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Obama’s Unqualified RINO Approved by Senate for Defense Secretary

Posted by FactReal on February 26, 2013

OBAMA GETS HIS RINO CHUCK HAGEL; AMERICANS LOSE
Allahpundit explains the crazy votes:

The final vote: 58-41, which is a bit closer than the 71-27 margin on cloture earlier today. There are 15 Republicans who think voters are too dumb to realize that the cloture vote is the one that assured Hagel’s confirmation and that, by voting yes on that and no on the meaningless final vote, they can pretend that they “opposed” Hagel. And in fairness, they’re probably right; most voters likely are that dumb. But let’s name those 15 anyway:

Alexander Ayotte Blunt Burr Chambliss
Coburn Collins Corker Flake Graham
Hatch McCain Murkowski Sessions Thune

[…]

I can’t believe a single one of those 15, let alone the scores of Democrats who voted for this guy, seriously believes he’s prepared to run the Defense Department…The next time McCain and Graham pound the table about defense cuts or O’s foreign policy, remember that they both voted to send Chuck Hagel on to the final vote. That’s how serious they are.

As for Republicans voting yes, there were four: Cochran, Johanns, Shelby, and … Rand Paul, who voted no twice on cloture. That’s the most bizarre vote array on a nominee I could imagine.

Liberatarian Rand Paul Voted for Chuck Hagel
Allahpundit writes:

Here’s Paul’s reasoning:

“I voted no because I wanted more information and I think that part of what the Senate does is try to get information about the nominees,” Paul told reporters …“There are many things I disagree with Chuck Hagel on…but the president gets to choose political appointees,” Paul said. […]

If “the president gets to choose political appointees” is sufficient reason to vote yes, then (a) we should get rid of the Senate’s advise-and-consent responsibility and (b) at the very least we should not be filibustering nominees, as Rand Paul voted to do twice. Even if he did that purely to squeeze the White House for more information, why would he vote yes on the final vote when they never gave him that information? And if the president’s entitled to his nominee of choice, why would Paul demand more info about Hagel in the first place? Just rubber-stamp him. Vote yes on every vote, no questions asked.

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OBAMA 2011: Wanted Sequester Cuts. OBAMA 2013: Against Them (Video)

Posted by FactReal on February 19, 2013

OBA-MANIPULATION
2011 Obama defends automatic spending cuts (Nov. 21, 2011):
“Already some in Congress are trying to undo these automatic spending cuts. My message to them is simple: No.” “I will veto any effort to get rid of those automatic spending cuts to domestic and defense spending.”

2013 Obama predicts Armageddon if sequester cuts go through (Feb. 19, 2013):
“So these cuts are not smart. They are not fair. They will hurt our economy. They will add hundreds of thousands of Americans to the unemployment rolls. This is not an abstraction — people will lose their jobs.”

(H/t: TheRightScoop.com)
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GUNS: News Roundup (Feb. 18 – 24, 2013)

Posted by FactReal on February 19, 2013

TUESDAY, FEB. 19, 2013

MONDAY, FEB. 18, 2013

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Border Insecurity: Armed Mexican Smugglers Still Crossing the U.S. Border, NBC Reports (Videos)

Posted by FactReal on February 18, 2013

Hidden cameras reveal Mexican drug and immigrant smugglers (some of them heavily armed) are still crossing the U.S. border and traveling miles north into the U.S., NBC reported yesterday.

(Click image for video.)

ImmigBorderInsecure
NBC’s Nightly News aired yesterday this report by Mark Potter.

Rush Transcript:

In Arizona, ranchers say rural border not secure.

NBC anchor Lester Steven Holt: As you just heard, one of the big issues in the immigration debate is border security. Despite progress claimed by the Federal government, Nbc’s Mark Potter found that for some Americans who live near Mexico, the border is anything but secure.

Reporter: In the rugged terrain south of Tucson, Arizona, advocates concerned about border security took matters into their own hands and placed motion-sensitive hidden cameras on known smuggling trails and this is their video, revealing wave after wave of Mexican drug and immigrant smugglers, some of them heavily armed who cross the border and travel miles north inside the United States.

Rancher David Beckham: A trail coming in.

Reporter: It’s why rancher David Beckham made the painful decision to move his family off his land, 12 miles north of the Mexican border, because of all the armed smugglers crossing his property, threatening his home.

Rancher Beckham: It was unsafe. I couldn’t — I couldn’t see raising our children — you know, I was afraid to let the kids go out even in the day.

