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Republicans Pave Way to All-White Future

In an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, [Sen. John McCain] said that, “I understand now, especially in my home state of Arizona, that these children coming, and now with the threat of ISIS … that we have to have a secure border.”

Follow that? Immigration reform, including the legalization of millions of immigrants already living in the U.S., is on hold because tens of thousands of Central American children have surrendered to border authorities. Also, because a sadistic army is killing people in Syria and Iraq. McCain, often a summer soldier when the forces of demagogy call, was perhaps too embarrassed to link Ebola to the new orthodoxy; of course, others already have.

Forgive us, for we have sinned. We thought that America could choose who came into this country. We believed America could screen the sick and the criminal. Whatever came over us?

“Secure the border” is an empty slogan and practical nightmare. But if you’re a conservative politician desperate to assuage (or exploit) what writer Steve Chapman calls the “deep anxieties” stirred by “brown migrants sneaking over from Mexico,” it’s an empty slogan with legs. It will be vastly easier for Republicans running in 2016 to shout “secure the border” than to defy the always anxious, politically-empowered Republican base.

He knows us so well—it’s almost like he’s in our minds!

Secure the border? What rot! Brown migrants? Ick! Always anxious? What makes you say that? Huh? What?

[T]he path of least resistance — and it has been many years since national Republicans have taken a different route — will be to continue reassuring the base while alienating brown voters. (After six years in which Republicans’ highest priority has been destruction of the nation’s first black president, it’s doubtful black voters will be persuadable anytime soon.) The party’s whole diversity gambit goes out the window. The White Album plays in perpetuity on Republican turntables.

That would be a significant problem if it resulted only in the marginalization and regionalization of the nation’s conservative party. But a racial hunkering down in an increasingly multi-racial nation will not be a passive or benign act. Pressed to the demographic wall, Republicans will be fighting to win every white vote, not always in the most high-minded manner. Democrats, likewise, will have a powerful incentive to question the motives and consequences of their opponents’ racial solidarity.

Immigration has always been about more than race.

Finally, he got something right. Immigration—illegal immigration—is about illegality. It’s about violating our borders (an act that gets you shot in many countries); it’s about violating our visas (which gets you thrown into jail and then deported,if you’re lucky, in many countries); it’s about forging documents and claiming benefits and evading taxes (which gets you enrolled in the Democrat Party in this country); it’s about illness, illiteracy, illogic, and, again, illegality.

By all means, give us “comprehensive immigration reform”, even if you aren’t going to like what it means to us.

PS: Just like President Obama, this guy seems awfully concerned with the welfare of the Republican Party. If we’ve already written off blacks (according to him), and are in the process of writing off “browns”, why doesn’t he just keep quiet and let us self-destruct? Very curious.

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Hints From Hussein

Why Barack! We didn’t know you cared:

President Barack Obama on Thursday said he still believes Republicans will move on immigration reform — anything else, he said, would be “suicide.”

But “it’s anybody’s guess how Republicans are thinking about this,” he said at a town hall event here.

Tell him, Rahm:

Does it not seem strange to you that Obama would be so concerned with the welfare of Republicans? He speaks so ill of them.

“I think the smarter Republicans understand this. Short term, though, they’ve got a problem in the tea party and others who oftentimes express virulently anti-immigrant sentiment,” Obama said, saying he’s confident that by 2016 at least “Congress will see the light, because the logic of it is too compelling.”

“My general theory is that if something makes a lot of sense that we should go ahead and do it, rather than not do it,” Obama said. “But that’s just me.”

Logic, huh? How about this sense? Why would anyone waste his time immigrating legally if he could get a better deal swimming across the Rio Grande? What controls on health and public safety do we have on criminal aliens? How can those working in jobs that illegals often do (landscapers, say) improve their lot when illegals drive down their wages? What future do illegals have as honest citizens when their introduction to this country is based on lies, deceit, law-breaking, tax-avoidance, etc? And what wretched Guatemalan would not hop the first freight train out of Tegucigalpa after a second amnesty (the first—and supposedly only—time being in 1986)?

