“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Arizona Under Siege by Illegals, Criminals, Drug Cartels, and Obama

(06-28) 17:53 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- The Supreme Court has agreed to referee the first round of a tug-of-war
between state and federal governments over immigration - a 2007 Arizona law penalizing employers who knowingly hire undocumented workers.

The case that the justices will hear in the term that starts in October offers a preview of the legal clash over Arizona's newly enacted criminal penalties for migrants illegally present in the state. The Obama administration asked the court to review the Arizona employment law and has indicated it will sue to block enforcement of the state's broader immigration law, scheduled to take effect July 29.


Dear President Obama:

We understand that there’s a push for your Administration to develop a plan to unilaterally extend either deferred action or parole to millions of illegal aliens in the United States. We understand that the Administration may include aliens who have willfully overstayed their visas or filed for benefits knowing that they will not be eligible for a status for years to come. We understand that deferred action and parole are discretionary actions reserved for individual cases that present unusual, emergent or humanitarian circumstances. Deferred action and parole were not intended to be used to confer a status or offer protection to large groups of illegal aliens, even if the agency claims that they look at each case on a “case-by-case” basis.

While we agree our immigration laws need to be fixed, we are deeply concerned about the potential expansion of deferred action or parole for a large illegal alien population. While deferred action and parole are Executive Branch authorities, they should not be used to circumvent Congress’ constitutional authority to legislate immigration policy, particularly as it relates to the illegal population in the United States.

The Administration would be wise to abandon any plans for deferred action or parole for the illegal population. Such a move would further erode the American public’s confidence in the federal government and its commitment to securing the borders and enforcing the laws already on the books.

We would appreciate receiving a commitment that the Administration has no plans to use either authority to change the current position of a large group of illegal aliens already in the United States, and ask that you respond to us about this matter as soon as possible.

Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa); Orrin Hatch (R-Utah); Saxby Chambliss; David Vitter (R-La.); Jim Bunning (R-Ky.); Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.); James Inhofe (R-Okla.); and Thad Cochran (R-Miss.).

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  1. This move by Obama should pretty much do him in.

  2. I posted a link on the previous thread showing the Deep involvement of the Major American Banks - Wells Fargo, Wachovia, Citibank, American Express - with "Willfully" laundering Hundreds of Billions of Dollars for the Cartels. It is Shocking, and Sickening.

    The Government of Mexico, in concert with our own government, and elite power structure, is allowing this to happen.

    Basically, our own Federal Government has joined the Drug Trade. There is no other way to look at it.

    Big Banks actively engaged in Drug Money Laundering

  3. New Jersey cut its budget 8.6% from the last Corzine Budget

    Christie's budget rejected major tax increases and cut 2.2 percent of state spending — or 8.6 percent including federal funds — from Corzine’s final budget. It marked a big milestone for the rookie governor, who campaigned on a platform of cutting spending and shrinking state government after a decade of Democratic control.

    The budget cuts hit programs big and small, from the state’s largest expense — $10.3 billion in local school aid — to items such as the $7.5 million anti-smoking program, which will get nothing. Economic development grants have been curtailed, the Public Advocate Office was disassembled and the State Police will go without a new recruit class for another year.

    Christie sliced $848 million from property tax rebates — which he said he’d cut as a last resort — and eliminated rebates for renters, while shirking a $3.1 billion pension-fund payment, ensuring next year’s required payment will be even bigger.

    Sen. Kevin O'Toole (R-Essex) said the "world is watching" as New Jersey tackles its budget crisis.

    "I've heard what this budget isn't, but let's talk about what it is," O'Toole said. "For the first time in a very, very long time, it's truth."

  4. Excerpt from above link:

    They found 128 black suitcases, packed with 5.7 tons of cocaine, valued at $100 million. The stash was supposed to have been delivered from Caracas to drug traffickers in Toluca, near Mexico City, Mexican prosecutors later found. Law enforcement officials also discovered something else.

