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December 2, 2008

 

 

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And for that matter ..............

As long as we continue to elect the corrupt gang of leeches who populate the U.S. Congress and Senate -- we are going to get what we deserve.
 
None - Repeat NONE - of these Do-Nothing Clowns is irreplaceable -- NONE.
 
Your best course of action in November is to just vote for whoever is the challenger -- and clean out the rat's nest of greedy leeches.
 
Just what have they done for you other than just blather,  jabber and call the other equally worthless politico names and blame same for everything under the sun.
 
Imagine the most powerful, strongest, richest, etc, etc, etc, Nation on Earth and in Earth's history being too lazy and afraid to take care of itself.
 
Reminds me of Imperial Rome -- at the end of Imperial Rome.

 

Only YOU can prevent this crap for continuing.

 

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Hail the Shale - More drilling options.

By Mary Fallin
 
 
The debate over exploiting America’s domestic oil and gas reserves has focused primarily on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and on offshore regions currently off-limits to exploration.
 
While we should drill in those areas to reduce our reliance on oil imports, a third resource, the vast oil-shale deposits in the Rocky Mountain West, could be even more crucial in our quest for energy independence.


The Green River formation underlying parts of Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado could hold as many as two trillion barrels of oil, trapped in rocks relatively close to the surface. Production from those deposits could reach ten million barrels of oil per day — virtually tripling our current domestic production — according to a report by the Department of Energy.

It takes a geologist to fully understand the potential of oil shale. In simple terms, oil shale is sedimentary rock saturated with a petrochemical substance called kerogen. It’s oil that didn’t quite make it to liquid status.

Kerogen is extracted by heating the oil shale to between 650 and 700 degrees. The process is similar to that being used in Canada to extract oil from tar sands. Canada has estimated its potential reserves from tar sand at 174 billion barrels of oil, but America’s oil shale reserves could far surpass the most optimistic Canadian estimates.

Initial methods for extracting kerogen from oil shale involved mining the rock, like an ore, and heating it through industrial processes. However, work is underway by at least one oil company to drill into the oil-shale deposits, insert heating elements, and wait for the kerogen to bubble to the surface, much like the traditional means of drilling for oil.

This would lessen surface disturbances and environmental damage, a vital concern when we talk about opening millions of acres of Rocky Mountain wilderness to exploration.

New developments in the Rocky Mountains are just part of a promising energy story. The Barnett Shale formation in north Texas was off limits to production for decades, until new technologies like hydraulic fracturing made these natural-gas reserves economically feasible to pump out of the ground. Today the Barnett Shale is one of the most prolific fields in the nation.

Perhaps the best news is that America is home to the largest oil-shale deposits on earth. According to a report by the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, “even a moderate estimate of 800 billion barrels of recoverable oil from oil shale in the Green River Formation is three times greater than the proven oil reserves of Saudi Arabia.”

Imagine a scenario where most of America’s oil needs flowed from ANWR, offshore, traditional onshore wells, and the oil shales of the Rocky Mountain region. “Present U. S. demand for petroleum products is about 20 million barrels per day,” the Argonne report said. “If oil shale could be used to meet a quarter of that demand, the estimated 800 billion barrels of recoverable oil from the Green River Formation would last for more than 400 years.”

Extracting these huge oil reserves will require capital and attention to environmental issues. But it’s hardly a Manhattan Project.

Most significantly, more than 70 percent of the Green River Formation lies beneath federal lands. As a nation, we already own one of the largest potential oil reserves on the planet. If we fail to use it, the alternative is clear — increasing dependence on OPEC oil, ever-higher prices and a return to the energy crisis of the 1970s.

— Republican congresswoman Mary Fallin is a former three-term lieutenant governor of Oklahoma who was elected to represent that state’s Fifth District in Congress in 2006.

 
National Review Online - http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=NzYzYWJmMDc2ZmIzZWQ4N2NkOTEzMzQ0MmM5ZTYwZDc=

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Can Democracy Deliver the Goods?

A Gallup Poll taken June 9-12 asked people how much confidence they had in a list of American institutions. In the favorable categories of "A great deal" and "Quite a lot," the Presidency garnered only 26% support and Congress earned an even lower 12%. In the unfavorable categories of "Very little" and "None," the Presidency rated a dismal 48% and Congress 41%. These are the premier institutions of American democracy. The President and members of Congress are elected by the people. The electorate changed the majority party in both houses of Congress in the 2006 elections, from Republican to Democratic. Yet, now Congress is rated less favorably than before - albeit the decline is not very great because the Congressional image was already badly tarnished.

The Supreme Court, whose justices are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate, had the confidence of 32% of those polled. Big Business, whose lobbying is closely identified with Washington policy-making, had the confidence of a mere 20% of the public.

The three institutions given the most confidence by those polled were the Military (71%), Small Business (60%) and the Police (58%). These were the only institutions which had majority responses in the two favorable categories.

This sad approval rating for democracy came to mind as I was watching the four part series about China aired on the Discovery Channel, July 9-12. The series was hosted by veteran journalist Ted Koppel best known for his "Nightline" program on ABC. China is not a democracy. It is a Communist Party dictatorship. Its campaign against dissent in Tibet, its crackdown on human rights activists before the Olympics, and its support for other dictatorships around the world, from Burma to Zimbabwe to Cuba, are well known.

Yet, when Koppel asked a young Chinese fashion photographer who had studied in the United States what he thought of the government in Beijing, he replied, "I love my country, but I don't love my government. I do trust my government....We are citizens. It is responsibility to follow government orders....There must be a reason for what they are doing." The photographer spoke in English and had recently converted to Christianity. He valued creativity and independence, but that did not make him an advocacte of democracy when the authoritarian government was doing such a good job of moving the country forward.

Koppel interviewed Vincent Lo, a billionaire real estate developer in Chongqing. It is often argued that the new Chinese business elite will lead the way toward democracy. But Lo argued that "democracy sounds good, but in practice it does not always deliver the goods... If China were to adopt a Western-style democracy today, I don't think I would have the confidence to invest so much money."

Christopher Patten, Great Britain's last governor of Hong Kong, found the same attitude. His campaign to create institutions of democracy and civil liberties before the city was turned over to Beijing earned him a reputation for being "bad for business." In his memoir East and West: China, Power and the Future of Asia, he noted that both Western and local businessmen felt "Political harmony was essential to business profits." The head of a large British international bank told Patten that if he did not retreat on his reform program, he would mobilize other businessmen to boycott the Conservative Party of which Patten was a member.

The Discovery series was filmed in and around the southwestern city of Chongqing, which has 13.5 million people. It is the central hub for an area with 300 million people, a population equal to that of the United States. The national government in Beijing has plans to increase Chongqing's population to 20 million, attracting peasants from the countryside into the industrial city. The series was titled "The People's Republic of Capitalism" to emphasis the theme of Chinese economic development. Koppel's argument was that capitalism, not communism, is responsible for the rapid progress. He is only partly right. There is certainly a go-go business climate in China. To get rich is glorious, and so is the hope of illiterate peasants that their children may go to college. The government, however, is deeply involved in harnessing the matchless energy of capitalism to the nation's benefit; and that's the key.

Chongqing has been designated by Beijing as a center for the emerging Chinese auto industry. China is the world's second largest vehicle market, but it will soon pass the United States to become number one. Every day 25,000 new drivers hit the streets. Buick, Ford, Toyota, Volkswagen and other foreign firms are producing cars in China to fulfill this rising demand. These foreign firms must, however, take a Chinese partner who will own a majority share of the joint venture. Imported cars are discouraged. Technology is freely shared with Chinese auto companies. Both the joint ventures and the local firms are already thinking about exporting cars to the United States. This would be another massive blow to the American-based auto industry, which Washington has long abandoned.

Indeed, the U.S. Treasury is encouraging Chinese investors to buy up American companies that are on the ropes. The Joint U.S.-China Fact Sheet released at the end of the 4th Strategic Economic Dialogue held last month, states that "the United States welcomes sovereign wealth fund investment, including from China." That means money from the Beijing regime, as well as from enterprises. For example, Wanxiang is China's largest auto parts maker. As the Wall Street Journal has reported, "Chinese factories have dealt crushing blows to American manufacturers unable to match China's low costs. Now Wanxiang is swooping into the American rust belt and scooping up investments in hard-hit auto suppliers." Koppel cited a case where the acquired U.S. factory was kept open, but Wanxiang slashed benefits and cut wages in half. No wonder the average American doubts whether the policies of his government are good for the country.

Koppel interviewed the head of the Ford venture in Chongqing. He said that Ford was a "global company." Koppel's question about national loyalty was no longer relevant. The company merely responds to international market opportunities, the executive said. However, government policy in China and America are major factors in determining those opportunities. As Koppel noted, "The Chinese government has a vision, a strategic plan for the [auto] industry." There is no vision in the U.S. government for the auto industry or any other sector of manufacturing. Indeed, there is hostility to the very notion of a "vision thing." Yet, a government that abdicates its responsibility to bolster the nation's economic strength in the global arena, the strength upon which the income of its citizens depends, does not deserve the confidence of its people.

Among the Chinese, "what is keeping everybody more or less on balance right now is the inarguable fact that China is better off today than it was 30 years ago," Koppel said. "If for any reason it looks like that has stopped, then the Chinese government has lost its legitimacy and its reason for having earned the peoples' trust." The unelected rulers in Beijing understand this, but the elected leaders in Washington do not believe that the same logic applies to their status. They still believe that a barrage of 30-second TV ads just before an election will make people forget about the real world.

Republicans cling to "free trade," an academic theory they believe relieves them of the duty to think about global competition. Their supporters in Big Business encourage them in this sophistry because of he corporate focus on investing in China. The real income of most American workers has been stagnant or falling for a generation as foreign rivals have stunted U.S. expansion. The Democrats have fallen for the "green" mythology which explicitly calls for a downsizing of the American standard of living to "conserve" energy and resources. Their "do without" mantra threatens to bring back the Era of Malaise of the Jimmy Carter administration. Thus, Beijing's demand that the U.S. "step back" to make room for Chinese growth is supported in practice by both major parties.

The American people deserve better choices, but are not confident that the current democratic process will give it to them.

 

FamilySecurityMatters.org Contributing Editor William Hawkins is Senior Fellow for National Security Studies at the U.S. Business and Industry Council in Washington, DC. E-mail him at HawkinsUSA@aol.com.

 
 
 
 
 

Feckless To Reckless, Pelosi Should Resign

By INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Monday, July 142008

Leadership: With oil hitting $147, Nancy Pelosi finally admits energy is a problem.

But instead of drilling for it, she's cooked up a new drain-the-reserves scheme.

It's pure politics at a time of crisis. She ought to resign.

 

Any leader with an energy record as derelict as Speaker Pelosi's ought to step down.

Where she once was just incompetent and irresponsible, she has now — with her latest scheme to fix oil prices — become dangerous.

 

Despite polls showing Americans in favor of drilling more oil from America's huge untapped supplies, Pelosi won't allow it. She just wants to empty our Strategic Petroleum Reserve for a short-term fix to get through Election Day.

It's an irresponsible suggestion, signaling not only an ignorance of how the economy works but also a willingness to place the nation at risk in the case of emergency.

Last Tuesday, Pelosi sent a letter to President Bush urging him to release a "small portion" of the nation's 706 million barrels of strategic-reserve oil to bring down prices. Regardless of how one feels about whether reserves should be held at all, two big problems stand out with Pelosi's tiny demand.

One, she's proposing a misappropriation of the reserves. The U.S. oil stockpile is a 58-day cushion for emergencies that today are all possible. If Israel attacks Iran, for example, and prices double again. Or if Hugo Chavez cuts off his supplies, as he threatened to do as recently as Sunday.

The reserve is there to cushion the blow of a market disruption; it's not an open-market mechanism to manipulate prices for political ends.

Two, Pelosi has finally admitted that supply matters, something that contrasts with her entire legislative record. We count 14 energy actions to suppress supply on her Web site just since 2005.

She has blocked efforts to open Alaska to drilling, denounced fossil fuels, blamed oil companies for high gasoline prices, voted for biotech boondoggles and condemned speculators.

"Our coasts need lasting protection from oil and gas drilling," she declared Dec. 6, 2006, after Democrats won control of Congress. Missing are any moves against petrotyrant regimes who drive prices skyward, or even lip service to the idea of ensuring supply through drilling.

Pelosi downplays her proposal as modest because it's a "small" portion of the reserves to spend. And look what happened in 2000, she says, when an SPR release authorized by President Clinton lowered gasoline prices nearly 20%.

But she's not fooling anyone. Then, like now, an election was coming up.

 

With Congress' public approval at a subterranean 9% and falling, the speaker must be starting to realize that November may not be the Democratic cakewalk that pundits predict.

President Bush isn't about to be suckered into releasing the reserves just long enough for pump prices to fall by Election Day, thereby saving Democrats' skins so they can carry on their drill-nothingism for an additional two years.

The president needs to do two things with Pelosi's proposal:

First, tell her "no," unless she comes up with a plan to open up more drilling.

Second, expose it for what it is — a bid to paint Bush as the problem to distract from her own sorry record.

In playing politics with the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, the speaker has moved beyond the incompetence and irresponsibility that have characterized her leadership to date.

It borders on reckless, something we cannot tolerate in such dangerous times.

http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=300927847223162

         

 

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Drug-related violence rises on border
 

Violence on the U.S.-Mexico border is undergoing what U.S. law enforcement authorities call "an unprecedented surge."

Federal, state and local law enforcement officials from Texas to California, concerned about the impact of illegally imported weapons into Mexico, say they already are outmanned and outgunned by drug gangs that collect millions of dollars in profits.

 
A flood of high-powered weapons purchased by Mexican drug smugglers from sellers in the United States has been targeted by agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) as part of a law enforcement initiative aimed at stemming rising border violence.

Over the past two years, more than 125 ATF agents and investigators have been deployed on the southwest border in Operation Gunrunner, including recent assignments in Las Cruces, N.M., and Yuma, Ariz., to increase "strategic coverage" of the region and disrupt firearms-trafficking corridors.

"ATF is deploying its resources strategically on the southwest border to deny firearms, the ‘tools of the trade" to criminal organizations in Mexico and along the border and to combat gun-related homicides on both sides of the U.S.- Mexico border," said acting ATF Director Michael J. Sullivan.

"Project Gunrunner focuses ATF"s investigative, intelligence and training expertise to suppress firearms trafficking to Mexico, in partnership with the government of Mexico and other U.S. agencies," Mr. Sullivan said.

Weapons seized so far include M-16 assault rifles, AR-15 semiautomatic rifles, M-203 40 mm grenade launchers, M-4 carbines, 9 mm pistols, .38-caliber "Super" pistols, .45-caliber pistols, and AK-47 assault rifles along with ammunition, assault vests and other military accessories.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) last year ended a 20-month investigation into a Mexican drug-trafficking gang and its U.S.-based distribution cells with the seizure of $45 million in cash and 100 weapons.

A task force led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) last year seized two completed improvised explosive devices, materials for making 33 more, 300 primers, 1,280 rounds of ammunition, five grenades, nine pipes with end caps, 26 grenade triggers, 31 grenade spoons, 40 grenade pins, 19 black powder casings, a silencer and cash during raids in Laredo, Texas.

In a recent report, ICE noted that border gangs were becoming increasingly ruthless — targeting rivals, along with federal, state and local police, including the U.S. Border Patrol agents, who have faced an increase in assaults as the agency seeks to bring operational control to the border. Numerous Mexican police officers have been killed by drug gangs armed with automatic weapons, explosives and bazookas.

The ATF, in partnership with other U.S. agencies and the Mexican government, said Operation Gunrunner seeks to deprive the drug cartels of the weapons, suppress firearms trafficking and stem firearms-related violence on both sides of the border. Much of the violence has since spilled over into the United States.

U.S. law enforcement authorities said most of the firearms violence in Mexico can be tied to drug-trafficking organizations that engage in deadly turf battles to gain control of smuggling routes into the United States. Hundreds of Mexican citizens and law enforcement personnel have become casualties of the firearms-related violence.

The authorities said the drug cartels rely on firearms suppliers, including those who steal the arms, and others, known as "straw buyers," who purchase weapons and illegally turn them over to criminals for a profit to enforce and maintain their illicit narcotics operations.

The cartels have asked their money-laundering, distribution and transportation sources to reach into the United States to acquire firearms and ammunition, the authorities said. They have become the leading gun-trafficking organizations operating in the Southwest U.S.

Last month, El Paso Intelligence Center Director Arthur Doty announced the deployment of the research specialists and investigative analysts to Monterrey, Mexico, to support the work of the attaches in the ATF Mexico Office and to assist Mexican authorities in their fight against firearms-related violence.

Three additional ATF intelligence research specialists and one investigative analyst are planned to support Project Gunrunner, along with intelligence research specialists in each of the four field divisions on the southwest border — Phoenix, Dallas, Houston and Los Angeles.

"The Gun Desk at EPIC is already the government's information clearinghouse on firearms smuggling into Mexico," Mr. Doty said. "ATF"s additional enhancements will go a long way to reducing the flow of guns to criminal organizations along the border."

http://www.washingtontimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080304/NATION/737012934/1001


   We have an Iraq on our doorstep -- and are doing little about it.

 

 

 

 

Arizona law pressures Illegals to move

 

Parents are pulling students out of school. Construction workers are abandoning their jobs. Families are hastily moving out of apartments.

Two months after Arizona enacted a law punishing employers who hire illegal immigrants, the law is already achieving one of its goals: Scores of immigrants are fleeing to other states or back to their Latin American homelands.




The Republican-controlled Legislature and Democratic Gov. Janet Napolitano approved the law last summer out of frustration with federal efforts to curb illegal immigration. It took effect Jan. 1.

The law suspends or revokes the business licenses of violators and was intended to reduce the economic incentive for immigrants to sneak across the border. Illegal immigrants account for an estimated one in 10 workers in Arizona, which is the nation's busiest gateway for illegal immigration.

Republican state Rep. Russell Pearce designed the law to reduce spending on educating and providing health care for illegal immigrants and their families, and to encourage them to leave Arizona.

"Why in the world do (illegal immigrants) think they have a right to break the law? And we are the bad guys for insisting that the law be enforced? The public doesn't agree with that," Pearce said.

Many school officials believe the law has played a role in falling enrollment. The state's struggling economy and slumping housing market are other factors. Several districts reported losing more than 100 students at least in part because of the law.

The Isaac School District in central Phoenix, with a student body that is 96 percent Hispanic, lost 500 students, district spokesman Abedon Fimbres said.

The law has also contributed to rising vacancies in Phoenix. The slow economy and a market overloaded with rental homes have exacerbated the problem, said Terry Feinberg, president of the Arizona Multihousing Association, a rental housing industry group.

The construction industry says some of its workers are leaving, too, for California, Nevada, Colorado or Texas.


 Associated Press
Feb. 29, 2008 01:28 PM

 

 

 

 

                                                            Synopsis - Narcoterrorism in Mexico

 
                                                              LATIN-AMERICAN NEWS REVIEW 

Synopsis of news articles relating to border issues
January – February, 2008

 

Mexico's Narco-war

The Challenge

The Mexican "narco-war" continues to capture widespread attention of that country's news media.  The ruthless violence related to drug trafficking is often reported in graphic detail.  Organized and well-equipped cartels battle against one another for control of production areas and trade routes to the U.S. with a sadistic ferocity aimed at terrorizing their enemies.  Government forces charged with maintaining law and order are not only faced with battling the cartels, but also with carrying out operational efforts to purge the country's numerous and diverse police agencies of officers at all levels who have been corrupted by fear and/or cartel money.  This war goes on throughout the Republic.  There are no front lines.  Assassinations directly related to drug smuggling are claiming the lives of many police officers, judges, and municipal leaders.  The cartels' goal is to deliver their product into the U.S. by any means necessary. 

OEM, (Mexican Editorial Organization) a nationwide newspaper chain covering 26 of the 31 states in Mexico, began the New Year with a recap of 2007 stating that the daily average of "narcoexecutions" in Mexico was 8.3 with a total of 3,060, and 197 of those being military and law enforcement personnel at the federal, state and local levels.  The article went on to say that hired drug cartel killers such as the "Kaibiles, Zetas and Mara Salvatruchas" use torture, beheading and mutilation in their efforts to gain control over territories and rival cartels.  As reported by a committee of the Mexican Chamber of Deputies, using data from the Department of Public Security, the drug cartels use extreme violence and fear tactics to terrify their rivals and to create zones of impunity for their operations.  Deputy Francisco Santos Arreola noted that the growing violence is copied from terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda.

