Tuesday Open Thread

Have at it.

Primaries…. in 3 WEEKS!

POLL: PEOPLE FEAR BIG GOV’T MORE THAN BIG BUSINESS OR LABOR…

Yes, obAMATEUR is “serious” about border security….

FEDS PLAN UNMANNED CROSSING WITH MEX…

Obama to slash National Guard force on border…

I wonder if the cat had to pay the Death Taxes?

Woman Leaves $13M Fortune to Pet Cat…

The libs will cater to their special interests….

Congress considers bill to censor Internet… it doesn’t matter if it is unconstitutional…

…. and everybody’s favorite uninformed talking head liberal drone …. DNC chair denies unemployment up under Obama…

Update:

‘The Americans have perhaps decided to give us this spy plane’…

OBAMA: Can we have it back, please?

On Immigration, Border Security Remains Key

From Rasmussen:

With the Legal Workforce Act, a bill forcing companies to check the immigration status of their employees, working its way through Congress, voters nationwide continue to believe overwhelmingly that when it comes to immigration legislation the focus should be on the border.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 65% of Likely U.S. Voters say it is more important to gain control of the border than to legalize the status of those already living illegally in the United States…

This just reaffirms what I have been saying for years – before anything else regarding immigration is tackled, the border must be made secure.  Whether or not we’ll amnesty those already here or deport all or do a mix is irrelevant in political terms until the border is secure.  The reason for this is that the people simply do not trust the government…any proposal for reform which does not emphasize border security first will be seen by the people as a mere amnesty bill with the problem of illegal immigration never to be solved.  Liberals can put it down to nativism or racism all they want, but the overwhelming majority of Americans simply want the laws enforced.  It is against the law to illegally cross our borders…make sure the law is being enforced and then get back to us on your other issues.

In my view, this poll also indicates that we Republicans will not be punished if we make border security an important, 2012 issue.  Not the most important issue, but it is an issue none the less…and an issue where we can draw stark contrasts between ourselves and Democrats.  Remember what really happens in illegal immigration – our liberals like to concentrate on those who have got here and are working hard, but they never talk about those robbed, raped and murdered before they get here…nor do they talk about those who don’t work hard but, instead, choose to abuse our social welfare programs.  The contrast being drawn would be one of responsible government vs feel good politics which lead to death and poverty.  This can be the opening wedge in a general discussion of all liberal feel-good policies which lead to disaster.

Some Republicans worry that a strong stance in favor of border security will cost us Latino votes.  In this, they are right…a certain, small segment of the Latino population of the United States does vote on whether or not there are open borders.  But it is a small group…most Latino voters vote sensibly, just as most Americans, overall, vote.  Bottom line, I don’t want those votes – and if it costs us votes to do the right thing, then that is the most honorable cost you can incur.

We can own this issue and make it work to our advantage…just as soon as we brace ourselves to do the right thing; and the right thing to do, first, is to secure the border.

Yet Another Incursion By the Mexican Military

From the Houston Chronicle:

A Mexican military helicopter landed Saturday afternoon at Laredo International Airport by mistake, said a spokeswoman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Mucia Dovalina, the uniform public affairs officer for the Laredo Port of Entry, said the helicopter landed about 3 p.m., but she couldn’t share details such as the number of occupants or whether they were armed.

Dovalina said that, following protocol, CBP officers checked out the helicopter’s occupants, then allowed them to return to Mexico in the aircraft.

“The only thing that I can tell you is that they did land here,” she said. “It was by mistake. They were processed and they were returned to Mexico.”…

We seem to be getting a lot of mistakes by the Mexican military…seems the poor guys can’t tell north from south and often find themselves on our side of the border.  The airport, itself, is two or three miles north of the Mexican border…which is, of course, the Rio Grande river..one does wonder how the pilot missed that in the old landmarks?  Not like the river moves around a lot…unless this was the pilot’s first flight – and he didn’t have a compass – I’m mighty suspicious of this “mistake”.

My concern is that these incursions of the Mexican military are actually to assist the criminal element in Mexico – basically challenging our forces to stay out of the way so that the drug cartels can gain de-facto control of the ground.  The next time a Mexican military force crosses, we should hold the men and the materials until we’ve had a chance to thoroughly investigate the matter…and we should insist upon compensation from the Mexican government for the violation of our national sovereignty (yes, we do have that…just like all other nations, we really do have a right to keep foreign military forces out of our nation).

Enough is enough, already…time to let the Mexicans know there is a border, and they can’t cross it without our permission.

Hezbollah in Mexico

From PJ Tatler:

The Tucson PD didn’t put this information out in a press release. In fact, they didn’t put it out at all. The information is contained in an internal memo pilfered and released by anonymous hacker collective LulzSec. The memo dates to Sept. 2010, and notes that a man connected to  Hezbollah was caught trying to smuggle a massive cache of weapons from Mexico into New York City.

“In April of last year, the arrest of Jamal Yousef – in New York City – exposed a weapons cache of 100 M-16 assault rifles, 100 AR-15 rifles, 2,500 hand grenades, C4 explosives and antitank munitions. According to Yousef, the weapons, which were being stored in Mexico, had been stolen from Iraq with the help of his cousin who was a member of Hezbollah.”…

Remember, the Islamist enemy is always trying to harm us – the destruction of the United States is the ultimate goal of the Islamists because we stand in the way of their final victory and the establishment of a Caliphate.  They will not stop until we utterly crush Islamism.  That, unfortunately, is going to be a long time from now – we’re essentially abandoning the fight (in slow stages, to be sure) in the middle east and thus the decisive victory will become ever less possible.  In my view, final victory can only come with a US army in Damascus and Tehran (and, perhaps, in Mecca) – so, no time soon.

Meanwhile, though, we do have to deal with the imminent threat of terrorist attacks upon us – and our wide open border with Mexico is the logical place for terrorists to enter our country.  We don’t control the border – not any of it, really.  The Mexican drug cartels do, and they’ll let anyone cross with anything for the right price.  Obama is claiming our border is more secure than ever – while not, perhaps, an outright falsehood (Obama could, after all, just be believing what Napolitano is telling him), it isn’t an accurate reflection of what is going on at the border.  Our failure to ensure a genuinely secure border puts us at risk of terrorist attacks on a major scale.

As I’ve been saying all along – border security comes first.  I don’t want to hear any whines about how hard it is or how much it would cost.  Whatever the difficulties and whatever the costs the job simply must be done.  This is a literal matter of life and death – and this is the primary reason we have a government:  to protect us from attack.  Failure to make the border air tight is a gross dereliction of duty on the part of the government.  And, yes, I realize that it is not all Obama’s fault – but he’s President right now and thus he responsible during his term of office – he will either do everything he can to secure the border, or he won’t…if he’s doing everything he can and we still fail, then so be it.  But right now we’re not even doing half of what we can – so any failure can be laid squarely at Obama’s door.

I don’t care if it takes a 100 foot high, electrified barbed-wire fence stretching from one end to another and a solider placed every ten feet behind the fence…whatever it takes to ensure that no one crosses our border without our permission must be done.  This is not the time to worry about race-baiting politics or adherence to ideology – people will die if we don’t secure the border; it is time to just get the job done.