Mexico’s Elite Rich Kids Flaunt Their Wealth

Mexico is a very rich country, a fact which Americans may forget since we see so many of that country’s poor fleeing the extreme disparities of wealth and looking to grab some yankee dollars.

Mexico currently ranks as #15 in GDP among all the nations of the world. Forbes 2015 list of billionaires counts 16 Mexicans, headed up by Carlos Slim whose $77.1 billion fortune puts him as the second richest man on earth, behind Bill Gates.

So much wealth has created an “incredibly spoiled elite” who “live like maharajas” as described by Mexico scholar George Grayson. Photographer Daniela Rosell has explored the lifestyles of the Mexican rich and famous in her pictures of unrestrained decadence.

Naturally, the spoiled children of such wealth are insufferable. And, the Mexican elite are not related to indigenous groups, but instead are white European descendants. The brown Mexicans are encouraged to go north and live among the stupid Americans.

The brattiest pack in Mexico, By David Agren, Maclean’s, April 3, 2015

A generation of spoiled, entitled children of the ruling elite is running wild. Meet Mexico’s future leaders.

Mexican soccer fan Jorge Alberto López Amores was celebrating on a cruise ship off the coast of Brazil during the 2014 World Cup. After reportedly drinking mezcal for days, he told his fellow fans: “I’m going to make history! I’m going to stop the ship!” And he did. López told his friends to film him with their phones, then, using a deck chair as a springboard, he launched himself from the ship’s 15th floor into the Atlantic Ocean. He was never seen again.

López, the son of the then-Chiapas state attorney general, is an extreme example of what Mexicans call mirreyes, the indiscreet offspring of an entitled elite and an urban tribe of spoiled brats. Mirreyes are making themselves ever more visible in Mexico. Their conspicuous consumption stands out in a country where nearly half the population is poor, opportunities for social advancement are limited and social connections often carry more currency than talent in the job market.

The mirreyes—from “mi rey,” or, “my king,” which started as a greeting among men in the Lebanese community—wear designer clothes with large logos (the bigger the better), drive BMWs and travel frequently to foreign destinations. Their tans show they’ve spent time at the beach or on yachts—mirrey habitat. They pose for selfies with one arm around a girl and a bottle of champagne in the other. Their exploits are documented and sent to social media sites or society publications.

“Mexico has its own ‘Generation Me,’ [which] likes Instagram and selfies and seeing each other doing weird things,” says author and intellectual Ricardo Raphael, who wrote a book on the rise of mirreyes titled Mirreynato, the Other Inequality. “In Mexico”—unlike in other countries—“if you are from the Generation Me . . . you won’t face the law.” Continue reading this article

Democrat-Run California Defies Secure Identification Law with Illegal Alien Driver’s Licenses

After the 2001 jihad attack on America that killed nearly 3000, the government sought to improve national security by implementing secure identification, as recommended by the 9/11 Commission. The legislation created was the REAL ID Act, signed in 2005, that established federal standards for state driver’s licenses, among other things. But despite the federal law requiring state driving permits for illegal aliens be easily recognizable as distinct from REAL ID compliant documents, several states are unwilling to comply.

Below, the California driver’s license for illegal aliens on the right has tiny type in the upper corner reading “Federal Limits Apply.” The license on the left that citizens get does not have that subtle marking. The licenses are nearly identical.

Fox report William La Jeunesse explained how California and several other states are violating federal law to coddle illegal aliens:

LA JEUNESSE: To board an airplane, TSA requires a secure ID. Driver’s licenses meet that standard; state IDs do not, which is why after 9/11 Congress passed the REAL ID Act, which said IDs for illegal immigrants must use a unique design or color to alert law enforcement they’re not secure.

The ACLU spokesman in the clip voiced concern that apparently sensitive illegal aliens would feel “stigmatized” by the “scarlet letter” of having a different looking license. Who knew that lawbreaking money-grubbing job thieves were so touchy about graphic design?

Democrat-run California is happy to indulge illegals, whom the liberals regard as future voters to create a permanent Democrat majority. Piecemeal amnesty is part of the deal.

