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I hope my Readers have been watching the Senate with the new immigration bill.  it gives instant  legality to all comers.  And the so-called “securing the border first” doesn’t take effect until 2017!  Then the over 1000 page bill which no one has read (remember the over 2000 page Obamacare bill??)!  This bill is another hugely expensive train wreck for the American people and now the Senators are busy loading it down with pork.  Yes, every vote needs to be bought with something.  Senator leader Harry Reid is asking for $1.5 million for the casinos in his Los Vegas.  Can you find a business less in need of money than the gaming industry?  But they are friends with Dear Harry and they did get him reelected so he needs to pay them back for this favor.  Of course it is with your money.

One more very interesting thing about this bill:  it has 94  “exemptions  ”  which would allow  Secretary of Home Land Security  Napolitano or her successor to NOT follow the law as written but to make up their own law and actions regarding illegal immigrants and border security.  This is the same lady who has been telling us the border is the most secure it has ever been as an estimated 1000 new illegals cross the border every day.  I was there, I saw the border and people coming into our country just by walking across the Rio Grande River within sight of the border check.  Then they would walk up to the highway and try to thumb a ride into Yuma!

EXTRA! EXTRA!  as I learn  things about the Democrats controlled Senate Immigration bill I will try to add them to this list  as an extra.  Just found out from a reliable source that one provision in the bill states that any illegal who comes forward and registers and who has committed crimes in our country will have their arrest records cleared.    Now hain’t that right nice of us Americans to let people who broke our laws to get here and then broke our laws after getting here will be made lily white and clean just by telling the Democrats they are willing and able to vote for them!  Can’t make these things up People.

You may find the following article from Heritage informative.  BB

10 Problems with the Gang of Eight Immigration Bill

06/24/2013

The immigration debate barrels ahead in the Senate this week—and the Gang of Eight wants you to believe it’s a done deal.

The media and many Senators have been trumpeting a new amendment to the bill by Senators Bob Corker (R-TN), John Hoeven (R-ND) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY), saying it would fix the border security holes in the original legislation. But Heritage experts have explained why the amendment is deeply flawed and “does not even promise a reduction in illegal immigration.”

The new border-security language isn’t the only change. When the revised bill was released Friday afternoon, it had ballooned to 1,190 pages. Our colleagues at Heritage Action spent the weekend combing through the bill for other changes. Several sweetheart deals are included in the new bill text, such as special treatment for Alaskan seafood processing and $1.5 billion for youth job training.

Today, the U.S. Senate will vote at 5:30 p.m. to end debate. That’s typical Washington—rush to pass a bill before lawmakers can find out what is in it.

To help you understand what’s at stake, the Heritage Immigration and Border Security Reform Task Force released a paper detailing the top 10 concerns about the bill. Here is an infographic you can share with some of the highlights.

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Read the Morning Bell and more en español every day at Heritage Libertad.

Quick Hits:

  • This week, the Supreme Court will decide two cases dealing with the definition of marriage. Here are five things you need to know about these cases.

I have long believed and called for bringing our troops home from around the world.  Why are Americans still in Germany?  Why do we have 28,000 American troops on the border between North Korea  and South Korea?  Why are we still stationed in Japan?  Australia? Why in the world do we have troops stationed in Great Britain??   And it goes on and on.  Americans are stationed all over the world.    Our Constitution calls for our federal government to protect the American people, there is nothing about protecting the people of the world in it.  In fact, if you read the Constitution carefully I believe you will see that our forefathers actually demanded that Americans mind their own business and refrain from foreign entanglements.

If it is a matter of not knowing what to do with these soldiers then bring them home and set up bases on our own borders.  Perhaps a few soldiers on our borders will stop the flood of illegal aliens crossing into our country like they are taking a Sunday stroll.  I have myself  watched people coming across the Rio Grande River into the United States and with no one saying or doing anything about it.   I watched a whole family one day wade across the river into the United States and get into a car that was waiting for them.   And we wonder why we have an illegal alien problem.

