Archive for July, 2010

$1.7 Billion Worth of Marijuana Siezed in the CA Sierras

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | July 30th, 2010

Maybe Judge Bolton should have used this example in her ridiculous parade of “what-ifs” that marked her decision to strip the meat of out the the Arizona SB1070 law.

But then again, since it is reality and does not fit the Leftist unicorn-flying Nirvana, we instead have to see the outrage of these cartels using the public lands that your tax dollars pay for being used as a base of operations for their criminal activity.

From BBC (Hat Tip: Just One Minute):

Police in California say they have seized $1.7bn worth of marijuana plants in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

They have also arrested 97 people over the past three weeks, most of them Mexican nationals believed to have ties with Mexican drug cartels.

White House drug czar Gil Kerlikowske said police had found industrial-sized plantations of marijuana.

Experts say Mexican cartels are increasingly growing marijuana in the US, rather than smuggling it there.

450 officers from local, state and federal agencies took part in the raids in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada in California.

They found more than a hundred locations where marijuana was being grown illegally.

Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims said the marijuana plantations were a danger to local residents, as the organised crime gangs behind them “don’t just grow marijuana on our public lands”.

As one comment put it:

That, by the way, is 1,200,000 ounces of prime grade weed, or enough for the entire DNC, Journo List, and MSM.

With over 450 officers involved in over 100 raids, it seems to me that a very large “undue burden” was placed on law enforcement. Not to mention to residents who live in and around these areas.


Filed Under: Illegal Immigration

Friday Fun: Obama Bows to Gov. Christie

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | July 30th, 2010

You cannot make stuff like this up.

Seriously.

While visiting New Jersey and meeting with Gov. Chris Christie, Obama, whether in jest and just playing around or by force of habit, bowed to Christie while shaking his hand.

I would like to be Obama’s chiropractor in 20 years. It would be job security after all of those bows.

Hat Tip to Doug Powers, Weasel Zippers and Ugly American.

Photo courtesy of DayLife.


MoveOn.org Lobbies for NPR To Get “Helen Thomas” Seat

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | July 30th, 2010

The stench of Youth Dew has not even faded from Helen Thomas’ seat and already the usual leftist suspects and their Soros-funded groups are clamoring for and sending out mass mailings to have one of their pet “networks” butts be placed in that seat.

I would strongly advise whoever gets that seat to check underneath it and made sure there are not any love letters from Yassir Arafat stashed under there. You just never know.

From News Busters:

For anyone who does not think National Public Radio is a taxpayer-funded propaganda organ for the left, consider that the radical leftists at MoveOn.org are conducting an e-mail campaign to assign the “Helen Thomas seat” in the front row of the briefing room to NPR a “real, public” news organ, not that Fox “propaganda machine.” They think NPR can offer a better cloning of Helen Thomas:

Dear MoveOn member,

As early as Sunday, the White House Correspondents’ Association will decide which news organization will be awarded a recently-vacated front-row center seat in the White House briefing room. The contenders? National Public Radio, Bloomberg News—and Fox.

Yes, Fox—which we all know is actually a tool in the right-wing propaganda machine, not a legitimate news organization. They simply don’t deserve the best seat in the White House briefing room—a seat held for years by journalist Helen Thomas until she retired recently.

So we’re joining our friends at CREDO Action to petition the Correspondents’ Association to award the seat to a real, public news organization: NPR.

Can you sign the petition today? Tell the Correspondents’ Association to give the best seat in the briefing room to NPR, not Fox.

The petition says, “Give Helen Thomas’ former briefing room seat to NPR, which has provided public interest coverage for decades—not Fox, which is a right-wing propaganda tool, not a legitimate news organization.”

Then, please forward this email to your friends and post on Facebook and Twitter so we can spread the news faster. Already 140,000 people have signed onto this call through CREDO Action. Help us get up to 250,000 before the meeting on Sunday!

Winning this seat would give Fox legitimacy it simply doesn’t deserve—not after years of race-baiting, smears against progressives and Democrats, and spreading right-wing propaganda 24/7.

So instead we’re calling on the Association to award the seat to one of our nation’s premiere news organizations, which has served the public for years and currently reaches an audience of 27 million.

Also, no surprise that the criminal front group, Media Matters is also involved in this ridiculous exercise. But would you expect anything less from such an outfit?

Media Matters is encouraging the petition, naturally, and reports “They have collected more than 80% of their targeted 200,000 signatures. Read the petition text below and add your name to the more than 162,000 signers”.

Amazing that Media Matters could find that many ObamaBorg who can sign their own names.


Filed Under: Media

Democrats Trying to Sneak Through Shamnesty by the Back Door?

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | July 29th, 2010

I just heard this on The Mark Levin radio show. Something that should make your blood pressure rise even more.

It looks like there is a memo making the rounds in Congress that is suggesting a mechanism to grease the skids for an amnesty program that would bypass any Congressional vote or approval. And as is usually the case, let the bureaucrats make up the rules, set the standards and call the shots.

