Deny It All You Want But Immigration Reform Is Dead

Update IV: Immigration reform is dead and Obama’s plans for executive orders to ram through immigration reform are dead. Federal judge: Obama/DHS can’t let DREAM-eligible illegals stay if the law says they should be deported:

“Remember O’s big election-year immigration pander, declaring that he was going to exercise his “discretion” as chief executive not to deport young illegals who would have qualified for amnesty under the DREAM Act that’s never passed Congress? That was his way of trying to consolidate the Latino vote before November. More importantly, it was a precedent for what he might do if the Gang of Eight bill collapses and immigration reform falls apart in the Senate this summer. If he could grant de facto unilateral amnesty to DREAMers by simply choosing not to deport them, couldn’t he do the same with broader classes of illegals? If he can, it’s major leverage over Republicans who oppose immigration reform but tremble at the thought of Obama trying to mobilize Latinos next year with some grand pander.

The court’s verdict: Nope, Obama and DHS can’t choose not to deport people if federal law says deportation is required.

We’ll say it again: Immigration reform is dead. Immigration reform is as dead as Tamerlan’s rotting corpse.

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Update III: The joke that started on Big Pink is no longer a joke. On the Monday of the Boston Bombing we highlighted a comment by Valleyboy: “Has this been blamed on the sequester yet? You know, the one Republicans are to blame for.” The early blame-the-sequester-for-the-attacks attack failed. But fear not comedians. Today the lawyers for the Boston killer say they cannot proceed with their defense because of – sequester cuts. No sequester cuts for ObamaCare though.

In other news from the ridiculous MSNBC is suggesting that rap music is to blame, not the previous excuse which was boxing. It certainly does not occur to MSNBC and the DailyKooks that perhaps the answer lies closer to home. It can’t possibly be a religion problem can it? Can it? Of course, as USAToday reports, the Mosque attended by Tsarnaevs has radical ties. Hey, we’re still waiting (as we wrote last Tuesday) for Muslims around the world and particularly American Muslim individuals and organizations along with mosques to denounce radical Islam and the Boston Terror Bombing killers. Waiting… waiting… waiting…. Qui tecat consentere. Well, at least Joe Biden said “Islamists” at the funeral of a murder victim of the Boston Terror Attack Bombing Brothers.

Speaking of radical ties, Bill Ayres admits that Obama’s career started in Ayres’ very own living room fundraiser. That’s a fact Obama and Robert Gibbs had denied. And lantern jawed Michelle Obama worked with terrorist Bernadine Dohrn, Ayres’ wife at the law firm. That’s the law firm where Michelle met Barack.

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Update II: Love the immigration bill or hate the immigration bill, it’s dead. At some point the opposition will begin the search and destroy mission. That point might have come today:

“They’re acting out of desperation, and what we’ve gotten from that is a disaster of a bill. Well it’s got to stop. Republicans need to snap out of it, wake up, and kill this bill. Circumstances have changed. Obama lost on the sequester and lost on gun control. The left is tearing itself apart on energy issues and making a fool of itself on terrorism. There’s no need for conservatives to go along with nonsense like this bill. It’s time to stop the surrender. This spirit of capitulation ends here, ends now.”

Rand Paul is beginning to run away; Paul Ryan, like a fresh faced French recruit racing to join Napoleon in Moscow as the retreat begins, joined in on Monday with his support; Marco Rubio is gallantly fighting on, for now at least:

Of the many immigration reform quotes of the day 1355 the most important is the Rubio statement that much of the problem is the lack of trust in Obama (at 3:49). Marco, haven’t you heard?:

“Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.”

Surprise! Peggy Noonan who loved to trash this website agrees with us on what’s going to happen to immigration reform:

As for immigration, it’s hard to believe that under the present circumstances there will be great public clamor to support the Gang of Eight bill to legalize and regularize. Something tells me it’s going to be back to the drawing board for immigration reform.

A major problem for those who want an immigration bill is lack of faith in government to do all the jobs it’s set itself well. People don’t trust it to be able to execute—to do, adequately, the thing it’s set itself to do in its big new laws. We always look at the motives and politics behind a big bill, and talk about that. But simple noncrisis execution—the ability to track and deal with a Tamerlan Tsarnaeu, or to patrol and control a huge border—is a big reason why which people lack faith. Because, you know, they read the papers.

Support it or not, the immigration reform bill is dying and will soon enough be dead.

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Update: The latest report: Tsarnaevs motivated by opposition to Iraq and Afghan wars, learned how to build bombs from Al Qaeda online magazine is most likely a “leak” from what the killer in the hospital is saying. So even the most innocuous version of the Boston Terror Bombing is that they learned from the Al Qaeda online university for terrorist wannabees. Obama protecting Big Media says this is all George W. Bush’s fault.

Barack Obama will get us all killed.

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Barack Obama 2012: “Bin Laden dead.” But if Bin Laden had two non-Arab children they sure would look like the Brothers Tsarnaev. According to two U.S. officials: preliminary evidence suggests bombers motivated by religion, acted alone. “Acted alone?” Tamerlan was red flagged by Russian officials years ago but we’re supposed to believe those red flags are irrelevant??? Our “officials” are either idiots or ass-covering because they don’t want the Boston Terror Bombing to be a terror bombing because then they and Barack Obama would be exposed either as incompetent boobs or terrorist enabling liars.

There is a reason why red flags from the former reds are being downplayed. Obama and his henchmen don’t want the rest of Obama’s agenda to go the way of gun control. The Boston Terror Bombers have already blown up the immigration reform efforts 2013. Immigration reformers: “Ignore that elephant sized bomb you see.”

Desperate Republicans over-eager to get the Latino vote are trying to convince themselves that it really is the Boston-immigration reform non-sequitur. Obama Dimocrats with equal fervor delude themselves that the Boston Bombings have nothing to do with immigration reform and their access to, as Jay Leno joked, “undocumented Democratic voters”. Both are wrong. Immigration reform is dead and the Boston Bombers killed it.

Our first update on the Monday of the Boston Terror Attack got it right:

“Immigration reform will also be impacted as questions of border jumping terrorists will now come to the fore no matter how much Big Media steers the conversation to sympathetic portraits of families divided by immigration laws and flaws.”

Opponents of the current immigration reform effort needed time, that most valued commodity, to defeat immigration reform. The Boston Terror Bombers gave it to them. And the fact that the Boston Terror Bombing Brothers are Caucasian is an added bonus because the race-baiting of Obama Dimocrats can be countered with a simple “but they’re white”.

Immigration reform opponents will add the national security angle to their opposition arsenal. Any bill that emerges will be so tough that Barack Obama won’t sign it.

While there are some very good things in the current immigration reform bill, it is too big to pass. We still don’t know what is in all the nooks and crannies of the immigration reform bill.

As we learned during the ObamaCare fear and smear campaign something so big cannot be examined too much or it will fail – unless it is rammed through. Immigration reform was on the fast track to being rammed through. But the Boston Terror Bombing Brothers blew the fast track up.

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Need proof of the above? Put your Coats on:

Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) on called for delaying efforts at immigration reform in the wake of last week’s deadly Boston marathon terror attack.

Obama shill and Journolister in chief Ezra Klein knows “time is the enemy on immigration reform”:

One unsavory reason he gave for slowing down the bill: “While we don’t yet know the immigration status of people who have terrorized the communities in Massachusetts, when we find out, it will help shed light on the weaknesses of our system.” [snip]

The other advantage of slowing the bill down is that it creates an opening to oppose the law — or at least its progress — without opposing the law itself. It could even allow some senators to have it both ways. [snip]

Even if the law passes the Senate, it will be mired in the House. “The bill will be immediately sent to the committees, and then either sent back to the Senate with changes, or rewritten in a bicameral conference committee,” reports Robert Costa. “That tweaking process could take months, which is just fine with many Republicans, who’d like the public to have as much time as possible to chew over the controversial elements of Obama’s prized bills. The caucus consensus is: The more time Congress takes to consider a bill, the more time the public has to sour on its components.”

Politico’s article yesterday Immigration reform could be bonanza for Democrats sufficiently explains to Republicans the political aims of the current immigration reform bill. This could prompt reform of immigration reform sufficient to kill reform of the reform and the original reform itself.

Rand Paul has been on the immigration reform train but he is moving along the path that a lot of other immigration reform supporters will soon get on and jump off the train:

I believe that any real comprehensive immigration reform must implement strong national security protections. The facts emerging in the Boston Marathon bombing have exposed a weakness in our current system. If we don’t use this debate as an opportunity to fix flaws in our current system, flaws made even more evident last week, then we will not be doing our jobs.

We should not proceed until we understand the specific failures of our immigration system. Why did the current system allow two individuals to immigrate to the United States from the Chechen Republic in Russia, an area known as a hotbed of Islamic extremism, who then committed acts of terrorism? Were there any safeguards? Could this have been prevented? Does the immigration reform before us address this?

There should be hearings in the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee that study the national security aspects of this situation, making sure that our current immigration system gives individuals from high-risk areas of the world heightened scrutiny. [snip]

Media reports indicate that both the bombing suspects were legal permanent residents and one is reported to be a naturalized citizen. We need to make sure that we have safeguards against this type of situation happening again.

In 2002, Congress set up the National Security Registration System (NSEERS), yet it was suspended in 2011 by Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. That system had problems, yet was still based on the practical idea that extra screening is necessary from nations that have a higher population of extremists. Congress might need a similar system updated for current circumstances to be rolled into comprehensive immigration reform. [snip]

Our refugee programs have proven to be a problem. On, January 29, 2013, two Iraqi citizens living in Bowling Green, in my home state of Kentucky, were sentenced to long prison terms for participating in terrorism and providing material support to terrorists while living in the United States. How did this happen? Does the current immigration reform address how this might have happened? We may need more scrutiny when accepting refugees from high-risk nations.

I want to make sure that any new bill addresses the visa entry and exit programs, in addition to refugee programs that have proven problematic in Bowling Green and possibly, if media reports are correct, in Boston.

Finally, do we need to take a hard look at student visas? Should we suspend student visas, or at least those from high-risk areas, pending an investigation into the national security implications of this program?

Hey, has anybody mentioned Boston dwellers and illegal immigrants Uncle Obama and Aunt Obama? They should be called to testify on how they have managed to flout immigration laws for decades.

Gun control once was a sure win for Barack Obama. Immigration reform is the next sure win – NOT.

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145 thoughts on “Deny It All You Want But Immigration Reform Is Dead

  1. I think you are right Admin. The Boston terror attack is the 800 pound gorilla in the living room, and the longer the gang of eight proposal hangs out there the more it will emit the same odor as rotten fish. Delay, therefore, is the order of the day. And, this new push by al Quaeda to push their attacks through citizens must make us wary of this push for a blanket path to amnesty and citizenship. In hindsight, I suspect big media regrets hyping the Boston thing the way they did, because now when it comes to their support of blanket citizenship for 18 million, under the protection of a federal government that was too inept to pre-empt a terrorist based on specific information given to us by Russia,the national security risk is front and center. The point is that we must be wary of those we grant citizenship to when their prior actions demonstrate a willingness to break the law, and when we know that terrorists are entering our country.

  2. The interesting part of this is the Republicans have screwed themselves for 2016. The RINOs believed it was smart to put Rubio out there as the pointman on the Schumer Rubin bill. And with limp dicks like Jeff Flake standing behind him, good old Marco was riding for a fall. Now, when the bill goes down to defeat, he will be seen by the left as someone who talked big but could not deliver, and by the right as someone who got Tea Party support to get elected, only to become a charter member of the Washington establishment. Politically speaking, you can say he meant well, and perhaps he did, but judging by the final product of his work, and the lengths he had to go to repudiate his prior positions, it becomes obvious that he got bamboozled. You cannot trust a snake like Schumer.

  3. Update: The latest report: Tsarnaevs motivated by opposition to Iraq and Afghan wars, learned how to build bombs from Al Qaeda online magazine is most likely a “leak” from what the killer in the hospital is saying. So even the most innocuous version of the Boston Terror Bombing is that they learned from the Al Qaeda online university for terrorist wannabees. Obama protecting Big Media says this is all George W. Bush’s fault.

