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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Israeli warplanes rained more than 100 tons of bombs on security installations in Hamas-ruled Gaza on Saturday, killing at least 230 people in one of the bloodiest days in decades of the mideast conflict. The government said the open-ended campaign was aimed at stopping rocket and mortar attacks that have traumatized southern Israel.

More than 400 people were also wounded. Most of the casualties were security forces, but Palestinian officials said at least 15 civilians were among the dead.

The unprecedented assault sparked protests and condemnations throughout the Arab world, and many of Israel’s Western allies urged restraint, though the U.S. blamed Hamas for the fighting.

But there was no end in sight. Israel warned it might go after Hamas’ leaders, and militants kept pelting Israel with rockets — killing at least one Israeli and wounding six.

Hundreds of Israeli infantry and armored corps troops headed for the Gaza border in preparation for a possible ground invasion, military officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity under army guidelines.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said the goal was “to bring about a fundamental improvement in the security situation of the residents of the southern part of the country.” He added, “It could take some time.”

The Israeli airstrikes caused widespread panic and confusion, and black plumes of smoke billowed above the territory, ruled by the Islamic militant Hamas for the past 18 months. Some of the Israeli missiles struck in densely populated areas as students were leaving school, and women rushed into the streets frantically looking for their children.

“My son is gone, my son is gone,” wailed Said Masri, a 57-year-old shopkeeper, as he sat in the middle of a Gaza City street, slapping his face and covering his head with dust from a bombed-out security compound nearby.

He said he had sent his 9-year-old son out to purchase cigarettes minutes before the airstrikes began and could not find him. “May I burn like the cigarettes, may Israel burn,” Masri moaned.

Militants often operate against Israel from civilian areas. Late Saturday, thousands of Gazans received Arabic-language cell-phone messages from the Israeli military, urging them to leave homes where militants might have stashed weapons.

The offensive began eight days after a six-month truce between Israel and the militants expired. The Israeli army says Palestinian militants have fired some 300 rockets and mortars at Israeli targets over the past week, and 10 times that number over the past year.

“There is a time for calm and there is a time for fighting, and now is the time for fighting,” said Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, vowing to expand the operation if necessary.

In Gaza City’s main security compound, bodies of more than a dozen uniformed Hamas police lay on the ground. Civilians rushed wounded people in cars and vans to hospitals because there weren’t enough ambulances to transport all the dead and wounded.

“There are heads without bodies …. There’s blood in the corridors. People are weeping, women are crying, doctors are shouting, ” said nurse Ahmed Abdel Salaam from Shifa Hospital, Gaza’s main treatment center.

Military officials said aircraft released more than 100 tons of bombs in the first nine hours of fighting, focusing initially on militant training camps, rocket-manufacturing facilities and weapons warehouses that had been identified in advance.

A second wave was directed at squads who fired about 180 rockets and mortars at Israeli border communities. In an attack early Sunday, Palestinians said Israeli aircraft bombed a mosque near Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, destroying it.

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said Hamas’ political leaders could soon be targeted. “”Hamas is a terrorist organization and nobody is immune,” she declared.

The campaign was launched six weeks before national elections. Livni and Barak hope to succeed Ehud Olmert as prime minister, and the outgoing government has faced pressure to take tough action.

Gaza’s political leaders, who have been targeted in the past, went into hiding earlier this week. In a speech broadcast on local Gaza television, Hamas’ prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, declared his movement would not be cowed.

“We are stronger, and more determined, and have more will, and we will hold onto our rights even more than before,” Haniyeh said. It was not clear where he spoke.

In Damascus, Syria, Hamas’ top leader, Khaled Mashaal, called on Palestinians to rekindle their fight against Israel. “This is the time for a third uprising,” he said.

Israel withdrew its troops and settlers in 2005 after crushing the second Palestinian uprising, but it has maintained control over the territory’s border crossings.

Despite the overwhelming show of force, it was not clear the offensive would halt the rocket fire. Past operations have never achieved that goal.

Late Saturday, Gaza health official Dr. Moaiya Hassanain said 230 Palestinians were killed and more than 400 were wounded.