Anyhow, I found this article of interest because of this long standing pet peeve of mine.   Full disclosure:  I was a military wife and mother.

Oh, I have to point something out here that you may not have noticed Dear Reader:  I am NOT blaming Obama for this problem!  🙂  BB

 

 

APRIL 17, 2013 2:50PM

The Costs of Our Overseas Military Presence

The AP’s Donna Cassata is reporting today on a study commissioned by the Senate Armed Services Committee, which purports to calculate the costs of the U.S. military presence overseas. This is a hot topic, but it isn’t exactly a new one. Americans have long been frustrated by inequitable burden sharing, with many of our wealthy allies spending a fraction of what we do on defense. On Monday, Cato published a new infographic on the subject to coincide with tax day (see below).

Unfortunately, the committee’s estimate that the permanent stationing of U.S. troops overseas costs us $10 billion each year is too low–in all likelihood, much too low. I have not yet had a chance to read the entire report, but the DoD’s own estimate of overseas military costs includes the costs of personnel, and is more than twice that amount, $20.9 billion (see p. 207 in the latest budget submission). Even the DoD’s figure, however, understates the true cost of our commitments to defend other countries that can and should defend themselves, because it doesn’t fully account for the additional force structure that is required to maintain a presence many thousands of miles away from the United States. If the U.S. military operated chiefly in the Western Hemisphere, with regular expeditionary operations far afield, we could safely have fewer people on active duty, and mobilize a large and well-trained reserve for genuine emergencies. This smaller military would require ships and planes to take them where they were needed, when they were needed, but not as many planes and ships as we have today. And no report can actually assess the costs and risks when and if our security commitments compel us to become embroiled in a distant war that does not engage vital U.S. interests.

Other studies have attempted to assess all of the costs of these various global commitments, and the estimates vary widely. Graham Fuller and Ian Lesser of the RAND Corporation, for example, estimated in 1997 that the U.S. military presence in the Persian Gulf cost between $30 and $60 billion per year. A more recent study by Mark Delucchi and James Murphy estimated costs between $47 and $98 billion. Several of us at Cato have been compiling these estimates, and coming up with our own, as part of a comprehensive study of the costs of our global military presence. We will publish our key findings when they become available.

In the meantime, this much is clear: our security commitments, many of them holdovers from the Cold War, induce other countries to spend less than they could on their own defense. And they compel Americans to spend more than we should.

 

Subsidizing the security of wealthy allies

 

Dear Reader’s, I want to make it clear that I am not a “birther”.  Before Obama was elected you who have followed me know well that I found much to say about his not being the right person to be President of the United States without mention of his birth place.  That said I am passing on the Tea Party.org newsletter because it seems to me to be creditable.   The main reason being that Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona has been such a large and persistent target of the Obama Administration for no REAL reason that I can see.  Why are they after this sheriff with a vengeance?  Could it be the commission probing the birth place of Obama that he created?  He didn’t go into the creation of this commission easily, but in fact resisted it for some time before being persuaded by people in his district to take action.  Their findings are interesting  and I believe a must read.

Be sure to go to the referred site at the end of this newsletter.    There are explanations and videos you should see.BB

Sheriff Joe’s posse: ‘Probable cause’ Obama certificate a fraud…

(WND) – An investigative “Cold Case Posse” launched six months ago by “America’s toughest sheriff” – Joe Arpaio of Arizona’s Maricopa County – has concluded there is probable cause that the document released by the White House last year as President Obama’s birth certificate is a computer-generated forgery.

The investigative team has asked Arpaio, who is at a news conference in Phoenix live-streamed by WND TV that began at 3 p.m. Eastern time, to elevate the investigation to a criminal probe that will make available the resources of his Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

The posse says it has identified at least one person of interest in the alleged forgery of Obama’s birth certificate.

Arapaio, known for his strict enforcement of immigration laws, commissioned the investigative team after local citizens presented him with a petition expressing concern that Obama might not be eligible for Arizona’s presidential ballot.

In addition to the live-streaming, WND is making available to the public a report distributed to media today by Arpaio’s investigators.

