27 September, 2010


Munger, your gurgles cannot come soon enough.

And while I am at it, you FUCK YOU TOO Paul Krugman- you delusional RAT-FACED ass!
September 25, 2010, 8:38 am
Default Is In Our Stars

Not in ourselves.

I think it's fair to say that a majority of economists believe that excessive private debt played a key role in getting us into this economic mess, and is playing a key role in preventing us from getting out. So, how does it end?

A naive view says that what we need is a return to virtue: everyone needs to save more, pay down debt, and restore healthy balance sheets.

The problem with this view is the fallacy of composition: when everyone tries to pay down debt at the same time, the result is a depressed economy and falling inflation, which cause the ratio of debt to income to rise if anything. That is, we're living in a world in which the twin paradoxes of thrift and deleveraging hold, and hence in which individual virtue ends up being collective vice.

You cheered this crap along- feeling your way and then blame the folks you helped rape!?! At least Ambrose Evans-Pritchard has the balls to admit when he is wrong.
Time to shut down the US Federal Reserve?
June 29th, 2010

Like a mad aunt, the Fed is slowly losing its marbles.

Kartik Athreya, senior economist for the Richmond Fed, has written a paper condemning economic bloggers as chronically stupid and a threat to public order.

Matters of economic policy should be reserved to a priesthood with the correct post-doctoral credentials, which would of course have excluded David Hume, Adam Smith, and arguably John Maynard Keynes (a mathematics graduate, with a tripos foray in moral sciences).
"Writers who have not taken a year of PhD coursework in a decent economics department (and passed their PhD qualifying exams), cannot meaningfully advance the discussion on economic policy."

Don't you just love that throw-away line "decent"? Dr Athreya hails from the University of Iowa.
"The response of the untrained to the crisis has been startling. The real issue is that there is an extremely low likelihood that the speculations of the untrained, on a topic almost pathologically riddled by dynamic considerations and feedback effects, will offer anything new. Moreover, there is a substantial likelihood that it will instead offer something incoherent or misleading."
And now states:
Shut Down the Fed (Part II)
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
September 27th, 2010

I apologise to readers around the world for having defended the emergency stimulus policies of the US Federal Reserve, and for arguing like an imbecile naif that the Fed would not succumb to drug addiction, political abuse, and mad intoxicated debauchery, once it began taking its first shots of quantitative easing.

Ben Bernanke has not only refused to abandon his idee fixe of an "inflation target", a key cause of the global central banking catastrophe of the last twenty years (because it can and did allow asset booms to run amok, and let credit levels reach dangerous extremes).

Worse still, he seems determined to print trillions of emergency stimulus without commensurate emergency justification to test his Princeton theories, which by the way are as old as the hills. Keynes ridiculed the "tyranny of the general price level" in the early 1930s, and quite rightly so. Bernanke is reviving a doctrine that was already shown to be bunk eighty years ago.

So all those hillsmen in Idaho, with their Colt 45s and boxes of Krugerrands, who sent furious emails to the Telegraph accusing me of defending a hyperinflating establishment cabal, were right all along. The Fed is indeed out of control.
Hey Anthony "Bug-Face" Wiener & Henry "PIG-FACE BASTARD" Waxman, THE SAME GOES FOR YOU TOO!


22 September, 2010

Whistle Blower Comes Forward With Solid Proof The Price Of Gold And Silver Is Being Manipulated By Major Financial Institutions

Whistle Blower Comes Forward With Solid Proof The Price Of Gold And Silver Is Being Manipulated By Major Financial Institutions

April 12, 2010
By Michael T Snyder

(The Intelligence Daily) — For a long time many of us have had very serious suspicions that the prices of gold and silver were being highly manipulated. But now, thanks to the mind blowing testimony of one very brave whistle blower, the blatant manipulation of the world gold and silver markets is being blown wide open. What you are about to read below is absolutely staggering. Once the American people learn how incredibly corrupt the world financial system is, it is going to change everything. The government that we are all trusting to guard the integrity of the financial system is failing to do that job. It turns out that the Commodities Futures Trading Commission has been sitting on solid evidence that the elite banking powers have been openly and blatantly manipulating the price of gold and silver. Even though they were basically handed a “smoking gun”, they have done absolutely nothing with it. But now the information has gone public and the CFTC is red-faced.

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Reading the linked articles from the comments, I found the follwoing video from Germany, under under Joe Fitzroy's comment dated April 13, 2010 @ 11:50PM, which shows the tungsten based "gold bars".

It is coming.

Base Staccato you Sons of Bitches! Base Staccato!


21 September, 2010

Sixteen Illegal Indians Today

Today, September 21, 2010, sixteen illegal Sub-Continent Indians were released by ICE- captured by Border Patrol about twenty (20) days ago. Immediately at arraignment, a lawyer produced bond for everyone of them- each already highly coached on the correct answers that gets them bonded and released. They were held for twenty days (20), bonded and then released under their own recognizance. Why you ask? The Muslim Kenyan wants it so and says they are SUPPOSEDLY NO THREAT!

How many will actually show up for court hearing? Damn good question! I bet if we ask the Wetback Aunt Zeituni, she will say it does not matter because, "If I come as an immigrant, you have the obligation to make me a citizen."

