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How to stop illegal immigration

A fascinating insight into the debate on immigration in Mexico features this revealing sentence: "The elites want to help get more rights for Mexicans in the United States; the immigrants themselves just want better-paying jobs at home so they won't have to go to the United States in the first place."

I'll say it again: if you want to stem the tide of illegal immigration, invest in the Mexican economy.

Not as emotionally satisfying as building a wall, I grant- but far more likely to be effective.

Wictory Wednesday: Mike McGavick for United States Senator from Washington

Mike McGavick has been running an insurgent campaign against incumbent Democratic Senator Maria Cantwell. Bucking the trend against the GOP nationally, Mike has closed the gap between his Democratic competitor to within 5 percentage points in the last Rasmussen Reports poll. Last November, he was trailing by 15 percentage points.

Mike is a solid conservative who understands the necessity of fighting the war on terror and on regulating the flow of immigration at the border. There is a difference between welcoming immigrants in an orderly way and having a wide-open border that is open to exploitation by those who wish to harm the American way of life.

On health care, Mike realizes that the problem is not that the industry is run by insurance companies, but that there are too many middlemen who leave the consumer out of the loop. Insurance companies are paid by companies who provide benefits to their employees. Those companies want to keep costs low so they pick one vendor and offer t…

Don't laugh too hard. You might be transformed into a millipede.

Eric Metaxas has no intention of revealing how this particular piece of correspondence came into his possession. Suffice it to say that it purports to be from a demon low down in the Lowerarchy, it's addressed to his apparently reprieved nephew, Wormwood (scheduled to be fed upon when last heard of), and its subject is The DaVinci Code.

We may rest assured, I think, that it was not diabolical clemency which saved poor Wormwood's bacon, but rather some necessity whose nature this letter regrettably does not reveal to us.

HT: The Aardvark

In the name of Islam

A woman who escaped from Iran tells her story of rape and sexual humiliation as tools of power for the Mullahs.

HT: Rev. Mike Zamzow

Maybe she's misunderestimating him

Helen Thomas as Mrs. Malaprop.

Maybe she's been covering the Bush White House too long ;).

Well, no. I think that's a given. She's long since lost any claim to objectivity, and any political reporter who admits to waking up and asking, "Who do I hate today?" would probably be better off in another line of work.

And yes, I know it was a joke. Unfortunately, so is Helen Thomas's claim to objectivity.

HT: Drudge

And there are other fallen worth remembering...

No graduation idolatry in Shelbyville

Shelbyville, Kentucky will not have organized prayer at its graduation this year.

Good for them.

Where American Christians got the idea that the idolatrous joint public prayer of a religiously diverse group at a civic occasion essentially addressed "To Whom it May Concern" is in any sense offered to the Holy Trinity, I don't know.

Have to ask Dave Benke, I guess.

HT: Uncommon Descent

As if this were news

The Daily Mail reports indignantly that babies in Britain are being aborted for minor, treatable birth defects.

Hello! Only two percent of abortions performed in the United States are performed because of rape, incest, a threat to the life of the mother, or gross fetal abnormalities incompatible with life.

Nearly all abortions are performed either as birth control or for reasons as trivial as reported by this story. That's what makes the euphemistic term "choice" so chilling. And while large majorities support an abstraction called Roe v. Wade, in poll after poll, similar majorities oppose the legality of abortion for the reasons for which nearly all abortions are, in fact, performed.

HT: Drudge

Givers and takers

My dad was a petty officer on various destroyers during World War I. Like the author of this article, I myself never served in the military.

The article speaks for me, too.

HT: Rev. Mike Zamzow

Thanks, friends

Maybe we should go home now.

ADDENDUM: Or maybe not. Maybe we should just not watch CNN, or read the New York Times.

CPA and organshoes have brought me up to date on this story through their comments. Turns out that the statement was misreported, and is in fact perfectly in harmony with Bush Administration policy.

