Two links today on the immigration issue.

Peggy Noonan wrote an awesome column yesterday. She is one smart cookie.

Naturally I hope the new immigration bill fails. It is less a bill than a big dirty ball of mischief, malfeasance and mendacity, with a touch of class malice, and it’s being pushed by a White House that is at once cynical and inept. The bill’s Capitol Hill supporters have a great vain popinjay’s pride in their own higher compassion. They are inclusive and you’re not, you cur, you gun-totin’ truckdriver’s-hat-wearin’ yahoo. It’s all so complex, and you’d understand this if you weren’t sort of dumb.

But it’s not so complex. The past quarter-century an unprecedented wave of illegal immigrants has crossed our borders. The flood is so great that no one–no one–can see or fully imagine all the many implications, all the country-changing facts of it. No one knows exactly what uncontrolled immigration is doing and will do to our country.

So what should we do?

We should stop, slow down and absorb. We should sit and settle. We should do what you do after eating an eight-course meal. We should digest what we’ve eaten.

Thanks Peggy.

And then from Powerline

The White House communications operation is in overdrive promoting its immigration reform proposal. I’m getting three or more emails per day on the subject. I feel frustrated that the White House failed, in my view, to push this hard for initiatives I favor, or when it came to defending itself on Iraq.

I’m also frustrated that the White House fails to treat seriously the concerns conservatives have about its immigration package. The tendency instead is to misrepresent or demean our concerns and, to some extent, demonize us.

A freaking men. If the President wants immigration to be “his issue”, that’s his choice. I am not obliged to agree with him and that doesn’t make me a dunce or a bigot, or disloyal or unable to see the other side. He’s wrong on this one. And if it passes, come see me in lets say 10 years and we’ll talk about that “security trigger”, ok?

Good news

Huge amounts of arms found in a cache while searching for those 2 still missing soldiers.

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John at OPFOR shares a piece of his mind.


Yeesh. Another confession concerning drugs and cycling. I’ve never understood what a person thinks internally who has just “won” a race with drugs on board. It sounds odd. Riis is proud of himself, yet the jersey is in a cardboard box.

“My jersey is at home in a cardboard box,” he said, referring to the yellow jersey worn by the Tour de France leader and presented to the race winner. “They are welcome to come and get it. I have my memories for myself.” He continued: “I’m proud of my results even though they were not completely honest. I’m coming out today to secure the right future for the sport.”

I’ll stick to ping pong. So far no drugs needed to maintain my championship of the neighborhood!

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