The posse, comprised of former law enforcement officers and lawyers with law enforcement experience, has interviewed dozens of witnesses and examined hundreds of documents. It also has taken numerous sworn statements from witnesses around the world.

Mike Zullo, Arpaio’s lead investigator, said his team believes the Hawaii Department of Health has engaged in a systematic effort to hide from public inspection any original 1961 birth records it may have in its possession.

“Officers of the Hawaii Department of Health and various elected Hawaiian public officials may have intentionally obscured 1961 birth records and procedures to avoid having to release to public inspection and to the examination of court-authorized forensic examiners any original Obama 1961 birth records the Hawaii Department of Health may or may not have,” Zullo said.

The investigators say the evidence contained in the computer-generated PDF file released by the White House as well as important deficiencies in the Hawaii process of certifying the long-form birth certificate establish probable cause that a forgery has been committed.

The investigation was launched after 250 members of the Surprise, Ariz., Tea Party, presented a signed petition to Arpaio in August 2011 asking him to undertake the investigation.

The Tea Party members petitioned under the premise that if a forged birth certificate was used to place Barack Obama on the 2012 Arizona presidential ballot, their rights as Maricopa County voters could be compromised.

Arpaio believes a congressional investigation might be warranted and has asked that any information relevant to the investigation held by other law enforcement agencies be forwarded to his office.

The Cold Case Posse advised Arpaio that they believe forgers committed two crimes. First, they say it appears the White House fraudulently created a forgery that it characterized as an officially produced governmental birth record. Second, the White House fraudulently presented to the residents of Maricopa County and to the American public at large a forgery represented as “proof positive” of President Obama’s authentic 1961 Hawaii long-form birth certificate.

“A continuing investigation is needed to identify the identity of the person or persons involved in creating the alleged birth certificate forgery and to determine who, if anyone, in the White House or the state of Hawaii may have authorized the forgery,” Arpaio said.

Among the evidence released at the press conference are five videos – which can be seen at the end of this article – to demonstrate why the Obama long-form birth certificate is suspected to be a computer-generated forgery.

The videos consist of step-by-step computer demonstrations using a control document. They display the testing used by the investigators to examine various claims made by supporters of the April 27 document.

The investigators contend the videos illustrate their conclusion that the features and anomalies observed on the Obama long-form birth certificate were inconsistent with features produced when a paper document is scanned, even if the scan is enhanced by Optical Character Recognition, OCR, and optimized.

Additionally, the posse says, the videos demonstrate that the Hawaii Department of Health Registrar’s name stamp and the registrar’s date stamp were computer-generated images imported into an electronic document, as opposed to rubber stamp imprints inked by hand or machine onto a paper document.

“That we were able to cast reasonable suspicions on the authenticity of the registrar stamps was especially disturbing, since these stamp imprints are designed to provide government authentication to the document itself,” Zullo said, emphasizing that if the registrar stamps are forgeries, the document itself is likely a forgery.

The investigators also chronicled a series of allegedly inconsistent and misleading representations that various Hawaii government officials have made over the past five years regarding any original birth records held by the Hawaii Department of Health.

“As I said at the beginning of the investigation, the president can put all this to rest quite easily,” Arpaio said. “All he has to do is demand the Hawaii Department of Health release to the American public and to a panel of certified court-authorized forensic examiners all original 1961 paper, microfilm and computer birth records the Hawaii Department of Health has in its possession.”

Arpaio emphasized that the Hawaii Department of Health needs to provide, as part of the full disclosure, evidence regarding the chain of custody of all Obama birth records, including paper, microfilm and electronic records to eliminate the possibility that a forger or forgers may have tampered with the birth records.

The sheriff said the president should also authorize Honolulu’s Kapi’olani Hospital, the birth hospital listed on the Obama long-form birth certificate, to release any hospital patient records for Stanley Ann Dunham Obama, his mother, and for the newly born Barack Obama, to provide corroboration for the records held in the Hawaii Department of Health vault.

