Republicans pay attention

That’s new. The Senate Majority Leader reverses course on earmarks:

I know the good that has come from the projects I have helped support throughout my state. I don’t apologize for them. But there is simply no doubt that the abuse of this practice has caused Americans to view it as a symbol of the waste and the out-of-control spending that every Republican in Washington is determined to fight. And unless people like me show the American people that we’re willing to follow through on small or even symbolic things, we risk losing them on our broader efforts to cut spending and rein in government.

That’s why today I am announcing that I will join the Republican Leadership in the House in support of a moratorium on earmarks in the 112th Congress.

McConnell is correct in saying that rejecting earmarks is only a symbolic gesture at this point given the current $1.6 trillion deficit and the madness of Helicopter Ben. But what he clearly failed to understand initially is that symbols matter because they are also signals. I am no less skeptical about the Republicans in power now than I was back in 2000, but it does show that they are at least paying a modicum of attention to what happened earlier this month.

Aztlan rising

Since demographics is destiny, Golden State separatism and an eventual war of self-determination is all but guaranteed now:

Latinos now make up a majority of California’s public school students, cracking the 50 percent barrier for the first time in the state’s history, according to data released Friday by the state Department of Education. Almost 50.4 percent of the state’s students in the 2009-10 school year identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino, up 1.36 percent from the previous year. In comparison, 27 percent of California’s 6.2 million students identified themselves as white, 9 percent as Asian and 7 percent as black. Students calling themselves Filipino, Pacific Islander, Native American or other total almost 7 percent.

The main reason for California to stay within the Union is its forthcoming bankruptcy and hope for a Federal bailout that is unlikely to be forthcoming. As more and more whites decide to leave Mexifornia and businesses flee the increasingly hostile state government, it is only a matter of time before historic Hispanic pride reasserts itself and the nascent Hispanic political power begins to flex its considerable demographic muscle. And given that the United States has been a primary advocate of a right to self-determination around the world since the Wilson administration, there will be little justification or national appetite to forcibly keep a bankrupt and mexicanized California within the Union.

Given how much evil has come out of white American California, from the endless filth of Hollywood to no-fault divorce, I can only wish the denizens of Aztlan much success in their eventual struggle for self-determination and a merger with Mexico.

WND column

National No-Fly Zone

Although they don’t realize it yet, the will of Americans is being tested by the federal agency known as the Transportation Security Administration. Not being content with forcing air passengers to leave their deadly nail clippers and water bottles at home, the TSA now wants them to submit to full-visual X-ray examination machines that are now being installed as standard security devices at airports around the nation.

Addendum: Beezle emails to report that my conclusions about the TSA’s Orwellian long-term intentions appear to be correct. If you have been feeling uneasy about having to be X-rayed by a Transportation Security Administration goon who can look under your clothes every time you fly, consider this: at least you can say no, and agree to be subjected to an old-fashioned full-body search. No opt-out for the latest in anti-terror technology though, with reports just out in Forbes Magazine and the Christian Science Monitor that the Homeland Security Department has purchased 500 mobile X-ray vans called ZBVs that can scan cars, trucks and homes without the drivers even knowing that they’re being zapped.