Daily Digest: failures at Southwest border, Qaddafi renews force, sandbagging between class and a happy Minnesota

Jessica Van Berkel

The system intended to prevent the arming of Mexican drug cartels with U.S. guns is deeply flawed, according to past and present border security staff. Border patrol doesn’t have the necessary resources and struggles to hire staff who are competent Spanish speakers and willing to take on the dangerous post, according to the Los Angeles Times. The U.S. Senate recently began an investigation of why the arrest of suspected cartel gun buyers was delayed for months. Agents say they just don’t have the resources to do their job. Staffing levels are similar to 30 years ago, one agent said, and former staff member Rene Jaquez said agents spend the majority of their time doing paperwork and can’t do street work because they don’t have the backup. “Well, this whole scandal shows we’ve probably allowed more guns into the country than guns we’ve stopped,” Jaquez said.

Following reports on Monday that Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi would relinquish power if allowed to leave the country, the Libyan leader has renewed attacks against rebels, bombing the city of Zawiyah in Western Libya for a fifth day. Thousands of rebels have likely died in the continuing violence, the Washington Post reports, and opposition leaders say it is unlikely any negotiations to follow would give immunity to Qaddafi.

Minnesota State University – Moorhead has a plan to keep students in class as water levels rise: a balance of studying and sandbagging. School administration is working on an emergency strategy to keep educating students despite what could be a record flood season for the Moorhead area and much of Minnesota. Moorhead Dean of Arts and Humanities Tim Borchers told The Advocate that while learning will continue, “It might be you’re sandbagging during the day and going home and writing a paper to send to your instructor that night.”

Who’s unhappy? We aren’t! Roam the United States on this New York Times map of happiness, you’ll be glad you live in the Twin Cities.