“Absent the authentic Hawaii Department of Health 1961 birth records for Barack Obama, there is no other credible proof supporting the idea or belief that President Barack Obama was born in Hawaii, as he and the White House have consistently asserted,” Zullo said.

“In fact, absent the authentication of Hawaii Department of Health 1961 birth records for Barack Obama, there is no other proof he was born anywhere within the United States.”

In addition, investigators say they have developed credible evidence that President Obama’s Selective Service card was a forgery, based on an examination of the postal date stamp on the document. Also, records of Immigration and Naturalization Service cards filled out by passengers arriving on international flights originating outside the United States in the month of August 1961, examined at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., are missing records for the week of President Obama’s birth.

Source: http://www.wnd.com/2012/03/sheriff-joes-posse-probable-cause-obama-certificate-a-fraud/

Two messages from The Patriot Network you may want to read and some great quotes from great men.  Would that we had them with us today.  BB

“ONE MAN WITH COURAGE IS A MAJORITY” Thomas Jefferson

A message to all members of Patriot Action Network

It’s rainy, cloudy and over-cast here in K.C. …and the news reflects it.

 

STOP this Marxist March toward depravity or…

http://www.patriotactionnetwork.com/groups/usa-military-defense/forum/topic/gay-and-lesbian-service-members-sue-government/

 

 

What?!! Reward the CRIMINAL and punish the Law-Abider?!!

http://borderwatchmen.patriotactionnetwork.com/2011/10/27/wife-of-border-agent-sentenced-to-prison-for-rough-cuffing-a-drug-suspect-speaks-out/

 

“All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do NOTHING.”

      -Edmund Burke.

 

“It is impossible to rightly govern the world without The Bible.”

      -George Washington.

 

“America is either one nation under God or we’re a nation gone under.”

       -Ronald Reagan.

World Bank Head Raises Food Prices Alarm: ‘One Shock Away From a Full-Grown Crisis’ | The Blaze.

Please read and understand the implications of this report.  Some of you will be inclined to say the world food crisis is not a concern of the United States but if you will recall a large part of what is happening in the Middle East and northern Africa is due to food shortages and therefore high costs of the food that is available.  This while our current President is hell bent on “green energy”  and the production of ethanol from corn.  Besides being stupid since it takes more energy than is produced to make a gallon of ethanol, it has corn growers in a tizzy to get on the ethanol subsidy gravy train.  CORN IS FOOD!  for both man and animals.  Because corn is being diverted from its natural use ALL food prices are going up here and all over the world. Some CORN FACTS:   The United States is using 5.5  million bushels of corn this  year  for ethanol production.  This is 40% of the crop!   Only 1.2 million bushels is allocated to food and 2 million for export.   There are over 15 new ethanol refineries being built and NOT ONE OIL refinery.  Most of these ethanol refineries are located near Chicago—coincidence I’m sure.   The United
States will produce 13 billion gallons of ethanol this year at a cost to produce of   19 billion gallons of oil.  Yes! it takes 1 and a half gallons of oil to produce one gallon of ethanol!  Please tell me where the “green” is in this project?   Please explain to me how electric cars which our government wants us to begin using in mass saves the planet and are “green” when the electricity is produced in power plants using coal or oil?  Someone should explain to our President that electricity does not come ready made from a wall socket.

The Agriculture Department announced last week that our reserves of grain are down 5% this when we have only a supply of 15 to 18 days worth in the silos.   A disaster  of  just about any size would take bread off our grocery shelves within a week.  the cost of bread alone has gone up 7% this year so far.   And corn is used in literally hundreds of products!

Couple this US policy towards corn with another equally stupid US policy of the so-called WAR on Drugs.  A war that is decades old and is unwinnable IMO.   All over the world and especially in the poorest and most vulnerable countries land is being used to grow drugs to fuel the US and European  drug market.  End the war of drugs and legalize them as we have what is in my opinion the most dangerous drug: alcohol,  and all the money being wasted fighting a losing battle, all the many thousands of lives lost to the war on drugs yearly and all money and lives wasted putting people in prisons would end.  Fact:  One half of all automobile accident fatalities are alcohol related!  This doesn’t even consider the deaths caused by those drunks who take a gun and kill people.  Deaths of others caused by drug users  is a very low 6% of homicides.  Drug users generally kill themselves thank goodness.

