them for answers, I have no interest in their blustering and lecturing.

This is the sort of nonsense that contributes to the poor approval rating of our Congress these days.



As they say, great minds...Here's Brainster's take on it.

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April 26, 2006

Quote of the Day

I was just over at Brainster, and came across this comment from Gayle, who has her own blog here. The quote was in reaction to the childish remarks made by a leftwinger to Tony Snow's being named the new White House press secretary, but I thought it was a good, overall description of today's left and how they deal with issues that don't go their way:

These are the rantings of overprivileged babies (the baby boom "me" generation of Bill and Hitlery) who didn't get their own way in the 2000 election (or 2004) and have been having a tantrum ever since. No amount of logical proof that they are wrong, no amount of empirical data will change their so-called minds because they "FEEL" they've been cheated and ill-used which has impaired if not obliterated their ability to think rationally. It's pathetic as hell while still infuriating.

Ha ha, I love it! Check out Gayle's blog when you have a moment...she's worth the read.

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More On Illegal Aliens

With the May 1st boycott of schools and businesses in support of illegal immigrants in America looming, there are a lot of hot tempers around.

Here's a sample from comments left right here on this site (copied and pasted exactly):


Notice Carmen says she is a Mexican-American, and stands behind her people.

I find it interesting that she doesn't consider herself an American. But then again, I don't know if she's her legally or not. If she is here legally, her comment is even more disturbing than if she isn't.

Remeber if you are not a native o America you are also an inmigran in some way, I am also an inmigrant like every single one of you.

Milt ignores an important point: Except for a few extreme wackos, the beef most Americans have with this whole "movement" is that these are people who have snuck over our border in violation of our immigration laws, and then they have the audacity to demand rights that are not theirs. We are not anti-immigrant, we are anti-illegal immigrant. This is a crucial difference the rabid pro-illegal crowd is determined to ignore.

Of course we are all of immigrant stock of some kind. (There are theories that even American Indians came over either on a Bering Strait land bridge or possibly by boat -- albeit thousands of years ago.) For anyone to claim otherwise is ludicrous.

However, since 1875, when the Supreme Court of the United States decreed that the regulation of immigration was the responsibility of the federal government, there have been laws to uphold. Not all of those laws over the years have been something to be proud about, but that's why we have legislators who can improve upon outdated ideas.

The point is, we have legislation making illegal for anyone to just waltz over the border without proper documentation/permission. And, if you want to become a citizen, there is a process for that as well. My ancestors did it. And since they did it legally, and I was born here, then I'm a native. Sorry, but there's no two ways about that one.

Oh, and here's a lulu of a comment:

I think the boycott will help all Americans see how much we are needed by them. How can they say we steal jobs when were doing jobs they dont want to do. I don't see them digging holes in streets, or cutting yards..

Why would we dig holes or cut yards when we know we'll be passed over for such work because there are illegals willing to do it for less? Americans love a bargain. By the way, I have no respect for those who deliberately hire illegal aliens on the cheap. Not only are they saying to the illegals, "You aren't worth paying what an American would expect," but they're saying to everyone else, "We're above such petty concerns as checking for green cards or visas. As people with money and oversized egos, we are above the law."

Illegal aliens cost us more than they supposedly save us. For example, hospitals in and around the border area are closing because they can no longer aborb the cost of treating illegals who cannot pay. School budgets are bursting at the seams, paying to educate children whose parents do not contribute to said school budget. And so on and so on.

I'd like to close my rant with the following question. I hope someone can answer it for me:

Why is it that the same people who are screaming that we shouldn't outsource jobs overseas because it's taking employment away from Americans seem to think it's okay for illegal aliens to come over and take jobs away from Americans who would do them -- if the pay scale was not being artificially lowered by greedy employers and illegals who are willing to do just about anything for pennies?


More: Debbie at Right Truth notes that high gas prices are eclipsing the illegal alien stories in the news. Does the MSM have ADHD?

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let me know at what level you would like to participate.

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Spinning: It's More Than Just an Exercise Class!

From Drudge:

Gym Instructor Mocks Bush In Front Of First Daughters
Tue Apr 25 2006 10:32:05 ET

A spinning instructor at Washington, DC's Sports Club/LA mocked President Bush without realizing (believe it or not) that a first daughter was in his class!

ROLL CALL reports: The instructor, Glenn Makl, is said to be horrified to learn after class that the president's daughter Jenna was there to hear his making fun of President Bush and handing out of a video clip compilation of some of the president's more memorable gaffes and malapropisms.

Jenna Bush was working out at the club with her boyfriend, who later complained about the politcal ranting of the trainer, a source tells the DRUDGE REPORT.


What the h*ll is a spinning instructor doing making political statements during class? I doubt that's what the people were there for. I hope he's horrified. And, I hope he is thoroughly embarrassed. While I doubt he'll get fired over the incident, no doubt his employers will be angry about the adverse publicity for the club over this, and will make things quite uncomfortable for him.

What a doofus.

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April 24, 2006

File This Under: What News?

This is news?

PRESIDENT George Bush can’t get no satisfaction — after Mick Jagger grabbed his hotel room.

The Rolling Stone splashed out £3,600 a night for the suite days before the US leader tried to book it.

Now Mick, 62, who has been a fierce critic of the Bush-led war in Iraq, is refusing to give it up.

Oy! The newsworthiness factor of this story, on a scale of 1 to 10, barely makes it as a 1.

First come, first served. End of story.

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Rewriting American History

I was away over the weekend. My husband and I went to Long Island (or, as we from Connecticut like to call it, Connecticut's Hurricane Barrier ;-)) for a bar mitzvah. We ate so much food I felt ill when we got home last night. But my gluttony is not the subject of this post.

At our hotel, hubby was flipping through the TV channels, looking for something suitable to watch while we killed time (we settled on Shrek 2...great flick). While he was flipping, we caught a portion of an "educational cartoon" which depicted the swearing-in of George Washington as our first president.

Normally I would think such an effort worthy (despite the cheesy animation). Kids today aren't learning enough about our country's history. This time, I was appalled.

