Congresswoman questions $730K repairs to Arizona border fence

The high price tag and slow repairs to a part of the border fence that divides the U.S. and Mexico are of great concern, U.S. Rep. Martha McSally (R-Arizona) said Thursday. McSally wrote a letter to U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske on Thursday after an Associated Press report found the repairs to about 60 feet of fencing cost $730,000. “Given the limited availability of funding and the need for new, more effective technologies along our southern border, I find the cost of the repairs to be of great concern,” McSally wrote. Repairs on the 60 feet of rebar-reinforced fencing in Nogales, Arizona, were completed in December, and the federal agency released the cost of the repairs last month after a request by The Associated Press. Agents discovered the downed fence in July after heavy rain in Nogales, Mexico, caused debris to build up against the fence, toppling it. The fence stood between 18 and 26 feet high and extended at least 7 feet underground. It was built in 2011. The debris, which included tree trunks, was so heavy that it crossed into Nogales, Arizona, damaging businesses and mobile homes near the border. City officials last year said they planned on suing U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the parent agency of the Border Patrol, accusing the agency of failing to open floodgates that would have prevented such strong runoff. But city attorney Julia Holman said Nogales is no longer pursuing that effort. Nicole Ballistrea, a spokeswoman for Customs and Border Protection, said the repairs took so long to complete because workers had to wait for the ground to dry after several days of rainfall. The Border Patrol monitored the area at all times while the fence was down, Customs and Border Protection said. In her letter, McSally questions whether the agency could have taken steps to minimize the damage. Floodgates near the fence weren’t opened on time because the rains were too heavy to risk getting near the water, Customs and Border Protection said. McSally is not the first official to criticize the repairs. Arizona Sen. Steve Smith (R-Maricopa) said the cost was too high. “It sounds like our federal government is not as assiduous as it should be,” said Smith, a proponent of tighter border security.

Amb Power: Sanctions Haven’t Changed Russia’s ‘Calculus’ or Prevented ‘Escalation’

US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power stated that US sanctions and diplomatic isolation “have not yet changed Putin’s calculus” and that “we’re seeing dangerous escalation,” which “Putin needs to decide that he cares about the fate of his people” enough to stop on Friday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” on MSNBC. Power said that Putin’s declaration that, according to host Andrea Mitchell’s characterization, “Ukraine is part of Russia,” “is consistent with the aggression that Putin has carried out, lopping off — trying to lop off Crimea and a large chunk of eastern Ukraine. And it’s consistent with some of the provocative actions that ships and airplanes are taking north of Europe. These are very, very worrying actions, very provocative.” Power added that Russia’s actions are “ones, of course, that we have met with very, very severe economic sanctions and diplomatic isolation. Those sanctions have succeeded in making a huge impact, as you know, on Russia’s economy. But clearly, they have not yet changed Putin’s calculus. We are all invested in the Minsk process and ensuring the implementation of the Minsk Agreement, which Putin claims to still stand behind, but we’re seeing very dangerous escalation on the ground, and as you know, just in the last days, a real pick-up in the fighting in eastern Ukraine. So, we will continue to meet every action and the undermining of Ukraine’s stability with isolation and with sanctions, but fundamentally Russia needs to decide, and Putin needs to decide, that he cares about the fate of his people, the fate of his economy, and that he doesn’t want to take Russia down the path of ruin.”

What a hippie! Here we have an example of why liberals have NO clue what to do with agressive nation states like mother Russia. She’s coming to the painful realization that touchy-feely things like economic sanctions aren’t working. Soo..”gosh! What do we do?” And, that is why Vlad and the rest of his thugs in Moscow are eating our lunch right now… Unreal..