States flouting post-9/11 ID law, giving cards to illegal immigrants that mirror licenses, By William La Jeunesse, Fox News, April 07, 2015

After the 9/11 attacks, Congress passed the REAL ID Act to prevent foreign nationals from fraudulently obtaining a U.S. driver’s license — by requiring that any ID issued based on unverifiable foreign documents look different in “design or color” from an official driver’s license.

That way, TSA and other law enforcement would know the ID holder might not be who they say they are.

But more than a decade later, several state and local governments are openly flouting the law, issuing ID cards that are barely distinguishable from a bona fide driver’s license. That means those with mere ID cards, like illegal immigrants, might be able to pass off their cards as a driver’s license at the airport and elsewhere — creating a huge gap in security.

Examples include Washington, D.C., and Colorado.

For card-holders in the nation’s capital, a small star in the corner is the only visual cue that distinguishes a D.C. license from a mere ID card.

In Colorado, the distinguishing characteristic for the ID cards is a small black band.

“If you could issue a letter grade to the way states are handling this, it would be an ‘F’,” said Andrew Meehan, of the Coalition for a Secure Driver’s License.

From the outset, states have chafed at the new federal rules. They called the policy an unfunded mandate and federal intrusion.

More recently, advocates for illegal immigrants have opposed the parts of the law that require “noncompliant” cards for undocumented workers to look different than licenses for U.S. citizens and legal residents.

“What we object to is states that gratuitously would try to do much more than necessary for the sole purpose of stigmatizing individuals,” said American Civil Liberties Union lawyer Jon Blazer. “On the other hand, some states have taken a better approach in this regard, and have put the minimal requirements that they’re obliged to put under federal law.”

Meehan said 23 states currently meet Department of Homeland Security standards.

However, six of those states issue ID cards that look virtually identical to a standard driver’s license, violating the act’s language. Since January alone, one of those states — California — has issued licenses to 500,000 illegal immigrants. Continue reading this article

Illegal Aliens Mob California DMVs for Government IDs/Driver’s Licenses

The big Democrat brains who run California claim to be shocked that so many illegal aliens have shown up to get its reasonably priced driver’s licenses, a mere $33, same as what US citizens pay. Half a million foreign job thieves have gotten the identity documents since January, twice as many as were expected.

Why is that? Either there are many more illegal aliens residing in California than believed or out-of-staters are flocking for cheapie licenses/identification.

Probably both suppositions are true.

Of course easy IDs are a national security threat and a danger to public safety. CIS notes that the 9/11 hijackers had 30 state-issued IDs among the 19 jihadists.

On Monday, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu appeared on Fox News to discuss the DLs’ convenience for foreign criminals. Wouldn’t every Mexican cartel gangster want one? Or several?

STUART VARNEY: What direct threat, what is the risk to you as a law enforcement officer with a flood of illegals getting driver’s licenses?

BABEU: Here, all of us in law enforcement across the country, this is a concern because this is what we use as government-issued identification proving who a person is and it’s just half a million you mentioned are licenses that have already been issued just in the last three months. In California they plan to issue one and a half million, and the concern is there’s 11 states who are planning to do this, and the FBI’s already testified before Congress saying that the consular matricula card that’s issued basically to anybody who asks for one if they’re from Mexico, there’s no proof that you need to show to verify in fact who you are. . . .

In the California law, Stuart, they actually, as a way to incentivize all these illegals to come and apply for this driver’s license, and they expect over 90 percent of all the illegals to do this, as they ease their fears saying they will not share any of the data, any of the personal information about the person coming forward with any other government agency. That should be alarming to all of us. . . .

This [license] has now become a right or an expectation for all these illegals now under Obama to say, hey, this is their right to have a license issued, not a privilege as it always has been.

It’s curious that the state bureaucrats thought the illegals would come gradually over a couple years to get their licenses: it’s the key to the kingdom of free stuff, trouble-free travel and guaranteed no deportation. Of course the moochers are going to mob the DMVs to grab their cheap licenses ASAP. It’s amnesty.

Driver’s license demand surges, Merced Sun Star, April 3, 2015

Surprising 500,000 Immigrants apply

A surge of undocumented immigrants seeking driver’s licenses has surprised the California Department of Motor Vehicles, pouring in at twice the rate officials expected and underscoring massive interest in the new program.