No, the Iraqi government has not come out- as CNN suggests in the article linked to above- in unrestricted support of Iran's nuclear aspiriations. Omar at Iraq the Model translates the Iraqi statement this way (click on the quotation to be taken to the full post):

We respect Iran's and every other nation's right to pursue nuclear technology for research purposes and peaceful use given they accept [giving] the internationally required guarantees that this will not lead to an armament race in the region…

Meanwhile, it seems that Michael Ledeen- a contributor to the National Review blog, The Corner- has busted both the Newspaper of Record and CNN(here and here) in what …

Well said, Tony Blair

A bothersome thing

For want of anything better to do, Babou and I just watched a silly thing on the Hallmark Channel called "The Curse of King Tutenkhamen."

To make a long and very silly story short, King Tut himself rescues the hero and heroine literally from hell at the end (though an ancient Egyptian version of that realm, wherein the persona of a Pharoah as the incarnation of Horus apparently is decisive in helping Tut defeat Set and rescue the protagonists. Got that straight?) is repaid by our worthies turning a map to Tut's tomb over to Howard Carter- a nice piece of treachery indeed, according to the ancient Egyptian wordview espoused by the film.

No hint of even ambivalent feelings about it on the part of the hero and heroine, however.

The moral anarchy of the thing bothers me, even while bearing in mind the fantastic premise. A fine example of Post-Modernism; the heroes act dishonorably even within the context of the pagan world-view of the story, and the authors themselves never e…

The silly season continues on immigration

White House Press Secretary Tony Snow has incomprehensibly compared illegal immigration to getting a traffic ticket.

Meanwhile, Rep. Sensenbrunner and other immigration "hawks" continue to inaccurately and dishonestly call a proposal which requires that a penalty in fact be paid by illegal immigrants "amnesty."

It may not be a good idea. It may not be the price illegal immigrants need to pay. It may well, as Tom Tancredo says, be analogous to trying to negotiate a $300 ticket down to twenty dollars.

But it isn't amnesty, and continuing to call it that is simply a lie.

HT: Drudge

Just so

Huzzah, Anchoress. Huzzah!

The President deserves better of both his supporters and of the American people generally than he's been getting of late.

HT: Real Clear Politics

Bush's problem in a nutshell

Mike Rosen has the bottom line on President Bush's standing in the polls pretty much nailed.

As Rosen notes, Bush haters- those whose personal animus toward the President precludes rational thought- will be unmoved by his sober reflection of the facts concerning the last fourteen years of American governance. But there's plenty for the rest of us to chew on as we ponder the incumbent President's role in recent history- and how we should reflect upon it as he- and we- face the last two and a half years of his administration.

HT: Real Clear Politics

Wanna bet they'd accept?

Charles Krauthammer notes that Europe- which is famous for decrying Bushite "unilateralism-" now wants the U.S. to accept the Iranians' demand that we sit down with them and unilaterally negotiate the nuclear issue.

Krauthammer says that we should only agree on one condition: that Europe publicly agree in advance to support military action against Tehran should the talks fail.

The key word is publicly. No room should be left for the Europeans to stab us in the back, the way the French did when they reneged at the last minute on a private pledge to support enforcement of those seventeen Security Council resolutions threatening military action of Saddam didn't destroy those WMD's he admitted having under UN supervision.

HT: Real Clear Politics

'Dr. Death' is having second thoughts

Jack Kevorkian- who is dying of liver disease- is said to regret helping people kill themselves.

Kevorkian, who is serving a 15-to-20 year sentence for second degree murder, is seeking clemency so that he can die in freedom.

His attorney says that if he had it to over again, he would campaign for the legalization of physician-assisted suicide, but would not perform them. God willing, before he dies, he'll come the rest of the way- and see that our lives are not our own to end, with or without help from a doctor whose very oath forbids him to do so.

HT: Drudge

The networks are up to their old tricks

ABC has reported that House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill) is under investigation for bribery.

However, the Department of Justice has responded by issuing a statement that, in fact, Speaker Hastert is not the subject of any such investigation.

