January 16th, 2012

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Except for that Little Detail...

Via Raw Story

Colin Heaton, 1/16/12 speaking to the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention, on how to finance building a secure wall between Mexico and the United States:

You take all these incarcerated illegal aliens, even some of the guys who are US citizens in the prison system who make about 27 cents a day doing ridiculous work, kick out the union labor charging $28 an hour, force these Mexicans and these other people to make $5 a day, making more money than they made in Mexico anyway, put them to work building security fence under military, local state law enforcement administration…eliminate the overhead…

I’m going to be polite, but let’s just say the only difference between Adolph Hitler and Barack Obama is that Barack Obama is not overtly ethically challenged with regard to various groups and paradigms but socialism is alive and well in Washington….

Build a large single federal detention system, it’ll cost a lot of money but it will save money in the long run. You collect all these people that you’ve gathered in these raids, you incarcerate, imprison… you take them all and stick them into one large detention center, like a KOA campground with walls (laughter.) That’s your labor force, to build a security fence at 1/6 the estimated cost.

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Groovy Kol

Monarchies remaining intact

Within just a few months last year, the mass unrest in the Middle East plus the pressure from the international community have brought an end to 3 dictatorial regimes who had looked invincible for decades - Ben Ali in Tunisia, Mubarak in Egypt and Gaddafi in Libya. A 4th dictator is still clinging to power and pushing hard to keep it (Assad in Syria), a 5th one is about to relinquish his post in Yemen (Ali Abdullah)...

What's common between the former 3 cases is an obvious escalation in the processes that lead to these radical changes. The Tunisian president simply chose to flee the country, the Egyptian dictator was forced to step down and surrender himself in the hands of justice (however you define 'justice' in Egypt), and Gaddafi was physically eliminated. The escalation still continues with Assad's fate hanging in the balance and Syria at the brink of a civil war.

The 5th case, Yemen, shows another tendency that also took shape after the Arab Spring. The negotiation process between rulers and opposition in Yemen is practically dictated by the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (CCASG), which is dominated by Saudi Arabia. It imposed a scenario of power transferring without serious violence and without physical threats for the president, who was granted immunity from prosecution, in exchange of him relinquishing power in favour of his deputies.

Here they are, the CCASG:

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