    Barack Obama will get us all killed.

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  4. Hey, has anybody mentioned Boston dwellers and illegal immigrants Uncle Obama and Aunt Obama? They should be called to testify on how they have managed to flout immigration laws for decades.

    ROFLMAO

  5. http://www.politico.com/story/2013/04/hillary-clinton-president-obama-popularity-poll-90507.html?hp=r7

    By BREANNA EDWARDS | 4/23/13 2:35 PM EDT
    Though currently retired, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is still more popular than President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and her successor John Kerry, a new poll has found.

    According to the Gallup poll, released Tuesday, a whopping 64 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of Clinton, putting her nine percentage points ahead of President Obama (55 percent), 19 percentage points ahead of Biden and 20 percentage points ahead of the current Secretary of State John Kerry.

    Moreover while 13 percent of respondents said they never heard of John Kerry and nine percent of respondents said the same of Vice President Biden, Clinton and Obama are essentially universally known.

    Should Clinton decide to run in 2016 — as is highly expected though she retains her silence among the speculation — she has a hand up among Democrats on Biden, who is also rumored to be vying for the White House. The poll shows that 91 percent of Democrats view Clinton favorably while Biden has 76 percent.

    This Gallup poll was conducted April 11-14 on 1,012 adults. The margin of error is +/- 4 percentage points.

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    9 percent of the population has never heard of Joe Biden…and 13 % heard of Kerry…

    …this is what we are dealing with…9 % never even heard of the VP of the US

  6. This whole immigration fiasco boils down to two simple things:

    Cheap votes from illegals vs US national security and financial stability.”\

    There’s no easier vote to get than from someone that speaks little English and thinks they have come to the land of milk and honey.

    Both parties want the feebie votes from illegals and the public wants security and stability.

    I am so darn sick of all the spin and bullshit. Sick, I tell ya.

  7. Ricin suspect released from jail

    The Mississippi man charged with sending poisoned letters to President Barack Obama, a U.S. senator and a state judge was released from jail on Tuesday, federal official said, though the reason for the release wasn’t immediately clear.

    Jeff Woodfin, chief deputy with the U.S. Marshals Service in Oxford, Miss., said Paul Kevin Curtis has been released from custody. Woodfin said he doesn’t know if there were any conditions on the release.

    The development comes hours after officials canceled a detention and preliminary hearing without explaining the reason for the change.

    His lawyer Christi McCoy, who has been pushing for the charges to be dropped, said in a text message Tuesday that she could only confirm that her client has been released.

    “I can tell you he is with his family,” McCoy said.

    McCoy has said that there is a news conference scheduled for 5 p.m. CDT with federal authorities and defense attorneys.

    http://www.breitbart.com/system/wire/DA5RC8380

    Our country is so weak with Oh in charge…jeeze.

  8. Early Tuesday afternoon, the verified Twitter account of the Associated Press was hacked. The breaking news tweet (captured below) claimed President Obama had been injured due to “two explosions” in the White House.

    The tweet went out to the AP’s 1.9 million followers.

  9. Early Tuesday afternoon, the verified Twitter account of the Associated Press was hacked. The breaking news tweet (captured below) claimed President Obama had been injured due to “two explosions” in the White House.

    The tweet went out to the AP’s 1.9 million followers.
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    It was later found out, form an unnamed source, that it was actually MO flushing the commode twice…

  10. I like this….from ACE

    Senate Set To Allow States To Collect Sales Tax On Internet Purchases
    —DrewM.

    Bipartisanship (noun)–When Democrats and Republicans join together to take your money and/or freedom.

  11. jbstonesfan
    April 22, 2013 at 8:57 pm
    Have not watched O’Riley in years, but put it on tonight. When did he become an a Obama apologist?
    &&&&&

    Whether it’s O’Reilly talking tough but carrying a featherweight stick (opposite of T.R.’s advice), or Bill Maher calling out liberals, they both drive in their really nice cars to their really big houses.

  12. 9 percent of the population has never heard of Joe Biden…and 13 % heard of Kerry…
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    I envy that 9% and 13%. I wish I had never heard of those shitheads either. Now now be nice. Okay. If ignorance is bliss, tis folly to be wise–where Biden and Kerry are concerned. Is that better. Much better.

  13. http://dailycaller.com/2013/04/23/ask-matt-labash-rethinking-the-religion-of-peace-and-photographic-evidence/

    The National Counterterrorism Center’s 2011 numbers demonstrated that about 70 percent of the world’s 12,533 terrorist murders that year were committed by Sunni Muslim terrorists. There are about 1.6 billion Muslims in the world, and there are nearly 7 billion people in the world, proper. So sure, Muslims are punching above their weight, terrorism-wise (70 percent of terrorist acts are attributable to those murdering in the name of a religion subscribed to by 23 percent of the world). It’s enough to make us ecumenically-minded types wonder when Christians, Jews, Hindus and Buddhists are going to get off their fat asses and pitch in a little. (Islamic cultures throughout the ages are already responsible for pioneering astronomy, algebra and filicidal honor killings — do they have to do everything around here?)

  14. http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/346183/boston-and-immigration-reform-yes-its-relevant

    Turning to the latest spate of articles on the Boston-immigration connection, it’s clear that including the missing assimilation issue would thoroughly transform the debate. One common argument, for example, is that Boston is irrelevant because the Tsarnaevs were legal immigrants. But if patriotic assimilation is failing even for legal immigrants with years of experience in America, then a path to citizenship would only aggravate the problem (in the absence of the deeper reforms proposed by Fonte and Nagai).

    Another popular argument is that the new bill will make us more secure by getting more immigrants on the books, thus allowing for more background checks. Yet the FBI did run a background check on Tamerlan Tsarnaev and failed to find the problem. Ultimately, a working system of patriotic assimilation is the only truly effective security system. If that system is broken, no amount of FBI reports will protect us.

    Those who argue that it’s impossible to pick out a few bad actors years ahead of possible radicalization are closer to the mark, but they miss the importance of having a strong system of patriotic assimilation in place. That’s the real assurance we’ve done our best to prevent mistakes.

    So we’ve been wrongly treating Boston as a security issue in the narrow sense. Instead, Boston should open up the immigration debate to the wider question of patriotic assimilation, which encompasses security and more, while also providing real solutions.

  15. GOP blaming Hillary for Benghazi in new report. This issue will
    haunt her should she run in 2016.

  16. jbstonesfan

    GOP blaming Hillary for Benghazi in new report. This issue will
    haunt her should she run in 2016.

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    Why wouldn’t the GOP try and blame anything that might stick on Hillary? She is the biggest threat they face in trying to get back into the Whitehouse. If the GOP really thought Hillary was to blame, why did the three amigos wait until after the election to speak up??

    To me, this is all theater of the nitwits. Both sides.

  17. gonzotx
    April 23, 2013 at 4:48 pm
    I like this….from ACE

    Senate Set To Allow States To Collect Sales Tax On Internet Purchases
    —DrewM.

    Bipartisanship (noun)–When Democrats and Republicans join together to take your money and/or freedom.
    ******************************************************************

    I don’t get this tax…i know they say it is because it is unfair to brick and mortar retail stores…BUT…there are additional shipping and handling charges on many internet purchases that you do not have with retail stores…so that should kind of make it a wash…

    anything to bleed every penny they can out of us…

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    wbboei
    April 23, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    I envy that 9% and 13%. I wish I had never heard of those shitheads either. Now now be nice. Okay. If ignorance is bliss, tis folly to be wise–where Biden and Kerry are concerned. Is that better. Much better.

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    good one, wbboei…really got a chuckle out of me… : )
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  18. Boehner is standing in the way of the Benghazi investigation. It needs a select committee and he refuses to appoint one. And he has refused to grant whistle blower status. After the House Report today, it is imperative that Obama gets roped into this, so Hillary is not left holding the bag. A select committee is the only way to do this. There is a petition signed by over half the Congressional Republicans, but someone has gotten to Boehner, or so it would appear. There is no good argument now for not appointing a select committee.

  19. The “Progressives” are really nuts.

    Maybe boxing caused head injuries that caused Tamerlan to go bat shit crazy and want to kill American’s.

    Of course, the younger brother got brain dysfunction by osmosis.
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    Jim Treacher @jtLOL

    Makes sense, “Think” “Progress.” Just look at all the other boxers who became terrorists. http://thkpr.gs/11JkP0r via @thinkprogress

  20. Lame Duck Obama

    The recent terror attack in Boston is tragic on many fronts — for the victims, for the now-anxious city, and for those who celebrate our open and tolerant society.

    Politically, too, the bombings take a toll. For Obama, a renewed focus on terrorism further distracts the country from the bold liberal agenda proposed in his State of the Union Address earlier this year.

    As he struggles to lead the country through this most recent assault, the president must be wondering how he can regain his post-election momentum. It won’t be easy.

    The White House has been drained by numerous defections and legislative defeats, sapping the momentum of Mr. Obama’s second term.

    While it is not uncommon for an incumbent to see his polls nosedive after reelection, Mr. Obama’s downturn is worse than that suffered by George W. Bush or Bill Clinton.

    Whispers suggest the unthinkable: President Obama is already on the shelf.

    Barely two months into his second term, President Obama’s approval ratings have tumbled into negative territory, with 48% of the country disapproving of his performance compared to 47% who give him a thumbs-up. While it is not uncommon for an incumbent to see his polls nosedive after reelection, Mr. Obama’s downturn is worse than that suffered by George W. Bush or Bill Clinton, who was famously embroiled in the Monica Lewinsky affair.

    Events beyond Mr. Obama’s control have sidetracked him from his to-do list, and from the issues that matter most to voters.

    The terrible slaughter at Newtown thrust him into fiercely advocating gun control, which appealed to many voters but proved politically toxic.

    The bipartisan defeat of proposed gun safety legislation in the Senate incensed the president, who delivered a withering critique of the failed vote. Not only did the legislation go down in flames; Mr. Obama’s leadership credentials surely suffered as well.

    Meanwhile, the Supreme Court hearings vaulted same-sex marriage onto the front page, and Mr. Obama has “evolved,” but few will credit the tardy president with having led the equality chorus.

    Immigration reform looms larger in the country’s psyche – some 70% of the country favors resolution of this national embarrassment — but the president has been sidelined as Congress has led the crucial debate. Like the senior without a prom date, Mr. Obama awaits the call.

    Meanwhile, in coming months voters will begin to realize the ill effects of ObamaCare, now rumbling menacingly forward.

    The popular aspects of the bill (like being able to keep children on your policy) are in place, but have largely failed to impress voters. A recent poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 42% of those surveyed oppose the bill, compared to only 36% that supports it. Even Democrats have soured on the measure; last November 72% embraced the legislation; today only 57% have a favorable view.

    This is not unexpected.

    The Obama White House did an excellent job of keeping bad news about ObamaCare off the front page in the run-up to the election. These days, the soaring costs of private insurance (in California Blue Cross is proposing a premium hike of 26% and elsewhere companies are being warned that costs could double in coming years), the imposition of hefty new taxes to cover the cost of expanding our health care safety net, the likelihood that your policy will have to be rewritten to comply with top-down rules, the rising cost of insurance exchanges, worsening news on the bill’s overall expense – in short, the inevitable consequences of trying to corral one sixth of the economy are coming home to roost.

    As Americans discover the mess their president has visited upon them, they will come to view ObamaCare as the ultimate act of hubris. Even one of the bill’s architects, Senator Jay Rockefeller, recently described the healthcare law as “beyond comprehension.”

    Only an academic with no real world experience could imagine that bureaucrats could successfully manage such a giant part of our economy; only an academic who never studied the rise and fall of the Soviet Union.

    Republicans will be quick to remind voters as we approach the midterm elections that President Obama spent his political capital pushing this legacy-building law, instead of adopting measures that might have rebooted our economy. Even today, he is focused on anything and everything but the issue which still matters most – jobs.

    Instead, he continues to push an agenda primarily focused on wealth redistribution, which is the unifying theme behind his recently unveiled budget.