I don't know what the channel was. I don't know what the cartoon was called. But what I do know is that the creators of the cartoon are trying to rewrite history. How do I know this, despite only watching about one minute of it?

In the crowd of folks watching Washington be sworn into office were various black people. Not slaves, mind you, but well-dressed "free folk" black people. In fact, there was a well-dressed black man on the balcony with Washington, among those who I am guessing were part of Washington's inner circle.

(One wonders why other ethnicities were not included in the crowd. No Asians? No Hispanics? What gives here?)

By sanitizing our history, the cartoon makers are doing everyone involved a terrible disservice. Yes, there were black people in America at the time of Washington's inauguration...but very few of them were freemen. The majority were slaves. Washington himself owned them, and they weren't freed until his death. That is the ugly truth of it, and it's one our nation eventually faced and did something about. It is very unlikely that, at Washington's inauguration, well-dressed blacks would be standing about unmolested, watching the event with smiles just like everyone else.

Making historical events look multicultural when they were not is not a road we should go down. Sugarcoating history, either to whitewash the ugly parts or to give it a fake balance, gives impressionable students the wrong information. Good intentions mean nothing when the facts are misrepresented.

(If any of my readers know anything about this cartoon, please leave a comment with some more information. In hindsight, I wish I had continued to watch so I could get more information about the creators, but as I was away from home for an enjoyable event, I wasn't in the mood for anything but mindless entertainment.)

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April 21, 2006

Liberalism Defined

According to Rachel Marsden, the EU wants to redefine the term "Islamic terrorism" to:

"Terrorists who abusively invoke Islam." According to the EU Observer, other terms under review include "jihad," "Islamist," and "fundamentalist."

Marsden has come up with her own definitions of liberal terminologies. You'll love 'em!

One of my favorites:

Environmentalists: Celebrities who brag about their environmentally friendly hybrid cars while tooling around the world in gas-guzzling private jets. Liberals who can't afford a car also use this label so they don't appear pathetic to friends.

Hat tip: GD

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T-Shirt Ruling Disturbing

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against a California student the right to wear a t-shirt to school that says the following:

"Be Ashamed, Our School Embraced What God Has Condemned'' (on the front) and "Homosexuality Is Shameful'' (on the back)

The ruling is as follows:

"We conclude that'' Poway High School student Tyler Harper's wearing of his T-shirt " 'collides with the rights of other students' in the most fundamental way,'' wrote 9th Circuit Judge Stephen Reinhardt, quoting a passage from Tinker vs. Des Moines Independent Community School District, a seminal U.S. Supreme Court decision on the free speech rights of students.

"Public school students who may be injured by verbal assaults on the basis of a core identifying characteristic such as race, religion, or sexual orientation have a right to be free from such attacks while on school campuses. As Tinker clearly states, students have the right to 'be secure and to be let alone,' '' Reinhardt said.

"Being secure involves not only the freedom from physical assaults but from psychological attacks that cause young people to question their self-worth and their rightful place in society. The 'right to be let alone' has been recognized by the Supreme Court … as the most comprehensive of rights and the right most valued by civilized men,'' Reinhardt said.

In other words, certain groups of people are being told that they are guaranteed the right not to have their feelings hurt.

Isn't that what this is all about?

One caveat: I believe that schools have the right to enforce dress codes. However, if they are going to enforce it against one group, they should be even-handed. Giving preference to one group over another isn't they way to go about it.

Here's a scenario: Anti-Bush t-shirts can be seen just about anywhere in this country. If President Bush took it into his head to sue the wearers and/or the manufacturers of such shirts because it was a "psychological attack that caused him to question his self-worth in our society," the suit would be tossed out faster than yesterday's newspaper. And I would agree: freedom of speech should not be trumped by hurt feelings. (In any case, the president has more to worry about than malicious malcontents wearing obnoxious t-shirts.)

That's not to say that a t-shirt saying "this (insert person/group) must die" or other such violent vitriol should be tolerated. It's one thing to criticize. It's another thing to threaten violence. This is where any civilized society should draw the line.

It's also not to say that people shouldn't think twice about what message they choose to broadcast to the general public. I don't think it's a good thing to go out of your way to offend someone else...but to demand such compliance is another matter entirely. Especially when, as an example, the student in question was offended by pro-gay issues being openly discussed at his school.

What about his being offended? What about his rightful place in society? What about his religious beliefs, which are what prompted him to wear the shirt? Are they not worth defending? No one seems to worry about the feelings of a Christian who believes homosexuality is a sin.

And therein lies the problem. By elevating the status of one special interest group over another, we are giving lie to the very foundations our country was built on. The First Amendment rights of a student who believes homosexuality to be sinful have been trampled in an effort to keep homosexual students from getting their feelings hurt.

No matter who you are or what you do, not everyone is going to like you and/or agree with your actions. This is a lesson that everyone needs to learn at an early age. By banning certain t-shirts at school, certain students are being told that their feelings are more important than someone else's rights.

That is an extremely disturbing trend.

hat tip: Memeorandum

Other views: Betsy's Page, Blue Crab Boulevard, Orrin Kerr, The Volokh Conspiracy

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April 20, 2006

Muslim Students Taught Nonbelievers are Filth

And this is surprising why? Via Drudge:

MUSLIM students training to be imams at a British college with strong Iranian links have complained that they are being taught fundamentalist doctrines which describe nonMuslims as “filth”.

The Times has obtained extracts from medieval texts taught to the students in which unbelievers are likened to pigs and dogs. The texts are taught at the Hawza Ilmiyya of London, a religious school, which has a sister institution, the Islamic College for Advanced Studies (ICAS), which offers a degree validated by Middlesex University.

Strong links to Iran? Who would have thought it possible?

The article says the students wish to remain anonymous. Who can blame them? At least they're speaking out.

The text is one of a number of books that some students say they find “disturbing” and “very worrying”. Their spokesman told The Times: “They are being exposed to very literalist interpretations of the Koran. These are interpretations that would not be recognised by 80 or 90 per cent of Muslims, but they are being taught in this school.

