In Los Angeles, unlicensed drivers (who are almost always illegal aliens) have been a source of criticism from public safety advocates because Mayor Villaraigosa and PD Chief Beck have been cutting them extra slack. The purpose of the permissiveness is to make life easier for foreign lawbreakers, and particularly to facilitate their driving to the jobs they have stolen from Americans.
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The number of hit-and-run accidents in Los Angeles is four times higher than the national average, with one in five fatal crashes involving an unlicensed driver, according to a new report.
Don Rosenberg, the founder of UnlicensedToKill.org, told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO that an estimated 750,000 illegal immigrants live in the L.A. area and those who drive could pose “an immense threat to society”.
“The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports unlicensed drivers are five times more likely to kill, they will flee the scene over 50 percent of the time, five times more likely to drive drunk,” said Rosenberg.
In a whitepaper compiling statistics of hit-and-run accidents, Rosenberg found that unlicensed drivers were involved in more than 7,600 fatal crashes — about 20 percent of fatal crashes nationwide.
There were an estimated 21,000 hit-and-run collisions that were reported as “accidents” in Los Angeles in 2010 alone, according to the study.
“In Los Angeles in terms of hit-and-runs, it’s way outside the norm,” said Rosenberg. “On a national level, there’s about 11 percent of traffic collisions end up being hit-and-runs…in Los Angeles, it’s 50 percent.” Continue reading this article
The Washington Post has put some reprehensible junk on its front page to promote diversity, but Wednesday’s edition was worthy of a great newspaper. It informed the American people of a terrible injustice, and shined a light on the murderous brutality of Islam toward women and girls. The liberal press hates to admit the inequality of cultures, but the facts of Islamic misogyny are irrefutable and burble out from time to time.
ISLAMABAD — In a country where militant attacks occur almost daily, the Taliban’s attempted assassination of a 14-year-old education rights activist in northwestern Pakistan united Pakistanis from across social divides Wednesday in a remarkable and rare display of collective outrage against extremism.
The shooting Tuesday of Malala Yousafzai, who remains in critical condition in a Peshawar military hospital, brought condemnation from conservative clerics, secular politicians, the military and media figures at a time when Pakistanis had seemed almost numb to rising extremism.
More than 3,000 people died last year in extremist attacks here, but images of the bandaged, unconscious teenager prompted a national debate about the corrosive impact of Talibanization.
“The world image of Pakistan is, to put it mildly, not very good,” said Ijaz Khattak, a professor at the University of Peshawar who knows Yousafzai and her father, an educator and peace activist in Swat. “Society is seen as increasingly sympathetic to these terrorists. What this incident can prove to be is a catalyst, because the outrage can turn the tide against the religious fundamentalism.” Continue reading this article
Obama’s reduction of immigration enforcement is having the predictable effect of diminishing the respect for law. The DREAM scheme certainly suggests to unlawful entrants that almost anyone can claim junior immigrant status, so pass the hair dye and print up some fraudulent papers!
So it was a relief from the usual media fawning over foreign offenders to see the Chairman of the House Immigration Subcommittee hammer ICE’s permissive treatment of one of the most arrogant alien lawbreakers, the loudmouth scribbler activist Jose Antonio Vargas.
Incidentally, one overlooked aspect of Vargas’ selfish journey to insinuating himself into American society was how he allowed his fellow high school students to be cheated out of a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Japan because of his illegal alien status:
[. . .] After a choir rehearsal during my junior year, Jill Denny, the choir director, told me she was considering a Japan trip for our singing group. I told her I couldn’t afford it, but she said we’d figure out a way. I hesitated, and then decided to tell her the truth. “It’s not really the money,” I remember saying. “I don’t have the right passport.” When she assured me we’d get the proper documents, I finally told her. “I can’t get the right passport,” I said. “I’m not supposed to be here.”
She understood. So the choir toured Hawaii instead, with me in tow. (Mrs. Denny and I spoke a couple of months ago, and she told me she hadn’t wanted to leave any student behind.) [. . .]
So Vargas understood at the time, but didn’t remove himself so the other kids could have a special trip.
