Misc Commentary For Friday May 13, 2005

— Harry Reid’s smear of Judge Henry Saad’s reputation was despicable:

“Henry Saad would have been filibustered anyway. All you need to do is have a member go upstairs and look at his confidential report from the FBI, and I think we would all agree that there is a problem there.”

Not only will the public never find out what’s supposed to be in that report, Saad himself isn’t allowed to look at it. So how can Saad defend himself against Reid’s attack? He can’t. Furthermore, as Captain Ed points out, this is clearly a serious ethics violation by Reid:

“None of the Senators have access to the file except those on the Senate Judiciary Committee or Saad’s homestate senators (both Democrats) — which excludes Harry Reid! Reid should never have been given access to that information, and if he has accessed the file, he would be guilty of a breach of Senate rules. Furthermore, by publicly characterizing the data in Saad’s file, he has breached its confidentiality.

So did a Democratic Senator inform Harry Reid of the contents of a confidential FBI file or did Reid lie through his teeth when he said there was a problem there that was so serious it would lead to a filibuster? That sounds like a matter that should be investigated.

— If you want proof that gay marriage isn’t at the end of the slippery slope, just take a look at this column by Steve Chapman in the Chicago Tribune that advocates marriage between first cousins. You believe marriages between first cousins, polygamy, and who knows what else are “unthinkable?” That’s exactly what people would have told you about gay marriage 20 years ago.

— Want to know the most underrated political blog on the net? It’s Ravenwood’s Universe.

— Just for the record, I like John Bolton, I think he’s EXACTLY the type of guy we need to send to the UN, and I do expect him to be confirmed by the Senate. The UN is a corrupt, bloated, moral cesspool/debating society and we need someone who’s going to push for change, not a “Go along to get along” type of UN rep. It’s time to take off the kid gloves with the UN and Bolton is just the guy to do it.

Kudos to the Bush adminstration for trying to close “180 military installations from Maine to Hawaii including 33 major bases.” This isn’t going to hurt our readiness; to the contrary, it will probably help — plus it’ll save “$48.8 billion over 20 years.”

The only reason this wasn’t done long ago is because base closings are always vehemently opposed by any Senator or Congressman in an area that loses a base. But, are we supposed to knowingly waste 48.8 billion dollars worth of taxpayer money just because we don’t want to step on anybody’s toes? Base closings are always nasty business, but this needed to be done.

— More American politicians should be stepping up and pointing out the obvious: that it’s absolutely outrageous for Mexico to pitch a fit over the US trying to protect our borders. Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Ernesto Derbez is actually sending a diplomatic letter to the White House saying that extending a wall along the California border is unacceptable and not a solution. Who the hell do they think they are to tell us that it’s unacceptable to try to stop illegals, drug dealers, and terrorists from sneaking across our border?

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