Just when we should be shutting down our borders Obama and his fellow Democrats are bending over to the Open Border crowd. The Democrats and country club Republicans like Dick Armey and Lindsey Graham want to legalize illegal aliens who our illegally here, don’t pay taxes, commit major crimes and drive down wages just to add voters to there socialist agenda. The border area along Mexico is already a war zone, the violence is spreading north and killing American. Corrupt Mexican military personal have crossed the border hundreds of times over the past decade to add the drug cartels in everthing from guarding shipments to carrying out hits. Obama, Pelosi and Reid apparently have no limits when it comes to carrying out there euro-left social attack on the American way of life. Mexican gangs are killing more American then Al-Qaeda every year while terrorizing large cities in every state while the federal government does little to protect American citizens. Any other country on the planet would be using military force to stop this terrorist like attack on there populace. When the Bush administration deployed Army National Guard Styrker units to the southern border, the areas they where deployed to saw major drops in Illegals and drug trafficking across the border. Even then the Regiment was severly limited in how they where allowed to carry out the mission. Every nationality on the earth is using our southern border to illegally enter the country. Massive piles of trash are evidence of the masses crossing the border, the landowners along the SW border states are under siege by these criminals. The Obama administration has done everything in its power to roll back the minor improvements the Bush administration implemented. The Border Patrol hiring has turned to layoffs while 16 thousand new IRS agents are being hired to plunder more income from taxpayers to hep pay for his new health care disaster.
Mexican drug gangs have expanded their activities in the U.S. with heroin production doubling in 2008, the U.S. Justice Department says in a report.
Despite U.S. funding for the war on drugs, trade in marijuana, ecstasy and methamphetamine also grew, the National Drug Threat Assessment said. The report found that Mexican groups were active in every region of the U.S. Gangs were moving an estimated $40 billion in cash back into Mexico across the border each year, it added.
Mexico has long been the main conduit for illicit drugs smuggled into the U.S., but this report suggests that the efforts to halt the flow on both sides of the border have had only a limited impact. In 2007 the U.S. pledged $1.4 billion over three years to fight the drugs cartels, but the following year heroin production in Mexico rose from 17 to 38 metric tons. This, the report says, led to lower heroin prices and more overdose deaths in the U.S.
The report found that Mexican heroin was poised to take a “more significant share” of the market in U.S. cities where South American heroin has traditionally dominated. For Asian heroin, the U.S. continued to be a secondary market, it said. The assessment says that Mexican drug suppliers have increased their cooperation with American street and prison gangs to expand their distribution networks. Speaking in Mexico City earlier this week, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for more efforts to tackle the social issues such as poverty that fuel the drugs trade. Mexico, which has some 50,000 troops engaged against the cartels, has suggested that American money and equipment has not arrived quickly enough.
You think OBAMA will invite the North Koreans for milk and cookies so he can apologize and beg Kim Jong Il to like us. Maybe the Democrats can add the North Koreans to there Obama Care Re-Distribution bankruptcy bill.
North Korea ‘torpedoes and sinks’ South Korean navy ship with 104 sailors on board
A massive rescue operation was underway this evening to save the crew of a South Korean navy ship feared to have been hit by a North Korean torpedo.
Several of the 104 crew were reported to have been killed and others are missing from the ship which sunk in waters near Baengnyeong island, close to the disputed maritime border between the two Koreas.
South Korea’s president President Lee Myung-bak convened an emergency meeting of security ministers amid concerns the incident could become the flashpoint to draw the countries closer to renewed conflict.
Torpedo strike: A South Korean naval coast defence ship patrols the country’s northern coast (file picture)
A South Korean ship is said to have fired in apparent retaliation at a vessel in the north but there were no details of whether it was hit.
Officials in the South Korean capital Seoul reported 59 people had been rescued from the unidentified 1,500-tonne naval vessel which was said to have begun to sink after an explosion at the rear.
The ship was on a routine patrolling mission when it was rocked by an explosion believed to have been caused by a torpedo strike, possibly fired from a submarine.
“The cause is not certain and an investigation is underway – our priority is the rescue operation,” a South Korean official said.
Six naval ships and two Coast Guard vessels were rushed to the waters to try to save the crew, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported. Rescue helicopters and ambulances also sped to the scene.
Police in Seoul were placed on heightened alert in case of attack.
Baeknyeong Island, four hours by boat from the port of Incheon, is the westernmost point of South Korea and is a key military post for South Korea because of its proximity to the North.