Just three months after driver’s licenses became available to immigrants living in California illegally, the product of legislation advocates had pursued fruitlessly for years before prevailing and passing Assembly Bill 60 in 2013, 493,998 have sought licenses. The number has surprised officials who spent months bracing for an influx of new customers by hiring staff, opening new DMV offices and extending hours.

“The interest in this program is far greater than anyone anticipated,” DMV Director Jean Shiomoto said in a statement.

In preparing to offer the new licenses, the DMV estimated that about 1.4 million immigrants would apply over the course of three years. The new figures show they have handled one-third of that expected total in three months, a rate double what the DMV expected, although the official estimate of the total number of eligible applicants remains the same. About 203,000 people have received licenses .

An initial burst of applicants began to level off in February, said a spokesman for the DMV. He attributed the rapid pace to a mass information campaign that enlisted law enforcement, elected officials, consular authorities and foreign language media to get the word out.

“There’s been a lot of outreach from many groups, many organizations,”said Artemio Armenta, a spokesman for the DMV. “A lot of efforts from every angle, from social media to the news media to community organizations getting the word out – it’s been a big effort across the board.”

The swell of immigrant license seekers has led to longer wait times for walk-ins at field offices and processing centers, particularly in Southern California. In response, DMV officials have been encouraging customers to handle requests online or make appointments. They added phone lines, responding to customers complaining of getting busy signals when they called for appointments, and restructured the workflow at offices. Continue reading this article

Administration Has Allowed 40 Dangerous Jihadists to Return to America

Do you ever have the feeling that the current administration is not serious about protecting America from our many enemies, even with the easy stuff? One example is the dozens of US residents who have left for ISIS territory to fight for jihad. They can return from their murderous jihad activities abroad with no questions asked, apparently.

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson appeared on Sunday’s Sixty Minutes broadcast to discuss national security with reporter Leslie Stahl:

STAHL: As I understand it, of the 180 Americans who have gone overseas to fight in Iraq and Syria, 40 have come back. I assume you’re keeping close tabs on those 40?

JOHNSON: We have in fact kept close tabs on those who we believe have left and those who’ve come back. A number have been arrested or investigated and we have systems in place to track these individuals. But you can’t know everything.

In 2011, two Somali women residing in Minnesota were convicted of conspiring to support terrorists materially in their homeland via fundraising. In 2013, they were sentenced to 10 and 20 years in prison.

How is volunteering to pursue armed jihad in person less support of terror than sending money? Why aren’t jihadists who return to America charged with supporting terror and jailed? Or better, prevented from returning, so traveling to jihad would be a one-way trip, period.

Below, pursuing jihad in Muslim lands allows many opportunities for Muslim expression, like the mass murder of despised Coptic Christians in Libya.

Rasmussen Poll Shows More Voters Favoring Deportation

American voters are mostly sensible people who understand that rewarding a bad behavior (e.g. border jumping) cannot be eradicated by rewarding it (amnesty with work permits and benefits).

Now there’s a new survey finding that 62 percent of US voters think the government isn’t doing enough deporting, a number up 10 percent from a year ago. Maybe the public has noticed that the administration magnet for illegal immigration is still highly engaged.

“Deport” is still one of my favorite verbs, though “Self-deport” remains numero uno because of its financial benefit to taxpayers.

Most Voters Want More Aggressive Deportation Policies, Rasmussen Reports, April 6, 2015

More voters than ever feel the United States is not aggressive enough in deporting those who are here illegally, even as President Obama continues to push his plan to make up to five million illegal immigrants safe from deportation.

Just 16% of Likely U.S. Voters think the U.S. government is too aggressive in deporting those who are in the country illegally. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 62% believe the government is not aggressive enough in deporting these illegal immigrants, up from 52% a year ago and 56% in November.
Fifteen percent (15%) feel the current number of deportations is about right. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Thirty-two percent (32%) believe illegal immigrants who have American-born children should be exempt from deportation, an element of Obama’s plan, but 51% now disagree. In November, voters were much more closely divided: 38% said they should be exempt from deportation, and only 42% disagreed. Seventeen  percent (17%) remain undecided.

But then most voters (54%) continue to feel that a child born to an illegal immigrant mother in the United States should not automatically become a U.S. citizen, as is now the case.  Thirty-eight percent (38%) favor the current policy of automatic citizenship for these children. Opposition has ranged from 51% to 65% in surveys since April 2006. Support has been in the 28% to 41% range in that same period.

