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Color-coded cronyism at DHS
Who needs the government to tell us the status of homeland security? If you're not seeing five-alarm red over the perpetual chaos at DHS, you
need to call the eye doctor.
The Ontario (Calif. ) Daily Bulletin reported Tuesday that Border Patrol agents are now ratting out Minutemen, immigration enforcement
volunteers who have broken no laws, to Mexico. Yes, we are paying our federal immigration officers to gather intelligence on our own
citizens and then turn it over to a foreign government intent on sabotaging our sovereignty.
Deportation officers across the country continue to report that "catch and release" of illegal aliens remains the order of the day. A memo I
obtained last week outlined desperate deck-chair shuffling by Border Patrol supervisors who are pulling dozens of detention and transport
officers from around the country to assist in the border enforcement charade. President Bush is leading the amnesty bandwagon.
And inside Department of Homeland Security headquarters, it's color-coded cronyism as usual.
The latest fiasco involves Shirlington Limouisine and Transport Service, a shady limousine company with millions of dollars in DHS contracts
to shuttle its workers around the Beltway. That's right. When your tax dollars aren't subsidizing Border Patrol spies for Mexico, they're being
used to foot the bill for "12 minibuses and 16 drivers to shuttle Homeland Security employees between the department's various offices in the
Washington area" and "10 additional drivers to chauffeur department executive staffers in Homeland Security-owned sedans," according to
the Associated Press. Shirlington's latest contract with DHS totals $21.2 million for a maximum of five years.
Shirlington, certified as a minority-owned business, is run by one Christopher Baker, who has a reported 62-page rap sheet including
convictions on several misdemeanor charges, including drug possession and attempted petty larceny, plus two felony charges for attempted
robbery and car theft, according to D.C. Superior Court records cited by the AP and others.
Homeland Security bureaucrats may not be the only ones getting free rides from Shirlington. Liberal blogs the Project on Government
Oversight, Talking Points Muckraker, and Harper's Online first exposed the firm's shady history while digging into the alleged "Hookergate"
scandal involving disgraced former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, defense contractors, and CIA officials. Lawyers for Shirlington deny
transporting prostitutes to longstanding poker parties held at the Watergate and Westin Grand hotels in D.C. But the FBI is now investigating,
and the CIA's third-highest-ranking official (an old friend of the party-thrower, defense contractor Brent Wilkes) abruptly resigned this
week following on the heels of CIA chief Porter Goss's stepdown.
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Ironically and amusingly enough, Democrats those always reliable, pro-affirmative action zealots are crying foul over Shirlington Limo's
minority preferential treatment and raising questions about the company being used as a minority-owned front in a "historically underutilized
business zone." Glad they are finally on board with those of us who have long raised questions about the government's small business
diversity scam. These racial and ethnic bean-counting programs are among the most corrupt government vehicles in the bureaucracy and in
post-September 11 America, the most potentially dangerous to boot.
Cronyism rainbow-flavored and plain vanilla has corroded our safety. One example: We've wasted hundreds of millions of dollars on a
no-bid contract for a broken U.S.-Canadian border camera system run by a firm that employed Texas Democrat Rep. Silvestre Reyes' daughter
as vice president of government contracts. Hardly a peep heard from the Democrat congressman's colleagues about that. And as I've pointed
out many times over the years, the immigration enforcement top management is filled with people with zero immigration enforcement experience.
For their part, House Republicans are not looking the other way. "The information we've obtained raises a number of serious questions, from
the contracting process to possible security concerns," Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., chairman of the subcommittee on management, integration
and oversight, told the press. "The appearance of a lack of background checks on contractors is another troubling personnel issue at DHS that
we are examining."
DHS can't police its own contractors. Yet, Washington persists in moving forward with a massive "guest-worker" program that will entrust the
department to process potentially millions of new background checks for illegal aliens from around the world whom no one ever plans to
Homeland security? What homeland security?
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In Unhinged: Liberals Gone Wild
adj : affected with madness or insanity; [syn: brainsick, crazy, demented, distracted, disturbed, mad, sick, unbalanced]
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*** Warning: Unhinged liberals are hazardous to the nation's health.
They're slashing your tires. Burning your lawns. Heaving pies at Republican pundits. Hurling racist epithets at minority conservatives. Nursing nutty conspiracy theories. And pining publicly for the murder of President Bush.
And they call us crazy?
In In Unhinged: Liberals Gone Wild, Michelle Malkin plays conservative Margaret Mead to the alien political creatures of the American Left. With uproarious detail and rollicking reportage, Malkin chronicles the bizarre world of leftists gone mad in their natural habitats: the mainstream media, academia, Hollywood, and Washington.
Unhinged unmasks liberals who've completely abandoned rationality and reality. They're taking chainsaws and bayonets to campaign signs. Running down political opponents with their cars. Setting fire to political opponents in effigy. Defacing war memorials. Swiping yellow ribbons off cars. And supporting the fragging of American troops.
In Unhinged, you'll meet:
- The Top 10 Unhinged Leftists, Celebrities, Media Liberals, and Politicians. - The Pennsylvania Democrat who repeatedly screamed "faggot" at his Republican opponents on the Senate floor. - The Florida Democrat who tried to run down former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris with his Cadillac. - The Democrat congressman who claimed the capture of Saddam Hussein was staged by GOP operatives to help the Bush re-election campaign. - The veteran newsman who claimed that Bush advisor Karl Rove and Osama bin Laden are working hand-in-hand to help the Republican Party. - And hundreds more unhinged liberals gone wild!
With wit, wisdom, and a bullet-proof vest, Michelle Malkin ruthlessly and raucously skewers the myths of liberal tolerance, peace, and civility. Unhinged shows how conservatives are driving their opponents mad. The good news for liberals? Self-help starts here.
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