Friday, September 30, 2011
The Drug War - Why the Media Blackout?
"Media blackout refers to the censorship of news related
to a certain topic, for any reason"-- Wikipedia
|CNS News -- September 28
DOJ: 'Mexican-Based Trafficking Organizations Control Access to the U.S. / Mexico Border'
Mexican drug-trafficking organizations "control access to the U.S.-Mexico border" and the "smuggling routes across" it, "resulting in unprecedented levels of violence in Mexico" and allowing those drug trafficking organizations and their associates to "dominate the supply and wholesale distribution of most illicit drugs in the United States," according to the Justice Department's newly published 2011 National Drug Threat Assessment.
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"Mexican-based trafficking organizations control access to the U.S. / Mexico border, the primary gateway for moving the bulk of illicit drugs into the United States," says the assessment published by DOJ's National Drug Intelligence Center.
"The organizations control, simultaneously use, or are competing for control of various smuggling corridors that they use to regulate drug flow across the border," says the assessment. "The value they attach to controlling border access is demonstrated by the ferocity with which several rival TCOs [transnational criminal organizations] fighting over control of key corridors, or 'plazas.'"
The Media Hide the Truth
Glenn Spencer, American Border Patrol
In January of 2009, ABP showed that the Mexican drug war was started after the U.S. began building fencing and barriers along the border.
The media blacked us out.
Nine months ago, ABP tested a system that would help secure the border. A naive student news service told the story.
The mainstream blackout of the system continues. Why?
|Los Angeles Times sc
Big donors jumping ship on globalist Obama
The race is on to tap one of the most vital sources of campaign cash --- Wall Street --- and the early results are not looking good for President Obama. -- The president's campaign struggled this week to sell out a fundraising dinner Friday at Manhattan's gilded Four Seasons restaurant despite its being hosted by America's No. 1 capitalist, Warren Buffett...
|Chuck Baldwin -- VDare.com
Economic bad times just beginning
A couple of weeks ago, I was honored to attend a private gathering of influential conservative leaders just outside Washington, D.C. While many differences of opinion were expressed on a variety of subjects, there was one subject on which every single attendee was unequivocally united: the US economy is soon going to tank! As one man said, "In a couple of years, these could be the 'good old days.'"
|Jim Hoft -- Gateway Pundit
Crony Socialism: Obama gives $737m to firm linked to the Pelosi clan
It's as if Solyndra never happened. The Obama Administration is giving $737 million to a Tonopah Solar, a subsidiary of California-based SolarReserve. PCG is an investment partner with SolarReserve. Nancy Pelosi's brother-in-law happens to be the number two man at PCG. -- Team Obama is spending $737 million to create 45 permanent jobs...
Biden to Latinos: You were here first
Vice President Joe Biden compared immigration to the United States for Irish and Hispanic people --- but noted Hispanic immigrants were here first. -- Biden on Thursday hosted the annual Hispanic Heritage Month reception at the Naval Observatory. Guests included about 100 Hispanic veterans, active duty service members, elected officials and others. The music was classical Mexican...
|National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers Disturbing photos
Latest NAFBPO update from south of the border
President Barack Obama appears to be getting it from all sides regarding a government snafu dubbed Operation Fast and Furious. Besides both houses of the U.S. Congress and a number of public-interest groups investigating what is being characterized as a rogue federal law enforcement operation, Mexico's attorney general is infuriated over the allegations that the U.S. was behind the smuggling of weapons...
|Associated Press sc
Hispanics allegedly vanish from Alabama schools
Hispanic students have started vanishing from Alabama public schools in the wake of a court ruling that upheld the state's tough new law cracking down on illegal immigration. -- Education officials say scores of [illegal alien] families have withdrawn their children from classes or kept them home this week, afraid that sending the kids to school would draw attention from authorities...
