Monday, July 28, 2014

Valdemort Guards Northern Border: Harry Potter Turned Away, Boy Scouts W/ Guns to Head While Central Americans Enter at Will

Can there be any better examples of what our border security has become?

25 year old Daniel Radcliffe who played Harry Potter in the film series attempted to return to the United States after a brief visit to Toronto last week when he was turned away by border guards. Apparently Radcliffe didn't have the upgraded stamp on his visa required for re entry. He had to delay his planned visit to California until he could get the proper authorization.

Earlier this month a border guard pulled a gun on a bus load of Boy Scouts on their way back from a camping trip. The crime? One of the Scouts took a picture at the border crossing.

Meanwhile, thousands of illegals from Central America continue to enter the country at will on the Southern Border. Many say "Obama will take care of us" and demand to know how to sign up for welfare!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Consequences of Doing Nothing: Iraq Urged Obama Repeatedly to Bomb Isis When It Mattered

Now we have mass murder, female genital mutilation, persecution of Christians on a nationwide scale!

With each new Obama scandal pushing the older ones to the background it's easy to forget that Iraq remains in dire peril of becoming a terrorist playground providing cover for those who continue to threaten attacks on the United States.

McClatchy newspapers recently reviewed testimony of top Obama officials before Congress documenting how well aware they were of the threat posed by ISIS before it took over one third of Iraq.
The group’s operations “are calculated, coordinated and part of a strategic campaign led by its Syria-based leader, Abu Bakr al Baghadi,” Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Brett McGurk told a House committee on Feb. 5, four months before fighting broke out in Mosul. “The campaign has a stated objective to cause the collapse of the Iraqi state and carve out a zone of governing control in western regions of Iraq and Syria.”

The testimony raises an obvious question: If the Obama administration had such early warning of the Islamic State’s ambitions, why, nearly two months after the fall of Mosul, is it still assessing what steps, if any, to take to halt the advance of Islamist extremists who threaten U.S. allies in the region and have vowed to attack Americans?

In fresh testimony before Congress this week, McGurk revealed that the administration knew three days in advance that the attack on Mosul was coming. He acknowledged that the Islamic State is no longer just a regional terrorist organization but a “full-blown” army that now controls nearly 50 percent of Iraq and more than one-third of Syria. Its fighters have turned back some of the best-trained Iraqi units trying to retake key cities, while in Syria, it’s seized nearly all that country’s oil and natural gas fields and is pushing the Syrian military from its last outposts in the country’s east.

“What started as a crisis in Syria has become a regional disaster with serious global implications,” Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said Wednesday.
Also in that hearing we heard that the Obama Administration repeatedly turned down requests from the government of Iraq to strike ISIS when it was in staging areas vulnerable to bombing and well before it took over major cities. Obama is known as the drone President in countering threats elsewhere but in not so in Iraq. Instead, after ISIS surged Obama sent a few hundred troops to Iraq. In over a month that's been his only response and it's done nothing to stem the growing tide of terror. Obama simply checked the box and headed off for another round of fundraisers.

Meanwhile, Christians are fleeing Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, after being forced to convert to Islam, pay a tax or die. Islamic fanatics have destroyed Christian shrines. Reports also indicate that all women in Mosul may be required to submit to the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation. Talk about a war on women.

Worst of all, the blood lust of these terrorist monsters continues. Mohamed Elomar a jihadi from Australia who joined the blood fest in Iraq posed proudly with the heads of slain Iraqis. Calling himself the Australian Zarqawi after the monster U.S. troops killed in Iraq in 2006 Elomar uses his Twitter feed to brag about his crimes by posting graphic pictures. Below is one such photo.  You have been warned:

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Data Shows Bush Took Gun Crime More Seriously Than Obama

But the data misses the point. For Obama, it's been less about prosecuting those who use guns in crimes and more about controlling the guns of law abiding citizens!

Interesting analysis in the Washington Times. While Obama moans about the need for gun control, his Department of Justice isn't prosecuting those who commit gun crime....

With this kind of record is it any wonder that in places like Chicago, which has very strict gun laws, the crime wave continues?

In Dallas 90% of Illegal Alien Children Skip Court Date

Democrats demanded the kids have their day in court. Will they now agree to deport those who fail to show up?

