August 21, 2007

Web Reconnaissance for 08/21/2007

A short recon of what’s out there that might draw your attention, updated throughout the check back often.

In the News: (Registration may be required to read some stories)
Europe's Carbon Con Job - With all the supposed truths out there about global warming, here's one that doesn't get reported very often. Europe isn't the climate-change champion that its leaders, and their American apologists, would have you believe. (READ MORE)

Lawyers Without Borders - How did it come to pass that a lawsuit concerning banana farmers in Nicaragua is being adjudicated in a state court in downtown Los Angeles? Just the latest abuse of the U.S. civil justice system, courtesy of the plaintiffs bar. (READ MORE)

Senator Calls for Maliki's Ouster - Declaring the government of Iraq "non-functional," the influential chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said yesterday that Iraq's parliament should oust Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his cabinet if they are unable to forge a political compromise with rival factions in a matter of... (READ MORE)

Cheney's Office Says It Has Wiretap Documents - Vice President Cheney's office acknowledged for the first time yesterday that it has dozens of documents related to the administration's warrantless surveillance program, but it signaled that it will resist efforts by congressional Democrats to obtain them. (READ MORE)

Governor Assassinated In Iraq's Oil-Rich South - The governor of Muthanna province in southern Iraq was killed Monday by a roadside bomb, police said. He was the second provincial governor to be assassinated in 10 days. (READ MORE)

Democrats See 'Results' in Iraq - Top Senate Democrats have started to acknowledge progress in Iraq, with the chairman of the Armed Services Committee yesterday saying the U.S. troop surge is producing "measurable results." (READ MORE)

Canada Brings Up Troops at Summit - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper yesterday told President Bush that his country's troop commitment to Afghanistan may face political obstacles in about 18 months, and also pressed the U.S. to ease new border-enforcement rules that Canadians consider an inconvenience. (READ MORE)

Bush Answers Subpoena with FISA Demand - The Bush administration yesterday signaled to Senate Democrats that it will provide the legal rationale for its domestic surveillance program if Democrats reciprocate by permanently updating the key law governing foreign spying. (READ MORE)

Vick Faces Up to 18 Months in Jail - Michael Vick agreed yesterday to plead guilty to federal dogfighting conspiracy charges, a deal that leaves the Atlanta Falcons quarterback facing up to 18 months in prison and puts his National Football League career in jeopardy. (READ MORE)

From the Front:
The Shield of Achilles: Response from Paul Rieckhoff - I got a great letter from Paul Rieckhoff, in response to my last article. Now, just to clarify, I never said you were "anti-war", but rather "anti-Iraq war". That's the impression I got from your articles and interviews, and if that's not accurate either, I apologize. But like I said, I have actually read your articles. And if I get a skewed impression, imagine someone who just glances at your stuff or hears a couple sound bites? (READ MORE)

Michael J. Totten: How to Spy in Iraq - American soldiers arrived in Iraq in 2003 with not much of a plan and little idea what to expect. The Iraqi government, military, and police were overthrown and disbanded under de-Baathification. Most Iraqis who knew how to run the country were either sent home or imprisoned. Americans were in charge of just about everything even though they had no experience running even their own country let alone a traumatized and suspicious Arab society. They were confounded by its exotic and dysfunctional ways. When Sunni and Shia militias launched wars against each other and against the Americans, confusion turned to bewilderment. (READ MORE)

Matt Sanchez: Anbar Awakening - Anbar is at the center of the famous Sunni Triangle, the triangle of death. Just last September a "secret" intelligence report, that somehow reached the hands of the mainstream media, declared the former Baathist stronghold "lost" to American forces. Al Qaeda declared Anbar city of Ramadi, the capital of The Islamic State of Iraq. Things have changed since the "spurge". Over the next few days, we'll bring you commentary and analysis of the people who have caused that change, as well as assessments of where things are heading in a place the media declared the "Key to Victory in Iraq" (READ MORE)

Jake's Life: Good News - I'm sitting in Kuwait, wondering why these people stationed here get to earn combat pay. Well, wondering about that isn't good news, but sitting in Kuwait is, because that means that all I have to do is wait around to board that freedom plane. From there it's nothing but smooth skies all the way back to California. (READ MORE)

