Did Amnesty Politics Kills Border-Based TV Series “the Bridge”?

Back in September I wrote a brief commentary on a TV series called “The Bridge”, encouraging mature readers to view it.

The Bridge follows two police detectives – one Mexican, one from the US – and their joint effort to investigate a serial killer menacing both nations along the Texas–Chihuahua border. Their investigation is complicated by the rampant corruption and general apathy among the Mexican authorities and the violence of the powerful borderland drug cartels. The show title refers to the Bridge of the Americas that serves as a border crossing between El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, where the series is set. LINK

The show has received critical acclaim for the two seasons it’s been on the air:

Critical response

On the review aggregator website Metacritic, the first season scored 77 out of 100, based on 36 reviews, indicating “generally favorable reviews”. The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gave the first season a 90% ‘fresh’ rating based on 42 reviews, with the consensus “A seductive crime drama, The Bridge draws viewers in with culturally conscious themes that combine intelligent mystery and spellbinding drama.” Chuck Barney from the San Jose Mercury News gave The Bridge its highest praise, saying: “FX may have struck dramatic gold again. This series is mesmerizing. It sucks you in like a good book and has you yearning for more.” HitFix’s Alan Sepinwall wrote: “With these characters, with this fascinating, complicated place – and one that’s at the forefront of so much of what we’re talking about in real world politics… The Bridge is off to such an outstanding start.” Maureen Ryan from The Huffington Post commented: “Mismatched cops forced to work together is one of the oldest TV tropes in the book, but The Bridge builds such a realistic, detailed world around the detectives here that the dynamic is often fresh.” The Hollywood Reporter ’​s Tim Goodman called the series “mandatory viewing for drama lovers”, adding, “but it will be interesting to see where the writers take it and whether they have the big-league ability to make the evident potential materialize. One thing they’ve hopefully learned is that sometimes holding back information isn’t mysterious, it’s just confusing.” Robert Bianco from USA Today thought there was “rich ground to explore in the problems Mexico faces and the responsibility we may bear for some of them”, adding “but the show’s clumsy attempt to boil that down to a catchphrase is offensive and silly, particularly as it has no real connection to the story being told.” The second season received a Metacritic score of 68 out of 100, based on 13 reviews, indicating “generally favorable reviews”.


In June 2013, the series was honored, along with five others, with the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Most Exciting New Series. The pilot episode of the series received the 2013 Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing in Television: Long Form – Dialogue & ADR from the Motion Picture Sound Editors society. The series won a 2013 Peabody Award, which noted that “its rare, non-stereotypical depiction of two cultures rubbing against and informing each other is as fascinating as the mystery.” LINK

The series was an accurate dramatic representation of life and crime along the border. It’s weekly story lines could be found every day on the pages of American and Mexican newspapers IF, I say again, IF only the leftist controlled lamestream media in America would cover the tragedy of border life and the failed Mexican state.

I guarantee you that EACH and EVERY dramatic event contained in “The Bridge” can be found in the articles I post on One Old Vet.

Now comes the announcement that FX has cancelled the series!

The reason given? Viewership dropped from an initial 3 million to 1.5 million in the second season. The series is available on DVD and Bluray and can also be viewed online free at: http://www.fxnetworks.com/shows/the-bridge/episodes

I think the real reason, and it’s only my opinion, is that the series was 100% spot on critical of the politics of border life and was embarrassing to both Mexican and U.S. administrations.

Political correctness kills again!

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Democrats to “Get Out Black Vote” on Back of Gentle Giant?

Despite the best efforts of Eric Holder, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and other black leaders it now appears likely that Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO on August 9, will not be indicted by the grand jury investigating the shooting.

As reported at the reference:

Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown fought for control of the officer’s gun, and Wilson fatally shot the unarmed teenager after he moved toward the officer as they faced off in the street, according to interviews, news accounts and the full report of the St. Louis County autopsy of Brown’s body.

Because Wilson is white and Brown was black, the case has ignited intense debate over how police interact with African American men. But more than a half-dozen unnamed black witnesses have provided testimony to a St. Louis County grand jury that largely supports Wilson’s account of events of Aug. 9, according to several people familiar with the investigation who spoke with The Washington Post.