Meanwhile, Speaker Hastert's lawyers have sent this letter to ABC.

Lacks the finesse of Rathergate, but it seems to be the same general sort of thing. Doesn't seem to happen to Democrats, for some reason.

HT: Drudge

You can't make this stuff up!

A British Muslim has declared his own personal jihad against Great Britain because, viewed from a certain angle, the design on the top of Burger King's ice cream cones looks like the word "Allah " written in Arabic script.

There is clearly enough of a resemblance that the man's complaint is not exactly a Whopper. But can anyone seriously think that this was deliberate? Where's the beef?

And if one is going to declare jihad against somebody for this, why Great Britain? Why not Burger King?

HT: Rev. Mike Zamzow

Getting real

Amid all the nonsense being spouted from all directions about immigration, at long last here is a realistic program for dealing with the immigration crisis.

Consider me on board, Mayor Bloomberg- RINO that you are. As you rightly say, it's time to get real.

HT: Real Clear Politics

Reports from the front

Max Boot of theLA Times gives us one of the few realistic, balanced assessments of the situation in Iraq you're likely to find.

The situation is not nearly as bad as the Democrats and their media allies would like us to believe. Nor is it nearly as good as some of the war's supporters think it is. The violence is largely confined to only four of Iraq's 18 provinces- but in those four, anarchy is the order of the day.

And Baghdad, the nation's capital, is one of the places where anarchy rules. As Boot points out, the Iraqi blogosphere - The Mesopotamian and Iraq the Model are cases in point- warn of a situation in Baghdad which is deteriorating on a daily basis.

I've supported this war from the beginning, and I still do. But it's long since become clear that serious mistakes have been made in its management. Not the least of these was the failure of the Bush Administration and specifically the Rumsfeld DOD to heed the advice of Colin Powell and many serving senior…

Bird flu reportedly has mutated into a human-to-human virus!

Seven Indonesian victims have been linked.

This could be bad.

HT: Drudge

ADDENDUM: According to NPR, human-to-human transmission has happened before. What is worrisome here is that it was human-to-human-to human transmission. But all the cases were within one family, Epidemiologists say that the time to become really concerned will be when it spreads to friends, neighbors, health care workers, schoolmates, etc.

Happy birthday, dear blog!

I just realized that today is the second anniversary of my moving this blog here from Blog Studio.

It had actually been there for several months- maybe even a year; I really don't quite remember. But the move was occasioned by a server failure that wiped out my blog and all my archives- and by my inability to get ahold of tech support for a week thereafter. Apparently at the time Blog Studio was a relatively small operation, with only one guy handling the technical end. He was out of town.

Of course, I'd briefly had what amounted to a blog- though at that point I don't think I'd ever actually heard that word- during the drawn-out aftermath of the 2000 election. It was called, of all things, Respublica (just like Diane Meyers' blog!) That, I suppose, is the real origin of this blog, so in one form or another it's been around off and on for not quite six years.

But like I said, this is its second anniversary in its present incarnation. I"m enjoying it, so I gu…

The anti-war movement LIED! And lied... and lied...

Peter Wehner contributes a useful article in the Wall Street Journal about the fundamental lies the opponents of the war in Iraq have to depend on to in order to make their case.

That's their argument about the war's background and justification, that is. It would take another complete article to document the ongoing lie that the war is somehow going badly.

Prediction: A few American advisors, at most, will remain there a year from now.

HT: Real Clear Politics

Profile in Partisanship

I'm glad that I'm not the only history buff this thought occurred to.

Mike Zamzow, a friend and former colleague in the ELCA Maquis, was kind enough to send me a link to a National Review Online piece which points out that there is absolutely nothing courageous about Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa) becoming his party's point man in a crusade against an unpopular war- and still less about his willingness to slander American servicemen in the field.

That Murtha is himself a war hero makes this no more praiseworthy, much less courageous. Why, then, has theJohn F. Kennedy Presidential Library bestowed its Profile in Courage Award upon him for his behavior?

