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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Guarding Trees
GAO Report exposes more border nonsense
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National Guard near Nogales. See other photos
Arizona Daily Star -- Tucson -- September 15  
Guard's use on border worrisome, feds report
    The lack of a comprehensive security strategy for the U.S.-Mexico border hampers the ability of the Department of Defense to make the best use of guardsmen assigned to help the Border Patrol, a federal report says.
American Patrol Report -- September 15
The GAO report says:
National Guard on the Border
    According to DOD officials, due to a shooting incident in 1997 in Redford, Texas, the SECDEF determined that military personnel will not conduct mobile patrols (e.g., they must remain stationary) and cannot carry loaded weapons. [...]
    Force protection is provided for active duty military services in Title 10 status by Border Patrol because these forces do not carry loaded weapons at the border.
Predator Drones
    Limited access to national airspace given inherent challenges with the UAS's ability to detect, sense, and avoid an aircraft.
    Limited sensor coverage (e.g. "soda straw" view), according to DOD officials.
    Less effective than manned aircraft in supporting apprehension of undocumented aliens, according to a 2005 DHS Inspector General Report.
Red DotComment: The National Guard sits in the open with no special surveillance equipment. They cannot move. They are protected by the U.S. Border Patrol. They make no after-action reports - CBP does - and who trusts their reports?
    The Predator drones are restricted as to where they can fly and how high (above 19,000 feet) – making them almost useless. Tell that to Rick Perry.

Bloomberg     sc        
Republicans use Solyndra to bash Obama's plan   
House Republicans used a hearing on Solyndra LLC's slide into bankruptcy to attack the Obama administration's stimulus plans, past and proposed, showing the issue may linger as a political liability for the White House. -- The Fremont, California, solar-panel maker won a $535 million federal loan guarantee in September 2009, the first awarded by the Energy Department...

International Business Times          
Rick Perry's immigration record praised by top Dem governor    
Maryland's Democratic governor Martin O'Malley simultaneously lauded Texas Gov. Rick Perry and handed Perry's presidential opponents ammunition on Thursday by praising Perry's willingness to break with Republican dogma on immigration policy. -- Other Republican presidential candidates have lambasted Perry for signing a law that allows [illegal alien] students to pay in-state tuition...

AmpedStatus.com          
Middle class death watch   
This is our first Middle Class Death Watch roundup. Building off of our extensive report on the financial destruction of the United States, this will be a regular feature moving forward. Here we present a collection of news reports from the past two weeks detailing the collapse of the middle class...

U.S. Customs and Border Protection         
U.S. Border Patrol weekly blotter 
Laredo Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from El Salvador near Laredo, Texas. During processing, the subject admitted to being a member of the 18th Street gang. Records checks revealed the subject had a criminal history and had been previously removed from the United States...

Fox News    sc           
Solyndra not the only firm that took taxpayer funds and is tanking   
Solyndra, the solar panel company whose highly publicized failure and consequent investigation by federal authorities has flashed across headlines recently, isn't the only business to go belly up after benefiting from a piece of the $800 billion economic stimulus package passed in 2009. -- At least four other companies have received stimulus funding only to later file for bankruptcy...

Anthony Martin -- The Examiner        
Why GOP candidates must shine spotlight on Gunwalker scandal   
Yesterday's article was an open letter to the GOP Presidential candidates concerning the necessity for their focus on the Project Gunwalker scandal, otherwise known as 'Operation Fast and Furious.' Today's news shows why it is critical for the candidates to turn the spotlight on not only the scandal itself but the frantic and dangerous attempts of the Obama Administration to cover it up...

EFE          
Obama asks Hispanics to support his latest stimulus scheme
President Barack Obama urged members of the Latino community to "lift up your voice" to help achieve the approval of measures that benefit Hispanic families, including his jobs plan, the DREAM Act and "an immigration policy that works." -- "I'm asking everybody in the Latino community - not just here, but all across the country - lift up your voice," he said...

WPTZ -- TV -- Plattsburgh, New York          
Open-borders cheerleaders decry Vermont traffic stop   
Gov. Peter Shumlin ordered an immediate investigation into the circumstances surrounding a traffic stop along I-89 Tuesday, in which a state trooper detained two undocumented farm workers who were passengers in a car. -- The driver - a U.S. citizen - was clocked at 88 MPH in a 65 MPH zone and issued a citation for speeding...

