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  • Border Patrol Agent Killed; Another Wounded (October 2, 2012 at Naco, Arizona)

    10/02/2012 8:42:48 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 8 replies
    Fox 5 San Diego ^ | October 2, 2012 | CNN Wire Staff
    <p>NACO, Ariz. -- A Border Patrol agent was shot and killed near Naco, Arizona, on Tuesday, the agency said. Another agent sustained injuries that are not considered life-threatening, said Brent Cagen, a Border Patrol spokesman.</p> <p>The shootings happened in the southeastern part of the state, near the Mexican border.</p>
  • National Democrats spending money on Arizona Senate race

    10/02/2012 6:03:32 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 1, 2012
    The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has made a $526,000 ad buy in the Arizona Senate race for the week of Oct. 2-8. It’s the first independent expenditure the DSCC has made in the contest. The group has so far spent about $500,000 worth of coordinated money with Democratic nominee Richard Carmona.
  • 2 US Border agents shot, 1 killed, near major drug corridor in Arizona (at Brian Terry Station)

    10/02/2012 5:42:19 AM PDT · by sunmars · 55 replies
    <p>The identities of the agents were not immediately released, but the shooting occurred at the Brian Terry Station near Naco, Ariz., which is just south of Tucson. The station was named after an agent who was killed in the line of duty in December 2010. The area is considered a remote part of the state and sources tell Fox News that the shooting occurred about eight miles from the border.</p>
  • As I see it: Dever's death leaves a void in all law-abiding hearts

    09/30/2012 8:55:25 AM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies
    Dear Nancy, I want to thank you for the years of allowing those of us who call Cochise County home to have your husband, Larry, as our sheriff. I first got to know Larry when I came to this newspaper in 1984, a couple of years after the Miracle Valley Shootout, the only title we in the media could come up with. I know he took a lot of heat, which was mostly generated by outsiders who flew in, made accusations, and then flew away. I left in 1987 for a five year period to work at another Wick paper...
  • "Adios Arpaio" rally held to start voter drive

    09/29/2012 2:50:48 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 11 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | September 29, 2012 | Associated Press
    PHOENIX (AP) — Several hundred activists and union officials have spread out across Latino neighborhoods in metropolitan Phoenix to register voters in an effort to prevent the re-election of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio
  • Dennis Miller Show interviews Col Martha McSally [running for Congress Arizona]

    09/29/2012 2:39:54 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 14 replies
    You Tube ^ | 27 September 2012 | Dennis Miller
    [audio] 4:25 Col. Martha McSally is running for Arizona's 8th district congressional seat House of Reps [Gabrielle Giffords is stepping down]
  • Huge audience celebrates Dever's legacy. [Former Sheriff example in all aspects of his life]

    09/27/2012 3:22:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA – His quick wit, honesty and passion for his family and the community he served earned Larry Dever the respect and admiration of all those who had the honor of knowing him. Such sentiments were made clear by the size of the crowd attending Wednesday’s memorial service for the late Cochise County Sheriff, overflowing the 1,300-seat Buena High School Performing Arts Center. “The tremendous attendance you see here tonight is a reflection of how far and how deep the loss of Larry Dever has affected our world,” said Rod Rothrock, chief deputy of the sheriff’s office. Rothrock was...
  • Filmmaker arrested for fake terrorist video [Only arrested after putting it up on youtube?]

    09/27/2012 5:57:58 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies ^ | 9/25/12 | Christine LaCroix
    Police arrested Michael D. Turley Monday after he allegedly dressed his teenage relative in a sheet, armed him with a fake rocket-propelled grenade launcher, and sent him to create a terrorist hoax to prompt police response... Police have been waiting since July 28 to make an arrest because Holmes said they needed more evidence of Turley’s intent. They got that evidence last week when Turley posted his film on YouTube, in which he clearly states that he is, “about to mimic a modern day terrorist brandishing an intimidating weapon.” That gave police what they needed to make an arrest. In...
  • Sheriff Can't Detain Suspected Illegal Aliens

    09/26/2012 4:48:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Courthouse News Service ^ | 09/26/2012 | Tim Hull
    Sheriff Joe Arpaio may not detain suspects based solely on a belief that they are in the country illegally, the 9th Circuit ruled. The federal appeals panel in San Francisco late Tuesday upheld a preliminary injunction in a class action over the sheriff's alleged pattern of racial profiling. Other issues in the action went to trial in Phoenix in late July. Manuel de Jesus Ortega Melendres, David and Jessica Rodriguez, Manuel Nieto Jr., Velia Meraz and the organization Somos America sued Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff's office over three traffic stops during a 2006 anti-illegal immigration sweep. The plaintiffs...
  • Obama campaign has momentum and nerves (LOL!)

