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The Right of the People to be Secure in their Persons, Houses, Papers, and Effects,
Against Unreasonable Searches and Seizures,
Shall Not Be Violated


Saturday, August 01, 2009


more on MS-13 from Paul Williams thanks Michael Travis for the heads up.

The Last Crusade:

More than Mexicans Crossing the Border
Paul L. Williams, Ph.D.


MS-13 Member with Arabic tatoos (Police Photograph)

Al Qaeda and the Latino Gang-Bangers
The situation at the border now poses a grave threat to national security.
Agent Mike Scioli of the U.S. Border Patrol confirms that the Tucson sector of the Border Patrol is facing a worsening problem with Mara Salvatrucha, a Salvadoran street gang that now controls the flow of arms, drugs, and illegal aliens into the U.S.
Two members of the violent gang were collared last week in Tucson and Nogales.
Twenty have been brought into custody since President Barack Obama assumed the oath of office on January 20, 2009.
But the Salvadoran gang is bringing more than guns, dope, and Mexican peasant workers over the border.
In the wake of 9/11, Mara Salvatrucha attracted the attention of top al Qaeda officials, who realized that the gang could be used to smuggle operatives and weapons into the United States.1 An agreement was forged between the terrorists and the gang-bangers. In exchange for safe passage across the border, al Qaeda – - through its cells in South America – - agreed to pay the Maras from $30,000 to $50,000 for each sleeper agent they managed to smuggle into the country with bogus matricula consulars.
Matricula consulars are official identification cards that are issued by the Mexican government through its consular offices. The cards verify that the bearers are Mexican citizens who are living outside of Mexico with the government’s permission.

This is not Tommy Lee

According to US officials, these cards pose a grave threat to national security. Steven McCraw, assistant director of the FBI’s Office of Intelligence, told a House Judiciary Subcommittee: “The ability of foreign nationals to use the matricula consular provides an opportunity for terrorists to move freely within the United States without triggering name-based watch lists that are disseminated to local police officers.”

Counterfeit matricula consulars are easy to obtain. In Los Angeles, the going rate is $90; in New York City $150.

News of the alliance between al Qaeda and Mara Salvatrucha prompted Honduran officials, including Security Minister Oscar Alvarez, to adopt a zero-tolerance law that makes membership in the street gang punishable by twelve years in prison. Mara members responded to this legislation by beheading scores of victims and leaving notes on the bodies for the Honduran government. One note read: “Idiots, the end of the world is approaching.”According to border patrol officials, including Sheriff D’Wayne Jenigan of Del Rio, Texas, thousands of Special Interest Aliens (SIAs), with the help of Mara Salvatrucha “coyotes,” have made their way across the Mexican border and into the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Such SIAs come from countries that pose national security concerns: Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Somalia, Yemen, Jordan, Lebanon, and even Iraq.

The routes used by illegal aliens to enter the U.S. have become littered with discarded Muslim prayer blankets, pages from Islamic texts, and Arabic newspapers. Law enforcement officials have named such passageways “terrorists’ alleys” and a street leading north from the city of Douglas, Arizona, as “Arab Road.”

Our contact at “Southwest Key”, an official U.S. Contractor for the “Office of Refuge Resettlement”, has informed us that the problem with Arabs crossing the Mexican border has reached the point that they have been compelled to import bi-lingual (Spanish-Arabic) translators from southern Mexico.


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2012 GOP Convention-Bring it to Miami!

Well, Miami Beach is in the running along with San Diego:

SAN DIEGO - The Republican National Committee (RNC) on Friday took its first tentative steps toward choosing a location for the 2012 national convention, selecting the committee that will evaluate cities that wish to host the quadrennial gathering.

But in picking the four men and four women who will visit and evaluate the cities, Republicans added additional hurdles for a dozen states if they wish to host the national convention, thanks to a rule aimed at fairness and impartiality.

The rule, informally known as the Sharon Day Rule after Florida's national committeewoman, prohibits members of the site selection committee from representing states that will be submitting bids to host the GOP.

Michigan national committeewoman Holly Hughes, an early supporter of RNC Chairman Michael Steele, will be chairwoman of the site selection committee. The RNC will therefore not be able to hold its convention in Detroit, where Ronald Reagan accepted the party's nomination in 1980.

