September 19, 2007

Web Reconnaissance for 09/19/2007

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)
Fed Cuts Key Interest Rate - The Federal Reserve cut a key interest rate today, aiming to prevent turbulence in the housing and credit markets from slowing the U.S. economy. (READ MORE)

GOP Moderates Weigh Loyalty To Bush vs. Political Realities - With a difficult war debate looming and presidential vetoes for a host of popular legislation threatened, moderate Republicans in Congress are facing a tough choice: Stand by President Bush or run for their political lives. (READ MORE)

U.S. Working to Reshape Iraqi Detainees - The U.S. military has introduced "religious enlightenment" and other education programs for Iraqi detainees, some of whom are as young as 11, Marine Maj. Gen. Douglas M. Stone, the commander of U.S. detention facilities in Iraq, said yesterday. (READ MORE)

Democrats' Iraq Push on Hold - Unable to garner enough Republican support, Senate Democratic leaders said yesterday that they are abandoning a bipartisan effort to bring U.S. troops home from Iraq by next spring. (READ MORE)

U.S., Britain Differ on Southern Iraq Mission, Official Says - Differences have emerged between the U.S. and British views of how to operate in southern Iraq, with U.S. officials encouraging the British to be more aggressive for as long as they keep troops there, said an American official closely familiar with Iraq policy. (READ MORE)

Unlicensed Security - Private security contractors in Iraq say most expatriate companies in the country operate without licenses because corrupt government officials who issue them demand bribes of up to $1 million. (READ MORE)

Fed's Move Sends Stocks Soaring - The Federal Reserve yesterday slashed interest rates by a half a percentage point to prevent the housing recession and credit crunch from causing a downturn in the economy. (READ MORE)

Davis Seeks Probe of MoveOn Ad - The top Republican on the House oversight committee yesterday called for a probe of elections violations by the New York Times for selling an ad to at a reduced rate. (READ MORE)

D.C. Voting Dies in Senate 57-42 - Senators yesterday refused to advance a bill granting the District congressional voting rights, crippling the city's chances of gaining a long-sought vote in the House. (READ MORE)

Pope Likely to Visit District - Pope Benedict XVI is expected to visit Washington early next year during an apostolic journey to the United States that will feature a speech to the U.N. General Assembly. (READ MORE)

From the Front:
Me Over There: Back in the U.S.A - We arrived yesterday to North Carolina, hard to say how nice it is to see green stuff. Couple days here, and I'll be on my way home. 110 degrees when we left, 60 when we arrived. (READ MORE)

Bill Ardolino: Random Pictures, Two - The "Twin Towers Mosque" lights up in preparation for Ramadan as electricity becomes available in the city. Military Transition Team Captain Theodore "Teddy" J. Folsome was tired but dryly funny, with a nametag that read "Elvis Presley." When a passing Lt. Colonel chaplain saw it and asked him how "that all [came] about," he responded: "Well sir, I'd have to say it all started in 1977. My friend Jimmy and I were out riding bikes when a car pulled up and his mom yelled, 'Jimmy, get in the car! The King is dead.' He dropped his bike and left me alone on the side of the road. So I went home and did some research to find out what all the fuss was about. And the hooks were in." (READ MORE)

From an Anthropological Perspective: Aerial Survey - Yesterday I had the fortune of going on an aerial survey of the Kadhamiya and Al Mansour Districts. I’ve been wanting to do this for a few weeks and finally got the chance. What I was looking for was a general sense of housing conditions, indicators of essential infrastructure such as sewage and road conditions. I also wanted to see if I could discern any pattern in how rooftops might be used as living space. (READ MORE)

Far From Perfect: A Walk in the Park - I am so sore today. We had a diagnostic APFT yesterday morning followed by a long day of classes and NCOPD. After a few hours to ourselves (long enough to eat and get a shower), it was time to hit the trail. We went on some raids with the IA and IP. The IP were raiding a nearby village, so we acted as a backup for them while operating primarily with the IA in their target city. The city has been known to hold terrorist safehouses. The first time we ever visited there, the bad guys set an IED in the road immediately after we passed by hoping to get us on the way back. Its that kind of place. (READ MORE)

