[Washington Examiner] CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas ‐ Smugglers flying small cocaine-packed airplanes toward the United States from South and Central America might make it to Mexico thinking they went undetected by American forces staked out in international waters trying to interdict them.
But once on the ground in Mexico, from where they hope to smuggle their contraband into the United States, those tiny planes will be greeted by a swarm of Mexican law enforcement. What’s more, they will never know a Department of Homeland Security plane was flying within 100 feet of them, quietly tailing them over the Eastern Pacific or Western Caribbean and then tipping off Mexican authorities.
"Even this airplane weighing 100,000 pounds ‐ we can sneak up behind them and they won’t see us. And with the sensors we have on the airplane, a lot of times we don’t even have to get that close," said Dan Jordan, a supervisory air interdiction agent for U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Air and Marine Operations.
Jordan, who is based out of Corpus Christi, was standing in the cockpit of the Lockheed P-3 Orion as we soared through the air over the Gulf of Mexico on our way to do a few practice "interceptions" of planes flying as fast as 300 miles an hour.
It was terrifying and thrilling as our 117-foot-long plane came within 50 feet of another just like it, all while zooming through the sky.
But there is an optimal volume / price balance point. And the people collecting the bribes are not altogether rational in their future expectations. And the people wanting other people's drug turf are even less rational.
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
08/20/2019 11:10 Comments ||
Fine except absurdly huge amounts of drugs still get thru. Going to guess everybody from the guys on these neato planes to the mex coppers have a daily list of who's paid up and who isn't.
We've been seeing stories like this in the news for as long as I can remember and yet there has never been a shortage of illegal drugs on the street. I don't believe for one minute that compassion for poor immigrants is the reason why so many in Congress refuse to secure the border.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
08/20/2019 11:48 Comments ||
So Mexican law enforcement intercepts the drugs and then exports them to the US themselves?
I remember years ago the Lyndon Larouche booth at a gun show: Big poster of Queen Elizabeth. Underneath it said "World's Biggest Heroin Dealer." I'm definitely no fan of the Larouche nutters, but the poster made me smile cynically anyway. If you doubt that the Boosh clan wanted to be (and still wants) a piece of that action, go ahead and vote for 'em...
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
08/20/2019 12:24 Comments ||
[Breitbart] Nearly two weeks after the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency raided five food processing plants in Mississippi for their hiring of hundreds of illegal aliens, no employers have yet been charged, federal records reveal.
This month, ICE agents conducted the largest workplace raid in more than a decade across five food processing plants in Mississippi, netting the arrests of 680 illegal aliens. That same day, however, ICE officials said they released about 300 of the illegal workers back into the U.S. on "humanitarian grounds." More than 200 of the illegal workers had prior criminal records. The raids have already resulted in job fairs at some of the plants seeking to hire locals.
Despite federal affidavits alleging widespread exploitation and fraud at the five food processing plants, charges against the employers who are accused of "willfully" hiring the illegal workers have yet to be brought by federal prosecutors, the Clarion Ledger reported.
To date, only 40 of the 680 illegal aliens have had charges brought against them since the ICE raid.
Federal affidavits, as Breitbart News noted, allege that the food processing plant employers were fully aware that hundreds of their employees were illegally in the U.S. and in some cases, illegal workers said they were not asked for work authorization documents.
[NYPOST] A Florida man who recently lost his job and got dumped by his girlfriend threatened to carry out a mass shooting over the weekend ‐ telling his ex that "a good 100 kills would be nice," according to cops.
"I wanna open fire on a large crowd of people from over 3 miles away," Tristan Scott Wix, 25, allegedly said in a text message to his ex.
That seems a tad ambitious...
"I’d wanna break a world record for longest confirmed kill ever," the young man added, according to police. "I need a spotter."
“Help wanted: sniper spotter. Must have five years experience and 20/1 mile uncorrected vision.”
Wix, a resident of Daytona Beach, was arrested Friday in Volusia County and charged with making threats to commit a mass shooting. The local sheriff’s office revealed his text messages in a blurb.
"A school is a weak target," Wix allegedly said. "Id be more likely to open fire on a large crowd of people...I already have a location (laughing cry face emoji) is that bad?"
At one point, cops said he flat-out acknowledged that he could be arrested for his words.
"Ah well even if you told someone, me saying I wanna do it and think about it is not the same as actually doing it lol," wrote Wix. "Was kinda hoping someone would come into my life worth not doing it for, for the sake of all those people (laughing cry face emoji). I’m not crazy I just wanna die and I wanna have fun doing it, but I’m the most patient person in the world."
[Mil.com] Thousands of U.S. service members who've been sent to operate along the Mexico border will receive a military award reserved for troops who "encounter no foreign armed opposition or imminent hostile action."
The Pentagon has authorized troops who have deployed to the border to assist U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) since last April to receive the Armed Forces Service Medal. Details about the decision were included in a Marine Corps administrative message in response to authorization from the Defense Department.