"The Award," the Library's website explains, "was created in 1989 by members of President Kennedy's family to honor President John F. Kennedy and recognize and celebrate the quality of political courage that he admired most."Whether or not JFK actually wrote his Pulitzer Prize-winning Profiles in Courage,…

Da Vinci and multi-culti

Arnold Ahlertof the New York Post offers an interesting insight: when Muslims protested against cartoons of Mohammed they saw as blasphemous, people died and property was destroyed.

But nothing of the kind is happening when Christians protest against the blasphemous Da Vinci Code.

It would seem that not all religions react the same when others abuse their freedom of speech when dealing with them. Perhaps the Left might do well to make some small distinction with regard to these reactions.

HT: Rev. Mike Zamzow

Oh, please.

Richard Viguerie says that conservatives feel betrayed by President Bush.

But then, when have conservatives not felt betrayed?

It's what they do.

If I seem cynical about "the Base" these days, it's because I am. Self-destructive ideology wonks are not my favorite people.

HT: Real Clear Politics Blog

ADDENDUM: The White House has replied with a list of public statements by Viguerie during the 'Eighties bemoaning the betrayal of the conservative movement at the time by Ronald Reagan.

Madeline Albright's confusion is what is 'worrying'

Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright- who characterizes her own religious background as "confusing-" finds it "worrying" that President Bush has firm religious convictions.

I find that worrying.

It's also a common form for the expression of religious bigotry to take among secularists these days. And as much as I disagree with him on theological as well as political matters, if Jimmy Carter ever was, as Albright implies, uncertain about his Christian beliefs, he's done a very good job of conveying the opposite impression.

HT: Drudge

Even the NCC is upset with 'DaVinci'

The National Council of Churches- of which the ELCA is a member- has criticized The Da Vinci Code for not including its own pet distortion of the Gospel among its heresies.

It's issued a press release saying that the firm wasn't sensitive enough to Christ's real concern- not the redemption of the human race from sin and death, but social and political reform.

For the film to call into question the Incarnation, the goodness of God's creation, the Christian understanding of salvation, and just about every other cardinal tenet of the Faith doesn't see, tp disturb the NCC. Nor should this be surprising. After all, many of the churches which comprise it have tolerated and even embraced many such distortions of the Faith for decades.

HT: Rev. Mike Zamzow

Morris on Dubyah's road back

Dick Morris says that President Bush can yet save his presidency- not by changing his position on immigration reform (an issue on which he is viewed negatively mainly by his own base and- oddly- by much of the Latino community), but byaggressively leading a charge in another area that should have been decisively addressed long ago: alternative energy sources.

HT: Real Clear Politics

OK, conservatives- you asked for it!

It has been suggested that before we discuss anything else which might be done to address the problem of immigration (see the comments here), the first thing we should do is to secure our border with Mexico.

Fair enough. I'm certainly willing to discuss that. I'm even in favor of it.

Just one question, though: How?

Well, two. The other is whether we are willing to pay the price, both financially and in terms of the massive new bureaucracy which would be required to effectively militarize our southern border.

Bear in mind that even so we'd be talking about a reduction in illegal immigration, not its elimination.

But how about it? It's fine to complain that something isn't being done. What sometimes isn't nearly so easy is to actually do it.

Well, here it is, in black and white

Read it and weep.

The reaction of the Red Meat Right to the immigration crisis is rapidly dissipating the progress Republicans have made among Hispanic Americans in recent years, probably dooming the party to opposition status for the foreseeable future- and likely ensuring that conservatism will be out of power for a generation or more.

And ironically, it's President Bush- who at a moment when he needs every friend he can get, has put his own popularity with his party's base on the line in opposing calls for unenforcable, draconian measures on immigration- who is being vilified in the Latino community as a result.

And conservatives will never have the chance they're throwing away again...

But neither will Latinos. The message for Republicans, after all, is that it doesn't pay for an individual Republican to go to bat for the Latino community- that he'll still be blamed for what the others in his party do.