Desert Flier: KBR and Team Blinky - D squared: "First the fan seems to shift into a lower speed regardless of temperature setting. Then it makes some funny noises. Before we know it, the hut temp starts rising despite our attempts to crank down the controller to 16 degrees celsius. The inside temp has been climbing into the 80's and now 90's in the afternoon. (READ MORE)

Acute Politics: The End Times - We're living in them. No, not those end times... I don't know anything about those. Our time here will soon be up, as I've mentioned. It doesn't seem that way; no matter how much gear I pack up and turn in, this desert still feels normal, still feels like home. A year doesn't seem that long- twelve months, less than five percent of my life to date- but I barely recall what "normal" life is like. It feels so distant to me now that it might as well be a second lifetime, an earlier incarnation of myself. Leave wasn't that long ago, of course, but that was only two weeks, lived under the specter of impending return. (READ MORE)

On the Web:
Jim Talent: Mitt Romney: Putting Conservative Principles to Work in Health Care - Each candidate in the 2008 Presidential race will undoubtedly offer a health care plan. Those plans will include initiatives ranging from a single payer system, to employer mandates, to tax incentives for the purchase of private health insurance. But only one candidate has actually done something, waded into the issue and emerged with a successful plan that does not resort to one-size-fits-all, government run "Hillary Care." (READ MORE)

Bill Steigerwald: John Lott Loves Markets - Reacting to the way the free market was misrepresented and disrespected in the best-seller "Freakonomics" -- as a place where trickery, deceit and predatory behavior rules -- economist John Lott has given us "Freedomnomics: Why the Free Market Works and Other Half-Baked Theories Don't." (READ MORE)

Douglas MacKinnon: News of the Future: "President Hillary Clinton Surrenders America" - It can credibly be argued that the presidential election of 2008 is the most important in the history of our Republic. Why? Because if we get this one wrong, Islamic terrorists will almost certainly strike into the heart of America. That is their stated goal. That is why they are paying so much attention to this election. (READ MORE)

Bill Murchison: When Losing Is Winning - We always get back to the same place, don't we, whenever something goes wrong -- the place known as How Can the Government Help? (READ MORE)

Debra J. Saunders: Arellano's Overdue Departure - Elvira Arellano's story starts out with the most understandable (if expedient and wrong-headed) rationale for breaking American immigration law. Poor and Mexican, she figured that she could make a better life for herself if she crossed the border illegally and found work. (READ MORE)

Cal Thomas: A New Old Message for Republicans - Britain's New Labour, despite criticism from Prime Minister Gordon Brown of a government that has grown too fast and costs too much, has been quietly planning a vast expansion of government. (READ MORE)

Thomas Sowell: An Investment in Failure - It is not just in Iraq that the political left has an investment in failure. Domestically as well as internationally, the left has long had a vested interest in poverty and social malaise. (READ MORE)

Dennis Prager: Why I Fought for Two Boys I Never Met - At Patton Middle School in McMinnville, Oregon, students created something called "slap butt day." On one such day in February 2007, according to The Oregonian (July 22, 2007): "Two boys tore down the hall of Patton Middle School after lunch, swatting the bottoms of girls as they ran -- what some kids later said was a common form of greeting. But bottom-slapping is against policy in McMinnville Public Schools. So a teacher's aide sent the gawky seventh-graders to the office, where the vice principal and a police officer stationed at the school soon interrogated them." (READ MORE)

Patrick J. Buchanan: The Color of Crime - The execution-style murder of three African-American college students in Newark, N.J., forced to kneel and shot in the head -- allegedly by an illegal alien from Peru who was out on bail for the serial rape of a 5-year-old -- has the makings of a Willie Horton issue in 2008. (READ MORE)

Paul Greenberg: A Canticle for Darwin - Brother Erasmus might never have found the Lost Gospel had it not been for the pilgrim with girded loins who'd approached him in the wilderness. The monk was well into his fast in honor of the blessed St. Lysenko when his peace was disturbed. (READ MORE)

Phyllis Schlafly: The NEA lists its goals and the Democratic Party agrees - Some critics complain that the issue of education has been conspicuously absent from presidential television debates. But Democratic presidential candidates did sound off with their pro-federal government, pro-spending policies at the annual convention of the National Education Association, and the nation's largest teachers union liked what they heard. (READ MORE)

Richard H. Collins: What is Hillary Hiding? - It was bound to happen. Sooner or later Hillary Clinton?s past was going to catch up with her. Her time in the White House wasn?t exactly characterized by peace and tranquility and she has been known to step on a few toes now and again. (READ MORE)

