Thousands of Americans and their Afghan allies abandoned by the Biden Administration are stranded in a medieval country hunted by fanatical Taliban killers while thousands of illegal aliens in America are being provided plane tickets and luxury buses to be transported around the country at tax payer expense.
Detailed information and photos leaked out of the Jacksonville Florida International Airport (JAX) show chartered planes packed with hundreds of illegals arriving in the early morning hours on a daily basis. The occupants of these flights are met by luxury busses that transport them to destinations in Atlanta, Nashville, and New Jersey.
Fourth District Congressman John Rutherford (R-FL) told me during a phone conversation Wednesday, August 25, that despite the fact that he and other Republicans are working to stem the flow of illegals and secure the border, hundreds of thousands are getting across and being shuttled around the country in luxury by the Biden administration.
So far he said Biden’s Health and Human Services (HHS) function has routed 1,200 of these folks through the Jacksonville Airport, most from Mexico. “Many unaccompanied children are staying in the Jacksonville area and being cared for by local charities,” said the Congressman.
Democrats, he says, are thwarting his and Republican efforts to plug what the Democrats have left standing of the porous southern border.
Rutherford illustrated the damage being done by the Democrats exclaiming: “They cut $960 million from the Customs and Border Patrol budget right in the middle of all this. We can’t stop them as long as they’re in the majority.”
When it was suggested that when the Taliban, Al Qaida, ISIS, etc. look at the leaky U.S. southern border they see a way in to attack the U.S. The Congressman agreed saying, “We have identified people from 150 different countries coming across our southern border.”
The Congressman said that more than 1.2 million people have come across the border since the first of the year, 212,000 in July alone. “The good news is that some 865,000 have been sent back because Title 42 is still being enforced but 466,000 stayed. The bad news,” he says, “is those are just the ones we caught.”
The Biden welcome mat embraces them all: drug smugglers, terrorists, Covid infected, human traffickers, rapists, pedophiles, murderers, who cares. Oh, and here’s your voter registration card already filled out for you. America’s back door is wide open to what Emma Lazarus’s Statue of Liberty poem asks for: “The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, send these…” And here they are, smack in our backyard.
My airport source says the immigrant flood there has been taking place for weeks, with planes discharging their illegal passengers onto waiting buses that are escorted by Jacksonville Aviation police cars.
Flights taxi to a remote section of the airport called Air Cargo 4, far from the passenger terminal and public view. It’s a gate used by NFL teams because of its remote location and easy access to Interstate 95. It’s also used exclusively by FedEx and other cargo carriers.
I watched from my car for more than two hours the other night along with columnist Steve Nicklaus of the local Fernandina Beach News Leader, as cargo planes taxied in and unloaded. There are no customs check points, passenger lounges, or TSA agents, only freight handling facilities. Vehicles enter and exit the runway via a gate in a chain link fence, with signs that warn unauthorized folks to stay out.
More than five hours after we left the airport Tuesday, an Avelo Boeing 737 arrived at 2:33 a.m. and 20-30 people deplaned and boarded two waiting buses from a Tallahassee company called Mike’s Limousine. My airport source says the flight number was VXP8401 and it originated in Houston.
The individual that provided us with the photos and alerted us to this situation with detailed information, is a veteran airport professional who reports that he witnesses this activity on a nightly basis.
He said that the ground handlers at the airport that meet the planes are paid three times the amount they normally receive because the government only gives them 3-4 hours advance notice before the flights arrive. “There’s not much work to be done,” he says, “because there is no luggage.”
The photo here shows people that deplaned boarding a bus Wednesday morning, August 25. It was taken from the Air Cargo 4 FedEx ramp. The only thing missing was a Mariachi band and a taco stand to welcome them.
I called Mike’s Limousine Service in Tallahassee and asked where the buses were taking these passengers. Someone named Ted said he couldn’t give me any information about the buses because I wasn’t the person who ordered them and abruptly hung up. The JAX Airport’s Public Affairs office politely suggested that I contact Customs & Border Protection officials with questions about the flights.
While in the middle of his Afghanistan debacle, will an oblivious and detached Joe Biden repeat his Sunday, August 22 warning similar to the one he told Tropical Storm Henri victims by saying to his Biden Express passengers: “Don’t forget that you may need to seek shelter while we’re still battling COVID-19 and the Delta variant,” he said. “So, wear a mask and try to observe social distancing.” He may want to add: “Have a pleasant flight and thanks for flying Air Biden.”