But that’s just me. Thanks, though. Appreciate the concern.

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Thomas Eric Duncan, We Hardly Knew Ye

May your example serve as an inspiration to thousands who may also fear infection. Postponing treatment in (American sponsored) Liberian hospitals to fly across an ocean (and half a continent), telling felonious lies to Liberian and American officials, putting loved ones and strangers—up to and including emergency medical personnel—at risk of infection, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars of medical care and panicking a nation.

And you still died.

God have mercy.

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Do Numbers Lie?

Do voters? Do pollsters?

We’ll see:

If this week’s polling is any evidence, Democrats are facing an even tougher road come November. With President Obama’s approval sinking below former president George W. Bush’s, the latest Fox News poll finds Republicans hold the advantage as they seek to reclaim the Senate. In states with active U.S. Senate races, likely voters say they would back the Republican a 9-point margin. And when looking at the results in just the 14 Fox News battleground states the GOP edge widens to 18-point margin. Fox News: “The president recently claimed that ‘by almost every measure’ the nation’s economy and American workers are better off now than when he took office. Voters dismiss his boast as ‘mostly false’ by a 58-36 percent margin. That includes 37 percent of Democrats who think it doesn’t ring true.”

[The battleground list: Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, New Hampshire, South Dakota and West Virginia]

The better question would be: does Obama lie? A 22-point margin says he does. Which might explain this troubling (to Democrats) stat:

Women surveyed [in the WaPo/ABC News poll] said they disapprove of [President Obama ] by a 50 percent to 44 percent margin — nearing an all-time low in the poll. It’s almost the reverse of the 55 percent to 44 percent breakdown for Obama among female voters in 2012, according to exit polls…His approval rating among women has slipped four percentage points from a year ago and 16 points since his second inaugural in January 2013, when his approval was 60 percent among the group.

Dames don’t dig Obama the way they used to. Again, I have to wonder if some of these stories aren’t connected:

The White House this week assured anxious Hispanic lawmakers on Capitol Hill that President Obama will use executive action before the holiday season closes to reform U.S. immigration law, after breaking his pledge to make changes by the end of summer.

Roughly 11 million people are now living in the U.S. illegally.

Voters have been warned, and if the numbers are close to accurate, voters are taking the warning seriously. Here’s hoping Republican legislators are.

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Is Our Children Breathing?

Before I give you my theory, what’s yours?

A respiratory virus that has sent hundreds of children to hospitals in Missouri is causing alarm across the Midwest and beyond.

Ten states have contacted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for help investigating clusters of the virus that’s being blamed for the illness.

What’s unusual at the moment is the high number of hospitalizations.

The virus has sent more than 30 children a day to a Kansas City, Missouri, hospital, where about 15% of the youngsters were placed in intensive care, officials said.

“It’s worse in terms of scope of critically ill children who require intensive care. I would call it unprecedented,” said Dr. Mary Anne Jackson, a director for infectious diseases at Children’s Mercy Hospital, where about 475 children were recently treated.

“I’ve practiced for 30 years in pediatrics, and I’ve never seen anything quite like this,” she said.

It was first identified in the 1960s and there have been fewer than 100 reported cases since that time. But it’s possible, Pallansch said, that the relatively low number of reports might be because EV-D68 is hard to identify.

EV-D68 was seen last year in the United States and this year in various parts of the world. Over the years, clusters have been reported in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Arizona and various countries including the Philippines, Japan and the Netherlands.

Experts say they don’t know why it’s flared up this time around.

I think I know. I think the swarm of Mexican and Guatemalan kids on the border, many of whom have been moved to the heartland, brought it with them. It may have started in Asia, but so do many viruses. I think it was brought in by the unvaccinated, unscreened kids from Central America.

Until I hear differently, that’s what I’m going to think.

