25 September 2009

Couple items

of note...

1st up - did anyone really believe that Obama would take a single step to secure our porous border with Mexico? Other than clamping down on all the "American" guns that find their way south of the border, that is. This little news story points out that rather than do anything to increase the American presence on the southern border, we are actually cutting back on boots on the ground.

I guess if your ultimate plan is to legalize every illegal in the country anyway, what's the point?

Even though the Border Patrol now reports that almost 1,300 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border is not under effective control, and the Department of Justice says that vast stretches of the border are “easily breached,” and the Government Accountability Office has revealed that three persons “linked to terrorism” and 530 aliens from “special interest countries” were intercepted at Border Patrol checkpoints last year, the administration is nonetheless now planning to decrease the number of Border Patrol agents deployed on the U.S.-Mexico border.
But remember, folks, it's OUR guns that are causing the current spate of problems along the border. Has nothing at all to do with a nonexistent border and reduced manpower on the ground.

2nd up - Earlier this month, I lamented over the fact that the AP saw fit to criticize how much Palin's resignation cost Alaska. I asked at the time when we would see reports of how much Democrat's leaving office cost their states and lo and behold, nearly a month later, we find out it cost at least $500,000 for good ole Teddy Kennedy's funeral. But instead of the breathless reporting we got about Palin, it's just reported as is, nearly without editorial comment.

The city of Boston spent $431,000 on overtime costs to deploy 629 police officers, 48 firefighters, and a raft of other workers for the funeral of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, according to information released to the Globe yesterday under a public records request.
Other law enforcement agencies also helped provide security for the Kennedy memorial events. Massachusetts State Police disclosed last month that it had spent nearly $115,000 on overtime costs for Kennedy’s funeral, according to a tabulation released in response to a public records request from the Associated Press.
So, instead of the panic involved with reporting Palin's resignation, we get a quiet little story about how much the swimmer's funeral cost - and I feel fairly certain that this too, like the rest of the Kennedy family history, will be all swept under the rug.
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