Wednesday, April 3, 2013

"I think you're lucky if you don't lose your life."


Growing wealth inequality means that the wealthy have nowhere to hide and that events like those in Cyprus will happen in more countries around the world, including developed nations, said Marc Faber, the contrarian investor and publisher of the Gloom, Boom & Doom Report.

"It will happen everywhere in the world, in Western democracies," Faber said "Squawk on the Street" on Tuesday. "You have more people that vote for a living than work for a living. I think you have to be prepared to lose 20 to 30 percent. I think you're lucky if you don't lose your life."

"If you look at what happened in Cyprus, basically people with money will lose part of their wealth, either through expropriation or higher taxation," he added.

"The problem is that 92 percent of financial wealth is owned by 5 percent of the population. The majority of people don't own meaningful stock positions and they don't benefit from a rise in the stock market. They are being hurt by a rising cost of living and we all know that the real incomes of median households has been going down for the last few years," he said.

More @ CNBC

Alert: 900 Million Euro PUT, Betting That The Euro will crash within 2 weeks, Rocks the FX Market

Via NC Renegade



A EUR900 million trade rocked the London options markets this morning.
The two- week put on the euro against the U.S. dollar stood out as options trading in EUR/USD has been quiet this year due to the range-bound nature of spot, according to traders in London.

The put was struck at USD1.2800 when volatility was at 9.8%. One senior trader in London noted that recent concerns over the stability of Cyprus have now fuelled activity.

*Term Structure*
*EUR/USD*     *Fwd Rate*     *Fwd Pips*     *ATM Vol*     *25d RR*     *25d Bfly*
Spot:  1.2927/28
1W     1.29276/88     0.7/0.10     10.025     -0.95     0.15
1M     1.29298/311     3/3.2          8.975     -1.2        0.15
2M     1.29330/41      6.1/6.3        8.95       -1.35     0.2
3M     1.29359/70       9/9.2          8.95       -1.45     0.2
6M     1.29457/73     18.8/19.4     9.05       -1.6      0.25
9M     1.29570/88     30.1/30.9     9.239     -1.65     0.3
1Y     1.29679/724     41.1/44.6    9.35      -1.7       0.3
/Source: SuperDerivatives SGX/

Strategists at Credit Suisse noted that EUR/USD is likely to remain sensitive to Cyprus in the near-term. “We remain of the view that the likelihood of a systemic outcome is low, and as such maintain a medium-term bullish view on the euro.”

Martyn Harrison, fx options sales/trader at Marex Spectron in London told /DI/ EUR/USD one-year cross-currency basis swaps have rebounded from -28.9 basis points to -25 basis points following the large moves over the last couple of days.

“We see dips to 1.2806 technical support as a potential buying opportunity,” wrote fx strategists at BNP Paribas in a report. They noted that the currency pair still face significant headline risks, but
appear relatively cheap relative to the euro periphery-core bond yield spreads.

Two-week realized volatility on EUR/USD sat at 7.5% during London afternoon trading, while two-week implied was 9.3%. EUR/USD spot was USD1.2915 at press time.

Dem Rep To Senior Citizen: Don't Defend Yourself From Criminals, 'You’d Probably Be Dead Anyway'


Last Night at the The Denver Post editorial board public forum on gun legislation U.S. Rep Diana DeGette was asked by a male senor citizen how he could defend himself under the new Colorado gun laws.

DeGette: “The good news for you, you live in Denver. The Denver PD would be there within minutes. (laughing) You’d probably be dead anyway.”

Mutual of Omaha's Wild Basketball Courts.........

Via The Lonely Libertarian 

Rep Diana Degette ABSURDLY claims high cap mags are 1 time use!

Via  Arbat

"The number of these High capacity mags is going to decrease dramatically overtime because the bullets would have been shot and there wont be anymore available."

US Rep Diana Degette, who is the primary sponsor of the bill to ban high capacity mags nationwide, absurdly claims that high capacity magazines can only be used one time, and once the bullets are gone, you can't re-use the magazines. But not only cant you re-use them, they actually disappear! POOF! They are gone!

