Jun 212010

Sen. Kyl stands by accusations that Obama won’t secure the border without comprehensive immigration reform

Jun 212010

Fellow Bama Folks, especially in the 2nd Dist. Get this Patriot in! Wishing “I” was in the 2nd Dist! ~JP

Rick Barber, running for Congress in a GOP primary runoff in Alabama’s 2nd District July 13th, meets with three very important people to discuss the evils of the progressive income tax and its intersection with health care. Television ad, Internet preview version. http://www.rickbarberforcongress.com/

Ground Zero Mosque – Rick Barber AL02 U.S. Congressional Candidate

May 23, 2010 — America has become too tolerant of the threats our nation is facing…the latest example of this is the Mosque proposed across from Ground Zero in New York City…slated to open on 9/11/2011.

Jun 212010

By Jana Winter

~U. S. Military Bases Under Siege in AMERICA ~JP

Texas lawmakers say they are deeply concerned that the federal government lost track of 17 Afghan military personnel who went AWOL from Lackland Air Force Base, where they were studying English.

U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison, and House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Lamar Smith, all Republicans, are demanding answers from the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Homeland Security on what Cornyn described as a “breach of national security.” And the lawmakers are asking why the alert was issued only last week when the men started disappearing 18 months ago.

Smith, who serves on the House Homeland Security Committee, is demanding that Air Force and Homeland Security officials brief Congress on the Afghans’ disappearance.

“It is extremely troubling that these Afghan military members with special access to U.S. military facilities were allowed to disappear,” he told FoxNews.com in a statement Monday. “This is an unacceptable threat to American communities and members of the military, who live and work on the base, that these AWOL military members can still attempt to access.

“We need to ensure there is a system in place so foreign military officers training in the U.S. can’t go AWOL. We must protect the safety of our citizens, and the members of the U.S. military who defend us every day.”

Hutchison said she, too, was troubled that the Afghans had walked off the base and disappeared.

“I’m deeply concerned about the national security implications of these missing international military trainees and what is being done to find them,” she said in an e-mail statement to FoxNews.com.

“It is disturbing the Air Force has not made greater efforts to bring this matter to light. It is important for the Defense Department to work with other law enforcement agencies to find these individuals and to prevent this from happening again.”

On Friday, Cornyn demanded answers in a letter to Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley, calling the defection of 17 Afghan military members over the course of 18 months a breach of national security.

“My office has never received official notification from the Department of the Air Force regarding this potential national security threat, which could pose a danger to citizens in Texas and elsewhere in the country,” Cornyn wrote.

~ You didn’t TRULY expect ANY reply from THIS White House did you? ~JP running away LOLPIMP to da potty…

Rest of the story…

~Image by Sara1970

Jun 212010

By Joshua Rhett Miller

Drug cartel activity along the Mexican border presents serious security threats to the area’s water supply system, particularly on federally-owned lands in southern Texas, a U.S. lawmaker says.

IBWC.gov-- Falcon Dam in south Texas is the lowermost major multipurpose international dam and reservoir on the Rio Grande River

Members of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power held a hearing Thursday on H.R. 4719, a bill that would create a Southwest Border Region Water Task Force to monitor and assess the water supply needs of the area.

Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., ranking member of the House subcommittee, told FoxNews.com that the situation needs immediate attention, particularly in light of reports that a Mexican drug cartel — the Los Zetas — unsuccessfully plotted to blow up the Falcon Dam along the Rio Grande last month.

“If the plot against Falcon Dam had succeeded, it would have affected more than 4 million residential customers,” McClintock said Monday. “We need to focus our attention on securing these border water systems from attack by Mexican drug cartels, but also their use as a conduit for the illegal importation of drugs and people.”

McClintock said he will seek to amend H.R. 4719 to alter its focus toward border security issues. As it currently stands, the legislation would establish a task force that would submit a report on the region’s water supplies to Congress and would be comprised of representatives from the Department of Agriculture, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Southwest Border Regional Commission and others.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Mexican and U.S. authorities were “secretly scrambling” last month to thwart a plot by the Zeta cartel to blow up Falcon Dam and unleash billions of gallons of water.

The Zeta cartel planned the attack to get back at its rival, the Gulf cartel, which controls smuggling routes from the Falcon Dam to the Gulf of Mexico, Sigifredo Gonzalez, sheriff of Texas’ Zapata County, told the newspaper.

