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Recommended: “Ten Reasons Why I Am No Longer a Leftist”

This is in American Thinker. The writer describes her early years as a leftist. She was far, far left. Then, bit by bit she realized that those around her, other leftists, were unhappy, hate-filled people who strove to destroy things, people, and institutions. Surprisingly, for her, the people she and other leftists hated were builders, not destroyers. That was the beginning of her transformation. It took a while but little by little she made an about-face. She says she voted Republican in the 2012 election.

A high-profile example of leftist invective was delivered by MSNBC’s Martin Bashir in late 2013. Bashir said, on air and in a rehearsed performance, not as part of a moment’s loss of control, something so vile about Sarah Palin that I won’t repeat it here. Extreme as it is, Bashir’s comment is fairly representative of a good percentage of what I read on left-wing websites.

I could say as much about a truly frightening phenomenon, left-wing anti-Semitism, but I’ll leave the topic to others better qualified. I can say that when I first encountered it, at a PLO fundraising party in Marin County, I felt as if I had time-traveled to pre-war Berlin.

I needed to leave the left, I realized, when I decided that I wanted to spend time with people building, cultivating, and establishing, something that they loved.”

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Beretta Pulls Out of Maryland

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Maryland is losing those jobs just like Colorado lost jobs when Magpul moved out. Beretta, though, is a much bigger deal. “Beretta U.S.A. anticipates that the Gallatin, Tennessee facility will involve $45 million of investment in building and equipment and the employment of around 300 employees during the next five years.”

Stupid politicians.

The day after gun control supporters [falsely] claimed that the passage of an “assault weapon” and “high-capacity magazine” ban and increased concealed carry requirements reduced firearms-related crime in Maryland, Italian gunmaker Beretta announced that it’s moving all of its manufacturing out of Maryland and into Tennessee. GM Jeff Cooper left no doubt that The Free State’s post-Newtown push for civilian disarmament (a.k.a., Bill SB281) triggered the move . . .

During the legislative session in Maryland that resulted in passage of the Firearm Safety Act of 2013, the version of the statute that passed the Maryland Senate would have prohibited Beretta U.S.A. from being able to manufacture, store or even import into the State products that we sell to customers throughout the United States and around the world. While we were able in the Maryland House of Delegates to reverse some of those obstructive provisions the possibility that such restrictions might be reinstated in the future leaves us very worried about the wisdom of maintaining a firearm manufacturing factory in the State.”

More at TTAG

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Black Conservatives From Freedom Works Get A Booth At NAACP Meeting

NAACP member says they are not welcome there because they don’t spout the leftist NAACP line.

This is remarkable. The NAACP member keeps asking questions and then shouts down the conservatives, refusing to allow them to answer. In her own words she is angry that they are even there.

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Are You On It Yet?

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“Since Obama became President, 1.5 MILLION people have been added to secret “suspected terrorist” list”

From Doug Ross:

It would seem that the era of hope and change ended about the time that Barack Obama took his oath of office.

The scale of the [federal government's] secret [terror] blacklist was revealed in a civil suit over the Terrorist Screening Database, and it shocked the judge.

99 percent of the names submitted to the list are accepted; the court called this “wildly loose.” The database has grown from 227,932 names in 2009 to its current stratospheric heights. There is no official, public procedure for having your name removed from the list. The US government is seeking to end the trial by invoking state secrecy.”

The Associated Press has the raw stats:

In fiscal 2009, which ended Sept. 30, 2009, 227,932 names were nominated to the database. In fiscal 2010, which includes the months after the attempted Christmas bombing, nominations rose to 250,847. In fiscal 2012, they increased to 336,712, and in fiscal 2013 — the most recent year provided — nominations jumped to 468,749.””

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Mrs22 Says It Should Be A Warren – Nader Ticket

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Image created by Rocco

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The moonbats have made this delicious video in support of Lizzy.

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Why Is The Congress Willing To Cede Its Powers To The President?

