Cold Fury

Harshing your mellow since 9/01

Build the damned wall NOW

Wow. Just…wow.

Donald Trump Jr lead a group of outraged politicians and right-wing commentators after the Mexican illegal immigrant who admitted to shooting Kate Steinle in the back while she was walking with her father on a San Francisco pier was found not guilty of second-degree murder.

‘What a disgrace,’ the president’s oldest son tweeted late Thursday night after attending the White House tree lighting ceremony.

‘Don’t let the rest of the country become California. If this isn’t a wake call up (sic) to reasonable and law abiding people I don’t know what is.’

Jose Ines Garcia Zarate was charged with second-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon. Though he admitted to shooting the 32-year-old in the back on July 1, 2015, he said the gun went off accidentally.

He was also not found guilty of involuntary manslaughter or assault with a firearm, and was only convicted on being a felon in possession of a weapon. Garcia Zarate now faces between 16 months and three years in state prison, and US immigration officials have said he will be deported.

Again. For all the good it will do.

Before the shooting Garcia Zarate had been deported five times and served federal prison time for illegally re-entering the United States. He had also been released from the San Francisco jail about three months before the shooting, despite a request by federal immigration authorities to detain him for further deportation proceedings.

San Francisco is a so-called sanctuary city that bars city officials from cooperating with federal immigration deportation efforts.

Thereby rendering this blunt statement from Don Jr perfectly fair and accurate:

Don Jr also blamed the verdict on democrats. Responding to a question Charlie Kirk posed in a tweet about how ‘an illegal alien can kill someone and walk away,’ Don Jr responded ‘Liberals…and the general lack of common sense so prevalent amongst them.’

Precisely so, and undeniable.

And now, thanks to the damnfool Left’s recalcitrant obstinacy, Steinle’s anguished parents see their grief compounded, their nightmare permanently extended, and must relinquish forever even the dimmest hope of ever seeing justice done for this entirely preventable crime. Progressivist nitwits better hope that the amount of blood on their hands is never recognized by sane Americans, nor the very real damage done to all of us by their folly and foolishness…lest it be made legal to hunt them down in the streets, and a bounty placed on their empty heads.

Via Ed, who quite rightly asks: “WANT MORE TRUMP, CALIFORNIA? HEADLINES LIKE THIS WILL GET YOU MORE TRUMP.” And it damned well ought to, too.

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Drain it!

Getting rid of the Obama stay-behind saboteurs ought to be Job Fucking One.

The country’s immigration enforcement officers launched a website Tuesday demanding that President Trump do more to clean up their agency, saying he has left the Obama team in place and it’s stymying his goal of enforcing laws on the books.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement supervisors in Philadelphia banned officers from wearing bulletproof vests during an operation in the dangerous “badlands” section in the city’s north for fear of offending the immigrant community, according to a new website, JICReport.com.

Meanwhile, officers in one Utah city are required to give city officials seven days’ heads-up before arresting anyone — and by the time they go to make the arrest, the immigrants they are targeting have taken off, the website says.

Compiled by the National ICE Council, which represents ICE officers, the website is part whistleblower and part primal scream for Mr. Trump to pay attention to a group of people who were among his staunchest backers during the presidential campaign.

“ICE Officers grudgingly admit that the only President they ever endorsed hasn’t kept his word, and many officers now feel betrayed,” the officers say on the website.

“While officers view the President’s position on enforcement as courageous, the Trump administration has left all of the Obama managers and leadership in place, a group that ICE Officers know after the last eight years to be completely incompetent, corrupt and anti-enforcement,” Mr. Crane wrote.

“While President Trump did create an uptick in morale at ICE through his support of enforcement operations, tensions are on the rise between Trump’s army of Obama holdovers and boots on the ground officers in the field, as behind the scenes Obama holdovers continue to undermine law enforcement operations and wage war against their own law enforcement officers.”

Draining the swamp doesn’t amount to much if you’re willing to let the alligators remain in place. And they sure ain’t gonna leave on their own. Yes, the media, the Democrat Socialists, and the Business As Usual GOPe will scream bloody murder about “chaos” and “disarray” and “disruption,” about “gutting the government” and the “unfairness” of separating these “hard-working, dedicated public servants” from Uncle Sugar’s bounteous teat.

Well, let ’em; they’re going to scream anyway no matter what, and if it isn’t this, they’ll assuredly find something else. Removing every last Barrackhorrhoid from power will probably do more lasting good for the nation than any other single thing Trump could accomplish. If he harbors any hope or intention of accomplishing the bigger items on his declared agenda—of Making America Great Again in a way that will outlive his administration—he’s going to have to remove these termites first. He ought to get on with it.

(Via Bill)

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UNPOSSIBLE!

Hey, guys, can’t we please get back to talking about implementing some reasonable, common-sense gun confiscation, grabbing 350 million-plus guns out of the hands of people grimly, absolutely determined to hang onto them? I mean, at least that’s feasible, right? Not like this pie-in-the-sky, unworkable, utterly unpossible securing-the-borders nonsense.

To the establishments of both parties and the media, Trump is beyond the pale. Yet he keeps, confidently, moving beyonder. And, as he does so, he’s moving the pale.

At this point in the evening, the candidates were arguing not whether it was disgraceful but whether it was do-able. Trump’s response is that not only is it do-able but it’s already been done – by a two-term Republican president. Eisenhower, by the way, was the last non-politician to be drafted as presidential nominee (and “I Like Ike” came from Irving Berlin’s Call Me Madam). His sudden reappearance in the GOP pantheon is a fine example of the difference Trump’s made to this primary season: without his presence in the race, no-one would be talking about the practicalities of mass deportation of illegal aliens.

Whether that’s a good thing is a matter of opinion. But, considering that the erasing of America’s borders is the signature issue that propelled Trump to the top of the polls and has kept him there for six months, there’s been a curious reluctance on the part of all four debate-hosting networks to get into the subject. Wouldn’t it be appropriate, in the present atmosphere, to question Marco Rubio on the Gang of Eight business and get a bit of a ding-dong going between him and Trump? Apparently not.

So two minutes of Wetback Revisited is apparently the closest we’ll get. It arose in the context of John Kasich and Jeb Bush’s objections to Trump’s views on the armies of the undocumented. Kasich actually said, “Think about the families. Think about the children.” Then he scoffed, “Come on, folks. We all know you can’t pick them up and ship them back across the border. It’s a silly argument. It is not an adult argument.”

Bush, on the other hand, thought that even talking about this stuff was a mistake that would work only to Hillary’s benefit: “They’re doing high-fives in the Clinton campaign right now when they hear this.”

How pitiful a candidate is Jeb? This pitiful: He’s not even competitive in the bleeding-heart compassionate establishment squish sub-section of the primary. Kasich offered sentimentalist pabulum – “Think about the children” – and elite condescension: Trump’s position isn’t “adult”. But Jeb basically previewed his general-election fetal position: We can’t talk about this because we have to play this game on the Democrats’ terms.

