Trump Is All Talk

Donald Trump is the first talk radio candidate.

Everything he says on the primary trail sounds just like what you can hear on conservative talk radio every day.

When he’s riffing about the failures of the political class in Washington, calling for an end to birthright citizenship or handling a media heckler like Jorge Ramos at a press conference, Trump is talking straight to the hearts and minds of the talk radio demographic.

He’s not much of a conservative, or much of a Republican, for that matter.

But as Trump forces many of the other timid GOP candidates to address subjects they’re otherwise too scared to address, he’s echoing what millions of conservative talk-show listeners have been yelling about for decades.

I know. I used to be one of those talk show guys. I’ve heard what the silent majority yells and bitches at their radios about.

Trump is an entertaining showman. Though he’d hate to admit it, he’s also a natural-born politician.

He might not be likable. But he knows how to relate to and communicate with his constituents. All he needs are catchy slogans, half-finished sentences, quips and shrugs.

The Donald is authentic all right — to a fault. But because he’s immune to criticism from the media or other politicians, as a candidate he has it easy.

Like any conservative talk show host, he can say any wild-and-crazy thing about immigration or the Iran nuclear deal he likes without paying a political penalty or having to explain his sketchy policy ideas.

For example, he can promise us over and over that the first thing he’ll do as President Trump is build a 1,900-mile wall to stop the illegals coming in from Mexico.

But the wall is the simple part. Every conservative talk radio guy in North American has been calling for a strong southern border wall for years.

But what would President Trump do about the 12 million illegal immigrants already living in the U.S.? And what about the millions of illegals who didn’t wade across the Rio Grande to get here?

Studies say as many as 50 percent of them came here legally but then overstayed their tourist or student visas and never left. More than 10 percent came from Asia.

That “Great Trump Wall” he’ll build on the Mexican border won’t stop those kinds of “unauthorized” guests, no matter how tall it is.

It’d be nice if Trump — or any of the genuine conservative Republican candidates — had a few smart ideas about fixing our horrible legal immigration system.

With its long wait times, Soviet-style paperwork, high legal costs and politicized selection process, it’s the epitome of a Big Government bureaucracy.

Last I heard, conservatives were supposed to be against such things.

Meanwhile, a one-man party like Trump will not be able to fix immigration, legal or illegal.

It’s going to take a “boring” career politician like John Kasich, Rick Perry, Chris Christie or Jeb Bush to accomplish that and everything else Trump is talking about doing in Washington to “make America great again.”

As Republican governors, Perry, Kasich, Christie and Bush have proven track records. Perry and Kasich have done all the right conservative things in Texas and Ohio.

They’ve cut taxes, cut back government and created new jobs by encouraging economic growth. Poor Perry did all three, plus he dealt with the border and hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants.

Trump has many accomplishments. He’s a fabulous negotiator and builder. He’s also stirring up Republican primary politics-as-usual in a beneficial way.

It’s really great that he’s not afraid to say what a lot of conservatives in the country want to hear him say.

But as any talk radio guy can tell you, saying something and getting something done are two different things.

What Perry and the other governors actually have accomplished in their states is what Trump can only espouse and promise if, by some miracle, he gets to Washington.

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Stepfather Throws Toddler Into The Pool. At First It Seems Playful, Then This Happens…

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It looked like play. It could have been an adult teaching a child to swim. It wasn’t, according to Mexican police who have charged the stepfather of a 3-year-old girl with her murder.

Agonizing video from a hotel closed-circuit TV has emerged that shows the girl thrown in the hotel pool over and over and over by a man that police have said is her stepfather. The video shows the girl flailing and floundering each time she hits the water, until finally her struggles are faint and feeble.

The incident took place on August 12 in Morelia, in the south-west Mexican state of Michoacan. It was captured on the hotel’s cameras and posted online by Quadratin News.

The video shows a well-built man throwing the little girl into the swimming pool over and over. At times, he throws her so forcefully that she is submerged. In one scene, the man throws in the girl and, when she emerges, throws her back in while she is fully clothed. The video shows other guests are in the pool throughout the incident.

Police say the man, his girlfriend and her daughter were staying at the hotel together. The girl’s mother was asleep throughout the incident, the police said.

The mother is said to have taken her daughter to the hospital after realizing she wasn’t breathing. Police reports said the man sought out a private hospital to treat the girl.

A post-mortem examination revealed that the cause of death was mechanical asphyxia by drowning, according to Mexican authorities.

The stepfather has been arrested and charged with homicide and treason. He has been detained in custody while investigations (which could take months) continue, police said.

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Obama Wants UN Noose Around Necks Of Gun Owners

Right now, White House officials are booking flights to Mexico…and they’re not bringing back souvenirs.

They’re on their way to the United Nations Small Arms Conference, scheduled in Mexico City on August 24, 2015.

And they’re planning to bring back the framework for a global gun control regime.

It’s important that you contact your Senators right now and tell them to vote NO on any agreement reached at the Mexico UN conference.

Obama has already signed the UN Small Arms Treaty, and it is waiting ratification by the Senate.