Just remember folks, these are your stolen monies that are used against you to destroy the Republic. Expanded Border Patrol? BULLSHIT! Woefully undermanned and now the order comes down to cut overtime pay fifteen (15%) percent! Cut costs by sending out one vehicle staffed by two agents! Cut the amounts of ammo provided for practice and jail your agents when they do their jobs! If you do not send them to jail, then demoralize them by releasing those caught and told not to go after them as they really are good people and who we wants as citizens! What a really great way to make sure the border is secure you lying Muslim Kenyan and every one you Rat-Bastards, such as Nancy "Bring-Em In" Pelosi, Harry "DREAM ACT" Reid, Janet Napolitaco, Juan McAmnesty, Lindsay Grahmnesty! Everyone of you elitist Sons of Bitches who care not one whit- as it really is just a piece of paper, right GW!?!

Illegals are only one aspect as they come for the gravy train of benefits, not just for them, but the industries that are built around supporting and to expand all of this crap. END these programs, such as welfare, food stamps, "Free" Emergency Room Care, Education- both K-12 & In-State College Tuition, WIC- ALL OF THE SOCIALIST THEFT NOW! None of it is Constitutional, NONE! Farm Subsidies, College Loans, Pell Grants! The list goes on an on!



Barclays' View On The GMAC Scandal Underscores The Perceived Fall-Out Severity In Judicial States

Barclays' View On The GMAC Scandal Underscores The Perceived Fall-Out Severity In Judicial States

Submitted by Tyler Durden on 09/20/2010 23:41 -0500

From Barclays' Jasraj Vaidya, who states: "At this stage, we are unable to ascertain what that exact issue might be. What is certain is that foreclosure timelines in those states for GMAC loans will be extend further, potentially adversely affecting their eventual severity" which echoes verbatim what Zero Hedge suggested a week ago on the Florida Judge news: "The implications for the REO and foreclosures track for banks could be dire as a result of this ruling, as this could severely impact the ongoing attempt by banks to hide as much excess inventory in their books in the quietest way possible." Jasraj also notes: "Using publicly available data from HUD and RealtyTrac, we have created a list of judicial foreclosure states. These are states where judicial foreclosures are most common and in which the lender has to appear before a judge and obtain a court order before initiating foreclosure proceedings against the delinquent borrower. Such states tend to have much longer foreclosure timelines than non-judicial states. What is striking about the list of states in the GMAC announcement is that all but one (North Carolina) are judicial states. Also, all judicial states in the country but one (Delaware) are in the GMAC list. This would hint at some potential issues with judicial states that is driving the GMAC directive." In the meantime, class actions lawyers across the country will not be sleeping for days.

Full Barclays report:

It was reported on Bloomberg today that GMAC has sent a memo to all brokers suspending all foreclosure activity against delinquent borrowers in 23 states. Further action has also been frozen on all properties for which foreclosure has already been implemented. Any buyers of those properties face an extension of the closing date by 30 days and have the option to cancel the agreement to purchase.

Read that again.

Full Barclays report:

It was reported on Bloomberg today that GMAC has sent a memo to all brokers suspending all foreclosure activity against delinquent borrowers in 23 states. Further action has also been frozen on all properties for which foreclosure has already been implemented. Any buyers of those properties face an extension of the closing date by 30 days and have the option to cancel the agreement to purchase.
Now, read the earlier post on GMAC:
GMAC's Full Letter To Agents... Something Does Not Add Up

Zero Hedge has obtained the GMAC Letter referred to earlier by Bloomberg, and contrary to subsequent reports by the bailed out lender that this is merely a procedural adjustment, something does not add up. To wit, note statements such as:
Do not proceed with evictions, cash for keys transactions, or lockouts. All files should be placed on hold, regardless of occupant type.

Do not proceed with REO sale closings. GMAC Mortgage will communicate instructions to the assigned agent regarding the management of the properties in Pending status. If the contract has already been executed by both parties, the Asset Manager will request an amendment to extend the closing date by 30 days or as otherwise designated by the Asset Manager. Please provide appropriate notice to the REO purchaser that, pursuant to Section 1 of the GMAC Mortgage Addendum to Standard Purchase Contract, GMAC Mortgage is exercising its sole discretion to extend the Expiration Date of the Agreement by 30 days at this time. If the REO purchaser wishes to cancel the contract, GMAC Mortgage will terminate the Agreement and return the earnest money deposit.

The Banksters are quite scared and for those facing possible foreclosure, read carefully and do your own research- hard research.

No, I am not encouraging anyone to be a deadbeat, I am pointing out that you may have been screwed- again.


The New Soviet Union Is America

Via Lew Rockwell:

Monday, September 20, 2010
The New Soviet Union Is America

One of the most oppressive aspects of any totalitarian regime is the inability to talk freely. You just don't know who is a snitch and when something said innocently can be twisted into sounding criminal, especially with all the regulations in a totalitarian regime. It could be a neighbor, a co-worker, a friend, or even your child, indoctrinated in totalitarian propaganda at school, that could turn you in.

I contend this is one of the cruelest parts of totalitarianism for the average person. It creates a paranoia about speaking freely. For your own safety, you must keep things bottled up inside. It is a form of solitary confinement.

In a way, it is kind of a very twisted version of the ominous Eagles song, Hotel California: You have freedom of speech to say anything you want anytime you want, just don't say anything in front of anyone cause you might go to jail.

Anyone who has spent any time with the now elderly people from Eastern Europe, who lived under the old Soviet Union regime, know the paranoia and fear they still carry with them about speaking freely.

Read the comments too.


Wetback Aunt Zeituni: 'The System Took Advantage Of Me'

Aunt Zeituni: 'The System Took Advantage Of Me'
President Obama's Aunt Speaks Exclusively With WBZ-TV

BOSTON (WBZ) ― "If I come as an immigrant, you have the obligation to make me a citizen." Those are the words from 58-year-old Zeituni Onyango of Kenya in a recent exclusive interview with WBZ-TV.