Harry R. Jackson, Jr.: A New Civil Rights Movement - Two weeks ago Alphonso Jackson and Margaret Spellings sat with a group of civic leaders from around the country at the civil rights museum in Memphis Tennessee. The museum was built on the site of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (READ MORE)

John McCaslin: All Cheney, All the Time - "It's going to be all Cheney all of the time." Or so one Republican insider replied when asked by Inside the Beltway over the weekend who the Democrats will have left to beat up in the Bush White House now that Karl Rove has announced he is stepping down later this month as the president's deputy chief of staff. (READ MORE)

John Fund: Make Up Your Own Mine - The recent tragedy in Utah has brightened the spotlight on mining, already under assault by environmental and anti-globalization activists world-wide. These activists have produced several documentaries, and the anti-mining campaign has attracted the attention of billionaire George Soros and actress Vanessa Redgrave--and enough charges of greed or hypocrisy to fill a mine shaft. (READ MORE)

Fred Barnes: Can the GOP Make a Comeback? - It's not particularly visible at the moment, but there is a road to political recovery for Republicans. Chances are they won't get far enough down it to recapture the House or Senate or even hold the White House in 2008. But they might. Three things have to happen for Republicans to recover--in effect, a political hat trick. Events must work in their favor, notably in Iraq. Democrats must screw up badly. And Republicans must change their ways, in a compelling fashion. This last requirement may be the toughest. (READ MORE)

Bill Roggio: Mahdi Army trains with Hezbollah - While recent press reporting has been skeptical of the Mahdi Army's involvement with Hezbollah and Iran, Muqtada al Sadr and members his Mahdi Army militia are openly admitting to their links with Hezbollah. In recent interviews with Britain's The Independent, Sadr clearly and proudly admitted to working hand in hand with Lebanese Hezbollah, which is an arm of Iran's Qods Force. (READ MORE)

ShrinkWrapped: An Emerging Concensus? - While I am still not ready to resume daily blogging, a serendipitous combination of events have led me to the tentative conclusion that we may be seeing signs of an emerging consensus. To that end I will be posting a book review, a magazine review, and some conclusions that offer support to the contention that Western elites are beginning to recognize our common interests and beginning to come to grips with the need for a more unified approach in the war against Radical Islam. Last week I finished reading The Suicide of Reason: Radical Islam's Threat to the West by Lee Harris. My initial impression was of disappointment. (READ MORE)

Baron Bodissey: The Islamic Brotherhood Academy - With the Kahlil Gibran International Academy (KGIA) in Brooklyn scheduled to open in ten days, controversy over the Arabic-language high school continues to burn white-hot in New York City. The longer the issue stays out in the open, the more telling are the details that emerge about KGIA and its supporters. With each rock turned over by Stop the Madrassa, a new succession of grotesque creatures emerges. The latest discovery to see the light of day is a member of the KGIA Advisory Council, Imam Talib Abdur-Rashid, who hails from the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood in Harlem. Daniel Pipes has this to say about Abdur-Rashid and the MIB: (READ MORE)

Jules Crittenden: Party of Rage - Can’t we all just get along? "Rep. Bob Filner is facing an assault and battery charge after an incident at Dulles Airport where he allegedly pushed an United Airlines bag claim employee as first reported by ABC7/Newschannel 8. … Filner, a Democrat from California, allegedly attempted to enter an employees-only area on Sunday night." (READ MORE)

Allahpundit: Gallup: Congress hits rock bottom - 18%, down nine points since mid-July, 14 points lower than Bush’s own numbers right now, and matching the lowest approval rating they’ve had since they started polling 1974. Their disapproval rating? 76%. What accounts for the sharp drop in the past four weeks? The public has known for months not to expect any action on Iraq until September; besides, there’s actually been some good news to report. (READ MORE)

Bryan Preston: Desperate Democrats attack Bobby Jindal’s religion - I guess we shouldn’t be surprised. The Louisiana Democrats are the same bunch that mismanaged the NOLA levees for years and then planned out much of the politicization of Hurricane Katrina before it ever made landfall, calling in Clintonistas like James Lee Watt to help them craft an anti-Bush message. They failed to use the dozens of school buses all over the city, then screamed for buses from the feds. (READ MORE)

