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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Saturday, March 26, 2005

14th Amendment Abuse by Illegal Aliens

It's time our Supreme Court re-examine the intent and purpose of the 14th Amendment, or it will continue to be an entry ticket into the United States.

The 14th Amendment is a simple document, drafted after the Civil War to assure that newly emancipated black slaves would never be denied citizenship by the states.

It was never intended that an illegal alien can cross the borders into our country, have a baby a few minutes later, and then the baby is automatically declared a citizen of the United States.

Terry Schiavo - Please Forgive Us

"The first duty of government is the protection of life, not its destruction. The chief purpose of government is to protect life. Abandon that and you have abandoned all."

-- Thomas Jefferson

Illegals frustrating small-town cops

There's no doubt in my mind this frustration and lack of cooperation - is happening all over the United States. This could end up being the hot button issue that costs the Republican party the White House in 2008. Even though, I don't believe the Democrats are any more serious about this issue than the Republicans, they will use this issue as part of their presidential campaign platform and could sway enough voters (that they are serious about border control) to tip the scale in their favor.

Hillary, for example, is talking "tough" on this issue while she tries to reinvent herself as a moderate. Meanwhile, President Bush is laying landmines for the GOP with his inept handling of this matter.
Iowa police chief can't get federal agency to respond to calls for help.

Marshalltown, March 25th, 2005 - On Wednesday we told you about an immigrant smuggling bust in Colfax. Police found fourteen suspected illegal immigrants packed in a van and turned them over to immigration officials. Colfax police say so far this year they've brought in more than sixty illegal immigrants but they had to release about twenty of them because federal officials wouldn't take them into custody."

Friday, March 25, 2005


RegimeChangeIran says,
Reports are coming in of demonstrations taking place all over Iran (Tehran, Esfhan, Tabriz, Abadan, and others) against the regime, using the soccer victory over Japan as an excuse to go into the streets. The victory is an excuse for people to go into the streets. The people can claim the are celebrating their victory while those in their midst demonstrate against the regime."
Hat tip to RogerLSimon via Hugh Hewitt.


With the economy humming in FY 2005, the federal budget deficit should be coming down more than it has. Through five months, FY to date, tax collections are rising about 10%. However, budget outlays are rising around 7%.

By my estimate, the FY05 federal budget deficit will come in around $386 billion, as compared to $413 billion in FY04. In other words, we are not getting the deficit yield we should be getting from a robust economy that is trending towards 4% growth. The tax cuts of 2003 have done their job in promoting growth. But policymakers are failing to hold back spending. The federal budget should be growing below the inflation rate, but it is actually growing at more than twice the inflation rate.

(Emphasis mine - HeavyHanded)

This is wrong. The White House should be rescinding various outlays in a mid-year mid-course correction. Two sharp budget analysts from Washington, Chris Edwards of Cato and Brian Riedl of Heritage, have proposed 150 billion dollars worth of spending cuts (see below.) This could form the basis for a midyear budget-cutting exercise that could impact the remaining seven months (actually six months, since we are at the end of March, even though we only have data through February). If growth in non-defense, non-entitlement, non-interest outlays is held to 1% for the rest of the fiscal year, the 2005 budget deficit could be lowered by $25 billion to $361 billion.

It could be an exercise in good budget management, like a corporation controlling its expenses. Five year budget projections are nothing but planning exercise well into the future, but taking action right now in this fiscal year would make a huge difference both today and over the next five years. To maintain economic growth, and preserve lower tax rates, there's no time like the present to pull out a budget knife and start carving down overspending."

(Emphasis mine - HH)

2 More Looks at the Terry Schiavo Case

In Love With Death
The bizarre passion of the pull-the-tube people.


Thursday, March 24, 2005

God made the world or he didn't.

God made you or he didn't.

If he did, your little human life is, and has been, touched by the divine. If this is true, it would be true of all humans, not only some. And so--again, if it is true--each human life is precious, of infinite value, worthy of great respect.

Most--not all, but probably most--of those who support Terri Schiavo's right to live believe the above. This explains their passion and emotionalism. They believe they are fighting for an invaluable and irreplaceable human life. They are like the mother who is famously said to have lifted the back of a small car off the ground to save a child caught under a tire. You're desperate to save a life, you're shot through with adrenaline, your strength is for half a second superhuman, you do the impossible.

That is what they are trying to do."

Read it here.