The lone fatality in Israel was in the town of Netivot, where a rocket killed an Israeli man. Six other people were wounded, rescue services said.

Netivot only recently become a target, and dozens of stunned residents, some weeping, gathered at the house that took the deadly rocket hit. A hole gaped in one of the walls, which was pocked with shrapnel marks.

“We need to finish this once and for all and strike back hard,” said next-door neighbor Avraham Chen-Chatam, 57.

Streets were nearly empty in Sderot, the Israeli border town pummeled hardest by rockets. But dozens of people congregated on a hilltop to watch the Israeli aerial attacks.

The TV images of dead and wounded Gazans inflamed Arab public opinion, and protests erupted in Arab Israeli villages, the West Bank and elsewhere in the Arab world.

The campaign embarrassed moderate Arab regimes that have encouraged Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking and weakened Hamas’ rival, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who has ruled only the West Bank since Hamas violently seized control of Gaza in June 2007.

Abbas condemned the attacks, but fearing violence could spiral out of control, his forces also broke up protests in the West Bank.

The offensive also risked opening new fronts, including unrest that could destabilize the West Bank and ignite possible rocket attacks by Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas on northern Israel.

Britain, the EU, the Vatican, the U.N. secretary-general and special Mideast envoy Tony Blair all called for an immediate restoration of calm. The Arab League scheduled an emergency meeting Wednesday to discuss the situation.

But the U.S., Israel‘s closest ally, blamed Hamas. “These people are nothing but thugs, so Israel is going to defend its people against terrorists like Hamas that indiscriminately kill their own people,” White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe said.

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AP correspondent Aron Heller contributed to this report from Netivot, Israel. Amy Teibel reported from Jerusalem.

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Rudyard Kipling

I went into a public-‘ouse to get a pint o’ beer,
The publican ‘e up an’ sez, “We serve no red-coats here.”
The girls be’ind the bar they laughed an’ giggled fit to die,
I outs into the street again an’ to myself sez I:
O it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, go away”;
But it’s “Thank you, Mister Atkins”, when the band begins to play,
The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,
O it’s “Thank you, Mister Atkins”, when the band begins to play.

I went into a theatre as sober as could be,
They gave a drunk civilian room, but ‘adn’t none for me;
They sent me to the gallery or round the music-‘alls,
But when it comes to fightin’, Lord! they’ll shove me in the stalls!
For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, wait outside”;
But it’s “Special train for Atkins” when the trooper’s on the tide,
The troopship’s on the tide, my boys, the troopship’s on the tide,
O it’s “Special train for Atkins” when the trooper’s on the tide.

Yes, makin’ mock o’ uniforms that guard you while you sleep
Is cheaper than them uniforms, an’ they’re starvation cheap;
An’ hustlin’ drunken soldiers when they’re goin’ large a bit
Is five times better business than paradin’ in full kit.
Then it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, ‘ow’s yer soul?”
But it’s “Thin red line of ‘eroes” when the drums begin to roll,
The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll,
O it’s “Thin red line of ‘eroes” when the drums begin to roll.

We aren’t no thin red ‘eroes, nor we aren’t no blackguards too,
But single men in barricks, most remarkable like you;
An’ if sometimes our conduck isn’t all your fancy paints,
Why, single men in barricks don’t grow into plaster saints;
While it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, fall be’ind”,
But it’s “Please to walk in front, sir”, when there’s trouble in the wind,
There’s trouble in the wind, my boys, there’s trouble in the wind,
O it’s “Please to walk in front, sir”, when there’s trouble in the wind.

You talk o’ better food for us, an’ schools, an’ fires, an’ all:
We’ll wait for extry rations if you treat us rational.
Don’t mess about the cook-room slops, but prove it to our face
The Widow’s Uniform is not the soldier-man’s disgrace.
For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Chuck him out, the brute!”
But it’s “Saviour of ‘is country” when the guns begin to shoot;
An’ it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ anything you please;
An’ Tommy ain’t a bloomin’ fool — you bet that Tommy sees!


Minorities Should Express Shame, Not

Only Pride
Dennis Prager TOWNHALL,COM
Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Gay Pride. Jewish Pride. Black pride. Hispanic Pride.