Uncle Jimbo @ Blackfive: US, French & United Nations victorious in Iraq - I think my man Petraeus is stealing a march on the left and the Democrats. He has already been floating the idea of troop reductions next year, but the beauty is that he is considering them because his cunning plan is working. I don't mean to engage in the cult of Petraeus, and I consider the effort to support and fight this war very widespread indeed, but as I said before right man, place & time. Now here is why this tactic is such a brilliant one. (READ MORE)

Ed Morrissey: Levin Demands New Iraqi Government - In what appears to be the new Democratic strategy to end the war, Senator Carl Levin has declared Nouri al-Maliki and his government "non-functional" and demanded that the Iraqi National Assembly replace them immediately. The focus on Maliki as the ultimate villain comes as other Democrats concede that the military has made real progress on Iraqi security with the surge: (READ MORE)

Don Surber: The Elvira Arellano-is-Rosa Parks poll - When Reagan got shot, my class took a phone survey that got national play. 2/3rds of the respondents said we needed tougher gun laws. But based on the 25 people I called, 80%-90% would have favored toughening the death penalty. We never asked that. What pollsters ask, or don’t ask, matters. (READ MORE)

Kim Priestap: This Logic Will Make You Want to Wrap Your Head in Duct Tape - Of course, I borrowed that line from Glenn Beck. According to a Kansas judge, an illegal immigrant's unauthorized entry into this country is illegal, but his continued presence once he's here isn't illegal. Huh? Here's the story: “While unauthorized entry into the United States is illegal, being in the country after having entered illegally is not necessarily a crime, according to a new ruling by the Kansas Court of Appeals.” (READ MORE)

Jay Tea: Based On An Unreal Story - There's an old saying that "truth is stranger than fiction." A while ago, I read something that explained this -- truth can be stranger than fiction, because fiction has to be believable. Now there's a new twist on the old phrase -- truth is scarier than fiction. (READ MORE)

Jim Addison: Senators call for Maliki's ouster - Senators Carl Levin and John Warner are, in essence, calling for a vote of no confidence in the Iraqi government, reports Jonathan Weisman of the Washington Post: "Declaring the government of Iraq "non-functional," the influential chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said yesterday that Iraq's parliament should oust Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his cabinet if they are unable to forge a political compromise with rival factions in a matter of days." (READ MORE)

The Wolf @ Blackfive: READ. It. Now. And read Who our real enemies are... - If you haven't yet had a chance to read the book on The One, Lone Survivor (Little, Brown) you should READ IT NOW. Because as the Blackfive team writes here often, the coming debate/firestorm over the Iraq assessment is going to be a real churner. I have just read this book, in one night, and want to highlight some passages you may not have heard covered in other places...This was not easy to read in some places. (READ MORE)

A Soldier's Mind: Pace: Psychological Wounds Need Same Attention As Physical Wounds - The treatment of PTSD has been one of my ‘pet” topics here at ASM. It’s something that I’ve dealt with in past employment, as well as in my current job. PTSD is a disorder, that if recognized as soon as symptoms begin appearing, can be arrested. Though they may still have problems from time to time with PTSD, if patients are taught the proper coping techniques and given the help that they need, they can continue to lead a productive and normal life. Without the proper help, many sufferers of PTSD will find their lives slowly spinning out of control. It’s great that it’s being recognized at all levels of the military healthcare spectrum and that programs and treatments are being put in place to help out the Troops suffering from PTSD. (READ MORE)

Scott Kirwin: Iranian Meddling In Iraq - A Parent’s Fear - My stepson - a Master Sergeant in the Marine Corps - will be shipping out of Camp Pendleton much sooner than we thought. It’s a secret where ‘out’ is at this point, but I doubt he’s deploying to the Bahamas. As a consistent supporter of the Global War on Terror, his mother and I are rightfully proud and support his mission whatever it is. He has a wife and children. In my eyes he is full of untapped potential that the Marine Corps has missed. (READ MORE)

Lawhawk: Gangs and Sanctuary - GOP Presidential candidate Tom Tancredo slammed the whole notion of sanctuary cities and pointed to the Newark triple execution as proof-in-fact. “Federal officials said on Monday that a second man among the suspects in the schoolyard slayings of three young friends was in the United States illegally, and a conservative presidential candidate flew into town to denounce the city’s leaders as complicit in the murders because they had declared Newark a “sanctuary” for immigrants.” (READ MORE)

