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Thursday, October 18, 2007

A Hero Emerges in Prince William

Despite the worst efforts at obstruction coming from Governor Kaine and the federal government, local citizens are getting the illegal alien problem under control, one county at a time:

Prince William OKs illegals crackdown
By Seth McLaughlin, The Washington Times

Prince William County passed one of the most aggressive crackdowns on illegal aliens in the country after an emotional 12-hour meeting that ended early yesterday morning.

"We are dealing with a problem that has been undermining the quality of life in the county, period," said Corey A. Stewart, chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors. "There is nothing more to it."

At about 2:30 a.m. yesterday, the eight-member board unanimously approved restrictions on county services and appropriated $325,000 to hire seven persons for a new Criminal Alien Unit. Some of the money will also be used to train police officers on when probable cause exists to check immigration status. (link)
Here's to Corey Stewart. While there are many in his neighborhood who are willing to countenance lawlessness, he steps up in support of order and the common good. He's doing this under tremendous pressure (being applied by those who never come near a Mexican until they're handing one a ten dollar bill for the lawn mowing service).

Let's hope there are more supervisors in more Virginia counties who are willing to come out four-square in support of law and order.

The liberal do-gooders (see definition above) at the Washington Post howl in protest this morning, resorting to outlandish claims that legal immigrants will be harmed by the actions of those who intend to enforce the law. Let them howl.

Hillary Pork For Hippie Museum?

Can it get any worse than this?

Pork Payback
By Robert Novak, The New York Post

Would the Democratic-controlled Senate approve a $1 million earmark to celebrate Woodstock-era baby boomers, carved out of a bill funding health care and education? It would, because its sponsored by New York's influential senators, Hillary Clinton and Charles Schumer - and they promote the pet project of a big-time Democratic donor.

The $1 million goes to the performing arts center of the Bethel Museum in Liberty, the site of the original 1969 Woodstock Festival.

Even by Congress' shameless standards, the Bethel earmark is extraordinary. "What Cooperstown is to baseball," says the museum's Web site, "Bethel could be to the baby boom." Earlier this year, Bethel advertised a "Hippiefest" as a "return to the flower-powered days of the 1960s."

Bethel typifies the earmark epidemic because political insiders often are found pushing pork. The museum is funded mainly by billionaire Alan Gerry's foundation, which has investment income of $24 million a year. Federal Election Commission records show Gerry has donated at least $229,000 to political campaigns; his wife Sandra has given $90,000 over the last 10 years (including $26,000 in the last election cycle to the Schumer-headed Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee). On June 30, the Gerrys gave the maximum $9,200 to Clinton's presidential campaign, three days after the two New York senators put the Bethel earmark into the Labor-HHS bill. (link)

This may not yet be illegal. But it is certainly unethical. And it therefore involves Hillary ...

Congress' Approval At 11%

I wonder if today's headlines have anything to do with it?

House Speaker Now Unsure if Armenian Genocide Motion Will Reach a Vote

President Accuses Democrats of Achieving Little at Capitol

Democrats Look Ahead as Veto Override Falters

House surveillance bill pulled

This is worse than pathetic.

I Thought They Had Ended The Era of Corruption

Didn't the Democrats tell us that they were going to bring an end to Washington's culture of corruption? Why does it seem each day that it is getting only worse?

Accused Law Firm Continues Giving to Democrats
By Mike McIntire, The New York Times

Over the years, as it became Exhibit A for critics of shareholders’ class action lawsuits, the law firm of Milberg Weiss often enjoyed the support of Democrats who called the suits an invaluable weapon in the universal conflict between big business and the little guy.

The Democrats, in turn, enjoyed the support of Milberg Weiss and its partners, who together have contributed more than $7 million to the party’s candidates since the 1980s.

Last year, the firm was indicted on federal charges of fraud and bribery. But the political partnership has not been entirely severed. Since the indictment, 26 Democrats around the country, including four presidential candidates, have accepted $150,000 in campaign contributions from people connected to Milberg Weiss, according to state and federal campaign finance records. And some Democrats have taken public actions that potentially helped the firm or its former partners. (link)

I'm shocked.

The Spawn Of Nixon

Scott Johnson on the Mystery Person who would be president:
Hillary Milhous Clinton?