From the NRO Corner:

According to an internal U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services memo going the rounds of Capitol Hill and obtained by National Review, the agency is considering ways in which it could enact “meaningful immigration reform absent legislative action” — that is, without the consent of the American people through a vote in Congress.

“This memorandum offers administrative relief options to . . . reduce the threat of removal for certain individuals present in the United States without authorization,” it reads.

Also: “In the absence of Comprehensive Immigration Reform, USCIS can extend benefits and/or protections to many individuals and groups by issuing new guidance and regulations, exercising discretion with regard to parole-in-place, deferred action and the issuance of Notices to Appear (NTA), and adopting significant process improvements.”

While the memo does not seem to suggest a massive, all-inclusive amnesty ala the McCain-Kennedy bill, it looks the thrust of the memo’s suggestions would be to do it in large chunks.

The memo claims that there are no limits to USCIS’s ability to use deferred action, but warns that using this power indiscriminately would be “controversial, not to mention expensive.” The memo suggests using deferred action to exempt “particular groups” from removal — such as the illegal-immigrant high-school graduates who would fall under the DREAM Act (a measure that has been shot down repeatedly in Congress). The memo claims that the DREAM Act would cover “an estimated 50,000” individuals, though as many as 65,000 illegal immigrants graduate high school every year in the U.S.

So, just like with first the Supreme Court and now the Obama administration giving law-making and regulatory fiat power to the EPA to implement Crap and Steal, the same type of chicanery would now be applied to the enforcing (or not) of the status of illegal immigrants.

Viva ICE?


Filed Under: Illegal Immigration

Illegal Immigration Update: Clinton Judge Strikes Down Major Portions of AZ Law; Sheriff Joe Says He Will Arrest Protesters

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | July 28th, 2010

To quote The Who line, “meet the old boss, same as the old boss”. Indeed.

With less then 24 hours to go before the new Arizona SB1070 law was to into full effect, the usual illegal lobby suspects were able to get one of their leftist puppet judges to temporarily strike down several of the most important elements of the new state law.

From CBS5:

A federal judge on Wednesday blocked the most controversial parts of Arizona’s immigration law from taking effect, delivering a last-minute victory to opponents of the crackdown.

The overall law will still take effect Thursday, but without the provisions that angered opponents — including sections that required officers to check a person’s immigration status while enforcing other laws.

The judge also put on hold parts of the law that required immigrants to carry their papers at all times, and made it illegal for undocumented workers to solicit employment in public places. In addition, the judge blocked officers from making warrantless arrests of suspected illegal immigrants.

“Requiring Arizona law enforcement officials and agencies to determine the immigration status of every person who is arrested burdens lawfully-present aliens because their liberty will be restricted while their status is checked,” U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton ruled.

She ruled that the controversial sections should be put on hold until the courts resolve the issues. Other provisions of the law, many of them procedural and slight revisions to existing Arizona immigration statute, will go into effect at 12:01 a.m.

The ruling came just as police were making last-minute preparations to begin enforcement of the law and protesters were planning large demonstrations to speak out against the measure. At least one group planned to block access to federal offices, daring officers to ask them about their immigration status.

The volume of the protests will likely be turned down a few notches because of the ruling by Bolton, a Clinton appointee who suddenly became a crucial figure in the immigration debate when she was assigned the seven lawsuits filed against the Arizona law.

Lawyers for the state contend the law was a constitutionally sound attempt by Arizona — the busiest illegal gateway into the country — to assist federal immigration agents and lessen border woes such as the heavy costs for educating, jailing and providing health care for illegal immigrants.

No surprise that she is both a Clinton appointee and was also supported by the likes of John Kyl and John McCain.

From Judgepedia.org:

On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Jon Kyl, Bolton was nominated to the United States District Court for the District of Arizona by President Bill Clinton on July 21, 2000 to a seat vacated by Robert Broomfield. Bolton was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 3, 2000 on the unanimous consent of the Senate and received commission on October 13, 2000. [2]

Here is the PDF version of the judge’s ruling. (Hat Tip: Doug Powers)

So I assume that any citizen currently living in AZ should not bother to carry any papers or ID themselves anymore, since that would put an “undue burden” on them. Or just wear a sombrero and a MS-13 t-shirt and just “blend in”.

Meanwhile, Sheriff Joe says he will crack down on any unruly protesters.

From NewsMax:

The sheriff of the most populous county in Arizona says he’s “not going to put up with any civil disobedience” when the state’s new immigration law takes effect.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says that if protesters want to block his jail, he’ll put them in it.

The Arizona law, which takes effect Thursday, requires officers enforcing other laws to check a person’s immigration status if they suspect the person is in the country illegally.


Filed Under: Illegal Immigration

Better Start Saving: Obama’s $7 a Week Tax Cut Set to Expire

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | July 27th, 2010

Forget those giant income, capital gains, MengeleCare and death tax rate increases that are scheduled to kick in on January 1, 2011. Here is something to really get your dander up.

