Archive for April, 2007

Mexifornia Five Years Later

Posted: 30 Apr 2007 in Politics

Another great piece by Victor Davis Hanson

Mexifornia, Five Years Later
Victor Davis Hanson

The flood of illegal immigrants into California has made things worse than I foresaw.

In the Spring 2002 issue of City Journal, I wrote an essay about growing up in the central San Joaquin Valley and witnessing firsthand, especially over the last 20 years, the ill effects of illegal immigration (City Journal’s editors chose the title of the piece: “Do We Want Mexifornia?”). Controversy over my blunt assessment of the disaster of illegal immigration from Mexico led to an expanded memoir, Mexifornia, published the following year by Encounter Press.

Mexifornia came out during the ultimately successful campaign to recall California governor Gray Davis in autumn 2003. A popular public gripe was that the embattled governor had appeased both employers and the more radical Hispanic politicians of the California legislature on illegal immigration. And indeed Davis had signed legislation allowing driver’s licenses for illegal aliens that both houses of state government had passed. So it was no wonder that the book sometimes found its way into both the low and high forms of the political debate. On the Internet, a close facsimile of a California driver’s license circulated, with a picture of a Mexican bandit (the gifted actor Alfonso Bedoya of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre), together with a demeaning height (5’4”), weight (“too much”), and sex (“mucho”) given. “Mexifornia” was emblazoned across the top where “California” usually is stamped on the license.


Latest Democrat Loser

Posted: 26 Apr 2007 in Politics

Suspect Arrested In Republican Party Scare

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — By Frank Curreri FOX5Vegas.comA man has been arrested in connection with an incident earlier this month, when someone pressed a rifle to the face of a Nevada Republican Party official and threatened to “take action” if President George W. Bush vetoed a particular piece of legislation.


MIchael Yon

Posted: 26 Apr 2007 in Politics

Michael Yon has a new dispatch out today.
Go read it, he’s an excellent writer and he’s in the thick of it.

Desires of the Human Heart, Part One
A short journey with an American Army unit, at war

Reality in Iraq

Gunshots ring out at three in the morning as I write these first sentences. Gunshots, providing muse and meter for this dispatch home to America. Gunshots, three of them. The war is close.


Coast Guard all over it!
Way to go fellas!
Kudos to all.

Coast Guard Makes Record Drug Bust of 40,000 Pounds of Cocaine

Monday, April 23, 2007

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The U.S. Coast Guard on Monday began unloading more than 40,000 pounds of cocaine seized from three ships off the Central American coast, including one bust called the largest in U.S. maritime history.

The Coast Guard boarded a 330-foot ship heading north off the Pacific coast of Panama last month and discovered about 38,000 pounds of cocaine in two shipping containers, officials said.

The bust was the largest single sea-based seizure of cocaine by a U.S. agency, Coast Guard Petty Officer Brian Leshak said.


I agree.
The troops are disrespected always.

Soldier: Honor troops like Va. Tech dead

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Army sergeant complained in a rare opinion article that the U.S. flag flew at half-staff last week at the largest U.S. base in Afghanistan for those killed at Virginia Tech but the same honor is not given to fallen U.S. troops here and in Iraq.

In the article issued Monday by the public affairs office at Bagram military base north of Kabul, Sgt. Jim Wilt lamented that his comrades’ deaths have become a mere blip on the TV screen, lacking the “shock factor” to be honored by the Stars and Stripes as the deaths at Virginia Tech were.

“I find it ironic that the flags were flown at half-staff for the young men and women who were killed at VT, yet it is never lowered for the death of a U.S. service member,” Wilt wrote.

He noted that Bagram obeyed President Bush’s order last week that all U.S. flags at federal locations be flown at half-staff through April 22 to honor 32 people killed at Virginia Tech by a 23-year-old student gunman who then killed himself.


This Goes out to Dingy Harry

Posted: 23 Apr 2007 in Politics

Whassup My Nappy Headed Hos!

Posted: 20 Apr 2007 in Politics

I thought this was one hell of an article.

by J.J. Jackson
Whassup My Nappy Headed Hos!

Well, Don Imus has done it. The mumbling fool has once again proven, completely unwittingly of course, that there are just some things that you cannot say without drawing the ire of so-called leaders of a particular group (any group) unless you are a member of that group.