    The smugglers had bought the DC-9 with laundered funds they transferred through two of the biggest banks in the U.S.: Wachovia Corp. and Bank of America Corp., Bloomberg Markets reports in its August 2010 issue.

    This was no isolated incident. Wachovia, it turns out, had made a habit of helping move money for Mexican drug smugglers. Wells Fargo & Co., which bought Wachovia in 2008, has admitted in court that its unit failed to monitor and report suspected money laundering by narcotics traffickers -- including the cash used to buy four planes that shipped a total of 22 tons of cocaine.

  5. Narcotics cost the U.S. economy $215 billion a year -- enough to cover health care for 30.9 million Americans -- in overburdened courts, prisons and hospitals and lost productivity, the department says.

    “It’s the banks laundering money for the cartels that finances the tragedy,” says Martin Woods, director of Wachovia’s anti-money-laundering unit in London from 2006 to 2009. Woods says he quit the bank in disgust after executives ignored his documentation that drug dealers were funneling money through Wachovia’s branch network.

    “If you don’t see the correlation between the money laundering by banks and the 22,000 people killed in Mexico, you’re missing the point,” Woods says.

    Cleansing Dirty Cash

    Wachovia is just one of the U.S. and European banks that have been used for drug money laundering. For the past two decades, Latin American drug traffickers have gone to U.S. banks to cleanse their dirty cash, says Paul Campo, head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s financial crimes unit.

    Miami-based American Express Bank International paid fines in both 1994 and 2007 after admitting it had failed to spot and report drug dealers laundering money through its accounts. Drug traffickers used accounts at Bank of America in Oklahoma City to buy three planes that carried 10 tons of cocaine, according to Mexican court filings.

  6. At Wachovia’s anti-money-laundering unit in London, Woods and his colleague Jim DeFazio, in Charlotte, say they suspected that drug dealers were using the bank to move funds.

    Woods, a former Scotland Yard investigator, spotted illegible signatures and other suspicious markings on traveler’s checks from Mexican exchange companies, he said in a September 2008 letter to the U.K. Financial Services Authority. He sent copies of the letter to the DEA and Treasury Department in the U.S.

    Woods, 45, says his bosses instructed him to keep quiet and tried to have him fired, according to his letter to the FSA. In one meeting, a bank official insisted Woods shouldn’t have filed suspicious activity reports to the government, as both U.S. and U.K. laws require.

    ‘I Was Shocked’

    “I was shocked by the content and outcome of the meeting and genuinely traumatized,” Woods wrote.

    In the U.S., DeFazio, who had been a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent for 21 years, says he told bank executives in 2005 that the DEA was probing the transfers through Wachovia to buy the planes.

    Bank executives spurned recommendations to close suspicious accounts, DeFazio, 63, says.

    “I think they looked at the money and said, ‘The hell with it. We’re going to bring it in, and look at all the money we’ll make,’” DeFazio says.

  7. ...and Obama's answer and response is?

  8. Something about "Golfing in Canada."

  9. Obama's response?

    You think this started just two years ago?

    It is institutional, with in business and government.
    The Russell Company modus operandi writ large.

    It is beyond Obama, beyond Bush.

    It is a cancer within the Federal System. Across the US military and our financial institutions.

    We're being "Boned".

    Royally screwed by the Bi-partisan, permanent government.

    Oil - Drugs - Defense, the profit centers of corruption.

  10. Oil - Drugs - Defense
    the profit centers of POLITICAL corruption

  11. We have 90,000 of our best kids half a world, away, guarding the poppy fields while the government is posting signs in Arizona warning citizens "Stay Away - Area Unsafe due to Drug Traffickers, etc."

    Smedley Butler would recognize the situation, immediately.

  12. Look, everybody understands that Obama is a jerk. But, Bush fought the fence as hard as he could. McNuts fought against the fence, and continues to cheerlead our "poppy-protection program."

    The Banks did everything they could to bring the world economy to its knees - from laundering drug money, to blowing all the cash on loans to people that had no chance of repaying, to defrauding everyone in sight.