U.S. decries salaries, staffing in new UN budget
The Obama administration told the United Nations that too few of its 10,307 workers are being cut and average salaries, currently $119,000 a year, have risen “dramatically." -- The U.S. ambassador for UN management and reform, Joseph M. Torsella, said today that the proposed $5.2 billion UN budget for the next two years would scrap only 44 jobs, a 0.4 percent reduction...
|Corruption Chronicles -- Judicial Watch
State gets $5 mil bonus for food stamp sign up
In its quest to promote taxpayer-funded entitlement programs, the Obama Administration has actually rewarded one state with a $5 million bonus for its efficiency in adding food-stamp recipients to already bulging rolls. -- It's part of the administration's campaign to eradicate "food insecure households" by improving access and increasing participation in the government's...
|Pew Hispanic Center
Childhood poverty among Hispanics sets record, leads nation
The spread of poverty across the United States that began at the onset of the Great Recession of 2007-2009 and accelerated last year hit one fast-growing demographic group especially hard: Latino children. -- More Latino children are living in poverty -- 6.1 million in 2010 -- than children of any other racial or ethnic group. This marks the first time in U.S. history that the single largest group of poor children is not white...
New Orleans resident fed up with Obama
On Thursday, we brought you the story about New Orleans resident Timothy Reily's controversial lawn signs -- you know, the ones featuring President Barack Obama as a puppet and a crying baby in a diaper (currently, there are four billboards). -- Now, Denny Schaffer, a morning show host at New Orleans' WRNO-RADIO, has the first and only (so far) interview with Reily...
|Joe Newby -- The Examiner
Sheila Jackson Lee to Conservative Bloggers: 'Shut up!'
While speaking with Tavis Smiley of PBS, Texas Democrat Sheila Jackson Lee said conservative bloggers should "shut up" and "stop playing racial politics." -- This from a member of the caucus that does little else but play the race card. -- Seconds later, Jackson Lee went on to say that buy American should be "buy African American." -- She also said that if Obama's jobs bill is passed...
|Matt Mackowiak -- Philadelphia Inquirer
Two scandals threaten Obama
The Watergate, Iran-Contra, Monica Lewinsky, and Valerie Plame affairs differed greatly in subject and seriousness, but each showed how a scandal can swallow a presidency. Two grave threats to President Obama's reelection have likewise grown out of controversies that once seemed minor. -- The meltdown of a favored alternative-energy firm and the fallout from...
|Joel Gehrke -- Washington Examiner
Poll: Ron Paul vs. Obama a dead heat in Florida
Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-leaning polling firm, shows Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, and former Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Mass., trailing President Obama by a mere one point in their latest poll of Florida voters. Obama has a 56 percent disapproval rating in the swing state. -- PPP shows Paul trailing Obama 45-44 in a hypothetical general election match-up, while Romney lags Obama by the same margin, 46-45...
|Color Lines sc
Cheap labor-hustler piles it deep as E-Verify bill advances
..."The bill would endanger the jobs of millions of Latinos -- including U.S. citizens wrongly flagged by the government's database -- and import hundreds of thousands of new guest workers to replace them," said Frank Sharry, the executive director of the [wide-open borders] group America's Voice. "It would push more jobs and workers into the underground economy, grow the deficit..."
|Jim Kouri, CPP -- The Examiner
Holder, DOJ stonewalling of Fast & Furious probe creating anger
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Tx) is complaining about the continued stonewalling by the U.S. Department of Justice in providing documents regarding the controversial Operation Fast and Furious. -- After sending two formal written requests to Justice Department officials and a letter to the U.S. Attorney General, Rep. Smith is angry...
|Dave Gibson -- The Examiner
Police ask for public's help in search for illegal alien suspect
East Hartford, Conn. -- According to police, Mario Antonio Urizar, 35, immediately quit his job and left his East Hartford apartment last month when he discovered that a warrant for his arrest had been issued. -- Urizar, who is in the country illegally from Guatemala, has family ties in the Providence, Rhode Island area, say police. -- Urizar has been charged with first-degree sexual assault...
|The Dustin Inman Society -- Marietta, Ga.
The SPLC oozes into the state lobbying business
Building managers in state Capitols around the Southeast would do well to instruct their maintenance staffs to stock up on gloves, mops, buckets, slime removal equipment, extra disinfectant and perhaps installing shower stalls for use by the Capitol workers who can't go home during the day to delouse. -- The slimy, discredited , parasitic hucksters at the Southern Poverty Law Center are...
|Edwin S. Rubenstein -- VDare.com
Blacks, others lose employment ground on Obama's watch
An extraordinary ninety-five percent of black voters cast their ballots for Barack Obama. But, funny thing, blacks have suffered more than any other group during the Obama years. The winners: immigrants. -- Just look at unemployment rates. While Black unemployment has for decades exceeded that of other groups, and was notably slow to improve after the 2001-2002 recession...