One of the teachers passes the buck:

Dr Bahmanpour said: “We just read the text and translate for them, but as I said I do not deal with the book on purity. We have left that to the discretion of the teacher whether he wants to teach it or not.

“The idea is not to teach them jurisprudence because most of the fatwas of Muhaqiq are not actually conforming with the fatwa of our modern jurists. The idea is that they would be able to read classical texts and that is all.”

Here's the doctrine in question:

‘The water left over in the container after any type of animal has drunk from it is considered clean and pure apart from the left over of a dog, a pig, and a disbeliever’

‘There are ten types of filth and impurities: urine, faeces, semen, carrion, blood of carrion, dogs, pigs, disbelievers’

‘When a dog, a pig, or a disbeliever touches or comes in contact with the clothes or body [of a Muslim] while he [the disbeliever] is wet, it becomes obligatory- compulsory upon him [the Muslim] to wash and clean that part which came in contact with the disbeliever’

You gotta love that tolerance!

I have a strong suspicion that fundamentalist Islamists, including terrorists, are getting much of their funding from Iran. This possibility should be explored. Will it happend? Or will we continue to worry more about appeasement and the appearance of tolerance in this touchy-feely world?

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April 19, 2006

How Sorry Is She?

Michelle Malkin reports that the NKU professor who encouraged students to join her in pulling down an anti-abortion/pro-life display of crosses (a display sanctioned by NKU) has now apologized...sort of. In an interview with a local television station, Professor Sally Jacobsen had this to say:

"I deeply regret my impulsive action in dismantling that display."


"I really love NKU and care very much about my students and don't want them to be harmed. It was a mistake of judgment for me to invite my students to participate in that action. At this point, I really want the university to be able to defuse the firestorm of attention around this."

I guess I'm a skeptic, but I have a feeling her being sorry has more to do with the fact that the university actually took action and suspended her, rather than using the old "academic freedom" tack that we've come to expect from our institutes of higher education of late.

There is still the possibility of charges being brought against Jacobsen by the group that sponsored the display (which has been restored). It's not certain if the students who participated will face charges. Frankly, I'd like for them to receive some sort of punishment, even just community service of some sort. They need to realize that their actions have consequences. Hiding behind the "she said we should do it" excuse might hold for young children, but college students should be a little more responsible.

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May 1st Boycott by Illegal Aliens Cancelled?

I guess they are worried about possible backlash against their cause. Sorry, but we're already mad.

The Uncooperative Blogger has the details.

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Whistleblowers VS Leakers

Jonah Goldberg's column on Town Hall today explains the difference to the uninitiated.

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Just Another Day for Michael Moore's Minutemen

This is one of the most horrendous things I have heard about lately:

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Separate groups of gunmen entered two primary schools in Baghdad on Wednesday and beheaded two teachers in front of their students, the Ministry of State for National Security said.

"Two terrorist groups beheaded two teachers in front of their students in the Amna and Shaheed Hamdi primary schools in Shaab district in Baghdad," a ministry statement said.

A ministry official said he believed the attacks were aimed at "intimidating pupils and disrupting learning."

This is called killing two birds with one stone: getting rid of teachers who are trying to bring their students into the 21st century, and showing the kids that if they try to improve their lives in a way the terrorists don't approve, a grisly death awaits.

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, folks.


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An Incredibly Good Article About Brit Hume

Brit Hume, who has been a part of the Washington DC news scene for about 30 years, has garnered the respect of many.

Including, it would seem, Howard Kurtz at the Washington Post.

Most of the time it's quite difficult for conservatives of any stripe to get a fair shake over at WaPo, but Kurtz has written an unusually balanced piece about the man who helped make FOX News a household brand.

There are a few "I can't help myself" kind of comments by Kurtz (criticisms that he makes about conservative journalists could be turned right around and used against leftist journalists, for example). Overall, though, I think you'll agree that the article is an accurate reflection of Hume as a man and as a journalist.
Read it and see if you don't agree.


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April 18, 2006

Today's CAII Roundup

There's just so much going on in this coalition that I find it hard to keep up! Here are a couple of posts you'll want to check out today:

Two states, two ways of dealing with illegal aliens. Random Thoughts of Yet Another Military Member has the details.

We already have a guest worker program. Didn't know? Find out more at Right Truth.

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Employers Encourage Illegals

This story from the Washington Times clearly illustrates the need to punish employers who hire illegal aliens:

SASABE, Mexico -- A growing number of U.S. employers in need of cheap labor are turning to illegal workers to recruit friends and relatives back home, and to smugglers to find job seekers.

"It continues to become clear who controls immigration: It's not governments, but rather the market," said Jorge Santibanez, director of the Tijuana think tank Colegio de la Frontera Norte.

When Pedro Lopez Vazquez crossed illegally into the United States last week, he already had a job.

His future employer even paid $1,000 for a smuggler to help Mr. Vazquez make his way from the central Mexican city of Puebla to Aspen, Colo.

"We're going to Colorado to work in carpentry because we have a friend who was going to give us a job," Mr. Vazquez said.

Mr. Vazquez, 41, was interviewed along the Arizona border after being deported twice by the U.S. Border Patrol. He said he would keep trying until he got to Aspen.

Read the rest of the article and you will see that Vazquez's case is far from being unusual.

Let's face it. If illegal aliens had no jobs to come to, they would stay put. Why would they take the risk of sneaking over if they were unsure of being able to find work?

I'm all for capitalism. But I'm not for capitalism that circumvents the law in order to save a few bucks by hiring illegal aliens who drive the wage level down for American citizens because they're desperate enough to work for peanuts. Enforce the law by not only deporting illegals immediately when caught, but throw the book at employers who offer them a job knowing they are not here legally.

Entering the country illegally is currently a misdemeanor, but aiding and abetting is a felony. Get the employers and we may have a better chance of stemming the tide.

Hat tip: GD

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let me know at what level you would like to participate.

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Deport His Sorry A**

Sorry, but this kind of cr@p isn't funny:

A Purdue University graduate student was arrested and charged with threatening to kill President George W. Bush, Laura Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

Vikram Buddhi allegedly posted the detailed and threatening messages on an online message board.

