LimitsToGrowth Archive


September 2008

Welcome to Saudi Britain   [9/30/08]
British humorist and social critic Pat Condell smacks Islam around good in this one. One item: he heard a child call burqa-encased persons as "letter-box ladies" -- pretty descriptive!

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The Postville 28 -- Women Immigrants Fight To Stay In U.S.   [9/30/08]
Remember the big meat-processor raid in Iowa last May? It was the largest workplace raid in the state's history, where more than 300 illegal workers were loaded up on buses and toted off for eventual deportation.
    They should have all been shipped back to Moochico by now, right?
    Wrong. The hard-core pests are still here, making up outlandish excuses for why they should be allowed to stay. One woman says her husband beats her, so she should get asylum, although the thuggo spouse also lives here.
    In addition, the women have posted online videos to recite their sob stories, personally to ICE: gimme, gimme, gimme.

Every one has their own little dodge in mind to rip off America.

    One morning, while blending tomatoes for a lunch of tamales, Gómez recounts her particular set of troubles. Though her husband wasn't arrested, and his wages shoulder some of their expenses, she's diabetic, and insulin injections add considerably to her household costs. Also, in addition to her two sons, aged nine and 14, Gómez is looking after her 16-year-old nephew, the son of her sister-in-law, a single mother who was so distraught and fearful during the raid she did not inform authorities she had a son and so was not released with an ankle bracelet.
Boo hooey!

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Nine-year-old Midlands girl rescued from forced marriage   [9/29/08]
Immigration has turned back the clock on the rights of women and girls in Britain.

    The disclosure comes as official figures show that nearly 60 children aged 15 or under have been rescued by the Government's Forced Marriage Unit in the past four years.
        The cases are feared to be the tip of the iceberg. They will fuel concerns, first raised earlier this year, that large numbers of children are disappearing from British schools to be forced into wedlock overseas.
        A charity which runs a national helpline on forced marriage and "honour"-based crimes, Karma Nirvana, revealed that in one incident a nine-year-old girl from a Pakistani family in the east Midlands was taken into council care after her parents told her she was to wed.
        Jasvinder Sanghera, director of Karma Nirvana, said that on average four children a month aged under 16 have contacted its helpline since it launched in April.

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Lack of data for tracking illegal immigrant crimes   [9/28/08]
This article investigates the confusing and sometimes conflicting appearing information about the prevalence of illegal alien criminals.

    You've heard it from pundits and read it online: Illegal immigrants are clogging our legal system. They may come with the dreams of work and a better life, but they bring increased crime and strife.
        But it's anyone's guess how many illegal immigrants enter the justice system, and how much it costs taxpayers. Neither the state nor the federal courts formally keep track.
        "The data (are) terrible, and lead to entirely different conclusions,'' said Steven Camarota, of the Center for Immigration Studies, which supports tighter immigration controls. "No one has made it a priority. No one has ever wanted to know."
Amen. The authorities don't want the citizenry to know how badly they are failing in the basic responsibility of public safety.
    It doesn't take much investigation into the topic of illegal alien crime to find that the available information is not adequate.
    That fact alone is an answer to the question. The political and business elites do not want the advantage (to them) of open borders to be ended because a few thousand citizens are killed each year because many bad criminals enter also along with the exploitable workers.
    America now has two systems of justice -- one for citizens, who are required to obey the law, and a more permissive standrd for illegal aliens, who are routinely excused from criminal statutes.
    The most extreme examples are the foreign criminals with long rap sheets who are released rather than deported or prosecuted. Unfortunately, these instances of politically correct policing are quite common, such as the murder of Jamiel Shaw II, who was killed by a known MS-13 gangster who was released from a Los Angeles jail despite his illegal alien status. Further north, San Franciscans were shocked to learn that a previously arrested illegal alien gangster took advantage of the city's sanctuary policy to live freely and kill Tony Bologna and his two sons.
    Sadly, there are many more crimes like these that could have been prevented if the government did its job.

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Visa Move Disappoints Undocumented   [9/27/08]
Don't count on the annoying illegal Irish to pipe down for long -- they have a sense of entitlement that won't quit. The latest affront to sensitive Irish is a program for more Ireland visas while not fixing the self-created problems of the 50,000 illegal Irish who reside in this country.

    SOME members of the Irish community have expressed their disappointment at the news that the Irish government has secured the allotment of 20,000 U.S. visas for Irish citizens on an annual basis.
        Several undocumented who have been campaigning with the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform (ILIR) for more than two years in an effort to get legalized, expressed their upset at the Irish government for agreeing to provide 20,000 visas to new Irish citizens and not doing anything to sort out the issue of the estimated 50,000 Irish undocumented currently residing in the U.S., some for nearly 20 years.
        Mary Brennan, who has been a member of the ILIR since its inception in 2006, told the Irish Voice on Tuesday she was extremely disappointed in the Irish government.
        "Taoiseach Brian Cowen said when he was here in July, he said he would make the issue of the Irish undocumented here in America a priority and nothing has been done," said Brennan.
Actually, I agree that we don't need 20,000 additional Irish. In fact, we don't need any additional people from anywhere, either for non-existent jobs or to use up rapidly disappearing natural resources.

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Wachovia becomes latest US bank to seek lifeline   [9/27/08]
Wachovia Corporation is one of the many financial institutions loaded up with junk mortgages trying to rescue itself from the brink of oblivion.

    As concern spread on Friday that more banks might run into trouble even with a US$700 billion rescue for the financial system, Wachovia, one of those hardest hit by the housing crisis, became the latest to reach for a lifeline. [...]
        Wachovia has a US$120 billion portfolio of mortgages loaded with adjustable interest-rate loans that allow borrowers to skip part of their monthly payments, much of which it inherited from its ill-timed acquisition of Golden West, the big California lender, in 2006.
However, just three months ago the bank donated a rather substantial sum to the reconquistas: Wachovia to fund Latino group La Raza [San Francisco Business Times, June 12, 20080].
    The Wachovia Foundation will provide $16.25 million to help economic development in Latino communities in the United States.
        The foundation has formed a partnership with the National Council of La Raza. The bank will provide $5 million in grants over five years for counseling in homeownership and community-development efforts.
        Wachovia also will provide $1.25 million over five years to sponsor La Raza events and a $10 million loan to fund growth for Raza Development Fund's lending activities.
        "Wachovia's investment in NCLR will allow us to expand the successful programs we have developed with our nearly 300 community-based affiliates who every day strengthen America by promoting the advancement of Latino communities," says Janet Murguia, president and chief executive of NCLR.
The folks at La Raza noted in a June 11 press release that Wachovia generosity was part of a larger pattern of funding Mexico's gradual invasion.
    Last year, The Wachovia Foundation joined with the MacArthur Foundation to create a $47 million award program for community development. The first recipient of the $5.5 million “Wachovia NEXT Award for Opportunity Finance” was the Latino Community Credit Union based in Durham, N.C. [...]

    In addition, Wachovia:  
    •   Is the only major financial institution to offer statements in Spanish for all of its deposit accounts.
    •   Has nearly 800 designated Hispanic financial centers throughout the U.S. capable of delivering a full in-language customer experience, including bilingual Spanish-speaking employees, bilingual merchandising and financial product information in Spanish.
    •   Offers Spanish-language personal assistance seven days a week through a multilingual call centers and at hundreds of bilingual ATMs.
    •   Offers a Spanish-language Web site,, which allows customers to open new accounts, locate the nearest financial center or ATM and look up information in Spanish.

The Wachovia Foundation is a private foundation that is funded annually by Wachovia Corporation.

On the subject of world-class financial mismanagement, this video of a House hearing from 2004 shows Barney Frank & pals behaving badly regarding oversight.

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China Ordered Cover-Up of Tainted Milk Scandal   [9/26/08]
The Red Chinese keep their reputation as the top low-life commies by choosing to endanger their own people in order to keep the Olympics controversy-free. Nice!

    Beijing — Chinese authorities ordered a cover-up of a tainted milk scandal that has poisoned tens of thousands of babies because they feared social unrest if the news was made public, the Daily Telegraph has learned.
        Senior officials gave the order to Sanlu, the company whose poisoned milk powder is said to be responsible for at least four deaths and illnesses in almost 53,000 infants. [...]
        Yet despite Sanlu's warnings that its baby formula was contaminated with the chemical melamine, no recall notice was issued to consumers.
        The central government had issued orders to suppress "bad news" during the period of the Olympic Games, which were starting that week.
        The authorities were also concerned about the effect on "social stability" — a euphemism for public protest — according to a source briefed by those present.
In other Red China news, the Lou Dobbs program (9/25) pointed out the PRC's huge espionage agenda to rip off American security and technology secrets. The report comes just before China's first scheduled space walk, with some of that expertise stolen from the U.S.
    KITTY PILGRIM: The director of national intelligence testified before Congress last year that China's foreign intelligence service is "among the most aggressive in collecting against sensitive and protected U.S. systems, facilities and development projects, and their efforts are approaching Cold War levels."
        This year alone there have been more than a dozen cases of alleged espionage to steal defense and technological secrets for China. On Wednesday a physicist in Newport News, Virginia, was arrested on charges of illegally exporting space launch data to China.
        A former professor at the University of Tennessee was convicted earlier this month of illegally exporting to China plasma technology for military drones.
        In February the FBI arrested a Pentagon official and two Chinese- born spies for allegedly passing defense secrets to China.
        Then there's the most famous Chinese spy case, Chi Mak, involved in transfer of U.S. military technology for U.S. warships and submarines
Furthermore, not only are individual Chinese spies infiltrating academia, business and government, there are "3000... Chinese front companies, trying to steal American industrial secrets, in addition to the effort to steal U.S. technology."

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Tancredo Demands ‘Bailout’ Provisions that Bar Handouts to Illegal Aliens   [9/25/08]
Congressman Tancredo will be a much missed member of the House of Representatives. The friends of American sovereignty have no better ally in Congress.

