Friday, October 5, 2012

October 5, 2012

Agent Was Killed on Federal Land Where Border Patrol Has Hands Tied
by Bridget Johnson
October 4, 2012

Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie was confirmed to have been killed on federal land (see map) where law enforcement access is stymied in favor of environmental protection, a Utah congressman said.

Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah), chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands, is behind legislation to lift Interior and Agriculture Department rules that tie the hands of agents and leave vast border areas overrun by dangerous cartels.

That bill passed the House with Democratic support on June 19. It stipulates that federal land management agencies may not prohibit enforcement efforts to “prevent all unlawful entries into the United States, including entries by terrorists, other unlawful aliens, instruments of terrorism, narcotics, and other contraband through the international land borders of the United States.”

But though it’s been passed twice in the House, and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) secured similar language by voice vote in an appropriations bill, Bishop’s legislation still needs its day in the upper chamber — which he’s hoping will happen soon.

“This is the problem right now and I need people to recognize that this is the problem,” Bishop told PJM today. “It is our policies that are causing the problem.”

Ivie, along with two other agents, responded to a border sensor in the early morning hours Tuesday about five miles into Arizona. Ivie was shot to death and one of the other agents was wounded.

They were stationed out of Naco, where the Border Patrol outpost was recently renamed in honor of another slain agent who worked there: Brian Terry of the “Fast and Furious” case.

Ivie grew up in Provo, Utah, which is Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s (R-Utah) district. Bishop and Chaffetz issued a joint statement after the Tuesday attack, offering condolences to the family and vowing to continue to pursue border security solutions.

Bishop said it took a day to get confirmation from the Department of Homeland Security and the state of Arizona that the coordinates where Ivie was killed were, indeed, on protected Bureau of Land Management territory.

The agents were on horseback, which can navigate the rugged terrain but also comply with the rules against Border Patrol agents using mechanized transportation on wilderness lands. Another option is sending agents out on foot.

Out of the more than 20 million acres of Interior Department and U.S. Forest Service land along the southern border, 4.3 million acres are classified as wilderness areas.

The Center for Biological Diversity has been one of the organizations charging that greater access for the Border Patrol on federal lands would harm the environment.

“Organ Pipe and Cabeza Prieta lie adjacent to each other along the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona and have been significantly hurt by off-road vehicle use in recent years — much of the damage has been the result of Border Patrol vehicles riding roughshod over wilderness areas,” the center said in a September 2011 statement.

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Mark Levin emphasizes importance of 2007 Obama video, rips Howard Kurtz
by Jeff Poor
October 4, 2012

On his Wednesday radio show, conservative talker Mark Levin explained why the recently unearthed video of President Barack Obama’s race-focused 2007 speech at Hampton University, released exclusively by The Daily Caller, is so important to the presidential campaign, despite various members of the media downplaying its relevance.

As “The Five” co-host Eric Bolling first observed, then-Sen. Barack Obama voted against a provision that would have waived Stafford Act obligations for victims of Hurricane Katrina just 10 days before he delivered the 2007 speech. Then, in the fiery speech, the president sharply criticized the federal government for supposedly refusing to waive Stafford Act requirements for the predominately black communities affected by the hurricane.

According to Levin, author of “Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America,” the “devious” media chose to ignore Obama’s hypocrisy and instead opted to shoot the messengers.

“This is as devious as it gets,” Levin said. “It doesn’t get any worse than this. And the media are attacking The Daily Caller, the Drudge Report, Sean Hannity for the video. You even have an idiot like Howard Kurtz — I thought Howard Kurtz had died or something, I’m certainly not wishing it on him or anybody else, but I just haven’t seen or heard from the guy. What’s he at, the Daily Beast or something like that? I don’t know. The Huffington Post? Or maybe retired or is in the witness protection program? Or left the country? But there he is.”

“And what’s he saying?” Levin said. “’This is a real loser. This video didn’t tell us anything.’ This video tells us everything. And those of us that already know it, it underscores it and puts 10 exclamation points behind it. He votes against the very law he uses to prove in his view, I guess to a group of ministers, that our government and the Bush administration in particular is racist in the way that [it] provides support for communities in trouble.”

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Jon Stewart Explains How Bad Obama’s Debate Performance Was: Romney ‘Fired Big Bird — And Won’ 
by Jason Howerton
October 5, 2012

On his Comedy Central show Thursday night, comedian Jon Stewart joined the now deafening chorus of people who believe President Barack Obama got “crushed” in the first presidential debate on Wednesday. He marveled at the fact that Obama did so bad that GOP nominee Mitt Romney was able to win the debate handily while “lying his a** off all night.”

“We all know this a deeply divided nation, or at least it was — until last night when something happened that brought all Americans together in agreement,” Stewart said. That thing, he explained, was that Obama was horrible in the debate.

“There is no red America, there is no blue America, there is only the America that can’t believe how bad this guy did in the debate,” he added, a picture of Obama popping up on the screen.

Piling it on, Stewart said the defeat was so bad that Romney was able to win the contest even after firing Big Bird, referring to the Republican nominee‘s threat to cut funding to PBS if he’s elected president.

“Mother f**ker fired big bird — and won,” Stewart said. “The sad truth is Romney could have water-boarded Aladdin, put down Blue (Blue’s Clues) deported Dora the Explorer, and still won walking away.”

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Stewart also said Obama’s loss in the debate was even more frustrating because Romney was “lying his a** off the entire night.” He criticized the president for not addressing his rival’s untrue statements, saying simply shouting “Liar! Liar! Liar” for two minutes would have been better than some of his actual responses.

In one of his best one liners, Stewart, while mocking PBS moderator Jim Lehrer, joked that Obama appeared to be on “Ambien,” a popular sleep aid, while Romney appeared to have “tried caffeine for the first time.”

The comedian went on to say that the “saddest part” was the fact that Obama told the biggest lie of the night by telling Lehrer that he did a good job moderating.

Before he concluded his humorous rant, Stewart gave the president some friendly advice for future debates and appearances:

“Mr. President, everyone has parts of their jobs that they don’t like as much. But they still have to do those things if they want to keep those jobs. And if you don’t want to do it for yourself, think of your supporters. Look what your performance did last night to one of them,” Steward said, before playing the now infamous clip of MSNBC’s Chris Matthews freaking out after the debate Wednesday night.

“Look what you did to Chris Matthews!” he said. “Now nobody can use him.”

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