LimitsToGrowth Archive

 

February 2010
 

Drug war: Laser, investors' visas allow many to live, work in El Paso   [2/28/10]
Despite propaganda to the contrary, you don't have to look far to see that Mexes are still piling into this country by any means they can devise. (For background see "They Keep Coming" Update.)
    Today's lesson in Mexo-scamology comes from Juarez residents "relocating" to safer El Paso with clever gimmicks. Of course the American border city won't keep its low number of murders for long with so many moocher Mexes filling up the place. There goes the neighborhood!
    Note the informative statistics showing the degree of social breakdown that can result when violent crime runs amok.

    They are not your typical undocumented immigrants.
        Thousands of middle-class Mexican citizens, under the guise of being commuters or visitors, may be manipulating the U.S. immigration system to escape the violence of Juarez.
        More than 4,600 murders occurred in Juarez in 2008 and 2009, and the fallout is apparent in the city's decay. More than 110,000 houses have been abandoned, 75,000 people have lost their jobs and more than 10,000 businesses have closed.
        Now a white-collar segment of Juarez's population may be streaming to El Paso by misusing tourist visas, then renting houses or apartments or even opening businesses.
        Living in the United States may be illegal for these immigrants who flee the epicenter of Mexico's drug war by moving right across the border to one of the safest cities in the country.
        El Paso had 12 murders last year compared to 2,643 in Juarez. New York City, with eight times the population of Juarez, had 466 homicides in 2009.
America's stock is up in Mexico, even in the tanking economy. A Pew poll from last fall found that "Close to six-in-ten (57%) say that people who move from Mexico enjoy a better life in the U.S., up from 51% in 2007."
    So declining America looks good from the crime-hole of the hemisphere. Isn't that heartwarming?

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Save the European Culture and Values! EUROPE, Wake Up and Defend Yourself!   [2/27/10]
One of the nicer advertisements for saving Western Civilization that I've seen...

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Rep. Myrick, Muslims defend, debate in testy town hall meeting   [2/27/10]
Rep Sue Myrick has been a fearless leader on immigration enforcement, such as authoring the Scott Gardner Act, which would have required that every illegal alien convicted of drunk driving would be deported after serving his sentence. She also has actively defended 287(g), the provision of the 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act which set up procedures for local police to assist the feds, in particular to check the status of persons already arrested.
    As the co-founder of the Congressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus, Rep Myrick has fought against jihadist infiltration of the government. She also wrote the forward to the new book Muslim Mafia (read here), so she is much hated by America's Islamic enemies.
    Nevertheless, she recently entered the lion's den of a very unfriendly audience to stand up for western values and American national security, as well as make her views clear.

    In a testy two-hour town hall meeting, U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick argued Thursday night that the threat of homegrown Islamist terrorism is real and defended herself against charges by local Muslims that she was spreading fear about their religion.
        Using charts, maps, handouts and even a video slamming a Charlotte TV station, the Charlotte Republican told the crowd of about 175 people, most of them Muslims, that she has never condemned Islam or linked moderate Muslims with terrorism.
        "I'm talking about the sympathizers and supporters of a radical agenda," she said. "It's not that all Muslims are bad or all Muslims are trying to do this."
See also this report at WCNC...

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British Tea Party Movement to launch on Saturday   [2/26/10]
In 2008 I wrote an article in disappointment about the lack of citizen resistance in the UK to the Islamic invasion: Britain: Where Are the Minutemen... Er, Home Guard?.
    Now our cultural and linguistic cousins are taking a page from the American playbook of citizens taking back the country and have organized the first Tea Party, according to Conservative MP Daniel Hannan:

    The inaugural British Tea Party will take place on Saturday in my home town of Brighton, and Ill be speaking. Do try to come: here are the details.
        Labour has raised more than a trillion pounds in additional taxation since 1997. Yet, unbelievably, Gordon Brown has still managed to run up a deficit of 12.6 per cent of GDP (Greeces is 12.7 per cent). A far lower level of taxation brought Americans out in spontaneous protest last year.
Resistance has already been building to unresponsive government. In January, a patriotic Facebook page was used to organize local anger against a Muslim march by the radical Islam4UK bunch in Wootton Bassett. The English Defense League has stood up for the rights of English people against violent Muslims.
    Of course, the British tea party is based around taxes and spending, but there's no way that voter dissatisfaction can be brought up without immigration quickly rising to the top.

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Saving Freedom from Obama's Immigration Plan   [2/26/10]
The big cheese American Conservative Union (CPAC) recently hosted its annual conference, attended by enthusiastic thousands. Its main immigration panel was titled Saving Freedom from Obama's Immigration Plan, even though the Obie amnesty is not much different from the Bush model.
    The CPAC panel was "diverse" in that speakers included both friends of borders (Dino Teppara, Congress candidate Ed Lynch, Robert Rector) and supporters of comprehensive amnesty (John Fund, Linda Chavez). Rector at 21 minutes is the most worthwhile.

Click the link below for the video. The embedded version annoyingly starts by itself.

Immigration panel video

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New Initiative to Attract Latinos to Conservative Movement Mirrors Liberals Policy, Critic Charges   [2/26/10]
Grover Norquist is a board member of the American Conservative Union (CPAC) and has long been a heavy hitter among conservative suits of the Beltway. Unfortunately he does not have the best interests of the country at heart, as evidenced by his support for amnesty.
    The recent CPAC convention definitely treated immigration restriction as the poor stepchild, with only one panel on the main stage, and it included spawn of Satan Linda Chavez, who preached the gospel of comprehensive amnesty. Robert Rector of Heritage gave an excellent talk during that panel, but was rudely dismissed by moderator John Fund.

    The American Principles Project (APP) has launched an initiative designed to bring Latinos into the conservative movement by "supporting policies that are welcoming to immigrants," but critics said one of the policies - the pathway to citizenship plan - is identical to the open border stance of President Barack Obama and other liberals. [...]
        Conservative activist Grover Norquist, who serves as an advisor for the initiative, told CNSNews.com that there is precedent for conservatives wanting to change what he called bad laws.
        "Back in the 1970s, we had a 55-mile-an-hour speed limit on national highways," Norquist said. "I don't know of conservatives of the time insisting that we enforce the law."
        "The conservative position was: Change the law," Norquist said. "We need to have our immigration laws fit what our country's needs are."
The country's needs are to reduce immigration significantly or end it entirely for reasons of the economy, social cohesion and national security.
    How treacherous is Grover Norquist? His extreme anti-borders position is only the beginning. In 2003, Frank Gaffney published an article that was a warning that Norquist had a different agenda as he operated at the highest levels (like bringing his Islamist pals to the Bush White House): A Troubling Influence. In the article, Gaffney carefully explained how a conservative big wheel had quietly begun to promote the cause of radical Islam.
    Now, several years later, Norquist is still selling out America using his influential position, according to: CPAC Shills for Islamic Terrorists, an interview with Pamela Geller.
    Grover Norquist has continued his activities on behalf of the jihad: in 2008 journalist Paul Sperry revealed Norquist's sponsorship of Muslim candidates with shadowy ties to terrorists, and wrote that Norquist had a "wicked project to dress Islamists up as patriotic Republicans so they can infiltrate the government." Norquist sponsored Kamal Nawash's unsuccessful bid to become Republican party leader in Virginia; Nawash was Abdurahman Alamoudi's attorney. Norquist also aided previous failed political runs by Nawash - including Nawash's 2003 Virginia state senate bid, to which Saffuri gave money.
It's disturbing how CPAC, a major conservative organization, can be so compromised yet thousands enthusiastically flock to its yearly confab. CPAC's list of beliefs bravely states "...we will be free only so long as the national sovereignty of the United States is secure," but its institutional attitudes toward hostile Islam and immigration show a different mindset.
    Norquist has been known to be dirty if not downright treasonous for years, yet he gets no grief from his conservative pals. What's up with that?

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The mounting cost of Spain's new illegal underclass   [2/25/10]
Even Spain's socialist government is cutting back on immigration because of the harm to Spanish workers. Why can't Washington be as sensible as Spanish socialists?

    The Socialist government held an amnesty for 600,000 illegal immigrants in 2005, granting them visas if they could show proof of employment. And like left-of-center politicians elsewhere in Europe, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero welcomed immigration as a way to both to make Spain more tolerant and diverse, and to ensure an aging population would be able to continue to afford its social security system.
        The government once spoke of how immigration could increase Spain's population by 50 percent to 66 million.
        Now unemployment is around 18 percent -- and 10 percentage points higher among foreign workers -- it is changing its tune.
        It has drastically cut back on working visas, tightened rules on family reunification and offered money to migrants wanting to leave Spain. In a stark departure from its previous talk of diversity, the government put up billboards featuring dark-skinned people and the question "Thinking of going home?"

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62 percent of illegal immigrants in U.S. from Mexico   [2/25/10]
The Mexican invasion continues apace...

    Mexicans represented 62 percent of the nation's undocumented immigrant population in 2009, according to a new report by the Department of Homeland Security.
        The report shows that the percentage of undocumented immigrants who are Mexican also grew from 55 percent in 2000 to 62 percent in 2009.
        The report, which was released in January, has been getting a lot of attention because it shows that the nation's undocumented immigrant population declined sharply in 2008 during the recession, following years of rapid growth. In January 2008, the report estimates the nation's undocumented population was 11.6 million. A year later, it has fallen to 10.8 million, according to the report.
        But the report also includes lots of other interesting data.
        Of the 10.8 million undocumented immigrants estimated in the U.S. in January 2009, 6.6 million were from Mexico.

