In As Biofuel Demand Grows, So Do Guatemala's Hunger Pangs", the New York Times reports on how the the climate change activists have pushed biofuels so that the cost of such commodities as corn have risen to the point that poor children are starving in such counties as Guatemala.
Recent laws in the United States and Europe that mandate the increasing use of biofuel in cars have had far-flung ripple effects, economists say, as land once devoted to growing food for humans is now sometimes more profitably used for churning out vehicle fuel.
In a globalized world, the expansion of the biofuels industry has contributed to spikes in food prices and a shortage of land for food-based agriculture in poor corners of Asia, Africa and Latin America because the raw material is grown wherever it is cheapest.
Ingraham opened the show with the news that Corporal Jon Hammer who was held in a Mexican jail. She spoke to Bill O'Reilly who championed his cause as well as his mother Olivia Hammer. Hammer is expecte to be home for Christmas. Ingraham also talked to Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen who advocated for Hammer.
Ingraham spoke about the Congress and the fiscal cliff with Chris Begala and DeeDee Benke about the fiscal cliff gridlock. Ingraham shared info from Capitol Hill that Speaker Boehner may be replaced. She later talked to Dick Harpootlian about President Obama's response to the situation.
Ingraham discussed NRA VP Wayne LaPierre's press conference on Friday about the organization's solution to school violence with Josh Horowitz of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence who said the NRA doesn't need to be involved in this and that school districts should handle this locally. He said our surgeons are better and this is why gun violence is down. Ingraham noted Connecticut has strict gun laws and that not all the facts are known yet.
Ingraham spoke about George Soros bankrolling an effort to legalize drugs with Ethan Nadelmann of the Drug Policy Alliance. He said that most Americans want marijuana legalized. Ingraham bought up the horribly addictive drugs such as heroin becoming acceptable.
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The Southwest border cities are extremely overburdened due to responding to emergencies on the border, often involving illegal aliens who need medical help.
Where are the federal governments on this - especially Mexico's?
All along the Southwest border, from San Diego to Brownsville, Tex., local fire departments respond to medical calls as they would to any emergencies within their city limits. But such calls for medical assistance at the border have become a growing burden on the finances and resources of fire departments in cities like this one, in the California desert 100 miles east of San Diego.
Although the gathering didn't produce a solution for the ailing euro zone, it did outline the globe's new balance of power. Developing countries projected optimism and wealth over the summit's two days, while European and U.S. leaders struggled just to stay solvent.
“We believe that this is very just,” Calderon told Obama this morning on the sidelines of the G20 Summit. “It’s a humanitarian action. And it’s an unprecedented action in our opinion.
“In this sense, Mr. President, we would like to thank you for the valor and courage that you had in implementing this action. I am sure that many, many families in the United States of America are thankful to you as well,” Calderon said.
Asians recently passed Hispanics as the largest group of new immigrants to the United States. The educational credentials of these recent arrivals are striking. More than six-in-ten (61%) adults ages 25 to 64 who have come from Asia in recent years have at least a bachelor’s degree. This is double the share among recent non-Asian arrivals, and almost surely makes the recent Asian arrivals the most highly educated cohort of immigrants in U.S. history.
President Obama remarked on a panel while in Cartegena, Columbia for the Summit of the Americas, that one of his jobs is to scout out vation spots for Michelle Obama. The first lady has been under frequent criticism for not only frequent vacations but lavish expenditures, often on the taxpayers' dime. President Obama railed when queried about this by Larry Conner of a St. Louis radio station.
“I want to thank President Santos and the people of Colombia for the extraordinary hospitality in the beautiful city of Cartagena,” said Obama. “We're having a wonderful time. And usually when I take these summit trips, part of my job is to scout out where I may want to bring Michelle back later for vacation. So we'll make sure to come back sometime in the near future.”
The CNN presidential debate on national security was a big improvement over the snob fest hosted by CBS/National Journal. Wolf Blitzer was respectful of the candidates, spread the questions around more liberally and actually had conservatives from the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute. Consequently there was little whining about media bias or candidates not getting camera face time.
The biggest surprise of the night was Newt Gingrich hinting at an amnesty light in which he suggested he is open to having a military style evaluation of each situation, sending back those who are recent entrants into the US and allowing those with long family ties, jobs, a record of church attendance to stay. Gingrich was taking intensive Spanish lessons earlier on and may be trying to grab minority voters. He said he is willing to take the heat. Will he really or will he again change his story and say he never said any such thing.
Both Herman Cain and Rick Perry had better outings but still revealed that their grasp of policy is not deep. Ironically Romney was more passionate during the debate while Gingrich was less bombastic. Ron Paul was his usual iconoclastic self while Huntsman and Santorum articulated their positions well - but Huntsman's attempts at more passion were offset by his repetition of views that won't fly with some conservatives. Santorum didn't give enough to indicate that he is ready to challenge for that conservative alternative spot, despite his considerable experience.
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Kathleen I. Byham, a shopper at Wal-Mart was allegedly murdered by illegal alien miscreant Luis A Rodriguez-Flamenco in a random attack. Two Mexican illegals in his company were turned over to ICE.
Where was ICE before Ms. Byham was murdered?
Luis A Rodriguez-Flamenco, 24, an illegal immigrant from Honduras, has been charged with second-degree murder.
According to the Orleans County Sheriff's Office, Kathleen I. Byham, 45, of Albion was stabbed multiple times after she left the store, on Route 31, around 7 p.m. and walked toward towards her car. She was taken to Medina Memorial Hospital, where she died about 40 minutes later.