Multiculturalism.

Ethnic pride. Minority rights vs. tyranny of the majority.

For a generation, America has been awash in the celebration of minorities and minorities celebration of themselves. Just recall Black is Beautiful or I am a woman, I am invincible.

At the same time, the majority group in America — white Christians — has been allowed to celebrate very little. Rather, they have constantly been reminded of what they should be ashamed of — their racism, sexism, homophobia, patriarchy, and xenophobia — real and alleged.

But what about minority shame?

Why does one almost never hear expressions of group shame from members of any American group other than white Christians (specifically, white Christian male heterosexuals)? Are the only evildoers in America white male heterosexual Christians? Is there something inherently wrong about members of minorities expressing anything but group pride? Are there no minority sins worthy of shame? The latter is in fact the argument advanced by many intellectuals concerning black racism, for example. For a generation, college students have been taught that it is impossible for blacks to be racist because only the racial group in power, i.e. whites, can express racism.

Of course, that is nonsense. A black can be a racist just as a white can be one. A minority race might not have the power to implement racist national policies but that hardly means that no minority group, or any individual, can be a racist.

All this came to mind recently when, by coincidence, I read two things about the minority group of which I am a member — Jews. I just completed reading Anthony Beevors The Fall of Berlin 1945, in which the author writes that in the midst of the massive rape of German women (millions of girls and women of all ages) by Red Army troops, Jewish officers in the Red Army were known to be the one group that protected German girls and women. In Beevors words, Red Army officers who were Jewish went out of their way to protect German women and girls.

I fully admit to a sense of Jewish pride when I read that.

The next day I read a news report that because of the objections of one kindergartners mother, a public school in North Carolina had banned the singing of Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer because the song contained the word Christmas. I blame the school officials first and foremost for this craven and foolish decision. But when the news report noted that the woman was Jewish, my heart sank. Just as I had read the Beevor report and felt a surge of Jewish pride, I read the North Carolina story and felt a surge of Jewish shame.

It was a surge of Jewish shame that years ago led to one of the largest demonstrations of Israeli Jews in Israel’s history. They were demonstrating against the massacre of Palestinians in the Sabra and Chatilla refugee camps in Lebanon. The killings were committed by Lebanese Christian militias, but they took place while Israel occupied that area of Lebanon.

It would seem, then, that group shame is a good thing.

There are at least three reasons:

1. It is maturing. Only children think only well of themselves. A group that only expresses pride is essentially a group of children.

2. If one expresses group pride, one is morally obligated to express group shame. Obviously, this does not apply to any person who does not identify with, let alone take pride in being a member of, a group.

3. If only the majority group is expected to express shame, then only the majority group is expected to be governed by rules of morality. It is, ironically, the highest moral compliment to Americas white Christians that they are the only American group of whom expressions of shame are expected. It means more is morally expected of them than of anyone else.

The relative absence of expressions of shame in the Muslim world over the atrocities committed in Islam’s name is an example of the above. The labeling of blacks who express shame over disproportionate rates of violent crime and out-of-wedlock births in the black community as Uncle Toms is another. The absence of any expression of shame in the gay community over the current blacklisting — and attempts to economically destroy — anyone who donated to the California proposition defining marriage as between a man and a woman is another example. When Sen. Joseph McCarthy blacklisted people in Hollywood for real or alleged support for the Communist Party, he was finally shut up with the words, Have you no shame, sir?

Expressing group shame when morally necessary is not airing dirty linen or giving solace to ones ideological enemies. It is, rather, one of the highest expressions of moral development. And it is therefore universally applicable. Being a minority doesn’t exempt its members from moral responsibility. It will be a great day for America and the world when minorities begin to express shame as well as pride. In fact, there is real pride in expressing shame. Minorities should give it a try.

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Posted 1 hour, 18 minutes ago in OpinionPolitics

(Newser) – Barack Obama’s cabinet picks have elicited howls from the political left, but he won’t sell out his progressive supporters, E.J. Dionne, Jr. writes in The New Republic. First off, Obama never was a true economic leftie—that was John Edwards’ role. But like John F. Kennedy 45 years ago, Obama will probably push a progressive agenda through a team that conservatives can accept.

