Drug Cartel Threats Make Border Protesters Drop Plans

From an unfazed Reuters:

U.S. immigration protesters drop U.S. border blockade plan

By Lisa Maria Garza | September 20, 2014

DALLAS (Reuters) – A plan by U.S. protesters against illegal immigration to block traffic at more than a dozen border crossings in the southwest on Saturday was canceled after organizers said they received online threats from Mexican drug cartels.

Billed as a "Shut Down All Ports Of Entry" protest against the Obama administration’s immigration policies, demonstrators had said they would try to stop incoming and outgoing traffic at 17 locations in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

But lead organizer Stasyi Barth posted a warning on the event’s official website saying that a combination of violent threats and "suspicious activity" on the group’s Facebook page prompted her to call off the action.

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Obama Stops Prosecuting ‘First Time’ Border Crossers

From an unfazed Associated Press:

Feds mum on prosecution of illegal border crossers

By ASTRID GALVAN | September 20, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The federal government refuses to say whether prosecutors in Yuma, Arizona, have scaled back a years-old program that guarantees jail time for most immigrants caught crossing the border illegally and which law enforcement officials say is crucial to public safety.

If they hadn’t they sure as heck would tell us so. Since Obama likes to lie about how he has increased deportations during his tenure. (When, in reality, he has just expanded the definition of deportation to include being turned away at the border.)

Reports that federal prosecutors have stopped some prosecutions under Operation Streamline surfaced nearly two weeks ago when Arizona Sens.

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11 Jailed In Rhode Island For $3.6M Food Stamp Fraud

From Rhode Island’s Providence Journal:

11 convicted and sentenced in $3.6 million food stamp fraud

By W. Zachary Malinowski | September 21, 2014

PROVIDENCE — Eleven people who were arrested last fall following a two-year investigation involving $3.6 million worth of food stamp fraud have been convicted of federal crimes and sentenced to prison terms. The convenience stores that the convicted felons worked from also have been disqualified from participating in the federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, otherwise known as SNAP…

[T]the investigation revealed that the store owners charged with crimes and their employees allowed recipients of SNAP benefits to use their Electronic Benefit Transfer cards and exchange their SNAP benefits for cash…

We thought that was now standard practice. How else will these people be able to buy pot and liquor and lottery tickets and lap dances and tickets to Hawaii?

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Reuters Hits Obama For Asking ‘Are You Better Off Now?’

From Reuters:

Obama tries Reagan touch on economy, but wages weigh

By Jason Lange and Roberta Rampton | September 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, stumping for the Democrats ahead of November’s congressional elections, has twice invoked Ronald Reagan’s seminal campaign question: "Are you better off than you were four years ago?"

Framing the debate like that helped Reagan twice – in 1980 when he beat incumbent Jimmy Carter, and then again in 1984 when he won re-election during an economic upswing. But a similar message has failed to resonate for Obama primarily for one reason: while he stresses the economy has improved in almost every aspect on his watch, average family incomes have slipped.

Between 2009 when Obama took office and 2013, the latest for which numbers are available, median annual household incomes fell by more than $2,100 in inflation-adjusted terms, Census Bureau data showed last week.

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20% Of Workers Laid Off Under Obama Still Unemployed

From USA Today:

Study: Recovery eludes long-term unemployed

By Paul Davidson | September 22, 2014

More than 20% of Americans laid off the past five years are still unemployed and one in four who found work is in a temporary job, according to a survey out Monday.

And yet we’re told we need amnesty because employers can’t find enough Americans to fill their jobs.

The report underscores that despite a sharp drop in long-term unemployment recently, many people out of work at least six months are still struggling to recoup their former wages and lifestyles. Those idled for years face an even tougher road back to employment.

Giving work permits to 11 million illegal aliens won’t hurt their chances even more.

"While the worst effects of the Great Recession are over for most Americans, the brutal realities of diminished living standards endure for the 3 million American workers who remain jobless years after they were laid off," says Carl Van Horn, director of the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University.

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ABC And CBS News Ignore DOJ Clearing Of Chris Christie

From NewsBusters:

NBC Continues Miniscule Coverage of Gov. Christie Innocence But Jumped At Initial Allegations

By Jeffrey Meyer | September 19, 2014

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Justice told NBC News that Governor Chris Christie (R-N.J.) was innocent of any wrong-doing relating to the closure of lanes on the George Washington Bridge.

Despite Governor Christie’s reported innocence, ABC and CBS have yet to cover the NBC story, but when the story originally broke in January, all three networks eagerly jumped on it. So far NBC has devoted only two news briefs on its Thursday night and Friday morning broadcasts totaling 59 seconds.

Following Brian Williams’ 38 second brief on Thursday night’s Nightly News, on Friday morning’s Today co-host Natalie Morales offered a scant 21 second news brief on Christie’s innocence:

The U.S.

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Politico: Don’t Hate Lois Lerner, She Likes Animals, Cries

From the Politico:

Exclusive: Lois Lerner breaks silence

By RACHAEL BADE | September 22, 2014

Employers won’t hire her. She’s been berated with epithets like “dirty Jew.” Federal agents have guarded her house because of death threats. And she’s spent hundreds of thousands of dollars defending herself against accusations she orchestrated a coverup in a scandal that has come to represent everything Americans hate about the IRS.

In other words, Ms. Lerner is a victim. Who knew? (Also, who knew she was Jewish? Or cared?)

Lois Lerner is toxic — and she knows it. But she refuses to recede into anonymity or beg for forgiveness for her role in the IRS tea party-targeting scandal.