Which is, of course, why the Vichy Republicans favor him so strongly…and real conservatives don’t. As for Operation Wetback, Bill links to an old (2006) CSMonitor piece with more on that:

Fifty-three years ago, when newly elected Dwight Eisenhower moved into the White House, America’s southern frontier was as porous as a spaghetti sieve. As many as 3 million illegal migrants had walked and waded northward over a period of several years for jobs in California, Arizona, Texas, and points beyond.

President Eisenhower cut off this illegal traffic. He did it quickly and decisively with only 1,075 United States Border Patrol agents – less than one-tenth of today’s force. The operation is still highly praised among veterans of the Border Patrol.

In 1954, Ike appointed retired Gen. Joseph “Jumpin’ Joe” Swing, a former West Point classmate and veteran of the 101st Airborne, as the new INS commissioner.

Influential politicians, including Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson (D) of Texas and Sen. Pat McCarran (D) of Nevada, favored open borders, and were dead set against strong border enforcement, Brownell said. But General Swing’s close connections to the president shielded him – and the Border Patrol – from meddling by powerful political and corporate interests.

One of Swing’s first decisive acts was to transfer certain entrenched immigration officials out of the border area to other regions of the country where their political connections with people such as Senator Johnson would have no effect.

Then on June 17, 1954, what was called “Operation Wetback” began. Because political resistance was lower in California and Arizona, the roundup of aliens began there. Some 750 agents swept northward through agricultural areas with a goal of 1,000 apprehensions a day. By the end of July, over 50,000 aliens were caught in the two states. Another 488,000, fearing arrest, had fled the country.

By mid-July, the crackdown extended northward into Utah, Nevada, and Idaho, and eastward to Texas.

By September, 80,000 had been taken into custody in Texas, and an estimated 500,000 to 700,000 illegals had left the Lone Star State voluntarily.

Unlike today, Mexicans caught in the roundup were not simply released at the border, where they could easily reenter the US. To discourage their return, Swing arranged for buses and trains to take many aliens deep within Mexico before being set free.

Tens of thousands more were put aboard two hired ships, the Emancipation and the Mercurio. The ships ferried the aliens from Port Isabel, Texas, to Vera Cruz, Mexico, more than 500 miles south.

The sea voyage was “a rough trip, and they did not like it,” says Don Coppock, who worked his way up from Border Patrolman in 1941 to eventually head the Border Patrol from 1960 to 1973.

Mr. Coppock says he “cannot understand why [President] Bush let [today’s] problem get away from him as it has. I guess it was his compassionate conservatism, and trying to please [Mexican President] Vincente Fox.”

And so, y’know, here we are. Just another thing to thank good ol’ Dubya for. The result of this “unworkable, unreasonable, inhumane” program? Oh, not much, really. Just this:

General Swing’s fast-moving campaign soon secured America’s borders – an accomplishment no other president has since equaled. Illegal migration had dropped 95 percent by the late 1950s.

Several retired Border Patrol agents who took part in the 1950s effort, including Mr. Edwards, say much of what Swing did could be repeated today.

“Some say we cannot send 12 million illegals now in the United States back where they came from. Of course we can!” Edwards says.

Donald Coppock, who headed the Patrol from 1960 to 1973, says that if Swing and Ike were still running immigration enforcement, “they’d be on top of this in a minute.”

William Chambers, another ’50s veteran, agrees. “They could do a pretty good job” sealing the border.

Edwards says: “When we start enforcing the law, these various businesses are, on their own, going to replace their [illegal] workforce with a legal workforce.”

While Congress debates building a fence on the border, these veterans say other actions should have higher priority.

1. End the current practice of taking captured Mexican aliens to the border and releasing them. Instead, deport them deep into Mexico, where return to the US would be more costly.

2. Crack down hard on employers who hire illegals. Without jobs, the aliens won’t come.

3. End “catch and release” for non-Mexican aliens. It is common for illegal migrants not from Mexico to be set free after their arrest if they promise to appear later before a judge. Few show up.

As for the idiot Kasich’s “inhumane” bit, we’ll go back to Steyn for the answer to that:

It is striking that, even in a conservative debate, mass, remorseless, illegal immigration is discussed almost entirely from the illegals’ point of view: as Kasich advises, think of the families, think of the children. Their families, their children. The families of those they’ve supplanted are of less consequence. The argument made by Bush and Kasich against enforcing the immigration laws is an appeal to moral preening: this is “not who we are”. But using mass immigration to destroy the lives of your own citizens? That’s exactly who we are.

Maybe Kasich’s just confused over who it is he’s supposed to be representing. If so, he’s hardly alone in that failing. And I’ll repeat: if Trump’s only achievement this campaign cycle is to say the things ordinary Americans want said, and in so doing force these issues to be mulled over and discussed, then he’s already done the nation a far greater service than most of the other self-aggrandizing pygmies sharing the debate stages with him ever have, or ever will. To echo Steyn: by “moving beyonder,” he’s helping to pull the nation in a very different direction (i.e.,not Left) than the Vichy Republicans have been for lo, these many years. More power to him–yes, literally.

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Razing Arizona

“I’m fixing a hole where the rain and a million people get in”-Paul McCartney, assistant librarian, Liverpool, Arizona

Milwaukee County Supervisor Peggy West, on boycotting Arizona:

“If this [Arizona] was Texas, which is a state that is directly on the border with Mexico, and they were calling for a measure like this saying that they had a major issue with undocumented people flooding their borders, I would have to look twice at this. But this is a state that is a ways removed from the border.”

She’s twice-confused in her geography; she thinks Arizona is over by Kansas and that Milwaukee County extends to Tuscon. That’s why she’s writing laws for Arizona, you see.

But we shouldn’t be too hard on her. The President doesn’t know where the border is either.

The Disclaimer-in-Chief has put up warning signs on federal lands 80 miles from the border and 30 miles outside of Phoenix, warning Americans that they are entering the sovereign territory of smugglers and drug gangs. Gov. Brewer wants him to do his job instead. Imagine.

Shouldn’t the warning signs be aimed at foreign criminals, not law-abiding citizens? If BP was recklessly using these public lands without permission, the feds would put a stop to it at once!

Or maybe not.

When Arizona’s law passed, Mexico issued travel warnings to its citizens (say–isn’t that the problem to begin with?)…and now Obama has issued travel warnings for Americans in America, too! It makes sense: to Obama, Arizona is a foreign country.

He won’t plug the hole in the ocean.
He won’t plug the hole in the budget.
He won’t plug the hole in the border.
And he can’t seem to plug his piehole.

But there is one hole he’s relentlessly working on plugging, night and day…his hole-in-one.

If she really wants his full attention, she should declare the desert a sand trap.