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Britain: "Somali mother of four has no right to live here... but we have to give her a council house"   [2/25/10]
Too bad British elites gave away their national sovereignty to the EU; now the citizens are stuck with freeloaders from around the world, whose numbers will only increase as word gets out that the UK is an even easier touch than before.

    Standing proudly with her arm draped over her 36in television, this is the Somali woman who must be given a council house even though she has no right to live in Britain.
        Nimco Hassan Ibrahim - who lives with her four children on benefit handouts - was granted the right to the home by EU judges yesterday because she was once married to a Danish citizen who briefly worked in this country.
        The landmark judgment means the 34-year-old migrant and her children will soon be packing up their impressive collection of furniture and electrical equipment when they are given a new house. [...]
        Housing chief Barry Macleod-Cullinane said: 'We are very concerned-with this outcome, as it appears to establish a major new legal precedent over benefit claims.
        'It could well prove to be a floodgates judgment in that people who have not yet contributed to this country or who do not have the means to sustain themselves can now seek immediate help from state welfare services.
Illegal immigrants given full access to UK benefits (24Feb10)

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Illegal immigrant population in Georgia doubles, confirms changing migration trends   [2/25/10]
Oh, nothing has been done in decades to stem the tsunami of illegal aliens into the country -- what a surprise.

    When the Olympic Games came to Atlanta in 1996, a building boom transformed the landscape of downtown and brought with it an influx of Latino immigrants - both legal and illegal.
        In the years since, the number of illegal immigrants living in Georgia has skyrocketed, more than doubling to 480,000 from January 2000 to January 2009, according to a new federal report. That gave Georgia the greatest percentage increase among the 10 states with the biggest illegal immigrant populations during those years. Many in metro Atlanta say the explanation for the boom is simple.
        "It was because of jobs," said Kathy Brannon, who worked for the suburban city of Chamblee for nearly 30 years. "That's why people have come to this country since it started, for opportunity."
That's right -- illegals come to steal American jobs, and citizen workers have no one in government protecting their rights and abiity to make a living.


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How illegal immigration hurts black America   [2/25/10]
Black Americans, just like the rest of the workforce, would benefit enormously if Washington would enact an immigration moratorium. But Obama prefers to spend billions of dollars we don't have to "save or create" imaginary jobs rather than suspend categories of legal immigrants, a policy that would at least lessen the number of people competing for limited employment slots. In addition, requiring universal workplace E-verify would liberate the seven to eight million jobs held by illegal aliens, making them available for citizens.

    Today, with national unemployment hovering around 10 percent and black male unemployment at a staggering 17.6 percent, it seems even less likely that immigrants are filling only those jobs that Americans won't deign to do. Just ask Delonta Spriggs, a 24-year-old black man profiled in a November Washington Post piece on joblessness, who pleaded: "Give me a chance to show that I can work. Just give me a chance."
        Spriggs has a difficult road ahead. In this recessed United States, competition for all work is dog-eat-dog. But that holds especially true for low-skilled jobs, jobs for which high school dropouts (like Spriggs) and reformed criminals (also like Spriggs) must now vie against nearly 12 million illegal immigrants, 80 percent of whom are from Latin America.
        What's more, it seems that, in many cases, the immigrants are winning. From 2007 to 2008, though Latino immigrants reported significant job losses, black unemployment, the worst in the nation, remained 3.5 points higher.
        "I don't believe there are any jobs that Americans won't take, and that includes agricultural jobs," says Carol Swain, professor of law at Vanderbilt University and author of Debating Immigration. "[Illegal immigration] hurts low-skilled, low-wage workers of all races, but blacks are harmed the most because they're disproportionately low-skilled."
Interestingly, a new Zogby poll (An Examination of Minority Voters Views on Immigration) shows that black Americans have the highest percentage of persons who believe that immigration is too high: 68 percent, versus 57 percent of Asians and 56 percent of hispanics. Among voters taken as a whole, 67 percent think there is too much immigration.

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Judge tosses sanctuary suit in S.F. killings   [2/24/10]
There's been an unfortunate smackdown in the search for help from the court system to make the government enforce our immigration laws.

    The family of a father and two sons who were shot dead on a San Francisco street in 2008 can't hold the city responsible for failing to turn their alleged killer over to immigration authorities after earlier arrests, a judge has ruled.
        The city isn't legally to blame for any crimes Edwin Ramos, a suspected illegal immigrant from El Salvador, committed after his release for the offenses he committed as a juvenile, Judge Charlotte Woolard of San Francisco Superior Court said Monday.
        Cities "generally are not liable for failing to protect individuals against crime," Woolard said.
        She dismissed a damage suit by the widow and daughter of Tony Bologna, 48, who was shot to death in his car near the family's home in the Excelsior district in June 2008. His sons Michael Bologna, 20, and Matthew Bologna, 16, were also killed. [...]
        The Bologna family's lawyer, Matthew Davis, said they would appeal Woolard's ruling. Davis said he agrees that a city usually can't be held responsible for failing to prevent a crime, but he contended that the shield of immunity shouldn't protect San Francisco because by failing to turn over Ramos to immigration authorities, it was "flat-out violating the law."

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Rep Tom McClintock Speech on Hawaiian Separatist Bill: HR 2314   [2/24/10]
The first-term California Republican nails the idiotic race-based dismantling of equality under law in Hawaii. As Rep McClintock stresses, the legislation would establish a terrible precedent that could tear the country apart.

    It pains me to rise in opposition to the valedictory measure of the gentleman from Hawaii, but I believe this bill strikes at the very foundation of a nation dedicated to equality under law. It establishes a different set of laws, a different set of rights and a different government for one group of Americans based solely on their race.
        Two American families, living next door to one another, would be accorded two different sets of rights enforced by two separate sovereignties all based entirely by accident of birth. Ever since Brown v. Board of Education buried the Separate but equal doctrine of Plessy v. Ferguson, the Supreme Court has consistently ruled that such an arrangement is fundamentally incompatible with the American Constitution. [...]
        This bill establishes a precedent that will allow any distinct group within our nation to demand its own separate organic rights and government. Were this bill to pass, there would be no grounds to deny any other racial group with historic grievances their own separatist government and exclusive rights.
        Having enacted this law, on what basis do we deny every other demand to tear our country apart? This is a precedent that does tremendous damage to a multi-racial nation founded upon the principles of e pluribus Unum and equal justice under the law.

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Man convicted in 3 deaths at Colo. ice cream shop   [2/24/10]
It took jurors only four hours to determine the guilt of the much-arrested Guatemalan man who killed three-year-old Marten Kudlis (shown) and two adult women. The jury apparently rejected the crude defense that blamed one of the victims and tried to suggest that the illegal alien driver might actually have been a passenger, even though his DNA was found on the driver side of the speeding truck.

    An illegal immigrant was convicted Tuesday in a crash that killed three people, including a 3-year-old boy inside an ice cream shop.
        Jurors found Francis Hernandez, 25, of Guatemala guilty of vehicular homicide and other charges.
        Prosecutors said Hernandez was driving an SUV at twice the speed limit when it crashed into a pickup truck, which in turn crashed into an ice cream store in the east Denver suburb of Aurora in September 2008.
        The case sparked calls for immigration reform after Hernandez avoided deportation despite a dozen prior arrests in Colorado. Authorities said he used 12 aliases and two dates of birth to slip under the radar of immigration officials.
Any normal person would think that an illegal alien with at least a dozen arrests in five years was big trouble, and should have been deported long ago.
    Another article focused on the family of little Marten: Francis Hernandez guilty on all charges
    As the judge read the first nine guilty verdicts against Francis Hernandez, Marat Kudlis sat quietly in the courtroom, just a few feet behind the man who killed his 3-year-old son, Marten.
        But when Judge John Wheeler read guilty verdict No. 10  this one for child abuse resulting in death, the most-serious charge against Hernandez  the imposing Russian immigrant let loose some of the emotion he'd bottled up since Marten's death in September 2008.
        "Yes, yes, yes," Marat said with muted jubilation as prosecutors quieted him so the judge could read the final eight verdicts.
        In the end, the jury of six men and six women found Hernandez guilty of every charge, a conviction that almost guarantees Hernandez, 25, a virtual life sentence.
The Kudlis family is also pursuing a lawsuit against government agencies that failed to follow the law and protect public safety. They may not have heard the bad news that the Bologna lawsuit in San Francisco was rejected today: Judge tosses sanctuary suit in S.F. killings.

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From Kabul to an M1 service station via a dinghy: the Afghans dying to get into Britain   [2/23/10]
Here's the deal: Afghans sink their own boats so European police will rescue them and they will get EU refugee status rather than arrest. Eventually the surviving Afghans will be eligible for big refrigerator of welfare benefits in Britain, known worldwide for providing very generous housing and cash. But along the way, many of the Afghans' own children drown during their refugee antics.