Economics, human smuggling, and the cultural invasion from the South

Ten percent of Mexico's population now lives in the United States.

Could investment in Mexico, rather than immigration laws, be the key to stopping the influx?

Meanwhile, misguided Americans- often members of faith-based groups with humanitarian motives- are actively assisting Mexican nationals to illegally enter the United States.

HT: Drudge

Outrageous

Nowhere in this article is it ever pointed out that Clinton signed the unfair and ineffectual Kyoto protocol- and then neglected to even submit it to the Senate.

But I guess it's in vogue these days to blame Bush for everything, isn't it?

HT: Drudge

Senate grants full Social Security benefits to illegals

As I've already conceded to commenter Robert, this is utterly unacceptable.

One strong reason for hope remains, however, that the travesty of an immigration bill the Senate is cobbling together will not stand. A conference committee is going to have to iron out the differences between it and the tough House bill. Rep. James Sensenbrunner (R-Wis), one of the most vocal immigration "hawks," will be leading the negotiating team for the House.

The longer the process goes on in the Senate, the worse the bill seems to get. I only hope that the apparently self-destructive Red Meaters don't follow through on the bizarre strategy of voting against hard-line Republicans because they're Republicans, or- even worse- vote for soft-line Democrats because they're not.

More good news spun as bad by the AP

Notice how AP spins this story.

The story is the Iraqi parliament's approval- at long last- of a new government. But the article is about the fact that, in wartime, people get killed.

Of course, I could have told you that. Probably you could have told me that, too.

But to the AP, it's news.

This is unacceptable

Iran's Fascism becomes more explicit

A new Iranian law requires Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians to wear badges- just like the Nazis required the Jews to do.

They will also have to wear color-coded pieces of cloth: yellow for Jews, red for Christians, and blue for Zoroastrians.

The requirement is in keeping with an ancient Islamic tradition which insists that the Dhimmi ("protected ones-" Jews and Christians who, having declined to embrace Islam, are tolerated as second class citizens) wear distinctive clothing, so as to be easily distinguished from Muslims.

The law- which had been stalled in Parliament- was revived at the behest of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

It may not go into effect until next year.

HT: Rev. Mike Zamzow

Spirtual pick-up lines

Several years ago, the sister of a woman I was dating- a lapsed Lutheran (well, ELCAn)- explained in my presence that, "I'm not religious- but that doesn't mean that I'm not spiritual."

I wonder why she ever left the ELCA...

Well. The Corner, the blog of National Review Online, has been featuring a thread by Jonah Goldberg on what he calls "Voodoo Atheists-" alleged "rationalists" with no time for conventional religion, who are nevertheless willing to entertain any whacked-out superstition you can imagine, as long as it doesn't mean that they have to believe in the Christian God.

It seems that my ex-girlfriend's sister has provided me with an extremely effective pick-up line on college campuses and environs.

It's probably just as well that my Old Adam didn't realize it.

Oh, the banality of the pseudo-sophisticate!

Something to bear in mind

The President is right: without encouragement for potential immigrants to enter the country openly and legally, mere punishment for sneaky, illegal entry isn't going to work.

Not even if you build the longest, highest fence in the world along the border to make it harder to sneak across. As Sen. Frist has pointed out, they'll just climb over it.

Desperate people are going to come across that border- and not even the highest and longest fence in the world is going to stop them. Not even draconian criminal penalties are going to make an enforcement-only approach work. Enforcement has to be combined with incentives; the carrot has to be added to the stick.

The President's critics can talk as tough as they want, but we aren't going to be able to stop uncontrolled illegal immigration without finding a way to promote controlled, legal immigration as an alternative. And the sooner immigration "hawks" figure that out, the sooner the country can get down to the busines…

Sensenbrunner steamed

Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis), the architect of the tough House version of the Immigration Bill, is steamed at President Bush for apparently abandoning provisions of that bill he himself had asked for.