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First They Came For Hitler…

SEIG, HELL

Town Crier:

In the report presented to the Police Services Board on April 22, Nazi is listed as one of the 27 identified victim groups targeted in hate-motivated criminal acts in 2009.

Under the breakdown of occurrences by police division, “Nazi” is listed as the victim group for one mischief offence that was reported in 13 Division. The west-end division polices parts of Forest Hill, Davenport, Cedarvale and Dovercourt.

In the report’s executive summary, Nazi also appears under the listing of “new victim group” for 2009; these are the identifiable groups that have not appeared in the previous hate/bias crime reports.

Herr Steyn:

I personally am indifferent as to whether Nazis get beaten up on the streets of Toronto. But I don’t think the law should be. And that’s why Mr Farber’s soundbite is so revealing. Two years ago, when the cases against Maclean’s got underway, I wrote:

Justice is supposed to be, like Dean Steacy, blind. If you run a red light and you hit a pedestrian, it makes no difference in law whether the pedestrian’s Marc Lemire or Nelson Mandela. Or at least it shouldn’t.

This is one of the most repellent aspects of Canada’s “human rights” regime: Its contempt for one of the most basic principles of justice – equality before the law. At the “human rights” tribunal, your roles as victim or victimizer come pre-assigned: By definition, a woman is a victim of a man; a gay is a victim of a Christian; a Jew is a victim of a Nazi. This is mostly for the purposes of prosecuting “offensive” speech. My traffic accident comparison was intended to point out the difference between real law and “human rights” law. But, as Ezra says, Bernie Farber’s moral compass has been so corroded by the whole ugly “human rights” racket he now apparently thinks that its affronts to justice should be extended to real crimes, including crimes of violence. If you get beaten up, all that counts is what identity group you belong to.

And, of course, he’s too dull-witted to think that fashions in victim groups might change – indeed, are already changing. As I put it two years ago:

It’s foolish to assume the abuses of the CHRC will always be confined to folks you dislike.

Look at Farber’s line again:

‘A Nazi can never be a victim but only a victimizer.’

Doesn’t that sound awfully like the reductive claptrap you hear on any old campus during Israeli Apartheid Week (Canada’s gift to the world – thank you, Bernie Farber)? When it comes to “Palestinian occupation”, “an Israeli can never be a victim but only a victimizer.” At the University of Calgary, a prolifer can never be a victim but only a victimizer. This is where the kind of thought-crime regime promoted by Farber’s CJC always leads.

Mel Brooks had better think twice before opening his new play “Springtime for Hitler: Can’t We All Just Get Along?” in Toronto.

Does this mean we can have Nancy Pelosi and all those Democrats arrested for calling Tea Partiers ‘Nazis”? And are all those “Arizona=The Third Reich” “Papers, Please”-protestors now human rights abusers themselves? Maybe we could set up an international tribunal for them…in Nuremberg.

This is what happens when we abandon true Constitutional equality before the law in favor of identity politics, multiculturalism, professional victimhood, ThoughtCrime and state-sponsored pigment preferences. This is the logical outcome.

I often say “Don’t joke around liberals–they legislate the punch lines.”

Damn, Mel–it really is Springtime for Hitler.

(A big tip of Helmut’s helmet: Reason)

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No Irish Need Apply and other Half-President Half-Truths

“I know a place
Ain’t nobody cryin’
Ain’t nobody worried
Ain’t no smilin’ faces
Mmm, no no
Lyin’ to the races
Help me, come on, come on
Somebody, help me now
I’ll take you there”
Al Bell

“As such, Reverend Wright’s comments were not only wrong but divisive, divisive at a time when we need unity; racially charged at a time when we need to come together to solve a set of monumental problems…problems that are neither black or white or Latino or Asian, but rather problems that confront us all.”–Rip Van Churchsleeper

Pres. George Hussein Wallace:

“Hello everybody.”

“Well–not everybody…”

Today, I’d like to talk with you about the important role each of us will play in 2010.”

“Well–not each of us…”

“It will be up to each of you to make sure that the young people, African-Americans, Latinos, and women who powered our victory in 2008, stand together once again.”

“No Elderly, White, Irish Teabaggers or Jews Need Apply.”

Did you ever wonder why even as America elected a black president, the race card rhetoric has been ramped up to ten? Tea Partiers have been smeared, and the less evidence, the wilder the smear. ACORN sees a return to the Communist Witch-Hunts, Jim Crow and Japanese Internments, all rolled into one…only much worse!

That’s because the Divide and Conquer Democrats depend on racial polarization to stay in power.

If Democrats only garnered, say, only 60% of the black vote instead of 90%, say hello to President McCain. Hence the need for Democrats to keep Americans polarized. (This is also part of the Epidemic of Fake Hate Crimes, from “spitting” on congressmen to Tawana Brawley. We’ve made victimhood so glamorous, that some people are determined to be a victim even if they have to victimize themselves.)

So why Obama bringing up Immigration Reform now? Simply to stir up more racial turmoil in hopes of blunting the November tidal wave.

It has no hopes of passage. Under Bush, 16 Democrat senators didn’t vote for Reform for a couple of reasons; they didn’t want Bush to get credit with Latino voters. So much for “principle”.

But many didn’t vote for it because they knew it was so unpopular, it might cost them there jobs. So much for “principle” again. With massive unemployment, the government handing out expensive “free” health care and violence on the Border, it’s even less popular than ever.

Any president can have “Reform”. All he has to is really have Enforcement First. But Obama won’t do that, so there is no hope of passage. What they really want is a system where we chase illegals around at the border a little bit, and then give everybody a free pass. That way, Democrats can continue to build the Welfare State without having to cast an unpopular vote.

The president is the only elected official who is supposed to represent all the American people. Instead, we get a half a president, representing half the people with half-truths.

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The Good News: Finally, Administration Focuses on Jobs! The Bad News: It’s Jobs for Illegals

BORDER SNORTERS

Commandante Hugo Hussein Ortega de Golfcourse:

“Government has a responsibility to enforce the law and secure our borders…”

“…theoretically speaking…”

“Many businesses work to comply with the law every day.”

“And we here in Washington work tirelessly to undermine them.”

“And people who are in America illegally have a responsibility — to pay their back taxes and admit responsibility for breaking the law, pay a penalty, learn English, pass criminal background checks, and get right with the law — or face removal — before they can get in line and eventually earn their citizenship.”

Fixed It For You.

(btw, Obama is not quoting the law, but the law he hopes to pass.)

“Indeed, our failure to act responsibly at the federal level will only open the door to irresponsibility by others.”

You mean the irresponsibility of human smugglers, the Mexican government, border abolitionists, professional grievance-mongers and criminals? Oh–you mean the irresponsibility of enforcing our laws:

And that includes, for example, the recent efforts in Arizona, which threatened to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans, as well as the trust between police and their communities that is so crucial to keeping us safe.

