Wide-Open Borders Thousands Of Miles Long, Plus 12 Million Comfortably Settled Illegals, Equal A Huge Problem

Immigration is the topic, and you won’t find a more informative and useful site on the internet than that put up by the folks at Numbers USA. The home page is not where you should start, however. Before you go any further, view the video that provides the most important information. It’s excellent…a true Must See.

Flies in the ointment: there is concern that an advisor to Senator John McCain is on the wrong side of the fence. Is that yet another reason why voters should shy away from McCain, or not vote at all? That’s a hard call, but those who consider secure borders and a truly sovereign nation’s control over its immigrants important are shifting nervously in their seats. McCain, who sometimes appears to be the US Senator for Mexico, should dump this guy.

Then there is news that Homeland Security has stopped doing proper background checks on applicants. Bureaucrats have to be fed, watered, rested — but most of all, supervised. The GW Bush White House has poor supervisory skills.

The bright side: Arizona and Oklahoma lead the other states in getting tough on employers who attract illegal migrants, and it works. People are leaving! (More of the same). Some are going back to Mexico and many are moving to Texas, where laws are insufficient and enforcement lax. That won’t last long.

Fortunately the trend is for judges to go along with the concept of local immigration enforcement. It’s a disgrace how Washington has failed to honor its responsibilities on this issue…so the states are increasingly stepping in. The penalties Arizona imposes on uncooperative employers are not trivial.

National Public Radio, not known for its sympathetic coverage of solons trying to secure the border, has an audio file that seems to hint at a recognition of the seriousness of the immigration problem. Is this a sign of an impending sea change in the agenda of the tax-supported propaganda outlet? Er, probably not.

Reports Touching On The War That Did Not Make It Through The Major Media’s Filter — And One That Did, Somehow

It’s almost certain that you missed this in 2007 — along with a lot of other stories like it. It’s funny, it’s factual, and even a bit inspiring. It’s a Michael Yon classic.

Iraqpundit often beats the conventional news outlets with interesting perspective. Here’s his description of a recent post:

These interesting reports follow stories about the decline for the support of al-Qaeda by Muslims everywhere. And though these stories often discuss the terrorists’ miscalculations instead of linking the weakening al-Qaeda with the success of the U.S. and Iraqi forces, readers can draw their conclusions.

It’s unpredictable: every so often the major media surprise their critics by publishing something that does not mesh with the media’s politically correct agenda. Whether it’s an honest attempt at giving readers the full story; someone’s idea of a joke; something done with the expectation that no typical subscriber will read past the first paragraph; or a grudging, knuckle-chewing admission that facts are facts and if you don’t report them you will appear to be what you are (a bigot) — well, it’s hard to say…

…but of course in order to make propaganda work in a majoritarian nation, the news outlets need not prevent all contrary views from being published. Just quashing the overwhelming majority of Naughty News will suffice. Since a simple majority of the voters actually voting is required to elect officials, the chattering class can be satisfied if the news is only 85% biased in its favor.

Well, whatever its cause or purpose, here we have an anomaly, a rare bird, a report of a type seldom seen in The Washington Post. It deals with the diary of an Al Qaeda warrior, and it departs tangentially from the dishonest but ubiquitous “Quagmire” sloganeering that has been drummed into the public month after dreary month. There is here no hint that the pessimism of the Al Qaeda leader requires a willing suspension of our disbelief. This is, therefore, an amazing report, and well worth your consideration.

So, hurray for the new, unbiased WaPo? No. Giving the devil his due in this instance is sufficient; there is yet no reason to bestow kudos on the wily rascal. He has a lot to prove.

Meanwhile, here are two under-reported stories. First, nabbing the bad guys:

The Senate takes up wiretapping of foreign terrorists this week, and the stakes couldn’t be higher. Not only for the ability of our spooks to eavesdrop on al Qaeda, but also regarding Congressional and judicial intrusion into Presidential war powers. Some damage seems certain, but the issue is how much damage President Bush will accept.

This just in.

And second, here is some politically not-so-correct information on how the military is faring on some university campuses. Code Pink won’t approve….

While the number of students who enter Army ROTC programs nationwide has remained relatively stable over the past decade, the number of those who complete the program and accept an Army commission rose from about 12,000 in 2004 to almost 16,000 in 2007-08….

In Number One of the PenPo, you read Claudia Rosett’s suspicions about a new “Hiss,” this time in The Pentagon. If you thought this guy’s CV was suspect, you were not alone — he appears to be quite the fabulist. The latest development makes for interesting reading.

There’s more on Fallujah from Michael Totten, and that’s our good luck. Don’t overlook this post — it helps to explain how Iraq must be understood. That has tremendous implications for the future of US policy. Ideally, every serious (that is, intellectually honest) candidate for the White House should have read all of Totten’s posts. Reporting like his can dispense with the need for those embarrassing suspensions of disbelief, as well as banish assorted idees fixes.

So…what about Osama bin Laden? Some folks think he’s been dead for months. Certainly if he’s gone, Al Qaeda would be unlikely to announce it right now — in Iraq, the cult is struggling simply to survive. On the other hand, didn’t he supposedly make an audio tape that would be very, very difficult to fake by patching together pieces of some of his old ravings? Mark Steyn pronounced ObL dead years ago, and it seems the estimable columnist/author was wrong. This recent speculation is not terribly convincing.

The Next Issue Of The Penguin Post Will Be Devoted To An Introductory Analysis Of Suicide Bombing

It’s almost incomprehensible: legions of volunteers eager to blow themselves to pieces in pursuit of victory — largely unremarked in the major media. Then a desperate Al Qaeda in Iraq tricks mentally retarded women into wearing explosives, and, by remote control, vaporizes the hapless victims in a crowd of shoppers. Clearly, this is a cultural phenomenon of great complexity, and understanding it can only improve our chances of dealing with it. Number Three of the PenPo will consist entirely of an examination of suicide bombing, in an attempt to put the abomination into context and discover its genesis. This special report will include a sharply critical appraisal of two scholars’ misunderstandings and misrepresentations of why suicide bombers do what they do.