Ohio is another state that likely will not see a return of the national convention. The GOP has held two conventions in Cleveland and one in Cincinnati, in the 19th century, but Buckeye State GOP chairman Pat DeWine, a member of the site selection committee, would have to step down if either city submits a new bid.

Republicans are also unlikely to return to New Orleans, as Louisiana's national committeewoman is an alternate on the committee.

And though they have never held Republican national conventions, Milwaukee, Denver and Atlanta are all out of the running, as Wisconsin, Colorado and Georgia are represented among site selection members. The District of Columbia, Connecticut, Utah, Alaska and South Carolina also have representatives on the committee.

The committee is seen as a plum perk for RNC members. Committee members travel to cities that have submitted bids to host the convention, where they are wined and dined while making their evaluations.

Though just 11 months have passed since the 2008 convention, held in St. Paul, Minn., some are beginning to move behind the scenes to position their favored cities.

Meeting this week in San Diego, the RNC has a chance to scope out the self-described America's Finest City. California Republican Party Chairman Ron Nehring, who lives near San Diego, has already approached Mayor Jerry Sanders (R) about returning to San Diego for the 2012 convention, 16 years after ex-Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.) accepted the party's nomination here.

Florida, Day's home state, has made a conscious effort to stay off the committee in hopes of returning the convention to the Sunshine State. Republicans and Democrats both held their conventions in Miami Beach in 1972, and the GOP held its 1968 convention there as well.
Why would you want to return to the city that nominated Bob Dole? I supported him wholeheartedly in '96 and even attended a campaign event at Florida International University but come on...

Let's bring the soiree down here to the sweet, alluring confines of my hometown, the Magic City, which produced for us two stunning victories for Richard Milhous Nixon in '68 and '72!

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And You Shall Know Them By Their Tattoos. . .

Having originated in L.A. from El Salvadoran refugees from the civil war in the 80's they have become the most dangerous gang in America. They are far and away worse than anything you ever heard about the Crips and the Bloods.

Just to join the gang you must survive -- and that's the right word -- a jump in where a number of gang members jump you and violently beat and kick you for a specified time. And the story is now you must also commit an act of violence as well.

Vicious bastards. If/when they attack -- and it's just as likely to be an innocent civilian as it is a rival gang member -- they are brutal, often using machetes.

They have no hesitation about attacking police, either.

And don't try to leave the gang. That's a death sentence.

Paul has written in several of his books that MS-13 may have facilitated the smuggling of the nukes or nuclear material into the U.S. for Bin Laden's American Hiroshima, as well as smuggling in terrorists themselves.

If anything, he plays them down a bit in this.

from The Last Crusade:

Situation Worsens
Back Door Remains Open
Paul L. Williams, Ph.D.