Who elected this woman?

Reid to use his Gun Bill to Portray Republicans as "Rape Supporters"


Honestly. Watching MSNBC is torment.  It is like planting a listening device in Hitler's bunker.

After consultation with the White House, MSNBC has revealed what the Democrat's strategy is for passing "universal gun registration," gun bans, and magazine bans.

Ironically, one MSNBC commentator, Mike Barnicle, accidentally referred to universal background checks as "universal gun registration." What does that tell you about the Left's agenda for background checks?

Bottom line: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will bring gun control (S. 649) to the floor, and he will use his privileged recognition to force Republicans to cast votes that will paint them as wanting to arm rapists and violent felons.

You can click here to read the transcript of the MSNBC strategy session or view the video by clicking here

The message is clear for Republicans and pro-gun Democrats:

They need to stop the Gun Control Bribe-O-Thon by filibustering and defeating the Motion to Proceed to the Gun Control Vehicle, which will probably be S. 649.

If they allow the Senate to proceed to the gun control bill, Harry Reid, who has privileged recognition in the Senate will orchestrate a multi-day gun control bash-o-thon — with Obama, Biden, and every other anti-gunner in America coordinating a narrative that pro-gunners support rapists, murderers, and every other type of evil-doer.

The strategy is NOT to allow Reid to stage his bash-o-thon so the GOP can show what it's "for." Reid has control of the floor, and, as we saw with ObamaCare, he will use that control to mercilessly destroy supporters of the Second Amendment.

Plus, Reid will try to get a sufficient number of Senators by using bribes and kickbacks to buy the 60 anti-gun votes he needs (just like he did on ObamaCare).

ACTION: Click here to contact your Senators. Reinforce that the key vote on gun control is a vote to oppose the motion to proceed to the gun control bribe-o-thon, and to support the Paul-Cruz-Lee filibuster of the motion to proceed to the gun control bribe-o-thon.

Rep. Steve Stockman Moves To Kill Senate Gun Ban In House


Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), the same congressman that blasted Barack Obama back in February for using fake Twitter message to fight gun control, announced in a press release that he will automatically kill the Senate Democrats sweeping new anti-gun bill using a House “blue slip.” This comes as three senators band together to filibuster the legislation.
So what is this “blue slip” you ask? According to the press release:
A “blue slip” is a resolution that automatically returns to the Senate any bill that violates the “origination clause” of the United States Constitution. The origination clause states “All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives.”
Blue slip resolutions are immediately considered as a matter of constitutional privilege, are debatable for an hour and are not subject to amendment.
“The Democrat gun ban is dead on arrival. I will introduce in the House a blue slip resolution that will automatically kill the Senate gun ban,” said Stockman. “Not only are Democrats on the wrong side of public opinion, they are on the wrong side of the Constitution. You can’t strip Americans of their gun rights, and you certainly can’t do it by having the Senate create a national tax on firearms. They are in violation of constitutional limits on federal power. 



I will be conducting a condensed one day Tactical Combat Casualty Care course at this
year's PATCON on Friday May 3rd. We have a few open slots left as class size will be limited to 15 max. If you would like to attend contact Brock at FREENC to sign up;

The cost is $100 per person with half going to fund the PATCON expenses. When you register, send me your email and I will send you some advance reading and list of items to have with you. This course normally last a full week so we will cover alot of information in a short time. I have taught this course to all five branches of our defense department, some federal three letter agencies and every allied nation we have in Europe, Mideast and Africa. It will be something you can take back to your home team and continue learning.


These are the key topics we cover in the one week course and we will hit most of them at the PATCON. I will place special emphasis on skills needed in the Care-Under-Fire and Tactical Care phase.


Attendees should wear weather appropriate clothing and clothes they don't mind getting dirty.
Some of the program will involve alternating between being a rescuer and a casualty.
All should bring a .223/5.56 firearm with a sling to class BUT NO AMMO. They
can leave that in their auto or campsite. If they don't own one, another rifle or replica will suffice.

I would like to start at 0800 hrs so we can be sure to cover as much ground as possible.