An overwhelming 83% of voters think someone should be required to prove they are legally allowed in the United States before receiving local, state or federal government services. Just 12% disagree. These findings have changed little over the past four years. Continue reading this article

California's Drought Crisis Measures Omit Agriculture

It’s hard to be positive about the future of California. The state is run entirely by Democrats who have made very bad decisions about resources in the past and continue to now. The have pursued diverse growth at any cost despite claiming concern about the environment. The Dems have ignored the Medieval mega-droughts that occurred in California from 900 to 1400 AD, pretending that water would be available forever when recent climate history shows otherwise.

Governor Jerry Brown has dawdled, hoping to get lucky with rain, while the drought has reached a crisis point where last month a NASA water scientist warned there was only a year of water left. While Brown now bemoans climate change as “not a hoax” and is the cause of the drought, just last August he told all of Mexico (population nearly 125 million) that they were all welcome to come live in sanctuary state California.

Below, the vital snowpack is practically non-existent while reservoirs are low, particularly in the south.

A San Francisco TV station reported on the situation of Porterville in the central valley, where wells have been dry for two years and water is trucked in weekly. At the end, it remarks, “this could be the stark future for California’s 38 million residents.” But how will that work if water has to come by truck for hundreds of miles for millions of residents? Is that Plan B if the drought continues for years or decades?

Brown still isn’t serious. Eighty percent of state water goes to agriculture but farmers aren’t required to cut back, even though agriculture is only two percent of the state’s economy.

History tells us that drought is a civilization killer, while California’s governor is dinking around with half-hearted conservation measures.

Gov. Brown Defends Drought Restrictions That Spare Farmers, Associated Press, April 5, 2015

SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday defended his order requiring Californians statewide to cut back on their water use in a historic mandate that spares those who consume the most — farmers.

As California endures a fourth year of drought, Brown’s order this week requires towns and cities statewide to draw down water use by 25 percent compared with 2013 levels. While past reductions were voluntary, Brown said he is using his emergency powers to make the cuts mandatory.

Martha Raddatz, host of ABC’s “This Week” public affairs program, asked Brown why the order doesn’t extend to California farmers, who consume 80 percent of the state’s water supply but make up less than 2 percent of the state’s economy. Brown said farmers aren’t using water frivolously on their lawns or taking long showers.

“They’re providing most of the fruits and vegetables of America to a significant part of the world,” he said. Continue reading this article

(Mostly) Self-Driving Car Completes Cross-Country Trip

Progress never sleeps these days, and the expansion of machine intelligence is growing faster than most of us civilians can follow. However, one simple metric is the development of the self-driving car, since Google co-founder Sergey Brin forecast in 2012 that self-driving cars would be available for consumers in five years.

Brin is putting the considerable power of Google into the project, with other heavyweights doing likewise, including Mercedes Benz, Tesla and Nissan. The Google car, a prototype for urban use that tops out at 25 mph, has been cruising around the city streets of Silicon Valley.

But it was lesser-known Delphi that scored the impressive cross-country drive, which took nine days from San Francisco to New York.

Below, the Delphi car looked pretty normal from the outside as it approached NYC.

Some aspects of self-driving are available now, like self-parking. An NBC online story about the Delphi trip includes a video of a Mercedes that can park itself when the driver pushes the park-assist button. So the smarter car is coming in pieces.

Proponents of the self-driving car like Brin emphasize that it will create safer roadway travel once all the tech issues are ironed out.

However the robot-controlled vehicle will destroy millions of jobs for truckers and taxi drivers, just as other smart machines are making human workers obsolete from fruit pickers to diagnostic physicians.

The chart below from Bloomberg estimated that 89 percent of taxi driver and chauffeur jobs are at risk from computerization.

In the very near future, America won’t need to import immigrant labor, because the machines will be doing much of the work. Therefore the correct number of immigrants now is Zero because the current systemic unemployment is partially due to businesses’ use of automation, computers and robots.

Delphi Self-Driving Car Completes Cross-Country Trip: What Happened During The 9-Day Journey?, Tech Times, April 4, 2015

The latest chapter in the evolution of the self-driving, driverless automobile has been completed and proved successful with neither an accident or roadway incident during a cross-country trek that involved 15 states and traversed 3,400 miles.