Reporter: Residents here in this rugged desert say in the daytime it is relatively quiet but all of that changes as night falls and the land comes alive. Recently, neighboring rancher Jim Chilton found a Mexican drug smuggler’s camp on his land, ten miles north of the border. The next day there, he found an active smugglers’ trail littered with water bottles.

Rancher Jim Chilton: It’s like living in a no man’s land. The border patrol doesn’t really protect us. They try to arrest people north of us mainly.

Rancher Sue Chilton: I feel that the U.S. has made a decision not to guard the border where they should. We should guard the border at the border .

Reporter: The U.S. border patrol concedes that a forward operating base, designed to house agents right on the border at nearby Sasabee, Arizona, is currently not staffed because of budget shortages, but customs officials say the border patrol still works hard to protect the ranchers. And with increased manpower and technology, has dramatically reduced illegal border crossings.

US Customs Agent: The fact of the matter is that substantial gains have been made. We need to make additional gains. Do we want them to feel safe in their homes? Absolutely.

Reporter: But ranchers say they still feel unprotected on their own land, along a border they insist is not secure. Mark porter, NBC news, Arivaca, Arizona.

More armed drug smugglers in Southern Arizona
AZBorderDefenders uploaded this YouTube video on Dec 18, 2012, and noted:
“Video from a trail camera placed by the AZ Border Defenders of 4 drug smugglers (one armed with an AK-47) 30 miles north of the United States border with Mexico near Tucson AZ. Obviously gun control doesn’t work for these guys, Why should American citizens give up their rights?”
About AZBorderDefenders: “AZ Border Defenders is a non profit volunteer border watch organization dedicated to informing the American public about the dangers of our illegal immigration crisis. We conduct border watches as well as search and rescue missions where we observe and report any suspected illegal aliens or drug smugglers to law enforcement.”

Porous Border December 2012
SecureBorderIntel uploaded this YouTube video on Dec. 8, 2012, and noted:
“Several groups of drug smugglers, some armed openly, and people being trafficked move north from the U.S./Mexico border on the same trails used by the Mexican bandits who killed a federal Agent there two years ago. Residents of this part of Arizona have seen security deteriorate to the point some are choosing to move away abandoning their homes and ranches.”
About www.SecureBorderIntel.org: “Documenting smuggling activity along the porous US/Mexico border. Despite claims from Government agencies and political figures; the border with Mexico is still under the operational control of drug and alien smugglers. Fencing, patrol roads, camera/radar systems, sensors, and increased patrol strength are necessary to solve the problem.”
SOURCES
●http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nightly-news/50842924#50842924
●http://www.nbc.com/news-sports/msnbc-video/2013/02/in-arizona-americans-taking-border-security-into-their-own-hands/
●AZBorderDefenders.org
●SecureBorderIntel.org

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Obama 2008: ‘If They Bring a Knife to the Fight, We Bring a Gun’

Posted by FactReal on February 7, 2013

WHEN OBAMA LOVED GUNS
In 2008, Obama said of Republicans: “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.” Obama made those remarks to his followers during a fundraiser at the Sheraton in downtown Philadelphia on Friday, June 13, 2008.

WSJ reporter Amy Chozick from the WSJ covered the event: PDF

Obama was not for gun control in 2008: ‘If They Bring a Knife to the Fight, We Bring a Gun,’ Obama said during a fundraiser at the Sheraton in downtown Philadelphia on Friday, June 13, 2008

JUNE 14, 2008, 1:29 PM ET

Obama: ‘If They Bring a Knife to the Fight, We Bring a Gun’

Amy Chozick reports on the presidential race from Philadelphia.

Mobster wisdom tells us never to bring a knife to a gun fight. But what does political wisdom say about bringing a gun to a knife fight?

That’s exactly what Barack Obama said he would do to counter Republican attacks “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” Obama said at a Philadelphia fundraiser Friday night. “Because from what I understand folks in Philly like a good brawl. I’ve seen Eagles fans.”

SOURCES
Chozick, Amy. “Obama: If They Bring a Knife to the Fight, We Bring a Gun,” Wall Street Journal, June 14, 2008 (accessed July 12, 2008).
●http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2008/06/14/obama-if-they-bring-a-knife-to-the-fight-we-bring-a-gun/

Drobnyk, Josh. “Rendell Drinking the Kool-Aid,” The Morning Call, June 16, 2011.
●http://blogs.mcall.com/penn_ave/2008/06/rendell-drinkin.html

Smith, Ben. “Obama brings gun to knife fight,” Politico, June 14, 2008.
●http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0608/Obama_brings_a_gun_to_a_knife_fight.html

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Gun Stats: U.S. #1 in Gun Ownership; #28 in Gun Murder Rate

Posted by FactReal on February 7, 2013

KEY FACTS
• The US has the highest civilian gun ownership rate in the world: Nearly 89 guns per 100 people. Followed by: Yemen (55 per 100 people), Switzerland (46 per 100 people), etc.
• The US is number 28 in firearm murder rate: 2.97 per 100,000 people.
• The worst firearm murder rate belongs to Honduras, El Salvador and Jamaica.

