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  • Mexicans Blast Execution of Criminal Alien Murderer In Texas

    07/01/2011 1:11:26 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 62 replies
    Family Security Matters ^ | Jun 10, 2011 | Jim Kouri
    June 10, 2011 Mexicans Blast Execution of Criminal Alien Murderer In Texas Jim Kouri, CPP Mexicans on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border are protesting the upcoming execution of a criminal alien rapist and murderer scheduled for July 7, 2011, in Texas. Because the convicted killer is a Mexican citizen, the Calderon government is questioning the procedures that were utilized in sentencing the death row prisoner, Humberto Leal Garcia. The Mexican ambassador to the United States requested this week that Texas Governor Rick Perry delay the execution until a review is completed of the sentencing procedures. The 38-year old Garcia...
  • CA: After long hiatus, Meg Whitman steps back into public view

    06/18/2011 6:10:47 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 9 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 18 June 2011 | David Siders
    ...Whitman doubts she will ever again run for elected office, and for many months she said little about the campaign. But she has started popping up recently on radio and TV. For a beaten candidate who wishes to remain relevant in politics – Whitman is advising Republican front-runner Mitt Romney in his presidential campaign, and she plans to involve herself in California ballot initiatives – it helps to stay in view. (snip) She said she plans to support ballot initiatives perhaps as early as this summer, likely involving education policy. She said she will recruit and support Republican candidates for...
  • Under the U.S. Supreme Court: The incredible shrinking McCain-Feingold act

    01/02/2011 8:25:01 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 21 replies
    UPI ^ | 2011-01-02 | Michael Kirkland
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- If the Republican National Committee has its way, the already battered McCain-Feingold law will be stripped of one of its last remaining bastions, reducing the once powerful engine restraining the unbridled use of political contributions to a squeaky nub.
  • Illegal alien sentenced to prison for raping foster mom

    12/02/2010 2:21:26 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 14 replies ^ | December 2nd, 2010 | Dave Gibson
    On Wednesday, Henrico County Judge Daniel T. Balfour sentenced convicted rapist, Arturo F. Lopez, 18, to 50 years in prison, but suspended 20 of those years. Due to the grievous nature of the illegal alien’s crime, Judge Balfour actually went beyond the sentencing guidelines which ranged from nine years and 10 months to 21 years and one month for abduction and rape convictions. Lopez, who took a bus to Richmond, after entering the country illegally last year, was placed with a foster couple after he was found wandering the streets, homeless. On April 9, just five days after his 18th...
  • David Frum: A new look at a third party (RINOS ATTEMPTING TO THWART TEA PARTY) (BARF ALERT)

    10/23/2010 1:57:32 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 66 replies
    National Post ^ | 2010-10-19 | David Frum
    Republican political strategist Mark McKinnon – veteran of McCain and Bush presidential campaigns – acknowledged in an interview with David Frum that a third-party presidential effort for 2012 was not far off, and hinted at his involvement in one. In the podcast interview, McKinnon, who was discussing his recent Daily Beast column “A Centrist Manifesto”, lamented that “there’s nobody that gets rewarded for bipartisan behavior, [and] in fact they get punished.” To that end, he said, “there is a very real possibility for a legitimate third party effort for 2012 … American voters are so hungry for more voice, and...
  • Illegal immigrant sentenced to 35 years for child rape

    09/06/2010 11:59:31 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 13 replies
    The Loudoun Times-Mirror, Leesburg, Va. ^ | 2010-09-01 | Jana Wagoner
    A 23-year-old illegal immigrant from El Salvador who was living in Leesburg will spend the next 35 years in prison for brutally raping his 4-year-old family member. “No child anywhere in the world should ever be subjected to this sort of crime,” Judge Burke McCahill told Carlos M. Ruano just before sentencing him in a Loudoun courtroom Aug. 27. Ruano pleaded guilty March 22 to raping a victim younger than 13, a Class 2 felony. The rape occurred Nov. 29, 2009. In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors dropped a June 1, 2009 sodomy charge in the case, which also...
  • Felons by the thousands among infiltrating hordes (link between illegals, Islamists uncovered)

