Just Darts Since 2009
Week in review
May 19, 2007Posted by on
My files are jam-packed this week, so here are some quick hits from around the web:
Anti-Illegal-Immigrant law OK’d in Texas: Yet another law that won’t be enforced. Also, it targets landlords who rent to illegal aliens, which is a poor way of increasing the attrition rate among illegals. Better to attack the problem at the root: employers.
Welcome to America: from Mickey the immigration officer: that’s Mickey as in “Mouse.” Immigration officials are now learning how to be more welcoming, the Disney way! I couldn’t make this up. I’d be more inclined to favor immigration officers taking a “Donald Duck” approach, myself:
Fort Dix suspects illegal in US for twenty years: Don’t worry, soon we’ll start enforcing our immigration laws. If Donald Duck has anything to say about it.
Pa. mayor who targeted illegals on way to third term: The conventional wisdom after the Republican defeat last November was that being tough on illegal immigration was not helpful to candidates. This mayor sponsored legislation similar to the Texas law noted above, and he won the Republican nomination for re-election. And also the Democratic nomination via a write-in initiative.
House Bill extends in-state tuition to illegal immigrant children: (hat tip to K-Lo at the Corner) The Connecticut legislature is getting set to perpetrate this injustice upon Connecticut taxpayers. Contact Governor Rell here. Studies have shown that an outpouring of e-mails, phone calls and letters are more effective than stem cells in stimulating spine growth in politicians.
Ted Kennedy on immigration: NRO’s Mark Krikorian shows how Kennedy’s statements on immigration reform have evolved over the years.
1965: “The bill will not flood our cities with immigrants. It will not upset the ethnic mix of our society. It will not relax the standards of admission. It will not cause American workers to lose their jobs.”
1986: “This amnesty will give citizenship to only 1.1 to 1.3 million illegal aliens. We will secure the borders henceforth. We will never again bring forward another amnesty bill like this.”*
2007: “Now it is time for action. 2007 is the year we must fix our broken system.”
I especially like the “ethnic mix” line from 1965. A possible question at his next press conference: “Senator, when exactly did you stop being a bigot?”
So, will the new “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” bill hurt McCain’s chances for the Republican nomination? Time will tell, but photos like this won’t do him any good:
The photo is a fake. Or, in the words of Dan Rather, it is “fake but accurate.”
War on Terror
NYT in denial: “Unclear what role, if any, religion played” in Fort Dix Six Terror Plot: It looks like the New York Times might need to actually read the complaint.
Swiss push for Islam building ban: Some Swiss politicians want to ban the construction of minarets in Switzerland. I’m not going to comment on the idea, but I’d like to highlight this quote from the Swiss president: “Such an initiative endangers Swiss interests and the security of Swiss people.” Unfortunately, he’s right. But if that’s the reason he opposes it, he’s too weak to be the president of any nation. Even Switzerland.
Singing the Gitmo blues: The Smoking Gun has an excerpt from the transcipt of a Combatant Status Review Tribunal held on Majid Khan. His lawyer read into the record a list of ways Khan claimed he was being “mentally tortured.” Some of the atrocities inflicted upon him are:
- “…cheap branded, unscented deodorant soap”
- “…only twelve to fourteen pages of newsletter only once week”
- “In end of January, 2007, they brought a big fan which makes noise… They have since turned the fan off and I have been moved… The fan is still there.”
No wonder they hate us.
Carter attacks Blair for “blind” support of U.S. in Iraq: Jimmy (“I was President, you know!”) Carter has given blind support to every terrorist, tyrant and thug he’s ever met. So how come Blair can’t? (Beat you to it, Jon Stewart!)
Islamophobia worst form of terrorism, Islamic foreign ministers say: Here. Read it yourself:
The ministers said the Islamophobic terror threat predates this decade, but worsened on Sept. 11, 2001.
“Islamophobia became a source of concern, especially after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, but the phenomenon was already there in Western societies in one form or the other,” they said.
“It gained further momentum after the Madrid and London bombings. The killing of Dutch film director Theo van Gogh in 2004 was used in a wicked manner by certain quarters to stir up a frenzy against Muslims.”
Paging Mr. Orwell…
Zimbabwe to head key UN body: That body being the Commission on Sustainable Development. From the article:
President Robert Mugabe, an 83-year-old who has ruled Zimbabwe since it gained independence from Britain in 1980, has been criticized by the West and domestic opponents for repression, corruption, acute food shortages and gross economic mismanagement that has driven inflation above 2,000 percent — the highest in the world.
Mugabe’s government disrupted the agriculture-based economy in 2000 with violent seizures of white-owned commercial farms, part of a program to redistribute land to poor blacks.
Oh, well. At least Zimbabwe isn’t going to join an important UN agency, like the Human Rights Council.
But that’s only because there was no room for it there, what with Angola, Egypt, Qatar, Azerbaijan, China, Cuba, and Saudi Arabia already on it.
For more fun, check out what country’s on which commission here:
My favorite? Tough to choose. How about Iran and Syria on the Disarmament Commission? Or North Korea on the Commission on Social Development? They’re all funny! If the UN’s not careful, people will stop taking it seriously.
Odds & Ends (Mostly Odds)
Get ready for the new government-mandated washing machines! You know how you have to flush low-flow toilets several times to get the job done? (I hope that’s not just me.) How many times do you feel like washing the same underwear? Consumer Reports reviews the new designs here. It’s not looking so good. (First they came for the toilets, and I said nothing…)
South Park did it:
This next story is just so… English(I’m picturing Edwardians, but feel free to choose your own era): Sailor rescued by neighbor–6,500 km from home.
British sailor who was adrift in the Caribbean for two days without food was shocked when his mayday was answered – by a neighbour.
Yachtsman John Fildes made a distress call after his vessel – named Dangerous When Wet – lost its sails in a storm.
He was rescued off Puerto Rico by the 113,000-tonne superliner Crown Princess captained by Alistair Clark – who lives just around the corner from him in Warsash, Hampshire.
You see what I mean? “Hello, old bean! Fancy a lift?” “Thank you, old boy! I’d be ever so grateful! Dashed damp out here, what?”
A couple of quick headlines, then I’ll let you go:
Hamas blames world, Israel, and Arabs–you know, denial ain’t just a river in Egypt. Wait! They forgot Egypt!
Nutter wins in Democratic primary–Is Ned Lamont at it again?
By the way, my experiment was… interesting. It didn’t drive a huge amount of traffic, but the speed of the response was amazing. Twenty minutes after the post I had a surge of visitors to the site. They clicked around a lot too, reading previous posts–with no vandalism. I have to say that makes a good impression on me. I think they’re wrong, but I guess they’re all right.
No one bit on my Ru Paul/Ron Paul bit, though. They just couldn’t give me the satisfaction.