On February 5, Eduardo Leaman in a column titled "The Society as Hostage" (a.b.c. Mexico City) wrote in part,

Executions, kidnappings, pursuits in the middle of the day, armed confrontations in residential areas, the discovery of tunnels and underground criminal training centers, assaults, threats by organized crime using exclusive police radio frequencies, this and more are the elements which make up a Mexican scenario in which society has become a hostage.  In the first few weeks of the year we have had news of how the cartels and criminal groups have boasted of their impunity, moving in broad daylight through the busiest streets in important cities of the country.  Somehow they seem to have come out of their geographic boundaries and have set down strongholds, operations centers, in what seems to be open warfare to gain home grounds but also, to challenge the governmental structure which seeks to dismember them.  In the past few days we've seen … a reiterated constant: crime against public law enforcement personnel in its different levels (federal, state and city) as well as the public introduction of a new category of criminals which seems to be gaining converts, ex-police personnel who have gone over to the side of the criminals.

In a report in the same newspaper on February 8, the Attorney General of Mexico, Eduardo Medina Mora, stated, "Public insecurity has become one of the gravest problems which afflict the society and without a doubt constitutes one of the most urgent problems facing the Mexican nation."

The cartels' power to wage war is supported by enormous funds, armament and equipment.  According to researcher Pablo Cabanas Diaz with the Autonomous National University of Mexico, the traffic of firearms in Mexico went into an upward spiral in the last five years and this has allowed organized crime, especially narcotics traffickers, to surpass police agencies in firepower by a wide margin. Diario de Yucatán (Mérida, Yucatán) 2/16/08.

  Under the headline, "Gulf Cartel weapons can bring down airplanes," El Universal (Mexico City) 1/9/08, listed some of the weapons in the cartel's arsenal only in the state of Tamaulipas as an indication of the organization's firepower capacity.  The same newspaper on 1/19/08 cited a report by the Mexican federal government that said the "latest generation" of U.S. Army weapons is now in the hands of the Gulf Cartel. ( For a listing of types of weapons and equipment reported seized during this two-month period, see the appendix to this report.)

 

The response

 President Felipe Calderón came into office with a pledge to combat crime.  There are encouraging signs that he is keeping his word. Aggressive enforcement operations against cartel interests were reported throughout January and February.  Federal and local police agencies are showing a strong resolve in confronting organized crime, as evidenced by arrests, seizures of arms and equipment, open combat and proactive enforcement operations, including widespread purges of corrupt police agencies.   There were numerous large seizures of weapons, equipment and drugs that dealt blows to criminal organizations.  Areas where major crime groups have been able to operate heretofore with virtual immunity are now being targeted by federal forces sent to augment or replace local police.

The headline in El Bravo 1/11/08 (Matamoros, Tamaulipas) read "Matamoros under siege."   The story told of Defense Department personnel who had arrived at dawn by air and land in search of a drug cartel's hired killers.  An armed confrontation between government and cartel forces ensued in the border towns of Rio Bravo and Reynosa and resulted in the deaths and arrests of a number of criminals as well as the death of one government agent and the wounding of others.  The same newspaper followed up this story on 1/17/08 reporting that "more than one thousand" Mexican Army Special Forces personnel arrived in Tamaulipas to reinforce operations against organized crime along the lower Rio Grande valley.  The Office of Public Security said that 1,100 federal police and 2.300 military are in the state of Tamaulipas.

La Voz de la Frontera (Mexicali, Baja Calif.) on1/9/08 reported that some 500 Mexican federal police arrived in Tijuana to reinforce activities against organized crime.  On 1/11/08, El Debate (Culiacan, Sinaloa) reported that that 350 "Preventive Federal Police" presently assigned to the state of Sinaloa were reinforced with 150 more and that another thousand were expected to arrive to search for drugs, firearms and persons with outstanding arrest warrants.

A number of OEM newspapers reported on 2/8/08 that a Mexican military raid on a ranch along the lower Rio Grande River resulted in the largest haul of weapons seized in twenty years and was "enough for a battalion," according to the Mexican Department of Justice.

Countering organized crime's corrupting influence of enforcement efforts, Frontera (Tijuana, B.C.) 1/30/08 reported that the Mexican Army's General Sergio Aponte Polito, in charge of the state of Sonora and the Baja California peninsula, said that military personnel working in at the forefront of city police in Tijuana and Rosarito Beach have received offers of collusion from organized crime sources and he warned that he and all personnel under his command will continue operations against criminals without letup.   Evidence that the army's tough stand is effective was revealed in an article in El Informador on 2/22/08 which stated that drug cartel representatives – deserters from the army – made contact with military personnel to get word to the General requesting that the army chiefs could negotiate a halt to military operations against the cartel in exchange for a lessening of the cartel's crime wave, thus returning calm to the major cities of  the states of Sonora and Baja California.  The General rejected the rejected the proposal saying, "On the contrary, the anti-crime operation was reinforced with unusual support from the public."

In a column in El Diario de Coah. 2/19/08, Rafael Loret de Mola points out that in the second year of Felipe Calderón's presidency, the Mexican Army, retaining prestige in an era of corruption from drug trafficking organizations, has taken on the duties of the police in those regions where the image of the enforcement agencies are in low repute or are undergoing thorough restructure.  He ends his column:

On "Army Day" there is much that should be honored.  For example, the sacrifices of hundreds of soldiers assigned to encounters that are sometimes unequal, and their loyalty to standards despite so many temptations.  But also due deference should be given to reason and impunity should not be extended to cover corrupt commands.

  Increased enforcement operations may be leading to an escalation of resistance by cartels in the form of terrorist attacks against authorities.  On 2/16/08, OEM reported that an explosion in downtown Mexico City killed the man carrying a presumed homemade device a few blocks from the offices of the Secretary of Public Safety.  A follow-up report by El Universal (Mexico City) 2/20/08 disclosed that the explosive was identified as "Mother of Satan" or "TATP", a very unstable compound habitually used by Palestinians and groups believed linked with Al Qaeda.  Its basic components can be purchased in drugstores and supermarkets.

Regarding the failed bombing attempt, Cuarto Poder, (Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas) published the following editorial on 2/17/08 titled, "An Inescapable Challenge."

Confirming the hypothesis that the failed terrorist attack Friday was the work of a narco-trafficking cartel, we encounter as a nation and as a society a challenge that can only be met with a war without quarter against the criminals.  The inclination of the traffickers to use whatever means to try to halt police action is not surprising when in past years Mexico has been the scene of acts of savagery between criminals and against those who oppose them.  In fact, the intended assault Friday, in which a man transporting a bomb died only a few blocks from the offices of the Secretary of Public Safety, marked one step more toward what some define as the "colombianization" of the problem.

The large Colombian narco-traffic cartels resorted to terrorism in what was the swan song that preceded their defeat in the decade of the '90s.  Those large cartels, like those of Cali or Medellín , were replaced by groups less ostentatious and less powerful, but more astute and, certainly, equally deadly.  The fact that some of the Mexican cartels show a willingness to use terrorism as a way to confront the government, perhaps as a response to the repeated blows that the authorities have dealt in the past months, have for the present some major implications.


First, neither the government nor society can be intimidated by this kind of challenge.  Its own survival is at work.  One of the answers of society should be denunciation.  Not simply in terms of abstract expression to emphasize the perversion of the traffickers and the harm of drugs, but to inform the authorities of all suspicious activity.

For the authorities, certainly, it is a matter of confronting the situation with all the resources at hand.  But also not forgetting that they are morally subject to pursue in accordance with lawful rules of behavior and legally obligated to demonstrate their capabilities, not just to carry out witch hunts to see who falls.

For the two factions is the matter of closing ranks.  Moreover, it would be important that the political body follow the example of the security force, put aside their quarrels and close ranks in this case, which in fact works greatly for Mexico as a country and as a social order.  In view of the present challenge there is no longer room for the attitudes of regionalism of some state governments nor rehashing of jurisdictions, which only contribute to the impunity of the criminals.  A lack of resolve, then, would appear suspicious.

If the hypothesis is confirmed, then from weeks in which have been seen the capture of armament that would be the envy of many guerrilla groups, it is clear that the country is in the shadow of momentous difficulties.  But also, neither the government nor the society of Mexico can afford the luxury of ignoring the evidence.

Historians tell that during the war of U.S. intervention of 1847, many Mexican factions – conservatives and liberals – preferred to "save" their forces and not confront the invaders in order to be in better condition in the subsequent civil struggles.   A similar attitude before the present challenge would not only be absurd, but suicidal and, now surely, treason to the country.

 

The U.S. Connection

 The effects of this narco-war are not limited to Mexico.  Drug trafficking is big business.  It does not stop at our border, but rather continues northward to feed organized crime and corruption here.  As quoted by Cambio de Michoacan (Morelia, Michoacan) 1/5/08 from an interview with Eduardo Medina Mora, Mexico's Minister of Justice, " The United States plays a fundamental role in the aspect of international cooperation.  Mexico has a huge drug traffic problem because of its proximity to the world's number one drug market."  In answer to a question regarding areas where Mexican organized crime operates with impunity, Medina answered, "The largest impunity is on the northern border, especially in the states of Baja California and Tamaulipas."

The northern border of Mexico, from the Gulf to the Pacific, is teeming with violent criminal activity.  On 1/18/08 Frontera (Tijuana, Baja California) headlined, "Shootout generates terror; six executed are found."  The story told of a three-hour daytime battle in the streets of Tijuana between police and organized crime.  On 2/2/08, Frontera, referring to "red January" noted that, "Tijuana was the most violent city in Mexico during the first month of this year."

On the Gulf end of our border, a column by Francisco Gomez in El Universal (Mexico City) 1/27/08 noted that along the 430 kilometer stretch of border between Tamaulipas and the U.S. – the dominion of the Gulf Cartel – nobody talks about drug traffic, but they feel it, touch it, and "one almost breathes its bad smell."  "What is clear along the border, according to the (Mexican) Department of  Justice," he states, "is that narcotraffic is the main cause of the violence in which live the residents of the towns of Matamoros, Reynosa, Rio Bravo, Miguel Aleman, Mier, Camargo, Nuevo Guerrero, Valle Hermosa, Diaz Ordaz and Nuevo Laredo.  In those cities there is fear."

In a column by Gilberto Rincon Gallardo  in El Diario (Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua) 1/25/08, titled "The narcotraffic war," he states, "There is no war in Mexico, but a difficult, costly and bloody fight by the Mexican state against powerful criminal groups which, aside from the economic power and firepower they have accumulated, has corrupted law enforcement officials in the areas where they operate, including most likely some areas of our neighbor to the north."  (Emphasis added)

 The cartels pose a clear threat to our border defenses.  Numerous well-documented reports in the U.S. media regarding isolated incursions across our southern border by armed – even uniformed – groups indicate their disregard for our border.  The money, power and greed of the cartels pose a threat to our national security.   With the mission of our border defenses aimed at preventing the terrorist threat to our country, the cartels provide a potential for such factions to utilize.  Since the narcotic crime organizations already have the means to supply the U.S. drug market, it would seem reasonable that their services could also be obtained to smuggle weapons of mass destruction and terrorists into the country.

 

A Salute

 Inasmuch as this report is based on Mexican newspapers, it should be noted that Excelsior (Mexico City) 2/13/08 reported that the 2008 International Report on Freedom of the Press, issued by the Reporters Without Borders organization, placed Mexico as the most dangerous country in which to practice journalism.  Mexico retains the title as the deadliest for reporters in this hemisphere, with two of them having been murdered and three having disappeared.

With such journalistic courage, it may turn out that in Mexico's narco-war, the pen will indeed prove to be mightier than the sword.

                                                                                                                                            -end of report-.

 

                                                                                                                                             Appendix.

Summary of weapons and equipment as reported seized from organized crime during the period of this report. Note: News articles often lack numbers and weapon descriptions.  Lowest estimated numbers shown where possible.

 

ARMS

Grenades, fragmentation, stun, tear gas –  more than 335

40mm machine guns

Ammunition – more than 250,000 rounds

Rocket launchers – more than 20

Dynamite – 22 "loads"

Tovex explosive

Barrett .50-caliber rifles, some with heat sensors

Cartridge loading clips – more than 175

FN Herstal P90 sub-machine guns

Assault rifles – more than 550, mainly AR-15, AK-47, HK-G3, MAK-90

50-caliber machine gun

9mm submachine gun

Hand guns – more than 70

40mm anti-tank grenades

Silencers for automatic weapons – 31

30-caliber machine gun with tripod

B-4 plastic explosive

Slow burning fuse – quantity not indicated

M72 & AT4 rockets

RPG-7 rocket launchers

MGL 37mm grenade launchers

12 gauge shotgun with 20-round loader

Uzi machine pistol

 

EQUIPMENT

Landing strips – 16 destroyed

Light aircraft – 196

Helicopters - 3

Vehicles – more than 660, many luxury SUVs, some armored

$358,644 U.S., 3 million Mexican pesos, 20,000 Colombian pesos

Radios (transmitter-receiver) – more than 20

AFI (Mexican FBI) apparel

Military uniforms and other enforcement apparel

Black and camouflage uniforms – large quantity

Anti-riot gear including 14 bulletproof vests

Handcuffs

Cartridge belts

Barrels and stocks for rifles

Training facility including armory, arsenal and firing range

Silhouette targets

Torture devices (unspecified)

 

 

 

Virtual border fence flawed

 

Border Patrol: $20 mil system needs replacing

An array of sensors and cameras defending 28 miles of border near Sasabe does not work as well as it should, and much of the technology will be replaced by summer at taxpayer expense.

Five days after accepting and paying $20 million for the work, Homeland Security officials told lawmakers Wednesday that the virtual fence does not meet contract requirements for detecting border intrusions and endangers Border Patrol agents.

The officials declined to estimate a cost for replacing equipment or securing the border.



Meanwhile, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff was praising the high-tech system Wednesday, saying it will be expanded to other rural parts of the border.

"We do what actually makes tactical sense," he said.

"We will expand the virtual fence. We are not mothballing (the project). It did work. . . . There are some things in it we want to improve, and there are some things that probably it turns out we don't really need. But I envision we will use this design in other parts of the border."

Other agency officials, testifying before the oversight panel of the House Homeland Security Committee, said plans to expand the system to the Yuma and El Paso areas will be pushed back three years, to 2011, because of technological deficiencies.

The Sasabe network, called Project 28, was intended as a cornerstone of the government's multibillion-dollar border strategy.

As hundreds of miles of physical barriers and thousands of Border Patrol agents are being added, technology, anchored by the virtual fence, was to fill the gaps.

"Project 28 was supposed to be an example of how we could use technology to secure the border. The lesson is we can't secure 28 miles of our border for $20 million," said committee member Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-N.J. "After so many years of promises and tests and millions of dollars spent, we are no closer to a technological solution to securing the border. This is unacceptable. It's what's holding up comprehensive immigration reform."

Contractor Boeing Corp. never consulted border agents before engineering the system, which is not suited to the rugged Sonoran Desert. The project was eight months late.

A Boeing executive testified that the company spent more than double the value of the $20 million contract to set things right and is now refining the network. The Department of Homeland Security awarded Boeing a $64 million contract to improve the network in December, two months before the government accepted the Sasabe work.

Amy Kudwa, a Homeland Security spokeswoman, said that the virtual fence is not in "full operation" and that the agency continues to test the system. Agency officials showed lawmakers shadowy footage taken last week in which Project 28 cameras tracked three large groups of immigrants crossing the border. The images were relayed to a command post in Tucson, 70 miles away.

"We have the beginnings of a system," Border Patrol Chief David Aguilar testified. He told the committee that Project 28 does track people crossing the border without the need to position a Border Patrol agent, but he called the new tool a "marginal, limited capability."

Congressional auditors and lawmakers on the Homeland Security Committee overseeing the work painted a very different picture, portraying Boeing's work as little more than a multimillion-dollar science experiment.

Reading from contract documents written by Boeing, Government Accountability Office auditor Richard Stana told lawmakers that the company was paid to test a concept and leave behind a capability.

"It doesn't work the way Border Patrol agents wanted it to," he said. "As far as a leave-behind capability, the fact that we are going to swap out nearly all the equipment tells us that wasn't met."

 

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0228virtualfence0228.html?source=nletter-%%__AdditionalEmailAttribute1%%

 

     Business as usual...............

 

   And the same old crap continues day after day, after week,  after week,  after month, after year.............

 

   It is no wonder that a frustrated public will fall all over ANYBODY who will promise some form of CHANGE in the vain hope of a fix -- even an OBAMA.

 

   We need a giant government-corporate enema.

 

 

 

WHAT COSTS MORE PER YEAR THAN THE IRAQ WAR?

Illegal Aliens Cause Massive Cuts For US Seniors  - - December 4, 2007

I hope the following 14 reasons are forwarded over and over again until they are read so

many times that the reader gets sick of reading them. I have included the URL's for

verification of the following facts:

1. $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year.
                                           http://tinyurl.com/zob77

2. $2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as food stamps,

    WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens.
                           http://www.cis.org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.html

3. $2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens.
                          http://www.cis.org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.html

4. $12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for

    children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English!
                 http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.0.html

5. $17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of

    illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.

               http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

6. $3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens.
               http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

7. 30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.
               http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

8. $90 Billion Dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens
    for Welfare and Social Services by the American taxpayers.
               http://premium.cnn.com/TRANSCIPTS/0610/29/ldt.01.html

9. $200 Billion Dollars a year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens.
              http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

10. The illegal aliens in the United States have a crime rate that's two-and-a-half times that of

     white non-illegal aliens. In particular, their children, are going to make a huge additional

     crime problem in the US .
             http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0606/12/ldt.01.html

11. During the year of 2005 there were 4 to 10 MILLION illegal aliens that crossed our

     Southern Border also, as many as 19,500 illegal aliens from Terrorist Countries.

    Millions of pounds of drugs, cocaine, meth, heroin and marijuana, crossed into the

    U. S from the Southern border. Homeland Security Report.
                              http://tinyurl.com/t9sht

12. The National Policy Institute, "estimated that the total cost of mass deportation

     would be between $206 and $230 billion or an average cost of between $41 and

    $46 billion annually over a five year period."
                     http://www.nationalpolicyinstitute.org/pdf/deportation.pdf

13. In 2006 illegal aliens sent home $45 BILLION in remittances back to their

     countries of origin.
                           http://www.rense.com/general75/niht.htm

14. "The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration: Nearly One Million Sex Crimes

     committed by Illegal Immigrants In The United States ".
                              http://www.drdsk.com/articleshtml


         
     Total cost is... $338.3 BILLION A YEAR!!!



                            Snopes is provided for doubters:
       http://www.snopes.com/politics/immigration/bankofamerica.a


THE ENTIRE POPULATION OF THE UNITED STATES NEEDS TO KNOW THIS INFORMATION,

UNLESS THEY DON'T MIND SHARING THEIR SOCIAL SECURITY WITH FOREIGN WORKERS

WHO DIDN'T PAY IN A DIME. 

 SHOW OUR POLITICOS IN WASHINGTON "PEOPLE POWER" AND THE POWER OF

THE INTERNET. 

 IT DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU ARE REPUBLICAN, DEMOCRAT OR INDEPENDENT.

 

 

 

 

TRAVEL ALERT FOR MEXICO

SUBJ/DATA CALL - TRAVEL ALERT FOR: MEXICO// REF/A/U. S. STATE DEPARTMENT TRAVEL ALERT, WED FEB O6 08:45:58

 

1.1 (U) ON WEDNESDAY FEB 06 08:45:58 2008, THE U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT ISSUED A TRAVEL ALERT FOR MEXICO.

THOUGH THERE IS NO EVIDENCE THAT U. S. CITIZENS ARE SPECIFICALLY TARGETED, MEXICAN AND FOREIGN BYSTANDERS HAVE BEEN INJURED OR KILLED IN SOME VIOLENT ATTACKS DEMONSTRATING HEIGHTENED RISK IN PUBLIC PLACES.

IN ITS EFFORTS TO COMBAT VIOLENCE, THE GOVERNMENT OF MEXICO HAS DEPLOYED MILITARY TROOPS IN VARIOUS PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. US CITIZENS ARE ADVISED TO COOPERATE WITH OFFICIAL CHECKPOINTS WHEN TRAVELING ON MEXICAN HIGHWAYS.

CRIMINALS HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO FOLLOW AND HARASS US CITIZENS TRAVELING IN THEIR VEHICLES, PARTICULARLY IN BORDER AREAS INCLUDING NUEVO LAREDO, MATAMOROS, CIUDAD JUAREZ, HERMOSILLO, MAZATLAN, NOGALES AND TIJUANA.

 

SEE http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_3028.html

 

While we are all playing political grab-ass

and are about to elect either an Open-Borders-Amnesty Liberal Socialist

or a Mad Maverick War Hungry Amnesty Nut Job .....

A Mexican style Iraq is running amok just south of our border.

We ought to at least have a fence to keep the kids safe......

 This is sick!!!

 

 

 

 

Background Information Regarding the Mexican Drug Wars

go to http://www.samuellogan.com/publications/Calderon-Plan-for-Mexico.pdf

When combined with other related information including that from the "South of Cochise" items -- a vast and horrific picture evolves.

