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Thursday, May 18, 2006
THE SHORT REIGN OF BLOGOSPHERE STORIES
Let's see, Rush was supposedly arrested, and then Patrick Kennedy was not arrested, and, of course, there was Mary McCarthy. I can't even recall which came first, and I'm not certain if I've forgotten any, either. Most people probably know that Rush's alleged sin has something to do with drugs, although I doubt most of them could tell you what the specific charge was, and most people know that Kennedy's "mishap" involved driving drunk. But how many people remember Mary McCarthy? Such is the lifespan of a story in the blogosphere: as one story's bloom begins to fade, another story crops up. And if the story is one which fires one's ire, then the story will probably not fade entirely, but the burning passion does begin to ease somewhat, thank God, because it's simply too tiring on the body and spirit to maintain that level of anger/outrage/angst for too long.
I wonder what the next story will be?
The arc of passion on the immigration story is peaking for some and has peaked for others. The coming downward swing is a relief, especially for me. I was supposed to have been writing for the past month, remember? But these stories keep dragging me back into the blogosphere. Not that an issue, which has been roiling for decades now, will fade completely away, because it won't. The reaction from the Right was a nasty reminder to those spineless hacks in DC, or at least it should have been. Which is just one reason why I'm in favor of term limits.
For the record: I am against illegal immigration. I am against illegal aliens receiving public a$$i$tance. My POV has always been how this issue is causing the Right to devour itself. I'm hoping this will be about the last time I post anything on the subject of illegal immigration.
Rush suggested that before anything is "reformed, " you first must identify what exactly it is that you want reformed.
8 Ted Kennedy "Reformed" Immigration in 1965: The problem is called "Hart-Seller" or the Immigration and Nationality Services Act of 1965. ... The man who marshaled Hart-Seller immigration bill 1965, not only is he still around, he is leading the reform on the reform that he helped reform. We're into our third or fourth incarnation of reform here, and the guy who's working on the third or fourth version was the first guy who got this whole thing started in 1965.
Referenced here (dated December 10, 2002): The 1965 Immigration Act: Anatomy of a Disaster
The ultimate question for the Right ...
8 Us, or Them?: [T]he conservative blogosphere's anger towards President Bush has begun to resemble the foam flecked frothy faced insanity of the left. ... Get this through your heads, my friends.We've already made a difference, we've forced the issue and are beginning to see some traction in our direction.I, too, don't think the President's speech was enough, but it was a start.... So I put it to you.Are you going to act like the US, which as brought us so far, so solidly and so successfully, or are you going to act like THEM ?
Good news for a change ...
8 Olive Branches Springing Up Everywhere: Seems the fevered tempest over immigration may finally be abating on the right.... All of this will take years to do. President Bush will definitely leave office with all these efforts in progress. Don't worry about the order, get them all started so we can get them done as soon as possible.
More good news?
8 Mexican Government Starts to See the Light: I think our Mexican friends are starting to figure out that the free ride is over - that they will no longer be able to endlessly shove their un-employable up to the United States.
A bit of wishful thinking, but we can make it happen if we don't sit out the election ...
8 The Conservative Victory in 2006: Elections are about paradigms, not presidents.
And speaking of Mary McCarthy ...
88 I think I know why the caged canary sings: I first learned about the "Canary Trap" in Tom Clancy's "Patriot Games." It's a technique for identifying leakers; feed selected (often false) information to those you suspect of disloyalty, then see if it appears in public.