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Plugging The Holes

August 28, 2014

 

Kudos to the Newshour for highlighting the threats posed to America from the unsecured stretch of land in America’s southwest as well as the Rio Grande Valley, which has become a pipeline for illegal immigration from Mexico. The growth of criminal insurgents from south of the border is another issue that needs to be highlighted, as in Ioan Grillo’s magisterial work about Mexico’s global criminal syndicates, El Narco

After listening to Gary Thrasher, it’s not hard to figure out why the morale of American Border Patrol agents is at an all-time low. You can read a transcript of his interview on the Newshour’s website

 

Free Tahmooressi

August 26, 2014
Free Tahmooressi

 

Kudos to Assemblyman Donnelly for once again reminding us of how our ostensible ally to the south treats American citizens.  For those of you who don’t know, Marine Sgt. Andre Tahmooressi has been languishing in a Mexican prison for over five months for unintentionally violating Mexico’s draconian gun laws. Fox News provided a handy cheat sheet explaining the circumstances of his detention, which I recommend skimming in order to understand the pettiness of these charges, especially in relation to a nation which demands that we accommodate millions of their countrymen who routinely flout much more serious American laws. 

If the Mexican government’s actions are understandable, then the reaction by our nation’s political class is unconscionable. Governor Jerry Brown intends to wine and dine  visiting Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto without raising this pressing issue with his honored guest. That’s why Tim Donnelly’s event later today is of crucial importance in spreading awareness of this intolerable situation. Mexico’s leadership needs to be put on notice that it can’t flagrantly abuse American citizens with our tacit consent, and the only way that message is going to register is if American public officials exert pressure upon them. 

That’s where you come in. The American public needs to make it known to our political class, even in deep blue states like California, that it will not tolerate this treatment of honorable servicemen and women. Let that message resonate today!  

 

 

 

 

Corruption In High Places

August 24, 2014
Corruption In High Places

There’s nothing that defines this administration as much as its lack of transparency, and its handling of immigration policy is no exception to this rule. Which is why we recommend reading the account by the Center for Investigative Reporting of James F. Tomsheck’s explosive allegations regarding corruption within the bureaucracy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Of particular interest to our readers is the complicity of pro-amnesty Obama flunky David Aguilar, the current head of CBP, in perpetuating this deplorable situation.

The fact that the man entrusted with facilitating the President’s unlawful amnesty would disregard clear violations in his agency is not surprising, nor is the lack of responsiveness to these credible allegations. In fact, in an unprecedented move, the majority of the federal government’s inspectors general have sent a letter to Congress asking it to help them deal with this administration’s continued obstruction of their investigations into government corruption and potential criminality.

As Jonatan Turley has pointed out repeatedly, this White House is conducting its affairs in the manner of  an imperial presidency. And, as we all know, the divine right of kings does not allow for oversight, let alone scrutiny into the actions of a sovereign. Someone needs to remind the President that we live in a constitutional republic.

Fudging The Numbers

August 22, 2014

 

 

For a more detailed explanation of his grand deception, I recommend reading Jessica Vaughan’s CIS backgrounder  exploring this administration’s manipulated deportation statistics.  Mark Krikorian exposed the big lie as early as 2010 in a devastating monograph, How Obama Is Transforming America Through Immigration, which I also highly recommend for those  of you seeking some transparency on this matter. 

 Hat tip: NY ICE

Team Emma (Join The Fight Against Childhood Cancer)

August 20, 2014
Team Emma (Join The Fight Against Childhood Cancer)

Unfortunately, there aren’t many people whose lives haven’t been touched by cancer in one form or another. One of the most heartbreaking forms, as well as one whose research is perhaps the most grossly underfunded, is pediatric cancer. That’s why the need to support those suffering from it is so urgently needed, as in the case of  a beautiful, strong, sweet little girl from Alabama named Emma Grace Mitchell.

Team Emma is the response of a growing community to help her and her family confront this malicious disease. Tomorrow night, Emma’s team will be holding a benefit at the Chick fil A in Leeds in order to help her continue her fight against cancer. You’ll find the details below:

Join us, this Thursday @Chick-fil-A Leeds from 5-8pm, to help support sweet Emma!!! As long as Emma is feeling up to it, she will be here as well, with her amazing smile! Just let us know you are here to support “Team Emma” & we will do the rest!!! If you aren’t able to make it during those hours, we will still donate a portion of proceeds throughout the entire day, just let us know you are here for Emma!! 

For those of you who don’t live in Alabama, you can still find ways of supporting Team Emma by visiting her Facebook page, which provides information about a brave little girl’s fight against an illness whose impact is all too familiar and which has caused pain to too many people we know and care deeply about.

Sons of Liberty (The Boston Tea Party Opera At Fringe)

August 18, 2014
Sons of Liberty (The Boston Tea Party Opera At Fringe)

You can find my entire review at Liberty Island as well. 

