Tuesday, July 22, 2014

No New Urgency for Leadership: Obama Golfs and Plans Week of Campaign Fundraising

Anyone hoping Obama might suddenly undertake some serious leadership on critical problems is disappointed...AGAIN!

So, Obama headed to Camp David over the weekend.  He followed that getaway to the president's mountain retreat with another round of golf on Sunday. One might have hoped he would take this time to collect his thoughts and prepare newer more effective policies to address the multiple major crises like Ukraine, Gaza and the Border.

But that doesn't appear to be the case. The best Obama could do in responding to this surfeit of trouble was make the following statement on Monday mainly concerning the Russian shootdown of the Malaysian jetliner and the larger situation in Ukraine. Here's the portion that deals generally with Ukraine:
OBAMA: As I’ve said throughout this crisis and the crisis in Ukraine generally, and I’ve said this directly to President Putin, as well as publicly, my preference continues to be finding a diplomatic resolution within Ukraine. I believe that can still happen. That is my preference today, and it will continue to be my preference.

But if Russia continues to violate Ukraine’s sovereignty and to back these separatists, and these separatists become more and more dangerous and now are risks not simply to the people inside of Ukraine but the broader international community, then Russia will only further isolate itself from the international community, and the costs for Russia’s behavior will only continue to increase.

Now is the time for President Putin and Russia to pivot away from the strategy that they’ve been taking and get serious about trying to resolve hostilities within Ukraine in a way that respects Ukraine’s sovereignty and respects the right of the Ukrainian people to make their own decisions about their own lives.
He admits that he's just repeating words that he's used a dozen times before with no result. Putin simply ignores Obama knowing that these vague "costs" for Russia are nothing compared to the gains perceived by Putin.

Again, I contrast Obama's weak statement,entirely lacking any dimension of positive action, with that of President Reagan in the wake of the Soviet shootdown of Korean Airlines flight 007 in September 1983.

Has Obama announced any meetings with world leaders to build a coalition to address the matter? Nope. His schedule this week includes 3 days of fundraising and multiple campaign events. Whose leading the world in condemning Russian action? No one!

It seems that after or during every major crisis Obama is campaigning and fundraising. Whether it's Benghazi or the Border, Ukraine, Syria you name it! We don't have a President in the White House. We have a fundraiser in chief!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Don't Tell Me America Isn't Exceptional: 45 Years Ago Americans First Walked on the Moon!

No other country can match America's achievement!

U.S. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin salutes the flag, July 20, 1969

More photos here.

No Wonder Illegals Are Coming Here in Droves: Obama's Asylum Policy Amounts to Instant Amnesty!

It's as if Obama is doing this deliberately!

How convenient that the Russian shootdown of the Malaysian jetliner took the immigration scandal off the front page. No doubt Obama is taking full advantage of the current lack of public attention to continue dumping thousands of illegals into various state. Even liberal Massachusetts feels under siege with one Sheriff describing how the Bay State now feels like a Border State. The Mayor of Lynn, Massachusetts states how illegals arriving over the past few years have "overwhelmed" city services:
The amount of new foreign born student admissions has nearly doubled in the last two years. This school year alone saw more than 600 new admissions. Among those students, 248 were from Guatemala. Flanagan Kennedy says of those 248 children, 126 were illegal, undocumented minors.

"They are not literate in any language, so they do need some skills. And I assume they are enrolling in school to receive those skills," said Catherine Latham, Lynn's superintendent of schools

Latham says me the increase in new students has created overcrowding, forced her to hire more staff, and has impacted state testing scores and drop-out numbers.
"The way this is going, Lynn looks like a microcosm of the United States, in that we have been filled to capacity and we can't take anymore without having the people who are already here suffer," she said.
And for anyone who thinks that most of these invaders will be sent back, think again. A House Judiciary Committeereport has some shocking news:
The House Judiciary Committee has obtained information from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that shows 65% of unaccompanied alien minors’ asylum applications have been immediately approved by asylum officers in Fiscal Year 2014. And this is just the first bite of the apple. Many more cases can be approved later. Where an asylum officer does not approve the application, it is then referred to an immigration judge where the applicant can try again. If that fails, they can continue to appeal their case. Once individuals are granted asylum, they have access to all major federal welfare programs.