Rank by Gun Ownership – Top 10 Listed

Country % of homicides by firearm Number of homicides by firearm Homicide by firearm rate per 100,000 pop Rank by rate of ownership Average firearms per 100 people Average total all civilian firearms
United States 60 9,146 2.97 1 88.8 270,000,000
Yemen 2 54.8 11,500,000
Switzerland 72.2 57 0.77 3 45.7 3,400,000
Finland 19.8 24 0.45 4 45.3 2,400,000
Serbia 33.1 45 0.46 5 37.8 3,050,000
Cyprus 26.3 5 0.46 6 36.4 275,000
Saudi Arabia 7 35 6,000,000
Iraq 8 34.2 9,750,000
Uruguay 46.5 93 2.8 9 31.8 1,100,000
Sweden 33.9 37 0.41 10 31.6 2,800,000
Rank by Gun Murder Rate – All Countries Listed
Rank by Gun Murder Rate Country % of  
homicides
by firearm
Number of
homicides
by firearm
Homicide   by firearm rate per 100,000 pop Rank by rate of ownership Average   firearms per 100 people Average   total all civilian firearms
1 Honduras 83.4 5,201 68.43 88 6.2 500,000
2 El   Salvador 76.9 2,446 39.9 92 5.8 400,000
3 Jamaica 75.6 1,080 39.4 74 8.1 215,000
4 Venezuela 79.5 11,115 38.97 59 10.7 2,850,000
5 Guatemala 84 5,009 34.81 49 13.1 1,650,000
6 Saint   Kitts and Nevis 85 17 32.44
7 Trinidad   and Tobago 72.1 365 27.31 129 1.6 21,000
8 Colombia 81.1 12,539 27.09 91 5.9 2,700,000
9 Belize 52.3 68 21.82 62 10 29,000
10 Puerto   Rico 94.8 692 18.3
11 Brazil 70.8 34,678 18.1 75 8 14,840,000
12 South   Africa 45 8,319 17.03 50 12.7 5,950,000
13 Dominican   Republic 65.5 1,618 16.3 99 5.1 450,000
14 Panama 75 569 16.18 26 21.7 700,000
15 Bahamas 61.2 52 15.37 98 5.3 17,000
16 Ecuador 68.7 1,790 12.73 142 1.3 370,000
17 Guyana 61.3 85 11.46 45 14.6 110,000
18 Mexico 54.9 11,309 9.97 42 15 15,500,000
19 Philippines 49.9 7,349 8.93 105 4.7 3,900,000
20 Paraguay 56.1 466 7.35 37 17 1,000,000
21 Anguilla 24 1 7.14
22 Nicaragua 42.1 338 5.92 77 7.7 395,000
23 Saint   Vincent and the Grenadines 30 6 5.49
24 Zimbabwe 65.6 598 4.78 106 4.4 400,000
25 Costa   Rica 57.3 201 4.59 64 9.9 430,000
26 Argentina 52 1,198 3.02 62 10.2 3,950,000
27 Barbados 40 8 2.99 76 7.8 21,000
28 United   States 60 9,146 2.97 1 88.8 270,000,000
29 West   Bank & Gaza 72.4 105 2.95 118 3.4 125,000
30 Liechtenstein 100 1 2.82
31 Uruguay 46.5 93 2.8 9 31.8 1,100,000
32 Peru 50.8 757 2.63 33 18.8 750,000
33 Sierra   Leone 87.7 128 2.28 164 0.6 34,000
34 Chile 37.3 353 2.16 59 10.7 1,750,000
35 Albania 65.9 56 1.76 70 8.6 270,000
36 Maldives 62.5 5 1.63 85 6.5 21,000
37 Congo,   Dem Rep 33.2 248 1.56 137 1.4 800,000
38 Sri   Lanka 21.1 291 1.48 133 1.5 300,000
39 Cambodia 36.7 187 1.44 109 4.3 600,000
40 Kazakhstan 12.5 210 1.34 142 1.3 200,000
41 Macedonia 62.5 25 1.21 20 24.1 490,000
42 Bangladesh 43.6 1,456 1.12 169 0.5 700,000
43 Vietnam 52.9 834 0.99 128 1.7 1,100,000
44 Uganda 10.5 280 0.87 137 1.4 400,000
45 Switzerland 72.2 57 0.77 3 45.7 3,400,000
46 Turkey 16.9 535 0.77 52 12.5 9,000,000
47 Lebanon 36.5 31 0.76 28 21 750,000
