Department of Homeland Security Political Insanity
DHS releasing hundreds of illegal immigrants right now before budget cuts take effect, yet they're blaming budget cuts that have not taken place yet?
So how does that work exactly? Well, who knows!
The mystery as to how that works is not being answered by the Department of Homeland Security who has started releasing hundreds of illegal immigrants held in local jails "in anticipation" of automatic budget cuts, in a move one Arizona sheriff called politically motivated -- and dangerous.
"In anticipation"? Yes, "in anticipation".
Imagine this situation for a moment. A government agency is anticipating something that may or may not occur. And yes, it is using what they "foresee" in the future to justify foolish moves at the present. It is releasing law breaker using the excuse that they will have to later anyway.
Is that insane or what? Yes, it is.
And no, no one at Homeland Security wants to answer the big question on the minds of those watching such brazen political theater. That big question being:
How will the Department of Homeland Security justify their actions to release thousands of criminals, if a last minute deal is made and what they thought would happen never takes place?
If a last minute deal is struck, how will Homeland Security explain what they have done or how they plan on finding all of those criminals they let loose on America?
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said Tuesday that Immigration and Customs Enforcement released more than 500 detainees in his county alone over the weekend.
A spokesman for Babeu told FoxNews.com that ICE officials have said they plan to release a total of nearly 10,000 illegal immigrants.
The numbers, though, are in dispute. ICE officials said that it's unclear how many ultimately might be released and that only 303 have been released from four Arizona facilities so far, though all those are in Pinal County.
According to ICE, 2,280 detainees are still in custody in those facilities.
Babeu described the move as a "mass budget pardon" and suggested the administration was going to unnecessary lengths to demonstrate the impact of the so-called sequester.
"President Obama would never release 500 criminal illegals to the streets of his hometown, yet he has no problem with releasing them in Arizona. The safety of the public is threatened and the rule of law discarded as a political tactic in this sequester battle," he said.
An ICE spokeswoman confirmed the plans without specifying how many illegal immigrants might be released.
Spokeswoman Gillian Christensen said ICE had directed field offices to make sure the "detained population" is "in line with available funding."
Did you get that, "in line with available funding."
If I were in a position to fire people in ICE and Homeland Security, she would be in the unemployment line in the morning - along with anyone who came up with this blackmail scheme.
And no, I would not stop with firing DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano!
Gillian Christensen stressed that ICE would continue to prosecute the cases while keeping them under supervision.
"Over the last week, ICE has reviewed several hundred cases and placed these individuals on methods of supervision less costly than detention," she said. "All of these individuals remain in removal proceedings. Priority for detention remains on serious criminal offenders and other individuals who pose a significant threat to public safety."
The announcement comes after DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano on Monday warned about the potential impact of the cuts.
She said the department "would not be able to maintain the 34,000 detention beds as required by Congress."
"We're doing our very best to minimize the impacts of sequester. But there's only so much I can do," she said. "I'm supposed to have 34,000 detention beds for immigration. How do I pay for those?"
"How do I pay for those she asks?" she asks.
Well, let's try to help the inept manager of the DHS.
According to the Washington Post’s 2010 special report about runaway federal spending on the domestic intelligence apparatus, "DHS has given away $31 billion in grants since 2003 to state and local governments for homeland security… including $3.8 billion in 2010."
Fact is that the Department of Homeland Security and its junior partner, the Transportation Security Administration, has never been subject to serious scrutiny. They have never been forced to make hard choices.
On the contrary, both have been encouraged, by their congressional funders, to spend money on more elaborate equipment every year in reaction to every perceived new threat, real or otherwise.
Having started with 13 employees in January 2002, the TSA now employs 60,000, and in the process of its lavish expansion, the organization found it had money for all kinds of extras.
In 2005, some $350,000 of its $6 billion budget once got spent on a gym; $500,000 went toward artwork and silk plants; and untold millions are spent every year in overhiring, since the determination of when there will be long security lines at an airport has never really been the sort of thing at which the federal government excels.