    U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Littleton) asked Congressional leadership to include safeguards in the bailout plan to verify the legal residency and identity of potential homebuyers to ensure that illegal aliens are not obtaining federally backed home loans – and that taxpayers are not absorbing the debts of illegal aliens, or bad loans made by banks to illegal aliens. 
        In a letter today, Tancredo asked his Congressional colleagues to oppose any package that lacks such safeguards.
A timely follow-up comes from Michelle Malkin: Illegal Immigration And The Mortgage Mess.
    But there's one giant paternal elephant in the room that has slipped notice: how illegal immigration, crime-enabling banks and open-borders Bush policies ffueled the mortgage crisis.
        It's no coincidence that most of the areas hardest hit by the foreclosure wave—Loudoun County, Va., California's Inland Empire, Stockton and San Joaquin Valley, and Las Vegas and Phoenix, for starters—also happen to be some of the nation's largest illegal alien sanctuaries. Half of the mortgages to Hispanics are subprime (the accursed species of loan to borrowers with the shadiest credit histories). A quarter of all those subprime loans are in default and foreclosure.
However, alarms were being sounded years ago about the total insanity of giving no-money-down loans to illegal aliens, whose real identity cannot be ascertained. E.g., former investment banker Joe Guzzardi's article from 2005, Mortgages For Illegal Aliens: Are Banks The Treason Industry?.
    No matter how hard I try, I simply cannot conceive of any bank granting home loans to applicants who cannot produce a social security card.
        Nor can I for the life of me imagine proposing to my former superiors a new type of loan whose success is dependent on violating federal law on several levels.
        All I can say is that if I had ever summoned up the nerve to try such a scheme, my career would have been instantly and forever in the toilet.

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Two-thirds of Valley kids are Hispanic   [9/24/08]
The demographic train wreck that is California keeps headed off a cliff.

    New U.S. Census Bureau figures show that immigration tapered off nationally last year. But the San Joaquin Valley continues to grow more Hispanic, with almost two-thirds of children younger than 10 falling into that ethnic group.
        The nation added about 500,000 immigrants in 2007, down from more than 1.8 million the year before, according to the new American Community Survey estimates.
        That gave the country an estimated total of more than 38 million immigrants -- of whom slightly more than 10 million were in California, up 122,000 from 2006. Like the nation, California's rate of increase slowed last year from the prior year, although it appeared to drop less than the national rate.

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Green card in play as McCain pledges to aid Irish illegals   [9/24/08]
The shamrock open-borders hucksters in Ireland and the US were cheered up by McCain's total reversion to Sen. McKennedy McAmnesty, following his promise on Univision a few days earlier to work for immigration lawbreaker forgiveness starting "the first day."
    Below is a report from the press in Ireland about McCain's recent appearance in front of an Irish-American group.

    IRELAND became the focus of the US election campaign yesterday when John McCain addressed the Irish American Presidential Forum in the northeastern Pennsylvania town of Scranton and Barack Obama rolled out some of the biggest names in Irish-American politics to rubbish his opponent's credentials on Irish issues.
        Mr McCain said he would continue to appoint a special envoy for Northern Ireland and promised thousands of undocumented Irish immigrants in the US that he would introduce measures to enable them to remain in the country legally.
        "There are 50,000 Irish men and women who are in this country illegally at this time, who are hardworking people who want to become citizens," he said.
Hey, what happened to McCain's promise to American sovereignty voters that he had gotten the message about borders and immigration enforcement?

Below is a 2-minute video clip of McCain's most intense immigration blathering during his Scranton speech. The guy is a passionate open-borders zealot, no question.

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Crash involving illegal immigrant could bring audit[9/23/08]
There's been some action in the Colorado legislature to ask the question of how an illegal alien could be arrested many times without being deported. The legal oversight caused the death of three people in Aurora, including a three-year-old boy.

    A legislative panel took the first steps today toward launching a probe into how an illegal immigrant accused of causing a traffic collision that killed three people was allowed to remain in the country despite his criminal record.
        The Legislative Audit Committee voted to authorize State Auditor Sally Symanski to do preliminary research on conducting such an audit. Symanski expected the inquiry would look at how state and local law enforcement agencies and the judicial system interacted in the case of Francis Hernandez, 23, an illegal immigrant who had been arrested more than a dozen times in the previous five years but never deported.
        Hernandez is accused of driving a vehicle that earlier this month in Aurora struck a pickup, killing two women passengers as well as a 3-year-old boy who was in an ice cream shop.
        "This is a topic that involves every level of government," Symanski said during the audit committee's meeting Tuesday.

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In Egypt, Sexual Harassment Grows[9/23/08]
Here is a reminder that progress does not always go forward, particularly when women's rights and safety are involved. In Egypt, women long for the freedom they had in the 1980s, when threatening harassment was not a part of daily life.

    CAIRO - As May Zayed gets ready to leave for her downtown office, she tries to prepare for the harassment she'll face on the street. The 20-something member of Egypt's large working class says she has learned to tune out most lewd comments. But it's impossible to ignore everything. "There is no way to get ready for it," she says. "It just becomes part of your normal life."
        According to a study released by the Egyptian Center for Women's Rights (ECWR) in July, 62 percent of Egyptian men admit to sexually harassing women, and 83 percent of Egyptian women reported being harassed. Half say it happens every day. It was the first study of its kind.
        "Harassment is a real issue here, and it has gotten worse over the last 10 years," says Rebecca Chiao, international relations coordinator of the ECWR. "A lot of people say that up until the 1970s there was very little harassment in Egypt, but things are very different now."
The number of Egyptians residing in the United States is over 113,000.

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43% in state speak other than English at home[9/23/08]
California has the largest percentage of foreign-language speakers. What a surprise.

    The Bay Area, with its large number of immigrants, has about the same proportion of limited English speakers as the state overall, the census figures show. For some experts, that is cause for concern. For others, it is a source of regional strength.
        "It's very disturbing when 1 in 5 people is not communicating in the common language," said Victor Davis Hanson, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. "Culturally, it creates a sort of tribalism. This country doesn't have a predominant race or religion; it just has values. That's a very thin bond. We have shared values and a shared Constitution; we also have to have a shared culture and language."
        When immigrants congregate in enclaves, they have a harder time learning English and becoming fully American, said Hanson, author of the book "Mexifornia: A State of Becoming."
        "It's time to go back to the melting pot, control the borders and let assimilation, integration and intermarriage work," he said.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but America was a predominantly Protestant country with a European-descended population until very recently; explosive immigration has changed that demographic.
    As recently as 1970, two-thirds of Americans were Protestants and now the proportion has shrunk to about half, while the Catholic church has promoted extreme levels of immigration, because most of the newcomers are Catholic -- and Spanish speaking. The Catholic church needs new members because so many of its American parishioners have left.
    Language diversity is really the point of the spear tearing society apart. If I am around a couple of gangsterish Spanish-speakers, I don't know whether they are discussing where to go for pizza or whether they should try to rob and kill me.

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Sen. McCain In Scranton Townhall[9/22/08]
In case there is any doubt that McCain is determined to ram his McKennedy amnesty proposal down the throats of the unwilling American people, his speech to an Irish group in Scranton should prove his open-broders cred for good.
    You can understand that dedication to open borders might be a big plus on Univision, but to the many millions of Irish-descended Americans? The number of illegal Irish is a comparatively paltry 50,000, so it's hard to imagine that the Scranton group was clamoring for amnesty. But the audience was comprised of English-speaking persons, with nary a sombrero in sight, so McCain didn't have to worry about embarrassing chants in Spanish of "Amnestia."
    McCain's glowing remarks about immigration begin at 4:45 after an economic discussion in the video below. (Part One is here.) His speech is the whole nine yards of open-borders love, with the lie mischaracterizing the Statue of Liberty as a welcoming icon and the BS about how immigrants "enrich" the nation. Is there a more anti-American sentiment than the idea that this country requires the "infusion of fresh blood and vitality" (McCain's words) of a constant stream of foreigners?

We really need to get that terrible poem ("The New Colossus") removed from Bedloe Island as a symbolic statement that America is full and we don't need any more people. The plaque with the poem was placed inside the statue's base years after the dedication and was written to raise money for the pedestal's construction. The statue's real name is "Liberty Enlightening the World" and was meant to inspire action in other peoples to strive for republican government at home, not welcome them here.

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A Land of Opportunity Lures Poles Back Home[9/22/08]
A more appropriate headline for this story about immigrant self-repatriation might be "Economic squatters return to beloved homeland." It's another indication that the majority of immigrants, legal and illegal, come for the money only, not to become Americans and join our national community.

    Tighter immigration enforcement, gentrification and the overall aging of the Polish population have contributed to the decline. But the biggest catalyst, community leaders say, was Poland’s admission to the European Union in 2004, which created immense employment opportunities for Poles in Europe and spurred a return migration.
        At the same time, the influx of new Polish immigrants to New York has slowed to a trickle, these community leaders say. As a result, the population of Polish-born people in New York declined to 60,153 in 2006, down from 65,246 in 2000, a 7.8 percent drop, according to the Department of City Planning. During the same span, the number of New Yorkers claiming Polish ancestry fell to 211,389 from 213,447.
        The erosion has been felt most deeply in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, where Poles have been migrating for decades. Polish businesses are losing customers and closing down. Polish employers are struggling to find Polish-speaking workers. The sale of one-way tickets for flights from New York to Poland is soaring.
Hey, where are the packed return flights to Mexico City, Islamabad and Riyadh?

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States make immigration arrests under fed program[9/21/08]
Here's some information with timely statistics about how local police being trained to perform immigration enforcement.