Uncle Sam's Misguided Children


My name is John Akins. I am a Denver Police Officer and have been for 13 years. I am proud to protect the citizenry of the Mile High City and feel satisfaction when I provide criminals in my city with a full and complete experience in the criminal justice system. Today I feel shame in the decisions of our department leaders. Today, President Obama and Governor Hickenlooper are going to use the Denver Police Academy as a prop to push a political agenda. I attended the Denver Police Academy and graduated in the very same converted aircraft hangar that the speech will be given in. That hangar, the badge hanging on the wall, and the officers standing in the crowd will now be forever attached to the agenda of a political party and it’s push to strip Americans of their rights.

Our department issued an order that officers will not give opinions on the gun control debate in an official capacity. (See disclaimer below) Our command staff and city government then permit this speech to happen. Not only do they permit it, they condone it. Officers will be able to attend this political function while on duty. As a pro-2nd Amendment police officer I have asked previously if I can stand with my fellow patriots in defense of the Constitution while in uniform. The answer was always a resounding no. I asked if I could stand with the NRA and RMGO as they protest this speech and try to protect our rights in our city and do it in uniform but on my own time. I was told absolutely not. Then why is it acceptable that officers can stand in support of anti-gun agendas while on duty and in uniform? This speech will attach the stigma of anti-gun rights support to Officers in the Denver Police Department. It will serve as a clear indication of bias by the mayor of Denver and the command staff of the Denver Police Department.

I would encourage all citizens, pro-gun rights and anti-gun rights, to talk to police and sheriffs about these laws. I listened at the CELL and in legislative testimony as representatives of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police, a body of politically appointed leaders, argued for these measures. I listened to testimony of the County Sheriff’s of Colorado, a body of elected leaders, as they argued against these measures. I encourage you to talk to police officers or sheriff’s deputies you know. Find out what they think of these laws. Find out what side of the issue they are on. The Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police does not speak for all police officers when they support these issues. Likewise the County Sheriff’s of Colorado do not speak for all deputies. My personal experience is that the majority of officers and deputies support the 2nd Amendment and Constitutionally guaranteed rights. I for one can’t believe that we are passing these laws when our current laws against violent crimes have such an abysmal prosecution and sentencing history. Please, before you condemn Officers to the anti-gun right agenda talk to them to see what they think. I encourage my friends, family, and fellow patriots to send this letter to those that would label the police as anti-gun.

I did attend the Denver Police Academy. I was taught to uphold your Constitutional rights. All of them.

John Akins 01046
Disclaimer: This letter does not represent the official beliefs, policies, or procedures of the Denver Police Department or the City of Denver and is in no way representative of same.
— with Rudolph J Vorndran Jr.

HiViz Shooting Systems Leaving Colorado

Via Resister in the Rockies



    CONTACT: Jeff Maust

    HiViz Shooting Systems

    Fort Collins, CO 80524

    HiViz Shooting Systems Announces Relocation Plans

    April 1, 2013, Fort Collins, CO—HiViz Shooting Systems (a division of North Pass Ltd.), announces plans to relocate operations out of the state of Colorado due to recent changes in Colorado state gun control legislation. HiViz President and CEO Phillip Howe, states that talks are currently under way with officials of a neighboring state regarding the move.

    Mr. Howe comments, “I make this announcement with mixed emotions. Colorado is a beautiful state with great people, but we cannot in clear conscience support with our taxes a state that has proven through recent legislation a willingness to infringe upon the constitutional rights of our customer base.” Mr. Howe notes that prior to the changes in law in Colorado, he made several attempts to persuade state officials via emails and telephone calls to proceed slowly with gun control legislation that would impact individual shooters and the shooting industry as a whole.

    Although the relocation will be expensive and time consuming, he adds, “It is in the best interest of our company and our customers.” Starting with corporate headquarters, the operations will be moved over an extended period of time ensuring no interruption of services to its customer base, and HiViz states that the majority of its employees will make the move with the corporate operations. More details regarding the location and timing of the relocation will be announced as details are finalized.

