Obama Visits and Supports Fasting ILLEGAL Who Says: “My House Has Always Been a Port of Entry for Many Family Members Who Have Come Here Undocumented”

NWI TIMES | WASHINGTON | An East Chicago community organizer fasting for immigration reform on the National Mall had a visit from the president and first lady, who shared their support.

“It was great to have them there,” Rudy Lopez, 43, said via phone from the Washington, D.C. site. “We had a chance to sit with them there and share our stories.”

Lopez was on his 10th day Saturday of the demonstration with Fast For Families, a group only drinking water in protest of a lack of immigration reform. The group is only drinking water. Some have been fasting for 19 days.

The White House issued a statement after the 40-minute visit in which the President Barack Obama thanked the Fast for Families group “for their sacrifice and dedication and told them that the country is behind them on immigration reform.”

Lopez said the concern of the Obamas for the demonstrators’ health and cause was evident.

“The first lady came back and embraced every one of us,” Lopez said. “I really felt her warmth and concern.”

Lopez knows first-hand the impact immigration can have on families.

“My house has always been a port of entry for many family members who have come here undocumented looking for a new life,” he said.

To OOV Contributors A.A. & C.C., , for this Story.

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Miller: Obama’s EPA Closing Smelter Will Not Affect Ammunition Supply

WASHINGTON TIMES | Gun owners can rest easy about one aspect of President Obama’s agenda. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decision to close the country’s last remaining lead smelter will not cause further ammunition shortages or higher costs.

Lawrence Keane is the senior vice president and general counsel for the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), which represents the ammunitions and firearms industry.

“Manufacturers use recycled lead to make ammunition. They don’t buy from smelters,” Mr. Keane told me Monday. “The EPA closing, which has been in the works for a while, will have no impact on production, supply or cost to the consumers.”

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Amnesty Is the Primary Mission of Irish Ambassador to the US

IRISH CENTRAL | Ireland’s first female ambassador to the U.S., Anne Anderson, has made the plight of the undocumented Irish and a future immigration flow from Ireland her top priorities since assuming her position in September, and the influential website BuzzFeed has taken notice.

Anderson and her outreach to House Republicans were featured in a BuzzFeed piece during the week, and she stressed that the Irish government is deeply committed to moving the comprehensive immigration reform drive forward.

“For many [Republicans], they have been surprised. They think of this as a Hispanic issue, which is not surprising given the numbers,” Anderson told BuzzFeed.

“There is increasingly a deeper understanding of the complexities of this issue, and that it’s not just one community.”

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US Sends Navy P-8A Poseidon Reconnaissance Aircraft to Patrol China Sea

STARS & STRIPES | YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Two of the Navy’s new P-8A Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft have arrived at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Navy officials in Japan said Monday.

The P-8’s long-planned arrival in the western Pacific comes about a week after China unilaterally declared a broad swath of the East China Sea’s air space as its national air defense identification zone and demanded that military aircraft identify themselves and file flight plans with the Chinese government.

The United States, Japan and other Asian nations have stated that their military aircraft will not recognize the zone, which includes airspace over the Japanese-administered Senkaku islands.

China also claims the uninhabited islands, which are valued for the energy and food resources in their nearshore waters.

The two patrol aircraft left Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., on Nov. 29, and later landed at Naval Air Facility Atsugi for refueling before touching down in Okinawa, Navy officials said.

Another four P-8s will arrive during the next few weeks, according to the Navy.

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American Veteran News 12.03.13


Edward “Babe” Heffron died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. He was 90.

The World War II veteran fought with Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, the unit featured in “Band of Brothers,” the HBO miniseries based on Stephen Ambrose’s book.

On April 7, 2011, he visited La Salle College High School to speak to students and local residents about his wartime experience as well as his pre-war and post-war life in South Philadelphia.

Heffron also co-wrote a book, “Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends,” with fellow “Easy” veteran William “Wild Bill” Guarnere and journalist Robyn Post in 2007.

There are now only 20 members remaining of Easy Company. The company commander, Major Richard “Dick” Winters, died in 2011.