Lefties in Congress still like him, too. Obama knows that “the country faces more problems than at anytime since 1933,” says liberal Sen. Bernie Sanders. Obama is also entering the White House as most of the country is leaning left; even conservatives want to partly socialize Wall Street these days. “Reality has moved left, particularly over the last six months,” Dionne writes.

Source New Republic

· Time, CNN Top College Faves

Dec 1, 08 6:34 AM CST
Time, CNN Top College FavesCollege students took a break from beer pong to take stock of the world, a study of their favorite brands suggests. Time unseated Cosmopolitan as top magazine among the 1,000 students surveyed, while CNN.com bumped Perez Hilton off the list of top websites, Advertising Age reports. “World peace” became the fourth most desired wish for this election year—though, to be fair, the No. 6 most cherished was the ability to fly. More »

· Clinton at State Troubles Obamanauts

Nov 18, 08 9:55 AM CST
Clinton at State Troubles ObamanautsWhile a Hillary Clinton appointment as secretary of State has been greeted with enthusiasm worldwide, Barack Obama’s own team of believers is feeling some confusion and dissonance, reports Politico. “These guys didn’t put together a campaign in order to turn the government over to the Clintons,” says a Democrat close to Obama. “I can’t stand her,” said another—”but I think she’s a great choice.”
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· Has Obama Tipped Murdoch Left?

Nov 17, 08 9:35 AM CST
Has Obama Tipped Murdoch Left?Media watchers have been tracking the post-election New York Post with particular interest: Instead of being dyspeptic over the Democratic presidential win, Rupert Murdoch’s gleefully right-wing tabloid has treated Barack Obama to coverage ranging, as the New York Times puts it, “from warm and fuzzy to downright heroic.” Which fuels speculation, first raised by biographer Michael Wolff in a book excerpt in Vanity Fair, that the 77-year-old media magnate (and owner of Fox News) is veering leftward.
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· Gen X to Boomers: We Get It Now

Nov 9, 08 5:09 AM CST
We Get It NowSorry, boomers, for taking so long to drop the cynicism and eye-rolling, writes Heather Havrilesky in Salon. But to those who “became rational adults at the exact moment a reckless frat boy boomer became president,” your generation’s idealism and tales of ’60s radicalism fell flat, she spills. Barack Obama’s win changed that. Gen X’ers get it now, understanding “there’s no shame in throwing ourselves into this new future with full hearts, with tears in our eyes.” More »

· DC Anticipates 1.5M for Historic Inauguration

Nov 8, 08 6:35 AM CST
DC Anticipates 1.5M for Historic InaugurationHotel rooms will be as scarce as McCain-Palin T-shirts in Washington on Inauguration Day, the Wall Street Journal reports, as a record-breaking tide of Obama supporters—especially black Americans—makes a pilgrimage to witness the historic moment. More than 1.5 million people are expected to flood the city for the Jan. 20 event. Hotel rooms, even at rates above $1,000 a night, are booking three times faster than for the last inauguration.
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President-elect Barack Obama walks towards the podium during a news conference in Chicago, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

President-elect Barack Obama speaks at a news conference in Chicago, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

President-elect Barack Obama gestures during a news conference in Chicago, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)


ajwhitehead@anti-cair-net.org

In Defense of the

Constitution

News & Analysis
014/08  December 10, 2008
CAIR’s Message of “Peace”

Following the recent Islamic-terrorist attacks on the Indian city of Mumbai, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), called for an “interfaith exchange” between Indian Hindus and Muslims.

As usual, CAIR exploits another sensational terrorist event while they ignore daily acts of Islamic terrorism – over 100 Muslim terror attacks took place in November prior to the Mumbai rampage.

In a call to action straight out of the CAIR playbook, CAIR-New York (CAIR-NY) Community Affairs Director Faiza N. Ali stated:

“Inter-religious exchanges are needed to help promote peace and security in the region”

CAIR, with proven ties to Islamic terrorism which includes having Islamic terrorists on staff at different periods in its short turbulent history, is the last group that should be calling for “exchanges”, let alone “Inter-religious” exchanges.

