“Coo coo” thinking, but many don’t notice?

John Stossel is a good guy, overall, it seems, generally thoughtful, apparently…  But yesterday evening he seemed to say that if the U.S. government stopped spending money on border security issues, and simply increased the yearly number of legally permissable immigrants who want to enter the United States, there would be no illegal immigration problems…  Huh?… 

Further, that if cocaine, methamphetamines and marijuana were legalized in this country, there would be no drug problems in America from imported drugs… And, that then, the government could concentrate on spending its money rehabilitating the addicted… Huh? Huh?… 

Homeland Secretary Napolitano has indicated that because the border between the U.S and Mexico extends for 1,600 miles, and in many places is in desolate places, it is impossible to secure every mile of it, so that it will remain porous, at best… 

On another side of the world, the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan is approximately 1,610 miles long over some quite inhospitable terrain, but, a major part of the Obama Administration’s policy in that portion of the world seems to be to press the Pakistanis to seal the border between them and Afghanistan, thereby preventing Al Qaeda and the Taliban from encroaching from that side into Afghanistan  and causing chaos…  Huh?…

Map of Afghanistan, Asian Countries

There appears to  be a disconnect from reality by some public figures and decision makers…  To eliminate all illegal immigration, let them all legally in, creating an Open Border for the whole world to enter!… To win the war on drugs, legalize drugs and declare victory!…  Don’t secure the border with Mexico because supposedly it is  impossible to do so, but insist Pakistan secure its border with Afghanistan because doing that is not impossible!… Huh? Huh?  Huh?…

Unilaterally, pass a monstrous healthcare law that greatly increases the deficit, then lament and press that America must pull together to raise taxes to cut the horrendous deficit that just seems to have arisen!

Hopefully, what next will NOT follow is that regardless of the situation on the ground, the Obama Administration will simply declare victory in Afghanistan, pat itself on the back and come home victorious?…  That would be “coo coo” thinking personified…


Potpourri Pan America: Headline news – Russian spies arrested while America resets the button… Drug cartels kill and Governor Brewer calls out Pres. Obama… And more.


1.  Say it ain’t so — didn’t Pres. Obama say during his administration that Russia – U.S.A. relations had “reset”? — “Shocking”: wasn’t Russian Pres. Medvedev just here making nice and saying the same thing?   

2.  “Friend and partner” Russian leader has pulled the wool over Pres. Obama’s eyes? — maybe the U.S.A. has “reset” the button, but the Bear hasn’t…. Stay awake, people…

3.  Leading candidate slain by drug cartels — the drugs cartels are coming, the drug cartels are coming…  Or they are here already?        

4.  Street drugs destroy minority families, and NAACP wants marijuana legalized — where’s the sound logic? 

5.  Arizona Governor Brewer call out Pres. Obama — parts of America “occupied” by drug cartels? (Video) — the lady has gumption?…       

6.  Not all voting Latinos want Open Borders: will the Democrats be surprised? — can you see them?

I’m just the masseuse, Mr. Gore

There have been reports that Al Gore, of political fame, possibly acted in an illegal manner with a masseuse in a hotel room in Portland, Oregon some years back…  What follows is a feeble attempt at creating a fictitious account of how part of the encounter might have been…  Pan Am would like to make it clear that Mr. Gore is innocent until, if and when, proven guilty in a court of law… [M: (Masseuse) / Al: (Al Gore)] Photo from Reuters:


M:  Hello, I’m the masseuse.                          

Al:  You speak French…  I like how the sounds roll off your lips.

M:  Where shall I set up my stuff?

Al:  Would you like a drink?

M:  No, thank you.  Shall I put my stuff over here?

Al:  (Chewing excitedly) Would you like a stick of gum, it’s sugar free.

M:  No, Thank you.  I’m ready to start.

Al:  You know, my wife Tipper doesn’t understand me.  She won’t find out, will she?

M:. Find out what?

 Al:  You know, this?

M:  This?

Al:  Yes, this.

M:  This what?

Al:  (Whispering) This

M:  (Rolling her eyes) You want the general treatment?

Al:  Like Around-the-World?

M:  Around what?

Al:  The world…  (adding in a deeper and even haughtier tone) You know, when you think about it, it actually fits quite nicely because I’m saving the world…

M:  Mr Gore, I’m the masseuse.

Al:  I’m saving the world.

M:  Thank you.  I’m the masseuse.

Al:  Yes, yes (wink, wink), the masseuse… Want some chocolate?

M:  I’m the masseuse, Mr. Gore.

Al:  I’m always nervous on the first date.  (Al looking like a “crazed sex poodle”.)

M:  The first date?  I’m the masseuse.

Al:   “’Masseuse’ this “(pointing and grinning broadly, obviously thrilled with his very own howbrow wittiness.).

M:  Mr. Gore!

Al:  Can you work on my lock box?

M:  Lock, what?

Al:  Box.

M:  I’m the masseuse.

Al.  I’m ready.

M: Let’s get started.

Al:  Let’s! (grinning, and still thrilled with his sharp repartee).

M:  Here we go.

Al:  Here I come…  (giggling devilishly and adding) Is that “an inconvenient truth”?

M:  Mr. Gore!

Al:  Please don’t hurt me…  I’m green, you know, are you?

 M:  I’m just the masseuse, Mr. Gore…..

