An online poll over at the Dallas Business Journal seems to put to lie the contention that the business community is a big supporter of illegal immigration because of the economic benefits of cheap labor.
They ask "Should the federal government put more resources into enforcing laws against employers who hire illegal immigrants?" and as of this morning, it's running 86 percent "yes," 13 percent "no."
The UK Timesonline is reporting that current market conditions are similar to those existent on October 19, 1987 when the Dow Jones fell 22.6 percent. The date is known as “Black Monday”.
The Times mentions a report in Barclays Capital and compares the circumstances in 1987 to those happening today. Among the similarities are a “widening US current-account deficit, weak dollar, fears of rising inflation, a fading boom in American house prices, and the appointment of a new chairman of the Federal Reserve Board."
Fly on a major airliner this summer, and you may end up feeling like a sardine.
The use of smaller airplanes, logjams, and inconveniences like getting bumped to another flight are all in the forecast for summer air travel. According to the New York Times, planes will be close to an average of about 90 percent full this summer. Currently, they are about 80 percent full. Airline executives are attributing crowded flights to a number of high “load factors”, which are at an all-time high.
The number of “volunteers” aiding illegal aliens is expected to increase this summer, according to a Tucson news station. KVOA reports that faith based groups are signing people up to deliver humanitarian aid to illegal immigrants coming into the U.S. from Mexico. One group is even putting water tanks in areas frequented by illegal aliens.
Two shootings over the weekend kept Dallas Police busy. At about 6:30 a.m. officers responded to the 3000 Block of Lawnview and Military Parkway at Parkdale Park. Someone picking up cans found a body in a drainage ditch in the southern section of the park. The victim is a Latino male believed to be in his late 20s and had no identification on his person. The victim was shot once.
Three hours earlier officers responded to the 300 Block of West Corning Avenue on a shooting call. One Latino male was shot multiple times. He was taken to Methodist Central in critical condition. Assault detectives are investigating and obtaining information on the suspects.
How about let's finish out the weekend without anymore shootings?
Michael Granberry has a fascinating story in the Sunday Life section of today's Dallas Morning News. It is about two SMU fraternity brothers, former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling and well-known sportswriter Jim Dent, who found themselves decades later in trouble with the law for very different reasons and re-united by a quirk of fate. It is well worth reading and can be found online at the News site (registration is required).
Richard Armitage, the former Deputy Secretary of State to Colin Powell and a much-decorated Vietnam Veteran, "has emerged as a key witness in the CIA leak probe", according to a weekend report from the New York Daily News. The authors of the story claim that Armitage "has been questioned several times" but that he is a witness, not a target of Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald's investigation of the Plame affair. The Daily News story asserts that, "unlike Rove and Libby, Armitage appears to have tried to dissuade reporters from writing about" Valerie Plame's covert status with the CIA. The Daily News quotes a source close to Armitage as saying, "Rich has been cooperating with Fitzgerald since day one. He was one of the first people to offer his testimony."
Lewis Libby,former chief of staff to Vice President Cheney, already has been indicted in the case; and a federal grand jury is determining whether to return an indictment against Karl Rove, the President's chief political advisor.
Armitage and Powell were internal critics of the push by the Vice President's office and the top civilian officials in the Department of Defense to go to war in Iraq without exhausting further diplomatic channels. Both Powell and Armitage resigned from the Bush Administration at the end of the President's first term. Armitage has been a longtime critic of the neoconservatives like Lewis Libby and Paul Wolfowitz who were among the leading architects of the war in Iraq inside the Administration and who were in the forefront of the Bush Administration efforts to use military force to bring democracy to the Middle East.
It sounds as though the Special Counsel is close to a decision to what action, if any, he will recommend be taken with respect to Karl Rove.