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calendar   Saturday - February 24, 2007

Gored Again

That mad scientist, Al Gore (who will probably win an Oscar this Sunday for his fictional account of the end of the world), has turned on his weather machine again and we’re in for a rough weekend. Why can’t that rat bastard do this during the week? Why does he have to keep screwing up our weekends?

Either way, the storm looks to last through Sunday night, ruining our time off this week. I just hope Dr. Gore keeps his acceptance speech short. I’m sick and tired of this year’s glowbull warming attack. Perhaps if we all breathe real fast and crank up our SUV’s we can put more carbon dioxide into the air and warm this icebox up. Whaddya say?


Heavy snow and increasing winds will impact areas from eastern Colorado, through west-central Nebraska and southeastern South Dakota, to much of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Lower Michigan. Areas including North Platte, Sioux Falls, Minneapolis and Madison could see a foot or more of snow.

In the Plains, blizzard conditions are forecast to continue today with wind gusts over 50 mph and whiteout conditions. Winds will gradually abate in the Plains Sunday but by that time the drifts could be many feet deep.

From central and eastern Iowa, across southernmost Wisconsin and northern Illinois, to northern Indiana, southern Michigan and northern Ohio, a wintry mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain could result in significant ice accumulations. This would impact areas in extreme southern Minnesota, northern Iowa, northern Illinois, northern Indiana and into northwestern Ohio.

In addition, these same areas could see heavy rain, as well as areas from Kansas City, into Springfield and St. Louis. This heavy rain potential, combined with either a melting snow pack or saturated ground, will increase the potential for flooding, and perhaps significant river flooding through the weekend.

This evolving winter storm will continue to impact the Upper Midwest, Midwest, Great Lakes, and spread a wintry mix into the Mid-Atlantic, southern New York and southern New England Sunday. Showers and thunderstorms will advance across the Southeast states as well.

All persons from the central Plains, to the Great Lakes, to the East Coast should monitor the progress of this storm system through the weekend.

-- The Weather Channel Severe Weather Alert


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 02/24/2007 at 02:24 PM   
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Business As Usual For Democrats

Remember all those promises the Democrats made during the 2006 election to “clean up Washington”, “get rid of the lobbyist corruption that those evil Republicans were guilty of” and “bring a new direction” to politics - all those promises they made in order to get you dipshits out there to abandon Republicans and vote the Democrats into power?

Yeah, turns out they were just kidding. Are you happy now ... ?

Democrats Offer Up Chairmen For Donors
Party’s Campaigns Had Faulted GOP For ‘Selling Access’
(WASHINGTON POST) - Saturday, February 24, 2007

imageimageEager to shore up their fragile House and Senate majorities, congressional Democrats have enlisted their committee chairmen in an early blitz to bring millions of dollars into the party’s coffers, culminating in a late-March event featuring House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and 10 of the powerful panel chairs.

In the next 10 days alone, Democratic fundraisers will feature the chairmen of the House’s financial services panel and the House and Senate tax-writing committees. Senate Democrats also plan a fundraising reception during a major gathering of Native Americans in the capital Tuesday evening, an event hosted by lobbyists and the political action committee for tribal casinos, including those Jack Abramoff was paid to represent.

Critics deride the aggressive fundraising push as the kind of business as usual that voters rejected at the ballot box last November—particularly the practice of giving interest groups access to committee chairmen in exchange for sizable donations—but Democrats are unapologetic.

“Financial services companies are inclined to give to me because I’m chairman of the committee important to their interests,” said Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank, who will headline a breakfast Wednesday at a D.C. hotel, for which donations range from $1,000 to $15,000 for the Democratic National Committee. “I’m fundraising to give to others so I can help stay in the majority and do the public policy things I want.”

Asked whether banking interests feel obligated to give to Democrats when he asks them for contributions, Frank answered: “Obligated? No. Incentivized? Yes.” Frank said, however, that those donating “understand, and others do, too, that there are no guarantees of my doing what they want, or even my being pleasant.”

“I’m getting a lot of fundraising invitations,” said Robert E. Juliano, a Democratic lobbyist. “It’s no different than any other year.” The invitation to Frank’s DNC event, which notes in bold letters that the Massachusetts Democrat is chairman of the financial services panel, was sent to financial-industry lobbyists and financial companies, among others.