Onyango is the aunt of President Barack Obama. She lived in the United States illegally for years, receiving public assistance in Boston.


Aunt Zeituni, as she has come to be known, first surfaced in the public light in 2008, in the final days of the Presidential election. Then-candidate Obama said that he was not against the possible deportation of his aunt. "If she has violated laws, then those laws have to be obeyed," he told CBS's Katie Couric. "We are a nation of laws."

Onyango had violated the law, and she knew it.

"I knew I had overstayed" she told WBZ-TV's Jonathan Elias when the two sat down one-on-one.

NO, you lying wetback thief, you and yours stole and continue to steal from these united States- the Republic you and yours consistently malign.


17 September, 2010

In Convention Monday, September 17th, 1787.

Constitution for the United States of America

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Article. I.

[Section 1.] All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.

[Section 2.] The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States, and the Electors in each State shall have the Qualifications requisite for Electors of the most numerous Branch of the State Legislature.

No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the Age of twenty five Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen.

Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons. The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct. The Number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand, but each State shall have at Least one Representative; and until such enumeration shall be made, the State of New Hampshire shall be entitled to chuse three, Massachusetts eight, Rhode-Island and Providence Plantations one, Connecticut five, New-York six, New Jersey four, Pennsylvania eight, Delaware one, Maryland six, Virginia ten, North Carolina five, South Carolina five, and Georgia three.

When vacancies happen in the Representation from any State, the Executive Authority thereof shall issue Writs of Election to fill such Vacancies.

The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.

[Section 3.] The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, chosen by the Legislature thereof, for six Years; and each Senator shall have one Vote.

Immediately after they shall be assembled in Consequence of the first Election, they shall be divided as equally as may be into three Classes.

The Seats of the Senators of the first Class shall be vacated at the Expiration of the second Year, of the second Class at the Expiration of the fourth Year, and of the third Class at the Expiration of the sixth Year, so that one third may be chosen every second Year; and if Vacancies happen by Resignation, or otherwise, during the Recess of the Legislature of any State, the Executive thereof may make temporary Appointments until the next Meeting of the Legislature, which shall then fill such Vacancies.

No Person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty Years, and been nine Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State for which he shall be chosen.

The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no Vote, unless they be equally divided.

The Senate shall chuse their other Officers, and also a President pro tempore, in the Absence of the Vice President, or when he shall exercise the Office of President of the United States.

The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.

Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.

[Section 4.] The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of chusing Senators.

The Congress shall assemble at least once in every Year, and such Meeting shall be on the first Monday in December [Modified by Amendment XX], unless they shall by Law appoint a different Day.

[Section 5.] Each House shall be the Judge of the Elections, Returns and Qualifications of its own Members, and a Majority of each shall constitute a Quorum to do Business; but a smaller Number may adjourn from day to day, and may be authorized to compel the Attendance of absent Members, in such Manner, and under such Penalties as each House may provide.

Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings, punish its Members for disorderly Behaviour, and, with the Concurrence of two thirds, expel a Member.

Each House shall keep a Journal of its Proceedings, and from time to time publish the same, excepting such Parts as may in their Judgment require Secrecy; and the Yeas and Nays of the Members of either House on any question shall, at the Desire of one fifth of those Present, be entered on the Journal.

Neither House, during the Session of Congress, shall, without the Consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days, nor to any other Place than that in which the two Houses shall be sitting.

[Section 6.] The Senators and Representatives shall receive a Compensation for their Services, to be ascertained by Law, and paid out of the Treasury of the United States. They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place.

No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil Office under the Authority of the United States, which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been encreased during such time; and no Person holding any Office under the United States, shall be a Member of either House during his Continuance in Office.

[Section 7.] All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.

Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States; If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the Objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a Law. But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by yeas and Nays, and the Names of the Persons voting for and against the Bill shall be entered on the Journal of each House respectively. If any Bill shall not be returned by the President within ten Days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, the Same shall be a Law, in like Manner as if he had signed it, unless the Congress by their Adjournment prevent its Return, in which Case it shall not be a Law.

Every Order, Resolution, or Vote to which the Concurrence of the Senate and House of Representatives may be necessary (except on a question of Adjournment) shall be presented to the President of the United States; and before the Same shall take Effect, shall be approved by him, or being disapproved by him, shall be repassed by two thirds of the Senate and House of Representatives, according to the Rules and Limitations prescribed in the Case of a Bill.

[Section 8.] The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

To borrow Money on the credit of the United States;

To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;

To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;

To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;

To establish Post Offices and post Roads;

To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;

To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;

To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offences against the Law of Nations;

To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;

To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;

To provide and maintain a Navy;

To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;

To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings; --And

To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.

[Section 9.] The Migration or Importation of such Persons as any of the States now existing shall think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to the Year one thousand eight hundred and eight, but a Tax or duty may be imposed on such Importation, not exceeding ten dollars for each Person.

The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it.

No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.

No Capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless in Proportion to the Census or Enumeration herein before directed to be taken.

No Tax or Duty shall be laid on Articles exported from any State.

No Preference shall be given by any Regulation of Commerce or Revenue to the Ports of one State over those of another; nor shall Vessels bound to, or from, one State, be obliged to enter, clear, or pay Duties in another.

No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.

No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any ind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.

[Section 10.] No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility.