As for the Department of Homeland Security, its 2010 budget came in at $55 billion, some of which will invariably be spent on things like the $63,000 decontamination unit in rural Washington - where no one was trained to use it; many more biochemical suits for Grand Forks County, N.D., than the town actually has police officers to wear them; and $557,400 worth of rescue and communications equipment for some 1,500 residents of the town of North Pole, Alaska.
That's right, the DHS spent $557,400 worth of rescue and communications equipment for 1,500 residents of a town in Alaska. More than half a million taxpayer dollars on 1,500 people comes out to $3,716 a person.
And no, don't think it stops there! State and local governments have tapped the DHS for federal grants to pay for snow cone machines, sports stadium fortifications, and a training simulation that highlighted a “zombie apocalypse.”
It's true, one Michigan agency received $6,200 to buy 13 snow cone machines on the grounds that they could be used to fill ice packs in an emergency.
In Arizona, officials used more than $90,000 in grants to installs bollards and a video surveillance system at a sports complex used by the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners for spring training.
And yes, in California last year, DHS officials approved funding for an anti-terrorism summit that featured “40 actors dressed as zombies getting gunned down by a military tactical unit.”
Back in 2003, the city of San Francisco spent $3.3 million of DHS taxpayer money to pay local police overtime to quell anti-war demonstrations. Despite claims made by then-Mayor Democrat Willie Brown that terrorists might use the protests as a “cover” to attack bridges and other sites, state monitors argued that the expenses were not related to “critical infrastructure protection.”
Records show the $3.3 million that San Francisco got from Homeland Security also covered paying for food consumed by the S.F. police - as well as their gas used in their vehicles.
California's extremely wealthy Marin County received more than $100,000 in DHS surveillance equipment to keep its water treatment system safe from a terrorist attack. But four years after the funds were awarded, state authorities found more than $67,000 worth of the gear still boxed in its original packaging. It had never been used. The rest of the homeland security money went toward an alarm system to protect remote tank and pump sites. Because of the region’s hilly terrain, the system didn’t even work.
Marin County also received $40,000 from the Homeland Security for medical supply trailers that weren’t actually purchased, and $2,300 more went to hundreds of rounds of ammunition - which is not allowable under the DHS grant rules but were done anyway.
The Lincoln Police Department in Placer County spent $47,000 on computer software designed to analyze crime reports so officials could better apply resources but, like Marin County, they didn’t use what they bought.
Colusa County, a quiet agricultural community in California's Central Valley with 21,000 people, sought reimbursement for a $321 Toro lawn mower, records show. Ten stretchers costing a total of $3,100 also were bought by the county with DHS grant funds.
But when inspectors arrived to check, the items were being stored in the original packaging. An official there told California Watch that the stretchers are now ready for immediate deployment.
In Madera County, north of Fresno, officials from the local sheriff’s department hired a contractor to help manage the county’s DHS grant purchases. The list included $200,000 for computer-aided dispatch, a $50,000 hazmat response vehicle, $16,000 in surveillance gear and more for portable radios and respirators.
Problems didn’t appear immediately, but as DHS grant awards increased and grew more complex, the contractor had difficulty showing where the money went. The county finally realized that grant records were in disarray and the contractor needed to be fired – more than two years after he had started. It took 2,000 hours of work to sort things out and months to locate and identify equipment scattered across the county.
Madera County couldn’t produce sufficient records showing how it spent a total of $1.37 million. Local administrators informed the inspector that the county may have “inadvertently destroyed” documents needed to verify more than $279,000 in spending from their DHS grants.
The 8,900-student Sonoma State University bought a 40-inch, $2,300 plasma TV, which the school told government auditors that the TV would be used for “training preparations in terrorism.”
Officials in Los Angeles County spent a DHS grant of $20,000 on a Chevrolet Monte Carlo, $1,500 on a shotgun safe from the “Homeland Security Safe Co.” and $3,558 on 70 replica firearms, none of which were permitted under grant guidelines.
