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More Mush From the Wimp

Boy, if that isn’t a standing headline:

President Barack Obama acknowledged Friday that the United States “crossed a line” and tortured al Qaeda detainees after the 9/11 terror attacks.

The comments at a White House news conference were the President’s strongest on the controversial subject since he came into office denouncing what he described as the Bush years of torturing alleged terrorists, also known as “enhanced interrogation.”

“When we engaged in some of these enhanced interrogation techniques, techniques that I believe and I think any fair-minded person would believe were torture, we crossed a line,” Obama said. “And that needs to be … understood and accepted. And we have to, as a country, take responsibility for that so that hopefully we don’t do it again in the future.”

Well, this fair-minded person doesn’t believe water-boarding or sleep deprivation constitute torture. I don’t think any training method we use on our own special ops trainees constitutes torture. We can disdain them, we can elect not to use them, but shame on he who demagogues over them:

“After I took office, one of the first things I did was to ban some of the extraordinary interrogation techniques that are the subject of that report,” Obama said Friday. “And my hope is that this report reminds us once again that, you know, the character of our country has to be measured in part not by what we do when things are easy, but what we do when things are hard.”

In April 2009, Obama reiterated his position that waterboarding amounted to torture and “violates our ideals and our values.”

I’ve already stated my position. KSM ought to have been waterboarded. I’m proud that we did so. I’m not privy to the intelligence we gained, but I expect we got plenty. And that lives were saved because of it. That doesn’t violate my ideals or values in the least. And KSM is still alive and kicking.

PS: We all know Obama’s preferred expression of our ideals and values: summary execution by Hellfire missile fired from a Predator drone.

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What Do You Call Thousands of Young Illegals Swarming the Border?

Recruits:

MS-13 members are infiltrating a federal facility for Central American youths illegally entering the United States — trying to cross the border with criminal pasts and recruiting others to join the notoriously violent, California-based gang, sources tell Fox News.

Shawn Moran, of the National Border Patrol Council, said the gang leaders are recruiting pre-teens, as they typically do, and following the lead of drug cartels also trying to fill their ranks from among the estimated 57,000 unaccompanied youths and others who have come to the U.S. from Central America in roughly the past nine months.

He said agents have witnessed the recruiting at the Border Patrol’s facility in Nogales, Ariz., and that gang members are using a Red Cross phone bank there to “recruit, enlist and pressure” others illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

“It makes sense that MS-13 would do the same,” said Moran, vice president for the union, which represents border patrol agents.

“We know it’s happening because agents are telling us,” Moran told Fox News. “The Border Patrol is trying to downplay it.”

He said agents have overhead the phone bank conversations and that potential recruits are given a phone number to call and say they are “willing to join” the gang.

MS-13 also has a large presence in El Salvador, which has in part led to many Central American youths fleeing that country. So at least some gang members would more than likely be among the tens of thousands of young illegal Central Americans who have recently arrived at the border, sources say.

How many of these gang-bangers are going to be housed on Martha’s Vineyard this summer, I wonder? I know of one place with a whole lot of space. Move over, Sasha. Make room, Malia.


Cannonball! And RPG! And AK-47! And IED! And SAM!

PS: Texas Governor Rick Perry recently claimed illegal aliens accounted for over 3,000 murders in recent years. PolitiFact debunks the number, but in doing so, they link to a chart depicting the total number of crimes committed by criminal aliens:

PolitiFact’s refutation is that they can find only 6,700 total homicides in the period covered. How likely, they ask, is it for illegals to have committed nearly half of them? Look at the chart: it looks plenty likely to me.

Anyway is 2,000 murders, instead of 3,000, committed by criminal aliens really something to crow about?

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Our Intelligent Immigration Policy, AKA The Democrat War On Children™

I almost titled this: Way to go, Barry-O! Small dead children wash up on banks of Rio Grande

Winter reports that several dead children have been discovered “washed up along the riverbank” of the Rio Grande, but fails to note that there have been no reports by the Obama administration on this.

This indicates a pattern of covering up dead illegal alien kids by the Obama administration. It was two weeks before news was reported on the sole child death acknowledged by the Obama administration, Gilberto Ramos, a 15 year-old boy from Guatemala whose body was found in the Texas brush dead from the heat.

From Jana Winter’s report:

“FoxNews.com accompanied Texas lawmaker Louie Gohmert, a former judge and current Republican Congressman, to the site in the pre-dawn hours of Saturday. Gohmert, whose district lies some 550 miles northeast of what has become the most heavily-trafficked people-smuggling route in the world, has been to the location many times, but has never seen it so understaffed and overwhelmed.

““I’m more concerned than ever [that the border is] so seriously undermanned and I’ll be raising hell in Washington,” Gohmert, who invited FoxNews.com to see the situation first-hand, would later tell Border Patrol officials.