    09/26/2012 2:40:37 PM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 9/26/2012 | Julie Pace
    CHICAGO (AP) — Six weeks from Election Day, President Barack Obama's campaign has momentum — and a big case of nerves. Top advisers are both relishing in Obama's edge in key battleground state polling and warning it can change in an instant. They're wary of the many factors that still could derail the Democrat's campaign, from simmering tensions in the Middle East to the three high-stakes presidential debates. They're worried, too, about a flood of negative advertisements from Republican-leaning outside groups and potential complacency among Democratic voters and volunteers who think the race is a lock for Obama. Also weighing...
  • America's Most Notorious Sheriff Got Smacked Down In Court

    09/26/2012 2:27:34 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 36 replies
    Business Insider ^ | September 26, 2012 | Abby Rogers
    Arizona's Sheriff Joe Arpaio, best known for his fights with undocumented immigrants, received quite a blow Tuesday from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The federal appeals court ruled Arpaio can't detain suspects based only on his belief they are here illegally, Courthouse News Service reported Wednesday. Arpaio has garnered his fair share of headlines in the past for his harsh stance on fighting illegal immigration. Back in June he arrested a 6-year-old girl during a raid on suspected undocumented workers.
  • Happy Birthday to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer!

    09/26/2012 12:56:29 PM PDT · by montag813 · 5 replies
    Stand with Arizona ^ | 09-26-2012 | John Hill
    Today is the birthday of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, who helped spark a movement across America to take back the rule of law on immigration when she signed S.B. 1070 on April 23, 2010. She has shown grit and determination in the face of constant opposition and hostility from the Obama Administration. And she stood alone to oppose Obama's lawless "Dream" amnesty by declaring that those illegal aliens would be barred from driver's licenses, in-state tuition and state benefits. She has been steadfast in her dedication to the rule of law, and today we salute her... HAPPY BIRTHDAY GOVERNOR!Please leave...
  • Victory: Federal Appeals Court Rejects ACLU Lawsuit vs. Arizona’s SB 1070 (Last Hurdle Gone)

    09/26/2012 8:37:43 AM PDT · by montag813 · 7 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 09-26-2012 | John Hill
    The last barrier to Arizona's enforcement of its landmark immigration law has been swept away - and by a left-leaning court to boot. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Tuesday rejected the ACLU and its allies, by denying the coalition’s emergency motion for an injunction to block the key provision of S.B. 1070's. That provision, Section 2B, requires state and local police officers to attempt to determine the immigration status of any person stopped under state or local law if “reasonable suspicion” exists that the person is unlawfully present in the United States. Section 2B - the heart of...
  • Phoenix Police Receive Federal Grant to Purchase Wearable Cameras for Officers

    09/25/2012 6:48:03 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies ^ | 12 September, 2012 | NA
    The Phoenix Police Department, in partnership with Arizona State University (ASU) College of Public Programs, has received a $500,000 federal grant to purchase 50 on-officer video camera systems that will be used in the Maryvale Precinct. The Department of Justice “Smart Policing” grant will allow ASU and the Police Department to jointly examine the impact of this technology on crime, public and police accountability, and satisfaction with the police. “This grant will allow us to further our department’s commitment to community-based policing while maintaining the public trust,” said Acting Police Chief Joe Yahner. “The technology that this grant will provide...
  • Arizona Immigration Law Spurs Education Campaign [Frustrating Enforcement?]