What’s that? Double standard? Oh no. You don’t understand. It’s not a double standard. It’s a carefully constructed redistribution of responsibility. This alleviates people decreed as special from being held to the same standards to which others are held. All this is done by establishing fluid and nebulous rules determined by the self proclaimed protectors of said group.


Senator Reid is a pathetic loser.
Nope, that ain’t right.
Senator Reid is a surrender monkey.
Senator Reid is a moron.
Oops, everyone already knew that.
Senator Reid is a traitor.
That’s the ticket.

Senator Reid should leave office immediately.
Senator Reid should be impeached.
Senator Reid should be tried for treason.

Senator Reid is a piece of sh*t.
Actually, I think that disparages sh*t.

You idiots that elected that moron, should have your head examined.


J. D. Pendry

As I start this, I am sitting about 7,000 miles from Washington, DC. It’s 7:18 AM, April 20, 2007. It’s 6:18 PM, April 19, 2007 in Washington, DC. My Granddaughter is not yet awake.

Imagine how you might feel when connecting to the Internet, after having avoided it for several days, and the first news images you see portraying your country to the rest of the world are those of losers. One of them is a mentally ill mass murderer. The other one is the apparently mentally ill Democrat leader of the United States Senate. Being untrained in mental disorders, I can only offer a nonprofessional’s opinion of the Senator’s failing mental health as opposed to the documented evidence available in the case of the murderer.


At Michelle Malkin’s Blog:
An invitation for our troops: Letters to Harry Reid

***Updated with lots of emails for Harry***

Active-duty military readers and military bloggers: If you’d like to send a message to the treacherous Harry Reid–who just declared the war in Iraq lost today–e-mail me or leave a trackback. I’ll reprint/link them here as they come in. Here is Reid’s contact form. He really needs to hear from you. (And perhaps Jon Voight could talk some sense into him.)

More Letters.

Air Force Contracts

Posted: 20 Apr 2007 in Politics

I am posting this, because it is the second contract that I am aware of that the Air Force screwed up!
At least the GAO is keeping tabs on the Air Force and its inability to award a contract to the right company.

Nobody’s First Choice

Another Air Force deal that doesn’t pass the smell test.
by Michael Goldfarb
04/19/2007 12:00:00 AM

PERHAPS THE AMERICAN public can only digest one helicopter-related story at a time, but the Marine Corps’s recent announcement that the controversial V-22 Osprey will soon be deployed to Iraq–which captured national headlines–is overshadowing a simmering scandal in the Air Force’s CSAR-X competition.

CSAR stands for Combat Search and Rescue. The Air Force currently operates 102 Sikorsky HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters to perform that mission. The HH-60s average 25 years old, and the service is desperate to replace them. Last November, the Air Force announced a winner in the competition to select a replacement: the Boeing HH-47, a new variant of the venerable Chinook.


More on Guns

Posted: 19 Apr 2007 in Politics

People don’t stop killers. People with guns do

Wednesday, April 18th 2007, 4:00 AM

On Monday, as the news of the Virginia Tech shootings was unfolding, I went into my advanced constitutional law seminar to find one of my students upset. My student, Tara Wyllie, has a permit to carry a gun in Tennessee, but she isn’t allowed to have a weapon on campus. That left her feeling unsafe. “Why couldn’t we meet off campus today?” she asked.

Virginia Tech graduate student Bradford Wiles also has a permit to carry a gun, in Virginia. But on the day of the shootings, he would have been unarmed for the same reason: Like the University of Tennessee, where I teach, Virginia Tech bans guns on campus.


Spirit of Self-Defense

As NRO’s designated chickenhawk, let me be the one to ask: Where was the spirit of self-defense here? Setting aside the ludicrous campus ban on licensed conceals, why didn’t anyone rush the guy? It’s not like this was Rambo, hosing the place down with automatic weapons. He had two handguns for goodness’ sake—one of them reportedly a .22.


Down the Memory Hole…

If you’ve been reading the papers and you have spotty knowledge of history, you might be forgiven for thinking that the shootings this week were the “worst mass murder in U.S. history.” If you’re a journalist with a lot on your plate, you may have forgotten the mass murder of September 11, 2001, which left over 3,000 dead. Then again, that was nearly six years ago & all.