“The Border Patrol agents loaded and unloaded their vehicles packed with the newly-arrived illegal immigrants — including women pregnant or nursing infants, and small, unaccompanied children — throughout the evening and early morning hours. At first, they were mostly teenagers, ages 14 to 17, arriving with their mother or brothers or no one at all. Then came the pregnant women. A mother nursing her infant. A small girl with wide eyes clutching a doll.

“A total of 72 came in during the first dark hours of Saturday morning. A third were unaccompanied children.

“The life jackets helped many make it across the Rio Grande from Reynosa, the Mexican city across the water from Mission, just west of McAllen. Sources say they come over on rafts ferried by the so-called “coyotes,” the human smugglers whose means of transport are rendered useless whenever discovered by the Border Patrol. Many don’t make it across the river; multiple sources became emotional when recounting their discoveries of small, lifeless bodies washed up along the riverbank.”

The Democrat War On Children™ It is obvious that these kids are coming here because Obama took the extra-legal step of declaring “Dreamers” to be future citizens. Therefore, desperate parents sent their babies off with coyotes. And the result is this. Elections have consequences guys. Wake up.

- Aggie

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The Democrat’s War On African Americans

I’m back in town now, enjoying the beautiful New England weather, but still struggling a bit with jet lag. I do have a question though – Why do democrats hate African Americans? I mean why do they insist on bringing in hundreds of thousands of illegals, many of whom will do the low-skill work that many people in minority communities do today? Have they not noticed that the unemployment rate among African Americans is about twice what it is among whites? Isn’t this cruel?

Honestly, why would our first African American President be so damn hard on the African American community?

- Aggie

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We Asked For It

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Two cases of the H1N1 virus have been confirmed among immigrants caught in the Rio Grande Valley.

Vice President of the National Border Patrol Council #3307 Chris Cabrera confirmed the cases late Saturday morning.

Cabera told Action 4 News that one case was confirmed at the Brownsville Border Patrol Station and another at the Fort Brown Border Patrol station, also located in Brownsville.

Cabera said both cases involve juveniles and both were confirmed on Friday by medical personnel located at both facilities.

He added that an estimated 120 people are being isolated at the two stations because they were exposed to the juveniles.

Medical teams are stationed inside the detention centers to screen for lice, scabies and chicken pox but not everyone gets medical clearance.

“If someone is released and they are symptomatic, it could spread rapidly” said Caberera.

“Immigrants”? Since when did diseased foreign nationals wading across the stagnant pools of the Rio Grande qualify as immigrants? If they test positive for TB, do they get in-state tuition rates? What next, ebola?

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Something Happened

And somebody did it. Beyond that, who knows?

On Thursday morning between midnight and 6 a.m. at least one Mexican military helicopter crossed eight miles into the United States and shot at Border Patrol agents with lethal force before returning to Mexican territory. The incident occurred in an area notorious for violent drug cartel activity just west of the Tohono O’odham Indian Nation during a Border Patrol drug interdiction operation. The timing and location of the incident has prompted agents to believe the use of the helicopter by the Mexican military may have been on behalf of drug cartels operating in the area.

“Mexican military are oftentimes working hand in glove with the cartels. The Mexican military has routinely crossed the border in areas that Border Patrol agents are actively tracking or seizing drug loads. Inevitably the Mexican military claim they got lost, that the border was not clearly marked, or in extreme cases fire on agents to cover their retreat,” National Border Patrol Council Spokesman Shawn Moran exclusively tells Townhall. “Ajo, AZ Border Patrol agents have had several incidents like this over the years where they have taken shots from the Mexican military. The cartels’ resources are nearly limitless and it would not surprise me if they “rented” the cover by the Mexican military helicopter in this incident.”

A Border Patrol agent stationed in Arizona, who asked to remain anonymous, backed up Moran’s statements saying the Mexican military regularly works with cartels on the border and has been doing so for years.

That’s one way of telling it. Here’s another:

Tomas Zeron, director of the Mexican attorney general’s investigative office, offered a different story Friday.

While acknowledging Mexican authorities were conducting an operation “on the border,” Zeron said, “I do not think we crossed the border because we brought our navigation. But it was just 100 meters from the border.”

He said helicopters from the attorney general’s office and defense ministry “were shot at by criminals,” several of whom were later apprehended by Mexican authorities.

“The only ones doing the shooting were those that we have now detained,” Zeron said.

The first U.S. source said that Mexican authorities have called U.S. authorities and acknowledged a mistake, saying shots were fired from the helicopter after it accidentally crossed the border.

But Zeron gave no indication that any mistake was made or apology was necessary, suggesting that Mexican authorities did nothing wrong.

Hmm. So, who is this National Border Patrol Council? A bunch of white supremacists, militia wackos, and wannabe Klansmen?