“Safe”? The prisons are chock full of foreign criminals. Border towns are war zones. Phoenix has become the Kidnapping Capital of the Americas under your favored policies.

Just like with every Islamist attack on Americans, you’re always worried about some hypothetical future backlash…instead of the actual violent crime going on right before your eyes. Just like you say that “killing terrorists only creates more terrorists,” now you say “enforcing the law only makes us less safe”.

“In fact, I’ve instructed members of my administration to closely monitor the situation and examine the civil rights and other implications of this legislation.

Having their borders enforced and citizenship laws upheld is a civil right…of Americans.

Gov. Brewer:

The bill I’m about to sign into law, Senate Bill 1070, represents another tool for our state to use as we work to solve a crisis that we did not create and the federal government has refused to fix, the crisis caused by illegal immigration in Arizona’s porous border.

This bill, the Support Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act, strengthens the laws of our state. It protects all of us, every Arizona citizen, and everyone here in our state lawfully. And it does so while ensuring that the constitutional rights of all in Arizona remain solid, stable and steadfast. This legislation mirrors federal laws regarding immigration enforcement. Despite erroneous and misleading statements suggesting otherwise, the new state misdemeanor crime of willful failure to complete or carry an alien registration document is adopted verbatim from the same offense found in federal statute.

We must acknowledge the truth. People across America are watching Arizona, seeing how we implement this law, ready to jump on even the slightest misstep. Some of those people from outside our state have an interest in seeing us fail. They will wait for a single slip-up, one mistake, and then they will work day and night to create headlines and get the face time they so desperately covet. We must react calmly. We must enforce the law evenly, and without regard to skin color, accent or social status. We must prove the alarmists and the cynics wrong.”

Byron York:

By huge margins, Americans want their leaders to concentrate on getting people back to work. While it’s not quite true to say that nothing else matters, the fact is, nothing else matters nearly as much.

Just to cite one poll, although there are many, many more: In mid-April, when the New York Times asked people to name the most important problem facing the country, the economy came in first, with 50 percent. Health care came in second, with 8 percent, and after that came the deficit, with 5 percent. Immigration was named by 1 percent of the poll’s respondents.

“The problem Obama has is that any time he is not talking about jobs, he’s on the wrong topic,” says Republican pollster David Winston. “And trying to bring up particularly divisive issues, like immigration, at this point makes the situation worse.”

Besides, wasn’t Obama supposed to have finished his much-touted “pivot” to the economy about now? “I don’t get it,” continues Winston, reflecting the views of many Republicans. “I don’t understand what he is doing. He’s not addressing the number-one issue that Americans want him to address.”

He doesn’t work for Americans; he works for Karl Marx.

And he can’t address the Jobs Issue because all of his policies are job-killers–all of them.

So why are Obama, Pelosi and Reid going forward?

For one thing, the only hope of Democrats remaining in office is by stirring up racial strife. That’s why you see the desperate attempt to label the Tea Parties as RACIST!. Here is Obama’s old boss-lady at ACORN, telling a socialist youth group:

“They are coming. And they are coming after you. Any group that says, ‘I’m young, I’m Democratic, and I’m a socialist,’ is all right with me. You know that’s no light thing to do — to actually say, I’m a socialist — because you guys know right now we are living in a time which is going to dwarf the McCarthy era. It is going to dwarf the internment during World War II. We are right now in a time that is going to dwarf the era of Jim Crow and segregation. This is not rhetoric or hyperbole — this is real. This rise of this Tea Party so-called movement — bowel movement in my estimation — and this blatant uncovering and ripping off the mask of racism.”

Similary, Obama hopes to divide and conquer Latinos as well.

York again:

There are five possible explanations.

1) They’ve lost their minds.

2) They are very smart and know something we don’t.

3) They’re out of touch with the public’s concerns.

4) They want to be able to tell the most ardent supporters of reform that they tried.

5) They’re fully aware that the public doesn’t want “comprehensive” reform but are racing to do as much as they can before the elections take away their power to defy the public’s wishes.

Or maybe they’re racing to take away the power of elections by creating a new public. Clinton/Gore famously turned Immigration and Naturalization into a voter-creation mill just before the ’96 election:

Farbrother e-mailed Gore detailing his efforts to get INS to waive fingerprinting and background checks “…make me confident they could produce a million new citizens before Election Day.”

Gore then wrote Clinton: “You asked us to expedite the naturalization of nearly a million legal aliens who have applied to become citizens.” The risk, Gore warned, was that “we might be publicly criticized for running a pro-Democrat voter mill and even risk having Congress stop us.”

But why bother with granting aliens citizenship? In the Republic of California, San Franciscans want illegal aliens to have the vote. (Somewhere down the line, expect to see the argument that if they can vote for office, shouldn’t illegals be allowed to run for office, too?)

In “A Line in the Sand; The Alamo in Blood and Memory” by Randy Roberts & James S. Olson, there is a story of a successful American family of Mexican descent who come to visit the Alamo.

The father, a CPA with a degree from Wharton, poses his family in front of the Alamo for pictures, and tells his girls of the integrity and courage that were displayed there, and the need to emulate those qualities in their own lives.

He is promptly set upon by a white grad student, brimming with PC platitudes, who aggressively hectors the father. Failing to be put off politely, the sophomoric Sandanista rudely continues:

“You shouldn’t be teaching your kids this stuff.”

The CPA stopped short.

“Escucheme, bolillo (Listen to me, white bread),” he said sharply. “If Santa Anna would have won the war, this whole city would be a shithole just like Reynosa. Soy tejano (I’m a Texan). Mind your own goddamned business. It’s my Alamo too.”

And so it is. I’d gladly trade a hundred of those grad students for one of those Tejanos.

By all means, be an American. But do it right. For all our sakes.

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London Calling

COLLECT

The Adventures of Mayor Maynot:

Miss Armstrong was pushed against a car by the girls, one of whom had an iron bar. The victim called out for help to a passing cyclist, who turned out to be the Mayor.

He stopped and chased the girls down the street, calling them “oiks” [“louts”], according to Miss Armstrong, who praised the Mayor’s intervention.

Mayor Johnson was later arrested at his home for “vigilantism” and “insulting a protected class” (the “Loutish-Britannic Community”).

I completely fabricated that last sentence.

But you weren’t sure, were you?

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Call me old-fashioned

AND THEN MIX ME ONE

but I preferred the good old days of journalistic integrity, when CBS news anchors would limit their cross-dressing to weekends, and not let it bleed over into the work-week like Harry/Julia does here.

Mr. Smith waits all year to pretend this is just about Halloween. Sure. Whatever you need to believe, Harry. But could you put down the allegedly rubber chicken long enough to file a story about the 30 congressmen on the take?

