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Mexico’s new gov’t follows Calderon drug war strategy

MEXICO CITY (AP) — With the capture of two top drug lords in little more than a month, the new government of President Enrique Pena Nieto is following an old strategy it openly criticized for causing more violence and crime.

Mario Armando Ramirez Trevino, a top leader of Mexico’s Gulf Cartel, was detained Saturday in a military operation near the Texas border, just weeks after the arrest of the leader of the brutal Zetas cartel near another border city, Nuevo Laredo.

Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong took his post in December saying the strategy of former President Felipe Calderon to take out cartel leaders only made drug gangs more dangerous and violent. The new administration would focus less on leaders and more on reducing violence, he said.

Yet the new strategy appears almost identical to the old. The captures of Ramirez and top Zeta Miguel Angel Trevino Morales could cause a new spike in violence with battles over leadership of Mexico’s two major cartels.

“The strategy of the military is exactly the same,” Raul Benitez, a security expert at Mexico’s National Autonomous University, said Sunday. “It’s not a failure of the new government. It’s the reality they face … Changing strategy is a very slow process. In the short term, you have to act against the drug-trafficking leaders.”

Federal security spokesman Eduardo Sanchez insisted at a news conference Sunday that there have been key changes in strategy. Most important, he said, is an unprecedented coordination among security entities, including federal police, the attorney general, branches of the military and …Read full story here:

At RNC event, speaker says African Americans have taken a back seat to gays, immigrants

From The Washington Post By Aaron Blake

Bob WoodsonThe Republican National Committee commemorated the 50th anniversary of the March of Washington and Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech with a luncheon Monday.

The most rousing speech of the luncheon came from Bob Woodson, the head of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprises. Woodson criticized black leaders over Trayvon Martin, the black Florida teen who was shot to death by George Zimmerman. Zimmerman was acquitted in Martin’s death. Woodson, who is black, said groups including gays and immigrants have been prioritized over poor black people in American society.

“Everybody has come in front of them on the bus — gays, immigrants, women, environmentalists,” Woodson said. “You never hear any talk about the conditions confronting poor blacks and poor people in general.”

Woodson also criticized the “moral traitors” who mourned the death of Martin but not Chris Lane, the Australian baseball player who prosecutors allege was shot to death in Oklahoma by three boys, two whom are black.

Conservatives have strongly criticized black leaders like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson for treating the cases of Martin and Hale differently.

Woodson said King would mourn for both equally.

“If Dr. King were alive today, he would not be just talking about …Read full story here:

Using Child Porn To Take Down The Liberty Movement? (Video)

RERadio_logoDan Johnson of the group P.A.N.D.A (People Against the NDAA) talks with Ben Swann about the child pornography sent to him via a Tormail account.  The email, which claimed to have come from Stewart Rhodes (founder and national director of Oathkeepers), actually contained 6 PDFs with graphic child pornography.

“Our IT tech estimates it took about 8 to 9 hours to put this [email] together…something this technologically sophisticated.  It was specifically designed, number one, to be found; and number two, to implicate Stewart Rhodes in sending me the email and to implicate me in having the email on my computer,” says Johnson, who spoke to Swann via Skype.

Most interestingly, Johnson received this email only a few weeks after Luke Rudkowski (We Are Change) and Madison Rupert (End The Lie) also received emails from a purported “whistleblower.”  Those emails also contained child pornography.

Explains Johnson, “If I didnʼt have any IT background, I would think that deleting the file actually deletes the file.  It doesnʼt really delete the file; it just deletes the markers where the file is supposed to be.  So the file would still be on my computer and I wouldnʼt know it.  So if I were to be raided at any point because someone were to say ʻI think Dan has child pornography on his computerʼ then someone would come in, they would open the computer, they would look at it. I would obviously have no idea it was there. They would take the computer and …read story here:

This Homeland Security Employee Is Preparing for a Coming Race War

 Abby Ohlheiser From The Atlantic Wire

homeland_securityA Department of Homeland Security employee who works on, among other things, the procurement of guns and ammunition for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, spends his nights and weekends preparing for a coming race war and advocating for anti-gay causes, according to a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center. Meet Ayo Kimathi, a.k.a. “the Irritated Genie,” who told his bosses at the DHS that his anti-white, anti-gay site, “War is on the Horizon,” was just an entertainment site that sells concert and lecture videos.