And the Bush Administration is doing little as we still have No Fence on our Border - and Mexico is now more violent than Iraq.

And the violence is creeping northward into the U.S.

 

 

 

‘Thousands of Aliens’ in U.S. flight schools illegally.

Thousands of foreign student pilots have been able to enroll and obtain
pilot licenses from U.S. flight schools, despite tough laws passed in the wake of the 9/ll
attacks, according to internal government documents obtained by ABC News.

“Thousands of aliens, some of whom may very well pose a threat to this country, are
taking flight lessons, being granted FAA certifications and are flying planes,” wrote a
Transportation Security Administration official in 2005, complaining that the students
did not have the proper visas.

Under the new laws, American flight schools are only
supposed to provide pilot training to foreign students who have been given a
background check by the TSA and have a specific type of visa. But in thousands of
cases that has not happened, according to the documents and current and former
government officials involved in the program.

The official says in one year alone, 2005,
he found that some 8,000 foreign students in the FAA database had gotten their pilot
licenses without ever being approved by the TSA.

The FAA and Homeland Security are
now starting to crack down on a number of flight schools suspected of training students
illegally.

Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=4353991&page=1

Is there ANYTHING that DHS can do properly?

 

 

 

 

Illegals cost Arizona workers $1.4 Billion a year


Arizona workers lose $1.4 billion in wages a year because companies here hire illegal entrants, according to a study commissioned by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.

George Borjas, a professor of economic and social policy at Harvard University, also concluded that foreigners in the state illegally have reduced the employment rate of legal Arizona residents.

Hardest hit in both wages and job availability, he said, are high school dropouts who, at the bottom of the wage scale, are the ones most likely to be competing with illegal immigrants.

The study is being presented to U.S. District Judge Neil Wake, who is hearing a challenge to a new state law making it illegal to knowingly employ illegal border crossers.

Full text at http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/border/219519.php

 

     A $1Billion here - a $ Billion there -- pretty soon we are talking about some real money.

     Our money - our Children's' and Grand Kids' money.

 

 

 

The Candidates and Illegal Immigration


One of the most important issues in this year's presidential campaign is an issue that most leading contenders have been reluctant to discuss in a serious way: illegal immigration.

Following are summaries of the candidates and the issues.


John McCain has supported various proposals to grant legal status to illegal aliens. In 2006, he voted for final passage of S.2611, a bill to increase chain migration. He joined Democrats in supporting legislation to permit 11 million illegals to remain in the country if they apply for legal status and pay a $2,000 fine. Last year, he voted in favor of two amendments to invoke cloture on a mass amnesty bill. Mr. McCain often depicts the immigration debate as a stark choice between amnesty and mass deportation roundups. The May 29, 2003, Tucson Citizen quoted Mr. McCain as stating, "Amnesty has to be an important part of" any immigration solution. But, in the wake of the collapse of the Senate amnesty bill in June, Mr. McCain has taken a different approach, saying he has "gotten the message" that Americans oppose anything that smacks of amnesty, declaring that "we won't have sanctuary cities" and vowing to support tougher border enforcement.


Ron Paul is critical of mass-amnesty legislation and adamantly opposed to providing food stamps and other taxpayer-funded benefits to illegals. He opposes birthright citizenship for the children of illegals, and favors deporting anyone who violates U.S. immigration law. Mr. Paul is harshly critical of the REAL ID Act - federal legislation aimed at preventing illegals from fraudulently obtaining driver's licenses and other forms of identification, depicting it as a plan to "stampede" Americans into giving up "constitutionally protected liberties."

Hillary Clinton, in both 2006 and 2007, voted to cut off Senate debate and pass mass-amnesty bills. Although she has voted in favor of some amendments to increase interior enforcement, fund a border fence and deter employers from hiring illegals, she usually votes with amnesty advocates. Last year, for example, Mrs. Clinton voted against stripping amnesty provisions from the Senate bill, and she opposed an amendment that would have made it more difficult for illegals to benefit from sanctuary-city policies. Mrs. Clinton opposed legislation that would have permitted the sharing of information on amnesty applications with intelligence agencies, Homeland Security Department agencies or law enforcement agencies. She also opposed legislation that would have permanently barred absconders, terrorists, gang members and some violent offenders from admission into the United States.

Barack Obama has voted for some measures to reduce the size of foreign "guestworker" programs. But the overwhelming thrust of his record has been supportive of amnesty and illegal immigration. In both 2006 and 2007, Mr. Obama supported the Senate mass-amnesty bills. He supported the Dream Act and opposed legislation information-sharing and legislation barring terrorists and other undesirables from the United States. Mr. Obama also opposed legislation on sanctuary cities.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080102/EDITORIAL/57748580

 

 

A new immigrant every 30 seconds...

The U.S. Census Bureau projects the Jan. 1, 2008 population will be 303,146,284 -- up 2,842,103 or 0.9 percent from Jan. 1, 2007.

Net international migration is expected to add one person every 30 seconds.

The result is an increase in the total U.S. population of one person every 13 seconds.

http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/011108.html


Do you think the U.S. can sustain such an increase - due to immigration, much of which is uncontrolled Illegal Aliens?

The answer is NO.

Just because Cheap Labor Business Interests who can't compete ethically in the marketplace want cheap profits is no excuse.
 

 

 

 

 

Lest We Forget:

 

 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin  -  James 4:17

If illegals remain, your only security is a little gold, a little farm and lots of ammunition.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abBVoeD5ZCs

Bill Madden [mailto:bmadden@tampabay.rr.com]

Andrew C Wallace [natlmktg@gte.net]

 

 

 

Dealing with Telemarketers

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5z4Vs26-TI&NR=1

This should help
 

 

 

 

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FORMER BORDER PATROL OFFICERS
( Visit website at http://www.nafbpo,org )

 

 

 

Illegal Aliens' Border Trash is Major Issue

It's a long-standing concern of border-security proponents:


Illegal immigration and smuggling cause significant environmental damage




The annual report, recently released by the Bureau of Land Management, for fiscal 2006 details efforts by the bureau and partner organizations to mitigate the impacts on lands in Southern Arizona.

Deborah E. Stevens, public affairs specialist for the Bureau of Land Management, said the purpose of the report is to build public awareness and get attention to the issue. "Tremendous numbers of people and organizations are doing work. We kind of want to let people know what we are doing and what kind of project work is going on," said Shela McFarlin, special assistant for international programs for the bureau.

More than 225,000 pounds of trash related to smuggling were collected, according to a press release on the report. Another 900,000 pounds of litter that resulted from both smuggling and illegal dumping were removed.

About 24 million pounds of trash cover thousands of acres of public and tribal lands. The most visible items are drinking bottles, clothing and food refuse.

Illegal roads and trails cause damages to resources on the landscape. There are also damages to infrastructure, such as gates, ranges, fences and water tanks.

Also as a result of the project, more than 75 projects were completed, ranging from cattleguard repair to re-vegetation. The project also involved rehabilitating more than 100 routes and maintaining 26 miles of roads.

Also removed were more than 130 abandoned vehicles and 1,902 abandoned bicycles. Removal of the vehicles, which are often burned, is difficult and expensive because care must be exercised to avoid further damage to the environment.

"Across federal and tribal lands in southern Arizona, significant natural and cultural resources are also being damaged, along with sensitive wildlife habitats," says the release.

W. Richard Hodges, a rancher who owns property along the border, said the impact of illegal immigration is also evident on his private land in Cochise County. "The migrant trails are substantial," Hodges said. "I can run 30 head of cows, and they can go to different points on my pasture, and a cow path will be 18 to 20 inches wide, and it's six or eight inches deep."

"Where the illegal immigrants walk, I've got a path that is 36 inches wide," he continued. "Nothing grows along it and there is every kind of piece of garbage you can imagine."

He has found numerous items on his land, including cell phones, baby diapers, plastic bottles, backpacks and clothing and mounds upon mounds of feces recently released by the Bureau of Land Management..


The BLM report is online: blm.gov/az/st/en/info/newsroom/undocumented_aliens.htm

http://www.willcoxrangenews.com/articles/2007/11/14/news/news5.txt

  It is amazing that one never hears from any of the Envio-organizations complaining about Illegal Alien and Drug Trash.
 

 

 

Eco-Wacko B.S. Never Ends

 Eco-Wackos are railing against the federal government for approving a fence along Arizona's border that would cut through the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, a move that the Wackologists say could endanger wildlife and possibly one of the state's last free-flowing rivers.

(It is NOT a free-flowing river and has not been for over 100 + years – it is an intermittent stream)


  The Sierra Club and Washington-based Defenders of Wildlife filed for a temporary restraining order Friday in D.C. Circuit Court to halt fence construction in the riparian area.

  The filing follows an appeal the groups filed earlier in the week against the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Department of the Interior asking for a halt on all border-fence construction in Arizona until a thorough environmental study is done.

  A judge will rule on the latest request early next week, says a Sierra Club executive committee member.

  Construction is under way on the 10,000-foot fence segment crossing the San Pedro area. The fence is part of an 8-mile extension of the Naco border wall that would eventually be among 370 miles of fencing built along the U.S. border with Mexico by the end of 2008. Sixty to 90 miles will be in Arizona.

  "The Arizona border is being walled off right now, and it's being done without the government taking into consideration the impacts to wildlife," says the Defenders of Wildlife.

  The San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area is a 58,000-acre public preserve surrounding 40 miles of the San Pedro River. Cottonwood and willow forests on the banks host more than 80 types of mammals and more than 350 bird species.

  Eco-Wackologists opine construction could permanently damage the river and the wildlife it supports.

  An environmental report prepared by the BLM notes that a barrier will reduce environmental damage from humans and vehicles crossing the border illegally.

  However, it also states that barriers could disrupt or even shift the San Pedro River's flow as sediment builds, destroying surrounding vegetation and wildlife habitats.

  The report noted that a fence could block wildlife from watering holes and kin across the border. It could also funnel animals to new routes outside the barrier's limits, just as it could with illegal aliens.

  Construction is also expected to disinter buried bones that members of the Tohono O'odham Tribe claims as their ancestors.

  Eco-Wackologists from the Nature Constapancy met with Border Patrol officials Friday to bitch about the construction.

  "It's a really complicated balance between national-security issues and habitat protection," said By-Golly-Holly Richter, Upper San Pedro Program director for the Nature Constapancy.

  Trash and environmental damage from illegal-migration traffic has battered the riparian area. A barbed-wire fence has been the only partition between the countries.


  Homeland Security asked the BLM for access through the conservation area for a fence in September 2006.

  On Aug. 31, the BLM's Tucson office signed a document stating that the planned wall, vehicle barriers and access road "will not have any significant impacts on the human environment" and, thus, would not require more extensive environmental study. On Sept. 10, the BLM signed over the right of way.

  The wall won't run through the river itself. The BLM has asked that 1,250 feet of removable vehicle barriers be placed along the riverbed and floodplain.

  The right-of-way permit included several such requests to protect the riparian area, including that soils be stabilized with native species and all trucks be power-washed before entering the area to avoid spreading invasive plants.

  But the recommendations are not binding under the permit's terms, says the BLM's Tucson office.

  The effects of illegal immigration have been punishing to Arizona's public lands, which make up 85 percent of the border.

  Trash, toxic waste and illegal foot and vehicle paths scar many once-pristine spaces. Safety concerns have led to closures in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge.


Original biased text at http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/1006border1006.html

  Any possible negative effects of the fence will be miniscule as compared to the daily damage and destruction caused by the illegal alien and drug traffic through the area.

  If you ever talk to a Eco-Wackologist you will quickly note that their brain functions are akin to that of a dung beetle.

 

 

WHAT THEY ARE TRYING TO PRESERVE?
 
 

Another Monster Lay-up/Rest Area Discovered by

MCDC AZ SEARCH & RESCUE

 

  We are all breathed sigh of relief the day the Senate defeated the Amnesty Bill, but the USA is still being invaded!

We discovered one of the biggest lay-ups we have ever found.

desert-2.jpg

  This lay-up is on an ‘illegal super highway’ from Mexico to the USA (Tucson) used by human smugglers.

It is located in a wash area approximately ¼ of a mile long just south of Tucson

Dave Hollenbeck [chp3871@yahoo.com]

 

 
Eco-Wacko B.S. Never Ends
 Eco-Wackos are railing against the federal government for approving a fence along Arizona's border that would cut through the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, a move that the Wackologists say could endanger wildlife and possibly one of the state's last free-flowing rivers.
(It is NOT a free-flowing river and has not been for over 100 + years – it is an intermittent stream)

 

 

 

 

 Fundamental Facts

The root cause of most illegal immigration is a corrupt elitist Mexico government that puts "the bite" on both its citizens and visitors.

Mexican citizens can't get an adequate education or gainful employment.

The government is non-responsive to its people for one reason only; it can export its poor to the United States.

As hard as the journey is for illegal aliens to get here, it is easier than changing their own government.


If we seal our borders and deport illegals who come to our attention, it will force the good people of Mexico to demand a new free honest government.

It is the only long-term solution, barring the U.S. conquering Mexico and making it our 51st through 60th states.

Buz Williams, retired sergeant, Long Beach (Calif.) Police Department,  Prescott, AZ.

  I agree with everything stated except that it is up to the Mexican people to fix their own government and country.  Not just run away like a bunch of whining weenies to mooch off of the big bad Gringo sacrificing their supposed Mexican culture and heritage to clean toilets, pick fruit, and wash soiled underwear.

 

 

 

Observe as a Mullah gets verbally bitch-slapped by a gutsy Arab lady

Here is a powerful and amazing statement on Al Jazeera television.

The woman is Wafa Sultan, an Arab-American psychologist from Los Angeles.

This film clip should be shown around the world repeatedly!

http://switch3.castup.net/cunet/gm.asp?ai=214&ar=1050wmv&ak=nul

Perhaps, this is why Islam treats women so horribly and holds them down.

Perhaps, giving women full and equal rights in Islamic countries would be the best way to de-nut the Mad Mullahs and Creepy Clerics

 

 

 

 

Cowboys and Muslims

 

Three strangers strike up a conversation in the airport passenger lounge in Bozeman, Montana, while awaiting their respective flights.  One is an American Indian passing through from Lame Deer. Another is a Cowboy on his way to Billings for a livestock show & the third passenger is a fundamentalist Arab student, newly arrived at Montana State University from the Middle East . 

 

Their discussion drifts to their diverse cultures.  Soon, the two Westerners learn that the Arab is a devout, radical Muslim and the conversation falls into an uneasy lull.

The cowboy leans back in his chair, crosses his boots on a magazine table and tips his big sweat-stained hat forward over his face.

The wind outside is blowing tumbleweeds around, and the old windsock is flapping; but still no plane comes.

 

 Finally, the American Indian clears his throat and softly he speaks,

"At one time here, my people were many, but sadly, now we are few."

The Montana cowboy remarks -

"That's 'cause we played Cowboys and Indians".

 

The Muslim student raises an eyebrow and leans forward,

 "Once my people were few," he sneers, "and now we are many. Why do you suppose that is?"

 

The Montana cowboy shifts his toothpick to one side of his mouth and from the darkness beneath his Stetson says in a smooth   drawl , 

"That's 'cause we ain't played Cowboys and Muslims --- Yet. " 

 

 

 

The truth about the encroachment of Islam in Europe!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nI5WoXpmPiM

 

 

 

The PR push is on -- Great effort on-going to convince public that the Feds are actually doing something.  

The amount is insignificant.

This PR push is about less than 100 miles of fence of a 2,000 mile border = .5%

 

 A bunch of PR on the fence while Mexican trucks are unleashed all across the border into the U.S. Heartland in spite of repeated outrage by the American citizenry.

 

 

 

New Border Fence Rising

 

go to http://www.azstarnet.com/dailystar/200429 to enlarge

 

 

  Primary fencing along Arizona's stretch of the U.S.-Mexican border will more than triple to 80 miles by Christmas if construction target dates are met.

 

  In an effort to comply with the Secure Fence Act of 2006 that mandates 370 miles of new primary fencing, Department of Homeland Security officials are fast-tracking large sections of new 12- to 18-foot-high barriers in Sasabe, Nogales, Naco, Douglas and Yuma.

 

  Officials have already doubled the miles of fencing to 51.8 miles; they hope to have more than 80 miles erected by the end of the year. By the end of the next fiscal year, they plan to build at least 20 additional miles, bringing the total miles of fencing to nearly 100 miles along the state's 350-mile border.

 

  The U.S. Border Patrol and border security advocates say the fencing is long overdue and needed to curb illegal immigration.

 

  "Every place where a fence has been put up it has worked," said Dave Stoddard, a former Border Patrol supervisor who retired in 1996 after 27 years with the agency.      "There should be a fence from San Diego to Brownsville and it should already be up."

 

  But environmentalists and some Southern Arizona residents are troubled by what they say is the Department of Homeland Security's disregard for impacts on wildlife such as the jaguar and about what residents think. And, they say, the fencing is a boondoggle that won't stop illegal border crossings.

 

  "The Department of Homeland is an out-of-control federal agency with no regard for public concern about environmental impacts," said Daniel Patterson, southwest director for Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. "The only thing these fences won't stop are people."

 

 

  Jaguar debate 

 

  The jaguar — a federally recognized endangered species — is at the center of the dispute. Jaguar researchers and conservationists say the fencing will destroy any hope of the cat permanently returning to the United States. Homeland Security says the fences won't cut into known jaguar corridors, and have the backing of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

 

  On Friday, that agency issued a biological opinion giving the green light on construction of 31 miles of primary fences in Sasabe, Nogales, Naco and Douglas despite acknowledging the barriers could hurt the northern jaguar population in Southern Arizona and damage some lesser long-nosed bat habitat.

 

  "Because the area used by jaguars in the United States is such a small part of the overall range of the species and because of nomadic use by jaguars, the range of the jaguar in the United States is not enough area to provide for the conservation (i.e., recovery) of the jaguar … and it cannot be defined as essential to the conservation of the species," the report stated.

 

  Fish and Wildlife instructed U.S. Customs and Border Protection to assist in monitoring, conservation and recovery measures for the jaguar. 

 

  The decision didn't please jaguar conservationists.

 

  "This fencing project and lack of conservation recommendations will undermine a decade of bi-national collaboration aimed at recovering the American jaguar," said Craig Miller, southwest representative of Defenders of Wildlife and vice president of the Northern Jaguar Project. "This misguided project will essentially seal the fate of the American jaguar."

 

  Since 1996, four male jaguars have been repeatedly photographed in Southern Arizona in between Nogales and Sasabe and in Cochise County near the Arizona-New Mexico border. Jaguars had been sighted only four times in the United States in the previous three decades.

 

  The fencing will push smuggling routes and law enforcement activity into jaguars' preferred corridors, decreasing the odds of recovery, said Jack L. Childs, project coordinator for the Borderlands Jaguar Detection Project, based in Amado.

"If we ever want this small population to recover, we are going to have to give them their opportunity to cross back and forth," Childs said.

 

  While security is paramount and the impact on the total population limited, Childs said that's not an excuse to knowingly harm an endangered species. The government should implement either political or less damaging solutions to slow illegal immigration.

 

  "It seems senseless to me to have to sacrifice even a remnant population of jaguars," Childs said.

 

  Stoddard dismisses the concerns of environmentalists as a red herring designed to keep the border open.

 

  "Any jaguar, butterfly, deer or other life form that cannot make it over a 12-foot fence needs to be eliminated from the gene pool," said Stoddard.

 

(Readers should note the large portion of this article devoted to the insignificant aspect of 4 “possible” jaguar sightings years ago.  This should give some indication of the political bent of the left leaning newspaper.

 

Note also the amount of attention paid to other eco-related distracters.)

 

 

  Efficacy of fences

 

  Both proponents and opponents of border fencing cite a 14-mile fence built near San Diego in the mid-1990s as evidence of the effectiveness — or impotence — of the barriers. There, fencing was followed by a 92-percent decrease in apprehensions from 1994 to 1998.

 

  "If it's well designed, the data shows it works," said Glenn Spencer, president of the Cochise County-based American Border Patrol, a nongovernmental organization that keeps tabs on the Border Patrol.

 

  Opponents counter that smugglers simply shifted their routes into Arizona after the fence went up, continuing to sneak drugs and people into the United States at the same rates.

 

  "This is not going to prevent human migration," Miller said. "What it's going to do is funnel and increase human migration into the most rugged and remote regions."

 

  Fences aren't a panacea and don't make sense along the entire border but are a valuable tool in the agency's arsenal, said Brad Benson, a Customs and Border Protection spokesman.

 

  They delay illegal border crossers and give the agency an opportunity to spot and perhaps catch them, he said. Homeland Security envisions a combination of primary fencing, vehicle barriers, technology and agents on patrol as the ideal solution, Benson said.

