Congress is back in session and members are in a hurry to get their business done ASAP so they can have a nice long Christmas vacation. That priority means jamming through another omnibus spending bill, a form of budget management that allows all sorts of corruption to permeate the sausage.
Wait, didn’t the GOP guys pledge to return Congress to regular order, where the budget is voted in semi-manageable chunks?
The nation’s defender Senator Sessions points out the evil that lurks in the stacks of pages — Obasma’s nation-crushing unlawful immigration scheme. The president’s big list of open borders priorities includes resettling 10,000 mostly Muslim unscreenable Syrians in addition to 85,000 other refugees being dumped into American communities which are forced to bear welfare costs.
In the October hearing video below, Senator Sessions questioned a USCIS official, who admitted Syrians cannot be vetted because there’s no database to check.
The refugee category has also been rejiggered by the administration into a convenient catch-all and now applies to the thousands of illegal aliens from Central America who are being shoved down America’s throat on the taxpayer’s dime.
WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, released the following statement warning about what is expected in the omnibus and why it must be changed:
“As currently written, this year’s appropriations bills – which will be combined into a catch-all ‘omnibus’ by December 11th – amount to a blank check for the President to carry out his refugee resettlement plans. Not only will the President be allowed to bring in the 85,000 refugees he has announced on top of current record immigration levels, but this will include at least 10,000 refugees from Syria who will subsequently be able to bring in their foreign relatives. All refugees are eligible for lifetime government assistance and can draw funds from Social Security and Medicare at Americans’ expense. More than 90% of recent Middle Eastern refugees are on welfare. And they are on a fast-track to becoming voting U.S. citizens. Continue reading this article
Germany’s admittance of a million plus Syrians this year creates an impossible situation where needy people cannot be cared for because of the huge numbers, and great resentment will result in some. Most of the young men (the majority demographic) appear to have an exalted opinion of Germany, and can’t wait to reach the land of their dreams. When their unrealistic hopes are dashed by the economic facts of limited job opportunities and insufficient housing, they may turn to the mosque for consolation.
As has been noted here earlier, Germany is transforming its manufacturing with automation, so it requires fewer human workers than it used to. It’s not like the old days, when any low-skilled loser could walk into a automotive plant and get hired. Today however, foreigners who don’t speak German or have outstanding skills simply are not that employable.
Security analyst KT McFarland discussed the radicalization dangers for new foreigners in Germany with Neil Cavuto on Fox News Monday.
CAVUTO: That the leader in Germany and the leader of syria — different characters they — agreed on this much: a lot of those refugees who made their way into Europe from Syria, a lot of the bad guys in fact, a lot of them are ISIS in fact, more than you know. To a woman who was on this long before anyone I know, KT McFarland, Fox News national security analyst. That’s Bashar Asad saying that, that’s Angela Merkel of Germany saying that. A host of others saying that, KT saying that it’s very likely many slipped through the cracks and are in Europe as we speak.
McFARLAND: Well I think it’s not just that. Let’s just say it’s one percent, so it’s a million refugees coming in; one percent are bad guys. That’s still a lot of bad guys, that’s a thousand bad guys.
But look what happens, and it doesn’t take any kind of a fortune teller to predict what’s going to happen over the winter, you’ve got thousands of refugees, hundreds of thousands of refugees. They’re going to refugee centers, they’re going into shelters. Some of them are right now sleeping in the fields. What happens when the weather starts getting cold?
There are no jobs for these people. There’s potentially no organized housing. There’s not going to be a lot of social benefits because a lot of the benefits will have been used up. There just isn’t a bottomless pit for this, so when they come, they come to Europe, they don’t have any place to stay. It’s gonna be a cold winter.
They will become breeding grounds and easy pickings for recruiters. And they’re already in Europe now, so it’s not like you have a smuggle anybody in addition. These are already people who were in gonna be in pretty desperate straits by a cold winter, and they will be easy pickings for recruiters.
