French Magazine to Publish Mohammed Cartoon Bio

Kudos to Charlie Hebdo for not submitting to Muslim intimidation. The Paris humor magazine’s office was firebombed in November 2011 for causing Muslims to become miffed with an issue poking fun at Mohammed. (See my report France: Magazine about to Publish Mohammed Satire Is Firebombed.)

Nevertheless, the publication is soldiering on, committing free speech in an increasingly hostile environment, due to Muslim immigration.

Below, Charlie Hebdo publisher Charb stood in front of his magazine’s firebombed office in 2011.

Incidentally, there is already a fine comic of the prophet’s life, Mohammed, Believe It or Else!, but another addition to the genre is always welcome!

French magazine Charlie Hebdo to publish comic of Mohammed’s life, Daily Telegraph, December 31, 2012

The weekly magazine has previously published cartoons featuring Mohammed, sparking violent protests by conservative Muslims.

The special edition comic book depiction of Mohammed’s life is due to be published on Wednesday, according to AFP.

Charlie Hebdo’s publisher said it would be educational and was an attempt to defend free speech. Continue reading this article

Obama Amnesty Plans Remain Mysterious

The Daily Caller‘s Neil Munro mused in the piece below over how Obama’s 2013 amnesty might play out, since King Barak has not released many hints.

Will the President present some amnesty-lite proposals that are acceptable to border-squishy Republicans and might be actually passed in Congress?

Or, will he launch a mega-ton comprehensive package that is designed to fail because of being too extreme for conservatives to support, a fact which he could then use to bash Republicans in the 2014 election?

Judging from Obama’s arrogant behavior during the fiscal cliff negotiations, it looks pretty sure that Job #1 for the President is destroying the Republican Party, in particular knocking them out of the House majority in 2014. The fact that Nancy Pelosi made a showy announcement in November that she would stay on in Congress rather than retire is an indication that she thinks she will be Speaker again.

Of course, it’s the Alinsky method to destroy opponents rather than merely prevail. And as the Washington Post observed in 2007, “Obama embraced many of Alinsky’s tactics.”

Another interesting item tucked within this piece is included in the comments section from someone who calls himself tim62, whose life experience is a reminder of the real unfairness that comes from open borders:

i’m in construction , when i can get work , i have to take jobs that pay me $8 less an hour than i was making in ’07 . not because there is not enough work , but because ill. aliens have flooded the industry & taken those wages just to get the jobs . i’ve got 30 hard years in my trade , & had finally gotten to a comfortable wage , now it’s like i worked & sacrificed 30 years for nothing .

We used to have a blue-collar middle class in America, but immigration has largely destroyed that.

Obama promises new immigration plan but keeps endgame close to his vest, Daily Caller, December 1, 2012

President Barack Obama promised Dec. 30 to introduce an immigration bill during 2013, but activists on all sides of the debate are trying to understand his strategy.

He may be gunning for a victory in the mid-term elections by introducing a bill so radical that it will spark an emotional controversy from whites, which would then spur many angry Latinos to vote Democratic in the 2014 midterm elections, said Robert de Posada, former head of a GOP-affiliated group, The Latino Coalition.

“The word that I’ve heard from many, is [that he will] submit a very, very liberal plan that most Republicans will not support, that most southern and moderate Democrats will not support,” he said.

When the bill fails, “they can announce once again that they tried [and that Latinos] need to rally in the next election,” said Posada, who helped President George W. Bush win 40 percent of the Latino vote in 2004, during the housing boom.

But that strategy would break Obama’s election-trail promise to help Latinos, said one Hill staffer who is working to pass an ambitious bill that would eventually provide citizenship to millions of Democratic-leaning, low-skill Latinos and their extended relations.

However, he noted, Obama hasn’t met with Democratic Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez, the leading Capitol Hill advocate for amnesty for illegal immigrants, since November.

“We don’t quite know what the White House is doing,” he said.

Obama sketched his 2013 plans during a low-pressure interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday.

“I’ve said that fixing our broken immigration system is a top priority,” he told interviewer David Gregory, who is now under police investigation for violating D.C. law by brandishing a 30-bullet magazine on his Dec. 23 show.

