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Thursday, July 26. 2007
That pesky old Law of Unintended Consequences. MA health plan running into a major problem: not enough primary care docs. WSJ. If I know anything about government, they will proceed to create another program to deal with that problem of their own creation. (h/t, Bruce Kesler)
What is your source of hope? Your own brain and spirit, God, or the government? Liberalism Dangerously Defined, by Medved.
Rudy is in trouble with CAIR. Good for him.
CBS is trying to fool you. Powerline
Photo: Bill and Hillary in law school. Since we've been posting on hippies, I think this photo demonstrates that the fad was more about fashion and wanting to be - or look -hip, than anything else. Ruthlessly ambitious, power-hungry, and calculating, these two hardly embodied the true hippy spirit. Peace, baby.
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Perhaps the clothing and hairstyles of the "Hippies" were a fad but I assure you that the sociological and political "Hippie" remains to this day.
There appears to be an effort on the part of some at MF to characterise the cultural revolution that had the hard core Hippies as their vangauard as some ephemeral event with the half life of a donut in a police squad room. I do not believe this is so and most sociologists and historians agree.
The raiment changed and the got many got jobs in the mainstream but their psychology remained in 1967 mode. Just one example is workplace and secondary school dress codes, all but nonexistent in many areas of the country and a universe away from pre cultural revolutionary days.
No, I'm not convinced that it was a fad, it was a profound and lasting sociological/political change in the cultural makeup of this country.
You might be right, H., but I'm not sure that shift was a "hippie" thing, per se.
Hippies as I pointed out purposefully were in the vanguard. The movement and philosophy grew because of peer pressure to be"with it", so you went to anti war rallies, stayed abreast of Franz Fannon, Marx, Carlos Castenada, Firesign Theater, and anything else that your parents thought and fought against.You embraced the counter culture and knew all the words to Crosby Stills Nash and Young anti-songs,regardless if you knew what they meant. Those new thoughts were B.F Skinner "imprinting" on young impressionable minds who then went into teaching and other fields and for years never reexamined what they had "imprinted" on. (do not end sentences with prepositions) By then they had children who became "carries " of their parents "imprinted" adolescent philosophies...."Where Have All the Adults Gone", ergo we have a generation split 50-50 on liberal -conservative lines, with the liberal half defending their positions by looking in the rear view mirror and spouting the same tripe they used in 1967.
Now we can turn our attention to this developing situation which is fraught with danger from every radii on the compass rose.
MS-13 gang seeks to unite nationwide
- The international street gang MS-13 is unifying its violent members across the U.S., including the D.C. area, attempting to strengthen its criminal operation by creating a single organization.
"Traditionally, the gang consisted of loosely affiliated groups known as cliques; however, law enforcement officials have reported increased coordination of criminal activity among Mara Salvatrucha cliques in the Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and New York metropolitan areas," states a confidential letter sent out earlier this month from the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of Illinois.
"MS-13 is attempting to become a unified criminal enterprise operating under one leadership."
The Washington Times has obtained a copy of the letter and an Army intelligence presentation on the growth of MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha.
Federal law-enforcement agents say the gang is adopting tactics used by major Mexican and Colombian drug-trafficking groups and has become a gun-for-hire for many major Central and South American drug-trafficking cartels.
"Indications that previously independent cliques are forming alliances with other MS-13 cliques, as well as with other gangs to facilitate criminal activity, further heighten the threat," the letter continued. "It would be dangerous to look at MS-13 as just another street gang."
Agents for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) say that the gangs' tactics are terroristic but question whether the small groups can unify under one leader.
"These gang members are some of the most brutal people we have ever encountered," said a DEA intelligence officer on the condition of anonymity. "Whether they are unifying, well that's more difficult to tell. In some cases yes and in other cases no.
"But a unified criminal enterprise between all groups — it could happen. We'll have to wait and see. What we know is that they're getting stronger."
According to the DEA, the gangs' major source of income is narcotics and arms trafficking. Human trafficking and extortion also are becoming lucrative enterprises for them, the DEA agent said.
MS-13, which began as a Los Angeles street gang, is responsible for thousands of killings and mutilations in the United States, Mexico and Central America. MS-13 rival gang Mara 18, based in El Salvador, is just as violent and recruited more members internationally, said detective Patrick Word of Gaithersburg, president of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Gang Investigators Network.