A spokesman of the county’s Office of Emergency Management said local authorities approved the vehicle – a sport coupe used by the sheriff’s terrorism unit. Auditors however, considered it to be an inappropriate use of homeland security funds.
The mayor’s office in Los Angeles transferred $661,439 worth of DHS grant funds to the county sheriff for a 44-foot fast-response boat with a kitchenette and mount capable of holding an M60 machine gun.
The chaos that surrounded homeland security spending in California raises new questions about safeguards as Washington proceeds to directly hand the state and those same communities an estimated $465.2 million in DHS funds as part of President Obama’s attempt to save the nation’s beleaguered economy.
In Florida, the Plantation City Council voted to use its DHS grant of $28,000 grant for treadmills, stationary bikes and training machines for police and firefighters.
In Oregon, a $22,000 grant was used to buy an educational robot.
In Wisconsin, the Onalaska Fire Department in Wisconsin used an $8,000 grant for clowns and puppet shows.
In Tennessee, almost $500,000 from DHS was used to purchase and install closed-circuit security cameras at the University’s Neyland Stadium in 2010.
The grant is part of Homeland Security’s “Buffer Zone Protection Program,” which helps increase the preparedness capabilities of buildings and installations identified as national critical infrastructure assets.
Not to be outdone, the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg received a $3.5 million grant from DHS to develop curriculum and hold workshops aimed at establishing sports security standards and risk management certification for all NCAA schools in the country.
Government auditors say that even now the Department of Homeland Security can’t gauge how much the grants have made America safer - if at all!
Right now, Republicans in Congress have challenged the numerous Obama Cabinet secretaries warning about the devastating impact to their departments.
With cuts set to take effect Friday and no deal in sight to avert them, Republicans claim the administration is trying to make the cuts seem worse than they are -- some want to give the administration more leeway so that high-priority agencies don't get hit as hard.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., called the move to release illegal immigrants "abhorrent."
"By releasing criminal immigrants onto the streets, the administration is needlessly endangering American lives," he said in a statement.
Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., also said "these savings could be much more safely and rationally achieved."
In Arizona, Babeu slammed the move, painting his community as a victim of gridlock in Washington.
"Clearly, serious criminals are being released to the streets of our local communities by this mass budget pardon. These are illegals that even President Obama wants to deport. This is insane that public safety is sacrificed when it should be the budget priority that's safeguarded," he said.
Federal funding for the defense of our country should have a specific purpose and not be available for virtually any use.
It should be directed toward programs and systems that reduce risk and prevent attacks and disasters, not lawful First Amendment activity. It should be managed carefully with appropriate review and oversight by agencies and Congress.
At a time when money is scarce and everyone is looking for places to make cuts, scaling back DHS spending makes a lot of sense.
This is no time for DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano to be acting irresponsible and giving us what some call Political Theater - but I call Political Insanity.
She should be preforming her duties as a manager should. She should not act out and behave as a partisan politician. After all, we the people are paying her to manage her department - not be a politician.
She should knock off the politics or be fired!
Texas public school students don burqas, learn that Muslim terrorists are freedom fighters
If you're worried about what your children are learning in American schools these days, you should be!
Another example of liberalism running wild is taking place in Texas.
Texas Public Schools have come under fire again. This time, a teacher allegedly encouraged high school girls to dress up in full-length Islamic burqas and then instructed the entire class that Muslim terrorists are actually freedom fighters.
The incident occurred in a world geography class at Lumberton High School in the small town of Lumberton, Texas. The general topic of the class that day was Islam.
An unnamed student informed WND that the teacher said, “We are going to work to change your perception of Islam.”
“I do not necessarily agree with this,” the teacher also allegedly said, “but I am supposed to teach you that we are not to call these people terrorists anymore, but freedom fighters.”
The controversial lesson came from a lesson plan provided by CSCOPE, an all-embracing, online K-12 educational curriculum used in 80 percent of the school districts in Texas.