No State shall, without the Consent of the Congress, lay any Imposts or Duties on Imports or Exports, except what may be absolutely necessary for executing it's inspection Laws; and the net Produce of all Duties and Imposts, laid by any State on Imports or Exports, shall be for the Use of the Treasury of the United States; and all such Laws shall be subject to the Revision and Controul of the Congress.

No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, lay any Duty of Tonnage, keep Troops, or Ships of War in time of Peace, enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State, or with a foreign Power, or engage in War, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay.

Article. II.

[Section 1.] The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his Office during the Term of four Years, and, together with the Vice President, chosen for the same Term, be elected, as follows:

Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector.

The Electors shall meet in their respective States, and vote by Ballot for two Persons, of whom one at least shall not be an Inhabitant of the same State with themselves. And they shall make a List of all the Persons voted for, and of the Number of Votes for each; which List they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the Seat of the Government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate. The President of the Senate shall, in the Presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the Certificates, and the Votes shall then be counted. The Person having the greatest Number of Votes shall be the President, if such Number be a Majority of the whole Number of Electors appointed; and if there be more than one who have such Majority, and have an equal Number of Votes, then the House of Representatives shall immediately chuse by Ballot one of them for President; and if no Person have a Majority, then from the five highest on the List the said House shall in like Manner chuse the President. But in chusing the President, the Votes shall be taken by States, the Representation from each State having one Vote; a quorum for this Purpose shall consist of a Member or Members from two thirds of the States, and a Majority of all the States shall be necessary to a Choice. In every Case, after the Choice of the President, the Person having the greatest Number of Votes of the Electors shall be the Vice President. But if there should remain two or more who have equal Votes, the Senate shall chuse from them by Ballot the Vice President.

The Congress may determine the Time of chusing the Electors, and the Day on which they shall give their Votes; which Day shall be the same throughout the United States.

No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.

In Case of the Removal of the President from Office, or of his Death, Resignation, or Inability to discharge the Powers and Duties of the said Office, the Same shall devolve on the Vice President, and the Congress may by Law provide for the Case of Removal, Death, Resignation or Inability, both of the President and Vice President, declaring what Officer shall then act as President, and such Officer shall act accordingly, until the Disability be removed, or a President shall be elected.

The President shall, at stated Times, receive for his Services, a Compensation, which shall neither be increased nor diminished during the Period for which he shall have been elected, and he shall not receive within that Period any other Emolument from the United States, or any of them.

Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation: -- "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

[Section 2.] The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.

He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.

The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session.

[Section 3.] He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper; he shall receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers; he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States.

[Section 4.] The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

Article. III.

[Section 1.] The judicial Power of the United States shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour, and shall, at stated Times, receive for their Services a Compensation, which shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office.

[Section 2.] The judicial Power shall extend to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States, and Treaties made, or which shall be made, under their Authority; -- to all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls; -- to all Cases of admiralty and maritime Jurisdiction; -- to Controversies to which the United States shall be a Party; -- to Controversies between two or more States; -- between a State and Citizens of another State; -- between Citizens of different States; -- between Citizens of the same State claiming Lands under Grants of different States, and between a State, or the Citizens thereof, and foreign States, Citizens or Subjects.

In all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, and those in which a State shall be Party, the supreme Court shall have original Jurisdiction. In all the other Cases before mentioned, the supreme Court shall have appellate Jurisdiction, both as to Law and Fact, with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make.

The Trial of all Crimes, except in Cases of Impeachment, shall be by Jury; and such Trial shall be held in the State where the said Crimes shall have been committed; but when not committed within any State, the Trial shall be at such Place or Places as the Congress may by Law have directed.

[Section 3.] Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.

Article. IV.

[Section 1.] Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State. And the Congress may by general Laws prescribe the Manner in which such Acts, Records and Proceedings shall be proved, and the Effect thereof.

[Section 2.] The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States.

A Person charged in any State with Treason, Felony, or other Crime, who shall flee from Justice, and be found in another State, shall on Demand of the executive Authority of the State from which he fled, be delivered up, to be removed to the State having Jurisdiction of the Crime.

No Person held to Service or Labour in one State, under the Laws thereof, escaping into another, shall, in Consequence of any Law or Regulation therein, be discharged from such Service or Labour, but shall be delivered up on Claim of the Party to whom such Service or Labour may be due.

[Section 3.] New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new State shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or Parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress.

The Congress shall have Power to dispose of and make all needful Rules and Regulations respecting the Territory or other Property belonging to the United States; and nothing in this Constitution shall be so construed as to Prejudice any Claims of the United States, or of any particular State.

[Section 4.] The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened), against domestic Violence.

Article. V.

The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.

Article. VI.

All Debts contracted and Engagements entered into, before the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be as valid against the United States under this Constitution, as under the Confederation.

This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.

The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

Article. VII.

The Ratification of the Conventions of nine States, shall be sufficient for the Establishment of this Constitution between the States so ratifying the Same.

The Word, "the," being interlined between the seventh and eighth Lines of the first Page, The Word "Thirty" being partly written on an Erazure in the fifteenth Line of the first Page, The Words "is tried" being interlined between the thirty second and thirty third Lines of the first Page and the Word "the" being interlined between the forty third and forty fourth Lines of the second Page.

Attest William Jackson


done in Convention by the Unanimous Consent of the States present the Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven and of the Independence of the United States of America the Twelfth In witness whereof We have hereunto subscribed our Names,

Go. Washington--Presidt.

and deputy from Virginia

New Hampshire {

John Langdon
Nicholas Gilman

Massachusetts {

Nathaniel Gorham
Rufus King

Connecticut {

Wm. Saml. Johnson
Roger Sherman

New York . . . .

