The Fox News video below is an update on the situation in southern Arizona, and yes it is the same old, same old, despite the Obama administration’s declarations that the borders are secure — and are locked down sufficiently to begin legislating that comprehensive amnesty.
Rancher Gary Thrasher says he never sees any Border Patrol agents in the area. That circumstance shouldn’t be a surprise, since Sheriff Larry Deaver has remarked that the officers have been withdrawn from regions considered too dangerous. (See On the Border: Retreat? for details.)
Another notable remark comes from Pew Hispanic Center researcher Jeffrey Passel, “Once a migrant makes a decision to set forth for the United States, they ultimately get in.”
Of course. There is no punishment for breaking into this country, so foreigners keep trying until they succeed.
“They only come to work”… oh wait, maybe not so much. Illegal aliens routinely use their US-born anchor babies as meal tickets to provide access to a trough of welfare benefits. No wonder that hispanic aliens have such strong family values: they benefit directly from having the highest fertility rate of any group.
Welfare payments to children of illegal immigrants in Los Angeles County increased in July to $52 million, prompting renewed calls from one county supervisor to rein in public benefits to such families.
The payments, made to illegal immigrants for their U.S. citizen children, included $30 million in food stamps and $22 million from the CalWorks welfare program, according to county figures released Friday by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.
The new figure represents an increase of $3.7 million from July 2009 and makes up 23% of all county welfare and food stamp assistance, according to county records.
Last year, welfare and food stamp issuances totaled nearly $570 million, and the amount is projected to exceed $600 million this year. In addition, county taxpayers spend $550 million in public safety — mostly for jail costs — and nearly $500 million for healthcare for illegal immigrants, Antonovich said.
“The supervisor is very concerned,” said Antonovich spokesman Tony Bell. “He believes we have an economic catastrophe on our hands.”
Shirley Christensen of the county Department of Public Social Services said the number of households with illegal immigrant parents and U.S. citizen children receiving welfare increased by 7% from January to June of this year.
“With the economy the way it is, a lot of people have had to avail themselves of programs they may not have needed before,” Christensen said. “Everyone is taking a hit, including undocumented immigrants.”
Amid continued economic gloom, debate has intensified over the public cost of providing benefits to illegal immigrants and their U.S. citizen children. In recent months, calls have grown for a constitutional amendment that would effectively deny citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants, whose numbers increased from 2.7 million in 2003 to 4 million in 2008, according to the Pew Hispanic Center.
Currently, U.S. citizenship is automatically granted to children born on U.S. soil. Last month, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) announced that he might introduce a constitutional amendment to deny citizenship to children of illegal immigrants. Antonovich and several legal scholars, however, argue that a federal statute would be sufficient to change the law.
But even some immigration hawks are wary of such a move. Steven Camarota of the Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington-based research organization that supports immigration restrictions, said ending birthright citizenship would harm children for their parents’ misdeeds, require new federal registration systems and create other problems. The solution, he said, is to continue driving down illegal immigration with tough enforcement.
How, pray tell, does it “harm children” for them to have non-US citizenship? Billions of people manage to have adequate lives without American nationality. On a planet rapidly approaching seven billion human residents, people need to stay home and make their own country work.
In a California city where at least 80 percent of residents are Hispanic, parents no longer need to concern themselves with the annoying task of feeding the children: the taxpayer will handle that expensive chore. (Redistribution of funds conveniently means more cervesa money left over for dad, as it works out.)
Every student at 18 of Santa Ana Unified’s campuses will receive a free breakfast and lunch for the entire school year regardless of whether they qualify for the federal free and reduced-price meal program.
For the third consecutive year, the district will participate in a U.S. Department of Agriculture program aimed at improving nutrition among students in schools serving the neediest populations.
The 18 schools each have at least 85 percent of students already qualifying for free or reduced-price meals. Officials say the program will also help reduce administrative costs by freeing up district staff from processing thousands of free and reduced-price lunch applications.