    08/30/2010 8:39:05 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 6 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 2010-08-30
    Documentary also uncovers alarming link between illegal aliens and radical Islamists. BY ANITA CRANE Tens of thousands of convicted felons, including murderers and sex offenders, regularly are breaching the United States national boundary along just one section of the shared line with Mexico, according to a revealing new documentary called "Southern Exposure: Battle for the Border." Eyefull Video Productions, located in the migration hotbed of Tucson, Ariz., has produced a made-for-TV special about the U.S./Mexico border crisis. It suggests that the invading hordes also may have an agenda of damage to the U.S. far beyond ordinary crime such as robbery,...
  • Former enemies US, Vietnam now military mates

    08/08/2010 8:17:43 AM PDT · by Flavius · 36 replies
    ap ^ | 8/7/10 | y MARGIE MASON
    Cold War enemies the United States and Vietnam demonstrated their blossoming military relations Sunday as a U.S. nuclear supercarrier cruised in waters off the Southeast Asian nation's coast — sending a message that China is not the region's only big player. The visit comes 35 years after the Vietnam War as Washington and Hanoi are cozying up in a number of areas, from negotiating a controversial deal to share civilian nuclear fuel and technology to agreeing that China needs to work with its neighbors to resolve territorial claims in the South China Sea.

    07/16/2010 7:00:13 PM PDT · by AuntB · 87 replies · 3+ views
    Fox Radio News ^ | July, 2010 | Todd Starnes
    <p>A Minnesota town is outraged over reports that an illegal immigrant was implanted with a penis pump – paid for by taxpayers.</p> <p>Shakopee Police Chief Jeff Tate said the expense to taxpayers was more than $50,000.</p> <p>“It’s shocking,” he told FOX News Radio. “It’s certainly disturbing as well. You know it’s not going to set well with the public at large.”</p>
  • Schumer says McCain inspired him to take up immigration

    06/05/2010 12:44:53 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 43 replies · 764+ views
    The Hill ^ | 6/05/10 | Jordan Fabian
    Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Friday credited Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) with inspiring him to take up comprehensive immigration reform legislation. In 2007, McCain attempted to push through a comprehensive immigration reform bill alongside the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) But this year, facing a primary challenge from former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R), McCain has been more skeptical of current immigration legislation in Congress. Schumer spoke at a fundraising event for the Irish Lobby for Immigration reform in New York while on recess. There, he praised McCain. "While Lindsey Graham is a great partner and he loves our bill” Schumer said,...
  • Pakistani citizen caught crossing border into Arizona

    06/03/2010 3:47:27 PM PDT · by exbrit · 31 replies · 1,157+ views
    KVOA TUCSON ^ | 6/3/10 | Unspecified
    TUCSON - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials confirm with News4, a Pakistani citizen crossed the border illegally from Mexico into Arizona on May 20th. ICE says the man was apprehended by Border Patrol on the Tohono O'odham reservation and turned over to ICE.
  • Mother of woman raped by illegal immigrant speaks out

    06/01/2010 11:15:13 AM PDT · by pissant · 65 replies · 1,573+ views
    NW Cable News ^ | 6/1/10 | staff
    BELLINGHAM, Wash. - The mother of a Bellingham woman, raped by an illegal immigrant, says her daughter's attack should never have happened. KING 5 is not identifying the mother to protect her daughter. "When I heard about what happened my brain didn't know how to react," she said. "This man is the lowest scum on the earth." Hector Salinas, 38, was convicted of raping the 58-year-old disabled homeless woman in a Bellingham park in 2008. Salinas was in the U.S. from Mexico illegally. KING 5 uncovered last week that Salinas has been convicted with several violent crimes in the past,...
  • Pinal Co. Deputy Shot by Illegal Immigrants During Traffic Stop

    04/30/2010 5:43:09 PM PDT · by chicagolady · 195 replies · 7,647+ views
    My Fox Phoenix ^ | April 30 1020 | Fox News Phoenix
    CASA GRANDE - A Pinal County sheriff's deputy is hanging for dear life after he's shot by a group of suspected illegal immigrants Friday. It happened during a traffic stop on the I-8 west of Casa Grande. The deputy stopped a vehicle containing a group of suspected illegal immigrants when he was shot. He radioed in to report he was shot with an AK-47. His injuries are life-threatening, but authorities have not been able to find him.
  • Mexican 'hit team' murders US worker