And no, it wasn’t Tesla or Google or Mercedes or GM or Ford or even Apple (which is the latest tech company rumored to be building such a vehicle, as Tech Times has reported).

It was auto supplier Delphi Automotive, which apparently has been very quietly advancing driverless technology.

In just nine days Delphi’s blue 2014 Audi SQ5 traveled from San Francisco to New York City, only giving the wheel over to a human driver on city streets. The car, built within the past year, passed its big test with flying colors, according to Delphi.

“It was time to put it on the road and see how it performed,” says Delphi CTO Jeff Owens. “It was just tremendous.” The company noted that the vehicle did 99 percent of the trek in automated mode. Continue reading this article

Administration Promotes Low Literacy in America by Importing It

From Mexifornia comes news that hispanic children get an early start on a dropout future based on their parents’ disinterest in speaking and reading to their toddlers. According to researchers, it is an attitude of latino culture that says the home is not a place for education.

Meanwhile, the administration is organizing free flights from Central America for illegal alien kiddies who will grow up to be grateful Democrats, it believes.

Gov’t program would fly in Central American children to join parents in US, Fox News, April 4, 2015

Images of unaccompanied children flooding across the U.S.-Mexico border defined the immigration crisis last summer.

Now, the federal government is intervening so these children won’t have to make that trek -– they’ll get to fly into the U.S. instead. For free.

A new State Department and Department of Homeland Security program seeks to stop the surge of immigrant children from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador at the southern border by giving their U.S.-based parents the option to apply to have their kids picked up and put on a plane, without paying a penny. [. . .]

Unfortunately, hispanics are the fastest-growing minority and are failing to assimilate to American standards of education. A 2014 Pew report titled More Hispanics, blacks enrolling in college, but lag in bachelor’s degrees found that in 2012, Hispanics accounted for just 9 percent of young adults (ages 25 to 29) with bachelor’s degrees compared with whites being 69 percent of the total.

As the Pew graph at right shows, very few hispanics self-identify as American so it’s not surprising they don’t value American standards of educational excellence.

Literacy gap between Latino and white toddlers starts early, study shows, Los Angeles Times, April 2, 2015

Latino toddlers whose language comprehension is roughly similar to white peers at 9 months old fall significantly behind by the time they are 2, according to a study released Thursday.

The UC Berkeley study found that four-fifths of the nation’s Mexican American toddlers lagged three to five months behind whites in preliteracy skills, oral language and familiarity with print materials.

Although earlier studies have shown that Latino children are raised with emotional warmth and develop social skills on par with others when they enter kindergarten, the new research found they are not receiving sufficient language and literacy skills at home, said Bruce Fuller, a UC Berkeley professor of education and public policy and co-author of the study.

“For many Latinos, the home is a nurturing and supportive environment, but it’s not necessarily infused with rich language and cognitive challenges,” Fuller said. “Being warm and fuzzy may lead to well-behaved youngsters but it doesn’t necessarily advance a young child’s cognitive agility.”

Mothers of toddlers who fell behind were more likely to be foreign-born, low-income and less educated. They were also less likely to read to their children daily or give them as much praise and encouragement as those whose children kept pace with white peers. Continue reading this article

Islam Critic: Allowing Michiganistan to Develop in America Would Be Unwise

Ayaan Hirsi Ali has been writing opinion pieces as part of the rollout publicity for her new book “Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now”. A couple days ago she wrote in the Wall Street Journal about dangerous Islamic prison ministries that convert violent men into Muslims with an excuse to kill.

She is also warning about a potential “Michiganistan” in the United States, just as Britain’s main city is now sometimes called Londonistan to describe the negative effects of Muslim immigration.

Below, in 2009, crowds of Muslims assembled in the American capital to perform the up-butt salute and yell Allahu Ackbar.

It’s true that under Obama, Muslim immigration has been on the uptick, with relaxed standards for Islamics mandated by the White House despite the national security threat. Among refugees these days, Arabic is the top language spoken.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s warning is well taken, but her solution is idiotic. As an immigrant, she has “no objection to other people coming to America to seek a better life” but that naivete won’t work when Muslim newbies come packed with a poisonous ideology of death. Their holy book is a murder manual that includes more than one hundred verses urging believers to slay the infidels. Of course not all Muslims are active headchoppers, but the dormant commandments of violence may surface in persons who appear assimilated but then revert to type. One example was Shirwa Ahmed, an immigrant who graduated from a Minneapolis high school and later returned to Somalia to blow up 30 people and himself in Mogadishu.

