Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Brewer: Release of Hundreds of Illegals Ahead of Cuts 'Height of Absurdity'

By Todd Beamon

  / Newsmax

“I’m appalled to learn the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has begun to release hundreds of illegal aliens from custody, the first of potentially thousands to soon be freed under the guise of federal budget cuts,” said Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who has long battled the White House on immigration matters. “This is pure political posturing and the height of absurdity, given that the releases are being granted before the federal sequestration cuts have even gone into effect.”

In Pinal County, about 70 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, Sheriff Paul Babeau told Newsmax that the release of hundreds of detainees over the weekend was “outrageous and unacceptable because there’s a direct and immediate impact to public safety of families in my county.”

“These are criminal illegals,” Babeau said. “They were headed for deportation — but now, they have received a budget pardon.”

Arizona Sen. John McCain told Newsmax, “We’re very concerned about this.”

The 2008 GOP presidential candidate met with President Barack Obama on Tuesday at the White House to discuss immigration reform.

“People shouldn’t be released who have been incarcerated,” McCain said.

The illegal immigrants were released after their cases were reviewed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said ICE spokeswoman Gillian M. Christensen.

The agency falls under Homeland Security, headed by Secretary Janet Napolitano, a former Arizona attorney general and its governor from 2003-2009.

About $85 billion in cross-government cuts are scheduled to go into effect on Friday. Approximately 5.3 percent of the ICE budget would be cut.

“As fiscal uncertainty remains over the continuing resolution and possible sequestration, ICE has reviewed its detained population to ensure detention levels stay within ICE’s current budget,” Christensen said in a statement. “Over the last week, ICE has reviewed several hundred cases and placed these individuals on methods of supervision less costly than detention.

“All of these individuals remain in removal proceedings,” Christensen added. “Priority for detention remains on serious criminal offenders and other individuals who pose a significant threat to public safety.”

The illegals were granted supervised release, under which defendants in immigration cases must abide by a strict reporting schedule that might include attending appointments at regional ICE offices and telephone and electronic monitoring, Christensen said.

Christensen said she could not specify how many detainees had been released, nationally or in Arizona, or when the releases began.

But a source who was not authorized to speak on the record told Newsmax that slightly more than 300 immigrants had been released across the country since last Thursday — with about 50 from Pinal County facilities — and all were classified as low-security threats.

Still, Babeau said that any release of illegals in Pinal County, regardless of how they’re designated by ICE, posed a threat because two major interstate highways intersect in the county. “We are one of the most-impacted counties in the country for drugs and human smuggling,” he said.

Pinal County, located in central Arizona, is located between Phoenix and Tucson. It spans about 5,400 square miles and has about 400,000 residents. The Sheriff’s Department, with 214 sworn deputies, manages a jail with about 1,500 inmates, Babeau said.

“A lot of these people weren’t even arrested here. They weren’t arrested in my county,” he said. “A lot of them were arrested in Phoenix or somewhere else, and they’re brought into my county — and now, they are released on the streets and in my neighborhoods.”

Babeau said it doesn’t matter that the illegals are now on supervised release.

“It is unacceptable for anyone to believe that’s feasible. These are people who have defied and disrespected our law to come into our country — and we’ve had a problem even stopping them from coming into our sovereign country — so how do we think we’re going to be able to supervise release for criminal illegals?” Babeau asked. “They don’t respect the law.”

Meanwhile, other GOP legislators on Capitol Hill joined with McCain in blasting the White House over the detainee releases.

Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama said they jeopardized the chances for a deal on immigration reform between the White House and Congress.

“It is clear the administration is using the [budget cuts known as the sequester] as a convenient excuse to bow to political pressure from the amnesty groups, as it did with its unilateral decision to confer legal status on millions who are not lawfully present,” Sessions said.

“With this new action, the administration has further demonstrated that it has no commitment to enforcing the law and cannot be trusted to deliver on any future promises of enforcement.”

And House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte was just as brutal.

“It’s abhorrent that President Obama is releasing criminals into our communities to promote his political agenda on sequestration,” the Virginia Republican said.

“By releasing criminal immigrants onto the streets, the administration is needlessly endangering American lives,” he said. “It also undermines our efforts to come together with the administration and reform our nation’s immigration laws.”

David Yonkman, Newsmax’s Washington Correspondent, contributed to this report.