Michael Yon: Hunting Al Qaeda Part III of III - First, a recap of the end of yesterday’s mission which is important to today’s mission: Two men had been killed on the 15 July mission. Our guys shot them. Warning shots were fired, the driver sped up and our guys rained bullets. Slugs kicked up dust, some bullets striking the van, but it kept going. A fusillade commenced, and about 20 seconds after the first shot was fired the van was getting away. It had nearly escaped. A Bradley gunner was tracking the van in his crosshairs. He squeezed the trigger on his 25mm cannon. (READ MORE)

On the Web:
Sharon Weinberger: The Blackwater Backlash - Will Blackwater be kicked out of Iraq, or won't they? It's not clear, but it's highly unlikely that the company will emerge from this latest scandal totally unscathed. There is already some backtracking, however, as one Iraqi official reportedly said that the company was not being banned from Iraq: "We are not intending to stop them and revoke their license indefinitely, but we do need them to respect the law and the regulation here in Iraq." (READ MORE)

Melanie Phillips: Whoops! - Having accused the ‘Jewish lobby’ of hijacking American foreign policy to serve the cause of Israel and in particular of pushing America into the Iraq war, John Mearsheimer (of Mearsheimer and Walt infamy) has now descended into incoherence by contradicting this central claim of their whole rotten thesis. As CAMERA reports: “But in an interview on NPR’s On Point program, hosted by Tom Ashbrook, Mearsheimer lets the truth slip out – early on the administration itself was determined to go to war against Saddam, and once the Israelis understood the die was cast, they decided not to contradict their most important ally. After admitting this, Mearsheimer suddenly remembers that for more than a year he has been making exactly the opposite case…” (READ MORE)

Jules Crittenden: Claim/Fact - The Washington Post crunches numbers, quibbles, misses the broad side of history’s barn in its the claim/the facts examination of this remark by Fred Thompson: “You know, you look back over our history, and it doesn’t take you long to realize that our people have shed more blood for other people’s liberty than any other combination of nations in the history of the world.” (READ MORE)

Allahpundit: Was the tasing of the moonbat a publicity stunt? -CNN’s all over it. He gave a video camera he’d brought with him to the student next to him and asked her to film him — right before he started laying into Kerry. His demeanor “completely changed” once he was in the squad car and away from the cameras, say the cops; “you didn’t do anything wrong,” he allegedly told them — before asking if there were any cameras in the jail they were taking him to. (READ MORE)

Bryan Preston: The Blackwater affair: Licenses? Who needs licenses? - If you spend any amount of time at all in Iraq — and I mean that literally, any time at all — you’ll soon observe corruption. Iraq is a country that spent 35 years in survival mode, under the boot heel of a man who admired both Hitler and Stalin and who sought to combine the brutality of both on his way to becoming the next Nebuchadnezzar. The society was traumatized, and its people evidently learned to live by a police state version of the Wimpy rule: (READ MORE)

The Belmont Club: Well, why not? - Glenn Reynolds suggests, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, that a "fireball [which] fell from the sky and slammed into southern Peru over the weekend, creating a huge crater that emitted a sickeningly smelly gas" may precipitate an attack of zombies. Anyone who is seriously worried about repelling an onslaught of zombies should visit Zombie Defense Training, a site which contains useful tips which may one day save your life. One handy reference you will definitely want to own is the Zombie Survival Guide, published by Random House. This is serious stuff folks. (READ MORE)

Ed Morrissey: Don't Tell Hillary, But Privatization Works In Education, Too - Remember Hillary Clinton's declaration that privatization never works? She may want to look at a new study in the Journal of Public Economics, which analyzed the effect of a school voucher system in Milwaukee. Not only did privatization improve the education of childred redirected from the public school system, it also forced the public schools to improve to remain competitive: (READ MORE)

Ace of Spades: DREAM Act For "Young" Illegals: Not As Bad As First Thought -- Much, Much Worse! - That's Kaus' take, and since we're not talking about the war or taxes or health care I believe him. “There is no upper age limit. Any illegal alien can walk into a U.S. Customs and Immigration Ser­vices office and declare that he is eligible. For example, a 45 year old can claim that he illegally entered the United States 30 years ago at the age of 15. There is no requirement that the alien prove that he entered the United States at the claimed time by providing particular documents.” (READ MORE)

