Fritz Mondale’s principles (such as they are) seem to vary with the political winds, at least when it comes to the filibuster. Though I would be less than shocked if he were similarly malleable on other issues.
Apparently, in the president’s words, federal immigration law has the potential for discrimination:
John Morton, who heads U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said his agency will not necessarily process illegal immigrants
referred to them by Arizona officials. The best way to reduce illegal immigration is through a comprehensive federal approach, not a patchwork of state laws, he said.
“I don’t think the Arizona law, or laws like it, are the solution,” Morton said during a visit to the Chicago Tribune editorial board.
If you’re worried about a law having the potential for discrimination, you might as well throw out the entire federal code. I don’t see a clamor among the Dems for that, though.
John Nolte has a challenge for the modern Hollywood blacklist deniers.
…against “robot baseball.” A lot of good comments on why the pitch count has become more important, though.
Eva Rodriquez says that Elena Kagan mistitled her thesis.
How to identify “moderate” terrorists.
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The administration is joining with the “moderates”:
Fresh from announcing his quest for moderate Hezbos, President Obama’s deputy national security adviser for homeland security, John Brennan, has given a speech in which — after the usual pandering to, among other things, Islam’s purported dedication to the “aspiration” that we should all be able to “practice our faith freely” — he referred to his favorite city as “al-Quds, Jerusalem, where three great faiths come together.” Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit has the clip, here. As explained by the link Hoft provides, “al-Quds Day,” which is now cause for anti-Israeli demonstrations throughout the world, was actually started by Ayatollah Khomeini 27 years ago — as the “Day of the Oppressed.” (The real nasties in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps are called the “al-Quds” forces.)
This administration certainly does go out of its way to give our Israeli allies that warm feeling, doesn’t it.
Indeed. But I think that some of the rubes are starting to catch on.
[Early afternoon update]
Michael Totten explains why the search for “moderate terrorists” is a complete waste of time. Don’t expect tools like Brennan to get it, though.
I’ve watched “V” a few times, but just can’t really get into it. I agree with Jonah about all the annoying things about it, but to me the most egregious sin is that it achieves the amazing feat of making Morena Baccarin not all that attractive. And not just because (or even because — that can actually be kind of hot) of the evil thing. Oh, and on his Flash Forward comments (I’ve never seen the show, so can’t miss it), is it a job requirement of Hollywood writers that they be historical ignorami?
Time for solidarity in defense of enlightenment values.
Brendan O’Neill says, though, that we’re missing the real point — that the real cultural enemy isn’t extremist Islam, but the multiculturalists within. But Nick Gillespie explains why it’s important nonetheless. And Mark Steyn has more thoughts.
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People will see what they want to see.
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Who decides what is provocative?
Walter Shapiro, in a rare (not for him, but for the pundits in general) sensible take on the Tea Partiers on both sides of the aisle.