June 22, 2012 |
THE PROBLEM WITH people who talk about compromise is that they usually want you to compromise your own principles but balk at having to yield any ground of their own. I smile when I hear someone say that the great oak of Catholicism should bend to allow women priests, as if this were just a slight tweak to a quaint tradition instead of an attack on the institution's mighty roots. I'm also amused at those who think you can support women's rights and yet have no problem with sex-selective abortions.
June 16, 2012 |
Sunday marks the 40th anniversary of the Watergate break-in, which triggered the scandal that Watergate historian Stanley Kutler has rightly called "the most significant constitutional challenge in this country since the Civil War. " This milestone merits a mention, if only because so many in this amnesiac nation are probably hazy or clueless about the war on democracy that was waged from inside the White House in that era of typewriters, vinyl records,...
April 6, 2012 |
Two Bucks County business executives were sentenced and fined Thursday in U.S. District Court in Syracuse, N.Y., for tax evasion and the unlawful employment of illegal aliens, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced Friday. John Cimino, 56, of Doylestown, and Anthony Cimino, 58, of Buckingham Township, were sentenced to six months home confinement and three years of supervised release for employing undocumented workers at LTCI Ltd., a Philadelphia construction company specializing in the refurbishment of movie theaters.
December 15, 2011
The U.S. Supreme Court did not have to commit itself, as it did Monday, to deciding the constitutionality of Arizona's anti-illegal immigration statute, Senate Bill 1070. The justices could have allowed the lower federal courts, which have temporarily enjoined enforcement of portions of the law at the request of the Obama administration, to proceed with a trial on the statute's constitutional merits. Or they could have waited until lower courts ruled on challenges to similar statutes in Alabama, South Carolina, Oklahoma, and Georgia.
December 11, 2011 |
Americans want their immigration laws enforced, but they often also feel bad for illegal aliens who seem like decent people. Is there a way to reconcile these conflicting emotions? The answer from supporters of "comprehensive immigration reform" is to offer amnesty to all the illegal aliens so there won't be anyone left to feel bad for. But their promises of enforcement in the future, to prevent another 11 million illegal aliens from showing up, are insincere. Some of the very same people made the very same promises as part of the 1986 amnesty.
December 8, 2011 |
Police have charged a 31-year-old man with sexually assaulting four women in knifepoint attacks in Kensington last month. Marcos Camacho was pulled over by police Tuesday night, hours after police at the Special Victims Unit announced that they were searching for a man matching his description and that of his car. Investigators initially said they were looking for a suspect in the attacks of three women, but the District Attorney's office...
November 30, 2011
IN THE SPIRIT of the season, I feel the need to spread some joy by highlighting the fact that tomorrow our highly regarded state lawmakers get a salary boost. And who, I ask you, is more deserving during these difficult times? It isn't much - only 3 percent to bump base salaries to $82,026 for most members, $128,048 for leaders - and I know you join me as a taxpayer in wishing we could give them more. After all, they're often in session two or three days a week, 25 weeks a year!
March 27, 2011
The 2010 census reports the U.S. population at nearly 309 million, up from 281 million in 2000, and from the official 2005 mid-decade estimate of 296 million. Of the total increase of more than 27 million since the 2000 census, more than 15 million, or about 56 percent of the increase, is due to growth in the Hispanic/Latino population, and an additional 4 million, or about 15 percent, is due to a rise in the smaller Asian population. Both these groups burgeoned by about 43 percent last decade, and together they have accounted for 71 percent of U.S. population gain since 2000.
March 4, 2011 |
As a young soldier stationed in Germany in the 1980s, Daryl Metcalfe was an air defenseman, using radar to sort friends from foes. As a seven-term Pennsylvania legislator with a national profile for targeting what he calls "illegal alien invaders," Metcalfe, 48, remains on guard. In his crosshairs now: "birthright citizenship," the constitutional doctrine that anyone born in America is a U.S. citizen, even if the mother is here illegally. "When you have children born in this country to people living in the shadows, it doesn't promote the rule of law," he says.
January 7, 2011
YOU'VE GOT TO love the Republican message machine. They already own the rights to God and country, law and order, and mom and apple pie. Yesterday, they established proprietorship of the U.S. Constitution with a ritual reading of the entire document on the floor of Congress. Had to be a four-hankie day for U.S. Rep John Boehner, who weeps when he reads a menu. He risked severe dehydration with yesterday's historic reading. It was political theater, of course, meant to send the message to folks back home that Republicans care more about the Constitution than those lukewarm patriots across the aisle do. That's fine.