A rapidly growing chorus of critics charges that CSCOPE is a radical, backdoor way for progressives to circumvent both the Texas legislative process and the desires of local school boards and communities. (Ten shocking things CSCOPE is teaching kids in Texas)
A student in the class told WND that the burqa-related lesson focused mainly on the lives of women in Muslim countries. The enveloping outer face and body covering was treated more or less as a fashion accessory.
Apparently, no mention was made of the fact that women in Saudi Arabia and Iran must wear the garment under threat of arrest and criminal punishment.
At the end of class, the teacher assigned a paper about Egypt. A student explained to WND that the topic of the paper was “how Egypt was a good country until democracy took over, and that things were finally corrected when the Muslim Brotherhood came into power.”
State Sen. Dan Patrick, chairman of the Texas state senate’s education committee, told Fox News that he found the photograph of the burqa-clad female students disturbing.
Patrick was also concerned that the CSCOPE lesson apparently blames democracy for turmoil in Egypt and paints the Muslim Brotherhood as some political savior.
“Parents are very sensitive to any issue that seems to be anti-American — that blames democracy for some sort of trouble in the world,” Patrick told Fox News.
The CSCOPE curriculum seems to be inherently agenda-driven — particularly in history and social studies courses. The curriculum provider has foisted some hilariously biased coursework on public school students in The Lone Star State.
For example, CSCOPE has given students material suggesting that Christianity is a cult that parallels the death and resurrection in the story of Osiris, the Egyptian god of the dead.
The same material takes pains to point out that early Christians were accused of incest, cannibalism and other atrocities.
There’s an infamous chart that innocuously describes communism as “the idea of living together in a ‘commune’ where all people work together for everyone.”
Another notorious CSCOPE lesson (now ostensibly removed from circulation) depicts the Boston Tea Party, the famous protest against taxation without representation, as an act of Terrorism.
As WND notes, CSCOPE also defines Republicans as lovers of “big business over labor unions.”
Warm and cuddly Democrats, meanwhile, “will spend more tax dollars on education to benefits [sic] each individual.” (The grammar error is CSCOPE’s, not WND’s.)
Believe it or not, CSCOPE labels fascism and Nazism as “conservative” despite the fact that both ideologies prescribe that the state should control everything and own all resources - both liberal leftist ideals.
But then again, why should we think that liberals would let the truth get in the way of brainwashing young Americans? The truth means nothing to them.
They makes terrorist the good guys and American conservatives the bad guys. And all the while, the parents allow this to take place.
An Alabama Mayor Wants To Police To “Disarm Individuals” During Crisis
Guntersville, Alabama Mayor Leigh Dollar is working with city officials to pass an ordinance that would give authority to police to “disarm individuals” during a disaster.
According to the new ordinance officers could disarm individuals, if necessary during disasters. Mayor Dollar says it grants authority to police officers to protect themselves.
“We are not trying to infringe upon anyone constitutional rights whatsoever. It’s just to protect the workers working out there in a disaster,” Dollar said.
Of course if you believe Mayor Dollar, then you have proven yourself too stupid to safely operate a firearm and none of this should matter to you.
The reason that I say that is that an confiscation is confiscation, any attempt to seize guns from law abiding citizens is indeed gun seizure.
Any confiscation, any seizure of firearms for any reason not in conjunction with a felony is in fact an infringe on people’s constitutional rights, they are actually doing it! What about people protecting themselves? The mayor claims to be concerned for the police, but I see nothing in her statement indicating that she is concerned for the citizens of her town.
Demanding that this take place in the event of a disaster only makes the people more vulnerable, not safer. Just look at what took place during the disaster we named Hurricane Katrina here and here. This was a clear violation of the people and their property by the government and military. In fact, I can guarantee that if they attempted that around my neck of the woods, it would be the last time many gun grabbers would do so.
Guntersville Music Academy music teacher Paul Landry opposes the ordinance stating, “Well, it seems like an infringement on the 2nd Amendment and that’s the biggest problem I have with it.” He’s right, only there is nothing “seeming” about it. It is most definitely that.
