Wow... I head out of town for a few days and leave this place to my fellow conspirators and dust starts to settle on the bits and bytes. And during the time when people might be checking out our blog, trying to decide whether Another Rovian Conspiracy deserves the award for the Best Conservative Blog.
First, I apologize for not alerting fans of the Conspiracy that I'd be away...
Second, I'd like to apologize for my co-conspirators who apparently have nothing to say about the events of the day. Normally, even on a slow news day, there are plenty of Moonbat DUers and Kossacks to monitor and cajole.
Regular programming will return on Wednesday... Before I logoff, here's a story for you - proof that we still haven't been all that serious in "securing the home front:"
U.S. to Require Passports for Nearly AllThat we haven't imposed this requirement 5 years ago speaks volumes. No doubt the Moonbats would've cried "FASCIST!" had we made the move prior to the Democratic win in the mid-term, but I digress...
Nov 21 6:35 PM US/Eastern
By BEVERLEY LUMPKIN
Associated Press Writer
Nearly all air travelers entering the U.S. will be required to show passports beginning Jan. 23, including returning Americans and people from Canada and other nations in the Western Hemisphere.
The date was disclosed Tuesday by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff in an interview with The Associated Press. The Homeland Security Department plans to announce the change on Wednesday.
Until now, the department had not set a specific date for instituting the passport requirement for air travelers, though the start had been expected to be around the beginning of the year. Setting the date on Jan. 23 pushes the start past the holiday season.
The requirement marks a change for Americans, Canadians, Bermudans and some Mexicans.
Currently, U.S. citizens returning from other countries in the hemisphere are not required to present passports but must show other proof of citizenship such as driver's licenses or birth certificates.
Visitors from most countries in the hemisphere are required to show passports. However, people from Canada, Bermuda _ and those from Mexico who enter the U.S. frequently and have special border-crossing cards _ have been allowed to use other forms of identification, including driver's licenses.
"Right now, there are 8,000 different state and local entities in the U.S. issuing birth certificates and driver's licenses," Chertoff said. Having to distinguish phony from real in so many different documents "puts an enormous burden on our Customs and Border inspectors," he said.
ARC: St Wendeler