Tuesday, February 7

HOUSTON CHRONICLE HAS GONE TO THE DOGS

Ever since passage by the House of Representatives last December of HR 4437 -- a sweeping, no-nonsense piece of immigration reform legislation designed to secure our borders and materially reduce illegal immigration -- open borders' apologists in the mainstream media have stepped up the frequency of immigration-related puff pieces designed to play on the humanity and charity of Americans in an effort to defeat a proposed border fence and promote amnesty for the 12 - 20 million illegal aliens in this country. Indeed, anyone tuned in to the porous borders' fight and the Tancredo vs. Bush fissure in the Republican Party has been aware of the marshalling of forces in the media to depict border-jumpers as simply desparate people seeking a better life in America and willing to do the jobs that America's bona fide citizens refuse to do. Examples of this canard abound. I'm sure you've read them.

But, with this morning's unabashed, front page, above-the-fold photograph of "The Refugio San Franciscano" (a dog and cat shelter outside of Mexico City), entitled Compassion extends across the border, in the print edition of the Houston Chronicle (accompanied, as it is, by a Section B "Stray dogs in Mexico finding homes in U.S." piece by Eliza Barclay), the newspaper of America's 4th largest city takes the Grand Prize for masterful MSM manipulation of pro-immigrant sentiment. W.C Fields may have once said sardonically, "Anybody who hates dogs and children can't be all bad ...," and gotten away with it, but truth be told his observation was bad form and politicians have long used dogs (and children) as efficacious props in endearing themselves to American voters. This lesson hasn't been lost on the editors and editorial board of the Chronicle.

Amazing, isn't it, that hapless, stray dogs in Mexico, being given new lives in America by the Houston-based "Saving Animals Across The Border," share top-tier, front page space with a story on the swollen, $2.77 trillion federal budget and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' defense before the Senate Judiciary Committee of the Bush administration's electronic eavesdropping? While stray dogs may well be an appropriate juxtaposition with the likes of Senate Judiciary Committee member Ted Kennedy, it nonetheless boggles the mind that with so many Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita-dispossessed Americans still living a hardknott life in the wake of these natural catastrophes and waiting on FEMA to get its act together that the Houston Chronicle concerns itself with stray dogs in Mexico.

Thanks to the kindness of strangers in Texas, Chucha, Nena and six lucky companions will be traveling this week to America — land of freedom, opportunity and bacon-flavored treats.

These four-legged migrants faced a grim life on the streets — or an almost certain death at the pound — until they were rescued as part of a new Houston program aimed at drawing attention to the struggle of stray and abandoned pets in Mexico.

And here's the money quote:

"Mexican dogs make such great pets," Karger said. "They really appreciate it when they've been rescued and don't have to worry about where their next meal comes from."

By the way, first mention of the raging Muslim cartoon intifada is on page A10 of today's Houston Chronicle and no examples of the offending cartoons are published for the edification of its readers. Michelle Malkin has it right.

FOLLOW-UP: This is worth reading to put the issue of stray dogs in perspective: about 17,000 "loose and stray" dogs are rounded-up in Houston each year and the problem is termed "dangerous." Additionally, recognize that Katrina and Rita had a significant impact on pet populations, as well as people.

FOLLOW-UP II: For animal lovers concerned about stray dogs in Mexico, you might want to read this post from the well-regarded The Dan Stein Report on the impact of illegal immigration on plants and animals indigenous to the southwestern deserts of the United States.