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El Presidente

As usual, it’s not Obama’s hypocrisy and dishonesty that galls so much, but the media’s justification of same:

President Obama will delay taking executive action on immigration until after the midterm elections, bowing to pressure from fellow Democrats who feared that acting now could doom his party’s chances this fall, White House officials said on Saturday.

The decision is a reversal of Mr. Obama’s vow to issue broad directives to overhaul the immigration system soon after summer’s end, and sparked swift anger from immigration advocates. The president made the promise on June 30, in the Rose Garden, where he angrily denounced Republican obstruction and said he would use the power of his office to protect immigrant families from the threat of deportation.

“Because of the Republicans’ extreme politicization of this issue, the president believes it would be harmful to the policy itself and to the long-term prospects for comprehensive immigration reform to announce administrative action before the elections,” a White House official said. “Because he wants to do this in a way that’s sustainable, the president will take action on immigration before the end of the year.”

The “Republicans’ extreme politicization of this issue”??? How did they even bring themselves to print those words? Obama has been the biggest demagogue on amnesty north of the Rio Grande. For him now to lose what cojones he has for the basest of political stunts would be comic if… well, it’s just comic.

Tragicomic, maybe:

A lawless amnesty decree is bad enough, but openly saying you’re going to issue such a decree only after the people have had a chance to vote is much worse. Every Republican candidate in the House and Senate needs to make clear that, whatever your views on the substance of immigration policy, a vote for any Democrat is a vote for caesarism, for presidential rule by decree. There’s actually a good deal of support for that on the hard left, but most people, of all descriptions, recoil from Obama’s promised power grab.

Note that it’s a “promised” power grab; the AP report notes “the officials said Obama had no specific timeline to act, but that he still would take his executive steps before the end of the year.” So this isn’t some teabagger conspiracy fantasy, but a promise to decree sweeping extra-constitutional changes to the law, but just to do it around Thanksgiving or Christmas to avoid electoral fallout.

I thought the Democrats would lose big in November, but because of ObamaCare. They still might, but this cynical power-grab is such a lavish gift, it makes ObamaCare look like a necktie or a pair of socks under the tree. Scott Brown, et al: you know what to do, or ought to.

PS: With the possible added benefit of so angering pro-amnesty voters that they will stay home. Nice work, O.

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And Another Big Surprise!

Obama has decided to delay executive action on immigration until after the November elections

President Obama will not take any executive actions on immigration until after November’s elections, a White House official confirmed to CNN on Saturday.

The decision to postpone means any political repercussions for such action would come after the congressional midterm contests.

Obama, who has been weighing ways to change the immigration system on his own after congressional action on the issue stalled, decided to delay any move to “take this issue away from those who would use it to score points as a kind of grandstanding issue,” the official said.

“It’s too big of an issue to allow it to be used as a tool for people trying to get votes,” the White House official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. “It isn’t about votes for any particular candidate; it’s about dealing with this issue in an environment that avoids the grandstanding we’ve seen in the past.”

Let’s try to count the lies there, one sentence at a time: “take this issue away from those who would use it to score points as a kind of grandstanding issue,” the official said. [Obviously not true. He promised to give amnesty this summer, he ran into the very strong possibility that democrats would lose the Senate, and he correctly concluded that the American public is so stupid, that if he just holds off until after the election, the dems can hang on.]

“It’s too big of an issue to allow it to be used as a tool for people trying to get votes,” [another lie, of course politicians use issues to garner votes and all issues are "tools"] the White House official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“It isn’t about votes for any particular candidate; it’s about dealing with this issue in an environment that avoids the grandstanding we’ve seen in the past.” [The biggest lie of all ... or is this true? It isn't just about the female Senator from Louisiana, it is about a lot of Senators who might lose their jobs. But we're splitting hairs, aren't we BTL?]

Reportedly immigrant groups are pissed but they shouldn’t be. He’ll take care of you on the first Wednesday of November.