“Success in education is directly linked to teaching students who are not hungry, said Judy Pollock, interim food services director.
Federal officials have also said the program hopes to capture all needy students who don’t always apply for subsidized meals because of the stigma attached to receiving a free lunch, while friends and fellow classmate pay.
The USDA began the program at districts across the country two years ago. Santa Ana Unified, the county’s largest district with 55,000 students and 55 campuses, is the only one participating in Orange County. [. . .]
In Santa Ana Unified, a full-priced elementary school breakfast or lunch costs between $2 and $3 per meal. Breakfast dishes include cereal, English muffins with egg and ham, and breakfast burritos with potatoes, cheese and egg. Lunches include spaghetti with meatballs, crispy turkey filet sandwiches, and teriyaki beef with brown rice.
Many parents in Santa Ana welcome the program as a way to promote health for children who instead may eat fast food, or other less nutritious meals. At the same time, parent say the program allows families to save money in tough economic times.
“For many of students in this community, the school lunch might be the best meal they receive each day,” said Rosa Macias Robles, a parent at Washington Elementary. “Besides a good education, giving low-income children a good meal free of charge is one of the best services a school can provide.”
Hey, Rosa, those nutritious meals aren’t “free of charge” to the taxpayer, who is forced to pick up the tab.
When I go to the fair, I want to see the piggies and cows and the trotting horse races. I sure don’t want some hostile Islamics hawking their violent, misogynous religion — which doesn’t even permit music, for pete’s sake.
Anyway, Muslims apparently have noticed that Americans don’t like them very much. The Muslim response in this instance is to embody the idea that not every son/daughter of Allah kills infidels every day. They intend to accomplish this goal by shoving an informational card about Islam into the hands of people attending a non-religious event.
Despite the smells of fried dough and roasted meat wafting from the Minnesota State Fair, Salim and Zuleyha Ozonder were focused on the people who were leaving, not the food or festivities beckoning from across the street.
Each time a new wave of people exited, the young Minneapolis residents — who hadn’t eaten all day — tried to press into their hands a small, glossy card that read “Islam Explained” on one side. On the other, it had about 180 words of background on a religion whose adherents fear is being misunderstood by too many Americans as violent and depraved.
“You just want people to take the card, spend a minute reading it and say, ‘Oh. They’re not terrorists,’” said 27-year-old Zuleyha. She and her husband, like other Muslims, were fasting during daylight hours for the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
For most fairgoers, the last thing on their mind is religion — particularly the renewed controversy over Islam in America amid tension over plans for an Islamic center and mosque a few blocks from New York City’s ground zero. But volunteers with the Minnesota chapter of Islamic Circle of North America saw the mostly white, Christian fair crowd as just the type of audience that might benefit from greater understanding.
Perhaps Americans believe that already know as much about the Religion of Peace as they care to, and would prefer that traditional events be Islam-free. Just a thought.
“Look, I’m not beheading you. You want a free Koran? Allah Ackbar!” *
In California, the end of summer has brought an increased danger of wildfires, and two witless Mexicans who actually started a fire so they could be rescued got a bigger signal than they wanted. Unfortunately, the arsonists didn’t hang around to be arrested, er saved.
EAST COUNTY — Update: The Cowboy Fire, which has burned 827 acres, is now 65 percent contained. Cal Fire said full containment is expected on Sunday evening and full control is expected on Tuesday evening.
A fire that had burned more than 800 acres by Friday night was caused by two stranded illegal immigrants who set a signal fire for help, Cal Fire officials said.
Dubbed the Cowboy Fire, the blaze began about 1:15 p.m. Thursday near the Pacific Crest Trail southwest of Lake Morena. It burned in an area between Campo and Potrero.
The two illegal immigrants called C4, Mexico’s emergency distress system, on Thursday and said they had been lost for two days and were dehydrated, said Cal Fire spokeswoman Roxanne Provaznik. They said they were going to light a signal fire to be rescued.