Another problem is the Islamic doctrine of taquiyya, which says that lying for Islam is acceptable and even desirable. So authorities cannot interview potential Muslim immigrants and be assured of truthful replies about their intentions.

Finally, Muslims have a 1400-year history of conquest against infidels. They make no secret of their plans for a global caliphate under Islamic law. The author notes that the “Muslim population of the United States is set to increase from around 2.6 million today to 6.2 million in 2030″ — how can that possibly be advantageous for America? It is a profound danger, given Muslims’ history and beliefs. The idea that some program of effective assimilation could be designed that can protect us from a self-inflicted catastrophe is pure fantasy.

Hirsi Ali: Beware of Michiganistan, By Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Time Magazine, April 1, 2015

Since the massacre at the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in January, the U.S. media has understandably devoted attention to the problem of radical Islam in Europe. The fact has been widely reported that thousands of European Union citizens have traveled to Iraq and Syria to join the self-styled Islamic State. Almost as much coverage has been given to stories of French Jews emigrating to Israel. And there have been numerous articles about Michel Houellebecq’s diabolically timed novel Soumission, which imagines France in 2022 with a Muslim president introducing sharia law and being fawned over by the Parisian establishment.

The implication of many of these articles is: “How utterly terrifying. Thank heavens it couldn’t happen here.”

True, there are no American equivalents of the alarmist books about Europe with titles like Eurabia or Londonistan. Apparently it is not quite time to warn about the “United States of Sharia” or “Michiganistan.” But are we underestimating the speed with which this country could develop substantial and influential populations of Islamic extremists? A growing, if still small number of cases like that of Abdi Nur — the 20-year-old student who left south Minneapolis to join IS last year — suggests we may be.

Mainly as a result of postwar migrations, there are now more than 20 million Muslims living in the European Union. In France – where accurate census data on religious affiliation are not collected – the Muslim share of the population is now estimated at between 7 and 8 percent. That is an order of magnitude larger than the current Muslim share of the U.S. population.

Yet, as the European experience shows, demographic change can happen rapidly, as a consequence of migration patterns, differentials in birth rates and – in the case of religious affiliation – rates of conversion and apostasy. In 1990 Europe (the whole continent minus Russia) had a Muslim population of 16 million. It had nearly doubled by 2010. It will be 40 million by 2030.

According to estimates by the Pew Research Center, the Muslim population of the United States is set to increase from around 2.6 million today to 6.2 million in 2030, mainly as a result of immigration, as well as above-average birth rates. Although in relative terms this will still represent less than 2 percent of the total U.S. population (1.7 percent, to be precise, compared with around 0.8 percent today), in absolute terms that will be a larger population than in any West European country except France. Between now and 2030, the Muslim population of the United States will be growing faster than that of any EU member state (with two exceptions where the absolute numbers are tiny: Ireland and Finland). The annual growth rate will be more than double that of France.

As an immigrant of Somali origin, I have no objection to other people coming to America to seek a better life for themselves and their families. My concern is with the attitudes many of these new Muslim Americans will bring with them – and with our capacity for changing those attitudes. Continue reading this article

Major League Baseball May Require Spanish Interpreters for Diverse Players

One of the little-noticed areas of immigrants being imported to work cheap is baseball. If you have seen your local team gradually become diverse, it is by design so owners can reduce their payrolls. Now there are so many Spanish-speaking players that the league may be about to mandate an on-site translator for every team.

You didn’t expect the foreigners to learn English, I hope. That would be discriminatory and anti-diverse. And racist.

Below, in 2014 Venezuelan players for the Washington Nationals protested violence at home in Spanish.

Joe Guzzardi has been reporting on the topic for some years, and last year he explained how baseball went from being America’s pastime to just another business relying on excess immigration:

Major League Baseball: Charter Member of Cheap Labor Lobby, By Joe Guzzardi, Capsweb, April 25, 2014

[. . .] The evolution from black to Caribbean players isn’t as casual as owners would have fans believe, that it’s an extension of improved global scouting or a greater skill level among players from warm-weather climates who play baseball year around.