    The small dinghy is so absurdly overcrowded, so unstable, it seems certain to capsize at any moment. The engine can't cope either; it cuts in and out as it struggles to shift the weight of its cargo. Now the Greek coastguard patrol boat powers closer to the floundering craft. One of the officers on board points his machine gun into the air and fires a stream of bullets.
        Around 20 young men, some in their early teens, and a woman and two young children cower lower and shoot their hands above their heads. One man holds a large knife. The armed officer knows exactly what will happen next.
        The man repeatedly stabs the side of the dinghy. Within seconds it begins to deflate and fold inwards, forcing everyone on board into the water. What was a border-control operation has now turned into a rescue, which is exactly what the people on the boat want. They are mainly illegal Afghan immigrants, and know their safety is ensured if they're being rescued rather than arrested.
        The coastguards have to move quickly to save them. Panic sets in as those in the sea not wearing life jackets cling onto, and drag down, those who are. The five coastguards are outnumbered. All they can do is throw ropes into the water and try to drag people to safety.
        'It's pulling the dead from the sea that's the worst part of the job,' says Commander Constantinos Moutzouvis.
        'We can never be sure we have saved them all. Most of the migrants can't swim. They end up floating dead in the sea and wash up on the beaches.
Meanwhile, young British soldiers are fighting and dying in Afghanistan to rid the place of the Taliban. But Afghan freeloaders (along with many other Muslims) live the good life on the backs of the British taxpayers.

Below, a dinghy full of invaders approach Greece from Turkey.


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Guilty plea in New York terrorism case   [2/22/10]
Najibullah Zazi is another Muslim immigrant whose most heartfelt wish was to kill thousands of Americans.

    An Afghan immigrant admitted to a federal judge Monday that he was so enraged by U.S. military actions in Afghanistan that he attended an Al Qaeda training camp and planned to commit a suicide bombing in New York -- possibly on the subway -- to protest the war.
        The plot was thwarted in September after the immigrant, Najibullah Zazi, began to fear that police were trailing him and left the city, but Zazi's chilling statement during a plea hearing in federal court suggested that it came close to fruition.
        "The plan was to conduct a martyrdom operation . . . as soon as materials were ready," said Zazi, 25, after he pleaded guilty to three counts that could put him in prison for life.
        The charges included conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction against U.S. targets; conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country; and providing material support for a foreign terrorism organization -- in this case, Al Qaeda.

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Ft. Hood suspect was Army dilemma   [2/22/10]
Diversity kills, in case any doubt remained. Thirteen Americans died in the Fort Hood massacre because the Army has become enamoured with the leftist ideal of multiculturalism.
    The ugly truth about the elite military's amnesia regarding its mission has been dribbling out, now that the Fort Hood case has disappeared from the front pages. In January, 9/11 Commissioner John Lehman remarked to Time magazine ...

    The Pentagon report's silence on Islamic extremism "shows you how deeply entrenched the values of political correctness have become," [Lehman] told TIME on Tuesday. "It's definitely getting worse, and is now so ingrained that people no longer smirk when it happens."
In mid-February, the Army announced discipline for at least 6 officers who had let Hasan pass, which was seen by some as insufficiently critical of the policy of higher-ups, which Hasan's commanding officers were merely following. But at least the Pentagon action recognized the culpability in excusing a very unqualified doctor because of his diversity.
    Back to today's article...
    WASHINGTON - Army superiors were warned about the radicalization of Major Nidal Malik Hasan years before he allegedly massacred 13 soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, but did not act in part because they valued the rare diversity of having a Muslim psychiatrist, military investigators wrote in previously undisclosed reports.
        An obvious "problem child'' spouting extremist views, Hasan made numerous statements that were not protected by the First Amendment and were grounds for discharge by violating his military oath, investigators found.
        Examples of Hasan's radical behavior have previously been disclosed in press accounts based on interviews with unnamed Army officials, including his defense of suicide bombings and assertions that Islamic law took priority over his allegiance to the United States.
        But the Pentagon's careful documentation of individual episodes dating back to 2005 and the subsequent inaction of his superiors have not been made public before.
        The Globe was permitted to review the Army's more complete findings on the condition that it not name supervisory officers who did not act, some of whom are facing possible disciplinary action.
        In searching for explanations for why superiors did not move to revoke Hasan's security clearances or expel him from the Army, the report portrays colleagues and superiors as possibly reluctant to lose one of the Army's few Muslim mental health specialists.
        The report concludes that because the Army had attracted only one Muslim psychiatrist in addition to Hasan since 2001, "it is possible some were afraid" of losing such diversity "and thus were willing to overlook Hasan's deficiencies as an officer."
Who cares whether the Army has any Muslim psychiatrists? There would be no particular value of such a person anyway besides diversity points.

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More Muslims turning to home schooling   [2/21/10]
Muslim parents can largely prevent assimilation to American values by legally home-schooling their kiddies. Why do they come here?

    Although three-quarters of the nation's estimated 2 million home-schoolers identify themselves as Christian, the number of Muslims is expanding "relatively quickly," compared with other groups, said Brian Ray, president of the National Home Education Research Institute.
        They do so, he said, for the same reasons as non-Muslims: "Stronger academics, more family time, they want to guide social interaction, provide a safe place to learn and . . . teach them [their] values, beliefs and worldview."
        Parents say it is an attractive alternative to public schools, with whose traditions and values they are not always comfortable, and Islamic schools, which might be too far away, cost too much or lack academic rigor.
        If Muslims have come to embrace home schooling later than others, it might be in part because so many Muslims in the United States are immigrants who might not be aware of the option. In fact, for many immigrants, the idea of home schooling runs counter to their reasons for coming to America, which frequently include better educational opportunities for their children. And public school has long been seen as a key portal to assimilation.

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Millions of Unemployed Face Years Without Jobs   [2/21/10]
Every new report about the millions of jobless Americans is worse than the last. How can pundits seriously tout economic "recovery" while such misery is still worsening?

    Even as the American economy shows tentative signs of a rebound, the human toll of the recession continues to mount, with millions of Americans remaining out of work, out of savings and nearing the end of their unemployment benefits.
        Economists fear that the nascent recovery will leave more people behind than in past recessions, failing to create jobs in sufficient numbers to absorb the record-setting ranks of the long-term unemployed.
        Call them the new poor: people long accustomed to the comforts of middle-class life who are now relying on public assistance for the first time in their lives  potentially for years to come.
        Yet the social safety net is already showing severe strains. Roughly 2.7 million jobless people will lose their unemployment check before the end of April unless Congress approves the Obama administrations proposal to extend the payments, according to the Labor Department.
        Here in Southern California, Jean Eisen has been without work since she lost her job selling beauty salon equipment more than two years ago. In the several months she has endured with neither a paycheck nor an unemployment check, she has relied on local food banks for her groceries. [...]
        Warm, outgoing and prone to the positive, Ms. Eisen has worked much of her life. Now, she is one of 6.3 million Americans who have been unemployed for six months or longer, the largest number since the government began keeping track in 1948. That is more than double the toll in the next-worst period, in the early 1980s.
And there are millions more citizens like Jean Eisen, whom Washington has cast adrift with its globalist policies of outsourcing whole industries and importing foreign workers for jobs that can't be exported.
    Articles like this one make it unconscionable that an immigration moratorium has not been enacted, when the government is still admitting over a million legal immigrant workers annually.

Check out this map that shows increased joblessness.

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French politicians see fast food chain move to halal burgers as discrimination against non-Muslims   [2/20/10]
In France, a major restaurant chain has removed all pork from its menu to please Muslims. If someone wants a bacon burger, then tough luck; keeping hostile Muslims happy is becoming a top priority in Europe.
    This is how demographic warfare works: small steps, nothing too alarming all at once, but the mainstream culture is gradually dismantled piecemeal by a determined invader, as Muslims are.

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Imagining 'The Next Hundred Million' Americans   [2/19/10]
Joel Kotkin has a new book out, The Next Hundred Million: America in 2050. As an academic cosmopolitan (pardon the repetition), he thinks diversity is a wonderful thing that benefits this country, rather than the twisted unrealistic ideology of radical utopians. He further believes that an American population of 400 million (a doubling since 1970) will be "challenging" yet he is brimming with "long-term optimism."
    NPR interviewed Kotkin for some cheerful remarks about America's crowded future on February 8. It's slightly less painful to read the transcript rather than listen.

    I think Americans do have an intrinsic sense that this amazing ability to bring in and assimilate immigrants - and at the same time, in a sense, be assimilated by them. In other words, their food, their words, their customs, their way of looking at the world, their business practices, their business connections become assets for us. And I think that this is something that I find, actually, that - there are always going to be nativists and people who are negative, but I find most people are really kind of excited about that.
Whatever happened to the traditional idea that it's the immigrants who do the assimilating? It's not an asset for Americans to accept customs like honor killing, FGM and polygamy, but globalists are strangely positive about diverse cultures despite daily reports of disturbing brutality that are social norms in many places.
    The paragraph below is taken from Kotkin's new book, excerpted by NPR.
    The United States of 2050 will look very different from the country that existed just a decade ago, at the dawn of the new millennium. Between 2000 and 2050 the vast majority of America's net population growth will be in its racial minorities, particularly Asians and Hispanics, as well as in a growing mixed-race population. Our experiment with creating what Walt Whitman described as "the race of races" will continue to evolve. By midcentury the United States will be a "white country" no longer but rather a staggering amalgam of racial, ethnic, and religious groups, all participants in the construction of a new civilization whose roots lie not in any one country or continent but across the entirety of human cultures and racial types. No other advanced, populous country will enjoy such ethnic diversity.
Americans never voted to swamp the country with alien cultures; it is a project of globalist elites stuck on their trendy ideology of diversity uber alles. On the rare occasion that immigration or related issues have been put to the ballot, the majority of citizens consistently prefer limits rather than crazed liberalism. One example was 1994's Prop 187 in California, the initiative passed by 59% of voters which would have ended taxpayer-funded welfare for illegal aliens but for the back-room shenanigans which thwarted the will of the people.
    Furthermore, the Census' recent projections indicate that America will reach 400 million by 2039, so the diversity and overcrowding so esteemed by Kotkin will arrive much earlier than 2050 if the immigration firehose is not shut off. And the title of his book is a lie, at least according to the Census Bureau.