Mayor Dollar says that the town needs the new law and wants to model it after Tuscaloosa, which already has such a similar legislation on the books.
On March 4th, this ordinance will be on the agenda at the next Guntersville City Council meeting.
Citizens of Guntersville, if you find yourself in a disaster and the cops coming for your arms and you don’t stand up at this meeting and be heard, then you have no one to blame but yourself.
Florida foils Democrat web-based voter fraud plot, but next attempt could be more elusive
A Florida case could signal the wave of the future in voter fraud.
South Florida election officials have reportedly foiled a plot to fraudulently apply online for thousands of absentee ballots in three 2012 primaries, but the masterminds remain at large amid concern that they could be successful the next time around by making minor adjustments.
Officials in the state’s Miami-Dade region said they blocked the effort to get 2,552 absentee ballots in three August primaries because the requests rolled in just minutes apart on July 7, 2012, according to The Miami Herald, which conducted its own investigation.
A six-month grand jury probe found the requests were made under the cover of international Internet provider addresses and were limited to three races --- a congressional race in which the hackers tried to request absentee ballots for Democratic voters and two state legislative races in which they tried to get ballots for Republican voters.
But the newspaper found at least two of the requests originated in Miami and could have been further traced, which purported has prompted State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle to review at least some parts of the case.
The absentee ballots still would have gone to the rightful voters. So short of stealing ballots from mailbox, the hackers’ only way to have swayed or flipped the voters would likely have been to inundate them with calls and mailers.
Officials say the ballots would not have changed the outcome of the races. But there is a concern that another attempt, with hackers slowing the pace of the requests, could go undetected.
Steven Rambam, a New York-based private investigator with experience in computer database and privacy issues, told the newspaper that the hackers -- with a little more skill -- could have included computer code to keep the program from triggering the elections department’s safeguard.
Republicans urge Democrats to condemn their PAC's disgusting comments regarding Senator McConnell's "Chinese" wife
FILE: August 28, 2012: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and his wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.AP
Republicans on Tuesday condemned a Liberal Super PAC’s recent online comments about Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s wife, saying the racially motivated and “disgusting” remarks should be condemned at the highest level of the Democratic Party.
The group, Progress Kentucky, purportedly said in a recent tweet that McConnell’s Taiwan-born wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, “has the ear of (Sen. McConnell) -- she's his wife. May explain why your job moved to China!"
Imagine that! Can you imagine if a Conservative PAC said something similar. There would be outrage on every liberal mainstream media network.
The tweet does not appear on Progress Kentucky’s Twitter feed, but group spokesman Curtis Morrison acknowledged its existence Tuesday and said it would be removed.
Morrison told local radio station WFPL-FM that a group volunteer sent the tweet.
"It’s not an official statement,” he said. "It’s a tweet. And we will remove it if it’s wrong. … Inferring that Elaine Chao is not a U.S. citizen was not our intention."
Another tweet from Progress’ account suggested Chao’s "Chinese” money is buying state elections, referring to members of her family last year giving $80,000 to the state Republican Party.
Jesse Benton, the manager of McConnell’s 2014 reelection campaign, said race baiting for political gain is “unconscionable” and that Progress Kentucky “should be ashamed.”
“We hope all Americans can agree that these disgusting tactics have no place in American," he said.
National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman Brad Dayspring also said the comments were “disgusting” and called for them to be condemned by such high-ranking Democrats as President Obama adviser Jim Messina, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
I hope no one is holding their breath. Democrats don't apologize even when their true racism shows.
Father wants school dress code changed after son asked to remove Marines T-shirt
By Joshua Rhett Miller
Published February 26, 2013
Daniel McIntyre, of Genoa, Ill., told FoxNews.com that his 14-year-old son, Michael, was asked to remove this T-shirt during reading class at Genoa-Kingston Middle School on Monday. (Courtesy: Daniel McIntyre)
An Illinois father wants a school district to reconsider its dress code after his son was asked to remove a U.S. Marines T-shirt or be suspended, FoxNews.com has learned.
