Immigration Bill in Conference

 “The line between good and evil goes through every human heart.” –Solzhenitsyn

Now that the Immigration bill is in committee and the senate has left the house to take the heat it’s time to assess best and worst-case scenarios. It’s unlikely at all that the amnesty program or “path to citizenship” will survive through the conference, but let’s for the moment assume it could get through and call that worst-case.

 What would best-case be then? That would be the straight house bill, with stricter border enforcement, and fines for business’ hiring illegal immigrants. Somewhere in the middle would be the house bill with an inclusion of a guest worker program.

All three solutions are problematic, and like any course taken each will present fresh challenges.

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Sadaamists hiding in Sweden

One of Sadaam Hussein’s cousins is currently seeking asylum in Sweden, see the article here.

In other other interesting developments Raytheon and Bofors have created a new GPS guided artillery shell which is now deployed in Iraq.

The cost of the shells is secret, but according to American press reports, they cost about 200 000 kronor each, compared to a cost of 7 500 kronor for a conventional shell. They have the same accuracy as a Tomahawk missile, which would cost a hundred times as much.

Germany visits the edge of the Non-Nuclear Power abyss

In Germany politicians earlier made committment to eliminate nuclear power from Germany by 2021 after unrelenting pressure over the last 20 years from the Greens. This even though Nuclear supplies 30% of Germany’s energy at present. After the trick Gazprom pulled with the Ukraine perhaps they ought to rethink that committment. See this article at Deutsch Welle for the details.

“Nuclear power will also be on the agenda,” said Jürgen Rüttgers of the Christian Democratic party (to which Merkel belongs) and premier of North Rhine-Westfalia. “The Social Democratic party and Green party can’t ignore the question of where 30 percent of our energy in Germany is to come from in the future,” said Rüttgers, referring to the amount nuclear plants have supplied until now.

In another sign of change as well, the Greens are shifting from their environmental roots as Realos gains ascendency over Fundis.

Libby Ruling

At American Thinker an article on the recent ruling to obtain reporter’s documents explains the potentials in detail. This ruling has far-reaching consequence, a future case against Karl Rove would springboard from Fitzgerald’s case against Libby, or that appears to be the now-waning hope. You could picture Libby like Claudius in the Masterpiece theatre production of “I Claudius” saying:

“Let all of the poisons that lurk in the mud crack out.”

…however Libby doesn’t stutter and appears firmly on-track. The question is who will blink first, Fitzgerald, The Times, or Cooper?