    03/14/2010 12:02:52 PM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies · 1,456+ views
    AFP ^ | March 15, 2010
    SUSPECTED drug cartel "hit teams" have murdered an American consular employee and her husband in a Mexican border city and killed the husband of another consular official in two separate attacks. The victims came under fire in separate locations while driving in the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez on Saturday... "The attacks resulted in three fatalities - two American citizens and one Mexican citizen," After the slayings, the State Department announced that US diplomats working in consulates along Mexico's northern border had been authorised to send family members home because of security concerns.
  • Kudlow, Santelli: Dollar Devaluation Creating 'Façade' Bush/Obama Economic Policies Are Working

    10/31/2009 3:43:32 PM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 31 replies · 1,616+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | October 31, 2009 | Jeff Poor
    Now that the Obama administration is attempting to take a victory lap on the U.S. economic recovery, claiming the $787-billion stimulus passed earlier this year was what did the trick, despite a cost of $160,000 per 'stimulus' job, as ABC's Jake Tapper pointed out, it has come at the cost of the U.S. dollar. Since then, the stock market has rebounded nicely. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) is off a March low of 6,547 points, even topping the 10,000-mark recently. But what has caused this nearly 50-percent jump? According to CNBC's Larry Kudlow - loose monetary policy by the...
  • Arlington rapist sought in attack on 11-year-old girl in Oklahoma City

    09/27/2009 9:37:42 PM PDT · by Saije · 15 replies · 1,611+ views
    Star-Telegram ^ | 9/27/2009 | Mitch Mitchell
    Police are looking for a man convicted of an Arlington rape more than 10 years ago in connection with the recent rape an 11-year-old girl in Oklahoma City. Melvin Urbina, 33, was sentenced to two years in prison for the 1998 sexual assault of an Arlington woman. He was deported to Mexico after his release in 2001. He returned to the United States illegally and worked in Oklahoma City. Police want to question Urbina about the July 25 sexual assault of a girl who was trying to find some extra chairs for the guests at her godfather’s wedding anniversary party...
  • Jordanian illegal attempts to blow up Dallas skyscraper

    09/24/2009 8:24:08 PM PDT · by rstrahan · 68 replies · 2,981+ views
    Fox 4 Dallas ^ | 9/24/2009 | Rstrahan
    DALLAS - Dallas FBI agents arrested a Jordanian citizen Thursday afternoon for attempting to bomb a skyscraper in Downtown Dallas. According to the bureau, 19-year-old Mosam Maher Husein Smadi was arrested and charged for attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. Smadi had been under continuous FBI surveillance and was arrested after he allegedly placed and tried to detonate an inactive car bomb near Fountain Place, a 60-story glass office tower located at 1445 Ross Avenue, the FBI said.
  • CALIFORNIA: Illegal immigrant health care costs state $1 billion annually

    09/12/2009 8:55:17 PM PDT · by SmithL · 45 replies · 2,351+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 9/12/9 | Karen de Sa - Bay Area News Group
    The latest dust-up over President Barack Obama's health care-for-all mission — Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., angrily calling Obama a liar during a nationally televised speech — underscored conservatives' fears that illegal immigrants would benefit from efforts to expand coverage. Obama insisted that the legislation would not give government subsidies to the nation's millions of undocumented residents. But if immigrant-rich California is any indication, considerable numbers of undocumented immigrants participate in taxpayer-supported health plans. Although most federal benefit programs bar those who cannot prove their citizenship, California has been more generous than other states. Its taxpayers contribute more than $1 billion...
  • RNC Takes McCain-Feingold to Court

