I have to say, I have impeccable timing!
I take a weekend off from the blog and voila! Terrorists not only try to blow up a night club in London but if that is not enough, amateur terrorist hacks try to ram an SUV full of explosives and nails into the main terminal at Glasgow International Airport in Glasgow, Scotland.
Then there is all the hokey Sunday talking head shows. On Fox News Sunday, Homeland Security secretary, Michael Chertoff makes a fool of himself by telling Chris Wallace that they just do not have the tools necessary to "enforce the law." Ahh, so that is why since President Bush 41 has been office, there has been no serious enforcement of immigration laws, because the customs, now ICE, "does not have the tools" to do the job. UGH!
But, today, President Bush did the right thing and commuted the jail sentence of former Vice-Presidential chief of staff, I. "Scooter" Libby. Mr. Libby will serve no jail time, as he should not.
Well, one out of three, if my math serves me, is a .333 bating average.
And, the Dodgers FINALLY beat the San Diego Padres to avoid a three-game sweep. Just like that, the batting average goes way up to .500.
Clearly, the attacks in Britain are twofold. To test the new prime minister, Mr. Gordon Brown, and to let Britain know that they can still cause a lot of problems. So far, in a bureaucratic way, Mr. Brown has not buckled and the anti-terror forces have been unleashed and arrested eight suspects so far. I am afraid that Mr. Brown will not live up to the standards of former prime minister, Mr. Tony Blair. It is kind of like President Bush 41 coming in after President Reagan. And, look at what happened.
As far as the post-mortem on the immigration debacle, the inside-the-beltway crowd just does not get it. They blame the usual suspects, but especially talk radio, the righteous demise of the bill-scam. They do get that bad legislation should never be passed in the name of, "this is the best we can do," and the dreaded "bipartisanship". "The best we can do" would have lead to chaos in the immigration system in this nation and opened the floodgates to almost anyone wanting to, come in from Mexico and points beyond. "Bipartisanship," is never to the Republican advantage. It is only when Republicans join the Democrats to pass their legislation. If it was so "bipartisan" in the first place, why were there none of the enforcement provisions in the original legislation? Why did the senate leadership try to ram it through? Why were there only changes made after the people, the American people, rose and looked at the bill and said collectively, "What the hell is this wool you are trying to pull over our eyes?!" My question, will congress really put enforcement mechanisms in place? You don't think they will? Neither do I.
The Scooter Libby conviction is a farce because the charges against him were a farce. But, President Bush could not give an outright pardon. But, President Bush could not let Mr. Libby go off to jail. So, we saw the compromise that makes sense. The conviction and fine stay with Mr. Libby, but Mr. Libby can now file appeals as a civilian, not prisoner, cell block H. Given that the political environment is so toxic, Mr. Bush wanted to do the right thing. And, just when we thought President Bush would not do it, President Bush comes through.
The Dodgers need some serious offense, no kidding, and middle relief. Without that, they will not be able to compete in the dog days of summer coming up in July and August. And, they have got to beat teams like the dreaded San Diego Padres. If not, they make not make the wild card from the National League.
Maybe I should not take weekends off!