Quotes of the day

posted at 8:01 pm on June 22, 2014 by Allahpundit

President Obama said the Sunni militants that have taken over parts of northern Iraq pose a “medium- and long-term threat” to the U.S. because of their extreme ideology, although other groups probably have more advanced immediate plans to attack U.S…

“I think it’s important for us to recognize that ISIS is just one of a number of organizations that we have to stay focused on,” Mr. Obama said, noting that groups like al Qaeda and Boko Haram, the group that kidnapped hundreds of young women in Nigeria, are still active.

“This is going to be a global challenge and one that the United States is going to have to address but we’re not going to be able to address it alone. And as I said yesterday, what we can’t do is think that we’re just going to play whack-a-mole and send U.S. troops occupying various countries wherever these organizations pop up,” the president said. “We’re going to have to have a more focused, more targeted strategy and we’re going to have to partner and train local law enforcement and military to do their jobs as well.”

***

Sen. Barbara Boxer on Sunday blasted former Vice President Dick Cheney’s criticism of the Obama administration over Iraq as “sick.”…

Boxer, who stressed she supports the “counterterrorism mission” in Iraq, says there’s no appetite for too muscular of a military involvement after America’s long war there.

“The American people don’t want it, the president doesn’t want it, the saner voices in the Senate and the House don’t want it,” she said. “We do have a national security interest in preventing another 9/11. The Iraqis had their chance. They blew it. And I think right now they have got to figure out if they can form an inclusive government.”

***

“If we were to get rid of Assad, it would be a Jihadist wonderland in Syria,” the Kentucky Republican said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “It’s now a Jihadist wonderland in Iraq precisely because we got over involved not because we had too little involvement.”

Paul also said he doesn’t believe the Sunni Muslim fighters, known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, who are advancing toward Baghdad, pose an immediate threat to the United States.

“It could at some point,” he said. “Right now, if you’re a member of ISIS, you’re looking at the Shi’ites right in front of you in the battles you are fighting. I don’t believe ISIS is, in the middle of a fight right now, thinking, ‘Hmm we should send intercontinental missiles to America.’”

***

“Rand Paul, with all due respect, is basically an isolationist,” Cheney shot back. “He doesn’t believe we ought to be involved in that part of the world. I think it’s absolutely essential. One of the things I worried about 12 years ago – and that I worry about today – is that there will be another 9/11 attack and that the next time it’ll be with weapons far deadlier than airline tickets and box cutters.”…

He argued that the Obama administration is “still living back in the day when they claimed we got bin Laden, the terrorism problem is solved. That wasn’t true then. It’s even less true today. The threat is bigger than it’s ever been.”

Asked about what he would recommend, Cheney argued for a broad-based approach to unrest in the region and also called for bolstering moderates in Syria, the scene of another civil war with ties to the unrest in Iraq. But he also acknowledged that “at this point, there are no good, easy answers in Iraq,” something he blamed squarely on the administration.

***

Pressed on what specific actions he supports, Rubio urged a severing of supply lines between Syria – home to another civil war – and Iraq; bolstering “moderate rebel forces in Syria,” and more security for nearby Jordan. He also argued that Iran should not be allowed to gain a stronghold in Iraq, pushing back on Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who recently questioned whether the U.S. runs the risk of becoming Iran’s “air force” with miscalculated involvement.

“I don’t agree with that statement, I think that’s quite an exaggeration,” Rubio said. “The truth of the matter is, if we do nothing, Iran is still going to be involved…if Iran goes in there and becomes involved, and somehow helps the Iraqis turn back ISIS, you can rest assured that a future Iraqi government will be completely, 100 percent under the influence and in the pocket of Iran.”

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Via MFP.


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4Grace on June 23, 2014 at 1:42 AM

Indeed.

We need a courageous, plain speaking, American who loves his country and his countrymen enough to lay it on the line and stand up for the rule of law.

I’m so tired of careerists and their delicate little dance around the issues.

thatsafactjack on June 23, 2014 at 1:47 AM

Cheese Wheel on June 23, 2014 at 1:44 AM

I already know what I said. Had you so quickly forgotten, and in need of a reminder? lmao

Your reading comprehension level is very familiar-why might that be? =)

non-nonpartisan on June 23, 2014 at 1:36 AM

non-nonpartisan on June 23, 2014 at 1:47 AM

hawkdriver on June 23, 2014 at 1:17 AM

Drive safely friend..:)

PS..Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on June 23, 2014 at 1:49 AM

thatsafactjack on June 23, 2014 at 1:47 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on June 23, 2014 at 1:49 AM

Good night to the other three posters who are still awake….:) See you tonight.

Doc Holliday on June 23, 2014 at 1:50 AM

OmahaConservative on June 23, 2014 at 1:46 AM

Good evening, sir! I am well, thank you. How are things at your hacienda?

