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Archive for March 10th, 2010

A Malthusian Statist’s Dream Come True

By Jerry A. Kane

National ID cards are hallmarks of oppressive regimes.

Senators Lindsey (Patsy) Graham (RINO-South Carolina) and Chuck-U Schumer (Progressive Democrat-New York) want to mandate that all legal American workers have a new national biometric identification card, which will include embedded personal information and fingerprints.

RINO Grahamshi contends that a mandated national ID card is nothing more than a tamper-proof Social Security card.

“We’ve all got Social Security cards. They’re just easily tampered with. Make them tamper-proof. That’s all I’m saying,” Graham said.

However, privacy advocates disagree and are worried that the biometric card would become a license to exist. They claim the narrow scope for worker ID cards will expand—much like the Social Security card morphed from being an account number of the Social Security system to a de facto national identification system—and will resemble an internal passport system requiring the government’s permission to carrying out daily affairs.

“We’re not only talking about fingerprinting every American, treating ordinary Americans like criminals in order to work. We’re also talking about a card that would quickly spread from work to voting to travel to pretty much every aspect of American life that requires identification,” said Chris Calabrese, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union.

Republicans have pushed to make mandatory the current E-Verify system, which checks whether employees or potential employees are legally in the U.S., but Patsy and Chuck-U whine that the system is ineffective. They claim the biometric ID card will make it more difficult for companies to hire illegal immigrants.

Buffo Bill O’Reilly and media firebrand Screwy Louie Dobbs favor the Senators’ ID card idea. Buffo Bill said on the O’Reilly Factor (see Lou Dobbs on Illegal Immigration segment) that the idea was a “moneymaker for the US” and that it should be “fast –tracked” and done by this year.

The national biometric ID card is the centerpiece of Patsy’s and Chuck U’s Immigration Plan to give millions of illegal aliens amnesty. The progressive and his pasty are planning to meet with Brother O this week to update him on their scheme to import 15 million new Democrat voters.

Thus far, Chuck-U’s patsy is the only RINO to publicly support his scheme, but Patsy’s looking for another RINO co-sponsor to help launch the effort. If mentor John McCain weren’t up for reelection, Patsy wouldn’t have far to look.  But Grahamshi needn’t worry, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins have always proved reliable standbys for progressive causes. 

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TODAY’S SERMONETTE

A Short Spelling Lesson (H-T Dr. L)

The last four letters in American………I Can

The last four letters in Republican…….I Can

The last four letters in Democrats……..Rats

Here endeth the lesson.

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At some level, there needs to be some independent authority, untainted by political entanglements, who can investigate allegations of improper political entanglements.


 

Wolf chases Panthers

Editorial from the Washington Times

Give credit for honorable persistence to Northern Virginia’s veteran Republican congressman, Frank Wolf, and to Texas Republican Rep. Lamar Smith. For good reason, they refuse to let the Justice Department bury questions about a voter-intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party.

The case involves two Black Panthers who stood outside a Philadelphia polling place in November 2008 while wearing paramilitary garb and using racial epithets, while one of them brandished a nightstick. The Obama Justice Department dropped three out of four charges in the case last May after the cases, in effect, had already been won.

At every turn, the Justice Department has stonewalled the two lawmakers and others wanting an explanation for the dismissal. Since September, the department’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) supposedly has been conducting an investigation into why the charges were dropped. To outside observers, that “investigation” has seemed lethargic at best. Meanwhile, OPR chief Mary Patrice Brown reportedly is on the verge of an Obama nomination for a federal judgeship, for which she is being vetted by some of the same people who presumably would be questioned in the Black Panther probe.

OPR also came under fire two weeks ago when the department’s senior career officer, David Margolis, overruled the office and criticized its shoddy work on its review of the conduct of two George W. Bush-era lawyers who wrote memos on enhanced interrogation of suspected terrorists.

In light of OPR’s own apparent or potential politicization, Mr. Wolf asked the Justice Department’s inspector general, Glenn A. Fine, to conduct his own inquiry into the mishandling of the Black Panther case. In early February, Mr. Fine declined, saying such an investigation is out of the scope of his responsibilities – although, he added, he had long told Congress that such questions should indeed be within his purview.

Enter Mr. Wolf again, this time joined by Mr. Smith. On March 2, they sent another letter to Mr. Fine, urging the IG to reconsider because of “the host of troubling questions about whether the Department’s political appointees abused their power in this case for political purposes.” They listed at least five major questions they think the IG, not OPR, can best answer, including “whether White House officials attempted for partisan political purposes to influence the [Black Panther] case [and] whether senior Department management officials and political appointees actually colluded for these purposes with White House officials to derail the [Black Panther] case or cases against minority defendants in general.” They wrote that those “larger issues in this affair, whether for the pursuit of impartial justice, the pursuit of criminal justice for government officials or the credibility of the Department, lie within your jurisdiction, not OPR’s.”

This point is important. At some level, there needs to be some independent authority, untainted by political entanglements, who can investigate allegations of improper political entanglements. The congressmen note that Mr. Fine and OPR conducted simultaneous and complementary investigations into the firing of eight U.S. attorneys by the Bush administration when some of the same considerations applied.

One way or another, the truth will get out. It doesn’t take Inspector Clouseau to figure out that if the Justice Department has the image of springing Panthers from the penalty box, it looks mighty suspicious.

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