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Monday, October 17, 2011

The Joke Is On Us
Herman Cain cannot be taken seriously
New York Times -- October 16   
Cain Says His Deadly Fence Plan Was 'a Joke'
"Let's steal from the poor and give to the rich - then let's kill Mexicans!"
    At two campaign rallies in Tennessee on Saturday night, the Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said that part of his immigration policy would be to build an electrified fence on the country's border with Mexico that could kill people trying to enter the country illegally.
    But by Sunday morning, in a dramatic change of tone, Mr. Cain, a former restaurant executive, said he was only kidding.
    "That's a joke," Mr. Cain told the journalist David Gregory during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press," where he was asked about the electrified fence. "That's not a serious plan. I've also said America needs to get a sense of humor."
    Mr. Cain's attempt to pass off incendiary comments as nothing but a joke may take more effort, however. In making the initial remarks about an electrified fence killing illegal immigrants, Mr. Cain was detailed and repetitive. He did not introduce his thoughts as anything but serious commentary, beginning with the words, "We have a crisis of illegal immigration."
    And the crowds responded with cheers, not laughs.
Red DotAmerican Patrol Report Comment
    Herman Cain's 9-9-9 economic plan is ridiculous. While many are calling for a more progressive system that taxes the rich more, his regressive plan taxes them less -- and the poor more. It will never see the light of day. And, his electrified fence plan would have been called racist if he weren't black.
    Herman Cain is offering super-simplistic solutions that will never be implemented. He cannot be taken seriously.

David A - Patten -- NewsMax.com        sc  
Obama's 1,000-day Report Card: 'Gridlock, Dysfunction'    
Don't look for champagne, party horns, and confetti to mark President Barack Obama's 1,000th day in the White House today. -- Indeed, some might be forgiven for feeling that these thousand days of "hope and change" seem more like a thousand years. -- Partisan discord --- fueled by a president who seems unable to find any common ground with the opposition party --- is rife and rancorous...

Pajamas Media  
Romney's bad appointments are starting to add up   
So we've learned over the past few days that a trio of Mitt Romney's chosen advisers helped the Obama administration craft ObamaCare. And on top of that, that Gov. Romney sought the advice of Malthusian green activist John Holdren, when Romney was considering a cap and trade regime for Massachusetts. Holdren hails from the radical side of the green and AGW movement... [See Czar Watch]

D.A. King -- Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal   
A letter I'd like to read about immigration reform and agriculture   
In the 2011 session the General Assembly passed the 'Georgia Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011' (HB 87), aimed at protecting Georgians from the ravages of the crime of illegal immigration. -- While citing an annual $2.4 billion dollar state cost of illegal immigration, Gov. Deal signed HB 87 into law in May with loud approval and gratitude from the huge majority of Georgia citizens...

Dave Gibson -- The Examiner  
Mexican citizens speaking out about police corruption    
Many of Mexico's traditional news sources have either greatly curtailed or completely ended their coverage of the drug cartels, since dozens of reporters have been kidnapped and murdered for reporting on the incredible violence now gripping Mexico. In the absence of mainstream news coverage, so-called 'narco-blogs' have emerged, upon which citizen-journalists can post information....

Anthony Martin -- The Examiner   
Obama's Gunwalker Damage Control: "Nobody knew"    
As the Administration of Barack Obama continues to shift into damage control mode in light of the Project Gunwalker scandal, not only are officials seeking to blame George W. Bush, but the overall strategy seems to be to engage in the unanimous claim that 'nobody knew about it.' -- Congressman Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, appeared on CBS News' Face the Nation yesterday morning...

Alan Caruba -- Family Security Matters  
Immigration, migration, politics and policies   
...The United States is home to approximately 311 million people, natural born and immigrants, legal and illegal. In 2012, issues surrounding illegal immigration will be a factor in selecting candidates. The decision by Texas Governor Rick Perry to become a Republican candidate for President has required him to explain his state's policies...

Michelle Bachmann for President Campaign
Tele-Townhall Call Tonight with Donald Trump
I have an exciting announcement: Tonight, Donald Trump will join me for a national tele-townhall -- and you're invited. -- Would you like to discuss the election and my campaign with Donald Trump and me at 8:00 p.m. ET tonight, Monday, October 17? Click Here for more information.

San Antonio Express News   
Drug trafficking helping economy along border   
By all appearances, Marin "Gordo" Herrera was a prospering South Texas real estate developer immune from the economic downturn and rising foreclosure rates buffeting the nation. -- His companies, New Millennium Developers and Herrera Property & Investments, had acquired 77 properties in the McAllen area. He had booked at least $4 million in revenue...

Associated Press   
Challenges loom as world population hits 7 billion   
She's a 40-year-old mother of eight, with a ninth child due soon. The family homestead in a Burundi village is too small to provide enough food, and three of the children have quit school for lack of money to pay required fees. -- "I regret to have made all those children," says Godelive Ndageramiwe. "If I were to start over, I would only make two or three."

