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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Pound Foolish
DHS Fails Border Economics
Feature Photo
Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol -- December 21  
    For years, the Government Accountability Office has said that the Department of Homeland Security has failed to properly manage its resources. Just last May it wrote: "Without a meaningful understanding of SBInet costs and benefits, DHS lacks an adequate basis for knowing whether the initial system solution on which it plans to spend at least $1.3 billion is cost-effective."
    Today we show an example.
    The photo above shows a high-tech U.S. Border Patrol vehicle complete with thermal and color cameras and radar. It is said this system costs $500,000. It has another Border Patrol vehicle along side for protection.
    The high-tech truck is parked 3 miles north of the border where DHS decided to leave an old ten-foot fence in place instead of installing a new, taller, double-layered fence as Congress called for. With a proper fence, all this technology and manpower would most likely not be needed.
    It is hoped that the new chairmen of the House committees that oversee the border will find ways of improving security and cutting costs.

Jim Kouri, CPP -- The Examiner     sc        
House Homeland Security Committee to change course under GOP   
Rep. Peter King (R-NY) said on Monday that once he begins chairing the House Homeland Security Committee he will initiate several investigations including a probe into radical Islam as part of his mandate to "protect our homeland from the terrorists who continue to plot and execute attacks against our nation."

Debra J. Saunders -- San Francisco Chronicle    
Obama maintains Bush policies he once slammed   
...Once upon a time, Democrats argued that if they were in charge, Washington would pass "comprehensive immigration reform." Candidate Obama promised to make passage of an immigration bill a top priority during his first year in office... [See "Hope and Change" Watch]

Houston Chronicle     
Stricter rules for entry are ignored at border   
More than 18 months after U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspectors were supposed to start enforcing stringent ID requirements at the nation's land borders, millions of travelers are still being admitted without passports or other secure IDs, a new government audit shows... [See Big Sis Watch]

National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers         
Latest NAFBPO update from south of the border   
The Guatemalan government has acknowledged that the Mexican drug cartel "Los Zetas" has set up fortifications in the northern state of Alta Verapaz and is a strong presence in that area. -- The government of Guatemala has launched operations in the area to capture members of this narcotics operation...

Dave Gibson -- The Examiner     
Ironically, illegal aliens may actually cost Obama re-election   
The data from the 2010 U.S. Census has been evaluated and the population figure now stands at 308,745,538, marking nearly a 10 percent increase since 2000. Since Census forms did not require residents to specify their citizenship status, many of the millions of illegal aliens in this country were counted, and will now greatly influence the next election...

Wall Street Journal     
FCC gives government power to regulate Web traffic   
Federal telecommunications regulators approved new rules Tuesday that would for the first time give the federal government formal authority to regulate Internet traffic, although how much or for how long remained unclear. -- A divided Federal Communications Commission approved a proposal... [Related item] [See Obama Watch - Big Brother Watch - Free Speech Watch]

KGTV -- San Diego    
Crews rescue 3 illegals from Tijuana River   
San Ysidro, Calif. -- Three illegal [aliens] were rescued from the Tijuana River on Tuesday after a jogger heard their cries for help. -- The three men were crossing into the United States illegally on Monday when they found themselves surrounded by the Tijuana River. Because they did not want to be discovered...

Tyler Durden -- Zero Hedge     sc       
Interactive visualization of the 2010 census results   
According to the just released census data, whose collection and subsequent contribution to job numbers resulted in so much consternation over 2010, the US population is 308,745,538 with another 3,725,789 in Puerto Rico. Just as importantly, the data will result in a realignment in Congressional seat representation...

Prison Planet -- Austin, Texas       
TSA admits lying about naked boy controversy    
The TSA has been caught in yet another act of public deception after the agency was forced to admit that it lied when it initially claimed a 5-year-old boy was strip-searched at Salt Lake City International Airport last month because he had set off a metal detector... [See Big Sis Watch - Big Brother Watch - Obama Watch]

eNews Forest Park (Ill.)    
Administration spokesman says comprehensive reform or nothing    
...Q: I have just two questions. The Center for Immigration Studies reports that in 2008 and 2009, 2.4 million immigrants, legal and illegal, arrived while U.S. citizens were losing 8.6 million jobs. And the question: Why are we importing a million workers a year when 17 million Americans can't find work? [See Obama Watch and Amnesty Watch]

Izzy Lyman -- Big Government    
Mainstream Media: The Southern Poverty Law Center's partner in slime   
The Family Research Council was among the insulted parties and decided to fight back, using the modern tools of intellectual warfare. -- On December 15th the organization launched StartDebatingStopHating.com, a website and newspaper ad (the latter appearing in Politico and the Washington Examiner) that denounced the speech-chilling "character assassination" tactics of the SPLC...

Dave Gibson -- The Examiner     
Boastful criminal aliens arrested in North Carolina   
On December 14, the Henderson County Sheriff's Office received a call complaining about a group of men, who were running up and down the hallways in the Bonaire Motel shouting about the fact that they were here illegally, bragging to patrons: "you can't touch us." [See Crime Watch]

Associated Press     
New governors take office amid historic budget crisis   
New York's incoming governor, Democrat Andrew Cuomo, says he won't raise taxes even though he will inherit a budget deficit of at least $9 billion when he takes office in January. Ohio Republican Gov.-elect John Kasich is promising to cut taxes, despite a shortfall of about $8 billion... [How's all this 'hope and change' working out for you?]