    The Republicans have fought alternative energy programs relentlessly, and it might have cost McAsshole the election.

    Yep, Groundhog Day.

  13. Another day, Bob is groggly from the pills he took for the dental work he'll be ok I took a couple too and can't remember for sure what I did last nigh but their are eight happy smiles here when Bob get up we go to scirmish of the first and everybody is having big breakfast not from McDonald's then off to the field I'm still drivin' he says I best slow down I only got one infraction left I say so what I didn't have no liece when I first go here now I got neices hahhahahah angor babies away I'll watch over Bob today as he reorients himsef

    Mee'mi for Bob

  14. The only guy in the GOP I'm the least impressed with at this point is Jeb Bush and he won't be running in 2012.

    That being said, he also favors amnesty. Understandable in his case since he is married to a lady born in Mexico.


    Is there any major politician with a chance of getting the presidancy in 2012 that is against amnesty?


  15. Probably not. It's too big a voting bloc.

    Maybe, Mitch Daniels?

  16. Tim Pawlenty, Mitch Daniels

    I could support either of those. I think.

  17. I would probably campaign for Phil Bredeson, D. Governor of Tennessee.

    I've heard no indication that he's considering running. Kinda plain looking. Charisma-challenged.

  18. Quirk: That being said, he also favors amnesty. Understandable in his case since he is married to a lady born in Mexico.

    I'm married to a lady born in the Philippines, I made her get naturalized the hard way, with a history test and interview and a ceremony on the Fourth of July. We already did amnesty in 1986.

  19. Narcotics cost the U.S. economy $215 billion a year -- enough to cover health care for 30.9 million Americans -- in overburdened courts, prisons and hospitals and lost productivity, the department says.

    That's okay, we'll soon be able to pay for all that. On January 1, 2011, the top capital gains tax will rise to 20% from 15%, the top dividend tax rate will go up to 39.6% from 15%, the top personal income tax rate will climb to 39.6% from 35%, and the lowest person income tax rate will increase to 15% from 10%.

    Or we can legalize drugs and tax the snot out of them instead.

  20. Kaleeforneeyah, ahead of the game, again.

  21. Mee'mi tells me this is the day where owe more for the year than we bring in, in the country as a whole, she says she don't run her business that way an knows she you don't, Bob, hell, hello, everybody is broke, cept us.

  22. If you're at all interested in the state of the Panama Canal and its' expansion, this is the latest.

    It also seems that the redevelopment of Howard AFB into "Panama Pacifico" is continuing apace. News that they are actually leasing space to commercial interests has broken:

    Wartsila opens operations in Panama Pacifico

    Wartsila, a leading provider of power plant and ship power solutions and services, today opened new offices and a workshop in Panama. Located in the International Business Park of Panama Pacifico, the new facilities are intended to meet growing market demand from customers in the area.

    There is also news that very large cooper deposits have been found in Panama, laws are being changed to accommodate the mining of those deposits.

  23. Let's see, I leave for my road trip in three days:

    New wiper blades- check
    Service car - check
    Socket fuse - check
    Mace - check
    Reiki secession before I leave - check
    Bikini wax - check
    Suntan lotion - check
    Bathing suit - check
    Protective fire arm - Hm...still waiting

    My girlfriend moved to Tuscon a couple of months ago. She finally got a job. I asked her if she was the one putting up the warning signs to caution people about illegal drug smuggling and immigration.

  24. "Arizona Under Siege By Illegals, Criminals, Drug Cartels, and Obama"

    Doug bait if ever there was, yet he's nowhere in sight.

  25. We get to go Deep Creek in a week and a half. My far-flung extended family does this once a year, though they'd been waiting for our return from South America to recommence the time-honored Week of Quarreling, Bitch-Slapping, and Cheating at Cards. And not a little boozing.

    My husband, whose family is as decorous as funeral home directors, looks forward to this.

    Generally, we have shifting factions throughout the week, and all somehow manage to leave on good terms.