Buddhi has been studying industrial engineering at the university, having moved temporarily from India to his new home in West Lafayette 10 years ago on a student visa. He was originally hired as a teaching assistant in the math department but was removed from that position and is now a teaching assistant in the industrial engineering department.

Since this is a very busy time for college students, being immersed in studying for their upcoming finals, Buddhi’s attorney John Martin said he hopes his client will be released from jail Wednesday following his detention hearing so he can return to studying.

Buddhi told investigators he posted the message, along with other derogatory messages aimed at the president, but Martin said Buddhi’s actions should be covered by the First Amendment since Buddhi would have never actually carried out his threats.

In the various messages posted, Buddhi urged the Web site’s readers to bomb the United States and for them to rape American and British women and mutilate them, according to court documents. Other messages called for the killing of all Republicans.

“What was allegedly said certainly is derogatory and may be inflammatory,” Martin said. “But there’s no real serious threat more than it was chat on the Web.”

Buddhi allegedly posted his messages on a Yahoo finance board dedicated to Sirius Satellite radio, a site that receives 2 million to 3 million hits a day, Martin said. A concerned citizen contacted the Secret Service office in Dallas to report that a subject was posting threatening messages about Bush, according to the criminal complaint filed in Hammond’s federal court and unsealed Monday.

Buddhi was arrested Friday and told investigators he is not suffering from any mental illnesses nor is he taking any illegal or prescription drugs.

I wonder how his lawyer would feel if it was his name up there instead of President Bush's.

Oh, and I like how his busy study schedule got him out of jail. Like he couldn't read a book in his cell?

How many people would have taken the 9/11 hijackers seriously had they heard any similar comments from them on 9/10/01?


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April 17, 2006

My Beef with Movie Theaters

I took today off (my kids are off for Easter vacation...oops, it's now called "spring break") and took the girls to see Ice Age: The Meltdown. It was a fun film, just about as good as the original. We all enjoyed it.

Here's what I didn't enjoy about the outing:

*Paying $19 ($7 for me and $6 each for the kids) to see 10-15 minutes worth of commercials and previews. In fact, I think this time there were more commercials than there were previews.

*Having to tell my 10-year-old over and over that I'd rather take them out for ice cream after the movie than spend another $20 or so on snacks.

*Listening to the little kids next to us who simply wouldn't shut up during the most exciting part of the movie (whose parents obviously had no control over them)...not to mention the guy behind us who burped loudly. Whatever happened to civility and manners?

*Why on earth are all the cartoons these days voiced over by actors who I don't usually even want to see in the flesh? It used to be we loved the character...now we just go to see (insert celebrity name here) as (insert cartoon character here). But that's a different post subject entirely...

Needless to say, we don't go to the movies often, as I don't enjoy spending my hard-earned money for (often) mediocre films while having advertisements and rude fellow audience members ruin the experience for me.

Thanks for letting me get that out of my system!

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Freedom of Expression for All but Conservatives

Three cheers for our universities! Now not even librarians can recommend conservative tomes for fear of being investigated on trumped up charges of sexual harassment:

Scott Savage is a reference librarian at OSU Mansfield and a member of the school’s First Year Reading Experience Committee. After suggesting that students read “The Marketing of Evil” by David Kupelian, “The Professors” by David Horowitz, “Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis” by Bat Ye’or, and “It Takes a Family” by Sen. Rick Santorum, Savage was put under “investigation.”

The Alliance Defense Fund reports that three professors filed a complaint of discrimination and harassment against Savage because the list of books he suggested made them feel “unsafe.”

Unsafe? A book list made these professors, these enlightened educators who are supposed to be champions of learning and freedom of expression, feel unsafe?

The only thing unsafe about the books suggested is the fact that the students who read them might get a different point of view than the professors want them to. And we certainly can't have anything but groupthink happening on our campuses today.

This bit is on the university's website:

“…we celebrate and learn from our diversity and we value individual differences. Academic freedom is defended within an environment of civility, tolerance, and mutual respect.”

This is quite obviously a load of BS so that parents feel good about sending their kids there.

Why bother with a sexual harassment investigation? It's so time consuming, and probably costs the university money that would be better spent erecting a monument to Karl Marx. Why not just gather all the conservative books in the library and have a good old fashioned, jolly book burning? (I'll bring the marshmallows.)

At least that would be an honest way of dealing with the situation.

How our universities deal with conservative thought

More at: The Bullwinkle Blog


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CAII Action

The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration has been quite busy. Here are a couple of recent posts you'll want to check out:

Joey, a new member, writes of a recently deported illegal who was the "voice of her people."

Brian Bonner discusses Newt Gingrich's advice to Republicans on illegal immigration.

I myself am working on an interview with a good friend of mine who was once a LEGAL immigrant and is now a citizen. I hope to have it posted within a couple of days.

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Neil Young Produces Anti-Bush Album

Talk about taking hatred of President Bush to the extreme: Neil Young, aging hippie and poster boy for the self-absorbed baby boomer generation, has produced an entire album aimed at bashing Bush and the war in Iraq.

"I just finished a new record - a power trio with trumpet and 100 voices," the 60-year-old says in a ticker-tape message posted at the bottom of his official website. "Metal folk protest? It's called Living with the War."

Further details about the album came from Jonathan Demme, the film maker who produced the recently released documentary Heart of Gold about the singer-songwriter. "Neil just finished writing and recording - with no warning - a new album called Living With War," he told the music magazine Harp by e-mail. "It all happened in three days ... It is a brilliant electric assault, accompanied by a 100-voice choir, on Bush and the war in Iraq ... Truly mind blowing. Will be in stores soon."

That's a really great trick: being able to use the present to live in the past. Pass the bong and rally round the peace sign as we declare war on authority!

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April 14, 2006

Light Posting Today...

I have today off, and am using the opportunity to clean my house and get my taxes done (yeah, yeah, I'm a classic procrastinator).

Hope to have time to post later...if not, over the weekend!

