More than 100 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, Interstate 8 runs through the mostly untouched Sonoran Desert National Monument. Back in 2010, in addition to cacti, flowers and three distinct mountain ranges, motorists traveling along I-8 also saw signs posted by the Bureau of Land Management, informing them that they had entered an "active drug smuggling area" and might encounter "armed criminals and smuggling vehicles traveling at high rates of speed." "Mexican drug cartels literally do control parts of Arizona," Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu told reporters at the time.
Comments: I guess this is too much to ask. s/o The fact that there are areas of Arizona where signs are posted warning you not to enter because of drug cartels is outrageous. Why don´t some of the Republicans start screaming about this?? How I long for leaders like we had in the past who truly protected and defended this country and its citizens.
This is all so bogus and only designed for political purposes. I live with the horrendous strain on the infrastructure. I know all of the important studies, which are completely ignored by the media and politicians. The *problem*, for the umpteenth time, is NOT the small amount of people who CROSS the border ILLEGALLY. It is the astonishing number of people who come here LEGALLY (on a $55 shopper´s visa) and then STAY illegally. They have huge networks to help them move across the USA and blend into society. They know we have no way to track them once they overstay their visas, THAT IS THE PROBLEM. Instead, the politicians and media focus on the poor, downtrodden FEW who tunnel or otherwise can´t afford the $55 ticket to a better life. It´s another clear example of the media portraying a minority concern as though it is majority and therefore completely distorting reality.
Too many potential new Democrat votes at stake for anything good to come out of this.
A portion of the Stupid Party thinks that Hispanics are going to flock to them if they go along with a big amnesty for illegal aliens eventually granting 11-20 million illegal aliens US voting rights. That movement towards the Stupid Party will not happen, as most illegal aliens are poor people who are generally uneducated, earn low wages, have big families, and come from socialist oriented poor countries.
In order to survive here in high cost of living America, those people are going to have to access all sorts of government financed social welfare programs along with Obama Care. That means the US taxpayer will be subsidizing them with massive amounts of money indefinitely. The Democrats want to expand those programs and the Stupid Party wants to contract them, so obviously the people taking part in those social welfare programs will vote for the Democrats, but apparently a number of Stupid Party politicians can´t see that, so it looks like the Stupid Party may finally be marching toward political oblivion.
New Black Panthers. Fast and Furious. NSA domestic spying. Spying even on reporters. Solyndra. Pigford-settlement fraud. Contempt of court concerning offshore drilling. IRS harassment of conservative groups. E-mail lawbreaking at the Environmental Protection Agency. All sorts of reversals, embarrassments, and scandals at the Department of Justice, including egregious trial misconduct. And, of course, the incompetence and cover-ups related to Benghazi. Every time decent people think the scandals and embarrassments circling Barack Obama will sink this presidency, we look up and see Obama still there — chin jutting out, countenance haughty, voice dripping with disdain for conservatives — utterly unembarrassed, utterly undeterred
Democrats are praying that this weekend’s relaunch of the Obamacare Web site will save them from an electoral bloodbath in 2014. Their hopes are misplaced. Here are five numbers that suggest that public anger over Obamacare will only grow as Election Day 2014 approaches: 5.5 million. That is how many people the administration needs to sign up in just 23 days because Obamacare drove them out of their health-care plans. That’s some 240,000 sign-ups every single day, just to break even. Getting that many enrolled in a few weeks would be extraordinarily difficult even if the Web site were working
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Buried among a slew of short news update on Monday morning’s edition of Fox & Friends was this disturbing revelation from reporter Heather Nauert: “Sharia law is now changing everything.” Nauert was reporting on a YMCA swim class in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota that will cater to the religious beliefs of Somali-American girls. “The minority becoming the majority at one community pool,” she said. before issuing the warning that “similar classes are now starting at towns across the Midwest.” According to The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, “During the hourlong swim practice, all other swimmers are cleared out of the pool. The men’s
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Jeffrey P. Bezos has never been known for thinking small. And in an interview aired Sunday on CBS´s "60 Minutes," he outlined his latest plan for revolutionizing the retail industry: using drones to deliver packages in as little as 30 minutes. Declaring himself an "optimist," the Amazon.com founder and chief executive predicted the technology could be brought to market in as little as five years. This is more than a theoretical idea. Bezos showed CBS´s Charlie Rose a working prototype of an eight-rotor helicopter drone called an "octocopter." Emblazoned with "Amazon Prime Air," the flying robot has a claw at
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