  26. Trish

    Sounds like the makings of a good soap drama.

  27. Why don't ya all go on down to Behlen N.M. check out bob's lot he'e never seen it and may never will and I ain't gonnin' alone I'd bet he pay your way he always pays me for everything I do, mee'm'? He's almost got clear title to it now through h's lawyer. Ask you gas, low cost housing and your in. And he don't expect nothing in return. He's really quite nice.


  28. I have to leave the laptop behind, Gag. We all do.

    And it's a pity in a way. There's nothing like Battlefield Update Briefings.

  29. "Doug bait if ever there was, yet he's nowhere in sight."

    Doug is down at the beach with shovel and bucket waiting for tar balls to start rolling in.

    Likewise, don't look for him tonight. He' scheduled to be patrolling with the MMMs, Maui Minutement Militia, guarding the beaches against Mexican illegals.

    I tell him he's getting too old for this shit. He says it's his duty.

    What are you going to do?


  30. Probably someone squatting on the lot a Behlen anyway. Have done what's legally required to keep it clear, anyway.

  31. Minuteman Militia?

    I don't know how you spell it but they are one crusty bunch of old codgers.

    Lei-o-mano's, polanos, night-vision equipment, camo malos and kiheis, the occasional walker, you wouldn't want to meet these guys in a dark alley.



  32. No booze AND no laptop, I feel for you, Trish. I'm sure it's a good time.

  33. "And not a little boozing."

    Actually means much boozing.

    Sorry for the confusion.

  34. "What are you going to do?"

    Gee, Quirk, I dunno.

  35. And it is a good time, Melody. A very good one. In its own peculiarly warm way.

    Families: Can't live with 'em. Can't live without 'em.

    Thank God for my mother, who holds the whole gang together. And who began, of her own accord, happily footing the bill for this years ago.

  36. Damn, if I only had some national secrets.

    Miss Espionage 2010


  37. "We're gonna have fun on this vacation if it kills us"

    Chevy Chase

    (there was a good poem by Chaucer call 'Chevy Chase'--they all killed one another over the deer.) (Had a big Chase in the Chevy hlls as I recall)

    "None of my movies had any meaning whatsoever."

    Chevy Chase

    mee'mi (i like silly movies

  38. She's nothing to mee'mi--she can keep her secrets

  39. Since there's still a chance I've been in Vegas over the Fourth maybe I burn Harry Reid in effigy. That ought to be a kicker.


  40. Americans getting fatter, especially in the South

    (Reuters) - Obesity rates climbed again last year with 28 U.S. states reporting adults are fatter now than a year ago, two advocacy groups said on Tuesday.

    Obesity rates fell only in the District of Columbia, and the groups warned that dealing with the epidemic should be a vital part of reforming healthcare.

    "Obesity is one of the biggest public health challenges the country has ever faced, and troubling disparities exist based on race, ethnicity, region, and income," said Jeffrey Levi, director of Trust for America's Health, ...

    The annual ranking of U.S. states found 10 out of the 11 states with the highest rates of obesity were in the South with Mississippi number one for the sixth year in a row with 33.8 falling into the category.

    Over 25 percent of adults in 38 states are obese. Race and poverty continue to play a role.

    Rates for blacks and Latinos were higher than for whites in at least 40 states and the District of Columbia. Some 35 percent of adults earning less than $15,000 per year were obese against 24 percent of adults earning $50,000 or more per year.

    ... 80 percent of Americans recognize that childhood obesity is a significant and growing national challenge, and 50 percent think childhood obesity is so important that money should be spent now to address it.

    The survey also found that 84 percent of parents believe their children are at a healthy weight. Research shows nearly a third of children and teens -- more than 12 million -- are obese or overweight.


    The Reubens woman used to be height of style.

    Besides would be good for skin oil sales.

  42. from "10 Rosicrucians" buy Ernist Saiditthatway

    "And if was Quirk took the first rosie and punched with quill and the gas or something came out like the hiss you might if you punchered a fine wine bladder, just a hissing sound, and it seemed a shame to me. and it went on for a long time till you wanted to look away."