From the Dallas Morning News:
Marcos and Crisly, Ana and Blanca, Fabiola and Maria Antonia.
The youths were among 20 from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala who were set to appear in federal immigration court Tuesday for initial deportation hearings. But they weren’t there — 18 of the children whose cases were set to be heard didn’t show up Tuesday for court.
It was an absentee rate that federal Immigration Judge Michael Baird said was “highly unusual,” so high that he reset the hearings for Aug. 11 rather than possibly issuing a deportation order.
The judge’s decision drew praise from local immigration lawyers. Paul Zoltan, an immigration attorney in Dallas, called the decision “classy,” saying the children would have time to get attorneys and any mailing errors could be corrected.
“It gives the kids another chance,” he said.
In general, 46 percent of juveniles don’t show up for their immigration court hearings, according to Capitol Hill testimony recently from Juan Osuna, who directs the Justice Department’s immigration courts. The Executive Office of Immigration Review faces a backlog of 375,000 cases and was ordered a few weeks ago to make unaccompanied juveniles the top priority.
No doubt there will be a long line of excuses as to why these lawbreakers will not be deported. Frankly, we won't be able to find them. But you can count on them showing up years later demanding amnesty and the full benefits package!

I Stand with Israel: Let them Finish the Job and Defeat Hamas!

And please. No more phony arguments about moral equivalence!

Remember when Israel was told "trade land for peace?" Give back control of Gaza to the Palestinians and all will be well. The minute Israel did the Palestinians under Hamas started launching rockets at Israel. These Islamic fanatics have launched THOUSANDS of rockets at Israel. These are deliberate offensive acts.

Now we learn that Hamas has built dozens of tunnels under the border with Israel. The purpose of these is not defensive in any way but to offer means of conducting attacks against innocent Israelis. We also learn from the United Nations that Hamas has hidden rockets in schools and children's playgrounds as well as hospitals and mosques.

And who can forget the Palestinian celebrations of the abduction of three Israeli teenagers who were later found murdered. Meanwhile, Palestinians use children's television programs to teach their children to hate and kill.

There's a graphic which describes the contrast between Israelis and Hamas perfectly:

There's a saying that if the Arabs would put down their weapons today there would be peace in the Middle East. If Israel put down it's weapons the Jews would all be killed.

I have NO SYMPATHY whatsoever for Hamas and the Palestinians who refuse every effort to find real solutions to a peaceful resolution of this conflict. Neither do I have any consideration for the views of people currently pushing a cease fire yet who ignored the thousands of rockets and other transgressions by Hamas.

Let Israel finish the job the way they want. Now is a perfect time for Obama to lead from behind and do nothing. He's good at that!

Russian Rebels Shoot Down Two More Jets Over Ukraine

Obama too busy with fundraisers to comment!

It's been a week since Obama made some vague muttering about imposing "costs" and "isolation" on Russia for their part in the Ukrainian mess. Anyone looking for a sign about Putin's intentions got the message this Monday when Russian rebels shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets. No word from Obama. He's too busy fundraising but we can imagine that when he does comment he'll make another meaningless statement.

The Russian rebels have been shooting down aircraft with impunity and we've done nothing to help Ukraine defend itself. We could offer defensive weapons that would counter the Russian supplied weapons but instead we've sent military rations and socks. And you wonder why Putin doesn't care what Obama says? The world is becoming a far more dangerous and deadly place because of a lack of American leadership.  If we won't help our friends when they need it, who will be there to help us?

Putting a Face on the Atrocity of Malaysian Shootdown

Lost on Malaysian Flight 17:

Three Australian children and their grandfather are among the victims. Australia lost 36 in the attack.

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?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Smoking Gun on #IRS #TeaParty Cover-up: Lerner Email Instructs Others to Hide Activities from Congress

Democrat's excuse that there's no evidence of a cover up just hit a brick wall!

Democrats have done their best to drag out Congressional hearings on the IRS/Tea Party scandal. They point repeatedly to the number of documents turned over yet never seem to have a full explanation on why ALL documents are not immediately forthcoming. Then, they rush to the microphones to declare there's no evidence of any Administration wrongdoing even as we learn that we don't have all the facts. And if they can turn the hearings into a circus, so much the better.

Well, the claim that there's no evidence of wrongdoing is starting to wear a bit thin. On the evening of July 3rd, while most people in Washington were leaving town for the Independence Day holiday the folks at the IRS who claim to have cooperated fully released yet another set of previously hidden emails. This time, one stood out.

On April 9. 2013, just weeks before the scandal broke Lois Lerner had an email exchange with IRS technology employee. Lerner shared the exchange with Nanette Downing Director for Exempt Organizations Exam Unit Manager another key player in the scandal. In Lerner's email she said "I was cautioning folks about email and how we have several occasions where Congress has asked for emails and there has been an electronic search for responsive emails – so we need to be cautious about what we say in emails." Lerner wanted to know if the agencies Instant Message system (OCS)was traceable. The reply from the IT person was that these records were not part of an "electronic data request." Lerner responded "Perfect."