Shocking images from cameras on Texas-Mexico border capture steady stream of illegal aliens sneaking into the United States with packages of drugs and guns

Cameras placed along Texas’ 1,200-mile border with Mexico have captured the stream of illegal immigrants sneaking into the country on a daily basis. The network of more than 1,000 motion detectors, similar to those used to film wildlife, have been placed strategically in areas that have not been secured – where Mexican citizens can cross and evade capture with ease. They helped border guards apprehend nearly 30,000 suspects and led to 88,400 pounds of drugs being seized in 2014 as part of Operation Drawbridge. The system has also had a significant impact on Mexican cartels and their ability to smuggle narcotics, people and stolen vehicles between the two countries. The startling images have been revealed as President Obama continues to fight to push through an executive order to shield illegal immigrants from deportation. Earlier this month a federal judge in Texas refused to lift a temporary block on a White House immigration plan. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the ‘sophisticated’ cameras are stationed on ranches and farms on the border. They turn on when movement is detected and are monitored in real-time, around-the-clock by a number of agencies. If they think suspicious activity is taking place, they alert law enforcement in a bid to get them to cut them off. Steven McCraw, the director of the agency, said: ‘Every day, sheriff’s deputies, police officers, Border Patrol agents and state law enforcement officers in the Texas border region risk their lives to protect Texas and the entire nation from Mexican cartels and transnational crime. ‘This innovative use of technology has proven to be a force multiplier in detecting the smuggling attempts along the border, which is critical to interdicting criminal activity occurring between the ports of entry.

Take a look at these photos.. Wow… Here’s a thought… How about building a WALL!! The Great Wall of China was built a couple thousand years ago, and it worked just fine. And..IT’S STILL THERE!!…and an be seen from SPACE!! Berlin was divided after WWII by a WALL, and the 38th parallel between North and South Korea still has an impentrable wall that’s been there for over 60 years! Fast forward to today with all the technological advances.. I’m sure the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers could errect a wall above, and below ground to prevent tunneling..that would work just fine. Yes, these “force multipliers” of technology would ADD to that. But, you need a WALL that doesn’t depend on technological glitches, failures, and has energy requirements. As we’ve been saying from day one at The Daily Buzz.. BUILD THE WALL NOW!!!!!….and put U.S. Army National Guard troops physically ON the border, and keep them there until that wall/fence is finally built….however long that takes!

Army morale low despite 6-year, $287M optimism program

More than half of some 770,000 soldiers are pessimistic about their future in the military and nearly as many are unhappy in their jobs, despite a six-year, $287 million campaign to make troops more optimistic and resilient, findings obtained by USA TODAY show.

It’s truly breathtaking how stupid some of these pointy headed electoids are.. They think that because they spend “$287 MILLION dollars (of our hard-hearned tax dollars, no less) on making these poor troops feel better about themselves, that it’ll make all of their concerns just go away. Really?!? No. You have to substantively address their concerns about pay, deployments, family support, and so on; NOT pump them full of sunshine and slick advertising campaigns. Unreal..

AG Eric Holder’s gun-ban list of ‘mental defectives’ is mostly veterans

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee wants Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to explain why a Department of Justice gun ban list has a “mental defective” category consisting almost entirely of names belonging to military veterans and their dependents. “It’s disturbing to think that the men and women who dedicated themselves to defending our freedom and values face undue threats to their fundamental Second Amendment rights from the very agency established to serve them,” Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, said in a statement Wednesday. “A veteran or dependent shouldn’t lose their constitutional rights because they need help with bookkeeping.” Mr. Grassley outlined his concerns about the list to Mr. Holder in a letter dated this week. It included various failures by the Department of Justice — including the inconsistent application of standards and weak due process protections — that have led to the Department of Veterans Affairs adding “a disproportionate number of names” to the federal gun ban list. All federal agencies are required to report names of individuals who are dangers to themselves or others to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System’s “mental defective” category — a status that prevents them from owning or possessing guns. That means that veterans “are particularly singled out,” Mr. Grassley said. Those veterans should not be required by the Department of Veterans Affairs “to prove that they have the ability to exercise their Second Amendment rights,” he said. “According to the Congressional Research Service, as of June 1, 2012, 99.3% of all names reported to the NICS list’s ‘mental defective’ category were provided by the Veterans Administration (VA) even though reporting requirements apply to all federal agencies,” Mr. Grassley’s letter said. The senator said he wanted Mr. Holder to explain what review process the Justice Department has in place to ensure that names are properly on the NICS list, among other things. Mr. Grassley also noted that the VA’s listings are too loose for the federal background-check law’s standard — whether a person poses a threat to himself or others. “Instead VA reports individuals to the gun ban list if an individual merely needs financial assistance managing VA benefits. Although the VA process is not designed to regulate firearm ownership, it results in veterans and their loved ones being barred from exercising their fundamental, Constitutionally-guaranteed Second Amendment rights,” he wrote. The letter shows that Mr. Grassley expects a response from Mr. Holder regarding his concerns about the list by April 30.