    Colorado's state patrol is among dozens of police agencies nationwide taking advantage of a federal training program to identify and detain suspected illegal immigrants. Since the program began in 2006, these agencies have made more than 68,000 arrests for immigration-related violations, says Carl Rusnok of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
        ICE has trained about 800 officers in 18 states to prepare charging documents and issue immigration detainers. Eighty training requests are pending from police departments, state patrols, sheriff's offices and corrections departments.
        Colorado created its state patrol unit during a 2006 special legislative session that was sparked by the arrests of more than 100 suspected illegal immigrants in crashes and traffic stops in a two-day period.
        The unit has arrested 930 suspected illegal immigrants since it became operational in July 2007, ICE says. Colorado troopers also investigated 40 human smuggling cases that went to court, the state patrol says.
        Other states with ICE agreements include California, Georgia and Florida. Arizona has seven participating agencies, North Carolina eight, and Virginia has the most with nine. Since January 2006, Arizona's Maricopa County Sheriff's Department leads in arrests with 15,000.
        Generally, those detained go before an immigration judge for a decision on whether they should be deported, said ICE spokesman Tim Counts.
        ICE has budgeted $42 million in fiscal year 2008 for the training, up from $5 million in 2006. The program includes immigration law, the use of Homeland Security databases to identify illegal immigrants, and Spanish lessons.
Oddly, AP doesn't use the program's name, 287 (g), though the story does link to an explanation on the ICE website.

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Feds say Fort Dix suspects sought other targets[9/20/08]
Remember the Fort Dix Six? The group was a terrorist cell of Muslims who plotted to kill as many soldiers as possible on a New Jersey army base in 2007. The scheme was foiled when a video store employee became suspicious when he processed film clips of the men doing assault weapons training.
    There has been very little reporting about domestic terrorists on national news, so it's easy for Americans to forget that entering illegally remains very easy and open borders welcome killer Islamists as well as tomato pickers.
    Today's news is that the immigrants had bigger plans than merely murdering a few hundred American troops.

    CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — One of the five men awaiting trial on charges alleging they plotted an armed attack on soldiers training at Fort Dix discussed other targets including the White House and Capitol, prosecutors claim in court filings.
        The allegations, contained in a motion filed Friday in U.S. District Court, stem from wiretapped conversations between defendant Mohamad Shnewer and Mahmoud Omar, an FBI informant.
        According to prosecutors, Shnewer spoke on Aug. 11, 2006, of targeting FBI and CIA headquarters as well as the Army training base. They also said another defendant attempted to buy an AK-47 automatic weapon in 2005.
Incidentally, a plot against the CIA is not without precedent: the CIA was attacked in 1993 by Mir Amal Kasi, a Pakistani who shot five employees at a stoplight as they waited at the agency entrance. Two were killed. He was captured in Pakistan in 1997 and returned to the US, where he was executed in 2002.
    From last year: Brothers Charged in Terror Plot Lived Illegally in U.S. for 23 Years.
    FORT DIX, N.J. —  Three brothers charged in the alleged Fort Dix terror plot have been living illegally in the U.S. for more than 23 years and were accepted as Americans by neighbors and friends who had no idea they would scheme to attack military bases and slaughter GIs.
        A federal law enforcement source confirmed to FOX News that the three — Dritan "Anthony" or "Tony" Duka, 28; Shain Duka, 26; and Eljvir "Elvis" Duka, 23 — also accumulated 19 traffic citations, but because they operated in "sanctuary cites," where law enforcement does not routinely report illegal immigrants to homeland security, none of the tickets raised red flags.
        The brothers entered the United States near Brownsville, Texas, in 1984, the source said, which would put their ages at 1 to 6 when they crossed the border.
        The source said there is no record of them entering by way of a regular border crossing, so they are investigating whether they were smuggled into the country.
Below is an interview of Rep. Tom Tancredo by Tucker Carlson after the arrest of the six Muslim plotters last year.

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California unemployment rate rises sharply to 7.7%[9/19/08]
Economic news gets worse by the hour. Yet Congress continues to pursue an additional half a million immigrant worker visas per year.

    Unemployment in California rose sharply to 7.7% in August, continuing at a 12-year high with few signs of improvement in the months ahead.
        The rate jumped from a revised 7.4% posted for July and 5.5% level a year earlier, the Employment Development Department reported. [...]
        In August, California's unemployment rate was the third-worst in the nation, tied with Mississippi. The Golden State trailed only Michigan at 8.9% and Rhode Island at 8.5%. U.S. unemployment for August was 6.1%. [...]
        Unemployment in most of Southern California exceeded statewide levels. It reached 7.9% in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, up from a revised 7.5% in July and 5% in August of 2007.
        The Inland Empire was hit even harder, with joblessness at 9.2% in August compared to a revised 9% in July and 6.4% in August 2007. Only Orange County fared relatively better, posting unemployment of 5.8% in August, just slightly more than July's 5.7%. Unemployment in Orange County was 4.2% a year earlier.
In another sign of the times: Homeless pitching tent cities across U.S..

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Lake Co. sheriff says 21.5% of jail inmates illegal immigrants[9/18/08]
Lou Dobbs interviewed Sheriff Mark Curran gave a press conference Thursday where he took Chicago politicians to task for ignoring the problem of crime committed by illegal aliens.

    A recent audit of the Lake County jail found that 21.5 percent of the prisoners were in this country illegally, Sheriff Mark Curran said Thursday.
        Renewing his call for stepped-up deportation of illegal immigrants who commit crimes, Curran said they are charged with half of the 14 murders in the county so far this year.
        "You cannot fight for crime victims and ignore the illegal immigration problem," Curran said. "You cannot pretend to care about all the children that die from gang and gun violence and ignore the illegal immigration problem."
You can thank Sheriff Curran for his forthright defense of public safety via email: I did.

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2008 National Survey of Latinos: Hispanics See Their Situation in U.S. Deteriorating; Oppose Key Immigration Enforcement Measures[9/18/08]
The Pew Hispanic Foundation has published its wide-ranging survey of what latinos are thinking these days. Unsurprisingly, they are miffed about the borders remaining nominally closed.
    The lead-off complaint is how half say they are worse off -- how many American-Americans would say the same thing? In fact, a June Gallup poll found that 55 percent of Americans felt they were financially worse off than a year ago. So a case can be made that hispanics are doing better than citizens as a whole. Nevertheless, the boo-hooey is getting louder, despite the fact that economic times are rough for everyone. But immigrants -- legal and illegal -- are trained to complain, and they do.

    Half (50%) of all Latinos say that the situation of Latinos in this country is worse now than it was a year ago, according to a new nationwide survey of 2,015 Hispanic adults conducted by the Pew Hispanic Center.
        This pessimism is especially prevalent among immigrants, who account for 54% of all Hispanic adults in the United States. Fully 63% of these Latino immigrants say that the situation of Latinos has worsened over the past year. In 2007, just 42% of all adult Hispanic immigrants--and just 33% of all Hispanic adults--said the same thing.
        These increasingly downbeat assessments come at a time when the Hispanic community in this country--numbering approximately 46 million, or 15.4% of the total U.S. civilian non-institutional population--has been hit hard by rising unemployment (Kochhar 2008) and stepped-up immigration enforcement.
        In the survey, nearly one-in-ten Hispanic adults--native-born U.S. citizens (8%) and immigrants (10%) alike--report that in the past year the police or other authorities have stopped them and asked them about their immigration status. [...]
        On the question of immigration enforcement, Latinos disapprove of all five enforcement measures asked about in this survey--and generally do so by lopsided margins.
        More than four-in-five Hispanics (81%) say that immigration enforcement should be left mainly to the federal authorities rather than the local police; 76% disapprove of workplace raids; 73% disapprove of the criminal prosecution of undocumented immigrants who are working without authorization; and 70% disapprove of the criminal prosecution of employers who hire undocumented immigrants. A narrow majority (53%) disapproves of a requirement that employers check a federal database to verify the legal immigration status of all prospective hires.
        The survey finds that a majority of Latinos worry about deportation. Some 40% say they worry a lot and an additional 17% say they worry some that they themselves, a family member or a close friend may be deported. This is up slightly from 2007, when 53% of Latino adults said that they worried a lot or some about deportation (Pew Hispanic Center 2007).
The explosive growth of a hispanic population, many of them illegal and hostile to the rule of law, is creating a fifth column in this nation, similar in some ways to Muslims in Europe. They are here for the money only and their loyalty is to Mexico, etc., not to their new residence.

Below, from another Pew report, is a look at hispanic population growth. Actually, the Census now projects 132.8 million hispanic residents in 2050.

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S.F. shielded adult offenders from feds[9/17/08]
The good news: San Francisco must be doing something different for these facts to come out. The bad news is all the preventable crimes that happened because the city was coddling very dangerous criminals.

    Thirty percent of the felony offenders San Francisco juvenile justice officials have reported to federal immigration authorities since the city stopped shielding youths from deportation have turned out to be adults, authorities say.
        The city's Juvenile Probation Department has referred 58 offenders to federal authorities since Mayor Gavin Newsom announced July 2 that the city no longer would protect youths from deportation under San Francisco's sanctuary law. The mayor took the step after The Chronicle revealed that the city was paying for flights home and $7,000-a-month group homes for underage, undocumented offenders, who as adults could face prison and automatic deportation.
        Of those 58 offenders, authorities have concluded that 17 were adults, based on immigration records and the statements of offenders themselves, federal immigration officials say. Most of the 58 were being held on drug-dealing charges.
        "It confirms our early suspicion that adults were taking advantage of the sanctuary policy in order to evade detection, responsibility and prosecution for criminal behavior," said Joseph Russoniello, the U.S. attorney for Northern California.
        Russoniello said adult illegal immigrants convicted of felonies face almost certain deportation, but San Francisco's previous policy of not reporting juveniles who had committed similar offenses to federal officials encouraged offenders to "game the system" and say they were underage.

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Jorge Ramos Interview of McCain on Univision[9/16/08]
John McCain was interviewed on Sept. 15 by the Hispanic broadcaster Jorge Ramos, and the Senator let a few cats out of the bag, like his intention of working for a massive amnesty beginning on the first day of his Presidency.
    The dialogue below is from page three of the Univision transcript, which begins here, Alone with John McCain.

    -Senator, the last time we talk, you told us that it would take a year or two to secure the border, and then you said we can address the other part of it. Would that include massive legalization for millions of undocumented immigrants in this country?
    -I think it means that we go through a step by step process of allowing people to apply and achieve citizenship in this country, of course. But, I want to point out again; it's a little more complicated.