 

 

  Public process

 

  The congressional mandate to construct 370 new miles of new primary fencing by November 2008 is driving the urgency to build, Benson said.

 

  Legally, the construction is within the scope of the law. The Real ID Act of 2005 gives DHS the authority to waive environmental regulations that interfere with its ability to fast-track border security projects.

 

  That doesn't ease concerns from those who say the agency is skipping the proper process and using the political mandate as an excuse.

 

  Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., has introduced legislation to counter that trend. For fence proponents, Grijalva said, "It's one fence fits all regardless of whether you are affecting wildlife, whether you are affecting habitat, whether you are affecting tribal land. There is a process involved: You must consult with public land managers, local communities, with tribes."

 

  Miles of fence

  Length of primary fencing in Arizona:

    • Nogales: 2.8 miles (10.65 additional miles planned) = 13.45 miles

    • Naco/Douglas: 24 miles (23.25 miles planned) = 47.25 miles

    • Yuma: 25 miles (9 miles planned) = 34 miles

    • Total: 51.8 miles (42.9 additional miles planned) = 94.7 miles

 

      The jaguar had become nearly extinct in the U.S. by the mid-1900s, with only four sightings from the 1960s-1980s. Then, in 1996, Warner Glenn, a Douglas-area rancher and lion hunter, spotted and photographed a jaguar in the Peloncillo Mountains at the Arizona-New Mexico border. Since then, four male jaguars have been repeatedly photographed in Southern Arizona.

  

http://www.azstarnet.com/dailystar/200429

 

   We are talking about 12-20 Million Illegal Aliens invading the United States. 

   The liberal, loony, eco-nuts have their panties in a wad over 4 big kitty cats.

   And of course, the liberal main media is slobbering all over itself.

 

 

 

 

Border Fence 'Very Doable'


 
  - Building a fence across the entire 1,952-mile border of the United States and Mexico can be done, with only two requirements needed, according to engineers.

  "All it takes is time and money," said Brian Damkroger, senior manager for border security and exploratory systems at the New Mexico-based Sandia National Laboratories.

A newly completed section of the border security fence in San Diego, Calfornia.  Sandia is working with the federal government in securing the border through a border fence and other measures. Sandia also helped design the 15-foot-high, 14-mile-long, double layer security fence in San Diego, viewed by fence proponents as a model of what works in deterring illegal immigration.

  A border wall could be constructed across the southern border probably in less than five years if the federal government devoted multiple crews to the project to work on different sections of the wall concurrently, said David Hunley, vice president of Connico, Inc. a Nashville-based engineering firm.

  "It's a large-scale project, but it's not high tech," Hunley said. "You just have to have the people to throw at it. You would also need the political will to do it."

  At present, the federal government doesn't plan on fencing off half of the entire border. Rather, Congress approved and President Bush signed a bill last year authorizing the construction of 854 miles of fencing to strategically seal 700 miles of the border.

  Actual cost estimates for the 700 miles of secure border vary widely, between $3 million per mile initially estimated by the Congressional Budget Office to the far larger potential of $70 million per mile to build and maintain, according to a December 2006 Congressional Research Service report.

  The high estimate for the entire wall is partially based on the past cost of litigation during the construction of the San Diego fence, said a spokesman for Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.).

  That should not be an issue now, because those issues were settled in court while Congress has granted the Department of Homeland Security broad powers to construct a border-wall.

  Since that Secure Fence Act was signed, fewer than 20 miles of fencing have been built.

  That prompted Hunter to write a letter to the White House last month, in which the Republican presidential candidate called the "lack of progress unacceptable, especially when adequate funding is available to earnestly proceed with fence construction."

  Specifically, Hunter pointed to a 392-mile stretch of fence that is supposed to be completed from Calexico, Calif., to Douglas, Ariz., by May 30, 2008, and another 30 miles of fencing that is supposed to be completed in Laredo, Texas, by the end of 2008.

  "Unfortunately, these scheduled mandates will be missed unless fence construction commences immediately in these locations," Hunter wrote.

  Counting infrastructure built prior to the 2006 Secure Fence Act, the southern border already has more than 100 miles of fencing, said Laura Keehner, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security.

  By the end of 2008, the department expects to have a total of 370 miles of fencing constructed.

  The timeline for the entire 700 miles of fencing is tentative. But, it is likely that some of that would come from a "virtual fence" - a large area protected through various electronic security measures.

  The "virtual fence" concept has its critics in Congress, including Hunter, who believes the concept is unproven. Hunter argues that the Secure Fence Act specified that a physical fence be built.


  What the experts say

  Damkroger, head of border patrol projects for Sandia National Laboratories, doesn't discount "virtual fences." His firm has designed fences that use a combination of censors, such as infrared, seismic, radar and over-flights.

  The goal of this technology, he said, is to detect and identify the intruder, characterize the threat, and respond.

A section of the border security fence in San Diego, Calif., which extends into the ocean.  "In urban areas, we need a physical fence," Damkroger says, because there is a great chance of an intruder eluding law enforcement. "Out in the desert, there is the ability through surveillance to see someone before he reaches the border, and more time to respond."

  Also designed by Sandia is the anti-climb material on the San Diego fence. This material is made of high-strength steel mesh, said Damkroger.

  "The holes are very small so it would be difficult to get toe and hand holds," he said.

  Should a climber reach the top, the fence is designed in such a way the intruder would have to climb upside down to get over the top, he said.

  In the early 1990s, Sandia designed the concept of a three-layered security fence. The primary layer would be solid steel. The second layer would be the anti-climb fence, and the third would be a more conventional fence.

  Each layer would have a road between it for the U.S. Border Patrol to access, Damkroger said.

  The Secure Border Initiative of 2005 already has long-range plans in the works for securing 6,500 miles along both the Mexican and Canadian border that involves physical fences and technology.

  The materials used for the border fence as well as the size of the fence, are still undetermined, said Judy Marsicano, spokeswoman for the Fort Worth, Texas, district office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is overseeing the 700-mile fencing project.

  "It will depend on terrain; whether it's urban, rural or mountainous," Marsicano says. "We don't have that."

  But Marsicano said the material in most areas of the physical fence would be made of either steel or concrete. She also said it could include multiple different contractors - so different sections of the fence could be made of different material. The government is working to get input from stakeholders, including landowners who will be asked to sell.

  She also said the government is conducting an environmental and engineering assessment, which will determine a more precise cost for the project.

  Such a security fence could run into environmental problems, said Hunley of Connico, which has been involved in constructing security fences for 25 years, mostly at airports.

  At the bottom of the fence, for example, holes are usually small to keep both people and animals out. That can lead to small-scale flooding, he said.

  "It can keep people and animals out, but it keeps trash out as well," Hunley says. "That can lead to drainage problems. A puddle around it can become huge."

  Problems could also emerge concerning issues of waterways, habitat accustomed to crossing the border uninterrupted, and Native American burial grounds located along the border, said Hunley.

  Security fences typically go eight to 10 inches into the ground to deter people from digging under, said Hunley, while security cameras could be installed on the fence, along with large lights for further deterrence.

  Ultimately, Hunley said, a fence would help, but it is far from a guaranteed solution to protecting the border.

  "It will only be as effective as the people who patrol it," he said.


  Will a real border fence work?

  Critics of the fence say illegal aliens will simply climb the fence, or the fence would just reroute illegal aliens to enter the country elsewhere.

  "A border fence is one part of the strategy," Kasper says. "It's not a silver bullet. It has to be accompanied by technology. Just look at the success of the San Diego fence. If someone does attempt to get round the wall, Border Patrol agents have more of an opportunity to apprehend them."

  In 1996, Congress approved a double-layered fence - with a steel fence as the primary layer, and an anti-climb fence as the second layer - for 14 miles along the border of San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico.

  The fence has produced some improvement in the area, according to a Congressional Research Service report in 2005 that said illegal alien apprehensions along the fence region dropped from 202,000 in 1992 to 9,000 in 2004.

  Meanwhile, vehicle drive-throughs in the region have fallen from between six to 10 per day before the construction of the fence to four drive-throughs for the entire year of 2004. Crime in San Diego dropped 56.3 percent between 1989 and 2000, according to the FBI Crime Index.

  However, a separate Congressional Research Service report from last December said that although illegal immigration is down in San Diego, "the flow of illegal immigration has adapted" and "shifted to the more remote areas of the Arizona desert."

  Critics and some proponents of a border fence have referenced the Berlin Wall - used to prevent emigration from communist East Germany to West Germany during the Cold War - which used draconian tactics, such as mines and shooting on sight.

  However, a more appropriate comparison might be the Israeli West Bank Barrier, which measured 436 miles long and was used to keep out terrorists.

  According to an Israeli government report, the wall was successful.

  Between April and December of 2002 - before the wall - 17 suicide attacks were committed within Israel by terrorists who infiltrated from Samaria. Yet in 2003, after the construction of the Samaria section of the wall, there were only five attacks. In Judea, where no fence was built, suicide attacks remained the constant, according to the report. 
 

  Until some of the government Weasel-crats get fired for malfeasance this B.S. will continue.

  Again ..............  Where is the fence?

 

 

 

The Hypocrisy that is Mexico

 

 Following is a full translation of an editorial column by Sergio Sarmiento, who regularly writes under the headline "Jaque Mate" (Checkmate). It appeared in  (Leon,  Gto.), "El Debate" (Culiacan,  Sin.), "El Dictamen" (Veracruz, Ver.) and "El Imparcial" (Hermosillo,  Son.)

 

 

"The Undesirable Ones".

 

 It's a Country that openly violates the rights of immigrants. But, in order to denounce it, it is important first to know its policies. It's about a Country that keeps up a wide open hunt and harassment policy toward immigrants, legals or illegals.

 Its Government has established an agency whose main function is to regulate and supervise the stay by foreigners and, in case of any irregularity, to expel them. The undocumented immigrants whom the special Police of this agency discover are treated like common criminals.

 They are confined in detention centers which are no more than disguised jails.

 They are not provided with an attorney.

 Basically, according to local laws, they have no rights.

 Granted that the Government of this Nation has ratified the Vienna Convention regarding consular rights, the foreigners are commonly deported without their consulate being notified.

 An article of the Constitution openly declares that the Government may in its discretion expel any foreigner without need of a previous judicial proceeding even when the foreigner has legal residency in the Country.

 The Immigration Police constantly carry out raids where it is thought there are illegal aliens. A person can be detained simply due to the color of his skin or because of his accent.

 If someone is detained by that special Police and doesn't have documentation to prove he is a citizen of the country or that he has legal residence, he will be jailed while he proves his immigration status or while he is expelled from the Country. Nevertheless, acquiring legal residence does not eliminate the practices of discrimination.

 The Constitution itself establishes that the nationals will be preferred over the aliens for all types of concessions and for all Government employment, positions and commissions.

 No alien may serve in the Army no in any Police or public security force.

 Nor may he be a captain, pilot, boss, mechanic or crewmember of any vessel or aircraft.

 The law sets forth maximum quotas for the number of legal resident aliens who may work for a company. The companies have the obligation of verifying the legal status or the citizenship of its workers or employees.

 Banks are also required to certify the citizenship or legal residence of their clients.

 An alien cannot obtain a driver's license if he cannot demonstrate that he is a citizen or has legal residence. 

 The consular identity certificates which may be issued by foreign governments are not valid to obtain this license.

 The alien wife of a citizen is not allowed to work in the Country. 

 Public schools do not offer bilingual instruction programs for the children of aliens.

 All dealings with the Government must be carried out in the official language.

 The Government does not offer translators for any proceeding or litigation nor does it take steps to make sure that there is bilingual information in public transportation or in social service institutions.

 Aliens are prohibited from holding important public positions even when they have legal residence. Even if they obtain the nationality, many governmental positions are closed to them.

 Even a citizen by birth is prohibited from being President if either of his parents is an alien.

 Aliens are not only barred from occupying public posts, but they are forbidden from getting involved in any way in the political affairs of the Country.

 To participate in a demonstration or to express a political opinion, whichever it may be, can be the cause of immediate  expulsion, even if he has legal residence. For example, an alien who expresses his opposition to a building to be constructed in his neighborhood can be expelled from the Country.

 Property rights of aliens are limited. They, and only they, are forbidden from being owners of houses, apartments, offices or commercial establishments near the border or on the coasts.

 Aliens also may not invest in certain businesses nor be owners or partners of  public transport vehicles or gas stations.

 This is a Country which openly rejects migratory flows, which has a miniscule percentage of aliens in its population, (and) which keeps  considering as aliens those who have lived in the Country for generations.

 No, it's not the United States, Germany or South Africa.

 The country which violates the rights of its immigrants in this fashion is called Mexico.

 And the worst of it is that we Mexicans complain about the immigration laws of the United States, which are much more liberal than ours.

 

  QED

  Enough said.......

 

 

 

14 GOOD REASONS TO DEPORT ILLEGAL ALIENS

(websites provided for verification)

These 14 reasons should be forwarded over and over again until they are read
by the majority of Americans.

Then they will have more reasons to demand action by their U.S. Congress members.



1. $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year
http://tinyurl.com/zob77



2. $2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such
such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens.

http://www.cis.org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.html



3. $2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens.
http://www.cis.org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.html



4. $12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school
education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English!
http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.0.html



5. $17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education of
children of illegal aliens who are born north of the border, known as 'Anchor Babies'.

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html



6. $3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens.
http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html



7. 30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.
http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html



8. $90 Billion Dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens for welfare &
social services by the American taxpayers.

http://premium.cnn.com/TRANSCIPTS/0610/29/ldt.01.html



9. $200 Billion Dollars a year in suppressed American wages are caused
by the illegal aliens.

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html



10. The illegal aliens in the United States have a crime rate two
and a half times that of white non-illegal aliens.

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0606/12/ldt.01.html



11. During the year of 2005 there were 4 to 10 MILLION illegal aliens that
crossed our Southern Border also, as many as 19,500 illegal aliens from
Terrorist Countries. Millions of pounds of drugs, cocaine, meth, heroine
and marijuana, crossed into the U. S. from the Southern border.

Homeland Security Report: http://tinyurl.com/t9sht



12. The National Policy Institute estimated that the total cost of mass
deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion or an average cost of
between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year period.

http://www.nationalpolicyinstitute.org/pdf/deportation.pdf



13. In 2006 illegal aliens sent home $45 BILLION in remittances back to
their countries of origin.

http://www.rense.com/general75/niht.htm



14. "The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration: Nearly One Million Sex Crimes
Committed by Illegal Immigrants in the United States".

http://www.drdsk.com/articleshtml



So using the LOWEST estimates, the annual cost OF ILLEGAL ALIENS is
$338.3 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR!


If deporting illegals costs between $206 and $230 BILLION DOLLARS, by removing them we will be ahead after the 1st year!!!

Source: elkennedy [elkennedy@wildblue.net]; on behalf of; Edwin [elkennedy@mail.lvnworth.com]


     The above 14 solid reasons are mostly economic in nature - the 15th reason is that they refuse to acknowledge and live by our basic laws.  Laws that are the fundamental basis upon which the cornerstone of our nation and culture rest.  They are here by dint of their own personal willful ILLEGAL actions.

 

 

 

 

It is now 2007 -- just think how many Illegals are here NOW!

 

 

 

Terrorists teaming with Drug Cartels

Islamic extremists embedded in the United States — posing as Hispanic nationals — are partnering with violent Mexican drug gangs to finance terror networks in the Middle East.

According to a Department of Homeland Security intelligence report, nearly every part of the Border Patrol's national strategy is failing.

 

"Since drug traffickers and terrorists operate in a clandestine environment, both groups utilize similar methodologies to function ... all lend themselves to facilitation and are among the essential elements that may contribute to the successful conclusion of a catastrophic event by terrorists," says a confidential DEA report.

The report outlines an ongoing scheme in which multiple Middle Eastern drug-trafficking and terrorist cells operating in the U.S. fund terror networks overseas, aided by established Mexican cartels with highly sophisticated trafficking routes.

These terrorist groups, or sleeper cells, include people who speak Arabic, Spanish and Hebrew and, for the most part, arouse no suspicion in their communities.

"It is very likely that any future 'September 11th' type of terrorist event in the United States may be facilitated, wittingly or unwittingly, by drug traffickers operating on both sides of the United States-Mexico border," the DEA report says.

Rep. Ed Royce of California, ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs terrorism and nonproliferation subcommittee, said the DEA document substantiates information that his committee has been given in the past year.

"Hearings I held in Laredo [Texas] last year and this DEA report show that our southern border is a terrorist risk," Mr. Royce said. "Law enforcement has warned that people from Arab countries have crossed the border and adopted Hispanic surnames. The drug cartels have highly sophisticated smuggling and money-laundering networks, which terrorists could access."

Garrison K. Courtney, spokes- man for the DEA, would not comment on the document. However, he said that the DEA, which has only 5,000 active agents worldwide, is sharing information with other U.S. intelligence agencies and working closely with local law enforcement.

"We focus on drugs, but we keep our eyes open for any connection that can aid our other partners in law enforcement," Mr. Courtney said. "Everything we do relies on our ability to gather intelligence. We have said for years that there are shades of gray in the organizations we're dealing with. Intelligence requires us to look at the whole picture. Realistically to leave out a certain set of dots could be a huge mistake."

Since the report was written, other DEA intelligence officials have said they are still struggling to cooperate with and share and gather information from other lead U.S. agencies charged with fighting the war on terrorism.

Lack of information sharing between U.S. intelligence agencies is creating a blind spot in the war on terror and has left the U.S. vulnerable to another attack, the report states.


"We are the eyes and ears when it comes to gathering intelligence on the cartels and smugglers," said the DEA official. "What we know for sure is that persons associated with terrorist groups have discovered what cartels have known all along — the border is the backdoor into the U.S."

According to a Department of Homeland Security intelligence report, nearly every part of the Border Patrol's national strategy is failing.

"Al Qaeda has been trying to smuggle terrorists and terrorist weapons illegally into the United States," the document states. "This organization has also tried to enter the U.S. by taking advantage of its most vulnerable border areas. The seek to smuggle OTMs [other than Mexicans] from Middle Eastern countries into the U.S."

Peter Brown, terrorism and security consultant, stated that the "biggest element" to the DEA report is the ease with which terrorist cells have taken on new identities.

"The ability for people to completely transform their nationalities absent of their own identities is a dangerous step in the evolution of this cross-border operation," he said. "This is a true threat."

Lending credence to Mr. Brown's concern, an El Paso, Texas, law-enforcement report documents the influx of "approximately 20 Arab persons a week utilizing the Travis County Court in Austin to change their names and driver's licenses from Arabic to Hispanic surnames."

Under the current drug-intelligence collection, analysis and reporting posture, the DEA runs the risk of failing to detect or report the entry of terrorists, weapons of mass destruction or portable conventional weapons into the United States, according to the DEA document.

Many times, smugglers don't know what they are transporting.

"Despite all the pronouncements of the administration that these networks and their funding is being traced," Mr. Brown warned, "progress has been limited, and in certain circles of intelligence, they are nonexistent."

 http://www.washingtontimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070808/NATION/108080088/1001

  This tracks with the Anderson Report on Fox News.........above.

  Eventually, there will be some publicity seeking politico who will hold a Breaking News Story that the Terrorist are coming across the border from Mexico.

  At the same time the Jerkoff of Homeland Security will hold some meaningless news event and announce some total B.S.

  Bottom line - the Terrorists will continue to cross into the U.S. and eventually we will have some horrific event that will cause both the politicos and Jerkoff to have more Breaking News Events to state the obvious.

  Meanwhile - a lot of innocent people will be dead.

  I gets a mite old.

 

 

 

Confessions of a Reformed Republican

  I breathed the proverbial sigh of relief after the 2000 elections. Bill Clinton had just served eight years in the White House and had damaged this country to a degree that is still undisclosed by the liberal media.

  "Plastic Man" Al Gore had come frightenly close replacing Slick Willie at the helm of America's ship of state.

  I was elated that George Bush won. Now the haz-mat teams could disinfect the White House, the bimbos could be swept out and dignity would be restored.

  I wasn't concerned that George Bush violated grammar and habitually made up words. I equated Bush's seeming lack of intellect to that of my brother.

  I have a younger brother who has a speech impediment and severe dyslexia. Those who first meet him immediately come to the conclusion that he is retarded. However, he is extremely bright as discovered by several car salesmen, a stock broker, an IRS Agent, some real estate agents and countless others after their having walked away dazed from trying to take advantage of a stupid, illiterate man. My brother owes no man a dime, has no mortgage, car payments or other monthly payments, except ordinary utility fees. He lives quite comfortably on money and investments he made entirely by himself.

  So, I figured George Bush is an extremely intelligent man despite appearances. After all, he had been governor of Texas.

