Archive for January 2nd, 2006

Border crackdown reporting success

Monday, January 2nd, 2006

Too Little, Too Late. The only thing that will come close to stopping border problems is a wall, with razor wire and armed guard towers.

Federal immigration authorities say they are successfully implementing an aggressive, zero-tolerance policy at a major hot spot for illegal entry into the United States.
In a desolate area in Texas between Eagle Pass and Del Rio – including a 60-mile stretch of the Rio Grande – the longstanding practice of allowing border crossers to appear voluntarily at deportation hearings has been replaced with an experimental program, the Houston Chronicle reports.
“The old days of ‘catch and release’ for those folks are over,” U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton told the paper.
Since Dec. 12, officials have been sending scores of illegal aliens through a swift process of detention, expedited hearings and deportation.
More than 500 illegal entrants have been detained.
The zero-tolerance policy – a Homeland Security initiative called “Operation Streamline II” – is being implemented in alternating areas of the 60-mile Del Rio Border Patrol Sector. The plan is to expand the practice in small segments at a time.

Read the rest here.

Israel: Anti-aircraft missiles smuggled into Gaza

Monday, January 2nd, 2006

Every time I think the pali’s have done the worse they could do, they come up with something even worse. Don’t think for one second that the pali terrorist are going to use anti-aircraft missiles on just military aircraft. They have repeated stated that everyone in Israel is a target. It won’t be long before they bring down a commercial airline and kill hundreds. When is the world going to take a stand against these scum bag pali terrorist? Never, as long as they are killing innocent Israeli civilians!

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Palestinians have smuggled anti-aircraft missiles into the Gaza Strip along with tons of other military hardware since withdrew in September, an Israeli intelligence report said on Monday.
The missiles were smuggled into Gaza across the border from Egypt, the Shin Bet security agency’s report said.
It said that Palestinian militants were acquiring anti-aircraft missiles primarily to thwart Israeli air strikes on militants in Gaza, but it said these weapons could in theory threaten civilian aircraft in Israel.
“The presence of anti-aircraft missiles in Gaza considerably heightens the threat against Israeli aircraft, both military and civilian,” the report said. “It also increases the risk that such weaponry will enter the West where it will present a significant threat to Israeli aviation.”
Anti-aircraft missiles could limit Israel’s ability to use helicopters and planes to kill suspected militants in Gaza and the West Bank.
The Palestinian Interior Ministry denied the Israeli report.
“As far as the information of our security services is concerned, the report by the Israeli intelligence is wrong,” a spokesman said.
The report said “a small number” of anti-aircraft missiles had been smuggled into Gaza along with 200 anti-tank rocket launchers, 300 anti-tank rockets, 5,000 automatic rifles and five tons of explosives since the pullout.
According to the report, the amount of weaponry smuggled into Gaza since the Israeli withdrawal was some six times the amount smuggled from Egypt to Gaza during January to September 2005 when Israel controlled the Gaza-Egypt border.
Commenting on the report, Internal Security Minister Gideon Ezra said that Israel should keep tight control on any movement of Palestinians from Gaza to the West Bank to prevent any flow of weapons into Palestinian territories located near major Israeli population centres.
The United States has backed Palestinian calls for Israel to allow convoys of Palestinians to travel from Gaza to the West Bank. Israel has not yet allowed the convoys to start, citing security concerns.

Wind-Fueled Fires Threaten Oklahoma City

Monday, January 2nd, 2006

The Mid-West, the breadbasket of the United States is literately burning up from the worse drought in recent history. Whole towns are disappearing into the flames. Please pray for these people.