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Haas gift helps UC Berkeley diversity   [2/18/10]
California voters tried to end racial preferences when they approved Proposition 209 in 1996, and the University has been squirming ever since.
    Still, the urge among leftists to bow down to the great god Diversity is strong. And if academic elites can't welcome thousands of unqualified students to the University of California on the basis of race and ethnicity, then funding a silly program to explore the byways of multiculti is a nice additional item for the collection: UC Berkeley already has an abundance of diversity resources, but no way would the university turn down $16 million.

    Campus diversity at UC Berkeley, hemmed in by state law and economic woes, will take a step forward today with the announcement of a privately funded $16 million venture to promote learning across cultural and social gaps.
        The university said a gift from the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund will establish an ambitious program of teaching, research and public service on inequality and diversity. The project will endow five faculty research chairs, including one on disability and another on the rights of lesbians and gays.
        "We're turning the challenges of a multicultural society into a major academic endeavor," said Chancellor Robert Birgeneau. The message the university is sending to its students, he said, is that "We no longer can live in our own world surrounded by people who are just like us." [...]
        Although the newly announced program does not address student admissions, Birgeneau said, it is designed to make UC Berkeley's environment "more inclusive" and therefore make the university "progressively more attractive to people from diverse backgrounds."
Chancellor Birgeneau has been carping about UC Berkeley being insufficiently diverse for years, even though whites are a minority and are outnumbered by Asians. In 2007, the New York Times called the campus the Little Asia on the Hill.
    The University's own enrollment statistics for last fall's freshman admissions show Asian Americans 41.7%, Whites 34.0%.

•   •   •  

DUI Checkpoints Meet Rising Skepticism   [2/17/10]
This is a clever item from the PBS Newshour. It purports to be about squishy practices in California's drunk driving checkpoints, where unlicensed drivers lose their cars on the spot. But it quickly morphs into a sniffly sidebar about poor illegal aliens who have to buy new vehicles after the current one gets impounded. Oh, my.

    DAVID RAGLAND, professor, University of California, Berkeley: It's a common perception that driving without a license is a victimless crime. And, in fact, it's not.
    LOWELL BERGMAN: Professor David Ragland of the University of California, Berkeley, helps administer millions of dollars in federal funds for DUI checkpoints.
    DAVID RAGLAND: In 20 percent of traffic fatalities, there's at least one unlicensed driver involved. And the risk of being in a hit-and-run crash is even higher. Therefore, it is extremely important that we find a way to get people without licenses off the road.
Interesting fact, something I didn't know before as a precise statistic.
    But now it's on to the sob story about Bernardino, an illegal alien construction worker whose vehicle was impounded.
    UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT (through translator): They asked me for my license. I said I didn't have one. They asked for I.D., and I said I left it at home. They said, OK, we're sorry, but we are going to have to take your car.
    LOWELL BERGMAN: What happened to Bernardino? Like almost all of the undocumented immigrants who are stopped at checkpoints, after their vehicle is seized, they simply walk away.
        Law enforcement officers at checkpoints around the state told us they don't call immigration authorities.
        Sergeant David Hargadon of the Sacramento Police Department:
    SERGEANT DAVID HARGADON, Sacramento Police Department: We don't check with immigration. You know, it's either they have a license or they don't. And, if they don't have a license, they are issued a citation and sent on their way, obviously, without a car, but -- but -- but they are free to go.
    LOWELL BERGMAN: Bernardino, like two-thirds of those who vehicles are impounded at checkpoints, never claimed his vehicle. He simply went out and bought another one.
Good! We con consider the car confiscation an immigration tax, one that falls upon the perp rather than on us citizens for a change.
    Even better would be a guaranteed deportation in addition to auto impoundment. Then Americans wouldn't be endangered by foreigners like the unlicensed illegal Guatemalan who killed three-year-old Marten Kudlis and two adults in Aurora, Colorado, after being arrested more than a dozen times with no deportation.

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Cardinal Mahony: Devote special prayers to undocumented immigrants   [2/16/10]
Pervert priest protector Cardinal Roger Mahony is still shilling for his illegal alien parishioners.

    Mahony also issued a special call for "special prayer and fasting on behalf of our many undocumented immigrants living in our midst."
        "It has been my personal goal for many years now to assist these families in having a path toward legal residency in our midst," he said. "Curt and abusive insults of our immigrant brothers and sisters do not help any of us in our great nation. The majority of our immigrant families are 'mixed families,' meaning that some members are legal United States citizens and some are not.
        "Because of this reality, these families will stay together and we will continue to have some people living in the shadows of legality," he said. "Both the Congress and our president have the responsibility to help bring an end to these people living in the shadows of our society -- often deprived of basic human rights and exploited by employers -- and onto a path which would eventually bring them into full legal residence.

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String of snow days deprives many students of food   [2/15/10]
Posting this item makes me feel a little grinchy, but it's certainly a sign of the times that schools have become food distribution points for immigrants, illegal aliens and poor Americans.
    It wasn't always that way. School lunches weren't subsidized or even provided -- parents were expected to pack some decent chow in a bag for kiddies to carry in. Certainly a whole wheat sandwich with sprouts and turkey is a lot more nutritious than a "hot meal" of greasy fries and pizza.
    In addition, a parent-provided bag lunch would avoid problems like demands for halal food by annoying Muslims. For example, the Detroit school system caved to Islamic insistence on halal lunches for their special, diverse children.
    Plus, it's not just lunches that are subsidized by taxpayers. Many kids get breakfast, lunch and a snack every day. In addition, there is a "Seamless Summer" program so kiddies get free food with no break.
    The upshot is that millions of children are fed by the government, not their parents. The USDA reports that its program feeds 2.9 million children. The National School Lunch Program cost $9.3 billion in FY 2008.

    TAKOMA PARK, Md. -- As back-to-back snowstorms shuttered schools for the week across the mid-Atlantic states, parents fretted about lost learning time, administrators scheduled makeup days and teachers posted assignments online. But Marla Caplon worried about a more fundamental problem: How would students eat?
        The two snowstorms that pummeled the region, leaving more than 3 feet of snow in some areas, deprived tens of thousands of children from Virginia to Pennsylvania of the free or reduced-price school lunch that may be their only nutritious meal of the day. The nonprofits that try to meet the need when school is not in session also closed their doors for much of the week, leaving many families looking at bare cupboards. And many parents working hourly jobs were unable to earn any money during the week, as the snow forced businesses to close.
        Caplon is a food services supervisor for Montgomery County Public Schools, where about 43,000 children are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches. Some also get breakfast, dinner and bags of staple foods to take home for the weekend. The snow days meant children would get none of that until Tuesday, because schools are closed Monday for Presidents Day.
        "We've been bothered by this all week," Caplon said.
        So Caplon arranged for Manna Food Center, a local food bank whose board she chairs, to bring boxes of food Friday to two still-closed elementary schools. Officials used the school district's automated phone system to notify parents of the distribution.


In this Friday Jan. 12, 2010 photo, Mercedes Rodas, left, chooses cans of food that were being provided to people whose children are usually in the school lunch program at Rolling Terrace Elementary School in Takoma Park, Md., in the aftermath of back-to-back blizzards.

•   •   •  

Louis Armstrong - I Can't Give You Anything But Love - Hot Fives & Sevens version   [2/14/10]
Here's a fine tune for Valentines...

•   •   •  

Milan riots after Egyptian stabbed to death   [2/14/10]
When a country has too many Muslim immigrants, violence has a way of popping up. It just sorta happens somehow. Italy is learning the hard way, with one riot per month so far this year.

    Dozens of angry North Africans overturned cars and smashed shop windows in an area of the city which in recent years has become one of the most multicultural pockets of Europe.
        The trouble began on Saturday after a 19-year-old was killed by a group of immigrants from South America following an argument on a bus.
        The North Africans, most of them Egyptian, then went on a rampage in the northeastern area of Via Padova, attacking shops and businesses owned by immigrants from Peru, Ecuador and other South American countries.
        Milan's deputy mayor, Riccardo De Corato, said the violence had turned the area into a "Wild West between North African and South American gangs".
        Milan's authorities said they would start checking people's documents in the city's most racially diverse neighbourhoods in order to root out illegal immigrants.
        Milan's deputy mayor, Riccardo De Corato, said officials would go from building to building in areas where immigrants live. Half of the 46 immigrants picked up by police on Saturday night had been found to be in Italy illegally, he said.
Below, Muslims residing in Milan (many illegally) apparently like to overturn cars.


(See Corriere Della Sera's slide show of the riot.)

