Well, ain’t that just dandy.
I’ve said before that the number of Mexican soldiers, federal agents, police and civilians killed by weapons allowed to “walk” over the border into Mexico under the Department of Justice’s “sting” operation has amounted to at least 300, per the Mexican Attorney General.
Here are some specifics, courtesy of Borderland Beat:
Firearms connected to Operation Fast and Furious were used in the 2010 slaying of the brother of the former Chihuahua state attorney general, according to a U.S. congressional report.
The report said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives traced two of the weapons suspected in the murder of lawyer Mario González Rodríguez, but did not report this fact to the Mexican government until eight months after the tracing.
A video of Mario González Rodríguez’s “interrogation” by armed men was carried on YouTube. The body of the well-known Chihuahua City lawyer was found Nov. 5, 2010, in a shallow grave.
Then, Mexican federal authorities, following a shootout with drug cartel suspects, seized 16 weapons and arrested eight men in connection with Mario González Rodríguez’s murder.
ABROGATION: A guaranteed discussion-killer for anyone who tries to tell you that Islam is a ‘religion of peace’
BOOKMARK THIS VIDEO. When a Muslim or Leftie apologist starts quoting peaceful passages from the quran, pull out this this video or memorize its content and you immediately invalidate any argument about Islam being just like Christianity or Judaism.
Here’s the Plan to Fly Missile-Packed Blimps Over Your Home
The Blue Devil 2 airship under construction. Photo: Mav6
Upstart Virginia aerospace firm Mav6 is offering to install guided missiles on the massive, robotic spy blimp it’s building for the Air Force. The idea would only be slightly terrifying, if the massive airship was headed to Afghanistan, as originally planned. But Mav6 and its CEO, a respected retired Air Force general, are also promoting the giant airship for homeland security missions over U.S. soil. In that way, today’s war blimp could become tomorrow’s all-seeing, lethal Big Brother.
Capable of hovering at 20,000 feet for a week at a time while carrying radars, cameras, radio links and computer processors — the “most powerful” of their type in existence — the Blue Devil 2 airship can also be fitted with “weapons modules,” according to marketing material provided by Mav6. The brochure (.ppt) depicts a rotary launcher fitted with 100-pound Hellfire missiles, capable of hitting pinpoint targets up to five miles away. The launcher would presumably dangle from the tractor-trailer-size gondola that also houses the sensors, radios and computers.
As originally configured, Blue Devil 2 would need help from armed drones or manned jet fighters to attack any targets it finds. With missiles installed, the 100-mile-per-hour airship would theoretically be able to spot and kill bad guys all on its own. What Mav6 calls “semi-automated sensor-to-sensor cueing for enhanced threat detection” should minimize human intervention. Controllers on the ground would provide the basic flight plan, occasionally point the sensors and give permission to fire.
Liberals’ focus on race ignores what really drives voter behavior.
The sluggish economy favors a Republican presidential win come November, but some on the left argue that votes from a growing minority population will put President Obama over the top in the race for 270 electoral-college votes. Further, as the argument goes, these long-term demographic shifts could usher in a permanent left-of-center majority.
Exhibit one in this argument is the recent Center for American Progress monograph, “The Path to 270: Demographics versus Economics in the 2012 Presidential Election.”
Authors Ruy Teixeira and John Halpin acknowledge that the Tea Party wave in the 2010 elections suggests that the American people reacted poorly to the explosion of spending, the loss of jobs, and the extremely weak recovery under Obama. But they argue nonetheless that the growing number of minority voters—and thus declining percentage of white voters—will allow Obama to win re-election.
The study looks at national numbers, but also at the 50 state-by-state electoral-college contests. Teixeira and Halpin write, “The heart of the Obama coalition is the minority ?vote. In 2008, Obama received 80 percent support from communities of color, who made up 26 percent of all voters.” However, those numbers are changing:
The 2010 minority share of the population was 36 percent, up more than five percentage points over 2000. That’s a rate of increase of around half a point a year over the decade. Applying that rate to the four years between 2008 and 2012 indicates that the minority share of voters should be about 28 percent in 2012, up from 26 percent in 2008.
What Ruy Teixeira and John Halpin are basing their analysis (hopes?) on is that minority voters only care about what kind of goodies they can get from the government. They admit that success for Obama and Democrats in general depend upon the dependency on public assistance of key voting blocks in key states. It’s amazing that serious political analysis from the left, and their hope for electoral success, is now based on how enslaved their constituency has become to big government. Granted, for many, continuing the flow of government freebies is what some voters care about, but their analysis is generally an insult to every minority voter.