There was evidence in the area where the fire started, including empty food cans, that people had been there, Cal Fire Battalion Chief Nick Schuler said.
Cal Fire officials and U.S. Border Patrol agents searched but were unable to find the two people, who may have made it safely out of the area, Schuler said, adding that no human remains were found.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has recently published his memoir, A Journey, so he has been out and about for interviews and general book flacking.
One straight-forward opinion grabbed headlines, that “radical” Islam (there’s another kind?) is the biggest threat to mankind. For a former world leader, it’s a major statement that violates the elite doctrine to Say No Evil about Islam, even with the “radical” qualifier.
An uproar exploded among officialdom about the book, with Prime Minister Angela Merkel leading the call for his expulsion, and the Bundesbank voted in a couple days for Sarrazin to be fired from his position on the board.
The Bundesbank said in a statement that its six-member board “unanimously agreed” to ask Christian Wulff, the German President, to remove Mr Sarrazin, 65, from his post. It said the bank’s corporate governance commissioner “unreservedly supports” the decision.
Mr Wulff’s office said he had received the request from the Bundesbank and was considering it. It did not say when he was expected to make a decision.
Chancellor Angela Merkel and several members of her government have indicated they would like Mr Sarrazin to go, amid fears that his comments were damaging to the central bank’s reputation.
Following the Bundesbank’s announcement, a government spokesman signalled Mrs Merkel’s satisfaction with the move.
At least in the video below, Sarrazin the banker emphasized the economic impact on German society of so many unproductive immigrants, specifically the Muslim ones who refuse to assimilate, unlike other immigrant groups of which he approves. “In every country, the Muslim immigrants — on the basis of their lower participation in the work force and looming recourse to social support — cost the state more than they bring in,” he reads from his book.
Foreign organized crime has captured and now controls huge tracts of land in Arizona — why is this not major news? Americans driving on the roads within the surrendered territory are told to keep moving, that it is not safe to be there. Whatever happened to the Land of the Free?
An occasional observation of the MSM is that Mexican drug crime “might spill over” into the United States. But it already has.
Actually, the Mexican incursion isn’t new news (see On the Border: Retreat?), but one hopes that the general public might learn the truth about the level of border anarchy that Obama permits.
Why are billions of our tax dollars spent to defend Iraq and Afghanistan when we are losing American territory to a bunch of criminal Mexicans? Citizens should be able to travel highways in southern Arizona without fearing for their lives. Ranchers and other residents should be able to live safely on their property — which they do not.
The federal government has posted signs along a major interstate highway in Arizona, more than 100 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, warning travelers the area is unsafe because of drug and alien smugglers, and a local sheriff says Mexican drug cartels now control some parts of the state.
The signs were posted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) along a 60-mile stretch of Interstate 8 between Casa Grande and Gila Bend, a major east-west corridor linking Tucson and Phoenix with San Diego.
They warn travelers that they are entering an “active drug and human smuggling area” and they may encounter “armed criminals and smuggling vehicles traveling at high rates of speed.” Beginning less than 50 miles south of Phoenix, the signs encourage travelers to “use public lands north of Interstate 8″ and to call 911 if they “see suspicious activity.”
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, whose county lies at the center of major drug and alien smuggling routes to Phoenix and cities east and west, attests to the violence. He said his deputies are outmanned and outgunned by drug traffickers in the rough-hewn desert stretches of his own county.
“Mexican drug cartels literally do control parts of Arizona,” he said. “They literally have scouts on the high points in the mountains and in the hills and they literally control movement. They have radios, they have optics, they have night-vision goggles as good as anything law enforcement has.
“This is going on here in Arizona,” he said. “This is 70 to 80 miles from the border – 30 miles from the fifth-largest city in the United States.” [. . .]