Earlier this month, Frank traveled to Charlotte, home to two of America’s largest bank companies, for a similar fundraising breakfast, for a fellow Financial Services Committee member, Rep. Brad Miller (D-N.C.). Donors got to hear firsthand about Frank’s plans for upcoming banking legislation. He assured attendees that more federal regulation of banking is on the way and that it will help banks to prosper.

Financial interests will have several opportunities in the coming weeks to make contributions and attend events that will put them close to lawmakers important to their industries.

The leaders of the two tax-writing committees—House Ways and Means Chairman Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) and Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.)—are planning a rare and expensive joint fundraising reception in New York on March 4. The event, which costs between $1,500 and $9,200 a person, is to be held at the Upper East Side home of public relations executive Howard J. Rubenstein.

The Democrats’ push will culminate late next month when Pelosi and 10 of her chairmen huddle with donors at the Northern Virginia home of shopping-center developer Albert J. Dwoskin for an event to benefit the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

The asking price for the March 21 dinner is $28,500 per couple, making it one of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s highest-dollar fundraisers since new campaign finance limits were enacted in 2002.

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 02/24/2007 at 01:59 PM   
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The Godmother



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Attention Span Hyper Disorder (ASHD)

As far as the Celebrity Death Spiral Race is going, Anna Nicole Smith is now officially out of the running, having dropped out early. The current front-runner is Britney Spears who seems more than determined to be next to drop out. Sounds ghoulish, don’t it?

Yet we eagerly sit back and watch the race continue. Who will be next? Who will dig up the juicy details? Will we ever get enough of this bullshit? Yep. Some of us have. I have to admit I lost interest in the Anna Nicole circus the day she died. I didn’t know her personally and I’m afraid I’m one of very few men in this country who does not claim to be the father of her child.

Make no mistake, I regret her passing as I do anyone’s death but our trash voyeurism culture is just too obsessed with these celebrity flameouts. While you sit there clued to the TV set awaiting a verdict on the disposition of Anna’s body, the Mad Mullahs in Iran are plotting your demise. Do you think they will be glued to their TV’s watching every detail of our doom when a suitcase nuke goes off in New York or Los Angeles? Probably. Human nature can be a sick, twisted, morbid, ugly thing at times. As Mr. Spock would say, “Fascinating” ....

Voyeurism Unleashed
-- by Michael Reagan

imageimageListening to the Broward County, Fla. coroner warn that the still-unburied remains of the late Anna Nicole Smith were getting a bit ripe reminded me of one of Ambrose Bierce’s more notorious remarks.

Speaking of a deceased actress in whose lifetime, he noted, was famous for her composure, Bierce, 19th century journalism’s precursor of our beloved Ann Coulter, said that unfortunately, the lady was now “quite decomposed.”

I can’t help but wonder what Bierce would have said about the current media mania concerning the aftermath of Miss Smith’s death, the disposal of her body, and the identity of the father of her last child.

How would he have reacted to the endless television coverage of the trial which is supposed to resolve the question of who will gain possession of her body before it falls apart? And what about the proceeding morphing into a showcase for the dramatic talents of the trial judge, who appears to lust after a career as a male Judge Judy and is accused of using the trial as a screen test?

“He is not as pretty as Judge Judy, but he is cut from the same tooth,’’ Vinnie Politan, co-host of Court TV’s weekday morning show “Bloom & Politan,” told The Miami Herald. “We here at Court TV love him. This is going to put him on the map, and he knows it.”

It is not too much of a reach to say that Broward County Circuit Judge Larry Seidlin has turned the proceedings into something of a circus, where he stars as the high-wire trapeze performer. Nor to note that television has encouraged his theatrics by covering the trial almost from dawn ‘til dusk.

I agree with whoever it was that said his honor is suffering from an advanced case of Itoitis, recalling the jurist in the O.J. Simpson case. Judge Seidlin, however, unlike Judge Ito, is amusing.

Cam Cardow - The Ottawa Citizen

The endless coverage has been so intense that it has all but drowned out the comings and goings of Britney whatsername as she meanders from rehab to rehab having shorn her golden locks and tattooed the nape of her neck in what the media diagnoses as a cry for help. Previous cries, such as her refusal to don underwear and her penchant for making it obvious, have gone unheeded.