Alexander Hamilton

New Jersey {

Wil: Livingston
David Brearley.
Wm. Paterson.
Jona: Dayton

Pennsylvania {

B Franklin
Thomas Mifflin
Robt Morris
Geo. Clymer
Thos. Fitz Simons
Jared Ingersoll
James Wilson
Gouv Morris

Delaware {

Geo: Read
Gunning Bedford jun
John Dickinson
Richard Bassett
Jaco: Broom

Maryland {

James Mchenry
Dan of St Thos. Jenifer
Danl Carroll
Virginia {
John Blair
James Madison

North Carolina {

Wm. Blount
Richd. Dobbs Spaight
Hu Williamson
South Carolina {
J. Rutledge
Charles Cotesworth Pinckney
Charles Pinckney
Pierce Butler

Georgia {

William Few
Abr Baldwin

In Convention Monday, September 17th, 1787.


The States of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Mr. Hamilton from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.


That the preceeding Constitution be laid before the United States in Congress assembled, and that it is the Opinion of this Convention, that it should afterwards be submitted to a Convention of Delegates, chosen in each State by the People thereof, under the Recommendation of its Legislature, for their Assent and Ratification; and that each Convention assenting to, and ratifying the Same, should give Notice thereof to the United States in Congress assembled. Resolved, That it is the Opinion of this Convention, that as soon as the Conventions of nine States shall have ratified this Constitution, the United States in Congress assembled should fix a Day on which Electors should be appointed by the States which have ratified the same, and a Day on which the Electors should assemble to vote for the President, and the Time and Place for commencing Proceedings under this Constitution. That after such Publication the Electors should be appointed, and the Senators and Representatives elected: That the Electors should meet on the Day fixed for the Election of the President, and should transmit their Votes certified, signed, sealed and directed, as the Constitution requires, to the Secretary of the United States in Congress assembled, that the Senators and Representatives should convene at the Time and Place assigned; that the Senators should appoint a President of the Senate, for the sole purpose of receiving, opening and counting the Votes for President; and, that after he shall be chosen, the Congress, together with the President, should, without Delay, proceed to execute this Constitution.

By the Unanimous Order of the Convention

Go. Washington--Presidt.
W. Jackson Secretary.
Bill of Rights

The conventions of a number of the States having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added.

Article the first [Not Ratified]

After the first enumeration required by the first article of the Constitution, there shall be one Representative for every thirty thousand, until the number shall amount to one hundred, after which the proportion shall be so regulated by Congress, that there shall be not less than one hundred Representatives, nor less than one Representative for every forty thousand persons, until the number of Representatives shall amount to two hundred; after which the proportion shall be so regulated by Congress, that there shall not be less than two hundred Representatives, nor more than one Representative for every fifty thousand persons.

Article the second [Amendment XXVII - Ratified 1992]

No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.

Article the third [Amendment I]

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Article the fourth [Amendment II]

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Article the fifth [Amendment III]

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Article the sixth [Amendment IV]

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Article the seventh [Amendment V]

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Article the eighth [Amendment VI]

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

Article the ninth [Amendment VII]

In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Article the tenth [Amendment VIII]

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Article the eleventh [Amendment IX]

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Article the twelfth [Amendment X]

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

15 September, 2010

Secure Flight: The Newly Improved Passport to Fly

You are now required to provided seventy-two hours notice to fly in, out and to the Republic of These united States.
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The next phase in this program requires that effective November 1, all passengers have Secure Flight Passenger Data (SFPD) in their reservation at least 72 hours prior to departure. You will be unable to travel without providing this information.

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Still willing to pay to be treated as a criminal?
Still think the broken things can be fixed?
Are your eyes open yet?


14 September, 2010

UPDATE: Mexican Gunmen Fire at Border Patrol Agent

Agents shot into Mexico in self-defense, Border Patrol says
September 13, 2010 8:18 PM
Ana Ley
The Monitor

MISSION — U.S. Border Patrol agents who were fired on by attackers in Mexico over the weekend shot back across the border because they felt their lives were in danger, a spokeswoman said Monday.

Unknown attackers shot at the agents Saturday morning as they seized half a ton of marijuana along the Rio Grande, Border Patrol spokeswoman Rosie Huey said.

Federal officials said the shots from Mexico began when a truck that was being chased by another group of Border Patrol agents entered the area on the U.S. side.

Now, the story reports that there were no reports of injury as of Monday evening- but that was Monday and the actual score is:

Border Patrol - 1/Drug Smuggling Mexicans - 0

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There was a quick bolt across the bend and the three "captains" all opened up in return fire. The smart money is on .556/.223 to have been the round(s) that dropped him.


13 September, 2010

“Firearms in Commerce: Assessing the Need for Reform..." Indefinitely Postponed.

I just received noticed from someone down border way, that he spoke to Cornyn's office and has been told that this hearing has been "INDEFINITELY POSTPONED".

“Firearms in Commerce: Assessing the Need for Reform in the Federal Regulatory Process”
Senate Judiciary Committee
Full Committee
DATE: September 14, 2010
TIME: 10:00 AM
ROOM: Dirksen-226

September 13, 2010


The Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing on "Firearms in Commerce: Assessing the Need for Reform in the Federal Regulatory Process" scheduled for Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building has been postponed.

By order of the Chairman.

12 September, 2010

State Department updates travel warning to Mexico (and other tidbits).

