Holding these people as they have been held looks bad for the US. It looks just like the communist Chinese are being pandered to by our government.
"Several countries have declined to accept the Uighurs for fear of drawing Beijing's ire."Looks as if the US is one of those countries, eh? Cowardice in the face of adversity is nothing new for the government and bowing to their masters in Beijing seems to be de rigueur these days. It shows just how far we have come as a country when we are going out of our way to avoid angering communists. Combine this with the Supreme Courts refusal to act in accordance with the common decency and it truly shows where we're at as a country.
China, Guantanamo Bay, Politics
Libertarian, War On Terror
More Pork From A Master Of Pork
Lott, that is...Trent Lott. Seems the good Senator wants to move the coastal railroad at enormous expense to the people who are forced to pay taxes. Who cares? It's just money, right? Not quite.
As some may know, I grew up in Gulfport, Mississippi and have more than a passing familiarity with that stretch of rail. Large portions of it pass through lower income neighbourhoods in the Biloxi and Gulfport area. Areas which have been slated by the powers that be for "renovation" for decades. Most of the people will be forced to make way for the new highway they wish to replace that stretch of rail with will have no recourse but to give in to the inevitable eminent domain seizures that will accompany Mr Lott's plan.
Replacing it with a highway will also result in an unintended consequence. The railway, as it stands now is raised up off the ground for long stretches. On average it is up to 3 feet, I would guess. This railroad track was responsible for blunting the damage that the tidal surge from Katrina wrought in Gulfport and other areas. The damage south of the track was almost total in many, if not most areas. North of that track the tidal surge damage was greatly reduced. Remove that track, replace it with a "scenic highway" and you'll not have that buffer the next time around.
Beyond the fact that this is just a huge waste of money, it is also unnecessary. I once told Trent Lott's son that I became a Libertarian in order to send folks like his dad back to their homes, where they could do no more harm to us. That still stands. As a Mississippian I can state that I am ashamed of Mr. Lott and his pork barrel ways. His constituency needs to send him back to Pascagoula so he can cease robbing the American taxpayers and replace him with someone who doesn't think the taxpayers are something to be squeezed like a lemon.
Trent Lott, Republican, Mississippi
Hurricane Katrina, Eminent Domain