Read the email exchange for yourself.

Why would Lerner need to caution folks to be careful about what they said in emails because of Congressional oversight? I can't think of any legitimate explanation can you? But Lerner takes the cover up one step further by assuring the Instant Message system would give her a way to get around oversight. What is she hiding? The next question for investigators is whether there is any way to retrieve Lerner's instant messages? Or did that system crash too?

P.S. In Congressional hearings this week, the IRS Commissioner John Koskinen was asked if the FBI or Department of Justice had contacted him or the IRS about Lois Lerner's missing emails. He was unaware of any such contact. Does this sound like the Obama Administration wants to get to the bottom of this? What investigation has been done? Does anyone know?

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

It's Like Attacking Mother Teresa: Obama and the Left's War on Nuns. A Perfect Example of a War on Women.

Attacking those who dedicate their lives to taking care of the poor and the sick is something only liberals could do!

The Little Sisters of the Poor is a group of nuns who dedicate their lives to serving the poor, sick and the elderly. They work around the world and operate 31 homes, assisted living and nursing facilities in North America for low income persons of any race or religion. It's a mission of mercy and compassion that is sorely needed.

The Little Sisters are a Catholic organization and objected to some provisions of ObamaCare requiring the nuns to offer birth control methods that the nuns feel violates their religious beliefs. So, Obama unleashed the full force and power of the Federal government to force the nuns to knuckle under. Their case is currently pending before the Supreme Court.

NOW, the National Organization for Women isn't satisfied with the slow pace of the judicial process. In the wake of the Hobby Lobby decision where the Supreme Court decided a business cannot be forced to provide ALL contraception methods (Hobby Lobby pays 100% of 16 methods. Not good enough for the left) NOW has put out a list of the DIRTY 100 groups that are trying to protect their right to religious freedom. Included in that list is the Little Sisters who are prominently named in an odd graphic below featuring a rope in the shape of a womb.

Question for NOW: Since you object to the Little Sisters of the Poor, are you willing to step in and provide compassionate daily care to the poor, sick and elderly? No? I didn't think so. NOW's attack is beyond shameful and disgusting but then that's who they are. They are not only waging a war on women, but a war on the poor, the elderly and the sick!

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Sobering Post Holiday Thought: Obama's Success in Weakening Americans Belief in Exceptionalism

If Americans end up thinking we are no better than the rest of the world, we soon will be!

You look around the world at all the trouble: invasions, wars, tyranny and disasters of every sort both man made and natural and thank God you live in America where we enjoy such freedom and a high standard of living and relative social calm. Americans used to think we were exceptional and our national Independence Day is a time to reflect on the uniqueness of the American experiment. Perhaps not so much anymore.

President Reagan described America as that "shining city on a hill," a beacon of freedom and hope to the rest of the world. It's no surprise to learn that most liberals reject Reagan's view and prefer instead to see only injustice and greed where Reagan saw hope, opportunity and freedom. Obama embodies the idea that America is not so great. He's said as much. In 2009 in France he said "I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism." In other words, America is no better than any other country. As President he's acted in a similar vein eschewing America's traditional role in global leadership. The resulting mess in world affairs speaks for itself.

A recent Pew Survey found 60% of liberals are not proud of America. What is truly surprising is the number of non Obama voters who think the country is no longer #1.

Obama may view his success in cutting America down to size as one of his greatest achievements even though he's not likely to say so. But the consequences will be profound. An America that loses sight of it's vision for a better world is an America that will stand by and do little while the world slips closer to the dark abyss of violence we already see encroaching. For the rest of the world that often complained of America's arrogance, just imagine their screams when we are no longer able to come and save them next time they're in trouble.

The only bright picture here is that we had this kind of dip in national outlook during the Carter years. But Carter served only one term and a recent Quinnipiac  Poll finds Obama to be an even worse President than Carter. The worst of the modern era. It took a Reagan to clean up the mess Carter left behind after only four years and it will take another giant to clean up this mess. Sadly, giants are in short supply while pygmies are not!

Friday, July 04, 2014

On This 4th of July, Patriotism and Common Sense of Founding Fathers is on Display in Rejecting Invasion of Illegal Aliens

Patriots, though fewer in number, still stand up for their rights and their freedoms. God Bless Them!