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April 13, 2006

Al Gore Should Read Geosciblog

Before he gives another speech about the threat of global warming, Al Gore should read Joe's discussions of the subject on geosciblog.

Here's his latest post about how much man and technology really contribute to the changes of the Earth's climate.

His extensive background in geology (he lists his credentials at the top of his blog) give his views much more credibility than your average blogger. Why don't you head on over and see for yourself?

And be sure to tell Al.

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A Picture Says a Thousand Words

This saying has never been truer when seeing the evil wrought in the name of radical Islam.

Reverse_Vampyr has some chilling photos which remind us that the "religion of peace" could use better PR than is being supplied by CAIR and the MSM.

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School Dress Code: Patriotism Taboo

Lots of folks have been getting riled up about the illegal immigration protests that have been taking place within the last week. It's funny how the people who should be protesting (those who WANT reform) aren't...guess we all have to go to work or do other productive things with our time.

Fallout from the uproar includes some schools that have banned any kind of flag waving or clothing that smacks of patriotism for fear of causing unrest within their schools. Safety, they say, is their first priority.

Part of me can understand that. School administrators are indeed charged with keeping as safe an environment as possible for their students. But how far should we go? It's a sad day in our nation when children are banned from wearing the colors of our flag because we're afraid that immigrant children (illegal or otherwise) might be offended by such a blatant show of patriotism.

To quote Jerry Seinfeld: What's up with that?

It used to be that everyone who came to our country wanted to become a part of it, and were be proud to wave our flag and its colors. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and we have the multiculturalist crowd to thank for it. By making a big deal about "cultural identity" as opposed to "American identity," we have created not a proud citizenry, but a bunch of small special interest groups who see themselves as (insert nationality here) before they see themselves as Americans...if they see themselves as Americans at all.

The Mad Pigeon is, not surprisingly, mad about this situation. As a captain in the US Air Force, he has even more reason to find this situation both repulsive and insulting. Here, he addresses Myla Shepard, principal of Shaw Heights Middle School in Colorado, one of the schools that has placed such a ban on patriotic clothing, etc.

Well, Myla... you're durned [PIGEONED] right I'm going to contact you with some questions! Just what kind of politically correct leftist institution are you running there? Did you cancel the Pledge of Allegiance, too? Take down the flag in the front? Do you even HAVE a flag pole? How about canceling classes on American History and Government since they might offend the fragile self esteem of your non-American students? Is this a convenient way to sweep an issue under the rug as to cover the students' eyes from a potentially powerful learning event?


But silly me, I forget we're a reactive society. One kid gets a boo boo on the playground and asphalt gets outlawed. Heaven forbid little Bobby engages in conflict with Nancy over a flag, since conflict is bad. Despite the fact conflict leads to change, creativity, debate, enlightenment, etc. But who am I to argue? I'm just a guy who signed up to die for my country and give you the right to tear down all the symbols I cherish.

Indeed. We have come to expect that other countries are eager to paint America in a negative light. But when such negativity comes from within, and is directed at our children, what kind of message are we sending? That pride for your own country should play second fiddle to the sensibilities of others who are residing here? Some of whom, by the way, weren't even invited.

For more on illegal immigration, check out Flight Pundit.

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email me and let me know at what level you would like to participate.**

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Libby: Plame's Name Not Authorized for Leak

From Bloomberg.com:

A former top administration official said President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney authorized him to discuss with reporters intelligence on Iraq's weapons program and didn't authorize leaking a CIA agent's name.

Former Cheney chief of staff I. Lewis ``Scooter'' Libby, in documents filed late last night in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, said Bush and Cheney only authorized him to disclose once-classified details from a National Intelligence Estimate paper that they believed supported the president's claims that Iraq was attempting to buy nuclear material in Niger.

Will this be the top story on the "major" networks? Don't bet the farm.

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April 11, 2006

Why Don't We Counterprotest?

Mary Grabar knows:

While thousands of illegal aliens and their supporters converge in major American cities waving Mexican flags and signs in Spanish, polls show the vast majority of Americans opposed to their demands.

So why don’t we protest? Why not simply show our strength and wave the American flag and signs in English?

For one thing, we’re keeping the country going. We can’t afford to lose our jobs. We are neither the elites of the alternate universes of the academy and major media, nor are we “artists” supported by tax dollars or trust funds. We are not the beneficiaries of the tax-payer supported largesse that these elites are agitating for on behalf of the illegals. We are not high school teachers who through the brainwashing of our educational system believe that participating in mob protest is a good civics lesson. As the evening news has shown, many of the protestors are jubilant, defiant school children playing hookey and getting taxpayer-funded school buses to take them back to school.

Read the rest.

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Coalition Against Illegal Immigration

As you'll see in my right sidebar, I have joined with a coalition: the Coaltion Against Illegal Immigration. The posts I create are sent to a central "clearing house," and I link posts by other members.

I'm still new to this, and so am a bit behind in my linking. Here's a listing of some of the latest postings about illegal immigration by coalition members:

From Commonsense America: An Open Letter to Our Elected Officials

From Democratica: Where Illegal Immigration Is Taking Us

From My Country-My View: Houston Area Polls Show Immigration Rift Rising

I'll try to do a better job of keeping up. There's a lot of information out there!

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French Students Protest, Despite Victory

Why? Because it's better than working.

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April 10, 2006

Kos Notices Blogs 4 Heather

I guess you've made the big time when you're noticed by Daily Kos. Blogs 4 Heather (spearheaded by my pal Chris over at Lucky Dawg News) has garnered the ire of Lord of the Left. (All emphasis below mine.)

The Swift Boats are out again! Except, this time in the form of some fairly incompetant, not very intelligent bloggers over at Lucky Dawg News (www.luckydawgnews.com).

They have set up "Blogs 4 Heather" to "stop Nancy Pelosi's takeover of Congress!!!" They've said some pretty extremist things about Democratic nominee Patricia Madrid:


imaPROgressive's diary :: ::
"Patricia Madrid wants America to lose the war on terror. ... she's a weak, appeaser that wants America to tuck tail and run from our enemies... Madrid's appeasement ignorance... Madrid is a self serving coward... Patricia Madrid's pre 9-11 mindset, cut and run strategy, baseless attacks on our commander and chief, and not supporting the troops"

I don't think words can describe how ridiculous this is. Not only is it ridiculous, it's dangerous. Despite the fact that these extremists come from the fringe of the Republican Party, I think that it's an omen for what's to come: nastiness.

