Saturday, June 9, 2007

Water under the Bridge

June 9, 2007

Kennedy Plea Was Last Gasp for Immigration Bill

This article was reported by Carl Hulse, Robert Pear and Jeff Zeleny and written by Mr. Hulse.

WASHINGTON, June 8 — It was the moment of truth for legislation that would make the most profound changes in immigration policy in more than 20 years.

Desperate to salvage a measure in which he and others had invested months, Senator Edward M. Kennedy headed to the secluded Capitol suite of Senator Harry Reid, the majority leader, to make one last personal plea.

Mr. Kennedy, an immigration advocate since his first days in the Senate nearly 45 years ago, hoped to persuade Mr. Reid to delay a procedural vote that could kill the measure. As the two met shortly after 7 p.m. on Thursday in the well-appointed office that overlooks the Mall, Mr. Reid told Mr. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts, that Republicans would just endlessly stall the bill and that it was time to move on. Mr. Reid had already granted enough extensions.

Just minutes before that meeting, Senate Republicans in the middle of the immigration fight had ended an hours-long huddle at which they argued over what demands they would make in exchange for agreeing to cap the debate time. But they could not see eye to eye among themselves and ultimately filed empty-handed out of the office of Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader. (link)

Mary Jo Kopechne didn't give an opinion on the bill.

Friday, June 8, 2007

Kill this Bill...

Bush hopes to revive immigration bill

By CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press Writer 2 hours, 18 minutes ago

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President Bush, trying to recover from a stinging setback on immigration, will personally try in a visit to the Capitol next week to revive the embattled plan for legalizing millions of unlawful immigrants.

Bush's scheduled lunch on Tuesday with GOP senators is part of a campaign by the White House and allies in both parties to placate or outmaneuver conservative Republicans who blocked the broad immigration measure this week. They said Friday they would try again to reach accord on the number of amendments the dissidents could offer.

Opponents of the bill promised to continue fighting all such efforts.

Democratic leaders accused Bush of being too tepid in pushing the legislation, which would tighten borders and offer employers more temporary workers from abroad in addition to providing lawful status to an estimated 12 million illegal aliens and putting many of them on a path toward citizenship (link)

Thursday, June 7, 2007

BlogPower Awards II

You guys are taking me way to seriously when I said to vote for Ruthie :( (heh)

The last 2 categories are up (and I am in #20) so get over there and vote for those 2.

Amnesty Bill dieing... slowly, but it is dieing. Congrats to Arizona Women on their win in the CWS for softball... I was worried when Tennessee couldn't close out game 2 in the 5th/6th/7th/8th/9th innings (first time jitters?)


About to go home from work, just wanted to post ;)

Update: 1st post cut all my hyperlinks out o.O

Update 2: Thanks to TD for the banner on my sidebar for the awards.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

BlogPower Awards

Voting is going on now....

Go here to see all the categories (vote for me in the ones I'm represented ^^)

1) here

2) here

If you don't vote for me in the 'best NA blog' then vote for Ruthie (Zaftig) since she's better than me anyway :)



D-day

The day that started the beginning of the end of the second world war was today (63 years ago)

Picture of Troops Landing During D-Day


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Return

Well, I'm finally home.

I didn't goto Fire Brigade training as I was supposed to. At the camping trip, I hurt my shoulder (been a bad year for me I guess) and couldn't lift my arm over my head. One trip to the doctor and he thinks it's fine, but just in case I'll be seeing an orthapedist tomorrow to make sure.

Pain is of no moment, but with only one good shoulder (the left, the one that I hurt this time) I don't want to make it into what my right one is now. So I'll take what he says and run with it.

I see that the nominations are over at BP awards, I did send James an email, but it was the only one I had time to get through. But I'll vote on who got in anyway :)

Calum answered my question finally and I replied, but hopefully he can see what I meant and not just what I said (if not Calum, I'll send you an email).

Aside: Tennessee women had chances (5-9th innings) to win the World Series tonite, but Arizona took the game 1-0 in 10 and now they play a deciding game 3 tomorrow.