Asylum approval rates overall have increased dramatically in recent years. Approval rates by asylum officers have increased from 28% in 2007 to 46% in 2013 and approval rates by immigration judges in affirmative cases have increased from 51% in 2007 to 74% in 2013. Combining both of these approval rates, the vast majority of aliens who affirmatively seek asylum are now successful in their claims. This does not even take into account appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals or federal courts. At the same time, an internal Department of Homeland Security report shows that at least 70% of asylum cases contain proven or possible fraud.
The Judiciary report confirms an earlier story from the Daily Caller:
The number of foreigners who successfully filed asylum claims in the United States almost tripled from 2012 to 2013, up to 30,393.

That’s 10 times the number from 2008, when President Barack Obama was elected, and it is evidence his immigration officials are agreeing that many people in the growing wave of Central American migrants face a “credible fear” of harm if they are returned. Official approval allows the migrants to file for asylum in immigration court, where judges will approve or reject the asylum request.

If you came illegally to the U.S. seeking asylum in 2013, you had better than a four-in-five chance of successfully filing an asylum claim. That’s up from a three-in-five chance in 2008.
The L.A. Times also confirms these reports. Included is the following graphic. At the same time the number of illegal minors exploded, the number of those sent back decreased.

Dems: Y'all Come! Our Borders are OPEN!

Meanwhile, Democrats continue to fan the flames of the illegal invasion. Democrat members of congress have been particularly outspoken in promoting the concept of open borders and welfare for all.

And as more cities and states become overwhelmed dealing with an influx of illiterate, many diseased children and adults, these same Democrats who stoke the invasion will demand working Americans pay more in taxes to pay for the mess they made. No thanks. SEND THEM BACK!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

WWRD. A Lesson From History: What Would Reagan Do After Russians Shoot Down Jetliner?

Contrast the steely style of a real leader with Obama in the wake of Jetliner shootdown!

According to the New York Times the Obama Administration has clear evidence that Russia supplied the missile system that shot down the Malaysian Airlines flight 17 over Ukraine. Thus far, Obama's reaction has been to mention the atrocity briefly during a photo op before heading off to fundraisers and a longer statement at a White House press briefing. Where's the outrage? Where's the action? Where's the leadership galvanizing the world to act? AWOL as usual.

This crime against humanity reminded me of another such atrocity 30 years before. The Soviets shot down Korean Airlines flight 007 after it went off course on a flight originating from New York bound for Seoul. There too, hundreds of people died. The contrast between Reagan's handling of the atrocity and Obama's couldn't be more stark.

Reagan was at his ranch in California when the attack occurred. Did he go back to horseriding? As soon as the facts were known he flew back to Washington (not to two more fundraisers) and pulled together his national security team to coordinate a plan of action. Four days later he delivered the following prime time address to the American people from the Oval Office:

REAGAN: I'm coming before you tonight about the Korean airline massacre, the attack by the Soviet Union against 269 innocent men, women, and children aboard an unarmed Korean passenger plane. This crime against humanity must never be forgotten, here or throughout the world.

Our prayers tonight are with the victims and their families in their time of terrible grief. Our hearts go out to them -- to brave people like Kathryn McDonald, the wife of a Congressman whose composure and eloquence on the day of her husband's death moved us all. He will be sorely missed by all of us here in government.

The parents of one slain couple wired me: ``Our daughter . . . and her husband . . . died on Korean Airline Flight 007. Their deaths were the result of the Soviet Union violating every concept of human rights.'' The emotions of these parents -- grief, shock, anger -- are shared by civilized people everywhere. From around the world press accounts reflect an explosion of condemnation by people everywhere.