Washington's Blog   
Is anyone dumb enough to believe that Obama supports the 99%?   
Obama is pretending that he supports the 99%. -- But Obama has raised more from Wall Street than anyone else. He is bought and paid for. -- Mr. Obama has appointed the very Wall Street insiders who helped cause the financial crisis to top posts. See this and this. -- He thinks that high unemployment is a good thing...

Bobby Eberle -- GOPUSA.com   
Man fired for wearing American flag pin to work   
After two years of wearing an American flag pin on his jacket lapel, the front desk supervisor at a downtown hotel in St. Augustine, Florida was told to "remove it or go home." He chose to go home, and now he has been fired for his actions. It's one thing for a hotel or any company to have appearance guidelines, and it's quite another to suppress a modest show of patriotism...

Mary Ann Milburn Orange County Register -- Santa Ana, Calif.   
2.2 million in U.S. at risk of losing jobless benefits   
As many as 2.2 million unemployed workers nationwide stand to lose their jobless checks after the first of the year unless Congress acts to continue extended benefits, according to the U.S. Labor Department. -- Normally the unemployed get a maximum of 26 weeks of state jobless benefits after they are laid off. However, because of the depth and length of this economic downturn... [See 'Hope and Change' Watch]

Face the Nation -- CBS News   
Elijah Cummings claims Issa's investigation is a "witch hunt"    
Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the Oversight & Government Reform Committee, said Sunday he thinks committee Chair Darrell Issa is conducting a witch hunt regarding the ATF "Fast and Furious" gunwalking scandal - and that Issa has issued "some very unfortunate statements about the chief law enforcement officer in our country," Attorney General Eric Holder...

Sally Zelikovsky The American Thinker -- Bellevue, Wash.   
The revolutionaries' revenge   
The media are mistakenly characterizing the Occupy Wall Street movement as unemployed Millennials with a legitimate gripe against Wall Street consistent with the Tea Party, or as a rag-tag group of unemployed stoners with no coherent message, not to be taken too seriously. After spending hours interviewing protesters in Oakland, California, both characterizations are way off base... [See 'Hope and Change' Watch]

Kimberly Dvorak -- The Examiner   
La Raza to storm 'Super-Committee' to keep their Medicaid benefits
The National Council of La Raza will step up its fight against entitlement reform in order to let the Congressional "Super-Committee," who must cut $1.2 trillion of America's bloated $14 trillion debt, or slash Medicaid spending. --"[We need to] keep sending the message that the trade-off for reducing the deficit cannot be the livelihood of our [Latino] families," a press release read...

Jim Kouri, CPP -- The Examiner       sc    
Suspected killer of U.S. Border agent extradited from Mexico    
Marcos Rodríguez-Perez, one of five individuals charged with being involved in the 2009 murder of Border Patrol Agent Robert W. Rosas, Jr., was arraigned Friday in federal court in San Diego, California. -- Rodríguez-Perez was arrested by Mexican authorities on April 11, 2011, in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico and was extradited from Mexico on October 13, 2011, escorted by special agents...

London Daily Mail   
Idiocy: School bans Thanksgiving and Columbus Day holidays 
An elementary school principal has caused outrage by banning Halloween, Thanksgiving and Columbus day, saying they are insensitive. -- Anne Foley, the principal at Kennedy School in Somerville, Massachusetts, sent an e-mail to teachers warning them about celebrating Thanksgiving. -- She wrote: 'When we were young we might have been able to claim ignorance of the atrocities..."

The Blaze  
High school students made to recite Mexican National Anthem   
Students in a Texas public high school were made to stand up and recite the Mexican national anthem and Mexican pledge of allegiance as part of a Spanish class assignment, but the school district maintains there was nothing wrong with the lesson. -- It happened last month in an intermediate Spanish class at Achieve Early College High School in McAllen, Texas...

Anthony Martin -- The Examiner   
Obama's Gunwalker Excuse: Blame Bush   
U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa stopped short of calling for Attorney General 's resignation over the fatally flawed Operation Fast and Furious today, but the California Republican said Holder "clearly knew more than he said" when he testified before Congress. -- Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that is investigating the federal gunrunning scandal...

Dave Gibson -- The Examiner   
Texas agency's warning on cartels is only the tip of the iceberg   
A few days ago, the Texas Department of Public Safety issued a warning to parents on the issue of Mexican drug cartels recruiting Texas high school students. While the warning is certainly justifiable, it is a little too late. -- According to the DPS, a 12-year-old boy was caught behind the wheel of a stolen pickup truck containing 800 pounds of marijuana last week...

National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers   Disturbing photos      
Latest NAFBPO update from south of the border   
Monterrey, NL, Mex. -- Thursday morning, a man and woman were found dumped in the street at about 6am. The woman was handcuffed and both appeared to have been tortured, with their eyes taped shut. The residents in the area reported not hearing any noises, and refused comment for fear of retaliation...

Paul Scicchitano -- NewsMax.com   
Issa: Holder knew more about gun scheme than he admits   
U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa stopped short of calling for Attorney General Eric Holder's resignation over the fatally flawed Operation Fast and Furious today, but the California Republican said Holder "clearly knew more than he said" when he testified before Congress. -- Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that is investigating the federal gunrunning scandal...

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