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Immigration, Censorship, and the Great Netroots Debate

Quite a few interesting posts in the blogosphere today:

At The American Scene, Ross Douthat comments on Robert Samuelson's immigration column calling for the U.S. government to both erect a wall along the southern border and grant amnesty to illegal immigrants already in the country. Douthat concludes:

The odds of our actually building a San Diego or Israel-style barrier (which seems to be the only realistic way of significantly slowing the influx) are astronomically low, given how many powerful interests are arrayed against the idea of enforcing our immigration laws to any extent whatsoever. And so it behooves immigration skeptics to seize on a Samuelson-style compromise if it's ever offered, instead of holding out for the kind of sweeping, best-of-all-possible-worlds crackdown that they'll never, ever get.

Though you never know - maybe calling for a fence is what puts Hillary over the top in '08 . . .

John Leo gives some startling examples that suggest a coming "wave of pro-Muslim censorship, both voluntary and involuntary." For instance:

The University of Chicago threatened a student with punishment for posting on a door a crude cartoon that said, "Mo' Mohammed, Mo' Problems." After complaints, the student took the picture down and apologized. The student handbook contains a ringing endorsement of free speech, stating that the university does "not attempt to shield people from ideas that they may find unwelcome, disagreeable, or even offensive." Nevertheless, the student was placed under investigation and, according to a fellow student, was told that he might be kicked out of university housing.

That was his status two weeks ago. A database check showed no articles on his case since.

Do we get all the news that's fit to print?

Arianna Huffington reviews Glenn Reynolds' new book, The Army of Davids:

You know Reynolds has hit on something when John Podhoretz and I agree that "Army of Davids" is a must-read...

Reynolds may be identified with the right, but his central thesis that technology is evening the playing field between the media haves and the media-have-only-a-laptop-and-an-Internet connection crowd cuts across partisan lines.

This post by The New Republic's Jason Zengerle has sparked a debate in the left blogosphere over the Texas 28th district primary and "netroots" campaigns in general:

More often than not, these liberal bloggers (especially Kos) act like they already have taken over the world--writing manifestoes, issuing threats, and engaging in all sorts of chest-thumping behavior. But, like I said, their batting average is still a big fat zero.

Zengerle's slam prompted responses from Kevin Drum, Kos, and numerous others. Zengerle follows up here.