Let me state as plainly as I can: There was absolutely no justification, either legal or moral, for what the Soviets did. One newspaper in India said, ``If every passenger plane . . . is fair game for home air forces . . . it will be the end to civil aviation as we know it.''
And make no mistake about it, this attack was not just against ourselves or the Republic of Korea. This was the Soviet Union against the world and the moral precepts which guide human relations among people everywhere.
We know it will be hard to make a nation that rules its own people through force to cease using force against the rest of the world. But we must try.

This is not a role we sought. We preach no manifest destiny. But like Americans who began this country and brought forth this last, best hope of mankind, history has asked much of the Americans of our own time. Much we have already given; much more we must be prepared to give.
Can you imagine Obama saying anything like that? Reagan went on to list a series of actions which he was taking immediately to punish the Soviets. Obama only talks vaguely about costs and consequences which never seem to have any bite in them.

Unlike Obama, Reagan never had any delusions about the Russians. When Reagan came into office he didn't hesitate to call them an "evil empire" and suggest the world would be better off without them. Of course Obama is unlikely to remember any of the conflict from this period and Reagan's leadership since he bragged that at that time he was too busy smoking pot in Hawaii.

Obama came into office suffering from the delusion that the Russian leopard could change it's spots. Remember Hillary Clinton farcically handing the Russian Foreign Minister a button which Hillary thought said "reset" in Russian? It translated instead to "overcharge." Obama and company were going to improve relations with Russia. Instead, they're much, MUCH worse! What a shame we don't have a president in the White House who, like Reagan, understands what it takes to lead the world at such difficult times. It's not enough just to phone it in on your way to the next fundraiser!

When Will Obama Apologize to Romney for Mocking His Foreign Policy/ Russia Warnings?

Comment in presidential debate reveals just how out of touch Obama really is!

Remember this from the 2012 presidential debates?

OBAMA: “Governor Romney, I’m glad that you recognize that al-Qaeda is a threat, because a few months ago when you were asked what’s the biggest geopolitical threat facing America, you said Russia, not al-Qaeda.”
Actually, Obama was wrong about that as the Washington Post Fact Checker points out. Romney said Russia was our "no. 1 geopolitical foe." Not that Obama has taken the threat from Al Queda any more seriously than he has the threat from Russia.

Obama went on to say:“The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.”

The Post Fact Checker describes Obama's zinger as "considered clever at the time." Not so much now. The left had a real good chuckle at Romney's expense over the exchange. I just wonder when Obama and the left will be apologizing to Romney who got it right and Obama got it so very, VERY wrong!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Obama Believes World is More Peaceful. Is Delusion in a President Dangerous?

No wonder Obama can't lead. He doesn't even know what the problem is!

Obama June 11, 2014: "The world is less violent than it has ever been."

Obama Spokesman Jul 14: "There have been a number of situations in which you’ve seen this administration intervene in a meaningful way, that has substantially furthered American interests and substantially improved the, uh, you know, the – the tranquility of the global community."

Iraq, Israel, Ukraine, Iran, Syria, China, North Korea. You name it, under Obama global peace has taken a huge hit. It used to be the case that American presidents understood the unique, dare I say EXCEPTIONAL, role U.S. leadership held for world peace. Sadly, that's no longer the case and we see the consequences. If Obama and his aides are so delusional they can't even see the problem, what chance is that they can understand what's necessary for a solution?

President Has His Priorties: The World Burns While Obama Fundraises!

What a shame the left won't hold Obama to the same standard they demanded of Bush!

Remember the grief the left heaped on President George W. Bush when he calmly sat for an additional few minutes while a teacher finished reading "My Pet Goat" to children in a classroom the morning of September 11th? They're still outraged about it. Reference to that moment has 9.6 million hits on Google.

Contrast with Obama. The world is horrified at the downing of a Malaysian jet downed by Russian separatists over Ukraine and the Obama stuck to his schedule of bashing Republicans and at a photo op in Delaware and a round of fundraisers in New York. In referencing this renewed atrocity on the peace of the world the best Obama could say on Thursday is this "may be a terrible tragedy." Was there any doubt?

