Yahoo is Duplicitous

Sunday, May 8, 2011

I’ve decided today to give up trying to post my comments on Yahoo News with their Ass Press pap guised as news. Although I’ve used Yahoo email for longer than I”ll admit, I tend to forget they do not like what I have to say. I’m okay with this, but, I’m actually concerned that they could arrogantly pick and choose what gets posted to steer opinion. This demonstration is the symptom of a profoundly neurotic and dishonest anti-American organization.

The feature is: “Ariz. seeks online donations to build border fence,” by Paul Davenport, Associated Press

I will post the anti-Arizona article, then show my censored comment after. You be the judge.

By PAUL DAVENPORT, Associated Press Paul Davenport, Associated Press – Sun May 8, 9:11 pm ET

PHOENIX – Arizona lawmakers want more fence along the border with Mexico — whether the federal government thinks it’s necessary or not.

They’ve got a plan that could get a project started using online donations and prison labor. If they get enough money, all they would have to do is get cooperation from landowners and construction could begin as soon as this year.

Gov. Jan Brewer recently signed a bill that sets the state on a course that begins with launching a website to raise money for the work, said state Sen. Steve Smith, the bill’s sponsor.

“We’re going to build this site as fast as we can, and promote it, and market the heck out of it,” said Smith, a first-term Republican senator from Maricopa.

Arizona — strapped for cash and mired in a budget crisis — is already using public donations to pay for its legal defense of the SB1070 illegal immigration law.

Part of the marketing pitch for donations could include providing certificates declaring that individual contributors “helped build the Arizona wall,” Smith said. “I think it’s going to be a really, really neat thing.”

Construction would start “after we’ve raised a significant amount of money first” but possibly as soon as later this year, Smith said.

“If the website is up and there is an overwhelming response to what we’ve done and millions of dollars in this fund, I would see no reason why engineering or initial construction or finalized plans can’t be accomplished,” he said.

The nearly 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border already has about 650 miles of fence of one type or another, nearly half of it in Arizona. The state’s 376-mile border is the busiest gateway for both illegal immigrants and marijuana smuggling.

Department of Homeland Security spokesman Matthew Chandler said federal officials declined to comment on the Arizona legislation.

State Corrections Director Charles Ryan said getting inmate labor to help construct border fencing wouldn’t be a problem.

Minimum-security prisoners already have been used to clear brush in immigrants’ hiding spots near the border and clean up trash and other material dumped by border-crossers, he said.

Work crews of Arizona inmates also have been used to refurbish public buildings, build sidewalks and construct park facilities.

At 50 cents an hour, “we are a relatively inexpensive labor force,” Ryan said. “If we have the funding to do it, we’re capable of doing it.”

Arizona’s existing border security fund is being used to pay for legal costs of defending SB1070 in court, though Brewer’s 2010 executive order creating the fund allows its money to be used for any “border security purpose.” A federal judge has blocked implementation of key parts of SB1070, but Brewer has said she’ll take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.

The fund through Wednesday has received nearly 44,000 donations totaling more than $3.7 million, collected online and through mailed donations since May 2010. Roughly half of the money has been spent, and Brewer spokesman Matthew Benson said the balance is also needed for SB1070-related legal expenses.

Smith and other supporters of the border-fence legislation haven’t produced any cost estimates for the state project, saying only that the state should be able to do it far more inexpensively than the federal government.

That still could be put the state’s costs in the tens of millions of dollars — or more.

A 2009 report by Congress’ Government Accountability Office said costs of federal fencing work to keep out people on foot ranged from $400,000 to $15.1 million per mile, while costs for vehicle barriers ranged from $200,000 to $1.8 million. Costs varied by such things as types of fencing geography, land costs and labor expenses, the report said.

Brewer signed the Arizona fence bill on April 28, and it will take effect with most other new state laws on July 20.

It took the bill about 2 1/2 months to land on her desk, easily winning approval on party-line votes during a legislative session dominated by budget-balancing work

During committee hearings and floor debates, Republicans said the state has a legal and moral obligation to take action because the federal government hasn’t done enough to secure the border.

“My constituents want this thing fixed and fixed once and for all, and we’re going to do it,” Republican Sen. Al Melvin of Tucson said during a February committee hearing. “People should not be dying in the desert.”

Democrats questioned the project’s feasibility and called it a feel-good distraction from pressing for more comprehensive action on border and immigration issues.

