Monday, January 04, 2010

Cruising the web

Barbara Hollingsworth has a startling story about how whistleblowers about lapses in TSA measures have been not only ignored, but have, contrary to federal law, have seen their careers suffer.

The WSJ exposes how the real block to getting a new director of the TSA approved is not Jim DeMint, but the Democratic urge to extend unionization to employees of the TSA. Just ask yourself how our efforts to screen out terrorists would have been helped by having those guys waving you through the metal detector be members of a union.

Of course, it might be a problem that the TSA nominee, Erroll Southers, has admitted that he accessed private federal records to get information about his estranged wife's new boyfriend and then "inadvertently" misled the Senate about the 20-year old incident. Gee, just the type of guy we want in charge of an agency where there already deep concerns about privacy.

The Associated Press gets out the hankies
for our poor beleaguered President who is just so tired because he, wait for it, isn't like Bush, but actually stays up late. So don'tyou dare make fun of his going golfing so much.

The effort to unionize everyone possible sees Michigan unionizing unaware home childcare workers. One day you're wiping noses and the next you find out that you've been made a member of a union and have to pay dues. They won't stop until everyone is cast willy-nilly into a union.

David Fredosso does the math and finds that Bush would have won in 2004 even without Ohio under the new electoral map that seems likely to emerge after the 2010 census. Of course, that's assuming that those voters leaving the Northeast and the Rust Belt to head to red states don't turn those red states blue. That's why auguries such as Virginia's gubernatorial vote this year must be such worrisome signs to the Democrats.

Orrin Hatch, Ken Blackwell, and Kenneth Klukowski outline three constitutional problems with the Democrats' health care bill. Of course, we can place no dependence on the Supreme Court to rescue us from bad legislation. Witness their ruling on campaign finance reform. I don't want to place my faith on what Anthony Kennedy decides the General Welfare Clause means.

LaShawn Barber points to this story out of Berkeley where Berkeley High School is considering getting rid of all their lab science classes because not enough black students sign up for them. Yup, that's the way to address the race gap - dumb down the white students. Just what we need to prepare students for jobs in the 21st century.

George Will tells the story of how New York is trying to redefine the word "blight" in order to use eminent domain to take perfectly fine private property away from its owners and give it to a wealthy developer so he can build a new arena for the New Jersey Nets and a shopping district. Blighted property now includes condominiums that go for over half a million dollars. If this goes through, no private property is safe.