Instead, black players, and to a lesser degree white players, have been systematically displaced because of the little-known P-1 visa. Here’s how it works.

In 2006, Congress passed the COMPETE Act which lifted the cap on the P visa for professional baseball players. George W. Bush, then-president, had owned the Texas Rangers. Before the COMPETE Act, most players came to the U.S. on H-2B visas for seasonal employees that are capped at about 66,000 annually. Players also had to vie with other seasonal employees like agricultural workers or summer resort staff for the hard-to-get visas.

After the COMPETE Act became law, MLB owners could sign an unlimited number of foreign-born players with every confidence that they could bring them to the U.S. at any time. That overseas players could be signed for much less money than American prospects was even more appealing to owners. [. . .]

This is the process by which whole fields of endeavor become less friendly to American participation so business can save money. Globalist hacks blubber that “(fill in the blank) is a job American just don’t want to do” and now that mythical category includes professional baseball that can pay millions of dollars yearly to top players.

The Major League Baseball site noted that the opening day rosters for 2014 included 224 players born outside of the US. That’s 26.3 percent of the total of 853 players. Wikipedia lists the names by country of birth, and Venezuela and the Dominican Republic are by far the leaders.

Naturally the New York Times coverage emphasizes the wonderfulness of diverse foreigners speaking a language other than English: it colorfully quotes entire sentences in Spanish. The piece also assumes that American sports fans will be thrilled to hear the thoughts of foreign players — doubtful.

Baseball Striving to Add Voices to Translate From Spanish, New York Times, March 31, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. — When Jose Pirela, a 25-year-old Venezuelan utility player for the Yankees, sat on a dugout bench last Tuesday to speak with more than a dozen reporters about the concussion he sustained two days earlier while crashing into an outfield wall, he did not feel comfortable speaking in English to a sizable gathering.

So a Spanish-speaking reporter stepped in to translate a few questions and answers. Then a clubhouse attendant who speaks Spanish arrived and the interview continued.

“Were you scared?” Pirela was asked.

“Sí, un poquito,” Pirela said. “Pero traté de relajarme un poco y de mantenerme positivo de que las cosas iban a salir.”

“Yes, a little,” the clubhouse attendant said. “He tried to relax and stay positive that everything was going to be all right.”

Such an arrangement is not all that unusual for some major league baseball players from Spanish-speaking countries, who accounted for 22 percent of the opening day rosters last season.

While almost all Asian players have their own interpreters — the Yankees’ three Japanese players last year each had their own — players who speak Spanish typically must rely on teammates, coaches, clubhouse attendants, media relations officials or sometimes members of the news media to express themselves if they feel uncomfortable doing so in English. (Few reporters covering major league teams are bilingual.)

This has meant that even as baseball’s demographics continue to shift toward foreign-born players, highlighted by the wave of Cubans, including current stars like Yasiel Puig, Jose Abreu and Yoenis Cespedes, their voices do not always weigh as heavily in the season-long narratives of their teams as their bats might suggest.

This may be about to change. Major League Baseball has been working with the players’ union on an initiative this season to encourage every team to have a Spanish-speaking interpreter to help players communicate with the largely English-speaking news media in their native language. Continue reading this article

Jihadist Prison Ministries Endanger America

The Somali critic of Islam, Ayaan Hirsi Ali (pictured), has lately been doing media appearances for her new book, “Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now.”

Her recent WSJ piece highlights the danger of Islam being propagated in US prisons, a problem which is too little known. Of course, the biggest Islam danger comes via immigration by which thousands of potential hostiles enter annually — a policy that should be ended.

But prisons offer a captive audience of angry young men who may be open to hearing an excuse for violent behavior. Some inmates are receptive to the belief that rape, assult and murder are acceptable when done by Muslims against infidels for the glory of Allah: just follow your violent actions with an Allahu Ackbar and it’s all cool. Islam is therefore the ideal religion for criminals.

One disturbing example of a prison convert is Alton Nolen, who beheaded coworker Coleen Hufford in an Oklahoma food plant after he was fired last fall. He had demanded that she convert to Islam and her refusal was an excuse to murder her according to Islam scripture.