Some of the physical evidence — including blood spatter analysis, shell casings and ballistics tests — also supports Wilson’s account of the shooting, The Post’s sources said, which cast Brown as an aggressor who threatened the officer’s life. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they are prohibited from publicly discussing the case.

The grand jury is expected to complete its deliberations next month over whether Wilson broke the law in confronting Brown, and the pending decision appears to be prompting the unofficial release of information about the case and what the jurors have been told.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch late Tuesday night published Brown’s official county autopsy report, an analysis of which also suggests the 18-year-old may not have had his hands raised when he was fatally shot, as has been the contention of protesters who have demanded Wilson’s arrest.”

Should the grand jury, in fact, decide that insufficient evidence exists to indict Wilson, outrage among the black community may result in riots and civil unrest, in Ferguson and elsewhere.

Because the issue is heating up again so close to the November 4 elections, one cannot help but wonder if Democrats are intentionally leaking information suggesting that Wilson will not be charged in order to stir up civil unrest AND get out the black vote?

Can Michael Brown’s death save the US Senate for Harry Reid and Barack Obama?

• African-American Witnesses Support Wilson’s Claims But Are Afraid To Come Forward — DAILY CALLER

• Autopsy Analysis Michael Brown Was Shot In Hand While Reaching For Gun DAILY CALLER

• Autopsy shows Michael Brown shot at close range, did not have hands up report — WASHINGTON TIMES

• Brown family attorney reacts to new autopsy report — FOX NEWS

• Dr. Baden vs. official Michael Brown autopsy report — FOX NEWS

• Michael Brown Punched Ferguson Police Officer, Reached for His Gun — BREITBART

• New evidence supports officer’s account of shooting… 7 or 8 black eyewitnesses corroborate… Brown high enough — WASHINGTON POST

• No ‘Hands Up’ Autopsy Destroys ‘Gentle Giant’ Narrative — BREITBART

• Police Chief ‘Very Unlikely’ Officer Will Be Charged — CBS ST. LOUIS

• Will Law Enforcement Leaks Prevent Rioting in St. Louis — TOWNHALL

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The Nexus Between Immigration and Public Health

CAPS | The borders of the United States are supposed to serve as a barrier to safeguard America and Americans from aliens whose presence in the United States would undermine national security, public safety, public health, employment opportunities and wages for American workers, or otherwise have a negative impact on our nation and our citizens.

The push for the eradication of America’s borders by a multitude of organizations and special interest groups has succeeded in creating a false narrative that claims that somehow securing U.S. borders and enforcing America’s immigration laws are unfair. These opponents of border security often resort to hurling vicious false accusations and invectives at those who want our borders made secure and our immigration laws effectively and fairly enforced.

Typically, supporters of border security and effective enforcement of our immigration laws are accused of lacking compassion and being “Anti-Immigrant.”

Stop and consider how preposterous this allegation is. Our immigration laws that the pro-enforcement Americans want applied not only provide the grounds for excluding and removing aliens (deportation), but also provide the grounds by which the U.S. admits more than one million lawful immigrants each year. Further, these laws provide for the naturalization of hundreds of thousands of new American citizens each and every year. How can supporting the effective and balanced enforcement of these very same laws constitute an “anti-immigrant” position?

As for “lacking compassion,” why is it acceptable to not be concerned about American citizens? Today, it is estimated that one in four American children lives below the poverty line, and the rates of poverty are even higher among America’s Latino and black communities.

Why is protecting Americans from dangerous communicable diseases, international terrorists and transnational criminals not considered “compassionate?”

• Obama Can Use Same Parole in Illegal Alien “Humanitarian Crisis” to Bring Ebola Patients to U.S. — JUDICIAL WATCH

• GOP Rep New DHS Ebola ‘Travel Restrictions’ Are ‘Nothing of the Sort’ — BREITBART

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Mexican Military Executes 15 Civilians Following Clashes

LATIN AMERICAN HERALD TRIBUNE | MEXICO CITY – Eight Mexican soldiers executed 15 of the 22 civilians who were killed in a violent incident in the central state of Tlatlaya last June, according to a report published by the Mexican National Human Rights Commission (CNDH).

