Oakland Hammer Attack on Schoolgirl Was 100% Yemeni

Not all news reports of the assault on a nine-year-old girl mention that the hammer wielder and the victim are both recent immigrants from Yemen. The reason for the shocking violence that put the little girl in a hospital is chalked up to a “family feud” — was that enmity a tribal conflict imported from Yemen as well?

FYI, Yemen is 99 percent Muslim, with the majority being Sunnis and around a third Shia.

The attack illustrates the immigrant diversity that we are urged to celebrate is really just a failed experiment in liberal social engineering. Muslim immigration is a particularly bad idea.

Mother Arrested for Attacking 9-Year-Old Girl at School with Hammer, KGO-TV, May 30, 2013

OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) — A third-grader was beaten with a hammer inside a local school restroom. The woman police say is responsible is another child’s mother and an old grudge may have been what fueled the attack.

The young girl was brought to the ER at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland but we’re told her injuries are not serious.

The school district says the girl may have had an argument with the woman’s daughter, but the motive behind the attack goes much deeper than that.

Parents at Lafayette Elementary School are finding out the mother of a second grade student attacked a little girl with a hammer, around 10:30 a.m. Friday.

“That is very scary. I mean if I was here and I see a lady with a hammer I would take my daughter out right way. So that’s scary to hear,” said parent Antoinette Badio.

However, Oakland Unified School District officials say the woman concealed the hammer until she lured the third grader into the restroom and struck her body several times. The girl was taken to Children’s Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Oakland school district spokesperson Troy Flynt said, “The child was conscious during this process and in remarkably good spirits considering the incredible trauma she’d been through.”

The school district identified the woman as Haseemah Diame, a well-known volunteer at the school. Both Diame and her victim are new immigrants from Yemen.

“It seems there was some sort of family feud and this act was perpetrated as one of vengeance to get back against this other family with which this other woman had a conflict,” Flynt said.

Diame is now in the Alameda County jail facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon.

Transferred Illegal Aliens Are Unhappy with Quality of Lodging

Concerned citizens learned a few days ago that the Texas border was so overwhelmed with lawbreaking foreigners in search of Obama’s promised amnesty that authorities hauled 400 to Arizona and released them there.

Now we hear that the illegal aliens who got free bus service around America courtesy of the Border Patrol were displeased with the accommodations. Obviously Obama needs to decree more comfort and de luxe services for the invaders.

According to illegal aliens, America exists to serve them with jobs and free stuff. The citizens who live here are just furniture.

Buses dropping off scores of immigrants in Arizona, ABC News Phoenix, May 30, 2014

PHOENIX – After finding out bus loads of undocumented immigrants were being dropped off in Phoenix, many wonder what’s happening to them when they step off the bus.

A local organization is helping them by letting them use cell phones to call family in other states so they can get bus tickets out of Phoenix.

Many of those bused to Phoenix are families with children. Immigration and Custom Enforcement officials say most are from Central America and were detained in Texas.

Xiomara Maldonado told ABC15 that when she dreamed of coming to the United States, she never imagined how it would turn out.

“They saw us like animals,” she said about the holding facility in Texas.

She and her son are from Honduras. They entered the U.S. illegally and were caught in McAllen, Texas.

She said conditions were horrendous.

“Everyone was packed in like sardines. Too close to sleep. They came in the middle of the night to drop off bread and bang on the doors,” she said. Continue reading this article

More Automation Is on the Way in Service Jobs and Manufacturing

The Saturday morning business chatterboxes on Fox had an interesting discussion about how demands for a higher minimum wage will only drive employers to more use of automation. (A robot burger-flipper already exists that can produce 360 per hour, so businesses like McDonalds can reduce human employees whenever it wants.)

Naturally, nobody mentioned that increased use of smart machines means America doesn’t need to import millions of immigrant workers to replace retiring boomers.

The WSJ discussed the industrial trend toward more machines and fewer human workers.