Obama’s global gun grabbers are jetting down to Mexico to iron out the details of this tyrannical new regime.

It requires signing nations to “establish and maintain a national control system, including a national control list.”

That means not just NATIONAL gun registration. You will be entered into a GLOBAL gun registration database.

Over the past century, we have seen registration lists used as a prelude to gun confiscation in countries like Rwanda, Cambodia and many more.

Gun confiscation, in turn, led to horrific genocides in many of these countries — including Rwanda and Cambodia.

Imagine dictators around the world who can control the UN blue helmets and the UN military force that have your name on record as being a gun owner.

It’s preposterous! And this is why the Senate MUST kill this toxic agreement.

Please take action to defend your gun rights.

Contact your senators right now. Tell them to vote NO on any agreement reached at the Mexico UN conference.

For further information on guns and the right to bear arms, visit the web site of Gun Owners of America at GunOwners.org

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Authorities Who Arrest Drug Smuggler In Scuba Gear Are Stunned When They Realize Where He Came From

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California authorities got a firsthand glimpse at the literal depths to which criminals will sink in their effort to transport drugs across the Mexican border. The unusual encounter occurred in April when Border Patrol agents found a drenched man wearing a wetsuit near a border-area canal.

Upon further exploration, investigators uncovered an elaborate plan that included drug smugglers wearing scuba gear to retrieve narcotics from an underwater tunnel between the U.S. and Mexico.

In addition to the diving equipment, law enforcement discovered about 55 pounds of cocaine wrapped in waterproof packaging near the suspect.

The Associated Press this week reported that Evelio Padilla appeared before a federal judge Wednesday in San Diego, at which point he pleaded guilty to possessing drugs with the intent to distribute. The sentencing phase of his trial will follow, with Padilla facing up to 20 years behind bars.

U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy noted that the case against Padilla shows the desperation of those caught up in the illegal drug business.

“Drug smugglers will try anything to move their product,” she explained, “—even scuba diving in an underwater tunnel. The ingenuity of the smugglers is matched only by our determination to thwart it.”

The tunnel stretches roughly 150 feet from a Mexican residence – where the drug shipments began – to the American canal.

Padilla claimed he was tricked into running drugs across the border, insisting he was told upon illegally entering the U.S. that he would repay those who assisted him by helping others cross the border. Instead, he was ultimately informed that he would be working as a drug smuggler.

Though he claimed he had no option upon setting foot on U.S. soil, several readers commented on TheBlaze’s coverage of the trial that Padilla did have control over his actions prior to jumping the fence.

“He had the option not to illegally cross the US border,” one reader wrote. “It makes no difference if his intent was to smuggle in people or smuggle in drugs. He can rot in jail and I hope he rats out his cohorts.”

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What Mexico Just Did At The Border (And Why) May Make Donald Trump’s Head Explode

The Mexican government is taking presidential candidate Donald Trump’s advice and beefing up security at the border. However, the new procedures are designed to prevent American criminals from escaping south. Changes were made on Aug. 19 that require documentation of all foreigners entering the country.

“This is about putting our house in order,” Rodulfo Figueroa, Mexico’s top immigration official in Baja California state (which includes Tijuana), said in an interview to the Associated Press.

Making changes at the border was not a quick decision for Mexican authorities, and officials spent years planning the moves. The problem for Mexico is that those committing crimes in the United States flee there, and extraditing them back to the U.S. has been extraordinary difficult. Federal estimates from 2010 indicated there were approximately 1,000 Americans with outstanding warrants living in Mexico.

Mexican authorities have doubled down on sending criminals back to the U.S. in recent years. This year, Mexico expelled more than 120 Americans who had arrest warrants and continued to live in the Baja California area, according to Figueroa. Officials said some of them were on the FBI’s most wanted list. Mexican officials expelled 299 in 2009, which is triple the number sent back in 2003, according to the U.S. Marshals Service. The agency’s numbers show there were 883 extraditions, deportations and expulsions from the United States; but the agency doesn’t explain how the numbers break down or what countries were involved.

Another problem is that there are Mexican natives who commit crimes in the U.S. and go back home to avoid prosecution. In a 2011 investigative report, the Chicago Tribune found that 60 fugitives fled to Mexico to avoid a trial in Cook County. Yet, there were only 12 being sought by prosecutors for extradition.

Those native to Mexico, even criminals, will not have a problem returning home under the new procedures. There are now two lines at the San Ysidro border. Mexicans go to one line and walk through without being checked. The second line is for foreigners. Those in that line must show a passport, fill out a form and pay about $20 – or 322 pesos – for a permit if they are staying longer than a week.

Americans in line on Aug. 19 had mixed responses. Some said it was the same process that airport security implements, and others who visit Tijuana regularly said they might change their number of visits because of the hassle.

Authorities claim they can handle a large number of visitors, up to 1,000 daily. They also state that the documentation will help identify Americans and their locations should an emergency develop. For example, Americans were stranded in Cabo San Lucas after a recent hurricane; and U.S. officials didn’t have an accurate number in that situation, according to Figueroa.

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