U.S. military command in Afghanistan to revise count of Taliban attacks -- whoops, jihadists aren't in decline after all

From Jihad Watch / Posted by Robert Spencer


Sorry, folks, we aren't winning after all. Not that we really even want to. "AP Newsbreak: Drop in Taliban attacks incorrect," by Robert Burns for the Associated Press, February 26:
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S.-led military command in Afghanistan incorrectly reported a decline last year in Taliban attacks and is preparing to publish corrected numbers that could undercut its narrative of a Taliban in steep decline. 
After finding what they called clerical errors, military officials in Kabul said Tuesday that a 7 percent drop in "enemy initiated attacks" for the period from January through December 2012 reported last month will be corrected to show no change in the number of attacks during that span.
The 7 percent figure had been included in a report posted on the coalition's website until it was removed recently without explanation. After The Associated Press inquired about the missing report, coalition officials said they were correcting the data and would re-publish the report.
"During a quality control check, ISAF recently became aware that some data was incorrectly entered into the database that is used for tracking security-related incidents across Afghanistan," said Jamie Graybeal, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition known officially as the International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF.
Graybeal said a subsequent audit determined that portions of the data from unilateral Afghan military operations were "not properly reflected" in the trends ISAF had reported in its monthly updates on security and violence.
"After including this unilateral ANSF (Afghan National Security Force) data into our database, we have determined that there was no change in the total number of EIAs (enemy initiated attacks) from 2011 to 2012," Graybeal said.
"This was a record-keeping error that we recognized and have now corrected," he added.
The coalition defines enemy initiated attacks as attacks by small arms, mortars, rockets and improvised explosive devices, or IEDs. But it does not include IEDs that are found and cleared before they explode.
Trends in Taliban attacks are one yardstick used by ISAF to measure war progress. Others include the state of security in populated areas, the number of coalition and Afghan casualties, the degree to which civilians can move about freely, and the performance of Afghan security forces.
Graybeal said that even though the number of 2012 Taliban attacks was unchanged from 2011, "our assessment of the fundamentals of campaign progress has not changed. The enemy is increasingly separated from the population and the ANSF are currently in the lead for the vast majority of partnered operations."
Wishful thinking.

The Malignancy in Federal Medical Research

The Malignancy in Federal Medical Research

By: Terry Jeffrey / Townhall Columnist


When George W. Bush was stumping as a "compassionate conservative" in the closing days of the 2000 presidential campaign, he went to Florida and repeated a campaign promise to double the funding for the National Institutes of Health. 

"I will lead a medical moon shot to reach far beyond what seems possible today and discover new cures for age-old afflictions," Bush said.

After he won Florida by a famously narrow margin -- and thus was elected president despite losing the nationwide popular vote -- Bush basically made good on his funding promise.

In fiscal 2000, the NIH spent $15.415 billion; in fiscal 2008, it spent $29.847 billion; and in fiscal 2012, it spent $32.781 billion. Even when adjusted for inflation, NIH spending grew from $20.55 billion in constant 2012 dollars in 2000 to $32.781 billion in 2012 -- an increase of about 60 percent.

Now President Obama is complaining that the minor curtailments in anticipated federal spending that he signed into law in 2011 in exchange for a $2.4-trillion increase in the national debt will decimate the NIH's research capabilities.

"Even President Bush's director of the National Institutes of Health says these cuts will set back medical science for a generation," Obama said in his weekly radio address.

Dr. Francis Collins, the current director of NIH, told Congressional Quarterly last week that the sequester requires the agency to cut $1.5 billion from its annual budget -- which would still leave NIH about 50 percent bigger in real terms then it was 12 years ago.

Sequestration at NIH, said Collins, would mean "across-the-board damage to virtually everything."

In fact, Congress needs to pay much closer attention to exactly how the now-bloated NIH is spending borrowed federal dollars.

In 2008, for example, Pete Winn of CNSNews.com did a story about the NIH spending more than $1 million on a project that studied hookah smoking in Syria. In 2009, Edwin Mora of CNSNews.com did a story about the NIH paying $2.6 million for a project that focused on the drinking habits of prostitutes in China.

Most recently, Liz Harrington of CNSNews.com reported that National Cancer Institute-funded researchers at the University of California at San Francisco had discovered that "astroturfing" by the tobacco industry had helped create the tea party movement.

Did America need these studies? No.

As President Obama hypes the impact of the sequester, Congress should begin aggressively investigating and exposing where taxpayers' money has actually been going in recent years. Over the last three presidential terms, the growth in the federal government has been obscene.

In fiscal 2000, federal spending was 18.2 percent of gross domestic product and the federal government ran a surplus. In fiscal 2012, federal spending was 24.3 percent of GDP and the federal government ran a $1-trillion-plus deficit for the fourth year in a row.

