When Border Patrol agents checked a bus passenger’s papers at the Falfurrias checkpoint last week, they did a double-take.
The bus passenger handed them a driver’s license identifying himself as David, a 34-year-old man from Edinburg, according to federal court records.
Along with the driver’s license, the man had a birth certificate and a Social Security card identifying him as David.
Border Patrol agents working the checkpoint at 1 a.m. Thursday, though, knew David — and he wasn’t the guy on the bus.
They would have recognized him: David is a fellow Border Patrol agent assigned to the Falfurrias area, according to federal court records.
Border Patrol agents pulled the passenger off the Houston-bound bus and took him to the Falfurrias Station for questioning. The man admitted he was actually 24-year-old Orlando Castaneda-Diaz, a Mexican citizen who claimed to have illegally crossed the border on April 12, according to the federal criminal complaint against him.
Castaneda-Diaz said he bought the documents from a man in Matamoros for $2,000, according to the criminal complaint, and had never met the real David.
The real David, who KGBT-TV reached through National Border Patrol Council Local 3307 — the union that represents agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector — asked to be identified by his middle name to protect his privacy.
Border Patrol agents arrested Castaneda-Diaz and contacted the U.S. State Department’s Diplomatic Security Bureau.
A couple of years ago it was reported that Turkey was helping fund the building of a $100 million dollar mega mosque in Lanham, Maryland. In fact Erdogan visited the mosque when he was here in May of 2013, promising to come back for the opening.
Well that time has apparently arrived and now Erdogan and Obama will be together at the mosque for the big opening ceremony:
ANADOLU AGENCY – The presidents of Turkey and the U.S. will open the Turkish-American Culture and Civilization Center in Maryland, Turkey’s foreign minister said Sunday.
Mevlut Cavusoglu, on a three-day visit to Washington, visited the center that also has a middle-sized mosque, and lunched with representatives from the American Muslim community.
“During a phone call, President (Recep Tayyip) Erdogan asked President (Barack) Obama to accompany him in opening the center together and President Obama accepted his offer’in principle,’” Cavusoglu told the representatives.
If Obama’s schedule allows at the time of the opening, he will accompany Erdogan.
Ah Leftists, such classy folk. Notice like every other imperious leftist, once he pronounces it, that’s the “last word”, no one may question.
This from a guy voted out because he led his state to virtually dead last in the country in economic growth, 49/50, and was voted out because for 40 consecutive tax hikes, including his infamous tax on rain.
Possible presidential contender Martin O’Malley (D) on Monday mocked Republican arguments that federal regulations keep poor and middle-class people from moving up the economic ladder.
“It is not true that regulation holds poor people down, or regulation keeps middle class from advancing,” O’Malley, the former governor of Maryland, said Monday in an interview with NPR’s Steve Inskeep. “That’s kind of patently bulls—.”
“That’s quite a last word, by the way, on that subject. … I’m just going to leave it right there,” Inskeep responded.
O’Malley said working-class people are hurt by a tax code that is riddled with special interest loopholes. He said “the concentrated wealth and accumulated power and the systematic deregulation of Wall Street” is responsible for an economy that “isn’t working for most of us.”
O’Malley is considering challenging Hillary Clinton (D) for the Democratic presidential nomination. In recent weeks, he’s become increasingly aggressive in attacking the former secretary of State.
She refuses to take any policy position unless she thinks it’s completely safe, and wouldn’t damage her campaign. That’s why she’s hiding out on this ‘listening tour’, taking a couple of pre-screened question and skedaddling.
Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh blasted President Barack Obama’s insistence that climate change “poses the world’s biggest threat” Monday after hundreds drowned trying to flee Libya and ISIS beheaded more Christians over the weekend.
Opening his Monday program, Limbaugh called climate change “one of the biggest scams that has ever been perpetrated on the people of the world,” adding that the whole idea isn’t “even worth a factual discussion.”
The comments Limbaugh was questioning came from Obama’s weekly address on Saturday, in which he said there is “no greater threat” than climate change ahead of Earth Day, which he plans to spend in the Florida Everglades.