  Bush, in my opinion, has miserably failed the American people. He has proven himself to be an arrogant dim bulb and after the bright bulbs, (like Colin Powell) bailed, Bush stands surrounded by even dimmer bulbs. (E.G. Chertoff, Aguilar, Gonzalez and bunch). Bush speaks about this being a nation of laws, yet he refuses to enforce Article IV, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution (secure the borders); he refuses to enact the Country of Origin Labels required by law over 5 years ago, the FDA is totally gutted and inept DHS can't keep top level managers; the FAA computers are dangerously outdated, foreign governments dictate U.S. policies, NAFTA, CAFTA, WTO and U.S. trade policies are bankrupting the country, the national debt rises exponentially and the U.S. dollar is losing to all but the Third World currencies. Then we have Katrina and "Brownie you are doing a good job."

  Bush has become the most inept President ever, with the possible exception of Jimmy Carter, and Jimmy Carter wasn't as dangerous as Bush. Bush is threatening our way of life by picking and choosing which laws he wants to ignore just as a dictator would.

  In addition, there is Iraq. I confess that I was in favor of taking out Saddam. Once that was done, Bush should have brought our troops back and let the Shiites, Wahabis, Sunnis and the whole Muslim world settle their differences. Those differences are going to be settled whether we are there or not. Instead, Bush is wasting American lives and capital trying to set up democracy in a region where democracy is not wanted, nor is it compatible with Islam. Islam is fundamentally a system of governance. True, they worship a god, bow to Mecca 5 times a day and all that, but it is fundamentally a system of governance. When democracy and Islam collide, one always loses.

  I got a queasy feeling during the capture of Baghdad. I watched looters on T.V. running amuck as U.S. soldiers stood by and watched it happen.

I think when Bush stood on the deck of an aircraft carrier under a banner that read "Mission Accomplished" and announced that major hostilities had ended his naiveté' was epitomized to the world.

  I spoke with a retired U.S, Army Colonel a while back who has been to all the War Colleges our government has to offer. In addition, he speaks Arabic, Spanish and German. He served in the Middle East for many years. I asked him what it is about International Law that requires the United States to rebuild Iraq and set up a democratic form of government. The Colonel told me that there is no such requirement, and could not explain militarily why the U.S. didn't just take out Saddam, and withdraw.

  Now, Bush is occupied with Iraq, ignoring domestic issues, trying to set up the Security and Prosperity Partnership, pushing the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas, allowing China to export poisons to us, allowing Latin America to get cozy with dictators; allowing corporations to violate our laws, exporting jobs, and shafting middle America. I was under the naive impression that our government works for us. The two major parties are controlled by the same interests. Those interests need only buy a majority of both houses and they get their way no matter what. Laws don't get enforced and Bush does his kabuki dance, while John Q. Citizen gets raped by corporate interests, foreign governments and ethnic whores.

  Our only peaceful means of redress is in the political arena. When our politicians ignore us and pay homage to special interests, we are doomed as a nation of international statue.

  What can we do?

  This is a conundrum that gives me troubled sleep.

  In a country where 50% voter turnout is considered exceptional, we are doomed. The average American must get out and vote. Too many of us mindlessly vote for the "R" or the "D" simply for "party unity" without regard for anything else. Others vote for the lesser of two evils, (I am guilty of that). A vote for the lesser evil is still a vote for evil.

  This society has degenerated to a general condition in which the political candidate with the most money wins.

  Why?

  Because voters are not paying attention and because of misguided party loyalty.

  Why be loyal to a party that is beholden to those who have no loyalty to you?

  Because I feel disenfranchised, I re-registered as an Independent. In my state an Independent can vote in either primary. This is a good thing.

  I am not about to tell you how to vote. I can tell you how I am going to vote. I will no longer vote for evil. If the two candidates are not satisfactory, I will write in a candidate of my choice. In this age of the "New Media" consisting of instantaneous communication via the internet and email, anybody can organize an effective write-in campaign. There is no longer the necessity of being able to buy expensive radio, T.V. and newspaper ads. Web sites are relatively cheap to set up. All necessary information can be posted and updated as appropriate. People can campaign for their candidate from their computer desk and via telephone.

  We must break the succession of candidates who sucker the votes from the people, take office and then cater to special interests.

  The politicians govern by consent of the people. The people have the power. We must take it back from those who oppress us. If we don't, we are relegated to the rank of subject and not that of free men with inalienable rights. We must wrestle political power from the economically powerful. If not, we become like Mexico and be governed by an oligarchy.

  © 2007 David J. Stoddard - All Rights Reserved

 

Dave Stoddard has lived and worked on the border all his live. He has traveled in Mexico and has friends and family there. Dave lives near the Mexican Border in Cochise County, Arizona. He speaks, reads and writes Spanish fluently.

Mr. Stoddard spent 27 years in the Border Patrol and served in Calexico, California, Vermont, Yuma, Tucson Sector Headquarters and Naco, Arizona. He also worked in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and other locations.

Stoddard provided testimony about immigration reform to Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner's (R-WI) House Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims in 1999 and a Congressional subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources in 2002. He has also been a guest on multiple nationally broadcast Radio and television programs, including Bill O'Reilly's "The Factor."

E-mail: diogenes@theriver.com

http://www.newswithviews.com/Stoddard/david9.htm

 

  I, like many others, no longer identify myself as a Republican, but as an Independent. 

  I can best be painted as a conservative.  I despise Bush and the weak, cowardly, greedy GOP - Mad McCain, Caspar Milquetoast Kyl .... and the craven likes of Homeland Security Secretary Chertoff and Border Patrol Chief Aguilar who both refuse to obey our laws - just like our president. 

  The liberal Democrat quitters who would sacrifice the nation's honor and our culture for self-serving political gain are no better. 

  We have a problem. 

  In fact, neither of the two major parties properly represent the the average American citizen voter. 

  The good news is that most Americans know that and are also shifting away from the both political parties to an Independent status.

  The winner of the 2008 Presidential Election will not be the candidate who presents him or herself as any of of our currently corrupted two major party's best flag bearer.

  The winner will be that candidate who best represents the core values of the average American or Joe Six-Pack.

   We truly live in interesting times.

 

 

 

THE AWAKENING OF JOE SIX-PACK

 

 

By David J. Stoddard

www.NewsWithViews.com

 

 

  I have been talking about Joe Six-pack for years. Joe is the average American. Joe lives in a three-bedroom tract home in the suburbs. He is married with three kids. Joe commutes 50 miles everyday to work. His wife also works, she has to help pay the mortgage and make the car payments.

  When Joe gets home from work, he opens a beer, sits in his easy chair in front of the T.V. and watches Jeopardy until the evening news. For the evening news he watches NBC, ABC or CBS, as his wife prepares dinner. After dinner, Joe falls asleep in his recliner.

  Every day is the same. Joe and his wife rarely go out. Every day they go to work. They sleep in on Saturday. Joe does his yard work and putters around his garage on weekends.

  A few years ago, when Joe was one of the first buyers in the tract home subdivision, Joe noticed that the construction workers across the street and down the block spoke only Spanish. He was mildly irritated at the loud Mexican music that could be heard from the construction workers all around the area. When the subdivision sold out, he ignored the place a few doors down which had several families living in it. Before that there were 15 or more adult Spanish speaking males who parked cars on what used to be the lawn, had loud drunken parties on Friday and Saturday nights and converted the two car garage into what appeared to be an apartment.

  Joe and his wife were very busy trying to raise their kids and pay the bills on time. Joe was uncaring who or what got elected to office. He usually made up his mind who to vote for on Election Day, if he voted at all. He figured all politicians are liars and if they take office as honest men, lobbyists and "special" interests soon changed all that.

  Joe led a "typical" life and he was contemptuous of politics and politicians.

  Joe's oldest son had a bicycle accident and had to take him to the emergency room with a cut lip. Joe waited for 6 hours behind a line of Spanish speakers with fevers, running noses and tummy aches.

  Then Joe's wife escaped serious injury at a red light after being rear ended by a speeding, drunken, uninsured illegal alien with no driver license.

  Joe received a notice from the Country Assessor informing his that his property tax would be raised by $400 a year to support the County Hospital District.

  Then, while watching the news last year, Joe saw aerial footage from a news helicopter showing what appeared to be hundreds of thousands of people waiving foreign flags and showing contempt for the American flag, by spitting upon it, burning it and flying it upside down. These people were demanding instant legalization with all the benefits of American citizenship after having sneaked into this country.

  Joe sat up and took notice. He connected the dots. Joe had been putting off buying a computer intending to eventually get one to keep better track of the family finances, so Joe bought a computer and went on the internet. He enjoyed it more than he thought he would and soon discovered internet sites with information and news that wasn't on what he found out is called "the drive-by media". Joe lost interest in Jeopardy and started spending his evenings sending and receiving emails and visiting conservative news sites. Joe found out that there is a world of news that he didn't know about that the main stream media ignored. And, while driving to work, he accidentally tuned to a talk radio show and liked it. Joe discovered the "New Media".

  (If you want to know more about the new media, go to www.azanderson.org and read about it).

  Joe was becoming socially conscious and aware that the United States is in economic, social and cultural trouble.

  Joe awakened to the realization that the future of his children looked bleak. He realized that neither Republicans nor Democrats have his interests at heart.

  Joe tuned in and paid attention. He discovered that the details of the Bush/Kennedy/Kyl give-away were not available in the mainstream media. Instead of the facts, mainstream media played stories of poor victims of our "broken immigration laws" who had to walk across a desert and about Jose who opened a business selling tacos because he didn't have a social security card.

  Joe called his Representatives and his Senators. He sent faxes, made telephone calls and sent letters.

  Joe woke from his social slumber and demanded representation.

  Joe registered as an Independent. He realized that both Republicans and Democrats are loyal to the party, and not to the people. He realized that the American political machines are puppets of the ethnic whores, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Mexican Government and the corporate masters who don't give a rat's patootie about national sovereignty, patriotism or anything except profits.

  The days of America's opinion and politics being shaped by mainstream media, liberal spin doctors, and deceitful greedy politicians are over. The typical American has awakened and taken action. We will pay attention to what our "leaders' are doing and saying.

  The internet and talk radio shows give us a perspective we have never had before.

  Politicians are scared. They will be held accountable. There will not be a revived "Fairness Doctrine". There will be no mass amnesty. The people demand representation. They demand action, not just promises. We demand results.

  We are taking our country back. The Constitution works. We will vote in 2008. We will vote with a patriotic disregard for party affiliation. If traitors like Lindsey Graham,   John McCain and Jon Kyl have no opponents, we will write in a suitable candidate. If there are no acceptable candidates, write in Mickey Mouse. Show our corrupt politicians that we have had enough.

  Joe Six-pack has awakened. There are millions of Joe Six-packs. We will take back America. It may take 2 or 3 more election cycles, but we are taking back our democratic republic. We'll make it once again, a government by the people, for the people.

  © 2007 David J. Stoddard - All Rights Reserved

 

  Dave Stoddard has lived and worked on the border all his live. He has traveled in Mexico and has friends and family there. Dave lives near the Mexican Border in Cochise County, Arizona. He speaks, reads and writes Spanish fluently.

  Mr. Stoddard spent 27 years in the Border Patrol and served in Calexico, California, Vermont, Yuma, Tucson Sector Headquarters and Naco, Arizona. He also worked in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and other locations.

  Stoddard provided testimony about immigration reform to Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner's (R-WI) House Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims in 1999 and a Congressional subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources in 2002. He has also been a guest on multiple nationally broadcast Radio and television programs, including Bill O'Reilly's "The Factor."

E-mail: diogenes@theriver.com

 http://www.newswithviews.com/Stoddard/david8.htm

  Dave Stoddard has been an expert on Illegal Alien Immigration and Border Issues for many years.  He is a regular on numerous radio shows nationwide.

  His outstanding articles, while printed and read throughout the land, are not usually printed locally because the local newspaper is owned and run by the Liberal Main Media (Old Media). 

  The value of the New Media is that it brings to the public -- The Rest of the Story.

  Dave brings to the public a refreshing, clear and truthful account of what is really going on.

  The Anderson Report is honored to present Dave Stoddard's work and strongly recommends the following list of Dave's articles: 

 

 

 

 

Corridor of Killing - Terror on the Border -- A  review of what is going on, and on, and on, and on........

 

The rash of bloody violence is taking lives on both sides of the border - and it is growing -

even if not widely reported by the Main Media.

 

  HERMOSILLO, SONORA, MEXICO --The killers wrapped the cop's head in silver duct tape, using a knife to plant a message in his chest. As a final touch, they left a hand grenade by the corpse--a calling card, of sorts.

  Three hours north, another group of killers hunted drug mules and migrant smugglers in the hills of Santa Cruz County, Arizona. There was a heavy U.S. response--armored agents and Blackhawk helicopters descended on them near Sonoita. A group of five killers was found three days later--but yet another hit went down close to Pima County, Arizona.

  It was calm for a few weeks; cops started thinking they may have finished the group off. Then the hunters killed again, this time near Green Valley, just south of Tucson, Arizona.

 Years of federal neglect of the Arizona border have compromised the line. Killings are spilling out of control, hit men moving in to fill the gaps left by American law enforcement.

  The recent violence started with a power grab, one gang of narco-traffickers overtaking another. Some say it's a settling of accounts coming to pass from two years ago, when someone picked a fight in a little town in southern Sonora, where large narco-cowboys were drinking good Don Julio tequila and packing machine guns. Or, some say, it started in the boardroom of the most powerful drug cartel in the world, south of there, in verdant, seductive, vicious Sinaloa. The trafficking groups reached an agreement; someone had to die for drawing too much heat to the drug-smuggling route.

  Whatever the cause, this is the fact: Narco-traffickers have been wiping out cops and cartel figures in Sonora, while rip-off groups from Phoenix and Sinaloa--carrying AK-47s and cell phones--are camping out in the mountains of Southern Arizona searching for loads of illegal immigrants and narcotics like modern-day highwaymen. The Mexicans call them bajadores.

  Meanwhile, the United States government--and to a certain extent, the Sonoran government--are putting a positive spin on the murders. The message from the United States: The greedy smugglers are feeling frustrated, turning on each other like starved rats. We're gaining operational control of the border, they say.

  In the provincial capital of Hermosillo, Sonora, Gov. Eduardo Bours refers to the Sonora homicides as a "cockroach effect," blaming thugs from other parts of Mexico scattering to Sonora, chased away by an increasing military crackdown in that country.

  This is a story about what the government doesn't say--what's left out of the conversation when we talk about border enforcement.

 

  IN ARIZONA

  The bandidos believe that it's actually easier to hit on the U.S. side than on the Mexican side.  The closer you get to the border-  the border is actually erased and becomes a new territory, and mass chaos exists. This is the primary reason that today's trafficking has changed from storing or staging at the border. Instead, it makes its trek north and is immediately crossed, causing problems on the U.S. side.

  Three of the reported hits this year took place in Santa Cruz County, leaving two drug smugglers dead and as many as 14 migrants and smugglers wounded, reports show. In two other instances, federal Special Response Teams captured a total of seven Sinaloan bandits carrying weapons and cell phones, camping out in the desert and waiting for drug loads to snatch.

 The murders and rip-offs have scattered throughout Arizona, from Santa Cruz County up to Phoenix. Consider the most recent cases drawn from Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department reports:

Jan. 29: A group of five armed Sinaloans were arrested in a cave near Patagonia, Ariz.

"They had weaponry; they had cell phones. The cell phones we caught from those guys matched the cell phones of the two caught the week before," said Santa Cruz County Lt. Raul Rodriguez.

Jan. 26: Two Sinaloans carrying AK-47s were arrested in Aliso Springs Canyon.

Jan. 15: A group of nine Mexican drug smugglers were shot by bajadores with AK-47s. Two of the drug smugglers die.

Dec. 13, 2006: A Santa Cruz County deputy patrolling near Peck Canyon Road found an illegal immigrant, Jorge Luna. Luna told the deputy his group was shot at, then a man yelled at them to leave the area or they would be killed. Luna and his group hid in the bushes.

A shout in the night as the killers found them again: "So, you don't want to leave, cabrones." More shots; the group scattered. Nobody knows what happened to the rest of the group.

Dec. 10, 2006: Bajadores shot an illegal immigrant an inch below the ribcage. He survived. Jesus Molina and eight others had crossed through Sasabe towards Interstate 19. The smugglers hid in the mountains west of I-19 and found them.

Dec. 6, 2006: Border Patrol agents in a helicopter found an illegal immigrant near Interstate 19 with blood streaming down his leg. He'd been shot in the femur.

Sept. 2, 2006: A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement transport van is shot on Interstate 19.

  It was one of three in a convoy. When the agents arrived at Tucson International Airport, they noticed the bullet hole on the cargo bay door, right side.

 

  Then the killings moved north to Pima County:

  March 30: Two illegal immigrants were killed southwest of Green Valley. Again, the two men arrested in connection with that killing were from Sinaloa.

 A Border Patrol helicopter found their campsite, which was stocked with rifles and night-vision equipment. A group of men ran away as the chopper approached; a third man was later arrested. The suspects told sheriff investigators they were hired in Sinaloa to rip off drug loads, said Sheriff Clarence Dupnik.

 Feb. 8: Three illegal immigrants were killed when the bajadores opened fire on their vehicle near Silverbell Mine Road. Fifteen to 20 illegal immigrants were in the vehicle.

 

  And in Pinal County:

Jan. 27: A U.S. resident, David Norris Jr., from Eloy, was killed after a rip-off crew in a white van attacked the load of illegal immigrants in the car he was driving. A 12-year-old boy in the car was shot in the leg. Survivors told investigators three white men and one Hispanic did the shooting. The killers spoke poor Spanish and wore military-style berets and camouflage clothing. Investigators still don't know if Norris was a smuggler.

Finally, these incidents were listed in a report prepared by Immigration and Customs Enforcement re Maricopa County:

March 7: Fifteen illegal immigrants were kidnapped at gunpoint after their vehicle was forced off the road near Warner Road in Maricopa County.

Feb. 28: The Phoenix Police Department told ICE two smugglers and 10 illegal immigrants were taken hostage, but were released after paying a fee.

Feb. 20: Two trucks forced a vehicle carrying illegal immigrants off the road in Chandler. Armed men kidnapped the driver and his load of people.

Feb. 19: Twenty-one illegal immigrants were found in a drop house in Maricopa County. They told the ICE agents they were taken by force.

  At no time has Arizona had so many federal agents working here. But these agents' focus is on operations, with few resources thrown to intelligence. The federal agencies don't understand what is happening. The tendency is to react only to events they know about, not seeing the storm moving in, experts say.

  

The Border Patrol reports a 14 percent drop in apprehensions compared to last year--about 25 percent less than two years ago. But those numbers are misleading, because they don't show how many people attempted to cross, only how many arrests were made. The same person can be arrested 10 times, accounting for 10 arrests.

"They don't track the number of actual crossers. There's really no will to do that, because it would just alarm the American public," says T.J. Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol Council, the agency's union.

  Meanwhile, the Drug Enforcement Administration, whose agents gather intelligence from south of the border--putting two and two together when executions go down and coordinating with Mexican law enforcement--has been cut back.

  Consider this bit of news from the DEA's own Web site:

"The Drug Enforcement Administration is currently experiencing a hiring freeze for all positions. As a result, DEA is not accepting applications for Special Agent positions at this time. It is not presently known when the freeze will be lifted. It is anticipated, however that the freeze, which began August 11, 2006, will last over a year and possibly until sometime in 2008."

  The FBI, which also places agents along the border to investigate narco-trafficking and government corruption, had to limit its hirings and recruitings through January, until Congress passed its 2007 budget and allocated funds to the agency.

  "There's a problem here," says Michael Vigil, former international operations chief for the DEA and a former agent in Hermosillo. "Intelligence drives operations, and without that intel, you're missing interdictions; you're not coordinating with Mexican law enforcement; and you can't build that broad platform you need to conduct successful operations."

 

  IN SONORA, MEXICO

  The killers came from Tamaulipas, south of Texas--Gulf Cartel hit men. The note they planted in the aforementioned dead cop's chest read: "Our fight isn't with the government; it's with Arturo Beltrán Leyva and La Barbie. All the city and state police who work with them are going to die."

  Beltrán Leyva is the little-known boss of the Sinaloa Federation, that conglomerate of narco-trafficking figures that includes Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán and Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada. The federation and the Gulf Cartel have been embroiled in a war since 2003.

  That drug war has encompassed most of the Mexico border states, as well as Guerrero and Michoacán. Sonora, by longstanding agreement amongst the Sinaloa drug lords, was left alone--until now.

  "La Barbie," Edgar Valdez Villarreal, is Beltran Leyva's Texan hit man. A three-year-old indictment sits in U.S. District Court for Valdez; he's wanted on suspicion of marijuana smuggling. Since the indictment, he's taken to Mexico, where he heads a group of hit men.