Lorie Byrd: The other side of childhood - Fellow blog board contributor Marc Danziger has a moving piece in the Examiner today about his son's decision to join the Army. I was particularly moved by the line about his son's decision putting him on "the other side of childhood." In our circle of friends, it's been the topic of lots of discussion and no small amount of criticism. This group is part of the information elite: people who live in coastal enclaves and get paid to move information around. They're well-educated and well-traveled, have high incomes and typically view themselves as cosmopolitan in outlook. (READ MORE)

Jay Tea: Motion Denied - Recently, someone in a comment (I've misplaced the actual link) questioned just how much of a military threat Iran can be to the United States. The question was intended to be rhetorical -- the short answer is "not much" -- but it brought up some things I've been thinking about for some time. (READ MORE)

Jim Addison: Whew! No new House seats - The House will stay at 435 as legislation to add seats falls short in the Senate, the Associated Press reports: “A bill that would have given District of Columbia residents their first-ever member of Congress died in the Senate on Tuesday, dashing hopes of finally gaining full voting rights after a 206-year wait. Senators voted 57-42, just three votes short of the 60 needed to move the measure forward.” (READ MORE)

Don Surber: A partisan CREW - CREW showed its true partisan colors when it released its list of the 22 “most corrupt” congressmen and senators. Sure 4 Democrats were listed — it is hard to overlook William “Cold Cash” Jefferson — but CREW ignored some very obvious Democratic scandals — including Democratic Congressman Paul Kanjorski steering $10 million in taxpayer money to companies run by his nephews and daughter. Well, the abbreviation for his state is Pa. (READ MORE)

The Hatemonger's Quarterly: Careful Ruminations on the Anti-War Movement, or Shut Up, You Stupid Hippie - We, the crack young staff of “The Hatemonger’s Quarterly,” recently caught wind of the fact that sundry witless radicals staged a pro-capitulation rally in Washington, DC on Saturday, September 15. And by “caught wind of the fact,” we mean it: Although our headquarters aren’t anywhere near the storied District of Columbia, we could smell those mephitic hippie from here. Ah, yes: Another in the long line of pathetic Stalinoid protests. Our lives under so-called “late capitalism” would be less rich without the moronic antics of young trust-fund radicals, who blithely do the dirty work for Islamofascists. (READ MORE)

The Marching Camp: David Rye is an Ass. - Dave Rye is a two-bit journalist at some small-time radio station, who made the following statement regarding the article published recently in the New York Times by a group of infantry NCOs. "Pardon my skepticism, and certainly no disrespect for the dead Montana soldier, but in my time in the Army I never heard such a word as “recalcitrant” escape the lips of any Staff Sergeant. I doubt if it’s spoken all that much in Ismay, either. (READ MORE)

Bill Roggio: Surging in Wasit Province - Forward Operation Base Delta, Wasit Province: With the surge of US forces in Baghdad and the Belts aiming at both al Qaeda and Shia extremists, Multinational Forces Iraq has devoted a significant effort in curtailing Iranian influence in Baghdad and the southern provinces. Since early spring, US and Iraqi forces have repeatedly targeted the leadership and cells of the Special Groups and the rogue Mahdi Army. To counter the flow of Iranian weapons, including mortars and the deadly explosively formed penetrator IEDs, and fighters trained in camps by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps–Qods Force, Multinational Division Baghdad has launched Operation Marne Century in Wasit province. (READ MORE)

Rep John Campbell: A Housing Slush Fund? - We just finished debate and voted on HR 1852, the Expanding American Ownership Act of 2007. Ordinarily this would not raise any eyebrows, in fact a similar bill passed 415-7 during the 109th Congress. However as I blogged on August 1st (scroll down to that date to see the full blog) the divisive difference involved today is the creation of a proposed new entitlement program, which has commonly been referred to as The National Affordable Housing "Slush" Fund. The final bill passed by a vote of 348-72. (READ MORE)

Baron Bodissey: Testing the Limits - One of the things that I have noticed about the Modoggie Crisis is that Lars Vilks — despite the rudimentary nature of his scrawled drawings and the manifest unseriousness of the artist’s statements — did not undertake his blasphemous task lightly or at random. There is a method in his madness. And now he has made that fact clear. According to The Local: “Lars Vilks took part on Tuesday evening in a seminar in Stockholm organized by the Council of Ex-Muslims of Sweden and the Swedish Humanist Association. Vilks reminded his audience that the drawing had been meant as a provocation.” (READ MORE)

