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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Let's Keep It Short

A Roanoke Times editorial this morning:

The U.S. attorney scandal matters

No, it doesn't.

Why We Don't Trust The Government To Fix It

We heard from the likes of Ted Kennedy and John McCain that the illegal immigration bill that went down in flames, but will most assuredly raise its ugly head again, was devised in part to address the issue of daily border infractions, by the thousands, that go unpunished.

But, as the American people know, we already have laws in place for that today. And the laws are completely ignored.

To wit:

You want to convince us that you're serious about border enforcement? Quit making a joke of it.

Modern-Day Snake Oil

A hundred years ago it was Doctor Phineas Pfester's Magic Elixir guaranteed to cure rheumatism, gout, consumption, and baldness. For a mere two bits.

Charleston (WV) Gazette editorial

Again, Congress has approved a plan to use leftover eggs in fertility clinics — medical waste destined to be discarded — as a source of stem cells that promise amazing cures for several agonizing diseases.
Be it understood, embryonic stem cells haven't cured squat. Ever.

But they hold so much promise. So many amazing cures. Baldness will soon be a thing of the past, one might imagine.

Doctor Pfester would be envious.

I Smell a Rat

There's more to this than meets the eye. And my NRA is involved. What's going on?

Democrats, NRA Reach Deal on Background-Check Bill
By Jonathan Weisman, Washington Post Staff Writer

Senior Democrats have reached agreement with the National Rifle Association on what could be the first federal gun-control legislation since 1994, a measure to significantly strengthen the national system that checks the backgrounds of gun buyers.

Under the agreement, participating states would be given monetary enticements for the first time to keep the federal background database up to date, as well as penalties for failing to comply. (link)

Seems straighforward enough, doesn't it? An agreement has been reached whereby the federal instant check system will be better maintained.

Not straightforward by a long shot.

Why would the NRA, a gun rights group, involve itself if a database of criminal and mental illness records were all this was about?

Why is this referred to as "gun-control legislation?"

If Democrats (including my congressman, Rick Boucher, who here is referred to as "a pro-gun Democrat" but who is not to be trusted on this or any issue) are negotiating with the NRA, what exactly was negotiated away?

Is this all there is to it?
Under the bill, states voluntarily participating in the system would have to file an audit with the U.S. attorney general of all the criminal cases, mental health adjudications and court-ordered drug treatments that had not been filed with the instant-check system. The federal government would then pick up 90 percent of the cost for the states to get up to date within 180 days of the audit.
Chris W. Cox, the NRA's chief lobbyist, is quoted as saying that if the legislation becomes a wish-list for gun ban types in Congress, the NRA will withdraw its support. But the very fact that the rabidly anti-gun Washington Post gives this story such prominence, and in describing it, refers to it as gun-control legislation, can this become anything other than a wish-list for those who work diligently to disarm the American public?

I have faith in the NRA. That's why I pay my $35 a year to see to it that my rights are protected.

But to read a glowing report in the Washington Post of a deal struck with Democrats does nothing to strengthen that faith.

What's really going on here?

A Sentiment That Is Widely Held

The New York Times is slow to acknowledging the grass roots when it comes to making its voices heard in Washington in the illegal immigration debate. But finally this morning it comes around. Included in an article on "the power of the people," is the view of an upset Detroiter, one Monique Thibodeaux:

Grass Roots Roared and Immigration Plan Collapsed
By Julia Preston, Thee New York Times

Washington, Mich., June 8 — The undoing of the immigration bill in the Senate this week had many players, but none more effective than angry voters like Monique Thibodeaux, who joined a nationwide campaign to derail it.

Mrs. Thibodeaux, an office manager at a towing company here in suburban Detroit, became politically active as she never had before. Guided by conservative Internet organizations, she made calls and sent e-mail messages to senators across the country and pushed her friends to do the same.

“These people came in the wrong way, so they don’t belong here, period,” Mrs. Thibodeaux, a Republican, said of some 12 million illegal immigrants who would have been granted a path to citizenship under the Senate bill.

“In my heart I knew it was wrong for our country,” she said of the measure.

For Mrs. Thibodeaux and others on her side, the immigration debate was a battle for the soul of the nation because it seemed to divert taxpayer-financed resources to cater to foreigners who had not come to this country by legal means.

“This hit home with me because I knew it was taking away from our people,” said Mrs. Thibodeaux, 50, who works at Ruehle’s Auto Transport. “What happened to taking care of our own people first?” (link)

Law and order. Americans helping Americans first.

Since the founding of our country, this is what it's been all about.