    08/22/2009 1:11:10 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 28 replies · 1,781+ views
    CQ Politics ^ | 2009-08-19 | Bart Jansen
    The Republican National Committee is asking a federal court to restore the ability of national parties to raise unlimited amounts of money and to spend it to help elect state-level candidates. The case focuses on hotly contested governor’s races in New Jersey and Virginia. The 2002 McCain-Feingold campaign financing law (PL 107-155) does not allow national parties to give money directly to state candidates. The RNC wants to change that so it can expressly back the party nominee for governor, advertise and send out mailings on behalf of state or local Republican candidates and make get-out-the-vote calls. The law also...
  • Watchdog: TARP tab could hit $24 trillion

    08/18/2009 6:15:55 PM PDT · by chuck_the_tv_out · 19 replies · 1,000+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, July 21, 2009 | Sean Lengell
    Think last year’s $700 billion Wall Street rescue package was beaucoup bucks to spend bailing out the nation’s floundering financial system? That’s chump change compared to what the overall price tag could be, a government watchdog says. The inspector general in charge of overseeing the Treasury Department’s bank-bailout program says the massive endeavor could end up costing taxpayers almost $24 trillion in a worst-case scenario. That’s more than six times President Obama’s proposed $3.55 trillion budget for 2010. Much of the bailout’s attention has focused on the Treasury’s $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, which Congress hurriedly passed...
  • Serbs’ Claim of Kosovo Organ Ring Is Investigated

    08/05/2009 5:10:53 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 14 replies · 759+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 2009-08-03 | Dan Bilefsky
    PRAGUE — Europe’s leading human rights group began an investigation on Monday into Serb allegations that Serbian civilians were abducted in Kosovo during the Kosovo war of 1998-99 and taken to Albania, where their organs were extracted for sale before they were killed. The inquiry, by the Council of Europe, based in Strasbourg, France, is being led by Dick Marty, a Swiss senator, who previously investigated the existence of alleged secret Central Intelligence Agency prisons in Europe used to interrogate terrorist suspects. The Council said Mr. Marty would meet this week with leading war crimes officials and human rights groups...
  • Statement of Sen. Juan McCain on Southern Border Violence [too little, too late]

    07/28/2009 2:24:06 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 14 replies · 608+ views
    Mr. President, I come to the floor today to talk about the violence that continues to plague our southern border region by Mexico’s well armed, well financed, and very determined drug cartels. Despite the increased efforts of President Calderon to stamp out these blood-thirsty and vicious drug cartels, violence has increased dramatically, claiming over 6,000 lives in Mexico last year alone. The murderers carrying out these crimes are as violent and dangerous as any in the world. Many have extensive military training and carry out their illegal activities with sophisticated tactical weapons and no regard for human life. Last week,...
  • Megan McCain Will Be Heard [bashes social conservatives, calls Joe the Plumber a "dumba**"] [barf]

    07/15/2009 1:33:05 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 90 replies · 3,268+ views
    Out Magazine ^ | 2009-07-15 | James Kirchick
    "Does it sound campy to say I love gay men?” asks Meghan McCain, sipping an iced tea at the nouveau-chic Hotel Palomar in Washington, D.C.’s Dupont Circle. Campy or not, the lovesick McCain has been ubiquitous this year, sallying forth on late-night TV -- Larry King Live, The Colbert Report, The Rachel Maddow Show -- to scold the Republican establishment for its social conservatism and stump for gay marriage. “If two people fall in love, they should have the option to get married just like I can,” she told Stephen Colbert, pointing out the inherent hypocrisy of a party that...
  • Meghan McCain

    07/01/2009 5:42:51 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 22 replies · 1,354+ views
    Town Hall ^ | 2009-07-01 | Ashley Herzog
    Meghan McCain—whom some have called the new face of the GOP—likes to call herself a “progressive Republican.” Her Twitter page is full of updates about her devotion to gay marriage: “Marriage equality will not fall to the wayside! I have faith one day there will be equality for everyone living in this country!” That’s fine, I don’t care whether or not she supports “marriage equality.” But as someone her age, I know that gay marriage is one of the causes that young people must embrace in order to gain admission to the liberal in-crowd—and I suspect that’s why she’s doing...
  • John McCain, Russ Feingold reunite to block Barack Obama's FEC pick [cat fight alert]