The events of Tlatlaya feature as one of the worst human rights violations on the part of the army, said CNDH president Raul Plascencia after presenting the report on Tuesday.

According to the official version of the case, on June 30 a military patrol in Tlatlaya clashed with an organized crime group which left 22 civilians dead.

However, Plascencia revealed that according to the final investigation, it was confirmed that 15 of the victims were killed by eight soldiers in a storehouse.

In a long report with statements from three survivors, the CNDH said that 12 of the alleged suspects who had surrendered and three others who were wounded were killed by the military.

It also said that the authorities altered the site of the incident to try and simulate a gunfight, and even provided the Commission with photographs to cover up the execution.

• 4 Eyewitnesses to Ayotzinapa Student Massacre — PROCESO

• Authorities probe possible police link to student’s death in Mexico — FOX NEWS LATINO

• Iguala We’ve found about 300 bodies in two years — BORDERLAND BEAT

• Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico Outrage Grows Over Disappeared Ayotzinapa Students — PROCESO

• Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico Peña Government Has No Evidence that 43 Ayotzinapa Students Are Alive — PROCESO

• Mexican Authorities Kill 19 Cartel Hitmen Near Texas Border — BREITBART

• Mexican Govt Commission Confirms Army Massacre — IN SIGHT CRIME

• Mexican human rights group finds evidence of massacre, cover-up in June mass killing — FOX NEWS LATINO

• Mexican mayor and his wife linked to deadly attack on students, attorney general says — FOX NEWS LATINO

• Mexico Our Violent Country — REFORMA

• Mexico Readies for Mass Demonstrations for the 43 Missing Students — LATIN AMERICAN HERALD TRIBUNE

• Normalistas Record Breaking March in Mexico City — BORDERLAND BEAT

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Obama Tap Dances Around Reports of His Mass Amnesty

THE HILL | The White House said Wednesday it was “crazy” to attempt to divine the president’s post-election plans for an immigration executive order based on a procurement request issued by the Department of Homeland Security.

“I mean, this is crazy,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said, adding he would caution reporters against “making assumptions” based on the “procurement of green paper.”

The proposal, unveiled earlier this week by Breitbart News, asks potential contractors to prepare for the possibility of producing up to 34 million green cards and work permits over the next five years.

If fully filled, that would far surpass the current levels processed by the department. The U.S. issues a maximum of 480,000 green cards per year, and processed 862,000 work permits over the first six months of this year.

That’s led many conservatives to speculate the order was made in preparation of a sweeping executive order by President Obama that could legalize millions of new or illegal immigrants.

But the White House said Wednesday such speculation was unfounded.

• Cruz Obama Intentionally Did Not Pass Immigration to Use it as a ‘Partisan Cudgel’ — BREITBART

• Sessions Amnesty Hurts African-Americans the Most — THE BLAZE

• GOP Rep Impeachment Must Be on Table If Obama Grants Millions Amnesty — BREITBART

• NY school overwhelmed with dozens of undocumented kids who flooded in after surge — FOX NEWS LATINO

• White House Order For Surge Of Immigration Id’s For ‘Ongoing Operations’ — BREITBART

• Obama Admin To Brief Goodlatte On Immigrant ID ‘Surge’ — BREITBART

• Top Lawyer At ICE Resigns — BREITBART

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Liberal Activists in Colorado Illegally Filling Out Ballots to Steal Votes

TOWNHALL | Liberal activists working for Democrats in Colorado don’t seem to think illegally filling out mail-in ballots that do not belong to them is a problem. In fact, James O’Keefe and Project Veritas just caught multiple people encouraging voter fraud by filling out discarded ballots and sending them in to be counted in the upcoming midterm elections.

Work Progress Director Meredith Hicks, who has dedicated a number of resources to Democrat Mark Udall’s U.S. Senate campaign, was caught on video by O’Keefe justifying the illegal use of discarded and blank ballots.

“That’s not even lying and stealing, if someone throws out the ballot, if you want to fill it out you should,” Hicks is shown saying.

