Archive for June, 2007

Saturday afternoon advice,

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

… for my friend J., this is why I don’t:

Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more,
Men were deceivers ever,
One foot in sea and one on shore,
To one thing constant never:

Then sigh not so, but let them go,
And be you blithe and bonny,
Converting all your sounds of woe
Into Hey nonny, nonny.

Sing no more ditties, sing no moe,
Of dumps so dull and heavy;
The fraud of men was ever so,
Since summer first was leafy:

Then sigh not so, but let them go,
And be you blithe and bonny,
Converting all your sounds of woe
Into Hey nonny, nonny.

Terror attack at Glasgow airport

Saturday, June 30th, 2007


Blogger appears to not be publishing my posts. I post them, they are entered as “published” but they don’t show on my page.

Anyway, I’m back home today and watching on TV the latest on the terrorist attack on Glasgow airport. Will post more later.

Video via LGF

Live Sky News feed via Beth.

“Police were scuffling with a gentleman”?
That’s no gentleman, that’s a terrorist

Sean has a great round-up and photos. A lot more at Hot Air

Update 2
The airport travelers knocked the suspects to the ground as they tried to flee the burning jeep.

A few reasons why many Hispanics didn’t want the immigration bill

Friday, June 29th, 2007

Immigration Report: The Hispanic View:
A few reasons why many Hispanics didn’t want the immigration bill

My latest article is up at Pajamas Media, along with Rick Moran‘s Immigration Report: The Gringo View:
The fallout from the immigration fiasco spells trouble for the GOP

I’ll be on the road today.

Car bomb found in London

Friday, June 29th, 2007

Car bomb found in central London in Haymarket

Pajamas Media has more.


Thursday, June 28th, 2007

Kill Devil Hills, NC, Wednesday, June 27, 8:07PM:

I’m leaving for Durham, but will post once I get there.
In the meantime, here’s an excellent post from Gagdad Bob, On the Backwardness of Progressives: Let Me Count the Ways

Update, later: I’m sorry I haven’t posted, but I’m working on an article you’ll read tomorrow.

The Republicans who voted for cloture

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

The list:
Bob Bennett of Utah
Kit Bond of Missouri
Sam Brownback of Kansas
Richard Burr of North Carolina
Norm Coleman of Minnesota
Susan Collins of Maine
Larry Craig of Idaho
Pete Domenici of New Mexico
John Ensign of Nevada
Lindsey Grahamn of South Carolina
Judd Gregg of New Hampshire
Chuck Hagel of Nebraska
Jon Kyl of Arizona
Trent Lott of Mississippi
Richard Lugar of Indiana
Mel Martinez of Florida
John McCain of Arizona
Mitch McConnell of Kentucky
Lisa Murkowski from Alaska
Olympia Snowe from Maine
Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania
Ted Stevens of Alaska
George Voinovich of Ohio
John Warner of Virginia

If you have donated to the Republican National Committee, you can call 202-863-8743 and ask for a refund.

In the house, Caucus vows fight if immigration pact reaches the House


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Members of the Immigration Reform Caucus (IRC) issued the following statements regarding the adoption of a resolution opposing the Kennedy-Bush amnesty bill by the House Republican Conference:

Chairman of the Immigration Reform Caucus Brian Bilbray: “The Kennedy-Bush amnesty bill is doing more to unify the Republicans in the House who believe that we are a country of laws. This resolution sends a clear message that we stand together in united opposition to any bill that rewards illegal behavior with amnesty.”

Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-FL): “This vote is an affirmation of what my constituents and I have been saying for nearly two years now. The Senate amnesty plan is misguided and takes America in the wrong direction. With this vote House Republicans are sending a clear message to our constituents; amnesty will not fly in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Rep. Phil Gingrey, M.D. (R-GA): “As the Senate continues debating their misguided immigration bill, House Republicans have made it clear that we will not waiver from our principles of reform. Any legislation we enact must uphold the rule of law, secure our borders and benefit the American people and economy. The Senate bill simply does not pass the test. In 1986, Congress passed a terrible amnesty bill that was hailed as the solution to our illegal immigration problem. It only takes a quick glance around Georgia to realize the ’86 bill was a complete failure. The Senate should heed the lessons of that mistake; sadly, their current bill replicates it instead.”

Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC): “It’s time the Senate stops listening to their own voices and starts listening to the American people. The American people want secure borders and they want our laws enforced. I hear them loud and clear, and that is why I don’t support the Senate immigration/amnesty bill.”

Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL 13): “I disagree with the president and my colleagues in the Senate who support this bill. This bill rewards illegal behavior by granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants and is a slap in the face to those who played by the rules and complied with our laws. I stand with my constituents who feel our focus should be on securing the border, enforcing our laws, and creating a tamper-proof id card for non-citizens.”

Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX): “Why on earth would we grant special status to those who knowingly violated our laws? We must secure our borders first and that must be priority number one for illegal immigration reform – not rewarding law-breakers with blanket amnesty.”

Rep. John Boozman (R-AR): “The plan offered by Senate is, ultimately, a reward for illegal behavior. We should not be granting a pass to millions of illegal immigrants, while others go out of their way to be in the United State legally. You can’t solve the problems of illegal immigration by making everyone legal. Leaders from both parties in the House have publicly stated their opposition to at least one major part of this plan, and I am glad to stand with my colleagues in announcing our disapproval of the Senate plan. If it comes to the House in its present form, I will vote against it.”

Listen to Tell Me More today on NPR

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

Updated with the audio link

Today I am a guest in Michel Martin‘s NPR show, Tell Me More.

It came about last week when I was lying on a beach towel (who was covered with more sunblock, sand, and sea water, the towel or I? We’ll never know) when my friend Josue Sierra called and told me that he had given my name to Michel’s producer. They were looking for a Hispanic conservative.

To make a long story short, yesterday afternoon The Husband and I headed to Norfolk, Virginia, to the local PBS affiliate, WHRO. We arrived early, but luckily right before a big thunderstorm rolled in.

A nice young man led me to the studio room where he’d connect to the Washington, DC studio where the show is recorded. At 2:55PM I was comfortably seated and prepared for the connection.

And then we waited for 20 minutes.

Once the connection problems were ironed out, the show started recording. Michel’s guests were Jan Donaldson of Hot Ghetto, who was at the studio with Michel, Ana Marie Cox of (formerly Wonkette), who was calling from her office in DC, and myself.

The first item of discussion was the upcoming Democrat debate. Michel’s going to be one of the panelists asking the candidates questions.

We had been asked beforehand to provide the question we would ask, and here is mine:
For me personally, it is very important to know,
What would you offer as incentives to entrepreneurs like myself – who hold MBAs and have sponsored foreign programmers – so we can continue to attract the best and brightest workers, and keep them?

And also,
How do you propose to reduce the costs and the barriers entrepreneurs like myself face now?

I hope the question makes it to the debate.

The conversation was animated, amusing, and amicable. I had a great time, and hope to be able to do it again soon.

One side note: After living the traffic in the North East, I am amazed at how little traffic there is in the Durham, Raleigh, and Norfolk areas by comparison.

On the way back The Husband and I stopped at a nice restaurant for dinner and enjoyed a very pleasant evening by the sea.

Not a bad way to spend a vacation afternoon, not bad at all.

The show airs today. Check your local NPR station for times. Here’s the live stream for all NPR shows

Here’s the audio to the segment. You can also access it from here


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Death on the sands! Call the nanny state!

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

Via Huber,
Reason on Line uncovers the scandal: Castles Made of Sand IV: The Revenge — This Time It’s Personal

Is this from The Onion?


The article’s in the New England Journal of Medicine: Sudden Death from Collapsing Sand Holes. Where the NJEM goes, can CNN be far behind?

Or, as a commenter in the Reason post says,

Good thing the New England Journal of Medicine is covering this issue…nothing screams Medicine like people falling into holes…

Here, I’ve invented a cure:


You can thank me later. Nominations to the Nobel Prize for Medicine are deeply appreciated.

(Later today I’ll go to the beach and photograph one of these lurking dangers as a public service to my readers.)

Update, Saturday June 30:
I did go to the beach that day and photographed, but wasn’t able to post the photos because I was too lazy until today. So here you have them:

Holes to China, or craters of death?

This one has a lethal weapon ready to chew your toes:

I post, you decide.

Tasteless, Tacky And Crude

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

says Siggy, of the video that Gates of Vienna received and posted.

Dymphna, Baron Bodissey, and Siggy were my podcast guests a month ago. They’ll be my guests next Monday, July 2 at noon.

We’ll discuss this and other developments.

Puerto Rico and Hugo’s subs, in today’s round-up

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

No, not these subs; the Russian subs: Mora writes,

Chavez is heading to Russia in the next few days, to discuss the purchase of five kilo-class submarines, and possibly four more advanced amur-class subs. There are questions as to how he would be able to finance them as well as how obtain the advanced training to bring them online, but there is no question from his statments that he wants them.

The financing might involve not only oil, but also drugs. As I have pointed out, Hugo needs money for financing his “Bolivarian Revolution”, i.e., his desire to control all of Latin America’s politics. For that he needs money. A huge amount of money. The drug trade is one source.