    -It goes against the platform of your party, by the way, because they are against the legalization of millions of undocumented immigrants.
    My position is very clear, and that was part of our proposal, that I took up twice. By the way, Senator Obama tried to kill it, because he proposed an amendment that would have done away with any temporary worker program. So, there is a huge difference there. So, what we need to do is take the two million according to (Michael) Chertoff, that have broken laws in our country, and deport or imprison them. They are law breakers. Other people who have come here and have been here for a period of time and are law abiding citizens and are willing to go through a certain process, of course, there are not twelve million pairs of handcuffs in America.
    "So, we can together, republicans and democrats, work out this issue, provide a path to citizenship, on the principle that they do not take any priority over anyone who came to this country legally, or waited legally. And, of course they should pay a fine, because they acted illegally. But, our heritage, the heritage of this country, is people who have come to this country for a better life, and as I said at the Convention, these are God's children and it will be done in a humane and compassionate fashion.

    -Senator Barack Obama told us in an interview that he would present a comprehensive immigration reform to congress during the first year. Could you match that?
    -Sure, I would do it in the first day, but I was the one who led, I was the one who led with Senator (Ted) Kennedy, a great political risk to myself. Senator Obama tried to kill it, because he was doing what the unions wanted. The unions in America do not want a temporary worker program, so Senator Obama came to the floor and had an amendment that would have basically killed immigration reform, because it was a fragile coalition between republicans and democrats. So, don't let Senator Obama get away with saying that he supports comprehensive reform, when he tried to kill it. version: McCain on Univision: He Will Work for Amnesty Starting "The First Day".

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"Undocumented students' college aid in jeopardy"[9/16/08]
The free money trough for illegal alien students may come to an end in California, if a recent court ruling stands up. Naturally, the Chronicle headline frames the issues as a sob story, even when the state has a debt problem of $17 billion for this year.

    A state appellate court has put a financial cloud over the future of tens of thousands of undocumented California college students, saying a state law that grants them the same heavily subsidized tuition rate that is given to resident students is in conflict with federal law.
        In a ruling reached Monday, the state Court of Appeal reversed a lower court's decision that there were no substantial legal issues and sent the case back to the Yolo County Superior Court for trial.
        "It has a huge impact," said Kris Kobach, an attorney for the plaintiffs and a law professor at the University Missouri at Kansas City. "This is going to bring a halt to the law that has been giving in-state tuition to illegal immigrants."He said it is a big win for California taxpayers who have been subsidizing education for undocumented immigrants.

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Says Time Has Come to Halt Immigration[9/16/08]
I was mousing around with the new-to-me Google News Archive search, which pulls up historical articles, and found this item from the New York Times, Dec. 5, 1910. It's interesting how the immigration arguments haven't changed, i.e. that America doesn't really need millions of foreign workers, it lowers wages and immigrants come for the money (not to "escape tyranny").

    SAYS TIME HAS COME TO HALT IMMIGRATION; Commission, in Forty Volume Report, Declares It No Longer Is Necessary. TENDS TO LOWER WAGES Aliens Come to Better Their Condition, Not to Escape Tyranny, and Sentiment Should Be Waived, Is Asserted.

    December 6, 1910, Tuesday
    Page 6, 535 words
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 5. -- Sentimental considerations in restricting immigration should be waived in view of the economic problems arising from adverse effects on wages and living conditions which the large number of aliens have had in recent years by their entry into basic industries, according to the final report of the Immigration Commission transmitted to-day to Congress.

Below is a screen snap of part of the page. The link at the top has the whole thing.

An article from 1892, titled Talk of Total Exclusion, noted that the Senate Immigation Committee would likely recommend a one-year moratorium. Too bad that didn't happen (timeline). We can imagine why.

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6 men, boys indicted in Newark schoolyard killings[9/16/08]
Last year on August 4, three Newark college students were killed execution-style when they were hanging out in their old high-school schoolyeard in a crime that shocked the crime-hardened city. The six accused killers were formally indicted on Monday and are said to be members of the vicious MS-13 gang.

    Three men and three teenagers were indicted Monday on murder and other charges for the execution-style slayings that shocked New Jersey's largest city more than a year ago.
        The grand jury charged all six suspects, who have reputed links to the MS-13 street gang, with murder, attempted murder, robbery and weapons offenses related to the Aug. 4, 2007 killings.
        Essex County Prosecutor Paula Dow said the indictments took a year because charges against the three teens were upgraded from juvenile to adult court, and because multiple agencies worked together to make sure the case was airtight.
Below, the four students who were shot: Iofemi Hightower, 20, Dashon Harvey, 20; and Terrance Aeriel, 18, and 19-year-old Natasha Aeriel (bottom right) who was shot but survived.

Also disturbing is how fearful Newark, a sanctuary city for illegal alien criminals, has become about the gang crime epidemic ('Strong gang component' revealed in Newark schoolyard slayings). What did officials think was going to happen when they put out the welcome mat for foreign gangsters? The PC excuse is that sanctuary allows illegal aliens to "come forward" to report crime without fear of deportation. It hasn't worked out that way in Newark, that's for sure.

    Essex County Prosecutor Paula Dow, in explaining why her office and the Newark police denied gang involvement earlier in the case, said law enforcement did not immediately have clear evidence of a gang-related motive.
        She said they also did not want to risk causing further violence in the city by speculating about the role MS-13 played in the killings. Other law enforcement officials have said privately that the concern was heightened because the victims were African-American and MS-13 is a Hispanic gang.
        "Everyone remains so worried and scared of gangs," Dow said, adding that her office was concerned that "something really bad could erupt in the city" if it was portrayed as a gang massacre.

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Que Viva Mexico![9/15/08]
September 16 marks the anniversary of Mexico's independence from Spain, and some of the Mexes who reside in this country are celebrating up a storm about their beloved homeland.
    Even New Haven Connecticut had a show of Mexo-festivities -- including dancers expressing an arguably racist viewpoint.

    The carnival dancers, called charros, wore color-coordinated vest and ties, cowboy boots, sequined capes, and elaborate feathery head-dresses. They also wore wooden masks depicting smiling caucasian faces.
        Taking a break from the dancing, Ramon Mandieta explained that the dance originated as form of mockery directed towards the European colonizers of Mexico, hence the caucasian masks. Mandieta also said that each part of the costume is symbolic of various elements of the natural environment. The shiny sequins symbolize rain; the feathery head-dress, clouds; the roses on the capes, fertility; the ribbons, rainbows; the mirror on the back of the head-dress, the moon. In this way, the carnival dance is a combination of satire directed towards European colonizers and preservation of indigenous Mexican spirituality and beliefs.
Imagine if Americans dressed up in blackface to commemorate the Fourth of July... how would that look? Remember all the sports teams with Indian names and mascots that have had to change their identities because those words and images were deemed racist. But when Mexicans "mock" caucasians, nobody bats an eyelash. And there's plenty of evidence that Mexicans have plenty of racism permeating their culture -- demonstrated in the postage stamp controversy.

Update: Plenty of Mexicans showed up in San Francisco to wave their flag.

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Witchcraft rumor sparks riot at Congo soccer game[9/15/08]
What a scary combination -- witchcraft and soccer. Either one on its own can get you killed in certain wacky countries. But together...

    Accusations that a soccer player was using witchcraft during a match in eastern Congo sparked a riot that killed 13 people, a U.N.-funded radio station reported Monday.
        Most of the victims were between the ages of 11 and 16, Radio Okapi said. They were suffocated as panicked crowds ran for the exits during the mayhem Sunday in Butembo in eastern Congo's North Kivu province.
        Radio Okapi said police tried to control the violence at Matokeo stadium by firing into the air to protect their commander, who was hit in the head and wounded by fans.
It's sad that all those sports fans got killed, but people get murdered for witchcraft all the time in the third world, e.g. the family stoned to death in India earlier this summer. But the report is a helpful reminder that not all cultures are equal.

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Latino workers decided to stay during Gustav[9/15/08]
Poor New Orleans. It managed to avoid much of the Mexicanization affecting American cities from Los Angeles to New York until Hurricane Katrina hit. After that, the deluge of illegal foreign workers arrived -- "helping" to rebuild the city and turning it into Nuevo Orleans.
    They won't go away, even with another deadly hurricane barreling down on them.

    For many Latino construction workers, the threat posed by Hurricane Gustav paled in comparison to the fear of getting caught and deported if they evacuated.
        Local groups that work with Latino day laborers estimate that hundreds, if not thousands, of undocumented immigrants stayed put for Gustav or chose another unsafe option: piling into trucks and cars stuffed full of evacuees.
        While the Latino community grew in the region after Hurricane Katrina, along with the boom in construction work, it's difficult to know how many illegal immigrants stayed in town for Gustav, partly because officials are unsure how many even live in New Orleans.
        One Tulane University study estimated 5,000 to 7,000 illegal Hispanic workers came to the city after Katrina. Local community groups put that number much higher, saying the construction opportunities drew tens of thousands of day laborers born in countries such as Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala.
        Even more workers arrived in the past week seeking jobs in the wake of Gustav, organizers report. If future evacuations are to succeed, officials must step up their efforts to assure these government-wary residents they won't be caught along evacuation routes and deported, experts say. The issue has taken on new urgency not only in Louisiana, but in Texas and other regions of the country where large numbers of undocumented workers live.

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Few safeguards for Mexican produce heading north[9/14/08]
Mexico is a third-world country, with farming practices to match. The procedures of growing food vary widely, from healthy to irrigating crops with untreated sewage water. But the Mexican farmers who use good practices (assuming some exist) get no advantage because of there's no regulation. As usual, the health and safety of American consumers matters little compared with keeping Mexico City happy.

