Archive for August 23rd, 2007

Another Border Agent to be Prosecuted After Mexican Government Interferes

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Another border agent, who used deadly force against an aggressive illegal alien, is going to face prosecution for doing his job and protecting himself. Of course, the prosecution comes only after the Mexican government got involved.

The Justice Department is once again conducting a “dubious” prosecution of a U.S. Border Patrol agent who has been charged in the shooting death of an illegal immigrant, according to a public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption.

The charges were apparently filed only after the Mexican government got involved in the incident. An Arizona judge has ordered agent Nicholas Corbett to be tried on charges of second-degree murder for the January 12 death of Francisco Dominquez Rivera, who had illegally crossed the U.S. border in the Arizona desert between Douglas and Naco. Corbett claims he shot the illegal alien because the man threatened him with a rock.

Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton says this case reminds him of the highly publicized case of agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean who received stiff sentences for shooting a fleeing illegal in the El Paso area.

“These prosecutions send a message to Border Patrol agents not to aggressively enforce their nation’s immigration laws,” says Fitton. “[That message says] don’t interact. Don’t go after the drug dealers. Don’t confront the Mexican military that’s crossing the border. Don’t do anything to upset the Mexican government.”

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Bush Put on Spot: Where’s the Fence?

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Homeland security continues to be a joke in this country, with the biggest jape being the nonexistent border fence. People are starting to ask our president and legislators “where’s the fence?”

With only a small fraction of the border fence between the U.S. and Mexico complete, California congressman and Republican presidential candidate Duncan Hunter is warning President Bush the construction mandated by the Secure Fence Act is falling drastically behind schedule.

“Unless construction is promptly accelerated,” Hunter wrote in a letter to Bush, “deadlines for the completion of fencing will not be met.”

Hunter’s letter was written Monday to be delivered to the White House during the Security and Prosperity Partnership third annual summit that concluded Tuesday in Montebello, Quebec.

His criticism that the Bush administration is making no significant progress constructing a fence takes added importance given Bush’s refusal to deny that a hidden SPP agenda was in the works to advance North American economic and political integration with the goal of creating a European Union-style North American Union.

The Bush administration’s unwillingness to build a border fence, even when mandated by a law Bush signed as recently as Oct. 26, 2006, questions the credibility of Bush’s denial, especially when the border with Mexico remains wide open today, nearly six years since the Bush administration declared war on terrorism.

Hunter’s letter points out the Secure Fence Act calls for completing 392 miles of fencing from Calexico, Calif., to Douglas, Ariz., by May 30, 2008.

Additionally, the act mandates 30 miles of fencing be completed in the Laredo, Texas, sector by Dec. 31, 2008.

“It is my understanding that approximately $800 million is currently available for the installation of border infrastructure,” Hunter’s letter continued. “Despite this funding, only 17.9 of the 854 miles of fencing called for in the Secure Fence Act have been completed as of Aug. 10, 2007.”

Hunter emphasized, “This lack of progress is unacceptable, especially when adequate funding is available to earnestly proceed with fence construction.”

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Florida Mayor Stands Firm on Family Values, Fends Off Criticism

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Good for Mayor Jim Naugle. Let’s hope he continues to stay true to his word.

The mayor of Fort Lauderdale is standing firm in his conservative beliefs, despite being hammered in the press and by homosexual activists. For one thing, they don’t like the fact that the mayor plans to crack down on illegal sexual activity in public.

This summer, Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle said installing single-occupancy restrooms at local beaches would deter homosexual activity. Also, the mayor voted against relocating a homosexual library on public property. Since making these decisions, the mayor has endured public criticism from homosexual activists and their supporters.

Mayor Naugle says the reaction by homosexuals shows the danger of proposed hate crimes legislation.

“There are websites … identifying different locations in my city that are available for men to have sex with men,” says Naugle. “I spoke out against that — and this is a good example of the dangers of the hate crimes legislation, because I’ve been [accused of] hate speech and [called] a bigot and all kinds of things.” He adds that he finds it “really amazing” that speech against illegal activity is labeled as hate speech.

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Jane Fonda’s Radio Network Bites the Dust

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Add this one to the ever growing list of failed liberal talk radio programs. I wish the libs would get it through their heads that the people who listen to talk radio don’t want to hear their liberal drivel.

After failing to obtain listeners and garner long-term financing, GreenStone Media went silent as of last Friday. The liberal feminist network was on the air for less than a year.

The network founded by feminist icons Jane Fonda and Gloria Steinem had attempted to provide what it called “de-politicized, de-polarized talk radio by women hosts for female listeners.” But Carrie Lukas of the Independent Women’s Forum says GreenStone Media, marketed as “talk the way women want,” was a bad business plan.

“What has really fallen or has been disproven, with the end of GreenStone Media, is this idea that radical, leftist feminists like Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda speak for most women and know what women want,” says Lukas. “That just isn’t the case anymore, if it ever was. I just don’t think that many women want to listen to this tired victim mentality that is really the perspective of Jane Fonda and Gloria Steinem.”

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“Didn’t Make the Team? Sue the School” by Bob Burney

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

“I’m going to hold my breath till I turn blue!”

Most parents have heard similar words from toddlers who don’t get their way. Outbursts like these are some of the earliest expressions of our fallen nature. Upon hearing this, a reasonable parent begins the long process of teaching the child that selfishness and temper tantrums are not appropriate. That would be a reasonable parent. Unfortunately, reason seems to be a diminishing quality in today’s parents. For many parents today, narcissism on steroids has replaced reason.

For example, many are shaking their collective heads over a bizarre situation playing out in football crazed Texas. A 14-year-old incoming freshman high school student tries out for the junior varsity cheerleading squad. This happens every year in big and small towns across America. What happened in Yorktown, Texas, however, is a dramatic illustration of just how narcissistic our culture has become.