“I will introduce legislation in the first year to get that done,” Obama said.

“I think we have talked about it long enough. We know how we can fix it. We can do it in a comprehensive way that the American people support. That’s something we should get done.” Continue reading this article

Senate Benghazi Report Slams State Department

The Senate Homeland Security Committee has released its own report on the 9/11 Benghazi terror attack that killed four, including our Ambassador. It looks more hard-hitting than a report that appeared a couple weeks ago, written by Ambassador Thomas Pickering and Admiral Michael Mullen for the Accountability Review Board, which even Bloomberg characterized as having “Big Holes.”

Senators Joe Lieberman and Susan Collins have done important work before, such as their investigation of the Fort Hood mass murder by the Muslim psychiatrist which told the truth about the killings (unlike the Pentagon’s politically correct whitewash). For details, see my blog Senate Report: Fort Hood Massacre Was Preventable.

Meanwhile, President Obama recently remarked that the Benghazi deaths were due to “just some sloppiness, not intentional, in terms of how we secure embassies. . .”

Although the language is polite, the big pointer of blame is aimed at the State Department:

Finding 6. The Department of State did not adequately support security requests from its own security personnel in Benghazi.

You can read “Flashing Red: A Special Report On The Terrorist Attack At Benghazi” online or download a pdf version from the Homeland Security Committee’s page of reports.

Senate committee report on Benghazi terrorist attack faults State Department, Fox News, December 31, 2012

A scathing Senate committee report on the Benghazi terrorist attack faults the State Department for failing to adequately respond to mounting security threats in the lead-up to the assault. The report says the facility was woefully under-protected at a time when the region, according to a top department official, was “flashing red” — yet security was not improved, and nobody recommended the compound be shut down.

The report, produced by the Senate homeland security committee and obtained by Fox News, follows the release of a State Department-commissioned review earlier in the month. Both are highly critical of the department.

“It is so clear that (the Benghazi compound) is dangerous and what happened was due to extremely poor security,”  Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., said Monday.

The Senate report noted the “large amount of evidence” in the months preceding the attack that Benghazi was “increasingly dangerous and unstable,” with an attack on Americans becoming “much more likely.” Continue reading this article

NPR Signals That Even Pretend Border Security Standards Are Being Scrapped

A recent NPR report on the border and immigration shows how the Opravda media is helping to rewrite the rules for the upcoming amnesty battle in Washington. The long-accepted liberal framework of border security being the required first step before mass amnesty is now being reworked to a more convenient procedure for the anti-sovereignty crowd. A Texas immigration attorney opined that demanding border security is backward and prevents foreigners from easily snatching American jobs.

The new time line is a reversal of what has been proposed for a long time, but Obama’s second term is likely to have many such turnarounds that defy common sense about public policy: reward the lawbreakers first and we’ll clean up the details later (never).

Washington apparatchiks have been promising border security for years. In 1996, ICE Commissioner Doris Meissner declared that controlling the border “would be a three- to five-year effort,” putting success at 2001 at the latest:

California Border Patrols Busier Than Ever, San Francisco Chronicle, January 31, 1996

Meissner said that controlling the border is going to be a long- term, step-by-step process. “We’ve always said this would be a three- to five-year effort to build up to what would be needed,” she said.

But now the Obama minions believe that Republicans will fold like cheap lawn chairs and embrace open borders without even a pretend-assurance of border security. Such assumptions are well founded: plenty of professional “conservatives” like Sean Hannity are happy to reward foreign lawbreakers, despite the message of American fecklessness an amnesty would send around the world.

We know from psychology and child-rearing that rewarding a behavior gets more of it. Our entire justice system is based on the principle of punishing persons who commit socially undesirable actions. But the immigration issue is a weird parallel universe of reversed morality, so our elected representatives want to transform millions of foreign job thieves into legal workers, even as American unemployment remains at unconscionably high levels.

The following NPR link also includes an audio version. Interestingly, the URL, immigration-reform-before-border-control-experts-say, probably indicates the original title which may have been edited for being too honest.

