Friday, June 18, 2010

Got some stuff planned that'll keep bloggage to a minimum

the next couple of days, so I'll try to give a fair pile of stuff now. Starting with
Arizona is spending $1.25 million to build bridges for 250 rare red squirrels so they won’t get hit by cars crossing the rural road. The money is being spent, officials said, because cars kill about five of these squirrels each year.
Federal grant money. Which means the feds take it from us for crap like this.

While the feds are too busy to actually DO anything about illegal aliens, like enforce our borders, they're busy spending our money on this:
ICE chief John Morton — the same man who signaled last month that he may refuse to process illegal aliens sent to him by Arizona law enforcement officials — has already eliminated 50 detention facilities. This despite a DHS inspector general report released last spring exposing the federal government’s bipartisan failure to expand detention space capacity to end the dangerous game of illegal alien “catch and release.”

Instead, among the p.c. makeover measures under consideration or about to be made by Obama’s ICE agency in the next 30 days:

– “Softening” the physical appearance of privately contracted detention facilities with “hanging plants.”

- Giving illegal alien detainees e-mail access and free Internet-based phone service.

- Abandoning lockdowns, lights-out, visitor screening and detention uniform requirements.

- Serving fresh veggies and continental breakfast and providing Bingo sessions, arts and crafts classes, and, yes, movie nights
They're planning to sue Arizona for enforcing federal laws, but they think this crap is important...

The Coast Guard does a good job of search and rescue; but it is a government bureaucracy, which leads to crap like this:
Sixteen barges sat stationary today, although they were sucking up thousands of gallons of BP's oil as recently as Tuesday. Workers in hazmat suits and gas masks pumped the oil out of the Louisiana waters and into steel tanks. It was a homegrown idea that seemed to be effective at collecting the thick gunk.

"These barges work. You've seen them work. You've seen them suck oil out of the water," said Jindal.

So why stop now?

"The Coast Guard came and shut them down," Jindal said. "You got men on the barges in the oil, and they have been told by the Coast Guard, 'Cease and desist. Stop sucking up that oil.'"

A Coast Guard representative told ABC News today that it shares the same goal as the governor.

"We are all in this together. The enemy is the oil," said Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Dan Lauer.

But the Coast Guard ordered the stoppage because of reasons that Jindal found frustrating. The Coast Guard needed to confirm that there were fire extinguishers and life vests on board, and then it had trouble contacting the people who built the barges
Apparently the idea of sending someone to look on the barges for extinguishers and vests didn't occur to the Coasties.

Well, that's interesting:
Police use the onset of summer to issue fines to women found wearing make-up and nail polish, or figure-hugging clothes. Veils are tightened to stop showing so much hair, with light, nearly transparent head-coverings a particular target. Men deemed to be 'harassing' women while driving are also stopped.

In a television interview marking the anniversary of his re-election, Mr Ahmadinejad said he did not approve, and that the police actions were "designed to create tumult".

"The government does not agree with this behaviour and will respond to and control it as much as it can," he said. "It is an insult to ask a man and woman walking on the steet about their relation to each other. Nobody has the right to ask such questions."

First thought: things are getting so ready to blow completely that Ahmadogcrap wants to lower the tension, and thinks this will help.

Ann Coulter on the SC Senate primary:
They're hopping mad, these liberals, but it's not clear what their theory of the crime is. Before accusing Republicans of committing a dirty trick, apparently no one asked the question: "OK, but what was the trick?"

The key to Greene's victory, you see, is that he got more votes. How do liberals imagine Republicans pulled that off? Mesmerize the Democrats into voting for an idiot? If Republicans could do that, John McCain would be president

This time I'll send you directly to Theo for the cartoons. Note: parts of his site may be NSFW.

Why does this not give me a warm and fuzzy feeling?
Seventeen Afghan military officers and enlistees have gone AWOL from a Lackland AFB language school over the past 18 months, the Air Force said Thursday.

Just what happened to the foreign troops isn't clear. The Air Force said the cases were given to the Department of Homeland Security once the officers and enlistees disappeared

Why aren't they going to court? Because it would make trouble for Obama, and most of our major media is in the tank for him. That's why.

I'll say it again: 'zero-tolerance for weapons' isn't about safety, it's about covering the ass of bureaucrats. And giving them even more control over the kids and their families.
These were those miniature, 1 inch plastic soldiers of which some number usually come poised in various shooting positions. And THAT violated the school's weapons ban? How insane is that?
Not insane at all, if your aim is to protect the education bureaucrats from having to think, and give them more control over people.

And finally,
And now, I must get to it.

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