Pinal County, AZ Sheriff Paul Babeu (R) said that he cannot get access to the names of the nearly 500 criminal illegal immigrants released in his county on Tuesday’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto” on the Fox News Channel.
“30,000 this year, 36,000 the year prior, and these aren’t the run of the mill illegals. There’s 11 to 20 million illegals that are here in the United States. This is the group that everybody, even President Obama, said that are the worst of the worst actors, that everybody agreed need to be shipped out of our country back to their country of origin. There [were] 193 of them that were convicted of murder. 300-plus that were convicted of rape and sexual assault, and there [were] another 200 to 300 that were convicted of kidnapping [that were released in 2013]. So, these are the worst criminals in our society, and they were not returned to their country of origin because of what she [ICE Director Sarah Saldana] said and Jeh Johnson said, ‘well, their countries don’t want them back’” he stated.
Babeu added, “we have no clue where they’re at today… they released nearly 500 in my county alone… I have demanded not only in formal letter, through FOIA, and legally have even talked to Senator McCain. Senator McCain, who’s a powerful Senator, said, ‘Sheriff, I promise you, I’m going to get you these names.’ He can’t get me the names. Nobody will get me these names, and the reason why they will refuse to provide the names is then we have a list of all these illegals that our government – President Obama has released into our communities that are committing new crimes, that are committing murder, that are committing rape, that are committing aggravated assault, armed robbery, and then we can directly link them back to the president’s action of this unlawful mass prison break.”
While Hussein Obama and his minions make proclamations that a border he has never laid his own eyes on is more secure than it’s ever been, people who really know and who have no reason to try to hide the truth are disputing his false claims.
On Tuesday, Pinal County Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu testified before the House Judiciary Committee on the state of affairs in the United States and his county as it pertains to the issue of illegal immigration. The sheriff had nothing good to say regarding the impact of the lawlessness of the Obama regime is having on law enforcement, the nation at larger and his community.
Sheriff Babeu noted in his prepared text that his county is the number one area for drug and human trafficking into the United States in the entire country, so he is qualified to address the issues. He cited statistics that show between 87,915 and 127,285 illegals were captured annually in his sector alone, figures which do not include the amount of illegals who successfully entered the United States without being apprehended. Of the ones who were caught, Babeu states that between 17 and 30 percent were criminals who already had a record for crimes they previously committed within the United States.
He also cited a recent GAO report which stated that for 56% of our border the United States did not have operational control and that due to natural geographic features and road access, much of the illegal traffic from the three of four Arizona sectors which still are not controlled is funneled through his county.
He noted that his office led the largest drug bust in Arizona history, valued at $3 billion dollars, which resulted in the arrest of 76 members of the Sinaloa Drug Cartel, and the confiscation of 108 firearms, two of which led back to Eric Holder’s fast and furious gun smuggling operation.
He used the presence of 28,600 troops presently stationed in Korea to provide contrast to the situation in America where our own border is largely left to the responsibility of local law enforcement who face what in essence is a foreign militarized criminal operation.
Sheriff Babeu advised Congress of the February 2013 release by ICE of 207 illegal alien inmates in one day, 48 percent of the serious or violent offenders, with a total of 408 in his county that year and the releases now totaling into the hundreds of thousands. These criminal predators now roam our streets, seeking American victims, rather than those of their native lands. In 2014 alone ICE charged only 24 percent, 143,000 of 585,000 potentially deportable illegal aliens which had already been apprehended by law enforcement, releasing the others onto the streets of America. In his county alone, Babeu has been informed by ICE insiders that they are releasing 30 to 50 illegals per day.
He also addressed multiple deportations and the policy of no consequence for subsequent immigration violations as well as the reward system created by allowing the Central American border crashers to remain and supporting their every need.
He also notes how the declaration of Hussein Obama is that five million illegals will receive amnesty, and how that figure is, as is customary, a blatant lie to the American people. He refers to the memorandum of DHS Director and Obama criminal co-conspirator Jeh Johnson which indicates that virtually none of the estimated eleven million illegals in the country will be prosecuted or even pursued. He says, “This is not prosecutorial discretion, but instead an intentional and flagrant disregard of the law and we will all suffer the consequences.”
He proposed a simple but aggressive plan that will solve the problem if it were to be adopted. Babeu recommended, “First, deploy 6,000 armed soldiers for a period of two years. While armed soldiers are deployed, complete the double barrier fence with the security platforms, lighting, sensors and asphalt roads to support rapid deployment of U.S. Border Patrol. Thirdly, fully enforce the law without any diversion option for illegals.”
He called upon Congress to take aggressive action to defend our borders, our communities and our nation as well as highlighting their responsibility to stand up for themselves and their legislative body which is under assault by this dictatorial regime.
The problem is fixable, but it won’t happen without taking action.
Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said Friday that he sent a letter to Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, charging him for all the illegals in his jail.
What happened next? The Ohio sheriff told Dana Loesch: “The federal government sends me a letter and said I violated a treaty of like, 1790.”