New Manufacturing Trend: More U.S.-Based, More Robots, Less Jobs, Wall Street Journal, May 21, 2014

A shortage of low-cost labor in Asia is leading manufacturers to speed up the adoption of technology to automate their factories and to consider moving some operations back to the U.S. These U.S.-based digitally-equipped factories could increase productivity by using Big Data, software, sensors, controllers and robotics.

There are many advantages to this approach, said experts on a panel, Tuesday evening, at an event hosted by General Electric Co. in San Francisco. Goods will no longer need to be shipped around the world, lessening the impact to the environment. Fewer workers will be mistreated in far-flung factories and new U.S. businesses will emerge, they said. Still, some panelists acknowledged that as this automation spreads it could mean rising unemployment globally.

Today, there are fewer young workers available to work in factories in China. Not only has the population of young people declined but they’re increasingly going to college rather than working on assembly lines, according to Bloomberg Businessweek’s Christina Larson. From 2008 to 2010, the number of 18-year-olds in China dropped by one-fifth, she notes.

“We’re seeing a 30% drop in 19-year-olds in China for the next 10 years,” said Rodney Brooks, founder of Rethink Robotics, which makes humanoid robots that can work in factories alongside humans. Mr. Brooks also co-founded iRobot Corp., maker of the Roomba vacuum cleaning robot. Some of the factory jobs have moved to other countries in Asia such as Vietnam and Thailand but companies are running out of places with low-cost labor, he said.

“It seems to me the only thing we can do is to use technology to increase productivity of people in the U.S. and Europe,” said Mr. Brooks.

There’s still a great deal of factory work that can be automated. “Roughly 10% of the world’s workforce is employed sewing garments,” said Saul Griffith, co-founder and CEO of Otherlab, a research and development company working on computational manufacturing and design tools. The creation of airline blankets is one of the few sewing tasks that have been completely automated because the blankets are square, he said.

Even so, Mr. Griffith acknowledges the impact that automation has on jobs and workers. “We’re already seeing the widening gap between the rich and poor which is a result of having the capital to invest in automation,” he said.

Technology is hurting some groups disproportionately more than others, according to Erik Brynjolfsson, director of the MIT Center for Digital Business at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Those most at risk are unskilled and middle skilled workers. That applies not just to factory workers, but many so-called knowledge workers as well. “Routine information processing is in the bullseye of automation,” he said during an interview. “I think that’s only going to accelerate.”

He says society needs to encourage more education in areas where humans are still better than machines — such as leadership, motivating other people, and nurturing. People with these skills are “less likely to see their tasks automated,” he said.

Sacramento Requires Diverse Taxi Drivers to Speak English -- Protests Follow

Just when you think Loonidiversofornia has gone completely off the rails, it surprises you with an act of sanity. Who knew it was possible?

Due to complaints from citizens who take taxis in Sacramento, the city council unanimously passed an ordinance with requirements spelled out for cab drivers, particularly an ability to speak English. The city manager said the council has gotten one or two complaints a month from people who ended up at the wrong destinations because of failures of drivers to understand English.

A regulation that diverse drivers be expected to bathe at least occasionally was replaced with a stipulation that they dress professionally. In addition, drivers must drive cars under eight years old and accept credit cards, plus be able to count change and navigate the city.

An earlier report noted a cabbie didn’t know how to take a city official five blocks from City Hall to the Capitol.

Interestingly, the foreign cabbies all seem to know the English word “discrimination.” A group of them marched against City Hall to protest the requirements.

Their immigrant understanding of America is all rights and no responsibility.

New Regulations Bring English-Only Requirement To Sacramento Taxicabs, CBS Sacramento, May 28, 2014

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — New regulations passed by the Sacramento City Council will require taxi drivers in Sacramento to speak English.

Raheem doesn’t speak much English, but he says he’s good at his job driving a cab in Sacramento for years. He fears he may soon be out of a job.

