- Santa Barbara Stifles Usual Yawn as Prince William and Kate Come to Play.
- Iran Backed Hizbullah Send Iran Supplied Weapons to Lebanon
- Iran Readies for
- Iran Test Nuke Capable Missiles That Can Hit All of Israel and US Bases
- Obama Mumbles About Bump In Road As Economy Stumbles
- SCOTUS & Gov OK Texas Execution of Mexican Rapist Despite Obama Interference
- Allies Fearful Of Obama Kow Tow To Iran
- Obama Twitter Event Silly
- Israel Nano-Sat Game Changer
- Teachers Union Raise Dues ti=o Reelect Obama
- Holder on Hotseat Over Mexico Gun Scheme Gone Bad
- Bahrain Catched Iran Spy Photographing American’s Homes There
- Goofy Car Czar
- Perry Closer to Run
- Japan Distrust of US Grows.
Santa Barbara stifled its carefully practiced yawn Saturday when Prince William and Kate stopped behind the hedges at the Santa Barbara Polo Club a dozen miles south of town to play. With frocks freshly pressed, and champagne corks popping for a few hundred members and guest there were few outward signs that the royal couple was about. Drunken drugged up vagrants staggered around state street, dangerous vulgar, ignorant gang bangers prowled around as too few police officers patrolled so the city can subsidize greens fees on a minicipal golf course that can’t turn a profit despite heavy taxpayer dollars and bulb out are built to “calm” traffic.
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As part of an avalanche of bad news for Obama’s Rodney king-like foreign policy a top analyst calls Iran’s new anti-ship missile a “game changer” leading analyst has briefed Congress and the U.S. military on several new missiles that could bolster Iran’s presence in the Gulf.
The analyst said one of the missiles could attack U.S. Navy ships in the region.
In a briefing on June 24 sponsored by the National Defense University Foundation, the consultant regarded as a leading BMD consultant, said Iran’s new Khalije Fars (Persian Gulf) solid-fuel anti-ship missile contained a range of 350 kilometers and advanced tracking.
Rubin said Khalije Fars could be used in a surprise attack on U.S. aircraft carriers and other large vessels in the Gulf. The missile, believed to be a variant of the Fateh-110, was said to track targets through data relayed by martime patrol aircraft.
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The Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah is bracing for the fall of the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Western intelligence sources said Iran and Hizbullah have been moving weapons from Syria to neighboring Lebanon amid the armed revolt against Assad.
“Assad has failed to stop the revolt and now the Iranians believe that time is working against him,” an intelligence source said. “His fall could take place in a year, in a month or even in a week.”
The French daily Le Figaro quoted Western intelligence sources as saying that Iran and Hizbullah were working to transfer weapons from Syria to Lebanon. Le Figaro said Western intelligence services were monitoring the flow of weapons convoys from the Syrian border to Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley.
The convoys were said to consist of trucks that contain medium- and long-range rockets. Le Figaro identified the weapons as the Iranian-origin Zelzal as well as Fajr-3 and -4 rockets, with ranges of up to 150 kilometers. Hizbullah was also said to have stored the Soviet-origin Scud B ballistic missile in Syria.
The sources did not say how many rockets were believed to have been brought from Syria to Lebanon. They said Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has been overseeing the transfer through its command center in Damascus.
Syria has served as the waystation for the Iranian export of tens of thousands of missiles and rockets to Hizbullah in Lebanon. Over the last two years, Hizbullah has been allowed to draw from Syrian military stockpiles, with Iran compensating for any shortfall.
On June 24, Le Figaro said Hizbullah has stored most of its weapons around Damascus and Homs. Homs, the stronghold of the Sunni opposition, has been the focus of the armed revolt against Assad.
Western intelligence agencies have determined that Hizbullah and IRGC were helping Assad in his effort to quell the revolt. But they said Hizbullah, despite statements by secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah, has sought to distance itself from Assad to avoid any Sunni backlash in Lebanon.
“Right now, the assessment is that Assad is either going to be killed or replaced, and so Hizbullah is preparing to reduce its activities in Syria while Iran has begun to provide support to the opposition,” another intelligence source said.