When Loesch asked for more information, Jones continued: “I sent him a bill for the prisoners that are in my jail. They came here illegally. I’ve not gotten any money from them, but I billed them so much. And I’ll tell you what I got in return: my life was threatened.”
Jones said he got a call from the FBI saying there were three sheriffs in the country that were going to be killed by the drug cartels, and he was one of the three.
Jones has also written a letter to President Barack Obama, “asking and pleading with him not to bring these people here to the state of Ohio, and to secure our borders.”
“We’ve had horrendous crimes here in this community,” Jones said. “We had a senior citizen, an elderly lady, molested by a teenager that came over from Mexico. We had another one molested – an eight year old girl. We’ve had drugs pouring in, more so than before the government said the borders were sealed. And we’re being run over by the drug dealers coming to this community. The violence has increased, and we’re a long way from the borders.”
Jones said his county spends eight to ten million dollars each month on welfare programs, which he called “free stuff,” and said that’s “some of the reason that they come here.”
“It’s a terrible, terrible tragedy,” Jones said. “People’s lives are being threatened. It’s in the state of Ohio, for crying out loud. We’re not in Arizona; we’re not in California.”
Jones said the administration is making it “too easy” for those wishing to harm America to cross into the United States.
“They’re going to walk in with backpacks. They’re going to put some dirty bombs together, [and] they’re going to do something really terrible. It’s too easy,” Jones said. “We don’t know who they are. They don’t have vaccinations. Our jails are full. They hit and run. It’s totally out of control, and it’s gotten worse just in the past twelve months.”
Dozens of inmates in Arizona jails have been put on a diet of bread and water for desecrating U.S. flags that hang in their cells, Reuters reports.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio, of Maricopa County, told the news agency that 38 inmates in six different jails were getting meals of bread and water twice daily – the punishment for destroying government property while in custody.
“These inmates have destroyed the American flag that was placed in their cells. Tearing them, writing on them, stepping on them, throwing them in the toilet, trash or wherever they feel,” Arpaio said in a statement. “It’s a disgrace to those who have fought for our country.”
Arpaio said the punishment will last seven days; a second offense would bring 10 additional days of the bread-and-water diet.
There are about 8,300 inmates in the jail system.
Dan Pochoda, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union in Arizona, called the move a “publicity stunt.”
“It’s certainly not illegal, but what he is doing is bad policy,” Pochoda told Reuters. “It’s just another vindictive policy that has nothing to do with running a good jail system.”
The Maricopa County jails have, in recent months, played patriotic songs over the public address systems, including “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “God Bless America.”
Arpaio, a six-term sheriff, has cemented his persona as a tough-as-nails lawman, coming under criticism in recent years for his actions, including a hard-line stance on immigration.
Arpaio is facing a lawsuit from the U.S. Justice Department accusing him of civil rights abuses, over allegations he and his officers profile Latinos.
The Arizona immigration law that was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court allows police in the state to ask people they stop about their immigration status.
BEAVERTON, Ore. — A Beaverton man was arrested following a string of erratic outbursts that culminated in the suspect allegedly masturbating in a Salem roadhouse, officials said.
It took a Taser and more than a dozen officers on Sunday to finally subdue Andrew Frey inside Iggy’s Bar & Grill on Portland Road Northeast, the Marion County Sheriff’s office said.
You Sick Freak!
God bless them! Stephen Green as some thoughts on this you should read at the link
Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels doesn’t mince words. He’s angry that local law enforcement and the citizens who call the Southwest border home have been left out of the decision making process when it comes to security and immigration reform.
Dannels has lived along the border since 1984. He remembers when the dangers from smugglers circumventing the rocky, mountainous terrain were few and far between. Now, he says, a different breed of narcotics traffickers has amassed weapons, technology and small armies of death; threatening not only the stability of Mexico but U.S. national security as well. He works closely with DEA, FBI, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement but the system is not perfect.
Sitting at a local eatery under the shadow of the Huachuca Mountains, he questioned how much time, if any, the law makers who drafted SB 774 – known as the ”Gang of Eight” bill – had actually spent on the border. Dannels, along with residents living on the Southwest border and local senior law enforcement officials told TheBlaze on a recent trip to Arizona that they were left out of the decision making process on border security. They say the Gang of Eight bill just isn’t good enough when it comes to addressing the complex security issues they deal with every day.
“Look at (Sen. Marco) Rubio out of Florida – have you been down here, Rubio?” he said, noting that drug cartels had just replaced a radio relay station on the mountain that the sheriff’s team had taken down less than three weeks earlier.
The Sinaloa Cartel, one of Mexico’s most powerful drug organizations, uses the ”receiver/transmitter to extend their communication footprint between Mexico and the Huachuca mountains,” a U.S. Intelligence official, familiar with the terrain, told TheBlaze. It’s how they stay ahead of law enforcement and keep track of their contraband, the official added.
Home invasions, burglary, theft, destruction of private property – and a constant fear that it’s only going to get worse – is something Cochise County border residents live with daily.