State Department updates travel warning to Mexico
September 10, 2010 9:32 PM
Lindsay Machak

McALLEN — U.S. citizens should avoid unnecessary travel on Mexican Highway 2 between Reynosa and Nuevo Laredo due to ongoing drug violence, according to a new travel advisory from the U.S. Department of State.

The department issued the bulletin Friday to inform U.S. citizens traveling to and living in Mexico about the security situation there.

"The level of violence in Monterrey is increasing and has spread to areas near a school which many U.S. citizen children attend," according to the warning.

"“Local police and private patrols do not have the capacity to deter criminal elements from areas around the schools. Given the increasing level of violence that is occurring all over Monterrey, school children are at significantly increased risk."

And then there is this from AP via the El Paso Times.

Mexico lashes out at US after migrant massacre
The Associated Press
Posted: 09/10/2010 09:09:27 PM MDT

MEXICO CITY—President Mauricio Funes of El Salvador said Friday he doesn't blame Mexico's government for the massacre of 72 mainly Central American migrants, and called for a joint effort to fight drug cartels.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Funes said after their meeting that the two countries have formed a high-level working group to develop joint strategies for combatting the drug gangs.

"We have come to have a conversation with the president of Mexico, not to condemn him or criticize him," Funes said. "Rather the opposite, to show him our support and offer our help in this fight."

Thirteen Salvadorans were among the dead identified so far in the massacre in late August, a killing blamed on one of Mexico's drug cartels, the Zetas.

In a separate interview Friday, Calderon said the migrant massacre doesn't undermine Mexico's moral authority to demand better treatment for its own migrants.

"Of course we have the moral authority, because Mexican officials are not shooting Central American youths at the border, but U.S. agents are shooting Mexican migrants," Calderon said in an interview with the Spanish-language Univision network.


"Wall of Violence" on Mexico's Southern Border

Calderon’s "two-faced" policy combines police, the military, gangs, and Los Zetas to fulfill US mandate to deter Central American migration

"Humberto" is a Honduran subsistence farmer. He grows his beans and vegetables without pesticides and herbicides. “The chemicals they put in food these days ruin the taste,” he says. Humberto has a patch of land, a house, a wife, and five children—three of whom still live at home.

Now we know who he is, this is what happened to him.

But Humberto's plans were put on hold in Arriaga. As Humberto waited for the train in Arriaga—it leaves every three days—he made friends with some fellow train-hoppers who said they were Guatemalan. They chatted, shared a couple of kilos of tortillas and a can of sardines that Humberto had scared up ("Woo! We ate rich that day," he remembers), and dozed on the train tracks. At some point—Humberto doesn't remember exactly when—the Guatemalans disappeared. He looked around, wondering where they went, and saw why they'd fled so fast: a police patrol was headed his way. An unidentified man dressed in plainclothes accompanied them.

Humberto ran. The police and the man ran faster. The man in plainclothes caught Humberto first. He hit Humberto in the ankle with a club. Humberto's ankle shattered and he crumpled to the ground. Their job done, police and the man started to leave. They had no interest in arresting Humberto.

"Hey!" Humberto shouted. "You guys can't just break my foot and leave me here! Take me to a hospital!"

Decriminalize the drugs Calderon. It will not have you and your ilk treating the subjects of Mexico, let alone the migrants from Central & South America, any better, but at least you would then have a moral leg to stand on.

Oh, but wait, you cannot as Sinaloa says NO, don't they


Mexican Gunmen Fire at Border Patrol Agents

Mexican Gunmen Fire at Border Patrol Agents

Last Update: 8:59 pm

ANZALDUAS PARK - The FBI is investigating after armed men shot at border patrol agents on the Rio Grande.

A Border Patrol Spokesperson tells CHANNEL 5 NEWS agents chased a vehicle to the river's edge near Anzalduas Park this morning.

The driver swam to Mexico leaving behind his vehicle loaded with drugs. As agents were removing over a thousand pounds of marijuana armed men in Mexico began shooting at agents patrolling on boats.

The agents returned fire several times forcing the gunmen in Mexico to flee. No injuries were reported.

Heard about this yesterday afternoon and was waiting for some more information, but Drudge has stolen my thunder in his center column. Well, they are only telling part of the story as Friday night, about 11:30PM, well before Saturday's morning's dance, some Border Patrol agents were fired upon but could not return fire as no one could tell exactly WHERE those rounds were coming from even though they DID know the fire was coming from MEXICO. No matter, as they did make up for it yesterday morning when, all boats (yes all boats- not just one as being reported) filled with Border Patrol Agents opened up with their rifles!



10 September, 2010

Doing some Texas border news site browsing.

Since I had been sent some links from news stories down in the RGV this week, I thought I would do my own reading and see what would catch my eye and these have- so pay close attention.

Two from the Laredo Morning Times

Report: US must deal with domestic radical problem

Associated Press
Published: Friday, September 10, 2010 8:54 AM CDT

WASHINGTON — The U.S. was slow to take seriously the threat posed by homegrown radicals and the government has failed to put systems in place to deal with the growing phenomenon, according to a new report compiled by the former heads of the Sept. 11 Commission.

The report says U.S. authorities failed to realize that Somali-American youths traveling from Minnesota to Mogadishu in 2008 to join extremists was not an isolated issue. Instead, the movement was one among several instances of a broader, more diverse threat that has surfaced across the country.

"Our long-held belief that homegrown terrorism couldn't happen here has thus created a situation where we are today stumbling blindly through the legal, operational and organizational minefield of countering terrorist radicalization and recruitment occurring in the United States," said the report, which was obtained by The Associated Press.