Liberal law professor Jonathan Turley warns about the rise of the ‘Uber Presidency’. In this video he explains that Congress is willingly handing its authority over to the President – and that is wrong. He says,

Our system is changing and this body is the one branch that must act if we’re to reverse those changes. We’re seeing the emergence of a different model of government, a model long ago rejected by the framers. A dominant presidency has occurred with very little Congressional opposition. Indeed, when President Obama pledged to circumvent Congress, he received rapturous applause from the very body that he was proposing to make practically irrelevant. Now many members are contesting the right of this institution to even be heard in federal court. This Body Is Moving From Self-Loathing To Self-Destruction”

Why would they do that? Why would Congress not merely stand by while the Executive strips their powers, but embrace the act? They are making themselves irrelevant.

Turley says part of it is because we have grown impatient with the checks and balances and are falling victim to a person who says, “I can get it done”. He warns that that is dangerous and not at all what our founders sought. In fact they warned against it.

There is a transcript of Turley’s remarks at Real Clear Politics.

Megyn Kelly asks him some excellent and pointed questions in this next video. His answers are powerful. At the end Kelly recommends Turley’s blog. Here is a link to it. He deals with a wide range of legal subjects. I have bookmarked it.

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“You’ll Go To Hell For Lying As Well As For…”

Ah, the lies Senator Boxer tells. This is from her Facebook page. The responses, almost without exception, call her out for lying.

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She says Hobby Lobby will pay to provide Viagra but not birth control pills. That is a lie. Hobby Lobby only objected to providing abortifacients, medicine that induced abortions. A few of the responses:

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There’s more here

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Elizabeth Warren Defines Utopia

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Warren spoke on Friday at Netroots Nation, a convention for liberal bloggers and activists. She was very well received. During the speech she outlined eleven tenets that Progressives believe. This is a rather interesting thing for a politician who is being considered for the Presidency to do. It will alienate many in the business world. As well as others who don’t believe that utopia is possible.

- We believe that Wall Street needs stronger rules and tougher enforcement, and we’re willing to fight for it.”

- “We believe in science, and that means that we have a responsibility to protect this Earth.”

- “We believe that the Internet shouldn’t be rigged to benefit big corporations, and that means real net neutrality.”

- “We believe that no one should work full-time and still live in poverty, and that means raising the minimum wage.”

- “We believe that fast-food workers deserve a livable wage, and that means that when they take to the picket line, we are proud to fight alongside them.”

- “We believe that students are entitled to get an education without being crushed by debt.”

- “We believe that after a lifetime of work, people are entitled to retire with dignity, and that means protecting Social Security, Medicare, and pensions.”

- “We believe—I can’t believe I have to say this in 2014—we believe in equal pay for equal work.”

- “We believe that equal means equal, and that’s true in marriage, it’s true in the workplace, it’s true in all of America.”

- “We believe that immigration has made this country strong and vibrant, and that means reform.”

- “And we believe that corporations are not people, that women have a right to their bodies. We will overturn Hobby Lobby and we will fight for it. We will fight for it!”

And the main tenet of conservatives’ philosophy, according to Warren? “I got mine. The rest of you are on your own.”

Read more at National Journal

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“Texas Jury Refuses To Indict Man Who Shot and Killed Officer During ‘No Knock’ Raid”

If you are a police officer and you engage in a ‘No-knock raid’ you might be killed. And the shooting may be called justified. This happened in Texas. Henry Magee was the subject of such a raid. He says he thought he was being robbed and acted to protect his pregnant girlfriend and children. The Grand Jury believed him and refused to indict him for the capitol murder charge he was arrested on.

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Here are two sources. First is an article in the Washington Post titled, “Some justice in Texas: The raid on Henry Magee”.

Last December 19th, nine of the 10 members of the Burleson County Sheriff’s Department staged a raid on the rural home of Henry Magee. An informant had told Deputy Adam Sowders that Magee was running a major marijuana grow. They’d find 12-14 plants, all over six fee tall, the informant said. Magee also had, according to the informant, a vicious dog and several guns, one of which had been stolen from the Burleson County Sheriff’s Department.

