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Archive for February 23rd, 2006

Air Force One and the Golden Dome

Posted by Mike on February 23, 2006

It’s pretty cool when Air Force One flies over your campus. As a Notre Dame student, I was fortunate enough to see Air Force One fly by the Golden Dome on a number of occasions. President Bush frequently visits the South Bend area, or Michiana to those in the know. I suppose this is because part of South Bend is located in a competitive House district. Fundraising trips are certainly justified in those situations.

Brendan Loy has an awesome pic of the latest Presidential fly by.

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Another take on the Ports

Posted by Sal on February 23, 2006

Earlier today I outlined my trepidation with jumping on the bandwagon for being against the UAE port deal. Turns out that another element was introduced to my thinking. Rush Limbaugh is coming out, if not in favor of the deal, at least not opposed. His points are interesting, and should be carefully considered. Rush is one of the pillars of the Conservative movement, the person who not only popularized the Conservative thought of others such as Reagan and Buckley, but also established the New Media and bring the Conservative Ideology to the mainstream (also playing a key role in my education in Conservative thought). His attitude about the ports only adds to my uncertainty.

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That’ll Do Pig, That’ll Do

Posted by Mike on February 23, 2006

She Who Must Not Be Named reiterated her opposition to school choice on Tuesday. Her reason for opposing this common sense reform? In her own words: “So what if the next parent comes and says, ‘I want to send my child to the School of the Jihad? … I won’t stand for it.”

Never mind the fact that any school or parents who support a school that preaches violence against the U.S. would be immediately arrested, or worse, wiretapped. Although those within 200 yards of this woman would require earplugs, I really hope she keeps talking.

I support school choice because I believe competition will improve the greatest number of schools but I also recognize some of the legitimate arguments against the idea. One who opposes school choice does not need to refer to Jihad schools to get her point across. If this is any indication of She Who Must Not Be Named’s political skills, then her family will never infest the White House again.

UPDATE (2:09 P.M.) Michelle Malkin has the video

Thanks to Newsday for the article

Thanks to PBS for the photo

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Bolton Takes U.N. Diplomats to America

Posted by Mike on February 23, 2006

John Bolton took some U.N. folk to a Knicks game here in NYC last night. Bolton’s hope was to remove the diplomats from their “bubble” so they could get a taste of America. I’m not sure it worked.

Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yishan described his approach to the evening: “Forget about the security, forget about the peace, you just enjoy yourself.” I thought forgetting about peace and security was part of the U.N. job description. I guess we should just be thankful that the ambassadors did not try to pass a resolution condemning Miami Heat hegemony.

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Conflicted on UAE

Posted by Sal on February 23, 2006

I’ve followed with interest the debate over the Dubai company purchasing ownership of the company that currently manages American ports. I have to admit, I’ve found myself to be rather conflicted on the whole issue. The national security component is still being handled by the Coast Guard, and the pro-free trade side of me is wondering what the implications are if this deal goes south?

Obviously National Security trumps almost any other interest, and if national security were to be compromised in this deal, I’d be dead-set against it. The trouble I’m having is that I’m not sure that I’m convinced that national security would be compromised. This same company also has performed repair work on our military ships, and owns ports around the world where our other ships and most of the cargo comes from.

I’m not saying that I am for this deal, and I’m probably leaning against this deal just on the premise that one can’t be too careful when dealing with our security. But I do have questions, and I am far from certain.

On another angle, it is hilarious (and somewhat disturbing) to see the Democrats pouncing on this issue, when they have repeatedly obstructed attempts by the President to strengthen our security. I also find it disingenous of congress to attack the administration for executing the laws for foreign business transactions that they themselves set up.

Overall, this is a very multi-facited issue with many dimensions. I think it will take a while before it is all sorted out and we get the full picture. In the mean time, I’ll be watching with a careful eye, and attempting to evaluate the facts rather than the spin from the media and from the Democrats.

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Making abortion illegal

Posted by Sal on February 23, 2006

A law has been passed making abortion illegal in South Dakota. The purpose of the law is to directly challenge the Supreme Court to re-rule on the constitutionality of abortion.

While I certainly agree wholeheartedly with the law in question, I think it is a mistake to attempt to pass these laws at this time. The court is still not made up of a majority of justices who interpret the constitution as originally intended. Only two judges are sure bets — Scalia and Thomas — and two others are promising hopefuls — Roberts and Alito. On the wing of the court that believes it is up to the justices to make policy are Stevens, Breyer, Ginsburg, and Souter. In the wishy-washy camp is Kennedy. I don’t think that even if Roberts and Alito pan out as solid originalists, the law will be overturned at this time. Kennedy’s history shows that while he may favor some limited restrictions on abortion, he definitely doesn’t favor an all-out ban. See Casey vs. Planned Parenthood.

This premature passing of the law may turn out to do more harm than good for the pro-life cause. By forcing the issue now, we may end up with one more hurdle of precedent to overcome when it comes up for a vote again.

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