Daniel McIntyre, 44, of Genoa, told FoxNews.com that his 14-year-old son, Michael, was asked to remove the T-shirt by eighth-grade teacher Karen Deverell during reading class at Genoa-Kingston Middle School on Monday.
Deverell, citing the school’s dress code, said the garment’s interlocking rifles was problematic and had to be removed from sight, McIntyre said.
[As a side note: The "crossed rifles" of the Marine Corps is significant in that it symbolizes that all U.S. Marines are first and foremost trained Infantrymen. No matter if their Occupational Skill is as an air traffic controller or cook or a pilot, every Marine is taught to be a basic infantryman first.]
“My son is very proud of the Marines, and, in fact, of all the services,” McIntyre said. “So he wears it with pride. There are two rifles crossed underneath the word ‘Marines’ on the shirt, but to me that should be overlooked. It’s more about the Marines instead of the rifles.”
"This is not right. This policy that they have in place can obviously be loosely interpreted, so they need to change it.”
- Daniel McIntyre, father
McIntyre said his son was initially threatened with suspension before complying with Deverell’s request to turn it inside out. He has worn the T-shirt to school many times before without incident, McIntyre said.
“He was upset, he couldn’t understand it,” he continued. “He couldn’t understand why a teacher would make him do that.”
Brett McPherson, the school’s principal, referred questions to Genoa-Kingston Superintendent Joe Burgess, who reiterated that the shirt is not in violation of the district’s dress policy.
“We’ve been accused of a lot of things, but our middle school is well-known for its support of the armed forces,” Burgess told FoxNews.com. “That’s why this is so disheartening to all of us.”
Deverell did not inform school officials of the incident, Burgess said, adding that McPherson would have quickly determined the shirt to be a non-issue if consulted.
“Nobody took the next step of asking the principal or making them aware of it,” Burgess said. “The teacher is obviously allowed to question anything they feel might be a violation of dress code, but again, had an administrator been allowed to respond, this could have been taken care of yesterday.”
Students within the district are expected to wear clothing in a “neat, clean and well-fitting manner,” according to a copy of the policy, which was obtained by FoxNews.com.
While addressing “violent behavior,” gang symbols and other inappropriate images, it does not explicitly ban images of guns and other weapons.
“Student dress (including accessories) may not advertise, promote, or picture alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, violent behavior, or other inappropriate images,” it reads. “Student dress (including accessories) may not display lewd, vulgar or obscene or offensive language or symbols, including gang symbols.”
Hats, bandannas and sunglasses are also banned inside the building. Students who violate the dress code will be asked to wear their gym uniform, it reads.
District officials, meanwhile, said its students are dutiful patriots who support U.S. troops as much as they can.
“The students and staff regularly write letters of support to the troops, and hold patriotic ceremonies for Veterans Day and Patriots' Day,” a statement obtained by FoxNews.com reads.
“We very much support the armed forces and were disheartened to learn of this matter through the media. The administration and school handbook agree that this shirt is not a violation of the dress code. We also take school safety very earnestly and it needs to be recognized that is a topic that we also take very seriously and support our students and staff in providing a safe environment to learn, teach and work in on a daily basis.”
McIntyre said he believes the incident is likely an overreaction to recent mass shootings, particularly to the Dec. 14, 2012, massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in which 20 students and six staffers were killed after Adam Lanza killed his mother at their Connecticut home.
“I backed him up and he knows that,” McIntyre said of his son. “This is not right. This policy that they have in place can obviously be loosely interpreted, so they need to change it.”
After I read the above story from FoxNews, I couldn't help but wonder if Karen Deverell would have been be more tolerant of a student wearing a Che Guavara t-shirt.
Even though Che Guavara slaughtered thousands of political prisoners in Cuba, he is a Hero of the left.
|Obama smiling after being given a Che t-shirt. |
It didn't seem to matter if Che was known as the Butcher of La Cabana for good reason.
Story by Tom Correa