“I say to myself, ‘Rubio, you’re making decisions for me, for my state, for my county, my city when you haven’t even been here – what an insult, what do you know about our border? You know nothing about our border. Yet you’re making those decisions without even speaking to us.’”
Rubio’s office did not return phone calls seeking comment.
The Senate’s Gang of Eight bill, drafted this year by a bipartisan group of well-known lawmakers, was supposed to be the answer to the nation’s 11 million plus illegal immigrants. Or at least that’s what these senators hoped. Instead, it has left many lawmakers, local law enforcement officers and American residents living along the nearly 2,000 mile Southwest border scratching their heads.
A majority of House Republicans say it is nothing more than amnesty for illegal residents, worsens entitlement spending, overrides the more than 4 million people trying to enter the U.S. legally. Critics say the border measures in the bill do not provide any guarantees for the billions of dollars allocated for security and give enormous power to the Department of Homeland Security.
Ranchers and law enforcement agents in Arizona told TheBlaze they don’t trust that anyone in Washington understands how serious the security issues are, especially with the growing power of Mexican drug cartels operating on the border.
‘It’s very frustrating… we can’t stop the cartels’
In 1984, Cochise County had 50 U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents working along it’s 83 mile border. Today, it’s increased to 1,300 agents and 200 Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement officers.
The Gang of Eight bill will add 20,000 more Border Patrol agents and an additional 700 miles of border fence.
“The men and women working for the federal government have a very dangerous job out there which I respect,” Dannels said. “They do the best with what they’ve been given…It’s very frustrating. Even with 1500 federal agents and I have only 83 miles of Southwest border – we can ‘t stop the (cartels) the drugs and human trafficking.”
During the 1990s, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol implemented Operation Gatekeeper, whereby agents built a strong three-tier line of defense to stop the flow of contraband and people, in urban Southwest border cities. Dannels said that policy helped the big cities but “sent the bad guys ballooning to use crossings in rural communities like Cochise County.”
He said the Gang of Eight bill doesn’t deal with the real problem. Along with Rubio, the other seven members who drafted the new immigration bill are Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.); Chuck Schemer (D-N.Y.); Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.); Dick Durbin (D-Ill.); Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.); Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.).
The bill passed 68 to 32 in the Senate with 14 Republicans onboard. It has been rejected by some House Republicans openly and others have avoided it all-together. Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, promised that he would not bring the bill to a vote on the floor because much of his party opposes it.
“You can understand why the citizens of Cochise county are upset, they detoured the drug cartels right into their backyards,” Dannels said. ”I say it everyday… on the federal side- you created it, you solve it. You need to redefine your plan of the 90s, and don’t put a maintenance key on border security until that’s done and I stand strongly on that.”
Dannels isn’t giving up on the federal government. He and nearly a dozen other border sheriff’s held several conference calls over the past month with Homeland Security Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) regarding different border security legislation he’s drafted.
‘Border Security is not one size fits all’
Late night “cat and mouse” car chases between Dannel’s officers and drug runners have become more common and more dangerous.
His officers don’t need to be left in the dark in Washington as well, he said.
Not all hope is lost.
The border sheriffs say some of their concerns are being addressed in the House bill. It gives local law enforcement a stake in what happens in their communities.
“Border security is not one-size-fits-all and the border sheriffs know perhaps better than anyone the unique challenges in their jurisdictions and what resources are needed to meet those challenges,” McCaul told TheBlaze. “When I met with several border sheriffs this week, the one thing I kept hearing is ‘finally, someone is listening to us.’”
The bipartisan bill, called the Border Security Results Act of 2013, authored by McCaul, and co-authored by Texas Democrats Sheila Jackson Lee, Henry Cuellar, and Republicans Ted Poe, Pete Olson, Blake Farenthold and and Kevin Brady makes more sense than the Gang of Eight bill, Dannels said.
It would require state governors to work closely with Homeland Security officials, assessing the individual needs of the states in regards to security and immigration. It would also require the Government Accountability Office to issue reports on the progress of those measures.
‘No Faith in the federal government’
John Ladd, a rancher who has a close relationship with Sheriff Dannel’s office, says he doesn’t have time for Washington politics and he has very little faith the federal government.
He’s not alone.
Other ranchers that spoke with TheBlaze on condition of anonymity, out of fear of retaliation from the cartels, said lawmakers use the border issue for their own political purposes but rarely follow through with their promises.
Like many of the residents in the area, Ladd, a third generation Cochise rancher, lamented the days when drug cartels didn’t threaten his way of life. His ranch runs 10 miles along the south border and to the north it sits on state route 92. Ladd estimates that 32 trucks have illegally crossed from Mexico through his property since January.
He counts the tire tracks. Ladd’s also come face to face with the trucks on his ranch and watched as they made their way to route 92. He says the calls to federal law enforcement fall on deaf ears and they rarely if ever show up to check out his claims.
“We don’t even know what or who was in those semis that crossed my property,” said Ladd. “Homeland Security is the most inept federal bureaucracy. They lie when they tell the American people the border is more secure today than it ever has been.”