This year, Republicans can't win on the issues. So, they're going to ATTACK, ATTACK, ATTACK. All across the country, they're going to lie about our candidates and make very personal, very inappropriate attacks. When a vicious, spiteful dog is backed into a corner as the Republicans are with their failed policies, all they have left is to attack, and that's what they're going to do. Look out!

Kos spelled "incompetent" wrong. But that's just me being nitpicky, despite my own incompetence.

Take a look at the phrases I highlighted above. Psychologists call this sort of thing Freudian projection:

A defense mechanism in which the individual attributes to other people impulses and traits that he himself has but cannot accept. It is especially likely to occur when the person lacks insight into his own impulses and traits.

And, as Pat at Brainster said in an e-mail, "Being compared to the Swiftees is an honor!"

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Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys Surrender...Again!

This time, the French government (I use that term loosely) hasn't surrendered to a foreign enemy, but to French protesters.

PARIS - President Jacques Chirac, bowing to intense pressure from students and unions, announced plans Monday to replace a contested employment law that set off massive protests and strikes across France.

Chirac's office said a new plan focusing on youths from troubled backgrounds will replace the "first job contract," which would have made it easier for employers to fire any worker aged under 26.

The move comes as a blow to Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, who championed the law despite weeks of protests across the country.

Acting on a proposal from Villepin, his longtime protege, Chirac "decided to replace" a key provision of the law with a measure aimed at "youths in difficulty," a statement from Chirac's office said.

Changes to the law would have to address the problem of youth unemployment, which stands at 22 percent, quell the protests and also find a way of saving face for Villepin who has championed the law, commentators said.

I actually had some hope that France was trying to turn its stagnant economy around with this small but important step. By allowing businesses to fire new hires if they don't work out, businesses are more likely to give young people a chance, therefore easing some of the unemployment that has crippled the French economy.

By caving in to protesters, Chirac is only hastening the demise of said economy. And, the country's slide into irrelevance continues. But hey, they get six weeks of vacation!

Do you realize that the folks on the American left think that this socialist model is the way of the future? Just take a look at France and think carefully before agreeing.

On the bright side, perhaps the French press can find a way to blame this on President Bush.

Hat tip: Iowa Voice

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Five More Appealing Prizes Than Hanging Out With Chuck Schumer

I hear one of the prizes on this season's Apprentice is to get some face time with New York Senator Charles "The Chuckster" Schumer. In my mind, a trip to the dentist to have teeth pulled without anasthesia would be a better bet.

The Man at GOP in the City has a few more prizes that are worth more than hanging with the Chuckster. I think you'll agree that they are definitely better choices.

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Has-Been Affleck: Hang Bush!

Being a celebrity means never having to say anything that makes any kind of sense. Just ask second-stringer Ben Affleck, who said President Bush could be hanged for treason. From Newsbusters:

Reminiscent of Al Franken on the Late Show last October, on Friday's Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO, actor Ben Affleck charged that President Bush “probably also leaked” Valerie Plame's name and so “if he did, you can be hung for that! That's treason!” In full rant, an apoplectic Affleck asserted: “You could be killed. That's not a joking around Tom DeLay 'I'll do a year, I bribed the state officials with corporate money.' That's like they shoot you in the battlefield for doing that.”

Affleck appeared on Maher's panel with Senator Joe Biden and Bill Sammon of the Washington Examiner. A couple of minutes later, after Sammon suggested Tom DeLay's resignation means the loss of a “poster boy for the left” so they can't use him anymore to raise funds, Affleck besmirched DeLay as a “criminal” while simultaneously demonstrating his political naivete. Though the Texas redistricting orchestrated by DeLay made his district less Republican, Affleck contended: "Tom DeLay personally gerrymandered that district so severely that it looks like a map of Italy....There won't be a Democrat elected in that seat for a thousand years. You can't say he's the poster boy for the left. He happens to be an incredibly powerful Republican who is a criminal and now you blame Democrats for pointing it out!"

The actual transcript is at the bottom of Newsbusters' post.

Um, sorry Ben. President Bush did not leak Valerie Plame's name, and DeLay's redistricting did not result in Democrats losing all. But it just goes to show that the left is on the same page when it comes to propaganda: if we all keep repeating the same thing, people will eventually believe what we say to be true.

Hey Ben, stick to acting. When you can get a paying gig, that is...

Ben Affleck: Waiting for the Mother Ship

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April 07, 2006

Global Warming Gets the Shaft

It seems that despite the drum beating by Al Gore and his celebrity pals, Americans don't see global warming as an imminent threat.

Contrary to what one might expect, Gallup found that while public concern is higher than in 2004, they are "no higher than it has been at several points in the past." In fact, Americans are more worried about water pollution, air pollution, and toxic waste than global warming.

I think people are more scared of the messenger than the message:


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Blogs 4 Heather: Brainster Gets Results

Admitted S&M fan Stephen Elliott in San Francisco, who has been fundrasing for Patricia Madrid (Heather Wilson's main rival for her Congressional seat representing New Mexico), got caught making nasty remarks about Wilson. In fact, he called her evil.

What's even better is that Pat at Brainster caught him out.

Even better than that, Elliott is trying to backtrack.

Go to Brainster for all the details. Way to go Pat!!!

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April 06, 2006

But if America Did It...

What would you think of adding these amendments to our Constitution?

First, disallowance of immigrant participation in US political affairs. This includes a ban on participation in demonstrations and other public expression of political opinion.

Second, an "Americans first" employment policy, native born Americans having priority over foreigners for all positions in which status of citizenship is not deemed "indispensable."

Third, a ban on all immigrant or naturalized citizens' service as (a) federal elected officials, (b) members of the cabinet, or (c) justices of the Supreme Court.

