Immigration

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.

Cycling

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!

Posted in Fun

Chinese Stuffs

Harold Meyerson had a good column yesterday in the Washington Post. (oddly, I couldn’t post yesterday – apparently wordpress doesn’t work well with Safari. Downloaded Firefox this morning so I’m back up)

And the BBC notes that we are looking for tainted toothpaste in this country now. The other day we were

taking a good hard look at whether to issue an import alert.

I guess they found their answer!

Immigration – the Illegal Kind

There’s so much written on it (illegal immigration) and I’ve written on it plenty in the past but wanted to direct you to this column by George Will, because he agrees with me so nicely.

Not only concerning how to treat the current 12 million:

Treat the problem of the 12 million with benign neglect. Their children born here are U.S. citizens; the parents of these children will pass away.

But also in the whole idea of importing an underclass. I’m all for allowing more people in legally. I am not however into the idea of allowing guest workers in to work for less than legal wages. Increase the wages and you’ll find out what Americans are willing to do. ie What the heck kind of job is sign spinning? Around here it’s usually white guys doing the spinning. Maybe they’re illegal Russians or something, but I doubt it. Instead I suspect they pay enough wages to hire people to do this job.

Grownups in Congress

In their infinite wisdom, the adults that are currently running Congress have decided that the best way to deal with rising gas prices (that, by the way, always rise as we near summertime) is to change a US law and make it illegal for OPEC to adjust supply in order to control prices.

“We don’t have to stand by and watch OPEC dictate the price of our gas,” Conyers said. “We can do something about … this anti-competitive, anti-consumer behavior. And we are.”

ROFLMAO Can you imagine? Let’s change that just a bit and imagine that OPEC now passes a law limiting the amount of dollars that gas can be TAXED by the US in order to control prices. Currently 59% of the price of gas is in the oil. The next highest percentage is in taxes. 20%. What do you say we just get rid of the gas tax?

And in reality, I’m not advocating that. I’m just saying who the hell do these babies in Congress think we are? Rulers of the universe? We get to say how much OPEC is going to supply to us?

And it’s Democrats. Democrats who want some serious steps taken to combat global warming. The first step would be to triple the price of gas. People would start walking and riding bikes. Bush should veto this bill but not because of foreign policy implications. He should veto it with a speech about how he’s doing all he can to reverse global warming by keeping gas prices high.

As a matter of fact the things he’s already doing, are already working!

Bob Kerry on Iraq

Read this. It has every point that should be made over and over and over and over in reply to those who want us out of Iraq because “Democracy can’t be imposed with military force”

1. Japan, Germany, Bosnia
2. Saddam WAS a threat
3. Even if he wasn’t a threat, he’s now gone and the war in Iraq is now a war to overturn a democratic govt
4. there are those who want military intervention in Darfur or wanted it in Rwanda, what’s the diff?
5. those who want us to just drop Iraq like a hot potatoe have no business governing
6. we need a plan for the future that includes fighting terrorists in other countries without invading.

Posted in War

More Chinese ingrediants

Diethylene Glycol now found in children’s toothpaste. So far, not here, just other countries (Dominican Republic, Panama, and Australia).

The Chinese Govt is investigating as well they should. I know the Chinese have a lot of people but if they intend to keep exporting goods they’re going to have to do better than they’ve been doing lately.

Reasons why people in China would put an ingrediant used in antifreeze into children’s toothpaste?

Margins are small so you substitute cheaper ingrediants
Trademark copying is a problem. It’s not the “real” Mr. Cool toothpaste, but a copy
Government doesn’t have a clear regulation as to how much can be added to things
It’s been used in Chinese toothpaste for 20 years and no one has died of it!

Amnesty Logic

Amnesty Logic brought to you by Thomas Sowell.

The big talking point of those who want to legalize the illegal aliens now in America is to say that it’s “unrealistic” to round up and deport 12 million people.
Back in 1986 it was “unrealistic” to round up and deport the 3 million illegals then in the United States. So they were given amnesty – honestly labeled, back then – which is precisely why there are now 12 million illegals.
As a result of the current amnesty bill – not honestly labeled, this time – will it be “unrealistic” to round up and deport 40 million or 50 million illegal aliens in the future?

Thank you.