    The president calls for higher taxes – again – completely indifferent to the notion that tax hikes penalize growth. Unfortunately (and unexpectedly) for the president, the back and forth about the Sequester seriously undermined his credibility on federal budgets.

    Thanks to the efforts of Senator Tom Coburn, among others, Americans were introduced to the inexhaustible lunacies supported by our bloated federal spending.

    The president’s argument that outlays could not be reeled in without starving our young and closing down our airports was exposed for the drivel it is.

    Meanwhile, President Obama has adopted a novel approach – talking to the opposition. After four years of “I won” hauteur, the president has actually dined with Republicans. In a follow-up gesture, he even incorporated into his budget a modest change in Social Security benefits that was widely endorsed by anyone with a calculator and a hope of keeping our entitlement programs from sinking the nation.

    That minor gesture towards fiscal sanity has set the left howling. A recent article in the New York Times envisions a liberal challenger emerging in time for the 2016 race. Republicans would rejoice to see harmonious Democrats revert to their fractious mean, but it won’t do Obama’s standing any good.

    Had Mr. Obama followed President Clinton by tacking right earlier – after his bruising midterm “comeuppance” — and had he adopted proposals designed to beef up demand, the economy might be pulling free and putting millions back to work. With that wind at his back, the president would have enjoyed smoother sailing in his second term.

    He had a shot. Instead, he may soon be tagged as lame duck. If it quacks like a lame duck

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/04/22/is-obama-already-lame-duck/?intcmp=obinsite#ixzz2RLd2ljlp

  21. Update II: Love the immigration bill or hate the immigration bill, it’s dead. At some point the opposition will begin the search and destroy mission. That point might have come today:

    “They’re acting out of desperation, and what we’ve gotten from that is a disaster of a bill. Well it’s got to stop. Republicans need to snap out of it, wake up, and kill this bill. Circumstances have changed. Obama lost on the sequester and lost on gun control. The left is tearing itself apart on energy issues and making a fool of itself on terrorism. There’s no need for conservatives to go along with nonsense like this bill. It’s time to stop the surrender. This spirit of capitulation ends here, ends now.”

    Rand Paul is beginning to run away; Paul Ryan, like a fresh faced French recruit racing to join Napoleon in Moscow as the retreat begins, joined in on Monday with his support; Marco Rubio is gallantly fighting on, for now at least:

    Of the many immigration reform quotes of the day 1355 the most important is the Rubio statement that much of the problem is the lack of trust in Obama (at 3:49). Marco, haven’t you heard?:

    “Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.”

    Surprise! Peggy Noonan who loved to trash this website agrees with us on what’s going to happen to immigration reform:

    As for immigration, it’s hard to believe that under the present circumstances there will be great public clamor to support the Gang of Eight bill to legalize and regularize. Something tells me it’s going to be back to the drawing board for immigration reform.

    A major problem for those who want an immigration bill is lack of faith in government to do all the jobs it’s set itself well. People don’t trust it to be able to execute—to do, adequately, the thing it’s set itself to do in its big new laws. We always look at the motives and politics behind a big bill, and talk about that. But simple noncrisis execution—the ability to track and deal with a Tamerlan Tsarnaeu, or to patrol and control a huge border—is a big reason why which people lack faith. Because, you know, they read the papers.

    Support it or not, the immigration reform bill is dying and will soon enough be dead.

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  22. Immigration reform looms larger in the country’s psyche – some 70% of the country favors resolution of this national embarrassment
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    The only 70% that want a resolution is the 70% that want to secure the boarders NOT to allow amnesty, because that is what it is.

    The other 30% are here illegally or dimwit progressives.

  23. Tamerlan Tsarnaev got Mass. welfare benefits
    Wednesday, April 24, 2013
    ‘…In addition, both of Tsarnaev’s parents received benefits, and accused brother bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan were recipients through their parents when they were younger, according to the state…Their taxpayer-funded status came to light last night after repeated calls and emails to welfare officials from the Herald. They refused to comment throughout the day, but pressure mounted last night when the Herald started asking lawmakers whether the Department of Transitional Assistance should release the information.’
    http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2013/04/tamerlan_tsarnaev_got_mass_welfare_benefits#.UXfcpezHSKY.twitter

    Short article worth our time IMO.

  24. Polling data on guns (no 90%) and immigration:

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/04/22/usa-today-poll-finds-support-for-gun-control-ebbs-backing-for-immigration-bill-strong/2103419/

    Americans are more narrowly divided on the issue than in recent months, and backing for a bill has slipped below 50%, the poll finds. By 49%-45%, those surveyed favor Congress passing a new gun-control law. In an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll in early April, 55% had backed a stricter gun law, which was down from 61% in February.

    The survey of 1,002 adults was taken Thursday through Sunday by Princeton Survey Research. The margin of error is +/- 4 percentage points. [snip]

    The Boston Marathon bombings last Monday also may have had an effect, he speculates. “It wouldn’t be shocking if people sitting in their homes in Massachusetts cities and towns thought to themselves, ‘Boy, I wish I had something to protect myself with if a terrorist came through the door now.'”

    Last week in the Senate, a bipartisan proposal for expanding background checks for gun buyers failed to win the 60 votes needed. [snip]

    On immigration, support for taking action is strong: 80% back “better border control” and 71% favor creating a pathway to citizenship for immigrants now in the United States illegally, if they meet certain requirements. Just 25% oppose creating a process to gain citizenship.

    Americans remain more concerned about tough enforcement, however. By 55%-33%, they say they place a higher priority on preventing illegal immigration in the future than on dealing with immigrants who already are in the U.S. illegally.

  25. Another poll:

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/04/23/fox-news-poll-majority-says-legal-immigration-should-be-reduced/

    While most voters favor citizenship for illegal immigrants who meet certain requirements, there is widespread agreement that new border security should come first.

    In addition, more than half say we should cut the number of legal immigrants allowed into the United States.

    A just-released Fox News poll finds 55 percent of voters think fewer legal immigrants should be accepted into the U.S. That’s up from 43 percent in 2010.

    Majorities of Republicans (67 percent) and independents (53 percent) as well as a plurality of Democrats (47 percent) want to decrease legal immigration.[snip]

    By a 78-21 percent margin, voters favor allowing immigrants in the U.S. illegally to become citizens after they meet requirements such as passing a background check. Support for a pathway to citizenship has increased slightly since February. At that time it was 72-25 percent.

    Non-whites (88 percent), Democrats (87 percent) and those under age 35 (84 percent) are among those most likely to favor offering a pathway to citizenship.

    Border security is another aspect of this issue, and opinions are changing. Nearly twice as many voters say border security is at the right level today (32 percent) as said so in 2010 (18 percent).

    Still, the poll finds 60 percent of voters think it is not strict enough, and another 68 percent want new border security measures to be completed before changes to immigration policies.

    Republicans (75 percent) are more likely than Democrats (66 percent) to say new security should be done first.

    Overall, more voters think immigrants join society and “give to the country” (50 percent) than stay separate and “take from the country” (38 percent).

    President Obama has lost ground on immigration: 39 percent of voters approve of the job he’s doing, down from 47 percent in February. A slim 51-percent majority disapproves now. The drop in approval comes from a decline among white voters; approval among non-whites held steady since February.

    Some 47 percent of voters say illegal immigration is more of a problem today than it was five years ago. That’s nearly five times as many as the 10 percent who say it is less of a problem. Another 42 percent say it’s unchanged.

    Still, immigration is a low priority for voters: four percent say it is the most important issue facing the country. That’s well behind the economy (42 percent) and the federal deficit (17 percent). Immigration also trails terrorism (9 percent), health care (7 percent), guns (5 percent) and Social Security (5 percent).

  26. Another poll on guns:

    http://www.people-press.org/2013/04/24/mixed-reactions-to-senate-gun-vote/

    The key Senate vote that halted gun control legislation last week is drawing a mixed reaction from the American public: 47% express negative feelings about the vote while 39% have a positive reaction to the Senate’s rejection of gun control legislation that included background checks on gun purchases. Overall, 15% say they are angry this legislation was voted down and 32% say they are disappointed. On the other side, 20% say are very happy the legislation was blocked, while 19% say they are relieved. [snip]

    About half of those who followed news about the gun control debate very closely last week had particularly strong reactions to the Senate vote – 31% say they are very happy about the outcome while 22% are angry. Among those who followed news about the debate less closely, only about a quarter offered such strong reactions.

  27. The Memory of Beslan, the Shame of Boston
    April 23rd, 2013 – 8:23 pm
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    Hide — there’s an armed teenager on the loose

    Enough with all the chest-thumping, mingled with manly tears, about the dramatic end of the Marathon bombers’ reign of terror in Boston last week. From the press coverage, you’d think the entire city (which is actually rather small) rose up as one and smote two evil Chechens a stunning blow for truth, justice, liberty and the American Way. Nothing could be further from the truth.

    What we saw instead was a city cowering in fear, led by two particularly pusillanimous toads in Gov. Deval Patrick and Mayor Mumbles Menino, who had the services of some 10,000 armed personnel — literally, a small army — to take down… wait for it… a wounded teenager with a gun, and maybe some self-detonating explosives.

    Way to go, Boston. You’ve made all of us proud to be Americans.

    Now, of course, the liberal East Coast media is getting all mushy about the Brothers Tsarnaev. I’m not even going to bother to cite some of the more egregious examples from the New York Times and elsewhere, part of the MSM’s ongoing bout of Stockholm Syndrome when it comes to dealing with Islam and its discontents. John Hinderaker of Power Line has a nice roundup of the usual-suspect idiocy.

    But don’t you wish, just once, an American public official would react like a man? A man, say, like this guy, who said this about the Chechens after they attacked a school back in 2004. WARNING: offensive, ethnically biased stereotyping ahead:

    “You find it possible to set some limitations in your dealings with these bastards, so why should we talk to people who are child killers?

    “No one has a moral right to tell us to talk to child killers,” he added.

    “Correct me if I’m wrong, but Margaret Thatcher, whom I’ve met more than once said: ‘A man who comes out into the street to kill other people must himself be killed’.”

    Now, that’s some real straight talk about murdering, child-killing bastards. In case you’ve forgotten Beslan, here’s a brief taste of the hell the Muslim Chechens visited upon little kids on the first day of school:

    Note that, when the Russian military finally stormed the school, they were accompanied by armed residents of the village, desperate to save their children. In typical ham-handed Russian fashion, the former Soviets managed to kill almost as many people as they saved — but the point is they fought back. They didn’t “shelter in place” (what an odious, bloodless phrase for enforced institutional cowardice), hiding behind locked doors; they got up, got their guns, and finally did something to rid themselves of the aliens in their midst. For they knew — with the example of the Moscow theater crisis fresh in everybody’s minds — that there was no way this atrocity could end any way but bloodily. They wanted to get their licks in, and die like men instead of dumb beasts waiting for the slaughter.

  28. By a 78-21 percent margin, voters favor allowing immigrants in the U.S. illegally to become citizens after they meet requirements such as passing a background check. Support for a pathway to citizenship has increased slightly since February. At that time it was 72-25 percent.
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    They say this because they are ignorant and assume it costs them nothing. To legalize them is one thing. To give them citizenship is something else. There is a social cost to both. We should give citizenship to legal immigrants only. And legal immigration should reflect what is best for this country as a whole, not what is good for agribusiness, or for squatters. The current bill asserts that the illegals will not be eligible for benefits. Give me a fucking break. Once they are legalized, neither party will respect that restriction, and the political push will be to grant them full benefits. You or I could easily write the political campaign talking points and photos on that one. And the end result will be our safety nets will implode. As one writer years ago put it: you can have open borders OR you can have safety nets, but you cannot have both. The penalty for illegals should not be this token bullshit of paying a token fine and back taxes. It should be the time it takes to acquire citizenship, which should be longer than what it would have taken if they did so legally. And, furthermore, they should go to the back of the line of legal immigrants. None of this current immigration push is for the good of the country. It is for the good of the parties and it comes at the expense of the country. If the parties were inclined to do it right, then they would break up this bill and pass the needed provisions like border security first.