A DHS Official, who works along the Southwest border, said “it’s difficult to do the job you need to do when administration officials tie your hands.”
“It’s a shell game – you think something is happening but it’s all theater,” the official said. “Ladd is speaking for a lot of us.”
“Gang of Ocho” member Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) was confronted by radio host Doc Washburn on his amnesty plan tonight at a Republican Party meeting in Panama City, Florida.
It’s hard to listen to.
Doc Washburn reported:
I used to be a big cheerleader for Senator Rubio. I was grieved when he joined with Democrats in the Senate to push amnesty. Imho, they are trying to complete the “fundamental transformation” of our country and now he is aligned with them. Marco used to say the problem with our immigration system is that our government refuses to enforce existing law. Now he seems to think that Congress can pass a bill to make this President enforce immigration law.
I tried to call him on it politely. Unfortunately, instead of addressing this paradox, he just doubled down. Needless to say, I was disappointed.
Several reasons, first it is critical to the perpetuation of Leftism. Since Leftist theory does not translate well to the real world, Leftists must lie to perpetuate the great lie, that Marxism works. Bob Owens exposes another reason leftists lie. That reason being they can portray Conservatives as hateful, and backwards, until Bloggers like Bob Owens but them
….when I heard about Katie Vyktoriah’s “pink headband” story I jumped on it with both feet.
It was so self-evidently fake, with such poorly-fabricated stereotypical dialogue, that it simply wasn’t plausible for anyone that grasps language and human interaction… which, I suppose is why it was so credulously echoed by the not-so-swift folks on the political left, who were eager to promote the “vicious intolerant Walmart Bubba” meme.
Sadly, Vyktoriah’s fiction writing experiment got away from her, and she is now on suicide watch.
A mommy blogger whose post ‘What happened when my son wore a pink headband to Walmart’ went viral on the Internet last weekend was Baker Acted after making suicidal comments to deputies Monday, according to a Lake County Sheriff’s Office report obtained by the Orlando Sentinel.
On Aug. 2, the blog post, written under the byline Katie Vyktoriah, was published on the Huffington Post website and quickly went viral.
The Sheriff’s Office report identified the blogger as Kathleen Carpenter. In the blog, the author wrote that her two-year-old son had worn a pink headband in a Central Florida Walmart store, and a man approached her and yelled out, “That’s a boy?!” according to the post. Here’s what the author wrote next:
“With no notice, the man stepped forward, grabbed the headband off of Dexter’s head and threw it to the bottom of our shopping cart. He then cuffed Dexter around the side of his head (not hard, but that is not the point) and said with a big laugh, ‘You’ll thank me later, little man!’”
Then according to the post, the man hurled a homophobic epithet at her toddler.
The post was picked up by media all over the Internet, and soon, people posted outraged comments of support for the mother. But there were also comments questioning the validity of her story.
In the post, she wrote that she did not notify the store management or the police about the incident when it occurred.
According to Polk County Sheriff’s Office documents, at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, the Sheriff’s Office received a call from Carpenter’s home reporting that Carpenter and her son were harassed at Wal-Mart the week before and that after she blogged about the incident, “now they are receiving threats.”
The report on the “harassing/obscene phone calls” was written up by a deputy on Monday. In it, the deputy notes that patrols have been requested in the area for the next two weeks in response to the threats.
In an update on her Facebook page, “A Mother Thing” late Saturday, the woman wrote “The Polk County Sheriff’s Deputy has just left our home, and all information about the original Wal Mart incident and the ongoing harassment has been documented and is being dealt with. I have been advised NOT to say any more about the situation, as the investigation is ongoing, so thank you all for your support, but I am going to be offline for the next while until all of this is resolved.”
No further posts have been written and her “A Mother Thing” blog has been taken down.
According to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office report, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office became aware of Carpenter’s blog post detailing the alleged incident at a Wal-Mart in Clermont. SincePolk County was eventually mentioned specifically in the blog as being the responding agency, a Sheriff’s Office lieutenant requested a deputy go meet with Carpenter.
Another Polk Sheriff’s report states that on Monday at about 9 p.m., a deputy went to Carpenter’s home to “assist” the Lake Sheriff’s office with the battery case, since it had allegedly taken place in Lake County. While deputies were there, Carpenter explained that her two-year-old had been battered at the Wal-Mart. Then, according to the report, she “made statements that met the criteria for a Law Enforcement Baker Act.”
Carpenter told deputies, according to the report, “that the attention obtained by her story and the negative comments and communications to her had become too much stress and she could not handle the situation…anymore,” and was thinking of killing herself.
At that time, she was taken into custody by the Polk deputy under Florida’s Baker Act, which allows law-enforcement to hospitalize people for mental-health evaluation.
If I’m reading this correctly, it appears Vyktoriah lied about the deputies coming to her home Saturday; she had merely called them (so she lied about the events there, too). They came out Monday after hearing her claim they had been there on Saturday, and that’s when she said things that caused the men in the white coats to come out and haul her off to the loony bin.