Is The Border Secure Enough To Tackle The Immigration System?, National Public Radio, December 20, 2012

Since the mid-1980s, the U.S. Border Patrol has quintupled in size — growing from about 4,000 to more than 20,000 agents.

The government has constructed some 700 miles of fencing and vehicle barriers. It has placed thousands of ground sensors, lights, radar towers and cameras along the border. And Customs and Border Protection is now flying drones and helicopters to locate smuggles and rescue stranded immigrants.

So here’s the question: Is the Southwest border secure?

The number of illegal crossers apprehended is at a 40-year-low, which can be partly attributed to a weak U.S. job market and improving economy in Mexico. Drug seizures continue near historic highs and violent crime in border cities on the U.S. side has gone down.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says all those facts are indicators of progress in the right direction.

“If I were a police chief of a major city and I came in and I said we had reduced crime in four years by 70 to 80 percent, people would say, ‘That’s a great job. You’re a great police chief,’ ” she says. “If you took that and you applied it to what’s been going on along the Southwest border, you’d have to say objectively the same thing.”

A Byzantine Immigration System

But more and more people are realizing that illegal immigration is tied directly to the broken legal immigration system, not necessarily security.

People come for work without visas because they can’t easily get visas. Employers who need guest workers say it’s a long, frustrating, costly process to get the workers.

Here’s an analogy: Imagine immigration, especially from Latin America, as a two-lane residential street with a 20-mile-an-hour speed limit. Over the decades, it’s grown to an eight-lane superhighway. But the speed limit is still 20 mph. That is, visas for needed workers haven’t risen along with the traffic.

“If you want to keep it at 20 miles an hour, you have to put a cop every 20 feet. And that’s what the ‘secure the border first’ people are in effect trying to do,” says Daniel Kowalski, a Texas-based immigration attorney and editor of Bender’s Immigration Bulletin. He says demanding border security first is backward.

“You need to line the border with border patrol, shoulder to shoulder, and that’s just the wrong way to do it,” he says. “It’s too expensive. It’s easier to fix the numbers, rather than militarizing the border.” Continue reading this article

Britain: Negative Demographic Milestones Are Noted

Demographic changes in high-immigration areas can be breathtaking these days, as we see the accumulation reach unfortunate markers. One example: the population of London is no longer majority white because of immigration, the high birth rates of newbies and a classic case of white flight.

Another shocker: the number of Muslims residing in the UK has doubled in the years between 2001 and 2011.

Below, hostile Muslims shrieked insults at British troops returning from Afghanistan in 2010.

Interestingly, even the immigrants don’t all like the changes brought by importing diversity en masse. Some of the older generation dislike the behavior of the younger immigrants, according to an article published in Abu Dhabi:

Immigration anxiety writ large in London, The National (UAE), Dec 27, 2012

LONDON // “London has changed since I came,” says Ahmed Sadiq, leaning over a counter of South Asian sweets.

“There’s “more crime. Fewer morals,” the 67-year-old Pakistani baker, who immigrated in 1977, said ruefully. “They’ve brought drugs and broken up traditional communities.”

This sorry state of affairs was, in Mr Sadiq’s opinion, mainly the fault of immigrants.

That immigrants of previous generations are complaining about the new waves of arrivals to the UK demonstrates the scale of the issue.

Opposition to immigration in England today is among the strongest in Europe and politicians have been left scrambling to come up with a response. Last week, data from the 2011 England and Wales census showed that for the first time since records began, white Britons, at 45 per cent, made up less than half of London’s ethnic mix.

In all, 80.5 per cent of people in England and Wales define themselves as white Britons, down seven per cent from the last census in 2001. A total of 7.5 million people residing in England and Wales were not born here. Indeed, of the 3.7 million more people in England and Wales, 2.1 million were immigrants. Continue reading this article

South Texas: Illegal Aliens Are Coming in Larger Numbers

In Washington, the official narrative from the White House and obsequious media is that the border thing is handled and therefore a mega-millions amnesty can proceed to turn invasive foreigners into Democrats.

NPR asked the question recently: Is The Border Secure Enough To Tackle The Immigration System? Naturally it concluded yes, with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano stating that things were moving in the right direction.