Democrats have a nasty track record of abandoning oppressed people and rewarding the oppressors. The current Afghanistan scenario reeks of what they did during World War II when they turned away ships loaded with German Jews fleeing the Nazis who were later murdered in concentration camps. FDR knew about the camps and didn’t destroy the railway system that was taking innocents to their deaths. After the war his Democrat successor, Harry Truman, then snatched as many Nazi bomb and rocket makers as he could find to come and work in the U.S. exonerating them of any war crimes.
Democrats haven’t changed.
Congressman Rutherford will speak Monday, August 30, at a “We The People” gathering Monday, August 30, at 5 p.m. at that venue’s covered outside patio. It’s open to the public.
(Note: This article was also posted in BizPacReview.com yesterday, Thursday, August 26, at:
Overheard at PJD’s Beer & Wine Garden: “Joe Biden is about as in control of our country as he is of his bladder.”
His three most recent notes addressed my personal property taxes, his personal lawsuit against the Port, and health insurance premiums for City Commissioners.
He begins every message saying: “I hope you and your family are well,” a sentiment whose sincerity I doubt. Or perhaps he asks all his constituents that in an attempt to gauge upcoming activity at the Nassau Baptist Hospital Emergency Room, where he serves as a doctor.
On Friday, August 20, he addressed me and local watchdog group Common Sense members in an email asking: “I am curious why you do not address the issue of certain City Commissioners having the City pay for their health insurance? City Commissioners are part time employees. The City does not pay for health insurance for any other part time employees. The City is budgeted to pay $9,297 for Commissioner Bean’s health insurance, $15,713 for Mayor Lednovich’s health insurance, and $13,203 for Commissioner Sturges’s health insurance. Do you support that expenditure, if so why, and if not why are you silent on the matter?”
On the same day he snitched on his fellow commissioners for taking advantage of the health insurance option offered to them, he also informed me that Judge James Daniel has been named to preside over his personal suit against Nassau Terminals. He also said he filed a motion to hold the port company in contempt and requested a hearing. And the Port responded with its own motion, and it goes on and on. Judge Steven Fahlgren, who previously presided, recused himself a week or so ago.
Why is he personally suing the organization? What’s his objective? What’s the city’s position and why isn’t it involved since it claims the Port owes it money, not Ross? What do you hope to gain here Commissioner?
Ross is sending tax statements to me and members of Common Sense that have been outspoken about tax increases. He only sends these missives to folks whose bills have gone down slightly, ignoring those who go up.
I agree with local citizens and Common Sense members who told Ross to stop blaming the tax payers for the increases by claiming they want more services but don’t want to pay for them. Cut the fat, and waste in the budget you pompous detached boor. You must think all property owners hereabouts are morons. An overwhelming 97 percent of readers of this blog said they want the Commission to cut the budget to avoid tax increases. The poll will remain up for one more week.
As far as the commissioner’s health insurance goes, I don’t think tax payers’ should be on the hook for their tab. I understand that Commissioner Bradley Bean works at Rayonier. Doesn’t that company offer a health plan among its benefits? Commissioner David Sturges is self-employed. What did he do for health insurance before getting elected? And Mayor Mike “Left Coast” Lednovich’s premiums are hefty. Add his $12,0000 annual Commissioner stipend and he’s earning almost $30,000 in tax payer money for a part-time job that he’s not very good at performing. During a recent budget workshop Lednovich quickly ducked the health insurance topic saying: ““This has been brought up twice and it is insulting. I don’t want to go there; I don’t want to play that game.”
If other city part-timers don’t have the option none should. I don’t think Commissioner Ross ingratiated himself by attempting to snatch this tax-paid goody from his fellow Commissioners, but he certainly cemented his reputation as an unlikeable jackass.
And speaking of jackasses, Mayor Lednovich appears to be the only city commissioner registered “No Party Affiliation” while all the others are registered Republicans. Without a doubt I am convinced that ‘ole “Left Coast”, who hails from California, is as far left as Karl Marx since I’ve had many folks tell me they’ve overheard him say that rich people should be limited to how much money they can earn. He’s also declared to folks hereabouts that he’d like to see the statue of David Yulee in front of downtown’s old train station removed because Yulee was a slave owner. These are not the opinions of a local with conservative leanings. His California slip is showing.
