May 19, 2006

English Only

The Senate has passed a provision making English the official "national language" of the United States.

I think the Congress is aiming too low here. I'm all for passing a law making English the official "international language" of planet Earth.

Hey, it would have at least as much validity as any other bogus unenforceable "international" law. So why not?

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May 17, 2006

If You Build It, They Won't Come

At least that's the theory.

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The Senate just voted overwhelmingly to build a 370-mile triple-layered fence along the U.S.-Mexico border. In addition, there will be 500 miles of vehicle barriers.
Construction of the barrier would send "a signal that open-border days are over. ... Good fences make good neighbors, fences don't make bad neighbors," said Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. He said border areas where barriers already exist have experienced economic improvement and reduced crime.

"What we have here has become a symbol for the right wing in American politics," countered Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. He said if the proposal passed, "our relationship with Mexico would come down to a barrier between our two countries."

Um, that's right Dick. Right now, our relationship is based on Mexico encouraging thousands of its citizens to cross the border illegally every day and the U.S. looking the other way. Finally saying "no" to Mexico is not "right-wing", it's just right (and smart).

Considering the tone of the House version of the immigration bill, I'd say this provision will be a keeper as it goes through committee. Any chance we can get this sucker electrified?

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May 16, 2006

The Danger Of Absolutism

Well, the President gave the speech. I didn't see it. We were trying to quickly and efficiently get my kids ready for bed so that the Mrs. would be able to sit down at 9pm watch her much-anticipated season finale of "Grey's Anatomy" without distraction or interuption.

I haven't even read the text so I can't comment on it yet, but from what I understand there wasn't anything said that we haven't heard before. Like most everything else, the President has been consistent about what he sees as a compromise solution to this hot-button issue.

Some of the heavy-hitters on the Right side of the blogosphere, however, are - at best - not pleased and - at worst - enraged. That's to be expected. This is an emotional issue. But it's also a complex one that will not be solved without some sort of compromise. Dafydd at Big Lizards warns bloggers like John Hinderaker of Powerline:

For the love of God, people... compromise means you must give a little. There is a middle ground. And if I'm wrong, if there is not, then we are all lost -- because John's side does not have the support of the American people and will never win.

Here are our choices:

1) We settle on a reasonable compromise bill that includes both border enforcement and also immigration reform, a guest-worker program, and some eventual normalization; and we try to make it the best bill we can, given those constraints; or...

2) We rend the party, the Democrats win, and then you'll find out what "amnesty" and "open borders" really mean. And minor things like the entire war on jihadi terrorism will trampled underfoot by the Democratic thugs who seize control of our country.

And all for the want of the simple art of giving a little to get a lot.

Think. Think. Think two times, three times... and don't throw away this magnificent opportunity -- just because you only get three-quarters of a loaf instead of the whole bloody thing on a golden plate. [emphasis his]

Hugh Hewitt points out that the White House has its work cut out for them:
Memo to Tony Snow: The blogosphere/talk radio callers/e-mailers are turning against this speech in a decisive fashion. They simply do not believe the Administration is really committed to border enforcement, and the spokespeople sent out to back up the president's message aren't doing that job. Period.
Let's take a breath here. At the risk of sounding like (a parody of) another President Bush - overreaction "would't be prudent...at this juncture".

UPDATE: 9:15am
AJ Strata has an extensive list of "thank you"s to the President in response to those in the base who are asking "what have you done for me, lately?".

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May 02, 2006

Put Down The Chalupa...And Walk Away

Expect a run on your local Taco Bell soon.

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For the love of God, people. Think about it!!!! Oh, the humanity!!

note: this was not photoshopped

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