  29. admin
    April 24, 2013 at 12:22 am
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    good.

    As for the tee shirts–keep families together, I say fine. Forget about this having your cake and eating it too. If keeping families together is that important to you then by God go home. That is the way it works in every other country in the world.

  30. We should have a vigorous LEGAL immigration system, which targets the kind of people and skills we need to advance prosperity in this country. It should be our choice as much as theirs and it should not be a partisan issue. Illegal immigration should not be tolerated, much less rewarded.

  31. admin
    April 24, 2013 at 12:22 am
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    Rubio says the Boston attack exposes the flaws in our immigrations system. NFW. What it exposes is the inability of government to do its job to protect us, and to follow through on credible leads. It makes no sense to legalize 18 million people about whom we know nothing, knowing how inept our government is in ferreting out or following simple leads. Bring them out of the shadows shrieks the deranged left. Well, the Boston brothers came were out of the shadows, received welfare and scholarships, we were warned about them and government blew it. So much for an omnibus bill, which will make us less secure and invite more and more and more illegal immigration.

  32. Yes. The problem needs to be solved. But the only way to do that effectively is to break the big problem up into small pieces, and tackle the easier parts of it first, learning as you go, beta testing where advantagous, and eventually building the political will and experience and public support and knowledge to take on the tougher parts. That is the way it works at the local government level, in venues where government is effective. It is not the way it works in federal government, because the federal government is not run for the benefit of the American People, but for the interests and advanatage of well heeled lobbyists and east coast elite interests. And, the federal government can print money, which frees it up from financial or political accountability.

  33. Paul Ryan, like a fresh faced French recruit racing to join Napoleon in Moscow as the retreat begins, joined in on Monday
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    The most tone deaf politician since Goldwater, except for Gore.

  34. Wbboei, it will be a race to see whom among the 2016 potential contenders is the first to bail on immigration reform. It’s a matter of when not if.

  35. It’s always important to have a good role model as your mom…

    Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, the mother of Boston Marathon bombers Tamerlan and Tzhokhar Tsarnaevso, made these shocking statements on CNN tonight:

    “If they are going to kill him. I don’t care. My oldest son is killed, so I don’t care. I don’t care if my youngest son is going to be killed today. I want the world to hear this. And, I don’t care if I am going to get killed too. And I will say Allahu Akbar!“

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/04/whoa-zubeidat-tsarnaeva-tells-cnn-i-dont-care-if-my-youngest-son-is-killed-i-dont-care-if-i-am-killed-i-will-say-allahu-akbar-video/

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    And this family got out tax payer money for welfare while their sons went to great schools. Who paid for their education and was paid back with death and destroyed lives?

    No mercy for this family, send them all to their 17 virgins.

  36. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev admitted to authorities Sunday that he and his brother were behind the Marathon bombings, according to a senior law enforcement official.

    Tsarnaev made his admissions to FBI agents who interviewed him at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he is being treated for multiple gunshot wounds. He had not yet been given a Miranda warning.

    Tsarnaev’s attorneys are certain to challenge the legal admissibility of those admissions, and other information he gave them, such as claiming that he and his brothers acted alone, and that his brother was radicalized in an extreme form of Islam in part because he opposed US actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    But in an interview with the Globe, a senior police official said authorities are not worried about the initial admission to authorities being thrown out, because they have a strong witness: the man who was abducted by the Tsarnaev brothers last Thursday night.

    Police sources told the Globe that the carjack victim has told police that Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his brother, Dzhokhar, pointed guns at him and, in an apparent effort to intimidate the victim and dissuade him from trying anything foolish, Tamerlan Tsarnaev told him, “We just killed a cop. We blew up the marathon. And now we’re going to New York. Don’t [expletive] with us.”

    http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/04/23/source-marathon-bombing-suspect-admitted-that-and-brother-detonated-bombs-killed-police-officer/BrBQCAOsqpFU2ShoJ4YoQM/story.html

  37. Foxi 10:26 – best twice told than never.

    OBAMA’S REVENGE
    By Dick Morris – 04/23/13 07:39 PM ET
    ‘… The answer is that Obama wanted to prune federal spending in such a way that it could easily grow back again. Rather than close programs or shutter agencies, he elected to ask everyone to take off one day in 10. Once the sequester ends, they could go back to getting paid for all 10 days.
    He never envisioned a cut in the size of government — just a temporary, short-term need to reduce spending for a few months before it resumes its upward trajectory.
    And, by refusing to prioritize, he ensured that the sequestration cuts would affect everything, not just the optional areas of federal activity. Instead of closing unnecessary jobs or eliminating some of the duplicative agencies and functions the Government Accounting Office has identified, he just furloughs everyone.
    But most distressing is his insistence that furloughs operate to cripple the most vital federal program: control of the skies through the Federal Aviation Administration. With its thumb on the pulse of commerce in America, the FAA’s air traffic control function is probably the single most important federal regulatory task. But the 13,000 air traffic controllers have to take the same furloughs as the lowest inspector or bureaucrat because of Obama’s across-the-board cuts.
    The resulting air delays will impede commerce and inconvenience millions of people.
    Is this happenstance? Or is the president deliberately targeting the movers and shakers of our economy for delays and hardship? Is this his revenge against the 1 percent that denied him their votes and support in 2012? Is he inwardly relishing their torment as the just reward for insisting on cuts in federal spending in the first place?
    Is this Obama’s revenge?’
    http://thehill.com/opinion/columnists/dick-morris/295689-obamas-revenge

  38. Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin were sitting around the bugged Russian Embassy, trying to flesh out the map of the post War Middle East with, believe it or not, match sticks. They went to dinner. Stalin bragged that the Russians had captured 50,000 German soldiers at Leningrad, and they were going to kill every one of them. Churchill objected and said if you do that you will forfeit the moral high ground, we must never sink to their level. Whereupon Stalin accused Churchill of being a Nazi. Roosevelt broke the ice in his typical patrician style. He said lets compromise: kill 49,000 of them.

    I draw your attention to this historical antecdote for one reason. It shows how little the totalitarian left has changed in the last 75 years. Present a rational argument to them, as Churchill did, and they will routinely dismiss you as a Nazi, etc. We see this in spades today with the jurnolisters. These people must never again be allowed to define the national debate. They lack the moral character, subtlety, and good will to do so. They are crude, brutal people.

  39. I made a mistake the other day when talking about Saudi Arabia. I said they do not share their wealth with their own people. I has since been pointed out to me that they do because most citizens of that country are related to the Royal Family. But they bring in Filipinos, Chinese and Americans to work for them. These people live in compounds. The women are not allowed to drive on the streets, etc. My gripe with Saudi Arabia is that they are too involved in the politics of this country, in ways which are not consistent with the interests of the American People.

    On a related front, I have been told that there will be an election in Iran this summer, and Dinnerjacket will be term limited. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that any attack on that country by Israel will await the results of that election. Stalin was called comrade card index because he had a dossier on everyone in his government, and suspected everyone of them of plotting against him. Paranoia was his middle name. Dinner jacket has taken a leaf out of Stalin’s book and has a dossier on everyone in his government. His motive is to make sure that when he leaves office he is not tried for high crimes. He flexed his muscle recently, and when before their legislative body and showed a video tape of the Speaker of the House taking a bribe. He was thrown out of the room by, you guessed it, the Speaker.

  40. Opposing Amnesty
    African-American leaders call on Congressional Black Caucus to halt immigration bill
    Rep. Marcia Fudge / AP

    Rep. Marcia Fudge / AP

    BY: Stephanie Wang
    April 24, 2013 2:45 pm

    The African American Leadership Council asked the Congressional Black Caucus to oppose the Senate Gang of Eight’s immigration bill at a press conference Wednesday morning.

    The leaders called on the caucus to protect black workers by opposing the 844-page bill, portions of which the coalition described as amnesty.

    The bill released last week would place 11 to 12 million illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship.

    Speakers at the press conference cited the disparate impact of legalization on low-skilled workers, particularly black workers. They stressed the economic security issues involved in granting illegal immigrants a path to citizenship.

    The council questioned whether there are enough low-skill jobs for both African Americans and immigrants. One member said increased immigration levels would keep black unemployment, which is already nearly double the national average, elevated for some time.

    “With unemployment at 7.6 percent, this is preposterous,” coalition member Charles Butler said. “What makes sense is for America’s jobs to be reserved for people who are legally entitled to compete for them.”

    The coalition slammed establishment black leaders in the press conference, saying they do not represent the African-American community on this issue.

    They said they also feel betrayed by the NAACP and big labor, both of which have backed amnesty proposals.

    “Elite leadership is not the same as the black grassroots,” said Frank Morris, former executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. He said the immigration issue is often the most divisive between elite black leaders and regular members of the black community.

    The press conference comes on the heels of a letter sent earlier this month to Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Marcia Fudge (D., Ohio) by three members of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights asking the caucus to consider the damaging effects of the bill on the black community.

    “Grant of legal status will likely disproportionately harm lower-skilled African-Americans by making it more difficult for them to obtain employment and depressing their wages when they do obtain employment,” the members wrote.

  41. I have been told that there will be an election in Iran this summer, and Dinnerjacket will be term limited.

    I’m surprised Adinnerjacket would follow any term limits, I think of him as similar to Kim of the North (Korea). I wonder what will happen to jacket when he is legally forced out of office? I have no idea of how their ‘system’ is set up…

  42. Shadowfax
    April 24, 2013 at 4:23 pm
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    The Supreme Leader calls the shots.

    Strangely, Iran does not see Saudi Arabia as its competitor and enemy in the region, but Saudi Arabia sees Iran in that light.

  43. An Open Letter to Senator Marco Rubio

    By: Daniel Horowitz (Diary) | April 24th, 2013 at 12:43 PM | 18

    RESIZE: AAA

    Dear Senator Rubio,

    As the public finally gets an opportunity to read and analyze the bipartisan gang of 8 immigration bill, it is clear that there will be some irreconcilable differences between your vision of immigration reform and that of many conservatives across the country. However, we should all agree that this is an extremely consequential bill and must go through a long process – one which will allow all points of view to be heard.

    Several months ago, you promised Rush Limbaugh that you would never be part of a process “that comes up with some bill in secret and brings it to the floor and gives people a take it or leave it.” Unfortunately, the process that has commenced thus far is ostensibly a ‘take it or leave it’ approach.

    This bill was crafted behind closed doors with the help of special interests, including big business, big labor, and ethnic front groups, instead of by the relevant subcommittee. It is becoming clear from the committee hearings that Democrat members of the gang have been briefing their colleagues and special interest supporters on the details of the bill for weeks. At the same time, the Republican members of the Senate, including the members and staffers on the Judiciary Committee, were not informed of the details until the bill was dropped at 2:25 AM Wednesday morning. While Democrats and their outside allies were amply prepared for the hearings this week, Republican members were flummoxed and struggling to analyze the details of the bill. Hence, groups like La Raza know more about the bill than the chairmen of the Budget and Judiciary committees. That is simply wrong.

    After rushing through two hearings within a few days of publicizing this 844-page, enormously complex bill, Senator Leahy has called for a committee markup this Thursday. Due to committee rules and the Senate recess, Republicans are able to delay the markup until May 7. There is simply not enough time to prepare for amendments on one of the most complex and consequential issues of our time.

    While it is true that Republicans will get to offer amendments before the bill is brought to the floor, it is impossible to fully digest and analyze such a complex issue in just two weeks. Consequently, it is unlikely Republicans will have the opportunity to provide input that will improve the impact of the bill.

    There is broad consensus among conservatives, many of whom have divergent opinions on the fundamentals of immigration policy, that this should be done in piece meal bills – with those components that deal with enforcement and enjoy broad support considered first. However, if we are going to deal with this issue “comprehensively,” shouldn’t your fellow Republicans be afforded the requisite time to study the impact of this multi-faceted bill?

