How screwed up is this? An illegal alien’s miserable life is saved during last September’s terrible floods in Colorado, but the rescue wasn’t performed perfectly according to Roy Ortiz’s high standards, so he is suing every agency in sight.
Below, local first responders rescued Ortiz during the catastrophic flood. At least 1,750 people and 300 pets were saved from flood waters, so presumably police were rather busy.
The case was explored on Wednesday’s Fox News. Gretchen Carlson interviewed the litigant, and it’s obvious the well-fed Ortiz is not a born-in-America English speaker. (Spare video link here.)
At around 3:30, Carlson pursues the subject of Senor Ortiz’s immigration status:
CARLSON: And by the way, is Mr. Ortiz a US citizen? Is he here legally in this country?
LAWYER: Well, that has no bearing on anything with this case but the fact of the matter is that…
CARLSON: I think our viewers would like to know that, is he in this country legally or is he not? Is he a US citizen?
LAWYER: That has no bearing on this case and it certainly doesn’t prevent him from presenting any civil claims. That’s completely irrelevant to the matter at hand.
CARLSON: Okay, well, you told me earlier in the commercial break that you believe that he is undocumented and he is not here legally in this country. It’s an important point as we’re looking at all the details of this case. It’s an important point.
Instead of a big payout from the citizen taxpayers, how about an investigation of moocher Ortiz, such as what kind of fake identification he has. Is he using some American’s Social Security number (a felony)? Inquiring minds want to know.
A Colorado man, despite acknowledging that he’s lucky to be alive after being trapped in a submerged car, has filed an intent to sue his rescuers for half a million dollars.
Roy Ortiz filed his intent to sue the county of Boulder and his rescuers for a tentative $500,000 as a “preservative” measure, his attorney, Ed Ferszt, told ABCNews.com.
Ferszt said the county should have closed the road during floods in September. He said the first responders were also included because they did not realize Ortiz was trapped in the car until they prepared to lift it out of the water.
“He was not seen or it was assumed no one could have survived it,” Ferszt said. “No one discerned he was there.”
The incident began Sept. 12 when Ortiz was driving to work. His vehicle hit part of a washed-out road and then plunged into a creek. Continue reading this article
The business and tech press now frequently cover the approaching jobs tsunami from automation and robots, yet the immigration-obsessed Congress appears to be oblivious to the workplace revolution that will change modern society to its roots.
Surely, half of American jobs being replaced by smart machines within 20 years means that the nation’s supposed need for immigrant workers (if there ever was one) is ZERO.
Bloomberg News had a recent report that included a big scary chart of jobs on the way out, the only truly surprising item of which is that an estimated 77 percent of Bartenders (!) can be computerized away.
Really? Getting your morning joe at a robot coffee machine is one thing, but a neighborhood bar is entirely different. A good bartender is a combination banker, psychologist, jobs counselor and all-around promoter of friendly socializing.
Seriously, why go to a bar with a robot serving up drinks when it’s cheaper at home? Besides, for a newly laid-off worker, a non-human drink mixer may be an insult too far.
Who needs an army of lawyers when you have a computer?
When Minneapolis attorney William Greene faced the task of combing through 1.3 million electronic documents in a recent case, he turned to a so-called smart computer program. Three associates selected relevant documents from a smaller sample, “teaching” their reasoning to the computer. The software’s algorithms then sorted the remaining material by importance.
“We were able to get the information we needed after reviewing only 2.3 percent of the documents,” said Greene, a Minneapolis-based partner at law firm Stinson Leonard Street LLP.
Artificial intelligence has arrived in the American workplace, spawning tools that replicate human judgments that were too complicated and subtle to distill into instructions for a computer. Algorithms that “learn” from past examples relieve engineers of the need to write out every command.
The advances, coupled with mobile robots wired with this intelligence, make it likely that occupations employing almost half of today’s U.S. workers, ranging from loan officers to cab drivers and real estate agents, become possible to automate in the next decade or two, according to a study done at the University of Oxford in the U.K.
“These transitions have happened before,” said Carl Benedikt Frey, co-author of the study and a research fellow at the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology. “What’s different this time is that technological change is happening even faster, and it may affect a greater variety of jobs.”