Today Jose Vargas is still Mr. Special, due to the enabling actions of the US government.
The chairman of a House subcommittee on immigration slammed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s handling of the arrest of journalist and activist Jose Antonio Vargas, saying Tuesday that the agency has set a dangerous precedent for dealing with undocumented immigrants.
“Jose Antonio Vargas is a classic example of how flawed the system is,” Rep. Elton Gallegly, a California Republican who chairs the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement, told POLITICO. “He is just one of hundreds of thousands that are ignored, and what that does is, it sends a signal that we’re not serious about certain laws.”
Gallegly’s comments came after Vargas was arrested on Friday — and later released — after allegedly committing a driving infraction in Minnesota. ICE was notified because Vargas, who went public in The New York Times Magazine last year with his status as an undocumented immigrant, provided a canceled driver’s license, according to a Minnesota state patrol spokesman. But the agency took no action, telling POLITICO in a statement Monday that ICE “prioritizes the removal of public safety threats, recent border crossers and egregious immigration law violators.” ICE declined to comment further on Tuesday.
Vargas has said that in the past, he altered documents in order to be eligible for work in the United States, and has since had driver’s licenses revoked after his story raised questions. Gallegly said that such doctoring is a felony, and blasted ICE for not holding Vargas accountable when the agency was alerted to his case. Continue reading this article
On Monday, the President’s main campaign chore, other than collecting millions of dollars in California fundraisers, was to dedicate a hispander-specific national monument to honor Cesar Chavez, the late labor organizer. In recent years, Chavez has been rejiggered by the raza gang into an open-borders enthusiast, which he was not, since scab foreign workers undermined his efforts to raise wages for his guys. (See Cesar Chavez, Minuteman by Steve Sailer for the complex history of the man.)
KEENE, Calif. – President Obama’s stop in this remote and sparsely populated San Joaquin Valley town was about as far off the campaign trail as a candidate could be so close to an election. But his message as he dedicated the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument was not without political significance, as he honored the legacy of a civil rights and labor leader whose “si se puede” credo was an inspiration for his own historic campaign four years ago.
Speaking on the 187-acre property that served as both home and operational headquarters for Chavez and his United Farm Workers movement, Obama said Chavez’s tenacity on behalf of a new generation of workers was part of “the story of who we are as Americans,” meriting such a tribute alongside other national monuments like the Statue of Liberty and the Grand Canyon.
“It’s a story of natural wonders and modern marvels, of fierce battles and quiet progress. But it’s also a story of people, of determined, fearless, hopeful people who have always been willing to devote their lives to making this country a little more just and a little more free,” Obama said.
Monday’s event was the sole official stop on a three-day, campaign-heavy trip, sandwiched between fundraising stops in Los Angeles and San Francisco. The designation means that taxpayers fund a portion of the president’s travel, while his campaign pays costs associated with his political travel.
Even without the banners reading “Forward,” his 2012 reelection slogan, and Marine band anthems replacing the usual campaign soundtrack, the electoral significance was clear.
Arturo S. Rodriguez, the president of the United Farm Workers, noted in his introduction of the president that Obama adopted Chavez’s “belief in ‘Si se puede.’ ”
“And when he was elected, he used his power to say yes,” Rodriguez said, before listing the appointment of Latino Cabinet secretaries (both of whom attended Monday’s event), a first Latina Supreme Court justice, and his support for a deferred action program that allows young undocumented workers to remain in the United States.
With time an increasingly precious commodity in a race that has shown new volatility after a long period of stasis, Obama is leaning on all the levers available to him for an advantage, including perhaps his biggest weapon: incumbency.
The dedication of the Cesar Chavez National Monument came not through legislative action but executive authority under the Antiquities Act. Though White House officials said it was a process long in the making, the formal dedication came as Obama’s campaign shifts toward a more intensive get-out-the-vote phase of its operation, one that includes a major focus on the Latino vote and will be augmented by labor muscle. Continue reading this article
In Poland and beyond, there seems to be increasing interest in a new movie, Battle of Vienna, that will open in a few days about King Jan Sobieski’s successful defense of Vienna from the Ottomans in 1683.