    09/22/2012 5:52:58 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 6 replies
    CBS News ^ | September 19, 2012
    September 19, 2012 Arizona Immigration Law Spurs Education Campaign PHOENIX — An education campaign for illegal immigrants to remain largely silent when they're pulled over by police is being put into practice in Arizona after a federal judge ruled that the most contentious part of the state's immigration law can take effect. Natally Cruz and Leticia Ramirez have been telling immigrants who are in the United States illegally, like themselves, that they should offer only their name and date of birth — and carry no documents that show where they were born. U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton ruled Tuesday that...
  • Slain agent's family not letting up on Holder(fast and furious)

    09/22/2012 6:28:33 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies ^ | 21 September, 2012 | AP
    The parents of a U.S. Border Patrol agent killed with a gun sold in the government's botched "Fast and Furious" gunrunning investigation believe a Justice Department Inspector General's report into the case was mostly an effort to keep Attorney General Eric Holder from being blamed.
  • Judicial Watch takes its eye off the ball

    09/20/2012 9:29:19 AM PDT · by inkling · 7 replies
    Goldwater Institute ^ | September 20, 2012 | Clint Bolick
    Judicial Watch, the Washington, D.C.-based group that describes itself as a conservative watchdog, has taken on all types of government corruption and waste. Among them is the scandalous practice of union release-time, in which government employees are given paid time to perform union work, including lobbying and campaigning. Judicial Watch condemned Miami-Dade County, Florida Mayor Carlos Alvarez for allowing “public transit workers to be excused from their regular duties while still collecting taxpayer salaries.” Among Judicial Watch’s bill of particulars against the mayor was the “1,300 union police officers who make over $100,000 at the department Alvarez worked in and...
  • Shock, disbelief following Dever's death

    09/20/2012 5:36:51 AM PDT · by SandRat · 21 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA — Area officials have expressed sorrow and additional information has been released by the agency investigating the crash that resulted in the death of Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever on Tuesday. Coconino County law enforcement was initially contacted about the accident at 6:40 p.m. Tuesday when a caller reported a single-vehicle rollover accident on Forest Service Road 109, about two miles north of White Horse Lake, which is about 20 miles southwest of Flagstaff. The caller had been traveling behind the 2008 white, three-quarter ton Chevrolet pickup truck headed south on a dirt road that leads to White...
  • Quayle on Fast and Furious report: Holder ‘lied to my face’ during House testimony

    09/20/2012 2:02:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 48 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | September 19, 2012 | Matthew Boyle
    Arizona Republican Rep. Ben Quayle told The Daily Caller that Attorney General Eric Holder gave him false testimony under oath about Operation Fast and Furious wiretap application documents during a June 7 House Judiciary Committee hearing. Quayle said the Department of Justice’s inspector general report proves that Holder lied to him while under oath during the hearing. “I saw earlier that Holder is basically doing a victory dance and that he thinks this [inspector general] report exonerates him and there was no dishonesty with Congress — that’s just a blatant lie,” Quayle said in a phone interview. “I mean, he...
  • FROM THE EDITOR: I was a gun show virgin(AZ)

    09/20/2012 3:57:13 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies ^ | 18 September, 2012 | Dan Shearer
    My first recollection involving a real gun was when I was about 8 years old and Dad took us boys out to a pasture in Minnesota with a 12-gauge. One of the brothers was smart. He brought along two washcloths and packed them under his shirt to absorb the kick. He didn’t share, so the rest of us nearly had our arms ripped off when we pulled the trigger. I declined Dad’s offer for another go at it, and it was a while before I shot another gun. I don’t mind guns, and even considered getting one when we moved...
  • Police begin enforcing controversial Arizona immigration measure

    09/19/2012 8:15:07 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sept. 19, 2012 | David Schwartz and Tim Gaynor
    PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona police on Wednesday began enforcing a controversial "show-your-papers" provision of a state law targeting illegal immigration as civil rights groups prepared to document allegations of racial profiling. Police in the border state with Mexico are now authorized to begin conducting immigration status checks of anyone they stop for any reason and suspect of being in the country illegally after a federal judge on Tuesday lifted an injunction against the provision requiring such checks. The measure, upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in June, is part of a broad Arizona clampdown on illegal immigration signed into law...
  • Arizona sheriff Larry Dever, 60, dies in one-car wreck

