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I Took Saddam’s Cash

The UN oil-for-food scandal continues: One of France’s most distinguished diplomats has confessed to an investigating judge that he accepted oil allocations from Saddam Hussein, it emerged yesterday. Jean-Bernard Mérimée is thought to be the first senior figure to admit his role in the oil-for-food scandal, a United Nations humanitarian…

Illegal Alien Smuggles His Own Into U.S.

Here is a classic case of government negligence with a strong twist of irony. The agency in charge of protecting our country’s borders, the United States Border Patrol, hires an illegal alien who ends up smuggling illegal aliens in his Border Patrol vehicle for hundreds of dollars a pop. It…

Border Fence Controversy

The hot immigration/homeland security topic of the moment is the idea of building a 2,000-mile steel fence along the U.S.-Mexican border. According to a story published in USA Today the idea was once considered radical but lately has gained support and momentum. The lawmaker behind the proposal is California Republican…

Both Political Parties Benefit From Abramoff

Ed Morrissey of Captain’s Quarters finally understands why Democrats stopped referencing Jack Abramoff and started using the more generic charge of “culture of corruption” against Republicans. Just today it was reported that both Republicans and Democrats benefited greatly by supporting Abramoff’s lobbying goal of preventing a rival Indian

False Sense of Airport Security

If you thought waiting in long lines to have airport security check everything from your shoes to your baby stroller was frustrating, read on. Those extensive and sometimes invasive security screenings can’t protect you if objects that occupy 50% of the plane’s belly are potentially lethal. A new federal report…

Judicial Misconduct Could Free Murderer

The improper, not to mention unethical, conduct of a New York State Supreme Court Justice could help set free the twice convicted felon whose trial he presided over. An ABC Television News affiliate in New York reports that Justice Jaime Rios was having a torrid affair with a Queens assistant…

This Could Have Been Our Homeland Security Secretary

When New York tough guy Bernard Kerik suddenly withdrew his nomination for Homeland Security secretary back in December, he gave a suspicious reason; possible tax problems with his family’s nanny. President George W. Bush had nominated the high school dropout and former head of New York City’s police to the…

George Ryan Trial, Part 4

Today was interesting in only one respect. The testimony and cross was laborious and boring, but fireworks resulted from a request by the defense to admit into evidence the fact that Ryan was not paying for his defense out of his pocket. Rather, his representation was provided pro bono from…

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