CAVUTO: So the irony will be that Western powers that have held back on bringing them and that very behavior, maybe for very justifiable security reasons, it’s actually going to make the situation worse.
Monday’s Wall Street Journal makes a similar point, that Germany-residing jihadists are recruiting from the disaffected newcomers.
Migrants are increasingly ending up at mosques attended by Islamist radicals, authorities say
BERLIN—The Paris attacks have raised fears of terrorists slipping into Europe by posing as refugees. But in Germany, the top migrant destination, security officials have another worry: Local extremists will recruit the newcomers to join the Islamist cause once they arrive.
German authorities warn that migrants seeking out Arabic-language mosques in search of the familiar are increasingly ending up at those attended by Islamist radicals. In interviews, security officials from Berlin to the southwest German state of Saarland said they have registered a sharp rise in the number of asylum-seekers attending mosques they believed attracted extremists.
Federal officials said they have counted more than 100 cases in which Islamists known to them have tried to establish contact with refugees. According to state and local agencies across the country, Islamists have offered migrants rides, food, shelter and translation help. In some cases, they have invited them to soccer games and grill parties, or brought them copies of the Quran and conservative Muslim clothing.
“They start by saying, ‘We will help you live your faith,’ ” saidTorsten Voss, the head of the German domestic intelligence agency’s Hamburg branch. “The Islamist area comes later—that is, of course, their goal.”
Security officials across Germany describe the potential radicalization of migrants, still entering the country by the thousands every day, as a challenge that adds to Europe’s existing security threats. With Germany expecting to take in roughly one million asylum-seekers from the Middle East and elsewhere this year, authorities are scrambling to prevent new pockets of radicalism from forming. Continue reading this article
Along with the many business stories about the Amazon retailer on Cyber Monday, the company used the occasion to release a video about Jeff Bezos’ favorite hobby, a drone delivery robot, a project he announced on Sixty Minutes in 2013.
Jeremy Clarkson, formerly of the British car show Top Gear, told a story about a girl whose soccer shoe is eaten by the dog — but Amazon Prime save the day by same-day delivery of a new pair!
Interestingly, the new model of Amazon drone looks like a flying shelf that poops out its cargo. It doesn’t appear to have unshielded whirling blades to bonk unhelmeted pedestrians, as has already happened with other drones.
A sky full whirring drones is not my idea of a pleasant future. Plus, if the drones really become a major delivery vehicle, that would mean fewer jobs for human truck drivers. Automation has killed millions of jobs, to the point where it is crazy for Washington to continue importing immigrant workers, as if nothing had changed in the workplace universe.
Here’s more background on the Jeremy Clarkson connection:
Retailer seems determined to get its money’s worth out of the former Top Gear host as he fronts YouTube campaign showing how it may deliver in the future
Amazon is seeking to get as much mileage as possible out of new star-signing Jeremy Clarkson, with the former Top Gear presenter fronting an ad unveiling anew hybrid drone that could see deliveries made to customers’ backyards. Continue reading this article
Cyber Monday is a major business story because it is the biggest online shopping day of the year. As a result, many news outlets sent reporters to one of the 13 Amazon “fulfillment centers” around the country where consumer orders are processed, filled and shipped. The sight of items zooming by on speedy conveyor belts makes for good visuals.
The backbone of Amazon’s increasingly automated processing is the Kiva robot system, the foot-high wheeled gizmos that bring shelves of products to human packers, who are still needed to place the ordered merchandise into boxes. The company recently doubled the number of Kiva-bots from 15,000 to 30,000 in preparation for the Christmas shopping season.
The super-fast conveyor belts of stuff may create zippy television, but the robots make that speed possible:
Jo-Ling Kent of Fox Business reported from the Amazon processing center in Robbinsville NJ which occupies one million square feet (28 football fields!), has 14 miles of conveyor belts, employs 4000 full-time workers and processed 500 orders per second last year and expects to do better today.