“If we are here to pass symbolic legislation and not really address border security, SB1406 does the job. But people don’t benefit from symbolic legislation,” Democratic Rep. Catherine Miranda of Phoenix said April 18 House vote.

Under the bill, the border fencing work could be done either in conjunction with other border states or by Arizona alone.

Smith said the committee will consider where to build the fence and what kind of fence is needed.

But the eventual choice could be like double- and triple-fence barriers already installed along the border in Yuma County in southwestern Arizona because they appear to block crossings, he said.

Any type of fence would require approval of landowners, but Smith said he expects that to be forthcoming from the state and private land owners, including ranchers who have complained of break-ins and other trouble associated with smugglers and illegal crossings.

Individual ranchers likely will cooperate with the state fencing project, just as they have done with federal officials on placing helipads, watering stations and communications equipment to help officers patrolling the border, an Arizona Cattle Growers Association official said.

However, the 1,100-member association didn’t take a position on the fence bill, said Executive Director Patrick Bray.

“We certainly appreciate the efforts put into this legislation, however the funding is a huge question. It’s an empty solution because we don’t know where the money is going to come from.”

Bray added: “We want to stay focused on the overall border security issue. At this point we are looking for a more comprehensive security approach rather than this pieces that might come to fruition.”

My censored comment:

I really like Janet Brewer. She and most Arizonans get it. Why is she maligned for wanting to protect the citizens of her state from out-of-control lawlessness?

Six critical steps have to be taken. The first is to build a permanent fence along the entire 2,000-mile border with Mexico, defining, sealing, and securing it forever. Twin fences, fifteen, to twenty feet high, would enclose two-lane roads so that the Border Patrol has freedom to move in both directions.

Motion sensors would be positioned to detect people who have breached or come in close proximity to the outer fence.

Beyond the electronics would be ditches and revetments to stop trucks and SUVs of the narcotics traffickers, their renegade Mexican army and corruct police officers.

These measures would stop the massive illegal alien movement across the southern border cold.
The Border Patrol could then function as law enforcemnet as opposed to baby sitters and sitting ducks.

Seeing the fence, huge numbers would no longer make the attempt, and our borderland would no longer be the dumping grounds filled with hundreds of millions of tons of trash and human waste left by millions sneaking across in the dark every night.

The overwhelming majority of Americans want this border fence.

Support for it should be the primary agenda for all candidates running for Congress and the White House. The $8 billion dollar cost would be easily a drop in the bucket as compared to the tremendous $200 billion dollar cost of welfare, food stamps, health care, education, incarceration, property damage, sex offences, fraud, theft, lost wages, and birthright fraud
that tens of millions of illegal aliens and their supporters have imposed on us.

And as we have tolls on US highways and bridges, a two-dollar fee to enter the US would finance it.

“Shameful,” shouted Mexico’s last president, Vincente Fox when he heard 700 miles of border fence had been approved by the US House. “Stupid! Underhanded! screamed Foreign Secretary Luis Ernesto Debrez. “Mexico is not going to bear, it is not going to permit, and it will not allow a stupid thing like this wall!” This fence, roared Debrez, is the product of “a true myopia and blindness of a group of xenophobic persons in the United States.

The Mexican press went berserk and then president Bush was cast as a villian. “The Bush Wall,” “Bush the Rapist,” and “An Out and Out Racist” were the headlines to a few of the editorials. El Universal columnist Enriqueta Cabrera wrote of the fence, “what it attempts to do is seal the border, but more importantly, to send a message – a hard, xenophobic, and racist message.”

No, I thought it was supposed to secure this country and its citizens, and why should Mexico and its citizens have anything to say about it?

On the Korean peninsula, the United States will spend $20 billion again this year as we have each year to defend South Korea’s border, a nation that is fully capable of defending itself.

Yet, we have to pass around the hat to secure the US border because the Mexican government, La Raza, and Mexican interests in this country insist we keep the door wide open for their sole benefit and advantage.

The Mexican regime that tolerates such abuse slanders as racist and xenophobic, Americans, who, above all nations, have welcomed immigrants especially, and even Mexico’s tens of millions of illegal aliens.

America is in no need of lectures on how to treat immigrants from a regime that is pushing a mass invasion of our country. In answering Senor Debrez, as we build our security fence, we should listen to the counsel of Benjamin Jowett to his charges at Balliol, who were one day to run the empire: “Never retreat. Never explain. Get it done and let them howl.”

Where can I send my check?

This comment is censored when I read comments that suggest land mines?


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