The City Council passed new rules requiring drivers have proof of basic English skills, as well as making sure cars are eight years old or newer and that drivers wear professional clothing. The last requirement is a change from the proposed ordinance that required them to be hygienically clean.

Kazman Zaidi is the president of the Sacramento Taxicab Union, which denounced the new regulations.

“Maybe they can’t read English, but they can understand, and they can answer the question and where the customer need to go,” he said.

He estimates more than 100 of the 500 or so drivers in the area may not be able to pass the test, but says they are still good drivers.

“If they don’t pass this English test, they have to lose their job, you know?” he said. “And they will be out of business.”

Not all of the taxicab associations objected to the regulations.

Sacramento City Revenue Manager Brad Wasson says the new requirements are in a response to complaints from customers. Continue reading this article

Pricetag for Unaccompanied Kid Aliens Next Year: $2 Billion

As a result of Obama and Democrat pals chattering about an inevitable amnesty for all illegal aliens, there has been a huge rush on the border, including thousands of kids traveling by themselves which is a new symptom. Some of the kids hope to reach illegal alien parents residing in the US, while others are on their own. As a result, the cost of caring for so many is approaching billions of dollars, since illegal aliens get the best treatment that American taxpayers can be forced to cough up.

According to filmmaker Dennis Michael Lynch, the number of invading crossers are pushing authorities to the point of collapse, where the Border Patrol cannot even process the swarming illegals. AP reported that arrests in the Rio Grande Valley now average 1100 per day. Last week, authorities moved 400 illegal aliens from Texas to Arizona bus stops because detention facilities were full. (Why doesn’t the government have cheap and portable Sheriff-Joe-style tents to house illegals?)

But the kiddies are protected by American law and cannot be put into direct deportation proceedings. How stupid is that? No wonder they flock here for the free stuff.

Below, a hotel-like detention center for illegal aliens in Karnes County Texas.

Naturally, the mainstream press piles on the sob stories thick. Why aren’t the home countries responsible for the well being and safety of their own children? Why is the US taxpayer the source of welfare for the planet?

If the Border Patrol cannot handle the daily invasion, then it’s time for troops on America’s perimeter to protect sovereignty and national security.

Waves of immigrant minors present crisis for Obama, Congress, Reuters, May 28, 2014

(Reuters) – Tens of thousands of children unaccompanied by parents or relatives are flooding across the southern U.S. border illegally, forcing the Obama administration and Congress to grapple with both a humanitarian crisis and a budget dilemma.

An estimated 60,000 such children will pour into the United States this year, according to the administration, up from about 6,000 in 2011. Now, Washington is trying to figure out how to pay for their food, housing and transportation once they are taken into custody.

The flow is expected to grow. The number of unaccompanied, undocumented immigrants who are under 18 will likely double in 2015 to nearly 130,000 and cost U.S. taxpayers $2 billion, up from $868 million this year, according to administration estimates.

The shortage of housing for these children, some as young as 3, has already become so acute that an emergency shelter at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, has been opened and can accommodate 1,000 of them, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in an interview with Reuters.

The issue is an added source of tension between Democrats and Republicans, who disagree on how to rewrite immigration laws. With comprehensive legislation stalled, PresidentBarack Obama is looking at small, administrative steps he could take, which might be announced this summer. No details have been outlined but immigration groups are pressing him to take steps to keep families with children together.

The minors flooding over the border are often teenagers leaving behind poverty or violence in Mexico and other parts of Central America such as Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. They are sometimes seeking to reunite with a parent who is already in the United States, also without documentation. Continue reading this article

Immigration Enforcement Flip-flopper Goodlatte Leans toward Sovereignty in Hearing

Don’t you love the six months preceding an election? Members of Congress behave like well mannered little lambs who want only to do the bidding of their voting constituents, even on issues like immigration where elites stand in opposition to the desire of the people that our borders and workplaces be protected from foreign lawbreakers.