  43. Them English, they ought to be able to own guns, it'd sure keep those arsonist types at bay.

    Little wonder we found those British ways to be cause for revolt.

    Derision, too.

  44. With the current push to defile Ground Zero of the World Trade Center attack with a Mosque, it is time to stop this head in the sand mentality. In the time since President Obama's pledge for a "new beginning" with the Islamic world, Muslims in America have:

    1) Plotted to set off a car bomb in Illinois, Michael Finton, ‘AKA’ “Talib Islam”.

    2) Plotted to blow up a skyscraper in Dallas, Hosam Maher Husein Smadi.

    3) Attempted to detonate an airplane over Detroit, Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab.


  45. "South African health officials said Tuesday they are alarmed by the rise in deaths among men who have had botched traditional circumcisions, after 39 young men died in the last month after undergoing the rite of passage into manhood.

    "Eighteen-year old boys generally undergo circumcision rites during school holidays, in midyear or at the end of the year. The procedure is performed outdoors by a traditional leader who uses a spear to remove the foreskin.

    "The custom has drawn criticism because the circumcision is generally performed by unqualified traditional leaders in unsanitary conditions. Health officials say there is a high risk of infection, which can lead to amputation or even death..."

    Wait! You don't throw the spear. You...

    A spear?

    I don’t know whether I’m appalled or impressed.


  46. Phew, that's good to know. Not that you can't have a good time without alcohol but, ya know, it's always good to have around for that one good warm peculiarly day with the family.

  47. Nay, that spear is used for subincsion ritual to give the men the, er, metaphysical status of a woman, while retaining his own, thus overcoming the division of the sexes, and overcoming the human condition, and old theme in Joe Campbell. It is to restore the unity of mankind, before the fall, before the oval coherence was split about by the gods. Restoring the original primal unity of the species. They just got a little carried away, you really don't want to use a spear, except on a rhino. If you are going to do this, have it down in a western hospital. It was a big rite amongst the abos in Australia. The things I've learned from bob. (bob hasn't had it done, though he is circumscribed, as he calls it these days)


  48. Put blunt they are creating the c word.


  49. Though they may have forgotten the meaning of it.


  50. A man without a c is only half a man.

  51. Going further, as I know Quirk desires, it might be said to be an attempt to overcome death, death and sex being closely related, thus restoring the paradisaical condition before the disastrous split of the one into the many.


  52. Told ya this girl had grad school potential.

  53. The approach of the first Atlantic hurricane of 2010 has halted some of the clean-up efforts from the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill and threatened to delay plans to capture more of the crude gushing from the leak.


    The already massive economic and ecological costs to tourism, wildlife, fishing and other industries have been continuing to mount for four states along the US Gulf coast.


    "We're not going to end this until everyone is made whole," Mr Biden said in Pensacola, Florida.

    Oil Clean-up

  54. "... you really don't want to use a spear...

    You really think so Sherlock?

    I suspect the picture of some guy coming towards you with a spear in his hand and you knowing his intent would have the same effect as an ice cold shower making the operation that much more difficult.


  55. "A man without a c is only half a man."

    Don't know about that but it sounds like some of these guys ended up as "half a man."


  56. "Nay, that spear ... blah, blah, blah..."

    Easy for old Joe to wax philosophical when he is not the circumcisionee.


  57. And I turned Jim over
    And there was Kim
    Turning Kim back again
    There was Jim!

    old abo song



    Nearly the whole world takes up the bob/mee-mi' position.

  59. "Nearly the whole world takes up the bob/mee-mi' position."

    Today would be a good day for an Iran strike. Or a devastating earthquake. Or an arrival of extraterrestrials.

    The more dramatic and diverting the event, the better.

    If Blue were really nice, he'd just go ahead and make something up.

  60. Al Greene and Elena Kagan and President Obama are the first wave of the extra-terrestrials.