As a result, there is still no federal agency specifically charged with identifying radicalization or working to prevent terrorist recruitment of U.S. citizens and residents, said the report, slated to be released Friday by the Washington-based Bipartisan Policy Center's National Security Preparedness Group.
Army responds to shootout in Nuevo Laredo

Published: Thursday, September 9, 2010 3:12 PM CDT
City officials confirmed an armed confrontation and an "emergency situation" around 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of Degollado and Venezuela, two blocks from an elementary school in Nuevo Laredo.

The Mexican Army was involved in the shooting, and there was no confirmation on whether anyone was injured or deceased.

Soldiers cordoned off the area by Pedro J. Méndez and Venezuela, a block east of Degollado, and Lincoln and Degollado streets were also closed after Perú and Comonfort.
Two from the Brownsville Herald

Market daze: Mexican buyers among few bright spots in home sales
September 10, 2010 9:42 AM
By STEVE CLARK, The Brownsville Herald

Being a Realtor isn't as fun as it used to be, thanks to a housing market that's barely showing signs of life.

The first-time homebuyers tax credit provided a temporary lift, though home sales have plummeted again now that the program is essentially over.

One of the few glimmers of good news in the Brownsville housing market is the result of bad news south of the border, as increasing numbers of Mexican nationals purchase residences here to escape escalating violence at home.

Keith Cummins of Prudential Cummins & Balli Realtors said the evidence, while anecdotal, points to more Mexican families buying homes in and around Brownsville.

"We had a family locating here from Tampico," Cummins said. "These people were talking about a lot of others who were to follow them. Of course that makes a real estate agent's eyes light up. The talk on the street is that, yes, people from Mexico are looking for a place to refuge. I believe it to be true."

Local, state officials tout colonia redevelopment
September 09, 2010 9:35 PM
By STEVE CLARK, The Brownsville Herald

No doubt Juan Carreon was eager to get back into the air conditioning of his new Cameron Park home, since being outdoors late Wednesday afternoon was like being wrapped in a hot, wet blanket.

But he had guests to entertain, lots of them, in his driveway. Carreon was gracious enough to host state Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr., officials with the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs and the Community Development Corporation of Brownsville, and several others who were present for the occasion, meant to demonstrate the impact on real people of housing programs administered by TDHCA and CDCB help.

Carreon's Nannette Avenue home was torn down and a new one built in its place thanks to a program available through the Colonia Self-Help Center, founded and operated by the CDCB to serve four colonias in Cameron County and one in Willacy County.

Two from the Valley Morning Star

Harlingen outside guidelines for free lunch
September 07, 2010 5:00 AM

HARLINGEN — The Harlingen school district remains outside a federal guideline that allows schools to provide free lunch to all students, despite increasing enrollment in the district's free and reduced-price lunch program.

Based on last school year's free-lunch enrollment and participation figures, district staff said it is not financially feasible to provide free lunches to all students.

Provision 2 of U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines requires schools to pay the difference between federal reimbursement and the cost of providing free meals.

About 78 percent of HCISD students now receive free or reduced-priced school lunches, district officials said. Providing lunches for the remaining 22 percent could cost the district more than it would be reimbursed under Provision 2 of the National School Lunch Act.

But some parents say that if other Rio Grande Valley districts can provide free lunches to students, Harlingen CISD should do so.

VIA goes high tech with new guidance system
September 10, 2010 5:00 AM

HARLINGEN — Valley International Airport is a step ahead of other airports in the nation, as it is projected to complete the preliminary test phase of a Federal Aviation Administration program expected to reduce costs and provide precision flight guidance for the nation's airports in the future.

The program is set to transition airports to satellite-based navigation systems to use GPS, instead of the radio equipment many airports now use, as well as electronically map airport layouts.

VIA is "hoping" to finish the program as early as November, Michael Browning, VIA director of aviation, said. The airport is one of seven in the southwest region chosen by the FAA to participate in the A-GIS/eALP pilot program which began in September 2009.

Other airports include Dallas/Fort Worth International, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International and Will Rogers World in Oklahoma City.

Browning said the FAA has paid 95 percent of the program's cost, while the airport paid the remainder, totaling about $500,000.

VIA was chosen for several reasons, Lynn Lunsford, spokesman for the FAA southwest region, said.

"One (reason) was that the people in Harlingen were prepared and VIA is known for having a professional staff," Lunsford said. "They had their act together."

(Lynn, could it also be because VIA is in Harlingen, Texas which is a perfect juncture for flights by Border Patrol along with both US and Mexican Military aircraft into Mexico?)

Two from the El Paso Times

Video: Graffiti warning in Juarez allegedly from La Linea
Posted: 09/10/2010 05:36:12 PM MDT

Graffiti warning allegedly left by La Linea that they would attack families of Sinaloa drug cartel members if a kidnapped child was not returned. The messages were signed with the name Diego.

Indicted school board member Linda Chavez expected to resign
By Gustavo Reveles Acosta \ El Paso Times
Posted: 09/10/2010 05:10:45 PM MDT

Indicted Ysleta school board trustee Linda Chavez will resign her post.

District officials today called a special meeting for 6 p.m. Monday with only two items on the agenda.

The first one is the consideration of the resignation of an unnamed trustee.The second one will allow the trustees to decide how to fill an expected vacancy for the Del Valle seat on the board - the position that Chavez now holds.

Chavez, who is on the first year of her third three-year term, was arrested last week on suspicion of accepting money from Access HealthSource in exchange for her vote on a multi-million dollar contract.