Kudos to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) for standing up to AG Eric Holder, and standing FOR law-abiding veteran gun owners! :-)

‘Man-made disaster': Critics say California drought caused by misguided environment policies

The blistering drought that has Californians timing their showers, driving dirty cars and staring at brown lawns and empty swimming pools is a “man-made disaster,” according to critics, who say the Golden State’s misguided environmental policies allow much-needed freshwater to flow straight into the Pacific. In an average year, California gets enough snow and rain to put 200 million acres under a foot of water, but environmental opposition to dams over the last several decades has allowed the majority of the freshwater to flow into the ocean, even as the state’s population exploded to nearly 40 million people. The current drought has left farms parched and residents under strict water consumption orders, but some say it didn’t have to be that way. “This is a man-made disaster,” said Bonner Cohen, senior fellow with the National Center for Public Policy Research. “Southern California is an arid part of the world where droughts — even severe droughts — are commonplace, and knowing this, you’d think the government of California would have included this mathematical certainty in its disaster preparedness planning, but the government has done nothing, not even store rain, as the population has continued to grow.”

Click on the text above to read the rest of this article if you’re in California, or this issue is of interest to you. It’s painfully clear that California’s state government, which has been solidly under Dem control for several decades, has been the primary reason why California is going through this. The Dem-controlled statehouse in Sacremento has, for FAR too long, given in to the extreme enviro-wacko lobby…and now the state is in, well, the state that it’s in.

Pathological: Dead Broke Hillary Dodged Sniper Fire with Her Immigrant Grandparents In Tuzla

According to Democrat presidential contender Hillary Clinton, she has led quite the romantic life; one filled with drama, danger, romance, struggle and intrigue. She is, after all, the granddaughter of immigrants, and yet she has achieved so much. She left the White House in January of 2001 dead broke, and yet went on to amass a $100 million fortune. And as First Lady, in the country of Tuzla, she braved and dodged sniper fire. Though it all Hillary is proud to announce that, “I don’t feel no ways tired.” Of, course Hillary was lying… Lying about being broke. Lying about dodging sniper fire. And now we know she was lying about the romantic stories she has oft-told about her immigrant grandparents. According to BuzzFeed, Ms. Clinton told this immigrant lie as recently as yesterday in Iowa. “All my grandparents, you know, came over here and you know my grandfather went to work in lace mill in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and worked there until he retired at 65. He started there when he was a teenager and just kept going,” Clinton said. Except that this story….… conflicts with public census and other records related to her maternal and paternal grandparents. The story of her grandmother specifically immigrating is one Clinton has told before. Clinton’s sole foreign-born grandparent, Hugh Rodham Sr., immigrated as a child. How does a serial-fabricator intend to be taken seriously on the world stage? Why would anyone trust her? And how many lies does Hillary get to tell before the media stops chasing her van like groupies and starts demanding she answer questions? I guess it depends on what the meaning of “sniper fire” is.

No kidding.. As we’ve been saying here at The Daily Buzz from day one.. There is NOTHING about Hillary that is genuine. Everything about her is phony and made up. Lying is what she does on a daily basis; just making stories and events up. She’s done it for years. And, the dominantly liberal mainstream media never ever calls her on it. So, the author is exactly right when he asks at what point will the liberal media stop chasing her around like a celeb, and actually confront her with serious questions and call her on her lies and fabrications?