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A living symbol of George W. Bush's effort to erase the U.S. southern border, former Border Patrol agent Ignacio Ramos is wasting away in solitary confinement in a federal correctional facility:
A congressional aide who visited Ignacio Ramos in prison said the convicted Border Patrol agent appeared emaciated, losing more than 30 pounds in solitary confinement.
Ramos, who is appealing his 11-year sentence for the non-lethal shooting of a Mexican drug smuggler, has been in a "special housing unit" since he was beaten by inmates in February at the medium-security Federal Correctional Complex in Yazoo City, Miss., said Tara Setmayer, spokeswoman for Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif.
"He was very happy to see me, but, overall, he was very emotional," Setmayer told WND. "He is demoralized. Languishing in solitary for 135 days takes its toll on anyone."
The men who bloodied Ramos with kicks from steel-toed boots are in the same unit, Setmayer said.
More on the Bush administration's war on the Border Patrol here, here and here.
When Webb became the Democratic nominee in this race, I really thought we might have a chance for open, honest debate on the great issues of the day between two honorable men of goodwill. Was I ever wrong! I even thought, for a fleeting moment, that whoever won the race, Virginia would be well-served in the U.S. Senate. Now I'm thinking that we the people will be the losers no matter what.
Kool-Aid drinking Republicans will be pointing out that there is a double standard at work â€“ that if Allen had a history of writing sexually explicit novels he would be pilloried for it. That's true. It's undeniable.
But I suspect this little "October Surprise" by Allen's camp will come back to haunt them. It's so impotent! Challenge Webb on the issues! Take the high road! If you lose, lose with honor and integrity!
Strange bedfellows and all that.
As if WorldNetDaily actually needed to get any better. Well, now it has.
In deference to my good buddy Zimzo, I will avoid all hyperbole and simply say: Welcome aboard, Chuck!
Alleged Chuck Norris Fact: "There is no theory of evolution. Just a list of creatures Chuck Norris has allowed to live." It's funny. It's cute. But here's what I really think about the theory of evolution: It's not real. It is not the way we got here. In fact, the life you see on this planet is really just a list of creatures God has allowed to live. We are not creations of random chance. We are not accidents. There is a God, a Creator, who made you and me. We were made in His image, which separates us from all other creatures.
I can tell already Chuck Norris's column is going to be one of my regular stops on the Web.
Mukit Hossain, president of the Virginia Muslim Political Action Committee, said his group believes there are 60,000 registered Muslim voters in the state and he is working to mobilize voters to get out and vote Democratic...
One issue especially important to the group was local enforcement of federal immigration laws. The Herndon Town Council's decision to train local police to enforce these laws was especially troubling, Hossain said.
"That's the sort of mechanism we believe would be extremely dangerous for the Muslim community," he told the Washington Examiner. "You are handing over a degree of power that is not necessarily warranted and can be abused, especially given the skimpy training [Herndon police] are going to receive."
The links from the group's Web site indicate any Republican candidates would have an uphill climb getting support from this particular organization.
But wait, there's more.
Mr. Hossain is not a new face on the local scene, nor is the Muslim angle on our local controvery over illegal aliens:
The hiring center -- called the Herndon Official Workers Center -- is a charitable front for da'awa, or Islamic outreach to non-Muslims. Local law enforcement officials say the Saudis see new Hispanic arrivals to America as particularly ripe for conversion to Islam, and have even added an annex to their madrassa in another Washington suburb to help indoctrinate the beholden immigrants...
Stepping in last year to run the government-sanctioned site was an obscure group by the name, Project Hope and Harmony, which landed (in partnership with nonprofit Reston Interfaith) the $200,000 contract. The man behind the project is Muslim activist Mukit Hossain.
But he's not just any activist. Born in Bangladesh, Hossain also runs a shadowy Muslim charity in Herndon which recently had its accounts closed by Wachovia bank due to suspicious activity related to possible money-laundering. The Foundation for Appropriate and Immediate Temporary Help, or FAITH, received a $150,000 donation last year from a front group run by Saudi bagman M. Yacub Mirza, whose home and offices were raided by federal agents after 9/11. FAITH helped establish the Project Hope and Harmony.
If you are in Northern Virginia and just now getting up to speed on this issue, you ought to go read all of that article.