London Guardian    
$2-trillion debt crisis threatens to bring down 100 US cities   
Overdrawn American cities could face financial collapse in 2011, defaulting on hundreds of billions of dollars of borrowings and derailing the US economic recovery. Nor are European cities safe -- Florence, Barcelona, Madrid, Venice: all are in trouble...

Dave Gibson -- The Examiner     
Detained illegals getting sex-change hormones on taxpayers' dime   
An investigation by the KHOU News team in Houston has revealed that a number of illegal aliens incarcerated are receiving prescribed sex hormone at taxpayers' expense. -- In 2009, Jose Centeno was jailed by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement detained after discovering a previous felony drug conviction... [See Big Sis Watch and Morton Watch]

Minneapolis Star-Tribune    
African "immigrants" clash in Moorhead fray   
At least 20 police officers responded to a melee in Moorhead, Minn., early Sunday that involved up to a dozen young African immigrants fighting not only with hands and feet, but also with a taser, knives, a replica handgun and a shovel. -- More than 100 people looked on, many yelling, in the parking lot of a bowling alley on the city's north side, police said... [See Crime Watch]

KPHO-TV -- Phoenix     
Arizona breaks deportation record in 2010   
A record number of illegal immigrants were deported from Arizona during 2010, according to a U.S. Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman. -- ICE officials deported 92,592 illegal immigrants during between October 2009 and September 2010, according to statistics provided to CBS 5 News by Lori Haley of ICE...

Holder warns of homegrown terror    
Attorney General Eric Holder says that the growing number of American citizens joining terrorist groups including Al Qaeda is "one of the things that keeps me up at night." -- "You didn't worry about this even two years ago -- about individuals, about Americans, to the extent that we now do," Holder said... [Also See: You Are A Terrorist]

Associated Press      
Invader freed by feckless Feds vows to fight for amnesty   
A Guatemalan teen whose deportation has been delayed pledges to use recent publicity to seek immigration reform. -- U.S. immigration authorities freed 18-year-old Bernard Pastor on Friday. He was jailed about a month after authorities discovered he was in the country illegally following a minor auto accident... [See Big Sis - Morton Watch - Obama Watch - Amnesty Watch]

Personal Liberty Digest     
Rep. says death of Border Patrol agent sheds light on weak immigration laws 
The recent shooting death of a United States Border Patrol agent should be a wake-up call for President Barack Obama, according to Representative Lamar Smith (R-Texas). -- Smith, who will serve as the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee during the next congressional session, said that the murder of Brian Terry...

Roberto Savio -- Inter Press Service     
Globalization: Engine of a New World Order   
It is clearer and clearer each day that the United States is a country in decline, even for US elites. Until now the majority of US citizens have been able to avoid this reality, inventing popular movements like the Tea Party, made up of whites who want to reduce the role of the state while having the US resume its role as world leader... [See Obama Watch & NWO Treason Watch]

The Hill -- Washington     
Obama's political arm vows to revive DREAM Act   
President Obama's political arm vowed to revive the DREAM Act [amnesty] on Monday after the Senate jettisoned the issue in a weekend vote. -- Mitch Stewart, the director of Organizing for America (OFA), the president's political arm within the Democratic National Committee (DNC), sought to reassure liberal and Hispanic voters...

War on Terror News     
Illegal aliens infest 7th Special Forces contract   
With 7th Special Forces Group continuing their plan to move from the overpopulated Ft. Bragg to Eglin Air Base, near Ft. Walton Beach, FL, comes construction at their future home. And just as the drywallers were near completion of their subcontract, an investigation began, breaking wide open a scandal...

Rasmussen Report     
For first time ever, most voters think health care repeal likely   
For the first time since Democrats in Congress passed the health care bill in March, a majority of U.S. voters believe the measure is likely to be repealed. -- A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 52% of Likely U.S. Voters think it is at least somewhat likely that the health care plan will be repealed... [See Obama Watch]

U.S., Canadian and Mexican workers want a single union   
The United Steelworkers (USW) and the National Union of Mine, Metal, Steel, and Allied Workers of the Mexican Republic met December 10, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada to move forward on their joint commitment to, as they agreed in June of this year, "propose immediate measures to increase strategic cooperation..."

Gainesville (Ga.) Times    
Panel ready to push immigration bills    
After wrapping up its final meeting this week, the Special Joint Committee on Immigration Reform is prepared for the immigration legislation that is almost certain to come up when the General Assembly meets in January. -- Sen. Butch Miller was one of 14 members selected for the committee in September...

American Border Patrol       
Photo of the day   
Glenn Spencer took this photo of the Lunar Eclipse this morning at 01:30 a.m. MST....

The Hill -- Washington     
Obama to huddle with Hispanic caucus after amnesty scheme fails   
President Obama is scheduled to meet with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Tuesday after an immigration bill high on their priority list failed to clear the Senate. -- Obama will huddle with representatives of the 24-member group in the Oval Office at 10:45 a.m., according to the president's daily schedule...

Michael Cutler -- Family Security Matters   
Southern border security crisis   
Two news reports that appeared in the Washington Times a couple of days ago. Both articles are related because both articles report on the failures of our nation to secure the borders of the United States - with devastating results. -- The first of the news reports deals with how members of the extremely dangerous Mexican-based drug cartel...

Los Angeles Wave     
'MEChA Boy' L.A. mayor whines about failure of DREAM Act amnesty   
...Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa decried the death of what he called a "sensible, pragmatic piece of legislation [that] would have strengthened our economy and infused the talent and skills of hard-working, educated young adults into our country's workforce and military... "

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