By the time the raid was over, Deputy Adam Sowder was dead. Magee shot him as Sowder and his fellow deputies attempted to force their way into Magee’s home. Magee was arrested and charged with capital murder — the knowing and intentional killing of a police officer.”

Second is an essay written by Jonathan Turley in Ammoland.com. Turley writes:

We have previously discussed our concerns over the seemingly exponential increase in “no knock” raids in the country where police give no warning before raiding a home. (here and here and here and here and here and here)

Now in a remarkable ruling, a Texas grand jury has refused to indict Goedrich Magee, 20, who shot and killed a law enforcement officer, Burleson County Sgt. Adam Sowders, 31, during a no knock entrance into his home. Magee said that he thought he was being robbed and acted to protect his pregnant girlfriend and children. The grand jury “no billed” the case in February.

We have seen other such mistaken self-defense cases arise around the country as police increasingly use these no knock warrants. Magistrate and judges appear to give little thought to approving such warrants despite a ruling earlier by the Supreme Court limiting their use.”

It is time that police departments rethink their use of no-knock raids. Especially if they are based on a sole informant. We have seen this before. People frequently make false claims against others – for many reasons. In this case the informant claimed Magee had six-foot high pot plants, a bunch of guns – including one that was stolen from the police. None of his information was true.

Police officers put themselves in situations like this unnecessarily. Their superiors order them to do it. Their superiors seem to care little for their officers. Entries like these should be reserved for truly violent suspects.

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It Seems Even ‘Tingles’ Has Lost The Tingle

Everyone, even Chris Matthews, objects to President Obama’s casual, callous reference to the shoot down of Malaysian flight 17 over Ukraine. The reference was short and unfeeling. Then he went back to fundraising and schmoozing.

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Matthews became nostalgic for an earlier time and an earlier President; a President who said what Americans were feeling. That was a President who made us all proud to be Americans.

Matthews is losing the tingle.

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“Terrible Tragedy” vs. Murder

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The Russian military shot down a Boeing 777 aircraft filled with 280 passengers and 18 crewmembers, of which it is believed 23 are American citizens. The missile that killed these people was intentionally fired from a Russian “buk” class missile system from within the borders of the Russia by Russian military personnel. This happened three days after the Russians did the same to a Ukrainian cargo aircraft and the same day as a Ukrainian ground attack aircraft.

After talking with Russian President Vladmir Putin, who engineered the strife in the Ukraine to benefit himself and his nation, President Barack Obama said, “It looks like it might be a terrible tragedy.”

A “terrible tragedy?”

A fucking “terrible tragedy”?

No, President Obama, a “terrible tragedy” is a goddamn house fire that gets put out and some wedding photos get singed. This is the fucking MURDER of more than 300 people, of which nearly two dozen you supposedly represent!

One of the many problems that plagued President Jimmy Carter was that he was unable to tell the difference between a country led by evil men bent on world domination (the Soviet Union) and a nation of free people who desired peace, commerce, and prosperity (the United States). Apparently our current President is not only just as useless as Carter, he’s simply incapable of speaking the truth when it comes to our enemies even when it’s obvious to everyone around him.

And, oh yeah, President Retard, the American Public called the 1980s and said we want to borrow their defense plans. And their President, on account of the fact that the one we have sucks.

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Bloomberg Says This Never Happens

Hint: He’s lying. It happens quite frequently.

Concealed Carrier Defends Herself, Helps Destroy Carjacking and Robbery Gang

Victoria Davison was going to her car when she was attacked by brazen carjackers that had been terrorizing citizens in Milwaukee and Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.

The difference between Davison and the previous victims is that she was able to get her hands on the concealed weapon she kept in her car.

Victoria Davison said two boys came up behind her and one of them shouted for her to give up her keys.

According to Davison, one of the robbers told her, “I want the keys, car, everything.”