It would be helpful to know just which provisions those were. It would also be helpful for Sensenbrenner to talk to the President about why he changed his mind. Few of us expected the explosion of passion on either side of the issue, and the President may just have decided that some recalculation was in order to prevent hitherto unexpected political consequences.

Clarabell is dead

Lew Anderson, the last Clarabell the Clown on my generation's iconic children's TV show, "Howdy Doody,"is dead of cancer at 84.

"Buffalo Bob" Smith died in 1998. Only Howdy himself survives.

Even more than "The Mickey Mouse Club," "Howdy" defined my childhood- or at least the part of it spent in front of the tube.

Clarabell was always assumed to be mute. He turned out not to be- much to Buffalo Bob's surprise- in the closing moments of the very last show, when he uttered the words, "Goodbye, kids."

Goodbye, Clarabell.

Senate approves fence, guest worker program- and citizenship possibility for illegals

The Senate has approved a 370-mile, triple-layered fence and 500 miles of vehicle barriers along the border with Mexico- along with a guest worker program and apparently some feature extending the possibility of citizenship for at least some illegals.

Rep. James Sennsenbrunner (R-Wisc) and other immigration "hawks" continue to misuse the word "amnesty" in order to oppose guest worker provisions and other details of the bill which would allow illegals to remain in the country under any circumstances.

The evolution of the Senate version of the immigration bill continues.

Meanwhile, in Mexico...

The folks in Unoccupied Aztlan are in the midst of a presidential campaign whose result could impact our own immigration debate big time.

If the Hugo Chavez of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador should win, moderation and compromise will no longer be an option.

HT: Drudge

Cal Thomas clues in the clueless on Iraq

Cal Thomas gives the defeatists who are trying to spin the war in Iraq as a "debacle" and a "quagmire" a healthy dose of the truth.

The fact is that we're winning in Iraq- and, while you'd never know it from the media, the successful handover of security and counterinsurgency functions to the Iraqis is just a matter of time.

Which is one of the many reasons why history will be a great deal kinder to George W. Bush than to his critics!

HT: Drudge

"Losing is for losers!"

My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy weighs in with deadly effect against those misguided souls who think they can win by making their party lose.

You know. Like the very wing of the Republican Party which is talking about sitting out the 2006 election did when it sat out the 1992 election- and gave us all the gift of Bill Clinton.

Oh, and by the way... I haven't seen much publicity about the CNN poll which shows that 79 percent of those who watched the President's speech had either a favorable or a very favorable response to it- and that support for the President's policies on immigration rose from 42 to 67 percent!

By the way, that poll seems to have vanished from the CNN site. Note how it currently reports the story.

ADDENDUM: Tom Bevan at the Real Clear Politics blog reports that a Zogby Interactive snap poll after the speech showed the public split 47 percent to 47 percent on the President's speech.

It also showed the nation closely divided as to whether the President's …

Is Michelle Malkin the Mad Hatter?

Question:When does "amnesty" not mean amnesty?

Answer:When Michelle Malkin uses it.

Lewis Carroll quoted the Mad Hatter as saying, "When I use a word, it means exactly what I want it to mean- nothing more or less." Apparently Ms. Malkin subscribes to the same philosophy.

I hope that this isn't a sign that the more simplistic wing of the conservative movement is going to adopt the liberal habit of defining words by convenience rather than by the dictionary.

The politics of immigration in a nutshell

Dick Morris sums it all up in an interview with Newsmax:

"'By moving away from English-only policies and reaching out to Hispanics, Bush has closed the gap among Latino voters. Gore carried them by 30 points, but Kerry only won among them by 10. But the border backlash may be undoing all this good work.

'The obvious answer is to couple a fence with a good guest-worker program, with a citizenship track predicated on good behavior.”

Morris further advised at the time that if the Republican Party allows the enforcement-heavy House bill to become law - a fence with no guest-worker program - it will antagonize the vital Latino vote and the GOP would consign itself to permanent minority status."