And consider  the most important reason to stop the war on drugs: the farm land that could be employed raising food  all over the world and especially in the poorest countries where the governments tend to be corrupt and turn a blind eye to drug production. This valuable  farm land could be used to feed the people.  Hungry people will fight and will accept any leader or government that promises them freedom from hunger!  Keep that in mind.  BB

World Bank Head Raises Food Prices Alarm: ‘One Shock Away From a Full-Grown Crisis’

CNTV reports:

The International Monetary Fund and World Bank have held their spring meetings at the World Bank building in the US capital, Washington DC.

They discussed the outlook of the global economy, and the challenges that lie ahead.

It’s the fourth year of the global financial crisis, and the world economy is slowly picking up. But there are still great vulnerabilities and uncertainties.

That’s the message world financial leaders are sending out from their spring meeting.

World Bank President Robert Zoellick says the surge in food prices is the biggest threat to the world’s poor, pushing 44 million more people into poverty over the past year.

Robert Zoellick, World Bank President, said, “Of particular concern is food prices. This is the biggest threat today to the world’s poor, where we risk losing a generation. We are one shock away from a full-grown crisis. The financial crisis taught us that prevention is better than cure. We cannot afford to forget that lesson.”

Also adding to the sense of urgency is a long list of new challenges.

Financial leaders warn that it’s critical for all countries to guard against complacency.

Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Head of IMF Steering Panel, said, “We have new vulnerabilities and new risks – the tragedy in Japan, developments in the Middle East, the prospect of higher commodity prices, and other new risks. So, there is a sense around the table in all our discussions that we are still in a fairly fragile situation. We have to be extremely watchful.”

Saturday’s talks followed the G20 meetings on Friday which agreed an improved monitoring process over global imbalances. But it’s still not clear how effective that will be.

The Scandal of ‘Gun-Walking’ – Jim Geraghty & Cam Edwards – National Review Online.

Move evidence that Obama and his cronies are traitors to America!  How long will we allow this kind of actions against America to continue?   Read this entire story carefully. BB

March 28, 2011 4:00 A.M.

The Scandal of ‘Gun-Walking’
Why did the Justice Department allow Mexican cartels to purchase 2,500 U.S.-made guns?

Why did the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives stand by and watch as guns were transported across our southern border to Mexico, to be used by violent drug cartels?

The phenomenon of “gunwalking” appears to be a standard sting-operation tactic that in this case has gone wildly awry. The idea was that federal authorities would approve firearms purchases that seemed suspicious, and then monitor the buyers to see where the guns ended up. But the scale of the purchases was massive, and the agents on the ground kept anxiously waiting for the order to stop monitoring and intervene, according to stunning accounts from ATF agents and documentation uncovered by CBS News and other sources. As early as March 2010, ATF agents were finding the “monitored” firearms in the hands of suspected criminals in Mexico. One ATF e-mail reported,“Our subjects purchased 359 firearms during March alone,” including “numerous Barrett .50 caliber rifles.”

According to the dozen ATF agents who have come forward as whistleblowers, the concept was not the half-baked idea of a rogue manager. Reported CBS:

ATF Agent John Dodson and other sources say the gun walking strategy was approved all the way up to the Justice Department. The idea was to see where the guns ended up, build a big case and take down a cartel. And it was all kept secret from Mexico.

ATF named the case “Fast and Furious.”

Last Wednesday, President Obama said that neither he nor Attorney General Eric Holder approved the operation. But who within the Justice Department did authorize the dangerous operation? And who decided to ignore the judgment of the agents in the field? An e-mail from a group supervisor told ATF agents who were upset about the operation’s risks, “Whether you care or not, people of rank and authority at HQ are paying attention to this case and they also believe we are doing what they envisioned the Southwest Border Groups doing.”