On Friday Charles Krauthammer devoted his column to Ms. Hillary and dubbed her "The Great Navigator." His column was the first evidence of [columnist Tony] Blankley's prediction regarding the apparently unlikely appreciation of her strengths. Krauthammer described Ms. Hillary: "Always careful, always calibrated, always leaving room for expediency over ideology." Krauthammer implies that she is something close to a complete opportunist. He allows that he "could live with her -- precisely because she is so liberated from principle."

Krauthammer's tribute to Ms. Hillary from the right recalls Garry Wills's 1972 tribute to Nixon from the left: "There is...some reason to to take the cynical view that a vote for your political enemy is the wisest course -- he has no one to sell out to but you." Wills judged Nixon to be the embodiment of the "Wilsonian worst of liberalism." Wills concluded that, although he could never vote for Nixon, he "could resign myself to him[.]"

The one area in which Ms. Hillary can fairly be likened to Nixon is in her view and likely treatment of political enemies. Indeed, no one on the national scene more resembles Nixon in this respect than the Clintons, and it seems to me one more reason to fear, rather than to approach with equanimity, the prospect of another Clinton administraton. (link)
Circumspect and intellectually obtuse. Suspicious of others. Calculating. Explosive. Distant. Humorless. If I see sweat forming on her upper lip, I'll know Nixon has reincarnated himself in the form of the Ice Queen. A frightening thought ... on so many levels.

Fewer Guns, More Cameras, More Crime

You'll occasionally read in some newspaper about how Britain, since it has become illegal under nearly all circumstances to possess a firearm there, even in the home, is now gun free and crime free.

Well, the Brits are batting .500 anyway. They are now gun-free. Crime, on the other hand ...

Politicians and law enforcement thought they had it all figured out. Take guns away from the citizenry, put surveillance cameras everywhere, monitor the daylights out of all human interaction, and respond to criminal activity after it has occurred. Crime will plummet.

So much for figuring:
Cameras, Crooks, and Deterrence
Constant surveillance seems to have had little effect on Britain’s sky-high crime.
By Theodore Dalrymple, City Journal

After the North Koreans, the British are probably the most highly surveyed people in the world. Around 10,000 publicly funded closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras—to say nothing of the private ones—watch London every day. The average Briton, you often hear, winds up photographed 300 times a day as he goes about his business, even if his business is crime.

Whenever a brutal murder is committed in a public place, the police announce that they are examining the video evidence: no such murder ever seems to occur off camera. Yet the number of CCTV cameras in place seems to have no effect on the number of crimes solved ...

The problem with the criminal law in Britain today is that it neither incapacitates criminals nor deters those inclined, for whatever reason, to break the law. The crime-inclined are probably more numerous than ever before, which makes leniency doubly disastrous. The huge number of CCTV cameras in Britain—perhaps as many as a third of all such cameras in the world—is an official response to the increased lawlessness of the population. But as with so much official activity in Britain, it achieves nothing. It is para-detection and para-deterrence rather than real detection and real
deterrence. (
Deterrence. The key to crime prevention. The kind that the British once had but surrendered. Now the bad guys rule the streets.

Liberal politicians are to blame for this. Hopefully they'll feel the wrath - some day - of an aroused populace. Prison is too good for them.

Chicken Flu Panic II

Looks like we're in for another bout of mass hysteria.

We're all going to die from Avian Flu a staph infection!!!!

Drug-Resistant Staph Germ's Toll Is Higher Than Thought
By Rob Stein, Washington Post Staff Writer

A dangerous germ that has been spreading around the country causes more life-threatening infections than public health authorities had thought and is killing more people in the United States each year than the AIDS virus, federal health officials reported yesterday.

The microbe, a strain of a once innocuous staph bacterium that has become invulnerable to first-line antibiotics, is responsible for more than 94,000 serious infections and nearly 19,000 deaths each year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calculated.

"This is a significant public health problem. We should be very worried," said ... (link)
Good grief.

The Roanoke Times jumps in with both feet this morning. "... alarming." "... increasingly moving." "... might be claiming more lives."

I like this line: "Researchers can't really say how pervasive invasive staph infections are because the reporting is sparse."

And this: "While the news reports of these cases seem to indicate an uptick, the health department cautions that the numbers aren't out of line. But then those numbers can't be trusted."