The Real Face of Obama’s Open Immigration Policies

Something bad is taking place at the border.
“We’re seeing a lot of MS-13,” says Agent Mike Scioli of the U.S. Border Patrol. “They’re typically known to be guns for hire, they’re known to smuggle narcotics and human traffic across the border illegally.”
MS-13 stands for Mara Salvatrucha, the most violent street gang in the western hemisphere.
Last week Border Patrol agents arrested two MS-13 members: one in Tucson and one in Nogales.
The Nogales arrestee was identified by his tattoos – - the letter M on his right bicep; the letter S on his left; the number 1 on his right triceps; the number 3 on his left.
“He was already deported from Los Angeles back to Mexico and he was attempting to re-enter to join back up with his gang,” Scioli says.
Tucson’s Border Patrol Sector is the busiest in the U.S. Last year its agents arrested about 317,000 illegal immigrants. Scioli says 16 percent, or almost 50,000, had some type of criminal record.
But the presence of MS-13 merits special concern.
They specialize in transporting arms and drugs across the border. Most of the weapons come from El Salvador – - the homeland of most of the gang members – - where a hand grenade sells for $10; an M-16 rifle for $200; and an AK-47 for $1,500. The Maras have made a fortune by purchasing such weapons and selling them to members of other street gangs throughout the U.S.
In recent years, the Maras have taken over drug routes that had been established by other Latino gangs. At present, nearly 90 percent of the cocaine and marijuana that flows into the states comes from Mexico and the lion’s share from the trafficking remains under the control of MS. The drug business is so brisk that the gang has set up large warehouses to store the illicit drugs in Matamoros, Mexico, just south of Brownsville, Texas.
Along with importing, the Maras also engage in exporting stolen goods from the U.S. to Latin America – - including massive amounts of baby formula, health and beauty supplies, cologne and perfume, and diabetes test strips from Texas; electronics from Arizona and California; and automobiles from nearly every state in the Southwest.
According to gang investigators from the District Attorney’s Office in Orange County, California, 80% of the cars on the streets of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras have been stolen from the United States by members of Mara Salvatrucha.
Thousands of MS members now occupy prison cells from Maine to California for such crimes as trafficking in illegal narcotics, home invasion, burglary, carjacking, extortion, witness intimidation, rape and murder, including the assassinations of three federal agents.
Many migrants who want to cross the 1,820 mile border between Mexico and the United States must come to terms with more than three thousand MS gang members who keep watch over the border crossings like turkey vultures.
The going rate for safe passage is $5,000. Families without the requisite cash are compelled to relinquish all their possessions – - family heirlooms, gold necklaces, silver bracelets, wedding rings, even their shoes and sombreros. Those with neither money nor tangible goods must come up with other offerings, including the sexual favors of their wives and children.
Those who resist payment are often hacked to pieces or tossed from moving trains. “There are hundreds who are pushed off trains by the Maras if they resist the robberies,” says Asdrubal Aguilar Zepeda, the Salvadoran counsel in Tapachula, Mexico, near the Guatemalan border. The bodies and body parts of dead migrants are often strewn along the railroad tracks from Tapachula to the northern regions of Mexico.
By controlling the leading passageways into the U.S., Mara Salvatrucha has transmogrified into a multimillion dollar enterprise, and, by so doing, has become a leading international Mafia.


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Police Forcibly Remove Seniors from Senator Feinstein’s Office in California

Yessirree just been a banner day all around.

h/t Dr Bulldog


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Anyone out there remember the hubbub over this little event?

I don't give a fig WHO you are or WHO you are protecting. It is NEVER okay to point a weapon at an unarmed non-threateneing person. NEVER. Things can go badly wrong in a hurry. And you can't recall a bullet.

h/t Christian Soldier for this video:

That is all.


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BHO Caught In Another Narcissistic Moment

(hat tip to Atlas Shrugs)

Pamela cites a story from American Thinker:
...Sergeant Crowley, the sole class act in this trio, helps the handicapped Professor Gates down the stairs, while Barack Obama, heedless of the infirmities of his friend and fellow victim of self-defined racial profiling, strides ahead on his own. So who is compassionate? And who is so self-involved and arrogant that he is oblivious?...
BHO is all about himself.

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Breathes There the Man

BREATHES there the man with soul so dead,
Who never to himself hath said,
'This is my own, my native land!'
Whose heart hath ne'er within him burn'd
As home his footsteps he hath turn'd
From wandering on a foreign strand?
If such there breathe, go, mark him well;
For him no Minstrel raptures swell;
High though his titles, proud his name,
Boundless his wealth as wish can claim;
Despite those titles, power, and pelf,
The wretch, concentred all in self,
Living, shall forfeit fair renown,
And, doubly dying, shall go down
To the vile dust from whence he sprung,
Unwept, unhonour'd, and unsung.

Sir Walter Scott, 1771-1832

Crossposted at The Dougout

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Words Banned From Our Schools' Textbooks

Controlling language is controlling thought.

You won't believe the words that have been banned!

If the embedded video won't play, go to the source.

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US Consulate in Jerusalem website assumes Jerusalem is Palestinian, says nothing about Israel

From Jihad Watch:


Dhimmitude from the State Department. I couldn't believe it when I saw it, but it's true: the US Jerusalem Consulate website seems to assume that Jerusalem is Palestinian territory. Israel? What's that? Pamela over at Atlas Shrugs points out that the Consulate site says nothing about Israel at all. See Atlas for details, and check it out for yourself.

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Black Panther At Center of Voter Intimidation Scandal, Elected Public Official, Says, "BLACK POWER,BLACK LOVE,BLACK UNITY,BLACK MINDS,KILLIN CRAKKAS

This man is the black KKK. 

