Thursday, December 30, 2010

It still amazes me how only ¼” of rain leads the news in Phoenix.

Being from the Appalachian Mountains of western Pennsylvania, rain and snow are no big deal to me. After all, I spent half of my life either wet or cold. For the last several days, nearly half of the local newscasts have been devoted to this approaching winter storm.

The storm came and left approximately ¼” of rain. I am a bit disappointed because I was expecting a lot more. Having lived near Johnstown, PA, a.k.a. “The Flood City”, I would think several inches of rain over a short period of time would be a big deal.

Arizona storm: Phoenix-area hit with rain, snow in high country

The first wave of a winter-weather system swept through the state Wednesday, lashing the Valley with rain, dumping deep snow in the high country and paralyzing Arizona's major north-south route.

Thursday morning, the Arizona Department of Transportation closed Interstate 40 from Kingman to Flagstaff and on to Holbrook. In addition, Interstate 17, Arizona 260, Arizona 87 and 89A have all been closed and officials are not sure when they might be re-opened.

Bigboomer2110 wrote: “Interstate travelers in and around AZ continue to show just how dumb they really are. When the weather is like it was yesterday, don't drive up north, you're just asking for trouble especially if you don't have a four wheel drive.” . . . and I couldn’t agree more!

Despite the wet weather, we still conducted another illegal immigration and drug smuggling patrol in the Sonoran Desert National Monument south of Interstate 8. The rain actually helped as it erased old tracks.

Border Officials Let Millions Enter U.S. Without Proper ID

While the Obama Administration is busy controlling the American diet and bringing “environmental justice” to the inner city, it’s failing miserably to protect the nation from terrorists by allowing millions of travelers to enter the U.S. without proper identification.

For more than a year and a half, the Homeland Security agency charged with safeguarding the country’s borders has blown off a crucial measure that requires all travelers to provide a passport or secure identification before entering the United States. The security rule, known as the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, was implemented at the recommendation of the 9/11 Commission to protect the U.S. from another terrorist attack.

Are You in the FBI’s Suspicious Activities Database?

The Washington Post’s Dana Priest has another phone book’s worth of terrifying revelations about our national security/police/prison state. One that really chills given the FBI’s track record is the “vast repository” the Bureau is building that “stores the profiles of tens of thousands of Americans and legal residents who are not accused of any crime. What they have done is appear to be acting suspiciously to a town sheriff, a traffic cop or even a neighbor.”
Too bad we cannot log on and look up our names. If Joseph Stalin were alive today, he'd be proud of how we turned into a Communist style police state. So much for freedom and democracy.

"Such a catastrophe cannot threaten if the Nordic race will gather itself together in time, shake off the shackles of an inveterate altruism, discard the vain phantom of internationalism, and reassert the pride of race and the right of merit to rule." -Madison Grant, in his Introduction to The Rising Tide Of Color by Lothrop Stoddard, 1920.