Dafydd: Foreign Policy's Ex-Experts - I hesitate to take on this task, mostly because I distrust my own objectivity: I can't be absolutely sure that I'm not rationalizing away data just because I don't like it. But I'm reasonably sure I have a good case, so I'll go ahead and let you be the judge. Foreign Policy magazine has rather gleefully published an article in which 100+ "foreign-policy experts" speak out against what the magazine calls "the so-called surge;" they ask about lots of things, but this is the question that will get the airplay in the elite media, considering the imminency of Gen. David Petraeus's report: (READ MORE)

Big Dog: Clinton Wants to Bring the Troops Home - In what seems like her thousandth position on the war, Hillary Rodham says that the best way to honor the troops is to bring them home. I would say that the best way to honor them is to have them win the war but that would just be a difference of opinion between someone who served in the military and someone who has always disliked the military until it became politically necessary to support it. Interestingly, Hillary made her speech during the Summer recess, the time when Congress takes the entire month off and does absolutely nothing while earning a paycheck. While on her vacation Hillary said this about the Iraqi government: (READ MORE)

Blue Crab Boulevard: Where’s The Real Propaganda? - John Fund discusses a "documentary" airing on PBS tonight that focuses on a proposal to develop a gold mine in Romania. The film, which omits quite a few very important details about the real story, was apparently heavily financed by Greenpeace, the Hungarian Ministry of Environment and the George Soros-backed Energy Club of Hungary. What is left out of this film makes a very big difference. (READ MORE)

Confederate Yankee: Misfire: AP's Bogus Ammo Shortage Story - An Associated Press report published late Friday afternoon stated that ammunition shortages in some law enforcement agencies around the nation were to be blamed on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan: “Troops training for and fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are firing more than 1 billion bullets a year, contributing to ammunition shortages hitting police departments nationwide and preventing some officers from training with the weapons they carry on patrol.” (READ MORE)

Counterterrorism Blog: An Unexpected Guest - A visitor stopped by the Gaza office of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF) in December 1999. It was Dallas Morning News reporter Steve McGonigle, who was reporting about alleged links between the Richardson, Tex.-based charity and Hamas, designated as a terrorist group by the U.S. government four years earlier. McGonigle testified about that trip on Monday in the material support trial of the HLF and five of its officials. HLF officials did not know he was coming to Gaza, McGonigle said, and telephone calls between HLF officials in Gaza and Texas that prosecutors played seem to confirm that. (READ MORE)

GayPatriotWest: Bias Against Gay Conservatives in Web Coverage of Beauchamp’s lies - In an exhaustive post on l’affaire Beauchamp, my old friend from Washington, D.C., Rich Miniter who has spent a good deal of time talking to the key players, exploring why the editors and fact-checkers at The New Republic failed to uncover Beauchamp’s lies. In his extensive research, Rich found that the “magazine was at least as consumed by finding the whistle-blower [Robert McGee] than in presenting a full accounting to its readers.” That is, they were as devoted (if not more so) to finding the person leaking some facts about Beauchamp’s relation to the magazine as they were to checking the facts of Beauchamp’s various pieces for their publication. (READ MORE)

Amy Proctor: Richardson Offers Worst Plan Ever on Iraq - Bottom Line Up Front: Bill Richardson's plan for Iraq is asinine. We’ve heard some pretty bad plans for Iraq by the Democrats but presidential candidate Gov.-NM Bill Richardson may have the worst plan of all time. It’s worse than immediate withdrawal (although it includes that), worse than sending in U.N. peacekeepers to replace U.S. troops and even worse than having never gone into Iraq. At yesterday's Democratic debate in Iowa on ABC's This Week with George Stephanapolous, Richardson presented the newest version of his plan. (READ MORE)

Kat in MO: SitRep Iraq - French Officials Visit Iraq: Essentially, this is Sarkozy trying to reverse Chirac's policies. From his perspective, Chirac put France in a difficult situation when it opposed US intervention in Iraq, but, more importantly, when France insisted for the last four years on continuing that opposition and further straining French-US ties. While many saw this as a US failure and insisted that the US should have given in to European pressure, it is the Europeans who have the most to fear from a loss of ties to the US. (READ MORE)