How can any group that practices Islamic supremacy presume to lecture anyone on the merits of peaceful religious exchange?

Consider:

– The Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP) recently had a $156 million dollar judgment upheld against it for the murder of an American citizen by Hamas terrorists.  Nihad Awad and Omar Ahmad, CAIR founders, were top officers of the IAP.

– The Lashkar-e-Taiba, an Islamist terrorist group, reportedly trained the Mumbai terrorists for their recent attacks.  It is recalled that Ismail Royer, the incarcerated communications officer for CAIR, is currently serving time on terrorism charges; one of the terrorist acts he admitted to was providing assistance to America-based recruits of the Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist organization.

There are many other examples of CAIR staffers and members supporting Islamic terrorism through fundraising, propagandizing, or aidding and abetting terrorist groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hamas.

Unlike the British Muslim group MPACUK, CAIR has yet to find the fortitude to just come out and honestly tell Americans they outright sympathize and support the many bloody efforts of Islamic terrorists.

CAIR’s proven support for the objectives of Islamic terrorists and terrorist groups renders CAIR’s opinion on “interfaith exchanges” a cruel joke.

Only nobody is laughing in Mumbai …
Andrew Whitehead
Director
Anti-CAIR
ajwhitehead@anti-cair-net.org
www.anti-cair-net.org


Peter Harriman • pharrima@argusleader.com • December 7, 2008

A year-and-a-half-old battle between South Dakota’s major veterans organizations and the administration of Gov. Mike Rounds is apparently going to continue into the 2009 legislative session.

At a meeting Saturday with Sioux Falls-area legislators, representatives from the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans pressed lawmakers to pass a concurrent resolution to create a state department of veterans affairs separate from the Department of Military Affairs that now oversees veterans issues. The group also urged for a bill requiring the director of the division of veterans affairs to have nothing less than an honorable discharge from military service.

This stems from a belief among veterans leaders that their assessment was not taken into account when George Summerside was named state veterans affairs director more than a year ago.

Also, while South Dakota Attorney General Larry Long said Summerside’s honorable discharge from military service in 1976 satisfied requirements in state statute for his appointment as head of veterans affairs and any subsequent discharge is irrelevant, veterans groups think Summerside might have a less than honorable discharge on his record.

Ron Boyd, state adjutant of the American Legion, told legislators because the National Guard’s role in the U.S. military has become much more prominent in the past decade, the state Department of Military Affairs needs to make National Guard issues its highest priority and can no longer devote adequate attention to veterans issues. So the departments should be split.

Adjutant General Steven Doohen was in Sioux Falls for an Air National Guard activation ceremony Saturday. He said splitting off veterans affairs from military affairs could be costly.

“I think we can make it work,” he said of a combined department. He also gave Summerside an endorsement, saying he has done “an outstanding job,” as acting director.

“I can’t for the life of me understand why the administration is not listening to you on this,” State Sen. Minority Leader Scott Heidepriem said. “At a minimum, there should be a dialogue with the chief executive of the state.”

Sen. Majority Leader Dave Knudson called the administration’s approach “almost bizarre.” While he is not convinced military affairs and veterans affairs should be separate, the Legislature has the power to split them rather than encouraging the governor


to do so in a resolution.

“We could do a bill, not just a concurrent resolution. I think you’re maybe aiming too low, frankly,” he said.

Sen. Tom Dempster, R-Sioux Falls, told veterans “it troubles me more than anything that you don’t have a seat at the table, that your voices are not heard.”

Rep. Richard Engals, D-Hartford, said he would support a bill requiring a veterans affairs director to have nothing less than an honorable discharge.

The veterans groups also urged legislators to study whether a veterans cemetery and veterans home should be built East River.

Representatives of the Marine Corps League and Paralyzed Veterans of America also attended.

Ryan Green, of the PVA, said that group is urging the legislature to either adopt a statewide building code or use international building code standards to ensure that public buildings throughout the state are accessible to paralyzed veterans.