Rep. Ted Poe, Texas Republican and a member of the House Judiciary and Foreign Affairs committees, said the federal government’s new border security plan apparently is to “erect some signs telling you it’s not safe to travel in our own country.”
“If you are planning on loading up the station wagon and taking the kids to Disneyland, the federal government doesn’t advise going through Arizona – it’s too dangerous and they can’t protect you,” said Mr. Poe. “These signs say to American citizens, the federal government has ceded this area to the drug cartels. Don’t come here; we can’t protect you.”
Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, the ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee and a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, called the signs “an insult to the citizens of border states.”
“American citizens should not have to be fearful for their lives on U.S. soil,” he said. “If the federal government would do its job of enforcing immigration laws, we could better secure the border and better protect the citizens of border states.”
You know what would happen cop-wise if hundreds of Presbyterians stopped traffic in the middle of a major city, but Muslims get special treatment because they are known to be touchy to the max, easily roused to violence.
PARIS – Friday in Paris. A hidden camera shows streets blocked by huge crowds of Muslim worshippers and enforced by a private security force.
This is all illegal in France: the public worship, the blocked streets, and the private security. But the police have been ordered not to intervene.
It shows that even though some in the French government want to get tough with Muslims and ban the burqa, other parts of the French government continue to give Islam a privileged status.
An ordinary French citizen who has been watching the Islamization of Paris decided that the world needed to see what was happening to his city. He used a hidden camera to start posting videos on YouTube. His life has been threatened and so he uses the alias of “Maxime Lepante.”
His camera shows that Muslims “are blocking the streets with barriers. They are praying on the ground. And the inhabitants of this district cannot leave their homes, nor go into their homes during those prayers.”
“The Muslims taking over those streets do not have any authorization. They do not go to the police headquarters, so it’s completely illegal,” he says.
Yes, French authorities are spineless weenies. France’s only hope is the further activation of concerned citizens. A grassroots movement is building, based on street protests where Facebook-informed citizens show up with annoying-to-Muslims wine and pork (events which police have tried to block thus far — see Sharia France a Step Closer, through Food).
Continuing with Islamization of Paris…
But even if many government elites are in France are in denial over Islam, the people in the streets increasingly are not. Some have become fed up with what they see as the growing Islamization of France.
They’ve started staging pork and wine “aperitifs,” or cocktail parties in the street. They’re patriotic demonstrations meant to strike back against Islam. Another national demonstration is planned for Saturday, Sept. 4.
I turned to GalliaWatch for details of the anti-sharia eat-ins and wasn’t disappointed:
The BIG news this week will be the latest Apéro organized by Riposte Laïque. If you were not around a few months ago and need some filling in, an “apéro”, short for “apéritif”, is like a before-dinner cocktail, but in this context it has taken on the aspect of a major demonstration against the Islamization of France and for the values of the Republic. The “apéro” last June 18 was banned by the authorities from its original meeting place in order not to anger the neighborhood’s ruling Muslims, and moved to the Champs-Elysées. Also banned was the drinking of wine, with grape juice serving as a sorry substitute. However, sausages were allowed. The point of wine and sausage was to protest the subversion by Islam of French civilization, including the food and drinks we all associate with France (click Apéro label below for more information).
Last June’s Apéro put the very republican website Riposte Laïque on the map, and the outdoor demonstration made headlines all over Europe, with other countries also organizing their own version of a patriotic picnic.
One of the major contributors to Riposte Laïque, Maxime Lépante, will be in the United States during the whole month of September, meeting with the organizers of the opposition to the Ground Zero mosque (another major event that coincides with France’s Apéro). Lépante is the now-famous photographer who took numerous photos of Muslims praying on Friday afternoon in the streets of the 18th arrondissement of Paris (click Barbès label below for a review).
Western forces fighting in southern Afghanistan had a problem. Too often, soldiers on patrol passed an older man walking hand-in-hand with a pretty young boy. Their behavior suggested he was not the boy’s father. Then, British soldiers found that young Afghan men were actually trying to “touch and fondle them,” military investigator AnnaMaria Cardinalli told me. “The soldiers didn’t understand.”