4Grace on June 23, 2014 at 1:50 AM

Dire’s here..definitely past my bedtime.

Hi Dire! And goodnight!

Doc Holliday on June 23, 2014 at 1:50 AM

OmahaConservative on June 23, 2014 at 1:46 AM

Good evening OC..:)

Dire Straits on June 23, 2014 at 1:51 AM

Doc Holliday on June 23, 2014 at 1:50 AM

Good evening sir..:)

Dire Straits on June 23, 2014 at 1:51 AM

I’m so tired of careerists and their delicate little dance around the issues.

thatsafactjack on June 23, 2014 at 1:47 AM

Precisely. And the primary reason I would make a lousy politician. lol

4Grace on June 23, 2014 at 1:52 AM

Cheese Wheel on June 23, 2014 at 1:44 AM

I already know what I said. Had you so quickly forgotten, and in need of a reminder? lmao

Your reading comprehension level is very familiar-why might that be? =)

non-nonpartisan on June 23, 2014 at 1:36 AM

non-nonpartisan on June 23, 2014 at 1:47 AM

Retread your comment, you know what, never mind. Continue your feedings. Eventually others here will get as tired of them as bluegills predictable droppings.

Cheese Wheel on June 23, 2014 at 1:52 AM

4Grace on June 23, 2014 at 1:50 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on June 23, 2014 at 1:52 AM

Good evening, sir! I am well, thank you. How are things at your hacienda?

4Grace on June 23, 2014 at 1:50 AM

Ratso is tearing through the house. He just about tripped me. He is very excited, mommy is home…

OmahaConservative on June 23, 2014 at 1:52 AM

Hey Dire, great to see you…

OmahaConservative on June 23, 2014 at 1:53 AM

Dire Straits on June 23, 2014 at 1:49 AM

Good evening, Dire. :) A pleasure, as always, to see you.

I was just on my way out. Have a pleasant evening/morning. :)

Goodnight. :)

PS- Try to get 4Grace to come by more often. We miss her. :)

thatsafactjack on June 23, 2014 at 1:54 AM

There it is. The insult. You’re actually feeding it now.
Lean forward man.

Cheese Wheel on June 23, 2014 at 1:46 AM

Feeding it sh!t sandwiches with shards of glass, I’d agree.

You’ve already stated that you don’t believe in what I’m doing. And I’ve told you I don’t care that you don’t. Are you blind? Do you have Tourette’s? You’re boring me now.

non-nonpartisan on June 23, 2014 at 1:54 AM

Dire Straits on June 23, 2014 at 1:51 AM

Dire, I owe you an apology, friend. I was reading a qotd thread that I was on recently and saw that I missed a greeting from you. So sorry I didn’t see that originally and that I did not respond.

4Grace on June 23, 2014 at 1:54 AM

OmahaConservative on June 23, 2014 at 1:52 AM

Lolz, tough to beat Mommy time. :)

4Grace on June 23, 2014 at 1:50 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on June 23, 2014 at 1:52 AM

No way I’m missing it this time. GOOD EVENING, DIRE!! A pleasure to see you. :)

4Grace on June 23, 2014 at 1:57 AM

thatsafactjack on June 23, 2014 at 1:54 AM

Thank you kindly, Jackie. Take care of yourself and pleasant dreams.

4Grace on June 23, 2014 at 1:59 AM

Ratso is tearing through the house. He just about tripped me. He is very excited, mommy is home…

OmahaConservative on June 23, 2014 at 1:52 AM

Running for his life?

kcewa on June 23, 2014 at 1:59 AM

I’m so tired of careerists and their delicate little dance around the issues.

thatsafactjack on June 23, 2014 at 1:47 AM

The arrogant *blanks* don’t even bother dancing anymore. I miss the days when they were afraid of us.

kcewa on June 23, 2014 at 2:01 AM

Like I said last night..The “good ole boys” are starting to take road course races serious..:)

PS..Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on June 23, 2014 at 1:47 AM

called it you did..!!!
I think the 24 car would have given it a go
had the race been one lap longer…
by race end Edwards and Gordon had the best cars left…
without damage on all 4 corners.. or worse..

going2mars on June 23, 2014 at 2:04 AM

Running for his life?

kcewa on June 23, 2014 at 1:59 AM

Nope. Dancing for joy…

OmahaConservative on June 23, 2014 at 2:08 AM

Hagfish is still gone missing…

OmahaConservative on June 23, 2014 at 2:09 AM

Don’t Get Me Wrong

4Grace on June 23, 2014 at 2:11 AM

Hagfish is still gone missing…

OmahaConservative on June 23, 2014 at 2:09 AM

That’s a good thing.