“The point is that we got Iran on the verge of a nuclear weapon. ISIS is on the march beheading and killing Christians everywhere…There is mass murder, there is death, there is mayhem, there is torture, there is slavery. The human condition is in great peril all over the world,” Limbaugh said. “And here he comes again, Barack Hussein O, the President of the United States on Saturday saying that climate change poses the world’s biggest threat. It’s just silly. It’s not even worth a factual discussion.”
“Even though there hasn’t been any increase in the world’s temperature for 18 years and even if it were to happen, even if the global warming that is predicted by these baseless computer models, even if it were to happen exactly as the models say, it’s not the end of anything,” Limbaugh continued.
Exactly two years after President Obama’s bid for gun control following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting died in Congress, a new poll has discovered a huge shift in public opinion to backing Second Amendment gun rights and away from controlling gun ownership.
The reason: Americans now believe having a gun is the best way to protect against crime, 63 percent to 30 percent.
Pew Research Center found that while support for gun control once reached 66 percent, it has dropped to 46 percent while support for gun rights has jumped 52 percent, the highest ever in the past 25 years.
“We are at a moment when most Americans believe crime rates are rising and when most believe gun ownership – not gun control – makes people safer,” said the survey.
To say the shift in opinion is radical is not an understatement. It follows a short period where Americans were torn over gun ownership, but eventually sided with gun rights groups during the Obama years.
Students at California Polytechnic University recently held a “shit-in” to teach their peers about gender neutral bathrooms
Last Tuesday, members of Cal Poly’s Queer Student Union began circulating a petition requesting that the university add “Gender Diversity” signs to existing “all-gender bathrooms” on campus. Tuesday also kicked off the group’s three-day “shit-in” during which students were encouraged to only use gender neutral bathrooms on campus.
“Put yourself in the shoes of a trans*/gender non-conforming student and take the pledge to use only all gender bathrooms,” states the group’s Facebook page.
According to the petition, the public university in San Luis Obispo, Calif. currently has seventeen all-gender bathrooms, but only five are “reasonably accessible, leaving non-cisgender students with a paltry amount of options when it comes to using the bathroom.”
“When we’re talking about inclusive practices, policies and facilities for transgender and non-gender-conforming students, one of the first things that comes up is access to restrooms,” QSU’s club adviser Adam Serafin told Cal Poly’s Mustang News. “And what’s behind that is access to a safe place to use a restroom. Somewhere that is emotionally safe, but also physically safe for students.”
The lame joke caught the attentions of the fawning left-wingers at Salon who called it “brilliant,” “savvy,” and said King let them “have it.”
This isn’t the first venture into the political realm for King. On March 30 he tweeted out about Indiana’s religious freedom law, calling it “simply gay discrimination” and likening it to…a dog turd?(Eww.)
It was bad enough, as I wrote here last August, that the Internal Revenue Service appeared to reach an agreement to monitor the pulpits of ill-favored churches. What’s worse is that the IRS, directly counter to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requirements, steadfastly has refused to make public key documents pertaining to that decision.
So the IRS, acting with the whole power of government behind it, seems to be saying it can monitor and presumably punish churches for the content of their sermons, but the churches can’t know exactly if, how, and why they are being monitored.
To fight this combined assault on religious liberty and on government transparency, conservative legal stalwarts Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and Judicial Watch together filed suit April 9 to force release of the IRS documents. ADF asserts that the IRS already has shared the documents with the atheist Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). Once again, the IRS bends over backwards on behalf of leftists while harassing and ignoring the rights, on multiple levels, of conservative groups or faith communities.
And if the IRS continues to flout FOIA, we ought to treat its obstinacy as a major scandal. Then again, the IRS’s connivance with FFRF is itself a scandalous and deliberate trampling of our founding freedom of religious exercise and expression, guaranteed by the First Amendment.