    This is not just a bill that remakes our current economy; it remakes the orientation of our society. Between those illegals who receive legal status along with their families; those temporary workers who are brought here with their families; those future legal immigrants who are brought here without any family caps; those Dream Act recipients and agriculture workers who can bring in family members to enjoy an expedited pathway to citizenship, there are serious questions about future flow, the fiscal cost, and the ability to absorb and assimilate such a precipitous flow of new immigrants. Some in our party might come to the conclusion that the benefits outweigh the costs; others will conclude the opposing view. But we must all agree that this is one of the most impactful issues we will ever consider, and it must be subjected to comprehensive analysis. This problem wasn’t created in a few weeks; it need not be solved in a few weeks.

    As such, I would humbly request that you ask Chairman Leahy to push back the May 7th markup and allow for more time to prepare for this historic opportunity. You have bent over backwards for Democrats in an effort to craft a bipartisan bill. The least they can do is grant the committee members – who have already been shut out of the process – ample time to study the bill before offering amendments.

    The conservative movement stood behind you during a time of need. Please stand behind us as we’re steamrolled by this reckless process.

  44. The media is giving hours of coverage to the two bombers, but they are ignoring this story which is bigger. This story starts with the Saudi national who was injured in the bombing and goes right to the WH.

    Saudi student Abdul Rahman Ali Issa Al-Salimi Al-Harbi was injured in the Boston Marathon Bombings. He was once a “person of interest” in the bombings. He was put on a terror watch list after the bombings.

    Michelle Obama visited al-Harbi in the hospital last week.
    He posted pictures on his Facebook page:
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/04/breaking-saudi-student-alharbi-visited-the-white-house-several-times-since-2009/

  45. Immigration reform bill is tied to Boston bombing:

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/346464/what-boston-means-immigration-policy

    The Gang of Eight bill would move us away from the traditional American ideal of assimilation rather than toward it. It would grant amnesty to many illegal immigrants with a tenuous connection to the United States, and to some who are not even currently living here. At the same time it would do a great deal to increase unskilled immigration, particularly by Hispanics. And it would create a new class of “temporary” workers and their families who would be expected to be in this country but not of it, until those standards are relaxed. Combine these features of the bill and what you have is not a recipe for welcoming new Americans but for encouraging cultural and linguistic separatism.

    Most illegal immigrants come here for economic reasons, of course, and not out of any desire to join our country in any larger sense. Others cross the border illegally for entirely different reasons: Among those who took advantage of the 1986 amnesty was “agricultural worker” Mahmud Abouhalima, one of the terrorists who carried out the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. Terrorism aside, the main consequence of the 1986 amnesty was to encourage even more illegal immigration and, consequently, even less assimilation.

    Rather than tighten refugee-status rules that the Tsarnaevs abused, the Gang of Eight bill would loosen them, for example by removing the one-year deadline for claiming refugee protection once on American soil and by abbreviating the review process for many such claims for protection.

    Senator Lindsey Graham and other partisans of the Gang of Eight bill argue that its security provisions would help to ferret out threats. In practice, that is unlikely to be the case. Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s file should have had more red flags on it than a May Day parade, but that was not enough for the FBI to revisit his case or question his travel to Chechnya. As the 11 million illegals testify, our federal bureaucracy and law-enforcement agencies either cannot or will not enforce the immigration laws we already have on the books. The Gang of Eight bill would have them start enforcing our immigration laws — and administer a guest-worker program, and evaluate and process 11 million illegals, and improve the vetting of new immigrants. That is unlikely to prove successful. Senator Graham’s endless infomercial promises to the contrary are either cynical politics or sloppy thinking — both of which are in varying degree characteristic of the Gang of Eight’s overall approach. We would not be surprised if Senator Graham also promised that his bill would relieve lumbago and get rid of hard-to-clean grass stains. [snip]

    A government that was serious about restoring its credibility on the issue would at the very least get control of the border and fulfill Congress’s 17-year-old visa-control mandate without attaching a destructive amnesty to the package. Likewise, Janet Napolitano’s proposal for using improved passport technology to track those who come and go across our borders is a very fine idea on its own, no amnesty necessary. But the amnesty is the centerpiece here: To the bill’s proponents, everything else is an afterthought.

    The Boston attack is far from irrelevant to the immigration debate. From the failures of law enforcement to the failures of assimilation, the case of the Tsarnaev brothers points both to what is wrong with our existing immigration system and what is wrong with the Gang of Eight’s plan to reform it.

  46. Update III: The joke that started on Big Pink is no longer a joke. On the Monday of the Boston Bombing we highlighted a comment by Valleyboy: “Has this been blamed on the sequester yet? You know, the one Republicans are to blame for.” The early blame-the-sequester-for-the-attacks attack failed. But fear not comedians. Today the lawyers for the Boston killer say they cannot proceed with their defense because of – sequester cuts. No sequester cuts for ObamaCare though.

    In other news from the ridiculous MSNBC is suggesting that rap music is to blame, not the previous excuse which was boxing. It certainly does not occur to MSNBC and the DailyKooks that perhaps the answer lies closer to home. It can’t possibly be a religion problem can it? Can it? Of course, as USAToday reports, the Mosque attended by Tsarnaevs has radical ties. Hey, we’re still waiting (as we wrote last Tuesday) for Muslims around the world and particularly American Muslim individuals and organizations along with mosques to denounce radical Islam and the Boston Terror Bombing killers. Waiting… waiting… waiting…. Qui tecat consentere. Well, at least Joe Biden said “Islamists” at the funeral of a murder victim of the Boston Terror Attack Bombing Brothers.

    Speaking of radical ties, Bill Ayres admits that Obama’s career started in Ayres’ very own living room fundraiser. That’s a fact Obama and Robert Gibbs had denied. And lantern jawed Michelle Obama worked with terrorist Bernadine Dohrn, Ayres’ wife at the law firm. That’s the law firm where Michelle met Barack.

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  47. Update IV: Immigration reform is dead and Obama’s plans for executive orders to ram through immigration reform are dead. Federal judge: Obama/DHS can’t let DREAM-eligible illegals stay if the law says they should be deported:

    “Remember O’s big election-year immigration pander, declaring that he was going to exercise his “discretion” as chief executive not to deport young illegals who would have qualified for amnesty under the DREAM Act that’s never passed Congress? That was his way of trying to consolidate the Latino vote before November. More importantly, it was a precedent for what he might do if the Gang of Eight bill collapses and immigration reform falls apart in the Senate this summer. If he could grant de facto unilateral amnesty to DREAMers by simply choosing not to deport them, couldn’t he do the same with broader classes of illegals? If he can, it’s major leverage over Republicans who oppose immigration reform but tremble at the thought of Obama trying to mobilize Latinos next year with some grand pander.

    The court’s verdict: Nope, Obama and DHS can’t choose not to deport people if federal law says deportation is required.

    We’ll say it again: Immigration reform is dead. Immigration reform is as dead as Tamerlan’s rotting corpse.

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  48. Marco was very naive to sit down in a crooked card game. When you do that, you always get fleeced. And it is no comfort to know that Jeff Flake has your back, because he is known to pack a knife. The bill will fail, and he will be distrusted by the base of his own party. Some will say he tried to do the right thing, but the acid test is not what he intended, but what his efforts ultimately produced, which was a Chuck Schumer inspired piece of crap. Plus his dimocrat counterparts breached their promise to keep the terms of the bill secret, and fed all the particulars to La Raza and other self avowed enemies of the Republic. Poor Marco. And then his staff is head hunting Republican critics. Even worse. Quando levantase con peros es muy possible que tenga fleas.
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    The people who broke immigration will not help fix it

    By: John Hayward | April 24th, 2013 at 03:51 PM | 6

    RESIZE: AAA

    One aspect of my growing skepticism about the immigration reform proposals advanced by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and his Gang of Eight partners is that our immigration system did not break by accident. It was mangled, deformed, defanged, and abused on purpose, by both government and private interests. Rubio’s earnest enthusiasm would be appropriate for someone cleaning up after a natural disaster, but he’s dealing with something closer to sabotage.

    That’s why all those promises about border security “triggers” ring so hollow. The elements of the Administration that would be responsible for enforcing those triggers are almost hilariously straightforward about saying they won’t even seriously attempt to measure border security progress. Rubio is looking for good-faith assurances from people who have little good faith to offer. Between open-borders ideology and good old bureaucratic inertia, it’s entirely predictable that the Administration will simply pronounce itself fully compliant with any standards laid out by the Gang of Eight legislation… and then savagely attack anyone who suggests otherwise. If skeptics in the years ahead actually try to delay the amnesty process because those triggers haven’t been satisfied, they’ll be denounced as xenophobes. The Democrats actually have incentives to force such a showdown, because it would be a political field day for them.

    A U.S. District Court judge just chastised Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano around for her deliberate refusal to obey immigration law. Napolitano is getting sued by the union for immigration agents, because they don’t want to be accomplices to her efforts to impose her own agenda on deportation proceedings. She greeted this suit with utter contempt, refusing to even meet with the agents’ union. “I have never heard of a situation in which a group of law officers sued their supervisor, and you, for blocking them from following the law,” Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) told Napolitano on Tuesday. “They weren’t complaining about pay, benefits, working conditions – they were saying their very oath they took to enforce the law is being blocked by rules and regulations and policies established from on high, and that this is undermining their ability to do what they are sworn to do.”

    Obama and Napolitano have been trying to impose the “DREAM Act by fiat,” invoking extra-legal powers to defer deportation action against illegal aliens who meet the conditions laid out in the DREAM Act, such as entering the country before they turned 16 and avoiding serious criminal offenses. A District Court judge on Tuesday found that “DHS does not have discretion to refuse to initiate removal proceedings,” and allowed the suit by ICE agents to move forward.

    The ostensible reason for Napolitano’s action was to “prioritize” her department’s resources. ”The executive cannot remove 11 million people,” said a Justice Department lawyer. ”The executive has authority to exercise its discretion.” We’re always hearing that tired old song. Immigration enforcement is too hard for the people who say they can manage our entire health-care system. We’ll have tens of thousands of new IRS agents and helpful “navigators” to assist us with ObamaCare paperwork, but we can’t possibly spare anyone to enforce our immigration laws.

    And yet, this same exhausted, hapless Homeland Security department is going to process millions of new citizens, collecting back taxes and fines from them along way, while deporting those who fail to meet the exacting conditions laid out by the Gang of Eight bill? This spent, undermanned, threadbare bureaucracy is going to verify with total accuracy that everyone applying for amnesty was living in the United States before December 31, 2011?

    The Administration has no reason to live up to its end of the Gang of Eight deal, and lots of reasons to violate it. They don’t want to make themselves look bad by conceding that border-security triggers have not been met. They don’t want to invest the effort required to carefully process 11 million potential applicants, who they currently insist they cannot keep tabs on. They don’t want to take grief from “immigration advocates” for deporting those who don’t make the cut. They want all those new Democrat voters rolling down the pathway to citizenship.

    The Washington Times ran a story on Monday saying that 99.5 percent of the illegals who applied for legal status under Obama’s non-deportation policy were approved. I’ve heard the methodology used to calculate this percentage called into question, but the approval percentage is clearly very high, and there’s every reason to think it will be remarkably high under the Gang of Eight regime. The incentives to keep it that way are too powerful.

    Many of those who willfully broke our immigration system can be found in the private sector. CNS News relates that the Inspector General found over 10 million “no match” W-2 forms in a 2008 study – forms in which the name and Social Security number don’t match. An “elite group” of 1,650 employers filed 500 or more no-match W-2 forms apiece. One employer submitted 37,375 of them.

    “For more than a decade, the federal government has suspected that employers who file large numbers of no-match W-2s may be knowingly hiring illegal aliens,” Terence Jeffrey of CNS explained, pleading with the government to at least investigate the top offenders who filed thousands of bad forms.

    Border security is only part of the total security picture. The integrity of the border will never be 100 percent perfect, so efforts to detect and deport those who cross it illegally must be ongoing. But even though reams of data on these illegals have always existed, the problem was deliberately allowed to fester until it reached critical mass, and amnesty became an irresistible political imperative. Even illegal immigrants themselves are treated like helpless victims of circumstance, when in truth they deliberately ignored clear legal requirements to cross the border. We’re not supposed to refer to them as criminals or “illegal immigrants.” That’s a way of using language control to obscure their active decision to violate American law.