In your voice

In your voice

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Minneapolis

December 6, 9:47 AM

by Kellie Speed, East Coast Restaurants Examiner

The numbers are in and, despite continued economic bad news, Golden Corral and its 485 restaurants nationwide served 322,000 “thank you” dinner buffets and helped raise $727,000 for Disabled American Veterans (DAV) as part of Golden Corral’s eighth annual “Military Appreciation Monday” dinner held Nov. 17.

Donations to the DAV rose more than 10 percent over 2007, bringing total contributions to $3.26 million since the program started in 2001.

“The generosity of our guests is overwhelming,” said Theodore (Ted) M. Fowler, president and CEO of Golden Corral.  “It seems people recognized the need of those who were injured serving our country and responded by contributing more than ever.”

For the second year in a row, Golden Corral also included a drive to send greetings to America’s military personnel on active duty overseas. From Sept. 1 until Nov. 17, restaurants collected special postcards with messages of thanks and encouragement for the troops overseas. As a result, more than 52,000 Military Appreciation post cards will be delivered to military troops during the holidays.

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Laredo Border Patrol Agents Seize More Than a Ton of Marijuana

(Thursday, December 04, 2008)

contacts for this news release

Laredo, Texas – Laredo, Texas Border Patrol agents seized more than 2, 572 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value street value of $2.1 million in separate incidents this week.

The largest of the seizures occurred yesterday at a local checkpoint. Agents were conducting an immigration inspection on the driver of a 1999 Freightliner tractor trailer when a Border Patrol canine alerted toward the trailer, indicating the possible presence of hidden people or contraband. The vehicle was referred for secondary inspection and examined by the Vehicle and Cargo Inspection System, which uses gamma rays to produce an image similar to an X-ray. The machine image showed an anomaly at the rear portion of the trailer.

Agents opened the trailer and found 42 cellophane-wrapped bundles. The bundles contained marijuana with a total weight of 1,387.6 pounds and an estimated street value just over $1.1 million. The driver, the truck and the marijuana were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

On Tuesday, Laredo North agents received information of suspicious activity near La Bota Ranch. Agents responded to the area and located several abandoned bundles of marijuana hidden in a pasture of high grass. A total of 169.4 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $135,520 was seized and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Border Patrol agents near Laredo, Texas found almost 300 pounds of marijuana under this pick-ups false floor.

On Monday, Zapata station agents responded to a report of suspicious activity near Salado Creek. Agents responded to the area and encountered a GMC Suburban with two occupants inside. While performing an immigration inspection of the occupants, agents observed in plain view several bundles of marijuana inside the vehicle. The total weight of the marijuana seized was 494.5 pounds with an estimated value of $395,600. The subjects, marijuana and vehicle were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Other notable marijuana seizures were:

  • 290.5 pounds seized Monday by agents assigned to the Hebbronville station. Agents attempted to stop a 2003 Dodge Ram near Oilton, Texas. The driver and passenger absconded and left the vehicle abandoned. A detector canine alerted to the bed of the pickup truck. Agents discovered 67 bundles of marijuana inside the false bed of the truck. The marijuana has an estimated street value of $232,440. The marijuana and vehicle were turned over to DEA agents.
  • 218.8 pounds seized by agents assigned to the Laredo West station. They seized the drugs from a vehicle stop they made of two occupants driving a 1995 Chevrolet pick-up near the Colombia port of entry on Mines Road. The suspects attempted to escape but were apprehended by Laredo West agents a short distance from the initial stop. Inside the vehicle, agents located 10 bundles of marijuana. The marijuana, valued at $175,040, was turned over to DEA.
  • 11.2 pounds seized by agents assigned to the Laredo North station. Agents discovered two unclaimed bags in the luggage compartment of a commercial bus containing cellophane-wrapped bundles of marijuana with an estimated street value of $8,960. The drugs were turned over to the DEA

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

On Monday, Zapata station agents responded to a report of suspicious activity near Salado Creek. Agents responded to the area and encountered a GMC Suburban with two occupants inside. While performing an immigration inspection of the occupants, agents observed in plain view several bundles of marijuana inside the vehicle. The total weight of the marijuana seized was 494.5 pounds with an estimated value of $395,600. The subjects, marijuana and vehicle were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Other notable marijuana seizures were:

  • 290.5 pounds seized Monday by agents assigned to the Hebbronville station. Agents attempted to stop a 2003 Dodge Ram near Oilton, Texas. The driver and passenger absconded and left the vehicle abandoned. A detector canine alerted to the bed of the pickup truck. Agents discovered 67 bundles of marijuana inside the false bed of the truck. The marijuana has an estimated street value of $232,440. The marijuana and vehicle were turned over to DEA agents.
  • 218.8 pounds seized by agents assigned to the Laredo West station. They seized the drugs from a vehicle stop they made of two occupants driving a 1995 Chevrolet pick-up near the Colombia port of entry on Mines Road. The suspects attempted to escape but were apprehended by Laredo West agents a short distance from the initial stop. Inside the vehicle, agents located 10 bundles of marijuana. The marijuana, valued at $175,040, was turned over to DEA.
  • 11.2 pounds seized by agents assigned to the Laredo North station. Agents discovered two unclaimed bags in the luggage compartment of a commercial bus containing cellophane-wrapped bundles of marijuana with an estimated street value of $8,960. The drugs were turned over to the DEA

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

sophia_sadek ([info]sophia_sadek) wrote,
@ 20081207 15:04:00

Break Time: Climbing the Conservative Ladder of Thought
The “conservative” intellect in America can be rated on a ladder of initiation. At the lowest rungs of the ladder, we find the people who are least initiated. As we go higher up the ladder, we find greater levels of initiation until we reach the top rungs of the ladder. There is value in considering some of the ways these dark energy luminaries operate.

At the base of the ladder, we encounter Ann Coulter who heaps coals on the heads of her less mature detractors by recounting their childish antics. One cannot help but sympathize with the poor creature’s plight and feel pity for the way she has been treated by her adversaries.

Conservatives at the top rung of the ladder would take umbrage at being associated with the princess of bigotry. She couldn’t possibly share the same values as they do. It is true that she embarrasses fellow travelers, but the infantile reaction against her does no justice to the anti-bigotry crowd.

Above her level, we come to the rungs occupied by the Jonah Goldbergs of conservative thought. Their level of initiation is greater because they tap into a wider body of evidence in order to promote hate and violence.

The next tier of rungs on the ladder have been established by Dinesh D’Souza. He taps into higher level conservative thinkers without making the mistake of understanding them. He serves as an intellectual filter for those below his level, shielding the lesser initiates from the brilliance at the top.

D’Souza’s alien childhood and his passage from the liberal side of the aisle to the conservative side, lends him an air of multicultural legitimacy. He exposes the imperfections of the liberal academy in a way that almost makes him seem to be the genuine article. One must sympathize with his struggle against bias. On the other hand, his self-contradiction on the support of both human rights and gay bashing make him an icon of vicious bigotry.

Above D’Souza, we encounter Sam Harris. His level of initiation takes him out of the morass of religious bigotry exemplified by D’Souza. He earns a spot on the “conservative” ladder because he advocates violence in reaction to the violent. He fails to see the irony in this standard self-contradiction.

http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/newsroom/news_releases/12012008_2.xml

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Border Patrol Agents Rescue 6 from Colorado River
12/01/2008

Yuma, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Border Patrol, through its Yuma station’s marine unit, aided a party of trapped boaters in the Colorado River Friday evening.

At about 6:05 p.m., the Yuma County sheriff’s office informed the Yuma Border Patrol station that a party of recreational boaters appeared to be in distress in the Colorado River. According to the report, a small boat carrying two children and four adults appeared to be trapped against a rock barrier in the Colorado River, north of County 8th Street.

The barrier, or rock weir, stretches across the river from Yuma to the Andrade, Calif. side. The weir is composed of large granite boulders, and the river current is very swift and turbulent as it flows over and through the rocks.

Upon assessing the situation, the Border Patrol agents assigned to the marine unit were able to safely transfer the two children to their patrol boat and transport them to shore. They then returned to the vessel and towed it to a safe location. The vessel was not damaged by the incident, and the occupants resumed boating without further assistance.

No one was injured during the incident, and no damage to the vessel was reported.

Residents are reminded to exercise extreme caution when conducting recreational activities in and navigating through the Colorado River.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.