Of course it’s a complete lie that the border is secure, as local ranchers have been saying all along. If it’s true that fewer Mexicans are breaking in, perhaps because of an improving economy at home, then there are plenty of Central Americans filling the gap. A December 22 report noted: Central America Edges Out Mexico for Leader in Undocumented Immigrants.

In case there is any doubt, the Police Chief of the Texas border town of La Joya recently remarked that he sees an increased level of illegal border crossing, in a season when many illegals are traveling south. Perhaps they are coming for the promised mega amnesty. . .

Local police chief says illegal immigration is on the rise, KGBT Television, Harlingen, Texas, December 26, 2012

The problem is not going away.

“Most of them have people here or they’re just trying to make it over here so they can start making a better living for themselves,” La Joya Police Chief Julian Gutierrez told Action 4 News.

No matter how many miles of border fence is erected—it seems nothing will stop the thousands of immigrants, crossing our border illegally, from continuing their journey.

“A lot of times we talk to them and ask them why they’re coming here,” Gutierrez explained. “They say they’re coming for the ‘American Dream.’ I always tell them that they’re here illegally—how do they expect to find work? They always say it’s a lot better than their country.”

Usually, this time of year, many immigrants will head back home to spend a few months with their families.

Come the end of January they make the journey back into the U.S.

But this year is different, Gutierrez said.

“It seems we’re seeing more people coming across and in bigger groups.” Continue reading this article

Prince William County: Illegal Aliens Return

Government-subsidized National Propaganda Radio (NPR) has a fawning update on the travails of foreign lawbreakers in Prince William County, Virginia. There was a crackdown a few years back, it reports, but the pests, er undocumented, have been straggling back, and NPR generously explains their struggles, while ignoring the citizens who demanded the law be enforced.

Prince William County was the site of a much publicized crime, the death of nun Denise Mosier at the hands of a previously arrested undeported drunk driving illegal alien, Carlos Martinelly Montano (pictured below).

The case was a source of embarrassment to the DHS because Montano had been arrested twice earlier but had been freed to roam America when he drove drunk into a car with three nuns, killing one.

Another notorious crime was the 2011 murder in Manassas of three and wounding of three others by Salvadoran illegal alien Jose Oswaldo Reyes-Alfaro, who was recently ruled incompetent to stand trial.

Aside from the entirely preventable death of Sister Denise Mosier and the mass murders, the general quality of life of Prince William County had declined enormously since the influx of the lawless foreigners.

A 2008 Washington Post report had surprisingly honest descriptions of what citizens endured:

A Hispanic Population in Decline, Washington Post, July 10, 2008; A01

The family that planted corn in the front yard of their $500,000 home is gone from Carrie Oliver’s street. So are the neighbors who drilled holes into the trees to string up a hammock.

Oliver’s list goes on: The loud music. The beer bottles. The littered diapers. All gone. When she and her husband, Ron, went for walks in their Manassas area neighborhood, she would take a trash bag and he would carry a handgun. No more. “So much has changed,” she said in a gush of relief, standing with her husband on a warm summer evening recently outside a Costco store.

But today’s report from NPR is cheerful about the county becoming majority minority and it looks forward to more hispanic participation in politics.

Debating The Impact Of An Immigration Crackdown, National Public Radio, December 26, 2012

In 2007, when Virginia’s Prince William County ordered police to check the immigration status of anyone they had “probable cause” to suspect was in the U.S. unlawfully, the impact was swift at family restaurant Ricos Tacos Moya.

“Suddenly nobody showed up,” says Stacey Moya, an employee, and daughter of the owner. “Nobody was around. Not one soul. We would go hours without any customers, any clients. Nothing.”

After community protests, the policy was soon watered down. In fact, police only check the status of those they arrest for a crime. Still, the stigma around the resolution stuck. Moya says one of her family’s restaurants went under. And while business at this one has picked up, it’s not the same.

“Not even on weekends after church,” she says. “Nowhere near what it was before. I guess nobody likes to be around in the public that much.”