Perhaps the only person on this planet who has to be delighted by the media’s continuing focus on the question of the disposal of Miss Smith’s remains is the lovesick astronaut who has all but disappeared from America’s TV screens thanks to the circus in Broward County. Thanks to the trial, we haven’t heard a whisper lately about her having driven 900 miles wearing a diaper, which come to think about it, might suggest an alternative to the undergarments Britney can’t bring herself to wear.

I don’t think people are waking up in the morning desperate to learn what’s going on in a Broward County courtroom. I don’t think they are racing to turn on the TV to see live pictures of the judge and the other actors in this low-interest drama. I don’t think they could care less about who gets the body of a gold-digging stripper who appears to have died of the same drugs which killed her son.

If the public has any interest at all, I think it would be that somebody, anybody, get that corpse in the ground before it turns to dust. In the end, what we have it is a further example of the mass voyeurism which the TV executives think is now afflicting the nation and which they are determined to satisfy.

Today it’s Anna Nicole Smith. Tomorrow it will be some other unfortunate female celebrity—a Britney or Paris, for example—who devoted her life to an orgy of self-destruction and paid the price.

There seems to be an endless supply of them out there.

Mike Reagan, the eldest son of the late President Ronald Reagan, is heard on more than 200 talk radio stations nationally as part of the Radio America Network. Look for Mike’s newest book, “Twice Adopted.” E-mail comments to ©2007 Mike Reagan.


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 02/24/2007 at 11:43 AM   
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Weekend Eye Candy

image image imageimage Question: What does a prison guard, a construction worker and a fireman have in common?

Answer: They’re all this weekend’s Eye Candy.

Make no mistake these gals are all professionals and work hard at their “day jobs”. Not every beautiful woman gets to lay around the Playboy mansion all day and cavort with Hef all day and all night (lucky guy!). Some of them have to work for a living. No, these are not models posing in uniforms. These gals are the real deal in the workforce ... and I don’t mean on street corners.

So what are you waiting for? Click the thumbnails and enter the gallery. The usual warnings apply: NSFW.


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 02/24/2007 at 11:21 AM   
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1995-2005: Average Price Of Corn For Last 10 Years - $2.10 per bushel

2005: Congress Passes Law Mandating Ethanol Use In All Gasoline

2007: Current Price Of Corn On Futures Market - $4.43 per bushel

Source: Bloomberg Marketplace

Chuck Asay - The Colorado Springs Gazette


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 02/24/2007 at 01:10 AM   
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calendar   Friday - February 23, 2007


We’re not only lost but we’re totally confused this time. Our new navigator is a female-type person and she can’t find her butt with both hands and a road map. But it is a cute butt though so we tolerate her. Now, where in heck are we this time oh brilliant navigator? There’s what looks like a USAF base down there but the runway is too short for us and besides the runway is all cluttered up with a bunch of what looks like antique aircraft.

Naw, trust me on this, sweetie! I got a feeling we won’t be welcome down there. Let’s hop on over that four-lane highway and see what’s cooking at that other USAF base up there. Yeah, that one by the river ....


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Ahhhhh. Much better. This runway suits me. It looks large enough to handle most anything. Did I forget to tell you we’re over CONUS still but farther North than our last “Lost” destination. We might have drifted west too, thanks to our Navi-gal. Help me figure out where we are, Zoomies!


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If you’re really stumped and you want to find out what that first little runway was,
click here.


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 02/23/2007 at 03:40 PM   
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Motivational Poster Of The Day



Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 02/23/2007 at 12:29 PM   
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How to end a career in one short day

Jim Zumbo had it all.  A long career as a hunting writer, sponsors, free trips to hunt, equipment, all of it.  He threw it away in one short blog post, showing the world that second amendment supporters are more than just hunters.

What did he do exactly?  Here is his blog post from last weekend: (since removed)

imageimage“As I write this, I’m hunting coyotes in southeastern Wyoming with Eddie Stevenson, PR Manager for Remington Arms, Greg Dennison, who is senior research engineer for Remington, and several writers. We’re testing Remington’s brand new .17 cal Spitfire bullet on coyotes.

I must be living in a vacuum. The guides on our hunt tell me that the use of AR and AK rifles have a rapidly growing following among hunters, especially prairie dog hunters. I had no clue. Only once in my life have I ever seen anyone using one of these firearms.