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The Great Pretender

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Young, Hip, Leftie Journalists & Enviros Are Often Clueless About Immigration-Overpopulation-Environment Connection

CAPS | In my two decades in the trenches, as a somewhat reluctant warrior in our country’s seemingly endless and intractable skirmishes over the interconnected issues of immigration, overpopulation and the environment, I have noticed a disturbing trend: All too many 20-something and 30-something reporters, bloggers and environmental activists seem oblivious to the interconnections between these issues.

These interconnections are not rocket science, although they too are based fundamentally on arithmetic, logic and causality, yet on a much simpler level. To wit: For three decades immigration has been the main demographic force driving rapid, unsustainable population growth in the United States.

In the foreseeable future, demographers predict it will continue to be the main driver. In turn, this rapid growth in the number of Americans entails greater environmental impacts, because each additional human being consumes an additional increment of resources and generates an additional increment of waste. Again, this is not rocket science – just basic ecology.

What’s so difficult to comprehend about this? We might even depict it graphically as:

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Obama Continues to Refuse Enforcement of Immigration Laws

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Mexican Narco-Terrorists Obtain Russian RPG-29VR Advanced Anti-Armor Rounds Capable of Defeating All Types of Modern Main-Battle Tanks

BORDERLAND BEAT | Note—Up until recently, weapons that provide for armor and bunker defeat capability at the levels that the RPG-29 is capable of, have not been seen in the hands of the Mexican cartels. The fact that they have successfully obtained them—and the origin and mechanism by which they were obtained should be of extreme concern to everyone.

Key Information: See the RPG-29 images in the 2:26 minute video Drugs, Guns and; Bling: Inside the Mexican Army’s Narco War Museum hosted by the author/journalist Ioan Grillo (El Narco: Inside Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency) and filmed by Ross McDonnell via BuzzFeed Central (Original video posting 10 September 2013).


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For Immigration, Conference With the Senate Is Not an Option

BREITBART | With his signature legislative accomplishment crumbling around him amid a growing pile of negative headlines, President Obama is thankfully seeing another legislative priority slip away: his wrong-headed version of comprehensive immigration reform.

Before the spectacular Obamacare implosion, the president had hoped to use perceived political momentum from October’s government shutdown to pivot straight into passage of an immigration plan with amnesty for untold millions of illegal immigrants as the central feature. When it comes to national security and jobs for legal residents of this country, I am encouraged that the House of Representatives appears ready to stand firm against the Senate-passed “Gang of Eight” bill that promises decades of porous borders and bleak employment numbers.

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Energy Drives Asian Military Confrontation

BREITBART | China’s Ministry of Defense on November 30th began enforcing an expanded Air Defense Identification Zone, which now covers a huge off-shore expanse that includes the disputed oil rich Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.

Forced to rely on the Middle East for oil for electrical production, Asian energy costs are surging, and supply has become unstable due to the continuing Arab Spring turmoil. With American domestic energy costs falling as supplies surge due to the boom in fracking for shale oil and gas, Chinese manufacturers are becoming economically uncompetitive on a cost basis compared to the U.S. producers. With China, Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea equally desperate to save jobs by exploiting potentially cheap and abundant off-shore oil, energy economics will drive military confrontations in Asia.

The Chinese claim the discovery and control of the Diaoyu islands from the 14th Century, but Japan took control of the islands from 1895 until its surrender to the U.S. at the end of World War II. During the United States Civil Administration of the Ryukyu Islands after 1945, it was discovered that oil reserves might be found under the sea near the islands. In anticipation of the turnover of the Senkaku islands, Japan declared a 100 mile ADIZ around the islands in 1969. Since reverting back to Japanese control under the 1971 Okinawa Reversion Agreement, sovereignty around the islands has been disputed by the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, and South Korea.

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2 Examples of EXACTLY What’s Wrong With the GOP

MITCH MCCONNEL SAYS IT IS TIME FOR THE GOP ESTABLISHMENT TO STOP CONSERVATIVES AND THE TEA PARTY | BREITBART | Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican up for re-election in 2014, told the Washington Examiner in an interview published Friday that he believes it is time for the GOP establishment to stop conservatives and Tea Partiers.

McConnell argued it is “utter nonsense” for groups like the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF), which has endorsed his primary challenger businessman Matt Bevin, to argue that Republicans like him in Congress are not fighting hard enough to defeat Democrats. In the interview, McConnell focused on deriding Tea Partiers for leading the effort to defund Obamacare—something that, coupled with the Democrats’ refusal to compromise on the soon-to-fail Obamacare, resulted in a government shutdown.