    07/01/2009 7:48:53 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 4 replies · 680+ views
    Politico ^ | 2009-07-01 | Kenneth P. Vogel & Manu Raju
    The campaign finance dream team of Sens. Russ Feingold and John McCain is reuniting to block President Barack Obama’s first appointment to the Federal Election Commission and to push him to shake up the embattled agency. In a surprising move that invokes memories of a bitter skirmish during Obama’s annihilation of McCain in last year’s presidential election, Feingold (D-Wis.) and McCain (R-Ariz.) have placed a hold on the FEC nomination of Democratic labor lawyer John Sullivan, POLITICO confirmed Tuesday. Their hold could reverberate in Congress, the White House, the 2010 midterm elections and beyond. In a statement issued in response...
  • McCain-Feingold to be overruled? SC orders argument on McConnell(McCain-Feingold)being overruled.

    06/29/2009 8:15:33 AM PDT · by jeltz25 · 89 replies · 4,665+ views
    The Court has held that Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (08-205) will be reargued on Wednesday, September 9 at 10 a.m. The Court has issued the following written order: “The parties should address the following question: ‘For the disposition of this case, should the Court overrule either or both Austin v. Michigan Chamber of Commerce and the part of McConnell v. FEC which addresses the facial validity of Section 203 of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002?’
  • Obama wants immigration reform by early next year [McCain, Graham, other Rats involved] [sick]

    06/25/2009 2:29:28 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 62 replies · 1,396+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2009-06-25 | Sam Youngman
    President Obama moved the goalposts on getting immigration reform accomplished, saying Thursday that he wants a bill he can sign either this year or early next year. Shortly after the president adjourned a meeting with a bipartisan group of members from both chambers, a number of senators and congressmen from both sides of the aisle demonstrated why next year might be aiming too high. The White House has said that the president would like to see something this year, but a number of skeptics have questioned whether Congress can or will take any floor action in 2009. Obama said he...
  • 2 in custody after fatal shooting at NM Denny's

    06/21/2009 2:06:37 AM PDT · by Cindy · 22 replies · 1,796+ views
    (AP) via ^ | June 21, 2009 4:43 AM ET | n/a
    SNIPPET: "Police were nearby and took one suspect into custody while another was arrested after a getaway car was followed to a nearby trailer park."
  • McCain: I hope that I'm a good father

    06/21/2009 12:56:59 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 47 replies · 1,333+ views
    Politico ^ | 2009-06-21
    Sen. John McCain started Father's Day on "Fox News Sunday," but he said he'll spend the rest of the day on the phone, chatting with his seven kids. The Arizona Republican said fathers need to give their kids "support, understanding -- and sometimes that support has to be a little tough love." He said that he often felt pressured to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, both Navy men, and said that parents should give their children choices. "I hope that I'm a good father," McCain said.
  • Democrats face crucial immigration test [and looking to McCain to "lead" the way]

    06/17/2009 7:37:29 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 38 replies · 1,423+ views
    Politico ^ | 2009-06-17 | Gebe Martinez
    After twice postponing a highly anticipated meeting between President Barack Obama and congressional leaders on immigration reform, the White House is under increasing pressure to get legislation done this year. Winning congressional approval of an immigration measure by December is a steep climb, with the economy, health care and energy higher on the president’s agenda. So far, Obama has promised only to begin the discussion at the summit set for next week. But if the president does not move quickly, he will suffer the same fate as his predecessor, President George W. Bush, who left office acknowledging that failure to...
  • Texas Could Soon Be a Republican Presidential Nightmare [Rats want to take over the Lone Star State]

    06/15/2009 9:19:17 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 107 replies · 3,587+ views
    US News & World Report ^ | 2009-06-15 | John Farrell
    The conference on the future of U.S. politics, convened at the American Enterprise Institute on Friday, has come and gone, leaving in its wake more bad news for the Republican Party. I know. You're asking: "So what else is new?" The GOP has been taking a beating in the public opinion polls of late. What makes this particular set of portends scary for Republicans is that the conferees were not studying mere polling snapshots. They were dealing with demography—long-term trends regarding various voting groups identified by age, race and geographic location. And in politics, demography is destiny. I'm going to...
  • 83-foot tunnel dug under border at Nogales ( 16th since October )