Ayaan points out that some of the imams doing prison ministries are dangerous and dedicated to jihad, yet are paid by the government to teach Islam behind bars to persons already inclined toward violence.

America’s Academies for Jihad, By Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Wall Street Journal, March 31, 2015

A radical imam threatened me with death—and was later hired to preach in U.S. prisons. I was surprised, but I shouldn’t have been.

Less than a year after I moved to the United States in 2006, I was asked to speak at the University of Pittsburgh. Among those who objected to my appearance was a local imam, Fouad El Bayly, of the Johnstown Islamic Center. Mr. Bayly was born in Egypt but has lived in the U.S. since 1976. In his own words, I had “been identified as one who has defamed the faith.” As he explained at the time: “If you come into the faith, you must abide by the laws, and when you decide to defame it deliberately, the sentence is death.”

After a local newspaper reported Mr. Bayly’s comments, he was forced to resign from the Islamic Center. That was the last I would hear of him—or so I thought.

Imagine my surprise when I learned recently that the man who threatened me with death for apostasy is being paid by the U.S. Justice Department to teach Islam in American jails.

According to records on the federal site and first reported by Chuck Ross of the Daily Caller, the Federal Bureau of Prisons awarded Mr. Bayly a $10,500 contract in February 2014 to provide “religious services, leadership and guidance” to inmates at the Federal Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Md. Ten months later he received another federal contract, worth $2,400, to provide “Muslim classes for inmates” at the same prison. Continue reading this article

Britain’s Farage: ‘Immigration Is the Number One Issue’ for the Public

Across the pond, UKIP leader Nigel Farage has been pounding British mainstream parties with their failure to stop the excessive immigration that has been plaguing the island with hostile Muslims and job-grabbing Eastern Europeans.

Farage has been refreshingly fearless in telling the unpleasant truths about immigration, particularly that multiculturalism has been a failure and a moratorium needs to be enacted to get a grip on the chaos. He is plain-spoken, remarking last year, “Four million net migrants in the last 13 years to Britain represents an astonishing social change, and one that people simply don’t want.”

On Tuesday, Farage held an outdoor presser near the iconic cliffs of Dover to unveil a new billboard design for the upcoming election, shown below:

The BBC was there to film the event:

FARAGE: This subject of immigration goes right to the heart of the public’s disillusion with politicians. It is all about trust. Now five years ago David Cameron said, in his contract with Britain in his manifesto, that he would reduce immigration into Britain to 1990s levels, i.e. back to tens of thousands a year, not hundreds of thousands a year. . . When Cameron made that promise, he was being willfully dishonest, because he knew the truth, now the British public five years on know the truth, that you actually cannot have an immigration policy, you can’t set targets of any kind at all, you can’t attempt to control who comes into Britain all the while you’re members of the European Union.

Who but Nigel Farage would say without apology that immigration has fundamentally changed the social fabric and culture of the nation, and not for the better?

What a shame we don’t have a political leader like that in America.

Nigel Farage: immigration has left Britain almost unrecognisable, The Guardian, March 31, 2015

Ukip leader unveils first general election poster and makes immigration centre of the party’s campaign

Nigel Farage declared immigration has left towns and cities in Britain almost unrecognisable for many people over the last decade, as he unveiled the UK Independence party’s (Ukip) first general election poster, an image of the white cliffs of Dover with three escalators running up them.

The Ukip leader said he was making immigration the central plank of his campaign and wants the the chance to grill David Cameron on the issue at the leaders’ television debates later this week.

Standing in front of his new billboard in a pub car park in St Margaret’s Bay, near Dover, Farage moved beyond making a case that immigration puts pressure on wages, schools and hospitals to a more emotional argument that it is changing the culture of the UK.

He said immigration was the number one issue for the electorate in “all the opinion polls”, although some surveys put the NHS first among the concerns of voters.

The poster is a modification of a previous advert showing a single escalator leading up the white cliffs. It bears the slogan: “Immigration is three times higher than the Tories promised.”

Farage said immigration was having an impact on A&E services, GP appointments and primary school places. But he went on to say it was also causing a “change in our communities that has left many people in our towns and cities frankly finding it difficult to recognise the place being the same as it was 10 to 15 years ago.” Continue reading this article

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