I call them “assault” rifles, which may upset some people. Excuse me, maybe I’m a traditionalist, but I see no place for these weapons among our hunting fraternity. I’ll go so far as to call them “terrorist” rifles. They tell me that some companies are producing assault rifles that are “tackdrivers.”

Sorry, folks, in my humble opinion, these things have no place in hunting. We don’t need to be lumped into the group of people who terrorize the world with them, which is an obvious concern. I’ve always been comfortable with the statement that hunters don’t use assault rifles. We’ve always been proud of our “sporting firearms.”

This really has me concerned. As hunters, we don’t need the image of walking around the woods carrying one of these weapons. To most of the public, an assault rifle is a terrifying thing. Let’s divorce ourselves from them. I say game departments should ban them from the praries and woods.”

[emphasis mine-ed.]

For the less-nuanced among us, you may not find anything terribly wrong with Jimbo’s comment.  We, the second amendment supporters, though take great exception with his declaration that an AR-15 is a “terrorist rifle”.  Did he realize that outside of his hunting fraternity, there are tens of thousands of good, law-abiding people who actually use AR and AK rifles for fun, sport and personal protection?  No, he didn’t.....until the letters started pouring in.

First his employer, Outdoor Life, took a stand.

Outdoor Life And Jim Zumbo Part Ways
By Todd. W. Smith

Outdoor Life magazine Editor-in-Chief Todd Smith released the following statement today regarding writer Jim Zumbo:

February 2007

In light of comments made by Jim Zumbo in his February 16, 2007 blog posting on the magazine’s website, Mr. Zumbo has offered to terminate his association with Outdoor Life, and the magazine has accepted his offer. Accordingly, he will no longer be contributing to the magazine in print or online. His final column with Outdoor Life will appear in the April 2007 issue, which has already gone to press.

We respect Mr. Zumbo’s First Amendment right to free speech, and we acknowledge his subsequent apology and admission of error. However, Outdoor Life has always been, and will always be, a steadfast supporter of all aspects of the shooting sports and our Second Amendment rights, which do not make distinctions based on the appearance of the firearms we choose to own, shoot or hunt with.

We regret this turn of events, as Mr. Zumbo has been a good friend to this magazine and lifelong advocate for hunters and hunting rights.

We appreciate the comments we’ve received from our loyal readers about this matter and encourage them to continue to correspond with us.

Then, when the sponsors realized they were going to be the target of the ire of the shooting world, they quickly disassociated themselves with him.  Remington, Cabellas and others have already canceled their contracts with Zumbo.

How did Jim respond?  With a tart “apology” claiming he was tired.  Too bad. 

Tired or not, he showed us his true stripes.  That as long as he and his “hunting fraternity” can use their long rifles and shotguns, he is perfectly fine restricting the gun rights of everyone else. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a hunter and a sportsman as well, but I am a defender of our constitution....all of it...first.

******* Update ********

Jim Zumbo Finnaly gets it.  After two false starts at an apology, Zumbo finally gets it right.
From Ted Nugent’s forum:

Thank you all for letting me speak. Yes, I know the 2nd Amendment has nothing to do with hunting and hunting guns, and yes, I promise you I am now dedicated to educate all shooters that we must all stick together regardless of our gun choices, and also tolerate the firearms others may choose to use if they are dissimilar to ours. I will do everything I can, within my power as a journalist and public speaker, to protect the 2nd Amendment and America’s gun owners.

Yes, Jim Zumbo, if he is honest, and I think he is, finally understands why the outrage was all pointed at him with both barrels


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Back from the Grave

Good afternoon dear readers.  Just a short note to let you know that Mr. Christian is back in the saddle.  The Skipper found me drifting on some flotsom and rescued me back to civilization.  Expect to see some postings about my favorite topics, Firearms and Politics as often as I can find them.  For those who haven’t heard about “Zumbogate” this week, that will be the first order of business.

Carry on.


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Joe In The Balance

The Law Of Unintended Consequences may be about to strike Democrats in the Senate. They have been secretly putting together a bill to take back part of the authorization they gave President Bush to invade Iraq and further tie the administration’s hands in the War On Terror.

Now, Joe Lieberman is making noises that if they follow through with their evil plan, he may pull out the knife the Donks stuck in his back last Fall and move over to the Republican Party.

