Some scattered thoughts and subjects this am... I'm away until Sunday and blogging while I pack. But reading about still stricken New Orleans and suddenly stricken Paris, I have to note the increase in emails and random posts that Jesus Christ is coming. Without getting too much into theology, let's just say that'll require concrete evidence of same (including fingerprints and passport) as well as proof of resistance to avian flu. But it certainly feels like things are falling apart this month more than usual.
Interestingly, the left and right parts of Blogistan have handled their focus a tad differently (I'm shocked):
As the week opens, conservative bloggers have kept their focus on the unrest in France, which has now been going on 11 nights. Meanwhile, liberal bloggers continue pressing numerous questions about the WH and pre-war WMD intel.
For conservatives, the former is a troubling, if vindicating, example that Muslim immigrants are a bigger problem than Europe admits; among the liberals commenting, most point to unemployment and social inequality as the real problem. And re: the latter issue, Dem-leaning bloggers want the Dems and MSM to keep pushing for answers about various intel claims that proved incorrect; to the extent that GOP-leaning bloggers are looking at the same issues, they focus more on the credibility of the admin's accusers or how it's being covered by the MSM.
Law and order vs. root causes. A falso dichotomy, because both sides have a point and ignoring the other side is not constructive. Apply that to immigration, the coming hot issue, and you see the same split. This is a debate that hasn't happened yet, and one doesn't need omniscience to know this is going to be one hell of a political issue down the road. Likely French riots will "prove" whatever simple-minded solution one wishes to put forward in the US, but as always reality is more complicated than that. If anything, with maneuvering between Villepin, Chirac, Sarkozy, business hiring practices and other issues, "politics is local" was never more true, even when applied to Europe and their restive populations.
Well, whatever the solution, I certainly don't see the Minutemen as being part of it. But absent a real discussion, it's likely that Minutemen-style 'local solutions' will fill the void (another example of how not talking about problems doesn't solve them). Something to look forward to, I suppose.
If you find reasonable immigration discussions or analysis (Euro or US), post them here. in the meantime, check in with Dave Neiwert, who's done a great job of chronicling the Minutemen issue and the seamy side of immigration reform for months.
See you Sunday.