I’m not what you would characterize as a typical fan of opera, be it  of the buffa or not-so buffa variety. In fact, when a close friend of mine-who also happens to be a classically trained pianist-asked me whether the opera I intended to see today was dell’arte, I had to make a hasty trip to Wikipedia in order to answer her question. As it turns out,  it did include a number of masques, all of which had either practical or symbolic significance, although it didn’t rely upon stock characters, and is not really what you could accurately describe as a comedy in any traditional sense of the term. Additionally, I’ve always had a healthy skepticism about the aesthetic appeal of this artistic medium, perhaps uncharitably viewing it as simply an elephantine, period version of As The World Turns or General Hospital, only carried out in a language which I don’t understand. The productions always struck me as a bit of a waste of the talents of composers such as Bizet or Puccini-or the vocal ingenuity of a singer like Renée Fleming. 

That’s why I was pleasantly surprised by The Boston Tea Party Opera, currently featured at Fringe NYC, which seeks to frame contemporary national debates involving the encroachment of civil liberties and  attenuation of Constitutional rights within the context of this nation’s politically tumultuous founding. The tenor is understood almost from the second scene of this dramatic work, when the Redcoats seeking to physically impose the draconian provisions of the Stamp Act march out onto stage garbed in modern-day SWAT team uniforms. The rapidly vanishing distinction between a standing army and domestic police departments is seemingly ripped from today’s headlines, but is actually a subject which has been argued and litigated at length since the creation of our constitutional republic, especially over the past century and a half. Read More »

Debunking Open Borders Dogma

August 16, 2014

Our good friend Dennis Michael Lynch schooling one of the ambassadors of open borders Republicanism. Worth watching in its entirety.

Hat tip: Barracuda Brigade Blogspot 

 

 

 

What You Can Do

Team Emma (Join The Fight Against Childhood Cancer)

August 20, 2014
Team Emma (Join The Fight Against Childhood Cancer)

Unfortunately, there aren’t many people whose lives haven’t been touched by cancer in one form or another. One of the most heartbreaking forms, as well as one whose research is perhaps the most grossly underfunded, is pediatric cancer. That’s why the need to support those suffering from it is so urgently needed, as in the case of  a beautiful, strong, sweet little girl from Alabama named Emma Grace Mitchell.

Team Emma is the response of a growing community to help her and her family confront this malicious disease. Tomorrow night, Emma’s team will be holding a benefit at the Chick fil A in Leeds in order to help her continue her fight against cancer. You’ll find the details below:

Join us, this Thursday @Chick-fil-A Leeds from 5-8pm, to help support sweet Emma!!! As long as Emma is feeling up to it, she will be here as well, with her amazing smile! Just let us know you are here to support “Team Emma” & we will do the rest!!! If you aren’t able to make it during those hours, we will still donate a portion of proceeds throughout the entire day, just let us know you are here for Emma!! 

For those of you who don’t live in Alabama, you can still find ways of supporting Team Emma by visiting her Facebook page, which provides information about a brave little girl’s fight against an illness whose impact is all too familiar and which has caused pain to too many people we know and care deeply about.

Show of Unity (Anti-Terror Rally This Weekend)

August 14, 2014
Show of Unity (Anti-Terror Rally This Weekend)

With civilization under continuous bombardment, from Nigeria to Iraqi Kurdistan to the kibbutzim in Israel threatened by Iranian-supplied weaponry, it’s time that Americans stood up in opposition to the wave of Islamic terror engulfing the globe. To that end, the indefatigable Pamela Geller will be hosting an AFDI-sponsored rally in support of the Jewish State, as well as the religious minorities facing extermination at the hands of Islamic State barbarians, this Sunday.

You can RSVP at the official Facebook event page!

Citizen Activism (Anti-Amnesty Demonstration This Weekend)

August 1, 2014
Citizen Activism (Anti-Amnesty Demonstration This Weekend)

This weekend will see yet another nationwide event opposing the efforts of the Obama administration to flout our current immigration laws. New Yorkers for Immigration Control and Enforcement will be leading that opposition locally. 

Joanna Marzullo, founder of NY ICE, provides details for those of you wishing to attend after the jump. 

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Keep The Pressure On! (Overpass Rally in the City of Angels)

July 25, 2014

From our good friends at Jamiel Shaw’s Blog comes word of a regular protest against this administration’s lawless immigration policy and the open borders ideology of its allies and sympathizers. Here are the details, for those of you in the Greater Los Angeles Area, a.k.a. Southland

Los Angeles Overpass Rally Every Friday

Starting Tomorrow 7/25/14
1:00pm – Dusk
Bring Signs & American Flags
 
4th Avenue & 23rd Street
The Bridge Above the 10 fwy
Los Angeles, CA 90012
323-605-8326
 
Come for a few minutes or stay a few hours.

Make Them Listen (Anti-illegal immigration rally this weekend)

July 17, 2014
Make Them Listen (Anti-illegal immigration rally this weekend)

With the Obama administration continuing its policy of facilitating human trafficking, it’s incumbent upon disenfranchised citizens to speak out. To that end, a nationwide protest against illegal immigration-as well as the contempt the President and his underlings have shown for ordinary Americans-is slated to take place this Saturday. You can find the locations for your local rally on the Make Them Listen website, however there will be an event taking place in New York City.

 

Details below the fold. Read More »



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