•   •   •  

Sweden 2010 - Silent Exodus - Half of all Jews have already left Malmoe   [2/14/10]
This item is from the growing video empire of KitmanTV's full-length documentaries (many anti-jihad) and selected short subjects.
    Malmo, Sweden, is a prime example that Muslim immigration is a very bad idea. Jews and women are usually the first targets of the growing number of hostile Islamics, but everybody gets it in the end. When firemen appear in the Muslim enclave of Rosengard, they face rioting and are attacked with rocks thrown by the local sons of Allah.

•   •   •  

Language leaves justice tongue-tied   [2/14/10]
So much is wrong here, starting with the misogynous culture of the foreigners, in which forced sex with an 11-year-old child is considered normal rather than reprehensible. The perp is a Guatemalan illegal alien, Teodoro Pablo-Ramirez (pictured), who raped the girl (a relative by marriage) who later gave birth when she was 12.
    The other theme was the supposed unfairness of putting the accused man through a trial, because as a Mayan Indian speaker of Mam he did not speak Spanish well enough to understand a translation of the proceedings -- or so his lawyer said.

    TAMPA, Fla. - He was 28. She was 11. Her parents said they gave consent, claiming cultural norms of the Guatemalan highlands. But in Dover, Florida, a little girl with a baby raises questions.
        When deputies came, Teodoro Pablo-Ramirez understood only some of what they said, according to his lawyer. He speaks no English and little Spanish -- just the Mayan tongue of Mam.
        The indigenous language, understood by few interpreters, has stymied court cases across the country. One interpreting service in Washington resorted to recruiting a Mam speaker out of a jail lobby.
        In Hillsborough Circuit Court, two cases, both too serious to dismiss, are stalled for lack of a Mam translator. In one, a 4-year-old Wimauma girl was raped. The details are locked inside her mother, who speaks only Mam. And last year, Pablo-Ramirez was convicted and sentenced to life in prison, before the judge granted a motion for retrial.
        The court could provide only Spanish interpreters.
The good news is how this vile criminal got hard time; the bad news is another trial with a Mam translator ($300 per day is the rate for one).
    Your tax dollars at work: defending the diversity of a pervert invader who doesn't speak the language of his home country, much less English.

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2,500 People Protest Muhammad Cartoon in Norway   [2/13/10]
Muslims really don't accept the free speech component that distinguishes the West. That alone should disqualify them as possible immigrants.

    OSLO - About 2,500 people marched through downtown Oslo in a protest Friday against a Norwegian newspaper that printed a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad.
        The demonstrators chanted "God is great" in Arabic and waved placards calling for a boycott of the Dagbladet daily.
        On Feb. 3, the newspaper published a photograph showing a man in front of a computer screen with a depiction of Muhammad as a pig. The picture accompanied an article that said users were posting offensive material about Muslims and Jews on the Facebook page of Norway's security police.
        Dagbladet's acting editor-in-chief, Lars Helle, told The Associated Press that he doesn't regret printing the offending image and that he welcomed Friday's protest.
        "It was a test for Norwegian society - whether this would be a peaceful protest or not," Helle said.
        He said Dagbladet has not received any direct threats since it published the caricature. A hacker attack originating from Turkey brought down the newspaper's Web site for two hours Wednesday evening, but Helle said it's unclear whether that attack was connected to the caricature.
No "direct threats" to Dagobladet -- how wonderful that Muslims are learning to express themselves more appropriately!
    Actually, hostile Muslims have bigger plans in mind:Muslims threaten Norway with 911.

Speaking of Norway, here is a Tube that shows a different effect of Muslim immigration, a young Norwegian boy who had no friends because he was surrounded by Islamic children who rejected and bullied him. Muslim Racism in Norway (Part 1)

Here is Part 2 of the Norwegian boy's story, with more from his mother and how her anti-racism ideology had to change when it ran into Islamic culture.

•   •   •  

Calderon visits Ciudad Juarez   [2/13/10]
Mexico's war on the powerful drug cartels is not going well. El Presidente Calderon (pictured in a controversial South Park episode) recently visited besieged Juarez to mend fences with the local citizens for the failure of his anti-cartel policy to work. The violence is so bad there that residents have been demanding United Nations peacekeepers.

    Facing intense political pressure and demands that he resign, President Felipe Calderon traveled Thursday to Mexico's deadliest city to defend his troubled fight against drug cartels, which critics charge has only intensified the violence.
        Angry crowds greeted Calderon as he arrived in a heavily guarded Ciudad Juarez. The president said it was time to launch a much-discussed expansion of the drug war to include efforts aimed at tackling social issues, such as unemployment and addiction.
        "I am convinced we have to review what we are doing," Calderon said. "We need a much more integrated approach . . . wider actions . . . of a social nature. Police and military action alone is not enough."
        To underscore the point, Calderon took with him an unusually large contingent of Cabinet members, including the ministers of health, education and public security. However, he was short on details and, in initial remarks, did not earmark money for new programs.
        Calderon's visit to Ciudad Juarez was prompted by the Jan. 31 massacre of at least 15 people, many of them youths, at a high school party, the latest in a spiral of increasingly gruesome bloodshed that has made the city across the border from El Paso a living hell.
If Calderon can't get a grip on the spiraling violence by drug gangs, the relative handful of people fleeing to the United States will turn into a flood. The article above noted the massacre of 15 young people in Juarez. Now their families want asylum in this country: Fearful Mexican families of teens slain in massacre seek refuge in Texas.
    Young people who survived the massacre are despondent, afraid to leave the house and have no plans to return to school any time soon, the family members said.
        "They not only killed my son," one father said. "They killed off the entire neighborhood and whatever little faith we had in our government. By staying in Mexico, we feel like sitting ducks, afraid that sooner or later we'll take another bullet."
        As many as 10 other families plan to leave the neighborhood and seek shelter somewhere in Texas. Many have already abandoned their homes and are living with friends and relatives in other parts of Ju‡rez.
America may appear law-abiding next to Mexico but that is hardly a worthy comparison. Our neighbor is turning into what Colombia was in the 1980s -- a violence-riven narco-state, and that poison has infected this country as well.
    The Department of Justice reports cartel organizations exist in 230 American cities. The influx of Mexicans rapidly turned Phoenix into America's kidnap capital. Mexican crime here is bad enough already, but it can get much worse.
    Unfortunately, at least one judge is kindly disposed to the idea of asylum based on being a crime victim: Girl who fled Honduran gangs is granted asylum. There's millions more where that one came from.

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Once Stigmatized, Food Stamps Find Acceptance   [2/12/10]
As the title says, America as a welfare nation is becoming the norm. Part of the reason is that the welfare establishment actually gets out and recruits people to take food stamps, even when individuals may feel they aren't that poor.
    Of course the outreach is diverse and multilingual.

    A decade ago, New York City officials were so reluctant to give out food stamps, they made people register one day and return the next just to get an application. The welfare commissioner said the program caused dependency and the poor were "better off" without it.
        Now the city urges the needy to seek aid (in languages from Albanian to Yiddish). Neighborhood groups recruit clients at churches and grocery stores, with materials that all but proclaim a civic duty to apply - to "help New York farmers, grocers, and businesses." There is even a program on Rikers Island to enroll inmates leaving the jail.
        "Applying for food stamps is easier than ever," city posters say.
        The same is true nationwide. After a U-turn in the politics of poverty, food stamps, a program once scorned as "welfare," enjoys broad new support. Following deep cuts in the 1990s, Congress reversed course to expand eligibility, cut red tape and burnish the program's image, with a special effort to enroll the working poor. These changes, combined with soaring unemployment, have pushed enrollment to record highs, with one in eight Americans now getting aid. [...]
        Last month, [Colombian immigrant Alba] Catano was back at work, with a benefit of $170 a month and no qualms about joining 38 million Americans eating with government aid. "I had the feeling that working people were not eligible," she said. "But then they told me, 'No, no, the program has improved.'Ê"
I certainly don't begrudge struggling citizens getting help in this terrible economy. However, a dependency habit is being instilled which may endure beyond the hard times.
    In addition, the Times article contains no mention of food stamp fraud, which must be skyrocketing when free money is being shoveled around by do-gooders. In 2008, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP -- the refashioned presentation of food stamps) served 28.4 million people a month at an annual cost of $34.6 billion, so it is not cheap.
    Many immigrants come from cultures where ripping off the government is normal anyway, and everyone has their hand out. Immigrants are happy to collect lots of food stamps and then sell them for cash (at maybe 50%) to a fellow foreigner store owner who then redeems them for full value. The ill-gotten gains may be for personal use or may go for the support of jihad.
    Meanwhile, regarding the fable that "They only come to work" and are not a drain on the public coffers, consider that more than half of immigrant-headed kiddie-including households receive taxpayer assistance: Welfare Use By Immigrant- and Native-Headed Households with Children.
    In 2008, 53 percent of all households headed by an immigrant (legal or illegal) with one or more children under age 18 used at least one welfare program, compared to 36 percent for native households with children. Immigrant use of welfare tends to be much higher than natives for food assistance programs and Medicaid. Use of cash and housing programs tends to be very similar to natives. A large share of the welfare used by immigrants is received on behalf of their U.S.-born children. But even households with children comprised entirely of immigrants still have a welfare use rate of 47 percent.
Your tax dollars at work, building a diverse, dysfunctional America!

