The jihad in Mexico

**Posted by Phineas

Writing at the Gatestone Institute site, Raymond Ibrahim details the continuing efforts of Hizbullah and its Iranian paymasters, as well as al Qaeda, to strike at the United States through our porous border using a combination of missionary work and alliance with the drug cartels:

According to a 2010 report, “Close to home: Hezbollah terrorists are plotting right on the U.S. border,” which appeared in the NY Daily News:

“Mexican authorities have rolled up a Hezbollah network being built in Tijuana, right across the border from Texas and closer to American homes than the terrorist hideouts in the Bekaa Valley are to Israel. Its goal, according to a Kuwaiti newspaper that reported on the investigation: to strike targets in Israel and the West. Over the years, Hezbollah—rich with Iranian oil money and narcocash—has generated revenue by cozying up with Mexican cartels to smuggle drugs and people into the U.S. In this, it has shadowed the terrorist-sponsoring regime in Tehran, which has been forging close ties with Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, who in turn supports the narcoterrorist organization FARC, which wreaks all kinds of havoc throughout the region.”

Another 2010 article appearing in the Washington Times asserts that, “with fresh evidence of Hezbollah activity just south of the border [in Mexico], and numerous reports of Muslims from various countries posing as Mexicans and crossing into the United States from Mexico, our porous southern border is a national security nightmare waiting to happen.” This is in keeping with a recent study done by Georgetown University, which revealed that the number of immigrants from Lebanon and Syria living in Mexico exceeds 200,000. Syria, along with Iran, is one of Hezbollah’s strongest financial and political supporters, and Lebanon is the immigrants’ country of origin.

A jihadist cell in Mexico was recently found to have a weapons cache of 100 M-16 assault rifles, 100 AR-15 rifles, 2,500 hand grenades, C4 explosives and antitank munitions. The weapons, it turned out, had been smuggled by Muslims from Iraq. According to this report, “obvious concerns have arisen concerning Hezbollah’s presence in Mexico and possible ties to Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTO’s) operating along the U.S.—Mexico border.”

And it’s not just arms-smuggling and infiltration of Arab jihadis that we need to worry about; jihadist organizations are working hard to covert disaffected Mexicans to Salafist Islam:

Long a bastion of Catholicism, southern Mexico is quickly turning into a battleground for soul-savers. Islam, too, is gaining a foothold and the indigenous Mayans are converting by the hundreds. The Mexican government is worried about a culture clash in their own backyard… Muslim women in headscarves have become a common sight….

The Maya regions, particularly Yucatan, have long been a problem for Mexico City. An uprising there lasted from 1847-1901. A century later, will they face an intifada of their own?

Securing the border, as far as is practical, is essential. That doesn’t mean seal it, which would be impossible, but we need far better control over who crosses and why. And intelligence cooperation with the Mexicans, already underway against the cartels, needs to be expanded against the jihadists who seek to exploit our southern neighbor’s problems to get at us.

As Fausta puts it, “border security is national security“.

Because they’re still trying to kill us.

RELATED: An earlier post I wrote on Hizbullah in Tijuana, and Hamas getting in on the act.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

Another reason to dig ABC News’ @JakeTapper

Great story via Yahoo’s The Ticket:

Jimmy Kimmel delivered a barrage of edgy jokes at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner (WHCD) late last month in Washington. But after consulting with ABC News senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper, Kimmel decided several were too over-the-top to make the cut.

“I had some jokes about Rick Santorum,” Kimmel told Howard Stern in an interview on Sirius radio. “I said something like—well, I didn’t say it, but, ‘Newt Gingrich’s campaign is so dead Mitt Romney wants to baptize it and Rick Santorum wants to put it in a jar and show it to his kids.’ People went, ‘Uh-oh.’ I ran it by people who go to this thing.” (The joke made reference to the Santorums’ decision to bring their dead baby son home following a miscarriage.)

“Who do you run it by?” Stern asked, according to the transcript published on

“There’s a guy named Jake Tapper at ABC News,” Kimmel said. “I ran jokes by him. He’s been there a lot of times,” the comedian said, referring to the annual event.

“I tried to help Jimmy with the temperature of the room,” Tapper wrote in an email to Yahoo News. “And yes, I thought that joke would cause the room to turn against him, perhaps even causing a stampede, with the Hilton getting in on the tar and feather concession. Seeking to spare him a Rich Little-like reception, I offered my suggestions—such as they are—as to which jokes might bomb.”

I don’t know much about Kimmel, but even with that it surprises me he would consider putting the Santorum “joke” in his WHCD routine. In fact, it surprises me that ANY quality comedian would even consider it. I figure most seasoned comedians have lines even they wouldn’t cross during the course of their comedy acts – and “jokes” about someone’s deceased baby most definitely meet that “do not cross this line” qualification.