Davison said when she didn’t produce the keys fast enough, one of the boys said, “Go get the cannon.”

Thinking it meant a gun, Davison managed to unzip her gym bag, produce her own concealed gun, and fired at one of the boys.

“I shot the one that was in front of me. The one in the back of me, he said a curse word, and then he looked at his friend, and then he ran off while his friend was on the ground,” Davison said.””

Read more at Bearing Arms

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Just In Case You Had Forgotten…

The White House isn’t into subtlety.

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” The image, taken by White House photographer Chuck Kennedy, was posted to the White House Flickr feed this week.”

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Politico: “Who’s talking about impeachment? Barack Obama”

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President Barack Obama listened to immigration activists run through a long wish list of executive actions – then added a request of his own.

“You’re not going to get me impeached, are you?” Obama said, according to people in a private White House meeting late last month. “Because there’s lots of other things I want to do besides immigration.”

The president was joking … mostly. Obama said he was frustrated that Republicans wouldn’t talk about passing an immigration bill but were openly toying with an impeachment vote over the notion that he would use his executive powers to circumvent Congress.”

More at Politico

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Red State: “CONFIRMED: Senate Republican Leaders Paid for Attacks Against Conservatives”

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We knew this didn’t we? Senate RINO’s conspire to defeat Chris McDaniel in his primary bid to oust Senator Thad Cochran in Mississippi. Erick Erickson at Red State looked into the documents filed with the Federal Elections Commission. These are the GOP Senators who funded the anti-McDanile, racist, campaign – along with the amount they funded: The advertisements attacked Mississippi State Senator Chris McDaniel and painted conservative Republicans and tea party activists as racists. According to documents filed with the Federal Elections Commission, All Citizens for Mississippi received funding from a Haley Barbour backed group called Mississippi Conservatives.

Mississippi Conservatives, in turn, was funded in part by Sally Bradshaw of the RNC’s Growth and Opportunity Project, former RNC Chairman and Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, the United States Chamber of Commerce, and the political action committees created for Senators Mitch McConnell ($50,000), John Cornyn ($50,000), Rob Portman ($25,000), Bob Corker ($25,000), and Roy Blunt ($5,000).”

More at Red State

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Politico: Eric Holder, The Survivor

Politico calls Holder a ‘Survivor’ and asks why he’s still got the job of Attorney General.

I suspect Holder is still there because he is the ‘Enforcer’ who may not break legs but is willing to do about anything else to protect President Obama.

Why the hell is Eric Holder still around? That’s a question many of Barack Obama’s political advisers have asked at various points throughout Holder’s tumultuous five years at the helm of the Justice Department.

For most of Obama’s presidency, in fact, if there’s been controversy, Holder was likely to be in the middle of it, from the failed efforts to close Guantánamo Bay and to prosecute alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a Manhattan court to his inability to send Wall Street executives involved in the mortgage meltdown to jail.

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He’s a race man,” says Charles Ogletree, a longtime friend of Holder’s who taught and mentored Obama and his wife, Michelle, as Harvard Law School students in the 1980s. “He’s gone farther and deeper into some issues of race than the White House would like, but I know he has the president’s well-wishes. It’s clear [Obama and Holder] believe in the same things.”

Holder himself recently told another African-American friend that he feels part of his job is “to talk about things the president can’t talk about as easily.” Asked to describe Holder’s role, one of his former top aides described him as “Obama’s heat shield.”

Read more at Politico

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“Rep. Bridenstine finally gets tour of Ft Sill and says what he learned is horrific”

“We were told we couldn’t take pictures or ask questions of staff or anyone else. We told them we would handle their rules the same way the President handles our laws – We would treat them as suggestions.”


He said the children that actually make it across the border are the lucky ones. There are some that start the journey but never make it.

Bridenstine pointed out that the illegals within the US are in many cases the ones paying coyotes to bring these unaccompanied minors across the border. But in some cases where the coyotes aren’t paid or the wrong one is paid, these children can be subject to forced labor, prostitution, or even sold into the slave trade.