    The immigration system was broken on purpose; it cannot be restored on the honor system. That’s one of the reasons that border security and tough immigration law enforcement must come first, with verifiable standards that cannot be gamed or ignored, before any discussion of a “pathway to citizenship” begins. Let’s try using the information we have to enforce existing laws for a change, then see how large the remaining illegal population is, and make reasonable plans to assimil

  49. wbboei
    April 24, 2013 at 5:03 pm
    An Open Letter to Senator Marco Rubio
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    Rubio has been pushing this Ad in TEXAS…makes me sick.

  50. how exciting! I got quoted in admin’s superb article!

    Right on all counts admin. Another problem for me wit the immigration reform is that it would actually encourage employers to hire immigrants over citizens. Because the immigrants are not eligible for Obamacare, and would be less of a burden on the employers.

  51. Gonzo–here are some comments about what he is doing from another blog. They are instructive.

    Something for Senor Rubio, The Maverick, and the rest of the RINOs pushing this bill to consider, courtesy of Politico (emphasis mine):

    The immigration proposal pending in Congress would transform the
    nation’s political landscape for a generation or more — pumping as many
    as 11 million new Hispanic voters into the electorate a decade from now
    in ways that, if current trends hold, would produce an electoral bonanza
    for Democrats and cripple Republican prospects in many states they now
    win easily.

    In short, this bill would destroy the party these people claim to represent.
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    DerKrieger • 10 hours ago

    I agree 100% that this complex issue that will have such impact to our nation must be dealt with in pieces, not in one big, incomprehensible, undigestable monstrosity of a bill that is to be rushed through Congress and like Obamacare saved down our throats before we know what’s in it.

    Congress would gain a lt more public respect and approval if ths were approached differently and if WE WERE INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS.

    As noted in the letter everyone is at the table for the conversation but We the People.

    Why the need to rush? Why one massive bill? Why the fear of letting us see and discuss this bill?

    The Democrats’ objective is to fundamentally transform America and they are encountering resistance to their agenda from the voters. So their solution is new voters! Or at east enough to outnumber the opposition.

    This bill will irrevocably change the character of our nation and thus our very nation. I can see it as the next big step in toward the eventual dissolution of the USA.

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    rsemmes • 9 hours ago

    If Rubio still has a single conservative bone in his body at all, which I am beginning to doubt, he will stand up and loudly demand that this bill be handled in a democratic manner, with ample time to study it and offer amendments, not in the authoritarian undemocratic and reprehensible ”ram it down their throats” process that is underway.
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    Conservative Wanderer rsemmes • 8 hours ago

    I am beginning to suspect that Rubio only saw mouthing conservative platitudes as a way to get inside the party so he could try this amnesty bill.
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    jpkoch rsemmes • 8 hours ago

    Rubio walked into a trap of his own making. His ambition and vanity were used against him by the Dems and those in his own party. Once he accepted a position as a member of the Gang of 8, he was screwed. If he backs out now, he will get barbecued in the Press and in the Senate. And if he presses on, his chances of getting the GOP nomination in 2016 are zilch.
    The Democrats, again, prove tha they are the masters of the “game”.

  52. Yes, immigrationcare, same as obamacare, same disregard for America and American values.

    One must wonder what the young men and women fighting overseas think about this crap.

    Nothing short of a revolution will change anything. I never thought I would hear those words come out of my mouth.

    I just don’t think people have the courage going forward.

    Winter is coming….

  53. One of the best lawyers in the country takes apart the Gang of Eight Bill apart like a cheap watch. This is el fin de siglo stuff.
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    7 Reasons Not to Swallow Marco Rubio’s Immigration Snake Oil
    April 24th, 2013 – 8:07 am

    The immigration bill pushed by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and other members of the Gang of 8 is advertised as a comprehensive reform to secure the border and strengthen the immigration laws before allowing legalization.
    Nonsense.
    An actual read of the massive bill reveals it as radical legislation which will transform the rule of law and the political future of the nation.
    Democrats are desperate to pass the legislation because they long to transform 11 million illegal immigrants and their families into Democrats.
    The language of the bill doesn’t do what the proponents say. Instead, the provisions are a witch’s brew of lawlessness, executive discretion, and legalistic trickery crafted by the organized, open-borders left.
    Examples of the deception abound.
    1. Legalization and Border Insecurity
    The bill provides for legalization in six months as soon as the secretary of Department of Homeland Security does another worthless Washington, D.C., review of border security. Almost anyone who has been in the United States illegally since as recently as December 2011 is eligible to legalize. This exposes the public- relations lie of rewarding only those who have put down “roots” in the United States.
    Even the last mass amnesty in 1986 required applicants to have been in the United States almost five years.
    Proponents say the bill will make us safer because we will know who is here. But the Boston bombers were already living here legally and were operating in plain sight.

    In fact, in the bill aliens are eligible for legalization even if they were found by an immigration court to have filed a phony asylum application (page 66). Current law prevents them from obtaining any immigration benefits after they file a phony application.
    The bill does not even require DHS to interview those who apply for legalization (page 105). The bill makes it a rubber-stamp approval.
    The bill is supposed to protect aliens who live “in the shadows.” But aliens who have been through the court system and were ordered deported but refused to leave will benefit from the bill. (page 75). The bill allows some aliens who have been deported to return and get legalization.
    The bill even encourages federal-court lawsuits and gives federal judges broad review powers over individual applications if the DHS dares to deny an alien’s application. This is a prize for the immigration bar who helped draft the bill. Similar to the 1986 amnesty, this provision will weigh down the courts for decades
    2. A False Sense of Security
    This bill gives the secretary of DHS the power to certify the borders are secure. For beneficiaries to move from legalization to an easy path to citizenship, the secretary of DHS only needs to certify that a few new security “triggers” are in place. The problem is that the triggers in the bill are not the tough measures Senator Rubio promised.
    The bill does a good job of creating the illusion of greater security. For example, the bill only requires that the government have 90% control of “high risk border sectors” (where there are 30,000 or more apprehensions per year). It does not even require 90% control of the entire southern border, and says nothing about the porous northern border.
    Also, the bill requires an entry-exit system to be established, but current law already calls for implementing a biometric entry-exit system so as to ensure the person leaving is the one who came.
    Naturally, DHS has already failed to implement current biometric requirements. The bill builds on DHS failures and does not require the entry-exit system to be biometric.
    Once the secretary of DHS says these easy triggers have been “substantially” met, the bill’s legalization opens a path to citizenship for illegals. With that comes massive government benefits, including food stamps, Social Security, Obamacare, medicare, and other entitlement programs for aliens and their dependents.
    Senator Rubio often talks about how those enjoying legalization cannot get government benefits, but he fails to mention that the benefits start full force in the bill in ten short years.
    Senator Rubio’s spokesman accuses conservatives who oppose a path to citizenship of promoting “slavery.” Yet many aliens who have permanent resident status choose not to seek citizenship.
    3. Undermining Immigration Enforcement
    When it comes to interfering with front-line immigration officers, the bill goes from bad to worse. It ties the hands of law enforcement and prevents them from doing their jobs. It infers that the men in uniform aren’t to be trusted. That’s why the federal immigration officers’ union strongly opposes it.
    The bill prohibits immigration officers from apprehending anyone who “appears eligible” for legalization for the two and one-half years that aliens could apply for it (page 69-70). It prohibits aliens from being deported until all their appeals up to and including the federal courts are exhausted years and years into the future. During all of this time, they cannot be detained, apparently even if they are criminals (page 73). It even requires that immigration officers help aliens apply, and spends large sums of money advertising the legalization program (page 93).
    Anytime the federal government requires marketing to minority communities, millions of dollars flow into politically friendly radio and print companies.
    Moreover, if an alien applies for legalization, the bill makes the application secret and states that it can never be used by DHS to deport him, even if he is denied under the program (page 118). DHS cannot even provide information from the application in immigration court. This is an open invitation for applicants to commit fraud with no consequences.
    The bill discourages DHS from deporting aliens even if they are denied legalization.
    The bill seems to assume that immigration agents are lawless characters. This is a favorite narrative of the open-borders left.
    The bill requires immigration officers to be trained by the assistant attorney general for civil rights and his lawyers (page 49). The current holder of that office is the radical Thomas Perez, and the ideological hiring within his agency has been covered extensively here at PJ Media. This is the same agency that has a “National Origin Working Group” that meets to do whatever it can to roll out the welcome mat to illegal aliens. The bill wants the radicals inside DOJ’s most radical division to train front-line law enforcement officers.
    The bill creates an Oversight Task Force at the southern border to protect “due process” which must include as members “civil rights activists” that can hold hearings and demand information from DHS (page 51). The message that would be sent to immigration agents would be unmistakable: do nothing at all.
    4. Helping Criminal Aliens
    Current immigration laws are strict toward aliens who commit crimes in the United States. The bill changes that by making it easier for criminal aliens to get bond and permanently remain in the United States. For example, it gives immigration judges and DHS broad new powers to waive actions which result in automatic ejection from the United States, such as for drug crimes, firearms offenses, domestic violence, stalking, marriage fraud, false claims to citizenship, and crimes involving moral turpitude (page 328).
    The bill also makes it easier for criminal aliens to be released back onto the streets and to disappear without a trace. For example, it requires aliens to receive immediate bond hearings within 7 days or be released, even if DHS is still collecting their criminal records (page 653). For any aliens who are detained, even aggravated felons, immigration judges must hold bond hearings every 90 days even if nothing has changed to warrant another bond hearing (page 654).
    The overriding theme of the bill is that what it takes with the one hand it gives with the other. The bill pretends to be tough on domestic violence and criminal gangs by allowing them to be deported for these crimes. Yet to be deported for domestic violence the alien must have served at least one year in jail (page 635).
    5. Expanding Visas
    Proponents falsely claim the bill would end chain immigration by stopping the grant of visas to extended family members. But like the phony border security we hear about, this is also all about the talking points.
    The bill moves very slowly away from family entitlement visas and protects everyone in the queue now or who applies 18 months into the future so the current backlogs will multiply. It will be many, many years after enactment before family entitlement visas are reduced at all.
    Businesses have also been hoodwinked by the politicians. The employment visas the bill creates will mostly be unworkable for average businesses because of the mandates and exceptions that were put in to satisfy leftists and unions. The agricultural visas will benefit connected agribusiness special interests, not small farms.
    The bill is larded with special-interest provisions, such as one for cruise ship repairmen and another to give out free phones at the border. The bill also creates a special speedy path to citizenship for agricultural workers. Remember that one of the 1993 World Trade Center terrorists was a taxi driver who legalized his status through the agricultural program in the 1986 amnesty.
    6. Expanding Asylum
    The terrorists who committed the Boston bombings got permanent legal status in the United States from their parents being granted asylum after fleeing Dagestan, Russia. Even after gaining this permanent legal status, they simply moved back to Russia voluntarily to do heaven knows what.
    The bill would make it easier for aliens to get asylum. It eliminates the one-year window to ask for asylum (page 551). Someone should know they are refugees on the first day they arrive in the United States. The bill even allows aliens denied refugee status in the past to reopen it and start all over (page 552). It also empowers the president to grant refugee status to entire classes of immigrants, not just individuals.
    Now we learn the Boston terrorists were not only granted asylum, they were on the dole.
    Also, the bill would give the attorney general broad power to appoint attorneys at government expense for any aliens or classes of aliens he decides are “particularly vulnerable” (page 568). Current law gives aliens the right to counsel but not at taxpayer expense. This is more graft for the left-wing immigration bar.
    The bill makes it more complicated and costly to eject an alien who is denied asylum. The bill grants aliens the right to have all of their immigration court appeals reviewed by a 3-member panel on the administrative appeals board. Right now, only one is required.
    What is good for the goose isn’t good for the gander. If the government must appeal a case, they only get to have a single judge review the appeal.
    7. Creating Endless Waivers, Exceptions, and Exclusions
    The 844-page bill has over 400 waivers, exceptions, and exclusions. It gives enormous power to the secretary of DHS to waive almost any requirements that the bill imposes.
    Giving bureaucrats the power to waive laws is a characteristic of Eastern Bloc and third-world regimes. The favored enjoy the suspension of the law. The unfavored must comply.
    Current immigration law follows the American model, which gives the DHS secretary extremely limited powers.
    Senator Rubio constantly emphasizes that aliens must work to be eligible for legalization and to get on a path to citizenship. But the bill allows DHS to exclude anyone who could not work because of “hardship” or simply “due to circumstances outside the control of the alien” (page 102).
    Tough economy? I’ll bet that’s a circumstance “outside the control” of an alien to Big Sis.

