June 29, 2010
Janet Napolitano, speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, lectured as an authority on the topic: “Securing the Border: A Smarter Law Enforcement Approach.
It all sounds good.
The Secretary of Homeland Security and former Arizona governor should be able to impart some knowledge to the notables gathered at the Statesmen’s Forum.
Instead, they were treated to the vintage Napolitano Arizonans remember so well. Janet Napolitano, whose agency is charged with securing America’s border, told an audience in Washington, D.C., in reference to the U.S.-Mexico border, “You’re never going to totally seal that border.”
CNSNews has more here and provides this video:
June 28, 2010
Last December Seeing Red AZ wrote that Mexico’s bloody cartel war is reflected in a popular folk-music called narcocorridos, or drug ballads — which does not condemn criminality, but in fact, romanticizes drug kingpins, glorifying violent battles of drug-traffickers, their shootouts, brutal operations and inter-gang betrayals. One of the best-selling albums of last year, “The Power of Chapo,” glowingly describes the exploits of a fugitive drug lord.
It is now being reported that over the weekend, one of the most popular of such Mexican singers, Sergio Vega, 40, was killed in a barrage of gunfire in the northern Mexican state of Sinaloa. He was on his way to perform at a local concert.
Known as “El Shaka,” Vega was famed for performing the subculture narcocorridos, or dramatic ballads commissioned by drug cartels. However, musicians who become associated with one narco group by writing narcocorridos for them, can also become targets of rival narco groups.
Vega’s death adds to the string of grupero musicians – including Valentin Elizalde and Sergio Gomez — who are said to have been caught up in the violence among drug trafficking empires which are at war with the federal government and each other.
June 28, 2010
The case of McDonald v. City of Chicago, was correctly decided today at the U. S. Supreme Court.
In a 5- 4 majority vote, in what is arguably the most important Second Amendment case in Supreme Court history, the Court today held that the “right of the people to keep and bear Arms” cannot be infringed by the states.
“It is clear that the Framers . . . counted the right to keep and bear arms among those fundamental rights necessary to our system of ordered liberty,” Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. wrote for the conservatives on the court.
How instructive that today, of all days, the confirmation hearing for Obama’s liberal appointee Elena Kagan begins. On his last day on the court, 90-year-old Justice John Paul Stevens (or his clerks) wrote the minority opinion.
The Heritage Foundation has an exclusive interview with Alan Gura, lead attorney for the plaintiffs. Watch it here.
June 28, 2010
Precinct Committeemen around District 6 are reporting a most bizarre mailing. Three of the five officers of the GOP district sent out a letter, which they all signed, in support of Pamela Gorman — one of the ten candidates running for the congressional seat being vacated with the retirement of John Shadegg.
Gorman’s campaign mailed out the 6-page, single-spaced missive. You’d have to be a real fan or have plenty of time on your hands to wade through that.
What makes the scenario so odd is that Gorman, the alleged tea-party conservative, sought out the endorsement of the district’s secretary, a man who is an outspoken pro-choice, McCain supporter, who also runs a nudist camp in New River.
The notables are Larry Gorman, the district chairman and Gorman’s ex-husband, Carrie Rauch First Vice Chair and chief volunteer, and Horst Kraus, Secretary.
June 28, 2010
The Arizona Republic has no shame. This melodramatic report about an illegal couple and their three American-born children leaving Arizona just steps ahead of the villainous sheriff and the ‘oppressive’ law that makes it a crime to be in the state illegally, is meant to illicit sympathy.
It does just the opposite. The lengthy heartstrings-tugger doesn’t end with Luis Sanchez and Marlen Ramirez returning to Mexico.
They are joining other family members, also illegally in the United States, now living in Pennsylvania. Small wonder that so many states across the nation not only support Arizona’s bold law known as SB 1070, but want to emulate it. Pennsylvania has a majority in favor of passing similar legislation to Arizona’s.
From the coverage, detailing their travails, it sounds as though reporter Daniel Gonzalez went along on the 2,700 mile road trek. He even reports on the bogus documents the duo carries — they may be yours or your children‘s — and then has the nerve to tell the readers how the illegals “feel like prisoners.”
Identity Theft 911 estimates that in Arizona alone, some 1.57 million people, or a quarter of the state’s population, have been victims over the last six years. About one-fifth are children — whose Social Security numbers are especially valuable targets, since children usually aren’t employed, making discovery of the fraud less likely.
Don’t hold your breath waiting for the daily Fish-wrapper do an in-depth report on this deplorable aspect of the illegal immigration issue. You’ll turn blue long before it takes up the cause
June 27, 2010
Here is John McCain appearing on this morning’s Meet the Press. Once again he is in concert with President Barack Obama.
In stating he approved of Obama’s firing of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, McCain used the opportunity to lavish praise on Obama, saying he took appropriate steps and called it an “important leadership moment.”
Was this an important leadership moment for John McCain? Has anything changed?
June 27, 2010
Many will remember Austin Hill as part of the popular radio duo, Liddy and Hill, which aired on 550 KFYI in Phoenix. Hill, now an author and talk show host in Boise, Idaho, has written this commentary, “Collateral Damage in Obama’s War on Arizona.”
“Obama Courts Latinos by Suing Arizona” by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann provides insight into the motivation behind Barack Obama’s suing to invalidate our state law on illegal immigration (SB 1070) — overwhelmingly supported by Arizona’s citizens and winning national approval. What a surprise to find it’s all about Democrat politics!
We urge you to read them both.