    09/19/2012 1:18:22 PM PDT · by ponygirl · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/19/2012 | Associated Press
    Larry Dever, the four-term Republican sheriff of Cochise County, has died in a one-vehicle crash near the northern Arizona town of Williams. He was 60. Dever's death was confirmed early Wednesday by the sheriff's department. The department declined to release details of the crash or his death. Read more:
  • Pro-concealed carry club seeks recognition from ASUA(AZ)

    09/19/2012 9:51:34 AM PDT · by marktwain ^ | 19 September, 2012 | YARA ASKAR
    Despite the struggles to find an adviser to support Students for Concealed Carry (a pro-concealed carry club) has not yet given up in pursuing the club’s recognition. The club has been trying to find an adviser since last spring in order to gain recognition from the Associated Students of the University of Arizona. In the past three weeks, more than 700 emails were sent out to faculty and staff, requesting an adviser. Greg Collins, a public management and policy senior and organizer of the unrecognized club, said he plans to continue emailing faculty and staff despite missing the deadline for...
  • Sheriff Dever Dies In Single Vehicle Accident

    09/19/2012 6:17:23 AM PDT · by exbrit · 7 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | 9/18/12 | Unspecified
    He took the lead on the national issue of illegal immigration
  • Sheriff Dever dies in single vehicle accident (AZ)

    09/19/2012 5:25:06 AM PDT · by SandRat · 53 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | 09/18/2012 | Staff
    It was learned late Tuesday night that Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever has died in a single vehicle rollover accident in Coconino County. Details of what occurred are sketchy as of this hour, but the news was confirmed by Cochise County Supervisor Pat Call at about 11 p.m. Dever was running unopposed in this fall’s election for what would have been his fifth term as sheriff. It is unclear at this time what his sudden passing will mean in the electoral process. The sheriff was more than a local law enforcement official as he took the lead on the national...
  • Arizona's immigration law finally takes effect

    09/18/2012 5:38:45 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 18, 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    Two years after it passed, and after partially surviving an Obama administration court challenge, Arizona's tough immigration law took effect Tuesday. "Today is truly an important day for Arizona and supporters of the rule of law," Gov. Jan Brewer said in a statement saying that state and local police will now begin enforcing the law. Earlier this year the Supreme Court upheld the law's key provision that allows police to question the legal status of those they believe to be in the U.S. illegally...

    A judge has ruled that police in Arizona can immediately start enforcing the most contentious section of the state's immigration law. The ruling on Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton marks the first time police can carry out the 2010 law's requirement that officers, while enforcing other laws, question the immigration status of those they suspect are in the country illegally. The requirement known by the law's critics as the "show me your papers" provision has been at the center of a two-year legal battle that culminated in a U.S. Supreme Court decision that upheld the requirement. Opponents then...
  • More than 130 escape from Mexican prison on U.S. border

    09/17/2012 10:04:41 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sept. 17, 2012 | Lizbeth Diaz and Armando Tovar
    More than 130 inmates escaped through a tunnel from a Mexican prison on the border with the United States in one of the worst jailbreaks the country's beleaguered penal system has suffered in recent years. Homero Ramos, attorney general of the northern state of Coahuila, said 132 inmates of the prison in the city of Piedras Negras had got out through the tunnel in an old carpentry workshop, then cut the wire surrounding the complex. Corrupt prison officials may have helped the inmates escape ... At the end of 2010, more than 140 inmates escaped a prison in the border...
  • Marine Attack Squadron loses eight Harrier jets

    09/17/2012 9:40:42 AM PDT · by Daus · 58 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | 9/16/2012 | David Cenciotti
    Marine Attack Squadron loses eight Harrier jets in worst U.S. air loss in one day since the Vietnam War On Friday Sept. 14, at around 10.15 p.m. local time, a force of Taliban gunmen attacked Camp Bastion, in Helmand Province, the main strategic base in southwestern Afghanistan.About 15 insurgents (19 according to some reports), wearing U.S. Army uniforms, organized into three teams, breached the perimeter fence and launched an assault on the airfield, that includes the U.S. Camp Leatherneck and the UK’s Camp Bastion, where British royal Prince Harry, an AH-64 Apache pilot (initially believed to be the main target...
  • Election Is A Choice Between 'What's Right and What's Wrong,' Says Ariz. Gov. Brewer