Even the gun shops themselves were wary of selling the firearms; the purchasers were paying with cash out of paper bags. But the sellers were assured by the ATF that they should go forward with the transactions. One of the purchases was for 575 semiautomatic rifles for “personal use.” One agent estimates the total number of guns purchased by suspicious buyers under ATF monitoring at 2,500; other officials put the number closer to 2,000. Nearly 800 were recovered “as a result of criminal activity on both sides of the border.”

Worst of all, the guns that the ATF agents were ordered to let slip into Mexico were not merely used in cartel violence in Mexico, but were used against American citizens and law enforcement. CBS News noted:

On Dec. 14, 2010, Border Patrol Agent Brian Terrywas gunned down. Dodson got the bad news from a colleague. According to Dodson, “They said, ‘Did you hear about the border patrol agent?’ And I said, ‘Yeah.’ And they said ‘Well it was one of the Fast and Furious guns.’ There’s not really much you can say after that.” Two assault rifles ATF had let go nearly a year before were found at Terry’s murder.

Only after Terry’s death did the ATF round up and charge 34 individuals believed to be involved with moving the guns across the border.

The Department of Justice initially denied the whistleblowers’ claims. Last week, however, DOJ sent a confidential memo to U.S. Attorneys in southwestern border states, declaring, “We should not design or conduct undercover operations which include guns crossing the border. If we have knowledge that guns are about to cross the border, we must take immediate action to stop the firearms from crossing the border, even if that prematurely terminates or otherwise jeopardizes an investigation.”

So, the DOJ appears to have initially lied about the circumstances, and it is now insisting the men at the top didn’t know what was going on. The Department of Justice at first referred the allegations to its own inspector general, an unusual choice in that the whistleblowers claim they already contacted the IG and never had their phone calls returned. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) is pushing for an outside investigation. Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.), chairman of the House Government Reform Committee, wrote ATF acting director Kenneth Melson, charging that “you are not cooperating with congressional inquiries about Project Gunrunner and Operation Fast and Furious.” Issa has asked for documents about the genesis of the operation as well.An ATF assistant director told the Center for Public Integrity that new tactics aimed to collect evidence that would help dismantle major drug-trafficking organizations in Mexico, instead of focusing on the prosecution of small-time straw buyers.

The revelations are a new wrinkle in the strange record of the Obama administration when it comes to guns. President Obama’s record in the Illinois state senate and the U.S. Senate demonstrates a hostility to the Second Amendment. He is accurately characterized as an anti-gun president, who selected an anti-gun vice president, an anti-gun secretary of state, and an anti-gun attorney general.  (Anti-gun when it comes to American citizens defending themselves YES, but not when it comes to guns used against Americans.  BB)Shortly after he was confirmed, Attorney General Eric Holder stated that the Obama administration would seek to reinstate the assault-weapons ban that expired in 2004. But that proposal spurred quick and vehement opposition from 65 pro-gun House Democrats, making passage of a new ban all but impossible. Since then, when President Obama has mentioned the word “guns,” it has usually been in appearances with the Mexican president, talking about the need for “an enforcement strategy that slows the flow of guns into Mexico.”

With the president himself talking about the need to stop guns from crossing the border,why would the ATF allow just that to happen? Why would they take such an enormous risk of harming innocent life in both Mexico and the United States, to say nothing of risking exactly the sort of embarrassment and outrage that the current revelations are generating? What made this operation worth overruling the objections of the agents on the ground monitoring the transactions?

What we know about the “gun-walking” operation is already deeply troubling; nothing less than a full investigation to the satisfaction of the whistleblowers, Grassley, and Issa will suffice. The facts at present point to a dangerous and extraordinarily risky operation executed without the knowledge or consent of the top officials in our government, accurate claims initially falsely denied, and whisteblowers dismissed and ignored by the official watchdogs.

— Jim Geraghty writes the Campaign Spot on NRO. Cam Edwards hosts NRANews’s Cam & Company on Sirius XM from 9 p.m. to midnight weeknights.


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