    HiViz Shooting Systems manufactures light-gathering sights, recoil pads and accessories for the shooting industry. For more information, contact Jeff Maust, Marketing Director at (970) 484-8242 or

DHS Gnomes


Blood and War at My Doorstep, North Carolinians in the War Between the States

Via Bernhard

“Cornelia Phillips Spencer was married six years before becoming a widow at age thirty-six.  Her journal read: “May, 1862, My hearing is going, and with it youth, hope, and love. There remains for me nothing but to sit at home and remember.”  Commentating on Spencer’s diary, author Wright described the “universal mourning” in the South had made her own loss seem less burdensome because at least her husband had not died “horribly in battle, or lain lingering and mutilated in hospitals.” 

Another diarist, Sarah E. Mercer, recorded that her brother Oliver (called Buddy), had to return to camp even though he was not well. She said, “Tears are such a solace…” In less than three weeks, he would be among the dead at Gettysburg. 

“I cannot look to the future, it is too dark. All is dark, dark, dark. The fate of our country is in a thick mist, too dark and thick to see through.” Still grieving, Mercer three days later declared, “Pity that the politicians were not obliged to do all the fighting themselves. Me thinks there would be considerably less blood shed….”  Major Brooks visited the family and gave them the contents of Buddy’s pockets. Mercer said, “We can have no hopes of ever getting is dear remains, as they were left on Yankee soil. We do not even know if he was buried.”

Elizabeth Robeson had several sons in service. A religious woman, she questioned her faith as did other women. Entries in her diary are as follows:
“May 18th – but all God does is right, though he moves in a mysterious way. He takes the young and leaves the aged for some wise purpose, but we shortsighted mortals cannot see it.”

“Jun 1, 1862 – Mr. W. Cain came in and said that he heard our boys (Bladen Guards) were in the battle and were cut to pieces. Many a better woman than I am has been bereaved of their only child, but I feel as if I could not bear up under it.”

Henry Fuller was wounded in June of 1862 at Seven Pines, Virginia. His wife Ann “went to Richmond in search of him but was unable to find even an ambulance driver, since it was almost impossible to keep up with the troops. She did find the man who placed him in the ambulance and was told that he was seriously wounded with a Minnie ball through his head. After several days of fruitless inquiry, she was forced to return home empty handed and the fate of her husband was never known.”

Fuller remained on the farm and raised her three children. Foraging Union troops took everything on the place at the close of the war. “

(Blood and War at My Doorstep, North Carolinians in the War Between the States, Volume II, Brenda Chambers McKean, Xlibris, pp. 640-641)  

The sacrifices made by the Confederate soldier are incomprehensible today.


When Lincoln called up 75 thousand men to invade the Independent Southern States on April 15, 1861, his unconstitutional act prompted the states of Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Arkansas to secede, joining the newly formed country, the Confederate States of America. Thus, with the invasion of the South, this began the bloodiest war in our American history.

When the South was invaded, Southern States called upon their sons to do their duty to defend their state, homes and family from invasion. These men went to do their duty, not as aggressors or in the spirit of conquest, but to protect their homeland from an unjust invasion.

More than half of all the casualties on both sides were from the hardships and disease found in camp life. This was especially true for the Southern troops who nearly always lacked the basic necessities of food, clothing and medical supplies, unlike the Northern troops, who had plenty.

The sacrifices made by the Confederate soldier are incomprehensible today. They would march for days with little or no rest, very little food, some with no shoes and in the heat of summer and the frigid cold of winter. Fatigue, hunger and sickness was common place for these soldiers.

Despite the hardships endured by the Confederate soldiers they pressed on to perform their duty. In nearly every conflict these soldiers were typically out numbered and out gunned 3 to 1.

The “Rebel Yell” made these brave soldiers famous. It demonstrated a fighting spirit, courage, tenacity and gallantry allowing them to prevail in most of the major conflicts of the war. Sadly they fought an invader with unlimited reserves and resources, making victory impossible.

Even during the last year of the war when they knew that victory was impossible, the Confederate soldier continued to fight courageously to protect their homes and families, to the very end.