    06/13/2009 6:14:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies · 2,319+ views
    AP ^ | June 11, 2009
    Another tunnel apparently dug by drug smugglers has been found beneath the U.S.-Mexico border in Nogales, Ariz. Scioli said it’s the 63rd smuggling tunnel found beneath the border in the Nogales area since October 1995, and the 16th since last October.
  • Miranda Warnings for Terrorists — Thank Sen. McCain

    06/10/2009 5:29:50 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 13 replies · 942+ views
    NRO ^ | June 09, 2009 | Andy McCarthy
    Steve Hayes is getting lots of well deserved attention for his report at the Weekly Standard today about how the Obama/Holder Justice Department has quietly instructed the FBI to start giving Miranda warnings to captured alien combatant terrorists — the next logical move in the ongoing effort to move us away from a war approach and return us to the law-enforcement paradigm for dealing with international terrorism.
  • Al Qaeda Eyes Bio Attack Via Mexico Border

    06/02/2009 7:22:16 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 37 replies · 1,432+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 02, 2009
    Al Qaeda eyes bio attack via Mexico border Seeks white militias as allies By Sara A. Carter Wednesday, June 3, 2009 U.S. counterterrorism officials have authenticated a video by an al Qaeda recruiter threatening to smuggle a biological weapon into the United States via tunnels under the Mexico border, the latest sign of the terrorist group's determination to stage another mass-casualty attack on the U.S. homeland. The video aired earlier this year as a recruitment tool makes clear that al Qaeda is looking to exploit weaknesses in U.S. border security and also is willing to ally itself with white militia...
  • McCain: Both parties to blame for US woes [attacks the GOP]

    05/27/2009 9:31:45 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 65 replies · 1,439+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, Ariz. ^ | 2009-05-27 | Brian J. Pedersen
    Elections have consequences. Like a stand-up comedian trying to push a catchphrase, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., kept coming back to that statement during an hour-long town hall gathering Tuesday in Marana. Whether it was efforts being made to turn around the economy, President Obama's nomination of Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court or U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi's CIA allegations, McCain told the crowd of more than 200 people at the Marana Municipal Complex that today's America is a direct result of last November's voting. But rather than place all the blame on the ruling Democratic Party, McCain said Republicans were...
  • Geithner to DeMint: Bailouts may never end, no exit plans [Turbo Tax Timmy alert]

    05/20/2009 8:31:42 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 18 replies · 766+ views
  • Meet the New Boss: McCain-Feingold

    05/01/2009 2:40:48 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 4 replies · 452+ views
    Breitbart / Big Hollywood ^ | 2009-05-01 | David Bossie
    It is unnecessary for me to tell any of you reading this that the left has a stranglehold over both Hollywood and the mainstream media. It is axiomatic in today’s news world . . . . . that the “news” is delivered to your doorstep with a leftward slant. What are less well understood, however, are the lengths to which the government has gone to protect the left’s monopoly during the last decade and the complicity of the news media in that endeavor. The recent confrontation between General Electric CEO Jeffery Immelt and an O’Reilly Factor producer at GE’s shareholder...
  • What's behind Obama's big shift [Bartlett says McCain would have done "exactly the same thing"]

    04/26/2009 1:52:54 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 28 replies · 1,120+ views
    He is overseeing the boldest expansion of government in a generation. Is it a 'new pragmatism' right for the times or dangerous overreach by a young president? BY LINDA FELDMANN WASHINGTON - On the basketball court, Barack Obama likes the old "up and under" move. When he has the ball, he'll fake one way, wait for the guy who's covering him to jump, then duck under him. That observation from Denver sportscaster Vic Lombardi – who lucked into a game of pickup hoops last year with the future leader of the free world – is too juicy to pass up...
  • Illegal immigrant charged with child rape had been released a year earlier after assault arrest