Flashpoint: The ship went down off the island of Baengnyeong, in the Yellow Sea
The sudden escalation between the two countries comes after North Korea warned it was increasing its defences in resoponse to joint South Korean-U.S. military drills earlier this month.
North Korean has already threatened “unprecedented nuclear strikes” against its southern neighbour and the U.S. over claims they are planning to topple the regime of Kim Jong-il.
Last month, North Korea declared four naval firing zones near the disputed sea border, deploying multiple rocket launchers close to the frontier. Two of the zones are in the Yellow Sea where this incident happened.
The Yellow Sea border was the scene of deadly naval battles in 1999 when 17 North Korean sailors died – and 2002 when four South Korean sailors and an estimated 30 North Koreans died.
In November the two navies fought a brief gun battle that left one North Korean sailor dead and three others wounded. A North Korean ship was also left in flames.
And in January, North Korea fired artillery in to the disputed zones at a time of mounting international pressure to re-start nuclear talks. Some analysts say the firing zones – and recent escalation of military activity – may be a way of strengthening its hand in any talks.
With international talks aimed at ending the communist nation’s nuclear ambitions stalled for months, economic ties have also been hit with disputes over cross border tourism and a joint economic zone.
The western sea border has been a constant source of military tension between the two countries and has triggered three deadly exchanges in the past decade.
South Korea recognizes the Northern Limit line, drawn unilaterally by the U.S.-led United Nations Command to demarcate the sea border at the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. the line has never been accepted by the North.
In 2002, then-President George Bush named North Korea as part of an ‘axis of evil’ alongside other ‘rogue’ states such as Iraq and Iran.
But Kim Yong-il was not deterred. Instead, Pyongyang made regular annoucements on its arsenal and in July 2003 claimed it had enough plutonium to begin making nuclear bombs.
Three years later, North Korea test fired a long-range missile and last year Pyongyang claimed it had carried out an underground nuclear test, prompting protest from the US, Russia and China.
Action: South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, center, talks with officials today after the sinking of one of the country’s naval ships
At the end of the Second World War, Korea was a united country under Japanese occupation. But after Japan’s defeat, the island was effectively split with Soviet troops occupying the north and American forces in the south.
The stage was set for a long-running and bitter confrontation between the capitalist west and the communist forces of Russia.
In 1948, leaders in the north proclaimed the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the Soviets withdrew. Two years later, the south declared independence. North Korea invaded.
The ensuing war lasted three years, left two million dead and laid waste to the country’s economy and infrastructure.
Hostilities finally ceased when the two sides agreed to a three-mile buffer zone between the two states.
But despite the ceasefire, sporadic hostilities continued , the two tiny countries fighting a bitter offshoot of the Cold War in a remote and neglected corner of the world.
The south – propped up by the Americans – thrived. However, the north has had a far rockier history.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il visits the Daeheungsan Machinery Factory in North Korea today.
Originally ruled by Kim Il-song, the country’s supreme leader is now his son, Kim Jong-il.
Whereas his father had abided by the terms of the 1953 ceasefire, his sucessor reneged.
In 1996, against a backdrop of devastating famine, Kim Jong-il announced he was sending troops into the demilitarised zone
In 2006, North Korea test-fired a long-range missile. Relations with the West deteriorated again last year when neighbours accused the country of carrying out another long-range missile test. Pyongyang, however, claimed the rocket under scrutiny was carrying a communications satellite.
Later last year, the country admitted it had carried out its second underground nuclear test, prompting protest from the US, China and Russia.
And while the nuclear brinkmanship continued, there were regular spats with South Korea over border incursions and hostile intent.
The sea boundary has been the cause of particular tension in the last few months. South Korea claims the north has designated four areas as military firing zone and deployed four rocket launchers close to the sea in response.
Although South Korea still recognises the Northern Limit Line, which was drawn up in 1953, the north has never accepted the boundary.
THE KOREAN ARSENAL
Active Military Personnel: 1,170,000 (including 60,000 special forces skilled in infiltration and asymmetric warfare).
Active Military Reserve: 4,700,000.
Believed to have nuclear warheads, though numbers are unknown.
13 types of chemical and biological warheads, amounts unknown.
5,000 tons of chemical weapons, believed to include mustard gas, phosgene and sarin. Among its biological agents are cholera, yellow fever, smallpox, typhus, typhoid fever and dysentery.
Total Land-Based Weapons: 16,400.
Armored Personnel Carriers: 2,500.