You see, DHS employees, even those with office jobs like Kimathi’s, have to get outside activities approved by their supervisors, according to the SPLC. Kimathi’s former supervisor told the watchdog group, which tracks hate speech and groups in the U.S., that despite her former employee’s banal description of his extracurricular activities, the actual content of the site left her “stunned.” She continued: “To see the hate, to know that he is a federal employee, it bothered me.” She added that had Kimathi’s site been accurately described to the agency, there’s no way the DHS would have signed off on it. Possibly to keep his bosses from looking up his work, Kimathi used only the site’s acronym, WOH, in his permission request. In addition to his involvement in the purchase of ICE supplies, Kimathi also had a public profile for the agency, speaking at vendor events. As “Irritated Genie,” Kimathi also has a public profile a ….read story here:

Justice Department will challenge Texas Voter ID law

By Aaron Blake, The Washington Post

justice_departmentThe U.S. Justice Department announced Thursday that it will challenge Texas’s Voter ID law, saying it violates the Voting Rights Act, as well as the Constitution’s 14th and 15th Amendments.

In a separate case, the Justice Department will also join in a challenge to the state’s GOP-drawn redistricting plans.

The decisions come just weeks after the Supreme Court struck down part of the act that determines which jurisdictions require the Justice Department to approve any electoral changes before they become law. Texas had previously been subject to the so-called “preclearance.”

Justice Department officials have made clear that, despite the court’s decision, it will use other legal avenues to ensure that Voter ID laws and other legislation don’t infringe on the voting rights of minorities.

“Today’s action marks another step forward in the Justice Department’s continuing effort to protect the voting rights of all eligible Americans,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement. “We will not allow the Supreme Court’s recent decision to be interpreted as open season for states to pursue measures that suppress voting rights.”

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) said the lawsuit is the latest example of the Obama Administration’s overreach.

“The filing of endless litigation in an effort to obstruct the will of the people of Texas is what we have come to expect from Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama,” Perry said. “We will continue to defend the integrity of our elections against this administration’s blatant disregard for the 10th Amendment.”

The department’s complain alleges that…Read Full Story here:

Texas Gaining People And Income

capitolThe old saying “I wasn’t born in Texas but I got here as fast as I could” appears to be holding true.  Since 2000, Texas has gained $17.6 billion in net income from people moving here from other states, according to a new study by the Tax Foundation.  That ranks Texas third behind Florida and Arizona for net income gained over that period.  The study analyzed federal tax returns from 2000 to 2010 to find which states are gaining people and money and which are losing.  While low-tax states like Florida, Arizona and Texas were at the top, the three biggest losers of net income were New York, California and Illinois, all high-tax states.

The results are not surprising to Scott Drenkard, economist from the Tax Foundation.  “Certainly a favorable tax code is one of those things that incentivizes businesses to move to the state, and businesses traditionally attract more of a workforce,” he tells KTRH.  That increased

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Kansas and Arizona file suit to change voting laws

RERadio_logoKansas and Arizona filed a joint lawsuit against the federal government Wednesday over requirements needed to register to vote.

The lawsuit demands that the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission modify the federal voter registration form in both states so it would allow for proof of citizenship when people sign up to vote.

The federal form doesn’t require proof of citizenship. It only requires prospective voters to declare that they are citizens.

“A mere oath without concrete evidence of citizenship, as allowed for by the current version of the Federal Form, does not suffice to effectuate the State laws of Plaintiffs or enable Plaintiffs to obtain information Plaintiffs deem necessary to assess the eligibility of voter registration applicants and to enforce their voter qualifications,” the lawsuit reads.

It is the latest legal effort in a nationwide battle by states to

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Obamacare critic Rick Perry seeks cash from law

From Politico


RERadio_logo65Gov. Rick Perry wants to kill Obamacare dead, but Texas health officials are in talks with the Obama administration about accepting an estimated $100 million available through the health law to care for the elderly and disabled, POLITICO has learned.

Perry health aides are negotiating with the Obama administration on the terms of an optional Obamacare program that would allow Texas to claim stepped-up Medicaid funding for the care of people with disabilities.
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The so-called Community First Choice program aims to enhance the quality of services available to the disabled and elderly in their homes or communities. Similar approaches have had bipartisan support around the country. About 12,000 Texans are expected to benefit in the first year of the program.