Speaking of real journalistic integrity, however, here’s a two-fer: David Pryce-Jones quoting Malcolm Muggeridge:

“There were earnest advocates of the humane killing of cattle who looked up at the massive headquarters of the OGPU [the secret police at the time] with tears of gratitude in their eyes, earnest advocates of proportional representation who eagerly assented when the necessity for a Dictatorship of the Proletariat was explained to them, earnest clergymen who walked reverently through anti-God museums and reverently turned over the pages of atheistic literature, earnest pacifists who watched delightedly tanks rattle across Red Square and bombing planes darken the sky, earnest town-planning specialists who stood outside over-crowded, ramshackle tenements and muttered: ‘If only we had something like this in England!'”

The credulity of these fellow-travellers, Muggeridge recorded, astonished even hardened Soviet officials.

This anthology passage has come to mind several times recently in connection with present-day fellow-travellers visiting Iran in just that same spirit of willing self-deception. Here are advocates of human rights enthusing over the general happiness of Iranians even while disgusting crimes of murder and rape are routine in the prisons. Here are ecologists promoting windmills everywhere at home, obsessed with their carbon footprint while oblivious to the Iranian nuclear program. Socialists and Leftists in a permanent fury about American foreign policy have nothing to say about Iranian sponsorship of terror far and wide. Pacifists and aesthetes are so eager to see the splendours of Qom and Mashhad that they are oblivious to the Islamist Republic’s testing of long-range missiles and repeated threats to exterminate its enemies. Feminists eager to uncover gender discrimination in their own sphere respond to the plight of Iranian women by praising the attractive colours of their clothing.

That’s a lovely pink blouse you’re wearing, Harry–but here’s what real journalism looks like:

Overweight, he waddles. His face seems designed to be incapable of smiling, and he has no humour, no powers of persuasion, no gift for repartee. This glum figure is undoubtedly a racist, an anti-Semite, an ignoramus, and a liar about the unsavory things he has done and said on his way towards the top of the BNP. […]

Griffin has only one point to make, namely that immigration is out of control and British people no longer feel that this is their country. He hasn’t the intelligence to make this point very well, but it resonates with the people who find themselves living amidst the immigrants. Nobody seems to have worked out that mass immigration and the welfare state are incompatible. British people see immigrants receiving benefits, housing, and the rest of it on a scale that is neither deserved nor available to them. Post-war governments, whether Conservative or Labour, have created this confusion and taken every measure to pretend either that it is not happening or that it doesn’t matter. In short, these politicians have been effective fascist-spawning agents. The BNP and Griffin are monuments to their incompetence and cowardly dissembling.

As though on cue, a speechwriter for Tony Blair now reveals that the Blair government had a deliberate policy of encouraging mass immigration while ensuring that the electorate was told nothing about it. As the well-known columnist Melanie Phillips has put it, here was “a deliberate and secret policy of national cultural sabotage.”

The English people used to dissolve governments and elect new ones. Now, their governments dissolve them, to elect a new people. I’m sure it will all work out fine.

Their multi-cultural cross-dressing has bled over into their national life and is threatening the very idea of a British nation. As they say on CBS, “What a drag.”

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Driving Miss Muhammed Atta

OBAMA’S DMV DMZ

From the Democrat Primary debates earlier this century:

The late Tim Russert: “…Governor of New York Eliot Spitzer has proposed giving driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. …Why does it make a lot of sense to give an illegal immigrant a driver’s license?”

Chris Dodd: …The idea that we’re going to extend this privilege here of a driver’s license I think is troublesome, and I think the American people are reacting to it. …But a license is a privilege, and that ought not to be extended, in my view.

Hillary: Blahblahblah

Brain Williams: Senator Obama, why are you nodding your head?

Obama: Well, I was confused on Senator Clinton’s answer. I can’t tell whether she was for it or against it. And I do think that is important. One of the things that we have to do in this country is to be honest about the challenges that we face. Immigration is a difficult issue. But part of leadership is not just looking backwards and seeing what’s popular or trying to gauge popular sentiment. It’s about setting a direction for the country. And that’s what I intend to do as president.

Russert: Uh…are you for it or against it?

Obama: I think that it is the right idea, and I disagree with Chris because there is a public safety concern. We can make sure that drivers who are illegal come out of the shadows, that they can be tracked, that they are properly trained, and that will make our roads safer.”

Yes–as will our properly-inflated tires.

Maybe we should give them medical licenses, pilot’s licenses, casino licenses and liquor licenses, too. Because nothing says safety like a drunken, high-rolling Pashtun-speaking gynecologist fly-boy.

Nothing.

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Borders? We don’t need no steenkin’ borders

And I quote:

We love immigrants in Utah. And we don’t oftentimes make the distinction between legal and illegal. In fact I think Utah was the first state in the country to legislate the ability to get a drivers license based on the matricula consular and of that I am proud.

The rest of the story? It amounts to this: So long, RINO schmuck.

Told you so update! Kaus: “Comprehensivist down!”

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A thought

Interesting:

COLUMBIA — South Carolina farmers say the state’s plans to clamp down on illegal immigration will only cause confusion and hurt the economy but will not solve the problem. The South Carolina House is expected on Wednesday to debate legislation that would severely punish employers who knowingly hire illegal workers.

The proposal, as passed last week by the Senate, would require that employers verify their workers through a federal electronic database — a new paper-based system to be created by the state — or a South Carolina driver’slicense.

Farmers worry they won’t be able to continue farming because Americans don’t want the backbreaking jobs. Critics say Americans would take the jobs if employers paid more. Billy Ledford, a Greenville County vegetable farmer for four decades, says he’s grown increasingly reliant over the past 15 years on Hispanic workers, who willingly work up to 12 hours a day in the summer for $10 an hour.

Locals won’t take the jobs, he said.

We’ve discussed the immigration issue here plenty, and will be doing more of it, of course. But in this case, what strikes me is this simple observation: a big part of what’s driving this whole contretemps is wealth, not poverty. We have reached a level of affluence in this country where our poor are objectively wealthy compared to much of the rest of the world. As such, they can afford to reject work that’s “too hard” for their delicate sensibilities and leave it to the new slave-labor class.

Which just makes Michelle Obama’s bitter whining all the more contemptible, if you ask me. And ironically enough, the only conclusion reachable by liberals is that the solution to the problem is reining in the capitalist engine that has cranked out this wealth, bogging it down with more taxation, regulation, and socialism.

(Via genes)

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House Fence of cards

Methinks he left a small little something out:

Technical problems with the same 28-mile project that Secretary Chertoff personally had vouchsafed were cited by Homeland Security Department officials as the reason for the three-year delay of the project — which, let me remind you, the secretary had said just five days before was ready to go operational.

So instead of starting the promised-for, partially funded border fence on President Bush’s watch — as he promised — his new plans provide for the first 28 miles of the 2,000-mile fence to be started in the third year of the next presidency. I guess he never really wanted to build that fence.