Maybe nothing will come of this report about another of our crack public elites supposedly behaving-badly.  Then again, maybe something will, considering the dust-up the John Edwards episode created…  Politicians, role models for America…  Not… 

Just sayin’.

Person of the Week: General Stan McChrystal

President Obama, General McChrystal and Ambassador Eikenberry, 2009 at the White House:

 For all his years of honorable service to the nation the general was selected this week, and he was also picked of course because he is the important person who lost his crucial job after an article appeared in Rolling Stones magazine, about which most know… 

But, more than just for that, and much more importantly, the selection was made: because the whole episode of which he is a major figure draws attention to the seemingly haphazard working structure in place in Afghanistan,  within which U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Eikenberry, General McChrystal and Special Envoy to Afghanistan/Pakistan Richard Holbrooke are forced to operate… 

A haphazard system imposed on these people by faraway politicians and politico-military brass in Washington D.C.

Presidential Pardons for illegal immigrants, or bluffs?

Amnesty for illegal immigrants through presidential Executive Order?   — or via other means?…  There has been much talk (since prior to and following Arizona’s passage of the illegal immigration law) about insisting strenuously that the federal government secure the international border with Mexico because of continuing problems caused by drug cartel operations-illegal immigration-human trafficking organizations…  And some, (such as Senator    Kyl of Arizona) seem to suggest the Obama Administration is holding the border issue hostage and will not secure it unless border security is done as one segment of a comprehensive immigration law – which would include, for example, amnesty and a guest worker program…

Additionally, Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano recently seemed to complain, in her remarks before the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) that those who want border security are unreasonable because “… the word secure really becomes, effectively, ‘seal’ the border,…”  In other words, she indicated that people want the border sealed, and that either she is against that or that it can’t be done…      (Photo from Boston.com)    

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano speaks during a luncheon to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials in Denver on Thursday, June 24, 2010. The NALEO conference is the largest gathering of Latino elected and appointed officials in the United States.

Thus, because in a continuously contentious pre November Election mode in which Congress finds itself it appears no action will be taken to consider an immigration bill, there have been rumors  that the president (to satisfy Latino elected officials and the Latino voting bloc he would like to maintain in his corner) has been advised to take extra ordinary measures…

  • PARDONS The right of the President of the Unites States of America to pardon people under rights given as part of Article II, Section 2 of the U. S. Constitution:  “…he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.”…
  • Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation — from paragraph 2 of the proclamation: “That on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free; and the Executive Government of the United States, including the military and naval authority thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of such persons, and will do no act or acts to repress such persons, or any of them, in any efforts they may make for their actual freedom.”…

A couple of rumors has it that the president has been advised by  some to explore using the PARDONS clause of the U.S. Constitution to pardon those who are here illegally, or to possibly use a Presidential Proclamation to achieve a similar result…  Are these actions possible or actually being considered, of course that is not known here, but as indicated in the first-sentence link of this post ( Amnesty for illegal immigrants through presidential Executive Order?  ), some senators seem to take the rumor(s) seriously…

Stay tuned.

Potpourri Pan America: Headline news — Obama to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants?/Afghan withdrawal deadline: are Americans dying in vain? And more


1.  Musical chairs with generals in Afghanistan, but the troop withdrawal deadline is still in place — good speech by Pres. Obama,but civilian component of strategy needs attention, and are Americans dying  in vain?       [Map from WorldAtlas.com]    

Map of Afghanistan, Asian Countries

2.   Amnesty for illlegal immigrants through presidential Executive Order?     — Pres.  Obama needs the Latino votes in November: will he stop at nothing to appease the Latino organizations to give them what they want?    

3.  Bolivia: Pres. Evo Morales continues  at work against the U.S.A.    — Pres. Morales still undermining American interests in South America: wants to kick the USAID out of Bolivia.          

 4.  CNN: Drug cartels threaten police officers in Nogales, Arizona  /  Video news report: drug cartels threaten police officers in Arizona  — Will Pres. Obama secure the border and keep Americans safe?                      

 6.   Hurricane season arrives in the Gulf of Mexico?  — and the Gulf leak still going…

7.    Obama Administration hostile to business    — Business Round Table thinks so…

8.  U.S.A.!  U.S.A.!  U.S.A.! — In South Africa, World Cup play, the United States team advances in dramatic fashion!

Make a decision, Mr. President, don’t simply vote present

Political through and through, and indecisive deep inside, essentially is how President Obama can be described.  Nonetheless, those descriptors have gotten him this far, and now have gotten him to today’s meeting with General McChrystal…  [Photo from NY Daily News]

 A profile of Gen. Stanley McChrystal in Rolling Stone was titled 'The Runaway General.'

As a state senator in Illinois, rather than take a stand on controversial issues, he often simply voted present when he ought to have pressed the red or green buttons… However indecisive the president might have seemed, that manuever helped propel him to his current position…

More specific examples could be given of actions or inactions that have led to today’s scheduled meeting, having to do generally with his overall muddled dealings with international matters, mismanaging the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and his seemingly politically driven military policy for Afghanistan and Iraq… 

Nevertheless, though General McChrystal has been a tireless patriot in the service of his country, and President Obama might already have lost the war in Afghanistan (and possibly in Iraq) by setting arbitrary, publicized deadlines for troop withdrawals, he can and needs to be dramatically decisive with General McChrystal — for civilian discipline sake and to recapture a bit of respect before the world.