Obama's statement on Friday wasn't much better. While he finally conceded "this was a global tragedy," and admitted that the missile which shot down the plane came from Russian controlled territory in Ukraine. He went on to admit the failure of his strategy to resolve the Ukraine crisis:
OBAMA: Time and again, Russia has refused to take the concrete steps necessary to deescalate the situation. I spoke to President Putin yesterday in the wake of additional sanctions that we had imposed. He said he wasn’t happy with them, and I told him that we have been very clear from the outset that we want Russia to take the path that would result in peace in Ukraine, but so far at least, Russia has failed to take that path. Instead, it has continued to violate Ukrainian sovereignty and to support violent separatists. It has also failed to use its influence to press the separatists to abide by a cease-fire. That’s why, together with our allies, we’ve imposed growing costs on Russia.
Obviously those "growing costs on Russia" haven't been effective in any way in deterring the escalation of this crisis. The shooting down of this Malaysian plane is just the most visible symbol of the failure of Obama;s weak and ineffective policies. We must note again that while Putin has been supplying special operative troops and advanced arms like the missile that shot down this plane Obama has only been willing to send Ukraine socks and military rations.

And the left made fun of George Bush over a book? After Benghazi Obama went to a fundraiser. Ditto in the wake of the Russian invasion of Crimea, the VA scandal and the border crisis. Obama campaigned on the idea that he would do things better and smarter than Bush. History will show just the opposite!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Is Obama on Side of Americans or Illegals in Border Invasion? Quick Steps He Could Take to Stop the Flow. Will He?

Obama's policies continue to cause this humanitarian crisis!

Previously I posted the letter from the grieving mother of a police veteran killed by a drunk driver who was an illegal alien and had not been deported despite prior arrests. I asked "whose side Obama is on? That of American citizens or that of those who break our laws to come here illegally?" I'll now answer that question.

The current immigration crisis didn't come out of nowhere. The flood of illegal minors began in 2012 after Obama declared he would unilaterally change current immigration law and not deport minor children. The L.A. Times reports that in 2012, the year Obama took this action, the number of illegal children crossing the border jumped from the average of 4,000 to over 10,000. In 2013 it was over 20,000. Since October the flood is nearly 40,000. The word got out to Central America that if the kids could only get here they could stay. It's impossible to say how many died on the dangerous trip north but they don't call the overburdened trains "death trains" for nothing. Now we learn that bodies of young children are washing up along the banks of the Rio Grande river.

This is also an issue on which Obama cannot feign ignorance as he is wont to do. Rick Perry, Governor of one of our largest states has repeatedly written to Obama to alert him to the problem and request his help. Here's Perry's May 2012 letter:

In 2012 Perry warned that:
This is precisely what happens when the federal govemment refuses to recognize its
responsibility for our nation's immigration and border security, and fails to immediately work with the countries of origin to return these unaccompanied illegal minors to their homes.
Every child allowed to remain encourages hundreds more to attempt the journey. Our country can no longer provide the temptation for these unaccompanied minors to engage in this tragic and illegal migration. To end it, the federal government must stop new arrivals at the border, repatriate those already here and prevent and discourage others.
This must stop, Mr. President, and it is your responsibility to make that happen.
Unfortunately, Obama doesn't listen to governors any more than he listens to Republicans in Congress, or for that matter, members of his own party. He has a political agenda and using immigration to score political points is at the top of that list. Instead of making statements that are unambiguously clear that we will not allow illegal immigrants to stay, he goes out of his way to praise immigrants and demand Congress pass "comprehensive" immigration reform. The word comprehensive is viewed both by opponents of the legislation and illegals as code for amnesty for illegals.

On July 3rd Obama gathered a group of illegal immigrant activists at the White House and while he talked tough regarding the current wave of illegals he promised to do whatever he could to assure that the millions who were here already could stay. On July 4 he held a naturalization ceremony at the White House where he praised immigrants. Finally, Obama let the cat out of the bag the whole way. When illegal immigrants heckled him at a speech in Austin, Texas on July 10, Obama invited them backstage to hear their pleas. And he told them "I'm on your side man." No doubt that message made it back to Central America too!