All of this was so disconcerting that the Defense Department hired Cardinalli, a social scientist, to examine this mystery. Her report, “Pashtun Sexuality,” startled not even one Afghan. But Western forces were shocked – and repulsed.
For centuries, Afghan men have taken boys, roughly 9 to 15 years old, as lovers. Some research suggests that half the Pashtun tribal members in Kandahar and other southern towns are bacha baz, the term for an older man with a boy lover. Literally it means “boy player.” The men like to boast about it.
“Having a boy has become a custom for us,” Enayatullah, a 42-year-old in Baghlan province, told a Reuters reporter. “Whoever wants to show off should have a boy.” [. . .]
In Kandahar, population about 500,000, and other towns, dance parties are a popular, often weekly, pastime. Young boys dress up as girls, wearing makeup and bells on their feet, and dance for a dozen or more leering middle-aged men who throw money at them and then take them home. A recent State Department report called “dancing boys” a “widespread, culturally sanctioned form of male rape.”
So, why are American and NATO forces fighting and dying to defend tens of thousands of proud pedophiles, certainly more per capita than any other place on Earth? And how did Afghanistan become the pedophilia capital of Asia?
Sociologists and anthropologists say the problem results from perverse interpretation of Islamic law. Women are simply unapproachable. Afghan men cannot talk to an unrelated woman until after proposing marriage. Before then, they can’t even look at a woman, except perhaps her feet. Otherwise she is covered, head to ankle.
“How can you fall in love if you can’t see her face,” 29-year-old Mohammed Daud told reporters. “We can see the boys, so we can tell which are beautiful.”
Even after marriage, many men keep their boys, suggesting a loveless life at home. A favored Afghan expression goes: “Women are for children, boys are for pleasure.” Fundamentalist imams, exaggerating a biblical passage on menstruation, teach that women are “unclean” and therefore distasteful. One married man even asked Cardinalli’s team “how his wife could become pregnant,” her report said. When that was explained, he “reacted with disgust” and asked, “How could one feel desire to be with a woman, who God has made unclean?”
That helps explain why women are hidden away – and stoned to death if they are perceived to have misbehaved. Islamic law also forbids homosexuality. But the pedophiles explain that away. It’s not homosexuality, they aver, because they aren’t in love with their boys.
What a charming culture! Mega diversity points for the Afghan tribe. You have to wonder what goes on in places like “Little Kabul” in Fremont, California, where Afghan immigrants are numerous.
It’s good to see some psychological analysis about the cultural roots of Afghan pedophilia, although I’m not convinced that the problem is a “perverse interpretation of Islamic law.” If women are sub-human according to the Koran, then it’s perfectly reasonable to look for associations elsewhere.
From the sound of it, there is a lot of homosexuality going on in Afghanistan, but those engaging in it don’t think of themselves as gay, so that makes it okay because Islam is officially disapproves that behavior. They regard themselves as non-gay because they don’t “love” the sex object, so Allah is happy. These are the men who avoid their wives as unclean. Apparently there is very little love of any kind in Afghanistan, which explains a lot.
I wrote about the culture of sexually exploiting boys in Normal Afghan Pederasty after viewing the eye-opening PBS documentary “The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan” [watch online] which revealed the custom in detail.
Here’s the doc trailer, which is kind of disturbing all by itself:
In Europe, Islamics are even pushier about their totalitarian “religion” than they are here. A recent notable example was Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s friendly visit to Italy, where he lectured on the superiority of Islam to an audience of young women (who were paid to be there) as well as threatened Europe with a massive invasion of Africans unless substantial bribes were forthcoming.
Only Muammar would try to convince young women that converting to misogynous Islam would be a good idea. (He is known for having a colorful bodyguard of women trained for combat, and they aren’t wearing burqas.)
