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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Criminals Run Half of Mexico
Breeding ground for terrorists?
Los Angeles Times -- February 13
 Mexico's defense secretary acknowledges errors in drug war
Galvan -- "...national territory, public security have been totally overtaken."
    Mexico, DF -- Mexico's defense secretary has conceded errors in the country's drug war, in one of the more frank assertions from the government as it wages a military-led campaign against violent traffickers.
    Gen. Guillermo Galvan Galvan, speaking last week at a military event commemorating the March of Loyalty, also acknowledged that some regions of the country are not fully under government control, despite the deployment of tens of thousands of troops within the country's borders.
    "Of course there have been errors. Recognizing it is loyalty," he said (link in Spanish). "In some regions of the country, organized crime has appropriated the institutions of the state [...] In these [areas] of the national territory, public security has been totally overtaken."
    Galvan Galvan did not elaborate on specific regions, but independent security analysts in Mexico and the U.S. point to the vast footholds of the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico's west and the Zetas cartel in the northeast as proof that criminal groups have essentially claimed territory from the federal government.
Red DotSpecial: Mexico Under Siege
    Last week, the U.S. State Department issued a more detailed travel alert for Mexico that cites varying levels of risk in 18 of Mexico's 32 federal entities (31 states and Mexico City, formally known as the Federal District), or more than half of them.
Red DotRelated: Expert: Drug gangs control half of Mexico

Nogales (Arizona) International             sc  
Sheriff's Office probes back-to-back migrant robberies   
Masked bandits have once again wreaked havoc in the remote canyon area west of Interstate 19. -- On the morning of Feb. 9, the U.S. Border Patrol requested that a Santa Cruz County sheriff's deputy respond to its detention center in Nogales to interview a group of nine undocumented migrants who claimed they were robbed at gunpoint the previous evening...

CNS News Service   
Gas prices up 83% under subversive Obama regime   
President Barack Obama listed rising gas prices as among the many reasons to extend the payroll tax cut Tuesday, flanked by individuals the White House promoted as being affected by $40 per paycheck the average American would lose if the tax cut is not extended at the end of February. -- The payroll tax funds Social Security. Cutting the tax would reduce funding to Social Security by $119 billion...

Los Angeles Times  
Legality of LAPD Chief Beck's proposed impound rules questioned   
OPG VultureWith the Los Angeles Police Department on the verge of implementing controversial changes to when officers impound vehicles of unlicensed drivers, the legality of those changes was thrown into some question Monday by a nonpartisan state agency. -- The Legislative Counsel Bureau, which provides legal opinions to state lawmakers, concluded that once a police officer opts to impound the car of a driver who...

Daily Caller   
Krauthammer calls Obama budget 'worthy of Greece,' 'truly scandalous'
On Monday night's "Special Report" on the Fox News Channel, the show's "All-Star Panel" addressed the news of President Barack Obama's budget proposal, which was discussed on the Sunday public affairs programs this week. -- White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew made the incorrect assertion that it would require 60 votes, an impossibility without bipartisan agreement, for the U.S. Senate to pass a budget...

American Patrol Report   
Glenn Spencer tells the Ricky Veal story   
Two years ago Glenn Spencer had an encounter with a man named Ricky Veal near his home in Hereford, Arizona. It ended up with Spencer being convicted of Assault, Threatening and Intimidation and Disturbing the Peace. Glenn says the entire episode was manufactured by Ricky Veal, a man who is involved in a religious vendetta against him and American Border Patrol. ...

Kayleigh McEnany -- International Business Times          sc    
Obama shouldn't skew meaning of "rights" vs. "privileges"   
The Obama administration has made a habit of turning what should be "privileges" into "rights," and, in the process, demeaning what it actually means to have a right. He has done this with the health care and housing industries; in his latest attempt, he has done it with contraception. -- Last week, President Barack Obama mandated that insurance companies provide contraception to insurance recipients. ...

Dave Gibson -- The Examiner   
Now Obama wants to cut funding to jail illegal alien criminals   
On Monday, the White House presented their proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2013 which cuts reimbursements to states for the costs of imprisoning criminal aliens by nearly two-thirds. -- Obama has proposed slashing the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) from $240 million to only $70 million. --California would be particularly hard-hit under Obama's plan... [Related Item]

Daily Caller   
Obama hikes subsidy to wealthy electric car buyers
The White House intends to boost government subsidies for wealthy buyers of the Chevy Volt and other new-technology vehicles --- to $10,000 per buyer. -- That mammoth subsidy would cost taxpayers $100 million each year if it is approved by Congress, presuming only 10,000 new-technology autos are sold each year. -- But the administration wants to get 1 million new-tech autos on the road by 2015...

Associated Press  
Hundreds toss tantrum over Alabama immigration law   
Hundreds crowded the Alabama Statehouse courtyard to protest the state's immigration law that is among the toughest in the nation. -- Protesters chanted in English and Spanish before moving into the Statehouse Tuesday to deliver heart-shaped lollipops and Valentine's cards calling for the law's repeal. - Alabama legislators say a bill will be introduced in the coming weeks to make subtle changes to the law...

