Archive for February, 2013

Border Patrol HQ Should Consider Timing

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

The timing of a memo that went to the field from Border Patrol HQ the other day doesn’t make much sense to me.  The “Phase II Implementation of the New Border Patrol Structure” memo outlines grade increases for thirty (30) Patrol Agents in Charge of stations in twelve (12) different sectors around the country.  Seven (7) Patrol Agents in Charge are being promoted from GS-14 to GS-15 and twenty-three (23) Patrol Agents in Charge are being promoted from GS-13 to GS-14.  

I truly believe these station-level executives should be paid a salary commensurate with their duties and responsibilities.  However, sending this memo to the field only days after notifying line-level Border Patrol Agents that the pending sequestration will result in significant pay cuts for each of them seems a bit insensible.

The news of management pay increases will spread like wildfire in the ranks.  The men and women doing the grunt work will surely harbor resentment and contempt to some degree, making leadership and management efforts more difficult.

The men and women who occupy these upgraded positions have been functioning for many years at their current pay grade.  Delaying these management pay increases until the current fiscal crisis abates would have gone a long way toward promoting a positive management/bargaining unit relationship.

Timing is everything…

Napolitano’s Incompetence Reaches Dangerous Heights

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano released hundreds of illegal aliens from detention centers across the country this week.  She plans to release thousands more in the coming weeks.  These are illegal aliens who are targeted for deportation and are jailed while their cases move through the system.  Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) does not incarcerate “garden variety” illegal aliens anymore, so these aliens have some sort of criminal history.  We don’t know what their individual criminal histories entail because Napolitano won’t tell us. 

Napolitano says the aliens identified for release do not have “violent” criminal histories.  You should understand that she doesn’t consider robbery, larceny, auto theft, drunk driving or scores of other felonies to be violent. 

The agency legally responsible for arresting and removing illegal aliens is now turning them loose on the public.  The ACLU and the American Friends Service Committee applauded the move.  That should tell you everything you need to know about the wisdom of this irresponsible act.  

One local newspaper reported that an illegal alien who had been incarcerated for two years with a $10,000.00 bond was released from custody yesterday.  I can assure you, an illegal alien in jail for two years with a bond this size is not someone you want living in your neighborhood.  Again, we don’t know the extent of this alien’s criminality because Napolitano doesn’t think we have the right to know the danger posed by illegal aliens she has unilaterally loosed upon us.

Not to worry though, liberated illegal aliens must agree to turn themselves in at a later date so that ICE can remove them from the United States.  What could possibly go wrong with that rock-solid procedure?

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano is no longer merely an incompetent boob.  She has demonstrated a reckless disregard for public safety and this latest affront proves she is unworthy of the public’s trust.  President Obama has declared his unwavering support for Napolitano and he apparently plans to keep her in place during his second term.  Congress needs to act.

Words Matter Jesse

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife agreed to plead guilty last week to Federal felonies related to their theft of $750,000.00 from Jesse’s campaign fund.  Included in the items bought with the stolen money are a $42,000.00 Rolex watch for Jesse and thousands of dollars in furs for his wife, Sandi.  The fact that Jesse and his wife are common thieves is bad enough.  But the make-believe apology he issued is sickening.

Jesse accepts responsibility for “…the improper decisions and mistakes I have made,” offering his “sincerest apologies” for his “errors in judgment.”  The way Jesse uses “improper decisions” and “mistakes,” you would think he is referencing a situation where he put different colored socks on while dressing in the dark.  He uses “errors in judgment” like he had a backing accident after misjudging distance.  Jesse issued his apology with confidence that his constituents are brainless.

Jesse used his charm, charisma and family name to swindle people out of their hard-earned cash.  They willingly gave him their money so he could represent their best interests in Congress.  Instead, Jesse stole their money and bought glitzy jewelry and clothes for himself and his wife.  There was no mistake or error in judgment.  Jesse and Sandi engaged in thievery, making them thieves.  Both are upper-class, well-educated adults who made a calculated decision to steal from those who bestowed their trust.  They both knew it was wrong, but they decided to do it anyway.  They believed they would not get caught and they exploited the faith that Jesse’s constituents placed in him.

Redemption and forgiveness do not commence without accountability and candor Jesse.  Your hope that you will be “…remembered for things that I did right…” will be unfilled.  Your phony apology should guarantee you will be remembered for what you are; an unrepentant con artist.

