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Monday, April 2, 2012

Globalism on the Brink
Europe in turmoil
London Guardian -- April 2 
Eurozone crisis live: Recession fears intensify as unemployment hits record high and manufacturing suffers
11.27am: Another development in Greece – it is still struggling to finalise its bond swap deal.
11.15am: News in from Greece, the country on the frontline of Europe's debt travails since the crisis erupted, where Helena Smith, our correspondent, says the agonizing over when general elections will be held continues apace.
9.04am: It's official -- the Eurozone's manufacturing sector has suffered a poor March, with total output falling across the region. [...]
That reinforces fears that the eurozone has fallen into recession.
Bloomberg Editorial -- April 1
Euro Was Flawed at Birth and Should Break Apart Now
The need for radical action is urgent. Spain, for example, already has an unemployment rate of 23 percent -- and 49 percent among youth -- and yet within the euro, it is engaged in a savage further fiscal deflation that is bound to raise joblessness much higher. The politics of Mediterranean Europe could soon be seriously destabilized. It is less than 40 years since the dictatorships of Franco in Spain, Salazar and Caetano in Portugal, and Papadopoulos in Greece ended. Their equivalents may not be about to return yet, but the risk of turmoil is increasing rapidly.

Jim Kouri, CPP -- The Examiner   
DHS oblivious to unauthorized foreigners In U.S., says new report    
A number of representatives from watchdog groups, government agencies and the U.S. Congress are intensifying their criticism of the Obama Administration's handling of illegal immigration and the Department of Homeland Security's shortcomings in policing the immigration and visa system. -- For example, the successful and well-known "Inside the Beltway" watchdog group -- that's respected by those...

Deseret News -- Provo, Utah    
Rep. Bishop: Border Patrol needs more leeway on federal lands  
Warm spring weather in the Sonoran Desert brings organized public tours to an area of the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, which is normally closed to visitor access. -- An armed 'law enforcement escort' accompanies tour groups to Quitobaquito, a historic site located near the Mexican border --- an area also known for drug smuggling and illegal border crossings...

Arizona State Senator Sylvia Allen     
SB 1083: Real change for Arizona    
The federal government is not doing its job in securing the border. Criminal aliens and drug cartels/gangs south of our border have turned Arizona into the gateway for drug shipping into the U.S. Fifty percent of the pot that comes into the U.S. comes through Arizona and, more recently, heroin smuggling has increased as Mexican drug growers expand their cultivation of poppy fields...

National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers   Disturbing photos      
Latest NAFBPO update from south of the border   
Mexico, DF -- The newspaper Milenio reports that the first three months of this year had a total of 3, 138 executions. March had the most in recent months with a figure of 1,141, the highest since May 2011 when the were 1,204. One of those was the 41 year old former state Attorney General, found dead on Saturday...

Stockton, Calif., could become natio's biggest municipal bankruptcy   
Stockton, Calif. is quite at home on lists of dubious distinctions. -- This Northern California city has been variously listed as the city with the second-highest home-foreclosure rate of a major U.S. metropolis, the second-highest violent crime rate in California, and two times the frontrunner of Forbesmagazine's "America's Most Miserable Cities." -- Now Stockton is hoping to avoid its next bleak title...

New U.S domestic spy program takes 'neighborhood watch' to scary new level 
Crime in Los Angeles is a gritty enterprise, and donning an LAPD badge has historically involved getting your hands dirty. Long before the New York Police Department was spying on Muslim students, the LAPD was running a large-scale domestic spy operation in the 1970s and '80s, snooping on and infiltrating more than 200 political, labor and civic organizations including the office of then Mayor Tom Bradley...

Iain Murray -- Washington Times    
Obama's war on coal escalates   
Faced with rising gas prices, President Obama recently outlined what he calls an "all-of-the-above" energy policy "that develops every available source of American energy - oil, gas, wind, solar, nuclear, biofuels and more." You may notice something missing there - coal, America's most abundant and affordable fuel source. The administration's "all of the above" strategy is anything but...

KRGV-TV -- Weslaco, Texas       sc 
911 call leads to alleged stash house in Donna   
Donna police responded to a 911 call to the 400 block of 18th Street Sunday afternoon. Police told CHANNEL 5 NEWS the caller was a 13-year-old girl who needed medical attention. -- "We received a 911 call at this location in reference to a 13-year-old female trying to leave the house, but she was being detained against her will and she couldn't leave," said Sgt. Rene Rosas of the Donna Police Department...

San Diego Union-Tribune   
Sweep nets 3,100 criminal invaders   
Immigration officials arrested more than 3,100 [illegal aliens] with criminal records, fugitives and those with immigration violations in a six-day operation nationwide, 100 of those were arrested in San Diego County, the [DHS] announced Monday. -- "The results of this targeted enforcement operation underscore ICE's ongoing commitment and focus on the arrest and removal of convicted criminal aliens and those that game our nation's immigration system," said John Morton...

Jeff Baird -- Right Side News -- Kennesaw, Ga.    
Va. Billboard Campaign: Obama will say anything to get re-elected    
RightMove is kicking off an election year advertising blitz to convince voters that the man that they elected in 2008 is not the same man that has been running this country into the ground over the last 3 years. As one of RightMoves' slogans suggest, "Obama will say anything to get re-elected!" -- Their opening salvo is a series of banners that have sprung up all over the State of Virginia depicts a picture of President Obama...

Daily Caller   
ICE lacks bed space for 90 percent of apprehended illegals; DHS proposes more cuts 
A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official has told The Daily Caller that the agency only has enough space to hold approximately one in ten suspected illegal aliens that it processes. The rest must be released because of a lack of beds in holding facilities. -- Yet the current budget proposal from the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees ICE, calls for a reduction --- not an increase...

M. Catharine Evans -- The American Thinker -- Bellevue, Wash.   
Justice for Trayvon, no justice for agents Terry and Zapata 
People Magazine has an angelic-looking Trayvon Martin on its cover this week with the headline "An American Tragedy." I agree. Whenever a mother loses a child, it's a tragedy. -- So I searched People's archives for cover photos of slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and ICE agent Jaime Zapata. Both died in service of their country, both killings involved questionable circumstances...

Paul Joseph Watson -- Prison Planet -- Austin, Texas   
Arizona passes sweeping Internet censorship bill   
The state legislature of Arizona has passed a bill that vastly broadens telephone harassment laws and applies them to the Internet and other means of electronic communication. -- The law, which is being pushed under the guise of an anti-bullying campaign, would mean that anything communicated or published online that was deemed to be "offensive" by the state, including editorials, illustrations, and even satire...

Associated Press    
Top Obama campaign donor accused of fraud
A major donor to President Barack Obama has been accused of defrauding a businessman and impersonating a bank official, creating new headaches for Obama's re-election campaign as it deals with the questionable history of another top supporter. -- The New York donor, Abake Assongba, and her husband contributed more than $50,000 to Obama's re-election effort this year...

Orlando Sentinel   
Feds: Mexican drug ring made Central Florida pot distribution hub 
Mexican drug cartels, responsible for widespread violence and more than 40,000 deaths in that country, operate all across the U.S. --- and Central Florida is no exception. -- For the past three years, federal agents say, associates of the Gulf Cartel trucked in thousands of pounds of marijuana to Apopka and other Orlando communities --- establishing the area as a distribution hub.

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