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Posted May 12, 2008 in Life and News • Tags: ,

The following happened in Iowa:

Agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement entered the Agriprocessors Inc. complex in northeast Iowa Monday morning to execute a criminal search warrant for evidence relating to aggravated identity theft, fraudulent use of Social Security numbers and other crimes, said Tim Counts, a Midwest ICE spokesman.

Agents are also executing a civil search warrant for people illegally in the United States, he said.

Anyone who’s been following the immigration issue in America during the last few years knows that one of the two paragraphs above is true, and the other is horseshit. The answer is below the fold. [more]

Posted February 13, 2008 in News • Tags: ,

Uh… what?

Rights groups on Wednesday praised Hollywood director Steven Spielberg’s decision to shun involvement with the Beijing Olympics opening and closing ceremonies because China was not doing enough to help end the crisis in Darfur.

I can think of a lot of reasons to condemn China’s corrupt, murderous regime without dragging the Sudan into it. [more]

Posted January 17, 2008 in News • Tags:

“Can we simply abandon an enterprise because it is a problem for a particular individual?” Chertoff told CNN. “I don’t think I can accept that.”

A perfect expression of this administration’s contemptible loathsomeness.

Posted October 29, 2007 in News • Tags:

This is essentially our illustrious governor Spitzer’s position on his recent initiative to give “special” driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. I just heard him utter words to that effect on the news. (I think his exact words were “it’s not a privilege”–ludicrously comparing the securing of a driver’s license to buying a NYC subway MetroCard!)

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Posted September 16, 2007 in Life • Tags:

The Derb has a curious article up lamenting the passing of a time when it was acceptable to laugh at foreigners.

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Posted September 11, 2007 in News • Tags: ,

Atlantic City, a shining example of the nation’s problems with crime and urban decline, wants to ban smoking in all casinos. This isn’t terribly shocking, given recent history. But given that casinos are a very adult place, it’s pretty pathetic that politicos want to treat their patrons like children. Well, it looks like the city council won’t quite get its way. Casinos will be allowed to make their own rules as long as floors remain “at least 75% smoke-free”. This is actually a reasonably fair way to deal with the issue. Casinos can experiment with different rules and find the optimum way to make everyone happy. Everyone except the city council, that is. Still, it’s a shame that they waste time on inconsequential stuff like this when the city outside the casino doors remains an intractable mess.