Profound Imprint It’s a transition on the heels of an information-technology revolution that’s already left a profound imprint on employment across the globe. For both physical and mental labor, computers and robots replaced tasks that could be specified in step-by-step instructions — jobs that involved routine responsibilities that were fully understood.
What’s interesting is that Chinese Californians are beginning to understand how much they have benefited from Prop 209, under which their studious young folks are no longer bumped out of contention for top college slots by unqualified (but diverse!) hispanics and blacks. As a result, a “groundswell of Asian American opposition” is forming up against the legislation to reinstate affirmative action (according to uber-lib Daily Kos).
Asians in the San Gabriel Valley and beyond joined forces Friday to rally against a proposed Senate constitutional amendment that they said would punish their children for working hard to achieve the American Dream.
Olivia Liao, president of the Joint Chinese University Alumni Association, said Senate Constitutional Amendment No. 5 is racist because it allows public education institutions to give preferential treatment on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin.
“(Legislators) feel like the Chinese-American community isn’t paying attention to politics,” Liao said. “We are concerned citizens. We need to stand up when things are not right; we need to be heard. We shouldn’t have any (exceptions) related to race. After all, America is a free country.”
State Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, is sponsoring SCA 5, an amendment that would repeal portions of Proposition 209, which prohibited discrimination against people based on their unchangeable identities. If passed, the amendment would allow public education institutions to give preferential treatment on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin.
About 65 people — including 11 current and elected officials from San Gabriel, Monterey Park, San Marino, Claremont and Walnut — agreed that affirmative action ended with the November 1996 passage of Prop. 209. Bringing the program back, they said, would lower the ranking of the UCs and Cal States. Continue reading this article
Mexico’s vicious drug cartels and Islamic jihadists must certainly be happy to hear that throwing a couple rocks at officers will give them free entry to the United States. The reason is the instruction of the DHS for the Border Patrol to behave more gently toward violent alien invaders.
One might reasonably suspect that demands from open-borders activists that officers being physically attacked should withdraw rather than respond with self-defense. And in fact, that has been the case: U.S. border agency under pressure to reform use-of-force policies (LA Times, 2/28/14). Plus, the administration is obviously friendly to any opportunity to decrease border security to please the raza crowd.
Top administration officials have directed 21,000 border patrol officers to retreat whenever illegal immigrants throw rocks at them, and to avoid getting in front of foreign drug-smugglers’ vehicles as they head north with their drug shipments.
“Agents shall not discharge firearms in response to thrown or hurled projectiles… agents should obtain a tactical advantage in these situations, such as seeking cover or distancing themselves,” said the instructions, issued Mar. 7, under the signature of Michael Fisher, chief of U.S. Border Patrol.
Agents were also directed to keep their weapons holstered when drug smugglers drive by.
Agents can’t use guns against “a moving vehicle merely fleeing from agents,” say the instructions.
The new instructions do allow agents to use guns to defend themselves from vehicles that drive at them. “Agents shall not discharge their firearms at a moving vehicle unless the agent has a reasonable belief that… deadly force is being used against an agent,” the new instructions say.
However, the instructions also suggest that officers be penalized if they don’t step back. Agents “should not place themselves in the path of a motor vehicle or use their body to block a vehicles’s path,” according to new instructions.
The new curbs were praised by advocates for greater immigration, including Juanita Molina, director of the Border Action Network. New Jersey Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez, and Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren, according to the Los Angeles Times. Continue reading this article
On Saturday, BookTV broadcast a discussion from James Barrat, the author of “Our Final Invention.” (Watch.) He listed a few job categories that can now be done by a smart machine: sport writers, pharmacists, postal workers, bank tellers, travel agents, manufacturing and clerical workers. Barrat noted several occupations that will soon face machine competition, including medical diagnosis, driving, piloting airplanes, space exploration and software development.
Google Chairman Eric Schmidt spoke about Google’s bevy of recent robot acquisitions at the Oasis: The Montgomery Summit conference in Santa Monica, California, on Tuesday. “We’re experimenting with what automation will lead to. Robots will become omnipresent in our lives in a good way,” Schmidt said, according to a report from Bloomberg.
Schmidt went on to say that he thinks automated technology will “replace a lot of the repetitive behavior in our lives.” Robotics and artificial intelligence are two arenas that Google has been heavily investing in to stay ahead of the next big technological advancements.