kcewa on June 23, 2014 at 2:14 AM

I’ll Stand by You

4Grace on June 23, 2014 at 2:15 AM

Grateful Dead – Been All Around This World

kcewa on June 23, 2014 at 2:05 AM

….this and “Dark Hollow” are two of my favorites – and Easy to Play, too……

williamg on June 23, 2014 at 2:16 AM

4Grace on June 23, 2014 at 1:54 AM

Think noting of it..I would never doubt you..But I agree with Jackie and OC you should come around more if you get the chance..:)

Dire Straits on June 23, 2014 at 2:16 AM

4Grace on June 23, 2014 at 1:54 AM

Think nothing of it..I would never doubt you..But I agree with Jackie and OC you should come around more if you get the chance..:)

Dire Straits on June 23, 2014 at 2:16 AM

Sorry..Fixed..:)

Dire Straits on June 23, 2014 at 2:17 AM

going2mars on June 23, 2014 at 2:04 AM

Road course racing is better than a lot of folks think..:)

Dire Straits on June 23, 2014 at 2:18 AM

Dire Straits on June 23, 2014 at 2:16 AM

Thank you, sincerely, for those kind words.

I’ll do my best to drop in a bit more often.

4Grace on June 23, 2014 at 2:20 AM

Road course racing is better than a lot of folks think..:)

Dire Straits on June 23, 2014 at 2:18 AM

always has been better.. :)
did you see the post I left you of the home track last night…?

it’s a road course.. of course..

going2mars on June 23, 2014 at 2:22 AM

My computer is slower than molasses tonight, so I’ll make my exit.

Goodnight and a blessed Monday to all.

4Grace on June 23, 2014 at 2:23 AM

Noctilucent clouds

Click “view full size image”.

kcewa on June 23, 2014 at 2:25 AM

G’night Gracie…

OmahaConservative on June 23, 2014 at 2:29 AM

NASA wants to lasso an asteroid:

PASADENA (JPL) – NASA is on the hunt for an asteroid to capture with a robotic spacecraft, redirect to a stable orbit around the moon, and send astronauts to study in the 2020s…

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/06/21/nasa-wants-to-lasso-an-asteroid

anotherJoe on June 23, 2014 at 2:32 AM

it’s a road course.. of course..

going2mars on June 23, 2014 at 2:22 AM

Yes I did..Very cool..:)

Dire Straits on June 23, 2014 at 2:33 AM

anotherJoe on June 23, 2014 at 2:32 AM

I thought 0bama unfunded NASA?

OmahaConservative on June 23, 2014 at 2:34 AM

kcewa on June 23, 2014 at 2:25 AM

I saw that .. 45 deg.. hmm…
that’s like up by the mackinaw bridge..
I think green bay is 44.5ish

the pic is eerie cool.. looks cold.. misty..

going2mars on June 23, 2014 at 2:36 AM

anotherJoe on June 23, 2014 at 2:32 AM

I believe they are about to take 2011 MD off the list…

http://www.space.com/26308-nasa-spitzer-asteroid-capture-mission.html

going2mars on June 23, 2014 at 2:40 AM

Dire Straits on June 23, 2014 at 2:33 AM

great place to grow up…
guns n fast cars…

I can hear the cars from where I live now on race day…
and the shotguns ..faintly
so I am still close..

going2mars on June 23, 2014 at 2:43 AM

OmahaConservative on June 23, 2014 at 2:34 AM

he re-directed its focus and some funds funds..
to reach out to the many Muslim contributions to space thru out history..
or some such nonsense…

going2mars on June 23, 2014 at 2:46 AM

I saw that .. 45 deg.. hmm…
that’s like up by the mackinaw bridge..
I think green bay is 44.5ish

the pic is eerie cool.. looks cold.. misty..

going2mars on June 23, 2014 at 2:36 AM

I’ve never seen it. Looks beautiful though.

kcewa on June 23, 2014 at 2:46 AM

4Grace on June 23, 2014 at 2:20 AM

It was great to see you..:)

Dire Straits on June 23, 2014 at 2:47 AM

NASA wants to lasso an asteroid:

PASADENA (JPL) – NASA is on the hunt for an asteroid to capture with a robotic spacecraft, redirect to a stable orbit around the moon, and send astronauts to study in the 2020s…

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/06/21/nasa-wants-to-lasso-an-asteroid

anotherJoe on June 23, 2014 at 2:32 AM

I don’t see how that will help us get to Mars.

kcewa on June 23, 2014 at 2:47 AM

or some such nonsense…

going2mars on June 23, 2014 at 2:46 AM

Agreed..:)

Dire Straits on June 23, 2014 at 2:48 AM

This is Edinburgh

kcewa on June 23, 2014 at 2:49 AM

he re-directed its focus and some funds funds..
to reach out to the many Muslim contributions to space thru out history..
or some such nonsense…

going2mars on June 23, 2014 at 2:46 AM

This is Muslim space travel…

The “horse” is named Al-Buraq BTW. Coincidence? I thinks not.

