Saturday, December 12, 2009

Reagan: Free Enterprise Must Prevail Over Socialism

Whether you agree with his policies or not, one of the many admirable things about Ronald Reagan, the 40th president, was his unique and colorful career in the private sector before he sought public office. This background is in stark contrast to the career politicians, i.e., those who never held a real job, currently running the federal government. With great hubris, these politicians want to invade "the precincts of private citizens" as Reagan says in this amazingly prophetic and eloquent 1961 audio commentary about socialized medicine.
If we recall correctly, one of Peggy Noonan's books used the metaphor of Ronald Reagan, the high school lifeguard, as guiding America safely back to shore after the failed Carter presidency.

Egypt To Build Border Fence

There was a huge international outcry when Israel built a security fence in the West Bank area to protect itself from Palestinian suicide bombers. Has anyone said a word about Egypt's plans?
Egypt has begun the construction of a massive iron wall along its border with the Gaza Strip, in a bid to shut down smuggling tunnels into the territory. The wall will be nine to 10 kilometers long, and will go 20 to 30 meters into the ground, Egyptian sources said. It will be impossible to cut or melt.
The new plan is the latest move by Egypt to step up its counter-smuggling efforts. Although some progress had been made, the smuggling market in Gaza still flourishes.
Egyptian forces demolish tunnels or fill them with gas almost every week, often with people still inside them, and Palestinian casualties in the tunnels have been steadily rising.

Flipper Gets Busy

Marine mammals enlist in the war on terror:
The Navy has approved a plan to step up anti-terrorism efforts at a Washington base by sending specially trained dolphins and sea lions into surrounding waters.
Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor near Washington’s Puget Sound is stepping up its security by employing aquatic mammals to patrol its restricted waters. The animals’ deployment in 2010 will mark the realization of a program that has been more than three years in the making.
The dolphins and sea lions to defend the base were trained as part of the Navy Marine Mammal Program in San Diego. Working with human handlers, dolphins will search surrounding waters for rogue divers and swimmers. Tom LaPuzza, a spokesman for the program, told Scientific American that upon finding a diver, the dolphin will return to the handler and the handler will assess the severity of the threat.
How long will it take before some "civil liberties" group runs to court charging that the dolphins constitutional rights are under assault?

Gitmo Detainees Headed to Illinois Prison

According to, the Justice Department has drafted plans to send the enemy combatants held at Guantanamo Bay to the Thomson (Illinois) Correctional Center, a maximum security prison. As we've asked over and over, how does bringing these individuals to the mainland make America more safer and secure? And will it turn out that some fat-cat local real estate mogul and various other operatives in the "Chicago Way" foodchain get to cash in in some manner? Just asking.

Judge: ACORN Funds Freeze Unconstitutional

A Clinton-appointed judge has issued a temporary injunction preventing the government from cutting off federal funding to the corrupt community organization ACORN:
The U.S. government's move this fall to cut off funding to ACORN was unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled Friday, handing the embattled group a legal victory.
U.S. District Judge Nina Gershon issued the preliminary injunction against the government, saying it's in the public's interest for the organization to continue receiving federal funding.
In general, this is the kind of politically motivated lawsuit that is "judge shopped" by the plaintiffs to a ideologically blinded, easily manipulated jurist to get a desired outcome. Although the Obama Justice Department is probably thrilled with the result, the judge's decision demands an immediate appeal to a higher court.