There is no end date for the award since the operation remains ongoing.
"The Under Secretary of Defense has authorized the Armed Forces Service Medal to service members who have provided support to CBP, starting from April 7, 2018 [until a date to be determined]," said Army Lt. Col. Chris Mitchell, a Defense Department spokesman at the Pentagon.
actually the law still bars people with leprosy from entry to the US
the problem is that leprosy is not easily detectable in its early stages and we are letting in large numbers
leprosy is curable but it takes a six month treatment with multiple drugs so it is almost impossible to manage this with a large population of homeless people
Posted by: lord garth ||
08/20/2019 1:29 Comments ||
Doctor to patient : " Well the good news is we will not have to amputate . " , "What is the bad news doctor ?" , " Your penis is so rotten it will fall off by itself sometime in the next couple of days. "
[NYPOST] An upstate shopper made a horrifying discovery as she loaded up groceries from a supermarket ‐ a dead body in the back of her pickup truck, according to police.
The unidentified woman was at Tops Market in Lockport, near Rochester, Friday morning when she made the disturbing find, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office said in a release.
"She opened the tailgate of her truck to place groceries and noticed the dear departed male inside the bed," police said.
"She had no idea who it was," Sheriff James Voutour told the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal.
Authorities had not identified the dead man as of Friday and were still investigating whether his death was an accident or crime, the sheriff told the paper.
Fingerprints and facial recognition will be used to try to identify the man, who was described as possibly Hispanic, in his 40s or 50s, about 5 feet 8, 180 pounds, and wearing jeans and a light-colored shirt.
BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (Reuters) - Hundreds of police backed by soldiers and army helicopters deployed in the Zimbabwean city of Bulawayo on Monday to prevent an opposition protest from taking place, a show of force that stopped a demonstration for the second time in four days.
The Movement for Democratic Change’s (MDC) had called the Bulawayo event as it looks to rally support against President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government, which it accuses of ruling with an authoritarian streak and blames for the country’s worst economic crisis in a decade.
[Breitbart] Britain’s Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle are famous climate change advocates but recently pop icon Elton John had to come to their defense over their habitual use of private jets to fly around the world on vacation.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex recently took heat for flying off to vacation at singer Elton John’s $18 million mansion in Nice, France, on the French Rivera, even though they both regularly speak about climate change. Worse for the critical activists, it was the couple’s fourth private jet flight in only 11 days.
But, on Monday, Sir Elton spoke up for the royal couple saying that he not only paid for the flights out of his own pocket, but he also claims to have made a "carbon neutral" donation to paper over the trip, according to the Daily Mail.
The "Rocketman" singer insisted that when he arranged for the pair to visit his home, he also made sure to donate money to an "appropriate" carbon footprint fund.
In his remarks, Elton John said he is "deeply distressed" over the "distorted and malicious" attacks on Harry and Markle, and he feels the need to defend them "from the unnecessary press intrusion that contributed to Diana’s untimely death," TMZ reported.
John insisted that he offered the couple a short vacation stay at his mansion because they have had a "hectic" year. He also wanted to reward them for their work for charity.
[AlAhram] The Trump administration is extending a ban on the use of U.S. passports for travel to North Korea NO US Hostages ...hereditary Communist monarchy distinguished by its truculence and periodic acts of violence. Distinguishing features include Songun (Army First) policy, which involves feeding the army before anyone but the Dear Leadership, and Juche, which is Kim Jong Il's personal interpretation of Marxism-Leninism, which he told everybody was brilliant. In 1950 the industrialized North invaded agrarian South Korea. Twenty-one countries of the United Nations eventually contributed to the UN force opposing the invasion, with the United States providing around 90% of the military personnel. Seventy years later the economic results are in and it doesn't look good for Juche... for another year.
A State Department notice released Monday says the ban will remain in place until Aug. 31, 2020, unless revoked by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
The ban was imposed in September 2017 by then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and renewed in 2018. Tillerson took the unusual measure following the death of an American student, Otto Warmbier, who were tossed into the calaboose in North Korea.
The State Department says it determined "there continues to be serious risk to United States nationals of arrest and long-term detention'' for Americans traveling to North Korea, according to the notice that will be published in the Federal Register this week.
The ban allows certain categories of American citizens such as aid workers or journalists to obtain a special validation passport good for one trip to North Korea.
The move comes amid stalled diplomatic efforts to restart nuclear talks between North Korea and the U.S.
[BBC] When Roger Klug told his employer he was retiring, there was a shiver of panic among the bosses. Now 70 years old, Mr Klug is in his 47th year at Alexandria Industries, an aluminium company in rural Minnesota.
After almost five decades manufacturing industrial products for such diverse industries as solar power and defence, the company could ill-afford to lose Mr Klug's expertise.
