There are a bunch of issues I’ve wanted to talk about recently but have been tied up trying to track the illegal immigration fiasco in the Senate. I will continue to do so and we’ll start with that subject:
Over the past two weeks, a handful of senators and representatives have argued that the complex Senate bill, teetering on a political and legislative seesaw, should be torn apart to deal with each component separately.
Additionally, the AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest federation of unions, on Wednesday announced its opposition to the bill and suggested a less comprehensive approach might help coax its support.
But even backers have chafed at the broad approach. Underscoring the tenuous nature of the bill’s support, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who has backed the measure, immediately raised the question after it stalled June 7: “Is comprehensive too much?”
Politico goes on to talk about polling showing opposition but fail to cite the polls/pollsters (not real helpful). The second comment to the post is interesting as well – it is from someone who was affected by identity theft (assuming they’re being truthful) and their reaction to the amnesty.
If you are unaware, Operation Arrowhead Ripper was launched. Now would be a good time to keep tabs on the milblogs to get some raw action reports. The good news is, it appears Iraqis are cooperating.
Be Not Afraid
You shall cross the barren desert, but you shall not die of thirst. You shall wander far in safety though you do not know the way. You shall speak your words in foreign lands and all will understand. You shall see the face of God and live.
Be not afraid.
I go before you always;
Come follow me, and I will give you rest.
MNF-Iraq also has a release out: Task Force Lightning continues Arrowhead Ripper in Baqouba
Continue to pray for our military and the Iraqis and their success. Don’t forget those in Afghanistan, either!
There is also some background as to why we lost Gen. Peter Pace. I wish Gen. Pace the best, he didn’t deserve this type of treatment. Thanks Gen. Pace. To learn more about the type of person and leader Pace is, take a look at his commencement address at the Citadel, it is inspiring. Unfortunately, this type of stuff isn’t going to be limited to Gen. Pace:
“Progressives” continue their march to shut down things they don’t like, namely talk radio (and other purportedly conservative broadcasts). This is cloaked under the guise of the “fariness doctorine” which is essentially code for government bureaucrats deciding what you should be allowed to listen to and how much. Basically, they don’t want you, the market, to make the decision. Of course, the same folks that bring you this sham are those who’s top priority is protecting the 1st Amendment. Maybe they should mention the caveat: “…as long as we agree with the speech”. They seem to forget that the 1st Amendment also includes people’s right to choose what speech to listen to (or not) – just because you have freedom of speech doesn’t mean people should be forced to listen to you.
In local news, Davis County enacts smoking ban. I don’t smoke and, while I was exposed to plenty of second hand smoke in my youth, still don’t like it (I do like the smell of pipe smoke, however). The County made smoking class B misdemeanor in outdoor public places (parks, golf courses etc). I’m so tired of these government nannies. If smoking is such a big bad thing, then just completely outlaw it (prohibition part deux?). Ultimately, people have the right to smoke, so let them do so outside, at least (government is even banning smoking in private clubs, but that’s another rant).