BORDER BEDLAM: A Dumb Broad, & a Texas Radio Station
It’s not entirely fair to compare Myers to Brown.
Managing horse shows had no connection to the work of FEMA, whereas Myers’s
experience at the departments of Justice, Commerce, and Treasury does bear
on some of the work of ICE. In a future Republican administration, after she
has acquired more experience, she might be an outstanding choice for this
job. But naming her at this stage in her career, especially given her connections,
smacks of cronyism.
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You want to know how seriously Bush takes illegal immigration? Meet Julie Myers,
the niece of former joint chiefs head General Richard Myers. A woman who's married
to Michael Chertoff's chief of staff, after having Chertoff, who is the head of DHS,
as a boss herself. All this would be bad enough, but what exactly in Myers'
resume qualifies her to head ICE, the U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency?
Myers knows about as much about border and customs issues as Karen Hughes does
about image branding in the Middle East.
So, whatever hopes you had for securing our borders, tell 'em buh-bye.
And speaking of Mr. Chertoff, he was on “Hardball” today and I have
never seen a more worthless, vacuous, non-interview offering non-information
on border security than what Chris Matthews served up today. Not one single
detail of the
House bill or the McCain-Kennedy alternative was mentioned. Chris' chumfest
with Chertoff offered the DHS head a chance to sit on camera in a foreground
shot that pictured part of the U.S.-Mexican border fencing, assuring Bush's
border honcho of actually looking official. (Sorry, but I didn't catch exactly
where Chertoff was located.) What a joke, only it isn't funny any more. The
collective intelligence between Chertoff and Matthews on border security, and
their sincerity to offer the public a real discussion on the matter, logged
in at about .0000001.
What a waste of time. Chris needs to understand that if he's not informing
his viewers he's worthless, just another blond bimbo alert amid the cable menagerie. Matthews needs to watch Lou Dobbs.
No one on TV gets the border issue like Dobbs, who today did an interview with
Joe Blalack that actually illustrated how ridiculous things have gotten in this
country. It was bad enough when late in 2004 the Mexican government released
a pamphlet teaching illegals how to safely sneak across the border, as well
as how to blend in once they got here. But now we've actually got a Spanish-language
radio station in Texas alerting illegals on where the border patrol will be!
A segment warning undocumented
immigrants about immigration agents could be delaying San Antonio's leading
Spanish-language radio station from renewing its license.
In the recurring KROM-Radio segment,
callers report sightings of immigration agents.
“Estreo Latino'' disc jockeys
then alert listeners about the location of limones verdes, or “green
limes.'' The words refer to the dark green Border Patrol uniforms and green-lined
Since the segment started five
years ago, there hasn't been public outcry. No complaints by the Border Patrol,
which has an eight-agent office in San Antonio.
But retired Houston lawyer Joe
Ray Blalack has asked the Federal Communications Commission to deny KROM a
license renewal because of the segment. The FCC has received 38 citizen complaints
against the station, all from outside Texas.
But after the Myers recess appointment today, you've got to believe Bush will do anything for his friends. Seeing Mr. Chertoff
in his bright orange shirt talk about Minutemen getting shot on the Arizona
border, because they aren't professionals, seemed a perfect mirror image. Especially when Mikey
started talking about the 2,000 border patrol agents that have been added in
the last 2 years. He's kidding, right? Two thousand new border guards on the Mexican-American
border deserves praise? He said that along certain sections of the border, violence
has risen 100%, so the Minutemen better watch out.
Of course the Minutemen aren't the answer, but we wouldn't even
have gotten this much going on the border bedlam without them. They're making
a stand, proving a point. Given that George W. Bush has appointed some unqualified
dumb broad to ICE, well, our only hope may be the Minutemen, oh, and women,
I might add.
Oh, and if you think John McCain is going to be the answer, what
The New Republic is reporting this week is more bad news. It seems that the
former straight talker is once again sucking up to social conservatives in his
continuing efforts to secure the presidency.
In the past, Bush has leaned toward
McCain's approach–the president encouraged McCain after the 2004 election to
seek Kennedy's support for a bill–but he has recently attempted to appease
social conservatives, praising the House's measures to “protect our borders
and crack down on illegal entry into the United States.” Bush holds out
hope for a Senate bill that would somehow combine McCain's approach with Tancredo's.
But that's unlikely to happen. Border
All in all, a very, very bad day for everyone hoping to solve our border bedlam