Fourth, a ban on immigrant service in the clergy.

Fifth, a ban on immigrant ownership of land or aquisition of any rights to natural resources.

Sixth, authorization of private individuals to make citizen's arrests of any individuals suspected of being illegal immigrants.

Seventh, unconditional right of federal officials -- whenever they deem such action appropriate -- to deport immediately and without due process any noncitizen.

Like them? Yes? No? Don't worry, they aren't being proposed. But they ARE part and parcel of the Mexican Constitution.

And we're worrying about offending them regarding our immigration policies?

From Horny Headed Economist (who got it from Military.com) via Dissecting the Left

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email me and let me know at what level you would like to participate.**

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America as a Nightmare

Want an idea of what German high schoolers are learning about America and Americans in general? Read the article from Die Welt, posted at Davids Medienkritik.

My favorite part is about the New American Dream Career game. What fun!

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Black Voters Leaving the Plantation?

That's what I thought when I read this (via Drudge):

An internal document prepared by a top Democratic strategist warns that a majority of African American voters in Maryland are open to supporting Republican Senate candidate Michael S. Steele and advises the party not to wait to "knock Steele down."

The 37-page report says a sizable segment of likely black voters -- as much as 44 percent -- would readily abandon their historic Democratic allegiances "after hearing Steele's messaging."

"Governor Ehrlich and [Lt. Gov.] Michael Steele have a clear ability to break through the Democratic stronghold among African American voters in Maryland," says the March 27 report by Cornell Belcher, polling consultant for the Democratic National Committee, which bases its findings on a survey of 489 black voters in Maryland conducted last month.

What's next? A revelation that not all black people enjoy eating fried chicken and watermelon?

It's this kind of attitude toward black voters that is causing them to leave the DemoPratic party in droves: taking their loyalty for granted and offering them no real reasons to stick with the "Party of the People."

Maryland Democratic Party Executive Director Derek B. Walker said the study verified what, internally, party strategists had already concluded: that African American voters who have served as a reliable base for generations cannot be taken for granted.

"It confirms that in this day and age, everyone expects us to do more than just rest on history," Walker said. "We knew we were going to have to engage. But we also know it will be easier for us to forge that relationship because we're right on the issues."

As usual, the DemoPrats feel that it's not the message that's the problem, but how that message is communicated. Big mistake, especially since the poll showed Steele has a good deal of support from churchgoers. Values typically espoused by religious types aren't exactly a DemoPrat forte.

I like what Steele himself had to say about the subject:

In an interview in his State House office yesterday, Steele clutched the DNC report like a football coach who just got his hands on the opposing team's playbook. He said a copy "landed on our doorstep" in the past week.

"This explains everything," he said. "They're afraid of what I represent. They're afraid of the fact that African American voters have options, and I'm one of them."

Yep. But that won't stop the DemoPrats from trying to smear Steele by what they call "exploiting" his connections to President Bush. Why engage him on issues when you can paint him as an Uncle Tom or a house slave?

This race will be a big one. Keep your eyes on it.

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Not Fonda Jane?

Jane Fonda haters in the NYC area, take note:

Hanoi Jane will be signing copies of her book, My Life So Far, at Posman Books in Grand Central Terminal on Tuesday, April 18 from 12-2 p.m.

How do I know? There's a big sign in Posman Books' window advertising the event.

/public service announcement

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April 05, 2006

Principal Joins Student Walkout and Other Nonsense

Anything can be a learning experience. Just ask Texas' Lanier High School principal Richard Solis, who decided to join about 200 students in a walkout in protest about immigration reform.

"I don't condone it, and I'll have to correct it, but the best thing we can do is make it a teaching experience," Solis said told News Radio 1200 WOAI.

Solis said he wanted to make sure the students weren't injured and didn't get into trouble in the march.

How will his marching with them make it a teaching experience? I think it just shows them that the principal is with them in spirit.

Many of those students say their parents and family members are illegal aliens. So if their parents are forced to return to Mexico, they may have to as well.

“My whole life would change,” one student told WOAI. We’re keeping his identity secret because his parents are here illegally.

He says this protest is a way to stand up for his family.

“They told me... my sisters, my brothers.. they told us all... just walk out of school,” said the student. “All the Mexicans in this school, we'd all have to see our grandparents go back. And that's just wrong.”

What's wrong is that your family is here illegally. This entitlement mentality, especially from people who aren't even supposed to be here, is extremely galling. It's unfortunate that so many people don't seem to grasp the concept that non-citizens aren't entitled to live or work here unless they hold a green card, which they have to apply for.

Many of the students said they were unclear about the political issues involved, and were going with their friends or simply taking an opportunity to get out of class and take a walk on a nice day.

"Some of them may have just been copy cats and nothing else," explained Solis.

Some teaching experience. My faith in the public school system grows by leaps and bounds.

Immigration rights leaders unveiled the next major initiative of their movement. It's called "The Great American Boycott of 2006" and is scheduled for May 1st. Organizers are calling for those concerned about immigration rights to boycott work, school and all consumer activities on that day.

Fine, go ahead. I have a feeling this will be about as successful as the boycott of consumer meccas in order to protest our presence in Iraq.

And really: a "Great American Boycott" by non-Americans who are here illegally? Those illegals who decide not to go to work that day are only going to hurt themselves in the end, as they depend on their daily under-the-table wad o' cash.

Some are arguing that illegal immigrants are essential to our economy. Rich Lowry feels differently.

But it doesn't make intuitive sense that importing the poor of Latin America would benefit us. If low-skill workers were key to economic growth, Mexico would be an economic powerhouse, and impoverished Americans would be slipping south over the Rio Grande.


Steve Camarota of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Immigration Studies estimates that illegal immigrants cost the federal government $10 billion a year. State and local governments lose even more. Illegals pay some taxes, but not enough to cover governmental expenses like Medicaid and treatment for the uninsured.

According to Camarota, if illegal immigrants were legalized, their net annual cost to the federal government would only increase, tripling to $30 billion a year. Immigrant workers don't earn enough to pay much in taxes, while they qualify for all sorts of governmental assistance. As they become legal, they will get even more assistance - the benefits that they get from the Earned Income Tax Credit, for instance, would increase by a factor of 10.