    09/17/2012 7:52:47 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 3 replies
    CNSNews ^ | 9/17/12 | Susan Jones
    ( – “On November 6th, Americans will make a choice about what's right and what's wrong," Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer told the conservative Values Voters summit in Washington on Saturday. "Wrong is President Obama accumulating more debt than any president in our history," Brewer said. "Wrong is the fact that millions of Americans are unemployed. Wrong is supporting a change in the longstanding definition of marriage. "Wrong is appointing federal judges who fail to protect life and the unborn. Wrong is our president apologizing for America when he travels abroad. Wrong is not supporting Israel 100 percent as our ally...
  • Tucson Schools Overhaul a Program to Help Struggling Hispanic Students

    09/16/2012 4:04:08 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 29 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 15, 2012 | FERNANDA SANTOS
    TUCSON — The forecast for the year ahead is dire, so officials in the public school district here, the oldest in the state, summoned parents to an urgent meeting one evening to lay out the options: close schools and increase class sizes or impose across-the-board pay cuts, making it harder for the district to recruit quality teachers. In the auditorium at Cholla High Magnet School, Bryant Nodine, the planning program manager for the Tucson Unified School District, peered into the audience and pleaded for suggestions. “We need your help,” he said. The district needs to find at least $17 million...
  • New threats push need for intelligence, DIA director says

    09/16/2012 7:05:19 AM PDT · by SandRat · 14 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA - The tips of fingers are sensitive, they can tell much to a person about what is felt and, in the world of intelligence gathering, ascertaining the intentions of an enemy many times requires a slight touch, the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency said last week. “It’s pretty stunning how far the intelligence community has come. How integrated we are. How interagency dependent we are,” Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn said Wednesday. But in a constantly changing, violent-prone world, those engaged in intelligence work not only have to be current but be ahead of interpreting potential changes, said...
  • Burglary suspect is fatally shot in Guadalupe(AZ)

    09/15/2012 8:34:10 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies ^ | 13 September, 2012 | AP
    GUADALUPE, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say a home burglary suspect shot by a Maricopa County Sheriff's deputy in the town of Guadalupe has died.
  • ‘Emergency Motion’ Filed To Stop Enforcement of Arizona Immigration Law

    09/15/2012 8:20:34 AM PDT · by montag813 · 5 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 09-15-2012 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With ArizonaAgain? Seriously? Yep..the Left NEVER gives up its fight against the rule of law. A week after Judge Susan Bolton gave the go-ahead to Arizona to begin enforcing the central provision of the landmark immigration law S.B. 1070, "a coalition of civil rights, religious and business groups have filed an eight-page emergency motion for an injunction pending appeal" to try and block it.  Bolton rejected claims from groups such as the ACLU that the law would result in "racial profiling" against Hispanics, and is unlikely to grant this motion now. But it will delay the process yet...
  • "Winning for America" national bus tour (Tea Party Express)

    09/14/2012 7:44:35 AM PDT · by Syncro · 27 replies
    Tea Party Express | Sept 11, 2012 | Staff
    Dear Friends, Tea Party Express, the nation’s largest Tea Party political action committee, announced the “Winning for America” national bus tour today. The tour will travel through 25 battleground states that are key to conservatives’ victories in November.For the complete tour schedule, click here. This week the President and his party will be bragging about their legislative success, and rightfully so. After an $825 billion dollar stimulus, Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, and the Auto Bailout, President Obama and the Democratic Congress got everything they wanted. The unfortunate truth is that these policies have failed to yield the results that were promised...
  • Honor, at last . Homeless and veterans who died alone honored at local ceremony

    09/13/2012 3:19:06 PM PDT · by SandRat
    SIERRA VISTA — They served during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War; during the Vietnam and Cold War eras. They served in the Army, Navy and Air Force. While different in many aspects, they have one thing in common — the 18 were Missing In America. Some were homeless. Some were destitute. Some were forgotten, their cremains stored in funeral homes because they had no families or they were abandoned by their families. You must be a premium member to read the rest of this story. To become a member, please click here.
  • Pearl Harbor survivor interred on USS Arizona