“I didn’t do anything wrong,” Lerner said in her first press interview since the scandal broke 16 months ago.

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LAT: ISIS Is Recruiting Women To ‘Have Kids And Cook’

From an outraged (at the sexism) Los Angeles Times:

Islamic State recruiting women to ‘have kids and cook’

By Raja Abdulrahim | September 22, 2014

Months after declaring an Islamic caliphate, Islamic State, which has seized large swaths of Syria and Iraq, is seeking to address a need of any viable nation: women. In Internet posts and social media messaging, the extremist Sunni militants are recruiting women to marry their fighters and have children, part of a larger strategy of state-building.

"They are treating the Islamic State as a country that needs women," said Rita Katz, director of the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors online activity by militant organizations. "The message is: ‘You are coming to marry someone immediately and have kids and cook.’ They’re building a state." …

Boy, is ISIS asking for it now.

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Dem Rep: 40 American ISIS Fighters Are Back In The US

From the Washington Free Beacon:

Dem Rep: 40 American ISIL Fighters Have Already Returned to the United States

By Adam Kredo | September 19, 2014

Rep. Tim Bishop (D., N.Y.) warned during a recent speech that up to 40 radicalized U.S. citizens who have fought alongside the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL or ISIS) have already returned to the United States, where they could pose a terrorist threat.

For the record, Mr. Bishops represents the 1st Congressional District of New York, which covers the eastern end of Long Island. Which means he represents the Hamptons. 

Bishop claims that of the 100 or so Americans who have traveled to the Middle East to join ISIL’s ranks, some 40 have returned and are currently being surveilled by the FBI, according to his remarks, which were filmed and uploaded to YouTube last week.

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Three Afghan Soldiers Missing From Cape Cod, MA Base

From an unfazed CNN:

Afghan Soldiers Go Missing in Massachusetts

By Allison Oskin | September 22, 2014

(CNN) — Three Afghan National Army soldiers, who were in Massachusetts for training, have gone missing after a trip to a shopping mall, authorities said. It’s the second time in week that Afghan security trainees in the United States have disappeared.

The three soldiers do not appear to pose any threat to the public, the Massachusetts National Guard said.

Earlier this month, two Afghan police officers training with the DEA wandered off during a sightseeing trip to Georgetown, CNN affiliate WJLA reported. They decided they wanted to stay in the United States, but authorities found them and sent them home.

How unfair! Were they not anti-American enough?

The three men currently missing in Massachusetts are Afghanistan National Army Soldiers Maj.

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Panetta: US Should Have Armed Rebels, Stayed In Iraq

From Fox News:

Panetta says US paying the price for not arming Syrian rebels

September 22, 2014

Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta… ho served in the Obama administration from July 2011 to February 2013, said in an interview on CBS News’ “60 Minutes” that he was in support of arming the moderate Syrian rebels in 2012, along with several other members of the administration. 

“I think that would’ve helped,” Panetta said. “And I think in part, we pay the price for not doing that in what we see happening with ISIS.” …

However, Obama decided against it. “I think the president’s concern, and I understand it, was that he had a fear that if we started providing weapons, we wouldn’t know where those weapons would wind up,” Panetta said.

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US Concerned About Continuing Syrian Chemical Attacks

From ABC News:

U.S. ‘Gravely Concerned’ About Syria Chemical Attacks

September 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — The U.S. is "gravely concerned" about the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’s findings last week of systematic and repeated chlorine attacks in northern Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry said in a written statement Sunday.

"The Assad regime must know that it will be held to account for such use in the international community," Kerry said, noting that the report raises "especially troubling concerns that continued chemical attacks on the Syrian people by the regime could occur."

What’s this?! We thought this problem was already solved when Obama declared his famous ‘red line.’ And then he got Syria to agree to turn over all of their chemical weapons to our trusted friends and allies the Russians.

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Secret Service Holds Review As Fence-Jumper Enters WH

From the Washington Post:

Secret Service reviews White House security after fence-jumper enters mansion

By Carol D. Leonnig, Spencer Hsu and Annys Shin | September 20, 2014

The Secret Service on Saturday launched a security review to learn how a man carrying a knife was able to get inside the front door of the White House on Friday night after jumping a fence and sprinting more than 70 yards across the North Lawn — the first time that has ever happened.

The success Omar J. Gonzalez, 42, had in breaching White House security Friday night — roughly 10 minutes after the president and his daughters lifted off the south grounds in his helicopter for Camp David — exposed new, worrisome gaps in the Secret Service’s extensive efforts to keep the first family safe and make the White House a “hard target.” …

Why does the White House even have a fence?

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The Weekly S&L ‘Hive’ – Please Talk Among Yourselves

Here is our weekly discussion thread, where comments on the general topics of the day are very welcome.

But please remember to post specific news items in the ‘Reader Selected News’ thread below or via the ‘News Selected By Our Readers’ link found in the sidebar.

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Reader Selected News For The Week Of Sep 20 To Sep 26

This thread is for the busy bees of S&L to post news articles that might not warrant their own thread.

Posting Guidelines

To make the articles as readable as possible, please:

Only post news from established news media outlets.
Avoid editorials or opinion pieces unless they are truly newsworthy.
Avoid items that most people most likely have seen elsewhere.
Post articles that fit under the topic of a recent thread as a comment there. Always spell out the name of the source and post a link to it.
And always post less than one quarter of the original article.

Posts of articles that do not follow these guidelines may be edited or deleted.

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