The remarkable success of the world’s top automated store — where shoppers buy online and their purchases are hardly touched by human hands — shows how rapidly the retail world is moving away from brick and mortar. The pattern is recurring through many industries, where fewer human workers are needed to perform the workplace tasks.
Funny how this diversity thing turns out to be not as advertised. Instead of everyone holding hands in utopian harmony, some diversity is more important than others, particularly when one tribe is willing to demand and intimidate with potential violence always in the background. And some infidels are so subjugated that they will give up their own culture before the hostile Muslims even start complaining.
Today’s example is Italian school headmaster Marco Parma who decided to axe the annual Christmas concert because he said the Muslim kiddies didn’t sing along in last year’s festivities.
Don’t Muslim newbies understand Europe is still a region of Christian culture? Actually, Islam insists Muslims must be colonists according to the hijrah doctrine, meaning they shouldn’t assimilate to the new nation but instead demand that non-Muslims conform to sharia values.
Back to the school fracas, parents were not happy about Christmas being sacrificed for Muslim comfort, and an international controversy ensued.
In my opinion, traditional seasonal music is one of the best things about Christmas, and the Italian school official was extra off-base in shutting down inspirational music. Here is a popular Italian carol that presumably would have been cut, Tu scendi dalle stelle:
The Guardian has more details about the background story:
PM Matteo Renzi has accused headmaster Marco Parma of being ‘provocative’ for rebranding his school’s Christmas concert and banning religious songs
Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi has criticised a headmaster who banned Christmas concerts and carols in his school near Milan in the name of multiculturalism.
“Christmas is much more important than a headmaster being provocative,” Renzi told Sunday’s edition of Corriere della Sera.
“If he thinks he is promoting integration and co-existence in this way, he appears to me to have made a very big mistake.”
Marco Parma, 63, prompted protests from some parents and a media outcry by deciding to postpone the annual Christmas concert for primary school pupils until January and rebrand it a “winter concert” which will not feature any religious songs.
The head of the Garofani comprehensive school in the small town of Rozzano has also confirmed saying no to two mothers who wanted to teach Christmas carols to the children during lunchbreaks.
“In a multi-ethnic environment, it causes problems,” Parma said, saying his decisions had been influenced by an unhappy experience last year.
“Last year we had a Christmas concert and some parents insisted on having carols. The Muslim children didn’t sing, they just stood there, absolutely rigid. Continue reading this article
In Germany, a centuries-long tradition is the Christmas market, where people can buy holiday decorations, listen to carols, snack on seasonal foods and drink hot mulled wine. The markets often take place in historic city centers and offer an attractive reason for locals to get out of the house during the long winter nights.
Frankfurt’s Christmas market is one of Germany’s largest.
They’re a symbol of an ancient idyll – but this year armed police are out in force to counter the threat of violence
The smell of caramelised almonds and mulled wine wafts through the air as stallholders arrange their artisanal wares at one of Berlin’s most popular Christmas markets. As the first visitors start to trickle in, it is already clear that this year things are going to be a little bit different.
Suitcases and rucksacks have been banned from Germany’s largest winter ritual and vendors have been warned to look out for anything suspicious. Plain-cloths police are said to be mingling with the crowds.
As a Bing Crosby rendition of O Come All Ye Faithful booms out from the speakers, Manfred Bauer, who is arranging his stall of around 300 brushes – from shaving sets to hedgehog-shaped shoe cleaners – says he is unperturbed by the shadow that hangs over this year’s festivities amid fears that Germany is now more vulnerable than ever to a terrorist attack.
“The danger is not greater now than it was three years ago,” he insists. “To be honest I think a lot of the fear is media-generated. I know we’ve had Madrid and London and now Paris, but I do think it’s still more dangerous to get in a car than to come to a Christmas market. The mood is good.”
