Korean-American Charged in Rocket Technology Plot – and guess what nation he was spying for?

Korean-American Charged in Rocket Technology Plot

Locust: and guess what nation he was spying for?

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Curt Anderson, AP, April 29, 2009

A Korean-American man who served prison time for trying to broker the sale of sarin nerve gas bombs to Iran has been indicted on charges of attempting to export advanced rocket technology to South Korea.

The federal indictment filed Wednesday in Miami charges 68-year-old Juwhan Yun (Joo-‘WAHN Yun) of Short Hills, N.J., with illegally trying to arrange a deal for rocket propulsion systems for a South Korean satellite launch vehicle.

Yun was convicted in 1989 of conspiracy involving the nerve gas plot and served about two years in prison.

The new charges carry a maximum sentence of 60 years. Yun’s attorney and the South Korean embassy in Washington did not immediately return calls seeking comment. Yun was arrested April 15 and is being held without bail.

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Minuteman Founder Simcox to Challenge Arizona Senator John McCain

Minuteman Founder Simcox to Challenge Arizona Senator John McCain


Jim Small, Arizona Capitol Times (Phoenix), April 24, 2009

Minuteman Project co-founder Chris Simcox is gearing up to challenge Arizona’s senior senator next year, saying John McCain has lost touch with everyday Arizonans and has abandoned the conservative values he claims to represent.

Simcox has gained national notoriety for his activism on border security issues. In 2005, he and Jim Gilchrist started the Minuteman Project, which organized citizens to monitor the country’s Southern border in order to stem the flow of illegal immigrants. He later split with that group and formed the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps.

Illegal immigration will be one of the central themes of Simcox’s campaign against McCain, who in 2006 spearheaded an effort to reform immigration laws that was panned by critics as ‘amnesty’ for illegal immigrants currently in the country.

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But top aides for Simcox’s campaign say he is not a single-issue candidate and will show voters he is a conservative Republican on all planks of the party’s platform.

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He was critical of McCain for his attempts to reform federal immigration laws, for sponsoring campaign finance laws that restrict certain donations to candidates and for his efforts to limit sales of firearms at gun shows.

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But Simcox’s campaign manager, Robert Kiley, said fundraising won’t be a problem, given Simcox’s national profile because of his work with the Minuteman Project.

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Simcox said during his announcement that he has already started getting donations from across the country through his Web site.

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Wary of a challenge in 2010, McCain has stockpiled $3.6 million in his campaign account for 2010, as of the end of March, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. He raised $380,000 in the first quarter of the year. E-mails and calls to McCain officials were not returned.

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(Posted on April 30, 2009)

America’s Most Dangerous Cities

America’s Most Dangerous Cities

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Zack O’Malley Greenburg, Forbes, April 24, 2009

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Unfortunately for the Motor City, [the former mayor, Kwame] Kilpatrick, 38, is just one ripple in the area’s sea of crime. Detroit is the worst offender on our list of America’s most dangerous cities, thanks to a staggering rate of 1,220 violent crimes committed per 100,000 people.

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Detroit was followed closely on the list by the greater Memphis, Tenn., and Miami, Fla., metropolitan areas. Those three were the only large cities in America with more than 950 violent crimes committed per 100,000 people.

Behind the Numbers

To determine our list, we used violent crime statistics from the FBI’s latest uniform crime report, issued in 2008. The violent crime category is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault. We evaluated U.S. metropolitan statistical areas—geographic entities defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget for use by federal agencies in collecting, tabulating and publishing federal statistics—with more than 500,000 residents.

Though nationwide crime was down 3.5% year over year in the first six months of 2008, the cities atop our list illustrate a disturbing trend: All 10 of the most dangerous cities were among those identified by the Department of Justice as transit points for Mexican drug cartels.

Run by crime lords like Joaquin Guzman Lorea, these gangs—and their violent turf wars—are spreading into the American Southwest and beyond. Places like Stockton, Calif., nearly 500 miles from Tijuana, have seen an uptick in related violent crime.

“Stockton is a major transit point along the I-5 corridor on the way to Seattle and Vancouver,” says Wolfram. “A lot of it is similar to crime happening in the Southwest. For the most part, it’s drug gang on drug gang.”

Motown Blues

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Detroit isn’t the only city on the list that’s suffering from abandonment issues.