Not as such:

The NBPC is a professional labor union representing more than 17,000 Border Patrol Agents and support staff. The NBPC was founded in 1967, and is recognized as one of the most effective labor organizations in the Federal sector. The NBPC’s parent organization is the American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO.

No, if you want to label a government union as thugs and vigilantes, you mean the SEIU. These guys sound all right.

Who knows?

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Ya Somos Todos Mejicanos

Tijuana comes to Texas:

Researchers have discovered a series of mass graves filled with the remains of unidentified migrants in a South Texas cemetery.

The researchers exhumed bodies that had been buried by the Funeraria del Angel Howard-Williams funeral home from 52 plots in the Brooks County-owned Sacred Heart Burial Park Falfurrias. One plot contained three bodies stuffed inside a single body bag, another had at least five people in body bags and other small plastic garbage bags. Other plots contained skulls and skeletal remains in biohazard bags.

The total number of people buried was unclear because the remains had been intermingled.

“I was pretty upset at the end, because this isn’t the way to be interred,” Baylor University anthropologist Lori Baker told the Los Angeles Times. “The idea that all along the border there are these people buried anonymously is horrible. This isn’t even the worst we’ve seen and it has to stop.”

Brooks County Judge Raul Ramirez told the Corpus Christi Caller Times that for 16 years the county had been paying the funeral home to take care of bodies after sheriff’s officials recovered them.

A spokeswoman for Service Corporation International, owner of the funeral home, told The Times in an emailed statement: “No matter if this is one of our client families we serve on a traditional basis or a migrant family’s loved one we’re serving, and we don’t have any identification of the loved one, I do want to let you know it is our policy to treat the decedent with care, to treat them just like we would treat anyone else.”

Or not.

But let’s be real. The fled a country filled with mass graves, and died trying. So…

Because the county is 70 miles from the border, it doesn’t receive federal funding to help with immigration issues.

“They’re so overworked,” Baker said. “Trying to keep people alive who are in distress is the county’s No. 1 priority, so they haven’t been able to make the remains one.”

I’d say that’s right. Save the living, lament the dead. And move on.

PS: Still think border jumping is a noble pursuit…? I thought you might.

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¡El Chutzpah!

Honduras? We’re getting lectured by Honduras?

Honduras will ask the United States not to send any more children stopped at the border back to Honduras, the Honduran Foreign Ministry said.

Honduran Chancellor Mireya Agüero Corrales instructed the Honduran Embassy in Washington to work on the proposal, the ministry said.

Children without parents have been streaming across the Mexico-United States border. Most of them are from Honduras, Guatemala or El Salvador.

Many have been smuggled north without official papers and hope to find their parents or family members already living in the United States. The ones apprehended by American authorities are often housed in shelters.

U.S. authorities estimate that between 60,000 and 80,000 children without parents will cross the border this year.

Corrales said she’ll urge the United States to make efforts to unite the children with families in the United States.

“If we are talking of the principle of family reunification, why not reunite them in the United States?” she said, according to a news release from the Foreign Ministry.

Or wait…I’m getting an idea here. Let’s reunite those familias, but…in Honduras! Huh? Like it? Brilliant, right? In fact, let’s release the next Taliban terrorists and their extended families in Honduras, too!

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Whoop-di-do

What a great motto for a country: e pleurisy unum.

California is being hit hard with a whooping cough epidemic, according to the state’s public health department, with 800 cases reported in the past two weeks alone.

The agency says that there were 3,458 whooping cough cases reported between January 1 and June 10, well ahead of the number of cases reported for all of 2013.

This is a problem of “epidemic proportions,” the department said. And the number of actual cases may be even higher, because past studies have shown that for every case of whooping cough that is reported, there are 10 more that are not officially counted.

California has historically had higher vaccination rates than other states, but a recent study found large clusters of parents who did not vaccinate their children close to areas with a large number of whooping cough cases during the 2010 California outbreak.

Whooping cough cases have spread rapidly in the United States this year, with a 24% increase nationally in the number of cases, compared to January through April of last year, according to the CDC.

This makes no sense. California has a higher vaccination rate, yet “clusters” (large clusters) of families are at risk of infection.

Who are these clusters?

The flood of children entering the U.S. illegally from Mexico has overloaded federal housing and processing facilities, creating conditions that border control agents fear could result in the spread of disease.

[B]order control agents have already experienced a rabies outbreak and now fear a host of new ailments could be imminent.

‘We are starting to see chicken pox, MRSA staph infections; we are starting to see different viruses,’ Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol agent Chris Cabrera told ABC 15.

A spokesman at the Rio Grande facility said that agents to not screen children for diseases and are only responsible for processing them.

‘Apparently, a significant amount of communicable disease is suspected by custodial and agent personnel,’ Zack Taylor, chairman of the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers, told Breitbart Texas.