But the nervousness is palpable, not least since the security forces’ dramatic lockdown two weeks ago of the northern city of Hanover. Continue reading this article
While the internet provides educational opportunities, like the Kahn Academy, the web has also had the effect of advertising first-world lifestyles that look very appealing to young males in backward places. The message seems to be that comparative riches can be had just by going to Europe or America. As a result, young fellows, some from prosperous Senegal for example, pay smugglers to get them to Europe despite great risk because they are mesmerized by the dream of wealth. The young men are needed in their homelands to continue building their economies, but that isn’t exciting enough for many. (See my blog Africans Inundate Europe for “a Better Life” Despite Increasing Prosperity at Home.)
So universal internet connectivity seems a bad idea, containing all sorts of unintended consequences.
Nevertheless, the tech titans are excited about creating a brave new interconnected world, which they incidentally believe will be profitable for them.
MOUNTAIN VIEW — Its visionary founder is in prison. Its most heralded invention crash-landed in the New Mexico desert this spring.
Titan Aerospace, bought by Google last year, is experiencing some turbulence on its way to the stratosphere.
In its quest to build a solar-powered drone that can beam the Internet down to Earth from 12 miles above, Titan is racing to beat a sleek rival, Facebook’s boomerang-shaped Aquila plane, which is complete and awaiting testing over the United States.
Tech giants Google and Facebook are dabbling in experimental aviation for the same reason they have invested in undersea cables and communications satellites: They hope to connect a larger portion of the world’s people to the wonders — and advertising — of the Internet. But of all the risky “moonshot” experiments Silicon Valley is throwing money at this year, few seem as odd and starry-eyed as the race to dominate the cold, lonely reaches between the highest commercial jets and disintegrating meteors. Continue reading this article
The Muslim foreigners demanding a freebie first-world lifestyle in Germany don’t deal well with with being denied. When Macedonia decided to close its border, the gimme gang went ballistic over being refused easy access to the wealth of northern Europe.
Migrants hurl stones at Macedonian policemen during clashes at the Greek-Macedonian border, near the northern Greek village of Idomeni, on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. Tension has flared on the Greek side of the Greece-Macedonia border when a migrant who was stopped from crossing into Macedonia, suffered severe burns when he climbed on top of a stationary train carriage and touched a overhead power cable.(AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
Is this how genuine refugees — persons suffering from war and privation — normally act? Does Europe really want millions more of a tribe with such extreme anger management issues?
Police in Macedonia fired tear gas and stun grenades at desperate migrants stranded for days at the Greek border and who are demanding passage to western Europe, as soldiers began erecting a metal fence to keep them out.
Macedonia, along with other Balkan countries on the migrant route, began turning away “economic migrants” nearly two weeks ago. Human rights groups have criticized the decision, under which only Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans are allowed through.
The new restrictions triggered days of protests from Iranians, Pakistanis, Moroccans and others, stranded in squalid tent camps on the border. Some Iranians have sewn their lips shut. One man on Saturday threw himself on railway lines before the police, screaming and flailing. Continue reading this article
Before Thanksgiving 2015 fades from view, we should use it to take a mental snapshot of how America has been transformed by unwise immigration. One of the holiday’s great traditions is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City that is filled with bands, floats and huge balloons shaped like cartoon characters. Once an enjoyable celebration of the beginning of the Christmas season, now the parade must be guarded by 2500 police to protect spectators from Muslim jihadists who want to murder as many Americans as possible.
Since New York City is a big target for jihad slaughter, it needs serious security for every major event. One example is the New York Marathon, which got a lot more policing following the Boston Marathon bombing by the Muslim asylee Tsarnaev brothers. The extra security for New York’s 2013 race reportedly cost $1 million. (I couldn’t find security costs for Thursday’s parade, so they must have been high. Hostile diversity is expensive.)
Like marathons, parades attract big crowds of spectators which are a magnet for Muslim mass murderers.
The New York Times noted the security presence on its Friday front page.
Police spotters kept watch for bombers and shooters.