Obama Requests $3.7 Billion to Ease Illegals Stay

Perhaps the biggest sign that Obama isn't serious about stopping the invasion of illegals comes from his request for emergency spending to address the crisis. Last week Obama requested $3.7 billion in emergency spending to address the crisis. Yet the biggest chunk of money doesn't go to stopping the invasion but to providing long term care and lawyers for those who arrive. What does it say when Obama's focus is on "acquisition, construction, improvement, repair, operation, and maintenance of real property and facilities?" One estimate puts the spending at $250 per illegal per day. Nice work if you can get it!

Actual spending increases for border security are a pittance of the amount of this request. Instead of putting out the fire Obama is planning to increase the services available to illegals.  Also, Obama has rejected calls to fix loopholes in current law that would make it easier to stop the flood and deport those who have arrived. He also appears to have ignored calls by House Speaker John Boehner and Texas Governor Rick Perry to put the National Guard on the border.

Obama's emergency funding  request provides no effective scheme to deter tens of thousands more from crossing the border. Instead they know that Obama is working to make their arrival more comfortable and provide them the legal help they need to make a case to stay. And while Obama continues to blame Republicans for failing to pass comprehensive immigration reform (amnesty) there is not one element of that comprehensive approach that would stop this current invasion. Just the opposite.

Republicans Have a Better Plan

I don't know anyone who disagrees that we have to provide a basic level of care for the children who arrived here illegally. But, our emphasis should be on stopping the flow of illegals and returning those who have arrived to their families as soon as possible. There is no good that can come out of warehousing children for months or even years waiting for some outmoded legal process to conclude.

The first thing Obama could do to stop the invasion is to make strong and unambiguous statements that the invasion must stop. That message should not be confused with Obama's current rhetoric to advance comprehensive amnesty. Note the number of times he praises immigrants and comprehensive reform and compare it with the number (any?) where he says illegals should stay home.

Next, order the National Guard to the border and provide whatever additional resources the Border Patrol needs to make an effective stand to seal the border.

As part of this effort Obama should end his unilateral policy which ended deportations of minors. A request signed by 33 members of Congress makes this plea directly to Obama. This would be a great opportunity to show he's serious about working with Republicans and listening to their ideas.

Here are more GOP ideas:
  • End the catch and release policy which allows illegals to enter the country with a promise to show up for court.
  • Stop releasing convicted criminal aliens from detention.
  • Obama should declare that new arrivals will not receive ANY legal status to remain.
  • Crack down on fraudulent asylum claims.
  • Implement tougher standards for "credible fear" claims.
  • Restore agreements with local law enforcement agencies to enforce immigration laws. 
  • Give Border Patrol agents access to federal lands that are currently off limits.
Hours after a photo op showing Obama playing pool and drinking beer in Denver Obama rejected calls he go to the border calling it a photo op.“I'm not interested in photo ops, I'm interested in solving a problem,” he said. Well, here's his chance to prove it. Plenty of solid solutions to the problem and ways he could work together with Republicans to address the issue. Will he do so or will he side again instead with the activists who support illegal immigration? Place your bets!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Grieving Mother Writes Obama: Where's Justice for My Son Killed by Criminal Illegal Alien?

Why does Obama get a pass on the consequences of his open borders policy?

Democrats usually try and pull on the heart strings when they want to gin up sympathy for illegal aliens. They don't want us to see the consequences of their unfettered open borders policy. But here's a story that's played out all too often showing the consequences of that policy.

Unlike the Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl, Police Officer Brandon Mendoza actually served his community with honor and distinction. Mendoza, 32 years old, was a 13 year veteran of the Mesa Arizona Police force. In May Mendoza was killed by a drunk driver who was an illegal alien who had not been deported despite an earlier criminal history.

The Mesa community was in shock with the loss of this officer who was more than just a cop. Here's a sampling of some of what was said about Medoza:
  • "Everything about him made you laugh. Even in his serious mode, he was funny. (He) loved his job, and he was a damn good cop."
  • "he had a heart for helping." 
  • "epitomized what community policing is all about," said Mesa Police Chief Frank Milstead. 
  • "His life was filled with love, loyalty and laughter. He had the biggest heart of anyone I knew."
  •  "He exemplified everything good about a police officer."
Not only did Mendoza serve the community as a police officer, he also volunteered his time with several Valley organizations.