In Las Vegas, Nev., for example, the housing boom created loads of excess inventory. When the market tanked, homeowners suddenly found themselves with properties worth far less than the mortgages they’d taken out. In the worst cases, banks foreclosed, leaving people without homes—and with more debt than they’d had to begin with. As a result, Sin City is even emptier than Detroit.

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Few Signs of Improvement

Making matters more difficult, as municipal budgets shrink during this recession, crime-fighting funds are often among the first casualties.

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Top 5 Most Dangerous Cities:

No. 1 Detroit, Mich.
(Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, Mich., metropolitan statistical area)
Population: 1,951,186
Violent Crimes per 100,000: 1,220

No. 2 Memphis, Tenn.
(Memphis, Tenn.-Miss.-Ark. metropolitan statistical area)
Population: 1,295,670
Violent Crimes per 100,000: 1,218

No. 3. Miami, Fla.
(Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Fla. metropolitan statistical area)
Population: 2,401,971
Violent Crimes per 100,000: 988

No. 4 Las Vegas, Nev.
(Las Vegas-Paradise, Nev., metropolitan statistical area)
Population: 1,834,533
Violent Crimes per 100,000: 887

No. 5 Stockton, Calif.
(Stockton, Calif., metropolitan statistical area)
Population: 684,406
Violent Crimes per 100,000: 885

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Czech Far-Right March Without Major Incidents

Czech Far-Right March Without Major Incidents


CTK, Ceske Noviny (Prague), April 25, 2009

Krupka—A far-right march of about a hundred supporters of the extremist Workers’ Party (DS) took place in Krupka without any major incidents.

Heavily armed police prevented a clash between the radicals and Romanies from the local housing estate.

When the extremists marched to the estate, two young Romanies threw a metal bar and a beer mug at them.

After this incident, Human Rights and Minorities Minister Michael Kocab who also arrived at the housing estate he calmed down the locals, supported by Romanies arriving from other places.

“A clash must be avoided. This would escalate and turn into a street guerilla war and we must let this happen,” Kocab told CTK.

Several extremist marches recently occurred in north Bohemian towns. Last weekend, unknown attackers threw Molotov cocktails in a house inhabited by Romanies in north Moravia. Three people very severely injured in the fire, including a small girl whose condition remains critical.

DS deputy head Petr Kotab criticised Krupka mayor for supporting “parasites” living at the local housing estate during the march this afternoon.

The Workers’ Party held a similar march a week ago.

After the organisers ended the march, a group of anarchists tried to attack them, but the police separated the two groups.

Far-right activists plan a massive protest on May Day in Brno.

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Mexico Drug Gangs Now Entrenched in U.S.

Mexico Drug Gangs Now Entrenched in U.S.


Newsmax, April 23, 2009

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As violence spirals across the border in Mexico, law enforcement officials on the U.S. side of the Rio Grande Valley in south Texas say they have not seen significant spillover.

But while American border towns have not seen anything remotely approaching the blood-stained carnage of some north Mexican cities where rival drug cartels are in a high-stakes war that killed over 6,000 people last year, criminal street and prison gangs have long been a way of life in south Texas.

And while the links they may have to the Mexican cartels are often murky there are concerns that the drug lords to the south can tap this ready-made criminal infrastructure for a range of nefarious purposes.

In semi-rural Hidalgo County which lies to the north of the Rio Grande River separating Texas and Mexico, Sheriff Guadalupe Trevino reckons that there are about two dozen hardcore gangs operating—a staggering number for a county with about 750,000 people.

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The extent of the problem—the gangs often keep their fighting among themselves—is hard to comprehend driving past citrus orchards or down the busy roads leading to the border. Some of the towns here are among the safest in the country.

But driving in poor, run-down neighborhoods in an unmarked SUV, heavily armed members of Trevino’s elite gang enforcement unit point out gang graffiti scrawled on the sides of ramshackle homes. “Brown Pride” and “Tri-City Bombers” are among the many gangs competing for local turf.

The unit pulls over one heavily tattooed and shabbily dressed young man walking with a limp. It transpires that he has a small amount of marijuana on him in violation of his parole and so he is arrested, cuffed and put in the SUV. The limp is from an old gunshot wound.

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Gangs and their culture of violence, drugs and crime are one of America’s pressing social ills. But in the borderlands the problem has an urgency that has federal investigators worried.

