President Bush has signed a directive granting extraordinary powers to the office of the president in the event of a declared national emergency, apparently without congressional approval or oversight.
The "National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive" [whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/05/20070509-12.html]was signed May 9, notes Jerome R.
... heaven as former DHS Secretary Tom Ridge has been hired by the country of Albania. No, this is not a joke.
He's been hired as a consultant to Sali Berisha, their Prime Minister. He will be advising them on "security, NATO and investments". Albania wants to become a member of NATO.
Now, here's the part where I offer a joke comment that we all wish were true:
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Tamar Jacoby and Grover Norquist offer "Hard-liners don't speak for GOP". As anyone who's familiar with them might be able to predict, it's like entering bizarro world, in which those who want to reduce illegal immigration are "hard-liners".
The Ombudsman of the Department of Homeland Security's Citizenship and Immigration Services is a former President of the Central Florida Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association:
...the AILA is directed by approximately 100 associates who also serve as members of the pro-Communist National Lawyers Guild... AILA has joined with other leftwing groups to denounce, in their entirety,...
On March 23 the leaders of the U.S., Mexico, and Canada will meet at Baylor University and at Bush's ranch:
The meeting is to discuss the New Partnership in North America plan which aims to increase security, prosperity and quality of life for the people of Canada, the U.S.
Diane Alden in NewsMax:
...In fact, Rice and former Ridge were only following the Department of Homeland Security Mandate and Bush Administration policy, when they have made such statements. The establishment and the Bush White House refuse to view the invasion through Mexico as an issue more important then trade or commerce. In fact, ultimately it IS all about trade, commerce and the...
Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge told USA Today yesterday that the administration's new budget will propose "good incremental increase" in the number of agents but would not approach the 2,000 level...
"The notion that you're going to have 10,000 is sort of a fool's gold," Ridge told the paper.
As previously mentioned, Tom Ridge met today with Mexico's interior secretary. The AP offers this roundup of what was promised or just given away:
Mexico will continue to press for an immigration agreement establishing a right for Mexicans to work temporarily in the United States, the country's interior secretary, Santiago Creel, said Monday at his last meeting with his U.S.
Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge joined Mexican Interior Secretary Santiago Creel today at the Calexico port of entry to formally open dedicated lanes for cargo trucks enrolled in a key U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) initiative to counter terrorism, improve compliance and facilitate trade on the U.S.-Mexico border.
This is all ABC has right now:
Tom Ridge is resigning as secretary of homeland security, ABC News has learned.
Ridge, the former governor of Pennsylvania, has sent his letter of resignation to President Bush, sources told ABC News.
A formal announcement is expected later in the day.
OK, you're saying to yourself, "wouldn't just about anyone else do a better job?" or "aren't all Bush appointees...
... contest! Your school could win Tom Ridge as your Principal for a Day!
No, it's not a joke. Not only is there such an organization, and not only are they offering up Tom Ridge as Principal for a Day, but they seem to have taken a trip into the near future and come back.
WND reports on John and Ken's valiant efforts:
Border Patrol agents who executed highly popular roundups of illegal aliens in Southern California last month — the first of their kind in recent memory — say they've been told to stop such enforcement action, and the Bush administration official in charge of the immigration enforcement has refused to say if there would be additional...
Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge told a Miami audience Tuesday that the country should legalize millions of undocumented immigrants living in the country.
"The bottom line is, as a country we have to come to grips with the presence of 8 to 12 million illegals, afford them some kind of legal status some way, but also as a country decide what our immigration policy is and the
As much as I don't like "peace" protesters (links to my coverage here), I feel uncomfortable with people who hold up "I (heart) Rummy" signs, as shown in this picture from a Berkeley protest organized by the California College Republicans.