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The Beginning of Open American Borders: Feds Propose to Open an Unmanned Border Crossing With Mexico to “Upgrade Security”

This is the beginning of open borders. It’s the trial balloon to see how we react — or if we even notice. With a straight face, the federal government is telling us unmanned border crossings will “upgrade security.” To have truly open borders, you’d only need a half dozen more of these crossings to let the rest of the free world in.

And I bet the opening of this one won’t even make national news except on Fox. The recent opening of full scale military command centers run by the drug cartels in Texas, as detailed by two retired generals in a report by the Texas Department of Agriculture, barely made the news. The plan is to capture a one county thick zone along the US side of the border to use as a sanitary zone to shelter the cartels and their drugs in the drug war. Reuters actually mentioned this in the last paragraph of an article recently:

Last month, Texas officials released a report indicating Mexico-based drug gangs are intent on creating a “sanitary zone” on the U.S. side of the Rio Grande, and are “intimidating landowners” in south Texas into allowing them to use their property as “permanent bases” for drug smuggling activity.

So apparently you will now be able to visit using this unmanned border for an afternoon of shopping, then return — or not. If not, no worries, we’ll pay for your healthcare, the birth of your children, their eventual care, etc.

Or you can just return home with your shopping bags. Or without the heat seeking missile you brought over from Libya, the one that weighs just 50 lbs and can take down an airliner. Your choice.

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Racing’s future — and its past

Forrest Jehlik, a research engineer at Argonne National Laboratory’s Advanced Powertrain Research Facility, speaking at the IMIS Safety & Technical Conference in Indianapolis:

Almost everybody has a smart phone these days and we change them every couple of years. New stuff comes along and changes arrive so quickly today. Racing is competing against video game systems like Grand Turismo 5 that are just superb. That’s the market today’s youth are familiar with and that’s our competition.

There’s nothing more exciting than racing but when you step back and take a look at some of the racing organizations a lot of them are very reluctant to accept new things. A lot of race cars for example still have carburetors! But the technology that we integrate and play with every day comes so fast and so quickly and the young people pick it up and love it and run with it.

Racing has got to do the same thing. It has to stop being so reluctant to let the fuel injection guys come in and let the people who want to try different technology come in and let them run. The youth are going to be more attracted to that link to a car through today’s technology rather than the old ways.

A racing organization that embraces the past, not the future, by relying on outdated tech like carburetors? You mean like, say, NASCAR? OK, NASCAR is finally going to fuel injection in 2012 but some people in the sport don’t like it one bit.

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