Half a loaf is better than no loaf

Bush “faces an uphill battle” with his immigration plan because the “tough on immigration” folks want a full loaf or none at all. The fact is that his guest worker plan isn’t all that great a deal from the perspective of encouraging the right kind of immigration either. It’s limited in size, it’s limited to Mexicans and it doesn’t lead to citizenship. But it’s something – it means more people can come here legally to work and that’s a step in the right direction. As far as securing the borders, the things he’s proposed are definitely steps in the right direction. Those who want the 12 foot razor wire topped fence running the length of the southern border ought to take half a loaf today and see what else they can get tomorrow. The Bush plan may not be a full loaf, but it ;’s sure more than crumbs.

But the president faces an uphill battle in the House and Senate to realize his vision of reform, which is drawing intense skepticism from many allies in his own party who believe his approach is not tough enough. In the coming weeks, the White House must persuade lawmakers to forge together several immigration bills, differing widely in scope, into a single policy.

With pledges on enforcement, Bush touts guest-worker plan – The Boston Globe

iPOD, Gizmondo, Media Players (Shameless Commerce)

I’m just not that impressed with the Apple 30 GB iPod with Video Playback Black. Wasn’t ever that impressed with the older ones either. Especially when the “Availability:” 3 weeks before Christmas is “In stock soon.” And itunes and Quicktime insist on running at startup once you install them to your PC. I think I’d rather buy a Sony BMG CD.

Now Gizmondo is impressive. 400mHZ processor, gaming, digital camera, 128-bit 3D Graphics accelerator from Nvidia, GPS tracking and mapping, music and movies played with Windows Media Player, Bluetooth and GPRS.

Pepper Pad Internet Media Player is really cool, but pricey. Pepper Pad Internet Media Player I think I’d prefer a laptop computer myself, but this thing is worth a look if you’re antikeyboard and don’t want to shell out the really big bucks for a Tablet PC.

Taking Democracy to the Klingons

A break from Shameless Commerce for Intergalactic Politics…

Apparently a former Canadian Defence Minister has called for government hearings on the “forward base” the Bush administration is building on the moon to start an “intergalactic war”. Apparently, Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney saw War of the Worlds and decided that it was time for the blessings of liberty to be shared beyond the Third Rock. There may be plans afoot to claim the Roswell crashlanders had weapons of mass destruction and to publicly reveal that Joe Wilson is really Agent W from MIB.

Interesting side note: In an intergalactic war, the moon isn’t a “forward position”, is it? I guess it’s a good thing Canada never had much to defend against, if that reveals anything about their strategic thinking. Thank God it’s the Bush administration and not the Martin administration running point on the whole intergalactic warfare thing.

Put this under “World Affairs,” for now…think I ought to create a new category for “Galactic Politics”.

Hellyer warned, “The United States military are preparing weapons which could be used against the aliens, and they could get us into an intergalactic war without us ever having any warning. He stated, “The Bush administration has finally agreed to let the military build a forward base on the moon, which will put them in a better position to keep track of the goings and comings of the visitors from space, and to shoot at them, if they so decide.”

Hellyer’s speech ended with a standing ovation. He said, “The time has come to lift the veil of secrecy, and let the truth emerge, so there can be a real and informed debate, about one of the most important problems facing our planet today.”

Former Canadian Minister Of Defence Asks Canadian Parliament Asked To Hold Hearings on Relations With Alien “Et” Civilizations – Yahoo! News

I now return you to your regularly scheduled Shameless Commerce.

Satellite Radio

XM or Sirius…XM has Major League Baseball and Sirius has the NFL. Sirius has Howard Stern. Sirius has G. Gordon Liddy, Laura Ingraham, Michael Reagan and two gun shows. XM has Glenn Beck, Laura Ingraham, Matt Drudge, Michael Reagan and….Air America. Maybe I need both…

Audiovox SIR-PNP3 Sirius Satellite Radio Receiver

Audiovox SIR-PNP3 Sirius Satellite Radio Receiver

* 30 channel presets, plus Look Ahead mode that previews other channels
* Wireless remote control; 4.5 x 3 x 1.5 inches (W x H x D); 1-year warranty
* Plug-and-play Sirius satellite radio tuner for use with compatible car kit, home kit, or boombox
* Large, easy-to-read LCD screen displays artist info, song title, and category
* Built-in FM transmitter broadcasts through FM radio; 20-song S-seek memory

Delphi SA10085 Roady2 XM Satellite Radio Receiver with Built-in Wireless FM Modulator

Delphi SA10085 Roady2 XM Satellite Radio Receiver with Built-in Wireless FM Modulator

* Delivers more than 150 high-quality, XM satellite radio stations
* Measures 3.9 x 2.4 x 0.7 inches (W x H x D)
* Large display shows channel number, channel name, artist name, song title, and channel category
* Personalize settings with XM Radio’s InfoExtras and TuneSelect
* Built-in wireless FM transmitter turns any FM receiver into an XM radio