•   •   •  

The Grotesque Vocabulary in Congo   [2/11/10]
I respect New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof. He is a rare liberal who has enough integrity to wade into the weeds of ugly cultural diversity, including a book (Half the Sky) about the struggle of women in the third world for rights and safety. I quoted him last summer about Liberia's rape culture which has been transported to this country via immigration (Liberians Residing in Arizona Fret over "Backlash" in Gang Rape of Child).
    Kristof's additions to his vocabulary are a reminder that not all diversity is equal, particularly in Africa.

    I've learned some new words.
        One is "autocannibalism," coined in French but equally appropriate in English. It describes what happens when a militia here in eastern Congo's endless war cuts flesh from living victims and forces them to eat it.
        Another is "re-rape." The need for that term arose because doctors were seeing women and girls raped, re-raped and re-raped again, here in the world capital of murder, rape, mutilation.
        This grotesque vocabulary helps answer a question that I've had from readers: Why Congo? After a previous visit to eastern Congo, a reader named Jim D. objected. "Yes there are horrible things happening in Africa," he wrote on my blog. "None are anything we can do anything about by ourselves."
        "My question is why do you not concentrate on this nation's poor," he asked. "Yes, Africa suffers, but you need to look in your own house first."
        Jim D. has a legitimate complaint, echoed by other readers: We have enormous needs at home, and we shouldn't let foreign crises distract us from them.
Spoken like a true do-gooder. But Kristof at least walks the walk, goes to the backward places and has specific policy recommendations.

•   •   •  

India Pakistan Wagah Attari Border Closing Ceremony   [2/11/10]
The silly walks in this video represent diversity at its finest, in which Indian and Pakistani border guards strut their stuff in a battle of displays. However, the fact that both countries are armed with nukes makes the behavior a tiny bit less amusing.

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Labour's 'secret plan' to lure migrants   [2/10/10]
Peter Brimelow wrote in 1997 about the use of immigration to overwhelm the population of American center-right voters with statism-friendly foreigners: Electing a New People.
    In Britain, a smoking gun was recently found in the hands of the ruling left-wing party and many people seem strangely surprised...

    The document released yesterday suggested that Labour originally pursued a different direction. It was published under the title "Migration: an economic and social analysis" but the removal of significant extracts suggested that officials or ministers were nervous over references to "social objectives".
        The original paper called for the need of a new framework for thinking about migration policy but the concluding phrase - "if we are to maximise the contribution of migration to the Government's economic and social objectives"  was edited out.
        Another deleted phrase suggested that it was "correct that the Government has both economic and social objectives for migration policy".
        Sir Andrew Green, the chairman of Migrationwatch, said the document showed that Mr Neather, who claimed ministers wanted to radically change the country and "rub the Right's nose in diversity", had been correct in his account of Labour's immigration policy.
        "Labour had a political agenda which they sought to conceal for initiating mass immigration to Britain," he said. "Why else would they be so anxious to remove any mention of social aspects?
        "Only now that their working-class supporters are deserting them in droves have they started to talk about restricting immigration."
This topic has popped up in America again with the leftist union video making the rounds. In it, Eliseo Medina remarks, "We reform the immigration laws it puts twelve million people on the path to citizenship and eventually voters."

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Haiti calls on voodoo priests to help battered nation heal   [2/10/10]
Since the recent massive earthquake, we are learning more about Haitian culture, such as the mention in this article, "More than half Haiti's population is believed to practice voodoo." In 2003 the belief was given government sanction: Haiti makes voodoo official.
    An estimated 100,000 to 200,000 Haitians reside illegally in the United States and were given TPS by the Obama administration. Elite media have mostly lined up in favor of liberal immigration policies to welcome thousands more Haitians, despite the terrible unemployment among Americans. So there may be many more from this retro culure residing in America.The following item from the Boston Globe is upbeat about voodoo's position in society and how its practicioners are key to Haiti's rejuvenation.

    To the outside world, their faith has long been shrouded in mystery, ministering as much to the dead as the living, and associated with images of animal sacrifices and human skulls.
        But in postquake Haiti, the practitioners of voodoo have taken on a more practical role, enlisted by the government to help count the dead, tend to the injured, and soothe the psychologically damaged.
        "One must understand that Haiti is voodoo," said Max Beauvoir, 75, the "pope" of Haitian voodoo and a former biochemical engineer who once worked for Digital Equipment in Maynard, Mass. "Helping Haitians is nothing else but helping ourselves."
        To make use of that resource, the United Nations has reached out to the vast and influential network of about 60,000 voodoo priests in Haiti, Beauvoir said. And the priests, firmly entrenched in their displaced communities, are eager to lend a hand.
        "Priests are considered to be leaders," David Wimhurst, a UN spokesman here, said of the voodoo hierarchy. "And community leaders obviously have a role to play to help the humanitarian effort."
The article is essentially a voodoo puff piece, which required some skillful avoidance of unpleasantries like cruel animal sacrifice, zombies and bizarre ceremonies.
    Interestingly, the Times of London had a negative opinion about voodoo's effects in the earthquake trauma because of the inherant fatalism: Voodoo faith 'could hinder Haiti's recovery from quake'.
    Plus, any discussion of Haitian voodoo should include the recent history of how the dictator Francois Duvalier used voodoo-infused terror to rule over his superstitious subjects. He convinced the people that he was a powerful practicioner of sorcery and should therefore be obeyed.
    So how strange and/or violent is Haitian voodoo?
    In Queens last June, Haitian immigrant Marie Lauradin was arrested for setting her six-year-old daughter on fire in a cleansing ritual known as Loa. The girl spent 55 days in intensive care as a result and will be scarred for life: Mom, grandma charged in voodoo burning.
    When doctors asked the family how the 6-year old-girl was burned over 25 percent of her body, her mother told police it was an accident, that she had spilled some boiling water.
        When the child was well enough to tell her side of the story, she said she was forced into a voodoo ritual.
In the video below, a Haitian neighbor is questioned about the ritual and said she was shocked, shocked that people actually practiced it.

Of course, not every Haitian family tortures children, but how many pre-primitive residents does America need in the 21st century?

•   •   •  

63% Say Better for Country If Most of Congress Not Reelected   [2/09/10]
Voters want Washington incumbents out of there.

    Most voters think the country would be better off if the majority of the current Congress wasn't reelected this November, and their confidence in their own congressman continues to fall.
        A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 63% of likely voters believe, generally speaking, that it would be better for the country if most incumbents in Congress were defeated this November.
        Just 19% disagree and say it would be better if most congressional incumbents were reelected. Another 18% aren't sure.
        The Political Class strongly rejects these views, however. While 78% of Mainstream voters say it would be better for the country if most of the current Congress was turned out of office, 89% of the Political Class think it would be better if most were reelected.
Along the same lines: 75% Are Angry At Government's Current Policies.

•   •   •  

London's Islamic Radicals Speak Out   [2/09/10]
Terrorism analyst Erick Stakelbeck describes how Britain welcomed jihadists to live there in the mistaken belief that they would respond by not attacking the country. It was a deal with the devil, and Satan has not kept up his side, as shown by terrorist attacks such as the 7/7 London subway bombings.
    Stakelbeck says the government subsidizes the jihadists by paying them welfare. Plus, even when authorities try to deport bad guys, they may be stymied by soft-headed judges who fear the would-be (or actual) killers might be harmed in their homelands.

    A radical Islamist can find a little bit of everything in London. Ex-jihadists, current jihadists, "wannabe" jihadists: they're all there. So how did this happen?
        During the 1980s and 1990s, British authorities granted asylum to a number of Islamic terrorists wanted in their home countries.
        "All of this happened under the assumption that if you allowed these people to operate in London, if you allowed them to do whatever they wanted to do, they would not be attacking Britain," terrorism expert Peter Neumann explained.
        Neumann is author of the book Old and New Terrorism and heads the International Centre for the Study of Radicalization in London.
        "The government, quite cynically, thought that whatever happened in other countries, whatever these people were plotting in other countries, was of no concern to the British government," he added.

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MCSO deputies will undergo training to target illegal immigrants   [2/08/10]
Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who arrests illegal aliens in Maricopa County, has been pestered for recent months by the local Mexican border anarchists, plus the Justice Department since Obie's election. The knock is racial profiling, but most of the illegal aliens in southern Arizona happen to be hispanic, strangely enough. Sheriff Arpaio is now going on the offensive by instituting more training for his deputies, as he recently announced.

    PHOENIX - When the federal government stripped Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his deputies of their power to enforce federal immigration laws on the streets, the sheriff repeatedly said nothing would change.
        Nevertheless, something did change on Monday. The sheriff raised the stakes in his battle against illegal immigration. The sheriff said that starting Monday every one of his deputies will go through training to specifically target illegal immigrants.
        Sheriff Joe says, "I have been saying over and over again that my deputies can enforce the illegal immigration laws."
        The sheriff announced that he is ramping up the county's fight against illegal immigration by increasing the number of trained deputies from 100 to nearly 900.
        In October the feds took away the department's street authority to make major immigration sweeps.
        Instead, deputies would limit background checks until after a suspect committed a crime and was taken to jail. Under the new program, a simple traffic stop is enough reason to look into someone's background.
        Kris Kobach, an expert on immigration law and border security, says the sheriff has "inherent arrest authority" and does not need federal approval to move forward.