    The AP has found that while some Mexican producers grow fruits and vegetables under strict sanitary conditions for export to the U.S., many don't — and they can still send their produce across the border easily.
        Neither the U.S. nor the Mexican governments impose any safety requirements on farms and processing plants. That includes those using unsanitary conditions — like those at Agricola Zaragoza — and brokers or packing plants that mix export-grade fruits and vegetables with lower-quality produce.
        In fact, the only thing a Mexican company needs to do to sell produce to the United States is to register online. [...]
        In the latest contamination case, the U.S. government traced the suspect jalapenos to two farms in the state of Tamaulipas. Both shipped through Agricola Zaragoza in neighboring Nuevo Leon state. Agricola Zaragoza shipped the peppers to its warehouse in McAllen, Texas, where the FDA found the first contaminated jalapeno.
        Though usually smaller in scale, such outbreaks are relatively common — at least 3,000 between 1990 and 2006 from FDA-regulated foods, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a nutrition and food safety advocacy group. Those numbers include fruits, vegetables and seafood, and contamination both in the U.S. and abroad.
        The cases include a 2004 hepatitis outbreak linked to Mexican green onions that killed four people and sickened 650 in Pennsylvania, and a 2006 nationwide E. coli outbreak that infected about 300 people and killed three and was traced to tainted spinach from California.
This article is informative as far as it goes in explaining what goes on in Mexico and the lack of oversight and inspection.
    However, it does not mention country-of-origin labeling which would allow consumers to protect themselves at the grocery store. Congress passed legislation in 2002 that would require that information, but the Bush administration has not allowed it to be implemented because of heavy lobbying from all over.

Here's a clip from Lou Dobbs Tonight from July 2007 on the topic of Country-of-Origin labeling...

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Critics slam screening of Muslim documentary today[9/14/08]
When concerned citizens wanted to show the anti-jihad film Obsession in Dearborn, one of America's most Muslim cities, on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, controversy ensued.

    Claiming Dearborn is a center of radical Islam, organizers of a controversial film on Muslims are offering a free screening of their documentary in the city today.
        Local religious leaders said the timing -- on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks -- and locating it in Dearborn are part of a divisive publicity stunt.
        Called "Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West," the documentary focuses on Islamic extremism, but critics say it's biased. The film's producers and backers said through a spokesman they chose Dearborn and the Sept. 11 date for the screening because of its sizable Muslim population.
Below, an interview with Nonie Darwish about the film, who appears in the documentary.

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Troubling link in domestic violence cases[9/13/08]
Prapaganda and lies about culture and misogyny here...

    Immigrants account for a disturbingly high share of domestic violence deaths in Massachusetts, advocates say, raising fears that the nation's heated immigration debate is deterring abuse victims from seeking help.
        In Framingham last week, an undocumented immigrant whose husband had beaten her for two days called a hot line in tears, saying she was too afraid to call police. In Boston's Chinatown, women fear becoming burdens to relatives back home if they leave their husbands.
        In some cases, the fallout affects families far from Massachusetts. In hurricane-ravaged Haiti, relatives of Norma Dorce Gilles are struggling to survive without her frequent care packages of spaghetti, peanut butter, and $400 in cash. Gilles, a Malden beautician, was smothered and dumped in the trunk of her car in February, allegedly by her former boyfriend, Lesly Cheremond, an illegal immigrant who had been ordered deported and is now awaiting trial in the killing. He has pleaded not guilty.
        "We need to shore up services or this will continue," said Mary Lauby, executive director of Jane Doe Inc., a statewide coalition of sexual assault and domestic violence programs. "What we are afraid of is the deeper isolation felt by immigrant victims. That is the danger point."
        Immigrants make up an estimated 14 percent of the state's population, but accounted for 26 percent of the 180 domestic violence deaths in Massachusetts from 1997 to 2006, according to the most recent figures from the state Department of Public Health. Nearly all of the 47 victims were women and children.
The theme throughout is Blame America for the suffering of immigrant and illegal alien women. But the root problem is the sub-standard social status of women in the diverse cultures which those foreigners bring with them.
    One false premise is that battered illegal alien women would report crimes if they weren't afraid of deportation. On the contrary, America gives visas and social services to that group; see my article Victim Visas - How America Stupidly Rewards Misfortune and Fraud.
    The other cases are varieties of the sob story genre, i.e. misery about which the MSM urges extra concern just because those suffering are non-Americans.
    Should I care that Chinese women are little more than animals in their culture and don't want the "shame" of being sent home to the parents? I do care that the Chinese piggyman culture is here with millions of representatives, dragging down the progress that American women have made to achieve opportunity and social equality.
    The article further notes that the small state of Massachusetts is increasing funding for the Refugee and Immigrant Safety and Empowerment Program to $1.1 million for translators and other "advocacy." Another Immigration Tax!

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We need more Muslim babies... then we can take over Britain[9/12/08]
Big hint: welcoming your culture's historic enemies as immigrants by the millions is not a good idea. Government policies in Britain have allowed a fifth column to develop, and Washington is doing the same here by permitting Muslim immigration to continue even after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
    Observe how these Muslims residing in Britain chose to remember the 9/11 anniversary, as reported by The Sun going undercover.

    Speaking at a rally marking 9/11, Anjem Choudary bragged that a birth explosion would let followers of Islam take control of the country.
        Undercover Sun investigators secretly recorded Choudary telling a young and impressionable audience that they would eventually rule under strict Sharia law.
        And our team listened in chilled silence as he predicted: "Islam is superior and will never be surpassed. The flag of Islam will rise over Downing Street."
        Lawyer Choudary also said it would be easy for vast numbers of Muslims to declare Jihad, or holy war, against Britain — and that every one of them could become "a time bomb waiting to go off".
        The Sun team watched vile Choudary, the right-hand man of exiled preacher of hate Omar Bakri, ranting to 100 young Muslims at a meeting in East London.
        The mob bayed and cheered as he said: "About 500 people in Britain become Muslim every day.
        "The Home Office say there are 1.5million Muslims but there were 1.5million ten years ago. Since then our brothers in Bethnal Green, Whitechapel and other places have had eight or nine children each. Eight children here, ten children, 15 children. There must be at least six million people.
        "It may be by pure conversion that Britain will become an Islamic state. We may never need to conquer it from the outside."
And (from the same jihadist meeting) when Muslims residing in Britain aren't popping out baby suicide bombers, they are making threats: Britain Will Be Target of the Next 9/11, Warn Preachers of Hate.
    BRITAIN is set to be the target of a September 11-style atrocity, Muslim fanatics were told at a meeting in London.
        And they cheered as exiled preacher Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammed ramped up the hatred via video link from his hideaway in Lebanon.

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Muslims Continue Pushing Christians Out of Bethlehem[9/12/08]
This item is a reminder of insistent demography, particularly when the new people are hostile and consciously use population growth as warfare against a historic enemy.

    The Muslim Fatah-controlled authority in Judea and Samaria is encouraging a "sharp demographic shift" in Bethlehem, where the Christian population went from a 60 percent majority in 1990 to a 40 percent minority in 2000, to about 15 percent of the city's total population today.
        It is estimated that, for the past seven years, more than one thousand Christians have been emigrating from the Bethlehem area annually and that only 10,000 to 13,000 Christians remain in the city. International human rights lawyer Justus Reid Weiner, who teaches at Hebrew University, told the Jerusalem Institute for Global Jewish Affairs that, under the PA-Fatah regime, Christian Arabs have been victims of frequent human rights abuses by Muslims.
        "There are many examples of intimidation, beatings, land theft, firebombing of churches and other Christian institutions, denial of employment, economic boycotts, torture, kidnapping, forced marriage, sexual harassment, and extortion," he said. PA officials are directly responsible for many of the attacks, and some Muslims who have converted to Christianity have been murdered.
 Only 15 percent of Bethlehem remains Christian -- quite a switch in such a short time.

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Bishop says mail response to immigration letter has been ‘vile’[9/12/08]
Open-borders Catholic elites (but I repeat myself) are launching a new push for "comprehenive" screw-the-citizens immigration "reform." The Vaticrats are arrogantsly acting against American law and sovereignty, not to mention the citizenry, but they are miffed when anyone disagrees with them.

    PROVIDENCE –– In the month since Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas J. Tobin and 15 pastors called on federal authorities to halt immigration raids in Rhode Island, hundreds of responses have poured in, many reflecting a disturbing vitriol, the bishop said.
        While numerous responses have been "reasoned" and positive, others have been "vile and violent," Bishop Tobin said.
        "For example, I received one letter calling me a traitor to the nation and telling me to get the hell out of the country and take my Mexicans with me. That's a sample of some I received, and some I can’t even say and you can’t even print," the bishop said.
        Bishop Tobin reflected on those letters as the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops yesterday issued a similar call to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and President Bush to "reexamine the use of worksite enforcement raids as an immigration enforcement tool."
"Traitor" does not seem an inaccurate description of the Bishop, but then I can consult a dictionary (traitor, n. One who betrays one's country, a cause, or a trust, especially one who commits treason.)
    The bishops are planning a 17-city "Tour of the Faithful" media stunt to push for amnesty and open borders, although details of the schedule are not available. Perhaps the Vaticrats don't want any dissenters to show up.

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Informal hearing highlights illegal immigrant criminals[9/11/08]
There was a special hearing on 9/11 on Capitol Hill of crime victims of illegal aliens.

    Army Staff Sgt. Anita Shaw spoke emotionally Thursday about receiving a call in Iraq, during her second tour of duty, that her son Jamiel, a high school football star in Los Angeles, had been killed. Police have charged an illegal immigrant believed to be a gang member with the crime.
        "We are supposed to be the land of the free, the proud, the brave, but it seems that we are being taken over by another country... the illegal alien gang bangers," she said.
        A visibly shaken Shaw appeared before lawmakers in an unusual forum that focused on the victims of crimes committed by illegal immigrants.
        Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee arranged the event on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to bring attention to the issue, saying that Americans are being terrorized by illegal immigrant criminals.
        The unofficial hearing was decried by immigrant advocates as an attempt to exploit the grief of crime victims to paint all foreigners as criminals in order to further an anti-immigrant political agenda.
        The Immigration Policy Center, an advocate group, said that the gathering was "irresponsible and dangerous."
        "It is especially troubling to see lawmakers exploit the pain of the victims of these terrible crimes to promote their political motives," the group said, in a press release.
        Rep. Steve King, an Iowa Republican, said that the unofficial forum was needed because the Democrats -- who control Congress -- have refused to have a hearing on the topic.
How remarkable that open-borders hacks expect us citizens to shut up about the carnage caused by their penchant for anarchy. Pretty nervy, to say the least.