Take Bob Goodlatte, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. In March, he was schmoozing for dollars among the billionaires of Silicon Valley who want open borders for cheapo tech workers. Last year he spoke in favor of “legalization” (aka amnesty) for illegal aliens on Telemundo Spanish language TV.

Nevertheless, at Thursday’s hearing, Oversight of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Goodlatte spoke like a true friend of immigration enforcement.

Ain’t Washington wonderful?!

Here is the Chairman’s opening statement prior to questioning newish DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson:

The written version was included on the hearing web page:

Hearing: Oversight of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, May 29

Chairman Goodlatte: Good morning to everyone and I want to extend our welcome to Secretary Johnson for testifying before us today for the first time.

The Obama Administration has taken unprecedented, and most likely unconstitutional, steps in order to shut down the enforcement of our immigration laws for millions of unlawful and criminal aliens not considered high enough “priorities.”

DHS does this under the guise of “prosecutorial discretion.”  The beneficiaries include many thousands of aliens who have been arrested by state and local law enforcement or convicted criminals who have been put in removal proceedings and who DHS simply has let back onto our streets.

In addition to simply not pursuing removable aliens, DHS has been granting hundreds of thousands of them administrative legalization and work authorization.  DHS does this under many guises, invoking doctrines with esoteric names such as “deferred action” and “parole-in-place.

The net effect of these policies has been described by former ICE Acting Director John Sandweg — “If you are a run-of-the mill immigrant here illegally, your odds of getting deported are close to zero . . . .”

Over the past few years, ICE had been claiming to have removed record numbers of unlawful or criminal aliens from the United States.  Of course, to the extent these numbers are valid, they would have simply reflected the vast increase in enforcement resources provided by Congress in recent years.  ICE’s budget had increased from approximately $3 billion in 2005 to $5.8 billion in 2013.

However, ICE’s removal numbers simply rely on smoke and mirrors.  In fact, almost two-thirds of the removals claimed by ICE in 2013 involved aliens apprehended by the Border Patrol along the border or intercepted by inspectors at ports-of-entry.  When we look at the number of true ICE removals of aliens residing in the U.S., we see that they have fallen 43% from 2008 to 2013.  Even President Obama has admitted that ICE’s “record” removals are “deceptive.”

Removals are down so dramatically because the Obama Administration is twisting the concept of “prosecutorial discretion” beyond all constitutional recognition – all in an unprecedented effort to create immigration enforcement-free zones.

Most disturbingly, despite the Administration’s pledge to prioritize the removal of serious criminal aliens, DHS is releasing thousands of such aliens onto our streets.  The Judiciary Committee discovered through subpoena that between October 2008 and July 2011, DHS declined to seek removal for almost 160,000 aliens who had been arrested by state and local law enforcement officers.  After these aliens were then released into our communities, about 17% were rearrested on criminal charges within only three years’ time.  The crimes charged included nearly 8,500 DUI’s, over 6,000 drug violations, and more than 4,000 major criminal offenses including murder, assault, battery, rape, and kidnapping.  In one of the most horrific cases, an unlawful alien DHS decided not to pursue after being arrested for attempted grand theft was later arrested on suspicion of killing a man chasing those who had robbed his 68-year-old grandfather. Continue reading this article

Obama Pushes Gitmo Shutdown in West Point Speech but Polling Shows Americans Want Jihadists Kept There

During the President’s poorly received speech at the West Point graduation on Wednesday, he brought up a favorite issue of the far left, namely the closing of the Gitmo prison holding jihadist combatants.

White House Speech Transcript

I believe in American exceptionalism with every fiber of my being.  But what makes us exceptional is not our ability to flout international norms and the rule of law; it is our willingness to affirm them through our actions.  (Applause.)  And that’s why I will continue to push to close Gitmo — because American values and legal traditions do not permit the indefinite detention of people beyond our borders.

If Gitmo were shut, then the remaining prisoners would be transferred to a prison on US territory which would put their incarceration under Constitutional protections designed for American citizens. ACLU lawyers would then work to have them released because the prisoners have been held indefinitely without trial, and if their home countries don’t accept them back then the jailbirds would have to be released into the United States under the Supreme Court ruling Zadvydas v. Davis.