    Also, the bill guts most state laws that prohibit the employment of illegal aliens. The anti-Arizona crowd stuck that into the bill.
    The bill says an alien can be deported for willfully refusing to comply with law enforcement and security background checks. But then it gives DHS the power to waive these checks, and allows DHS to do so not only for individual aliens but for broad classes of aliens (page 634).
    Over and over and over the bill provides tough talking points – border security, background checks, and more. But hidden next to those talking points are off-switches that bureaucrats can flip to satisfy the leftist open-borders constituencies who wrote the bill.
    The bill makes America less safe, not more. It does nothing to fix our immigration system. It makes it much worse.
    Senator Rubio has said in recent days that if the bill needs changes to better protect America’s safety and security, he is open to that. If he is serious, he should scrap this bill and start over and this time work with Republicans on immigration reform.

  54. Marco . . . you are screwed. Coburn is an easy mark. Flake lives up to his name. But you Marco, you were supposed to be the smart one. . .

  55. gonzotx
    April 24, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    Yes, immigrationcare, same as obamacare, same disregard for America and American values.

    One must wonder what the young men and women fighting overseas think about this crap.

    Nothing short of a revolution will change anything. I never thought I would hear those words come out of my mouth.

    I just don’t think people have the courage going forward.

    Winter is coming….
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    Not if this bill dies, which I believe it will. You have noticed that one of the influential black organizations is telling the black caucus to get off their ass and vote against this. Of course when you have assholes like Clyburn where else is he going to go. Ly’n Jim Clyburn (D-SC). But what we must make sure of is the dims do not take the House in 2014. If that happens, then winter will be upon us.

  56. This from the author of the “Greatest Generation”…what a sell out, he should lose hie citizenship. Disgusting.

  57. Update III: The joke that started on Big Pink is no longer a joke. On the Monday of the Boston Bombing we highlighted a comment by Valleyboy: “Has this been blamed on the sequester yet? You know, the one Republicans are to blame for.” The early blame-the-sequester-for-the-attacks attack failed. But fear not comedians. Today the lawyers for the Boston killer say they cannot proceed with their defense because of – sequester cuts. No sequester cuts for ObamaCare though.
    &&&&

    Hey, wait the fuckin’ minute.

    Didn’t president dickhead head state: Don’t worry, the FULLL WEIGHT of the Federal government is here to ensure that the terrorists are found and brought to justice, (or words to those effects).

    Yet now, they’re going to lay the deaths and lack of justice at Repubs’ feet???

    What is funny is that the Emperor with No Clothes is no longer believable, and scum like Politiko are left to drink his pee. The smarter dick sucking media are trying to triangulate their way into more hosptipable terriroty.

  58. gonzotx
    April 24, 2013 at 11:25 pm
    This from the author of the “Greatest Generation”…what a sell out, he should lose hie citizenship. Disgusting.
    &&&&

    If I’m going to hear someone chew out Brokaw for being a sellout, having sellout “Life of O’Reilly” is hardly the one to sell that piece of swamp property.

    Bill, go back to your mansion and open that rare French wine, and stop pretending you are calling out Obama.

  59. “They” take a volatile issue, grab the supposed “high ground”, and sell the public on that:

    “How can we not fix health care, with the whole system fucked up as it is?”

    “How can we continue to have the immigration problem not addressed???”

    Yet the bills make things worse.

    Obamacare is now the reason for long term unemployment, and why if people can find jobs, they are mainly part time jobs without benefits. Krugman, stop blaming Repubs for Obama’s bad law that he wanted in name only, while letting the health care insiders write the bill.

    And immigration “reform” as a means for winning elections by tilting the playing field with the Hispanic vote is now turned on its head, now with the Boston Marathon bombers (ahem) allegedly being foreigners, instead of being right wing, Tea Party, tax protestors that the current regime wanted to create the illusion of.

  60. gonzotx
    April 24, 2013 at 11:03 pm
    Yes, immigrationcare, same as obamacare, same disregard for America and American values.

    One must wonder what the young men and women fighting overseas think about this crap.
    &&&&&

    They’re thinking how they can smuggle ammo back inside our borders to fight Big Gubmint?

  61. rgb44hrc
    April 25, 2013 at 1:25 am
    gonzotx
    April 24, 2013 at 11:25 pm
    This from the author of the “Greatest Generation”…what a sell out, he should lose hie citizenship. Disgusting.
    &&&&

    If I’m going to hear someone chew out Brokaw for being a sellout, having sellout “Life of O’Reilly” is hardly the one to sell that piece of swamp property.
    **************

    I don’t care who is ringing the bell of truth, as it rings so lightly these days.

    Did you watch the video, did you hear the words out of traitor Brokaw’s mouth?

  62. gonzotx
    April 24, 2013 at 11:25 pm
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    Gonzo, there are plenty of reasons to dislike Browkaw, and I yield to no one in my general contempt for the man. At one time, he was credible enough, but after he retired his mind turned to mush. And instead of fading away like Mac Arthur’s old soldier, the prick pops up all the time, on Soros financed boards he sits on, and on NBC when they try to project more gravitas than they can conjure up with that dull as paint dudley do right immitator Brian Williams. However, Bill-O chooses to misinterpet what Browkay says. I heard Brokaw to say we should examine our use of drones as it relates to the killing of civilians, and that taps into a subject near and dear to my heart. I am not a devotee of total warfare, and that is what Bill O is advocating whether he knows it or not. The use of drones against terrorists in mountain areas is one thing, but in civilian centers is something else. Especially when we are trying to win the hearts and minds of a billion people. But then again, Brokaw is the kind of fool who is obsessed with finding the root cause behind the actions of the Boston terrorists, and refuses to acknowledge that it is Islamic terrorism. So I agree with you in part, but I would caution that Bill O is choosing to misinterpet what Browkaw is saying.

  63. http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2013/04/turkistan_islamic_pa_2.php

    The Turkistan Islamic Party, an al Qaeda affiliated terror group, released a video that shows young children firing weapons at a training camp in Pakistan.

    The video was released by Islami Awazi, a propaganda arm of the Turkistan Islamic Party. A clip of the video was published on the LiveLeak video website.

    In the video, the children, some who appear to be no older than six years old, are shown firing handguns, AK-47 assault rifles, and a PKM machine-gun from various positions. At one point, 13 children are seen on line, firing AK-47 while standing and laying down.

    As the children are firing their weapons, the black flag of the Taliban and a light blue banner flown by the Turkistan Islamic Party are seen flying in the background.

    The video is similar to others released by allied jihadist groups such as the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, the Islamic Jihad Group, and a jihadist alliance known as the Fedayeen-i-Islam. All of these groups are known to run camps in North and South Waziristan that are used to train children.

  64. I would have more respect for Bill O if he ever deigned to take on Obama. But he never does. Even Dennis Miller jumped him for that failure. And when he did, Bill O passed the baton to Ed Henry to ask him the question Bill is afraid to ask which is why Obama refuses to acknowledge that the root cause of terrorist attacks is Islamic Jihad. O’Reilly is a bully, and like most bullies, there is a coward inside them.

  65. Wbb,

    I was not presenting the video to hail Bill O, it was to circulate the incredible message the insane Left is promoting

    “It’s all our fault”

    I don’t care that he sugar wraps it in his Drone message. Who doesn’t have mixed feelings about them?

    Heck, if one has the money, a private citizen can have one.

    That’s the catch of the Left, always a silver of truth that is monstrosized to make you question your very core values.

    NOT THIS TIME!

  66. admin
    April 25, 2013 at 2:14 am

    Well that about says it all.

    Reaching the minds of children are we?

    Makes me think that the fraud did not come back till, what 12? Plenty of time, plenty of time for his head to have been cemented.

  67. I heard Brokaw to say we should examine our use of drones as it relates to the killing of civilians
    *************

    But that really wasn’t the message wbb…

    The message was,

    “It’s all our fault”

  68. So glad to have word that someone put a stone in the path of POTUS’s immigration push.
    Here’s another chance for chickens to come home, if only for a moment:
    Hawaii Senate Race Stokes Obama, Clinton Rift By Kyle Trygstad
    Roll Call Staff April 24, 2013, 6:33 p.m.
    The lingering fallout from the 2008 presidential primaries could rear its head in another congressional contest — this time in Hawaii. The two Democrats who will face off in next year’s Senate primary took leading roles on opposite sides of the primary that pitted Barack Obama versus Hillary Rodham Clinton.
    In the Aloha State — where politics is especially personal — every possible division between appointed Sen. Brian Schatz and Rep. Colleen Hanabusa will likely spill out in the 2014 special election. Schatz’s team plans to use this to its advantage — including parlaying his role in helping nominate the president in his home state.
    “All of those Democratic Party members we signed up we can actually ID by name, communicate with them and tout the connections we have with the president,” a source close to Schatz said.
    Like many other states in 2008, the local party in Hawaii was split into two camps. Schatz, then a former state representative, was the political director and top spokesman for the Obama campaign. Meanwhile, Hanabusa, who was then the state Senate president, served as Clinton’s state spokeswoman.
    Now the two rivals will face off in a race of their own at a time of unprecedented turnover in the state delegation. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye’s death in December coincided with the retirement of Sen. Daniel K. Akaka, putting Hawaii near the bottom of the seniority totem pole for the first time in several decades.
    The race will likely become official during next week’s congressional recess, when Hanabusa is expected to formally announce her candidacy for the special Senate election to fill the remaining two years of Inouye’s term.
    Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who backed Obama in the 2008 primary, appointed Schatz to Inouye’s seat on Dec. 26. Just before Inouye died, the longtime senator, who backed Clinton, asked the governor to appoint Hanabusa.
    Schatz, in preparation for a likely challenge, moved quickly following his appointment. That night, Schatz flew from Hawaii to Washington, D.C., with the president aboard Air Force One after his annual vacation there.
    Schatz hired a full consulting team and, after many evenings dialing for dollars at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, raised $1.1 million in the first quarter.
    As the incumbent, the DSCC is supporting Schatz. But it’s difficult to see the committee making any independent expenditures in a primary where either contender is highly likely to win the general election. That’s especially unlikely this cycle, when the party faces a challenging map filled with vulnerable incumbents.
    But other special interest groups are already beginning to take sides. The League of Conservation Voters backed Schatz, and EMILY’s List, which has supported Hanabusa in the past, telegraphed on Tuesday that it will continue to back her…This won’t be the first time Schatz and Hanabusa face each other in a bid for Congress…. In the 2006 race for the open 2nd District, Hanabusa finished a close second in a 10- candidate field to now-Sen. Mazie K. Hirono, while Schatz ended up closer to the bottom of the pack.
    http://www.rollcall.com/news/hawaii_senate_race_stokes_obama_clinton_rift-224330-1.html?pg=2

  69. All I can say is … private school, home school, tutors – anything you can arrange. But keep your children away from government schools. They are dangerous!

    OUTRAGE ALERT: Child Abuse In The Gov’t-Run School Curriculum… Children Forced to Kiss Same Gender In Simulated Homosexuality (Video)
    The Red Hook Middle School in New York uses the buzz word ‘anti-bullying’ to demoralize and indoctrinate the children with homosexual behavior lessons. As if approaching adolescence isn’t confusing and difficult enough for young students, the school has decided to rob them of their innocence and pervert their understanding of something this private. Amazingly, people have a problem with this lesson plan… who would have thunk?