It is true that much of the growth in federal spending is driven by entitlements -- including the Medicare prescription drug plan, a new entitlement signed into law by George W. Bush. But, at the same time, Congress and the last two presidents have also driven up discretionary spending.

The National Institutes of Health is a good case study in how both parties have worked to expand that spending. Bush, a Republican, campaigned promising to double the size of NIH as a way of persuading voters in swing states like Florida that he was compassionate and ready to spend other people's money to advance what he perceived to be their interests. Obama, a Democrat, has no intention of reversing the upward spending trajectory Bush endorsed and set for NIH.

Other than through the sequester -- if they now let it go forward -- Republican leaders in Congress have shown no will to turn things around.

They should let the sequester hit NIH and every other government agency. Then they should come back to Washington next Monday ready to demand far deeper cuts in federal spending as they begin exposing all of the ridiculous things the NIH and other federal agencies have been doing with money borrowed from generations of Americans yet unborn.

The Islamification of Texas

Imagine browsing Facebook one day and discovered a photograph of your 14-year-old daughter wearing a burqa – at school. 
That’s exactly what happened to a parent in Lumberton, Tex. She asked me not to disclose her identity because she fears for her daughter’s safety.

Her daughter’s world geography class was supposed to be learning about the continents. Instead, they were given a tutorial in Islam – complete with authentic Muslim garments. Some of the young ladies were photographed – and the image has now gone viral.

The students were told the purpose of the class was to change their perceptions of Islam. They were instructed to no longer call those who commit terrorist attacks terrorists. Instead, the Muslim terrorists were to be called freedom fighters.

They were also assigned to write an essay based on a Washington Post story that blamed Egypt’s troubles on democracy – instead of the Muslim Brotherhood.

“I am outraged,” the angry mom told me. “I felt my blood pressure go through my head.”

The parent said she was not even aware of the lesson until she discovered the Facebook photograph.

“As parents we should have been made aware this,” she said. “I felt like the line had been crossed.”

The parents said they immediately contacted the principal of the high school who defended the program and said it was required under CSCOPE – a controversial electronic curriculum system that provides online lesson plans for teachers.

“The principal told me it was world geography and they have to learn this stuff,” she said. I called Janice VanCleave, a vocal critic of the CSCOPE program and the founder of Texas CSCOPE Review. She said the education program is without question promoting the Islamic religion – and students are not given the full story.

“They are not telling students how these young women are treated in this religion,” she told me. “In the Islamic countries women are not treated well at all.”

Last month, evidence was presented at a state hearing showing that CSCOPE offered a number of lessons about Islam.

One particular lesson instructed teachers to provide classroom readings of selected texts from the Koran.
Students were also taught that Allah is God.

CSCOPE offered no comparable lessons on Christianity or Judaism, VanCleave told Fox News.

“I do think CSCOPE promotes the Islamic religion,” she said. “I don’t think it’s right to be proselytizing the Islamic religion in our schools.”

She’s got a point.

Imagine for just a moment the school directing Muslim children to dress up like priests – or pretend to be baptized in a pool of water.

There would be significant outrage. The national media would dispatch satellite trucks to Lumberton and produce one-hour specials about anti-Muslim fervor in the Bible Belt.

Something strange is happening in Texas. Public schools are embracing Islamic values and traditions while Christian values and traditions are being given the boot.

And unless parents rise up and put a stop to the Islamification of their school system – the Bible Belt could very well become the Koran Belt.
Op-ed:
islam and sharia law...the enemy amongst us
By: Diane Sori

 
While we've all been focused on sequestration, ObamaCare, and Obama's anti-American, pro-islam* cabinet appointments, stealthily and under the radar, islam and sharia law creeps into our country with its goal of turning America into an islamic caliphate.  As CAIR founder Omar M. Ahmad says, and I quote verbatim, "islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant...the qur'an, the muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and islam the only accepted religion on Earth."

NO...I don't think so for...

...islam is barbaric, perverted, and vile...a throwback to days when men were NOT civilized...islam...a religion it is NOT for religion is supposed to bring comfort, peace of mind, love, calmness, and joy to the heart and soul of its followers, and islam is the antithesis of all that for islam has NO heart...islam has NO soul...just barbaric act after barbaric act perpetrated upon the innocent.  islam's followers bring to the world and now to our shores a hatred of all things American...and a hatred of our one true living God and all He stands for and all we believe in Him...and brings it in the guise of jihadists commanded by the qur'an to kill us all for we are the infidels...the enemy of islam..the enemy of allah.

