Misc Commentary For Jan 8, 2006

— Boy, the Democrats are really knocking out that “culture of corruption,” aren’t they? Bribery recipient William Jefferson received a standing ovation from the Congressional Black Caucus, Pelosi supported John Murtha, who had tape come out this election cycle that showed that he seriously considered taking a bribe in the ABSCAM sting, John Conyers, who was just slapped on the wrist by the ethics committee, will be taking over the Judiciary Committee, and Alan Mollohan who is being investigated by the Justice Department is now Chairman of the panel that controls their budget.

— Here are the latest numbers from a CBS News ’08 Poll:

Democrats (Favorable/Unfavorable/Don’t Know Enough About to Have an Opinion)
Clinton 43/38/19
Edwards 34/21/44
Gore 32/46/21
Obama 28/10/61
Kerry 22/48/29
Biden 9/14/77
Richardson 7/8/85
Dodd 4/9/86
Kucinich 4/11/85
Vilsack 4/4/92

Republicans (Favorable/Unfavorable/Don’t Know Enough About to Have an Opinion)
Giuliani 41/22/36
McCain 39/20/41
Romney 5/10/85
Hagel 4/5/91
Brownback 3/6/90
Hunter 1/5/94

Hillary’s numbers aren’t that impressive and boy, are Kerry and Gore unpopular. Kerry, I expected, but Gore’s shift to the left and his monomaniacal pursuit of “ManBearPig,” must have really turned off the American people.

Also, again, it’s fascinating to note that despite all the internet chatter about Romney, 85% of the public doesn’t know enough about him to take an opinion. Moreover, now that the best of buzz is over since people have realized what a squish he was back in his 1994 campaign against Kennedy, it looks like Romney is done before he’s even getting started.

— From the TimesOnline:

ISRAEL has drawn up secret plans to destroy Iran’s uranium enrichment facilities with tactical nuclear weapons.

Two Israeli air force squadrons are training to blow up an Iranian facility using low-yield nuclear “bunker-busters”, according to several Israeli military sources.

The attack would be the first with nuclear weapons since 1945, when the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Israeli weapons would each have a force equivalent to one-fifteenth of the Hiroshima bomb.

Under the plans, conventional laser-guided bombs would open “tunnels” into the targets. “Mini-nukes” would then immediately be fired into a plant at Natanz, exploding deep underground to reduce the risk of radioactive fallout.

“As soon as the green light is given, it will be one mission, one strike and the Iranian nuclear project will be demolished,” said one of the sources.

The plans, disclosed to The Sunday Times last week, have been prompted in part by the Israeli intelligence service Mossad’s assessment that Iran is on the verge of producing enough enriched uranium to make nuclear weapons within two years.

Israeli military commanders believe conventional strikes may no longer be enough to annihilate increasingly well-defended enrichment facilities. Several have been built beneath at least 70ft of concrete and rock. However, the nuclear-tipped bunker-busters would be used only if a conventional attack was ruled out and if the United States declined to intervene, senior sources said.

Maybe there’s something to this or maybe there’s not. It could even be a deliberate leak by the Israelis, designed to prod us into doing something or into scaring the Iranians into backing off. Whatever the case may be, given Ahmadinejad’s genocidal threats against Israel, anything and everything that Israel judges is necessary to defend herself from Iran should be fully supported by the United States.

— Apparently, the first baby born in the United States in 2007 was born to an illegal immigrant. Does that strike anyone as a good sign? The Bush Administration apparently wants to pay out billions of dollars in Social Security money to Mexican illegal aliens. Does anyone think that’s good for American citizens? There is now a Dallas based pizza chain allowing to pay for their food in Pesos. Isn’t this a sign that there’s something wrong?

The sole purpose of allowing immigration, legal or otherwise, to the United States is because it benefits our country. Unfortunately, a lot of people seem to have lost sight of that and the old “melting pot” model that featured the United States selecting immigrants who love this country, respected its laws, and saw it as a land of opportunity to become citizens is being replaced by a model that says citizenship is something to be stolen by anyone who respects our laws so little that they’re willing to sneak across our border.

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