They received no great bounty or pay for their service nor did they ask for any monuments or special attention. They wished only to be remembered with the truth behind their heroic and noble struggle, in America’s second War for Independence.

April is Confederate History Month and commemorates the men and women of the Confederate States of America who came from all races and religions that include: Irish-born General Patrick R. Cleburne, Black Confederate drummer Bill Yopp, Mexican born Colonel Santos Benavides, Cherokee Born General Stand Watie and Jewish born Confederate Nurse Phoebe Pember who was the first female administrator of Chimboraza Hospital in Richmond, Virginia where she served until the end of War Between the States.

Nearly 258 thousand Confederate soldiers died protecting their homes, families and our Constitution. They fought bravely and nobly against overwhelming forces and odds. They suffered incomprehensible hardships to the very end. They were called to their duty as fathers and as sons. They served without hesitation and we owe each of them to make sure the truth be told about them and the War. These soldiers are our ancestors and without hesitation or question, deserve respect, honor and dignity from each of us.

Tennessee Confederate Flagger:
Eileen Parker Zoellner
Deo Vindice!

Samuel Langhorne Clemens


On Nov. 30, 1835, the small town of Florida, Mo. saw the birth of its most famous son. Samuel Langhorne Clemens was welcomed into the world as the sixth child of John Marshall and Jane Clemens. Little did that happy couple realise their son Samuel would one day be known as Mark Twain - America's most famous literary icon.

Approximately four years after his birth, in 1839, the Clemens family moved to the town of Hannibal, a growing port city that lay along the banks of the great Mississippi. Hannibal then, was a frequent stop for steam boats arriving by both day and night from St. Louis and New Orleans.

Samuel's father, a judge in the town, built a two-story frame house at 206 Hill Street. Because of poor health, as a youngster Samuel was kept indoors but by the age of nine, he recovered enough to join the rest of the town's children and play outside. He then attended a private school in Hannibal. Three years later his father died of pneumonia and at 13, Samuel was forced to leave school and become a printer's apprentice. After two short years, he joined his brother’s Orion newspaper as a printer and editorial assistant. It was here that young Samuel discovered the joy of writing. Sometime later Samuel became a licensed river pilot in 1858 which gave him the idea of the pseudonym, Mark Twain – a term which means two fathoms or 12-feet when water is being sounded. ‘Mark twain’ means it is safe to navigate. 

Loss Of Confederate Convention Costs Memphis $900,000


How sweet it is..........In related news, the last town council meeting revealed a majority of those attending favored reverting to the original names.  Guess money trumps "feelings" with liberals.:)

The loss of the Sons of Confederate Veterans International convention will cost the City of Memphis $900,000.

The group was considering Memphis for its 800 delegates and their family members but instead will go to Richardson, TX.

Part of the reason for not coming to Memphis is the recent renaming of three Confederate themed parks, They cited the specific reason for this vote as “the misguided actions of the Memphis City Council to attempt to erase Civil War history in the renaming of the three historic parks.” A group member went on to say, “they would not support or visit a city that did not appreciate its history.”

More @ WREG

World Rejoices—Saudi Women Allowed to Ride Bikes!

John Stuart Mill said: “The only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good, in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it.” There are very few nations that take serious strides to give their citizens the freedom and autonomy they deserve. It is a rare thing to find a country that allows equal freedoms for all under the law. We are only free when we pursue the freedoms we enjoy for all in our world. That is why I am so thankful for Saudi Arabia, because they have truly outdone themselves.

According to the Associated Press:

“A Saudi newspaper says the kingdom’s religious police are now allowing women to ride motorbikes and bicycles but only in restricted, recreational areas…The official says women may not use the bikes for transportation but ‘only for entertainment’ and that they should shun places where young men gather ‘to avoid harassment.’”

Wow, what an incredible step forward for equal rights!

Denver Cops Upset Over Role In Obama’s Gun Speech

Cop: 'This is wrong and it shouldn’t be happening'

Some current and former Denver police officers are unhappy with the department’s role in a speech on guns to be delivered by President Obama Wednesday, CBS Denver reports.