Below, an image from the film showing the Polish king leading his cavalry, the winged hussars.
This is the official trailer of the film.
An English-language publication from Poland cleverly sidestepped the clash-of-civilizations angle by not mentioning that the defeat of the Ottoman army at Vienna prevented a Muslim takeover of Europe — as Charles Martel similarly saved western civilization at the Battle of Tours in 732. The emphasis is on Polish pride and history, not the heroic smackdown of invasive Islam.
A lavish international production portraying a Polish king’s historic victory at Vienna in 1683 will be shown in cinemas in 50 countries across the world, its director has revealed.
Some 10,000 extras and 3000 horses were used in Italian film-maker Renzo Martinelli’s epic about the Siege of Vienna, a turning-point in European history in which Polish King Jan III Sobieski helped repulse the Ottoman army from the gates of Vienna.
The role of the Polish monarch was taken by director and occasional actor Jerzy Skolimowski (Essential Killing, dir.), who was joined by other Polish thespians including Piotr Adamczyk, Alicja Bachleda-Curus and Daniel Olbrychski.
F. Murray Abraham, famed for playing Mozart’s nemesis Salieri in Milos Foreman’s Amadeus, plays the central role of Marco d’Aviano, a Capuchin friar who was an advisor at the court of Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I in Vienna. Continue reading this article
The movie shown in the trailer following looks like something that many westerners would love to see — a heroic depiction of the successful defense of Europe from the Muslim hordes in 1683. The film is even opening soon, October 12, in. . . Poland.
The city of Los Angeles has suffered a number of preventable crimes committed by illegal aliens, but the Chief of Police Charlie Beck is less concerned with protecting public safety than maintaining communications with unlawful foreigners, saying, “We need to build trust in these communities.”
To that end, Chief Beck plans to disregard the successful federal program Secure Communities, which identifies already arrested criminals for their immigration status and turns illegals over to federal authorities for deportation.
Beck insists that under his leadership, only so-called “low-level” criminals will be released back onto the streets, rather than deported to their true homelands, so the little citizens needn’t worry about their safety.
Another action by Beck, under the direction of Mayor Villaraigosa, has been to end the impounds of vehicles driven by unlicensed drivers, a change which was admittedly enacted to benefit illegal aliens. The change essentially removed licensing as a requirement for driving, which made the roadways more dangerous. Unlicensed drivers are involved in one in five fatal crashes according to a 2008 study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
But threats to public safety are no problema for LA’s pro-illegal political leadership — Viva Mexico!
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, announcing Thursday that hundreds of illegal immigrants arrested by his officers each year in low-level crimes would no longer be turned over to federal authorities for deportation, said he believes the change will help his department’s crime-fighting efforts.
“It strikes me as somebody who runs a police department that is 45% Hispanic and polices a city that is at least that, that we need to build trust in these communities and we need to build cooperation or we won’t be prepared,” Beck said.
The new rules, which are expected to affect about 400 people arrested each year, mark a dramatic attempt by the nation’s second-largest police department to distance itself from federal immigration policies that Beck says are unfair to undocumented immigrants suspected of committing petty offenses.
It’s the latest in a series of moves by Beck to redefine the Los Angeles Police Department’s position on immigration issues. Earlier this year, the chief pushed through a controversial plan that limits the cases in which police officers impound vehicles of drivers operating without a license — a group consisting largely of illegal immigrants. And he came out in favor of issuing driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. Continue reading this article
Jesus Navarro is an illegal alien whose pathos-riven story inspired the liberal media to get involved in performing a do-gooder project. Some of the local media took on advocacy about getting Jesus an organ transplant, for example when the San Francisco Chronicle published a How To Help section in its article UCSF still may do Jesus Navarro kidney transplant, Feb 10, 2012.
In particular, Jesus was media-savvy enough to drag his cutesy anchor-daughter along to all his media appearances, with the unspoken message, “Don’t let my daddy die!!”
So now Jesus has a new-to-him kidney (meaning an American didn’t get one), courtesy of the generous UCSF hospital which provided the surgery for free to the Mexican. However, the upkeep is where the costs mount up — medications can range from $10,000 to $60,000 a year to prevent rejection of the organ for the remainder of the patient’s life.