kcewa on June 23, 2014 at 2:52 AM

kcewa on June 23, 2014 at 2:47 AM

space is costly…
asteroid gathering may yield a fortune..
gold… minerals … exotics.. metals???..
could be anything…
everybody is talking asteroids..
see Rosetta mission..
space mining could pay for much of the travel parts..
besides.. ppl are still working on mars..
they just revealed a new space suit for the mission..
and Orion is going to launch in December (its a test rocket)
space may be one of the last things we got…
so I say lets get at it…big…

going2mars on June 23, 2014 at 2:56 AM

kcewa on June 23, 2014 at 2:52 AM

believe it or not… the ME (a thousand years ago or more)
was the center of much space knowledge..
the trouble it…
there wasn’t much space knowledge.. star naming..??
maping…travel by the stars..
a thimble to what we know now..

going2mars on June 23, 2014 at 3:00 AM

FRANK ZAPPA…

williamg on June 23, 2014 at 3:01 AM

Brian Wilson – Your Imagination

Happy 72nd Brian.

kcewa on June 23, 2014 at 3:05 AM

space is costly…
asteroid gathering may yield a fortune..
gold… minerals … exotics.. metals???..
could be anything…

going2mars on June 23, 2014 at 2:56 AM

I told everybody back when the first rover landed that the greatest leap forward in human history would occur if the camera clicked on and there were diamonds littered across the sands of Mars…

PointnClick on June 23, 2014 at 3:06 AM

space may be one of the last things we got…
so I say lets get at it…big…

going2mars on June 23, 2014 at 2:56 AM

I agree. That article said the asteroid grabbing was part of the Mars project.

kcewa on June 23, 2014 at 3:07 AM

believe it or not… the ME (a thousand years ago or more)
was the center of much space knowledge..

going2mars on June 23, 2014 at 3:00 AM

Muslim science was way ahead of ours – until the clerics decided that the idea that there were “natural laws” limited God’s power and was heretical. Some of the clerics anyway – the ones who won the argument.

kcewa on June 23, 2014 at 3:11 AM

I don’t see how that will help us get to Mars.

kcewa on June 23, 2014 at 2:47 AM

It won’t. But I’m not going two mars.

anotherJoe on June 23, 2014 at 3:11 AM

PointnClick on June 23, 2014 at 3:06 AM

when I was at JPL I always noticed..
every time we were short funding.. budget…year end.. what ever
some bit would leak to the papers about “finding” something..
usually water…
we used to joke about it…
but someday …they will find something ..
the value of that is yet to be seen..
selling that value could be half the game..
the 2049ers could repeat the 1849ers..

going2mars on June 23, 2014 at 3:13 AM

The Beach Boys – Surf’s Up (Smile Sessions)

“Then there’s the song itself,” Brian Wilson said of the final passage. “The song of children; the song of the universe rising and falling in wave after wave, the song of God, hiding His love from us, but always letting us find Him again, like a mother singing to her children.”

kcewa on June 23, 2014 at 3:16 AM

the ones who won the argument.

kcewa on June 23, 2014 at 3:11 AM

the ones who lost…were not available for comment..

going2mars on June 23, 2014 at 3:16 AM

It won’t. But I’m not going two mars.

anotherJoe on June 23, 2014 at 3:11 AM

That article said the asteroid grabbing was part of the Mars project. That was the reason for my comment.

kcewa on June 23, 2014 at 3:18 AM

the ones who lost…were not available for comment..

going2mars on June 23, 2014 at 3:16 AM

Nope.

kcewa on June 23, 2014 at 3:18 AM

Where can I find a scholar in Martian poetry?

Oh wait, there’s G2M, I’ll get him to write my thesis.

Parmenides on June 23, 2014 at 3:20 AM

kcewa on June 23, 2014 at 3:07 AM

asteroid grabbing is all the rage..
in part because we cant get to “other worlds” yet..
but bits and chunks are getting close to here..
until we develop speed of light style travel..
and can go there..
asteroids bring bits of it here..

going2mars on June 23, 2014 at 3:20 AM

he re-directed its focus and some funds funds..
to reach out to the many Muslim contributions to space thru out history..
or some such nonsense…

going2mars on June 23, 2014 at 2:46 AM

With our help Muslims will be able to stone women on other planets.

Parmenides on June 23, 2014 at 3:23 AM

The Beach Boys – Surf’s Up (Smile Sessions)

“Then there’s the song itself,” Brian Wilson said of the final passage. “The song of children; the song of the universe rising and falling in wave after wave, the song of God, hiding His love from us, but always letting us find Him again, like a mother singing to her children.”

kcewa on June 23, 2014 at 3:16 AM

That’s silly-God doesn’t hide His love from us, ever.

I really like this song. Jana does not have a bad voice, but she should learn how to sing better. =) Oh, williamg, I thought of this one after seeing your post last night.