Think Principal Solis will present the above information to his students?

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Pop Quiz

What's worse? Starting your day with Katie Couric or ending it with Katie Couric?

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April 04, 2006

The News According to NBC

According to Michelle Malkin, NBC's Dateline is looking for instances of bias toward Muslims, or at least people who look like them. Click here for details. Notice they're targeting NASCAR.

I live in Connecticut and work in New York City. On the streets I see many men wearing the little Muslim skull caps, turbans, women wearing hijabis and so on. Not once in the year and a half since I have been commuting to the city have I ever seen anyone being harrassed because of what they look like or what they are wearing. Not once. On the train I take, predominantly ridden by evil white folks like me, a man in a turban gets on the stop after mine. Again, I have never seen anyone bother him, and he usually sits just a couple of seats ahead of me.

I'm not saying it doesn't happen and never will. However, for NBC to go trawling for what is frankly a cheesy sting operation at NASCAR events and the like is, to me, reverse racism.

Why reverse racism? Because NBC is working off the premise that "white yahoos" who attend NASCAR races are more than likely racist. Why else would they target these events?

Perhaps NBC would be better serving their cause and the community at large if they posted their hidden cameras in different settings across the country, so as to get a better idea of what happens with the various walks of life that America offers.

Then again, by doing that they might not get what they're looking for.

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Who Hates Who More? Conservatives or Liberals?

Dennis Prager has a good idea.

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Blogs for Heather: Patricia Madrid's Silence

Mario Burgos is one of the Blogs for Heather Wilson clan, and he has an interesting post about Wilson's main rival to date, Patricia Madrid here.

Be sure to check out all of his posts. As a New Mexico resident, he has a good handle on what's going on.

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It's Hard to Be a Political Celebrity

I really feel sorry for celebrities who get vocal about politics. Really, I do. Oliver Stone is the latest one to feel slighted regarding criticism being lobbed at him and other politically correct Hollywooders who dare to criticize President Bush, Iraq, and pet conservative causes.

"We're Hollywood wackos and all that stuff, left-wing... (It's) an easy and facile dismissal. "I'm still a citizen, I've served my country as a veteran, I've had many jobs before the film business. I know something of life, having lived to this age. We have a right to speak and every time we speak: 'You're an actor, a showbusiness director,' we're making it up! This is not a way of dealing with people. This is slander."

Last time I checked, I'm a citizen too. And it's my right to criticize the so-called stars if I don't agree with what they do or say. See, Mr. Stone, that's all part and parcel of being an American citizen: as long as you aren't threatening to kill someone, you can pretty much say anything you'd like. And if others don't like it, they can fire back. Free speech is a two-way street.

I guess I feel sorry for these people because all day long they're used to hearing "Yes, Mr. Stone," "No, Mr. Stone," "Whatever you say, Mr. Stone" from toadies, lickspittles and other various and sundry yes men who depend on celebs like Stone for a paycheck. It must be a tremendous shock to the system when someone dares to disagree...

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April 03, 2006

More on Immigration

Sorry for the light posting of late...I have unexpected (yet long-term) guests camping out in my basement, where my computer is located. I haven't had a chance to move it to the family room yet...maybe over the weekend!

OK, so let's talk immigration. Mary Grabar, who immigrated to this country from Slovenia in 1959 at the age of two, has a few things to say about those who are now protesting in the streets regarding their "rights." (I am highlighting certain passages of the article; for the entire piece, click here.)

I sometimes tell people that I am an immigrant. They are surprised because I don’t have an accent (I came here as a two-year-old). I hold a Ph.D. in English. But as an immigrant, I did not have access to any of the special grants and scholarships available to those who look different from the American of European descent. I have witnessed the imposition of “multicultural” curriculums that have dealt only with cultures of those of different hues of skin tone: to put it crudely, the red (Native American), yellow (Asian), black (African-American) and (brown) Hispanics. Multiculturalism does not include Eastern European cultures.

Sadly, this is true. Grabar discusses how no one translated signs or government documents into Slovenian or other languages from Europe. Those immigrants got on as best they could, learning the language and getting help from their children who attended American schools.

I grew up listening to high school teachers tell me how “privileged” I was simply because I was white. These were the teachers whose mothers had probably hired those like my mother to clean their houses. As a little girl, I accompanied my mother on her housecleaning jobs. When she went to work at the clothing factory, I was left to clean her house and take on her duties. I cleaned neighbors’ houses before I was legally old enough to get a minimum wage job. I have also worked in the vineyards of upstate New York and in a variety of restaurants and bars. These are the types of jobs that apologists for illegal immigrants claim others won’t do.

The people who claim Americans won't do certain jobs don't do them either. It's easier to say such a thing when one's own job is not in danger. Thomas Sowell said it best: If Mexican journalists were flooding into the United States and taking jobs as reporters and editors at half the pay being earned by American reporters and editors, maybe people in the media would understand why the argument about "taking jobs that Americans don't want" is such nonsense.

Back to Grabar:

In the three decades since I was fed the political correctness by teachers in my riot-torn high school, things have only gotten worse. The demonstrations have disrupted daily life and threatened public safety in cities like Los Angeles. But imagine billboards advertising welfare benefits for Slovenians or Ukrainians in native languages. Imagine Slovenians taking to the streets at the threat of denial of welfare for those who are in the country illegally. The image is preposterous. It would be preposterous even to the educators and radical groups who support the protests on behalf of the Spanish-speaking illegal immigrants. They have spent the last three decades working to instill the idea of this particularly visible group as suffering special persecution. They have started with the most gullible—the young people, their students. And the masses have been emboldened to the point of taking to the streets and burning the flag of the country in which they live. Their claims to be part of the heritage of American immigration sound specious to this immigrant.

We are all equal, but some are more equal than others. This is the message we are getting. It's time to reject that message. Especially when it refers to people who violated our laws to come here, and therefore should not be enjoying the privileges of American citizens.

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