Betty Ford, former first lady and principal of the substance recovery clinic that bears her name, has died she was 93 years old. She championed woman’s rights and was a breast cancer survivor. She and former president Gerald R. Ford were married for 58-years; he died in 2006. She will be buried Thursday beside her husband in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said Sunday morning on Meet the Press that he will not say whenhe will leave or not while he had great difficulty defending Obama on the failing economy despite the most miserable jobs report since the 1930s. The total of unemployed at over 14 million Americans is the biggest number in history. Geithner with his acre of forehead looks like an alien in drag. It is likely if the economy continues to drag Obama’s reelection hopes downGeithner will take the blame and be tossed under the Goodyears.
Chris Mathews took to the airwaves a half hour later to explain how Obama can win reelection despite a horrifically failed econonomic policy. The term discussed is the “feathering in” a new phrase for smoke and mirrors of a new economic plan until past the 2012 election, and pushing it off for 12-14 years. The consensus of those talking heads was Obama can be reelected- it was more of a hope than factual.
Mathews dragged out the October 17, 2008 comment by Michele Bachman calling for an investigation into Obama anti-Americanism and trying to tie Swine Flu to Democrats. He made her look absurd.
The smoke you will soon see over California rural lands will be coming out of the ears of rural property owners when they learn that California Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown signed a bill to charge rural property owners up to $150 each per season for fire protection. It is he camel’s nose under tent and most think fees will sky rocket.
But the Democratic governor said in a signing message that lawmakers must clean up the proposal in subsequent legislation, though he didn’t specify what needed to be changed. The state is counting on Assembly Bill X1 29 to raise $50 million.
Iran has simultaneously test-firied 14 2,000 kim (1,250 mile) range missiles at a single target saying “Iranian missiles can target US bases in Afghanistan and any part of Israeli territory.”
He boasted America had made Iran’s task easier: “Their military bases in the region are in a range of 130, 250 and maximum 700 kilometers in Afghanistan which we can hit with these missiles.”
Asked whether Iranian missiles were a threat to Europe, Iran said that while Iran had the technological capacity to build longer-range missiles, the 2,000-km range had been chosen precisely with Israel and US bases in mind, because “we do not feel a threat from any other country.” The Iranian commander clearly aimed at calming European fears of attack, especially Britain, France, Germany and Italy.
This statement should be taken with a very large pinch of salt. Since Iran is working at top speed on at least three new operational ballistic surface missiles with longer ranges. They are Shahab-4, for targets at a distance of 3,200-4,000 kilometers; the Sejjil (2,500 kilometers) and the Ashura-Ghadr 110A (3,000 kilometers). Shahab-4 and Ashura/Ghadr 110A are quite capable of hitting central and western Europe. Iran is furthermore developing intercontinental ballistic missiles - Shahab-5 (5,000 kilometers) and Shahab-6 (10,000 kilometers) - which put North America within range.
This dovetails with Irans announcement it will test a missile capable nuclear warhead in 2012.
Recent revelations that Iran has built silos points to its preparation to make a preemptive attack, survive a retaliatory counter strike and hit back hard. In sum it is a grim scenario.
The world’s first lab-made windpipe created from a patient’s own stem cells, was successfully transplanted at Sweden’s Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm on June 9, 2011. The patient, a 36-year-old man from Eritrea, had late stage tracheal cancer that had almost fully blocked his windpipe. With no suitable donor windpipes available, this synthetic windpipe was his only option, according to the hospital.
Looking ever more like a latter-day Uncle Remus Obama held yet another non-news conference Friday at the White House to try to cover up a miserable jobs report as unemployment went up to an official 9.2%, and an unofficial 16% underemployment rate. Unemployment under Obama has averaged 9.3% since he took office so I guess he could brag about the 9.2% figure. This is the highest numbers of unemployed in U. S. history.
At that rate of job creation it will take 32 years and six months for U. S. jobs to reach pre recession levels. 44,4% of the unemployed have been without a job for 27 week or longer and anoher 13% have been jobless for 15 weeks or more.