In a February case, a Somali pirate was found not guilty in an American civil court and then applied for asylum. This situation could be replicated for all the Gitmo prisoners if Obama gets his way: from murdering jihadists to asylees in America collecting welfare.

Think it can’t happen? This is the same administration that recently released thousands of dangerous criminal aliens into American communities.

Meanwhile, a Rasmussen poll from this week shows that the American people want Gitmo left as is.

47% Say U.S. Safer Today Because of Guantanamo Prison, Rasmussen Reports, May 27, 2014

Most voters still oppose closing the Guantanamo terrorist prison camp and moving some of those inmates to a U.S. facility. Nearly half think the United States is safer because suspected terrorists have been imprisoned there.

Democrats in Congress are again pushing legislation to close the Guantanamo facility, but a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 27% of Likely U.S. Voters think the prison for suspected terrorists at the Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba should be closed. That’s up slightly from 23% in April of last year but still down dramatically from the 44% who favored closure in January 2009 when President Obama first announced his plan to do so.

Fifty-four percent (54%) disagree and say the Guantanamo prison should not be closed, consistent with most surveys for several years. Eighteen percent (18%) are undecided.

A Thousand Africans Storm Spain’s Melilla Border, Half Get In

It doesn’t seem like Spain is trying very hard to keep the swarming Africans from climbing over its dinky Melilla fences and thereby gain entrance to Europe. Electrification or a moat would make breaking through harder — something should be done because the fence is not impressive at all.

Israel apparently builds serious border barriers — why doesn’t Spain copy what they do?

A thousand Africans tried on Wednesday and around half got through, and all of them will now be contacting everyone they know to tell them how easy it was to snooker the feeble Europeans and get in. Weakness invites more assaults.

1,000 migrants storm Spain’s African border, The Local, Spain, May 28, 2014

Around 1,000 would-be immigrants stormed the border fence between Morocco and the Spanish North African city of Melilla on Wednesday morning, with around 400 managing to enter the enclave.

The attempt to cross into Spain took place at 5.30am near Melilla’s Barrio China border post, Spanish daily ABC reported.

Those migrants who did manage to cross the six-metre (20-foor) high border fences into Spanish territory ran towards the already overcrowded CETI refugee centre.

A further ten immigrants spent some two hours on top of one of the border fences before coming down at around 7.30pm. Two remained on the fence at 8.30am.

The final number of people who attempted to cross is not yet known, but Wednesday’s border ‘assault’ is considered one of the largest ever, ABC said.

“It was a very large number,” the president of the city of Melilla, Juan José Imbroda, told Spanish public radio RNE. “An exterior part of the barrier was pushed over.” Continue reading this article

Ethiopian War Criminal Refugee Is Sentenced in Denver for Immigration Fraud

America is open and generous toward the world’s downtrodden and as a result has accepted many diverse war criminals as immigrants and refugees.

Today’s example was a guard at a brutal prison in marxist Ethiopia where he tortured and killed dozens of prisoners. Kefelgn Alemu Worku (pictured) later escaped to the United States, entering as a refugee by stealing another man’s identity.

Here’s a text and video report from local Denver media from a couple years ago:

Man responsible for murder, torture caught in Denver area, 9News, August 30, 2012

ARAPAHOE COUNTY – The 9Wants to Know investigators have learned U.S. Federal agents arrested a man who they believe is a war criminal from Ethiopia convicted of killing 101 people and torturing many others.

Kefelegn Alemu Worku went by the name Tufa or Habteab Berhe Temanu, according to federal agents and federal court documents reviewed by 9Wants to Know. Immigration Customs Enforcement arrested Worku was arrested Aug. 24, but news of his arrest wasn’t immediately made public.