A British newspaper explained the event and its background for readers across the pond:
New York saw unprecedented security as millions of people turned out on Thursday to celebrate the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
President Barack Obama had the day before said the US faced no specific or credible terror threat, and urged Americans to celebrate the Thanksgiving Day holiday.
Yet, amid an atmosphere of anxiety since the Paris attacks and Isis threats to target iconic locations such as Times Square, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said 2,500 officers would be on duty at the parade. Officials estimate up to three million spectators are lining the streets. Continue reading this article
It’s good to see a creative response to the worsening Muslim invasion of Europe. Civic rudeness has become practically a citizen responsibility since governments have abrogated their basic responsibility of protecting the nation’s people. Specifically, if the state won’t enforce law and borders, the least citizens can do is make the hostile invaders know they are not welcome.
In earlier times, Europe was blessed with courageous defenders like Charles Martel and Jan Sobieski who kept jihadists out. Now extremist liberalism has dictated jihad-infiltrated hordes must be welcomed inside the gates.
Today the little citizens must do what they can to fight against the barbarian hijrah (jihad via immigration). In the Netherlands, some patriots decorated a future asylum center with pork, which Muslims consider unclean rather than delicious.
0:03 I think it’s super! The people are revolting. They make themselves heard.
0:06 Magnificent! Does that have to be in such a horrible way?
0:09 Much more horrible, for all I care. Don’t you think it’s getting out of control with this action?
0:13 No, not at all. When you see [on TV] what’s happing in AZCs [refugee centers],
0:18 this is soft.
0:22 You’re making a statement from citizens to the municipality.
0:26 We no longer tolerate this. That’s it.
0:30 You think this is an action against the AZC? Absolutely certain.
0:34 Otherwise, it wouldn’t happen here. The community is talking about it.
0:38 Yesterday photos on Facebook. And you drive by it [the AZC].
0:41 Children are brought to school [who see it]. My wife, too, she saw it. She told me; I came to see what’s going on.
0:46 Perhaps you have an idea who did it? [grins]
0:51 No, I don’t know. All numbers. [refers to the brand marks]
0:57 You lifted it, you see a number?
1:00 He winks. He winks, it’s okay.
1:04 How do you find those pig heads here, eh … ? Nothing wrong with it.
1:09 I thinks it’s crazy, what’s happening here. A protest against the asylum center to originate here?
1:13 What do you think yourself?
1:16 The alderman ran.
1:20 The policemen told me.
1:23 We Dutch are all, like, s**t, don’t you think those pigs heads is going too far?
1:28 Something’s got to be done…
At a certain point, the government will have imported too many Muslim bad guys for the FBI to follow, and it sounds like we are there or beyond, judging by an interview with analyst Walid Phares:
PHARES: The FBI leadership has told us over the past few weeks that they are conducting investigations in all 50 states so 48 are the individuals but we really don’t know the real number of all these cells or individuals across the United States. What is very interesting is the director of the FBI Mr. Comey made a very important statement and I think this is a change in the direction of where our administration or at least the law enforcement and national security agencies are going. You saying we really don’t know what time a radicalized individuals — and we’re focusing on those — will click and become a terrorist. This is the most important point and we are observing wider and wider pools of radicalized individuals.
FOX INTERVIEWER: When you talk about the wider and wider pools according the FBI takes at least a dozen agents to keep track of simply one radical, so right now we’re in the 500 + agent range but if all of the sudden ISIS sends over another couple hundred people there’s simply not the manpower to keep track of them. Is is there a way to try and head this off before this becomes a problem or are we simply sitting on ticking time bomb?
How about not admitting thousands of potential enemies into the country as some variety of immigrant? If protecting the country is not too radical an idea. . .
Here are more details, also suggesting that Muslim immigration diversity is reaching a dangerous level.
With as many as 1,000 active cases, Fox News has learned at least 48 ISIS suspects are considered so high risk that the FBI is using its elite tracking squads known as the mobile surveillance teams or MST to track them domestically.