"While showing some regional alignment between cliques," Mr. Word said. "MS-13 is still showing no signs that it is unifying nationally or transnationally ... There is just no one leader or even a group of leaders."
But others on the federal level disagree. The letter and presentation suggest that MS-13 has an estimated 96,000 members internationally.
"Mara Salvatrucha members typically are Salvadoran nationals or first-generation Salvadoran-Americans; however, many cliques in the United States now accept members from Belize, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Mexico," the letter stated.
There are an estimated 20,000 members associated with 125 cliques in the U.S. alone. As of 2003, DEA and FBI officials have located groups in 30 states, plus the District.
Although the group began as a small street gang in Los Angeles, it spread quickly to El Salvador as many illegal alien members were deported from the U.S. for criminal activity. Many of those deported began to recruit new members throughout Central America.
The viciousness of the gang killings is displayed in a U.S. Army intelligence presentation which included graphic photos. One photograph shows the Roman numerals for 18 carved into, and then slashed over, the severed head of a Salvadoran woman suspected of Mara 18 ties. A second photo shows a dismembered baby lying in brush.
"They can function as networks, with extensive transnational linkages," the Army presentation stated. "Their internal functions include recruiting, logistics, attacks, intelligence [collecting and propaganda], and activities including murders, drugs, extortion and others."
The Salvadoran Policia National Civil recognize MS-13 as "organized crime" and they leave death in their wake with hundreds, if not thousands, of killings from El Salvador to the U.S. annually.
On Monday, Oscar Ramos Velasquez of Baltimore, an MS-13 gang member, was sentenced to 37 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise, and conspiracy to commit assaults with a deadly weapon.
"This sentence should serve as a warning to young people who are tempted to join gangs like MS-13, that you may pay for that decision for the rest of your life," said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. "Federal, state and local authorities will continue to work together to combat violent gangs in Maryland."
Velasquez is one of 14 MS-13 members who have been convicted in this Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act conspiracy case.
MS-13 is also the largest gang in Northern Virginia and groups associated with the gang are growing in Montgomery County, Md., as well, said Virginia state Sen. Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, Fairfax County Republican.
"At my level of government, what frustrates me the most is that so many people stand in the way of tough policies against illegal immigration," Mr. Cuccinelli said. "They either ignore it or don't understand the connection to public safety, security and the community's well-being."
by Sarah carter
Oh Good! Now maybe the US Mafia (Chicago, New York, Las Vegas, Arizona, New Jersey) will have to do some really tough work and get their rivals off of turf that they have controlled for years! If you have any doubts as to the power of our Mafia, and the influence of the gaming industry over all aspects of American life, do some background checking on a ferry that sank in the early 1990's. It carried most of the Swedish police administration at a time when our gambling industry was trying to force their way into Swedish government. Why is it that after decades of no ferry accidents on this particular route--the only ship to sink is the one loaded with the administration of the Swedish Police? Co-incident you think. How about the murder of the prime minister just several years earlier? Yeah, we have a real ugly group in our nation and that group sits at the table of every G8 meeting--you can count on it!
You begin with this:
The event ocurred on September 28, 1994 the ferry was the MS Estonia.
The treat from MS-13 is that they have already been established as having AQ contacts. Whether they have contacts with Hugo Chavez or will be supported by the Russian, Chinese, or simply draw from the millions of illegal aliens already within our borders is problematic. They will be supported by someone.
The US government has now started to move against US employers who do not have the proper documentation for their workers. This pressure will result in the layoff of tens of thoudsands of potential recruits already here in the US.
This is a quantum step forward in the US for those who are criminal in intent and action.
The forces continue to coalesce around an anti US strategy..not good.
Liberalism Dangerously Defined.....Medved...Sorensen...JFK
Today JFK would be a right wing conspirator. Just go Youtube his Inaugural Speech and also realise that he lowered taxes!!
Over the past 40-50 years liberals have moved so far left that they are in no way liberals of the JFK era.
Today they are really very committed socialists but are terrified to use that word so they call themselves "Progressives" ..Naturally that intimates that Republicans are neanderthal.
The Dems support most of the weirdness in politics today. Any examination of who supports them reveals a toxic stew of unimaginable perversity.