BORDERLAND BEAT | Morelia, Michoacán — Despite emerging measures implemented so far by the federal government- sending federal and military forces, cleaning up police forces, having military officials in police stations, and monitoring security in various municipalities-, intentional homicides in the state register a slight increase during the administration of Enrique Peña Nieto, compared to last year’s predecessor, the panista Felipe Calderón.
According to the report “criminal indicators” of the National Public Security System (Sistema Nacional de Seguridad Pública (SNSP)), last year on average 32.5 executions were committed each month (considering 12 months) on average 33.22 were committed since September of this year.
In round numbers, in all of 2012, 306 intentional homicides were committed; while in the first nine months of this year 299 have been committed, with the fact that the months of October, November, and December have not been counted for.
Other interesting data from the SNSP: in 2012 the months of April, September, and December were the most violent, with 53, 51, and 40 executions, while this year the bloodiest months were March, July, and August with 50, 42, and 44 intentional homicides.
THE BLAZE | A group advocating amnesty for illegal immigrants is currently holding a hunger strike in Washington, D.C. in an attempt to draw attention to immigration reform on Capitol Hill. The group has garnered some national media attention, including a booster visit from President Obama and solidarity tweets from the first lady.
MRCTV’s Dan Joseph went down to the National Mall to see if he could talk to some of the hungry people.
WASHINGTON TIMES | Obama spent a short period of time living with his uncle, Onyango “Omar” Obama, when he was attending Harvard Law School in the 1980s, the White House admitted Thursday for the first time.
White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters that, after Onyango Obama recently made public claims that his nephew had stayed with him, he personally asked the president about the situation.
“When Omar Obama said the other day that President Obama, back when he was in law school, had stayed with him in Cambridge, I thought it was the right thing to do to go ask him,” Mr. Carney said.
The president “stayed with Omar Obama for a brief period of time until the president’s apartment was ready … the president has not seen Omar Obama in 20 years and has not spoken with him in 10 years.”
Mr. Carney’s question apparently is the first time someone has directly asked Mr. Obama whether he spent time living with his uncle, who has been living in the country illegally for decades.
NRO | First, the bad news:
Diabetes is America’s No. 7 cause of death, killing 71,000 annually, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. This disorder endangers nearly 26 million Americans and adds 1.9 million new patients annually, or 5,205 daily. If these trends are left unchecked, one third of American adults will be diabetic by 2050. U.S. diabetic care consumes some $245 billion annually and devours 20 percent of Medicare’s budget.
And now the good news:
Scientists, philanthropists, and entrepreneurs are working hard to manage, treat, and ultimately defeat this disease. They are making progress, which should encourage diabetics and those who love them.
DAILY CALLER | The retired persons advocacy group AARP partners with the organization that helped craft President Obama’s “you can keep your plan” lie.
AARP, founded in 1958, is generating criticism from many of its members for heavily promoting Obamacare, which helps AARP’s bottom line to the tune of more than $1 billion. One legendary television personality told The Daily Caller that disgruntled members should leave the organization and join his rival group.
AARP partners with a small, unknown group called the Herndon Alliance, which has been described as “the messaging arm of a vast center-left infrastructure pushing health care reform.” AARP and Herndon’s co-founders participated in weekly conference calls during the run-up to the passage of Obamacare.
President Obama’s talking point that Americans could keep their “choice” of doctors and insurance plans was a Herndon strategy, developed by the end of Obama’s first 100 days in office. Herndon was in contact with then-Senator Obama during the 2008 campaign, discussing strategies to sell health care reform to demographic groups including “Marginalized Middle Agers” and “Mobile Materialists.”
“The Herndon Alliance was one of many broad stakeholder groups and coalitions – most notably Divided We Fail, which we led with partners like the Business Roundtable and NFIB – we worked with during the health reform process. These stakeholder groups frequently include organizations representing hospitals, physicians, employers, workers, consumers and health advocates,” AARP spokesperson Allyson Funk told TheDC.
CAPS | The Obama Administration has systematically sabotaged enforcement of our country’s immigration laws. This particularly applies to enforcement of those laws in the interior of the U.S., a job tasked to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
In 2010 the union representing ICE agents, the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council, approved a memo stating that the leaders of ICE under Obama have “abandoned the agency’s core mission of enforcing United States Immigration law and providing for public safety, and have instead directed their attention to campaigning for programs and policies related to amnesty.”
A year later after President Obama unilaterally proclaimed legal status for illegal aliens in the Dream Act category, Chris Crane, president of the union stated, “[T]his is one of many new ICE policies in queue aimed at stopping the enforcement of U.S. immigration laws in the United States.”
But while carrying out this policy, the administration has tried to give the impression that it is effectively enforcing immigration laws by claiming that it has conducted “record deportations” of illegal aliens. This claim is useful as it presses for legislation to grant amnesty to all of the 12 million illegal aliens in the United States. In effect the administration is saying to skeptics of its immigration policies, “Let us have amnesty; after that you can trust us to enforce immigration laws.”
BY BRENDA WALKER | The President gave a speech on Wednesday that focused on income inequality in America, calling it a “defining issue of our time.” He has gone to his old playbook of arguments, hoping that Americans will respond to a message of class warfare, even though recent polling from Gallup and elsewhere show that the citizens remain most concerned about jobs and the economy. Period.
FOX NEWS LATINO | A federal grand jury in Miami did not file charges against Sen. Robert Menendez in connection to accusations that the lawmaker improperly traveled to the Dominican Republic on a private plane owned by a physician friend and cavorted with underage prostitutes.
According to the Miami Herald, the grand jury decided not to file charges after reviewing documents and hearing from witnesses on the matter.
The newspaper added, however, that the grand jury continues to look into allegations that Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, used his influence to help the physician, Dr. Salomon Melgen, in a billing dispute with Medicare.
The grand jury also is continuing to examine whether Menendez helped Melgen, a key campaign donor, land a port-security contract in the Dominican Republic.
FOX NEWS LATINO | WASHINGTON – The White House said the Obama administration has no reason to believe that a stolen shipment of highly radioactive cobalt-60 recovered in central Mexico posed a threat to the United States.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said Thursday that President Barack Obama was briefed about the status of the shipment Wednesday by Lisa Monaco, his top counterterrorism adviser.
The missing material was found removed from its protective container Wednesday near where the stolen truck transporting the material was abandoned in central Mexico. The International Atomic Energy Agency called the material “extremely dangerous,” though there was no sign of contamination to the area where it was found.
The radioactive material could be used by terrorists to make a so-called “dirty bomb,” a
Mexican troops and federal police kept a nighttime watch on a rural field where thieves abandoned the shipment, while officials began planning the delicate task of getting the material into a secure container and transport it to a waste site.
• Carney: Stolen cobalt-60 never posed threat — THE HILL
In the early 90′s while walking near the United Nations building in New York City I saw Nelson Mandela as his limousine exited the UN garage.
It was late on a Sunday afternoon and, as I recall, it was fairly cold. The NYPD officer directing traffic and myself were the only pedestrians on the street at that time.
Mandela’s window was rolled down about half-way.
I saw who it was and gave him a simple wave of my hand.
He rolled his window down the whole way and gave me that big smile he was so well known for and waved enthusiastically back at me.
It always amazed me that a man like Mandela, who had been so terribly oppressed by whites, found it in himself to return a simple gesture from a white man, an American white man at that.
I’m not sure I could find that forgiveness in myself.
RIP Mr. Mandela