48 Italy 66.7 417 0.71 55 11.9 7,000,000
49 Belgium 39.5 70 0.68 34 17.2 1,800,000
50 Bulgaria 29.7 51 0.67 88 6.2 480,000
51 Luxembourg 42.9 3 0.62 41 15.3 70,000
52 Egypt 69.1 453 0.57 115 3.5 1,900,000
53 Taiwan 15.9 128 0.56 106 4.4 725,000
54 Georgia 13.3 24 0.55 79 7.3 330,000
55 Kyrgyzstan 8.3 28 0.54 156 0.9 45,000
56 Canada 32 173 0.51 13 30.8 9,950,000
57 Jordan 38.8 26 0.49 58 11.5 630,000
58 Bosnia   and Herzegovina 24.7 18 0.48 34 17.3 675,000
59 Ireland 42 21 0.48 70 8.6 360,000
60 Serbia 33.1 45 0.46 5 37.8 3,050,000
61 Cyprus 26.3 5 0.46 6 36.4 275,000
62 Finland 19.8 24 0.45 4 45.3 2,400,000
63 Liberia 13.2 17 0.43 129 1.6 51,000
64 Sweden 33.9 37 0.41 10 31.6 2,800,000
65 Portugal 33.8 44 0.41 72 8.5 900,000
66 Croatia 34.7 17 0.39 26 21.7 950,000
67 Zambia 11.7 28 0.35 68 8.9 230,000
68 Netherlands 30.7 55 0.33 112 3.9 510,000
69 Nepal 13.3 84 0.3 159 0.8 205,000
70 Armenia 13 9 0.29 52 12.5 380,000
71 Northern   Ireland 4.5 5 0.28 25 21.9 380,000
72 Denmark 31.9 15 0.27 54 12 650,000
73 Greece 34.9 29 0.26 23 22.5 2,500,000
74 India 7.6 3,093 0.26 110 4.2 46,000,000
75 Estonia 3.9 3 0.24 65 9.2 123,000
76 Cuba 4.4 27 0.24 104 4.8 545,000
77 Malaysia 13.4 64 0.24 133 1.5 370,000
78 Austria 29.5 18 0.22 14 30.4 2,500,000
79 Latvia 4.6 5 0.22 32 19 280,000
80 Moldova 3.3 8 0.22 83 7.1 300,000
81 Ukraine 4.5 100 0.22 84 6.6 3,100,000
82 Tajikistan 15.6 15 0.22 153 1 65,000
83 Spain 21.8 90 0.2 61 10.4 4,500,000
84 Germany 26.3 158 0.19 15 30.3 25,000,000
85 Czech   Republic 11 20 0.19 38 16.3 1,600,000
86 Slovakia 11.2 10 0.18 73 8.3 450,000
87 Lithuania 2.5 6 0.18 160 0.7 135,000
88 New   Zealand 13.5 7 0.16 22 22.6 925,000
89 Qatar 16.7 1 0.14 31 19.2 520,100
90 Australia 11.5 30 0.14 42 15 3,050,000
91 Belarus 2.5 12 0.12 79 7.3 710,000
92 Azerbaijan 6.5 11 0.12 115 3.5 290,000
93 Mongolia 1.4 3 0.11 126 1.9 50,000
94 Mauritius 2 1 0.1 44 14.7 180,000
95 Slovenia 15.4 2 0.1 47 13.5 270,000
96 Turkmenistan 2.4 5 0.1 114 3.8 180,000
97 Israel 11.7 6 0.09 79 7.3 500,000
98 Poland 7.1 35 0.09 142 1.3 510,000
99 England   and Wales 6.6 41 0.07 88 6.2 3,400,000
100 Hungary 5 7 0.07 93 5.5 560,000
101 France 9.6 35 0.06 12 31.2 19,000,000
102 Algeria 4.8 20 0.06 78 7.6 1,900,000
103 Norway 8.1 2 0.05 11 31.3 1,400,000
104 Korea,   South 1.7 14 0.03 149 1.1 510,000
105 Romania 1.3 5 0.02 160 0.7 160,000
106 Singapore 5.9 1 0.02 169 0.5 22,000
107 Japan 1.8 11 0.01 164 0.6 710,000
108 Bermuda 0 0 0
109 Grenada 0 0 0
110 Hong   Kong 0 0 0
111 Monaco 0 0 0
112 Yemen 2 54.8 11,500,000
113 Saudi   Arabia 7 35 6,000,000
114 Iraq 8 34.2 9,750,000
115 Iceland 0 0 0 15 30.3 90,000
116 Oman 17 25.4 650,000
117 Bahrain 0 0 0 18 24.8 180,000
118 Kuwait 18 24.8 630,000
119 Montenegro 21 23.1 150,000
120 United   Arab Emirates 24 22.1 1,000,000
121 Equatorial   Guinea 29 19.9 100,000
122 Kosovo 30 19.5 415,000
