In order for the US to permit citizens of a foreign country to enter the US without a visa, that country must agree to certain conditions. Chief among them is reciprocity: that country must allow Americans to enter without a visa as well. There are 37 countries which have been permitted entrance into America’s “visa waiver” program, and all of them - all 37 - reciprocate by allowing American citizens to enter their country without a visa.
The American-Israeli Political Action Committee (Aipac) is now pushing legislation that would allow Israel to enter this program, so that Israelis can enter the US without a visa. But as JTA’s Ron Kampeas reports, there is one serious impediment: Israel has a practice of routinely refusing to allow Americans of Arab ethnicity or Muslim backgrounds to enter their country or the occupied territories it controls; it also bars those who are critical of Israeli actions or supportive of Palestinian rights. Israel refuses to relinquish this discriminatory practice of exclusion toward Americans, even as it seeks to enter the US’s visa-free program for the benefit of Israeli citizens.
As a result, at the behest of Aipac, Democrat Barbara Boxer, joined by Republican Roy Blunt, has introduced a bill that would provide for Israel’s membership in the program while vesting it with a right that no other country in this program has: namely, the right to exclude selected Americans from this visa-free right of entrance. In other words, the bill sponsored by these American senators would exempt Israel from a requirement that applies to every other nation on the planet, for no reason other than to allow the Israeli government to engage in racial, ethnic and religious discrimination against US citizens. As Lara Friedman explained when the Senate bill was first introduced, it “takes the extraordinary step of seeking to change the current US law to create a special and unique exception for Israel in US immigration law.” In sum, it is as pure and blatant an example of prioritizing the interests of the Israeli government over the rights of US citizens as one can imagine, and it’s being pushed by Aipac and a cast of bipartisan senators.
So Budget Travel has a poll up for the 15 places kids should see before 15, and the creation museum is spamming the poll. So can we tumblr bomb this thing? Not that it’s a huge thing, but still. I can’t believe the creation museum has over 3k votes at this point while actual museums have 300 votes or fewer.
For The Love of Sanity, Tumblrs, you secular elitists need to get to work - the theocrats have packed a lunch and are getting ready to eat ours.
The victims’ families quickly responded by successfully getting increased pilot safety rules placed into law, but they’ve encountered potential opposition in a recent amendment from Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.). The legislation adds additional hurdles for the Federal Aviation Administration before the agency can enact safety regulations and critics argue that it would also weaken post-Flight 3407 reform efforts.
Shuster’s amendment — currently on its way to the Senate — also doubles as the latest legislative front for airlines, aviation unions and air transport groups. These entities, which often harbor competing interests, have long maintained a strong presence within Washington, D.C. And as the federal government’s focus on airline policy increases, their lobbying spending and outreach efforts will likely continue to rise.
Is this Ronald Reagan’s or Grover Norquist’s idea of small government?
So I was web surfing, trying to find this ginchy new feature that Bing maps is supposed to have. I would have liked to put it in another post that I’m working on. I wanted to map a gas station on the border of Meniffee and Murrieta, CA. It didn’t find the gas station for me, but it did find a place I’d have love to have gone to or would like to be a just a tad more….
che bella Italia…yes, I would rather be in the arch of your boot.