Blast at Afghan Base Causes Causalities, but Vice President Cheney safe

I am tired and it is late, but this just came over my alerts…

From FNC:

An explosion outside the main U.S. military base in Afghanistan went off Tuesday as Vice President Dick Cheney was visiting, causing an unknown number of casualties but apparently not putting the vice president in danger, officials said.

The blast happened at the first gate outside the base at Bagram, and there were an unknown number of casualties, said Kabir Ahmad, the district chief of the Bagram region.

Blogs For Borders Video Blogburst 02-20-07

The first official Blogs For Borders Video Blogburst. In this week’s episode we round up reactions to the Bank Of America/credit cards for illegals story. Show you the violent face of the Reconquistas, continue to report on the nationwide Free Ramos and Compean rallies. And we end with a little ‘cheesecake?

Report: Anna Nicole Judge Offered Job on CBS

From FNC:

The judge in the Anna Nicole Smith case may have a future at CBS, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported on Monday.

The senior producer of the network’s “Saturday Early Show” wrote a letter to Broward Circuit Judge Larry Seidlin, who has been presiding over the former playmate’s case, asking if he would be interested in hosting a new segment on the program called “Morning Justice,” in which he would tackle viewers’ problems.

“I have been extremely impressed by your compassion in the Anna Nicole case and I would love to discuss with you the idea of being our judge on a new segment, ‘Morning Justice,'” Michael Rosen, the show’s senior producer, wrote in a letter Friday to the judge, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

Seidlin’s judicial assistant, JoAnn Gallo, confirmed he received an offer and said she has been fielding hundreds of calls a day for the judge.

I also heard that he was seeking his own show BEFORE this case. That might shed some light on his grandstanding for you.

U.S.: Large Cache of Weapons Discovered in Iraq Traceable to Iran

I don’t quite get the title, maybe you can figure it out…

From FNC:

U.S. and Iraqi forces have seized a large weapons cache that includes parts for sophisticated roadside bombs that are believed to originate in Iran, U.S. military investigators said.

Military officials said that the arsenal is one of the biggest found north of the Iraqi capital and contains components for so-called EFPs — explosively formed projectiles that fire a slug of molten metal that can penetrate armored vehicles.

The U.S. military has said elite Iranian corps are funneling EFPs to Shiite militias in Iraq for use against American troops.

Earlier this month, U.S. officials showed reporters in Baghdad pieces of EFPs they said were directly traceable to Iran.

An informant tipped off Iraqi police to the weapons stash Saturday, the military said in a statement. It was discovered near Baqouba, the provincial capital of Diyala province, about 35 miles northeast of Baghdad.

A military official declined to link the weapons to any particular militant group, but said the cache was found near a village where the Mehdi Army militia of anti-American Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr are strong.

Along with the EFPs, the weapons cache contained more than two dozen mortars and 15 rockets. There were enough metal disks to make 130 EFPs, the military said.

The origin of the weapons seized Saturday was being investigated, said Lt. Col. Michael Donnelly, spokesman for Multinational Division-North.

“This local tip led to what is the most potentially lethal IED cache seized in northern Iraq in the past eight months,” Donnelly said.

The weapons were discovered under tarpaulins and in two large freezers and a water tank buried in a palm grove. One completed bomb was found as well as around 150 copper discs — the key component of EFPs — rolls of electrical wire, plastic pipes to use as casings, ball-bearings and batteries.

One U.S. official said the use of a narrow tube attached to the bomb as a simple sighting-device to aim it was characteristic of Iranian-linked devices used by militant group Hezbollah in Lebanon in recent years.

Mexican Wives Tell U.S. To Close Border

Cross posted from Common Sense America

new website is getting a lot of attention this morning. It seems the women of Tecalpulco, Mexico are tired of running their village alone. They are asking the government of the United States to uphold our immigration laws and send their men back home. The women of Tecalpulco started a website named Wetback Wives to send their pleas to our government and to their absent husbands, sons, and brothers.

The Washington Times reports:

It’s a stark reminder of an often forgotten voice in the U.S. immigration debate — the wives, children, parents and villages left behind as millions of workers come to the U.S., many of them illegally. The plea also underscores the dual effects of migration on Mexico: Its economy needs American jobs as an outlet for workers, but determined, able-bodied workers get siphoned out of Mexico.

More than 10 million Mexican-born people, or nearly one out of every 10, was living in the United States in 2005. And as a percentage of the work force it’s even higher: One in seven, or 14 percent, were here, according to the Migration Policy Institute. The institute said 77 percent of Mexican workers in the U.S. were younger than 45, and 70 percent were men.

Villages devoid of men between 20 and 50 are common in many parts of the country. The stories of single mothers struggling to raise their children are just as frequent.

The women of Tecalpulco have come up with one way to cope. They run an artists’ cooperative to sell traditional-style jewelry, including through the Internet. The page where they make their personal pleas,, is a part of their Web site.

But our elected officials, who frequently give sappy speeches about reuniting families – and compassion – when they talk about handing out their blanket amnesty to the millions of illegal aliens in our nation, couldn’t care less about the American or the Mexican family. No. The bottom line is this;

Mexican officials are aware of the social and economic consequences to their towns and villages. But businesses and government officials on both sides of the border also acknowledge a sort of grand bargain — the U.S. gets cheap labor, while Mexico has an outlet for its unemployed, who in turn send cash back home.

A “grand bargain” for everyone but the citizens of both nations. It’s all about the money – as usual. You can view the women of Tecalpulco’s heartfelt letters here.