In addition, Sheriff Apaio is supporting strong pro-borders candidate JD Hayworth in his campaign to oust John McCain in the Senate primary. (Hayworth wrote a book, Whatever It Takes, about the necessity of controlling immigration.)

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Muslim man wins handshake case in Sweden   [2/08/10]
Here's another example of how when women's rights are in conflict with diversity, women lose most of the time. The West can have women's equality or Muslim immigration, but not both.

    Sweden's unemployment agency has been found guilty of discrimination for expelling a Muslim man from a job training program because he refused to shake hands with a woman.
        A Stockholm court Monday ordered the Public Employment Service to pay 50,000 kronor ($6,700) in damages to an immigrant from Bosnia who lost his jobless benefits when he was kicked out of the program.
        Citing his faith, the man had refused to shake hands with a woman when he was interviewing for an internship. The agency said his behavior was part of the reason he didn't get the position, and decided to exclude him from the program.
        The court ruled that the man was discriminated against because of his religion. It wasn't immediately clear whether the ruling would be appealed.
Meanwhile in the British Isles, another assault on women's rights is ongoing: Muslim man demands right to bring second wife to Ireland. He was welcomed as a political asylee, but now wants his contract changed to conform to Islam.
    A Muslim man has gone to the High Court in Ireland demanding that he be allowed bring in his second wife to Ireland.
        The native of Lebanon, where polygamy is allowed, says his polygamous marriage must be recognized.
        Liam Egan, a member of the Muslim Public Affairs Congress, told the Irish Sunday Times the man was being discriminated against unfairly. "It is draconian to treat this family differently," said Egan.
The cultural offensive by Islam on the West is endless. Muslim immigration should end immediately.

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Drug cartels tighten grip; Mexico becoming 'narco-state'   [2/07/10]
More bad news from the crackhouse country next door: Presidente Calderon's military offensive against Mexico's drug cartels is losing ground rather than gaining it. The possibility of a failed state is becoming more likely. (And American taxpayers' $1.4 billion in military aid, aka the Merida Initiative, has been wasted down a rathole.)
    What's interesting in this thorough report is how it describes a real war scenario in which territory is surrendered by local officials to the gangsters, with the cartel taking over some of the functions of the Mexican government.

    MEXICO CITY - For months, the leaders of Tancitaro had held firm against the drug lords battling for control of this central Mexican town.
        Then one morning, after months of threats and violence from the traffickers, they finally surrendered.
        Before dawn, gunmen kidnapped the elderly fathers of the town administrator and the secretary of the City Council. Within hours, both officials resigned along with the mayor, the entire seven-member City Council, two department heads, the police chief and all 60 police officers. Tancitaro had fallen to the enemy.
        Across Mexico, the continuing ability of traffickers to topple governments like Tancitaro's, intimidate police and keep drug shipments flowing is raising doubts about the Mexican government's 3-year-old, U.S.-backed war on the drug cartels.
        Far from eliminating the gangs, the battle has exposed criminal networks more ingrained than most Americans could imagine: Hidden economies that employ up to one-fifth of the people in some Mexican states. Business empires that include holdings as everyday as gyms and a day-care center. [...]
        In many towns, smugglers pay for playgrounds and other things the government cannot afford. Bank loans are expensive and hard to get in Mexico, a lingering effect of the country's bank crises during the 1990s, so traffickers have stepped in to provide small-business loans.
        "What people did not recognize in Mexico was how deeply ingrained in both the economy and society the drug trade was," [Milken Institute fellow Joel] Kurtzman said. "So it's not as if the drug traders are unpopular - they're looked at in many cities like Robin Hoods." [...]
        In March, the financial magazine Forbes included Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman in its list of the world's billionaires for the first time. Guzman, the head of the Sinaloa Cartel, was listed at No. 701 with a net worth of about $1 billion.
        In fact, Guzman's cartel and other gangs probably bring in $3.8 billion just to Sinaloa state alone, said Guillermo Ibarra, an economist who used bank and government statistics to compile an estimate this year.
        That is 20 percent of the state's economy, twice as much as all of its factories put together. The drug trade employs about a fifth of the state's 2.6 million population, either directly or indirectly, he said.
Of course, Mexican organized crime is well implanted in this country due to decades of immigration anarchy. The criminals swim in a sea of Mexican nationals, immigrants and illegal aliens who reside here in the tens of millions.
    As noted in the article, cartel gangsters have invaded America's premier national parks and turned vast areas of protected lands into toxic marijuana plantations. But Washington has never seen the assault on the parks by Mexican organized crime as a priority for serious law enforcement.
    Meanwhile, the Obama budget has taken money from border protection and redirected it into the window dressing that masquerades as airport security.
    So while the President is busy spending the country into oblivion and extending state power wherever possible, he is also weakening our southern border and likely enabling Mexicanization. Who says Obie can't multitask?

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Immigrants Top Ranks of Jobless   [2/06/10]
How bad is unemployment in this country? So bad that even exploitable illegals can't find work for dirt-cheap slave wages.

    Some 11.8% of foreign-born workers were unemployed in January, compared to 10.3% of native workers, the Labor Department said Friday.
        In addition to a deep recession that has wiped out more than eight-million jobs, the prevalence of immigrants working in the hard-hit construction sector helped fuel the higher numbers, according to analysts. [...]
        "I haven't had steady work for a year," said the Guatemalan immigrant. He used to send home $300 a month to help support his mother and three younger siblings. "Now, I barely earn enough money to eat and pay the rent."
        In the U.S. for four years, Mr. Ralda doesn't think of returning home. "There's not much opportunity in my country, either," he said.
        As an undocumented immigrant, he risks being caught and sent home if he tries to sneak into the U.S. again. Asked whether he had tried to find jobs at car washes or restaurants, Mr. Ralda said he had: "Those are all full."
Inquiring minds want to know how many of these struggling fellows are turning to crime to accrue some extra cash, as has been known to happen. See my 2008 blog, In DC, Last Week's Hard-Working Day Laborer Is Today's Burglar.
    By coincidence, the day laborers pictured below are located in Falls Church, Virginia, not far from the District. But perhaps I'm too suspicious.

Yoo hoo, illegal aliens loitering in the snow... it's nice and toasty warm back in the dear homeland.


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Barack Obama's Kenyan aunt arrives in a wheelchair to plead with judge not to throw her out of America   [2/06/10]
On Thursday I wrote about Aunt Z's court appearance, Auntie Mooch Gets to Stay a Few More Months (at Least). That was before the photo below appeared in Britain's Daily Mail.
    Aunt Zeituni is getting to be quite the clothes horse. Every time she appears in public, she sports a fancier outfit. (See photos from last December and August for earlier ensembles. In April she wore a herringbone coat and rust-colored wig to her court appearance.)
    No second-hand welfare rags for her; in fact she is quite well dressed, particularly for someone who lives in subsidized public housing and gets a stipend from Boston taxpayers.
    Inquiring minds want to know: Is the millionaire nephew sneaking her a few bills or does she have her welfare scam really wired?

Below, Zeituni Onyango leaves her immigration hearing on foot with a companion after arriving in a wheelchair.


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[Rep Steve] King on job creation: Crack down on illegal immigrants   [2/05/10]
Straight talk from the heartland courtesy of an Iowa Congressman...

    U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron, is challenging the president to look at his plan to tackle growing unemployment, which more or less comes down to going after undocumented immigrants.
        In an Op-Ed published on his Web site, King said his idea would "level the playing field for law-abiding American employers and employees." His plan is to "clarify" that wages and benefits paid to undocumented immigrants are not deductible for federal income tax purposes. He would also mandate use of "E-Verify," an Internet-based system that allows an employer, using information reported on an employee's Form I-9, to determine the eligibility of that employee to work in the United States. He would grant employers "safe harbor" if they discovered they had inadvertently hired someone illegally.
See Rep King's opinion piece, American Jobs Should Go To American Workers.
    According to the Department of Labor, the December national unemployment rate was 10 percent and IowaÍs unemployment rate was 6.6 percent. There are 15.3 million unemployed American citizens while the Pew Hispanic Center reports that 8 million illegal aliens hold American jobs. In Iowa alone, there are 112,700 unemployed workers while 35,000 illegal aliens hold jobs.
        It is inexcusable for American citizens and law-abiding immigrants to be jobless while law-breaking illegal aliens hold American jobs. New IDEA [H.R. 3580] clarifies that wages and benefits paid to illegal aliens are not deductible for federal income tax purposes. So if employers hire illegal workers, the wages and benefits paid to illegal workers will be denied as a business expense, resulting in taxable income for employers.

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Teen sought in Vallejo ice-cream truck shooting   [2/05/10]
Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, there was shock and revulsion about the Wednesday shooting of an ice cream truck driver, single mother Amarjit Kaur, in Vallejo. She was shot in the chest, but it looks like she will recover.
    This being California, the heinous crime unsurprisingly includes fascinating diversity aspects.

    Police say Montenegro and possibly a second person tried to rob Kaur, an immigrant from India who speaks little English. Montenegro shot her, apparently because she didn't understand their demands or react quickly enough, investigators said.
        "She is a very nice lady," said Raj Kumar, priest at the Vallejo Hindu Temple where Kaur worships. "She helps with cooking in the kitchen and cleans the church."
        Kaur is raising two daughters and a son and has lived in Vallejo for about six years after arriving from India, Kumar said. She has been driving the ice cream truck for five years to help support her family, he said.
Attention immigrants: it's to your benefit to speak English so you can respond to the commands of criminals.
    Speaking of the perp, police are seeking a 15-year-old runaway from his foster home, Peter Montenegro who is a school expellee and a Norteno gang member. He is described as "Latino, with short, dark hair, between 5 feet 6 inches tall and 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 200 pounds" (indicating a well-fed Mexican gang member).
    So it's a double-dip diversity story!