  Publicly, the Sonoran Attorney General's Office says the note was unsigned, anonymous. But homicide investigators say it contained at least 10 names of police officers throughout Sonora who were targeted for execution, and that it was signed by a wanted fugitive, Francisco Hernandez Garcia, aka "El Dos Mil," who rose to power by eliminating the established Sonoran narco-families.

  "He terrified the police, and that is not easily done," says a lawyer with the Mexican Federal Attorney General's Office in Hermosillo, who asked that his name not be used, because he's not allowed to speak to the media.

  The connections between the families are tenuous even during the best of times. Hernandez engineered a coup of sorts, betraying the Enriquez Parra family and taking over the Sonora-Arizona drug corridors.

  The Enriquez family called themselves Los Numeros, The Numbers.

  According to a report written by the political espionage arm of the Mexican government, the Center for Investigations and National Security, Los Numeros was the go-to gang for drug trafficking into Arizona. In 2002, they killed an Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument ranger, Kris Eggle, while trying to escape Sonoran police.

A narco-corrido describes them better:

Poncho came from Jalisco,
The others came from Sonora,
The Nine, the Seven and the Ten,
and Chapo, they no reign.

  But the Enriquez brothers are mostly dead now. Their last strongman, Wenceslao Terán, "El 24," was the last to go, shot six times with an AK-47 on March 10.

  "He hired eight assassins from Tamaulipas, to conduct the killings," the federal lawyer said. They were Zetas, deserters from Mexican army Special Forces, the hired killers of the Gulf Cartel.

  Drawn from Sonora State Police reports:

March 22: Federal Preventive Police officer Gustavo Vega Rendón was gunned down in Cananea. He was transported to Tucson, where he died a week later.

March 21: Federal Preventive Police officer Jorge Luis Borquez Garcia is killed in his Grand Cherokee in Hermosillo.

March 12: Two agents from the Federal Investigations Agency (the Mexican FBI equivalent), loaded up with cocaine, are arrested after they fire on a police station in Hermosillo. City cops arrested them along with a hired strongman and five hookers. But a federal judge dropped the charges against the federal agents. He gave no reason.

March 10: Police officer Nelson Nicolás Chacón Martínez was found strangled in Hermosillo.

March 6: Police officer Hero Arturo Gálvez Acosta was found with a note nailed to his chest in Hermosillo.

March 6: Federal Preventive Police officer Aldo Guzmán Palafox was gunned down while driving through Cananea.

March 5: A state police officer, Héctor Castelo Arenas, was killed at point-blank range in the parking lot of the prosecutor's office in downtown Hermosillo. More than a month would pass before state investigators admitted the killer was a deserter from the Mexican army's Special Forces.

March 2: State police officer Raúl Bojórquez was executed as he drove through Hermosillo.

Feb. 28: A group of hit men killed off-duty federal Preventive Police officer Miguel Ángel Mora in Magdalena de Kino.

Feb. 26: A group used 10 cop-killer bullets to execute Agua Prieta Police chief Ramón Tacho Verdugo outside his office.

Feb. 8: A city cop, César Ernesto Domínguez, and a former cop, Iván Valenzuela Córdova, were found with gunshot wounds to the head in Caborca.

It's tough being a cop in Sonora these days.

Semi-trucks rumbled past a rest stop on Highway 15, near Guaymas, Sonora, their jake-brakes groaning as they gathered speed, heading north with goods bound for the United States. The smell of smoldering carne asada lingered in the humid, late-March air.

  Carlos Maytorena, a police officer in nearby Empalme for five years, was a little worried but nonchalant about his fears, he says, explaining the life of a Mexican cop.

  "If you don't get involved, you have nothing to worry about, but man, is it stressful."

  Shortly after the note appeared on the cop's chest in Hermosillo, his police department got a call.

  "They said, 'We're coming for two of you fuckers. You know who you are,'" he said. The next day, all the bulletproof vests were gone. Seven cops have already resigned from his police department--fleeing, some to the United States, he said.

  His 12-year-old daughter started asking him to quit his job, and sometimes, he thinks his old Pepsi-Cola delivery gig wasn't so bad. It paid less, but "you sure didn't face these problems," he said.

  The state government has minimized the violence.

  In Hermosillo, the governor has been critical of media reports tying all the killings together into a pattern of violence.

  José Larrinaga, spokesman for the Sonoran Attorney General's Office says the media reports of a "wave of violence" in the state are inaccurate. Some of those killings were not related to organized crime, he said. He referred to two particularly gruesome homicides in Hermosillo this month where the victims were decapitated.

  "Those killings were related to local narcotics distributors and had nothing to do with the murders of those police officers," he said.

  The execution of Agua Prieta (across from Douglas, Arizona) police chief Tacho in February remains a mystery.

  "Sometime before he was killed, Tacho approached the Douglas Police Department trying to reach out to the FBI," said a DEA agent, speaking on condition of anonymity. "He had information to give them, but we don't know what it was."

  Port inspectors arrested his brother, Roberto, four days later, at the Naco port of entry (just south of Bisbee, Arizona), carrying 59 pounds of marijuana. His wife and children were in the car with him. He was chief of police in neighboring Naco until Feb. 1, when he resigned for personal reasons.

  The job of police chief in Naco isn't very popular. His was the 10th resignation in the past three years.

  Agua Prieta Mayor Antonio Cuadras doesn't have much to offer on the murder of his police chief. He said he has no idea who killed Tacho or why. He adds that state prosecutors advised him against hiring Tacho as police chief last September, but they wouldn't tell him why.

 

  Meanwhile, the violence continues.

  Two hand grenades were thrown at the offices of the State Preventive Police in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.

  Then, just after midnight, a newspaper reporter, Saul Noé Martinez, was kidnapped by a group of men carrying AK-47s. Martinez worked for Interdiario, a semimonthly newspaper in Agua Prieta.

  Martinez reportedly ran into a police station for help. Two men came in after him and dragged him away. Police found 230 grams of uncut cocaine and 27 9 mm rounds in his 1995 Chevrolet Suburban.

  And so it continues...........

full text at http://www.tucsonweekly.com/gbase/Currents/Content?oid=95071

 

   You don't read or hear much about this in the Main Media - or Old Media - as I call it.

   If you don't know about it you won't get upset and you might just let all manner of lax border enforcement actions continue ...

   Like -- Where is the fence?  Fence? What fence? 

   Aw shucks -- they're just looking for jobs .... you know ... jobs that Americans won't do ..... blah, blah, blah........

   And Bush and Bunch and the Department of Homeland Insecurity can continue to spin, and waffle and just stumble along -- doing little to solve the border security problem that could just end up killing you and/or your kids.

   But, now you know about it -- the New Media is getting the word out .. and the citizenry is just a little miffed.

  

 

 

 The Shift in Governance Away from Washington to States, Counties, Towns and People

 

 Concerned citizen groups multiply in Battle Against Illegal Immigration

Citizens see they can make a difference.


  Recent lobbying by grass-roots organizations to force tougher enforcement of immigration laws in Prince William and Loudoun counties is inspiring similar groups to form in other Virginia localities and even across the state line in Maryland. 

                                                                                                              This is a harbinger of things happening nationwide.



  Residents concerned about the negative effects of illegal aliens recently formed several chapters of the umbrella group Help Save Virginia.

  These include Help Save Herndon and concerned residents from Annandale, Culpeper and Henrico Counties are showing interest also.

 
There's the old saying: Think globally, act locally.

  Grass roots efforts of Help Save Manassas were instrumental in drumming up support for a resolution county officials adopted that restricts public services for illegal aliens.

  The group played a very large role in the illegal immigration crackdown that the board is pursuing. They played a very helpful role in providing some of the research for the measures that the board took and they were also effective at generating public interest and turnout.

  The resolution requires police officers to ask about immigration status in all arrests if there is probable cause to believe that a suspect has violated federal immigration law. The resolution also requires county staff to verify a person's legal status before providing certain public services.

  Help Save Loudoun and Help Save Herndon groups held public forums for residents, candidates and elected officials.

  Help Save Herndon helped organize a chapter in Maryland, which has scheduled a protest at a taxpayer-funded day-labor center.

  Help Save Herndon successfully lobbied for town police to become the first locality in the region to receive immigration-enforcement training under an agreement with the Department of Homeland Security. Officers completed training last month.

  Local action is motivated by frustration with federal inaction on immigration reform and by the desire to make a difference in the local community.


Full text at http://www.washingtontimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070721/METRO/107210052/1001

  While Washington fiddles and farts the States, Counties and Towns will get the job done on their own.

  The courts will be unable to stop the will of the people.

  This wonderful news is NOT being reported by the Old Media -- you have dig it out of the Info Glut and irrelevant trash bombarding the citizenry daily.

 

 

 

The Ticking China Bomb

 
Think it’s just food? Think again. Many critical products could fall prey to China’s erratic production system.

 American leaders are finally starting to recognize how domestic businesses – especially manufacturers – and workers are threatened by predatory Chinese competition.

Some now understand how U.S. national security is threatened by massive transfers of cutting-edge militarily relevant technology to this emerging, secretive giant.

Now Americans are seeing that their economy depends heavily on products from a country lacking any foundation stones of a culture of consumer safety.



  Mounting consumer fears and official outrage about dangerous Chinese ingredients in American food and drug product markets have clearly thrown multinational manufacturers for a loop.

  Are American producers of capital goods and high tech products next? In particular, is the recall of 450,000 defective Chinese-made tires ordered by Washington the first sign of a full-blown China-gate scandal over more advanced manufactures?

  So far, the portents are mixed. But like the food and drug mess, the tire recall is a timely reminder of the costs and risks to the United States and the world of policies that have suddenly and indiscriminately opened global markets to China.

  And the situation won’t change significantly any time soon, whether the problem is general regulatory backwardness, a corrupt legal system, a lack of strong, independent restraints on state and corporate power, or the sheer magnitude of monitoring a vast, dynamic industrial complex.

  Of course, Americans could wind up shrugging off today’s China product horror stories. They certainly have in the past. After all, Americans keep buying Chinese-made consumer electronic products whose extension cords overheat and spark and whose batteries explode and ignite, Chinese-made toys loaded with lead, Chinese-made batteries and pajamas that burn, Chinese-made infant seats that fall apart, and on and on. In 2000, a defective Chinese-made part was even implicated in the crash of an Alaska Airlines jet. Nor do the revelations of the last few weeks represent the first Chinese food scare to hit the Unite States.

  Nonetheless, China-related fears could easily one day undermine consumer confidence in America’s core manufacturing sectors. For one big new wrinkle supercharging today’s food and drug alarms is increasingly present in capital-intensive and high tech U.S. industries – surging usage of Chinese intermediate and other producer goods.

  Most Americans (including a depressing number of policymakers) still mistakenly dismiss U.S. imports of Chinese goods as consisting overwhelmingly of labor-intensive garments or trinkets.

  Imagine consumer reactions to learning that Chinese-made parts and components make up more and more of their automobiles, aircraft, communications networks, infrastructure systems, heavy appliances, and factories themselves in the form of industrial machinery of all types. And imagine the shock value of finding out about multinationals’ plans to boost levels of Chinese content much higher.

  China’s presence in core manufacturing remains small but the growth rates are stunning. For example, original research by the U.S. Business and Industry Council shows that, in 1997 (the first year that Washington’s new North American Industry Classification System for slicing and dicing the economy came into use), tires made in China represented just under one percent of the U.S. market. By 2005 (the latest year for which such figures can be calculated), that level had jumped ten-fold. Chinese-made braking systems increased their share of U.S. consumption from 0.7 percent to 3.26 percent during this period.

  The Chinese presence in aircraft parts is still infinitesimal. But 3.61 percent of all ball bearings sold in America in 2005 were Chinese made, up from 2.21 percent in 1997. For metal-cutting machine tools, the figures were 1.29 percent to 3.61 percent, for a catch-all category of electronic components, 8.62 percent to 24.93 percent, and the same trends can be seen in literally dozens of other sectors.

  Multinational companies, moreover, insist that we ain’t seen nothin’ yet. In 2002, GE chief Jeffrey Immelt announced that the huge conglomerate would be sourcing $5 billion from China by 2005. Two years ago, Boeing unveiled its intention to procure $750 million worth of Chinese parts through 2010, and Airbus, which sells robustly to the U.S. market, will soon be assembling jetliners in China and is increasing parts procurement in the PRC as well Late last year, Ford revealed that the company’s procurement of Chinese parts would nearly double from 2005's level of $1.6-$1.7 billion, and GM has announced similar plans.

  Business leaders often point out (correctly) that products Made in the USA are hardly free of defects or dangers. They also observe (correctly) that products made in most foreign-owned or affiliated Chinese factories are held to the same standards as goods made anywhere else by these companies, including the United States. Any other approach, they contend, would jeopardize the integrity of their brands.

  A cynic would add (also correctly) that multinational companies in core manufacturing sectors are often protected by their concentration in intermediate goods production. Because individuals consume such products only indirectly, they rarely think about country of origin, and if they did, Washington mandates little, if any, disclosure.

  At the same time, so much can go wrong with the comforting picture of manufacturing in China drawn by off-shoring companies. For example, the relentless commoditization of even sophisticated manufactures puts the spotlight on cost cutting and thus raises the pressure to farm out work to largely anonymous Chinese or other Asian subcontractors with no brand vulnerability – and to look the other way at low quality. Meanwhile, weak intellectual property protection and the scale of supply chains, plus continuing pressure from the Chinese government to share technology with Chinese partners, greatly multiply the chances of using knock-offs.

  As with the food and drug scare, given the enormous inroads made in our economy by products from China (and other regulation-light countries), the best and most practical American response would be detailed labeling requirements. These would enable consumers to know exactly what they are buying, and to decide how much bargains from problem countries are really worth. Such a genuinely free market approach, relying on information and the pricing mechanism, would also enable producers to adjust most efficiently to evolving consumer tastes and behavior.

  Some companies, Tyson Foods and Colgate-Palmolive, are already publicizing some China sourcing information and changes in their own procurement policies to allay consumer fears. But truly comprehensive data is needed, not selective disclosures – and for every product sold in the United States

  Indeed, this could and should be the most far-reaching and welcome consequence of the current Chinese food and drug scares. They could generate the political will to force open corporate books and at long last reveal to Americans exactly how much and what kind of production and jobs have been sent to China and other foreign countries. With the multinationals' monopoly on off-shoring information broken, the nation could finally weigh the pluses and minuses of Washington's China and globalization policies with precision and intelligence.



Alan Tonelson is a Research Fellow at the U.S. Business and Industry Council Educational Foundation in Washington, D.C.

A contributor to the Council’s AmericanEconomicAlert.org website,

he is also a consultant to CNN anchor Lou Dobbs and the author of The Race to the Bottom (Westview Press, 2002).

http://www.usitoday.com/article_view.asp?ArticleID=we09

  The facts in the article are not new - they have been covered extensively in The Anderson Report for years.

  Also the data and associated information are available in many open source locations.

  Again, amidst the mass of InfoGlut that bombards the American citizen each and every day - it is a daunting task to weed out the key and essential.

  The Anderson Report concentrates on the essentials of America's Three Wars currently being fought or in the process of being fought:

    In order of priority......

              1.  The Illegal Immigration War -

              2.  The War Against Islam

              3.  The Coming War with China 

 

 

 

Mexico’s Economy Continues to be Toast

Anything short of a revolution will not fix Mexico

  You’ve heard the argument:

Forget the border fence. Forget self deportation and strict workplace enforcement. They are doomed to fail as long as the economic "push factor" driving illegals to cross the border prevails.

They send us their poor. The poor find work and send money home. The remittances are spent and invested in local businesses, creating jobs and raising income levels. Eventually the income gap between Mexico and its neighbor to the North narrows to the point where emigration is no longer worth the effort.

Economic convergence is the only long-term solution to illegal immigration.

  But converge how?  Does Mexico come up to our economic level—or do we go down to theirs?

  Many economists do believe the emigration/remittance scenario offers the best hope of lifting Mexico’s standard of living closer to our own.

  The only problem: it’s not happening. Record levels of emigration and remittances after 1980 have not arrested a sharp slowdown in the Mexican economy.

  From 1960 to 1980 Mexico enjoyed robust economic growth, with real per capita GDP rising 99 percent. [Mexico’s Presidential Election: Background on Economic Issues By Mark Weisbrot And Luis Sandoval PDF Center for Economic And Policy Research, June 2006.]  The U.S. was a comparative laggard: its GDP per capita grew 63 percent over that period.

  Mexico’s per capita GDP was a mere 34 percent of America’s in 1980. But the gap was narrowing—and illegal immigration was trivial.

  Since 1980 these trends have reversed:

  From 1980 to 2000 Mexico’s per capita GDP grew by 16.7 percent, or by less than a third of the 53 percent growth recorded in the U.S. Over the following five years (2000 to 2005) Mexico was up 4 percent, and the U.S. by 7 percent.

  As a result Mexican per capita GDP slid to 17.8 percent of the U.S. figure in 2005—$7,453 U.S. dollars versus our $41,891—according to the World Bank.

  The GDP gap vastly understates the income disadvantage of the typical border crosser. Forty-seven percent of the Mexican population—48 million people—were poor in 2004, according to Mexican government figures. The official poverty line, defined as the amount needed to cover "basic necessities," is $4.00 per day.

  That’s an abysmal $1,460 per year. And remember: this is the poverty threshold –the income received by the richest of Mexico’s poor.

  Can economic growth make a dent when poverty is this deep and pervasive? Absolutely. China’s poverty rate fell from more than 50 percent in 1981 to about 8 percent in 2000, thanks to per capita growth of almost 8.5 percent per year. Similarly, Vietnam cut its poverty rate in half, from about 58 percent to about 29 percent, by growing at almost 6 percent per year between 1993 and 2002.

  But Mexican poverty is peculiarly intractable because the country’s income distribution—and the fruits of GDP growth—are overwhelmingly skewed towards the rich. A World Bank study finds that, on average, a 1 percent rise in per capita GDP reduces a nation’s poverty rate by about 2.4 percentage points. In Mexico the expected reduction is about half that. [World Bank, "Mexico’s Competitiveness: Reaching Its Potential," August 10, 2006,  PDF]

  Furthermore, by merely crossing the border these folks are eligible for $30,164 of public benefits per household, according to the Heritage Foundation’s Robert Rector. This is an irresistible draw.

  The defeated candidate in Mexico’s last, much-disputed, Presidential election, Lopez Obrador, was a big fan of FDR. He wanted to tax the rich to finance public jobs and income transfers for the poor.

  Any "Mexican New Deal" would probably lower the nation’s per capita GDP growth. But it may raise incomes of those individuals most likely to cross illegally into the U.S. [Using FDR as Model, Presidential Hopeful Out to Build New Deal for Mexico By Manuel Roig-Franzia Washington Post, June 23, 2006

  We should help equalize incentives by reducing the benefits that illegals receive on this side of the border.

Edwin S. Rubenstein (email him) is President of ESR Research Economic Consultants in Indianapolis.

http://www.vdare.com/rubenstein/070718_nd.htm

  Truly, nothing short of a wholesale revolution will fix Mexico's corrupted economy.

  By closing the border, enforcing employer sanctions and causing the Mexican Illegals to self-deport - the needed revolutionary enema will be hastened.

  Otherwise we will have the Mexican Millstone hung around our American necks forever or until we choke to death.

 

 

 

More bad news for journalists in Mexico

  Mexico continues to be a hazardous place for journalists. Numerous Mexican reporters have been kidnapped or killed in recent years and drug cartels have been intimidating the press by sending press releases and forcing them to print the information or else.

This is not good news. Many Mexican media outlets were hopeful that U.S. journalists could print the stories that are too dangerous for them to publish about what’s really happening with the drug cartels.

  Now, U.S. newspapers are starting to receive threats. According to numerous news organizations, at least two Texas newspapers with bureaus in Nuevo Laredo could be in danger.

  An article in Editor and Publisher reports that U.S. authorities have alerted a pair of Texas newspapers to rumors that violent drug trafficking gangs along the Mexican border are targeting a U.S. journalist for death.

  An article from the Houston Chronicle says that members of the Gulf drug-trafficking cartel were said to have originated the threat.

  A story in the San Antonio Express-News reported the threat was first reported to its bureau chief by another federal source last Thursday.

    These recent threats, though, might force U.S. newspapers to pull in the reigns. That’s unfortunate — it’s a bad day for any open society when journalists can’t report the truth.

http://regulus2.azstarnet.com/blogs/borderblog/4876/more-bad-news-for-journalists-south-of-the-border

  The only good news is that the word is getting out about what is NOT getting out.

 

 

 

Mexican Drug Cartels grow pot on US National Forests

 Homeland Security Chief Squats on Ass…

and has ‘gut feelings’ about Al Qaeda.
 


  Marijuana cultivation on public land in the U.S. is a multi-billion-dollar business, run by Mexican drug cartels and guarded by heavily armed members of U.S.-based street gangs and Mexican nationals, says the head of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).