And one other thing – I was dead set against this amnesty until I had a conversation with a Loopy Liberal this morning. He informed me that he had voted for Obama during the last round because he took an early retirement – no official income – and he wanted cheap health care. And I decided that I’m all for bringing in cheap labor to compete with all the kiddies of the Leftists who think this way. Sorry yoga teachers – there are immigrants who will do this for less. Ditto baristas and child care providers. I am well and truly fed-up.

– Aggie

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Life, Liberty, and Fence-Jumping

Obama invents a new “right”:

“Hope is what gives young people the strength to march for women’s rights, and worker’s rights, and civil rights, and voting rights, and gay rights and immigration rights,” Obama told union supporters gathered Sept. 1 in Milwaukee, Wisc.

What does that even mean?

That “immigration rights” phrase “implies that some people have the right to move here,” said Mark Krikorian, director of the Center of Immigration Studies.

Krikorian’s response was echoed — in a progressive format — by David Leopold, an immigration lawyer and the former general counsel of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Obama’s “’Immigration rights’ [phrase] carries with it political, social and cultural significance while [the familiar term] ‘immigrants’ rights’ is a more direct reference to redress of rights through the courts,” said Leopold.

“Obama’s statement is significant because if he truly views “immigration rights” with the same reverence as he does ‘civil rights’ he can neither politically nor morally justify further delay in the use of his lawful authority to make the immigration system work better until Congress acts,” he said.

Keep your pants on, shyster. The only thing Obama views with “reverence” is a mirror. It was a throwaway line, another piece of low-hanging fruit (and no, that’s not swipe at gay rights). He may well grant amnesty to millions and take out all border fences with drone strikes, but he won’t do it out of “reverence”.

If Obama is the most cynical operative in the illegal immigration mess, these folks run a close second:

EL PASO — With recent waves of Central Americans seeking to reach the U.S., human smuggling along the Texas border has, at least for the moment, become more lucrative than smuggling illicit drugs for criminal organizations such as the Gulf and Zetas cartels, according to two U.S. intelligence officials.

U.S. agents tracking the money flow as part of the anti-smuggling Operation Coyote say that in just over six months, human smuggling has generated nearly $50 million, mostly in the area around the Mexican border city of Reynosa. The revenue has helped sustain the Gulf cartel during a bloody internal split, the officials said. Some factions of the Gulf cartel are now working with the Sinaloa cartel, they said, and another faction has joined forces with the Zetas, increasing violence and making the situation along the border more perilous.

“I’m not suggesting that the cartels have abandoned their drug-smuggling activities,” said Oscar Hagelsieb, assistant special agent-in-charge of Homeland Security Investigations in El Paso. “But with all the money to be made in human smuggling, they clamped their claws into it as well. Big time.”

Imagine that, someone so low, so depraved, to pray upon the most vulnerable, to trade their misery for material gain. And the cartels ain’t much better.

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For Love of Country

Just don’t tell me illegal immigrants violate borders and flout citizenship laws because they so dearly love their adopted countries:

[I]n August a noted increase was recorded of illegal African immigrants leaving the country.

While there was no specific connection to the war, observers said that many in the infiltrator community were taken by surprise by the intensity of the war – and many of them have apparently decided that Israel isn’t necessarily the best place for them.

A total of 379 illegals voluntarily left Israel in August, more than had left the previous four months altogether. It was also significantly more than had left the country in August the previous year, when 216 illegals voluntarily emigrated.

So far this year, 5,388 illegal Africans have left Israel voluntarily; Israeli authorities who have investigated the infiltrators have repeatedly reported that nearly all of them snuck into Israel looking for job opportunities.

Did any of them volunteer to join the IDF? Would they have been allowed to?

We noticed that here in the States: when job prospects were at their worst, some speculated more illegals were emigrating from America than illegally immigrating into America. Fine with me, go. And don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. You’re welcome back if you go through legal channels; otherwise, be a stranger.

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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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