April 12th, 2015
Although the 2014 surge, which many believe was arranged, was the largest on record, this surge still promises to be one of the highest border surges on record.....no word yet on whether or not the regime has plans on speeding the illegals to any desired destination in the US, as with the 2014 surge.
Meanwhile, the Obama regime has been busy arranging commercial air flights for those who didn't manage to make it on previous attempts....~Barry Secrest
Washington (Prensa Latina) Officials at the southern border are bracing for another wave of child immigrants in the coming months, though they anticipate a much lower crest than last year, according to The Hill.
Migration analysts project that almost 40,000 unaccompanied children will try to cross into the United States from Mexico this year, down almost 45 percent from 2014.
That still likely to be one of the highest surges on record, however, and is expected to strain border personnel and potentially force Congress to return to the issue when it considers funding for the government.
It could also trigger another political fight over the thorny issues of border security and immigration reform, particularly as the 2016 presidential contest heats up over the summer.
Administration officials, who were "caught off guard" during last year's surge, say they've taken lessons from the experience and are much better prepared this year. But border state lawmakers and child welfare advocates, while pleased with the lower projections, are also concerned that policymakers - both in the White House and on Capitol Hill - aren't doing nearly enough to address the issue.
Kevin Appleby, director of migration policy at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, was also critical of the administration's commitment.
He said the lower projections largely reflect the "White House effort" to get Mexico and other Central American governments to block unaccompanied children before they reach the U.S. border. That to the detriment of children who might be eligible for U.S. asylum but are instead returned to dangerous conditions back home.
"The fact that the numbers are lower is not because the administration has had an effective PR campaign or conditions in those countries have improved. We've exported the enforcement," Appleby said Friday. "They're pulling kids off the trains; they're stopping them at the Mexico-Guatemala border.
So there's still a violation of international law there."
Wendy Young, president of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), lamented the backlogged court system, dearth of legal counsel and expedited hearings process that treat kids "basically like suspected terrorists."
The months of March, April and May are historically the peak time for border crossings due to the spring weather.
President Obama is hoping to tackle the problem with $1 billion in aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador,where a bulk of the child migrants have originated. The funding is intended to fight the crime, corruption and poverty that helped encourage the flight.
Border lawmakers and children advocates have praised that effort, though some are warning that the changes Obama is hoping to inspire won't come overnight.
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April 11th, 2015
An untreatable, and sometimes fatal tick-borne disease is turning up in parts of southern Connecticut, according to one expert.
Dr. Theodore Andreadis, head of The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, told WCBS 880 that the Powassan virus has symptoms similar to those of Lyme disease, including headache, nausea and fever.
Once contracted, there is no treatment for the virus, and the disease can often be fatal, Andreadis said. While there have been no reported human cases in the areas, Andreadis said that people who venture into wooded areas may encounter deer carrying ticks.
“These ticks will transmit this virus when they feed within a matter of hours, whereas with Lyme disease, for example, ticks generally have to feed up to two days before they’re capable of transmitting it,” Andreadis told WCBS 880.
The virus can often be symptomless before often infecting the nervous system and causing encephalitis and meningitis. Survivors can develop neurological symptoms such as muscle wasting and memory problems, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
April 11th, 2015
The Daily Caller
By ALEX GRISWOLD
Without a trace of irony, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest blasted Republican Arizona Senator John McCain Friday as “naïve and reckless” for taking the Iranian Ayatollah at his word. (VIDEO: CNN Grills State Department Spox: Why Won’t Iran Deal Be Like Failed North Korea Deal? )
The impetus for Earnest’s tweet was McCain’s comments on “The Hugh Hewitt” show that Secretary of State John Kerry was “delusional” about the Iran deal. “Today, the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, said that the deal is no deal unless sanctions come off on day one, the same day Iran’s defense minister, Brigadier General Hossein Dehqhan said, “visits to our military centers is among our red lines,” McCain noted.
Earnest has faced some push-back from the White House press corps over whether the Iranians could be trusted. “[You] feel like you can negotiate in good faith with a Supreme Leader who is calling for ‘Death to America’?” asked CNN correspondent Jim Acosta in late March.
"Naïve and reckless for @SenJohnMcCain to believe every word of the Supreme Leader's political speech. He shouldn't."
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April 10th, 2015
By Barry Secrest
S, where's the unicorn?