So, Obama thought it was smart politics to say that the children of illegal aliens should be allowed to stay in the United States. As usual, he never gave the consequences of such a policy a second thought. That opened a floodgate of children trying to make it here and created the current crisis on our Southern border. The matter was exacerbated by former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visiting the border talking about what an "opportunity" this was and how we are all one big American family both North and South. And while a Republican Congressman from Oklahoma, serving on the House Armed Services Committee, was refused entry to a portion of a military base in his state housing illegal aliens, Democrat Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (TX) visited an illegal detention site in Texas and passed out lollipops to the children. No doubt that image of the candy lady will also make it back to the hordes still waiting to make the trip north.

And just in case that message of welcome didn't make it out, Obama presided over a naturalization ceremony at the White House on July 4th for new citizens to drive the point home. Here's a portion of his remarks:

OBAMA: " The basic idea of welcoming immigrants to our shores is central to our way of life," followed by "we shouldn’t be making it harder for the best and the brightest to come here, and create jobs here, and grow our economy here. We should be making it easier."

Meanwhile, communities in the border region are overwhelmed with a flood of illegals presenting a host of problems from crime and disease placing stress on already overstretched government services. What about the rights of these citizens? Who is speaking up for them? No one at the moment, so they are doing the job themselves. In Murietta California citizens banded together to stop convoys of buses taking illegals to their town:

These brave Americans, and millions like them all across the country, are standing up against the idiotic and oppressive policies of the Obama Administration. They have no need for muskets, their voices will do and they will be heard. Come the November election, not even King Barack will be able to ignore them!

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Obama's War on Women: Why is He Delaying Health Care for Women When He Could Solve Birth Control Problem w/ His Pen? #HobbyLobby

The answer is clear. Just as in nearly every other Obama issue, politics trumps action!

The left went into a real tizzy after the Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case. It's impossible to overstate their hysteric hyperbole. It came from Hillary Clinton on down. You would have thought women would no longer be able to get birth control.

Hillary said this decision meant:
"employers can impose their religious beliefs on their employees, and, of course, denying women the right to contraceptives as part of a health care plan is exactly that.”
“It’s very troubling that a sales clerk at Hobby Lobby who need contraception, which is pretty expensive, is not going to get that service through her employer’s health care plan because her employer doesn’t think she should be using contraception.”
Just one problem. None of that is true. No employer may use this decision to "impose their religious beliefs on their employees," and no one is denying women the right to contraceptives.

Hobby Lobby, which pays it's employees $14/hour, nearly double the minimum wage, pays 100% of the cost for a wide variety of birth control for women. These include:
Male condoms
Female condoms
Diaphragms with spermicide
Sponges with spermicide
Cervical caps with spermicide
Spermicide alone
Birth-control pills with estrogen and progestin (“Combined Pill)
Birth-control pills with progestin alone (“The Mini Pill)
Birth control pills (extended/continuous use)
Contraceptive patches
Contraceptive rings
Progestin injections
Implantable rods
Female sterilization surgeries
Female sterilization implants
And no woman who chooses to use other methods is denied the right to do so.

But Hillary went on and compared the decision in this case to the extreme governments which deny women any say in their lives. She also insisted that as Secretary of State she was "adamant about including women and girls in our foreign policy, not as a luxury but as a central issue." Except she can't point to a single example of where she actually advanced women's rights in these countries.

Hillary's oblique comparison to the Taliban wasn't the worst of what radical women were saying about the Hobby Lobby decision. Democrat National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz went off the deep end as she is prone to do and said: "It's a decision that blocks women from being able to make their own health care decisions, not just reproductive health care decisions, but health care decisions in general." And she blamed it all on Republicans!

Not to be outdone, other liberal leaders compared this to a new "apartheid...Jim Crow" and "gender biogtry."

How did women get health care before ObamaCare made it free? And is there no lie that the left won't say about the Hobby Lobby decision in order to gin up the fearmongering and anger among women who are so poorly informed that this kind of blatant manipulation works?

If Republicans tried something like this the media would crucify them. But in lefty land, if you are going to tell a lie, tell a whopper. But wait...there's more...

From Zeke Miller at Time Magazine points out that Obama has a remedy which he could apply today to fix this but will instead:
delay[] the arrival of a solution for those women who will now be denied certain contraceptive coverage. All signs Monday pointed to the fact that Democrats would rather stage a political fight over the issue than quickly resolve it for the affected women.
So, if women are suffering grievous harm by not having free access to every form of birth control, the  person to blame is Obama. He's more interested in milking this issue for political gain than solving the problem. Sound familiar?
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