The second one is byNeal Boortz.
I agree with Mr. Boortz on many issues and have linked to him on this blog several times. On this matter we differ. However, I must admit this is one of the more thoughtful, respectful columns written that I have come across, that opposes my position on the Schiavo matter and is worthy of posting even though we disagree. Its entitled, Because She's Earned It".

I signed off my talk show yesterday, stuffed unused newspaper articles in my briefcase, and headed home. As I pulled out of the studio parking garage I did what I usually do … I tuned in to see what Rush was talking about. On this particular day I had no doubt as to what the subject would be, but I wanted to hear his latest thoughts.

My studio getaway was so efficient, so swift that I was on the road in time to hear Rush come out of his hourly newsbreak. Now … before I go any further, let it be clear; I’m a Rush Limbaugh’s fan. Nobody does talk radio better, not even me. I love what he’s done for our radio format, what he’s done for America, and what he’s done to the left. Liberals hate him. I love him for that too. Rush has made me money by elevating the talk radio format to the top of the heap, and saved me even more through the tax cuts that came from his promotion of the Republican agenda."

Read the rest here at Townhall.

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Are you being targeted for euthanasia?

By Mary Therese Helmueller, R.N.

In 1984, while working as charge nurse in the intensive care unit, a 20-year-old man asked, “Can you give my mother enough morphine to let her sleep away?” I was horrified. “I can not kill your mother,” I responded. That was only the beginning. Recently, an 80-year-old was admitted to the emergency room and the physician said, “LET’S DEHYDRATE HER”; one more patient was sentenced to die in hospice with NO TERMINAL DIAGNOSIS and once again, THE LIVING WILL determined the death of a 70-year-old man regardless of how he pleaded to live. I can no longer remain silent."
Full article.

No Global Warming - Air Quality Link?

An interesting new report says:

New Study Finds No Link between Global Warming and Air Quality

Previous NRDC Study Used Scare Tactics & Misinformation to Push Legislative Agenda

WASHINGTON, March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- A comprehensive new analysis by top air quality and climate experts refutes recent claims that global warming will lead to more bad air days in more than a dozen U.S. cities. The analysis shows that the air quality in Atlanta and throughout the U.S. has dramatically improved over the last thirty years and that there is no strong link between temperature and ozone. Regulation of greenhouse gas emissions will have no effect on air quality."

Read the article here.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Social security vs. stock returns: no contest

One of the strangest arguments against voluntary personal accounts is the claim that those who choose such accounts will earn a lower rate of return than those who do not. This argument is not odd because I disagree with it, but because if it were persuasive, then young people could be easily persuaded to shun personal accounts. If personal accounts were really an inferior choice, then few would choose them and Social Security would remain pretty much the way it is now -- a bunch of empty promises dependent on the generosity of future taxpayers."
Read the rest at Townhall.

Bush Should Talk Up Social Security Protections for Poor

From Real Clear Politics
By Mort Kondracke

"The White House is convinced that President Bush has made progress in selling his Social Security reforms, but to win the fight he's going to have to be more specific about his ideas for keeping the system solvent." Read it here.

Pres. Bush Decries Vigilantes

Bush decries border project
President Bush said yesterday he stands in opposition to a civilian project that will watch for illegal aliens crossing the border, portraying them as "vigilantes." Read more here.

Grandson Jason

Meet my grandson, Jason. He is 20 months old. He has big beautiful blue eyes, and long eye lashes. He is my first grandchild.

Mexico Violates the Rights of Illegal Immigrants

Mexico accused of abusing its illegals
The State Department says that the Mexican government, angry that a thousand American volunteers will begin an Arizona border vigil next month, consistently violates the rights of illegal immigrants crossing its southern border into Mexico. Read more here.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Terri Schiavo

Posted here you will find links to 3 articles on Terry Schiavo. First, Charles Krauthammer writes, "The law is failing Terri".

If I were in Terri Schiavo's condition, I would not want a feeding tube. But Terri Schiavo does not have the means to make her intentions known. We do not know what she would have wanted. We have nothing to go on. No living will, no advance directives, no durable power of attorney.

What do you do when you have nothing to go on? You try to intuit her will, using loved ones as surrogates.

In this case, the loved ones disagree.
Read more.

Second, is an article written by Marc Siegel, "Doctors are simply ignored".
Terri Schiavo has lingered for 15 years in what many neurologists call a persistent vegetative state. Because the public has seen her plight largely through a political prism — right to life vs. right to die — core medical issues have been overlooked and distorted.
Read more.