You realize of course that that would put Republicans in the majority in the Senate again, which could radically alter the political landscape in Washington once more. Stay tuned. We’ll soon find out if the Donks are willing to risk it and if Joe is serious.

Lieberman Says War Vote Could Prompt Party Switch
(POLITICO) - February 22, 2007 06:33 PM EST

imageimageSen. Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut told the Politico on Thursday that he has no immediate plans to switch parties but suggested that Democratic opposition to funding the war in Iraq might change his mind.

Lieberman, a self-styled independent who caucuses with the Democrats, has been among the strongest supporters of the war and President Bush’s plan to send an additional 21,500 combat troops into Iraq to help quell the violence there.

“I have no desire to change parties,” Lieberman said in a telephone interview. “If that ever happens, it is because I feel the majority of Democrats have gone in a direction that I don’t feel comfortable with.”

Asked whether that hasn’t already happened with Iraq, Lieberman said: “We will see how that plays out in the coming months,” specifically how the party approaches the issue of continued funding for the war.

He suggested, however, that the forthcoming showdown over new funding could be a deciding factor that would lure him to the Republican Party. “I hope we don’t get to that point,” Lieberman said. “That’s about all I will say on it today. That would hurt.”

Republicans have long targeted Lieberman to switch – a move that would give them control of the Senate. And Time magazine is set to report Friday that there is a “remote” chance Lieberman would join the GOP.


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 02/23/2007 at 11:00 AM   
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After the Civil War the South had to suffer the greed and evil of a group of people called ”carpetbaggers”. These people went south with only one purpose - strip the South of its wealth for personal advantage and to gain power.

Now one state, Arkansas, is getting revenge on the Damn Yankees. They first sent the Clintons to Washington to make a mess of things there and then as a final insult they pawned the Dastardly Duo off on New York state. Take that, damn yankees!

You ain’t heard nothing yet though. Since leaving office Ol’ Slick Willie has been making money hand over fist giving speeches to groups who should know better than to pay $150,000 for a twenty minute pack of lies from Bill, followed by some arm-twisting to donate $300,000 to Hillary’s campaign war chest.

Throw in a couple of seven-figure book deals for books that don’t even make for good bathroom reading and you’ve got a couple of carpetbaggers gouging the yankees for everything they’re worth. To make matters worse, Slick Willie took his show on the road over the last six years out west and overseas making nearly $40 million - a figure that only baseball and basketball players could command before now.

And that’s just the speaking and book income. Lord knows how many millions the pair have squeezed out of those companies and individuals in campaign contributions to Hillary and her political action committees. I guess the North will think twice the next time they decide to rape the South. Payback is a bitch, ain’t it?

For Clinton, New Wealth In Speeches
Fees in 6 Years Total Nearly $40 Million
(WASHINGTON POST) - Friday, February 23, 2007

imageimageFormer president Bill Clinton, who came to the White House with modest means and left deeply in debt, has collected nearly $40 million in speaking fees over the past six years, according to interviews and financial disclosure statements filed by his wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.).

Last year, one of his most lucrative since he left the presidency, Clinton earned $9 million to $10 million on the lecture circuit. He averaged almost a speech a day—352 for the year—but only about 20 percent were for personal income. The others were given for no fee or for donations to the William J. Clinton Foundation, the nonprofit group he founded to pursue causes such as the fight against AIDS.

His paid speeches included $150,000 appearances before landlord groups, biotechnology firms and food distributors, as well as speeches in England, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia that together netted him more than $1.6 million. On one particularly good day in Canada, Clinton made $475,000 for two speeches, more than double his annual salary as president.

“I never had a nickel to my name until I got out of the White House, and now I’m a millionaire, the most favored person for the Washington Republicans,” Clinton told a friendly audience in Kentucky last fall. “I get a tax cut every year, no matter what our needs are.”

Indeed, the Clintons—who left the White House with an estimated $12 million in legal debts rung up during the Whitewater, campaign fundraising and Monica S. Lewinsky investigations—are worth an estimated $10 million to $50 million, according to Hillary Clinton’s most recent disclosure form. That is attributable primarily to the speaking fees and to the seven-figure book deals that both Clintons signed shortly after leaving the White House.

The fortune they have amassed gives the Clintons a nest egg for the first time, and it allows them to tap into that wealth for a campaign if Hillary Clinton, as expected, forgoes public financing in her race for president. It also suggests a sometimes close connection between their personal finances and her political career.