As for the advanced training, I’m sure Putin will provide the personnel as part of the deal. Don’t believe for a moment that Vlad’s going to hand Hugo valuable war weapons without keeping a firm hand in the works.

Mora also points out,

Although there are many islands in the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf Of Mexico, and many colonial powers, it’s significant that Chavez alluded to the U.S.’s and France’s prime presences there. In the past he’s threatened Netherlands and its overseas territories, and he’s always hated Britain, but now he seems to have singled out France. While Chavez’s antipathy to the U.S. is well-known, what’s less well-known is that France’s new president, Nicolas Sarkozy, has an interest in the region and a clear understanding about Chavez. He’s stepped up his ties to Venezuela’s battered neighbor, Colombia, and probably will become more active in the region as Chavez’s aggression steps up. Chavez knows this, and wants to throw out a few threat to France and the U.S. now.

This segues well with my theory on the drug trade: France has repeatedly caught tons of cocaine proceeding from Caracas in the past (including the seizing of a vessel carrying 18 tons of cocaine on March last year. I explored this connection between Chavez and the drug trade on my post of April 13, 2006 (scroll down).

Hugo may be fooling some, but he’s certainly not fooling Lech Waleska: Via Gateway Pundit

“I believe Chávez is a huge demagogue and populist who says one thing and does a quite different thing. He likes giving away what does not belong to him and tries to take advantage of people’s dissatisfaction,” he added.

One thing for sure, Hugo’s not fooling Newton


Immigration and Terrorists in the US: Connect the Dots
In a nutshell – terrorists flew under the radar in 1986, over-stayed visas, and rode the curtails of illegal Mexicans who had crossed the border all the way to citizenship. Do we want to do that again? Can we afford it?


In other, totally unrelated news, Hitchens asks, Let’s stop channelling angry Muslims
Look Forward to Anger
It’s impossible to satisfy “Rage Boy” and his ilk. It’s stupid to try.

The lives of Shiite Muslims, Jews, Hindus, and Christians—to say nothing of atheists or secularists—are considered by Sunni militants to be of little or no account. And yet they accuse those who criticize them of bigotry! And many people are so anxious to pre-empt this accusation that they ventriloquize the reactions of Sunni mobs as if they were the vox populi, all the while muttering that we must take care not to offend such supersensitive people.

This mental and moral capitulation has a bearing on the argument about Iraq, as well. We are incessantly told that the removal of the Saddam Hussein despotism has inflamed the world’s Muslims against us and made Iraq hospitable to terrorism, for all the world as if Baathism had not been pumping out jihadist rhetoric for the past decade (as it still does from Damascus, allied to Tehran). But how are we to know what will incite such rage? A caricature published in Copenhagen appears to do it. A crass remark from Josef Ratzinger (leader of an anti-war church) seems to have the same effect. A rumor from Guantanamo will convulse Peshawar, the Muslim press preaches that the Jews brought down the Twin Towers, and a single citation in a British honors list will cause the Iranian state-run press to repeat its claim that the British government—along with the Israelis, of course—paid Salman Rushdie to write The Satanic Verses to begin with. Exactly how is such a mentality to be placated?

We may have to put up with the Rage Boys of the world, but we ought not to do their work for them, and we must not cry before we have been hurt. In front of me is a copy of this week’s Economist, which states that Rushdie’s 1989 death warrant was “punishment for the book’s unflattering depiction of the Prophet Muhammad.” There is no direct depiction of the prophet in this work of fiction, and the reverie about his many wives occurs in the dream of a madman. Nobody in Ayatollah Khomeini’s circle could possibly have read the book for him before he issued a fatwah, which made it dangerous to possess. Yet on that occasion, the bookstore chains of America pulled The Satanic Verses from their shelves, just as Borders shamefully pulled Free Inquiry (a magazine for which I write) after it reproduced the Danish cartoons. Rage Boy keenly looks forward to anger, while we worriedly anticipate trouble, and fret about etiquette, and prepare the next retreat. If taken to its logical conclusion, this would mean living at the pleasure of Rage Boy, and that I am not prepared to do.

Interesting to see that The Economist is referring to the Prophet Mohammed; I’ve been subscribing to The Economist for decades now and never once have I seen them refer to Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Fred Thompson has more to say about Rushdie.


GreenMountain politics posts on Giuliani.

Go, Pundit, Go has a video on the Dems and the unions


Side note:
We’ve been on the road, and I’m happy to recommend the Subway franchise for a fast lunch. You can get a freshly-made salad with as many or as few toppings as you like, without having to put up with greasy burgers or overfried, overseasoned chicken.

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