“There is a very significant number of people that are on suspicious watch lists, under surveillance,” Republican Sen. Dan Coats said.
Coats, who sits on the Select Committee on Intelligence, would not comment on specifics, but said the around-the-clock surveillance is a major commitment for the bureau. “The FBI together with law enforcement agencies across the country are engaged in this. It takes enormous amount of manpower to do this on a 24-7 basis. It takes enormous amount of money to do this,” Coats explained.
These elite FBI teams are reserved for espionage, mob violence and high-priority terrorism cases, like a joint terrorism task force case last June, where a 26 year old suspect Usaama Rahim, was killed outside a Massachusetts CVS. When a police officer and FBI agent tried to question him, the Boston Police Commissioner said Rahim threatened them with a knife, and was shot dead.
With at least a dozen agents assigned to each case, providing 24/7 coverage, this high level of surveillance reflects the severe risk associated with suspects most likely to attempt copycat attacks after Paris.
“It is a big resource drain. Yes it is. Almost overwhelming,”Coats said when asked about the demand placed on the FBI. “There will be a lot of people over the Thanksgiving weekend that will not be enjoying turkey with their family. They’ll be out there providing security for the American people and the threat is particularly high during this holiday period.” Continue reading this article
In response, more than half of the states’ governors have rejected Syrian refugees for their jurisdictions.
The Presidential decree to resettle Syrian Muslims (who cannot be screened because no database) is unpopular: a Rasmussen poll published November 19 found 60 percent of likely voters oppose the settling of Syrian refugees in the state where they live. An October Rasmussen survey (before the Paris jihad attacks) showed 56 percent of likely voters thought giving thousands of Syrians asylum will make America a more dangerous place.
On Saturday, Tucker Carlson discussed the Syrian refugee mess with J. Christian Adams, a former Justice Department official. Adams thinks the Syrians will be dependable Democrat voters in the future, so any danger of mass jihad murder is a non-concern to the President in comparison. (Interestingly, Obama remarked to reporter Bob Woodward a few years back that America could “absorb” another terror attack. Is that any way for the nation’s commander in chief to think?)
CARLSON: Here in the US, President Obama’s reminding governors across the country that they have no choice: they must allow refugees from that region into their states because he says so. The President’s Office of Refugee Resettlement sent a letter reiterating that point and I’m quoting, “States may not categorically deny ORR-funded benefits and services to Syrian refugees. . . any state with such a policy would not be in compliance with the State Plan requirements. . . and could be subject to enforcement action. including suspension or termination.” And yes, that is a threat. And yet some governors said the letter isn’t going to change their minds.
Former Justice Department official J. Christian Adams joins us live from Washington to explain this administration’s newfound commitment to the rule of law. Christian, great to see you this morning. So it’s The Law, and you have to follow The Law. That’s a new position from the Justice Department.
ADAMS: This is a president who always seems to put politics ahead of national security and the safety of the American people, Tucker. He’s right in a way. Under our current federal arrangement, states are subservient to the federal government on refugee, national security policies, but here’s the catch: the states could simply refuse to take federal money. That’s where they the federal government gets them, as they attach strings: they give the states money to process refugee services — social services for the refugees. If the states wanted to really put their money where their mouth is, they would say, “We’ll give up the federal money; we don’t want the refugees.” But it’s true that the states cannot just put them on a plane and send them back to Syria.
CARLSON: What’s so fascinating though, is that given all, the problems in the world Middle East in flames our country’s economy — it’s unclear what it even is —more people out of work than any time in the last forty years — the president is choosing this issue on which to take a stand. Why is that do you think?
ADAMS: Well, it’s part of a fundamental transformation. Don’t forget this is a president who sees changing the electorate in the long term through immigration policy. These refugees once they get US citizenship, once they have children, will tend to vote for big government Democrat policies. It’s a long-term game, so when you bring a 120,000 in, you’re not only helping the president’s political world view, but you are also endangering America. Continue reading this article
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