Greenpeace activist Christen Topping, also a Udall supporter, is caught on film suggesting Veritas investigators visit “ghetto” areas of the city and African-American neighborhoods to find discarded ballots in trash cans to take, fill out and mail-in. She also said filling out discarded ballots is “putting the votes to good use” and is “really truly like..awesome.”

• 850 NYC voters over 164-years-old — NY POST

• CORRUPTED VOTE: Illinois voting machines change GOP votes to Dem

• Illegal Aliens Registered to Vote in North Carolina — BREITBART

• The Vote Changing Video The National GOP Could Run, But Won’t — THE BLAZE

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Gun-Shy D.C. Sets Up Hurdles for Concealed Carry Permit Applicants

WASHINGTON TIMES | The District’s newly minted concealed carry laws require gun owners seeking permits to complete 18 hours of firearms training.

One problem: As of Wednesday, the day before a court-ordered deadline for the permitting process to begin, no instructors had been approved to teach the compulsory course.

The disparity is emblematic of the city’s reluctant scramble to comply with the July order that overturned the District’s ban on carrying handguns in public.

The Metropolitan Police Department, working off legislation adopted by D.C. lawmakers last month, released the concealed carry applications on its website at about 7 p.m. Wednesday — hours before the stay of U.S. District Court Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr.’s order was set to expire.

The regulations firm up the details of the application process, including establishing a $75 cost to apply for a permit.

But it’s unlikely anyone will be walking out of police headquarters with the license anytime soon.

• Matthew McConaughey on the Second Amendment: ‘Let’s Forget That Right’ — BREITBART

• NY Times Runs Interference for Anti-Gun Democrat — BREITBART

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6 Survival & Emergency Preparedness Videos 10.23.14

Off Grid Water Distillation
L7 Trigger System
Vanquest FATPack 5X8
First Aid Trauma Pack

Corpsman Assault Pack

Silky Gomboy 240
Schrade SCHF33

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3 Firearm Related Videos 10.23.14

IWI Tavor Timney Trigger Gen 2 Review

New Galil Ace Rifle from IWI

Zastava N-PAP DF Review

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American Veteran News 10.23.14

• Century ago Great War, great champagne vintage

• Internal investigation ID’d Phoenix VA fraud in 2008

• Long-lost Tennessee World War II veteran buried at Arlington

• Phoenix VA hospital fails outside compliance review

• Private student borrowers can’t get repayment help

• The Legacy of WWI Shell Shock for PTSD-TBI

• Traveling Vietnam veterans memorial stops in Henryetta

• Veterans in the Ivory Tower

• Veterans of Vietnam, Hmong continue to push for burial rights

• Veterans who bravely served their country now live ‘like second-class citizens’

Vietnam Vets Still Feel Agent Orange Toxic Aftereffects

• War hero WWII veteran found 70 years after his plane crashed in Belgium

• Wrecks of WWII merchant ship, U-boat found off NC coast

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Entire Nation Living in Gun Free Zone Are Sitting Ducks for Terrorists

CANADIAN WAR MEMORIAL & PARLIMENT BUILDING ATTATCKED | FOX NEWS | Multiple gunmen opened fire at the Canadian Parliament complex, shooting at least one soldier and spraying as many as 30 shots inside the government building just two days after a terror attack in Quebec shook the nation, officials said.

The shots rang out just before 10 a.m., and were quickly followed by reports of “several shooting incidents in downtown Ottawa,” according to a tweet from police. The shooting at the government complex came after witnesses said they saw two men jump out of a Toyota Corolla and run toward the National War Memorial, where one opened fire on a soldier, officials told the Ottawa Sun. The gunmen then ran to the Parliament building, where witnesses later said they saw one man – possibly a gunman, down near the library. Bernard Trottier, a Toronto-area MP, tweeted that the gunman inside Centre Block “has been shot and killed.” The other was reportedly being sought.