Although the Gulf Cartel was the alleged target, about 4 million residents and massive amounts of agricultural land would have been affected in the resulting massive flood, the paper reported.

Sources told the Chronicle that U.S. officials learned of the plot through “serious and reliable sources,” the seizure of small amounts of dynamite near the dam and the discovery of an alert from the Zeta cartel warning Mexican residents to evacuate the area ahead of the blast.

The Mexican military then stepped up its presence in the area based in part on the U.S. intelligence, sources told the Chronicle.

McClintock said escalating violence along the Mexican border is a result of restricted access by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents to federal lands due to environmental regulations enforced by the Department of Interior.

“It certainly has the potential to be a serious security risk,” McClintock said. “The plot by the Zeta drug cartel to blow up the Falcon Dam appeared to be quite credible. And as we have found over the years, before there is a successful attack, it is preceded by several unsuccessful attempts that clearly indicate intent. It would be utterly foolish to ignore.”

The Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to requests for comment regarding last week’s hearing.

Joan Neuhaus Schaan, fellow for homeland security and terrorism at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University, told the panel that the water flow and system of dams operated by the International Boundary & Water Commission (IBWC) are critically important to Texas agriculture along the Rio Grande.

“Water rights along the border have been the basis for contentious and sometimes violent disagreements for centuries, though for the last 60 years the IBWC has provided a framework for management,” Schaan said in prepared remarks. “This critical water infrastructure, however, is vulnerable to attack.”

Schaan also cited reports of the alleged plot targeting the 5-mile-long Falcon Dam.

“Destroying a dam requires access, means, knowledge and motivation,” Schaan’s testimony continued. “Organized crime in the region has demonstrated a facility for the first three elements. The question remains as to whether these same organizations might be motivated to carry out an attack. The scenario is not inconceivable.”

Jun 212010

~Thanks to Bob via Bitterend…thanks guys!

June 16, 2010 — The Republican National Committee (RNC) announced a new web video today in response to the President’s decision to finally meet with BP executives after 58 days of delay. The web video, entitled “What Took So Long?”

Check it out at their website here: http://tinyurl.com/3ymj6u3

Jun 212010

~ Thank you *Green Eyes for this 21st century * Dr. Seuss

I do not like this Uncle Sam,
I do not like his health care scam.
I do not like these dirty crooks,
or how they lie and cook the books.
I do not like when Congress steals,
I do not like their secret deals.
I do not like this speaker, Nan ,
I do not like this ‘YES WE CAN.’
I do not like this spending spree,
I’m smart, I know that nothing’s free.
I do not like your smug replies,
when I complain about your lies.
I do not like this kind of hope.
I do not like it, nope, nope, nope!

Jun 212010

~ By: Michael Barone Senior Political Analyst

Thuggery is unattractive. Ineffective thuggery even more so. Which may be one reason so many Americans have been reacting negatively to the response of Barack Obama and his administration to BP’s Gulf oil spill.

Take Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s remark that he would keep his “boot on the neck” of BP, which brings to mind George Orwell’s definition of totalitarianism as “a boot stamping on a human face — forever.” Except that Salazar’s boot hasn’t gotten much in the way of results yet.

Or consider Obama’s undoubtedly carefully considered statement to Matt Lauer that he was consulting with experts “so I know whose ass to kick.” Attacking others is a standard campaign tactic when you’re in political trouble, and certainly BP, which appears to have taken unwise shortcuts in the Gulf, is an attractive target.

But you don’t always win arguments that way. The Obama White House gleefully took on Dick Cheney on the issue of terrorist interrogations. It turned out that more Americans agreed with Cheney’s stand, despite his low poll numbers, than Obama’s.

Then there is Obama’s decision to impose a six-month moratorium on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf. This penalizes companies with better safety records than BP’s and will result in many advanced drilling rigs being sent to offshore oil fields abroad.

The justification offered was an Interior Department report supposedly “peer reviewed” by “experts identified by the National Academy of Engineering.” But it turned out the drafts the experts saw didn’t include any recommendation for a moratorium. Eight of the cited experts have said they oppose the moratorium as more economically devastating than the oil spill and “counterproductive” to safety.

This was blatant dishonesty by the administration, on an Orwellian scale. In defense of a policy that has all the earmarks of mindless panic, that penalizes firms and individuals guilty of no wrongdoing and that will worsen rather than improve our energy situation. Ineffective thuggery.

~ JUST MUST read

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