Around 10 a.m. on March 11, 2014, an attractive young woman with curly blond hair and hazel eyes walked into a Starbucks at a Barnes & Noble at The Promenade in Westlake Village. She ordered a soy chai latte and took a seat facing the magazine racks. She wore a cream-colored dress and boots and carried a cellphone. At a nearby table sat Nick Coulter, a plainclothes detective with the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Unit. A tattooed veteran of the gang wars in Southeast L.A., Coulter was watching over the girl, an 18-year-old community-college student named Jordyn Ladell. A half-dozen officers had helped plan this operation — a sting in which the young woman would face a man she says sexually assaulted her nearly five years earlier, when she was an eighth grader who liked country music and ballet. More undercover officers took up posts outside, and a patrol car sat around the corner. In a nearby office, police sat with Jordyn’s family, waiting for the operation to begin. Jordyn had her instructions — she was the bait.
Everything was in place — detectives had placed a wiretap on her key chain — but Jordyn still was jittery. She hadn’t been alone with the man they were after since 2009, and the idea of sharing a coffee with him made her want to vomit. Jordyn was pretending to fiddle with her phone when a fit-looking man in his 50s with light-colored hair walked in. (“He came up and gave me the biggest, grossest hug ever,” she told me later.) Jordyn stole a nervous glance at Coulter, who nodded back reassuringly.
According to a preliminary hearing filed with the Superior Court of California, the police target in the Starbucks that day was Cameron Thor, an actor with many TV and film credits to his name, including a small role in Jurassic Park (he played Lewis Dodgson, a villain who plots to steal dinosaur embryos). Thor, now 55, also is one of Hollywood’s best-known acting coaches, and the Carter Thor Studio he runs with his wife, Alice Carter, has catered for years to a steady stream of working actors in Studio City. The studio’s website asserts that Sharon Stone and David Fincher have given “vibrant talks” there and a cached version cites a long list of Hollywood A-list students, including Cameron Diaz, Helen Hunt, Drew Carey, Faye Dunaway, Courteney Cox and Madonna. Thor’s professional lineage extends back to a longtime association with celebrated acting coach Roy London, one of Hollywood’s premier acting teachers during the 1970s and ’80s, and, Thor has claimed, his mentor.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest did not give a definite answer about whether Hillary Clinton gave special treatment to countries and organizations that donated to the Clinton Foundation during her time as Secretary of State.
An upcoming book called Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich by Peter Schweizer, is an investigation into donations to the Clinton Foundation from foreign governments.
This book has returned attention as to whether Clinton gave special treatment to foreign countries that made donations to the Clinton Foundation.
ABC NewsWhite House correspondent Jon Karl asked Earnest, “Can you assure us that there was absolutely no favorable treatment given to donors of the Clinton Foundation?”
Earnest did not give a definite answer and said there was no ‘tangible’ evidence to indicate Clinton provided special treatment to donors.
“I’m not going to be in a position here where every time someone raises a spurious claim that I’m going to be the one to sit down here and say its not true,” Earnest said.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Monday sidestepped questions about whether foreign country donations to the Clinton Foundation gave them political benefits when she was secretary of State, and her decision to delete thousands of personal emails from the private server she used while she was in the government.
Instead, she summed up those questions with one word, calling them “distractions.”
Clinton spoke in New Hampshire with a pre-screened group of people, and then spent two minutes with reporters and took just three quick questions. The first was about whether countries that donated to the Clinton Foundation received any special benefit, but Clinton dodged that question altogether.
Comedian Roseanne Barr dismissed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential bid in an interview Monday, saying she offered “the same old shit.”
“I think she’s a Democrat just like they all are,” Barr, who herself ran as an independent candidate in 2012, told The Daily Beast. “She seems like every other Democrat. I would not like to see her win. She’s the same old shit. I’d like to see me win.
“I don’t see how she can win, but it will be interesting to see how the process goes — although it’s kind of offensive that the American people for 21 months have to live through the mudslinging that goes on between the two parties, which I think is just a tactic to prevent government from doing anything about any of our problems,” she continued.
“It just elongates the election process. It’s like a traffic jam. That’s how it works: blaming and mudslinging.”