Fjordman: Norway: The Country of Peace Meets the Religion of Peace - Norwegian police have discovered that a large number of Pakistani taxi drivers, many of whom have already been charged with tax evasion in one of the worst cases of welfare fraud in the nation’s history, have close contact with Pakistani gangs and operate as couriers of arms and drugs. In the city of Oslo it is documented that criminal Pakistani gangs also have close ties to Jihadist groups at home and abroad. This despite the fact that Norway, a nation of peace and home to the Nobel Peace Prize, should presumably get along just fine with Islam, which is, as we all know, a religion of peace. (READ MORE)

Fortress of Solitude: HillaryCare - Part 2 - Hillary Clinton's newly unveiled health care plan has so many fundamental problems that I had to split this into two blog postings. So, without further adieu...Part 2. Clinton claims that her plan will only cost $110 billion. (FYI - This is a separate fallacy which would require a 3rd blog entry. It’s a completely unrealistic dollar figure.) She states that the $110 billion for her plan would come “through a combination of cost savings and the expiration of some of President George W. Bush's tax cuts for the most wealthy.” (READ MORE)

Confederate Yankee: Shelf-Life: How Long Can a WMD-Armed SCUD Remain Fueled? - According to Janes Defence Weekly and carried in the Jerusalem Post, a Syrian SCUD-C missile exploded while being armed with a chemical warhead in late July, spreading a lethal mix of nearby WMDs. Dozens were killed: “Proof of cooperation between Iran and Syria in the proliferation and development of weapons of mass destruction was brought to light Monday in Jane's Defence Weekly, which reported that dozens of Iranian engineers and 15 Syrian officers were killed in a July 23 accident in Syria.” (READ MORE)

Chickenhawk Express: Another Haditha Marine Has Charges Dismissed - Murtha Still Silent - Great News from Camp Pendleton today. All charges have been dropped against Capt. Lucas McConnell in the Haditha incident. "Charges against Capt. Lucas M. McConnell stemming from the command response to the death of Iraqi civilians in Haditha, Iraq on Nov. 19, 2005, were dismissed on Sept. 12, 2007. A Grant of Immunity and Order to Cooperate with All Parties were issued to McConnell in order to further the fact finding process into the incident." (READ MORE)

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton: Web of Terror: The Holy Land Foundation, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood - The Holy Land Foundation (HLF) is just one node in a vast network of terror funding that ultimately falls under the umbrella of the Muslim Brotherhood, the most pervasive Islamic fundamentalist movement in the world. In fact, the leaders of most global Islamic terror groups including Hamas - a Palestinian offshoot - have roots in the Brotherhood. Front organizations such as the HLF, which pose as moderate organizations or charities, comprise the infrastructure that enables these global terror organizations to flourish. The Muslim Brotherhood, established in 1928, has branches in 70 countries worldwide. (READ MORE)

Neptunus Lex: Well, that could have gone either way - Nowhere was the gap between US rhetoric and the demands of policy realism more starkly drawn than in Pakistan where President/General Pervez Musharraf was hailed as a great ally in the war on terror. Of course, one of the theoretical aims of our diplomacy has been to democratize Middle Eastern tyrannies, thereby drawing the venom of Islamist militancy. But “our man in Pakistan” had come to power through an anti-democratic coup (of an admittedly corrupt regime) and ruled through extra-judicial means. (READ MORE)

McQ: What is the basic premise of Nationalized Health Care or Insurance? - No matter whose plan we're talking about, when they talk about it on a national level, what is the basic premise? That the current system is broken and that by dealing with it nationally through government intervention at some level, we can A) include everyone, B) deliver health care more efficiently and C) it will cost less. Somehow mentions of unicorns and magic rainbows always seems to be left out of the discussion. The latest to trot our her magic pill is Hillary Clinton. Her first bogus claim? “This is not government run. There will be no new bureaucracy.” (READ MORE)