Below, Jamiel Shaw II, a high-school student who was murdered by a previously arrested illegal alien member of a criminal gang.

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Virginia's Fast Growth Brings Shifting Political Landscape[9/10/08]
Here's PBS describing demographic changes in northern Virginia, mostly focusing on Democrats moving into a previously Republican state. The did briefly report on the immigration affects, even including a mention of everyday harassment by a young blond woman.

    JEFFREY BROWN: At a recent meeting in Prince William County, party members pointed to advantages they think continue to work in their favor, one key issue, the illegal part of the immigrant influx.
        AMY FREDERICK, Resident of Virginia: A huge issue. I have gone to a 7/Eleven and gone for milk, and I have been heckled and catcalled. And that's not acceptable. People come here legally, and they deserve to be here, but people that come here illegally, they don't deserve to be here.
        JEFFREY BROWN: Last year, the county passed one of the nation's toughest laws: denying illegal immigrants access to some public services and increasing police enforcement.

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Half S.F. kindergartners not ready for school[9/10/08]
It's a sad state of affairs when kids enter kindergarten and don't know how to hold a pencil. San Francisco's leftist infatuation with diversity (as shown by its advertising services for illegal aliens while having a substantial budget deficit) has serious negative consequences in the classroom. As a result, city parents have chosen private school at the highest rate in the country for a major city -- 29.3 percent in 2005.

    "Some kids come in and haven't held a pencil before," she said, demonstrating the fist grip those student use. "And other kids know the alphabet and can write their name."
        Researchers who evaluated 447 of last year's kindergartners across the district found that while half lack at least some needed skills, 11 percent were deficient both academically and socially. They were the most at-risk for failure now and in the future, according to results released Tuesday.
        Those who lag on the first day of school still lag three years later, said Lynne Mobilio, director of research, Applied Survey Research, which conducted the study for San Francisco Unified School District and First 5 San Francisco.
One of the eye-catching statistics was that "47 percent are designated English learners." That fact certainly tells the tale.

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Sharia law at Muslim college in Nuneaton[9/09/08]
Britain's stubborn march off a cliff took another step with the institution of the country's first official Islamic law court. What's hundreds of years of English law compared to the wonders of Muslim diversity!

    The head of a Muslim college in Warwickshire which houses the UK's first official sharia law court has spoke of the advantages of using the ancient system.
        Faisal Aqtab Siddiqi said despite misconceptions, the system would work with British law to solve disputes and could "enrich" the current legal system. Mr Siddiqi is head of the Hijaz College Islamic University in Nuneaton- home of the Muslim Arbitration Tribunal (MAT).
        The tribunal, formed last year, offers ways for the Muslim community to resolve disputes in accordance with the sacred laws.
In other Muslim-in-Britain news, a son of Allah was found guilty (in a regular court of law) of scheming to murder hundreds in a mass terror attack: Terror mastermind Abdulla Ahmed Ali guilty of bombing plot.
    A young married father was found guilty today of conspiring to kill hundreds of members of the public in a terrorist bombing campaign.
        Abdulla Ahmed Ali planned to detonate homemade liquid bombs in attacks on British targets, including at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 3.
        Two other men were found guilty of conspiracy to murder. One of the defendants was found not guilty and the jury was unable to reach a verdict for four other men on trial.

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Driver in Aurora triple-fatal is Guatemalan national[9/08/08]
The truth is in about the identity of the man in Aurora Colorado who caused the deaths of three, including a three-year-old boy. Once again, the authorities failed to protect the public from a dangerous criminal alien with a long rap sheet. Francis Hernandez should have been deported long ago -- ifnot behind bars as a habitual criminal -- but he wasn't, and the result is three innocent Americans are dead.

    U.S. immigration officials believe that the man accused of killing three in an auto accident last week was born in Guatemala and is in this country illegally.Francis Hernandez, 23, "may have entered the country in 1991," said U.S. Immigration Control and Enforcement spokesman Carl Rusnok today.
        On Thursday, police say, he drove an SUV into a pickup truck, sending it careening into a Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop in Aurora. Two women in the truck were killed and a 3 year-old boy who was waiting for ice cream inside the shop also died.
        Hernandez has a lengthy arrest record and had used 11 different aliases, police and court records show. ICE only heard about him after he was arrested trying to flee the scene of last week's accident.
In addition, see Ice cream shop victim's family enraged
    Three days after Francis M. Hernandez drove into Patricia Guntharp's pickup, killing her and two others, Guntharp's family wanted to know why a man with 16 arrests in five years wasn't already behind bars.
        "Our system is messed up. It is mind-blowing. You mean to tell me that this guy was still out on the street?" asked Richard Allen Gagne, 32, Patricia Guntharp's son.
        Hernandez's record includes forgery, assault, theft, fraud and driving under restraint. He was arrested in a July traffic stop and charged with resisting police and other offenses.
Where does it say that law enforcement only protects us from citizen bad guys? This is so out of hand.

See also my blog from yesterday... Three Die in Colorado in Preventable Wreck.

Below, the family of Patricia Guntharp, who was killed the the crash. Granddaughter Taylor Gagne, 8, holds a photo of Patricia Guntharp, 49. Other family members, from left: son Adrian Gagne; daughter-in-law Selina Gagne; son Robert Ray Guntharp II; granddaughter Halley Gagne, 3; husband Robert Ray Guntharp; and son Richard Gagne.

Here's a local news report, with interviews of the little boy's father and the son of one of the women killed.

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Immigrant death sparks revenge riot in Spain[9/08/08]
Immigrants bring us so much wonderful diversity, including their different approach to conflict resolution.

    ROQUETAS DE MAR, Spain (Reuters) - Immigrants went on a rampage in a southern Spanish town overnight, setting fire to homes and cars and throwing stones at police, after a Senegalese man was stabbed to death, police said on Sunday.
        Police said the killing of the 28-year-old man in the town of Roquetas de Mar, in the province of Almeria, led to "a numerous concentration of Africans, which degenerated into violence and public disorder."
        "For reasons which the police are investigating, (the man) was attacked by a person from the neighborhood who police are looking for," a police statement said.
        A witness said the man was killed as he tried to intervene in a dispute between Senegalese and gypsy families in the area.
        After the man was pronounced dead at the scene immigrants began vandalizing property, burning rubbish bins and throwing stones and bottles at officers, said police.

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No More "Build The Fence" in McCain's House [9/07/08]
I saw this sign briefly while watching the Republican convention coverage on C-SPAN. The fact that the McCain minions found a simple "Build The Fence" sign to be objectionable (but didn't mind items in Spanish, e.g. "Viva McCain") shows how the Arizona senator is the same open-borders amnesty advocate that he ever was.

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Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels opens its doors to mariachi camp [9/07/08]
It's bad enough that the Catholic Church is one of the biggest supporters of amnesty for lawbreaking illegal aliens (many of whom are its parishioners). But the church apparently does not believe that assimilation to American society is desirable, as shown by its programs to preserve Mexican culture among Mexican immigrants and illegal aliens.
    Exhibit A, for today, is the mariachi camp taking place in a cathedral.

    Joacim Naranjo plays the trumpet pretty well. But the 16-year-old from East Los Angeles found himself flapping his sore lips like a horse as he and a half dozen other boys tried to master the rapidly cascading sounds of a mariachi song.
        That's why he and about 80 boys and girls went to church this week. They were there for mariachi camp.
        "It's about getting the notes down," Joacim said during a break. "Once you get the notes down, you just practice until you can play faster. This camp helps us a lot. Our [school] teacher doesn't know that much about mariachi music. He's more into classical music."
        For three days this week, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels played host to the Mariachi USA Foundation's music camp. Most of the children already play in school bands, but many were relative novices when it came to playing music more familiar to their parents.
        And the church setting wasn't as random as it may seem. More than 70% of the Los Angeles archdiocese's 5 million Catholics are Latino -- most of Mexican descent. And mariachi music has been embedded in many Catholic rituals, such as Masses for the Virgin of Guadalupe, weddings and funerals.
        "This was the very first music that welcomed people here when we opened," said Deacon Manny Martinez of Our Lady of the Angels. "It wasn't sacred music. It was mariachi music."
Shocking stuff, if you have a traditional American view of what church is about.
    However, mariachi music in the cathedral is probably less objectionable than European Catholic churches that have turned their sanctuaries into flop houses for Muslim immigrants, as reported in Brussels Journal.

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ICE holds driver in crash [9/07/08]
There was a terrible crash in Aurora, Colorado, Thursday where a Chevy Suburban ran a red light and slammed a pickup which then smashed into an ice cream shop, killing three-year-old Marten Kudlis inside and two women in another vehicle. The accused driver, Francis Hernandez, is under an ICE hold, indicating his likely illegal status. He certainly fits the profile of an illegal foreigner since he has never had a legal driver's license and possesses many aliases.
    Hernandez had also been arrested at least 16 times before, making this tragedy an entirely preventable one had the Colorado police been more inquisitive about his citizenship. As we have learned from so many other cases, it doesn't help to have laws on the books to deport if the local politicians make sanctuary the policy.

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials sent a faxed detainer on Hernandez, 23, at 12:04 a.m. Saturday, indicating his U.S. citizenship is under question, according to Arapahoe County jail officials and federal authorities.
        Hernandez has been arrested 16 times in five years in Colorado but apparently has never been deported, according to Colorado Bureau of Investigation records.
        On Friday, Aurora authorities had indicated they believed he was a U.S. citizen.
        Hernandez had been arrested in Denver as recently as July 18 on a traffic stop and charged with numerous crimes, including resisting police, CBI records say. Had he been held on an ICE detainer at that time, he would have been jailed until his case was completed and his sentence served and then deported, a time-consuming process. [...]
        But he added that detectives could find no indication that he had ever held a driver's license in California or Colorado.
        Also according to CBI records, Hernandez, who has 11 aliases and two listed birth dates, has four listed birth places, including Mexico.
The little boy who was killed as he sat near the window of the Baskin-Robbins was the only child of an immigrant couple from Russia [Family grapples with 3-year-old's death].
    "I loved him so much. He was my only child," Marten's father, Vito Kudlis, 36, said Friday as he wept where his son died near East Mississippi Avenue and South Havana Street.
        Two women in the pickup truck, driver Patricia Guntharp, 49, of Centennial, and Debra Serecky, 51, of Aurora, also were killed. They were turning left into a hamburger restaurant when they were broadsided.
        Serecky and Guntharp were "best friends," said a man at his Aurora home who identified himself as Serecky's husband. He said he didn't want to talk. "Her kids don't know yet," he said. "Just give me a day or so."
Here's a local news video showing details of the crime and the community reaction of shock at the deaths.

