Winning the Mexican War
Finish the Fence
|Wall Street Journal -- December 4
Who's Winning the War for Mexico?
The cartels are powerful, but they can be defeated. Ending the flow of drugs is another matter.
[...] This continued and still largely unstanched flow of narcotics into the U.S. is only part of the problem. Over the course of the past four years, fighting over turf and control of smuggling routes among the various Mexican drug cartels has made many Mexican cities and towns along the border virtual combat zones. "Amexica: War Along the Borderline," a recently released book by the British journalist Ed Vulliamy, paints a terrifying and authoritative portrait of this violence, in which at least 28,000 people have now died.
From "Amexica: War Along the Border Line": (Kindle loc: 929-939)
However, a journey along the map as it stands entails, loosely, three stages. First, the road from Tijuana to Ciudad Juarez, across the terrain of warfare among the Sinaloa, Tijuana, and Beltran Leyva cartels. [...]
The map shows a war caused by fighting among cartels for smuggling routes....
Glenn Spencer -- American Patrol Report
So everyone agrees that the Mexican drug war is being fought over control of smuggling routes, but who is suggesting we cut off those routes? Research by American Border Patrol suggests that the drug war started when fencing interdicted drug corridors. Why don't we finish the job?
|Tyler Durden -- Zero Hedge
Job losses plague credibility of Obama regime
When we last ran this number, the economy needed to create 232,400 jobs per month to get to the same unemployment rate as last seen in December 2007, just before the depression started, courtesy of today's massive disappointment we can now increase the creation requirement to 235,120... [See "Hope & Change" Watch]
|Los Angeles Times
Japanese robot can pick strawberries based on color
The Beatles would have a field day with this one: A Japanese robot can harvest ripe strawberries. -- The bot, created by the country's Agricultural and Food Research Organization, uses a pair of cameras to figure out the fruit's position and judge its color. Only berries that meet an 80% redness standard are selected...
WikiLeaks ready to release giant 'insurance' file if shut down
Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, has circulated across the internet an encrypted "poison pill" cache of uncensored documents suspected to include files on BP and Guantanamo Bay. -- One of the files identified this weekend by The Sunday Times -- called the "insurance" file -- has been downloaded from the WikiLeaks website by tens of thousands of supporters, from America to Australia... [See Obama Watch]
|Joseph Farah -- WorldNetDaily.com sc
The no-questions, no-proof media
The news media are still at it. -- They are still suggesting we should take Barack Obama at his word about his background and personal history even though virtually everything he has told the American people has proven false under scrutiny. -- And it's not just the Big Media in New York and Washington that ridicule anyone who dares ask a tough question...
|Zack Carter -- AlterNet
The Fed lied about Wall Street
The data from the Federal Reserve audit is full of frightening revelations about U.S. economic policy and those who implement it. When Wall Street went off the rails in the fall of 2008, policymakers told the public we had a certain kind of problem, knowing all along that the actual nature of the problem was very different -- and far more severe. This was a terribly destructive lie... [See Obama Watch]
|New York Times
Mounting state debts stoke fears of a looming crisis
The State of Illinois is still paying off billions in bills that it got from schools and social service providers last year. Arizona recently stopped paying for certain organ transplants for people in its Medicaid program. States are releasing prisoners early, more to cut expenses than to reward good behavior... [See "Hope & Change" Watch]
|Hispanic Trending sc
Pro-invasion crowd threatens to revolt
The Senate is set to vote on a controversial immigration bill. If it fails, Rep. Luis Gutiérrez tells Bryan Curtis he's prepared to ditch Obama and the Democrats -- and take the movement to the streets. -- It's zero hour for the DREAM Act, a bit of immigration legislation that has taken on a hulking importance among Hispanic leaders. For two years, Barack Obama failed... [Related item]
|KTRK-TV -- Houston
Bush stooge Alberto Gonzales pushing DREAM Act amnesty scheme
It has become a controversial proposal in Congress that potentially affects every school age child in the country. -- It's called the DREAM Act; DREAM stands for Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors, and its basic idea is to provide schooling and legal residency to [illegal aliens] in exchange for public service...
|Jim Kouri, CPP -- The Examiner
MS-13 leader sentenced to 35 years' in prison on murder rap
Wilver R. Lopez, also known as "Conde," a 29-year old criminal alien who was a leader in the La Mara Salvatrucha ("MS-13") street gang on Long Island, was sentenced to 35 years' imprisonment for the September 17, 2004, murder of 24-year-old fellow MS-13 member Genaro Venegas in Bethpage, New York...
|Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal
Zebra Construction vacates courthouse job
...Zebra Construction came under fire early this year for possibly hiring illegal immigrant workers. Members of the watchdog group Jobs for Georgians went before the Cobb Board of Commissioners in February and presented claims that Zebra hired illegal [aliens]...
|Allan Wall -- American Thinker -- Bellevue, Wash.
WikiLeaks and the Mexican drug war
What do the WikiLeaks reveal about the ongoing drug cartel violence south of the border? -- According to the diplomatic cables, the Mexican Army is behind the times, it's slow, avoids risks and ignores intelligence offered it by the U.S. -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is concerned with how the stress of it all affects Mexican president Calderon's "personality and management style".