I pity Vyktoriah. She’s a sad and fragile creature that has to fabricate realities because her reality-based community is just that: reality-based (“-based” concedes it is not actually reality, but a poor facsimile thereof). She’s just the latest Jayson Blair, Stephen Glass, Scott Beauchamp, etc, who has authored a fantasy world when the progressive fantasyland doesn’t match up with what they think it should resemble.
See, like I said, when the facts do not match their feelings, Leftists retreat to their “special place” where feelings trump reality. The trouble with lying, of course, is that one lie usually requires future lies, and well, that does not end well. Once the police became involved, this woman had to either fess up, or keep lying, and well, she went with the let me just keep lying approach. I wonder if that strategy led her to play the “I am thinking of killing myself” card, thinking it would garner more sympathy. That is never a good one to play around police. When that card is played, they have to play the “OK your ass is going to be Baker Acted” card. See Libs, see where relying on lies gets you? Sure Huffington Post jumped all over this, because it fits their agenda, so the strategy of making up stories about evil Conservatives worked initially, but the truth eventually came out, as it always does.
Trying to rob a gun store? Bad idea. Trying to rob a gun store armed with a bat? Worse idea!
Common sense is apparently hard for some criminals. Take for example, 22-year-old Derrick Mosley, who reportedly attempted to rob an Oregon gun shop on Thursday armed with a baseball bat.
According to various news reports, Mosley strolled into Discount Gun Sales in Beaverton, Ore., with his baseball bat and criminal intent. He reportedly smashed a display case and attempted to steal a firearm.
The manager of the gun shop drew his own firearm which, unlike the one Mosley attempted to steal, was loaded. The manager trained his gun on Mosley and ordered him to drop the bat, the unloaded gun he was trying to steal and the 9-inch knife he was carrying. The first smart thing the crook did that day was comply with those commands.
That’s right, all a child needed to do was to mention a gun, and he earned a ten day suspension. Here is the story, from WMAL…
OWINGS, MD — The father of a middle schooler in Calvert County, Md. says his 11-year-old son was suspended for 10 days for merely talking about guns on the bus ride home.
Bruce Henkelman of Huntingtown says his son, a sixth grader at Northern Middle School in Owings, was talking with friends about the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre when the bus driver hauled him back to school to be questioned by the principal, Darrel Prioleau.
“The principal told me that with what happened at Sandy Hook if you say the word ‘gun’ in my school you are going to get suspended for 10 days,” Henkelman said in an interview with WMAL.com.
So what did the boy say? According to his father, he neither threatened nor bullied anyone.
“He said, I wish I had a gun to protect everyone. He wanted to defeat the bad guys. That’s the context of what he said,” Henkelman said. “He wanted to be the hero.”
The boy was questioned by the principal and a sheriff’s deputy, who also wanted to search the family home without a warrant, Henkelman said. “He started asking me questions about if I have firearms, and [the deputy said] he’s going to have to search my house. Search my house? I just wanted to know what happened.”
No search was performed, and the deputy left Henkelman’shome after the father answered questions in a four-page questionnaire issued by the Sheriff’s Office.
So now the zero tolerance nonsense is going to start being directed at the parents too. Even saying the word gun can get a child suspended AND get the cops at his home grilling the parents about how many guns they have? What is next?
In the wake of the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado passed some of the strictest gun control measures in the country.
But in recent months, an overwhelming 55 of the state’s 62 county sheriffs have joined a lawsuit aiming to block the measures.
“These bills do absolutely nothing to make Colorado a safer place to live, to work, to play or to raise a family,” Weld County Sheriff John Cooke explained at a recent press conference. “Instead these misguided, unconstitutional bills will have the opposite effect because they greatly restrict the right of decent, law-abiding citizens to defend themselves, their families and their homes.”
Sheriff Terry Maketa of El Paso County is one of the opposing sheriffs, and he explained on TheBlaze TV Wednesday how the public was “duped” into supporting overly vague legislation banning high-capacity magazines and requiring background checks.
Maketa says they believe the laws are unenforceable, but also violate the Second and Fourteenth Amendments.
After explaining the tactics used to pass the bills that essentially “eliminated all public input,” Maketa reiterated that it’s clearly an “overreaching step” for politicians to claim law enforcement supports stricter gun control.
In short what the weasels Neo-Marxists in the Colorado legislature did amounts to tyranny
A consortium of plaintiffs led by 54 of Colorado’s 62 elected county sheriffs filed a lawsuit in federal court against the state Friday in an effort to overturn two new gun control bills that are set to go into effect on July 1.
The plaintiffs have in their sights one law that effectively bans all firearm magazines, and one that requires a background check for every gun transfer when the gun will be in the possession of someone other than the owner for more than 72 hours.
El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said the laws are not only unconstitutional, but also confusing and unenforceable.
For example, the ban on magazines was discussed by its Democratic sponsors as applying only to those that hold more than 15 rounds, in response to mass-shooting incidents in Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn.