The department asked for officers to appear behind the president as he delivers his remarks on the issue of guns.

KCNC reports:

Some current and former Denver police officers have taken to Facebook to criticize President Barack Obama’s planned use of Denver police officers as a backdrop for a Wednesday speech on gun control.

“This is wrong and it shouldn’t be happening,” said Mike Rossi, a retired Denver police detective who left the department in 2005. [...]

“It’s agenda based and they shouldn’t be there,” said Rossi. “To me if you put Denver police officers behind the president, who is pushing this agenda, then what you are telling the citizens of the city is that the Denver Police Department is for this.”

The president’s speech appears to make note of the police officers present, according to prepared remarks released by the White House.

More @ TWFB

Homeschool Freedom Knocks at Obama’s Door

 Romeike Family

In just three weeks HSLDA will appear before the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to fight for homeschool freedom in a precedent-setting case that will impact homeschool freedoms at home and around the world.

Winning once, losing once, the Romeike family is now in court for the third time after fleeing homeschool persecution in Germany.

HSLDA’s plan to help the family includes two prongs:
  1. Our team of crack attorneys winning in the oral arguments in court.
  2. 100,000 of you signing this White House petition before April 18.
The White House has committed to respond to petitions that get 100,000 signatures. We need you and your friends (and your kids 13 and up) to go and sign this petition.

It does matter. Your signature does count.

The White House petition gives us an opportunity to get the attention of the Obama Administration and ask them to directly intervene and grant this family permanent legal status.

You have the opportunity to virtually rally with tens of thousands of homeschoolers “in front” of the White House. Homeschoolers have shown they are a mighty force to be reckoned with in the past—making phone calls and sending emails and letters, when parental rights and homeschooling freedom are on the line.

We’re asking you to stand for freedom again. With us. For the Romeikes. And for the future of homeschooling in America.

Female Marines Fail Infantry Officer Course

Via Carl


The only two women to participate in the Marine Corps Infantry Officer Course (IOC) failed ongoing tests to determine which infantry positions should be available to women, according to the Marine Corps Times:
The women failed the introductory Combat Endurance Test, a punishing test of physical strength and endurance, officials at Marine Corps headquarters said Tuesday. The latest class began March 28 at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., with 110 lieutenants participating. Ninety-six men passed the initial endurance test. Twelve men and two women — the only female Marines taking part — failed.
The two women both volunteered to participate in the IOC. Two other women had previously volunteered in September but also failed.
The Times also noted:

Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum of West Virginia Killed



It is a tragic and very sad day for all Americans, that we have learned of the assassination of Sheriff Eugene Crum of Mingo County, West Virginia. Sheriff Crum was very dedicated to his community and he will be sorely missed. The CSPOA and all its members and staff extend our most heartfelt condolences to Sheriff Crum’s family and the Mingo County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Crum was shot shortly after noon today near the courthouse in Mingo County. A suspect is in custody.

~ Sheriff Richard Mack



West Va. Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum shot & killed in front of courthouse

Ambushed while sitting in his squad car eating lunch
 The Mingo County sheriff was shot outside the county courthouse in Williamson today, a Mingo 911 dispatcher confirmed.
Delegate Harry Keith White, D-Mingo, confirmed that Sheriff Eugene Crum was killed in the shooting.
Witnesses at the scene told The Williamson Daily News that Crum was sitting in his vehicle when a male drove up to a parking lot on Third Avenue and shot Crum "point blank."
Williamson resident Larry Dove says he saw a man shoot Crum "right in the head."
One male is in custody.
Crum took office in January. He campaigned on an effort to rid the county of its drug problems.

Obama is sending Syrian jihadists our most advanced sniper rifle AS-50

Via avordvet

FSA jihadist rebels are now using the most advanced sniper rifle available today. The AS-50 is used by the Navy SEALS and will penetrate steel and concrete from an extremely long range.