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Tuesday, February 26th, 2013
   
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Poll: 48% Think Citizenship for Illegal Immigrants Will Encourage More to Come; Belgian Man Found Shot to Death in Acapulco; Unabated Violence Poses Challenge to Mexico

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Worldwide Caution February 19, 2013
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SPRING BREAK

With Spring Break coming and the number of young people that go to Mexico each year, I will be doing my best to put out more reports in order to document the violence there, along with graphic photos.  Meanwhile, Mexico will try to convince everyone that it is safe so as to pull in the tourist dollars. Readers, PLEASE help me get the word out by sharing the M3 Reports widely.-af
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The World’s 10 Deadliest Cities
(Five of the 10 listed cities are in Mexico. This is an older piece, thus I suspect there may be additional cities from Mexico since violence has somewhat increased after the new President began his term on December 1st.)
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Time to Deal with the Epidemic of Violence in Latin America and the Caribbean
http://tinyurl.com/alq5jhp
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There MAY BE VERY graphic photographs that accompany some articles in the body of this report. It is not our intention to sensationalize. We include these photos in order to give to you, the American public, a clearer understanding of the seriousness of the situation in Mexico and Central America.

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**Asterisk denotes death involving a police officer or a member of the military serving in that capacity. Some items may be from notirex.com, lapoliciaca.com or historiasdelnarco.com. Some incidents of violence may not be included here due to the large number of death reports.

AHOME, SINALOA
A group of armed men in 3 vans pursued the Mayor and his bodyguards that were traveling in 2 vehicles. State, local and federal police responded to the Mayor’s radio call, but were unable to locate the gunmen.

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ACAPULCO, GUERRERO
The tourist port of Acapulco is the most violent city in Mexico said Jose Antonio Ortega, president of the Citizen Council for Public Safety and Criminal Justice. He detailed that the city of over 100,000 inhabitants has a homicide rate that is almost 8 times the national average. ” Unless we solve the problem of impunity, the problem in Acapulco will not be resolved…The increase we are attributing to the lack of punishment.”

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MAZATLÁN, SINALOA
A shootout between police and two carjackers came after a chase and reinforcements from state and federal police, which left the bad guys dead.

PERIBÁN, MICHOACAN
The body of a man missing for 3 days was found dumped in an irrigation ditch, with bullet holes in the back of his neck and another in the back of the head, exiting between his eyes.

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CHIHUAHUA, CHIHUAHUA
On Tuesday afternoon about 4pm, neighbors heard shots. The body of a young woman about 20 years old was found, with bullet wounds in her back. She remains unidentified.

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CHIHUAHUA, CHIHUAHUA
Also on Tuesday, at about 11 am, gunmen shot a mechanic inside his shop at least 8 times with an AK 47. His family arrived on scene and saw him bathed in blood on the floor of the shop.

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ZACATECAS
The state capital is the 6th most violent large city with over 100,000 inhabitants, according to the report mentioned above for Acapulco. http://m3report.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/zacatecas-the-state-capital-is-the-6th-most-violent-large-city-with-over.jpg

MONTERREY, NUEVO LEÓN
A shootout between cartels left 6 people shot at 2pm on Wednesday. First responders found 5 of the 6 dead, and the remaining wounded man remains in ‘delicate’ condition in the hospital.

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MONTERREY, NUEVO LEÓN
Assassins killed an entire family, including an 11 and a 14 year old. An additional 2 unidentified bodies were also found at the scene, as well as one wounded person according to a state police officer.

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Belgian Man Found Shot to Death in Acapulco
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Weekly News Summary: February 18-22nd
” Mexico Institute’s “Weekly News Summary,” released every Friday afternoon, summarizes the week’s most prominent Mexico headlines published in the U.S. press, as well as the most engaging opinion pieces by Mexican columnists.”
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Another false alarm; search goes on for Mexican drug lord Chapo Guzman
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Horrific Cult Broken Up In Northern Mexico
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Mexico Appoints Lawmakers to Monitor (Acapulco) Rape Case
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Unabated Violence Poses Challenge to Mexico’s New Anticrime Program
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Why the Mexican Govt’s Murder Count is Worse than Useless
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Mexican President Calls for Unified Police Command
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Mexico unveils new security strategy details; billions for jobs, schools in violent areas
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New government, old problems as Mexico suffers from criminality
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Mexican authorities participated in civilian disappearances, report says
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Police Chief Missing, Brothers Murdered in Mexico
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Mass security for Nadal in Mexico tourney
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Mexican Church sets up new ‘traffic light system’ to warn of killings occurring outside
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Facebook Page Monitoring Security in Mexico Threatened

(Cartel has offered a reward.)