The number of Americans who are discouraged and have left the labor force has increased by over 80.2% during the Obama presidency. 14,100,000 are now unemployed an increase of 175,000 unemployed in June.
Last week Obama’s top politico, the astonishingly arrogrant David Plouff said none of that matters. Americans don’t care about such things, he said. Clinton defeated H. W. Bush with the slogan of “it’s the economy stupid.”
The White House’s plan is a fancy WORK PROGRESS ADMINISTRATION (FDR’S WPA) that biggest product was outhouses built to federal specs.
Friday the Space Shuttle’s final roar turned into a whimper as the US ended its shuttle program that began in 1981. Despite Obama’s popping off about the future few has much hope for the U. S. to regain its leadership in space for the forseeable future and certainly not without new national leadership. Obama cancelled a return flight to the Moon in favor of a asteroid flyby and a misty plan for a Mars flight. Ironically it was 42-years ago last Friday that Americans landed on the Moon.
The end of the shuttle program means 26,000 will lose their jobs first at Cape Kennedy; then 4,000 more in Houston and others in Alabama and among various suppliers like Boeing and myriad others nationwide. The total of those thrown out of their jobs could exceed 100,000.
The U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) and Texas’ Governor refused to block the execution of a Mexican citizen rejecting a White House-backed appeal that claimed the case could affect other foreigners arrested in the U.S. and Americans in legal trouble abroad.
Humberto Leal was executed Thursday evening for the vicious 1994 rape and murder of a San Antonio teenager after his attorneys, supported also by the Mexican government and other diplomats, unsuccessfully sought a stay. They argued that Leal was denied help from his home country that could have helped him avoid the death penalty.
From the death chamber, Leal repeatedly apologized and then shouted “Viva Mexico!” as the lethal drugs began taking effect. The 38-year-old mechanic was sentenced to death for killing 16-year-old Adria Sauceda, whose brutalized nude body was found hours after the two left a street party.
Leal was just a toddler when he and his family moved to the U.S. from Monterrey, Mexico, but his citizenship became a key element of his attorneys’ appeals. They said police never told him following his arrest that he could seek legal assistance from the Mexican government under an international treaty.
Mexico’s government, Obama’s administration and others wanted the Supreme Court to stay the execution to allow Congress time to consider legislation that would require court reviews for condemned foreign nationals who aren’t offered the help of their consulates. The high court rejected the request 5-4.
The first Harley Davidson motorcycle was built in 1903, and used a modified tomato can for a carburetor
Obama and his top advisers are openly discussing reapproachment with Iran, Obama likens his proposal to Nixon visiting China.
But, when Nixon went to China he had all the cards. Obama will go to Iran as an empty suit. This week’s announcement that Iran is planning a nuclear weapons test in 2012 and that is the reason for Obama’s “reapproachment”.: scheme.
Obama will take Iran suitcases full of borrowed Chinese cash and goodies to bribe the Mullahs to delay Iran’s Nuclear weapon’s test until efter the November 2012 election. It may work because Iran believes Obama to be the weakest of U. S. Presidents ever and they like that weakness and indecision. That would increase his chance of relection. If Iran exploded a nuclear weapons on election eve it will cost him the White House so Obama is willing to say and kiss anything at any cost to continue his socialist agenda
Los Angeles’s full name is “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula” and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size, “L.A.”
Wednesday Obama held what was billed as the first ever Twitter townhall meeting. But In the end, its 140-character limit was too restrictive for the ever verbose Obama him whose answers at the first-ever presidential Twitter town hall Wednesday greatly exceeded his message box.
Obama signed his tweets “B. O.”
Critics say that Federal employees were caught tweeting when taxpayers were paying them to do something else. There is no way to know for sure but opponents are said to be looking at way to audit the sessions to see who was involved.
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Israel, in what could revolutionize the industry, has been building a nano-satellite for dual-use applications.
The state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries has been constructing and integrating several nano-satellite prototypes. IAI said the platforms, expected to cost one percent of conventional satellites, weigh less than 10 kilograms (22 pounds) and were meant to demonstrate advanced technology.