How long before this rifle is used to kill Israeli soldiers patrolling the Syrian border, FSA rebels have already started taking potshots at patrolling  Israeli Soldiers in the past week, imagine what they can do now with the mother of all urban warfare Sniper rifles in their possession?.  We know that the most of the weapons that the U.S is funneling to the FSA ends up in the hands of Al-Qaeda so, just like operation fast and furious, at what point is it safe to say that the Obama administration is intentionally sending weapons to Islamic terrorists for their own nefarious reasons?


Additional video @ Bare Naked Islam



15 year old girl leaves anti-gun politicians speechless

Federal Prosecutor Withdraws from Texas D.A. Case over Security Fears


An assistant U.S. Attorney is Houston has withdrawn from a major prosecution against the Aryan Brotherhood. 

The prosecutor, Jay Hileman, sent an email to one of the Brotherhood's defense attorneys, informing him that he was no longer on the case. It is widely believed that Hileman withdrew due to concerns and his and his family's security.

In the wake of the horrific murders of Kaufman County DA Mike McLelland and his wife, speculation, fueled by the media, has focused on the Aryan Brotherhood, a drug-trafficking crime syndicate with a significant presence in Texas. Police have not named a suspect in the murders and there is no known evidence tying the criminal gang to the murders, but the widespread media speculation of their involvement is having a dramatic ripple effect.

Hileman was part of a team bringing a major racketeering case against 34 members of the Brotherhood. An important component of the government's case is based on testimony from a former general of the Brotherhood, who is currently under very tight security.

More @ Breitbart

Maher: Bloomberg's Nanny State 'Makes Me Want to Join the Tea Party and Marry Ann Coulter'


HBO's Bill Maher is clearly getting tired of liberals.

On ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live Tuesday, he said of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's nanny statism, "That makes me want to join the Tea Party and marry Ann Coulter" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

JIMMY KIMMEL, HOST: Mayor Bloomberg is somebody that…

BILL MAHER: [Sighs] Ohh.

KIMMEL: Now, what do you think of his efforts to protect us from carbonated beverages and the like?
BILL MAHER: I don't like it. You know, I think it gives liberals a bad name. I really do. It makes liberals look like bullies who want to tell people what to do. And they never met a regulation they didn't like. I mean, obviously we do have a problem with child obesity. I don't want our children to be 99 percent Mountain Dew. But this is not the way to go about it.

You know, I mean, because, first of all, we all do something that hurts our health, you know? We all eat stuff we shouldn't. Probably the optimal food for primates is bread, fruit, lawn clippings and rain. But at a certain point that gets old. And we just don't want, I mean, we don't want to be a nanny state like this. I mean, you know, I don't know what Mayor Bloomberg has in mind, but there's something wrong about the seventh richest man in the world sitting in bed at night thinking, “You know what people shouldn't do? Drink too much Sprite. Let's make that a law.” That makes me want to join the Tea Party and marry Ann Coulter, you know, and that's not where I want to be.

More @ News Busters

Obama can 'simply ban all handguns'


Good luck kiddies.

Prospects look fairly bleak for sweeping gun-control legislation in Congress, but action at the United Nations and in several states may end up having the same effect  – possibly even opening the door for Obama to ban all handguns, according to one expert.

On Tuesday, the United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to approve the Arms Trade Treaty, or ATT. Supporters, including the Obama administration, contend this is designed to crack down on illicit arms trafficking, but critics say it’s really an effort to stamp out gun rights in the U.S. and beyond.

“It’s far beyond what it’s purported to do. It requires this country keep a national gun registry of gun owners. In addition, it could be used as a justification for banning semi-autos and banning handguns without any further legislation,” said Mike Hammond, chief counsel at Gun Owners of America.

“It could be interpreted as self-implementing, and by an executive order Obama would simply ban all handguns using this treaty.”
More @ WND

Former Trooper Indicted in Roadside Cavity Search

Via Charles Carroll Society

 Two Irving women are suing after they were subjected to a roadside cavity search by a Texas DPS Trooper, their lawyer released the video.

The female Texas trooper who performed a roadside cavity search on two Irving women has been indicted by a Dallas County grand jury.