And just like those millions of jobs, soda machines in San Francisco and salt shakers in New York City that are going the way of the Dodo bird, those unprecedented, historic and massive Obama “tax cuts” might just disappear as well!

Oh the humanity! What next…(oh wait, I better not give them any more ideas)

From CNN:

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Get ready for a smaller paycheck.

At least that’s what could happen if Congress doesn’t approve President Obama’s proposal to extend the Making Work Pay tax credit soon.

The credit, introduced last year as part of the government’s stimulus package, boosts paychecks by up to $400 for single filers and up to $800 for joint filers, by reducing the amount of tax withheld from each paycheck.

And that extra $15 bump you’re used to getting each bi-weekly pay period is slated to expire at the end of the year unless Congress votes to extend the credit, much like the Bush tax cuts…

And because of the steep cost of keeping the Making Work Pay tax break around — about $60 billion to extend it one year — Marr said he wouldn’t be surprised if Congress doesn’t end up passing the extension.

What is most ironic about all of this is that the money that was “credited” back to you will be taxable income. So you get screwed both ways. First a phony tax cut that could not even pay for a Democrat’s latte at Starbucks and then being penalized for taking it in the first place. In the retail world, that is called “bait and switch”.

From Sweetness and Light:

Don’t worry. At the very last minute Mr. Obama will step in and demand that this ‘middle class tax’ cut must be saved at all costs. And a heroic Congress will dramatically vote to extend it into perpetuity. – Without paying for it, of course.

Then Mr. Obama and the Democrats will trumpet this ‘middle class tax cut’ as their great gift to the economy and job creation. Meanwhile, they will let the Bush tax cuts lapse. Tax cuts which actually could make a real difference to people and to the economy.

This is such an easy call, a child of 26 could predict it.

Even a 26 year old with an economic illiteracy pre-existing condition.


Filed Under: Economy

The Case of the Vanishing Gulf Crude Oil

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | July 27th, 2010

You know, this is what happens when you have an entity, in this case Mother Nature, that operates free of the absurd dictates of federal departments and it’s various regulations, bureaucrats and other assorted government termites.

She does not listen to clueless Dept. of Interior Secretaries, slip-and-fall trial lawyers or delusional presidents who claim they can lower sea levels and lower the planet’s temperatures. No, she pretty does her own thing and there is not a damn thing any one of us can do about it. And yes, not even Obama.

From ABC News: (Hat Tip: The Mark Levin Show)

For 86 days, oil spewed into the Gulf of Mexico from BP’s damaged well, dumping some 200 million gallons of crude into sensitive ecosystems. BP and the federal government have amassed an army to clean the oil up, but there’s one problem — they’re having trouble finding it.

The leak is capped and the spill appears to be shrinking, but where is it going?

At its peak last month, the oil slick was the size of Kansas, but it has been rapidly shrinking, now down to the size of New Hampshire.

Today, ABC News surveyed a marsh area and found none, and even on a flight out to the rig site Sunday with the Coast Guard, there was no oil to be seen

Sound familiar? It should, since back when the Exxon Valdeze capsized and spilled tons of oil into Prince William Sound over 20 years ago, the same doom and gloom scenario of eco-systems being devastated for decades or even centuries was also predicted. However, those Chicken Littles were given a Moe Howard poke-in-the-eye when not 8-9 months later, there was a record salmon catch in that same area. Mother Nature seems to have a particularly wicked sense of humor when it comes to sticking it to the various elements of the enviromarxist movement.

No one is denying the damage done to wildlife, coastal eco-systems and the like. However, only part of that was due to the oil spill itself. The other half of that equation was the administration’s absolute determination to refuse to allow assistance of any kind, whether foreign or state-based, to help slow the spill’s spread. Booms and berms either sat in warehouses thousands of miles away or those that were on hand, were kept from being deployed in a timely manner. Ditto that for skimmers or oil-sucking barges, some of which were actually stopped by the Coast Guard in order to check for life vests and fire extinguishers. Does this sound like Tom Daschle’s old saying, “If you want professionalize, federalize?”

No, the real lasting damage of this whole episode was to those who rely on the Gulf Coast for their livelihoods. Fisherman, oil workers of all stripes as well those who rely on the tourist trade. Less because of the spill, but more so due to administration dictates, such as shutting down off-shore rigs the Gulf over, and the White House’s Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force new report and probable executive order that could devastate the commercial and sport fishing industry. Not to mention the damage done to coastal beach areas, which are hardly inviting for out-of-state tourists to visit.

Of course, the real (not-so) secret here is that the Gulf Coast states are solid red states, that Obama lost badly on the whole. So like the case with the TN floods, the administration and their congressional lackeys were going to do all they could to punish those who would dare oppose the Master of the Second Great Leap Forward.


Filed Under: Oil Spill