“The main reason for their existence is to minimize the risk of large space missions and save expense,” IAI said.
Executives said the platforms, which employ commercial-off-the-shelf components, would be capable of executing unspecified missions in space.
They said the satellites would have a shelf life of up to two years.
The first nano-satellite developed by IAI was named InKlajn-1 and owned by the Israeli Nano-Satellites Association. IAI said InKlajn-1, which contains seven commercial and scientific experiments, was in the integration phase.
Executives said nano-satellites, which could mark cooperation between IAI and the association, would take less than half of the time required for the assembly of conventional platforms.
“Integration of additional nano-satellites is being examined at IAI,” the company said on June 19.
Tiger shark embroyos fight each other in their mother’s womb. The survivor is born.
The 3.2 million members National Teacher’s Union has endorsed Obama for reelection, and also raised dues $900 per member per year almost all of which will go to support Obama’s reelection. The vote was 5,414 members in favor of endorsement while 2,102 members voted no. They are packing for new teaching assignment inside the arctic circle.
This marks the earliest endorsement ever for the union.
The pornography production company Vivid Entertainment is said to have withdrawn its offer to Casey Anthony of a lucrative skin deal.
The top man in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) has turned sensationally against his Department of Justice bosses saying they were trying to stymie an investigation into the infamous, shameful Operation Fast and Furious scandal and scheme.
Kenneth Melson, acting director of the ATF, gave a secret deposition to Congress on July 4, it was revealed Thursday. He took his own lawyer instead of relying on one from the ATF.
The stunning move will increase pressure on Attorney General Eric Holder to resign over the operation that saw some 2,000 guns sold to straw buyers who then resold them to Mexican drug cartel leaders.
But Fast and Furious and its sister plan, Project Gunrunner, went disastrously wrong, and 80 percent of the weapons went missing. Two were found at the Arizona site where Border Agent Brian Terry was killed in December.
Republicans leading the investigation in both the House and Senate wrote a stinging letter to Holder yesterday informing him of Melson’s move, calling it “extremely helpful to our investigation.”
Rep. Darrell Issa (R) Ca. and Sen. Charles Grassley (R) Iowa wrote, “He was candid in admitting mistakes that his agency made and described various ways he says that he tried to remedy the problems.”
Issa and Grassley said Melson claimed that ATF’s senior leadership would have preferred to be more cooperative with the congressional probe.
“However, he said that Justice Department officials directed them not to respond and took full control of replying to briefing and document requests from Congress. The result is that Congress only got the parts of the story that the Department wanted us to hear,” they wrote.
“If his account is accurate, then ATF leadership appears to have been effectively muzzled while the DoJ sent over false denials and buried its head in the sand.”
Issa and Grassley also said that Melson claimed that the Justice Department falsely leaked stories to the press that he was about to resign over Fast and Furious. They warned Holder against firing him now. “It would be inappropriate for the Justice Department to take action against him that could have the effect of intimidating others who might want to provide additional information to the Committees.
“Knowing what we know so far, we believe it would be inappropriate to make Mr. Melson the fall guy in an attempt to prevent further congressional oversight,” they concluded.
Just last week, Iowa Sen. Grassley told Newsmax.TV that he did not want to see Melson quit because one resignation would make it seem like the matter was over. “There are too many people involved in it for me to be satisfied with one resignation,” he said at the time.
In their letter Grassley and California’s Issa said Melson had been scheduled to give evidence on July 13 but brought the date forward when he realized he could take his own lawyer, Richard Cullen.
“We are disappointed that no one had previously informed him of that provision of the agreement,” the two GOP members wrote.
“Instead, Justice Department officials sought to limit and control his communications with Congress. This is yet another example of why direct communications with Congress are so important and are protected by law.”
The release of the letter came on the same day that Mexican officials said that any officer accused of supplying guns to the cartels should be tried in Mexico.
“I feel my country’s sovereignty was violated,” Sen. Rene Arce Islas, the chairman of Mexico’s Commission for National Security, told Fox News. “They should be tried in the United States, and the Mexican government should also demand that they also be tried in Mexico since the incidents took place here. There should be trials in both places.”