Jana Kramer – Love

non-nonpartisan on June 23, 2014 at 3:24 AM

Ya seen one asteroid ya seen em all.

Now hotties on the other hand, I never get tired of them.

Parmenides on June 23, 2014 at 3:24 AM

Parmenides on June 23, 2014 at 3:20 AM

I once knew a Greek kid that went to mars…
he said it was to open a chain of bars..
the green Martians hated his booze
and also found him a bit of a ruse…
now he serves red dust n red bull to the fooze…

going2mars on June 23, 2014 at 3:26 AM

With our help Muslims will be able to terrorize people on other planets because of the darn Mohammed Bomb-Head video is going at the speed of light to other worlds.

Parmenides on June 23, 2014 at 3:28 AM

Parmenides on June 23, 2014 at 3:23 AM

remember it was BClinton that was ever so
helpful to the Chi-comm rocket program..
thank you Tyson Chicken and Ron Brown…!!

so this guy like another enemy… that’s news??

going2mars on June 23, 2014 at 3:29 AM

That article said the asteroid grabbing was part of the Mars project. That was the reason for my comment.

kcewa on June 23, 2014 at 3:18 AM

Ok, I get it. I wondered about that too. Maybe it’s part of funding package, I don’t know. But I wasn’t planning on digging too deep, because there are others tabs to heed.

anotherJoe on June 23, 2014 at 3:30 AM

Parmenides on June 23, 2014 at 3:28 AM

the aliens will still be laughing at the bomb-head cartoon
when we get there..

going2mars on June 23, 2014 at 3:31 AM

That’s silly-God doesn’t hide His love from us, ever.

I really like this song. Jana does not have a bad voice, but she should learn how to sing better. =) Oh, williamg, I thought of this one after seeing your post last night.

Jana Kramer – Love

non-nonpartisan on June 23, 2014 at 3:24 AM

Genesis 3:24 – After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.

kcewa on June 23, 2014 at 3:38 AM

Parmenides on June 23

at least today poem rhymed… some…

going2mars on June 23, 2014 at 3:39 AM

Genesis 3:24 – After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.

kcewa on June 23, 2014 at 3:38 AM

“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” -1 John 4:18

“because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.” -Romans 1:19-20

non-nonpartisan on June 23, 2014 at 3:48 AM

kcewa on June 23, 2014 at 3:44 AM

if they do us that favor..
and we impeach the other one..
the orange guy moves up…. probably sobbing all the way..
current succession top 16 per wiki..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_line_of_succession

face it …its ugly to the last one..

going2mars on June 23, 2014 at 3:50 AM

Doing nothing on immigration / not securing our boarders, to me, is Amnesty.
Skipity on June 22, 2014 at 8:23 PM

I don’t believe in slapping people who rent a room in someone’s house into irons. I believe they should be free to move around in a house untethered. But that’s just me. I however agree we should not do nothing on immigration. we should enforce existing law, instead of passing new laws to be ignored

Brock Robamney on June 23, 2014 at 4:01 AM

A comment:

But there must be global warming! When I was five in 1950 the snow around our house regularly came up to my neck. Now it only gets to just above my knees.

anotherJoe on June 23, 2014 at 4:03 AM

US Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Iraq’s capital, Baghdad as Sunni insurgents expand their control of towns across north-western Iraq.

Please, ISIS – do us a favor.
kcewa on June 23, 2014 at 3:44 AM

Is the Capitol of Iraq Benghazi?

Brock Robamney on June 23, 2014 at 4:04 AM

Duran Duran – New Moon on Monday

non-nonpartisan on June 23, 2014 at 4:16 AM

Brock Robamney on June 23, 2014 at 4:01 AM

Your “rent a room” scenario presumes an agreement between the owner of the property and the person seeking to occupy the property.

Illegal aliens asked no one’s permission to occupy the property. In your scenario they would be squatters at best and guilty of criminal trespass.

Further, no remuneration has been offered to the owner of the property. On the contrary, demands are routinely made on the owner of the property by those who’ve taken up unlawful residence in the property for services and preferential treatment before the law.

Not only should such individuals not be allowed to roam the property freely, they should be ejected from the property by force of law.

thatsafactjack on June 23, 2014 at 4:33 AM

** Immigration **:

Hundreds of TODDLERS caught crossing border alone as immigration crisis deepens

The Border Patrol has detained 378 unaccompanied children aged two or less since Oct 1, more than a quarter of whom were under a year old
About 174,000 people in total have been arrested at the border, including 52,000 children, as a flood of migrants from Central America overwhelm authorities
The surge is creating a dire shortage of detention space and forcing the Border Patrol to release immigrants while they await deportation proceedings
The Obama Administration aims to tackle the deepening problem by sending the overflow to other states and building new facilities

By Bryan Keogh

Published: 14:31 GMT, 22 June 2014 | Updated: 17:15 GMT, 22 June 2014

Hundreds of infants and toddlers have reportedly been captured by border officers after crossing into the U.S. illegally from Mexico unaccompanied by an adult as a growing number of migrants from Central America overwhelm detention centers in Texas.