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Mexico’s most vulnerable reporters lack digital security skills
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Mexican Police Detain 81 Migrants
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Todos Somos Juarez: An Innovative Strategy to Tackle Violence and Crime
by Felipe Calderón
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Study highlights growing violence against women, femicide in Mexico
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International mission to Mexico evaluates security, risks journalists face
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Fed-up Mexicans the new law enforcers near Acapulco
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Mexican police officers charged with raping Italian woman after she ‘failed to pay bribe’ after leaving nightclub
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How Mexico Got Back in the Game-Op/Ed
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Four Officers Killed in Honduras
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Costa Rican Police Dismantle Drug Ring
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Colombian President Orders Investigation of Mexican Cartels
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Peru officials seize magic potions, elixirs
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International organization calls for law to combat rising impunity in Brazil for crimes against journalists
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Colombian Marines Procure Tactical Weapon Simulators
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Colombia’s Cerrejon calls limited force majeure as coal strike bites
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US$17m in drugs seized in Caribbean Sea

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Dominicans in Puerto Rico Hail Move to Issue Licenses to Undocumented
(listing this here due to both being located in the region;remember PR is American)

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Urgent and drastic action needed to combat regional crime
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Border Patrol Agents Singled-Out Again for Huge Reductions in Pay
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U.S.-Mexico Border: Tighter Border Security Requires Mexico’s Cooperation
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Brewer: Border not Secure, Drug Cartels ‘Ready to Come Across’
(The Mexican Sinaloa cartel works closely with Hezbollah, Hamas, the IRGC and other Islamic terrorist groups that have inhabited Latin America for decades.)
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Supreme Court Won’t Extend 2010 Immigration Ruling
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Mexico wants a registry of all gunowners in U.S. border states
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CBP, Coast Guard Intercept 38 Undocumented Aliens En Route to Puerto Rico
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Immigration: Amnesty plan a bad idea
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Illegal alien charged with repeated sexual abuse of young girl in Michigan
(victim was age 6 when he started, now age 8-a childhood stolen)
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Likely voters oppose immigration amnesty; want to see laws enforced
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48% Think Citizenship for Illegal Immigrants Will Encourage More to Come
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Obama pushes illegals ahead of legal immigrants
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NM
Bootheel remains biggest border challenge
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NC
U.S. Returns Kids to Deported Mexican Father’s Custody
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TX
More officials ask Mexico to honor water treaty
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Illegal alien charged with killing dog with chainsaw in Georgia
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NY
Little Red Beacon for Immigrant Laborers Shines On
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ICE deports former director of Salvadoran children’s home to face charges of sexually assaulting children under his care
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Illegal alien arrested for sexually assaulting a dog in Florida
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TX
Del Rio Sector Border Patrol Agents Seize $850,000 Worth of Marijuana in Recent Days
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Random Rant – Morons Have Prompted a Change

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

When I started this blog, I sought the advice and counsel of people who had experience with websites.  More than one person advised against permitting blog visitors to comment on my posts.  I thought such a limitation would defeat the purpose, so I permitted anyone to comment by providing only a name and an email address.  The morons descended.

I am not referring to people who have a different point of view.   No, I’m referring to the professional spammers.  There is apparently a large assortment of businesses and individuals who post “comments” on blogs like mine that are not really comments at all.  They give their comment an alluring title that dupes a blog visitor into trying to read their remarks.  Instead of interesting commentary, the visitor is subjected to a sales pitch for a variety of things having no association to the subject of the post.   Oftentimes selecting one of these comments redirects the visitor to another website where the spammer tries to persuade a visitor to buy bizarre products.

I intend to put a stop to this annoying practice by personally reviewing each comment before it appears on my blog.  I have no intention of editing comments or refusing to post comments that I don’t agree with.  However, this individual review may be the only way I can prevent spammers from wasting our time.  I will try to review each comment for posting within 24 hours.

I promised myself I would try to avoid name-calling on my site.  There is an exception to most any rule.  Spammers are morons…

 

President Obama Sure Can Deliver a Speech

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

President Obama has yet again proven he can deliver a magnificent speech.  In his State of the Union address tonight, he looked Presidential and sounded reasonable as he outlined his plan for moving our country forward.  It is hard to disparage a plan that calls for good schools, good jobs, a living wage, a strong military and equal rights for everyone.  However, even a nominal examination of his address proves that some of his initiatives are a mile wide, but only an inch deep.