“The biggest thing will be artificial intelligence,” Schmidt said, per Bloomberg. “Technology is evolving from asking a question to making a relevant recommendation. It will figure out things you care about and make recommendations. That’s possible with today’s technology.”
Google has been steadily collecting robotics and artificial intelligence companies over the past several months, leading the tech press to speculate widely about a dystopian future occupied by Google-designed robots. In December, Google purchased the robotics company Boston Dynamics, which has long been a Pentagon contractor and is known for building creepily animal-like robots. Boston Dynamics was the eighth robotics company Google purchased in the past six months. Continue reading this article
In the spirit of International Women’s Day (March 8), attention should be paid to the violence women suffer at the hands of men in Mexico, our neighbor and the source of the largest number of illegal aliens here. Unfortunately, millions of these same criminally inclined, misogynous people have relocated in our country, with varying degrees of legality.
Mexicans commit crimes of violence against women when they get to America, like illegal Jose Medellin who murdered two Texas girls for the fun of it and Timoteo Rios who stabbed Tina Davila to death for her car. Gang rapes appear to be a popular activity among Mexicans active in drug crime.
Mexican women in Mexico are stuck with violent Mexican men, but they have been foisted upon the American public by a ruling class in Washington that cares nothing about public safety.
(Reuters) – So many teenage girls turned up dead in a vacant field on the outskirts of Mexico City that people nicknamed it the “women’s dumping ground.”
They began showing up in 2006, usually left among piles of garbage. Some were victims of domestic violence, others of drug gangs that have seized control of entire neighborhoods in the gritty town of Ecatepec, northeast of the capital.
The lot has since been cleared and declared an ecological reserve. But its grisly past is not forgotten and the killings have only accelerated.
Dulce Cristina Payan, 17, was one of the victims. Two years ago, armed men pulled up in a pickup truck and dragged her and her boyfriend away from the porch of her home. He was tossed from the truck within a few blocks but she was taken away and murdered, stabbed repeatedly in the face and stomach.
Her father, Pedro Payan, believes the killers belonged to La Familia, a violent drug gang operating in Ecatepec, and that Dulce Cristina was murdered when she resisted rape.
“I think my daughter defended herself, because her nails were broken, and her knuckles were scraped,” sobbed Payan, a former police officer who now sells pirated DVDs from his home to get by. “She had a strong character.”
As drug violence has escalated across Mexico in the past seven years, the rule of law has collapsed in some of the toughest cities and neighborhoods. When that happens, local gangs take control, imposing their will on residents and feeding a culture of extreme violence.
AN anti-Islam party based on the hardline views of Dutch politician Geert Wilders plans to field candidates at the next federal election, raising fears among moderate Muslims of a rise in extremism.
Mr Wilders, an influential far-right figure expected to shape the results of this year’s European elections, told followers in a video message that the Australian Liberty Alliance was being formed to “offer civil minded Australians fresh political vision and better policies”.
Policies advocated by Wilders’ Party for Freedom include deporting immigrants convicted of a crime and stopping all immigration from Islamic countries.
“Many of you are disappointed by current political parties and have had enough of politicians who sell our Western civilisation,” Mr Wilders said in his video. “Like you, good people in Europe, America, Canada have had enough of politicians who don’t share our values and foolishly declare all cultures are equal, and who lack the courage to speak the truth and say that Islam is the biggest threat to freedom today.”
Australian Liberty Alliance was registered as a not-for-profit business last month by Debbie Robinson, the president of the Q Society, an anti-Islam think tank that was responsible for bringing Mr Wilders to Australia last year. The party will be headquartered in Western Australia and is expected to be launched by Mr Wilders early next year. It is yet to be registered as a political party with the Australian Electoral Commission. Continue reading this article
On February 11, 2014, ten influential national security practitioners– including former Congressman Allen West, former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy, former CIA Director Jim Woolsey, former Pentagon Inspector General Joseph Schmitz and others– sent a letter to American Conservative Union board member Cleta Mitchell, urging her and her colleagues to take action against Grover Norquist and Suhail Khan, two ACU members who have for years been running influence operations against conservatives on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist causes. She ignored it.
