Friday, February 27, 2004

Here in Arizona, there's much ado about the leaky Mexican border. With all the worrisome eyes cast Southward, I think it's time we remind ourselves that there's a troubling problem with the Northern border, as well. According to a recently released CIA research report, Canada is a veritable terrorist haven, posing a considerable threat to America's national security. summarized the report quite aptly.

The report blames Canada's "...generous social welfare system, lax immigration laws, infrequent prosecutions, light sentencing, and long borders...", among other factors, for making it a favorite destination for terrorist and criminal groups, which are "increasingly using Canada as an operational base and transit country en route to the United States."

Judging from that list, I highly doubt Ottawa will be dispelling its infamous "terror incubator" image any time soon. Several of the contributory factors in the report (the welfare system, the open borders, the permissive legal system) are sacred political cows, enshrined in the national psyche by decades of liberal activism at all levels of government. Leading any of those red heifers to the proverbial slaughterhouse would take an act of extraordinary political will from someone who's committed to tackling the status quo. Such a thing has not happened since the late 1960's, when Pierre Trudeau deftly consolidated the powers of the Prime Minister's Office. Unfortunately, he used his newfound clout to radically reshape Canada into a European-style socialist backwater, complete with price controls, scores of intrusive regulatory agencies, and monopoly control of key industries by the federal government.

Lucky for the US, Jean Chretien, the last of Trudeau's leftist acolytes, has recently resigned. With Paul Martin anxious to repair his predecessor’s tattered relationship with America, there may be some willingness to address the burgeoning terrorist threat within his country as part of an "olive branch" diplomatic strategy. That is, if the Liberal Party wins this year’s election, of course.

Thursday, February 19, 2004

Yesterday was the anniversity of my first blog entry. Some things have changed in the past year (got married, learned to drive, bought a car, got a dog), and some things have stayed the same (still work in the West Phoenix ghetto, still annoyed by liberals, still anxious to become an American so I can renounce my Canadian citizenship).

All in all, I think I've done a decent blogging job this year, though I still feel my writing is rusty, not to mention sporadic. I've never been quite comfortable with my style, so bear with me if I experiment a bit in Year 2. This is shaping up to be a nasty election year, so, you'll likely have plenty of my musings to mull over.

Monday, February 16, 2004

Turns out there is no story after all. Alex Polier, the woman at the center of the swirling John Kerry sex allegations, has officially denied the affair. Lucky for Kerry. Now, he can get back to the job of defending his years of conflicting Senate votes and policy flip-flops.

Thursday, February 12, 2004

This should make for an interesting Wisconsin primary...

Drudge is reporting that several news organizations are investigating a "Gary Hart style" sex scandal involving John Kerry. Very few details have emerged thus far, but this will likely be dominating the airwaves shortly. As is usually the case, Drudge leads with a salacious story, then the mainstream media outlets do a Xerox job within 24 hours, under the guise of exclusivity.

Friday, February 06, 2004

The latest employment report is fantastic: 112,000 new jobs created in January (that figure jumps to 496,000 new jobs if you add the number of outsourced contractors hired last month), and a drop in the unemployment rate to 5.6%, despite the 420,000 people who have rejoined the labor force looking for work.

It's curious, though, how Reuters was able to spin the jobs report as a huge negative. They conjured the dour headline, "U.S. Job Growth in January Disappoints," followed by an equally dour story on the meek economic recovery. Even more curious, is this story from the UK's Guardian newspaper, released just 20 minutes after the Reuters report. Titled "Surging US Economy Leads Global Recovery", the Guardian piece cites the OECD's December report, which details extensively an "upbeat assessment of the US economy".

Still trust Reuters for reliable, unbiased reporting? Hmm...