The U.S. Border Patrol detained 378 children aged two or less who were traveling without a parent or guardian from Oct 1 through June 11, according to data obtained by Fusion from the office of a high-ranking Democratic senator who wasn’t identified. Of those, 95 were under a year old.

Parents may be sending their wee ones across the border in hopes they will be allowed to stay, fueled in part by misconceptions among migrants that people with children can enter the U.S. legally.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2665029/Hundreds-TODDLERS-try-cross-border-immigration-crisis-deepens.html
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Hundreds of Toddlers Said to Be Taken Into Custody at the Border

Updated 06/20/2014, 04:59PM
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Hundreds of infants and toddlers ages 2 years or younger have allegedly been apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol while crossing the border illegally without a parent or guardian in the past year.

From October 1, 2013 to June 11, Border Patrol detained 378 unaccompanied children ages two or younger, according to data obtained by Fusion from the office of a high-ranking Democratic senator. Of those children, 95 were infants under 1 year old.

Fusion tried multiple times by phone and in writing to confirm the reports with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Homeland Security, but no official would comment specifically, and instead referred to a

previous statement.

http://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/stats/southwest-border-unaccompanied-children

The Department of Health and Human Services, charged with the care of unaccompanied minors caught at the border, did not respond to a request for comment.

Omar Zamora, a spokesperson for the Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley sector, limited his comment to: “We are receiving children of all ages.”

Official data from last year shows that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement logged 27 deportations of children under the age of two, suggesting the federal government has processed infants in the past.

Emily Butera, a senior program officer at the Women’s Refugee Commission, said she has seen unaccompanied babies in the shelter system in past years, but that the problem is getting worse. She said the youngest kids are sometimes sent across the border with older siblings, or with paid smugglers.

Butera said the average age of an unaccompanied child migrant is now 14 years old, younger than in previous years. “And we’re seeing more babies and toddlers than we had in the past,” she said.

The phenomenon puts an exclamation point on the greater immigration crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border. Roughly 52,000 unaccompanied minors have been apprehended at the border since October 2013, an increase fueled largely by people fleeing Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

In response to what the White House has called an “urgent humanitarian situation,” the Obama administration on Friday announced major policy changes to step up enforcement of existing immigration laws.

Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas told reporters that his department is searching for locations to open new detention centers that are suited to house adults with children. He said the government will expand the use of alternatives to detention, such as electronic monitoring devices, to track migrants who are released from custody.

Many recently arrived migrants have reportedly been released from custody to stay with relatives. They are instructed to report to the nearest immigration detention center for processing. Mayorkas on Friday could not provide an exact number of immigrants who have been released to family members and asked to return to custody.

He did, however, say that more immigration judges and asylum officers will be sent to the border region to help speed up processing.

The government’s enforcement beef-up comes as the White House tries to combat the misperception south of the border that Central American migrants can enter the U.S. legally if they are traveling with children. Between last October and the end of May, 39,000 adults with children have been apprehended at the border, Mayorkas said.

The flood tide has forced the Obama administration to pursue coordinated strategies on both sides of the border. Vice President Joe Biden traveled to Guatemala on Friday to enlist Central American leaders for help. He phoned Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández to say that child migrants are not eligible for deportation relief under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The White House did, however, offer an additional $10 million to Central American governments to re-integrate young migrants who are sent back to their home countries

White House Domestic Policy Director Cecilia Muñoz said Biden’s trip is to combat the “misinformation that is being deliberately planted by the criminal organizations… about what people can expect if they come to the United States.”

Republicans blame Obama’s immigration policies for triggering the influx of Central American children.

“The policies of your administration have directly resulted in the belief by these immigrants that once they reach U.S. soil, they will be able to stay here indefinitely,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) wrote in a letter to President Obama on Friday.

The letter called on the president to deploy National Guard troops to “deal with the needs of these children and relieve border patrol.” Mayorkas said the administration was reviewing the letter, but that the National Guard is not normally deployed in situations like this.

The White House hopes increased law enforcement will slow the migrant rush. But Democrats and immigrant-rights groups hope the increased effort won’t result in mass detentions.

“We don’t want to be warehousing young children,” said Karen Tumlin, the managing attorney for the National Immigration Law Center.

“There are alternatives to detention like ankle bracelets and supervision to manage the backlog in processing that are much more humane and cost-effective than taxpayer-funded public or for-profit detention centers,” said Douglas Rivlin, a spokesman for Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.)

Infants and toddlers represent a small fraction of the unaccompanied children detained at the border, but they present a unique challenge, authorities say.