    04/26/2009 10:33:33 AM PDT · by detective · 52 replies · 1,246+ views
    Washington DC Examiner ^ | 04/22/09 | Freeman Klopott
    A year before Prince William County police say he raped an 8-year-old girl, court documents show an illegal immigrant from Honduras was released by Montgomery County police after being arrested for second-degree assault. Marcos Banegas has been on the run since Feb. 16 when Prince William County police charged him with forcible sodomy and aggravated sexual battery of a Woodbridge girl. But before moving to Prince William where police say he cut hair at a local salon, the 26-year-old was arrested by Montgomery County police. Banegas was accused of “violently” grabbing a stroller, causing the child inside to be shaken,...
  • Children of illegals may make up 1 in 7 AZ schoolchildren [McCain legacy] [your taxes] [AZ 2010]

    04/24/2009 7:18:07 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 18 replies · 885+ views
    PHOENIX — About one in seven of the 1.2 million students in Arizona schools is there directly or indirectly due to illegal immigration, a study released Tuesday by the Pew Hispanic Center estimates. Jeffrey Passel, senior demographer for Pew, figured from 100,000 to 110,000 students are from families in which at least one parent is an illegal immigrant, although the children themselves were born here and are citizens. That's an increase of 20,000 from three years ago.
  • Amnesty: NATO bombing of Serbian TV ‘war crime’

    04/23/2009 5:15:38 AM PDT · by jerod · 37 replies · 1,152+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Thu, Apr 23, 2009 (3:57 a.m.) | The Associated Press
    An international human rights group demanded Thursday that NATO be held accountable for civilian casualties in the bombing of Serbia's state television headquarters a decade ago, calling the attack a "war crime." Sixteen civilians were killed and 16 others injured during the attack on April 23, 1999, on the headquarters and studios of Radio Television Serbia in central Belgrade. Amnesty International called on NATO and its member states to ensure independent investigations, full accountability and redress for victims and their families.... ....The bombing was a part of a 78-day air-raid campaign against then-President Slobodan Milosevic to halt his onslaught against...
  • Meghan McCain: We Need More Gay Republicans!

    04/13/2009 7:54:26 AM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 174 replies · 4,068+ views
    AOL News ^ | 4-13-2009 | David Knowles
    Meghan McCain: We Need More Gay Republicans! By David Knowles Apr 13th 2009 10:00AM Here's a question: Can Meghan McCain, the blog-a-lot daughter of Senator John McCain, help bring the Republican Party into the twenty-first century? Well, with her column at The Daily Beast, and during her many television interviews, she sure is giving it a go. Today's screed, for instance, attempts to light a fire under the Republican posterior on the matter of including gay rights in the party platform: If the Republican Party has any hope of gaining substantial support from a wider, younger base, we need to...
  • Crashing the Republican Party [Meghan McCain's plans for the GOP] [Triple Barf]

    04/11/2009 4:23:41 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 56 replies · 1,302+ views
    Politico ^ | 2009-04-11 | Daniel Libit
    Turns out that a McCain did emerge from the 2008 election victorious — not the captivity-surviving, straight-talking, Palin-picking Republican senator from Arizona but his Bud Light-drinking, talk-show-appearing, insouciantly Twittering 24-year-old daughter. “My cab driver is totally vibing me out,” Meghan McCain Twittered to her online devotees Thursday evening. “Just asked me if my cheekbones are real? Wtf, u can have fake cheekbones???” Yep, that’s the one. While John McCain has gone back to being the senior senator from Arizona, Meghan — Columbia grad, former "Saturday Night Live" and Newsweek intern — has crashed the Republican Party like a slightly tipsy...
  • Congressman Reprimands Father of Teen

    04/03/2009 6:11:49 PM PDT · by Baladas · 42 replies · 3,195+ views
    CNS News ^ | April 03, 2009 | Penny Starr
    ( – In emotional testimony before a House joint panel this week, a Virginia man recalled the death of his teenage daughter in 2007 – a death caused by an illegal immigrant who was driving drunk and who had been arrested twice before the crime, but was not deported. “Two years ago this week, my 16-year-old daughter, Tessa, and her best friend Allison were killed as they were sitting at in intersection waiting for a red light to change,” Ray Tranchant said, as friends placed a photograph of Tessa Tranchant on an easel behind him. Since his daughter’s death, Tranchant,...
  • The Republican Party: Lost in the Wilderness