• Canada under attack Gunmen storm Parliament, mall and war memorial — WASHINGTON TIMES

• Canadian Journalist Shooting ‘Obviously Inspired By Radical Ideology,’ Likely ISIS — DAILY CALLER

• Canadian PM says Parliament shooting second terror attack in three days — FOX NEWS

• Canadian Press Correspondent Gun Control Discussion Imminent In Coming Days — BREITBART

• Glenn Greenwald Chose The Wrong Day To Blame Canada For Terrorism — DAILY CALLER

• MSNBC’s Coverage Of Canadian Shooting Predictably Veers Into Gun Control — DAILY CALLER

• Obama, White House stayed mum for hours as Canada terrorized — WASHINGTON TIMES

• US increases security at Arlington after Canada Parliament shootings — STARS & STRIPES

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Sheriff Arpaio: Border Tensions So High Top US Law Enforcement Officials Afraid to Enter Mexico

BREITBART | Tuesday on NewsMax TV’s “America’s Forum,” Maricopa Co., AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio said he was unable to convince top U.S. law enforcement officials to step foot inside of Mexico to try and work on border security issues.

While trying to work on initiatives to help stop the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs flooding our border with Mexico, Arpaio said, “I’ll tell you whats sad, all the top law enforcement officials told me don’t go into Mexico.”

“Isn’t that sad law enforcement is afraid to cross that border and go inside Mexico. I just cant believe it,” he added. “I did talk to four federal officers, I had to stick my arm through the fence to shake their hands.”

• 6 ILLEGALS Caught Crossing Border Inside Fuel Tank — FOX 29 SAN ANTONIO

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DHS Imposes New Restrictions on Travelers From Ebola-Stricken Countries

FOX NEWS | The Obama administration announced Tuesday that all U.S.-bound travelers from three Ebola-stricken African countries will be required to fly into one of five airports that are conducting additional screening.

The change comes as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle call for a travel ban from those countries — Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. While administration officials continue to resist that step, the Department of Homeland Security said the new restrictions will go into effect starting Wednesday.

The change means all travelers from those three countries will have to arrive at one of the five designated airports: New York’s JFK, Newark, Dulles, Atlanta and Chicago.

• 300,000 people in U.S. have Chagas disease as country unsure how to deal with growing threat — FOX NEWS LATINO

• Study predicts more infected will fly out of Africa — AP

• White House Admits U.S. Border Crisis–to Oppose Ebola Travel Ban — BREITBART

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Obama’s Hispanic Immigration Chief Arrogantly Flaunts “No Borders” Policy

PATRICK CLEBURNE | VDARE |  This summer when the Kidinvasion surge was first news I pointed out that Pelosi Stated Obamacrat Immigration Policy: Not Open Borders: NO Borders. GOP/AdelZuck response: Zzzzz. In other words the Obama Administration has changed direction from trying to accelerate immigration to simply stopping enforcement.

Leon Rodriguez, the former Civil Rights lawyer/thug who became chief of the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services segment of the Department of Homeland Security in July, just arrogantly and loudly proclaimed this again yesterday at the 11th annual immigration law and policy conference hosted by Georgetown Law School.

Saying that that the border ‘is bracing for another surge of undocumented children’ Rodriguez boasted that his plans to deal with it included

  • Hiring more asylum officers
  • “clearing the backlog of 400,000 claims”
  • Processing individuals at the border more efficiently

He topped this off by proclaiming:

• Illegal Immigration Without End, Amen — VDARE

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Fraudulent Marriages in the Headlines – Finally!

CAPS |  During the 25 years I taught English as a Second Language in the California public school system, I was approached three times by an intermediary to ask if I would be willing to marry an illegal immigrant. I was offered the standard deal: about $5,000 up front and another $5,000 after the nuptials which would put my bride on the path to legal status. Welcome to the world of illegal immigration!

Needless to say, I turned the proposal down flat. But such unlawful unions are, if not common, not out of the ordinary either. One local American citizen had a notorious reputation of being readily available for sham marriages in exchange for cash.

Through diligent investigative journalism, Portland’s Willamette Weekly discovered that in 1997 Oregon’s first lady accepted $5,000 and married an Ethiopian national identified as Abraham B. Abraham to allow him to remain in the United States. When she entered into the loveless marriage, Cylvia Hayes was 30 and a twice-divorced Evergreen State College student. (Technical note: Hayes is not married to Democratic Governor John Kitzhaber, but since they have been partners for ten years, he publicly refers to her as “Oregon’s first lady.”)

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