From the Washington Times:

The Department of Justice recently dropped the conviction of Jerry Jackson member of the “New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense” (NBPP).  The Washington Times  has covered the Black Panther reversal at the Department of Justice revealing,

"Associate Attorney General Thomas J. Perelli, No.3 official in the Obama Justice Department, was consulted and ultimately approved a decision in May to reverse course and drop a civil complaint accusing three members of the New Black Panther Party of intimidating voters in Philadelphia during November's election, according to interviews."

It all began when Mr. Jackson stood outside a Philadelphia polling area with Malik Zulu Shabazz and another New Black Panther member during the 2008 presidential election.  They later faced charges for intimidating voters on November 4th, 2008.  Appointed to be a poll watcher in 2008 for the Democratic Party and the Obama campaign, Mr. Jackson is also an elected member of Philadelphia's 14th Ward Democratic Committee.    

The NBPP member has not stayed away from expressing his views on a social media site like MySpace.  Mr. Jackson's(WARNING DISTURBING CONTENT) MySpace site is chock full of disturbing images with explicit racial overtones.  A sample of some of the phrases and images on his MySpace page include:


"F*** Whitey's Christmas"

An image of an execution scene from the cult hit film "Pulp Fiction"

A photo of a man holding a sign saying, "DEPORT WHITE PEOPLE"

A derogatory anti-cop poster titled "BEWARE OF PIG"

An image of Saddam Hussein before his execution

A photo of a cop sitting next to a black child in a toy car.  Beneath the image the phrase "Racial Profiling: It Starts Early"

A photoshopped movie poster of the "Bourne Supremacy" is re-worded to say "The Bourne White Supremacy"  A swastika is added to Matt Damon's cheek, and the scope of his firearm is photoshopped to look as if he is about to shoot a black man.  The "n" word is used to describe who "Matt Damon hates" in this movie poster.  The phrase, "They should have just stayed in Africa" is photoshopped at the top of the image. 

It is hard to believe such web content is coming from an elected party official in Philadelphia, yet Mr. Jackson has been appointed again to be a poll watcher  for the upcoming Democratic Primary in Philadelphia's municipal election.  Mr. Obama may think a White House "beer summit" will help smooth over racial ills, but his justice department is doing the country no favors when they give  Jerry Jackson and Malik Zulu Shabazz  a free pass.

Update 10:00pm: Mr. Jackson's MySpace page has been removed.  A cached version is available through the link now.

Update 11:00pm: description of The Bourne Supremacy poster has been re-worded  to show further detail. 

Update July 31, 2009 10:30 am: The Washington Times Editorial page has come out with new information about the Justice Department's cover up in the New Black Panther Case, and Washington Times reporter Jerry Seper is writing that lawmakers on the Hill are wanting to take a second look into the panther case.

Here's the video of the Voter Intimidation/Jim Crow maneuvers:

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Friday, July 31, 2009

A Beer And A Shot

The shot is a photograph, not a whiskey chaser. (I know Midnight Rider will be disappointed). (DANG IT, PASTO, YOU'RE SUCH A TEASE! -- MR)


This picture truly is worth at least a thousand words. Thomas Lifson has the full story at American Thinker.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_6Y5ctiQjR7g/SnMuKkubbiI/AAAAAAAAKTw/xnXqG8xBMrU/s1600-h/afterbeers_PS-0436.jpgPOTUS or POS?

I am stunned that the official White House Blog published this picture and that it is in the public domain. The body language is most revealing.

Sergeant Crowley, the sole class act in this trio, helps the handicapped Professor Gates down the stairs, while Barack Obama, heedless of the infirmities of his friendand fellow victim of self-defined racial profiling, strides ahead on his own. So who is compassionate? And who is so self-involved and arrogant that he is oblivious?

In my own dealings with the wealthy and powerful, I have always found that the way to quickly capture the moral essence of a person is to watch how they treat those who are less powerful. Do they understand that the others are also human beings with feelings? Especially when they think nobody is looking.

Like this...


Obama shows his manners THIS way...


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Halal Guide Ponies In Chicago?

Hat tip to PaleoCon Command Center, citing this source:
"One woman in Chicago has found an original way to live with her disability. She is blind, and says her Muslim faith forbids the use of a guide dog. Instead, she's found a replacement -- the guide horse."
Brooke, the webmistress at PaleoCon Command Center, says:
Um... Is the pony potty-trained as a dog would be, or does it just 'go' like most horses do? Are businesses and public places required to give this Muslima and her pony access?