    04/03/2009 9:14:18 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 43 replies · 1,396+ views
    Town Hall ^ | 2009-04-01 | Matt Barber
    After Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, they rebelled against God and were made to wander aimlessly in the desert for 40 years on a needlessly roundabout journey to the Promised Land. God kept the coveted prize out of reach until that rebellious generation passed. Today we find an improvident Republican Party lost in the political wilderness. As the GOP seeks to find its own Promised Land – a return to majority leadership – it has, to its own detriment, rebelled against the core conservative principles solemnized within its own party platform. In a “big tent” effort to be...
  • McCain's Tough Talk Express [Angry Juan Returns, Mad at Hispanics for Not Supporting Him]

    04/03/2009 6:38:57 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 204 replies · 5,012+ views
    The Senator from Arizona Tells Hispanics to Look to President Obama for Leadership on Immigration. BY KIRK VICTOR John McCain sounds angry and frustrated that, despite the risks he took in pushing immigration reform, Hispanic voters flocked to Democrat Barack Obama in last year's presidential contest. McCain's raw emotions burst forth recently as he heatedly told Hispanic business leaders that they should now look to Obama, not him, to take the lead on immigration. The meeting in the Capitol's Strom Thurmond Room on March 11 was a Republican effort led by Sens. McCain of Arizona, John Thune of South Dakota,...
  • McCain Resumes His Maverick Ways [Maverick? Nah. More Like Senile.]

    04/02/2009 11:31:28 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 9 replies · 452+ views
    CQ Politics ^ | 2009-04-02
    To the surprise of no one, Sen. John McCain , the Republican Party’s frequent goad and sometimes hero, continues to go his own way. On Thursday, for instance, McCain broke with his party’s strategy on the fiscal 2010 budget resolution and offered a full substitute proposal. House Republicans were pressing a comprehensive, leadership-blessed alternative to the Democrats’ budget in that chamber, but Senate GOP leaders had decided to attack the Democrats’ proposal amendment by amendment. That didn’t suit McCain. He argued that an alternative should be offered to show the public that Republicans have a vision for the country. His...
  • Mexican border crisis: the barbarians are at the gate

    04/02/2009 6:44:48 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 11 replies · 1,443+ views
    Renew America ^ | 2009-03-31 | Sher Zieve
    In 2006, I conducted a three-part interview with former US Border Patrol Supervisor David J Stoddard. For 27 years, David served in Calexico, California, Vermont, Yuma, Tucson Sector Headquarters and Naco, Arizona and worked in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and other locations. He also provided testimony about immigration reform to Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner's (R-WI) House Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims in 1999 and a Congressional subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources in 2002. With the current US-Mexico border crisis — including an actual ongoing war on our southern border — I thought it was time to...
  • McCain, Kennedy Introduce Legislation to Build Border Fence, Ramp Up Deportations of Illegal Aliens

    04/01/2009 3:06:07 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 24 replies · 1,262+ views
    Also Announce That They Will Officially Become Republicans, Will Introduce Additional, Bipartisan, Pro-U.S. Legislation. BY TODD Q. JONES WASHINGTON, Apr. 1 -- U.S. Sens. John McCain (D-Ariz.) and Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) have introduced legislation that would authorize all funds necessary and sufficient to complete the construction of fences on the southern border with Mexico, their offices announced today. The bill, S.65, or the American Immigration Act of 2009, would also authorize additional funding for the Department of Homeland Security to train and deploy thousands of new customs and border agents at key border crossings within six to twelve months. The...
  • Obama lawyer: McCain hurting reform [campaign finance reform] [sour grapes]

    04/01/2009 2:24:09 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 9 replies · 450+ views
    Politico ^ | 2009-04-01 | Kenneth P. Vogel
    A top adviser to President Barack Obama, whose rejection of public funding for his presidential campaign is widely considered to have killed the Watergate-era reform, is accusing Republican rival John McCain of damaging efforts to revive the system. At issue is an interview the Arizona senator gave Friday to The Washington Times, in which he said that the public financing system, intended to reduce the influence of big money in presidential politics, is “dead.” That comment – according to a blog post by Obama’s personal and political attorney Bob Bauer – “was not helpful” to “the cause of public financing...