Associated Press          
Mortgage default warnings surged in August   
Banks have stepped up their actions against homeowners who have fallen behind on their mortgage payments, setting the stage for a fresh wave of foreclosures. -- The number of U.S. homes that received an initial default notice -- the first step in the foreclosure process -- jumped 33 percent in August from July, foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc. said Thursday...

Associated Press          
Consumers paid more for range of items in August   
Consumers paid more for a range of goods and services last month, pushing up inflation and squeezing Americans' purchasing power. -- The Consumer Price Index rose 0.4 percent in August after jumping 0.5 percent in July. The core index, which excludes volatile food and energy prices, rose 0.2 percent. -- For the 12 months that ended in August, the core index surged 2 percent...

CNBC         
Jobless claims, inflation rise, manufacturing gets weaker   
Applications for unemployment benefits continued to rise in the past week, while inflation pushed higher and a key manufacturing index weakened. -- The weekly jobless claims number, which is closely watched as an indicator for employment trends, unexpectedly rose 11,000 to 428,000, well ahead of estimates of 411,000...

EconMatters          
U.S. Economy: A lost decade into the great middle class poverty?   
In yet another sign that the Great Recession cuts deep and long -- the number of Americans living below the official poverty line reached 46.2 million, the highest in 52 years since the Census Bureau started tracking the figures in 1959. -- The overall poverty rate also climbed to a 17-year high at 15.1%, which means 1 in 6 Americans are living below poverty line largely due to the high unemployment and underemployment rate...

Jim Kouri, CPP -- The Examiner         
Congressman demands investigation of Obama's "Uncle Omar"   
Congressman Steve King (R-IA) during the 9-11 10th Anniversary weekend released a statement reiterating his demand that the U.S. Congress hold public hearings into President Barack Obama's recently announced program that grants what amounts to Executive Amnesty to illegal aliens and its connection to his Kenyan uncle. -- In a story that at first was all but ignored by the majority of news organizations...

Dave Gibson -- The Examiner          
Bloggers now being targeted by drug cartels    
On Tuesday morning, the savagely beaten and bloodied dead bodies of a man and a woman were found hanging from a pedestrian bridge in Nuevo Laredo. Notes left at the scene sent a clear message --- stop using the internet to denounce the cartels. -- The woman had been bound and disemboweled with her intestines dangling from several deep gashes in her abdomen...

Rasmussen Reports         
59% say U.S. government encourages illegal immigration   
Most voters nationwide continue to believe government policies encourage illegal immigration and support using the military along the U.S.-Mexican border. But they remain divided as to whether the federal government or individual states should enforce immigration laws. -- The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters shows...

American Border Patrol          
ABP Podcast   
American Border Patrol is launching a weekly podcast. This week's report deals with Arizona's border fence project. To watch the podcast in Windows Media Player, click here. To watch it on your iPad, click here. To watch on your iPhone, click here.

Arizona Republic -- Phoenix         
Mitt Romney promises to stop illegal immigration   
Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney renewed his vow to salvage Social Security at a campaign stop Wednesday in the Sun Lakes retirement community south of Chandler. -- Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, has emerged in the GOP field as a defender of the popular but financially stressed safety-net program for older Americans...

Zero Hedge          
And so it began   
Three years ago tonight we were all watching a new world unfold. -- Many of us did not know how bad it would be, how close to utter collapse we would come, or three years later how little would have actually changed (besides the unemployment rate being 40% higher). -- What has changed is the confidence and trust we have in the Government, Politicians, and the United States as a whole.

Coming Up
October 8
Roswell, Georgia -- 6:30 pm ET
Dustin Inman Society Fundraiser

Dave Gibson -- The Examiner          
Is Rep. Smith's E-Verify bill simply more GOP window dressing?   
This morning, the House Judiciary Committee is set to begin discussing HR2885 (The Legal Workforce Act) which is supposedly designed to make E-Verify mandatory throughout the U.S., thus protecting American jobs. -- However, the bill contains a provision (Section 6) which preempts the states from passing and enforcing their own E-Verify laws aimed at private businesses...

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