Critics objected to California taxpayers getting reamed with the cost of his ongoing medical care, although it’s unlawful for Medi-Cal funds to be spent on illegal aliens, and the case’s notoriety would make it difficult to slide through fraudulently. No problema, says the reporter, Oakland’s La Clinica de La Raza has volunteered to perform all of Navarro’s post-surgery care for free.
However, “free” still means the taxpayers are on the hook. La Clinica gets a big chunk of its funding from government grants, $20,202,187 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011.
OAKLAND — Seven years of waiting are over for Jesus Navarro, an illegal immigrant who finally received a new kidney after his story motivated one man plus thousands of others to fight on his behalf for a transplant.
Navarro, 36, was recuperating at his small Oakland apartment Thursday with his wife and daughter after the successful transplant last week at UC San Francisco Medical Center. The hospital became embroiled in controversy nine months ago after Navarro came to believe — despite having private health insurance, despite his wife’s pledge to donate her own kidney — that his immigration status doomed his chances of a transplant.
“I’m hoping to be feeling well enough to do all the things I wanted to do but couldn’t,” Navarro said in Spanish Thursday, after receiving a kidney from an organ donor. More than anything, it means finally being an active, engaged husband to his wife, Angelica, and a doting father to their 3-year-old daughter, Karen.
Until he lost his job in January, Navarro would spend 12 hours every afternoon and night tethered to a dialysis machine then wake before dawn to leave for his job as a welder at Pacific Steel in Berkeley. Continue reading this article
In Lewiston, Maine, Somali immigrants continue to be a problem. The latest unpleasantry is over the idea that they should assimilate to American culture, which the Somalis find insulting, and they are demanding that Mayor Robert MacDonald resign for his remarks.
With Somalis, it’s hard to tell whether the source of their general hostility is a tribal habit or Islamic supremacism.
Didn’t anyone tell them that fitting in was part of the immigration deal? That assimilation to American values, language and culture was the requirement for welcome and acceptance by the citizens? That detail was explained to newbies not so long ago. (See Cliff Notes Assimilation for Somalis for a reminder of the good old days of 2006 when at least a rudimentary outline of cultural integration was taught.)
The current atmosphere of political correctness has made the traditional idea of assimilation fall out of favor in certain quarters. School indoctrination from pre-school through college drills malleable minds with the false belief that diversity is the highest possible good in the universe.
But even with the massive educational and media campaign propagandizing diversity, citizens prefer traditional assimilation. A 2011 Rasmussen poll found “An overwhelming majority (73%) of voters say people who move to the United States from other parts of the world should adopt America’s culture, language and heritage.”
Below, Somalis demand that Lewiston’s mayor resign because they don’t want to assimilate to America’s culture and values.
One reads in the press that Somali expats are moving back to the dear homeland which is lately becoming more peaceful. In Mogadishu and beyond, there’s plenty of Somali culture for anyone who wants some, providing a viable choice for unhappy members of the diaspora. Flights leave North America for Africa regularly.
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Ten years after a Lewiston mayor set off a firestorm by saying the city’s Somali population was growing too fast, a new mayor’s remarks about the immigrant community is sparking another wave of anger and calls for his resignation.
Somali immigrants and their supporters in this former mill city in central Maine say Mayor Robert Macdonald should apologize and step down for what they call repeated anti-immigrant remarks, including telling a British Broadcasting Corp. interviewer that immigrants should “accept our culture and leave your culture at the door.”
A group of about 50 protesters rallied outside City Hall on Thursday before delivering 1,400 petitions to Macdonald’s office, asking for his resignation.
The mayor’s remarks sounded like he was telling immigrants to abandon their religion, their language and their identities, said Nimo Yonis, 26, one of an about 6,000 Somali refugees who live in Lewiston and the neighboring city of Auburn. The mayor’s words were painful, hurtful and “represent hate,” she said. Continue reading this article
President Obama’s new immigration plan will provide safe harbor to criminal aliens and will lead to a “capitulation to lawlessness” that could threaten public safety, according to U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions R-AL. [. . .]