A picture released by the White House, after lunchtime Friday, left many people wondering exactly what was smoked for lunch.
The pic shows Obama standing in Air Force One's doorway [seemingly] shooting a real-life rainbow from the palm of his hand.
But, don't get too excited for all you Obama fans out there, it was merely a trick of the light and, of course, the camera's angle.
The ocean levels still remain about the same and the President yet hasn't managed to shoot rainbows from his various appendages, despite what the mainstream media has been telling you for the past 7 years.
Above the captivating rainbow photo, the White House released the following message:
"With hard work and hope, change is always within our reach." —President Obama: http://go.wh.gov/z6NMQ3
Next up, the White House should be releasing a picture of the President riding a unicorn, assuming they can find one....while shooting rainbows from the palms of his hand.
The executive multi-tasker in Chief and we can't wait......well, at least we can "hope."
According to the UK Guardian website, North Korean leader Kim Jong Eun presides over a unicorn lair, in his Communist country.
A place where Obama should feel perfectly at home in order to complete the picture while procuring the needed creature of mythdom for the full effect.
The website Twitchy gathered a large number of response-tweets, including the following:
He’s a magic man, mama.
@WhiteHouse I'm absolutely speechless, because I'm laughing too hard to speak. Seriously?
— Terry Puckett (@runningrampant) April 10, 2015
Serious, you guys.
April 10th, 2015
Should we start a gofundme campaign as a profoundly grateful reward for Harry Reid's brother? I'm just sayin'......~ Refocus Notes
By GARTH KANT
WASHINGTON – Skeptics have begun to openly doubt the explanation Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., has given about the severe injuries to his face, and the questions have become especially pointed as possible new information has come to light.
Some have said his concussion, swollen-shut eye, facial cuts and broken ribs look less like the result of the exercise accident Reid has claimed caused the injuries and more like the result of a beating.
And now, numerous publications are picking up on a report that points the finger of blame at Reid’s brother, Larry.
John Hinderaker of the Powerline blog reported an account he said was given to him Friday by a Las Vegas-area businessman that is now getting much attention.
Hinderaker said a man who called himself Easton Elliott told him he attended an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting on New Year’s Eve in Henderson, Nevada, when a man named Larry entered.
“His appearance was striking: there was blood on his clothing, beginning around his midsection. His left hand was swollen. He appeared to be somewhat intoxicated and was visibly agitated,” Elliot reportedly said.
Larry said he’d had a fight with a family member, didn’t remember much because he had blacked out, and was now worried the Secret Service would come after him, according to Elliott.
Weeks later, Elliott said he saw a newspaper story about the arrest on Monday of 73-year-old Larry Reid, Harry’s brother, for DUI and assaulting a highway patrolman, near Searchlight, Nevada.
Larry Reid was also charged with driving across a median, resisting arrest, not wearing a seat belt and possession of a gun while under the influence of alcohol.
Elliott said he immediately recognized the photo of Larry Reid as the same Larry who attended the AA meeting on New Year’s Eve.
Harry Reid was hospitalized on New Year’s Day.
Even though participants in AA meetings pledge to keep their identities anonymous, Elliott said he then consulted with several others who attended the AA meeting and said they recognized the man in the photo as the Larry at the meeting.
The senator’s office said Reid’s Capitol Police security detail was with him at the time of the injuries, and they accompanied him to a hospital in Henderson, Nevada, on New Year’s Day.
Breitbart News asked Capitol Police to verify Reid’s injury claim by providing an incident report by that security detail, but the news organization reported it had been stonewalled.
After numerous phone calls and emails, Lt. Kimberly Schneider, public information officer for the Capitol Police, sent a statement on Monday to Breitbart:
“The U.S. Capitol Police does not discuss security or law enforcement sensitive information regarding the operations of the U.S. Capitol Police, or the security of Members of Congress.”
The website has since asked “both the Inspector General of the Capitol Police and the Capitol Board to provide the public with the details surrounding Reid’s New Year’s Day injuries as well as into the conduct of the Capitol Police in failing to properly report those details.”
Breitbart has asked: If the possibility of assault on a member of Congress, a federal crime, has not been ruled out, why is the FBI, which has jurisdiction over such matters, not currently investigating?
Reid has claimed an exercise band attached to a shower door “broke and spun me around and I crashed into these cabinets and injured my eye.”
More stories from Garth Kant at WND