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is steaming toward the waters off Yemen to beef up security and join other American ships that are prepared to intercept any Iranian vessels carrying weapons to the Houthi rebels fighting in Yemen.
Navy officials said Monday that the Roosevelt was moving through the Arabian Sea. The U.S. Navy has been beefing up its presence in the Gulf of Aden and the southern Arabian Sea amid reports that a convoy of about eight Iranian ships is heading toward Yemen and possibly carrying arms for the Houthis. Navy officials said there are about nine U.S. warships in the region, including cruisers and destroyers carrying teams that can board and search other vessels.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the ship movement on the record.
The horndog eye surgeon indicted on corruption charges with Sen. Bob Menendez has hosted Bill and Hillary Clinton at a plush vacation getaway in the Dominican Republic.
Dr. Salomon Melgen entertained the ex-president and ex-secretary of state, now running for president, an ex-Melgen employee said.
Melgen, 60, is accused of giving the New Jersey Democrat nearly $1 million in campaign cash and gifts in exchange for favors that included visas for a bevy of girlfriends.
On Sunday, The Post revealed the married doctor’s gal pals included Juliana Lopes Leite, who appeared nude in a magazine in her native Brazil, and Svitlana Buchyk, a Ukrainian model/actress from Spain.
A blond biker from Colorado who calls himself “Necromancer” has been voluntarily waging war against ISIS in Iraq — where he has become notorious for his “ferocity and determination on the battlefield.”
“I’m here for the people, nobody else,” Mickey told the Daily Beast as he puffed on a cigar during an interview in Doquq, a town south of Kirkuk.
“I’m here for all of those who want to live a peaceful life that has been deprived to them by ISIS,” he added. “I don’t care about politics or religion. That’s not what I’m here for.”
One of many volunteers in the Middle East battling the Islamic State, Mickey — whose real first name is Michael but whose last name was withheld — had traveled to the Kurdish autonomous region of northern Iraq last year, according to the Daily Beast.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) leadership when Democrats controlled the Senate did not work, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said on Monday.
“Well first of all, Harry’s a good man,” Manchin, who just announced he will run for reelection, said while appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “His leadership and the things he thought would work did not. So with that, you just move on.”
Reid was majority leader until earlier this year. He has said he does not intend to run for reelection in 2016 and will be replaced in leadership by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).
Manchin, a moderate, said that with Republicans in control of the upper chamber, he now has the opportunity to work with the majority to get legislation passed.
“But me walking away, I think, would be much worse when I have a chance to make a difference,” he said. “I’m in the middle now, they’re looking for somebody in the middle, they need six of me to make something work.”
(CNSNews.com) – In an interview with “Fox News Sunday,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said he believes “climate change is real,” but he rejects the cap and trade solution proposed by former Vice President Al Gore.
“I believe climate change is real, but I reject the cap and trade solution of … of Al Gore. He’s made a religion. It’s a problem,” he said.
Gore’s proposed cap and trade system would penalize companies for exceeding carbon emissions limits. Last month, Gore said politicians who deny that climate change is an “accepted science” should pay a price.
Host Chris Wallace noted that in his home state of South Caroline, Graham is running fourth behind Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Jeb Bush and Sen. Ted Cruz (R- Texas). He asked if Graham was too far in the center of nondefense issues to win the Republican presidential nomination.
In the same interview, Armani said that the current vogue for super-muscular male bodies is not to his taste either. “I don’t like muscle boy,” he said. “Not too much gym! I like somebody healthy, somebody solid, who looks after his body but doesn’t use his muscles too much.”
The members of ” 415 Strong” are running the Boston marathon on Monday, two years after the terrorist attack that changed all of their lives.
The members of the 415 Strong running group have little in common in their day-to-day lives. There’s a man who owns a small business, a teacher who does volunteer work in her spare time, a woman who works in real estate.
Some of them have kids and others aren’t thinking about starting a family. Some enjoy running, while others never could have pictured themselves running for four hours without stopping.