Nailing it on immigration

Great piece at Todd’s Hammer on immigration.  Read the whole thing.

My mother forwarded an email to me today about how illegal immigrants may be granted social security benefits in the near future. It really pushed some of my buttons (this anti-immigrant hysteria is getting irritating in the extreme), so I wrote a detailed response and committed the internet faux-pas of replying to all.

How’s your escalation going?

Don’t believe the sycophants who insist its working.

Bombs tore through crowds of after-work shoppers in Baghdad and a town north of the capital on Thursday in an onslaught of violence that killed more than 100 people, according to Iraqi government and hospital officials.

Both areas — a bazaar in the eastern Baghdad neighborhood of Shaab and the farming town of Khalis in Diyala province — are populated predominantly by Shiites, and Iraqi government officials quickly blamed the Sunni insurgent group al-Qaeda in Iraq. The attacks followed two violent days of bombings and reprisal killings in the northern city of Tall Afar and threatened to increase the likelihood of a resurgence of open sectarian warfare despite the heightened U.S. military presence in Iraq.

Ford First

Good post at Autoblog on Ford’s Flaming diesel – and it makes me glad my Jetta is an ’06. 🙂

Clearly, Ford is very concerned about the reputation of its new 6.4L Power Stroke, which is evident by how quickly it took action with a recall to address three isolated incidents that resulted in the same outcome, i.e. flaming tailpipes. The real issue in each case appears to be this newfangled Diesel Particulate Filter, versions of which are used not only by the Ford Super Duty, but also the Heavy Duty GMT900 and Dodge Ram pickups. Considering that all three heavy duty pickups use a process of regeneration to burn away accumulated particulates in their respective DPFs, the potential for flaming tailpipes exists in all three trucks if an unmetered amount of flammable liquid gets in there somehow. We’re certainly not cutting Ford any slack here, but considering it likely sells more heavy duty trucks equipped with diesels than the other two automakers, statistically speaking this was bound to happen to a Ford first. Only time will tell if we’re right and other diesel-equipped late-model pickups start getting hot under the collar.

IQs rising in Utah

According to a Salt Lake Tribune Poll, it appears Bush has finally managed to burn his last bridge.

    A January poll by The Salt Lake Tribune showed a precipitous drop in support for Bush’s handling of the war among Utah’s Latter-day Saints.
In the survey, just 44 percent of those identifying themselves as Mormon said they backed Bush’s war management. That’s a level considerably higher than Bush gets from Utah’s non-Mormon population and the nation at large, but it’s also a 21 percentage point drop from just five months earlier. The poll’s margin of error was plus or minus 4.7 percentage points.

Interesting.  As a former Utahn it’s interesting to see changes like this.  Bush’s lawlessness and disregard for the Constitution might finally be coming home to roost?  We can only hope.  As Pastor Dan observes at Street Prophets:

Utah is generally among the reddest of the red states, and support for Bush’s Folly has been correspondingly strong. But as the article goes on to explain, Mormon leaders in the church and government have been signaling that good Mormons can oppose the war.

That’s a remarkable change illustrating the power of this stupid, immoral war to break the back of the Republican coalition. God knows no reasonable person wants the war to drag on for another two years, but if it does, the GOP will lie in tatters.

Hat tip:  Crooks and Liars