Trey Gowdy Putting More Pressure on Eric Holder to Resign Over Fast and Furious

From his recent column in The New York Post:

Congress has a constitutional responsibility to exercise oversight over the Executive Branch, and for more than a year we’ve been attempting to fulfill that with respect to the Justice Department’s “Fast and Furious” scandal.

Yet Justice — despite repeated requests for documents, multiple appearances before various committees and more than ample time — has failed to answer fundamental questions about this ill-conceived, ill-executed firearms operation.

So, on Tuesday, I introduced an amendment to cut the department’s General Administration Fund by $1 million; it passed on a voice vote. The cut is aimed at Attorney General Eric Holder and his key lieutenants; if the AG and his staff won’t cooperate with our requests, then they don’t deserve their salaries.

Congress’ investigation has gone on for more than a year and a half, yet Justice has only complied with 12 of our 22 subpoena requests for documents. The American people deserve answers; Congress deserves the information we asked for.

As a former prosecutor, I take no joy in moving to cut appropriations for Justice, but it’s about respect for the rule of law and holding those in power to the same standard as those not in power.

What would happen to you if you ignored a jury summons, failed to comply with a grand-jury subpoena or ignored a lawful demand for documents from a congressional committee? You’d be sanctioned, held in contempt, and likely jailed.

Which is a great point. Eric Holder and his handlers think that they are above the law which is how this fiasco started in the first place. The Shooter’s Blog is reporting that Gowdy has been telling people he fully expects Holder to be fired before the next election.

Surprise! Dead Neo-Nazi JT Ready was Part of Occupy Phoenix

Makes sense. The Occupy movement is full of socialist anti-Semites who hate America and recently dead JT Ready was a national socialist which is a socialist anti-Semite who hates America so they’re simpatico. The media is trying to claim he was a Tea Partier but here’s video proof that Ready was an Occupy supporter. The fat guy first interviewed is JT Ready:

Illegal Immigration to Blame for Longmont High School TB Outbreak?

Looks that way. First some background – Longmont high school has made the national news because of “unusual” rates of tuberculosis. From

LONGMONT — About 40 percent of Longmont High School students and staff tested for tuberculosis have had positive results, a Denver Public Health official said Wednesday.

Dr. Randall Reves, director of the Denver Metro Tuberculosis Control Program, said that rate is unusual, but not unheard of.

“It just reflects that (the student’s) particular case of TB was more infectious than average,” Reves said.

Some types of sputum carry more bacteria than others, making those patients more contagious, he said.

Latent TB, unlike active TB, is not contagious. So far, the original case — which was made public in early January — is the only active case found in the school, Reves said.

TB cannot be transmitted unless a patient is actively ill, he said.

“They cough the bacteria into the air,” Reves said. “It takes a lot of bacteria being coughed into the air to cause infection.”

Because the rate of latent TB being found at the school has been higher than expected in the first two groups of students and staff tested, Reves has decided to test everyone at the school.

Beginning next week, public health officials will start testing ninth- and 10th-graders. To speed up the testing, skin tests will be given to most people, he said.

The following week, officials will test the 11th- and 12th-graders who have not yet been tested, he said.

This sort of TB develops into the active, fatal type in 5% of cases. It is treated with four months of antibiotics.

What’s this got to do with illegal immigration? Well, remember that one of the problems with illegal immigration is that the illegals don’t go through the medical screening and treatment of legal immigrants. In the late 90s, for example, I was working as a part time tutor at the college I graduated from when there was a TB scare caused by a Haitian immigrant who for some unknown reason had not been screened when entering the country. The college wouldn’t release the girls identity and instead just asked everyone who had contact with a Haitian to be screened for TB. That was what Liberals thought was more politically correct.

Telemundo covered the testing and you may have caught a glimpse of a rougeish fellow with a highly decorated motorcycle jacket and quite dashing knee high leather boots getting the ‘ol skin prick.

Anyway this was my “aha!” moment when I realized there was a very good reason to have a good, organized immigration system.

Longmont is home to a large illegal population blending in with a quickly growing Latino population. In 2010 Longmont had a Hispanic population of 17%, which was an increase of 10%. Currently that population is over 25%. In a close knit, family oriented culture (all positive things by the way) undiagnosed communicable diseases are a real danger to both the insular and the outside population.

There needs to be some sort of outreach to the illegal community that makes them understand how important this issue is. No matter where you fall on immigration we can all agree on that.