The clueless element of the American Right thinks that this is somehow only bad news for something called the Republican Party. Hopefully, they will wake up from their hookah dream of a right-wing third party, and recognize that the fate of the Republican Party is inseperable from the …

Well said, Anchoress!

While I don't generally approve of women preachers on scriptural grounds, The Anchoress preaches the Law quite effectively to American conservatives on the subject of George W. Bush!

This and this is what I've been trying to get across ever since right-wing anti-Bush nonsense first got started!

I continue to be encouraged by the fact that so many on the Right have reacted to the President's speech with common sense and a salutary appreciation of the complexity of a situation which simply does not admit of emotionally satisfying, nuke'-em-all-and- let-God- sort-'em-out self-indulgence masquerading as a solution.

Oh, and Hugh Hewitt is cool with the speech again, having confirmed with the White House that the President supports "robust fencing" in urban areas along the U.S.- Mexico border. And even Hillary has signed on to the idea!

Maybe there's some hope for the Right on this issue after all.

Hey, Hillary.... read this

The President's speech: around the blogosphere

U.S. restores ties to rehabilitated Libya

Notice the quote by David Mack late in this story.

It's as if the writer just couldn't bear for the Bush Administration to look too good in anything it does- even if he's grudgingly forced to approve.

More on this important story here, courtesy of Real Clear Politics.

Keeping the French honest. Well, relatively honest, anyway

Here's an interesting interview with French media critic Jamie Glazov on why the French hate Jews and Americans.

A favorite quote: "Concerning anti-Americanism, France will never forgive America (for saving it) twice during the 20th Century. Never."

Correction on CNN and the presidential "false start"

This blog briefly ran an entry- based on the original version of this story from Drudge Report- suggesting that CNN had run sixteen seconds of a rehearsal of President Bush's speech tonight, complete with false starts and requests for instructions from off- camera advisers, thereby embarrassing the President on national television.

The original entry has been deleted, since its entire premise is inaccurate. The current version of the Drudge story corrects the original version.

It seems that, in fact, NBC had erroneously prompted the President to begin his speech early- leading to a false start, which only CNN actually broadcast.

Why is this anybody's business?

The California Senate has passed a bill requiring that state's school children to study the historical "role and contribution of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender."

But why not perfectly valid human beings who like to have sex with animals? With inanimate objects? With (shudder) people of the opposite sex?

Discrimination!

Other than potential mates, perhaps.... why are the sexual preferences of other people any of the business of the rest of us, anyway?

HT: Rev. Mike Zamzow

And now, we await the returns from The Base

Michelle Malkin thinks (or thought) preemptively that the President's six thousand man increase in border control personnel (National Guard, in a support capacity, now; permanent new INS personnel by the end of 2008), combined with a major tech upgrade in border patroling and a carefully regulated guest worker program, is "too little, too late."

I'm going to watch the conservative blogosphere's reaction to that speech with great interest. Preliminary indications from The Hill are that- not unexpectedly- the Right as a whole is dissatisfied. Some even argue- illogically- that the guest worker program the President proposed would be a form of amnesty. No permanent right to stay would be conferred by that program; this argument is not only hysterical, but disingenuous.

Having said that, I would have been much tougher than the President was. I would have done what the original House bill was going to do, and affixed stiff criminal penalties to being here illegally. S…

The Da Vinci Debacle

Gene Edward Veithnotes that even secularist historians are forthright in dismissing the blatant historical inaccuracies upon which the whole premise of The Da Vinci Code depends.

The problem here is the unprecedented magnitiude of the historical and religious ignorance of the American people at this particular moment in history- and the certainty that most people who see the movie won't recognize the "howlers."

I want to read these books!

Frontpage Magazine uses the title "Subversive Fiction" for this review of two books- Gone, by Jonathan Kellerman, and Kill Me, by Stephen White- which seem to be subversive indeed of two of the things in our contemporary American culture which most need subverting: our denial that there is such a thing as evil, and our love affair with death.

HT: Rev. Mike Zamzow