Immigration bill



Fri AM Update: Memeorandum has tons of links from bloggers and news outlets on what happened last night, how the bill was killed, etc.

I’m in the middle of composing a post-“bill kill” post which will likely be posted tonight time-permitting or sometime this weekend. It’s gonna take me a while, because I’ve got a lot on my mind about it, some of which is not going to make either side of the debate happy.

I mostly stayed out of it, because emotions were running high, and I didn’t want to write something totally based on emotion, but now that the bill is dead (which I knew it would be eventually) – for now – and some of the emotionalism is subsiding, it’s time to put my thoughts together and write about them.

San Francisco anti-war nuts want to ground Blue Angels airshow


In another stunning display of hatred against our military in the city of San Francisco, Code Pink and their allies – along with a San Fran Supervisor – are working to ground the famous Blue Angels show from flying in their city (emphasis added):

SAN FRANCISCO (Map, News) – The annual aerial show by the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels — a San Francisco tradition dating back to 1981 that pumps millions into the local economy — is running into opposition from three local peace advocacy groups that are calling for a permanent halt to the popular Fleet Week flyover.

CodePink, Global Exchange and Veterans for Peace, Chapter 69, are working with Supervisor Chris Daly on a Board of Supervisors resolution to address concerns over the Blue Angels.

Daly acknowledged he is considering a call to halt the flyovers because, he said, “they seem dangerous and unnecessary.” Daly said he plans on introducing the resolution as early as Tuesday, but is still drafting the language. A resolution is not legally binding, but states a board position.

The Blue Angels, a team of navy fighter pilots, fly over San Francisco during Fleet Week, which this year is scheduled for Oct. 4 through Oct. 9. For four of the six days, the flashy blue- and yellow-striped planes soar through the skies over the northern waterfront at speeds reaching 700 miles per hour, and perform such maneuvers as vertical rolls. As part of the show, six planes group together in tight formation to perform deft maneuvers.

The Blue Angels have 35 air shows scheduled in 2007 in various U.S. locations. Last year, more than 15 million people watched the fighter pilots. (Watch a short video of the 2006 air show in San Francisco.)

Veterans for Peace takes issue with the pro-military message and the recruiting efforts that come along with the annual visit as well as what it refers to as the “noise pollution.” The group calls the event a public safety risk, pointing to the April crash of a Blue Angels plane during an air show in Beaufort, S.C.

Just a slight miscalculation or a mechanical failure can cause a plane to “go barreling into the Golden Gate Bridge or a high-rise and cause a significant amount of damage” said Paul Cox, a Vietnam veteran and member of the Veterans for Peace.

All in favor of a Constitutional amendment forcing San Francisco to secede from the union permanently say “aye” …

Hat tip to ST reader Sev, who suggests we build a wall around them …

Here’s another schweeeeeeet Blue Angels vid:

Woooweee! Gotta love those flyboys! ;;)


Yes, there IS hope for the future!


Despairing over the ‘me-first’ generation and how they’ll contribute to society once they get old enough to start holding opinions on meaningful issues? Fret not – this 15 year old global warming critic has given us hope:

On May 18, NewsBusters introduced you to Kristen Byrnes, the fabulous fifteen-year-old from Maine who had torn apart many of the myths purported by the Global Warmingist-in-Chief, soon-to-be-Dr. Al Gore, in his schlockumentary “An Inconvenient Truth.”

Now, the Precocious Ponderer from Portland is taking on the scientist that Gore relied on for much of his misinformation, James Hansen of NASA.

In her recent report entitled “Houston, We Have a Problem” Byrnes identified a serious concern with this so-called scientist that many anthropogenic global warming skeptics have been addressing for years (emphasis added throughout):

Read the rest here.

Ms. Byrnes isn’t the only one who has figured you out, Mr. Goracle.

Meanwhile, Gore’s adoring fans in Chicago shout out “run, Al, run!”

More: We must STOP global warming in order to save the cats!

House tries and fails again to get a veto-proof embryonic stem cell research bill passed



(CBS/AP) Spoiling for a veto fight, Congress cleared legislation Thursday easing restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.

The House vote to send the measure to President Bush was 247-176, short of the level needed to override a second veto in as many years on the issue.

Within minutes of the bill’s passage, Mr. Bush renewed his threat to veto it. In a written statement, he said it puts scientific research and ethical principle into conflict, CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller reports.

“For many, embryonic stem cell research is the most promising source of potential treatments and cures” for debilitating disease, said Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., the bill’s leading advocate.

“Unfortunately, because of the stubbornness of one man — President Bush — these people continue to suffer as they wait,” she added.

Critics of the legislation said the research requires the destruction of human embryos, and that alternatives have shown more promise.

“You’re talking about spare embryos now but if it ever did work … it would require the killing of millions of embryos,” said Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J.

He also said a recent report by the U.S. Catholic Conference listed numerous breakthroughs involving research conducted on adult stem cells, cord blood and amniotic fluid, none of which involve the destruction of a human embryo.

Public opinion polls show widespread support for stem cell research, which supporters say could lead to treatment of diseases as diverse as Alzheimer’s and juvenile diabetes. Democrats made the measure one of their top priorities when they took control of Congress in January — knowing full well that Mr. Bush stood ready to veto it.

Note how the article leaves off the word “embryonic” in the headline and in the above paragraph. Sometimes they use it, and sometimes they don’t. But I’m sure there’s no willing intent on the part of the MSM to deceive anyone on this issue …


The latest on the immigration bill


Memeorandum has a link round-up of all the latest. Michelle Malkin is liveblogging on some of the amendments and cloture being voted on. And make sure to check out today’s Vent, where Michelle takes on the Wall Street Journal’s criticism of the critics of the immigration bill.

You might be interested to know that I’m involved in a debate over the more vitriolic criticism being expressed by both the admin and some of the bill’s critics here. It’s spirited, but civil, as this debate should have been from the getgo.