“Apprehending infants and children can be difficult for Border Patrol agents; our facilities are not designed with people that young in mind,” said Shawn Moran, a spokesperson for the National Border Patrol Council. “We often have minimal amounts of diapers, formula, and other items for the care of infants and toddlers.”

http://fusion.net/leadership/story/hundreds-toddlers-custody-border-796786

canopfor on June 23, 2014 at 4:42 AM

Kerry,..Wheels Down in Baghdad for a Fact-Pattern Mission:

This is more than Sunni/ShiiteGoon Free-ForAll,….it is allowing ISIS to roam free
across the M.E.

If US/CAN/UK/AUS/NZ and other Allies don’t start Annilation of the ISSI/AQ Threat,
Israel will be forced to ACT, and me thinks the Israel AirStrikes into
Syria was a IsraelThreat Issue??
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The Associated Press @AP · 28s
MORE: Kerry is to meet with Iraq’s Shiite prime minister and top Sunni and Kurdish leaders: http://apne.ws/1q09qKE
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Kerry confronts threat of new war in Iraq
By LARA JAKES
— Jun. 23, 2014 2:57 AM EDT
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BAGHDAD (AP) — Confronting the threat of civil war in Iraq, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Baghdad on Monday to personally urge the Shiite-led government to give more power to political opponents before a Sunni insurgency seizes more control across the country and sweeps away hopes for lasting peace.

The meeting scheduled between Kerry and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was not expected to be friendly, given that officials in Washington have floated suggestions that the Iraqi premier should resign as a necessary first step toward quelling the vicious uprising. Nor will it likely bring any immediate, tangible results, as al-Maliki has shown no sign of leaving and Iraqi officials have long listened to — but ultimately ignored — U.S. advice to avoid appearing controlled by the decade-old specter of an American occupation in Baghdad.

Still, having suffered together through more than eight years of war — which killed nearly 4,500 American troops and more than 100,000 Iraqis — the two wary allies are unwilling to turn away from the very real prospect of the Mideast nation falling into a fresh bout of sectarian strife.

“This is a critical moment where, together, we must urge Iraq’s leaders to rise above sectarian motivations and form a government that is united in its determination to meet the needs and speak to the demands of all of their people,” Kerry said a day earlier in Cairo. He was there in part to meet with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to and discuss a regional solution to end the bloodshed by the insurgent Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.

“No country is safe from that kind of spread of terror, and none of us can afford to leave that entity with a safe haven which would become a base for terror against anyone and all, not only in the region but outside of the region as well,” Kerry said in Cairo.

Even before U.S. troops left Iraq for good at the end of 2011, a merciless Sunni insurgency was pounding the country with car bombs, roadside explosions, suicide bombings and drive-by assassinations, mainly targeting the Shiite government, its security forces and Shiite pilgrims. Since the start of this year, and peaking this month, ISIL has overtaken several cities in Iraq’s west and north, and over the past weekend was controlling several main border crossings between Iraq and Syria.

The three-year civil war in Syria — where Sunni rebels are fighting to overthrow President Bashar Assad, whose Alawite sect is an offshoot of Shiism — emboldened Iraqi insurgents who regularly traverse the porous border to gain recruits, funding and weapons, and battlefield confidence. Years of political instability in Baghdad fueled anger against the Shiite-led government from Sunnis who felt powerless and saw their leaders targeted by al-Maliki’s security forces.

A senior State Department official said the insurgents’ recent march on Baghdad has been slowed, although concerns remain that ISIL will attack the golden-domed Shiite shrine to the Imam al-Askari in Samarra. That city, in Sunni territory in north-central Iraq, was the site of a 2006 bombing that triggered the worst of the war’s sectarian fighting. Last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid declared that Iraq is currently in a civil war.

The official said Kerry on Monday will not ask al-Maliki to resign, as some in the U.S. and Sunni Arab states in Mideast have demanded, because “it’s not up to us.” However, Kerry is expected to urge al-Maliki to quickly create a new government that is far more sensitive to Sunni and Kurdish demands for jobs, power and a fair legal system.

Currently, Baghdad is operating under a lame-duck government, as a new parliament that was elected in April has not yet selected its Cabinet ministers. It took more than nine months to seat a new government the last time Iraq underwent the process, in 2010. This time around, the State Department official said, al-Maliki and other Iraqi officials cannot risk exacerbating the political instability, and further inflaming the insurgency, by stalling a new and more inclusive government.

Both President Barack Obama and Iraq’s top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, also have urged al-Maliki to quickly form an inclusive government that promotes the interests of all of Iraq’s ethnic and religious groups.

The State Department official briefed reporters on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to be named in discussing the negotiations. He described al-Maliki and other Iraqi officials as anxious about what, if any, additional help the U.S. might provide to help curb ISIL after Obama this week said he would send about 300 special forces troops to Baghdad to advise and train local security forces.

Obama did not rule out the possibility of also launching airstrikes against the insurgents, but that is not expected anytime soon, if ever, and he has adamantly said he will not send combat forces back to Iraq.