    09/13/2012 10:01:25 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 22 replies
    Hawaii News Now ^ | 9/13/12 | Ben Gutierrez
    ABOARD THE U.S.S. ARIZONA MEMORIAL, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - On December 7, 1941, an explosion blew sailor Glenn Lane off the burning deck of the U.S.S. Arizona. On Wednesday, he returned to the Arizona a final time to join his shipmates in a ceremony that may be among the last of its kind. Lane died December 10, 2011, in Mount Vernon, Wash. He was 93.
  • Making the ballot, Prop 114 would limit civil suits over criminal actions(AZ)

    09/13/2012 10:53:59 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 13 September, 2012 | NA
    PHOENIX -- Eight years ago, a Tucson man suspected of stealing a bottle of lotion was asphyxiated by a security guard. Now that incident -- and the legal fight over liability -- is spilling over to the ballot. Proposition 114 would alter two provisions of the Arizona Constitution that prohibit the Legislature from limiting the right of individuals to sue for damages. The sections would remain, but with a new exception: It would not apply to someone who is injured while engaged in a felony, attempting to commit one or even fleeing. "If someone breaks into a home and gets...
  • Arpaio's deputies arrest 19 illegal immigrants at drop house in Phoenix

    09/12/2012 1:49:32 PM PDT · by donna · 6 replies ^ | September 12, 2012 | Catherine Holland
    PHOENIX -- Thanks to information gleaned while working another case, deputies with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office took 19 illegal immigrants into custody at a home used for human smuggling. It happened at about 6:30 Tuesday morning at 40th Avenue and Van Buren Street. According to MCSO spokesman Jeff Sprong, all but one of the 19 were from Mexico. The remaining detainee told deputies he is from Costa Rica. Sprong said the suspects were headed for California, North Carolina, Illinois, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, South Carolina, and Colorado. Each one reportedly had paid between $1,000 and $3,500 to be...
  • "They have to know what we have, what we stand to lose" Students learn what happened Sept. 11

    09/12/2012 7:57:56 AM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Adam Curtis
    SIERRA VISTA— Most of the students who gathered in remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks during a ceremony at Village Meadows Elementary School on Tuesday were not born when the World Trade Center came crashing down 11 years ago. “For her, it’s history,” Peggie Johnson said, referring to her 9-year-old daughter Willow Johnson. Yet, even as Willow’s sister sang "God Bless the USA" with her classmates, Peggie Johnson could still remember images of the planes hitting the World Trade Center in New York City and it did not feel like any time had passed at all. “It’s hard,”...
  • The Border is Vanishing as Mexico Pushes North

    09/11/2012 6:08:11 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 13 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 9/10/2012
    America’s foreign policy emanates from the domestic condition of its society, and nothing will affect that society more than the dramatic movement of Latino history northward. Mexico’s 111 million people plus Central America’s 40 million add up to half the population of the United States. Eighty-five percent of all Mexico’s exports go to the United States, even as half of all Central America’s trade is with the U.S. While the median age of Americans is nearly 37, the median age is 25 in Mexico and even lower in Central America (20 in Guatemala and Honduras, for example). The destiny of...
  • Homeowner thwarts burglary attempt, fires shot (AZ)

    09/11/2012 1:54:31 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 10 September, 2012 | AP
    Police say a homeowner in Phoenix thwarted a burglary attempt at his house and fired at least one round from a shotgun at three suspects who then fled the scene.
  • Letter: What Mr. Obama’s nuclear cuts portend

    09/07/2012 11:14:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 7, 2012 | Sen. Jon Kyl, minority whip & Rep. Mike Turner
    The Sept. 1 editorial “Loose talk on nuclear weapons” missed the true significance of President Obama’s breach of his nuclear weapons funding commitments. His proposed $370 million cuts — with billions more to come — are not just a “minor dip.” They go to the heart of the program to refurbish aging warheads and infrastructure. Ironically, the cut will delay or prevent achievement of one of the goals of the president’s 2010 Nuclear Posture Review: reducing the number of “hedge” warheads in our stockpile. Moreover, the president abandoned commitments he made to win support for New START. In his letter...
  • OMG! They’re Selling Guns In Arizona! To Almost Anyone! OMG!

