A porridge of items and questions about what is going on....
Question: Is would-be Times Square terrorist bomber Faisal Shahzad talking to federal authorities because he was water-boarded? If not, would (should?) those authorities have water-boarded him had he otherwise refused to talk?
Item: President Obama has tasked a new "bipartisan" commission to report to him by December 1 regarding how to reduce the deficit -- now $13 trillion. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says the federal spending blowout of the past year will push the deficit annually upward by $1 trillion for the next decade. How refreshing it would be if the deficit commission recommended not "bipartisan" tax increases and a new (dreaded) value-added tax (VAT), but substantial spending reductions.
Question: If Arizona had passed its measures regarding illegal immigration in the administration of Bush 43 (President Obama is the 44th president), would mainline mediaists (etc.) be ripping the president for failing to get Arizona's message -- i.e., that by failing to secure the nation's borders, particularly with Mexico, the feds had effectively forced the Arizona legislation in the interest of Arizonans' safety?
Question: Further, would they be ripping Bush for offering no constructive solutions to the problem of illegal immigration, and for terming the legislation and Arizona itself -- and Arizonans, and Arizona's governor for signing the measures -- "misguided" and "irresponsible," as Obama has?
Question: How would other countries treat a couple of Americans illegally within their boundaries, and without papers -- let alone 12 million (the estimated number of illegals here)?
Item: In his Easter message about Christianity's premier celebration, President Obama played down the occasion's Christian significance. In the spirit of a more secular humanism, he called on those of all faiths, as well as atheists, to "hold fast to those aspirations we hold in common as brothers and sisters, as members of the same family -- the family of man." And: "While we worship in different ways, we also remember the shared spirit of humanity that inhabits us all." O-kay.
Ross Mackenzie lives with his wife and Labrador retriever in the woods west of Richmond, Virginia. They have two grown sons, both Naval officers.
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