Category: USA

Bombers and Police and the Law, Oh My!

Scale Versus Afghan Police Training with Italian Carabineri

We are beginning to see significant concern expressed in the non-MSM concerning the legal aspects of police behavior when alleged criminals are apprehended. While the events in Boston are the latest trigger, the concern applies to all law enforcement activity, at both federal and local levels and dating much further back and to the entire War On Terror’ fiasco.

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Rubber Meets Road Time For Immigration Reform

The big political story today is that the “Gang of Eight”, a  Senators has proposed comprehensive legislation on immigration reform, including a path to citizenship. The trouble is, that would be contingent on ” a commission comprised of governors, attorneys general, and community leaders living along the Southwest border” concluding that the border had been fully secured – which since those leaders would include Govs. Brewer and Perry may never happen.

But even before we get that far, the legislation has to pass through the House’s Republican hardliners, and may die there.

No More Mister Nice Blog

If I had to bet, I’d assume that nothing passes — that the House GOP will make the bill even tougher on immigrants, possibly even stripping out any path to citizenship, and it will still be deemed “amnesty” by most of them, while going too far to the right even for willing-to-compromise Democrats.

Mother Jones

The Gang of Eight’s framework isn’t all terrible—it’s just unworkable. It places conditions it’s unlikely to meet, and then further compounds the problem by putting a veto in the hands of people who are likely to oppose the plan even if those conditions were met.

NYT

He [McCain] added, “We can’t go on forever with 11 million people living in this country in the shadows in an illegal status.”

Mark Kirkorian at The Corner is typical of the hard right’s response: “Eight members of the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body have labored for months and delivered unto us — Bush’s amnesty plan.”

The fact that everyone seems to agree that Something Must Be Done doesn’t mean this go-round will get it right.

I really want to see Obama’s proposals and see how they match up with the mutual backscratching in the House & Senate.

It’s rubber-meets-the-road time.

Political parties

Was contemplating the virtues/faults of two-party system versus multi-party coalition governments. Happened to visit wikipedia, saw:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington%27s_Farewell_Address

His warning about political parties was right on and has unfortunately come to pass.

In theory, many small parties produce a moderate position, but it often depends on how fractured the electorate is. If there are too many parties, forming the coalition often gives too much influence to small groups, such the Orthodox & Right Wing in Israel. Fewer but larger (tho still minority) groups may cooperate more effectively as they do in some European countries.

Since both or parties have sold out, maybe it’s time for us to scrap the two-party system – if we can just get over the hurdle of ‘tradition’.