‘What level of medical screening, if any, is being done is unknown. What the medical testing shows is likely not being shared with the agents. And, there are potential communicable diseases that the detainees will not be tested for unless individually requested by a medical officer, which is unlikely without acute symptoms.’

The media have been quick to condemn parents who don’t vaccinate their children. But if most of the diseases have been all but eliminated in America, where, pray tell, do the media think the risk of infections comes from?

Message to parents: vaccinate. Message to media: investigate. Heck, I’d settle for cogitate. How “humanitarian” is a system that encourages serial felonies, second-class (at best) citizenship, disease, human trafficking, sex abuse, and worst of all, spoiled burritos:

Tony Banegas, consul of Honduras to Arizona, told KPHO-TV that children had complained about the food at the shelter.

‘This morning they switched to burritos, but they complained the eggs were cold,’ Banegas said. ‘They couldn’t eat them and even made them sick. They complained they had a burrito but had to throw it in the trash.’

Who’s higher in your contempt, the kids who turn up their noses at free food, or the authorities who patronize them by offering them burritos? If they were African refugees, would we offer them fried chicken (cold fried chicken) and (warm) watermelon? Sausages to Poles? Whiskey to Irish? Offer the kids American food like Kraft mac ‘n’ cheese, and tell them that’s dinner if they’re hungry. After they wash their hands.

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Like An Apocalyptic Novel

Do you enjoy that sort of beach read? Earth is being invaded by aliens or the US is about to be attacked by The Evil Empire, that sort of thing? Well, I had an odd day yesterday. I had a relative undergo an unpleasant surgical procedure, and the world being what it is, he was sent home with some lame pills and a lot of pain. I sat up and watched the news while he dozed. And I gotta tell you, it was just like one of those fun novels. We have an invasion of adorable little kids on our Southern border. People are comparing it to Katrina, because the kids are sick and alone and jammed into filthy holding cells, without access to showers. There is lice and diarrhea, as well as chicken pox and god knows what else. Katrina was caused by Mother Earth, of course, but this is due to unbelievable incompetence. Stunning Stupidity. We don’t have an award that glitters enough to reward the horrible ineptitude of the Obama administration.

Meanwhile, Iraq is being overrun by people that are busily chopping off heads, etc. Americans are being evacuated and our allies are going to be murdered. Think bloodbath. And there’s the little matter of freeing five al Qaeda terrorists, one of whom helped to plan the 9/11 attacks.

And what do we think will happen in Afghanistan? That’s going to be something we all be proud of!

Finally, I learned last night that King Hussein of Jordan is flipping out. The same freedom fighters who are busily conquering Iraq have publicly stated that they are coming for the Hashemite Kingdom. And Israel.

Is there anyone left who still defends the Obama administration? I just have a question for them: How’s Obama’s golf game? Has he had a chance to get away recently?

- Aggie

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Hey! You In Massachusetts! Wipe That Smug Grin Off Your Face!

Illegals being dumped in Bedford, Massachusetts.

A source tipped me off last week to a curious occurrence: It seems that two planeloads of illegal aliens were recently shipped to Massachusetts. The first reportedly landed at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford. According to my tipster, approximately 160 illegal immigrants arrived on that flight and stayed nearly a week before being transferred to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) site and then released.

The second flight reportedly was diverted from Hanscom to Boston’s Logan Airport this past weekend. I am told that both Massachusetts and New Hampshire officials were on hand. I reached out to Hanscom AFB for confirmation but did not receive a call back by my deadline.

Question: How many other military bases are stealthily being used to redistribute, house, process, and release illegal border crossers?
What we do know for sure is that the Obama administration already has converted several other military bases across the country into outposts for tens of thousands of illegal aliens from Central and South America.

More at the link. Amazing, isn’t it?

- Aggier

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Tough Night For Eric Cantor

Here’s why:

immigrants
Immigrants.

Now, don’t start with me. Obviously they aren’t all like that, and most of them aren’t like that, yadda, yadda, yadda. But there is obviously a problem here. It is an Obama-created problem, it will hurt the weakest American citizens, whether they are legal immigrants or native born Americans, and chaos is never appealing. That’s why Cantor lost.

But I gotta be honest here. I am saddened that the only Jewish Republican in Congress is history. And I noticed that the coverage on Fox last night featured Ann Coulter ranting about Sheldon Adelson and Laura Ingraham ranting about Zuckerberg. So I wonder if there isn’t some sort of underlying tension there? Because the talk radio “folks” or “volk” are getting more and more upset about the economy – with reason – but history tells us that this can devolve into blaming Jews pretty quickly. I am uncomfortable with this. The Left is clearly, openly, unapologetically antisemitic. Is that sentiment growing in the Right?

- Aggie

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