2,500 Ciudad Juárez Cops Driven from Homes by Cartels

The break down of law and order in Mexico has reached the point where Cartels are not only challenging governmental authority, but pushing governmental institutions out of areas they control. Juarez is now a feral city sitting within view of El Paso, Texas. The security implications of this are frightening.

From Fox Latino:

The entire police force in the violent Mexican border city of Ciudad Juárez was ordered to leave their homes and stay in a hotel for their safety after the recent killing of five officers by a local drug cartel.

The gang threatened a week ago to kill one policeman a day unless Police Chief Julian Leyzaola resigns.

Juárez Mayor Héctor Murguía said Wednesday that the attacks carried out since the warning are a response to toughening police action against drug cartels in the city across from El Paso, Texas.

The mayor said there is no way Leyzaola is stepping down. He said most of the officers are “angry because of the attacks,” but are deeply committed to fighting crime.

Police spokesman Adrian Sánchez said officers were ordered to stay away from their houses after Monday’s shootout between assailants and policemen. That assault and previous attacks happened as officers were going to or from home.

The city’s government said it has secured 26 million pesos ($2 million) to house officers in hotels but did not specify how long that would last.

A policewoman who moved to a hotel in downtown Juárez said Wednesday that officers feel “more like soldiers, living in barracks than police officers.” Still, she said, “I don’t want my family to become collateral damage if I become a target.”

The officer, a single mother of two, agreed to discuss the matter only if not quoted by name because she was violating department rules that bar her from talking to journalists.

Sánchez said the police department will assess the results of the measure after a month and then decide whether to continue.

“So far it’s been successful,” Murguía said.

At least 10 banners bearing threats to Juárez’s police chief appeared around the city last week. The messages were signed by the New Juárez Cartel, an offshoot of the La Linea or Juárez Cartel, a major target of law enforcement actions in recent months.

In other news the Cartels are said to have their own air-force of ultralights designed to drop payloads. It’s only a matter of time before they’re dropping bombs on U.S. soil after taking off from a Juarez based air based

Famine in Mexico Poses Security Threat to United States

The drought that has been plaguing American ranchers and farmers has been doubly hard on Mexican agriculture. Mexican border states are already experiencing food shortages which could further destabilize the already lawless region:

MEXICO CITY – Some 2.5 million people are at risk of going hungry due to the severe drought plaguing more than half of Mexico’s 32 states, a leading expert said Thursday.

“Fifty percent of the municipalities are affected and it’s estimated that 1.4 million hectares (3.5 million acres) of crops suffered,” said Emilio Romero, a scholar with the Economic Research Institute at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

The shortage of rain has already led to the loss of 3.2 million tons of maize, 600,000 tons of beans and 60,000 head of cattle, he noted.

Without measures to counteract the agricultural losses, “this population runs the risk of suffering hunger,” Romero said, calling it “paradoxical” that the government delayed so long in tapping some of Mexico’s $147 billion in international reserves to address the problems caused by the drought.

President Felipe Calderon announced this week the appropriation of 33.83 billion pesos ($2.5 billion) for drought relief.

One of the hardest-hit states is Chihuahua, which borders Texas and is home to around 100,000 Raramuri Indians living in mountain settlements that have been particularly affected by food shortages.

Food shortages so close to the border may lead to refugees attempting to cross over illegally just to get something to eat … and finding that American food security is an illusion.

The drought is bad enough that it’s cutting into the cartels marijuana business:

The number of illegal marijuana plantations in Northern Mexico has “declined considerably” over the last few months, told a Mexican army commander to the Associated Press on Tuesday, as a devastating drought continues to wreck havoc on the country’s water supply to both its population and cropland.

“We can see a lot less (marijuana plantations) than in other years,” said General Pedro Gurrola, commander of armed forces in the state of Sinaloa. With water supply scarce, many marijuana crops have also dried up, added General Gurrola, whose forces conducts regular surveillance flights across the country to seek out any illicit drug plantations.

To make up the shortfall the cartels are making and moving more meth. This is a good lesson in cartel economics for people who thinking legalizing one or more of the products the cartels deal in will destroy them. They will always find ways to make money.

The already chaotic border region doesn’t need food shortages to add to the chaos. Border state residents should be prepared for an influx of hungry, desperate illegal aliens in the near future, and an increase in meth sales and human trafficking as cartels look to make up the shortfalls caused by a bad crop season.

h/t Doug Ross