Towed Artillery: 3,500.
Self-Propelled Guns: 4,400.
Multiple Rocket Launch Systems: 5,000.
Anti-Aircraft Weapons: 11,000.
Total Aircraft: 1,778.
This guy really needs to be stopped, if his bad mouthing apology tour wasn’t vile enough now he is at it again.
By Warner Todd Huston, Canada Free Press
It’s bad enough that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is giving short shrift to American manufacturers and our economy by ordering extravagant new crystal stemware from Sweden to make the crystal cabinets in America’s embassies sparkle impressively, but now we learn that Barack Obama has told the U.S. relief forces in Haiti not to fly the U.S. flag over its own military compounds. He says that it will “send the wrong message.”
Never mind that all the other nations have their flags proudly flying above their military relief installations in Haiti. Even Croatia has its coat of arms flying outside its base. Yet not the U.S. Army. No U.S. flag flies anywhere despite that we are far and away the largest force and have supplied the most relief supplies and money to the earthquake recovery effort.
According to USAID, as of Jan. 19 the U.S. had spent $130,864,571 on aid to the Haitian people to help them recover from the devastating earthquake. By Jan. 25, that number had already increased to $179,883,065. It is only going up from there.
So why did the Obama administration forbid flying our own flag in Haiti? “We are not here as an occupation force, but as an international partner committed to supporting the government of Haiti on the road to recovery,” the U.S. government’s Haiti Joint Information Center said in response to a query about the flag.
If it is so important to be seen as just another member of that international force, then why are all the other nations still flying their flags? Oh, I remember now – unlike the U.S., they don’t have a president that is more comfortable apologizing for his country than being proud of it, even when it is engaged in saving lives through relief work.
As far as Obama is concerned, we should be ashamed of our nation even when we are digging children and the aged out of mounds of crumbled ruins, even when we are feeding the hungry, and administering life saving medicines – all for free, mind you. Even those efforts aren’t good enough for us to be proud to fly our flag above them, apparently.
The NavyTimes.com report reveals a craven attempt by the Obama administration to pin this no-flag decision on our troops, too. Obama’s Army flak, Col. Billy Buckner, the spokesman for Joint Task Force-Haiti – “a group representing various Obama administration agency heads” the NavyTimes.com report tells us – says that our commanders are “smart” not to fly the flag. “Our commanders are smart and intuitively understand their mission here in Haiti, and clearly the sensitivities that come with supporting the mission,” Buckner said.
A U.S. flag went up at a temporary consular station set up in the first few days on the airport tarmac, according to Charles Luoma-Overstreet, a State Department spokesman in Haiti. “Apparently, the prime minister (Jean-Max Bellerive) saw this” and thought it appeared as if the United States were taking over the airport, Luoma-Overstreet said. He said Bellerive said something to U.S. Ambassador Kenneth Merten, who agreed that flying the flag wasn’t a good idea and told the consular officials to take it down.
Notice how it went from “the commanders” being “smart” enough to understand the situation to Obama’s ambassador to Haiti ordering the flag be removed? In other words, despite the colonel trying to make it seem as if the commanders on the ground are all for this dearth of Old Glory, it really ends up being a political decision by Obama and his cohorts who are ashamed of America and willing to let anyone denigrate her.
Does anyone really think that PM Bellerive would have persisted in his loose observation that the U.S. was an “occupying force” amidst all the aid flowing into his country? And even if he did, so what? The aid we were supplying is obviously far more important than a cheap political maneuver by Bellerive.
Still, this shows the lack of spine Obama has when standing up to foreign criticism. Even this offhanded comment from Bellerive was enough for Obama to slight his own army and his own countrymen by removing Old Glory from sight in Haiti.
If Obama is this much of a linguini-spined sort of a leader, what will happen to us if he faces a real foreign crisis?
Got this in my e-mail today, not sure who penned it but its interesting.
The letters A, C, O, R and N are coming off office doors from New York to California. Business cards are being reprinted. New signs with new names are popping up in front of offices.
An ACORN employee is shown in one of many hidden camera sting operations by two independent journalists reporting on wrongdoing.
CHICAGO — Affiliates of the once mighty liberal activist group ACORN are remaking themselves in a desperate bid to ditch the tarnished name of their parent organization and restore federal grants and other revenue streams that ran dry in the wake of a video scandal.
The letters A, C, O, R and N are coming off office doors from New York to California. Business cards are being reprinted. New signs with new names are popping up in front of offices.