His argument for an increase in the minimum wage is convincing as long as you ignore some predictable consequences.  The President supported this proposal with an assertion that people would have more money to spend, thereby creating more demand for goods and services.  This increased demand is good for the economy because companies will hire more workers to meet the increased demand.  A sharp bump in the minimum wage might even permit some families to get off welfare rolls.

The President did not mention the fact that a 15% rise in the minimum wage will undeniably result in a like increase in prices charged by those providing goods and services.  Unless, of course, the President believes companies will absorb the forced wage increase by cutting their profit margin.  Small businesses having a thin profit margin will inevitably reduce job opportunities as they struggle to maintain profitability.  Rather than providing more disposable income to millions of Americans earning minimum wage, the President’s plan would limit employment opportunities at the entry level while increasing the most significant expense small businesses bear;  employee wages.

President Obama’s “feel good” State of the Union address was a missed opportunity.  America is facing real problems that are worthy of Presidential consideration.  The budget deficit, our national debt, Washington gridlock and the looming sequestration should perhaps take precedence over some of the things referenced by the President. 

Absent any level of scrutiny, the President made a superb speech.

 

Secretary Napolitano Declares Border Secure. It Must Be True.

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

In a Washington Post article on 2/5/13, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano is quoted as saying, “I believe the border is secure.  I believe the border’s a safe border.  That’s not to say everything is 100 percent.”  Well, Madam Secretary, what exactly is the percentage of security on our nation’s borders?  When did our borders become secure and what metrics did you rely upon to reach such a conclusion?

Assuming the article accurately quoted her, Secretary Napolitano doesn’t believe border security should take precedence over immigration reform (amnesty).  She is following President Obama’s lead in the dash to amnesty legislation knowing very well the American public will not support a blanket reprieve without a secure border.

By making such an unsubstantiated assertion, Secretary Napolitano has proven she cannot be trusted to place our national interests above party politics.  She has repeatedly demonstrated a willingness to use her position to further a political agenda without consideration for her primary responsibility; securing our borders.

The Washington Post article cited several statistics to support the illusion of a secure border.  Arrest numbers are down and there are currently more enforcement resources on the border than ever before.  Instead of permitting Secretary Napolitano to focus upon how many aliens are being arrested entering the United States, the reporter should have asked her how many aliens entered without being interdicted by the Border Patrol.  That number is inarguably the most critical factor in the determination of a secure border.  Secretary Napolitano’s assessment rings hollow without a definitive measurement of the number of aliens making a successful illegal entry.

NAFBPO Issues Immigration Reform Press Release

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

The National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers (nafbpo.org) has issued the following press release:

PRESS RELEASE

The National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers rejects individual proposals for Immigration reform by President Obama and the Senate.  Each will reward illegal behavior by the grant of amnesty, and as proposed are unenforceable.

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The President and the Senate have recently issued proposals for immigration legislation that would supposedly deal with the unmanaged population of illegal aliens in the United States. The National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers (NAFBPO) must oppose both proposals.

NAFBPO rejects the President’s proposal out of hand. It is unacceptable in that it contains not so much as a nod to immigration enforcement or a secure border. It is predicated upon administration claims that the border is secure now, or at least, secure enough. That claim is at best wishful thinking but is more likely willful misdirection of the public’s opinion of the situation. A study of Border Patrol operations by the Government Accountability Office indicates that the Border Patrol is about 60% effective, a deplorable figure even if accurate.

NAFBPO members maintain contacts with many field officers and managers currently on active duty in the Border Patrol and in most areas those officers tell that at best, they catch only 10% of those who try to enter illegally. Those facts are stifled by higher management because they do not support the administration’s narrative that the border is under control.  (more…)

Only 11 Million Illegal Aliens Living Here? Really?

Monday, February 4th, 2013

There is no definitive estimation regarding the number of illegal aliens currently residing in the United States, but 11,000,000 is frequently cited by those promoting amnesty legislation.  Here is a brief analysis of numbers that are verifiable:

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 granted amnesty to millions of illegal aliens and was supposed to prevent future illegal immigration.  However, from FY 1987 through FY 2012, the U.S. Border Patrol made 27,787,872 arrests.  (No typo here.  The number is twenty-seven million seven hundred and eighty-seven thousand eight hundred and seventy-two.)  More than the populations of New Hampshire, Maine, Idaho, Nebraska, West Virginia, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Kansas, Arkansas, Mississippi and Iowa combined.  Only a small fraction of the arrestees were not illegal aliens. (more…)