But Secretary Chertoff did promise to “double the fleet” of our unmanned surveillance aircraft — from three to six for 2,000 miles of the border.

About 75 percent of the public wants our border secured. I guess that does not include the president — nor the Democratic Party candidates to replace him.

Nope. But lest we forget, it does not include the Republican candidate to replace RINO George, either. Hey, let’s just sit and ponder on that for a moment, shall we? 75 percent of Americans want the borders secured, according to Blankley. And every single last damned one of the major-party candidates is flatly opposed to it.

Government of the people, by the people, and for the people may not have quite perished from the earth. But its heartbeat is erratic, and it seems to be having trouble breathing. In sum:

The Bush administration and the leaders of the Democratic Party both want (for different reasons) no obstruction to the full flood of illegal workers (for the Republicans) and voters (for the Democrats) into the United States, thus their adamantine opposition to a physical obstruction to such passage. Whether they truly believed in the efficacy of the virtual fence or not I must leave up to soul readers.

But either way, the announcement last week demonstrates the complete political failure of those of us who have argued for an effective policy implementation to gain control of our borders promptly and stanch the flood of illegal border crossings. It is now highly likely that whosoever wins the presidency, we are facing eight more years of unsecured borders and the addition of many millions more illegal immigrants into our already unstable body politic. “Alea iacta est.” (The die is cast.)

It ain’t highly likely, it’s dead certain. And so is this: an awful lot of people in both of our badly-astray political parties need to be forcefully reminded that our government is supposed to exist not to thwart the will of the people, but to be mindful of it.

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Outrage

This is simply beyond belief:

A reader asked me to check into information that President Bush was pushing a massive foreign-aid package to Mexico to help them secure their southern border against the flow of illegal aliens from Central America.

“We can’t even get our own border straight, and we are going to provide Mexico with funding so they can solve their problem,” the reader fumed. “I doubt the Central Americans are staying very long in Mexico anyway. We know where they are going!”

Too outrageously outrageous to be true?

Take a guess. Go on, I dare ya.

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But they’ll be back — count on it

Yes indeedy.




Maybe there’s some hope left after all.

(Image swiped from Rob)

Update! Bill surveys the ruins. And this Locopunk post is still perfectly relevant:

What lobby or combination of lobbies is so omnipotent as to transform lifelong political cowards into reckless gamblers who sneer right in the faces of the voters who put them in office? Where’s the benefit that outweighs the enormity of the risk? What’s worth the potential cost of giving the opposition a generation-long veto-proof majority in Congress?

Damned good questions all, and ones that need answering if we’re ever going to fix the mess the last couple of generations of political hacks (and, naturally, the boobs who keep voting such malignant swine into office) have made of our country.

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Immigration Reform

It seems that a series of California raids on places harboring ‘fugitive aliens’ or ‘criminal aliens’ – has netted a lot of aliens with serious criminal records, including a man wanted for murder, and a convicted child molester.

Ordinarily, these are classed as “criminal aliens,” a term of art that means they are very readily deported and removed from the United States.

Senator Ted Kennedy and Bob Menendez are insisting that criminal aliens now in the U.S. and even those under deportation orders, but not removed, be permitted to enjoy the amnesty they would grant under the bi-partisan immigration reform bill. That’s one of the major points they are holding out for, one which probably embarrasses some of the Republicans supporting the bill – but not enough to get them to stop supporting the bill, apparently. True, they aren’t saying “amnesty for felons.” The language they are supporting is along the lines of “amnesty for *all* illegal aliens.” They can say they aren’t supporting amnesty for criminal illegal aliens, but as long as criminal illegal aliens are a subset of all illegal aliens, that is precisely the effect of their legislative language.

I suppose that Lindsey Graham would call me a foaming-at-the-mouth-racist for pointing this out.

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Politics 101

Ask a silly (rhetorical) question:

There is only one provision that has unanimous support: stronger border enforcement. I’ve seen senators stand up and object to the point system, to chain migration, to guest workers, to every and any idea in this bill — except one. I have yet to hear a senator stand up and say she is against better border enforcement.

Why not start by passing what everyone says they want?

A: because what our lying, sleazy politicos say they want and what they actually want are two very different things. Krauthammer knows this, of course.

No new laws until the old ones are enforced. Period. It won’t work out that way; in the end, the Grand Bargainers will get what they want, and the will of the people be damned. But at least the grifters and hacks ought to know they aren’t fooling anybody with this sham.

Update! Gotta love this line:

Fences work. That’s why people have them around their houses — not because homeowners are unwelcoming, but because they insist that those who wish to come into their domain knock at the front door.

Seems pretty simple, doesn’t it?

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Traveshamockery round-up

Chuck Muth simply takes Shrubby apart, piece by grubby piece.

Peggy Noonan says the party ain’t abandoning Bush – Bush abandoned the party.

Don’t miss this exchange between a friend of MKH’s and a clueless RNC phone solicitor.

Rick Moran on ex-parrots and the choir invisible.

Uncle Jimbo says it as well as I’ve heard it done:

I know why I’m an independent. I may vote for 90+ % Republican candidates, but the party as a whole is eating a soup sandwich while paddling their chicken-wire canoe up Sh** Creek without a paddle. The only thing saving them is that the Dems just opened the screen door on their submarine and came out swinging a football bat wearing bowling cleats. Poxes and houses.

Tell it, bro.

Coulter provides a history lesson.

Krauthammer gets down to the nuts and bolts.

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Another kiss-off, with extra malaise

It’s a real mess out there:

I have a very good friend who is an immigrant from Central America. A conversation last year over immigration got to the point where she accused me of being a “racist, just like the rest of those people” at which point I told her she was welcome to call me when she realized she owed me an apology, and I hung up.

Settle in, folks; this one’s gonna take a while.

(Update below the jump)
Continue reading “Another kiss-off, with extra malaise”

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Color Me a Racist Bigot Too, Lindsey

Lindsey Graham, that odious little Deputy Dawg talkin’ piece of catfish bait, said anybody who opposes this immigration bill is just a racist bigot, and we’re not havin’ none uh thayat. Well, maybe so. But this racist bigot is going to say his piece.