ICE agents allege Worku stole an identity and forged his citizenship application to be able to get into the United States. Federal prosecutors charged him with unlawful procurement of citizenship or naturalization and aggravated identity theft. If convicted he could be sentenced to 10 years in prison. It’s not clear whether he could be deported back to Ethiopia. [. . .]

Customs agents discovered Worku used a fraudulent name to immigrate to the United States on July 12, 2004 as a refugee along with four children to live with a fifth child already in the United States.

Now American taxpayers must feed and house this monster for decades. Would stricter background checks be too much to ask?

Notorious Ethiopian prison guard Worku sentenced to maximum 22 years, Denver Post, May 23, 2014

A woman who was beaten routinely by a notorious Ethiopian prison guard — a man accused of killing and torturing dozens of people — hugged prosecutors after her tormentor was sentenced to 22 years in prison.

Others wept and shook during Friday’s hearing in Denver in which Kefelgn Alemu Worku, 62, was sentenced to the maximum prison term following a U.S. immigration fraud conviction.

Worku was convicted of lying on immigration documents and stealing another man’s identity to gain entry to the United States. He lived a quiet life in Aurora for years until one of his victims recognized him.

“If any case called for a maximum sentence, it seems to be this one,” said U.S. District Judge John Kane.

Kane added that giving Worku the maximum sentence is one way to demonstrate that the U.S. is not a haven for people committing heinous acts against humanity like Argentina became for Nazis after World War II. Kane said Worku’s citizenship status is revoked and he will likely be deported to Ethiopia following his sentence.

Worku, speaking through a translator, issued a rambling statement to the judge that continued for nearly an hour. He denied the accusations and said he was a victim, incarcerated for six years. Continue reading this article

Britain: Immigration Restriction Wins for UKIP; Will US Republicans Notice?

Political elites in Britain are stunned at the win by the UK Independence Party in the recent EU Parliament election. Interestingly, the word “earthquake” appeared frequently regarding the vote: Ukip wins European elections with ease to set off political earthquake, Guardian, May 25, and Ukip and Front National lead populist earthquake, Financial Times, May 26.

As a Euroskeptic party, Ukip aims to divorce the UK from the European Union because the EU has shredded the national sovereignty of all members.

In his victory statement, Nigel Farage noted, “The penny’s really dropped; that as members of this union, we can’t run our own country and crucially we can’t patrol our own borders.”

In January, Farage voiced support for a newcomer moratorium:

Nigel Farage: Ukip wants five-year ban on immigrants settling in UK, Guardian, January 7, 2014

The UK Independence party is likely to go into the next election repeating its promise of a five-year ban on people coming to settle in Britain while immigration policy is sorted out, Nigel Farage has said.

The party leader also said all immigrants should be banned from claiming benefits for five years after their arrival, and admitted his plans would require the removal of the UK from the European Union.

A February poll found that 70 percent of British voters wanted immigration reduced or stopped completely.

(Honest polling in America shows similar preference for more enforcement, less immigration, but many Republican lawmakers remain enthralled by campaign consultants preaching amnesty.)

Elite British media has slimed Ukip non-stop, with characterizations of racism, xenophobia and extremism. A BBC interview with Farage about his victory took 38 seconds to use the word “racist”: Nigel Farage – Anything is possible after tonight.

A Spectator blog item named immigration as the game-changer issue:

It was the immigration issue wot won it for Ukip, Spectator, May 26, 2014

Ukip have triumphed in the UK European Elections. The BBC project that Ukip’s national share of the vote will be 28 per cent ahead of Labour on 25 per cent and the Tories on 24 per cent with the Greens on 8 per cent beating the Lib Dems who are on the 7 per cent into 4th.

This is the first time that anyone other than Labour or the Conservatives has won a nationwide election in more than a century. Nigel Farage and his party has given the British political system a mighty shake this morning. They have demonstrated that, in these elections at least, they can put together a coalition that can defeat both main parties.

The big development in this campaign has been Ukip making inroads into the Labour electoral base. The Ukip vote is no longer just made up of disaffected Tories worried about the loss of sovereignty.

