|Associated Press sc
California's budget woes will outlast the recession
Even after $135 billion in federal aid gets spent, many states will be staring down budgetary black holes unless they initiate dramatic spending cuts or tax increases, or both. -- In the short-term, the massive stimulus will help balance budgets and keep key services, such as Medicaid, going. But economists agree... [See Cal Meltdown Watch]
|Los Angeles Times
L. A. budget gap could hit $1 billion
Los Angeles could face nearly a $1-billion shortfall by 2010 because of a mammoth bailout needed for the city's employee pension funds, which have seen investments tank in the spiraling national recession, according to a city budget report released Friday. The grim forecast of a $983-million budget gap came as... [See Cal Meltdown Watch]
|Carol Swain -- Nashville Tennessean
Immigration apparently not high on Obama's priority list
Our president has lofty goals. Under his tutelage, we will cure cancer, end our dependence on foreign oil, reform health care and guarantee higher education to everyone who wants it. -- I would like to focus on something that the president has not addressed: illegal immigration and its impact on unemployment... [See Obama Watch]
|Mount Airy (North Carolina) News
City, county make joint cocaine bust
Local officers have seized 19 ounces of cocaine and arrested three people suspected to be part of an ongoing drug pipeline from Mexico to the United States which is being aided by lax immigration enforcement. -- The suspects, all from out of town, were taken into custody Thursday as part of a joint investigation... [See Crime Watch]
|Michael Scott -- Washington Times
A (partial) victory
The Times' editorial ("A (partial) victory for common sense," Feb. 20) is correct when it states, "Roger Barnett is a good man who has been put through hell because of the repeated failures of the federal government and the courts." I met this Arizona rancher some nine years ago. At that time, Mr. Barnett had rounded-up over 1,000 illegal-alien trespassers on his ranch...
Here It Comes: Brown woos Obama on "global new deal"
...[Gordon] Brown [a raving globalist] will meet Obama on Tuesday and address a joint session of Congress on Wednesday. Aides say he has both to demonstrate to a sceptical British public that he commands the respect of the president, and to persuade the American political establishment that global action is needed to rescue the US economy...
|El Paso Times sc
Mexico is transit for 90 percent of cocaine; corruption hinders war on drugs
About 90 percent of the cocaine consumed in the United States enters through Mexico, according to the U.S. International Narcotics Control Strategy Report released Friday. -- Authors of the report commended Mexico for unprecedented cooperation with the United States in the battle against drug-traffickers...
Mexican national gets life in UNT student slaying
A Mexican national was sentenced Friday to life in prison for raping and strangling a college student and setting her body on fire. -- Ernesto Reyes, 21, was convicted of capital murder and received an automatic life prison sentence in the 2007 killing of Melanie Goodwin... [See Crime Watch]
|KSWT-TV -- Yuma
Governor visits Yuma, discusses border security, economy
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer spent Friday in the desert southwest. Brewer arrived at Border Patrol Yuma Sector headquarters to hop on a chopper and get an aerial view of the border. -- "It appears to me that Yuma and the Border Patrol has done a magnificent job compared to other portions," says Brewer...
|The Right Perspective
Putin warns U. S. about socialism
Russian Prime Minister Vladamir Putin has said the US should take a lesson from the pages of Russian history and not exercise "excessive intervention in economic activity and blind faith in the state’s omnipotence." -- "In the 20th century, the Soviet Union made the state’s role absolute," Putin said...
|Brenda Walker -- VDare.com
$PLC misrepresents "hate" crime (to say the least)
The hucksters at the Southern Poverty Law Center have crapped out another bogus report about hate crime and hate groups, claiming that increasing numbers of traditional Americans attack foreigners and other alleged victims of oppression...
|Dave Gibson -- American Chronicle
The most dangerous gang in the U.S. may already be in your neighborhood
MS-13 (or Mara Salvatrucha) was formed by Salvadoran, mostly illegal immigrants in the 1980´s, during El Salvador's civil war. While the gang was originally made up exclusively of Salvadorans, they now accept all Central Americans as well as Mexicans...
|San Diego Union-Tribune
Border Patrol's stops are criticized
As the Border Patrol's ranks have increased in the San Diego area, so have reports of immigration-related traffic stops well away from the border. -- Since late last year, there have been at least four reports of motorists stopped by immigration officials and questioned in the interior of the county and beyond...
|The Washington Independent
Tom Tancredo: Send Grover Norquist to jail!
I talked briefly to former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) last night, before he addressed the inaugural meeting of Young Americans for Western Civilization, a new paleoconservative group. -- "They absolutely did anything they could to stop me from coming here," said Tancredo....
|Pam Meister -- Family Security Matters
John Bolton on 'the coming war on American sovereignty'
Speaking to a packed room at the opening day of CPAC in Washington D.C. yesterday, former UN Ambassador John Bolton warned convention attendees of something he believes "goes to the heart of the Obama administration" and that will affect not only us but our children and grandchildren. No, not the stimulus bill...
Nation of Islam minister sees 'universal' approach
Rosemont, Ill. -- ...The Nation of Islam religion has embraced black nationalism since it was founded in the 1930s, but in recent years has moved to include other groups, including immigrants, Asians and Native Americans. -- [Ishmael] Muhammad, who has lived in Mexico, has been a major part of that push...