I get making exceptions for those with disabilities, but a horse? That's just a wee bit bigger than a guide dog.

If a dog is haram, I would suggest a guide pig, as I hear they are quite intelligent, cute, and would fit better in most public places... Heh.
Sometimes you just have to laugh at the absurdity of Islam.

Better watch out for pony pies on the public transportation system of Chicago and possibly in other public places as well.

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Beyond the Pale


Here's a comment (sent by a "friend of ours") I think we need to take into consideration when reading this story:

I was at the Pentagon’s 9-11 Memorial last September 11 as a guest of Mark Levin’s.

President Bush was the keynote speaker.

It was not only normal procedure for the Secret Service to be out in full force three city blocks wide around the Pentagon.

They were in full combat gear with M-16 assault rifles locked and loaded what we call in the Army full battle rattle.

It is also normal operating procedure for the secret service to have the back window down with sharpshooters in the back following a convoy.

None of this was out of the ordinary. Normal operating procedures for protecting POTUS. Gateway Pundit is wrong on this one.

MR adds -- well, as I said in comments, there were alot of these comments at Gateway also, so I'd believe I fumbled here HOWEVER it does not answer the question as to where those muzzles were pointed. Safely, ok. At the crowd (as the original letter states) then my comment still stands. We're not likely to ever know for sure.


This may be a strange comment but, as a guy who regularly carries and handles firearms, what these guys did -- pointing a loaded weapon at someone (especially someone non-threatening) is inherently dangerous, very stupid and against every rule of gun safety there is and HIGHLY unprofessional.

That said, the bigger issue is






from Gateway Pundit with a huge thanks to Christian Soldier for the headsup.'

OBAMA SECRET SERVICE Pulls Guns On Conservative Tea Party Protesters In Bristol

The Obama caravan drives through Bristol, Virginia this week.

This came in the email after Dear Leader's town hall event on Obamacare in Bristol, Virginia:

Hey Gateway Pundit. I attended the town hall event in Bristol,VA today.
Though very few were allowed inside, there was an amazing turnout outside of
people protest healthcare reform, among other things. I hope to send you
pictures soon of some great signs I saw. It was expected that those in
opposition to the bill would outnumber those in favor by 10-1
, but I feel it was much, much more.

I do have a question I was hoping you could answer. During the motorcade
when the president was arriving, there were several vehicles following the limo
that contained the secret service. All of the vehicles had all the windows
rolled down, and back hatch open on the SUVs with the men holding their, I assume assault rifes, machine guns, drawn on everyone lining the streets.
Needless to say it took my breath away at the sight of them, and made my friends and I dizzy with fear. I have seen the secret service before, but never like this. While they were intimidating, I never felt in danger. The guns were not drawn when the motorcade was leaving the event. But I turned on a local talk radio program as we were leaving and all the calls were about witnessing the guns being pointed at them and nothing else until the end of the program.

Having said all that, my question is, is this normal protocol during such
an event? It very well could be, but after I had to get over the shock of it, I
began to feel offended. We were all there peaceful, and have no problems with
Obama the man, we have problems with his policies and wanted him to know the
opposition was there to be heard, and know that a strong opposition did indeed
exist, and that so many people don't approve of his policies, with this bill in

So, is this normal, and I'm making a mountain out of mole hill, or did they
make an exception in this mainly conservative area?


Destiny Baker

NO Destiny. It's not normal for the secret service to pull their assault guns on conservative protesters as they drive through town.

Destiny sent this picture of the caravan driving through Bristol:

Here's a close up of the secret service vehicle with the guns drawn on the protesters:

postnote from Midnight Rider: This is what nascent tyranny looks like. Intimidation. If they come and take our guns then only THEY will have them to use in such manner.

Molon Labe. If they accuse you of being a member of a militia for it be proud that you have them that worried.

That's EXACTLY what the Founder's intended when they gave us The Second Amendment.

"When the government fears the people, you have liberty;

When the people fear the government, you have tyranny."

Thomas Jefferson

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Hussein's Healthcare: YAY or NAY?