Ukip has done this by putting immigration at the centre of its message. Ukip has a unique selling point on immigration because it wants to leave the EU. This means that, unlike the other parties, it can claim it would stop EU immigration into Britain. No other party can make that pledge because it is incompatible with the UK remaining in the EU. Continue reading this article

Mexico Is Not America's Friend (the Marine Example)

US Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi (shown below) has been wrongly jailed in Mexico since March 31 for having legal firearms in his vehicle after making a wrong turn into the dirtbag country.

The case is a perfect example of how Mexico plays America for a fool repeatedly, yet Washington continues to submit to the Mexes’ two-bit harassment. Mexico acts like it is the poor victim of the mighty America, while Mexico is #14 wealthiest nation on earth according to GDP. Despite its obvious wealth, stupid Washington sends it $400 million in foreign aid, allows open borders, a snoozes through a trade deficit for America of $60 billion (NAFTA generated), and permits $22 billion of untaxed remittances to be sent south.

Retired INS Agent Mike Cutler noted America’s shameful weakness in this case.

William La Jeunesse pointed out that Mexican military wander into US territory all the time and are simply sent home.

Patriotic Americans! Don’t travel to Mexico or spend any money on Mexican products, including cervesa. Of course, Mexicans’ arrogance toward stupid-generous America is yet another reason to oppose amnesty, work permits and any rewards whatsoever for lawbreaking foreigners, particularly belligerent Mexicans.

Mexican cooperation could have spared Marine from ordeal, say border sources, Fox News, By William La Jeunesse, May 25, 2014

A U.S. Marine who has been held in a Mexican jail for two months after mistakenly crossing the border with guns could have been spared his continuing ordeal with a simple phone call – and the kind of courtesy American border officials extend to wayward Mexicans, including members of the military.

Andrew Tahmooressi, 25, was trying to visit a friend near the border in San Ysidro March 31 when he missed the last exit on Interstate 5 and inadvertently crossed into Mexico. While his mistake was apparently due in part to a poorly marked – and recently changed – sign marking the last chance to make a U-turn back toward the U.S., some reasonable discretion by border officials could have spared him nearly two months in a Mexican prison, sources told Fox News.

“This should have been a phone call,” said a border patrol supervisor who used to work the San Diego sector. “I would call my counterpart on the south side, call in a favor and Sgt. Tahmooressi would have been back in a few hours. Why that didn’t happen here, I don’t know. There’s no reason Mexico City and Washington should be involved in something like this.”

Thad Bingel, a former chief of staff at Customs and Border Protection agrees, saying it is not uncommon for Mexican soldiers to get lost along the border. They are typically met by the U.S. Border Patrol, questioned and sent on their way.

“We had several incidents where Mexican military or federal police or local police inadvertently crossed the border, armed, on the U.S. side and were apprehended by us,” said Bingel. “We were able to usually dispense with those cases pretty quickly and get them back home once we established the intent wasn’t there to do anything nefarious. I really can’t explain why it has taken the Mexican government this long. If they’re trying to make a point about broader issues of arms smuggling southbound, I think they’ve picked really the wrong case to do that with.”

Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman Angelica De Cima said it is not uncommon for travelers to miss the U-turn lane, but her agency does not keep statistics.

“He’s not trying to smuggle arms southbound,” said Bingel. “He made a wrong turn.  He had weapons in the car.  He was arrested for that.  But he’s certainly been held long enough to determine his intent and to send him home to his family.”

Border Patrol and ATF officials tell Fox News Tahmooressi is not a gun smuggler. However, he did carry a military assault rifle, a shotgun and pistol. Guns are illegal in Mexico and the “AR-15 definitely got their attention” said a source familiar with the investigation. “They don’t have much of a sense of humor about assault weapons.”

Mexican officials have told their American counterparts Tahmooressi changed his story, hence their suspicion. At first, they claim, he said he was going to see friends and get medical care. Later, he allegedly said he made a mistake.