WLS @ Patterico's Pontifications: Don’t Swallow Whole Just Yet What The Media Is Feeding You About the Vick Plea Deal - I’ve been trying to deconstruct the Vick plea agreement from looking at the indictment, the press reports of the plea agreement, and the comments of the judge in taking the pleas of the other co-defendants. I think there is lots left that is not known, and Vick might be in a lot more jeopardy that the media now appreciates. Here’s what is known: Vick is going to plead guilty to the indictment as it stands, which charges only a single count of conspiracy. That has a maximum term of 5 years. (READ MORE)

William Teach: T(Insane)LF: Truthers Upset With History Channel - I gotta say, the History did an excellent job of not only debunking so many of the 9/11 myths, but also in making the Truthers and their movement look like raving lunatics. Can it get any better then the guys who made Loose Change sitting around in their bedroom with the blinds all closed, redoing their film to fit the facts that they said were absolute but turned out not so much. Can you believe these nutters actually thing that the phone calls from Flight 93 were faked? Among all the other things that they are shown as people in need of commitment papers for. I mean, you’ve got them yelling at people who lost friends and family while at the 5 year anniversary get together. Sickness. (READ MORE)

Kim Zigfeld: Annals of Outrageous Russian Hypocrisy: Even I Can't Believe THIS One . . . But it's True! - I rarely if ever write in the first person, so I should be able to create a bit of extra emphasis by choosing to do so now. I've spent a lot of time watching Russia, but the above quotation from Reuters today takes the cake as the single most outrageous, unhinged and outright crazy statement I've ever heard come out of that benighted, pathetic, yet terribly dangerous country. It's an insult to my intelligence just to see it there in print. I'm sorry for insulting yours by putting it up there (an apology and a first person -- this post is truly one in a million!). (READ MORE)

Right Truth: Iranians in Iraq, Mahdi Army Connection Denied - Is the Mahdi Army connected to Iran, being trained by Iran and/or working for Iran against Americans? Iraqi Hezbollah: the Mahdi Army, from No More Spin: In his latest post, Michael Totten referred to the Mahdi Army as the Iraqi branch of Hezbollah. Well, he may be onto something. An article in the British newspaper The Independent talks about Mahdi Army fighters who say they were trained in Lebanon by Hezbollah. The connection is being denied. Direct from the source in Iraq via email: (READ MORE)

Right Wing Nut House: 9/11 Truthers Gut Punched By History Channel - In what will surely be seen as a defining moment for the 9/11 truther movement, the History Channel has delivered a blow for sanity and rationalism by airing a superior documentary entitled 9/11 Conspiracies: Fact or Fiction. There’s no other way to say it; the truthers got reamed. They got reamed to the point that the truthers who produced the internet video Loose Change are scrambling to alter the third version of their conspiracy mongering tripe, even going so far as to drop any reference to the twin towers being blown up by the government (they continue to insist WTC #7 was brought down by explosives). (READ MORE)

Smooth Stone: Germans protest sale of food from West Bank settlements - It is still my father's Europe and Germans are still the same salivating nazi predators in brown uniforms. Too bad the arab-loving Jew-hating German stooges who chant that Israel "occupies Palestinian land" and "settlements are illegal" feed the myth that 'Jews stole Arab lands'. Such condemnations of Israel are part of demonization, something Hitler and his minions enjoyed doing to Jews 70 years ago; they delegitimize and dehumanize Jews as perpetrators of lies and the cause of others' suffering, justify terrorism and may even become a prelude to genocide. (READ MORE)

Ron Winter: Who Is Fighting In Iraq. Why They Are Fighting. Why Eagles Are Landing In DC - On occasion I suspend my writing duties for a day and turn this forum over to people who have something to say and a more than passing ability to say it. This is one of those days. Deborah Johns is one of the strongest women I have ever met. Her son William is a Marine who came home from his third tour last May, and may go back again. (READ MORE)

Ericka A @ Redstate: Illegal Immigration Rage -- Local and National Frustrations - After the immigration bill was killed, we let ourselves breathe a little easier. But just because that battle was conquered doesn't mean we don't have a long way to go. Last week's deportation of Elvira Arellano -- an illegal immigrant who'd been hiding out in a church for over a year -- has lifted the issue to the bubbling surface of controversy once again. My own Montgomery County is the center of a specific battle right now. An ID card is apparently being issued by immigrant advocacy group CASA de Maryland. According to the Washington Examiner, the group has provided more than 10,000 ID cards to illegals over the past 10 years. (READ MORE)

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