Knowing that Mr. Hossain's group actively opposes local measures to improve immigration enforcement should serve as confirmation HelpSaveHerndon and HelpSaveLoudoun are on the right track. We must redouble our efforts to implement immigration enforcement locally.
The activities of Mr. Hossain's various organizations also highlight why the problem of illegal immigration has reached a unique level of urgency in western Fairfax and eastern Loudoun Counties. Our communities are not simply the recipients of illegal aliens randomly deciding to settle here but are the targets of advocacy groups seeking proactively to establish safe zones for illegal workers. These activists are seeking to grow their constituency and have little concern for the declining wages of legal blue-collar workers.
Ah, I've been too busy to really blog, as most of you know, and the result has been a bunch of slap-dash posts with a serious mini-essay or two inserted on the very rare occasion. I try to give my best when I can and, when not, to at least give some food for thought which may be from another person's picnic basket.
The day job's a killer, but it's all that's keeping me from the hoosegow.
Tonight, I'm working on a bigger project which with the clock already reading "hour of the wolf" probably won't be completed before my face crashes, as usual, into the keyboard until daybreak.
But I feel the NOVA TownHall Blog is about one post short of its weekly quota, and I have therefore summoned all my strength and will to deliver the final capper to the week. After scouring the Internet far and wide - scaling the heights, plumbing the depths, dropping into the bottle clubs and circumambulating the journeymen philosophers - I finally got something.
In deference to my good buddy Zimzo, I will once again grab the reliably trenchant top story from the number one news service on the Web.
Frustrated by the federal government's immigration policy, small cities across the nation are taking enforcement into their own hands, passing laws that make it harder for illegals to live and work in their communities.
Dozens of towns have followed the path of Hazelton, Pa., which passed an ordinance July 13 to deter housing owners from renting to illegals. Riverside, N.J., quickly passed a similar measure, which fines landlords $1,000 per day for renting to illegals and removes business licenses from employers who hire illegals...
On the state level, legislatures have considered a record 550 pieces of immigration-related legislation and passed at least 77 new laws in 27 states, Stateline.org said, citing the National Conference of State Legislatures...
Statistics compiled by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement show immigration law enforcement at work sites is limited. Last year, just 1,145 work site arrests were recorded, compared to 2,849 in fiscal 1999.
Read it all.
Loudoun County Board of Supervisors and folks down in Richmond: Y'all are listening, right?
The thought just struck me that WorldNetDaily is a great news source, and I've never written a post to give it its props. Sure, they have to shill a little and sometime the news has an angle, but in the post-Dan Rather era, that cow has long left the barn.
In honor of this fabulous Web site, I am instituting a new category here, "Latest from WorldNetDaily," and I hope our other bloggers will take it upon themselves once in a while just to post a link to WND for any reason whatsoever.
To get the ball rolling, I'll link to a thought-piece on The candidate who can win in 2008, by WorldNetDaily commentator Rev. Jerry Falwell:
First, any presidential candidate who wishes to secure the evangelical vote, which is essential to victory for a Republican, must be a social and fiscal conservative. That's a given. While the mushy middle of the Republican Party will want a candidate to be nebulous on issues such as abortion, same-sex marriage and religious freedom, no Republican candidate can survive the primaries who is afraid of taking a stand on these critical social issues...
The construction of a 2,000-mile fence (which some estimate will cost $10 billion) across our southwest border, from San Diego to the Gulf of Mexico, guarded by enough of America's finest to stop the endless flow of scores of thousands of illegal aliens into this nation, must be the absolute commitment of our next champion. The bleeding must be stopped immediately.
Further, all illegal aliens who are convicted felons must be deported as a beginning. The remaining illegal aliens must be put into a lawful naturalization program with a reasonable time limit to learn English, meet the long-standing standards every legal immigrant has always met, pay taxes on all income (which they should be allowed to continue earning) and finally take the oath.
I have to say I disagree with Falwell here. First, I think immigration is a higher priority than "social issues" in deciding on a candidate for 2008. Second, I'm not sure at all about a "lawful naturalization program" that lets millions of people jump in line ahead of the people who have been trying to get in legally.
Nevertheless, Falwell's article is a valuable addition to the debate, and we at NOVA TownHall - like our brethren at WorldNetDaily - are nothing else if not open to free discussion, unlike so many institutions on the "progressive" side of the fence.