Obama Regime widens challenges to state immigration laws
The Obama administration is escalating its crackdown on tough immigration laws, with lawyers reviewing four new state statutes to determine whether the federal government will take the extraordinary step of challenging the measures in court. -- Justice Department attorneys have sued Arizona and Alabama, where a federal judge on Wednesday allowed key parts of that state's immigration law to take effect...
|Kimberly Dvorak -- The Examiner
Those marvelous Mexican trucks
The Interstate 8 Border Patrol checkpoint east of San Diego snagged more than a million dollars worth of cocaine headed to America's streets yesterday. -- Border Patrol agents became suspicious of a 52-year-old male Mexican national, who was driving a green Peterbilt semi-truck when he stopped at the checkpoint. Their suspicions were confirmed during the secondary inspection when the K-9 team located illegal narcotics...
HB 56: Shameless baby-waving kicks into high gear in Alabama
Birmingham -- Plaintiffs seeking to block Alabama's immigration law asked a federal judge Thursday to keep the law from going into effect until their appeal can be heard by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta. -- A group of 36 plaintiffs, led by the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama, or HICA, wants U.S. District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn to delay the effective date of five sections of the law that she refused to block Wednesday.
|Roger Aronoff -- Family Security Matters
'Fast & Furious' scandal can no longer be denied
The usual truism is that many politicians make the mistake of not coming completely clean when allegations of wrongdoing surface. The cover-up, it is said, is often worse than the underlying crime or ethical violation. This has often been cited as the mistake made by people including Richard Nixon (Watergate break-in), Bill Clinton (Lewinsky, not to mention Filegate and Travelgate)...
|KSAT-TV -- San Antonio
New report calls border 'war zone'
A new report is taking aim at the Texas-Mexico border. The study was commissioned by the Texas Department of Agriculture and calls the border more dangerous than ever. -- Todd Staples, Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, said Americans need to wake up and face a growing crisis. -- "This is a drug war on America. Texas happens to be the front line," Staples said... [This as Big Sis and Obama claim the border is more secure than ever]
Former KSU student in immigration controversy called back to court
Jessica Colotl, a former Kennesaw State University student who sparked a national immigration debate when she was nearly deported after being jailed for a driving offense, may not avoid a criminal conviction after all. -- Superior Court Judge Mary Staley issued an order Wednesday indicating that she will reconsider allowing Colotl to enter a pretrial diversion program...
|Carl F. Horowitz -- Human Events
The Big Labor Stranglehold: Killing Jobs and hurting America
Union membership as a share of the labor force is at its lowest level in decades. Only 11.9% of all U.S. employees in 2010 belonged to a labor organization. Yet as the unfolding drama in Wisconsin this year has revealed, unions are far from irrelevant. Indeed, public-sector employees have emerged as one of the most powerful forces in the nation's economic and political life...
|Andrew P. Napolitano -- LewRockwell.com
The myth of American freedom
Here is Judge Napolitano's closing argument yesterday on his Freedom Watch: Does the government work for us or do we work for the government? Is freedom in America a myth or a reality? Tonight, what if we didn't live in a free country? -- What if the Constitution were written not to limit government, but to expand it? What if the Constitution didn't fulfill the promise of...
|MetroWest Daily News -- Framingham, Mass.
Marlborough councilor renews Secure Communities push
With debate about Secure Communities heating up statewide this week, a city councilor is again pushing to have Marlborough adopt the controversial program. -- Ward 3 Councilor Matt Elder sent out a press release Tuesday calling for the the city to implement the federal initiative that tracks and deports violent illegal [aliens]...
|Dave Gibson -- The Examiner
Bloomberg claims illegal immigration "is the future of America"
On Wednesday, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg sat down for an interview with CNN's John King and promoted not only his open borders vision for America, but claimed that those who report that illegal aliens are still coming across the border "by the tens of thousands" are not telling the truth. -- He went on to say that "the number of people crossing the border has gone down..."
|Joseph Farah -- WorldNetDaily.com
The FEC's extraordinary eligibility ruling
The biggest non-story of the week, unless you read WND, is that the Federal Election Commission has redefined the Constitution's requirement for presidential eligibility to allow any citizen to run even those who are foreign-born. -- This should be front-page news everywhere. -- It would mean Arnold Schwarzenegger, previously thought to be ineligible by everyone, could run for president...