Right Wing Nut House: Democrats Can't Find Anyone to Help Them Surrender - Running around Capitol Hill, their white flags flapping majestically in the breeze, Senate Democrats have desperately been searching for Republican allies to help them in their quest to hand Iraq to the forces of death and destruction. To be sure, the Bush Administration has spent much of the last 4 1/2 years doing the same thing, albeit not trying quite as hard and with considerably less planning. But for the Democrats and their hard and fast timetable for withdrawal of the bulk of American troops (and if the netnuts get their way, there won’t be a corporal’s guard left by the time the withdrawal is done), there don’t appear to be too many takers among Republicans: (READ MORE)

Meryl Yourish: Israel ups the ante against Hamas - Israel has declared Gaza a “hostile entity.” One might be tempted to call that a keen grasp of the obvious. One might be right. “The security cabinet voted on Wednesday to declare the Gaza Strip a hostile political entity. The ministers also discussed the continuous rocket attacks against Israel. The unanimous vote also authorized the imposing of economic sanctions against Gaza, so long as they do not affect the civilian population. The measures to be taken against Gaza include cutting back on the supply of electricity and fuel, in accordance with international law.” This is the interesting part. I wonder if there will be any follow-through. (READ MORE)

TigerHawk: Collateral damage and the war of ideas - Glenn Reynolds links to a New York Sun story about a prominent Saudi cleric who has turned against the jihad: A prominent Saudi cleric once praised by Osama bin Laden has published an open letter condemning Al Qaeda's violence.”In the long letter published on an Arabic Web site, Cleric Salman al-Awdah calls on Mr. bin Laden to end the killing of innocent Muslims and others in terrorist acts in Iraq and elsewhere around the world.” The question, of course, is why has al Qaeda turned to killing "innocent Muslims"? As Glenn and everybody else notices, Arab clerics did not bother to denounce terrorism when Americans were the prominent targets, but regard terrorism much differently when it produces Arab and Muslim victims. Al Qaeda turned to a policy that seemed calculated to alienate the Arab "street." Why? (READ MORE)

Big Dog: Approval of Congress at All Time Low - Back when the Democrats were working to take over the Congress we had polls nearly every day. The president’s approval ratings were in the dump and each day brought a new “record” low. The Democrats played this up each chance they got and, of course, they were assisted by their minions in the media. The MSM could not wait to inform us that the President had new record low approval ratings. It seems to me that this was all I heard. The Democrats used these low ratings and their one sided concern about corruption to get into the majority. (READ MORE)

Dafydd: Newsflash: Clinton Judge Finds Limit to Judicial Power - It's a bit sad that I consider it newsworthy that a federal judge appointed by President Bill Clinton, Martin Jenkins, has actually thrown out an activist, leftist lawsuit, filed by the state of California against automakers, alleging they have damaged the state by making cars that contribute to global warming. (Actually, the lawsuit was filed by former governor, former mayor, now Attorney General and perpetual nutjob Jerry Brown "on behalf of" the state of California; I didn't get to vote on it.) The judge held that setting such policy was rightly the task of the legislative branch of the federal government, not the judiciary: (READ MORE)

Blue Crab Boulevard: Attention John Kerry - Not long ago, John Kerry made the ludicrous claim that no genocide followed the American withdrawal from Vietnam. Well, Kerry's beloved United Nations would beg to differ with him. Today, the UN-sponsored Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia has arrested their second former Khmer Rouge official on charges of crimes against humanity. You know, genocide. "Nuon Chea was arrested early Wednesday morning at his home in Pailin in northwestern Cambodia near the Thai border and flown to the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, where he was put in the custody of a U.N.-supported genocide tribunal." (READ MORE)

Donald Douglas: Turns Out That Summer Really Didn't Make a Difference - I find it highly amusing that Senate Democrats, whilst incessantly deriding the surge as the same old failed strategy and urging a "change of course" in Iraq, can't seem to shake their own failed strategy in Congress. Instead of seeking compromise in the wake of General Petraeus', and Ambassador Crocker's, testimonies, the Politico reports that Senate Democrats will continue their failed strategy of pushing for, among other things that won't pass, a hard timetable for withdrawal. The Democrats' ability to compromise was always predicated on their ability to peel wavering Republicans to their side, and now that seems unlikely given that GOP leaders are committed to giving General Petraeus until March to continue the surge. It's no surprise, then, that the Democratic agenda is spearheaded by the ever-courageous Blind Harry, who sounds positively childish: (READ MORE)