First off, I don’t care either way for or against Mexicans, or Ecuadoreans, or Hondurans. I do care that we are admitting a lawbreaking underclass into this country, while making it damn near impossible for the educated and potentially upwardly mobile middle and upper classes of Mexico, Central and South America to immigrate. I don’t fear a Latino flood; in fact I would welcome a flood of middle and upper class Chileans, Argentinians, Brazilians, Mexicans, Panamanians or Nicaraguans. Doesn’t bother me in the least. But to do this, we need to keep out the riff raff (i.e. enforcement first) and greatly increase the level of legal immigration. I am cool with that, because those with an education or at least a decent work history will understand what they are getting into, and will be likely to assimilate into U.S. culture, to buy into the ideals of liberty and merit and plurality. Letting in the vast underclass is like letting 12+ million illiterate, innumerate Archie Bunkers into the country. We don’t need that! We do need productive, talented people to come here in vast numbers though – but to do that you have to make it worth their while to do so legally, and you have to make an effort to enfranchise them when they get here. Sticking them in a temporary worker ghetto isn’t going to get it. Nor is the patronizing official attitude our government is apparently going to take toward anybody who eats salsa or chorizo. Nor is making the term “hispanic” synonymous with underclass, America-hating or at least America-disliking, non-English speaking day laborers. We can only handle so many tired, hungry, and poor people at one time. Twelve million (ultimately 35-40 million, if the last amnesty is any guide) such people is too many at once. It’s an order of magnitude larger than the last amnesty. It’s not good.

Second, Jim Geraghty, where the hell are you now with your talk about how we need to vote for Republicans. Why? They’ve betrayed the shit out of us. Again.

Third, if it sounds like Bush and his little amnesty boosting buddies are out of touch with you, don’t feel alone, you are both in the mainstream on this, and perceptive. As y’all know I practice law in D.C. and I know a lot of people who know a lot of people. My understanding is that only those with a positive view of the President’s plan, however it may be composed in the end, are being permitted to talk about it *within* the Administration, never mind in public. Yep, it’s an echo chamber run amok. Furthermore, I understand that in many instances, those who disapprove, have reservations, or whose job position *requires* them to express apprehension(e.g. in enforcement or providing future benefits to the new underclass) – these people are being systematically denied a seat at the table to discuss and craft this bill. In other words, if it sounds like Bush is utterly out of touch it is because he is out of touch, intentionally. I suspect the disapproving voices within the Administration are being silenced for expediency’s sake, and also to give plausible deniability to everybody involved who wants to have a future in politics. (“Why, we had no idea of this would overburden the Department of Labor’s job training programs, or the Department of Education’s adult literacy programs… heck, they never spoke up about it.”)

There is a lot of talk about how we need to something about the illegals because they wreak havoc on the Southwest’s desert environment, there has been much testimony about that… but not a lot of stuff about how we’re going to deal with the social burdens imposed by our new instant underclass. And their extended families who will immigrate here by chain migration.

Aye, aye, aye aye, my opponents swim out to meet troop ships...

Now every political leader wants to sell his own program, so it’s natural that the boosters would get a seat at the table. But it is disastrous to ignore the doomsayers and to set about designing a society-changing law without the input from anybody who just might possibly raise a problem. I’ll point to the Johnson Administration as an example. It ran young bureaucrat Daniel Patrick Moynihan out of D.C. (until he was elected Senator) because he said the Great Society program would destroy the Black family. Evidently, the current Administration is taking no chances on a potential Moynihan coming out of any federal agencies and saying something about the unintended (or perhaps intended) adverse consequences of this legislation. Not even in internal executive branch deliberations.

So yes, if you think the Administration is failing to listen to you, you are correct. But don’t feel bad about it. From what I hear, the Administration isn’t even listening to itself on this, at least if my sources have a good handle on the situation.

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A Problem of Grammar, and a Problem of Graham-er

We are told that the White House and the Senate are not going to call the ‘comprehensive’ immigration deform bill what it really is, which is an amnesty program. Sure, I could get into some criticisms of it. For one thing, when all those illegals file back tax returns, they’ll probably find out that they’re eligible for substantial tax credits – so we’ll be paying them to file back taxes. It’s kind of the opposite of how it works for the rest of us, but hey, they’re just honest hard working future Republican voters, right? (Stop choking on your Pepsi, Bannion). I could go on about how the bill will almost certainly contain a hardship provision, permitting the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to waive payment of the $5,000 fine, where they determine it would pose a hardship on the illegal alien – an easy showing to make, when you’re receiving tax credits because your ass is poor, or underreporting your cash income over the last 5 years. No, I’m not going to criticize. I’m going to try to help the Administration out here.

If you listen, there have been some really clumsy descriptions of what the bill is, what it will do. Y’know, if they actually get around to drafting it before the Senate votes on it – but that’s another story. I simply can’t stand to hear them keep referring to this as the “it’s not an amnesty bill.”

This cringe-inducing phrase is not unique. In fact, that kind of phrasing has a history in surrealist art. “This is not an amnesty bill” is strikingly reminiscent of Michel Foucault’s famous book, titled after one of surrealist painter Rene Magritte’s seminal works, “Ceci n’est pas une pipe” (“This is not a pipe.”)

Sometimes, a Pipe is Just a Pipe.

The joke of course, is that it isn’t a pipe, it’s a print of a pipe. But it’s a pipe too. Yet the treachery of this or any other image, something the surrealists explored and played with at great length, is that any image or label conveys the reality or true meaning of a thing portrayed only with great difficulty. For Magritte, the picture is only a picture of a pipe. We all know, however, the real underlying object is still a pipe, regardless of how it’s portrayed, and the picture is as near as we can come in representational methods, to depicting a pipe without producing a full scale model of it. Yet despite our knowledge about the situation, the cognitive dissonance is still quite irritating. And I think that’s why we’re all upset about the immigration deform bill. I think that if we could find a way to more accurately describe this bill, everybody would find it more palatable.

In keeping with the Surrealist spirit of Magritte, and the surreal thought modalities of the modern Republican Party, I’d like to help the Administration and its little buddies in Congress come up with a better label for this bill to reduce that painful cognitive dissonance (best illustrated by Arlen Spector’s comments that forgiving the lawbreakers will ‘restore the rule of law;’ try thinking about that in terms of clemency for murderers and rapists, and tell me how it non-enforcement works to restore the rule of law in the small beans crimes of illegal immigration and immigration document fraud.) Yes, we need to find a substitute for “This is not an amnesty bill,” or as it’s called in its native tongue, “Esto no es una cuenta de la amnistía.”

My immediate thought was that we should call it, “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Amnesty!” But that would play into the hands of the Administration’s opponents. So we need some better terms, preferably a catchy one-word portmanteau describing what this thing is. Here are my suggestions – and I hope Captain Ed is reading this, since he seems to have piped the bill on board his ship with honors.

– Shamnesty

– Flim-flamnesty

– LindseyGrahamanesty

– Scamnesty

– Goddamnesty

– Electorate-Can-Go-Pound-Sandnesty

The sad truth of the matter is, no matter how witty I try to be, this bill really doesn’t need a portmanteau to distill its fundamental essence. There is one word that describes it well, and even though it sounds like a portmanteau, it is not. A mere simple noun completely encompasses what Congress is about to do to us in a very thoroughgoing manner. I suggest you use this term to describe the bill in the future and will email Tony Snow and suggest that it’s a good alternative word that he can use in place of the term “amnesty” in describing the bill. What is that word, you ask?