  "Our national treasures are now ground zero for international and domestic drug cultivation and trafficking," said drug czar John P. Walters. "We must push back against the invasion of foreign drug-trafficking organizations through increased law-enforcement collaboration, enhanced intelligence and expanded investigations to reclaim our public lands."

  Mr. Walters made his comments last week during Operation Alesia, a multi-agency marijuana-eradication initiative in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, the largest national forest in California.

  "America's public lands are under attack," Mr. Walters said. "Instead of being appreciated as national treasures, they are being exploited and destroyed by foreign drug-trafficking organizations and heavily armed Mexican marijuana cartels."

  Violent Mexican drug cartels construct, operate and manage 80 percent to 90 percent of all U.S.-based marijuana plantations — most of which are in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Kentucky, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia.

  Those hired to tend and guard them do so with high-tech equipment and state-of-the-art weapons.

  California's public lands are exceptionally vulnerable, adding that nine out of the top 10 marijuana-producing sites are found in that state and that 57 percent of all marijuana produced on public land in the U.S. is grown in California.

  Last year alone, close to 2.8 million outdoor marijuana plants were eradicated in California, including 1.7 million plants from federal and state land, with an estimated street value of $6.7 billion.

  The marijuana plantations also have lead to a litany of problems for outdoor enthusiasts, law-enforcement personnel and the environment, he said. An increasing number of campers, fishermen, hikers, hunters and forest and park officials are being intimidated, threatened or assaulted when they come near a Mexican-run marijuana garden.

  The ecosystems in the nation's forests and parks are also being jeopardized, adding that to establish and maintain a marijuana plantation, the drug cartels must clear-cut native plants and trees, poach and hunt wildlife, and divert natural waterways — all to the detriment of the ecosystems.

  One marijuana garden can produce as much as 53 thirty-gallon bags of trash per season.

  For every acre of forest planted with marijuana, a total of 10 acres are damaged. The service has estimated that it costs $11,000 per acre to repair and restore national forest land once it is contaminated with toxic chemicals and fertilizers, human waste, and irrigation tubing and pipes associated with marijuana cultivation.
 

http://www.washingtontimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070716/NATION/107160060/1001

   This is not a new story - it has been known for years.

  Jerkoff and gang can’t even build a simple fence in the open….

  How can we expect this clown to not get lost in the woods?

  Of note is the fact that we NEVER hear from the eco-nuts about how this is damaging the environment or Bambi, or Thumper or Tweety Bird or the endangered Screw Tailed Butt-Monkey.

 

 

 

YES, THEY WILL SELF-DEPORT

Illegals may flee Arizona to other states

  Illegals are contemplating their fate in Arizona after the governor signed a bill that could put companies out of businesses for hiring them.


  News of the law, believed to be the toughest of its kind in the country, sent a shock wave through the Illegal Alien community. It spread far and fast as illegals braced for the possibility that they may soon lose their jobs if skittish employers begin culling workers wholesale rather than facing the possibility of losing their business licenses, the penalty for a second offense under the measure.

  Instead of waiting for that to happen, many are considering moving to look for work where the climate toward Illegals is less hostile. Others said they planned to wait and see how the law pans out, then decide whether to stay.

  Some are thinking of going to another state, maybe Nevada or Colorado.   They may not find the welcome mat they are expecting. Other states are expected to follow Arizona's lead in passing employer-sanctions laws or other bills to clamp down on illegal immigration out of frustration with Congress' failure to solve the problem.

  Colorado already passed a bill that requires employers to verify the legal status of workers. As a result, labor shortages in some industries that rely on immigrant workers were worsened this year, prompting officials in Colorado to contract with prison inmates to pick crops in some areas.

  Elias Bermudez, president of the group Immigrants Without Borders, said his morning radio show was flooded with calls from illegal immigrants worried about losing their jobs.

  "A lot of people are planning to leave," Bermudez said. "A lot of businesses are in danger of shutting down."

  In response to the law, his organization began telling illegal immigrants, who number about 500,000 in Arizona, not to spend money except on essentials. The organization is also considering launching a work stoppage after Labor Day if the law is still intact then. Gov. Janet Napolitano has suggested that the state Legislature hold a special session to amend flaws in the measure.

  Adrian Holguin, supervisor of the cement crew in Ahwatukee, predicted the new law will worsen labor shortages in Arizona.

  To make his point, Holguin walked from his pickup truck down into a large trench. A four-man crew was laying the footings for the basement of a custom home.

  Holguin said his company is short five workers because finding enough people is a constant struggle. Cement workers start at $10 an hour.

  Holguin, an Illegal from Chihuahua, said the cement company employs 20 workers. All but 5 are illegal.

  The same goes for other companies.  At some, every single one of their workers is illegal.

  Jose, who is from Hermosillo, Sonora, said a brother-in-law decided to put his house on the market and return to Mexico with his family immediately after learning the governor signed the employer-sanctions bill.  The law, along with other attempts to crack down on illegal immigration in Arizona, including police arresting Illegals and stepped-up deportations, had become too much to bear.

 based on http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0704immig0704.html

   So why are they only paying $10 an hour?  Abusive Cheap Labor Bastards !

  Employers who chisel and cheat workers, Illegal or legal, need to be run out of business.  Pay a decent wage and American workers can afford to take the jobs.  If you can’t compete legally – you don’t belong in the business.

  This is a illustration of self-deportation.  Merely enforcing the law will cause a significant number of Illegals to self-deport. 

  As other states follow the Arizona example, Illegals nationwide will find that they have no alternative but to self-deport.  Those who don't can be slowly scarfed up and deported over time - There is no hurry.  Consequently, the situation only gets better with time.

  More and more decent paying jobs will become available to legal immigrants and American workers.

  The big losers are the Cheap Labor Bastards and the Oligarchy in Mexico who will have answer to Mexicans for chasing them north to work for little and send their hard earned wages home to Mexico to fund the Oligarchy -- a vicious cycle of greed and abuse.

 

 

 

 

Illegal Immigration – A quick review

It is important to remind ourselves of the basics.

 

     Do people, anywhere in the world, have a right to enter the United States irrespective of our laws pertaining to immigration? Unless one wishes to obfuscate, there's a simple "yes" or "no" answer to that question.

  If a "yes" answer is given, then why should there be any immigration requirements, such as visas, passports and green cards, for anyone who wishes to visit or reside in our country?     Why not abolish the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services?    Why even have a border?

  If your answer is "no," one does not have a right to enter the U.S. irrespective of our laws, what does that make a person who does so?     Most often we call a person whose behavior violates a law a criminal.       If people commit criminal acts, should there be an effort to apprehend and punish them?                                           The answer can only be Yes

  Many pro-amnesty supporters offer the canard that there are 12 to 20 million illegal immigrants in our country. We cannot keep every illegal immigrant out or expel the ones living here. That might be true, but it is also true that we can't prevent every rape and murder. Does that mean we shouldn't attempt to enforce the laws against rape and murder and try to prosecute the perpetrators?

  In addition to greater efforts to secure our borders, there are several non-rocket-science steps we can take. People who are here illegally should be denied access to any social service such as Medicaid, public education and food assistance programs. An exception might be made for temporary emergency medical treatment. In some cities, such as Los Angeles, police are prohibited from asking people they stop about their immigration status. While state and local police shouldn't be turned into federal agents, they shouldn't knowingly conceal criminal acts.

  The United States is a nation of immigrants from all over the world. The resulting ethnic mosaic goes a long way toward explaining our greatness as a nation. Immigration has always been a blessing for us, and it still is. But yesteryear's immigration and today's differ in several important respects. For the most part, yesteryear's immigrants came here legally. Because there was no welfare state, we were guaranteed that they'd work as opposed to living off the rest of us. Furthermore, they sought to assimilate and adopt our culture and become Americans. That's not so true today, where Hispanic activists seek to impose their language and culture on the rest of us. At some public schools, they've raised the Mexico flag atop the U.S. flag. They've announced that they seek to take back parts of the U.S. that were formerly Mexico.

  Full text at http://www.townhall.com/columnists/WalterEWilliams/2007/07/11/illegal_immigration?page=full&comments=true

  Just to make sure that we understand the basics.

  Yes, it is illegal to illegally enter the U.S.  It is a criminal act.

  Just because 12-20 Million Illegals have illegally entered the U.S. does not make it OK.

  What is it about 'illegal' and 'criminal' that is in question?

 

 

 

Europe's epitaph
 

Surely, many wonder what is going on in England and in Europe ....

Well, believe it not we are witnessing the demise, the collapse of European Western Civilization ... not to war, or Communism or Fascism,

but to Islam

and it is happening without a shot or a fight, but with a slow, silent whimper of whiney weakness.

That is why it's called Old Europe.



   "Is God Dead?" was the famous/infamous Time magazine cover Easter Sunday 1966 that triggered a nationwide firestorm of criticism. Murder threats were commonplace for the self-described "apocalyptic theologian" Thomas Alrizer, a former Emory Professor of Religion, whose Death of God thesis posited God put himself completely into Jesus' body and died when Jesus was crucified.

  More recently, pundit Christopher Hitchins' "God is Not Great: The case Against Religion" unloaded both starboard and port broadside salvos that garnered more claps than boos from book reviewers. His smorgasbord of faiths — "Anglican, educated at a Methodist school, converted by marriage to Greek Orthodoxy... and remarried by a rabbi" — is discarded with fire-and-brimstone atheism. "Papal bull for the nonbeliever," wrote the Guardian's Mary Riddell.

  "The early fathers of faith were living in a time of 'human prehistory,' when no one had any idea of what was going on and God provided as good a back-story as any," Mr. Hitchens argues, but "Now that Darwin has explained our origins and Einstein has charted the beginnings of the cosmos, the excuses for blind faith have evaporated."

  The ranks of believers are still growing in the United States. But European stats make grim reading. Eurobarometer surveys since 1970 in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Italy show regular church attendance fell from about 40 percent of the population to half that figure. The Prague Post said only 19 percent of the Czech Republic's 10.3 million people believe God exists and that more believe in UFOs.

  In a similar vein, historian (20 books) Walter Laqueur's "The Last Days of Europe" writes the "Epitaph for an Old Continent." European churches are empty, mosques are jammed and the blind liberal belief in multiculturalism is a leaky lifeboat in the realpolitik ocean. Islamist extremists, spurning multicultural stratagems for integration, were allowed to proselytize their violent creed with impunity under freedom of speech laws. Communist Party members did their thing in democratic countries, so why not Islamists?

  The devastating September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the U.S. didn't change what European leaders were prone to dismiss as the soapbox rhetoric of Islam's fundamentalists. After all, wasn't multiculturalism absorbing Muslim youth that wasn't too interested in mosques and Friday prayers anyway?

  The July 7, 2005, attacks on the London subway and a double-decker bus was reveille, but a day late and a dollar short. The rabble-rousing had already morphed to the Internet — and its more than 5,000 pro-al Qaeda Web sites — which now functions as a detection-proof terrorist network.

  Moving through cyberspace every 24 hours is the equivalent of almost 1,000 times the entire content of the Library of Congress with its 130 million items on 530 miles of shelf space. Steganography, the technique of concealing messages inside innocent family pictures, is widely used in cyberspace.

  Appeasement in the 1930s spawned near total devastation in World War II. Following a remarkable, U.S.-funded postwar recovery, Europe closed ranks behind America to push back on Soviet imperialism. Moscow also supplied the catalyst of fear, which fueled the engine of European integration. Much of the unskilled labor came streaming in from former North African and South Asian colonies. The whimpering end of the Cold War liberated Eastern Europe's former Soviet satellites and Europe's Western welfare states beckoned.

  Almost two decades after the end of the Cold War, the 27-nation European Union counts 494 million people and a gross domestic product of $15 trillion, about the same as the United States. But appeasement is back. A Dutch Justice Minister said, "If a majority of Dutchmen opt for the Shariah (Islamic law) at some future date, this has to be respected."

  Coupled with an aging native European population and an exploding Muslim influx (Mohammed is the second most popular name for newborn baby boys in Dutch cities), the Continent's 20 million Muslims will become majorities in several European cities by midcentury. Meanwhile, Mr. Laqueur's "Last Days of Europe," tongue only half in cheek, fears the emergence of Europe as "a museum of world history and civilization preaching the importance of morality in world affairs to a nonexistent audience."

  A United States of Europe (USE) would clearly subsume the fear of Eurabia. But USE is a bridge too far. The current attempts to relaunch the European enterprise after France and the Netherlands vetoed a European constitution reflect the lowest common denominator of integration. "Europe is not willing to pay the price for becoming a world player," says Mr. Laqueur. Germany deployed 3,400 troops to join the NATO deployment in Afghanistan. But Berlin decided they could not be used in a combat role against Taliban.

  What would happen in another Middle Eastern war? Mr. Laqueur's answer: "The farcical and wholly ineffectual negotiations between the European Union and Tehran about the Iranian nuclear buildup may well be an indication of the shape of things to come." Invariably, welfare trumps national security. European voters will turf out any leader who tries to throttle back on the achievements of the welfare state that allows Germany's jobless, for example, to get by in Mallorca on monthly benefit checks.

  Normal teaching in Berlin schools with emigrant children from Muslim countries has broken down, writes Mr. Laqueur, "becoming blackboard jungles of Arabs fighting Turks, Turks combating Kurds, Muslims versus emigrants from Russia and the Balkans, and everyone against the Germans."

  The debate, Mr. Laqueur concludes, "should be about which of Europe's traditions and values can still be saved, not about Europe as a shining example for all mankind, the moral superpower of the 21st century. The age of delusions is over."

  Next September, construction will begin for Europe's largest mosque, with two six-story minarets, in the shadow of Cologne cathedral. In London, an even bigger one is planned for erection next to the site of the 2012 Olympic Games.
 

http://www.washingtontimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070703/COMMENTARY/107030004

   It is a sad and tragic story, but very true.

   We in the U.S. have not really paid much attention to Old Europe.  We have been very busy saving the world from everything and being subjected to 'Info-Glut'.

   But we should pay attention to what is happening in Old Europe just to see what can and will happen if we do not get our own stuff together; rally around our own nation; and protect and preserve our sovereign borders, language and culture from the illiterate, filthy, diseased, rot from the south. 

  That sounds rather crude, but what the invaders would do to us and our children and grandchildren is really very crude and far worse.

  We could go the way of Old Europe - a nice, quaint place to visit .... for a few more years, but after that .... forget it.  It will be 'toast'.

  The U.S. almost succumbed to a similar fate - and we are not out of danger yet - due to the slow and deadly infectious onslaught of Illegal Immigration, but that war can be won and likely will be.  It is going to be messy.  It is going to be very much so in Mexico itself where a revolution will eventually have to take place to save that country from its elite oligarchy.

  A good book on the Old Europe tragedy is "America Alone: The End of the World As We Know It," which can be ordered at https://members.humaneventsonline.com/order.php?offer=856

  And then there is a very timely and excellent piece at  http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=418_1176494781

 

 

 

Arizona Factoid

About 450,000 people are in Arizona illegally - 7.3 percent of the population.

That would work out to 73,000 illegal immigrants in the just the Tucson area.

http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/frontpage/56090.php

Generally, usually, always - official estimates are wrong and understated.

If the total number of Illegals nationwide is estimated to be between 12 Million and 20 Million -

then Tucson is hosting as many as 120,000 Illegals.

Wonder why your schools, hospitals, jails, welfare system, etc. are overcrowded and non-functional?

 

 

 

 States tackle Immigration Issue – fed up with Fed failures

Frustration with Congress' inability to tackle the immigration crisis has reached all 50 state capitols.

A tough Arizona measure leads the way.

 These laws reflect citizen frustration. The pressure is building nationally for these measures.



  This year, more than twice as many bills dealing with immigration employment as last year have been introduced in legislatures across the country. Congress' sputtering efforts to reform federal laws are behind the surge, as states look to fill the gap.

  The two strictest state bills we've seen this session are the one in Arizona and the one just signed in Oklahoma.  Arizona's is the strictest.

  Arizona's is one of 199 state bills introduced nationwide this year to take on worksite enforcement.
The Arizona bill would shut down businesses twice caught knowingly hiring illegal immigrants.

   Adding all the Border Patrol agents in the world won't do anything if employers can continue to act with impunity.

  The total number of bills nationwide addressing all aspects of immigration, from crime to education, jumped from 461 in 43 states in 2006 to 1,169 in all 50 this year.

  Arizona's workforce measure is one of a handful in the country that would penalize employers.

  It requires each business to sign a sworn affidavit that it does not employ undocumented workers. It imposes fines up to $150,000 for filing a false statement. Firms must use a federal database called the Basic Pilot Project to authenticate employees.

  That system matches names and Social Security numbers but has been stymied for years by delays and data glitches.

  Prosecutors would be required to act within three days on written complaints alleging illegal hiring.

  Companies must fire illegal employees within three days of being told and promise not to knowingly hire an undocumented worker again. Those firms caught violating the law a second time would lose their licenses.

  In Oklahoma, employers are immunized from penalty if they use Basic Pilot, but violators can be put out of business.

  Last year, Colorado enacted a law that required companies to show proof of legal work status within 20 days of hiring. It imposed a fine of $5,000 for a first offense.

  Colorado, Pennsylvania and Tennessee all passed laws banning states from contracting or awarding grants to firms that knowingly hire undocumented workers.

  It's going to change immigration patterns in and out of Arizona because it will make it a less hospitable place for illegal workers.

  If the Arizona bill was to become law, it will put pressure on other states because states don't want to be out of step and end up becoming a landing pad for all these illegals.

 

Full text at http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0626immig0626.html

   This news item - long in coming - reflects the shift in governance from the inept and corrupted Washington, D.C. Congress which has been overly influenced by the Cheap Labor, Cheap Vote, Big Business and Ethnocentric (Racist) Advocacy groups.

   Event today the Senate appears helpless to combat the special interest groups - leaving the desires of constituents behind and rudely and arrogantly dismissing public outcry and outrage - 80% strongly demanding that Immigration Reform be shelved in favor of just enforcing the current laws on the books.

  Individual Americans and individual States both demand that the border be secured - not virtually, but really and that employer sanctions be enforced.

  Both individual Americans and Individual States know that we don't have to forcibly deport all 12-20+ million Illegals because most will self-deport.

 

 

 

Border fence delayed

"Where's the Fence?"

 

Technical problems have delayed the launch of a high-tech virtual fence designed to secure a 28-mile stretch of Arizona's border with Mexico. The cutting-edge fence has been touted as the model for controlling 6,000 miles of frontier with Mexico and Canada.


  The delay comes a week before the U.S. Senate is due to renew the supercharged debate over a proposed immigration-reform bill supported by both Arizona's senators.

  The bill will live or die on how well the government can guarantee its ability to secure the border. Until the border is secured, key provisions dealing with visas and guest workers would not be enacted.

  The virtual fence, a network of remote cameras and sensors around Sasabe, northwest of Nogales, Arizona, is the first big test of that security-first promise. But in tests this month, the fence produced unreliable results. It was supposed to have been online by early July.

  "It is our expectation that these glitches get fixed and fixed immediately. We are simply not going to provide a tool to our front-line people that's not ready," Homeland Security spokesman Russ Knocke said.

  Boeing Corp., which won the $20 million contract to install the fence, was to have it working by June 13. That date passed as Boeing's project manager, along with top officials with Border Patrol and Customs and Border Protection, told Congress that everything was on track.   Boeing has installed all nine portable 98-foot towers, cameras, radar and ground sensors. It has fitted 50 patrol vehicles with computer links. Mobile and central command bases have also been linked to the network. The idea is to give front-line agents and commanders up-to-the-second pictures of all the activity in their areas.  But the cameras and sensors convey inconsistent information. Software glitches and integrating all the information have proved challenging. The project is probably much more experimental than has been admitted.

  The agency has consistently over-relied on technology since it was formed in March 2003 and is overly dependent on contractors but without the expertise to manage them. The result has been anti-terrorism projects that slipped behind schedule and over budget.

  The virtual fence concept is the first part of an overall plan called the Secure Border Initiative, or SBInet. Homeland Security's point man testified recently that SBInet will cost $8 billion and be done in 2013. But Congress' auditing division, the Government Accountability Office, has questioned the agency's planning, and the department's inspector general pegged the cost at closer to $30 billion almost 4 times the original cost - and none of it is working.

  Arizona politicians were surprised by word of the delays. Gov. Janet Napolitano said she had been assured last week that the project was on target.

  "The department's failure to be forthcoming and the repeatedly slipping project deadlines . . . undermine the department's credibility with respect to this initiative," wrote Reps. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., in a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. The two chair key House Homeland Security committees.
 

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0622fence0622.html

 
 

  The Ad about "Where's the Fence!" is no joke......What Fence?, Where?, When?

  Good Grief!  This is only 28 miles of fence that that they can't get right on a 2,000 mile Mexican border that needs security now; the Canadian border can wait.