And muslims in America do indeed share with jihadists a hatred of America and of our one true living God along with the desire to remake our beloved country into a nation ruled by the doctrines of militant islam...in other words the tenets of sharia law.  This is obvious for the simple fact is that without speaking out either as a group or as individuals to condemn jihad, the silence of the muslims in America sends the message...NO it's more than a message...it sends a warning of condoning...condoning those that hate us for those muslims living in our country will try to convert us infidels, because that's the only possible justification for them living in our infidel land.  Convert us or kill us to be more exact for they came to our shores for one reason and one reason only...to establish 'allah's din' [faith] and if we do NOT subjugate ourselves to 'allah's din' then we will be killed according to the commands of the qur'an.

And kill us is becoming a reality as stealth jihad is now spreading its tentacles within our cities and towns. The just happened case of a muslim man who is behind bars in New Jersey facing murder and desecration charges after beheading two Egyptian Christians and cutting off their hands is a perfect example of creeping jihad. Beheadings...the mark of a jihadist...religiously motivated and according to Pamela Geller, the executive director of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) and Stop Islamization of America (SIOA), are consistent with muslim teachings, because the victims were Coptic Christians living in America and the murderer was muslim, and we all know how Coptic Christians in Egypt are treated by the now Muslim Brotherhood controlled government.

(qur'an verse 8:12) “When thy Lord was revealing to the angels, ‘I am with you; so confirm the believers. I shall cast into the unbelievers’ hearts terror; so smite above the necks, and smite every finger of them!”

This the murderer did all in the name of allah...allah...the made-up supposed 'god' born from the delusions of a madman.  muslim religious killings in our country...in our Judeo/Christian America...a nation that lives by the laws of morality of the one true living God.  And acts like this are becoming NOT uncommon now...they're just NOT being reported by the msm who've been 'instructed' (and we all know by whom) to say little or nothing for time is needed to prepare the 'standard story line' that this now to be called 'incident' was just another case of being done by one who 'misunderstood' the religion of peace. (gag)

And with this qur'an sanctioned islamic brutality comes its partner sharia law, a system of 'moral' codes that governs all aspects of muslim life...if you call the codes of conduct muslims live by 'moral'.  sharia law...a barbaric set of rules where women are treated as chattel...the property of their husbands to do with as they wish...and the wishes of muslim men are brutal if nothing else.  And the man will NOT be punished no matter how harsh he is with her nor are there 'safe places' for her to run to for help as there are no public or private shelters for abused women under sharia law.  Throwing acid in a women's face is standard practice for perceived wrongs, and while the woman suffers unimaginable agony the man rejoices that his honor has been restored for whatever wrong he believes her to have done.  Under sharia law women must be veiled or worse...encased in the garbage bag known as a burqa...hot, claustrophobic, and at times outright suffocating.  Under sharia law women are jailed for being victims of rape, they're lashed until raw then buried up to their neck and stoned to death for adultery, and lesbians (and gay men) are put to death for simply being gay. 
 
And nor should we forget the seldom mentioned but barbaric and outright vile practice of female circumcision that's condoned and encouraged under islam and sharia law.

Sadly, in some cases when acts such as these are brought to trial here in our country they're NOT being tried under our laws but under sharia law.  In Arizona, just a few months ago, a muslim mother was sentenced to two years' probation after beating and setting her teenage daughter on fire, because the girl refused to go along with an arranged marriage and was caught talking to a boy at her high school.  And a devout muslim father who cut his daughter's neck with a knife, and who freely admitted that he tried to kill her, which he said was his right under islam, was freed.  Both were tried in American courts but under the rules of sharia law which says honor violence is encouraged and accepted, and that honor killing of ones offspring is sanctioned under islam.

So while we know that sharia law has indeed entered our halls of justice as witnessed by these few rulings, thankfully a growing number of states are drafting constitutional amendments to prohibit state judges from applying Islamic or international law in deciding cases.  Some states even have laws already in place to stop this nonsense.  Kansas, for example, has legislation prohibiting judges in the state from considering foreign law (sharia is a foreign law) in their rulings.

Thank you Kansas for insisting that American legal principles...not foreign ones...apply in Kansas.

And all this and so much more is happening right here in our country, and happening more and more every day but hey, we have to 'respect islam' according to our president (gag) Barack HUSSEIN Obama...the man who welcomed the Muslim Brotherhood into the White House through the front door but made Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu enter and leave through the back door.

Will I respect islam...NOT a chance...accept sharia law...NO way...NOT in my beloved America...and I'm sure I'm NOT alone in my feelings.

*For those who were wondering, I NEVER capitalize the words muslim, islam, allah, qur'an, sharia law, or burqa as to do so shows respect, and I have NO respect for muslims, islam, allah, the qur'an, sharia law, or the burqa.