Vince Coglianese -- Daily Caller          sc   
Inside Media Matters: David Brock's enemies list   
An internal Media Matters For America memo obtained by The Daily Caller reveals that the left-wing media watchdog group employs an “opposition research team” to target its political enemies. Included in the list of targets are right-leaning websites, conservative think tanks, prominent financiers and donors, and more than a dozen specific Fox News Channel and News Corporation employees...

D.A. King -- Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal    
Black-market labor still a fact of life for public contractor profiteers
Readers who may think that Georgia's illegal immigration crisis vanished when last year's state enforcement law was enacted need to see yesterday's investigative report on public contractor's continued use of tax-payer funded, black-market labor. -- "I-Team" reporter Randy Travis at WAGA TV - Fox Five - has done his usual stellar job in exposing the fact that illegal labor is still a fact of life...

Dave Gibson -- The Examiner   
Illegal alien charged with DUI in school bus crash
Massillon, Ohio – On Monday, Victor Velasquez was arraigned in Massillon Municipal Court on charges stemming from a collision on Friday morning with a Massillon City School District bus. The proceeding was delayed because Velasquez speaks only Spanish and required an interpreter. -- According to court documents, Velasquez slammed his minivan into the back of a school bus at the intersection of...

Investor's Business Daily   
Fast And Furious gun control plot was widely known   
A drug enforcement agent says other agencies knew in 2009 about the Justice Department's gunrunning operation and even tried to interdict the weapons flow. And, yes, it was a gun-control plot. -- The notion that Fast and Furious was a localized operation run out of the Phoenix office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives of which few, particularly the arguably clueless Attorney General Eric Holder...

Fox News   
National Review calls for Gingrich to quit   
At the moment Rick Santorum appears to be overtaking Newt Gingrich as the principal challenger to Mitt Romney. Santorum has won more contests than Gingrich (who has won only one), has more delegates, and leads him in the polls. In at least one poll, he also leads Romney. It isn't yet a Romney. Santorum contest, but it could be headed that way. -- We hope so...

Daily Caller       
Babeu: Fast and Furious mastermind should 'face criminal charges'
Pinal County, Ariz. Sheriff Paul Babeu, a Republican congressional candidate, told The Daily Caller he thinks Attorney General Eric Holder "perjured himself" before Congress when testifying about Operation Fast and Furious. -- "I believe that [Holder], and many sheriffs in Arizona believe that, he has perjured himself," Babeu said during an interview with The DC...

Mike Brownfield -- Heritage Foundation   
Obama's continuing assault on the Constitution   
With tens of millions of Americans watching, Barack Obama stood at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2009, with his left hand on the Bible and his right hand held aloft, swearing to God and country that he would preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. Yet despite that pledge...

Rasmussen Reports   
59% of Catholics disapprove of Obama's job performance 
Catholics strongly disapprove of the job President Obama is doing as the debate continues over his administration's new policy forcing Catholic institutions to pay for contraception they morally oppose. While the president's overall job approval ratings have improved over the past couple of months, they have remained steady among Catholics...

Tucker Carlson -- Daily Caller   
Media Matters memo called for hiring private investigators 'to look into the personal lives' of Fox employees   
A little after 1 p.m. on Sept. 29, 2009, Karl Frisch e-mailed a memo to his bosses, Media Matters for America founder David Brock and president Eric Burns. In the first few lines, Frisch explained why Media Matters should launch a "Fox Fund" whose mission would be to attack the Fox News Channel...

Fox News Latino   
Company settles lawsuit alleging it favored Latinos [read: illegals]
A company targeted in one of the country's largest workplace raids against [illegal aliens] settled a discrimination lawsuit accusing it of giving preferential treatment to Latinos. -- Howard Industries in Mississippi was accused of not offering a job to Charlyn Dozier, a plaintiff, until after the 2008 raid. She had been applying for a position at the company every three to six months for about six years...

NBPC Press Release   
National Border Patrol Council blasts DHS pay cut plan   
The President of the Union representing U.S. Border Patrol Agents strongly condemned the pay reduction plan spearheaded by the Department of Homeland Security and included in the Obama Administration's budget request for 2013. "This is the same bad idea CBP proposed last year. It made no sense then and makes no sense now," said NBPC President George McCubbin III...

American Border Patrol       
Photo of the day   
Starlette and Heidi, two of American Border Patrol's 7 German Shepherds, send along a Happy Valentine's Day to everyone...

Lyle J. Rapacki, Ph.D. -- Family Security Matters  
Open Border Policy: Costs to America's infrastructure incalculable 
The construction of a 50-mile 'virtual-fence' on the southern Arizona border sponsored by Homeland Security Secretary and former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano briefly softened conservative rhetoric, but the political decisions made hundreds of miles away to encourage mass migration into border-states, and beyond, will defeat any sophisticated gadgets employed...

Jim Kouri, CPP -- The Examiner  
Congressman: Obama administration a lobbying firm for illegal aliens 
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) last week announced the appointment of a public advocate to handle complaints and questions about the administration's immigration enforcement policies. -- This new position will serve as a point of contact for illegal and criminal immigrants in deportation proceedings as well as NGOs and other community and advocacy groups...

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