He also mentioned mass graves in northern Mexico where some have been killed.

Bridenstine said he learned that many of these minors are being released in the US to other illegals and not to American citizens.”

More at the Right Scoop

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“Bergdahl Is Set to Resume Life on Active Duty”

Another tale from Bizzaro World.

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WASHINGTON — Six weeks after being released from five years in Taliban captivity, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is expected to return to life as a regular Army soldier as early as Monday, Defense Department officials said late Sunday.

Sergeant Bergdahl has finished undergoing therapy and counseling at an Army hospital in San Antonio, and will assume a job at the Army North headquarters at the same base, Fort Sam Houston, the officials said.

He is also expected to meet with Maj. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl, the officer who is investigating the circumstances of Sergeant Bergdahl’s disappearance from his outpost in Afghanistan in 2009.

Sergeant Bergdahl’s transfer from the therapy phase to a regular soldier’s job is part of his reintegration into Army life, officials said. He will live in barracks and have two other soldiers help him readjust.”

What MOS is helping Bergdahl to adjust?

More at the New York Times

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“Dem Rep. Donna Edwards “Absolutely” Believes Obama Is “Faithfully Executing The Laws””

She is blinded by the color of his skin.

From Weasel Zippers

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“Miami-Dade Police Urge Residents To Arm Themselves After Possible Budget Cuts”

“If the mayor’s not going to provide security….get yourself some firearms because you’re going to have to protect yourselves”

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John Rivera, president of the Miami-Dade Police Benevolent Association, has warned Florida residents to arm themselves because the police are not coming.

Speaking to WSVN News, Rivera said, “If the mayor’s not going to provide security, then my recommendation, as an experienced law enforcement officer for nearly 40 years, is either buy yourself an attack dog, put bars on your windows and doors and get yourself some firearms because you’re going to have to protect yourselves.”

The comments were made after Mayor Carlos Gimenez decided to cut $64 million from his 2014-2015 budget resulting in a possible loss of 600 police jobs to the county.”

Good advice even if the Mayor is not cutting the police budget. Don’t forget the training, either.

Read more at Truth Revolt

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“Holder: ‘Homegrown Violent Extremists … Keep Me Up at Night’”

I suspect he means you and me. He lumps all gun owners together as ‘Violent Extremists’. They start off talking about the Boston bombers and segue into the two dolts who killed two policemen in Las Vegas.

I doubt whether he is losing sleep.

More at the Weekly Standard

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Strange: Hickenlooper New Head Of National Governors Association

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Hickenlooper, Obama soaking it up

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has become the new Chair of the NGA. That is strange for a couple of reasons. First, he is a rabidly anti-gun politician. It’s surprising that someone that far from center would get the chairmanship.

Second, he is in the middle of a campaign for his reelection that he may very well lose. His polling numbers are weak. The people of Colorado view him in a poor light after his anti-gun actions. They have already removed two state legislators for their anti-second amendment votes and a third resigned rather than be recalled. From the Washington Post:

Colorado’s John Hickenlooper is not your standard politician. He’s a former geologist turned brewpub owner turned mayor turned governor. You might have seen him this past week playing a late-evening game of pool with President Obama. “He cleaned my clock,” Hickenlooper says.

He prefers open collars to neckties and casual outfits to fitted suits. When he ran for mayor of Denver, he did an ad that showed him getting measured for clothes more appropriate to the leader of a city than someone selling beer. One clip in the ad had him wearing a dime-store cowboy costume. He likes funny ads. Those kinds of things have earned him the label “quirky.”

This weekend, he will take the reins as chair of the National Governors Association. Before his one-year term at the NGA ends, he has to get through a reelection campaign. He faces a challenge in November from Republican nominee Bob Beauprez, a former congressman who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2006. Comparing this reelection campaign with his election contest four years ago, he says, “This will be much more difficult.”