Next year Congress is expected to again take up immigration reform, something it tried, but failed, to pass in 2006 and 2007. The collapse of those efforts prompted a number of cities and states to adopt their own regulations aimed at driving out illegal immigrants. But years later, it can be hard to tell just how much impact they had.

For one thing, Prince William County’s immigration crackdown coincided with the tanking economy. It’s hard to say which hurt more — police checks, or disappearing construction jobs. But one thing the policy aimed to address has not completely disappeared.

Demographic Shift Continues
Outside a 7-Eleven, just near the Moya restaurant, undocumented day laborers still gather. Twenty-eight-year-old Apolinar — who would speak only on condition we not use his last name — says he came here three years ago from central Mexico.

“I have to support my family,” he explains in Spanish. “There’s just no work where I’m from in Mexico.” Continue reading this article

Mexico 2012: the Year in Narco-Crime

December’s end brings lists of the year’s best, worst, most memorable and other supposedly reflective products of the dinosaur media. Such inventories are easy to concoct, and can be assembled weeks in advance, so the journalist can jet off for a deluxe ski vacation while his name appears in print. Hey, a refrigerator full of leftovers is a good thing!

The Houston Chronicle blog has an informative list enumerating the bloody crimes going on next door in the Mexican narco-state. So many from which to choose!

Such a project is like shooting fish in a barrel, but is a fine reminder of the nature of our neighbor, the nation which supplies the largest percentage of “immigrants” to the United States, one of the worst choices imaginable, if we had a choice.

Crime — it’s diverse and colorful down Mexico way!

Below, Mexican police are disguised as they display a couple captured drug kingpins, because they don’t want to get snuffed by the guys’ underlings.

2012 a year of headless bodies, a dead beauty queen and a new president as Mexico narco wars rage on, Houston Chronicle Blog, December 24, 2012

From the deaths and arrests of several top drug cartel players to the shooting of a beauty queen; attack on two CIA contractors and the Texas Department of Public Safety opening fire from a borderland helicopter, 2012 saw plenty of Narco Wars action.

Here are some of the more significant moments. They are not in any particular order:

1. Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, head of the Zetas cartel is killed by Mexican sailors as part of a bizarre series of events in which his body was stolen from a funeral home and one of his deceased parents were later dug up to match DNA to clothing that had been removed from the body.

2. Jorge Eduardo “Costilla” Sanchez, a ranking leader of the Gulf Cartel,  is arrested in Mexico and the U.S. seeks  his extradition to face American justice.

3. At least 44 inmates killed – most apparently stabbed and beaten to death by their rivals, at a Nuevo Leon, Mexico prison.

4. Mexican President Felipe Calderon finishes his six years in office leaving a legacy that includes an organized crime war that left more than 50,000 people dead.

5. Enrique Peña Nieto is elected president of Mexico, says he’ll create a national police force to return rule of law.

Policemen gather as they clash with demonstrators outside the Congress in Mexico City before celebrations for the inauguration of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. He inherits a country beset by a brutal drug war. AFP PHOTO/Pedro PardoPedro PARDO/AFP/Getty Images

6. Texas Department of Public Safety pushes on with sending armored patrol boats to Rio Grande.

7. Officer on DPS helicopter shoots at truckload of immigrants sneaking into Texas

7. Despite tens of thousands of deaths and that portions of Mexico have no rule of law, the Mexican drug war not part of debate between top U.S. presidential candidates

8. Mexico beauty queen Susana Flores Maria Gamez killed in Sinaloa state shootout

9. Zetas blamed for 49 headless, handless bodies dumped along highway outside town of Cadereyta

10.Two American CIA operatives and a Mexican Navy captain in an armored embassy vehicle with diplomatic license plates were ambushed by dozens of Mexican federal police in unmarked civilian cars.

Bethlehem Christians Face Their Own Eradication

One of the more depressing aspects of the Christmas season is the attention paid to the worsening situation of Christians who live in the Holy Land. The few remaining hope to leave, as their position becomes more tenuous with the increasing dominance of hostile Muslims.

Fifty years ago, Bethlehem’s population was 70 percent Christian; now estimates run to less than 20 percent.