One line of thinking as to why the Texas governor, who has honed his national image in no small measure by denouncing Obamacare, would make such a seemingly inconsistent move goes like this: Treating disabled and elderly people…Read full story:

Texas Government: Hey, Big Spender


A fact about Texas politics that outsiders are often surprised to learn is that its legislature convenes only biennially. Meeting for a few months every other spring is among the reasons why the Texas economy has performed so beautifully through the Great Recession and its aftermath. To put it bluntly, by restricting the very ability of its lawmakers to convene, the Texas Constitution helped secure the blessings of prosperity to its people in a way that should leave Californians and Illinoisans with pangs of envy.

RERadio_logoThis past spring, 2013, was one of those years when the legislature met. By the middle of June it was beginning to appear as if the regular sessions of the Texas House and Senate would have all their business wrapped up. Then, a scene of near-pandemonium ensued on June 25 when Democrat Wendy Davis, an all-but-anonymous Senator from Fort Worth, launched a successful 12-hour filibuster that doomed an abortion-restriction bill.

Governor Rick Perry responded by…Read full story:

Cruz: Americans Could Get “Addicted” To Obamacare

KINGWOOD, Texas — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has come home to Texas to promote his long-shot bid to defund Obamacare, warning Tea Party activists Monday that they have only a few months to stop the health care reform law before people get “addicted” to it.

Cruz, who has thrilled his conservative base with his promise to shake up business as usual in Washington, says once the insurance subsidies kick in at the beginning of 2014, it will be too late to undo the Affordable Care Act.

He said that is precisely President Barack Obama’s goal.

“His strategy is to get as many Americans as possible hooked on the subsidies, addicted to the sugar,” Cruz told a Kingwood Tea Party gathering. “If we get to Jan. 1, this thing is here forever.”

ted_cruz2Cruz wants his fellow GOP senators to oppose continued funding for much of the government — even if it causes a partial shutdown — unless funding for the health care law is stripped out of the federal budget. But many Republicans in Washington aren’t going along, and even some fellow Tea Party-backed lawmakers are saying it’s uphill at best.

Cruz is undaunted. Though he has admitted there aren’t enough votes in favor of the shutdown strategy right now, he said activists have the power to stop Obamacare by demanding that their elected representatives oppose any budget that does not cut off federal funding for it. The current budget year ends Sept. 30.

“No elected officials in Washington can do this. Only you can do this,” Cruz said in Kingwood. “The only way this happens is if we see an army, a grassroots army of Americans, demanding that their elected officials do the right thing.”

Cruz was treated to a hero’s welcome at the Tea Party event, getting a standing ovation and a gift — a flack jacket to deal with all the political fire coming at him — from the organizers.

But Texas Democratic Party spokeswoman Tanene Allison said Cruz wants to shut down the government to elevate his status as a potential presidential candidate and accused him of engaing in a “pathetic act of partisan pandering.”

“For Ted Cruz to say that Texans will become addicted to health care is ridiculous,” Allison said. “Is your child addicted to their ability to see a doctor? Is your grandmother addicted to her ability to take life saving heart medication? Taking care of the health of our families isn’t a political game or a sugar addiction, it’s a Texan value.”

Cruz is taking advantage of the August recess to crisscross the state, meet with supporters, stage town hall meetings and push his message of smaller government. Along the way Monday, he relived a little of the glory of his upset 2012 victory against wealthy Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who had been heavily favored to win.

Cruz, casually dressed in khaki pants and ostrich cowboy boots, noted that he had registered at only 2 percent when he began the race in January 2011.

“Y’all remember a $50 million primary, the most expensive primary in the country, and being outspent three-to-one — $35 million in nasty attack ads,” Cruz said. He joked that his wife Heidi, after seeing the negative ads, turned to him and said, “I didn’t realize what a rotten guy you were.”

Cruz said he’s also faced long odds in his battles against the Washington political establishment, but he told the cheering gathering in Kingwood that conservative activists helped him and other Tea Party-backed senators fight proposals restricting gun rights and are forcing the Obama Administration to become more accountable on the use of drones.

The senator — who will take a side trip Friday to New Hampshire, which traditionally holds the nation’s first presidential primary — downplayed speculation about his White House ambitions. He said they’ve been overblown by the news media. Cruz said he’ll travel anywhere he can gather up like-minded conservatives to oppose what he sees as unconstitutional government overreach.

“It does seem some folks in the media have worked themselves into a bit of tizzy,” Cruz said. “You know I’ve been to I think 13 states all across the country … because the only way we’re going to win these fights is if the American people rise up by the millions and demand accountability.”

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