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US to Israel: Leave the military option against Iran to us

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report

The weeklong US-Israel marathon in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv ending Thursday, July 30 was the platform for the Obama administration's first unveiling of a new US diplomatic-military program for Iran and its nuclear threat, DEBKAfile's military and intelligence sources disclose. The three-staged program was presented by US defense secretary Robert Gates and national security adviser James Jones to prime minister Binyamin Netanyahudefense minister Ehud Barakchief of staff Lt. Gen. GabyAshkenazyMossad chief Meir Dagan and military intelligence head Amos Yadlin.

The new approach consists of three steps for thwarting Iran's drive for a nuclear bomb:

1. Diplomatic engagement as far as it will go. The American officials assured Israel they were aware of the diminishing chances of this track succeeding in view of the Islamic regime's domestic troubles, but the US administration is still determined to give it a chance up until early September.

2. If diplomacy fails, Washington will embark on the phased introduction of increasingly harsh sanctions against Iran, such as an embargo on exporting refined oil products including gasoline to Iran and a blockade on its sea ports.

3. If Iran continues to forge ahead with its nuclear and missile development, the US will resort to its military options. DEBKAfile's military sources report that the American visitors shared with Israeli leaders their specific plans of actions with details of the resources they planned to wield.

Gates and Jones wound up their presentation by stating unambiguously: Iran is a big power issue and it behooves the United States as the leading world power to handle it. So leave it to us and act like an American ally and friendly government. The role they assigned Israel was to leave its military option on the table in order to keep Tehran under pressure.

Our Jerusalem sources report that the Netanyahu government will study the new Obama administration's program and decide how to approach it. On the one hand, Israel's political and defense leaders were provided with the first detailed and coherent Washington has devised for dealing with the prospective Iranian nuclear menace.

It meant that Israel is not alone in the field against the Islamic Republic and has been relieved by the American plan of action of the need to resort to unilateral military action.

But on the other, the intelligence estimates the US and Israel traded in their talks this week differ on Iran's timeline for assemblingnuclear warheads and devices. By asking Israel to leave the Iranian nuclear threat to the United States, Gates and Jones were also telling Israel to accept US intelligence's longer estimate of this timeline. This might in the long run turn out to be inimical to Israel's security interests.

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Widespread Panic
Travelin' Light

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From Reliapundit:


Discrimination is the single greatest wound in American history and could never be solved over a beer. Not today, not tomorrow, not ever. There are more black men in prison than in college and literally thousands of black men are arrested across this country each day.


  • IT ISN'T.




Her statistics are pure bullshit: 

"According to 2005 Census Bureau statistics, the male African-American population of the United States aged between 18 and 24 numbered 1,896,000.

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 106,000 African-Americans in this age group were in federal or state prisons at the end of 2005. See table 10 of this report. If you add the numbers in local jail (measured in mid-2006), you arrive at a grand total of 193,000 incarcerated young Black males, or slightly over 10 percent.

"According to the same census data, 530,000 of these African-American males, or twenty eight percent, were enrolled in colleges or universities (including two-year-colleges) in 2005. That is five times the number of young black men in federal and state prisons and two and a half times the total number incarcerated. If you expanded the age group to include African-American males up to thirty or thirty five, the college attendees would still outnumber the prisoners."


Now if you compare the total number of black men in prison from age 18 to 90, you obviously get a bigger number. But that is not a valid comparison.

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McChrystal Wants More Troops

New Strategy in Afghanistan:

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is preparing a new strategy that calls for major changes in the way U.S. and other NATO troops there operate, a vast increase in the size of Afghan security forces and an intensified military effort to root out corruption among local government officials, according to several people familiar with the contents of an assessment report that outlines his approach to the war.

Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, who took charge of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan last month, appears inclined to request an increase in American troops to implement the new strategy, which aims to use more unconventional methods to combat the growing Taliban insurgency, according to members of an advisory group he convened to work on the assessment. Such a request could receive a chilly reception at the White House, where some members of President Obama's national security team have expressed reluctance about authorizing any more deployments.

Senior military officials said McChrystal is waiting for a recommendation from a team of military planners in Kabul before reaching a final decision on a troop request. Several members of the advisory group, who spoke about the issue of force levels on the condition of anonymity, said that they think more U.S. troops are needed but that it was not clear how large an increase McChrystal would seek.

"There was a very broad consensus on the part of the assessment team that the effort is under-resourced and will require additional resources to get the job done," a senior military official in Kabul said.