Below, Palestinian Christians in traditional outfits participated in a procession near the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem in 2007.

It’s tragic that after two millennia of Christian history in the land of Jesus’ birth, the descendants of the first followers are close to extinction as they are being driven out by hostile Islam. But that outcome is not surprising given Muslim history. When I was in grade school, we learned that Islam was “spread by the sword” — a characterization which is unlikely to be taught in these politically correct times.

However, the record reveals that periods of Muslim calm are the exception, not the rule. The Koran directs Muslims to rule in the name of Allah, and the history of North Africa and the Middle East shows that Muslims have followed that commandment. We in the West are unwise to ignore Islam’s prime directive to engage in jihad until the entire world is Muslim.

Christians in Bethlehem will celebrate midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, but dream of living elsewhere, Daily Telegraph, December 23, 2012

Arab Christians will crowd into Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity on Christmas Eve, but social and economic pressures mean they are a dwindling minority in the town where Christ was born.

Christian Arab families from Bethlehem will crowd into the town’s Church of the Nativity to celebrate Christmas Eve, as their ancestors have done for nearly 2000 years.

Midnight Mass, televised around the world live from Bethlehem, will be a moving and beautiful spectacle as it is on this night every year. But even as they celebrate in the town of Christ’s birth, many of Bethlehem’s dwindling population of Christians will be dreaming of a new life far from the Holy Land.

“Like Christians elsewhere in the Middle East, I’m not sure we have a future here,” said Jack Giacaman, the prosperous owner of a souvenir shop. He can trace his ancestors back nearly 400 years to an Italian stonemason who came to work on Franciscan churches.

“It’s not like Iraq or Syria where Christians are being killed and persecuted, thank goodness,” he said. “But there are few jobs for our community and we are under pressure from both Jews and Muslims, both of whom are becoming more religious. Some people now say Christians could even vanish from Bethlehem.” Continue reading this article

Obama Plans to Give Immigrants an Easier Path to Purchasing Firearms

President Obama is sending signals that his second term will assault citizenship in even more targeted ways. Not only has he promised to reward millions of lawbreaking illegal alien foreigners with all the privileges of Americans, but now we learn that he wants to loosen requirements for immigrants to purchase firearms. New gun rights for non-citizens follows a vicious Obama campaign promising to reduce gun rights for citizens.

If the government wants to restrict firearm ownership, it should start with immigrants. After all, the period between getting a green card and becoming a citizen is meant to be a try-out period, where if the newbie behaves himself, then he gets to join the club. Why should any non-citizen be permitted to own guns anyway? They should made to wait so they will appreciate the true joy of buying guns as a full-tilt American citizen.

One example revealing the policy’s deep flaws is the case of Seung Hui Cho (pictured), the mass murderer of Virginia Tech. He was a legal permanent resident who legally purchased firearms despite his college history of psychiatric difficulties and harassing women students. Sensible gun restrictions on immigrants, particularly those with mental health problems, would be beneficial for public safety.

But why should Obama learn from the past when he can insult traditional Americans and their values?

Obama, Holder Push to Loosen Gun Sale Restrictions — for Legal Immigrants,, December 24, 2012

While the shooting at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School has prompted a national gun control debate, President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder will still push to allow immigrants to purchase firearms more easily.

Normally, the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) requires legal aliens to live in a state for 90 days before buying a gun. The ATF does this through a rule attached to the Gun Control Act of 1968.

In June, Holder’s DOJ proposed to eliminate that 90-day residency requirement rule.

“This rule would finalize the interim final rule published on June 7, 2012 by removing the 90-day State residency requirement for aliens lawfully present in the United States to purchase or acquire a firearm,” the proposal to eliminate that requirement reads in part. “The Department has determined that the Gun Control Act does not permit ATF to impose a regulatory requirement that aliens lawfully present in the United States are subject to a 90-day State residency requirement when such a requirement is not applicable to U.S. citizens.”