Both Norquist and Khan have had relationships with a bevy of individuals with strong ties to the Muslim Brotherhood– including jailed al-Qaeda and Brotherhood member Abdurahman Alamoudi and onetime head of Palestinian Islamic Jihad Sami al-Arian– that make their participation in the American Conservative Union anathema to the organization’s supposed vision. It behooves true conservatives, Republicans–and, indeed, the American people as a whole– to resist such subversive operations and to expose and counter those who enable them. [. . .]
The question-and-answer format can be an effective explanatory tool. The Orange County Register presented a friendly Q-&-A with NumbersUSA’s Roy Beck in which he could calmly describe his organization’s beliefs and policies without the arm-wrestling one sees in many media interviews given by unfriendlies.
While the open-borders crowd tries to claim virtue with its simpering sob stories of illegal aliens as victims of meanie America, Beck made the case, backed up with polling data, that “the nation’s higher moral priority is to protect unemployed and low-wage Americans from having to compete with extra foreign labor for jobs.”
Former journalist and author Roy Beck is the executive director of NumbersUSA, a Washington-D.C-area based organization that works to reduce immigration levels in the country and opposes amnesty. On its website, numbersusa.com, the organization also grades Congress members on issues such as reducing unnecessary worker visas and amnesty enticements. The group bills itself as “the nation’s largest grassroots immigration-reduction organization with more than 1 million participants in all 435 congressional districts.”
Q: The pro-immigration reform forces regularly stage rallies, fasts and other events that draw media. Members of your group are not as visible, focusing instead on faxes, letters and phone calls. This seemed to be effective in 2006-2007. Can this lower-key approach work now? A: Our emphasis on the civic virtue of putting a lot of individual citizens in touch with offices of individual members of Congress on a regular basis still trumps political theatre.
Q: What is your top legislative priority? A: NumbersUSA’s top legislative priority is reducing overall immigration and lifetime work permits by at least half by limiting immigration to a generous system for spouses and minor children of Americans and of those that come here legally, for our fair share of internationally recognized special needs refugees, and for people with truly extraordinary skills.
Q: NumbersUSA also supports the idea of no longer granting citizenship to all children born in the United States. Why? And how would a “Birthright Citizenship Act,” such as the one introduced in the U.S. House last year, work? A: Birthright citizenship for tourists and unlawfully present foreign citizens is incompatible with a modern age and has been abandoned by every industrialized nation in the world except the U.S. and Canada. This federal regulation that Congress can change adds around 500,000 additional citizens. That’s in addition to the one million immigrants a year. These become anchors for their illegally-present parents who use them as excuses for why they shouldn’t go home. The bill we support would automatically grant U.S. citizenship only to children who have at least one parent who is a U.S. citizen or a permanent legal immigrant.
Q: An Evangelical coalition has joined with the Catholic Church and other denominations in broad-based support for immigration reform. NumbersUSA just released a new national poll that shows these voters reject those immigration goals. What were the poll’s results? A: By huge margins, Catholic and evangelical Christian voters told Pulse Opinion Research that the nation’s higher moral priority is to protect unemployed and low-wage Americans from having to compete with extra foreign labor for jobs, rather than to help illegal immigrants keep jobs to provide for their families. Both polls found strong compassion for the Black and Hispanic Americans who suffer the greatest joblessness and poverty. The two religious groups strongly preferred requiring businesses to do more to recruit and train from those populations instead of being provided more foreign labor for the employers.
Q: How do you explain the sharp contrast between these numbers and the message of support we’re hearing from the faith community? A: The religious leaders lobbying for legalization and foreign-labor increases were not chosen by Catholic and evangelical voters to speak for them on this. Those leaders speak for themselves and apparently are driven primarily by a priority that they have placed on the needs of illegal immigrants and the business lobbies. The polling, though, shows that most members of their denominations have a very different set of moral priorities. Continue reading this article
The hopes of the Romeike family of homeschoolers to remain in America seemed to have crashed and burned on Monday when the Supreme Court declined to take their asylum case, but on Tuesday the DHS intervened to allow them to stay indefinitely as long as they remain law abiding.
A German home-schooling family that was facing deportation by U.S. authorities will be permitted to stay here indefinitely, the leader of a national home-school support group said Tuesday.