Operation Fast and Furious came to a head on Dec. 14, when Terry was killed in a scuffle along a smuggling route close to the Mexican border, and assault rifles found at the murder scene were traced back to Jaime Avila, who had bought them from a Phoenix gun shop.
Avila had been allowed to buy the assault weapons even though the ATF suspected he would sell them to the drug cartels. The plan was to trace the guns, with the hope of leading ATF agents to the drug kingpins.
Even before Terry’s murder, ATF agents and senior managers had expressed fierce opposition to the scheme. One agent called the strategy “insane.”
Another said, “We were fully aware the guns would probably be moved across the border to drug cartels where they could be used to kill.”
For months, ATF agents followed 50-caliber Barrett rifles and other guns believed headed for the Mexican border but were ordered to let these highly dangerous weapons go.
CBS reports that one distraught agent often was overheard on ATF radios begging and pleading to be allowed to intercept transports. The answer: “Negative. Stand down.”
The Department of Justice, which oversees the ATF, claimed in a letter that the agency never knowingly permitted the sale of assault weapons to suspected gunrunners.
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Bahrain’s High Court sentenced a Bahraini national to 10 years and a fine of more than $26,000 for spying for Teheran from 2002 to 2011. The court determined that the 47-year-old Bahraini, who was not named, worked with two Iranians to collect military and other data from the Gulf Cooperation Council kingdom.
The Bahraini, sentenced on July 5, was said to have photographed homes of U.S. military personnel in Bahrain for Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The court said he was paid more than $27,500 for the photographs and other information.
It is not likely this was for the purposae of delivering Christmas gifts.
A car full of teenaged thugs strong-armed children running a lemonade stand in Strongsville, Ohio southwest of Cleveland and fled in a rusty jalopy with cash. One intrepid stand staffer chased the car and the thugs threw some of the cash out the window. The kids figured they lost about $13. The kids went to the police station to report the robbery and while there some anonymous soul gave $20 to replace their loss.
A Congressional oversight committee has asked Ron Bloom, White House advisor and former ‘car czar,’ to clarify his response to a question during a recent hearing. Bloom was asked whether he made the statement “I did it all for the unions” back in 2009 in the middle of the auto bailout controversy. He vehemently denied saying it.
The problem is, Bloom’s denial contradicts two otherwise credible sources, including a book written by his car czar predecessor, Steve Rattner, and a published account in the Detroit News. Both claim that Bloom did in fact make the comment in question, though both accounts also agreed that it was made in jest
New Illinois license plate slogan: Illnois: where our governors make our license plates
It is likely Texas Governor Rick Perry will jump into the Republican presidential race in the next few weeks. But what happens then, in a campaign where many Republicans are hungry for an alternative to vulnerable frontrunner Mitt Romney, is much less predictable.
Perry’s entry in the 2012 race would shake up a field of potential challengers to President Barack Obama that has drawn yawns from Republican activists, potentially elevating him near the top of a pack that also includes conservative rivals Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty.
But Perry, who favors cowboy boots and once boasted he shot a coyote while jogging, could face big hurdles making up ground in fund raising and expanding his appeal to a broader electorate with fresh and often unfavorable memories of another former Texas governor
A Coffee mug that will not be seen in Starbucks: Obama: Like Bad Coffee - black and bitter
A State Department cable made public last week reveals new details about U.S. and Japanese strategic nuclear deterrence, including discussions by Tokyo about developing its own nuclear arms.
The cable said Japanese officials were concerned about the reliability of the U.S. nuclear “umbrella” over Japan, “given the deteriorating nuclear situation around Japan, as North Korea continues to develop capabilities and China expands its arsenal.”
Those concerns have accelerated recently putting a half century strategy in the Western Pacific in jeopardy.
The umbrella concept is called “extended deterrence” and commits U.S. nuclear forces to defending Japan from nuclear strikes or threats.
“There are some in Japan that are discussing indigenous nuclear development in Japan, partly due to a lack of confidence in the U.S. extended deterrence,” said the cable from the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, labeled “secret.”
The Japanese were assured by defense officials that the U.S. nuclear-deterrence policy “remains strong,” said the cable, made public on the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.
