Wisconsin joined 36 other states in participating in the U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) program called “secure communities.” Likewise, New York's Putnam and Rockland Counties became the first of New York's counties to join the program this week.

Viktor Bout, 44, a former Soviet/Russian military officer and current black market arms dealer with ties to Russian military intelligence — the GRU, was apprehended by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Thai law enforcement officials in March 2008. Following two years of deliberations in Thai courts and much to the protest of the Russian government, Bout was extradited last November to the United States to face trial at the Southern District Court of New York, which is set to commence with a hearing on Friday, January 21.

Back in 2005 Congress passed a law, which President George W. Bush then signed, forcing sellers of products containing the decongestant pseudoephedrine to store such medicines behind the counter and dole them out to customers, logging each purchase to ensure that no one buys more than the feds’ arbitrarily-set limits on these drugs. The idea was to prevent people from purchasing large quantities of the medications and turning them into methamphetamines.

cell doorThe recent shooting rampage in Tucson that killed six and wounded 14, including a member of Congress, has inspired some predictable calls for new gun legislation. But it has also focused attention on state laws for dealing with the mentally ill and the call from some quarters for involuntary commitment or at least treatment of people with mental disorders — whether or not they have committed a crime.

Keith OlbermannIn the aftermath of the Tucson tragedy, the writers at the Media Research Center (MRC) are proving, once again, that they are better reporters than the “journalists” they monitor. According to a study by the MRC, there have been many occasions when reporters and liberal pundits have publicly aired their death wishes against conservatives, and have done so with impunity. Meanwhile, left-wing politicians and their media flacks have been deluging the airwaves with claims that conservatives are to blame for Jared Loughner’s murderous rampage at a political event for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).

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