“Individuals who assert they are under thirty are eligible for work authorization and legal status,” he said. “And while the administration purports that applicants for amnesty must have entered the country prior to the age of 16, it is a completely unenforceable and unverifiable standard. It will have a dramatic and adverse effect on ordinary enforcement activities.
In other words, thousands of simple deportation proceedings will be converted into prolonged trials over the age of entry, he said.
“The administration has no plan, and will not attempt any serious effort, to prove when a person actually entered the United States and at what age. Clearly, a 40 year-old could, with a few documents, fraudulently assert they were thirty years old and were brought to the US at age 15. Practically, there is no effective way to dispute such a claim. This action, at bottom, is a prosecutorial policy not to enforce plain law.”
Nevertheless, the New York Times wants us to believe that Obama’s unscrupulous immigration bureaucracy will actually reject ANY false or inadequate applications received from DREAMer pests. Inquiring minds look forward to learning the percent of petitions which are turned down — if that detail is ever investigated by the Opravda media.
Until that distant day, we must endure yet another version of the illegal alien sob story, paper trail variety:
Chul Soo, a 27-year-old illegal immigrant from South Korea, has lived on the fringes of society in recent years, working off the books at a video game store and a beauty supplies wholesaler in New York City, carrying neither a driver’s license nor credit cards, and having little contact with the government.
Now he is applying for a new program that offers illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children a reprieve from deportation if they can demonstrate that they have been in the country since 2007, among other requirements. Yet Chul Soo, who said he arrived in 1995, is finding that he has little in the way of proof of his whereabouts for the last five years.
“It’s frustrating,” he said, referring to his effort to piece together a mosaic of records. “I really need this right now.”
Since President Obama announced the program in June, illegal immigrants across the country have been scrambling to collect evidence to qualify.
As California’s Attorney General, Jerry Brow implemented the Secure Communities program in the state, so he was familiar with it. He issued a statement about his rejection of the Trust Act (AB 1081), a relevant snip of which follows:
Under the bill, local officers would be prohibited from complying with an immigration detainer unless the person arrested was charged with, or has been previously convicted of, a serious or violent felony. Unfortunately, the list of offenses codified in the bill is fatally flawed because it omits many serious crimes. For example, the bill would bar local cooperation even when the person arrested has been convicted of certain crimes involving child abuse, drug trafficking, selling weapons, using children to sell drugs, or gangs. I believe it’s unwise to interfere with a sheriff’s discretion to comply with a detainer issued for people with these kinds of troubling criminal records.
So Jerry Brown is not a complete whore in the service of illegal alien criminals, compared with Tom Ammiano and Assemblyman Gil Cedillo (the big backer on licenses for lawbreakers) — we are so relieved.
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown signed a new law that will allow hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses and vetoed another that would have restricted sheriffs from helping federal authorities detain undocumented Californians for potential deportation.
His actions, announced Sunday as the deadline neared to finish work on nearly 1,000 bills sent to him by the Legislature this year, followed an intense week of protests, prayer vigils and lobbying by immigrant advocacy groups.
The governor also revived a tax break for Hollywood, allowed juvenile killers serving life in prison a chance for release and outlawed treatment intended to turn gay children straight. The laws take effect Jan. 1.
The immigration bills sparked the most controversy.
The driver’s license measure will make illegal immigrants eligible to drive legally in California if they qualify for a new federal work permit program. That Obama administration protocol allows illegal immigrants who came to the United States before they were 16, and who are now 30 or younger and meet certain other criteria, to obtain work permits.
“Gov. Brown believes the federal government should pursue comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship,” said Brown spokesman Gil Duran. “President Obama has recognized the unique status of these students, and making them eligible to apply for driver’s licenses is an obvious next step.”
Assemblyman Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles), the measure’s author, had been crusading for such a law since a broader measure he pushed through the Legislature in 2003 prompted a voter backlash. The earlier bill was signed into law by former Gov. Gray Davis, who was ousted from office soon afterward. Before it took effect, lawmakers repealed it. Continue reading this article
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