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Missouri GOP Chair Calls For RNC Investigation Of Mississippi Primary Vote

We shall see whether Priebus initiates an investigation or if he is also immersed in the corruption that grips the GOP old guard.

National RNC Chair, Rinse Repeat

National RNC Chair, Rinse Repeat

From the American Spectator:

In an interview with The American Spectator, Missouri State Republican Chairman Ed Martin says he believes what happened in Mississippi is symbolic of a “battle for the future of the party.” Martin says that RNC colleagues he has spoken to “are looking for Reince Priebus to show leadership” on the issue. “Leadership” defined as opening an investigation into what Martin and others see as race-baiting tactics used to win the primary runoff for six-term GOP establishment Senator Thad Cochran over Tea Party member Chris McDaniel. Martin says what happened in Mississippi is “beyond the pale.” One of his RNC colleagues, Dr. Ada Fisher, a physician who serves as the committeewoman for North Carolina — and the granddaughter of a slave — has volunteered to serve on a panel that would investigate the controversy.”

Also, from the Djournal,

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McDaniel alleges 8,300 questionable ballots

JACKSON — State Sen. Chris McDaniel, still refusing to give up his challenge to incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, said Friday via e-mail his campaign had found 8,300 questionable ballots across the state from the June 24 Republican primary runoff.

He said many of those “were unquestionably cast by voters ineligible to participate in the June 24th runoff election” that McDaniel lost to Cochran.”

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Here We Are Going To Put Two Stories Together To Create A More Complete Image

First there is the story of central American gang members entering the United States as unaccompanied minors:

Illegal Unaccompanied Minors Being Held For Placement in U.S. Admit to Engaging in Torture and Murder

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“We have six minors in Nogales who have admitted to killing and doing grievous bodily injuries. One admitted to killing as young as eight years old,” an agent tells Townhall anonymously for fear of losing his job for speaking out. “They are being held for placement in the U.S.”

By U.S. legal standards many gang members operating in Central American countries and traveling north are classified as minors due to being under the age of 18. However, many young males are actively engaged in violent cartel and criminal activity, yet are treated as children when processed through the Department of Human Services or Department of Homeland Security systems.”

The story comes from Townhall

Next there is this story from Breitbart.

TSA ALLOWING ILLEGALS TO FLY WITHOUT VERIFIABLE ID, SAYS BORDER PATROL UNION

MCALLEN, Texas—Illegal aliens are being allowed to fly on commercial airliners without valid identification, according to the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC). “The aliens who are getting released on their own recognizance are being allowed to board and travel commercial airliners by simply showing their Notice to Appear forms,” NBPC’s Local 2455 Spokesman, Hector Garza, told Breitbart Texas.
“This is not the CBP [Customs and Border Protection] or another federal agency renting or leasing an aircraft, these are the same planes that the American public uses for domestic travel,” said Garza.”

If the worst we had to worry about was central American gang members it would be one thing but no one knows who these ‘children’ are. They have to take their word for everything.

Spokesman Garza continued, “We do not know who these people are, we often have to solely rely on who they say they are, where they say they came from, and the history they say they have. We know nothing about most of them, ICE releases them into the American public, and now they are boarding aircraft at will with a simple paper document that anyone can easily alter or reproduce themselves.”

Further into the Breitbart piece we find that the United Nations has noticed that people from other places – like Africa – are among the refugees.

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime’s “Transnational Organized Crime in Central America and the Caribbean” revealed that individuals from the terror-prone Somalia were traveling to Central America in efforts to illegally enter the United States. The report states:

“Central Americans are not the only ones being smuggled through Mexico to the United States. Irregular migrants from the Horn of Africa (Eritrea, Somalia, and Ethiopia), as well as South Asia (Bangladesh, Nepal, India), China, and other African and Asian states are being smuggled through Central America.”

So the TSA, being part of Homeland Security, is allowing these unknown people to travel on scheduled airlines. This is neither how you make transportation more secure nor is it how one makes the homeland more secure. The passengers and crew members on these aircraft are in great danger.

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