“Wizard Of Whimsey” Passes: About five years ago I sat across the table at downtown Fernandina Beach restaurant Karibo from one of the most fascinating and entertaining individuals I’ve ever met — Don Poynter — the father of local entrepreneur and restaurateur Tim Poynter.
I was informed that Don passed away recently in his hometown of Cincinnati at 96.
His life should be a book and perhaps one day it will be. But here are a few highlights of this amazing man’s’ life, a life that he crammed more interesting things into in his 96 years than an army of people could in their lifetimes combined.
At age 11, he began making and selling remote-controlled toy tanks and working cannons. In 1937, he became the youngest member of Puppeteers of America. Photos show him posing with a gorilla puppet he constructed from his mother’s discarded mink coat.
In 1940 he performed on the radio show Father Flanagan’s Boys Town, heard over NBC’s network and later on shows with Doris Day, Donald Nash (the voice of Donald Duck), Rosemary Clooney, and Andy Williams, among others.
In high school he lettered in track, ran hurdles and pole vaulted, and gained popularity as a drum major and baton twirler. Like many of his generation, his college years at the University of Cincinnati were interrupted by military service in the Army.
During his service, he performed for the troops as a ventriloquist, magician, and baton twirler. After completing his service, he returned to UC, graduating in 1949 with a degree in business and serving as class president. While there, he entertained students and alums and garnered national attention with his drum majoring and baton twirling at halftime shows, including twirling on stilts, unicycle, and tight wire.
While still in college, he secured a patent for Play Logs, a building toy he designed, manufactured, and sold via mail order for more than a decade. It was the first of many patents he would earn in his lifetime. His twirling skills drew the attention of Abe Saperstein, who engaged him to tour internationally for three years as a performer and assistant tour director with the Harlem Globetrotters, including shooting 3D film for the team. In 1952, he married fellow UC student Mona Castellini, and part of their honeymoon was spent on tour with the Globetrotters. Mona preceded Don in death in 2007 after 55 years of marriage.
As founder of Poynter Products in 1954, he created and designed bestselling toys and novelty items. His breakout item, Whiskey Flavored Toothpaste, was featured in LIFE magazine and landed him on What’s My Line? (where he stumped the panel and won $50). Some of his most successful products include The Thing, Jayne Mansfield Hot Water Bottle, Rube Goldberg Cigarette Lighter, The Executive Waste Basket Ball, Matchbox Steer-n-Go, and Mighty Tiny World’s Smallest Record Player, among many others. Numerous items were featured on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Good Morning America, and Late Night with David Letterman.
Don was a featured guest on Tom Snyder’s Tomorrow Show, Huntley Brinkley, and Good Morning America. He also found time to make films and stage shows. He produced, directed, and filmed 13 children television shows, and he conceived and produced Midnight at Eight, a stage anthology of horror and suspense classics starring Basil Rathbone.
He designed a national promotion for the Dry-Cleaning Industry and secured the rights to the Walt Disney film characters that he had printed on paper for dry cleaning bags. Walt Disney stated, “it was the best promotion he had ever seen.”
Needing a venue to demonstrate an invention in the 1960’s led to a new direction of developing golf courses, Triple Crown Country Club being the latest passion that continued into his 90’s.
“He touched so many people in his life,” says son Tim, “We will probably be hearing stories until we’re all gone.” Daughter Molly says, “In a conversation with Pat Green, a colleague of my father’s for 47 years, I said, ‘What an amazing roller coaster ride’ and he replied, ‘And we had the best seats.” When asked shortly before he passed what his goal was in life, Don responded: “To bring joy to people and make them smile.”
I told my friend and west coast columnist, screen writer and pundit Burt Prelutsky about Don not long ago and Burt commented, calling him the “Wizard of Whimsey” and when I told him of Don’s passing he added, “I never met him, but I miss him.”
A column I wrote about Don can be read by going to http://www.davescottblog.com/meet-the-most-unforgettable-character-youve-never-met
Sympathy can be expressed, and additional information be found at www.springgrove.org.