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Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) Swearing-In   [2/04/10]
Sweet to see a pro-borders guy take the Senate seat formerly held by the evil Ted Kennedy, open-borders quisling from hell.

I turned on some joyful sounds, poured myself a nice shot of Bushmills and enjoyed the moment. Big win, assuming of course that he will indeed vote for borders and sovereignty.

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Asylum hearing for Obama aunt ends with no ruling   [2/04/10]
Oh, what a surprise. No judge wants to kick Obie's freeloader aunt out of the country, so Judge Leonard Shapiro kicked the can down the road in a secret hearing until May. He is probably hoping for a wide-ranging illegal alien amnesty to solve his problem.

    An immigration hearing for President Barack Obama's African aunt ended Thursday without an immediate decision in her second bid for asylum in the United States.
        Kenya native Zeituni Onyango did not comment after testifying for about 2 1/2 hours Thursday at the closed proceedings in U.S. Immigration Court.
        "The hearing went well. She was very honest. She was very to the point," her lawyer, Margaret Wong, said afterward.
        Wong said Onyango is hopeful the judge will rule in her favor because "she really wants to stay in America."
You bet she does! Auntie Mooch knows a good scam when she's found one, namely preying on the unprotected American taxpayer.

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Obama's budget curbs border programs   [2/04/10]
The budget contains more proof that Obie is averse to national security. His idea is to spend more money on airport window dressing by spending less on border security.
    One new item to be purchased will be pricey full body scanners for airports, which won't detect jihadists with surgically implanted bombs, so the intrusive machines are already obsolete.
    The administration could use more profiling to narrow the search for bad guys in airports, but would rather harass American grandmothers than focus on young Muslim males.

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is proposing to scale back some border security programs set up after the 9/11 attacks and ramp up aviation security following the attempted Christmas bombing, in what some conservative lawmakers say is a dangerous priority shift.
        Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., the top Republican on the House panel overseeing the Department of Homeland Security's budget, says the border security funding in President Obama's budget for fiscal year 2011 is "woefully inadequate" and "as dangerous as it is indefensible."
        Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says her department's $56.3 billion budget for next year, up 2% over this year, enhances security "across the board." Department spokesman Bobby Whithorne says the budget "continues to support smart, effective programs to strengthen border and interior security" while making "significant investments in aviation security."
        If Congress approves Obama's proposals:
      • The Border Patrol, which doubled to 20,000 agents during the Bush administration, would lose 180 agents through attrition. Border staffing would stay the same.
      • A "virtual" fence of pole cameras and sensors aimed at stopping illegal immigrants, drug smugglers and terrorists on the U.S.-Mexican border, faces a $225 million cut from $800 million last year. That would delay implementation while a review of the fence, plagued by technical problems, is done.
      • Five of the Coast Guard's 13 elite Maritime Security and Safety Teams (MSST), created since 2001 to protect waterfront cities, would be eliminated. Obama is proposing cuts in New York City, San Francisco, Anchorage and King's Bay, Ga.
      • The existing 643 miles of concrete-and-steel border fence would be maintained but no new barriers would be built.
There is real danger from a porous border, one which our enemies understand. See a Fox News report from last June with Sara Carter following her Washington Times article Al Qaeda eyes bio attack from Mexico.

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Texas couple guilty of enslaving Nigerian widow   [2/03/10]
Of course the "Texas couple" are Nigerians as well.

    FORT WORTH, Texas - The Justice Department says a federal jury has found a couple guilty of enslaving a Nigerian widow at their Texas home for nine years.
        The department says in a statement that Emmanuel and Ngozi Nnaji each face up to 55 years in prison after their convictions Tuesday on conspiracy, forced labor and other charges.
        The statement says the Nigerian-born couple seized the woman's passport and made her work long hours as their servant with no days off and little pay. They provided no support for her six children in Nigeria and limited contact with her family.
        The statement says Emmanuel Nnaji sexually assaulted the widow.
        She escaped in February 2006 with the help of a Nigerian priest who lived in Texas.

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Taxi drivers accused of racism for displaying sign saying they are 'English speaking'   [2/02/10]
Obviously it is not racism to advertise the skill set of the driver. Prospective customers want to know that the cabbie will understand when they explain where they want to go. Communication is a central part of the job.

    A racism row has broken out after a city's taxi drivers started displaying stickers in their cars saying they are 'English speaking'.
        Up to a dozen drivers have been showing off the notices bearing the St George's Cross on the back windows of their cars in Southampton, Hampshire.
        The small red and white sticker declares the cab is being driven by an 'English speaking driver.' [...]
        Taxi driver Peter Ford, 48, said: 'It's just about letting customers know that the driver will actually be able to speak English, which isn't always the case.'
        Fellow driver Chris Head, 49, added: 'I have no problem with the stickers.
        'Lots of customers will wait at ranks until an English driver comes along because they want someone they can talk to.'
The aim of the complainers is to remove any responsibility of immigrants that they learn English adequately and assimilate to the society to which they have moved. The squawk squad wants to erase the social contract by which immigrants are accepted and given the rights of citizens on the condition that they take on the values of the majority community.


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Fate of Obama's aunt to be fought behind closed doors   [2/02/10]
Obie's illegal alien absconder Aunt Zeituni is back before the judge, and like everything else connected with this President, transparency is lacking.

    The illegal alien aunt of President Obama could learn this week whether she can put down roots in Boston - or start packing her bags for a one-way trip back to Kenya.
        And, save for U.S. Immigration Court Judge Leonard I. Shapiro, she'll know before anyone else. Zeituni Polly Onyango has persuaded Shapiro to bar the public from her removal proceeding Thursday morning at the John F. Kennedy Federal Building, though it's unclear why.
        "I assume (Shapiro) thought it would be a three-ring circus. She's the aunt of the president of the United States - the most famous man in the world," said Mike Rogers, spokesman for the Ohio law firm defending Onyango, 57, against the Department of Homeland Security.
Don't the American people have a right to see whether their immigration system is being run honestly? (Like they don't already know.)
    The fact that she, an absconder, is still free and living rather well off the taxpayer is another reminder of how lawbreaking foreigners get the red carpet treatment while citizens get the shaft. The apartment she occupies should go to a citizen who needs it, not to a world-class mooch, whose millionaire nephew's subsidized housing has several spare rooms.

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Chances are dim, but advocates will still push for immigration reform   [2/01/10]
The open borders Energizer Bunnies are back, or actually they never went away.

    As President Obama vows to refocus Democrats' attention on jobs and the economy, advocates for overhauling the nation's immigration laws say they are still gearing up for a battle in the Senate in coming weeks, despite fading hopes for victory.
        Washington's drawn-out health-care debate badly damaged prospects for an immigration bill this winter. It ate up weeks of the Senate's time, sapped progressive lawmakers' energy and, most recently, stoked a populist backlash that cost Democrats the seat of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (Mass.), the chamber's most prominent champion of liberal health-care and immigration policies.
My lurking fear is that some legislators figure they are so screwed by healthcare that they might as well fall on their swords for a permanent Democratic majority in the future. As long as Obie promises a nice appointment or ambassadorship for going down for La Causa, some may sign on for a personal political suicide mission.

The following item, also from the Washington Post today, is curious: Obama 2011 budget request: Department of Homeland Security

    The budget also sets aside $207 million to pay for refugee and asylum application processing, and $137 million to improve E-Verify, the employer program that electronically checks new hires' immigration status.
E-verify works perfectly well -- what kind of "improvements" do they want to make that cost $137 million?


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Seoul searching for new name in Oakland   [2/01/10]
This item represents a small skirmish in the ongoing diversity wars, territorial sub-topic. Humans are tribal beings, and immigrants would rather define their ethnic space than integrate with the national American community unless required to do so.

    Oakland's losing its Seoul.
        Under pressure from Koreatown's thousands of non-Koreans, the neighborhood's new "Oakland's Got Seoul" welcome banners will soon come down.
        In their place will be something that better reflects an area that some say is hardly Korean at all. The 14-block stretch of Telegraph Avenue is also home to Ethiopians, Afghans, African Americans, artists and others who don't identify as Korean.
        "When people saw the Koreatown banners, they said, 'Where did that come from?' " said Mohsin Sharif, co-owner of the Oasis Market, a Middle Eastern grocery in the heart of Koreatown. "The fact is, there's a lot more than Koreans here."
        The cost to install the original banners: $12,000, covered by a city redevelopment grant. The cost to take them down: $5,000, also paid by the city.
        Over the next few weeks, the Koreatown merchants association will hold a series of neighborhood meetings to decide how to better define the nebulous area sandwiched between Uptown and Temescal.
        "I think we need to be more inclusive," said Darlene Drapkin, director of the Koreatown Northgate community benefit district. "If we want to attract business, we have to be more open about the different nodes here."
The glorious promises of diversity haven't worked out. Instead of a kumbaya rainbow of happy people, the reality is one squabble after another over turf.

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