Tahmooressi’s mother, Jill, claims that is not accurate.

“The first customs official believed my son when he said he made a wrong turn and called for an escort to take him back. Then there was chatter over the radio and the Mexican military got involved. He was arrested, put in handcuffs, and held for eight hours.”

The state department claim it is working with Mexico’s on the veterans’ release.

“Within  a foreign country, a U.S. citizen is subject to that country’s laws and regulations, which sometimes differ significantly from those in the United States,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Thursday. “Obviously, this is a case we’ve been concerned about. Hence, we’ve raised it and we visited him 11 times. So we’ll continue to press the case.”

Others want a more immediate, direct approach, noting the U.S. gives Mexico roughly $400 million a year in aid, from military and police training to social aid and child health. The US is also Mexico’s chief source of tourism. A former border official suggested slowing southbound traffic, cutting off the cash flow.

“That will get their attention,” he said. “Is it related to the missing Marine? Of course not. But if he suddenly showed up in the northbound lane, traffic might improve.”

Bingel admits the U.S. has leverage it doesn’t appear to be using.

“There really seems to be no excuse for why someone at the State Department, from the Secretary of State on down, can’t make that phone call and use a number of tools in the diplomatic arsenal, whether that’s direct foreign aid to the Mexican military or police, or whether it’s various economic provisions and trade provisions between the two countries,” he said.

UBR-1 Robot Is Designed to Work Alongside Humans

Don’t worry, little human, robot designers are concerned with making the working environment comfy regarding the machine-people interface. That’s the message from the producers of the UBR-1 robot, the latest in smart machines that can work in manufacturing or other assorted tasks.

We’ve heard this mendacity before, that advanced mechanization is being brought in to “help” employees with those “boring, repetitive jobs” — plus being conveniently cheaper.

“Our people have really taken to Baxter [the robot],” said [Factory VP Lowell] Allen. “He’s non-threatening. He’s helping them do their job.” (Bringing back jobs to the U.S. via the robot, CBS News, October 5, 2013)

UBR-1 is apparently the next step forward from Baxter. It is more expensive ($50,000 versus Baxter’s $22,000) but can scoot around on its own and can be programmed using Linux to perform a wide variety of functions.

The MIT Technology Review has a product review: Why This Might Be the Model T of Workplace Robots, October 21, 2013. By that it means the UBR-1 may be the breakthrough machine that could convince employers to embrace the technology more widely.

Every advance in robotics and other automation means improved efficiency for business without the need for additional workers, which is partially the reason for the jobless recovery, in addition to the administration’s backward economic policies of course.

With the smart machine revolution picking up speed, America certainly should not double legal immigration as legislated by the Senate to take jobs that are disappearing every day.

Meet UBR-1, a robot that can stock shelves, work alongside people, PC World, May 21, 2014

The UBR-1 is a 4-foot tall, one-armed robot that could make warehouses and factories more efficient by performing tasks normally done by human workers.

Unlike the industrial robots widely used in manufacturing today—usually large machines isolated from people for safety reasons—this robot can work alongside humans or autonomously in a workspace filled with people.

The UBR-1 is made by Unbounded Robotics, which is based in Santa Clara, Calif., and is a spinoff of robotics research incubator, Willow Garage. The company began taking orders for the UBR-1 on April 17 and expects to ship the $50,000 robot to customers in August.

“We see the robot as doing tasks, they could be dull, they could be dirty, they could be dangerous and doing them repetitively all day in a light manufacturing environment,” said Melonee Wise, Unbounded Robotics CEO and co-founder. Those tasks include stocking shelves, picking up objects and assembling parts.

The UBR-1 isn’t designed for small component assembly, but it can manipulate objects as small as dice or a Lego piece, Wise said. Unbounded Robotics is targeting companies that want some automation to speed up their manufacturing process, but can’t afford to fully automate their businesses. Continue reading this article

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