The cable also stated that Japan was stepping up military space operations. The proposed measures included bolstering space-based intelligence functions and increasing technology cooperation with civilian space companies.
The cable also stated that Japan was considering deployment of space “assets and technology, such as early-warning satellites, signal-intelligence satellites, compact reconnaissance satellites, and sensor and jamming resistant technologies.”
The Japanese situation is indicative of a worldwide deterioration of confidence in the U. S. that Obama’s Rodney King-like foreign policy has completely shattered. That is a stark fact only the consequences are left to be seen.
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Republican and independent voters are strongly opposed to any deal to increase the federal debt ceiling, and any GOP politician who dares to do so could be vulnerable to a primary challenge, according to a Newsmax/InsiderAdvantage poll.
Overall, voters oppose raising the debt ceiling by a strong 45 percent to 32 percent margin, with the remainder undecided.
But the real eye-opener in the poll is the stiff Republican and swing-voter opposition to a deal. Sixty-seven percent of GOP voters and 51 percent of independents think raising the debt ceiling is a bad idea.
Democratic voters, by comparison favored raising the debt ceiling by a 44 to 21 percent margin. Interestingly, 35 percent of Democrats say they are either undecided on the question, or don’t know enough to have an opinion.
InsiderAdvantage CEO Matt Towery tells Newsmax the poll strongly suggests GOP candidates backing a debt-ceiling hike do so at their own political peril.
“What this tells me is if you are an incumbent Republican in the House and the Senate,” Towery says, “and you go to raise the debt ceiling, you can pretty much be sure you’ll have a major primary opponent the next time you’re up for re-election.”
Along with the disastrous employment numbers released for June, it’s another indication Republicans could have all the leverage in their negotiations with the Obama administration.
“These numbers serve as a warning that as we address the debt limit increase, we shouldn’t do so in a way that raises taxes and impedes the ability of small businesses to create jobs and get people back to work,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Friday following the news that unemployment jumped to 9.2 percent in June.
Towery says the results indicate Republicans have a political opportunity to make serious cuts. But he hastens to add that GOP leaders “have got to show that they’re serious.”
Other key insights from the Newsmax/InsiderAdvantage poll:
- Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, a candidate for the GOP nomination for president, was second only to President Barack Obama as the leader who “cares the most about the future of America.” Obama had 33 percent, followed by Bachman with 21 percent and Romney with 12.2 percent.
- While Obama drew the most support on that question, Towery comments that, “I look at it completely differently … only 33 percent of Americans believe that the president of the United States cares the most about the future of America.”
- Asked which leader is best suited to solve America’s fiscal and economic problems, 32 percent selected Obama compared to 17 percent for Romney, 11 percent for House Speaker John Boehner, and a rock-bottom 3.7 percent who are willing to put their trust in Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.
- Among independents even fewer — just 3.2 percent — say Geithner is the one best equipped to resolve the nation’s economic malaise.
Overall, Towery says the poll reflects strong GOP and tea party support for Bachmann.
“What Bachmann stands for right now is the best hope, for the moment, of a viable candidate who is aligned with the concepts of the so-called tea party,” he tells Newsmax. “I think that’s what she is. And until somebody knocks her off her throne — and I’m not sure that’s going to happen — she is going to have their vote.”
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Bill Maher , the acerbic, mental pygmy, weighed in on the Casey Anthony verdict Friday night with a decidedly different take than most of the pundits this past week: He compared it to Republican thinking on economic issues. Socialist Maher qho consistenly rants for higher taxes against everyone but himself reached a new low Friday night comparing the nation’s debt crisis with Anthony verdict as if either had anything to do with the other except his juvenile view and opinion. Admittedlt Mahers audience is as overwhelmingly young and liberal as it is transitory.
His Show comes in behind Howdy Doody reruns on tertiary cabel networks as a loser.
California’s redistricting commission and process has now been accused of racism. Black and Hispanc groups are demanding racially “pure” districts to ensure more of those racial minorities are elected to “balance” the legislative process. Main stream media is staying away from the story like typhoid.