The young lady in question didn’t make the squad. She was cut. Again, a reasonable parent would use this as a golden opportunity to teach their daughter that this is an important “life lesson.” The lesson may have sounded something like this: “Honey, life often is not fair. This is going to make you stronger.” Not in Yorktown, Texas! In a television interview the rejected cheerleader said she cried constantly for three weeks, claiming that being a cheerleader was her entire life.

At this point the parents needed to do something. So what did they do? They did what has become the “American Way” in a situation like this—they sued. Yep, they sued. The family’s attorney said, “We have no other option but to move forward with the lawsuit.” The details at this point are sketchy. The school is saying one thing; the girl, her parents and their attorney, another. But a lawsuit because she was cut from a JV cheerleading squad? What do these parents think they are teaching their child? “Honey, whenever you don’t get what you want just remember those three wonderful letters S.U.E.” and “Sweetie, just remember, today there is an attorney for everything!”

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Battered Indonesian Maid Arrested and Removed from the Hospital In Saudi Arabia

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

In the apartheid kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where men rule, women are second class, subjected property, and foreign women are treated like slaves, an Indonesian woman, working as a maid for a Saudi family, has been arrested. This after her employers beat her and three other Indonesian maids so severely that two of them died and one is still hospitalized.
Yes, things are still “status-quo” with our “wonderful” allies, the Saudis.

JEDDAH/RIYADH, 22 August 2007 — One of the Indonesian maids allegedly beaten up by her employers two weeks ago was taken into custody on Monday from hospital where she was being treated for her injuries.

The Indonesian Embassy was not informed beforehand of the transfer nor has it been allowed official access to the woman or her fellow maid, who was also beaten up by the employers and is still in hospital.

“Tari Tarsim, 27, has been taken away by police to an unknown destination, while Ruminih Surtim, 25, is still in the hospital recovering from her injuries,” Sukamto Javaladi, labor counselor at the Indonesian Embassy, told Arab News yesterday.

A vicious attack two weeks ago on four maids working for the same employers in Aflaj in the Riyadh region resulted in the death of Siti Tarwiyah Slamet, 32, and Susmiyati Abdul Fulan, 28. Tari and Ruminih were left severely injured in the incident. Seven members of the family that the maids were working for are also being held.

Tarsim and Surtim were admitted into intensive care at Aflaj General Hospital and then were transferred last week to the Riyadh Medical Complex where they have been placed under 24-hour police guard.

“Tari was transferred to police custody yesterday (Monday) but we don’t know why,” said Adi Dzul Fuat, vice consul at the Indonesian Embassy. “The policewoman guarding their room at the hospital told us that Tari has been transferred to jail,” he said.

Speaking about accusations that the maids practiced witchcraft, which is a legal offense, Al-Dandani said, “The maids are denying this completely. And regardless of whether it is true or not, the accusations do not give employers the right to beat them and kill them.”

He pointed out that the two survivors of the incident are still in a traumatic state and he does not think that the victims will be in a position to give proper evidence in the case till they recover from the mental shock.

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Fiery Wreck That Killed Three Caused By Illegal Immigrant

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

I’ve been contemplating the illegal immigrant issue again and this point made by opponents of immigrants who come to this country illegally cannot be logically challenged:
If the illegal immigrant had been prevented from entering our country, or had been deported when he/she was apprehended, these deaths would not have occurred. In other words, if the illegal immigrant hadn’t been here, the situation wouldn’t have happened.
Now many of you might say something like “well, the victim could have just as easily been killed, in the same manner, by a citizen or legal immigrant”. That may be true. But we don’t know that for sure. What we do know is that someone, who should not have even been here, took the lives of innocent people.
If you agree or not, this is a logical conclusion.

Family Killed by Illegal Immigrant

Felinda Williams couldn’t make herself go to court on a recent morning, couldn’t bring herself to look at the man accused of driving drunk and killing her daughter, her son-in-law and her 2-year-old grandson.

She knows few details of the Aug. 11 crash in Houston that killed the newlyweds and the little boy nicknamed “Peanut Butter.” She does know that her daughter didn’t die on impact. The young woman, according to reports, felt the flames and begged helpless bystanders to pull her free.

The grieving woman knows two things about Juan Felix Salinas, the man charged in connection with their deaths: She knows his name, and she knows he was in the U.S. illegally, out on bail after an earlier arrest.

“He’s been through the courts and the jail before, and nobody caught it,” Williams said. “If they’d caught it, he would have been in jail or deported, and then he wouldn’t have been out there on the streets, and my babies would still be alive.”

The deaths of Tenisha and S.J. Williams and Xavier Brown have once again focused attention on a controversial topic for law enforcement in Harris County and across the country — how to deal with illegal immigrants accused of crimes.

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Arizona School Suspends 13-Year-Old Boy for Drawing Gun

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Ah yes, the old “we will do idiotic things and enforce zero tolerance so that we don’t actually have to make a logical decision” ploy again. The people who should be suspended in this deal are the Arizona school officials who apparently don’t have a lick of common sense. I wonder if people will someday get some common sense and punish the people who need it and leave the ones alone who don’t.

Gun Sketch

MESA, Arizona — Officials at an Arizona school suspended a 13-year-old boy for sketching what looked like a gun, saying the action posed a threat to his classmates.

The boy’s parents said the drawing was a harmless doodle and school officials overreacted.

“The school made him feel like he committed a crime. They are doing more damage than good,” said the boy’s mother, Paula Mosteller.

The drawing did not show blood, bullets, injuries or target any human, the parents said. And the East Valley Tribune reported that the boy said he did not intend for the picture to be a threat.

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