"He was definitely one of the good ones," said Chris Cuasula, with the Grant Woods branch of the Mesa Boys and Girls Club. "Besides the police officer part and everything he did through that, he was just a good person. He genuinely cared."

Cuasula said he first met Mendoza a few years ago when they worked together with the Guerrero Rotary Group to clean up the once crime-ridden park and make it a safe place for families.

"The thing that I most enjoyed about him was that he wanted to empower this community, to take it back," said Cuasula.

He said Mendoza also volunteered his time at the Boys and Girls Club - especially during the holidays.

On Thanksgiving, Mendoza would bring turkeys, cook and serve the community meals.

"During Christmas, he would bring presents for the families and for some of the kids that needed it," said Cuasula.

Mendoza also had a soft spot for animals.

Several months ago, he rescued a pit bull he'd found tied to a tree.

Mendoza then saved her again when, after taking her to the county shelter, she was about to be put down due to kennel cough.
Mendoza Mother Demands Answers

The above goes beyond the deserved praise for a fallen officer. Obviously, the community lost a real hero when Mendoza was killed. To his mother and so many others, it was a loss that never should have happened. His mother wrote to Obama:
I had my son's life STOLEN from me by a man who didn't value his life, was 3X the legal limit drunk, was high on Meth, drove for over 35 miles THE WRONG WAY on 4 different freeways and had NO BUSINESS BEING IN THIS COUNTRY!!!

The Federal Government knew he, Raul Silva Corona , was an illegal immigrant when he was convicted on crimes in 1994 in Colorado. The prosecutors were "lenient" on him and several charges were dismissed. When he was convicted of these crimes and 1994 and the government knew he was in the country illegally, why wasn't he deported? Why are any of these illegal criminals in this country ??
I have attached numerous articles for you to read about my son. This was not a life that should have been taken so early. The good he was doing in our community is remarkable, the difference he made in people's lives is amazing and the comfort he brought people in friendship was unmeasurable.
Letting these illegal criminals out of our jails before their time is served and turning them loose on the streets to commit further crimes and KILL our loved ones is NOT ACCEPTABLE TO ME!! AND it shouldn't be acceptable to any US Citizen. Mr. President, you don't have the right to make this decision yourself.
I want laws to change that would not allow illegal immigrants to purchase vehicles in our country and register them to drive them in our states WITHOUT having driver's licenses to drive them legally. How is this happening??? I want laws changed that will force the removal of illegal immigrants who break our laws. This man, this repeated law breaker, was allowed to be released and he continued breaking the laws in our country until what???? UNTIL HE WAS STOPPED BY MY SON IN A HEAD ON COLLISION THAT NEVER SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED!!!! HE KILLED AN OFFICER OF THE LAW AS HIS LAST ACT!!! When are you going to see the flip side to this issue? When will you realize the hurt and pain and destruction these illegal immigrants who break the law will continue to cause???? Until you live in a state that deals with this on a daily basis, you will not understand it.

I want answers that make sense. I want answers from you personally as to why this criminal was allowed to stay in our country until he took my son's life.

Mary Ann Mendoza
Mrs. Mendoza: Don't hold your breath waiting for an answer. Your son's life isn't as important to Obama as the politics of supporting open borders. That's all he cares about. Also, readers should note that the reference to letting illegals convicted of crimes out of jail is a reaction to the news that the Obama Administration has been releasing illegals convicted of crimes from jail.

What Obama fails to understand is that there are consequences of promoting a policy of open borders. Sadly, this is one. The citizens of Mesa have lost more than just a Police Officer. He was a model citizen in every way. Instead of protecting his right to "life, liberty and happiness" Obama is protecting those who have no right to be here and instead break our laws to get here and do so again after arriving.

At some point isn't it fair to ask whose side Obama is on? That of American citizens or that of those who break our laws to come here illegally?
fsg053d4.txt Free xml sitemap generator