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Amnesty Disinformation Campaign

By on 3.29.06 | 7:52AM

If you had any doubts that the Specter-McCain-Graham bill creates and amnesty for illegal aliens, listen how carefully its namesakes are parsing their words in support. And listen to the NYT editorial of today that says, of course it's not amnesty. And then goes on to show how it is.

No matter how many smoke grenades Mr. McCain tosses - his arguments on tv have degenerated to "I can read the dictionary, and this isn't amnesty by that definition" - he never address the main point. Illegal aliens now here are made qualified for US citizenship by this awful, destructive bill. No matter how many puffs of powder or coats of lipstick you put on this pig, it's still a pig.

Not Working Hard is Apparently Hard Work

By on 3.28.06 | 1:15PM

I just heard Chris Burns reporting from Paris on the vainglorious student protests for CNN. Burns fawning reportage suggests he's gone native and may start chucking rocks at French police himself at any moment, but this bit caught my eye in particular.

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[French businesses] want to see someone proving their worth. However, I guess, if you put your mind in some of these youth's minds…they study very hard for very long. They have a degree. And they would like to get a job. They would like to get a job with security. And what is being offered to them is a low-wage job with absolutely no security, no guarantee. The boss can fire them no questions asked in the first two years of that contract. That's absolutely outrageous to a lot of these students who think it's just an insult.

A Riot Of Protests

By on 3.28.06 | 12:15PM

Which is worse for the rule of law: protesters who hurl rocks at cops or protesters who storm the freeways? L.A. and Paris have themselves a competition: is it easier for the USA to control its borders than for France to step an inch toward at-will contracts? The non spirit has gone establishment. The lesson to us -- face your problems before it's too late, I think.

RIP CW.

Tip of the Cap

By on 3.28.06 | 10:57AM

I'm late for a meeting, but word just came that the great Caspar Weinberger, Reagan's Defense Secretary, has died as well. I'll write more on him later, but for now I'll just say: His was a life well lived. The United States is in his debt. What a terrific man.

Nofziger, a great man

By on 3.28.06 | 9:42AM

We'll have more on this later today, I feel certain, but for now please let me put in my two cents mourning the death of, but celebrating the life of, loyal Reaganite and world-class character Lyn Nofziger. What a true conservative, what a wonderfully un-egotistical, what an approachable and authentic and principled man he was! As a college student in the early/mid 1980s I attended the Conservative Political Action Conference three straight years and always thought one of the highlights each year was whatever panel Nofziger sat on. He never pulled punches, never trimmed his sails, always gave his opinions unvarnished. He was entertaining, funny, irreverent, delightful. And later on he wrote a few western novels; I read the first one of them just two years ago. "Tackett," it was called, and it was simple and fun, a great bit of old-fashioned storytelling. Tackett was a good man, and so was the author who created his exploits. May he rest in peace, as he rests always in our highest esteem.

Folded Card, or a Shakeup?

By on 3.28.06 | 8:19AM

I heard news of Andy Card's resignation on NPR as I drove in. The commentator (Nina Totenberg, I think) promised more on "the shakeup" later in the day.

A shakeup? Not so fast. He's been there five years. He's reported to only sleep five or so hours a night. For any mortal, this is overdue. A shakeup would be welcome (especially in the Communications Office -- ahem!), but one tired guy resigning does not a shakeup make.

Andy Card Resigns

By on 3.28.06 | 8:00AM

The new White House Chief of Staff will be Office of Management and Budget Director Josh Bolten.

Union Label on Immigration Protests?

By on 3.28.06 | 7:00AM

What's with the "Jobs With Justice" signs at the Boston immigration protest? Jobs With Justice is a union project. That would make the Boston protest not-so-spontaneous.

Conrad to Fight

By on 3.27.06 | 8:02PM

Forgot to follow up on this one late last week: Sen. Conrad Burns did not pull out of his reelection race. In fighting spirits for his reelection campaign this year, he gave a "podium-pounding speech" Saturday night to rally supporters. It'll be one long, hard road: He's drawn three primary opponents. Three Democrats are vying for the chance to face him in the general.

Saying No to the Academic Bill of Rights

By on 3.27.06 | 5:36PM

As someone who who doesn't believe the wrong of liberal bias in the classroom should be countered with the creation of conservative bias in others--the "what kind of sheep shall we raise" argument is not convincing to people such as myself who are not interested in herding any sheep--I was particularly interested in this bit from a fascinating Opinion Journal interview with Thomas Sowell.

Mr. Sowell may be an unabashed free-market adherent, but he's proud to say that Professor Sowell left his personal views out of the classroom. In his 2000 memoir, "A Personal Odyssey," he relates an episode in which some students approached him after taking his graduate seminar on Marxian theory. They expressed appreciation for the course but added, "We still don't know what your opinion is on Marxism." He took it as an unintended compliment.

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