Kit Lange: Part 1: Perspective - I was there in March, when the mud and the frigid wind couldn’t stop tens of thousands of us from standing up to say, “Never again!” to the anti-American Left at the first Gathering of Eagles rally. I was there in May, when the unforgiving sun beat down upon thousands more of us as we stood before Lincoln to honor those who have gone before, and those who go today. I was there Saturday, when the “peace-loving” hippies threw eggs, kicked shins, pointed fingers, and started fights, all in the name of peace. But this time, I didn’t see them through my eyes. I saw them through the eyes of a soldier who has given more of himself than all of those rainbow-clad freaks marching under a coward’s yellow banner. (READ MORE)

Jack Dunphy: A Misleading Choice of Words in the L.A. Times - In my column that ran on Tuesday on National Review Online, I addressed the recent confusion in the LAPD over impounding cars driven by unlicensed drivers, and I speculated on the motives behind the department’s brief moratorium on such impounds. I neglected to include in the column the sly and no doubt deliberately misleading choice of words used by the L.A. Times in covering the matter. In a September 12 story on the LAPD’s decision to lift the moratorium, Times writer Richard Winton wrote this: “[LAPD Chief William] Bratton had said last week that the moratorium would remain in effect until next Tuesday, when he would ask for minor changes to the department’s policy relating to the ability of officers to impound vehicles for 30 days, as state law allows. The practice has long been a contentious issue in debates over illegal immigration.” (READ MORE)

William Teach: Murtha Pulls A Standard Lib Blame Someone Else - And guess who he is going to blame if the Democrats force an early withdrawl from Iraq for any ensuing bloodbath? “If pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq results in ‘a bloodbath,’ the guilt will rest with the Iraqi people and not with the U.S. Congress, according to Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), a leading proponent of withdrawing troops.” (READ MORE)

Scott Johnson: Yale's disgrace - I happened to be at Yale in October 2003 when Navy Judge Advocate General recruiter Brian Whitaker was scheduled to meet with students interested in serving as Navy lawyers. Virtually all Yale law students had signed a petition vowing that they would not meet with Whitaker or other JAG recruiters. The petition was publicly displayed inside the law school as part of a protest display that included black and camouflage wall hangings. The one law student scheduled to meet with Whitaker cancelled the interview. The ostensible cause of the consternation occasioned by Whitaker's visit was the military's compliance with the federal "don't ask/don't tell" law on homosexual conduct in the armed forces. (READ MORE)

Paul J Cella: Ideology and globalism. - Poor David Gelernter. I suppose he just cannot see the difficulties in his own argument, as exposed by his own argument. He cannot see that what is right in his argument overturns what is wrong. He cannot see that his most compelling polemics may be easily applied to him. He cannot see, in short, that he is arguing against himself. “The Democrats are not unpatriotic, but their patriotism is directed at a large abstract entity called The International Community or even (aping Bronze Age paganism) the Earth, not at America. Benjamin Disraeli anticipated this worldview long ago when he called Liberals the “Philosophical” and Conservatives the “National” party. Liberals are loyal to philosophical abstractions — and seek harmony with the French and Germans. Conservatives are loyal to their own nation, and seek harmony with its Founders and heroes and guiding principles.” (READ MORE)

Stop the ACLU: ACLU Joins with CAIR to Sue the FBI - CAIR, the unindicted co-conspirators with Hamas, have joined with their favorite group, the ACLU, to sue the FBI to release records of their surveillance of Muslims….regardless and not even caring of what consequences this could bring about. “The ACLU and Muslim advocacy groups sued the FBI and the Justice Department on Tuesday, alleging that authorities failed to turn over records detailing suspected surveillance of the Muslim-American community.” (READ MORE)

The Foxhole: Shamnesty rears its ugly head again - In another attempt to sidestep the will of American citizens and the law, Dick Durbin has revived his “DREAM Act”. It’s being snuck in on the tails of the new Defence Appropriations bill as a rider. The DREAM ACT, or the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, was added as a “compromise” to the failed (sh)amnesty bill that the Democrats tried to push through in June. The measure would give illegals who entered this country before age 16, a free, no consequence pass. I guess that also includes the ‘anchor babies’ dropped by female illegal aliens on this soil, as an end-around the deportation laws. (READ MORE)

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