Travesty.

[Update: I note with admiration that George Borjas – pronounced “jorj,” I presume, not “whore,hey,” describes the bill as a travesty of a mockery of a sham. While this is excellent, he fails to use the description in the form of a noun to describe what the bill is. That’s right. It’s a Traveshamockery. Still, he gets points for raising the issue broadly.]

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I Got You, Beeb

“…this copious stream of pontifical, anonymous mugwumpery with which we have been dosed for so long.”–Churchill, on the BBC

The Telegraph:

Private Johnson Beharry’s courage in rescuing an ambushed foot patrol then, in a second act, saving his vehicle’s crew despite his own terrible injuries earned him a Victoria Cross.

For the BBC, however, his story is “too positive” about the conflict.

The corporation has cancelled the commission for a 90-minute drama about Britain’s youngest surviving Victoria Cross hero because it feared it would alienate members of the audience opposed to the war in Iraq.

As usual, Ace nails it:

“Remember, these are the people who are always calling for entertainment and art that “challenges people’s beliefs.”

Except their own, of course.”

In fairness to the BBC, they do not have a blanket ban on sympathetic coverage of the troops at the front. For example, here’s a heart-tugging piece from Afghanistan by a Beeb reporter embedded with those brave, selfless warriors…of the Taleban.

From the Telegraph, here’s Pvt. Beharry’s story:

He was cited for “valour of the highest order” after he drove a Warrior tracked armoured vehicle through heavy enemy fire in May 2004 to come to the rescue of a foot patrol that had been caught in a series of ambushes. The 30-ton Warrior was hit by multiple rocket-propelled grenades, causing damage and resulting in the loss of radio communications. Pte Beharry drove through the ambush, taking his own injured crew and leading five other Warriors to safety. He then extracted his wounded colleagues from the vehicle, all the time exposed to further enemy fire.

The following month, Pte Beharry was again driving the lead Warrior vehicle of his platoon through al-Amarah when his vehicle was ambushed. A rocket-propelled grenade hit the vehicle and Pte Beharry received serious head injuries. Other rockets hit the vehicle incapacitating his commander and injuring several of the crew.Despite his very serious injuries, Pte Beharry then took control of his vehicle and drove it out of the ambush area before losing consciousness. He required brain surgery for his head injuries and he was still recovering when he received the VC from the Queen in June last year.

There may yet be hope for England.

Churchill: “Nations which go down fighting rise again. Those who surrender tamely are finished.”

Who will tell the Admiralty?

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The Seinfeld Sovereign

AN ENTIRE NATION…ABOUT NOTHING?

The question is not whether the British Navy can still defend Britain.

The question is not even whether the British Navy can still defend the British Navy.

The question is this: Is there such a thing as England, and if so, is it worthy of being defended?

Because in all cases the answers seem to be “No”, “Hell, no!” and “‘Winston’ who?”.

While British officialdom could not be bothered to prevent its sailors from being kidnapped on the high seas, it did find the time to take other vigorous and vital law-enforcement action:

“The Daily Mail reported this week that police tracked down and nearly arrested an 11-year-old boy for calling a 10-year-old boy “gay” in an e-mail. This was considered a “very serious homophobic crime” requiring the full attention of police. The article explained that this sort of thing happens quite a bit. Last October, the coppers fingerprinted and threw a 14-year-old girl into jail for the crime of racism. Her underlying offense stemmed from the fact that she refused to join a class discussion with some fellow students because they were Asian and didn’t speak English.

The same day the Daily Mail reported the tale of the homophobic 11-year-old, it also reported that schools across the country have been dropping discussion of the Holocaust in the classroom for fear of offending Muslim students.”

In other words, an act of war such as piracy is fungible…but if a child says “gay” in a unapproved manner, it will get the police pounding on the door in short order.

British authorities are stealing that 14-year-old schoolgirl’s moral, cultural and national heritage from her–and yet she’s the one who is jailed?

But at least in jail, unlike school, she will not be subjected to the Soviet-style air-brushing of the Holocaust from the pages of history. This is, of course, tantamount to Holocaust Denial.

Note to British educators: Why not just have Hitler Appreciation Days and be done with it?

It’s interesting; in the game of geopolitics, Bush is the Left’s Designated Hitler. Yet for Ahmadinijad, to call someone “Hitler” is a compliment. One can easily imagine this conversation:

MICHAEL MOORE: “George Bush is evil.”
GEORGE GALLOWAY: “Yes. Very.”
AHMADINIJAD: “True.”
MICHAEL MOORE: “He’s a war-mongering bastard.”
GEORGE GALLOWAY: “Indubitably.”
AHMADINIJAD: “Also true.”
MICHAEL MOORE: “And Tony Blair is his poodle.”
GEORGE GALLOWAY: “Quite so…’Arf’!”
AHMADINIJAD: “Again, you speak truly.”
MICHAEL MOORE: “George Bush is Hitler and Blair is Mussolini!”
GEORGE GALLOWAY: “Indeed! ‘Seig Heil’!”
AHMADINIJAD: “No. Hitler and Mussolini were great, great leaders, the Holocaust never happened…and we should do it again!”
MICHAEL MOORE:
GEORGE GALLOWAY:
AHMADINIJAD:
MICHAEL MOORE: “Uhh…George Bush is evil!”
GEORGE GALLOWAY: “Yes. Very.”
AHMADINIJAD: “True.” …

The speed with which the hostages made propaganda videos was also disheartening. Recall that John McCain had his arms broken rather than submit. Also recall that this is a clear violation of the Geneva Conventions to which Iran is a signatory–although the press dutifully failed to report it.

Still, one doesn’t wish to judge those young sailors too harshly–it’s almost as if their superiors had never informed them of the concept. Theirs is the real crime.

One doesn’t defend that which one doesn’t love. Or stated positively, one defends only that which one loves. We see that British authorities will defend their beloved homosexuality. They will defend their beloved multicult-ism even to the point of instituting a de facto curriculum of Holocaust Denial. And they will not defend their sailors in harm’s way.

Taken as a whole, one gets the impression of a nation hell-bent on national self-deconstruction.

I hope I’m wrong. I like the idea of an England. An England that gave us Churchill and Benny Hill, Maggie Thatcher and Monty Python, crumpets, strumpets and heraldic trumpets, Chesterton and Cheshire Cats, Black Watch and black humour, Holmes and hobbits, Burke and the Beatles.

Pre-Yoko, of course. And “Silly Love Songs”.

I hope…but I fear the Long Goodbye. But it is Easter. So hope it is.

UPDATE: I almost forgot, because the banal, work-a-day smears have become so forgettable…but wasn’t this supposed to be a plot by the British to give Bush his “Gulf of Tonkin” moment?

The phrase is “Short-bus rider”–Google it.

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