  The very thought of passing any Senate Immigration Bill that falsely and knowingly relies on false premises such as this flawed "virtual border security fence project" that can't get off the starting block is obscene and is an intentional lie.

  More importantly, the "virtual fence" does not apprehend anybody.  It merely documents that 'they came across and went that way'.  One still has to have boots on the ground to apprehend them, but they are across and gone north into our communities. 

 

 

 

"Where's the Fence?"

Border Survey Results

American Border Patrol conducted an aerial survey of 510 miles of border between June 1 and 5, 2007. This survey did not include most of New Mexico or any of Texas.
The survey was conducted in a Cessna TU-206 using a Sony high definition video camera and Canon EOS-1 Dx 17 megapixel camera with a100-400 mm lens. Video and stills are linked to a given geographical locations using a Garmin 296 GPS Map system.

The video and still data were analyzed to locate each type of fencing along the border. This is done using Google Earth. Once each type of fencing is located, Google Earth is used to measure distances.

Most of the border fencing consists of barbed wire stock fence. Large areas have no fencing of any sort.

Total border surveyed: 550 miles
Single layered people barrier: 66.72 miles
Double layered people barrier: 16.5 miles
Vehicle barrier: 87.78 miles
Barbed wire fencing: 279 miles
No fencing: 100 miles

Barriers of different sorts have been constructed along the border, mostly near populated places. Barriers designed to stop people are mostly made up of 14' steel military airport matting. Barriers designed to stop vehicles differ widely. Some are made up from old railroad rails while come are custom-built using bollard-type piping that is hammered into the ground.

This chart shows the different types of barriers and how much of each was found in this survey.

This map shows the extent of the survey and is a Key Map showing where along the border the barriers can be found.

INDIVIDUAL CHARTS SHOWING LOCATION OF BARRIERS

 Yuma
 

Progress
Comparing the results of this survey with surveys conducted starting in August, 2006, ABP has concluded that 2 miles of new double-layered fencing has been constructed along the border since September, 2006. The Secure Fence Act of 2006 was signed on October 26, 2006.

ABP has also noted a significant slowdown in barrier construction activity since March 20, 2007.

ABP will perform another survey, this time including the border from east of El Paso, Texas to San Diego, California, before the end of July, 2007. An updated progress report will be issued in early August, 2007.

Resources
Continuous high-definition video of the entire survey area is available to be reviewed by responsible agencies. ABP has prepared files that can be imported to Google Earth showing more than 200 medium resolution photographs of the area surveyed. High resolution photographs are also available.

 For information contact
American Border Patrol
2160 E. Fry Blvd. #426
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635
1-800-600-8642
www.americanborderpatrol.com
info@americanborderpatrol.com

 

 

 

War is coming to Tucson

  You are not going to like what I have to say today. But it must be said, out loud.

People are whispering about it now, but if we don’t face up to it, it will only get worse.

  The violent incident in Cananea, Sonora, has hit the consciousness of Tucson squarely between the eyes. Northern Mexico is in a state of war. Who is fighting? That’s hard to say. Officially, it is the drug- and people-traffickers against each other and the government. But in Mexico, you can’t tell the players even with a program. You cannot assume the police or the Army are loyal to their commands. Many are working on their own.

  In case you were out of town two weeks ago, about 50 armed men drove into Cananea and killed five policemen and two other residents. The men fled into the hills with police and soldiers in pursuit. In subsequent gunfights, 16 more were killed.

  The U.S. State Department has issued a travel announcement saying narcotics-related “violence by criminal elements affects many parts of the country.”

  It is not too much to say there is a war going on right across the border. It’s not a hot war with firefights all the time. It is not a cold war, either, with posturing and press releases. Let’s call it a warm war. Violence breaks out from time to time for reasons unknown to us, but completely unpredictable.

  And here’s the part you don’t want to hear.

Violence has spread across the border and has resulted in several deaths of Americans residents and visitors. Most such crimes are reported as isolated incidents.

But the violence in northern Mexico is not stopping at the border.

It’s headed this way and a lot of Tucsonans know it.

  It is crossing the border because there is little to stop it. The Border Patrol is in virtual rebellion against its supervisors. They have felt betrayed by prosecution of some of them for what they see as doing their job. Union Local 2544 of the Border Patrol has published its position of “no confidence” in supervisory and command personnel. They have called a meeting (members only) for June 13 to consider their options.

  You can’t learn about it in most media, but the whispers around town are people saying they are thinking of getting out. It looks like war and it’s coming here. No government has acted to protect Americans living in Southern Arizona. Our federal government is in full collapse as far as the southern border is concerned. All we get from them is talk. The only action we see is toward integrating Mexico into the U.S. and Canada.

  What will it mean when the border is actually abandoned and anybody is free to enter without inspection? It will mean that Southern Arizona, specifically Tucson, could become like Cananea and other parts of northern Mexico. Violence will overtake local police. State and federal authorities will look the other way.

  Our local news media talks about growth and how we must plan for. But these events will make those plans meaningless. When Tucsonans have to risk their lives to go to work or shopping, this city will empty out. Adequate water supplies will be the least of our problems.

  The federal government should put troops on the border to defend the United States and its citizens. The troops should be given orders to use as much force as necessary to accomplish that task. No soldiers should be detailed to do paperwork and forbidden to fire on violators. This is another war and if we don’t act like it, we will lose this one too.

  This war isn’t on the other side of the world. This is for our homes, our homes, our homes.

  But the feds do nothing. What is happening is according to their plan. Drop in on the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America’s website www.spp.gov  and read the plans. Watch discussion of the so-called immigration reform bill, which contains legislation advancing the integration of North America. It’s happening whether you like it or not. And Tucson is on the front lines.

Contact Lionel Waxman at territorial@waxmanmedia.com. Waxman’s Flashpoint commentaries are published in The Daily Territorial.

http://azbiz.com/lionel_waxman/

  Lionel Waxman has a habit of being spot-on.  He has been reporting from Tucson for many years.

  The Anderson Report has been warning about this for years. 

  And now it is beginning to happen.  It will be messy - a big bloody enema.

  But, then it will be over and we will have our county back.

 

 

 

 Evidence of the Shift in Governance from Washington to the States

 

State Legislators for Legal Immigration

Lawmakers from the following 25 state legislatures have signed on as pioneer members of State Legislators for Legal Immigration:

  1. Arizona 
  2. California
  3. Colorado    
  4. Georgia
  5. Illinois
  6. Indiana
  7. Iowa
  8. Kansas     
  9. Louisiana
  10. Maryland
  11. Massachusetts
  12. Michigan
  13. Missouri
  14. Montana
  15. Nebraska
  16. New Hampshire
  17. New Mexico
  18. North Carolina
  19. Ohio
  20. Oregon
  21. Pennsylvania    
  22. Tennessee
  23. Utah
  24. Virginia
  25. West Virginia

http://gw_pahouseit_district012.psinternal.net/?sectionid=112&sectiontree=111,112

 http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=55835

  This is little reported in the liberal main media.  This is not unexpected for the the Media and the Beltway Bunch are always the last to know.

  The Tipping Point and the Pendulum of American Governance as shifted away from Washington, D.C. to the State and Local governments.

  It will take more time for the the full paradigm shift to take effect, but it is highly unlikely that the U.S. Senate can stop what their incompetence and inaction have caused.

  It actually does not matter what legislation is passed the the Congress or signed by the President - the governance transfer has shifted.

  Politicos like Kyl, McCain, Kennedy and Bush will only be bystanders and it will be messy.

 

 

 

 

Just to give you an idea of what we are dealing with down on the Mexican Border in Arizona…..

 

 This from Sierra Vista, Arizona

 A friend who hikes regularly in the nearby Huachuca Mountains advised that in the early morning hours of a recent June weekend he and his two Labrador dogs came upon 11 illegals encamped alongside a trail deep inside the Coronado National Forest. As soon as the illegals detected his approach, they quickly scattered amongst the Emory oaks and Manzanita while his dogs focused their attention on several mounds of fresh human feces deposited smack-dab in the middle of the trail.

 Even more disgusting, according to my hiker-friend, was his observance of a dozen or more large tortillas lying about. The illegals had obviously substituted surplus tortillas for toilet paper.

 While human feces and garbage left behind by illegals litter many pristine parts of the Arizona outback, male bovine feces continue to litter the halls of Congress.

 In coming weeks, our elected representatives in Washington are likely to justify their support for granting amnesty to upwards of 20 million illegals — plus a family reunification add-on to the bill that will automatically add another 20 million aliens to our population.

 Senatores Juan McCain and Julio Kyl and Rep. Gabriellita Giffords will likely try to assure us that they voted for the Immigration Bill in large part because they believed the promises of Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff and the Border Patrol’s Chief David Aguiliar and that they will do everything possible to restore security and enforce immigration laws. These odiferous fecal-promises are not to be believed.

 

Forewarned is forearmed: Be careful where you step.

Protected source

No doubt these Illegals are now working in a restaurant near you.

Mas Tortillas por favor.....

 

See America the Beautiful

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iN_zbwihlJ0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=al5Fwmowc8k

What you don't see on the Old Main Media News

What the Bush Amnesty Bill does not address

It is symbolic for what is happening to the American Culture and Heritage

 

 

 

 

 

Stories from the Border

 A 7 Year Border Anthology

Local Border Articles going back 7 years

 

 Some articles you will disagree with, some you will applaud, most will shock you -- all are part of the border mosaic. 

 

Where's the Beef? - Border-fence monitors pose the critical question By TIM VANDERPOOL. (09-13-2007)

Great Barrier Grief - Sealing the U.S.-Mexico border is not an easy task By JIM NINTZEL. (07-26-2007)

On the Migrant Trail - A night on a week-long, 75-mile walk to raise awareness of border-crosser deaths By MARGARET REGAN. (06-07-2007)

Wackenhut Worries - A company with a sketchy record has quietly taken over deportation duties from the Border Patrol By ADAM BOROWITZ. (05-03-2007)

The Corridor of Killing - A rash of bloody violence is taking lives on both sides of the border By MICHAEL MARIZCO. (04-19-2007)

Beating the Rap - A Border Patrol agent and whistleblower is acquitted of charges he claims were retaliation for speaking out By TIM VANDERPOOL. (03-29-2007)

Following the Amnesty Trail - Leo W. Banks follows one of Arizona's most popular illegal alien crossing routes and finds piles of garbage, trampled public lands, angry residents and the suspected presence of a vicious gang By LEO W. BANKS. (02-15-2007)

Death, Life, Home - The story of a young man, trying to provide for his family, who died trying to illegally cross the border By DEBBIE NATHAN. (02-15-2007)

Domestic Dispute - The Minutemen come to the Capitol By JIM NINTZEL. (02-08-2007)

Guest Commentary - Learn from South Africa: Money is better spent on people, not barriers By JACK BYBEE. (01-11-2007)

The Reaper's Line - Excerpts from an account of justice--and injustice--on the Mexican border by a retired U.S. Customs special agent By LEE MORGAN II. (11-02-2006)

Guest Commentary - This hobbyhorse is a symbol: We don't have it in us to secure the border By MICHAEL MARIZCO. (10-26-2006)

Stress Factor - A new study will gauge the effects of tension on already-poor border health By TIM VANDERPOOL. (08-31-2006)

Guest Commentary - Some ideas for industrious Mexicans on how to capitalize on the border crackdown By KEITH ROSENBLUM. (06-22-2006)

Borderline Tragedy - The invasion along the border--and efforts to stop that invasion--continue harming the environment By TIM VANDERPOOL. (05-11-2006)

NADBank Blues - Will border cleanup efforts be abandoned? By TIM VANDERPOOL. (04-13-2006)

Bloody Border - Statistics show danger for Border Patrol agents is increasing. Are U.S policies partially to blame? By TIM VANDERPOOL. (01-05-2006)

The Minuteman's Tale - A civil rights group writes about a vigilante's storied past By TIM VANDERPOOL. (12-29-2005)

Guest Commentary - The immigration debate is filled with too many "f" words: fundamentalism, fear and even fascism By TERESA KENNEDY. (12-15-2005)

Susie's Letter to Mexico - A family is tired of witnessing the suffering of immigrants abandoned by their own government By LEO W. BANKS. (11-10-2005)

Marta's Story - On a scorching day in the Sonoran Desert, tenacity, humanity and teamwork save an injured woman's life By MARGARET REGAN. (10-27-2005)

Cell Service as Salvation? - Border-rescue groups say desert cell phone towers could save lives By ALEXIS BLUE. (10-06-2005)

Down by Law - Angry border residents claim the feds aren't listening By TIM VANDERPOOL. (09-22-2005)

Security Shell Game - A whistle-blower targets misspent border funds By TIM VANDERPOOL. (09-01-2005)

Sound and Fury - A vivid documentary traces border vigilantism By TIM VANDERPOOL. (08-25-2005)

Images From the Battleground - Ranchers 75 miles from Tucson say bad border policies have resulted in a daily invasion of drugs, death, pollution and violence By LEO W. BANKS. (08-11-2005)

Downing - Militarizing the border won't work, so we'll have to think harder about immigration solutions By RENÉE DOWNING. (06-16-2005)

Border Squeeze-Play - A move to streamline security with cross-training has some officials worried By TIM VANDERPOOL. (06-16-2005)

Capturing Crossings - Alex Webb's photography shows a quarter-century of life along the border By MARGARET REGAN. (04-21-2005)

Just a Minute, Men - Weekend border warriors create a rift between Cochise County politicos By TIM VANDERPOOL. (03-31-2005)

Under Siege - As illegal immigrants surge across Southern Arizona, life for ranchers living near the border has become a living hell By LEO W. BANKS. (03-10-2005)

Tuttle - No borders for capital, only for people--but only for some people By CONNIE TUTTLE. (10-14-2004)

Car Country, USA - In Southern Arizona, confiscated cars mean big bucks for government agencies and contractors--and watchdogs say the system's being abused By TIM VANDERPOOL. (10-07-2004)

Other Than Mexicans - Are terrorists entering the United States through Arizona's border with Mexico? This question is getting a lot of media attention--so we sent Leo W. Banks to the border to find out what the buzz is all about. By LEO W. BANKS. (09-02-2004)

Water Tank Tussle - Mike Wilson battles his tribe and fellow humanitarian group leaders to maintain his desert water stations By TIM VANDERPOOL. (08-26-2004)

Traces of Identity - Trash left behind by migrants offers a lesson in humility By THOMAS WHITTINGSLOW. (07-29-2004)

Guest Commentary - A word to the wise: Don't carry detergent with you on trips to Nogales By LINDA BAYLESS. (07-22-2004)

Friends With Water and Food - No More Deaths: Desert campers hope to find and aid border crossers in need By MARGARET REGAN. (07-01-2004)

Defying Death - No More Deaths: Organizers of a 75-mile march in June hope to spotlight the inhumanity of Border Patrol policy By TIM VANDERPOOL. (07-01-2004)

Guest Commentary - The vast majority of people crossing the border are hard-working people doing moral good--so why not welcome them? By LINDA BAYLESS. (06-10-2004)

Artistic Warning - A group including Tucsonan Alfred Quiróz hopes to send a message about border-crossing deaths with their gigantic Nogales border art By MARGARET REGAN. (05-13-2004)

Crossing the Line - Nogales school officials are trying to crack down on Mexican kids illegally crossing the border to go to school By TIM VANDERPOOL. (04-15-2004)

A Quiet Invasion? - With the support of a slain ranger's parents, a signature drive to militarize the border is gaining strength By RYAN SLATTERY. (04-15-2004)

Wings Over the Border - While the feds continue to 'study' the idea, a private group launches unmanned spy planes to patrol the Mexican border. By D.A. BARBER. (01-08-2004)

Drinking Problem - Vandals strike at water stations designed to save migrant lives. By TIM VANDERPOOL. (05-29-2003)

Keep on Truckin' - Border towns face an uncertain future as the truck debate rolls on. By TIM VANDERPOOL. (08-30-2001)

Heavy Traffic - The Tohono O'odham border crossing remains a hot spot in the drug war. By JEFF HINKLE. (06-14-2001)

Moral Offensive - Border Activists Take The High Ground. By TIM VANDERPOOL. (12-28-2000)

Dead Line - Who's Responsible For The Increasing Deaths Of Illegal Border Crossers? By JIM WRIGHT. (12-21-2000)

Bad Company - The Immigration And Naturalization Service Claims Its Critics Are As Dangerous As The KKK. By JIM WRIGHT. (11-16-2000)

Night Of The Hunter - A Border Vigilante Sniffs Out Reward Money, But Risks Getting A Noseful Of Bullets. By JIM WRIGHT. (11-02-2000)

Passport Purgatory - Border Tribes Cross An Uncertain Line. By TIM VANDERPOOL. (08-17-2000)

The Death of Silverio Huinil Vail - A Guatemalan's Demise In The Desert Raises Questions About U.S. Border Policy. By MARGARET REGAN. (08-03-2000)

Rock Bottom - Crack Addiction Along The Border. By DAVID HOLTHOUSE. (04-20-2000)

http://tucsonweekly.com/gbase/Archives/index?keywords=border&page=1

 

 This listing will be transferred to the Editor's Comments section in time and updated as more articles become available..

 

 

 

An Outstanding Presentation of Reality

http://www.youtube.com/v/m9Yc3wYJOtI

 

The Corridor of Killing

An uncomfortable truth: Years of federal neglect of the Arizona border have compromised the line.

Killings are spilling out of control, hit men moving in to fill the gaps left by American law enforcement.

http://www.tucsonweekly.com/gbase/Currents/Content?oid=95071

 

Multicultural Boondoggle

http://www.washingtontimes.com/commentary/20070411-084915-9285r.htm

 

The Army's Equipment Disaster

   http://www.washingtontimes.com/op-ed/20070408-101852-2680r.htm

 

Bush Illegal Alien Amnesty Plan to cost $Trillions over 10 years - $Trillions with a "T"

http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20070405-123141-6880r.htm

&

http://wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=55135

 

 

The Rape of Europe

http://freedom.org/news/200704/05/belien.phtml

 

 

The Great Global Warming Swindle


http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4340135300469846467&pr=goog-sl

 

In 2004, CBC (Canada) has produced a similar 45-minute-long film:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3309910462407994295

 

"Climate Catastrophe Cancelled: What You're Not Being Told About the Science of Climate Change"  from Friends of Science (in 5 parts):

 

As you are subjected to the partisan and agenda based squabbling in Congress about support for the war in Iraq and Afghanistan

do watch the following:

http://www.youtube.com/v/ervaMPt4Ha0&autoplay=1

 

The Competitive Enterprise Institute has come up with a paper that takes each point from Al Gore's movie/book and subjects it to a truth test.  

The paper may be found here: http://www.cei.org/pdf/5820.pdf

 The paper, entitled "Al Gore’s Science Fiction: A Skeptic’s Guide to An Inconvenient Truth” is 154 pages and include hundreds of references.  It's about 2.5Mb to download.

 

Senator Fred Thompson talks truthful reality

http://www2.nationalreview.com/dest/2007/03/20/harvey320pmcommentary.mp3

 

The Dark Side Of Illegal Immigration

Facts, Figures And Statistics On Illegal Immigration

http://www.usillegalaliens.com/

 

2,158 Americans Killed by Illegal Aliens Yearly

http://www.onenewsnow.com/2007/02/more_americans_killed_by_illeg.php

 

The following link is a must read - you will be shocked at what is still going on on the United States Arizona Border:

http://www.tucsonweekly.com/gbase/Currents/Content?oid=oid:92554

 

 

Lest We Forget:

 http://www.iwo.com/heroes.htm

  http://sgthook.com/2006/04/13/would-you-know-my-name/

  http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4094926727128068265&q=roy+beck&hl=en

http://www.youtube.com/v/ervaMPt4Ha0&autoplay=1

  http://www.terrorismawareness.org/know-about-jihad/

A good Global Warming Tutorial

http://www.geocraft.com/WVFossils/GlobWarmTest/start.html

Helping Hands

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnu-k06XMpQ&mode=related&search=

Marines

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEmnhj1yYw8

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"The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." -- Plato

"All evil needs to triumph is for good men to do nothing."
-- - Edmund Burke

   "Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." -- Theodore Roosevelt

"Wealth in the hands of a fool is worthless and wasted." -- Charming Gorilla

 

  Ageless Thoughts to Ponder
 
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
Santayana
 
"Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you."
 Pericles (430 B.C.)
 
"Ignorance is curable.  Stupidity is not."
 
"Ignorance is voluntary.  Stupidity is not."
 
"Choosing to stay ignorant is stupidity."
 
Charming Gorilla
 
 
 
"If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed,
and if you do read it, you are misinformed." 
Mark Twain
 
 
The annual Gallup Poll on "honesty and ethical standards" in various professions ranks newspaper reporters 16th out of 21 professions.
 
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