But the law also outlaws any magazine that can be easily converted to hold more than 15 rounds, which applies to practically all magazines with a removable base plate that can be replaced with an after-market extender.
After July 1, the owners of such magazines cannot sell them, loan them or give them away. In effect, it means that even if they give their weapon to someone else for safekeeping — or, in the case of one wheelchair-bound plaintiff who spoke Friday, to hold momentarily as he gets in and out of his chair — they will be breaking the law.
This is a major issue with so many pieces of legislation, the devil of details are in the fine print, or in the poorly written wording. What a bill says it does, and what it can be twisted to do are entirely different.
Despite being elected for a second term, the questions about President Obama’s place of birth – and his eligibility to be president – just won’t go away. The Alabama Supreme Court is now set to hear an appeal from a case filed last fall, alleging that Obama wasn’t properly on the Alabama ballot because he never produced an original copy of his birth certificate.
What makes this legal action different from all previous suits challenging Obama’s eligibility is that the plaintiffs are offering the gold standard in evidence: Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s “cold case posse.” In March, Sheriff Joe announced the results of his posse’s investigation into the mysteries of the PDF, or electronic, long-form birth certificate Obama finally released in response to myriad challenges about whether he met the constitutional requirement that he be a “natural born citizen.”
Sheriff Joe and his Posse concluded that the birth certificate is a forgery:
On close examination of the evidence, we are prepared to say we believe probable cause exists indicating that forgery and fraud may have been committed. Not only in President Obama’s long form birth certificate, but more disturbing evidence suggests that another fraud may have been committed regarding his selective service registration card.
At the very least, I can tell you this. Based on all of the evidence presented and investigated, I cannot in good faith report to you that these documents are authentic. My investigators believe that the long firm birth certificate was manufactured electronically and it did not originated in a paper format as claimed by the White House.
If Sheriff Joe is correct that the PDF is a forgery, that does not automatically prove that Obama is not eligible to hold the office of president. It just means that, to date, he has not provided any credible proof that he is eligible to hold that office.
In Alabama, plaintiffs who already had their suspicion that the birth certificate was a forgery filed suit to force the Alabama Secretary of State to verify that all candidates on the presidential 2012 ballot were eligible to serve. The Alabama trial court immediately joined a long line of courts that have refused to hear the case on the merits and dismissed the suit. Plaintiffs appealed.
The case is now before the Alabama Supreme Court, which is currently headed by Roy Moore, a strict constitutionalist. Even better from the plaintiffs’ point of view is the fact that Justice Moore has gone on record questioning whether Obama was indeed a “natural born citizen,” citing Obama’s refusal to provide had not provided any evidence proving that he is:
This is the strangest thing indeed. The president has never produced [evidence] in the face of substantial evidence he was not born in our country. People are accepting it blindly based on their feelings, not on the law.
Several blogs are reporting that Sheriff Joe and his cold case posse will be part of the team providing evidence to support the plaintiffs’ argument. On the defense side, the attorneys are doing a lot of name-calling – “birthers,” “tiny cabal of zealots” – but insults are neither facts nor law.
The proof that Obama was not born in Hawaii and is not eligible to hold the highest office in the land is all circumstantial, which is why those who defend Obama’s citizenship have such fun engaging in all sorts of name-calling. What they don’t realize is that the proof that Obama was born in Hawaii and is therefore eligible to be President is equally circumstantial.
Obama has never produced an original document proving his Hawaiian birth. Moreover, he has spent millions of dollars to make sure that he is never called upon to produce that kind of document. His efforts to hide the circumstances of his birth (Foreign? Illegitimate? A father other than the one claimed?) all indicate that there’s something funny going on.
Two hours earlier, sheriffs from 17 counties held a rally at a nearby park to lambast the state measures and call out the White House for using Colorado as a “guinea pig” for its national gun-control agenda.
“If the issue that we’re focusing on is community safety and reducing violence, it could have been done without some of these very serious impositions on our citizens,” said Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith. “The fact they ignored that and the president showed up for a victory lap, I think, is a slap in the face to Coloradans.”
“We are here to remind you that the voices of the 62 elected Colorado sheriffs were silenced by the leaders of the majority party in the statehouse,” Sheriff Smith said. “Your governor found it too inconvenient to allot even 15 minutes to hear the concerns of the sheriffs of his state.”
Sheriff Smith also criticized the Denver Police Department for putting pressure on officers to appear on stage with the president during his speech at the Denver Police Academy. At least one officer filed a complaint this week with the city’s ethics board over the request, saying it violated police rules on appearing in uniform at a political event.
A department memo obtained by KUSA-TV in Denver offered police the opportunity to appear with the president, but Sheriff Smith said officers told him that they were “coerced into being there.”
“I can tell you I’ve personally talked to Denver police officers who’ve assured me they had felt pressure, that they were told, ‘You’ll be at this event,’” said Sheriff Smith. “Only when officers refused to attend were they then were allowed to go to their normal districts. They certainly knew they could not stand up here today [with sheriffs] without potential repercussions.”