The breakaways are trying to shed the scandal that emerged six months ago when videos showed some ACORN workers giving tax tips to conservative activists posing as a pimp and prostitute. But while their names are different, most groups have kept the same offices and staff.
That, critics say, means the groups really haven’t started anew and severed all ties to ACORN, which faced accusations of mismanagement and rampant voter registration fraud well before the video brouhaha sent even longtime Democratic backers scattering.
Even the national office of ACORN, or the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, doesn’t blame affiliates for bolting from under its umbrella — conceding its entire 40-state network has been devastated by what backers characterize as right-wing attacks.
“It is true that these range of attacks do damage to your brand and your good name,” said Kevin Whelan, ACORN’s communication’s director. “The other reality is that we are starting to win some vindication on the facts. But vindication doesn’t necessarily pay the rent.”
ACORN’s financial situation and reputation went into free fall within days of the videos’ release in September. Congress reacted by yanking ACORN’s federal funding, private donors held back cash and scores of ACORN offices closed.
On Wednesday, a U.S. judge reiterated an earlier ruling that the federal law blacklisting ACORN and groups allied with it was unconstitutional because it singled them out. That doesn’t mean any money will automatically be restored, however.
For years, ACORN could draw on 400,000 members to lobby for liberal causes, such as raising the minimum wage or adopting universal health care. Locally, its activists pushed city officials to fix broken street lights and it pressured banks to offer more favorable loans to low-income Americans. ACORN was arguably most successful at registering hundreds of thousands of low-income voters, though that mission was dogged by fraud allegations, including that some workers submitted forms signed by ‘Mickey Mouse’ or other cartoon characters.
There’s a chance the national group could disband, and it, too, may consider changing its name.
“The sorts of attacks ACORN has faced as an organization are unprecedented since the McCarthyism in the ’50s, and it remains an open question whether an organization can survive that,” Whelan said. “Time will tell.”
One of the latest groups to adopt a new name is ACORN Housing, long one of the best-funded affiliates. Now, the group is calling itself the Affordable Housing Centers of America.
Others changing their names include what were among the largest affiliates: California ACORN is now Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, and New York ACORN has become New York Communities for Change. More are expected to follow suit.
The housing affiliate has lost more than most. The federal cutoff slashed its budget 75 percent, from $24 million in 2009 to $6 million in 2010. It’s closed half of its 33 offices, cut half its 250 staff and reduced numbers of low-income families it gives financial advice to from 20,000 to 10,000.
An unadorned paper sign with the new name was taped at the entrance of the group’s Chicago headquarters on a recent afternoon. But much else is unchanged: The new group is in the same offices; and the head of the old group, Mike Shea, is the head of the new one.
Still, insisted Shea, “We really have no relationship with ACORN whatsoever.”
Many opponents don’t buy it. A distinguishing feature of ACORN for years has been its complex web of affiliates, some of which shared money and manpower without ever assuming ACORN’s name, said Frederick Hill, spokesman for Republicans on the U.S. House oversight and government reform committee.
“The idea that some ACORN organizations are trying to obscure who they really are should be troubling to Americans,” he said.
A recent report on ACORN compiled by the House Republicans whom Hill represents describes ACORN as a “shell game” with a structure “designed to conceal illegal activities, to use taxpayer and tax-exempt dollars for partisan political purposes, and to distract investigators.”
To credibly claim a clean break, argued Hill, the new groups should at least have hired directors from outside ACORN.
“But I can’t tell you of a single example our committee has seen where we say, ‘Geez, it really looks like they’re purging all the individuals who are with national ACORN,”‘ he said.
The breakaways insist they have changed in more than just name, pointing to tougher ethics rules and better management. Shea said his Chicago-based housing group brought in independent auditors to pour through its books; all, he says, gave them high marks.
“We can prove to our stakeholders that we’ve put reforms in place and what you saw on the video can never happen again,” he said.
In the end, all the confidence-building measures may do little good when it comes to divisive, politically active groups like ACORN. Foes like Hill and a vast range of longtime detractors are sure to harken back to the old ACORN names at every opportunity.
“If a company changes its name, the hubbub eventually dies down,” said Bill Lozito, head of Minneapolis-based branding firm, Strategic Name Development. “Changing a name associated with politics is a lot tougher. People won’t let go of the original name and won’t forget.”
Just when you thought MSNBC could not find another @$$hole, out pops another one. Someone really should up there Prozac at MSNBC, there beyond nuts.