It’s agreed that this election will turn on the path and purpose of this nation, vs. growing statism and dependency upon government. Obama isn’t simply banking on the changing demographics in the electorate as much as he’s hoping that the electorate has tipped toward those who in one form or another are dependent upon the government for something. If he wins, especially with an anemic economy, unchecked growth in the national debt, and persistently high unemployment, it will be a sign that the majority of the electorate now only cares about protecting the goodies and freebies they receive from government. This is what Obama’s “War on Success” is all about: rich people (i.e., Republicans) should continue to pay for the goodies that Democrats receive from the government. It seems like a crass analysis, but this is what passes for serious political strategy among the left. The 2010 elections indicated that a large majority of voters still care about the direction and character of the nation, so we’ll see who’s right on election day.
Maybe I need something like this to break my fast this saturday afternoon? Bacon wrapped meatloaf. Or just lots of bacon and steak? Maybe an egg or two in there.
If Obama had a son, would he look like this and act like this?
Birmingham police say a 13-year-old robbery suspect was shot and killed by the person he tried to rob in Birmingham Friday night.
The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office confirms the teen’s identity as Jaqures Cortez Walker of Birmingham. He was a 7th grade student at Martha Gaskin Middle School and the quarterback for the football team, according to a family member.
BPD Sgt. Johnny Williams said the teen suspect approached a couple as they pulled into their home at the gated Skyview Condominiums in the 400 block of Skyview Drive around 11:10pm. Friday, April 27. Skyview Drive is off Robert Jemison Road. The suspect had a T-shirt over his face like a bandana and was holding a cocked and loaded gun, Williams said.
Police say the would-be robber approached the male occupant of the car and told him to “Get out and give it up.” The man had his own gun in the car and shot the teenager. The teen ran a few feet, collapsed and died at the scene, Williams said.
The case was originally investigated as an unclassfied death but Williams says now it appears it could be investigated as justifiable homicide. The case has been handed over to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office for review.
Jaqures’ 19-year-old brother told Fox 6 that Jaqures was in the front yard of their home Friday night with some friends and told his family they were going to the store. The brother says Jaqures never came home.
TOP 30 THINGS THAT YOU WILL NEVER HEAR SOUTHERN BOY SAY:
30. When I retire, I’m movin’ up north.
29. I’ll take Shakespeare for 1000, Alex.
28. Duct tape won’t fix that.
27. Come to think of it, I’ll have a white wine instead of a beer.
26. We don’t keep firearms in this house.
25. You can’t feed that to the dog.
24. No kids in the back of the pickup, it’s just not safe.
23. Rastling is fake.
22. We’re vegetarians.
21. Do you think my gut is too big?
20. I’ll have grapefruit and grapes instead of biscuits and gravy..
19. Honey, we don’t need another dog.
18. Who gives a damn who won the Civil War?
17. Give me the small bag of barbecue pork rinds.
16. Too many deer heads detract from the decor.
15. I just couldn’t find a thing at Wal-Mart today.
14. Trim the fat off that steak.
13. Cappuccino tastes better than espresso.
12. The tires on that truck are too big.
11. I’ve got it all on the C: DRIVE.
10. Unsweetened tea tastes better.
9. My fiancee, Bobbie Jo, is registered at Tiffany’s.
8. I’ve got two cases of Zima for the Super Bowl.
6. She’s too young to be wearing a bikini.
5. Hey, here’s an episode of “Hee Haw” that we haven’t seen.
4. I don’t have a favorite college team.
3. You Guys.
2. Those shorts ought to be a little longer, Betty Mae.
AND THE NUMBER ONE THING THAT YOU WILL NEVER HEAR A SOUTHERN BOY SAY:
1. Nope, no more beer for me. I’m driving a whole busload of us down to the re-elect OBAMA rally!
Blind Chinese dissident unavailable for comment.
(see also:Romney rips Obama over handling of Chen Guangcheng situation: “This is a dark day for freedom”and this one:
Michelle Malkin: US State Dept. very close to looking like Chinese government propagandists)
Statement by the President on World Press Freedom Day
On this World Press Freedom Day, the United States honors the role of a free press in creating sustainable democracies and prosperous societies. We pay special tribute to those journalists who have sacrificed their lives, freedom or personal well-being in pursuit of truth and justice.
