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Penc-iveness on Immigration Bill

By on 5.24.06 | 4:12PM

Okay, finally my report, belatedly, on the terrific speech Mike Pence made at Heritage yesterday -- about which, by the way, he also will talk in a few hours on these shows: The Sean Hannity Radio Show, 4:30 p.m. EST
Fox News' Big Story With John Gibson, 5:00 p.m. EST

CNBC's Kudlow and Company, 5:15 p.m. EST

Post Gets It Wrong on Pence

By on 5.24.06 | 2:26PM

I still haven't done my big posts on the Pence immigration bill, but the Washington Post's Charles Babington gets a HUGE aspect of it wrong. "Pence's plan would require all illegal immigrants in the United States to be deported...," wrote Babington. Well, no. That sentence implies force. Instead, it would require that in order to get guest worker cards, the current illegals would have to "self-deport" in order to apply at "Ellis Island Centers" outside our own borders, presumably in Mexico. No government official would deport the people; the people would take advantage of the incentives to return to Mexico in order to become legal, under their own power and authority. The distinction is huge, and it's key to the whole bill.

Today on Kudlow & Co.

By on 5.24.06 | 1:47PM

I'll be on with Larry Kudlow today talking about China, the Iran missile test and the story that Negroponte is allowing secret projects to stay outside SEC reports. Shocking, shocking. Secrets being kept secret?

Mad House

By on 5.24.06 | 11:15AM

Neither Orin Kerr nor his very smart commenters (Kerr moderates his comment section with an eye toward keeping the discussion at a high level) can figure out how the raid on William Jefferson's office could possibly be unconstitutional. As for the politics of House leaders' complaints, John Podhoretz nails it: Hastert is an idiot.

Jessie MacBeth

By on 5.24.06 | 11:05AM

Well, well, well. It seems that the John Kerry model of the “Winter Soldier” – his infamously phony “investigation” into Vietnam war crimes that featured the testimony of several men who never served in Vietnam and couldn’t have witnessed the acts they “testified” to – has been adopted as a model for the new anti-war crowd. Michell Malkin has a great column on one Jessie MacBeth who is claiming to have witnessed and participated in war crimes in Iraq. Here’s the money quote:

Levin Also Agrees Search Was OK

By on 5.24.06 | 10:51AM

Last night, several hours after I weighed in on the search of Wm Jefferson's office (to the effect that the caterwauling about the search was misplaced and that the search was okay), the highly esteemed Mark Levin said the same thing, and explained it very well, over at NRO. Methinks Hastert and Company ought to listen to Levin and Viet Dinh and stop their self-destructive complaints.

Addendum: Now catching up with lots of related material from yesterday, NRO's Byron York and Andy McCarthy both also say the same thing.

On House “Raid,” Just Shut Up

By on 5.24.06 | 10:34AM

Today in The Hill, House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Majority Leader John Boehner continue their public moaning about the supposed unconstitutionality of the FBI search last weekend of the office of troubled Rep. William Jefferson, D-LA. As Archie Bunker would say, they should stifle themselves. Their complaints are going over VERY badly politically with an American public increasingly outraged about horrible congressional ethics and Congress' mentality of being entitled to favors and special deference. Even if they truly believe there is a constitutional problem with the search, they should pursue their complaints less publicly; their moaning makes them look as if they care more about their own prerogatives than they do about what appears to be horrible bribery in their midst. Meanwhile, they probably need a refresher on the COnstitution itself: A carefully crafted search warrant will not, on its face, violate the "speech and debate" clause in the COnstitution that protects Congressmen from prosecution for political speech or action.

‘Gray Charles’

By on 5.24.06 | 9:30AM

James, Is that an original moniker for Mr. Hicks?

After resisting Idol for years, I finally gave in this season. Slate's music critic surmises that curmudgeons like me are coming around because its quality has increased. Maybe so. But at the end of the day/show, it is good, fun, clean television.

I offer a third prediction for Taylor Hicks. He has the spirit and the voice despite his cheesiness. Katherine McPhee, despite her looks and potential, just falls flat.

Postal Stamp = Brand Canvas

By on 5.24.06 | 7:45AM

In another stroke of genius, the Congress this year threw out our longstanding prohibition against turning stamps into bite-sized pieces of junk mail. Here come the little billboards, one for each envelope, another open-ended burst of perpetual marketing in what only a fool can think is really a saturated market. When the public and the private sector sell each other out, diversity meets totalitarianism and the sky's the limit. I'm saying, then, that this is a bad thing...?


By on 5.24.06 | 1:36AM

AOL News, I see, has picked up yesterday's front page New York Times story on the Clintons' marriage, or as the paper put it, their "Delicate Dance of Married and Public Lives." Drudge teased the story on Monday, though in a way that suggests his leakers might have misled him. "NYT: STATE OF CLINTON MARRIAGE A QUESTION FOR DEMS," his headline announced. While raising this point, the story essentially declares there's no need for such concern. Leon Panetta, the first prominent figure quoted, dutifully notes, " know there's something there that basically bonds them."