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Wal-Mart Profits

By on 5.16.06 | 11:20AM

Are up by 6.2 percent in the first quarter. Next thing you know, Bill O'Reilly will accuse them of price gouging, and Bill Frist will propose rebate checks.

Wisconsin No, but Maybe

By on 5.16.06 | 11:02AM

Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson this week announced he would NOT run for his old job, which leaves the GOP field to promising but less known candidate Mark Green. But the story in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel did contain this news:

Bob Wood, a former chief of staff for Thompson in Madison and Washington, said Sunday that Thompson's statement deliberately left open the possibility that he might still run against U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.). That is considered unlikely, however.

Thompson "will make that (Senate) decision this week," Wood said.

Thompson left Madison on Sunday and was not available for further comment, a spokesman said.

This Senate thing should be of interest to all political junkies, because a race between the extremely popular Thompson (one of the best governors ever, ANYWHERE), and the also popular, fairly congenial Kohl would be one of the most fascinating and closest Senate races anywhere in a long, long time.

Re: Bush’s French Proposal

By on 5.16.06 | 10:14AM

If you want to see how really bad, and unserious, all this is you need to read Hugh Hewitt's interview with Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief Julie Meyers at Radioblogger.com. Fence? What fence?

A Reader Reacts: “Milk and Cookies”

By on 5.16.06 | 8:59AM

While our readers may be across the board on the President's speech last night, I expect many will agree with these sentiments:

The President turned me off 2:13 into his speech. I turned him off 23 seconds later. The opener should have been something about, um, the barbarians are inside the wall -- but no. Milk and cookies.

Good people are trying hard to make it seem as though it wasn't so bad -- but it was. The bones he threw us will be eaten by feral dogs, a booming industry in Pathway-To-Citizenship fraud will enrich an army of fixers, and we shall be overwhelmed.

Bush’s French Proposal

By on 5.16.06 | 8:14AM

The setup to one of the best French jokes asks, “How many Frenchmen does it take to defend Paris?” The answer, of course, is “Nobody knows because they’ve never tried.” That came to mind Monday night when President Bush said that, “The reality is that there are many people on the other side of our border who will do anything to come to America to work and build a better life. They walk across miles of desert in the summer heat, or hide in the back of 18-wheelers to reach our country. This creates enormous pressure on our border that walls and patrols alone will not stop.” How do we know walls and border patrols won’t stop illegal immigration? We’ve never tried.


Meltdown

By on 5.16.06 | 2:41AM

Is the popular conservative group blog PoliPundit a microcosm of the American right? Let's hope not. Here's how PoliPundit himself responded to Bush's speech last night:

An Initial Reaction

By on 5.15.06 | 10:53PM

I'm getting to the speech at a late hour (thanks to the wonders of C-Span). My quick reaction is that the substance is generally strong. The deployment of technology and the Guard is heartening, if 6,000 troops are enough. Ending catch and release and employing some sort of employment verification are good starts.

But some rhetoric is troubling: there is an absence of a sense of injustice over the wanton violation of American laws. I wonder if President Bush would be as forgiving of marijuana use or any other systemic crime. The temporary worker program is more of the same -- but as we know, the devil is in the details of fines, how long people have been in the country, etc. The White House and Senate plans we have already seen are essentially automatic plans to citizenship, or at least cheap forgiveness. Both of which sound an awful lot like amnesty to me.

Lastly, it is unfortunate Bush is drawing a line by insisting that border security must be linked to his neo-amnesty program. The program is optional -- border security is just doin' the job.

The Speech

By on 5.15.06 | 8:38PM

Here's the whole text: The President, 8 pm:

Good evening.  I have asked for a few minutes of your time to discuss a matter of national importance – the reform of America/>/>’s immigration system.   

Tonight’s Auto da Fe

By on 5.15.06 | 6:45PM

The White House is sending around excerpts from the president's speech tonight. Here's the one that may make me turn off the tv:

"The reality is that there are many people on the other side of our border who will do anything to come to America to work and build a better life.  They walk across miles of desert in the summer heat, or hide in the back of 18-wheelers to reach our country.  This creates enormous pressure on our border that walls and patrols alone will not stop. To secure the border effectively we must reduce the numbers of people trying to sneak across."

How do we know if walls and patrols can't stop it unless we try? If we are to take this as an auto da fe -- an act of faith -- what is our faith supposed to be based upon? 

BIG News: A Brit Impersonator

By on 5.15.06 | 5:54PM

In the blog post immediately below, I report on the apparent false identity scam used, according to our friend Mark Corallo, by lefty blogger Jason Leopold, in the course of spreading apparently false stories to the effect that Karl Rove had been indicted. Now it gets even better/weirder: In the course of talking to Corallo under the identity of a reporter for a British publication (conversations Leopold himself reported on, but without the little detail about having used an alias), Leopold gave Corallo a number to call back on. When Corallo tried back, Corallo said, the number didn't work. Well, just in the few minutes since I posted the tale below, I got the following e-mail from Corallo:

"Gets better - at 4:00 p.m. today I got a call from a guy named Joel Loria of the London Sunday Times!! He was a bit miffed (to say the least) that Leopold used his name. And the phone number was one digit off!"

This is really getting fun! Calling Janet Cooke, in addition to Jayson Blair and Stephen Glass.....

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