May 3, 2010
DHS extends its stupidity to the farmlands
Franklin VT is a sleepy little town of mostly farmers--with one road biscting it that DHS and its Custom's and Border Protection Service decided needs to have a bigger and better inspection station to take care of what has been estimated at 2.5 cars per hour on a good day. So, they intend one way or the other to take acreage from the Rainville VT Dairy Farm for that purpose. In doing so, Secretary Napolitano, responding to VT Senator Leahy, apparently could not care less on its effect.
Brian Rainville, the farmer, has been quoted as saying " The arrogance of it is breathtaking. Why are we being asked to make that kind of sacrifice when they can't demonstrate a public need?"
Secretary Napolitano's answer--"This is one of those things where we are trying to work with the owners to get down the footprint.. in terms of what CBP has determined it needs to actually do the kind of port improvement there--There's a certain amount, unless you do it, you might as well not do it at all." Senator Leahy says nothing needs to be done.
Napolitano's comment appears to be spurious at best, since, at the same time, the Rianville's received a letter from the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). That letter said, in part: "CPB, in coordination with USACE, is writing to inform you that it will be necessary to move forward with condemnation to acquire the necessary property interests. We anticipate filing a condemnation action within the next 60 days through the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont." Now that is sincerre negotiations if I have ever heard them.
The Government offers $39K for the land they will take--about a third of its value as a hay-producing property for the dairy farm. The effect will probably be to force the farm into bankruptcy--thus allowing the Government, if it chooses, to take all the land they originally demanded from the Rainville's.
Napolitano claims she will order a public hearing. In this administration, the hearing could easily be in DC.
Still more on the Arizona Immigration Law.
We previosly reported on Mexican President Calderon's opposition to the new law. It is interesting that this guy is so loud, considering that Mexico's own immigration law is much harsher with illegal immigration being a felony and subjecting illegal immigramtds to jail terms up to 10 years. Their law, The General Law on Population (Reglamento de la ley General de Poblacion) was enacted in 2000 and has remarkably similar mandates for local police officers as is contained in the Arizona Law.
Seems like this is one issue that will not go away. Secretary Napolitano, as expected, pointed out that she had previously vetoed versions of the law, and that its enactment would 'distract DHS from its priorities in activities", due, I gues, to the possibility that DHS just might have to take custody of the illegals from the state. But then, isn't that their job anyhow?
And in Israel.....
Hillary Clinton, our energetic Secretary of State is up in arms over the possibility that Iran might bring up Nuclear Israel at the upcoming Nuclear Disarmament Conference at the UN this month. Israel and the US have carefully prevented that issue from being addressed for years and they don't want Iran and Egypt to be brining it up now. That might force Israel, a signer of the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty to formally admit its nuclear status--something neither the US or Israel wants. Israel, of course, is perfectly willing to give up nuclear weapons if (1) they get treaties of peace from everyone in the region, and (2) Iran and other arab states are denied them. Otherwise, they keep the bombs they don't admit to having in the first place. Those other countries, of course, do not have the sweet, secret deal Israel has with the US.