The move to allow aliens easier access to firearms is now in its final stages. Continue reading this article

California Drops Below Double-Digit Joblessness

The government suits are doing cartwheels in California for a rather pathetic milestone — the state’s unemployment level has fallen below 10 percent for the first time in over four years. The official unemployment rate is 9.8 percent, second worst in the country, yet economic pundits declare things like, “California’s economy is growing and is recovering.”

Don’t worry though. The crazy Democrats who run Sacramento will smack down any beginnings of a genuine economic recovery because of their extreme anti-business policies. A report published in 2009 at the direction of then-Governor Schwarzenegger found that excessive regulations cost the state half a trillion dollars annually. There’s a serious exodus of companies to states friendlier to business.

Here’s the example of one job creator, Skip Brown, owner of road contractor Delta Construction Co., who may be forced to close because of wacky California environmental regulations:

California Unemployment Rate Dips Below 10 Percent, Huffpo, Dec 21, 2012

[. . .] Meanwhile, stricter air pollution standards mean most of his heavy diesel equipment will be illegal to use in California in coming years. Brown said if he can’t sell the 69-year-old firm started by his father, he’ll close the doors once he can no longer operate his paving and grading equipment.

But for today, the California economy is struggling along with a tiny improvement. The AP report below doesn’t mention that while at least 1.8 million Californians are out of work, Obama promises to amnesty millions of illegal aliens, many of whom will be added to the state’s supply of legal job seekers.

California jobless rate dips below 10 percent, Associated Press, December 21, 2012

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s jobless rate dipped below 10 percent last month for the first time since the recession began, the state announced Friday, signaling that the state’s economy may have finally turned the corner.

The 9.8 percent unemployment rate reported by the Employment Development Department is down from 10.1 percent in October.

It marks the first time in nearly four years that the rate dropped into single digits. The last time was in January 2009, when the rate was 9.7 percent.

Leading economists had predicted that California’s unemployment rate would remain in double digits through 2013.

Only Nevada and Rhode Island had jobless rates remaining in double-digits. California still lagged behind the national unemployment rate of 7.7 percent in October. Continue reading this article

California & USA: Immigrants Keep Coming

Growth enthusiasts are relieved! Even a depression-lite economy of years duration won’t keep immigrants out, according to recent Census numbers. (Maybe the foreigners heard about the current administration’s generosity with free stuff for everybody.)

Whatever the reason, immigrants continue to pile in, even while citizens lower their baby production on account of tight family finances. The population of the United States has nearly reached 315 million, with immigrants continuing to supply a substantial part of the growth.

The United States reached the 300 million mark in 2006, with the enthusiastic approval of the pro-growth and pro-diversity crowds. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez enthused at the time, “We should all feel good about reaching this milestone.” More is better, particularly when it’s diverse.

The Census released some new population numbers on Thursday, with states as a focus. Below is one interesting map, and there are several others at this link.

More people moving to U.S. Los Angeles Times, December 21, 2012

Immigration jumps, causing the population to grow faster even as the birthrate falls.

WASHINGTON — The pace of the nation’s population growth inched higher this year for the first time since 2006, boosted by a larger number of immigrants amid improving U.S. prospects.

In its annual state population estimates, the Census Bureau said Thursday that there were 313.9 million people in the United States on July 1. That is up 2.3 million from a year earlier, a growth rate of 0.75%.

Although that pace is still very slow by historical standards, it nonetheless marks a tiny increase after several years of declines, in which the growth rate had fallen to a level not seen since the 1930s.

And the increase of immigrants is one more indication that the powerful effects of the Great Recession are ebbing because immigration tends to rise when the U.S. job market improves.

California’s population rose at a slightly higher rate of 0.95%. Even as California lost more residents to other states, it had a net gain of 357,500 people, thanks to immigration and the natural increase — more births than deaths.

With 38 million residents as of July 1, California remains the most populous state in the nation. It had about 12 million more people than No. 2 Texas, which once again saw the biggest numerical increase in population of all states.

This year’s uptick in the U.S. population growth rate came entirely from a jump in immigration.

Even as the number of births in the U.S. continued to edge lower, about 885,800 immigrants settled in the U.S. in the most recent year, which ended July 1. That was about 110,000 more than in the same period a year earlier, according to the census data. Continue reading this article

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