For more news on the issue of illegal immigration see:Surrendering our Sovereignty, Add BP Agent Gary Brugman to Suttons list, and Don’t need no stinkin’ Social Security Number from Bear Creek Ledger

Imaginary Friend – Real Credit at Bank of America and Mexico Condemns U.S. Trespassing from Liberally Conservative

Boycott Banks Dealing with Illegal Aliens from The Uncooperative Blogger

Bodies Found, Huge Drug Busts and Murder for Hire from GA CrimeWatch

North American Community Becoming Reality from Right Truth

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email stiknstein-at-gmail-dot-com and let us know at what level you would like to participate.

“The “Gun of Navarette” Fires Again – Immigration debate between wall and wallet”

Cross posted from Demediacratic Nation


“Hopefully, at the end of it all, we’ll have comprehensive immigration reform that gives illegal immigrants a path to legal residency. Until that happens, the popular view is that towns, cities, and states will take it upon themselves to try to end illegal immigration — for better or worse.””I’m ready for some better. I’ve seen plenty of the worse.”

Ruben Navarette with commentary at CNN.Com

I have read and posted regarding Mr. Navarette’s commentary on the subject of “illegal” immigration before. The quote above outlines one of his major (if not only) concerns about the need for “comprehensive” immigration reform; citizenship for the “illegals” in country now.

Previously he has taken issue with Lou Dobbs and Dobbs’ being critical of “illegal immigration, as a means of “growing fame and fortune.” There was also the time Navarette took issue with the “cynical and cowardly” GOP immigration hearings; which I guess wasn’t quite the vote getter they had hoped for.

How about the time Ruby “generalized,” that “prejudice – and its cousins, racism and xenophobia – are intrinsic to the immigration debate.” That’s me and CAII, it’s a lot easier to argue against proponents of the law if you believe this is how we all feel; you don’t actually have to listen because we’re “racists and xenophobes.”

The last time I felt like reading anything by Ruben Navarette was upon his offer of a free class entitled, “Immigration Reform for Dummies;” I understand now why it’s free….

Here are the “plenty of the worse,” from “Gun of Navarette” (I used red font):

• Texas State Rep. Leo Berman has written a bill that would deny U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants access to state programs. The Republican is targeting what he tactlessly calls “anchor babies.”

  • I guess the only thing that bothers Ruben here is “tactless” term for U.S. born children of illegal immigrants. I don’t however think so; my only issue is whether it’s retroactive or not. What ever is made more difficult, the less likely it is for people to try it. Although, I suppose it would be more effective with consequences, but…..

• Some state legislatures are considering leveling taxes on the billions of dollars that illegal immigrants send home annually to other countries (read: Mexico).

  • Doesn’t the Mexican government do this on the Southern side? (read: Mexico, per Navarettes suggestion)

• States such as Utah and Virginia are threatening to eliminate in-state tuition rates for illegal immigrant students who attend public colleges and universities.

  • This is a mistaken distinction that opponents of the law/proponents of “illegal immigration,” often seem to make, which I believe is: well, if a resident of one state can move and live in another state for a period of time can get “in-state” tuition rates, why shouldn’t “illegal aliens;” there’s no difference right?

• In Maryland, State Delegate Ronald A. George and Sen. Janet Greenip, both Republicans, have filed bills that would require anyone applying for a state driver’s license to show proof that they’re in the country legally.

  • This is just unthinkable; closing a illogical loophole that allows anyone in line at the DMV a drivers license regardless of citizenship or burkha.

• Last year, the Colorado Legislature approved legislation that requires that those who apply for state-funded programs must prove they are legal U.S. residents and sign an affidavit to that effect.

  • Terrible, terrible….it must be the thin air that causes this “racism and xenophobia.” There is nothing illogical in requiring citizenship for state services rendered.

• And city councils in Escondido, California, Hazelton, Pennsylvania and Farmers Branch, Texas, last year passed ordinances fining landlords that rent to illegal immigrants and declaring English their towns’ official language.

  • The Fed has ignored this problem for too long, so you know, don’t pull over any speeding “illegals,” or anything that might hamper these “illegal” activities that might clean things up a bit.

All of the above “issues” are what Navarette has with localities and states taking matters into their own hands, which according to him is a no-no, since he feels they deserve much of the blame. So, you make the mess, how dare you try to clean it up; let the real “professional” “wind directional” politicians in Washington take care of it for you; at least one of them is really good at “multi-tasking” can change our diapers. If citizenship no longer means any form of patriotism or pride etc., can’t we Americans at least have perks signifying we actually legally belong here?

But hey, you can take what I have to say with a grain of salt since I’m “racist and xenophobic,” at least Ruben is convinced of that.

More postings of late from other “racists and xenophobes,” these from the CAII:

From Liberally Conservative, “Mexico Condemns U.S. Trespassing

Mexico‘s Congress has condemned what it says is a border violation by US workers building a controversial barrier between the two countries….” MORE

Bear Creek Ledger fires two shots with, “Don’t need no stinkin’ Social Security Number” and “Surrendering our Sovereignty

From Common Sense America, Christi shares, “Mexican Wives Tell U.S. To Close Border.”

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email stiknstein-at-gmail-dot-com and let us know at what level you would like to participate.**

UB Update

Well, I had to deal with a plumbing emergency today and then my new laptop came so I have been really busy. I needed the laptop because I just cannot sit at my desktop anymore. hopefully, I will recover most of trhe cost by selling my desktop, which is pretty hot. Anyway I just wanted you know why I have not gotten anything done on the blog today.