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Islam group urges forest fire jihad [9/06/08]
Those darn Muslims! They are nothing if not inventive in thinking up ways to screw the hated infidel.
    As well as innocent woodland creatures like Bambi and Thumper, it turns out. Purposely setting forest fires is their latest bright idea to bring on the Caliphate.

    AUSTRALIA has been singled out as a target for "forest jihad" by a group of Islamic extremists urging Muslims to deliberately light bushfires as a weapon of terror.
        US intelligence channels earlier this year identified a website calling on Muslims in Australia, the US, Europe and Russia to "start forest fires", claiming "scholars have justified chopping down and burning the infidels' forests when they do the same to our lands".
        The website, posted by a group called the Al-Ikhlas Islamic Network, argues in Arabic that lighting fires is an effective form of terrorism justified in Islamic law under the "eye for an eye" doctrine.
        The posting - which instructs jihadis to remember "forest jihad" in summer months - says fires cause economic damage and pollution, tie up security agencies and can take months to extinguish so that "this terror will haunt them for an extended period of time".
        "Imagine if, after all the losses caused by such an event, a jihadist organisation were to claim responsibility for the forest fires," the website says. "You can hardly begin to imagine the level of fear that would take hold of people in the United States, in Europe, in Russia and in Australia."
        With the nation heading into another hot, dry summer, Australian intelligence agencies are treating the possibility that bushfires could be used as a weapon of terrorism as a serious concern.
Interestingly, it's not the first time that setting forest fires was attempted as a weapon of terror. In World War Two, the Japanese launched more than 9,000 incendiary balloons across the Pacific designed to set the northwest ablaze, but most did little damage.
    However, the technical problems inherent with hydrogen balloons haphazardly floating on the Jet Stream would not exist for resident hostile Muslims with matchbooks, and Washington has been importing plenty of unfriendlies, just like Australia. (See Daniel Pipes informative list of terrorist arrests: The West's Islamist Infiltrators.)

For a reminder of how nasty a society can become when the number of Muslims becomes substantial, see the Fox News' report from Malmo, Sweden, (with a population of 25 percent Muslims in 2004) where firemen are attacked in Islamic neighborhoods for trying to do their jobs.

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Report Says Fraud, Abuse Are Possible Under Iraqi Visa Law [9/06/08]
When the Washington Post reports on a State Department investigation that the Iraq refugee system is just more rubber-stamp program from the government, you have to believe it is seriously bad. This is how Washington protects us from potential terrorists -- not nearly enough.
    It's possible, even likely, that sleeper agents went to work for the US occupation forces in Iraq so they could later become immigrants to America, as has happened after other wars. For example, there are more than a million Vietnamese residing in the United States.

    A new law that permits up to 5,000 Iraqis who previously worked for the U.S. government or its contractors to resettle in the United States annually over the next five years "is at high risk for fraud and abuse," according to consular officials interviewed by the State Department inspector general.
        That opinion is contained in a report by the inspector general's Middle East regional office, which investigated an earlier program that in 2007 and 2008 provided special immigrant visas to 500 Iraq and Afghan translators and interpreters who had worked for U.S. government agencies. The report, obtained by The Washington Post, was completed in July but has not been publicly released.
        The investigators found that almost 25 percent of those approved worked "in a variety of positions such as medical doctors, computer programmers, engineers, pharmacists, warehouse workers, and caterers" and "did not meet the criteria as working primarily as interpreters or translators." Several cases involved individuals who "could not speak English," according to the report.
        Iraqis who had worked for the Defense Department -- making up 95 percent of the resettlement cases -- were required to obtain recommendation letters from U.S. generals or flag officers as part of their application. However, investigators found that most of the letters submitted appeared to be "nonspecific pro forma documents endorsing petition submissions from military subordinates."

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Political Correctness - A God That Failed? [9/05/08]
Here is six minutes of Victor Davis Hanson defending Western Civilization against political correctness.

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Some non-Muslim workers frustrated with Swift's Ramadan accommodation [9/05/08]
The good news: the Swift plant in Greeley Colorado got rid of their illegal Mexican employees. The bad news: the replacement workers are Somali refugees, complete with all the cultural baggage connected with Islam.
    The symptoms of extreme diversity are beginning to be felt in Greeley. The latest is the demands of the Somalis to receive special treatment for their month-long Ramadan religious holiday, which left non-Muslims feeling miffed.

    A day after a show of strength from Muslim workers at the JBS Swift plant in north Greeley prompted company officials to accommodate second-shift workers who needed a break as part of their Ramadan fast, some non-Muslim workers were not happy, and the union has filed a grievance.
        "A lot of us are upset," said Swift worker Dominic Musquiz, 18, who said he was a Catholic. "It makes the day feel a lot longer."
        The accommodation Swift apparently agreed to involves moving the lunch break up to 7:30 p.m. for some second-shift workers. Muslims fasting for Ramadan must break their fast at 7:30 p.m. throughout the month.
The requirements of Islam make Muslims less than ideal employees, as noted in East African workers tell Swift to let them adhere to Ramadan schedule.
    Efforts to accommodate the Muslim religious schedule in the meat packing industry have been difficult in the past.
        Last year, several dozen Muslim workers at Swift's Grand Island, Neb., plant quit their jobs because they were not given time to pray, according to the Associated Press. Muslims are required to pray five times a day.
        In Tennessee, Tyson Foods drew the ire of the community this year when it removed Labor Day as an official holiday and replaced it with Eid al-Titr, the holiday which ends Ramadan. After the uproar, the company re-instated Labor Day and now recognizes both as holidays, according to the Associated Press.
But hey, diversity enriches us all, right? Particularly at work.

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Crime 'damages' Mexico economy [9/04/08]
It's not exactly news that crime is very expensive for a society to fight generally, for police, courts and prisons. But in Mexico, they green-eyeshade guys have done some calculations to measure how the current assault has a big price tag over and above the usual. The numbers cited are a small indication of how much the rich nation is being debilitated by the state's loss of control over crime and territory.

    The BBC's Warren Bull says that Mexicans are used to hearing about the impact of violent crime on their society, but now the government has said there is an economic consequence.
        Mr Carstens told the Reforma newspaper that the need for extra security was increasing business costs by up to 10%, which was damaging job creation, sales and development.
        "We estimate that this feeling of insecurity in the country takes away approximately one percentage point of growth," he said.
        But he said that there were businesses which would be willing to invest in Mexico if the rule of law were stronger, and proposed a tougher regime against money laundering.
Of course, the social disintegration is the most damaging aspect to crime of this magnitude. Hundreds of thousands of Mexicans gathered all over the country last Sunday to protest the worsening chaos: Mass anti-crime rallies in Mexico.

Here's a CNN segment about kidnapping for ransom in Mexico, a crime that is absolutely headed this way in a big way unless the borders and immigration laws are enforced, and soon:

Glenn Beck's discussion of the issue is little less polite. He was joined by reporter Tony Manolatos from the San Diego Union-Tribune and former Special Agent of the INS, Mike Cutler.

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Spain to slash immigration as job queues grow [9/04/08]
This item points out an interesting difference between the US and Spain (which has been experiencing a rough economic downturn) where immigration is regulated according to the level of employment. If many Spaniards are out of work, then the government reduces the number of employment visas. Imagine that.

    MADRID, Sept 4 (Reuters) - Spain, facing rapidly rising unemployment, will stop issuing visas to most migrant workers, the government said on Thursday.
        No more visas will be granted to low-skilled workers, such as those employed in restaurants and shops, a spokeswoman for the Labour and Immigration Ministry said.
        She said the government would also insist that companies prove they cannot fill posts in Spain before bringing in foreign workers. She did not say when the measures would take effect.
        Labour Minister Celestino Corbacho told reporters on Wednesday the government would cut the number of work visas "to roughly zero" in 2009.
        "It doesn't seem reasonable that with 2.5 million unemployed we continue to recruit workers from abroad," said Corbacho, who wants to pay unemployed foreigners to return to their countries.
        About 180,000 foreign workers arrived last year in Spain.
Meanwhile, in California the unemployment rate is the highest in 12 years, 7.3 percent, but there is no adjustment in Washington of employment-based visas to reflect the economic reality. The unemployment rate for the nation is at a five-year high, 6,1 percent, even as American productivity is improving over economists' expectations.

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Mayor puts S.F.'s ID card program on hold [9/04/08]
I wondered what was going to happen with the San Francisco ID card for illegal aliens, a policy approved last fall by the Board of Supervisors. Hopefully today's announced delay in beginning the program will become permanent.

    Mayor Gavin Newsom has delayed a program to offer identification cards to all city residents regardless of their immigration status as city officials review the sanctuary policy for illegal immigrants.
        "We've delayed it till we garner enough facts about our current sanctuary city and move forward with changing the policy," Newsom said Wednesday.
        The mayor last month ordered City Administrator Ed Lee to suspend the ID card program in a letter released by the mayor's office Wednesday. That letter called for putting the program on hold "until a thorough review has been completed to ensure that every aspect of the program complies with all applicable state and federal laws."
        The review of the city's sanctuary policies comes in response to a series of Chronicle articles explaining how the city regularly shielded young illegal immigrants from federal deportation after they were found guilty of felony crimes. That practice has since been stopped.
The Mayor is concerned that his enthusiastic support of illegal alien criminals in his city no longer is popular after the murder of Tony Bologna and his two sons on June 22 by a previously arrested MS-13 gangster. Newsom fears the controversy will sink his plans to occupy the California governor's mansion. A local CBS poll taken in early july (after the scandal broke about the city protecting "juvenile" foreign crack dealers) found 79 percent of San Franciscans surveyed believed convicted illegal aliens should be turned over to the feds for deportation.
    Interestingly, the article mentions the upcoming lawsuit against the city by the Immigration Law Reform Institute as a reason for delay in rolling out the city ID cards.
    The delay also comes as City Attorney Dennis Herrera late last week filed the city's response to a lawsuit challenging the program's legality under state and federal law. A San Francisco Superior Court judge will hear arguments in that lawsuit later this month. [...]
        The lawsuit, filed by the Immigration Reform Law Institute of Washington, D.C., states that city officials approved the program in November without accounting for the environmental impacts of what the institute predicts to be a large influx of illegal immigrants.
In addition, the Bologna family has begun proceedings to sue San Francisco for the wrongful deaths caused by the city's sanctuary policy of protecting illegal alien criminals. Gavin Newsom can no longer act in relative secret to further his agenda of open-borders socialism.