A request for more U.S. troops in Afghanistan could pose a political challenge for Obama. Some leading congressional Democrats have voiced skepticism about sustaining current force levels, set to reach 68,000 by the fall. After approving an extra 21,000 troops in the spring, Obama himself questioned whether "piling on more and more troops" would lead to success, and his national security adviser, James L. Jones, told U.S. military commanders in Afghanistan last month that the administration wants to hold troop levels flat for now.
More US troops on the way?:

One senior administration official said some members of Obama's national security team want to see how McChrystal uses the 21,000 additional troops before any more deployments are authorized. "It'll be a tough sell," the official said.

Even so, McChrystal has been instructed by his superiors -- including Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen -- to conduct a thorough assessment of the war effort and articulate his recommendations. While McChrystal has indicated to some of his advisers that he is leaning toward asking for more forces, he has also emphasized that his strategy will involve fundamental changes in the way those troops are used.

One of the key changes outlined in the latest drafts of the assessment report, which will be provided to Gates by mid-August, is a shift in the "operational culture" of U.S. and NATO forces. Commanders will be encouraged to increase contact with Afghans, even if it means living in less-secure outposts inside towns and spending more time on foot patrols instead of in vehicles.

"McChrystal understands that you don't stop IEDs [improvised explosive devices] by putting your soldiers in MRAPs," heavily armored trucks designed to withstand blasts, said Andrew Exum, a fellow at the Center for a New American Security in Washington who served on the assessment team. "You stop them by convincing the population not to plant them in the first place, and that requires getting out of trucks and interacting with people."

The report calls for intelligence resources to be realigned to focus more on tribal and social dynamics so commanders can identify local power brokers and work with them. Until recently, the vast majority of U.S. and NATO intelligence assets had been oriented toward tracking insurgents.

The changes are aimed at fulfilling McChrystal's view that the primary mission of the international forces is not to conduct raids against Taliban strongholds but to protect civilians and help the Afghan government assume responsibility for maintaining security. "The focus has to be on the people," he said in a recent interview.

To accomplish that, McChrystal has indicated that he is considering moving troops out of remote mountain valleys where Taliban fighters have traditionally sought sanctuary and concentrating more forces around key population centers.

The assessment report also urges the United States and NATO to almost double the size of the Afghan security forces. It calls for expanding the Afghan army from 134,000 soldiers to about 240,000, and the police force from 92,000 personnel to about 160,000. Such an increase would require additional U.S. forces to conduct training and mentoring.

McChrystal and his top lieutenants have expressed concern about a lack of Afghan soldiers to patrol alongside foreign troops and to take responsibility for protecting pacified areas from Taliban infiltration. In Helmand province, where U.S. Marines are engaged in a major operation, fewer than 500 Afghan soldiers are available to work with almost 11,000 American service members.

Some U.S. and European officials involved in Afghanistan policy warn that the Afghan government does not have the means to pay for such a large army and police force, but McChrystal and his assessment team believe additional Afghan troops are essential to the country's stability. U.S. officials have said that they would like European nations to help cover the cost of training and sustaining additional Afghan forces.

The strategy advocates changes in what happens after Afghan soldiers graduate from boot camp. Instead of just placing small groups of U.S. trainers with Afghan units, the assessment calls for a top-to-bottom partnership between Afghan and NATO security forces that involves everyone from generals to privates working in tandem. "We've got to live together, we've got to train together, we've got to conduct operations together," one senior U.S. military official in Kabul said. "Everything we do has to be done together."

The assessment also calls for U.S. and NATO forces to be far more involved in fighting corruption and promoting effective governance, describing the risk to the overall mission from ineffective and venal government officials as being on par with the threat from top Taliban commanders. "These are co-equal ways we could lose the war," said Stephen Biddle, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations who served on the assessment team.

The team, which spent more than a dozen hours meeting with McChrystal over the past month, was made up of several prominent national security specialists from a variety of think thanks in Washington, including the American Enterprise Institute, the Brookings Institution and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Respectfully, with the exception of increasing the quantity of Afghan security forces I disagree with the good General on a number of fronts.

Until we address the issue of the ISI in Pakistan, which created, harbors and finances the Taliban, as well as the inherent limitations of any foreign entity in Afghanistan (see Alexander the Great, Persian Empire, Roman Empire, British Empire, Russian Empire, Soviet Union, etc.), we are never going to realize any rational objectives...

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