The Left loves to say that law enforcement supports gun control, these sheriffs would beg to differ. What the President bis doing is creating a false image about support for gun control, and a false image about what these new laws would do.
A Colorado sheriff says he won’t enforce two aggressive gun-control measures waiting to be signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper.
Weld County Sheriff John Cooke told The Greeley Tribune (http://bit.ly/141Ee2z) that Democratic lawmakers are scrambling after recent mass shootings, and the bills are “feel-good, knee-jerk reactions that are unenforceable.”
One bill expands background checks on firearm purchases, and the other limits ammunition magazines to 15 rounds. The 15-round magazine limit would make Colorado the first state outside the East Coast to ratchet back gun rights after last year’s shootings in Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn.
Colorado’s gun-control debates have been closely watched because of the state’s gun-loving frontier heritage and painful history of mass shootings, most recently last summer’s movie theater shooting that killed 12.
The sheriff said he “won’t bother enforcing” the laws because it would be impossible for officers to keep track of how the requirements are being met by gun owners – and he and other sheriffs are considering suing the state to block the measures if they are signed into law.
Cooke said the bill passed Friday requiring a $10 background check to legally transfer a gun wouldn’t keep firearms out of the hands of those who use them for violence.
“Criminals are still going to get their guns,” he said.
The magazine-limit bill passed earlier in the week will technically ban all magazines because of a provision that outlaws any magazine that can be altered, he said, adding that all magazines can be altered to a higher capacity.
Expanded checks have been a top priority for Hickenlooper, who called for the proposal during his State of the State address in January.
The sheriff’s office did not immediately return calls left by The Associated Press.
WELLINGTON, Kan. (TheBlaze/AP) – Authorities have identified a 42-year-old Iowa fugitive who was fatally shot by a farmer in south-central Kansas.
Sumner County Sheriff Darren Chambers says Joseph L. Lamasters, of Creston, Iowa, was wanted in that state for a probation violation stemming from drug charges.
KSN-TV reports Kansas authorities began searching for Lamasters after he left his ID at a Kansas Turnpike tollbooth Monday, apparently to retrieve money to pay the toll. That’s when authorities learned he was wanted in Iowa.
Lamasters ran into a wooded area and was spotted later Monday afternoon by a farmer. The farmer says he opened fire after Lamasters jumped out from a pile of feed sacks and threatened to kill him.
The sheriff says it was self-defense and he does not expect the farmer to be charged.
Oh no, even more bad news for Frum
On Tuesday night, an armed would-be robber approached a Miami man outside his apartment building and demanded his belongings.
Though it is not clear why, the robber then shot the victim in the hand. He didn’t know it at the time, but it would turn out to be a senseless violent act that cost him his life.
The victim, whose injury was said to be non-life threatening, then pulled out his own handgun in self-defense and shot his attacker several times. The violent robber later died at Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital due to his injuries.
What? No smart-assed comments Frum? Maybe he is too busy licking the boots of the DC elites
A video featuring Sheriff Ken Campbell of Boone County, Ind., is capturing the attention of gun enthusiasts who have consistently argued that capping magazine sizes will do very little to save American lives. In a 14-minute instructional and debunk clip, Campbell narrates why a ban on high-capacity magazine sizes is ineffective, showcasing – through examples – the idea’s purported deficiencies. In an interview with TheBlaze, he explained the video’s purpose and detailed his views on the current gun control debate.
When asked whether capping magazine sizes would saves lives, Campbell was forthright in sharing his views with TheBlaze.
“I think it’s a great fallacy to believe that it would,” he said candidly. “You’ve got a standard capacity versus a 10 round. From a citizen standpoint… all we’re doing is making it more difficult for [people] to defend themselves against bad guys.”
The sheriff also took aim at recent comments uttered by Vice President Joe Biden. While Campbell said he respects the politician, Biden’s statements about shotguns were simply silly, he argued.
“You don’t fire rounds of a shotgun in the air – and you don’t shoot them through a door. Where I come from that’s called crime,” he said of the vice-president’s controversial recommendations.
Campbell also noted that bullets “aren’t magic” and that it could take more than 10 to stop a bad guy, particularly one who is fervent and dedicated to committing his or her crime. He said that those who break the law aren’t concerned with abiding by regulations, so creating magazine capacity restrictions simply doesn’t make sense. The law abiding will follow, but criminals, naturally, won’t.
“By limiting the access to standard magazines… I think you are restricting a good American’s opportunity to protect himself and his family,” the sheriff continued.
Additionally, Campbell defended the U.S. Constitution and said that the Framers were smart men who had the ability to profoundly look into the future. He dismissed arguments centered around the idea that Americans were never intended to have AR-15s and other such weapons.
The law enforcement professional compared improved gun technologies to advancement in free-speech tools like Twitter and Facebook. While the Founders couldn’t have imagined such progressed social media tools, the First Amendment surely still covers them just as he believes the Second protects so-called assault rifles.
“Our constitution has stood its test for more than 200 years and I think it can go for 200 more if we leave it alone and follow it,” he said.