Like a number of US states, Minnesota has a labour shortage - specifically a skills shortage - and seeing his valuable experience disappear overnight would have left Alexandria's management with big shoes to fill.
According to the US Department of Labor, since March 2018 US monthly job vacancies have outnumbered unemployed job seekers. As the baby boomers reach retirement, it seems there are not enough millennials in the jobs pipeline ready to step in.
"We have a labour shortage and it's going to be a problem for the next couple of decades as the boomers leave the workforce," says Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics.
So, one answer for companies struggling to find staff is to ask workers like Mr Klug to put off retirement. He did.
As long as business treat employees as bottom line costs and not as assets, they don't deserve consideration. Those that refuse to spend on employee training because its a cost not an investment can go without. Nothing stops employers from signing contracts that trade training for a set time of employment to retain a ROI. When you treat them all as replaceable cogs in the machine you put yourself into that position of making some people irreplaceable. The problem is cemeteries are filled with irreplaceable people.
Too many millennial got worthless degrees and felt that the jobs that are needed were beneath them. Now the millennials have worthless jobs, crushing debt and are crying for socialism to save them from their mistakes of ego.
Other companies are illegally shedding workers over 50.
In the 'right-to-work' states they can magically declare a RIF. Locally, a firm that is self-insured and manages employee medical liability has introduced the unspoken 'disability RIF'. When the actuaries identify LTD candidates the company pushes the employees out onto Social Security Disability, and state unemployment.
[SCMP] Canadian police escorted worshippers out of a Vancouver church on Sunday, after flag-waving pro-China protesters surrounded the building while the Christians attended a prayer meeting for Hong Kong...
Chris Chiu said the incident at the Tenth Church, on a leafy street in the Westside area, had left him shaken and fearing... The PRC brought its troops to the Hong Kong Border more than 2 weeks ago. This failed to intimidate HK. Now the PRC is fighting a PR war world wide and losing (even if they have Joe Biden and sons and Google to help them). If you are the PRC leadership it is getting very uncomfortable about now.
Posted by: lord garth ||
08/20/2019 02:20 ||
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The Chinese government is taking a "Hong Kong is an unstable child who has thrown all its toys out of the crib. Moreover they are under the influence of dark foreign forces who wish to use them for their own ends."
Hard to dispute the last part, as the State Department has been meeting with protesters and meddling, as they always do.
Posted by: Herb McCoy ||
08/20/2019 7:35 Comments ||
You just KNEW Herb would make the protests for autonomy and democracy an American Plot™
Posted by: Frank G ||
08/20/2019 8:08 Comments ||
Is there ever any vetting done of the hundreds of thousands of Chinese who come to North America with their relatives' ill-gotten flight capital?
Is our political class just whoring for the ChiComs?
What an unbelievably stupid, self-destructive, f---ed up immigration policy these fools have imposed on us.
[Chicago Trib] Any doubts as to what is being taught indoctrinated in their classrooms? The recent trip to Venezuela by a group calling itself a Chicago Teachers Union delegation has upset some union members and expats who question the point of the tour and take issue with the group's praise of the country's disputed government.
The four travelers, who crowdfunded the July trip under the banner of the CTU, met with Venezuelan government officials and educators, visited a commune and were featured in local media.
They wrote online about wanting to connect with Venezuelan teachers, students and unionists, criticized U.S. economic sanctions against the South American nation and wrote admiringly of its socialism, its communes and high literacy rates.
But critics say the group glossed over Venezuela's ongoing political and economic crises and were excessively complimentary of President Nicolás Maduro, whose administration has been accused in recent United Nations reports of "grave" human rights violations and violence against dissenters.
"I am appalled a delegation representing themselves as CTU went to Venezuela, not to support striking teachers, not to object to human rights violations, but to go on what appears to be a state-chaperoned propaganda tour," said Karen Moody, a teacher and union member.
And though the four travelers regularly called themselves a "CTU delegation" online, the union representing close to 25,000 people has sought to distance itself from the trip, stating the CTU did not endorse, sponsor or fund the trip.
Asked on WTTW's "Chicago Tonight" last week about "some controversy" surrounding the excursion, union President Jesse Sharkey said: "Members go all kinds of places in the summer. This was neither an official trip nor something that was funded by the union. This is a group of people who are members of the CTU who decided to go to Venezuela."
Yet, the official CTU Twitter account retweeted some of the group's updates, including a blog post titled "Introduction to CTU Delegation to Venezuela."
CTU also retweeted another post by teacher Sarah Chambers, one of the travelers and a member of the CTU executive board, which read: "While staying in #Venezuela, we didn't see a single homeless person. USA is the richest country in the world; yet, there are homeless people everywhere. Over 17k CPS students are homeless... This is why @CTULocal1 is fighting for fair housing #CTUAgainstVezIntervention."
Posted by: Frank G ||
08/20/2019 02:22 ||
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A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.