    09/06/2012 12:46:38 PM PDT · by marktwain · 51 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 6 August, 2012 | Dan Zimmerman
    It can be hard for those of us stranded out here in flyover country — what with dodging the Indians’ flaming arrows and digging our Conestogas out of them durned wheel ruts — to fully grok the anti-gun, pro-disarmament POV so prevalent among those who inhabit the left and right coasts. Not to mention a few conspicuous points in between. But it’s always useful to put yourself in the shoes of those on the other side, if for no other reason that plot better ways to counter their arguments. Not that that was what Jeanne Marie Laskas was doing...
  • Sunday Reflection: Repeal the Hollywood tax cuts!

    09/05/2012 7:42:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Examiner ^ | August 4, 2012 | Glenn Harlan Reynolds
    There's an old joke about a boy who complains to his mother that his little sister keeps pulling his hair. "Oh," responds the mother, "she doesn't know that it hurts." A few minutes later, the mother hears the girl scream and runs into the other room. "She knows now," the boy explains. There's a lesson for Republicans in that old joke, if they're smart enough to absorb it. For the past few years, there has been a drumbeat in favor of increased taxes from Democrats of all stripes. Make the rich pay their "fair share." Get rid of "loopholes." Make...
  • Judge OKs Arizona's show-me-your-papers law

    09/05/2012 10:13:35 PM PDT · by South40 · 8 replies
    Arizona authorities can now enforce the most contentious part of state's immigration law PHOENIX — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Arizona authorities can enforce the most contentious section of the state's immigration law, which critics have dubbed the "show me your papers" provision. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton clears the way for police to carry out the requirement that officers, while enforcing other laws, question the immigration status of those they suspect are in the country illegally. The provision has been at the center of a two-year legal battle that resulted in a U.S. Supreme Court...

    09/05/2012 4:56:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    PHOENIX (AP) -- A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Arizona authorities can enforce the most contentious section of the state's immigration law, which critics have dubbed the "show me your papers" provision. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton clears the way for police to carry out the 2010 law's requirement that officers, while enforcing other laws, question the immigration status of those they suspect are in the country illegally. The requirement has been at the center of a two-year legal battle that culminated in a U.S. Supreme Court decision in June upholding the requirement. Opponents then asked Bolton...
  • Federal judge OKs section of Arizona immigration law allowing police to question status...

    09/05/2012 4:24:35 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 5, 2012 | AP
    Full title Federal judge OKs section of Arizona immigration law allowing police to question status of suspected illegalsPHOENIX – A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Arizona authorities can enforce the most contentious section of the state's immigration law, which critics have dubbed the "show me your papers" provision. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton clears the way for police to carry out the 2010 law's requirement that officers, while enforcing other laws, question the immigration status of those they suspect are in the country illegally. Read more:
  • 40 suspected illegal immigrants arrested at alleged drop house

    09/04/2012 6:51:06 PM PDT · by donna · 7 replies ^ | September 3, 2012 | Catherine Holland
    GLENDALE, Ariz. -- At least 40 suspected illegal immigrants were taken into custody at a Glendale home overnight. The alleged drop house is near 65th and Olive avenues. According to public records, the home is owned by a Scottsdale woman. Few details about the incident were immediately available. Video from the scene showed dozens of men sitting on the curb in the dark while investigators gathered evidence and information. While neither Glendale officers nor agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement would speak to media on the scene, a neighbor told 3TV he had no idea the home was a drop...
  • After Arizona Primaries, 9th District Rating Change (Republican pickup opportunity)

    09/04/2012 5:26:15 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 16 replies
    Rothernberg Political Report ^ | August 29, 2012 | Nathan Gonzales
    Tuesday’s primaries in Arizona offered a little bit of everything, including a Member vs. Member race and what GOP strategists are calling “a gift.” The 9th District is brand new, after the Grand Canyon State was awarded another seat in Congress through reapportionment, and its first general election could be a fascinating race between an openly bisexual Democrat and an African-American Republican. Kyrsten Sinema won the Democratic nomination with 42 percent over state Senate Leader David Schapira (31 percent) and former state party chairman Andrei Cherny (27 percent). Vernon Parker, an official in both Bush administrations and Paradise Valley city...