Kerry is scheduled to meet first with al-Maliki in Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone, which houses the prime minister’s office and parliament building as well as the U.S. Embassy. He then will talk to the influential Shiite cleric Ammar al-Hakim, who heads a leading rival Shiite political party; Parliament Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi, one of Iraq’s highest-ranking Sunnis; and Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, a Kurd.

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http://bigstory.ap.org/article/kerry-confronts-threat-new-war-iraq
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The Associated Press @AP · 1m

BREAKING: US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Baghdad as Iraq reels from insurgent onslaught.

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/iraq-violence/

John Kerry visits Baghdad, June 23, 2014
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US Secretary of State John Kerry is currently meeting with Iraq’s Prime Minister Maliki – @NBCNews

Iraq violence
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Sunni Iraqi tribes seize Iraqi border crossing with Jordan after Iraqi army withdraws fully, intelligence sources say – @Reuters

Iraq violence
John Kerry visits Baghdad, June 23, 2014
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John Kerry will meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki, other political leaders to discuss insurgent crisis, State Dept. says – @NBCNews

John Kerry visits Baghdad, June 23, 2014
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US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Baghdad as Iraq reels from insurgent onslaught – @AP

Iraq
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Iraqi sources: ISIS executed 21 tribal officials in Anbar – @AlArabiya_Eng
see original on twitter.com

canopfor on June 23, 2014 at 4:43 AM

*** KangerooCourt Verdicts:

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/al-jazeera-journalists-held-in-egypt/

Al Jazeera journalists held in Egypt
Australia

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Australian journalist Peter Greste sentenced to 7 years, Canadian producer Baher Mohamed sentenced to 10 years – @HaydenCooper

Cairo, Cairo, EG
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Egyptian court sentences 3 Al Jazeera journalists to 7 years each in prison – @AP

Cairo, Cairo, EG
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Photo: Judge Mohamed Nagy Shehata arrives with his 2 assistants to read verdicts – @PatrickKingsley
see original on twitter.com

Australia
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British, Australian and Canadian diplomats are present in the Cairo court to hear Al Jazeera trial verdict – @alextomo

Cairo, Cairo, EG
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Photo: Al Jazeera trial defendants arrive in the courtroom ahead of expected verdict from Egyptian judge – @azortiz

canopfor on June 23, 2014 at 4:58 AM

https://twitter.com/AP

The Associated Press @AP · 33s

BREAKING: Egyptian court sentences 3 Al-Jazeera journalists to 7 years each in prison.

canopfor on June 23, 2014 at 4:59 AM

Early REminder:

2014 U.S. ELECTION CALENDAR

JUNE 24, 2014:

Colorado – Primary Election
Maryland – Primary Election
Mississippi – Primary Run-Off Election
New Mexico – Filing Deadline (Third Party, Independents & Write-Ins)
New York – Primary Election
Oklahoma – Primary Election
South Carolina – Primary Election
Utah – Primary Election

http://www.politics1.com/calendar.htm

canopfor on June 23, 2014 at 5:18 AM

Boxer, who stressed she supports the “counterterrorism mission” in Iraq, says there’s no appetite for too muscular of a military involvement after America’s long war there.

What a stupid whore. You can’t engage in counterterrorism missions without an intelligence apparatus. We don’t have one of those thanks to a silly stupid lazy rat-eared narcissist’s need to do a victory lap in Iraq prior to the 2012 elections.

There are no easy answers about Iraq now because the filthy bastard in the White House ignored the situation there for over five years. It was by design. The guy with the Muslim name supports our enemies and join them in hating the Jews.

Happy Nomad on June 23, 2014 at 5:56 AM

So mika and the rest of the network ladies except for fox, natch spoke with dear leader ….can you say softball interviews ?

cmsinaz on June 23, 2014 at 6:04 AM

You can’t engage in counterterrorism missions without an intelligence apparatus.

Happy Nomad on June 23, 2014 at 5:56 AM

Well of course if we’d just left a minimal force there and some intelligence infrastructure all this would have been avoided, the ISIS stuff, because we could have blown there caravans of thug-filled pickups off the highways in two heartbeats.

anotherJoe on June 23, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Morning canopfor and HN
:)

cmsinaz on June 23, 2014 at 6:05 AM

And the problem is that Obama plans to do exactly the same thing in Afghanistan. Leave nothing behind, a scorched earth policy on our achievements and future ability to counter the very Taliban that caused 911.

anotherJoe on June 23, 2014 at 6:08 AM

Now a book is out indicating that Hillary didn’t like blaming the video on the benghazi attack…
Dear leader made her say it

Oh the fists will be flying soon

cmsinaz on June 23, 2014 at 6:12 AM

Yepper anotherjoe

cmsinaz on June 23, 2014 at 6:12 AM

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