The Department of Public Safety terminated Trooper Kelly Helleson. Dallas County District Attorney spokeswoman Debbie Denmon confirmed on Monday that a grand jury indicted Helleson on two counts of sexual assault and two counts of official oppression.

More @  NBC

What I Say, Not What I Spend

Via Mike


The Sunlight Foundation reports that $1.5 billion went to immigration lobbying from 2007 through 2012. The money was spent by 678 organizations in 170 sectors on 987 proposed bills.

Analyzing nearly 1,000 bills is no small task, even for those devoted exclusively to the immigration issue. Proposed immigration legislation can get complicated, with attempts to reform the entire system nearing 1,000 pages. Since immigration affects practically every aspect of American life and Congress keeps trying to change the existing law, you can see why the public might want to invest substantial amounts to influence what is being decided.

That, however, is not what is happening. The vast majority of immigration lobbying is conducted by narrowly focused interest groups that take positions contrary to the majority. The Sunlight Foundation found that ethnic activists, universities, chambers of commerce, and industries that prefer foreign laborers dominate efforts to influence legislation. In other words, disproportionately represented elites who benefit politically or financially from mass immigration are aggressively pushing bills that would significantly expand the legal system.

Their efforts have brought unprecedented success. The number of immigrants residing the country hit a record 40 million in 2010. This development comes at a cost to the public, much of which faces increased competition, diminished wages, higher fiscal costs, and social disruption. Those driving this policy can insulate themselves from most of the negative consequences by living in gated communities and sending their children to private schools.

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Border Patrol Agent: Napolitano Has No Idea What We Go Through

As Senators in Washington D.C. prepare to roll out a new immigration reform package, promising border security before amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants already in the United States, Texas Border Patrol officials and border watch groups are seeing an uptick in illegal foot traffic similar to the scene in Arizona over the past few months.

"When I hear Janet Napolitano say the border is secure, I just laugh because she has no idea what we go through on daily basis," a Border Patrol agent stationed near Laredo, Texas tells Townhall. "Now with Washington coming back and saying we're going to have you use less equipment and more furloughs and on top of that we're going to stretch your shifts, there's no way we can ever secure the border."

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Cruz: Obama pushing path to citizenship as ‘poison pill’ to kill immigration reform

President Obama is pushing a path to citizenship as a "poison pill" to prevent meaningful immigration reform, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) charged Monday.

"The part that I’ve got deep concerns about is any path to citizenship for those who are here illegally," Cruz said during an interview with Sean Hannity. "I think that is profoundly unfair to the millions of legal immigrants who have followed the rules, who have waited in line.

"I think the reason that President Obama is insisting on a path to citizenship is that it is designed to be a poison pill to scuttle the whole bill, so he can have a political issue in 2014 and 2016. I think that's really unfortunate," continued Cruz.

The Tea Party favorite said Congress could easily pass a comprehensive immigration reform deal if Democrats, and particularly Obama, stopped demanding the inclusion of a pathway to citizenship for immigrants living in the country illegally.

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Sen. Cruz: UN Arms Treaty 'Must Never be Ratified'

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While the U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved the first international treaty attempting to regulate the $60 billion global small arms trade on Tuesday, the measure is likely to be dead on arrival in the U.S. Senate as Republicans have repeatedly voiced concerns that such a measure is a backdoor attempt to usurp Second Amendment gun rights.

"UN Arms Treaty should be rejected outright by US Senate," tweeted Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on Tuesday. "It is international gun regulation, plain and simple & it must never be ratified."

Even before the international document was drafted, the Senate last month voted to prevent the United States from entering into such an arms treaty with all 45 Republicans and eight Democrats, supporting an amendment drafted by Oklahoma Sen. James M. Inhofe. The measure would require two-thirds approval for ratification by the upper chamber, which has a total of only 100 seats.

Full Disclosure: "Rand Paul's 13 Hours That Changed Public Opinion"

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Ben Swann Full Disclosure explains how the Rand Paul filibuster has been responsible for a 50 point swing in public opinion on the use of drones to kill U.S. citizens who are also terror suspects overseas