“In the United States the local gangs play a major role in the distribution of the drugs brought in from Mexico. In southern California there has been significant cooperation between the drug cartels and the gangs there,” said Matthew J. Desarno, acting unit chief of the Safe Streets and Gang Unit at Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters.

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In other small border towns such as Douglas in Arizona, hardened gangs from Los Angeles are carving out turf as part of a scramble to make money from the tons of illegal drugs pouring north from Mexico each month.

NO HONOR AMONG THIEVES

Investigators and police say cross-border links between the cartels and gangs face one obstacle more formidable than the Rio Grande River: trust.

The cartels will deal with the U.S. gangs on some levels but there are clear lines in the sand. Business stays in the family.

“The gangs are a resource for them but not their primary resource. I’ve been working this for 37 years and the Mexican drug dealer is a very parochial individual. He will rather deal with a family member than someone just entering the business,” said Sheriff Trevino.

The FBI’s Desarno says for example that the Mexican drug lords would not entrust an American gang with the task of bringing large quantities of cash—the profits of their trade—back to Mexico.

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(Posted on April 24, 2009)

The Plague of Obama

The Plague of Obama

Okay, all you Politically Incorrect netheads out there, please adopt the following terminology for maximum effect. The pestilence currently sweeping the world is to be referred to as:

*The Mexican Flu, for its point of origin (the “Spanish Influenza” of 1918 actually originated on a U. S. Army base in Kansas, and we exported it to the rest of the world on World War One troop ships.)

*The Brown Plague.

*The Brown Death.

*The Plague of Obama.

Yes, I know he has nothing personally to do with it–or does he?–but it’s happening on his watch. The Byzantine Emperor Justinian didn’t have anything to do with the Plague of Justinian in the sixth century A.D. which was worse that the medieval Black Death and wiped out what remained of the ancient Roman world, but he got his moniker stuck on it, and it is one of the things for which Justinian is remembered.

Life ain’t fair sometimes, and Obama should have thought of that before he stole the Presidency of the United States in a fraudulent election on November 4th, 2008. He wanted to sit in de White folks’ house, he can damned well take the White folks’ heat.

Obama, under the name Barry Soetoro, received financial aid as a foreign student from Indonesia as an undergraduate at the school.

Obama – Smoking gun finally found?

(AP) WASHINGTON D.C. – In a move certain to fuel the debate over Obama’s qualifications for the presidency, the group “Americans for Freedom of Information” has released copies of President Obama’s college transcripts from Occidental College.

Released today, the transcript indicates that Obama, under the name Barry Soetoro, received financial aid as a foreign student from Indonesia as an undergraduate at the school.

The transcript was released by Occidental College in compliance with a court order in a suit brought by the group in the Superior Court of California. The transcript shows that Obama (Soetoro) applied for financial aid and was awarded a fellowship for foreign students from the Fulbright Foundation Scholarship program.

To qualify, for the scholarship, a student must claim foreign citizenship. This document would seem to provide the smoking gun that many of Obama’s detractors have been seeking.

The news has created a firestorm at the White House as the release casts increasing doubt about Obama’s legitimacy and qualification to serve as president. When reached for comment in London, where he has been in meetings with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Obama smiled but refused comment on the issue.

Meanwhile, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs scoffed at the report stating that this was obviously another attempt by a right-wing conservative group to discredit the president and undermine the administration’s efforts to move the country in a new direction.

Britain’s Daily Mail has also carried the story in a front-page article titled, “Obama Eligibility Questioned,” leading some to speculate that the story may overshadow economic issues on Obama’s first official visit to the U.K.

In a related matter, under growing pressure from several groups, Justice Antonin Scalia announced that the Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to hear arguments concerning Obama’s legal eligibility to serve as President in a case brought by Leo Donofrio of New Jersey. This lawsuit claims Obama’s dual citizenship disqualified him from serving as president.

Donofrio’s case is just one of 18 suits brought by citizens demanding proof of Obama’s citizenship or qualification to serve as president.Gary Kreep of the United States Justice Foundation has released the results of their investigation of Obama’s campaign spending.

This study estimates that Obama has spent upwards of $950,000 in campaign funds in the past year with eleven law firms in 12 states for legal resources to block disclosure of any of his personal records. Mr. Kreep indicated that the investigation is still ongoing but that the final report will be provided to the U.S. attorney general, Eric Holder.

Mr. Holder has refused to comment on the matter.