CARBON, Texas
Weary firefighters worked through the night attempting to contain three major fires, including one 25-mile-long blaze that charred farm fields, barns and some homes in Eastland County.
Grass fires elsewhere in the drought-stricken region had apparently destroyed a couple of tiny Texas towns. Other fires had destroyed homes and forced hundreds of people to evacuate in Oklahoma and New Mexico.
Officials warned that the dry, gusty conditions and extreme fire danger would continue.
“We don’t know where we will be today,” Oklahoma City Fire Department Maj. Brian Stanaland said Monday morning. “At this point, we consider the whole city a target for grass fires.”
Helicopters and airplanes were lined up to join the battle Monday against the lengthy, 22,400-acre blaze near Carbon and Gorman in Eastland County, about 125 miles west of Dallas, said Texas Forest Service spokeswoman Traci Weaver.
Firefighters were close to encircling the fire early Monday, but were concerned that a fore shift in wind would complicate efforts, Weaver said.
Crews flying over other sections of northern and western Texas to assess the damage Sunday reported the tiny communities of Ringgold and Kokomo, together home to about 125 people, had essentially been wiped out by flames, Weaver said.
Crews planned to conduct a house-to-house search Monday for casualties in the two towns, as well as in Cross Plains, about 25 miles west of Carbon, where more than 90 homes and a church were destroyed by flames last week. In all, four deaths were reported last week in Texas and Oklahoma.
In Carbon, Bill Sandlin and his wife packed up their clothes, pictures and his gun collection, then drove off just as flames started to engulf their house and three barns.
“We hate losing our stuff, but at least everybody’s OK,” Sandlin said.
About 20 homes were burned out in the 13-mile stretch from Ringgold to Nocona, Montague County Judge James Kittrell said Monday. Six homes were destroyed near Mineral Wells, Weaver said.
Dozens of fires blackened the Oklahoma landscape as wind gusted to 50 mph, including 25 blazes within Oklahoma City that forced the evacuations of two neighborhoods. Four homes were destroyed, Stanaland said Monday.
Altogether, dozens of wildfires swept across more than 5,000 acres of Oklahoma and destroyed at least a dozen homes on Sunday, said Michelann Ooten, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Emergency Management.
Just across the Texas state line in New Mexico, 170 elderly residents were moved out of two nursing homes in Hobbs on Sunday, and a casino and community college in the town of 29,000 were evacuated.
On Monday, crews were mopping up after the four fires that blackened more than 65,000 acres of grassland and burned more than a dozen houses and barns in the Hobbs area.
“It’s real calm; nice and cool,” Dan Ware, New Mexico state Forestry Division spokesman, said Monday morning. “Basically, all the fires laid down and just kind of went to bed.”
Most of the evacuated nursing home residents had been sent back to their quarters Monday, but 60 residents of one of nursing home and 50 to 75 other residents of the Hobbs area were still evacuees, said Ernie Wheeler, Hobbs emergency operations center director.
Ware had cautioned that the calmer overnight conditions wouldn’t mean the area was out of the woods.
“As soon as the temperature comes up tomorrow (Monday), as soon as the wind comes up -bam, we’re off to the races again,” Ware said Sunday.

Council bans Australian flag

Monday, January 2nd, 2006

So now the Australians are afraid of the thugs in the RoP (religion of peace aka islam). Never thought I’d see the day when an they were afraid of a fight. Sad say for the world.

THE New South Wales Government has urged a Sydney beachside council to rethink its decision not to fly the Australian flag over the iconic Bondi Pavilion amid suggestions the move was inspired by racial tensions.But Waverley Council’s deputy mayor said Premier Morris Iemma didn’t understand the facts and accused Liberal councillors of hijacking the issue for political gain.
Mr Iemma today urged the council to reconsider its 6-5 vote against flying the flag over the heritage-listed building.
“Our flag is a symbol of national unity and the council decision is just ridiculous, they want to reconsider it and reconsider immediately,” he said.
“There’s no excuse for anyone else to be saying ‘Well, because of the incidents, the riots of two weeks ago we’re not going to fly the Australian flag’. That is just ridiculous.”
Waverley deputy mayor George Newhouse, who was among councillors who rejected the flag proposal, said it had nothing to do with racial tensions.
“We already fly the flag at Bondi, we proudly fly the flag at Bondi and this decision has absolutely nothing to do with racism or Cronulla. It has everything to do with practical common sense,” Mr Newhouse said.
“The Pavilion is a heritage-listed building and it will cost thousands of dollars to perform a heritage study and then erect the poles, which don’t exist.”
“We already have the flag, we love the flag, there is no problem with the flag and as for council banning the flag, it’s absolute nonsense.”
Council had first voted against installing the flag in March 2005, Mr Newhouse said.
“To raise it again in December was purely to manipulate the flag and the Cronulla racism issue,” he said.
He accused Liberal councillors of taking advantage of the race riots to raise the issue of the flag again, adding: “That is truly offensive.”
Greens state MP Lee Rhiannon said Waverley Council was far from shy of flying the national flag.
“I have lived in Waverley municipality all my life and have seen the Australian flag flying on the council chambers and at appropriate municipal events,” Ms Rhiannon said.
“Community tensions were running high at the time…the no-flag option is a sensible choice.”