If you can’t yet tell, Campbell, who also instructs firearms courses at Gunsite Academy in Paulden, Ariz., is a passionate proponent of the Second Amendment. So, when he was asked to narrate the aforementioned video project (produced by the Defense Small Arms Advisory Council) he was happy to oblige.
The goal of the video, which is divided into two sections – one focuses on magazine sizes and the other on so-called assault weapons – is to dispel gun fallacies and misconceptions. The second portion of the project has not yet been released.
It attempts to address apparent magazine capacity myths, while also providing practical examples surrounding why these initiatives aren’t as beneficial as some politicians claim. The clip opens by introducing the issue with some text slides, then it moves into video evidence, showing what happens when different guns and magazine sizes are used.
Of particular note, it seems to debunk – or at least challenge – the notion that a reload of magazines (pending a cap on the number of bullets one can hold) opens a window of opportunity for someone to tackle an assailant. Experienced shooters are shown to be too quick to allow for enough time for a tackle. However, some would argue that an inexperienced gunman might struggle more with this, providing a wider opening for action.
The clip concludes by noting that proposed magazine size changes don’t truly pass “the common sense test.” Watch it for yourself, below:
Funded by Mark Westrom, owner of ArmaLite, a gun manufacturer, the video was filmed in Feb. Campbell, a police officer since 1979, made it a point to note that he wasn’t paid for the project and that he narrated the video out of love for the Second Amendment. He hopes that viewers will watch it and, based on the information, make an educated decision for themselves regarding the magazine capacity issue.
Something has been bugging me about the report from the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram
The suspect, identified as Eddie Ray Routh, 25, was pursued to a house in Lancaster by officers, including a local SWAT team. Routh again try to flee in a vehicle but was stopped about 9 p.m. after spikes were laid across a road, Bryant said.
“The suspect has been caught and is in custody in Lancaster,” the sheriff said. Erath County sheriff’s investigators and Texas Rangers were securing a capital murder warrant, he said.
Witnesses told sheriff’s investigators that the gunman opened fire on the two men around 3:30 p.m., then fled in a pickup truck belonging to one of the victims. The sheriff’s department didn’t get a call until around 6 p.m.
Why the 2-and-a-half hour delay in the police getting a call? Something does not add up about that. Again, details are somewhat sketchy, and I am still looking, and re-reading everything I can find. More updates when I can
A sheriff who released a radio ad urging Milwaukee-area residents to learn to handle firearms so they can defend themselves while waiting for police said Friday that law enforcement cutbacks have changed the way police can respond to crime.
In the 30-second commercial, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. says personal safety is no longer a spectator sport.
“I need you in the game,” he says.
“With officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option,” he adds. “You can beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under the bed, or you can fight back… Consider taking a certified safety course in handling a firearm so you can defend yourself until we get there.”
The ad has generated sharp criticism from other area officials and anti-violence advocates. The president of the Milwaukee Deputy Sheriffs’ Association, Roy Felber, said it sounds like a call to vigilantism.
“That doesn’t sound too smart,” Felber said. “People have the right to defend themselves, but they don’t have the right to take the law into their own hands.”
Under Wisconsin’s “castle doctrine,” someone who uses deadly force against an unlawful intruder to their home, business or vehicle is presumed to have acted reasonably. A spokeswoman for the state Department of Justice said that as of this week, there are about 155,000 concealed carry permits in Wisconsin.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Clarke said he just wants people to know what their options are. While self-defense isn’t for everyone, some people see personal safety as their own responsibility, he said, and they should be trained properly.
“I’m not telling you to `Hey, pick up a gun and blast away.’ …People need to know what they are doing if they chose that method – to defend themselves,” he said.
But he also said he wanted to call on residents to be law enforcement “partners.” He said he could either whine about budget cuts that forced him to lay off 48 deputies last year or he could get creative.
“People are responsible to play a role in their own safety, with the help of law enforcement,” Clarke said. “I’m here to do my part, but we have fewer and fewer resources. We’re not omnipresent, and we have to stop giving people that impression.”
“After sitting down and thinking about this, I’m thinking `Hey, I’ve got an untapped reserve over here, and it’s the public,”‘ Clarke said.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett’s office released a statement criticizing the ad: “Apparently Sheriff David Clarke is auditioning for the next Dirty Harry movie.”
Barrett was beaten up several years ago by someone with a tire iron, and Clarke said he thought that would make the mayor “a lot more sensitive to people being able to defend themselves in such instances. A firearm and a plan of defense would have come in handy for him that day.”
Jeri Bonavia, executive director of Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort, said Clarke took a dangerous position with his ad. She pointed to the case of George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida who fatally shot an unarmed 17-year-old following an altercation. Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, claiming self-defense under Florida’s “stand your ground” law.
“I feel like this is such an irresponsible thing for our chief public safety officer of a county to do,” Bonavia said. “I think he owes this community an apology. And if he really believes that he’s not capable of providing for our public safety he should get a different job.”