The FBI office in Albany NY has apparently wasted the past year or so entrapping two morons who proposed to build a super atomic radiation-fired death ray for use on Muslims in an effort to protect Israel, on behalf of the KKK. Or something.
The completely preposterous plot is described by scientists, kindly, as not “feasible.”
What likely drew the FBI’s rapt attention and investigative overkill was one of the men allegedly belonging to a website called “Americans Demanding Liberty and Freedom” which the local “progressive” newspaper describes as a “tea party group.”
Why didn’t the FBI just refer the “tea party” x-ray terrorists to the IRS? Surely the IRS would have known how to handle them!
Today’s super-improved “border security” provisions are claimed by the Gang of 8 to be even better than yesterday’s border security measures! After we were told that the Amnesty Bill couldn’t be changed and was the greatest bolstering of border security in US history.
We were told yesterday that failing to support yesterday’s Amnesty Bill meant the end of the Republican Party. And now the bill that couldn’t be changed has somehow been improved.
Sorry. A temporary surge of order agents under the control of Janet Napolitano fails to convince the Center.
The CBO scoring shows that the Schumer/Rubio “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act” will only reduce illegal immigration by 25%, and will increase unemployment while reducing wages. In other words it will not secure the border and it will not create economic opportunity.
And we are not persuaded that the Act “modernizes” immigration, whatever that means, or that “modernization” of immigration is a pressing national issue.
CBO scoring shows that the Schumer/Rubio “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act” will only reduce illegal immigration by 25%, and will increase unemployment while reducing wages. In other words it will not secure the border and it will not create economic opportunity. And we are not persuaded that the Act “modernizes” immigration, whatever that means, or that “modernization” of immigration is a pressing national issue.
1. USA Today: WASHINGTON — The American economy would suffer some initial struggles if a Senate bill legalizing the nation’s million unauthorized immigrants becomes law, but the overall effect would be a reduction in the federal deficit, according to an analysis from the Congressional Budget Office.
But the CBO also found that the border security components in the bill would reduce illegal immigration only by 25%.
2. AP: http://news.yahoo.com/cbo-senate-immigration-bill-help-economy-010711853.html
“Not all the forecast was as favorable, though. CBO said average wages would decline through 2025 as a result of the bill, and that unemployment would go up slightly.”
“You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means” . . .
The top secret “Prism” spying program, the revelation of which has many calling for the imprisonment of Edward Snowden, is, according to President Obama, “transparent.”
Presto. All is well in Afghanistan as the Taliban will soon “renounce” al Qaeda!
“Senior Barack Obama administration officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak on the record, described the office opening to AP as a stepping stone to full Taliban renouncement of al Qaeda.”
Even better, the Taliban celebrated the NATO turnover of Afghan security to the Afghan Army with a traditional roadside bombing resulting in 3 deaths and 30 injured.
DETROIT (WWJ) – . . . Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr . . . sat down in a closed-door meeting with about 150 creditors, bond holders and unions to discuss the city’s fiscal situation, seeking concessions that would save Detroit millions of dollars in payments.
Perhaps the most dramatic aspect of his plan: Orr said, starting now, there will be a moratorium on debt payments for all unsecured funded debt. Creditors are being asked to take about 10 cents on the dollar of what’s owed them. Underfunded pension claims would get less.
This latest comes as Detroit continues to spend more money than it takes in as revenue. The city’s budget deficit could top $380 million by July 1, and Orr now estimates the city’s long-term debt at $20 billion.
As part of the proposal, Orr said he wants to invest $1.25 billion in the city for police and fire; and $500 million to fight blight.
“We’re tapped out,” Orr said.
The New York Post recently reported on appellate argument over Mayor Bloomberg’s ban on large sugary drinks. The issue is whether the law, and its many exceptions and loopholes, is “arbitrary and capricious.”
One of the judges asked Bloomberg’s attorney whether a “7-Eleven on the same block could sell the same drink [that a bodega could not sell]?”
Bloomberg’s lawyer replied, “Maybe.” Sounds arbitrary and capricious to us.
The same can be said of Bloomberg’s dictates on smoking and guns. Conservatives have no problem condemning Bloomberg on these issues.
What conservatives avoid acknowledging, however, is that Bloomberg’s “stop and frisk” policing policy is similarly “arbitrary and capricious” despite its undeniable effectiveness in reducing violent street crime. The arguments offered to support “stop and frisk” are not appreciably different from those arguments suggesting that Obama’s NSA “Prism” surveillance program is just fine because it protects us from the terrorists despite its intrusiveness, and, ultimately, it’s unconstitutionality.
Conservatives must be careful not to casually accept limiting liberty for security when it seemingly only affects some “other” citizens or groups of citizens.
From the Center:
Rahm Emanuel reminded us early in the Obama Administration that Progressives never let a “crisis go to waste . . . it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”
Government by continuing crisis, whether fact-based or by press release, is the Progressives preferred political strategy. The activists and their mainstream media allies hype a so-called crisis and then demand that the government “do something” about it. When that “something” fails, we are told that “it would have been worse” and we now must “do more.”
Unfortunately, Sen. Rubio, in pushing his Amnesty Bill, is playing the “do something” card to convince Americans that “legalization” of illegal immigrants must come before border security because “you have to do something with the people who are here illegally so we know who they are.”
Sorry, Sen. Rubio. We don’t have to “do something” about illegal immigrants other than enforce the existing law. We don’t have to “know who they are” unless it is to arrest and deport them.
Dozens of lawmakers and aides are so afraid that their health insurance premiums will skyrocket next year thanks to Obamacare that they are thinking about retiring early or just quitting.
The fear: Government-subsidized premiums will disappear at the end of the year under a provision in the health care law that nudges aides and lawmakers onto the government health care exchanges, which could make their benefits exorbitantly expensive.
If the issue isn’t resolved, and massive numbers of lawmakers and aides bolt, many on Capitol Hill fear it could lead to a brain drain just as Congress tackles a slew of weighty issues — like fights over the Tax Code and immigration reform.