Michelle Malkins writes "The MSM's life and death distortions".
However you feel about the Terri Schiavo case, one fact is indisputable: The mainstream media coverage of the matter has been abysmal.
Read more.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005


One of my favorites, Thomas Sowell, writes:

If the tragic case of Terri Schiavo shows nothing else, it shows how easily "the right to die" can become the right to kill. It is hard to believe that anyone, regardless of their position on euthanasia, would have chosen the agony of starvation and dehydration as the way to end someone's life.

A New York Times headline on March 20th tried to assure us: "Experts Say Ending Feeding Can Lead to a Gentle Death" but you can find experts to say anything. In a December 2, 2002 story in the same New York Times, people starving in India were reported as dying, "often clutching pained stomachs."

Read the rest here.

US-Mexican Border as a Terror Risk

"Recent intelligence gives the most evidence yet of terrorist plans. Lawmakers push for tighter security.

Concern is growing at the top levels of government about the US-Mexican border becoming a back door for terrorists entering the United States. While Al Qaeda infiltration across the nation's southern border has been a constant concern since 9/11, US officials cite recent intelligence giving the most definitive evidence yet that terrorists are planning to use it as an entry point - if they haven't already."

Call Senate Democrats' bluff

Senator George Allen, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, writes this article and thinks the Republicans should call the Democrats' bluff; they are threatening to slow or stop Senate business if Republicans go ahead with plans to end the unprecedented obstruction of Pres. Bush's judicial nominees.

A Texan Ward Churchill

"Robert Jensen is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Texas, a radical who opposes the war in Iraq, American military reprisal for 9/11, even minimal precautions to protect U.S. borders, any semblance of capitalism, and any restrictions on race-based preferences in hiring or education. He regards the war of Islamic radicals against the West in general and America in particular as a justified war against imperialism."

America's New Discontents

Victor David Hanson hits another homerun with this article.

“Die in Britain, survive in the US”

From Viking Pundit:
Jeff Jacoby writes in the Boston Globe “National health insurance: the wrong Rx”:
As it happens, the real-world consequences of single-payer healthcare -- also known as socialized medicine or national health insurance -- are well-documented. Single-payer care exists in Canada, New Zealand, Great Britain, and much of Western Europe. And wherever it has been tried, writes John C. Goodman, president of the National Center for Policy Analysis, ''rationing by waiting is pervasive, putting patients at risk and keeping them in pain.''
Or as P.J. O’Rourke once said: “If you think health care is expensive now, wait until it’s free.”

Monday, March 21, 2005

THE UNKNOWN KING OF TERROR and the Coming Lebanon Civil War

Dr. Jack Wheeler has a bad feeling about the future of Lebanon:
I have a very bad feeling about Lebanon that this could turn out really ugly. Dispatch after dispatch, story after story, and all you read about is Syria's getting its troops and spies out of its colony. Congressmen like Darryl Issa (R-CA) write newspaper op-eds entitled "Lebanon: Democracy's Next Stop." All without a word about Hezbollah. All without a word about Iran.

Hezbollah made the papers finally this week, when it staged a pro-Syria rally in Beirut that dwarfed in numbers the size of the Cedar Revolution's. The size was fake but the threat was not. There are upwards of half a million Syrian workers together with many thousands of Syrian intelligence agents. Hezbollah's rally was substantially composed of those Syrians, rather than native Lebanese. Nonetheless, the threat is very real, for Hezbollah has guns, and the Cedar Revolution democracy advocates do not.
Full report.

New Democrat Party’s Moral Relativism

From The Conservative Voice

With their moral relativism firmly in hand, members of the New Democrat Party are railing at the idea of Terri Schiavo being allowed to live. Joining the philosophies of Karl Marx and even Protagoras ("man is the measure of all things"), the Dems continue their political strategy of “Oppose Bush on everything. If he’s for it, we’re against it!” So, Terri Schiavo has now entered into the New Dem Party’s culture of death, which includes abortion on demand; even when the child is able to breathe and survive outside of the womb. The New Democrat moral relativism extends to ‘no death penalty for convicted murderers’ but, apparently condones and encourages it for both the disabled and babies.

Full Details.

U.S. Undocumented Population Surges

WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's undocumented immigrant population surged to 10.3 million last year, spurred largely since 2000 by the arrivals of unauthorized Mexicans in the United States, a report being released Monday says. Full story.