‘BIZARRE BEHAVIOR’ COULD BE RISK TO CHRISTIE WHITE HOUSE RUN | NY POST | Gov. Chris Christie’s “bizarre behavior’’ in refusing to say he’ll support a possible GOP challenger to Gov. Cuomo next year could derail his chances to become president, state and national GOP insiders have told The Post.

“Christie already has a problem with many Republicans refusing to forgive him because of his embrace of [President] Obama and his socially liberal policies,’’ said a nationally prominent GOP operative. “But this bizarre behavior in suggesting he won’t help a Republican defeat a Democratic governor, and a Cuomo no less, could finish off his chances of becoming his party’s nominee for president in 2016,’’ the operative continued.

Cuomo claimed last week that Christie, the new head of the Republican Governors Association — an organization whose purpose is to elect GOP governors — had quickly called him to say The Post was wrong in reporting the New Jersey governor was ready to back Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, should he become the Republican nominee for governor next year.

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The Problem With ObamaCare Is ObamaCare


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4 Articles From the Center for Immigration Studies 12.02.13

Sometimes It Pays to Say Something: Speaking One’s Immigration Mind
By John Rhodes, December 2, 2013

One day last fall, a thoughtful seventh grader came home from school (in Northern Virginia) with questions about a civics presentation given to the entire seventh grade class. Keep in mind that civics is the study of the theoretical and practical aspects of citizenship, and includes the study of civil law and civil code. Civics thus considers, among other things, the process of lawful entry into the country. The seventh-grade civics teacher had invited a long-standing custodial staff member from the school (for the fifth year in a row) to share the story of her journey from Southeast Asia to the United States, and her subsequent naturalization and integration into American society; a touching, educational exercise it was – or so it seemed. 

Church Arsonist in Vermont Is an Illegal Alien
By David North, December 2, 2013

An earlier blog of mine asked the question: Did an illegal alien try to burn down a church in Sen. Leahy’s Vermont?

The damage to the church’s steeple was not in question, nor was the identity of the arsonist (Aliaksandr Bychkou); the only question left by media coverage was his legal status.

It now turns out, according to the Burlington Free Press, that Bychkou, a native of Belarus, was in the country illegally, and that he and his spouse had filed for asylum status. Sam Hemingway, a Free Press reporter, was curious about Bychkou’s immigration status, a variable that all too many mainstream journalists ignore.

Amnesty “Because God Says So”
By John Rhodes, December 2, 2013

The art of spiritual discernment is a difficult but rich endeavour. In the arena of Christian faith, it can be described as an attempt to read between the lines of life, in order to get a sense of God’s mind, to get a sense of what God may be prompting, to get a sense of the movement of the Holy Spirit.

New DHS Inspector General to Face Two Nasty, Immediate Challenges
By David North, November 29, 2013

President Obama has nominated John Roth, a supervising investigator with the Food and Drug Administration, to fill the long-time vacancy as Inspector General at the Department of Homeland Security. The IG’s nomination is subject to Senate confirmation.

Roth faces two nasty challenges in his new job.

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Michoacán: “Blood Avocados”

BORDERLAND BEAT | Note: Michoacán is the leading producer of avocados in the world accounting for half of the world market. Conditions in Michoacán are ideal for production of the preferred Haas avocado, rendering it non-seasonal, with year round “season”.production. Since the health benefits have been widely known, the trade has increased three fold in 6 years, which in 2012 resulted in just shy of one billion dollars (0.9B) in shipped to the US alone. …chivis

The Knights Templar has brought kidnappings, murders, money laundering and fear to Mexico’s prized avocado business

MORELIA, Mexico—There’s an almost Mediterranean charm to the rolling hills here in Michoacán, a state in western Mexico. Avocado farms occupy vast stretches of land, and the rows of low-growing trees resemble the olive gardens of southern Europe.

These idyllic farms grow millions of pounds of avocados that Americans consume every year. But there’s a dark story lurking beneath the surface of the fleshy green fruit—and the bowls of guacamole it produces. A drug cartel known as the Caballeros Templarios, the Knights Templar, has infiltrated the avocado sector, and now controls the local trade, from production to distribution.


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