Hats off to Jake Tapper, who not only does what few veteran DC journalists do by way of keeping this administration accountable for its words and actions, but who also knows how to keep wayward comedians from straying too far out of bounds. Next thing you know, we’ll find out Jake rescues stray puppies and kittens in his spare time. (Hah!)

Tuesday Open Thread – plus Secret Service scandal discussion

FYI – the next few days are going to be crazy busy for both me and Phineas as we try to cram in five days of work into three, as we’ll both be attending Blog Con Charlotte (blogger convention right here in my back yard!) on Friday and Saturday (we’re both off workThursday and Friday). So blogging will be light at least through Saturday. In the meantime, I’ll try to put up some daily discussion threads to keep people mildly entertained. ;)

And speaking of, how about the Secret Service scandal that has erupted?
Fox News has confirmed
that the 11 agents – some senior in rank – who have been identified as being involved in “Hookergate” have had their security clearances revoked, and I suspect more heads will roll as time goes on – as it should be. This is obviously awful and embarrassing for the Secret Service but, IMO, should not detract from the overall excellent and critical work the agency has done over the years. Most of these guys and gals take their jobs VERY seriously and the scandal surrounding the few should who stepped way out of line should be considered an exception to the rule. Just my .02.

Happy New Year!

Wanted to check in quickly and wish everyone a happy, healthy, prosperous, and blessed 2012. It’s a quiet night for yours truly – spending it with the lovely Muffie Toldjah. :)

Please try to remember if you’re out celebrating that AAA will pick up you and your car, member or not, for free if you and/or your friends/family are too intoxicated to drive. Phone number: 1-800-222-4357.

Be safe! Happy 2012. :)

Panthers at the Colts

Hey y’all – still enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday with la familia, and getting ready to watch a Panthers game we just might win – against the Colts. With Manning out for the season, the Colts’ year has been dismal, while the Panthers have been “in it to win it” in almost every game this year – thanks in large part to QB Cam Newton.

Am hoping the Cats win for more than one reason: I’m 3-0 in the football pool so far and picked the Cardiac Cats to win. :)

Game time is 1 pm ET and it will be broadcast on Fox.

What games are you watching today?

RIP Steve Jobs

We all knew it was coming, but it doesn’t make it any easier to digest. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

You can send condolences to

No – I’m not watching Obama’s speech at NCSU

… in case you were wondering. I got sick from Taco Bell yesterday. I have no interest in repeating the experience by listening to ‘bama’s baloney today. In fact, I’m storing up my patience reserves in order to watch him during the debates next year.

Interestingly enough, he is *literally* in red country at NC State University. Red is their primary school color. :)

What’s up in your world today?

Labor Day Weekend Open Thread

Enjoy your Labor Day holiday weekend, everyone. I’ll check in when I can. :)

Southern sunrise

Southern Sunrise - The rising sun highlights Earth's atmospheric layers in a high-resolution picture taken August 27 by astronaut Ron Garan from aboard the International Space Station. The picture was taken as the orbiting lab passed over Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Flying high above Earth, the ISS completes an orbit every 90 minutes, so astronauts see 16 sunrises each 24-hour day.

Independence Day link-a-palooza

**Posted by Phineas

None voted "present" here.

Happy Independence Day! While you’re enjoying cookouts and fireworks, here are some links I think you’ll find of interest:

The Basics:

The Fourth of July commemorates the publication of the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. Take a moment to read what is, in essence, our vision statement. And while the 4th isn’t specifically about the Constitution, a refresher-reading of our nation’s operator’s manual is never out of order. (Unless you’re a progressive Democrat in Congress, but that’s another story.)

Further Reading:

The 4th of July isn’t just our Independence Day, but it was also the day of freedom for the Israeli hostages held at Entebbe Airport, Uganda. Today is the 35th anniversary of that amazing operation.

Some of the lesser-known Founders, signers of the Declaration, are finally getting the recognition they deserve.

We’re at war with Muslims who’ve chosen to wage jihad against us. Robert Spencer compares what we defend to what we defend against.

We’ve all heard of the Declaration of Independence. But, let’s face it, folks: it’s old and probably too hard for some to understand. Thankfully, Dan Mitchell of the Cato Institute has the lowdown on its replacement, perfect for the modern age: The Declaration of Dependence.

At Big Peace, a Cuban refugee says thank you to America.

The Republic is in danger, and the Fourth of July is its source! According to a Harvard study, patriotic events like Independence Day parades create more Republicans. The horror…

(Actually, it probably is horrifying in Harvard.)

Finally, and speaking of Republicans, here’s a transcript of an essay Ronald Reagan wrote on the eve of his first Independence Day as president: What July Fourth Means to Me. He was truly special.

Enjoy the holiday, folks!

UPDATE: One last link. At Blood of Prokopius, Father Dave, an Orthodox priest with an interest in roleplaying games and religion, looks at the Declaration of Independence from a Christian perspective.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)