123 Angola 34 17.3 2,800,000
124 Thailand 39 15.6 10,000,000
125 Libya 40 15.5 900,000
126 Gabon 46 14 190,000
127 Suriname 48 13.4 60,000
128 Namibia 51 12.6 260,000
129 Malta 0 0 0 55 11.9 48,000
130 Pakistan 57 11.6 18,000,000
131 Somalia 66 9.1 750,000
132 Russia 68 8.9 12,750,000
133 Iran 79 7.3 3,500,000
134 Swaziland 86 6.4 72,000
135 Kenya 86 6.4 740,000
136 Scotland 93 5.5 280,000
137 Sudan 93 5.5 2,000,000
138 Seychelles 96 5.4 4,600
139 Cape   Verde 96 5.4 9,500
140 Mozambique 99 5.1 1,000,000
141 Morocco 101 5 1,500,000
142 Botswana 102 4.9 87,000
143 China 102 4.9 40,000,000
144 Myanmar 111 4 2,000,000
145 Syria 112 3.9 735,000
146 Bhutan 115 3.5 22,000
147 Djibouti 119 2.8 22,000
148 Bolivia 119 2.8 260,000
149 Cameroon 119 2.8 340,000
150 Lesotho 122 2.7 47,000
151 Congo 122 2.7 100,000
152 Côte   d´Ivoire 124 2.4 400,000
153 Senegal 125 2 230,000
154 Comoros 127 1.8 11,000
155 Guinea-Bissau 129 1.6 25,000
156 Mauritania 129 1.6 50,000
157 Uzbekistan 133 1.5 1,200,000
158 Nigeria 133 1.5 2,000,000
159 Brunei 0 0 0 137 1.4 5,400
160 Benin 137 1.4 120,000
161 Tanzania 137 1.4 550,000
162 Laos 145 1.2 71,000
163 Papua   New Guinea 145 1.2 71,000
164 Guinea 145 1.2 110,000
165 Burundi 145 1.2 200,000
166 Chad 149 1.1 109,000
167 Mali 149 1.1 143,000
168 Burkina   Faso 149 1.1 148,000
169 Central   African Republic 153 1 40,000
170 Togo 153 1 60,000
171 Gambia 157 0.8 123,000
172 Madagascar 157 0.8 150,000
173 Malawi 160 0.7 92,000
174 Niger 160 0.7 93,000
175 Rwanda 164 0.6 58,000
176 Korea,   North 164 0.6 130,000
177 Haiti 164 0.6 190,000
178 Fiji 169 0.5 4,000
179 Eritrea 169 0.5 20,000
180 Indonesia 169 0.5 1,000,000
181 Solomon   Islands 0 0 0 174 0.4 1,800
182 Ghana 174 0.4 80,000
183 Ethiopia 174 0.4 320,000
184 East   Timor 177 0.3 3,000
185 Tunisia 178 0.1 9,000

Note: Some data not available for some nations, but the dataset does include most developed nations.

SOURCES
“Gun homicides and gun ownership listed by country,” The Guardian (London), July 22, 2012
●http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2012/jul/22/gun-homicides-ownership-world-list/print#data

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Annual Crime Survey – Firearm Homicides
●http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/data-and-analysis/statistics/data.html

“Estimating Civilian Owned Firearms,” Small Arms Survey Research Notes (Number 9, September 2011) (Small Arms Survey is a research project at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland)
●http://www.smallarmssurvey.org/fileadmin/docs/H-Research_Notes/SAS-Research-Note-9.pdf

Stephen Gutowski, “U.S. #1 By Far In Gun Ownership – But, Only 28th In Gun Murder Rate,” CNSNews, February 6, 2013
●http://cnsnews.com/blog/stephen-gutowski/us-1-far-gun-ownership-only-28th-gun-murder-rate

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