Over sixty years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaimed the right of every person “to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers,” that right remains in peril in far too many countries.
While this year has seen some positive developments, like the release of journalists along with hundreds of other political prisoners in Burma, arbitrary arrests and detentions of journalists continue across the globe. As we condemn recent detentions of journalists like Mazen Darwish, a leading proponent of free speech in Syria, and call for their immediate release, we must not forget others like blogger Dieu Cay, whose 2008 arrest coincided with a mass crackdown on citizen journalism in Vietnam, or journalist Dawit Isaak who has been held incommunicado by the Eritrean government for over a decade without formal charge or trial.
Threats and harassment, like that endured by Ecuadorian journalist Cesar Ricaurte and exiled Belarusian democratic activist Natalya Radzina, and indirect censorship, including through restrictions on freedom of movement like those imposed on Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez, continue to have a chilling effect on freedom of expression and the press. We call on all governments to protect the ability of journalists, bloggers, and dissidents to write and speak freely without retribution and to stop the use of travel bans and other indirect forms of censorship to suppress the exercise of these universal rights.
In some cases, it is not just governments threatening the freedom of the press. It is also criminal gangs, terrorists, or political factions. No matter the cause, when journalists are intimidated, attacked, imprisoned, or disappeared, individuals begin to self-censor, fear replaces truth, and all of our societies suffer. A culture of impunity for such actions must not be allowed to persist in any country.
This year, across the Middle East, North Africa and beyond, the world witnessed not only these perils, but also the promise that a free press holds for fostering innovative, successful, and stable democracies. On this World Press Freedom Day, we call upon all governments to seize that promise by recognizing the vital role of a free press and taking the necessary steps to create societies in which independent journalists can operate freely and without fear.
Okay, time for NASA to take a cue from NASCAR. Get SPONSORS!!!!
Another fail by the Obama regime:
The federal website Regulations.gov released the first round of public comments on the administration’s proposed anti-conscience mandate on Wednesday. The comments were overwhelmingly opposed to the measure: out of 211 comments submitted, only six, or about 2%, offered support for the mandate.
The mandate would require all organizations that offer health insurance to facilitate coverage of contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs, even if such drugs violate those organizations’ religious or moral beliefs.
The vast majority of the comments submitted focus on the mandate’s violation of Americans’ right of conscience, while a few discuss the health hazards of the medical procedures the mandate covers, and some call for full Obamacare repeal.
“As a Democrat, I will vote Republican if religious freedom is not protected and respected,” said one commenter, who identified herself as Arlene from Colorado.
An anonymous commenter from Missouri insisted that the mandate constitutes “a religious freedoms issue, not a women’s issue.”
Git that sumbitch!
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) circulated a draft contempt order against Eric Holder on Thursday for a “refusal to cooperate” in the investigation of the Fast and Furious gun-walking operation.
“This briefing paper and draft contempt report explains the case, to both Members of the Committee and the American people, for holding Attorney General Holder in contempt of Congress,” the House Oversight Committee chairman said in a statement. “In describing the results of the Justice Department’s refusal to cooperate — including the hardships the family of a fallen Border Patrol agent have faced in seeking the truth, and retaliation against agents who blew the whistle on gun-walking — this briefing paper provides the facts, on which decisions will be made.”
Both documents were distributed to members of the Oversight Committee, with the briefing paper laying out how the Justice Department failed to adequately respond to the committee’s investigation of the botched gun operation.
(The Washington Times) — The Republican National Committee is getting ahead of President Obama’s official campaign kickoff in Ohio and Virginia on Saturday with a media blitz labeling his reelection as the “Hype and Blame” tour.
The RNC will sell “Hype and Blame 2012” bumper stickers — a twist on Mr. Obama’s “hope and change” campaign of 2008 — accompanied by digital advertising, a fundraising strategy, radio and TV ads, and op-eds in local media. RNC Chairman Reince Preibus and state party chairmen will detail the strategy in a conference call with the media Thursday.
Mr. Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will formally launch his reelection campaign Saturday with rallies at the Ohio State University in Columbus and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
Republican officials intend to call attention to Mr. Obama’s pledge to deliver millions of jobs in infrastructure and green energy in Virginia and Ohio, arguing that he has failed to deliver on those promises. Both states are battlegrounds in this year’s campaign; Mr. Obama won both states four years ago after Republican George W. Bush had carried them in 2000 and 2004.