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/04/outrage-alert-child-abuse-in-the-govt-run-school-curriculum-children-forced-to-kiss-same-gender-in-simulated-homosexuality-video/

  70. admin: We’ll say it again: Immigration reform is dead. Immigration reform is as dead as Tamerlan’s rotting corpse.
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    One TV report said Daddy’s coming here to collect same. Other report says he’s coming to talk to authorites. Digressing from the corpse, a third report said JoJo will have finest defense team ≡ Shoe Bomber. No doubt. All this catering for criminals, citizen victims. But Fort Hood victims save for two Congressional House Representatives. http://bcove.me/un4jgig6

  71. But Fort Hood victims save for two Congressional House Representativesm have only themselves.

  72. MFing SOBS.
    Lawmakers, aides may get Obamacare exemption
    Congressional leaders in both parties are engaged in high-level, confidential talks about exempting lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides from the insurance exchanges they are mandated to join as part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, sources in both parties said. The talks — which involve Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), the Obama administration and other top lawmakers — are extraordinarily sensitive, with both sides acutely aware of the potential for political fallout from giving carve-outs from the hugely controversial law to 535 lawmakers and thousands of their aides. Discussions have stretched out for months, sources said…The problem stems from whether members and aides set to enter the exchanges would have their health insurance premiums subsidized by their employer — in this case, the federal government. If not, aides and lawmakers in both parties fear that staffers — especially low-paid junior aides — could be hit with thousands of dollars in new health care costs, prompting them to seek jobs elsewhere. Older, more senior staffers could also retire or jump to the private sector rather than face a big financial penalty….
    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/04/obamacare-exemption-lawmakers-aides-90610.html

  73. Leanora
    April 25, 2013 at 5:50 am

    Secretary Napolitano Caught Lying To Congress about Saudi Implicated In Boston Bombing
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    How can you tell if Big Sis is lying??

    Her LIPS are moving. 🙂

  74. wbboei
    April 24, 2013 at 11:00 am

    There are 2 things that you and most Americans are not aware of. First, illegals are GETTING BENEFITS NOW and WILL CONTINUE TO GET BENEFITS. So the discussion about them getting benefits under the bill is ridiculous unless they establish a national identity system that is recognized and enforceable.
    Second, many of the illegal residents here are illegal workers who have no intention of becoming US citizens….especially if it would cost them ANYTHING in time or money. They are here to MAKE $ and send it to their home countries where they are buying property, building homes and plan to retire in style, perhaps collecting social security earned under fraudulent numbers.
    I know this because I live in an area SWARMED with illegals. They are my neighbors.
    Also, under this BIll, what will happen to illegal workers who don’t register. Will they be allowed to continue to stay illegally and work off the books or will they be deported?

  75. Further, the statistic that only 4% view the immigration issue as most important is quite sad especially since the economy and deficit are major concerns. I really believe that if every illegal was deported tommorrow, we would be out of recession because that is how much of a drain they are on local economies.
    If the illegal residents left my area, I believe each resident would see a reduction in taxes and healthcare costs of about $5000 per person. That’s a big infusion into the economy and doesn’t take into account the increase in work for locals who are underemployed. It also doesn’t include the increase in property values we would see or the decrease in crime and drunk driving.

  76. totally disgusted
    April 25, 2013 at 8:52 am
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    I do not think they are getting federal benefits.

    I think the whole thing is unravelling.

    What is the matter with Flake that he did not see this coming?
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    Immigration Vote Splits ‘Gang of 8’
    Email email

    By Humberto Sanchez
    Roll Call Staff
    March 23, 2013, 10:15 a.m.

    The Senate’s bipartisan immigration working group split along party lines during a contentious budget vote to prevent illegal immigrants who receive legal status from receiving federal health benefits.

    The Senate early Saturday morning defeated the amendment to the budget resolution which would have put the Senate on record as opposing access to health care under Medicaid or the Affordable Care Act for undocumented immigrants who get a green card.

    The amendment, which failed 43 to 56, was offered by Senate Budget ranking member Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.

    All Democrats — including gang members Dick Durbin of Illinois, Bob Menendez of New Jersey, Charles E. Schumer of New York and Michael Bennet of Colorado — opposed the amendment. They were joined by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska. All other Republicans — including immigration negotiators Marco Rubio of Florida, John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Jeff Flake of Arizona — supported the amendment.

    The “gang of eight” has been negotiating a comprehensive immigration overhaul package that they hope to unveil when the Senate returns the week of April 8 from spring recess.

    Sessions contended the vote bodes poorly for the state of negotiations.

    “The result of today’s vote places immigration reform in jeopardy,” Sessions said.

    Immigration overhaul advocates, including the National Council of La Raza, said Friday that they would be monitoring what they contend to be any anti-immigrant votes and put members of both parties on notice that their votes would be remembered come Election Day.

    During debate, Sessions argued that illegal immigrants who are given legal status in the future should not be eligible for these health care benefits.

    “If a person is in our country illegally and they are rewarded with some legal status, do they then immediately become eligible for federal health care benefits,” Sessions said. “It’s a different situation than someone who came legally and has got legal status.”

    After the vote Sessions said in a release that the failure to adopt his amendment “will dramatically accelerate the insolvency of our entitlement programs and is unfair to American workers and taxpayers.”

    Menendez said the amendment was not needed because the group was working on a plan that would have to be approved by the Senate.

    “Nothing is contemplated to change what the senator is concerned about in our negotiations,” Menendez said. He added that any change to the immigration laws “would have to come before this body before in fact it could be changed.”

    The Senate approved by voice vote an amendment offered by Menendez that restates current law that illegal immigrants are not eligible for the federal health care programs.

    Menendez also warned that adoption of the Sessions amendment could disturb immigration negotiations and goes against the stated desire of the Republican National Committee, which urged Republicans to do a better job of appealing to immigrants, including embracing a comprehensive immigration overhaul.

    Negotiation on the immigration law “is currently being done in a bipartisan fashion,” Menendez said. “The last thing we need to do in this budget process is to try muck that up.

  77. What an IDIOT!!!
    This is one of the scariest things i have ever heard. The belief that the Constitution is an “a la carte” menu and you can pick & chose is ABSOLUTELY FALSE… 👿

  78. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski,
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    RINOS. Murkowski is the dumbest person in the senate, next to Patty Murray.

  79. After the vote Sessions said in a release that the failure to adopt his amendment “will dramatically accelerate the insolvency of our entitlement programs and is unfair to American workers and taxpayers.
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    Then, let us be perfectly clear on this fine point. Schumer, Durbin, Mendez et. al. wilfully and consciously intend to destroy our retirement system of American citizen. They are charged with intending the natural and probable consequences of their actions. That is, or should be, a crime. What part of the world destroy do the Obama loving ignoranti of this country not understand. Do they lack the ability to see beyond their noses? At this point, the common excuse, I am too busy, or I believe whatever Ly’n Brian Williams reads to me and nothing else, well, that just does not cut it. And by the way, fuck La Raza and the rest of the Bolsheviks. They are on record as wanting to take back the Southwest for Mexico. Therefore, if you follow their twisted logic, let Mexico pay the benefits of these people. They are citizens of Mexico and illegals in the United States.

  80. Further, the statistic that only 4% view the immigration issue as most important is quite sad especially since the economy and deficit are major concerns. I really believe that if every illegal was deported tommorrow, we would be out of recession because that is how much of a drain they are on local economies.
    If the illegal residents left my area, I believe each resident would see a reduction in taxes and healthcare costs of about $5000 per person. That’s a big infusion into the economy and doesn’t take into account the increase in work for locals who are underemployed. It also doesn’t include the increase in property values we would see or the decrease in crime and drunk driving.
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    Years ago, I was rear ended on an entrance to the Hollywood Freeway by an illegal. The benefits of this broken system inure to a few capitalists and the costs are spread across society. It would be better for the American People if we paid another $1 a head for lettuce.

  81. Years ago, I was rear ended on an entrance to the Hollywood Freeway by an illegal. The benefits of this broken system inure to a few capitalists and the costs are spread across society. It would be better for the American People if we paid another $1 a head for lettuce.
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    It is like the Tragedy of the Commons. Access to the Commons was free, so everyone brought their animals there to graze, until finally there was no grass left for anyone. This is the classic defense for private property rights, but it is also the best defense against open borders. La Raza has no standing to say what this nation should do, any more than Stalin who has been dead since 1952 does.

  82. If I were a Republican, I would welcome the opposition of La Raza, and would have the cameras ready when they did something illegal, which they will.

  83. The belief that the Constitution is an “a la carte” menu and you can pick & chose
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    Correct. To read it that way is to deny the essence of what the Constitution is, namely, a prescription for limited government, founded on the notion that “no government is sacrosanct. It must be under the control of the people and its ability to infringe on the rights of the people must be limited. Otherwise, we become the subjects of tyrants.”

  84. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2313132/Did-hear-Boston-Marathon-explosion-I-did-Chilling-words-bomber-carjacking-victim-said-spared-wasnt-American.html
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    Memo from CNN, NBC, ABC, NYT, WASHP to all reporters. Do not tell this to the American People. Continue with the root cause meme. It is working. And so is our plan to bamboozle them. As we speak, our pollsters are doing what they do best, manipulate the polls, and we have sent to word out from our news desk, to our late night commedians to our morning shows to continue the same lie, the BIG LIE, because if we are persistent enough, they will believe it. As our god, Obama, said: I can make them believe anything I want them to believe.

  85. A recent poll indicated that nearly 2 out of 3 Americans do not trust big media. Saying that they do not trust them is one thing. Not believing them however, when they are inundated with the same lies and cover-ups day in and day out, that is something else. There is something to the principle of osmosis, unfortunately.

    (Note: I think it was a Pew poll, but it may have been Gallup, and actual figure was 60%, which equates to 2/3 if you factor out those with no opinion.)

  86. wbboei
    April 25, 2013 at 10:42 am

    “A recent poll indicated that nearly 2 out of 3 Americans do not trust big media….”
    _________

    And the third one is an idiot.

    But, as you said, Wbb, whether most Americans trust big media or not, their views and votes are shaped by them. Like any good propaganda machine, the media repeat a message until it becomes “truth”.

  87. Alarming! DOD Launches Urban Assault Training In Chicago Suburb, Frightened Residents Describe “A War Zone”

    The residents of Tinley Park, IL are freaked out. And it’s by the scary behavior of our own government.

    The Department of Defense has been conducting another urban assault military drill this week within a populated southwest Chicago community. And just to make it especially frightening, they’re raining their hours of terror upon the locals in the middle of the night. Residents are being woken up to the sounds of flash bangs, and explosions, with visuals of police lights, and Blackhawk helicopters circling low overhead. The DoD’s response to the frightened and angry residents? Tough!

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/04/alarming-dod-launches-urban-assault-training-in-chicago-suburb-frightened-residents-describe-a-war-zone/

  88. Muslim Man Slashes Neck of Rabbi on Train, Shouting “Alluha Akbar!;”
    Motive Unclear, Says Washington Post
    —Ace

    In fairness, the Washington Post is just reporting what French officials are saying.

    The assailant was of Iranian origin, and an official investigation was underway to determine a possible motive, Prasquier said.
    Probably Tea Party.

    The crazed attacker was pursued and tackled by citizens/witnesses.

    More likely Tea Party.

  89. ON NOW: NYC Press Conference Coming Up; Peter King Says Eric Holder Ordered Proceedings to Begin/Mirandizing Dzhohkar
    —Ace

    The latest news is that the Tsarnaevs were headed to New York City to see Wicked and commit further acts of terror but mostly commit further acts of terror.

    Eric Holder’s gutsy call — if it was his — seems to have ended Suspect Number Two’s cooperation.

  90. admin
    April 25, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Ladies don’t swoon.

    —I agree with Gonzo that he has pretty eyes, but all that fur and not a very masculine pose in my book. I would say something else but Voting4Hillary will get on my case.

    Swoon, not from me.

  91. He is a Fashion photographer, actor and poet from Dubai.

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    Hmm, that explains all the makeup

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