She, along with 10 other people arrested last week, pleaded not guilty in federal court on Thursday. She faces up to 20 years in prison.

And one from The Monitor in McAllen
Mother of fallen soldier escorts body home
September 09, 2010 10:45 PM

Naxiely Lopez
The Monitor

MISSION — Rosie Guerra embarked on the most difficult journey of her life Thursday as she accompanied the body of her son from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to his final resting place in Mission.

Her son, 20-year-old Pfc. Diego Miguel Montoya, was killed in action Sept. 2 while serving as a military policeman in Laghman Province, Afghanistan.

Guerra spoke to The Monitor on Thursday morning while the charter plane she was travelling in stopped to refuel in Alabama.

"That was the most difficult thing I've ever had to do in my life," she said about identifying her son's body. "But I'm so honored and so privileged to have the opportunity to have done that for him because I realize I have been chosen to be the mother of a hero."

Montoya, who was deployed for his first tour five months ago, was killed after insurgents attacked the unit he was in.

No, I have not forgotten what tomorrow is- just been counting our dead.

Oh, you should read the comments at each link too.


At least 85 inmates escape state prison in Reynosa

And another one sent from down along the border.
At least 85 inmates escape state prison in Reynosa
September 10, 2010 5:52 PM

Naxiely Lopez and Martha L. Hernandez
The Monitor

REYNOSA — At least 85 inmates escaped Friday morning from a state prison in Reynosa, Mexican media reported Friday.

The prison break happened at the Centro de Ejecución de Sanciones, better known by the Mexican acronym CEDES.

The escape happened about 4:30 a.m., according to reports from the Reforma news agency in Mexico. Inmates jumped the fence with the help of ladders and personnel from the prison.
Sounds like recruitment day at the prison in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico.


Three items sent in.

'Shameless' generation grows as seven million now live in households where no one works

L.A. County welfare to children of illegal immigrants grows Payments to U.S.-born children rose to $52 million in July, prompting calls for policy changes

EXCLUSIVE: ICE Says It's Caught-and-Released 506,232 Illegal Aliens Who Are Now Fugitives--More Than Entire Population of Sacramento, Calif.

How many of you are trying to collect the grey-matter seeping from your ears?


09 September, 2010

Trichet's "Quantum Leap" About To Create Tremors In Europe

More fireworks out of Europe, following in the footsteps of the disclosure about Deutsche Bank's dramatic underfunding and need to raise capital, is JC Trichet's stunning announcement that Eurozone members that break the region's rules on public finances should be excluded temporarily from Europe’s political decision-making, according to the FT.
And two from the comments:
by Fred Hayek
on Thu, 09/09/2010 - 12:50

No political input if you don't meet the economic rules?

Why not just call it "Germany"? Somewhere in hell the nazis are kicking themselves. That's all we had to do?!?!
by Caviar Emptor
on Thu, 09/09/2010 - 13:29

All too eerily reminiscent of pre-War diplomacy in the 1930s where small countries get all too easily fed to the sharks to allow the bigger countries to party on. Imagine the consequences of a "quasi-expulsion": doing business in such a place becomes a nightmare as a fog of uncertainty descends. Big political risks too.

Bottom line: any threat to globalism, any sign of strain on the frozen smile of governments threatens all other economies, particularly those that are in debt up to their eyeballs. If anybody in the green wall of silence starts to get grouchy, then there's a chance that all bets are off and the hourly recycling of the mountains of debt stops. And that, folks, is the 21st Century equivalent of The Bomb Paranoia of the late 20th Century.

When there's even the slightest hint of a soupcon of a chance that the global system could unravel, that triggers huge anxiety because all the big banks are broke, all the governments are in huge debt and all citizens are feeding on the teat of money printing to support the debt.

There's just not a lot of wiggle room left. Gold is clearly the favored safe haven because there's no telling which currency could blow up. Even those of creditor nations like Japan and Switzerland could get hurt if their trading partners and political cronies are in the soup. They'd have to face a brave new world alone.

And a weak 30 Yr Bond auction today isn't helping boost confidence in the debt system. Were are the troops when you need 'em?
Chuckling, just chuckling...


08 September, 2010

Hartford, CN: City Council Meetings to Begin with Muslim Prayers

City Council Meetings to Begin with Muslim Prayers
Updated 9:32 AM EDT, Wed, Sep 8, 2010

In the wake of the battle over a mosque at Ground Zero, a move by the Hartford City Councilis sure to have its critics.

The Council announced Tuesday that it has invited local imams to perform Islamic invocations at the beginning of the Council meetings in September.

An e-mail from the Common Council called it "an act of solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters."
Shaking my head in utter disgust.


“Firearms in Commerce: Assessing the Need for Reform in the Federal Regulatory Process”

I received an E-mail in asking if I knew anything about the following and replied no. My E-mailer found the link via the Drudge Report at top left column and then proceeded to dig for information and he was told that it is supposedly about how the ATF is going to regulate FFL's.

“Firearms in Commerce: Assessing the Need for Reform in the Federal Regulatory Process”
Senate Judiciary Committee
Full Committee
DATE: September 14, 2010
TIME: 10:00 AM
ROOM: Dirksen-226

September 7, 2010

The Senate Committee on the Judiciary has scheduled a hearing entitled "Firearms in Commerce: Assessing the Need for Reform in the Federal Regulatory Process" for Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

By order of the Chairman.

I wonder what Leahy is up to, don't you?



David Codrea spent a "bit" of time this morning trying to get information too. It seems he has hit a "blackerry wall".