“This is an incredible victory that I can only credit to Almighty God,” Michael Farris, chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), said on the group’s website Tuesday afternoon.
Mr. Farris said the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) verbally informed his office that Uwe and Hannelore Romeike and their six children were being granted indefinite deferred-action status.
This means “the order of removal would not be acted on” and the Romeikes, who live in Tennessee, can stay in America, HSLDA said.
Calls to the DHS to confirm the status were not immediately returned Tuesday.
Mr. Romeike said Tuesday he was extremely grateful for the support his family has received from Americans.
“As long as we can live at peace here, we are happy,” he said. “I wouldn’t have minded staying in Germany if the mistreatment targeted only me, but our whole family was targeted when German authorities would not tolerate our decision to teach our children. That is what brought us here.” Continue reading this article
I’ve been getting uninvited e-mails from CPAC about its upcoming yak-a-thon conference, and the schedule of speakers looks pretty snoozeworthy. But what can you expect from an organization (American Conservative Union) that has consistently been too hidebound to grasp the growing threats of hostile Islam and open borders?
The ACU is quintessentially establishment conservative, but seems like it wants to get hip to new things happening, like the Tea Party (albeit five years late).
An indication of CPAC’s slight lean toward grassroots is the lack of an invite to House Speaker Boehner, although uber-suit types like amnesty hucksters Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan are appearing as usual.
House Speaker John A. Boehner, who has tangled repeatedly with the right wing of the Republican Party, has not been invited to this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference, a major snub at the annual gathering and a sign of the top Republican officeholder’s struggle to find common ground with grass-roots activists.
People familiar with CPAC’s planning, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity, said the American Conservative Union, which hosts the event, never sent an invitation to Mr. Boehner, in part because it wanted the focus this year to be on leading conservative thinkers at the grass-roots level and not at the congressional or party leadership level. [. . .]
Good luck with that outreach thing. Critical issues like immigration enforcement are still overlooked because CPAC at heart represents Conservatism Inc. with a large dollop of Chamber of Commerce.
Breitbart News Network will hosting its second annual national security forum during the Conservative Political Action Conference and expand the event from a single panel to a full day of events with top conservative leaders.
Speakers for the event include former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, and Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Trent Franks (R-AZ), and Jim Bridenstine (R-OK).
Many of the speakers presenting at the Uninvited II were not invited to CPAC, which is organized by the American Conservative Union.
EMPAct America’s Henry Schwartz and Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon will be leading the summit; Center for Security Policy President and former Reagan official Frank Gaffney will moderate.
The summit will take place at the Westin Hotel around the corner from CPAC’s location at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at National Harbor. This year’s “Uninvited” event will take place on Thursday, March 6, the first day of CPAC.
“Conservatives — and Americans more generally — must be informed about the various international challenges confronting the United States today and in the years to come, and what we can do to address them,” Gaffney said. “The National Security Action Conference is a much-needed corrective to the failure of CPAC to cover such topics. Better yet, it will do so with many conservative leaders and others from whom especially the CPAC audience needs to hear, but no longer can.” Continue reading this article
Ever wonder how Muslims took over so much territory with their unpleasant totalitarian political system disguised by a cloak of religion? One major tactic: they make the lives of religious minorities completely miserable with second-class status and constant intimidation to the point where people give up and convert. If Christians or Jews don’t submit to the Islamic jackboot, they can keep their religion by paying a “tax”, a form of extortion called jizya, to keep their religion, although with extreme restrictions.
Radical Islamist rebels in the Syrian city of Raqqa are forcing Christians to pay for protection.
Christians must pay over $600 twice a year for the protection, convert to Islam, or “face the sword,” the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria said in a statement posted online.
The statement referred to the “dhimmi pact,” an ancient law allowing Christians and Jews to live in Islamic kingdoms if they paid a tax. Christians under protection will be allowed to worship privately, keep their own cemeteries and have their own clergy.
However, Christians must keep their religious items out of public sight. They are also not allowed to evangelize, bear arms, or pray where Muslims might hear them.
The ISIS terrorist group grew out of al Qaeda in Iraq and has become the most feared militia in Syria. Raqqa has been under rebel control since May 2013.
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