Many of Bill Clinton’s six-figure speeches have been made to companies whose employees and political action committees have been among Hillary Clinton’s top backers in her Senate campaigns. The New York investment giant Goldman Sachs paid him $650,000 for four speeches in recent years. Its employees and PAC have given her $270,000 since 2000—putting it second on the list of her most generous political patrons.

The banking firm Citigroup, whose employees and PAC have been Hillary Clinton’s top source of campaign donations, with more than $320,000, paid her husband $250,000 for a speech in France in 2004. Last year, it committed $5.5 million for Clinton’s Global Initiative to help encourage entrepreneurship and financial education among the poor.

Asked about the companies and their relationship to the Clintons, Jay Carson, a spokesman for the former president, said, “It certainly makes sense that reputable New York companies who support the policies and works of President Clinton and his foundation would also be supportive of their senator.”

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 02/23/2007 at 09:39 AM   
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Full Coverage

Michael Ramirez - Investors Business Daily


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 02/23/2007 at 02:05 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - February 22, 2007

Bank Of America Defiant

Are you a legal American citizen who works hard for your money, pays your taxes and follows the rules? Do you still have a bank account or credit card with Bank Of America? Why?

Not only are they determined to give credit cards to illegal aliens but they really don’t care what you may think about it. My accounts are all closed and moved to another bank. What are you waiting for?

Bank Of America Defends Immigrant Card Program
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Thu Feb 22, 2007 2:45PM EST

imageimageBank of America Corp. is defending its decision to offer credit cards to people who don’t have U.S. Social Security numbers, amid criticism that the program effectively endorses illegal immigration. The bank’s pilot program, revealed last week, focuses on Hispanics in the Los Angeles area.

It has spurred opposition in Congress and from grass-roots groups who say many illegal immigrants could benefit, and that the program might foster identity theft, money laundering and terrorism.

Bank of America Chief Executive Kenneth Lewis defended the program on Thursday in The Wall Street Journal. This came after some groups called for a boycott of the No. 2 U.S. bank by assets. They say their efforts are bearing fruit.

William Gheen, director of the National Illegal Immigration Boycott Coalition, said his group has collected hundreds of e-mails from people vowing to cancel accounts and move mortgages. The group said it has more than 11,000 signatures on its petition calling for a boycott of Bank of America.

“What Bank of America is doing is illegal, or should be,” Gheen said. For its part, Bank of America has not seen “any unusual business activity” resulting from responses to the pilot program, spokeswoman Alexandra Trower said.

“Some (customers) are very supportive, while others are not supportive,” she said. “That is why we undertake pilots.” The Pew Hispanic Center estimated there were 11.5 million to 12 million illegal immigrants nationwide a year ago.

That’s up from the Census Bureau’s 8.7 million estimate for 2000. The total population is 301.2 million, the bureau said. Bank of America’s roots date to San Francisco in 1904. That year, Amedeo Giannini, a son of Italian immigrants, founded the Bank of Italy to serve “the little guys,” including immigrants that other banks wouldn’t touch.

In his Thursday opinion piece, Lewis admitted it is not pleasant to be caught a century later in the “heated” national immigration debate, and that he was “feeling the passion.”

Still, he pledged to continue the card program, which he said complies with the USA Patriot Act and other laws. Lewis said illegal immigrants can obtain cards at many U.S. banks and businesses, and that Bank of America requires other identification to open accounts.

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Not that very many people ever read this far down, but this blog was the creation of Allan Kelly and his friend Vilmar. Vilmar moved on to his own blog some time ago, and Allan ran this place alone until his sudden and unexpected death partway through 2006. We all miss him. A lot. Even though he is gone this site will always still be more than a little bit his. We who are left to carry on the BMEWS tradition owe him a great debt of gratitude, and we hope to be able to pay that back by following his last advice to us all:
  1. Keep a firm grasp of Right and Wrong
  2. Stay involved with government on every level and don't let those bastards get away with a thing
  3. Use every legal means to defend yourself in the event of real internal trouble, and, most importantly:
  4. Keep talking to each other, whether here or elsewhere
It's been a long strange trip without you Skipper, but thanks for pointing us in the right direction and giving us a swift kick in the behind to get us going. Keep lookin' down on us, will ya? Thanks.


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