Perhaps he was just trying to maintain his Islam-o-cred while taking a deluxe tour around infidel lands during Ramadan.
Italians have reacted with indignation after Muammar Gaddafi lectured 200 young actresses and models on the superiority of Islam, a day after saying that Europeans should all become Muslim.
Silvio Berlusconi’s increasingly close relationship with Col Gaddafi is becoming a source of embarrassment for the Italian prime minister, according to opposition MPs and even members of the government.
On Monday, the Libyan leader recruited the women through a modelling agency to join him and Mr Berlusconi, in viewing a photography exhibition at a Rome cultural institute which traced historical links between the two countries.
Telling them that Islam was the “ultimate religion”, Gaddafi insisted that “if you want to believe in a single faith then it must be that of Mohammed,” according to one of the women who sat through the lecture. […]
On Sunday night, during an encounter with 500 young women hired by the same agency, Col Gaddafi handed out copies of the Koran and told them that Europe should convert to Islam.
“If I went to Tripoli to demand that Libyans convert to Christianity, what are the odds that I would return in one piece?” said Rocco Buttiglione, the president of a centre-Right Catholic party, the UDC.
Everybody got a free Koran! Woo hoo!
On a less generous note, Gaddafi threatened to unleash illegal African immigration on Europe unless a big cash jizya is paid.
Col Muammar Gaddafi has warned that Europe runs the risk of turning “black” unless the EU pays Libya at least €5 billion (£4.1 billion) a year to block the arrival of illegal immigrants from Africa.
His remarks, made during a controversial three day visit to Italy, were condemned as “unacceptable blackmail” by Italian MPs, who likened the demand to the protection money that mafia gangs demand from businesses.
Speaking at a ceremony in Rome while standing next to Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s prime minister, Col Gaddafi, 67, said that unless his request for money was met, Europe would otherwise become “another Africa” as a result of the “advance of millions of immigrants”.
“Tomorrow Europe might no longer be European and even black as there are millions who want to come in,” he said.
“We don’t know if Europe will remain an advanced and united continent or if it will be destroyed, as happened with the barbarian invasions”.
Tens of thousands of desperate African refugees and economic migrants have reached Italian soil by boat from the North African coast, although the influx has been stemmed by the Libyan navy in the last year under an accord with the Berlusconi government.
Below, African boaters seek to migrate to Europe from Tripoli, Libya.
The Obama Administration appears to have a fixation on Arizona. Washington has not been helpful in dealing with the state’s worsening border crisis; in fact, the feds have been downright hostile. Ever since Arizona signed its enforcement-only SB1070 into law, Obama and cronies have been piling on abuse and harassment, from unfounded accusations of racism to an unprecedented lawsuit, even though the law was modeled on the federal statute. Another insult was the State Department’s mention of Arizona to Red China during discussions of human rights abuses, as if there were a comparison with non-existent racism alleged by Obama and the behavior of the communist Chinese.
The latest affront from State is using Arizona as part of its bad-example list of human rights problems in the United States presented to the United Nations. (More of the administration’s fondness for making apologies to dictators.)
The State Department included a Justice Department lawsuit against Arizona’s immigration law into a United Nations human rights report to show how U.S. rule of law can be an example to the world, a State Department spokesman said Monday.
Spokesman P.J. Crowley said the Arizona immigration law included in an Aug. 20 report to the U.N. high commissioner on rights came up during the preparation period, when teams went around the country gathering ideas for the report. […]
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday demanded that a reference to the law be removed from the State Department report on ways the federal government is protecting human rights.
It is “downright offensive” that a state law would be included in the report, Brewer, a Republican nearly guaranteed re-election as a result of the legal dispute, wrote to Clinton.
“The idea of our own American government submitting the duly enacted laws of a state of the United States to ‘review’ by the United Nations is internationalism run amok and unconstitutional,” she said.
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