Below, Mayor Newsom showed his solidarity with illegal Irish aliens in 2007 during the Congressional attempt at amnesty.

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Many immigrants opted to stay during Gustav [9/04/08]
It's interesting to note that the thousands of illegal aliens who came to "help" rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina never left the Big Easy. They came, made money, plopped out baby meal tickets and never left.
    Today's item is a sniffler about illegal foreigners endangering themselves out of "fear" even though the traditionally black and white city distributed evacuation materials in Spanish.

    Many of the undocumented immigrants who have been rebuilding New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina stayed behind when Gustav struck because they were afraid of being arrested if they boarded the buses and trains arranged by emergency officials.
        "We know that people died during Katrina, but we had no choice but to stay here," said Carlos Mendoza, a 21-year-old immigrant from Honduras who rode out the storm with seven other people. They took shelter in an apartment that is close to a street corner where day laborers congregate.
        "Many stayed because of fear," Mendoza said. "I would say at least 50 percent of us."
        Authorities offered to evacuate residents on buses and trains - and promised not to ferret out those without documents. But fear of being arrested or deported kept Mendoza and every other undocumented person he knows from accepting the free ride.
        Immigrant-rights groups estimate the city is home to as many as 30,000 undocumented immigrants. No one knows how many stayed behind.
        New Orleans' Latino population is tiny compared with that in other major American cities. But it was practically nonexistent until Katrina destroyed large swaths of the city. The reconstruction boom attracted thousands of immigrants, mostly men from Mexico and Central America who worked as day laborers.
        The jobs aren't quite as plentiful as they were immediately after Katrina. And even when work was easy to find, the pay wasn't always enough for immigrants to afford cars and the money needed to flee from a storm on their own.
        Also, the government's crackdown on immigrants has made day laborers nervous to travel.
        "Moving around has become very difficult for undocumented workers," said Pablo Alvarado, director of the National Day Labor Organizing Network.
        The city did take some steps to make it easier: Evacuation news releases were distributed in Spanish, and the city's 311 number had Spanish-speaking operators.

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China May Choke on Its Own Growth [9/03/08]
Sometimes it is easier to see mistakes when others make them. China is further along the overpopulation highway, with 1.3 billion people, versus the US's 305 million, but the principles of increased resource use versus supply are the same. As always, water is paramount.

    The PRC faces a water crisis. Starting at the top, the Himalayan glaciers are melting.[1] Winter 2008 levels on the Yangtze were the lowest since record keeping began in 1866, and the Yellow's outflow is a shocking 10 percent of what it was 40 years ago.[2]
        Water consumption has already soared and will naturally continue to rise with population growth, urbanization, and industrial expansion. If glaciers can no longer provide sufficient water, rice output will plummet beyond possibility of domestic replacement.[3]The Communist Party's hallowed goal of grain self-sufficiency will be lost and the domestic and international impact of food dependence will make oil pale by comparison.
        Groundwater use, falling water tables, and subsidence occur in every eastern city, costing $75 billion to date, with the promise of far greater costs to come. In rural areas, the Ministry of Health labels over 40 percent of drinking water unsafe. One-quarter of all surface water is unusable, and three-fifths can no longer support fish. Sanitation is a crucial health indicator, and despite growing wealth, China has badly trailed the global average on this count.[4] Grand plans for hydropower are doomed in the face of declining water levels, accentuating the need for coal, which in turn worsens air quality.
In addition, 90 percent of cities have polluted groundwater and in Beijing, the water coming from taps is undrinkable. The government diverted a huge amount of water from agricultural regions to assure Beijing of having an adequate supply for the Olympics, threatening the livelihoods of millions, according to the BBC. The Beijing Olympics presented a Potemkin Village of epic proportions, at least regarding water.

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Muslims form coordinated Bay Area network [9/03/08]
Muslims residing in the United States appear to be organizing to advance their influence on American society.

    A large coalition of Muslim nonprofit groups and mosques has taken the first steps to build a unifying Bay Area network. By working together, they hope not only to develop a common voice, but also to more effectively serve their growing community. [...]
        "Until we Muslims are organized in San Diego, as well as Central and Northern California," he said, "we will not be able to negotiate our future as we ought to as the largest Muslim population in the country."
For what end do they wish to "negotiate"? Sharia law? Polygamy? The oppression of women? Why not assimilate to American values if they immigrated here of their own free will? Washington should have ended Muslim immigration from terror-supporting states after 9/11, but remains too PC to protect the American people.
    As a recent example of their ceaseless demands, consider the irritating Muslims in Canada who want a city swimming pool built to their religious specifications: Aquatic centre's windows pose problem for Muslim women.
    The new aquatic centre at Halifax's planned $40.5-million Mainland Common Centre will include two 25-metre pools and lots of big windows designed to handle natural and artificial light.
        For one user group - Muslim women who like to swim - the window configuration at the centre is a concern, municipal officials familiar with the project said Friday.
        That's because modesty and privacy are paramount for these religious women.

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How Many Americans? [9/02/08]
There's not been much follow-up to the dire Census projections of a couple weeks back, so this item by Steve Camarota is welcome.

    When the Census Bureau released its new population projections last month, most of the media focused on the country's changing racial composition. But this was almost certainly not the most important finding. The projections show that the U.S. population will grow by 135 million in just 42 years -- a 44 percent increase. Such growth would have profound implications for our environment and quality of life. Most of the increase would be a direct result of one federal policy -- immigration. If we reduced the level of immigration, the projections would be much lower. The question we have to ask ourselves is: Do we want to be a much more densely settled country?
        Native-born Americans have only about two children on average, which makes for a roughly stable population over time. But with an estimated 1.5 million legal and illegal immigrants settling in the country each year, and about 900,000 births to these immigrants each year, immigration directly and indirectly accounts for at least three-fourths of U.S. population growth.
        An increase of 135 million people by 2050 is equivalent to the entire populations of Mexico and Canada moving here. Assuming the same ratio of population to infrastructure that exists today, the United States would need to build and pay for 36,000 schools. We would need to develop enough land to accommodate 52 million new housing units, along with places for the people who lived in them to shop and work. We would also have to construct enough roads to handle 106 million more vehicles.

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UnderCover Mosque: The Return. [9/01/08]
A couple years ago, Britain's Channel 4 program Dispatches went undercover into a major London mosque which was supposed to be "moderate" but was nothing of the sort. The program recently returned to see whether anything had changed. The three segments are here. The beginning...

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Catholics without borders [9/01/08]
Rather than deal with its diminished moral authority because of decades of protecting pedophile priests (as the Los Angeles Cardinal Cardinal Roger Mahony did), the Vaticrats are still squawking for open borders. The reason is pure demographics and marketing: many of today's immigrants are hispanic Catholics who fill the pews and don't question the church's authority as much as Americans. The blather about "welcoming the stranger" is simple hypocrisy to dissuade attention from Catholic elites' interest in acquiring more church-goers to keep its doors open.

    AT THE PHILADELPHIA Convention for the Common Good, a gathering of Catholics committed to "social justice," Sister Kathleen Erikson testified about the changes she's witnessed at the U.S. border at Anthony, New Mexico. "Fifteen years ago, border agents could allow people to cross without visas because they knew them. 'Oh, that's Rosa looking to buy groceries.'" But over the past decade, those human relationships and humane exceptions have been eclipsed by what she calls "the militarization of the border." In her county, the best paying jobs are now at a new detention center for illegal immigrants. One woman held there told Sister Erikson, "I feel like a cockroach. They can do anything to me in this country." A guard at the facility confessed to her, "Sister, I have to leave my heart at home. I cannot listen to their stories. I have to do my duty." Erikson held back tears as she recounted the struggle between mercy and order, between those Catholics who guard the border and those who cross it.
        The same tensions pull at the Catholic Church as it engages the immigration debate. According to a recent Zogby poll, 66 percent of American Catholics support more restrictions on immigration. Yet Catholic charity groups and activists have been leaders in supporting family reunification among migrants and providing social services to recent immigrants (legal and illegal) in their parishes and communities. These groups often support sanctuary movements that help border-crossers evade law enforcement. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has vocally supported the comprehensive immigration reform proposals of President Bush and Sens. John McCain and Ted Kennedy.
        Though there is no doctrinal commitment on immigration in Catholic theology, the Church sees in refugee families a reflection of the Holy Family fleeing to Egypt. Reflecting on this image in a 1952 encyclical, Exsul Familia Nazarethana, Pope Pius XII wrote, "In order that this example and these consoling thoughts would not grow dim but rather offer refugees and migrants a comfort in their trials, and foster Christian hope, the Church has to look after them with special care and unremitting aid."
It's worth remembering that the earth's population in 1950 was around 2.5 billion, less than half of today's 6.7 billion. So it is literally a different world than it was when Pope Pius wrote his sentimental encyclical about immigrants being like Joseph and Mary and baby Jesus. Today's realities require more creative approaches to poverty, such as Muhammad Yunus' strategy of microlending.

For an example of anti-sovereignty Catholics, see L.A. Cardinal Roger Mahony speaking in 2007 to his political allies at La Raza (from the fine YouTube collection of Jake Jacobsen)

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