California Election Is Marked by Increased Language Diversity

Today was the primary election in California, and we voters in Alameda County had even more diversity to bear, er celebrate.

I snapped the photo below at my local polling station, which shows two new languages added to ballots by federal law, Vietnamese and Tagalog, even though immigrants are supposed to understand and speak English to become naturalized citizens. I could have gotten an “I Voted” sticker in any of four languages, and chose English.

The change of printing voting materials in two additional foreign languages was estimated to cost county taxpayers “several hundred thousand dollars.”

It could be worse. Uber-diverse Los Angeles County must produce election materials in Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Hindi, Khmer and Thai.

Alameda Elections Access Will Be Overseen by Feds, KQED Radio, June 4, 2012

Federal monitors will be watching the polls in Alameda County tomorrow to make sure multilingual voters get the help they need. That includes having ballots in four languages and enough bilingual poll workers to comply with the Voting Rights Act.

Alameda’s registrar of voters Dave Macdonald says it’s difficult to find poll workers, bilingual or not: “it’s a long day you work from 6 in the morning until maybe 9 or 10 o’clock at night. It’s a very stressful job, but it’s also very rewarding.”

Alameda County will now offer language support in Vietnamese and Tagalog, in addition to Spanish and Chinese.

Federal poll monitors will also be on watch in Fresno and Riverside Counties.

It was not an election that inspired much voter enthusiasm, what with the Presidential primaries already decided.

However I did enjoy casting a vote for Republican Senate candidate Nachum Shifren, the surfing rabbi who kicks sharia down the stairs whenever he gets the chance.

Not that he or any other Republican has a chance against incumbent Dianne Feinstein, who remains a popular political figure for some odd reason.

Texas Debate Language Considered

In the Lone Star State, the idea of conducting a debate in Spanish for the position of United States Senator has been proposed by Republican David Dewhurst, the current Lt. Governor.

Opponent for the R-nomination Ted Cruz demurred, but in a way that is not reassuring for friends of traditional American culture.

Cruz is supposed to be a big favorite of Tea Party patriots, but his response makes me think, “Hmm.”

“My Spanish is a situation many of your viewers will recognize, which is that as a second generation immigrant, my dad came from Cuba when he was a teenager not speaking English. And I grew up here speaking Spanglish,” Cruz said, shouting out a phrase in half English, half Spanish to illustrate his point.

Ted Cruz curiously identifies himself as a “second generation immigrant” rather than an immigrant, period, who was born in Canada. If he were running as a Dem he could celebrate his two-fer diversity (Cuban-Canadian) and be the sweetheart of the multiculti media. But perhaps Cruz’s diversity is not the right flavor.

Is his excuse of speaking Spanglish really a cover for an accent that won’t appeal to the mostly Mexican hispanics who live in Texas, who might not cotton to the Cuba-sound from his father?

Cruz could have said, “The debate for the Republican nominee for the Senate should be conducted in English because this is the United States, and that’s our language, not Spanish or French.”

But he didn’t.

What’s wrong with these Republicans who won’t stand up for the cultural unifier of the English language? The hispanderers (like Newt Gingrich) are willing to allow that speaking English is financially beneficial for immigrants, but not that the ability will promote their assimilation to the American community and values.

Some in the tribal brigade even argue that culural assimilation is a bad thing. In 2008 Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated in Germany to his auslanders, “Assimilation is a crime against humanity.”

Even after decades of pro-diversity propaganda, Rasmussen pollsters found in 2010 that 87 percent of voter believe that English should be the official language in the USA. People instinctively understand the cultural importance of one language.

Now back to the present and the Ted Cruz tap dance:

English please: Ted Cruz doesn’t want Senate debate in Spanish, The Daily Caller, June 4, 2013

Over the weekend, the white Lieutenant Governor of Texas, David Dewhurst challenged his opponent in the Texas Senate race, Ted Cruz, to a debate — in Spanish. Cruz, the Cuban-American former Texas Solicitor General, said he would prefer to debate in English.

Univision reported that Dewhurst made the challenge to Cruz. “I would welcome a debate with Lt. Gov. Dewhurst in any form,” Cruz told the Spanish-language network. “But I think we would have a better debate if we did the debate in English.”

He explained that as a second generation Cuban American, he grew up speaking “Spanglish.”

“My Spanish is a situation many of your viewers will recognize, which is that as a second generation immigrant, my dad came from Cuba when he was a teenager not speaking English. And I grew up here speaking Spanglish,” Cruz said, shouting out a phrase in half English, half Spanish to illustrate his point.

“That’s the world in which I grew up, and that’s a world in which a lot of second generation immigrants find themselves.”

Dewhurst and Cruz are locked in a Republican primary run-off battle for the Texas Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison at the end of the year. There is no viable Democratic candidate, and given the demographics of the state, whoever wins the primary run-off on July 31 will take the seat.

Texas has a huge Hispanic population, being a border state, and that demographic will be hugely important for both candidates.

Dewhurst is clearly making a play for that vote.

“I’m only asking who Ted Cruz is,” Dewhurst told Univision, speaking in poorly accented Spanish. He doesn’t have a proven record. We don’t know who he is.”

Contacted by The Daily Caller, Cruz campaign spokesman John Drogin did not comment on the Spanish-language debate challenge.

“This is the real story,” Drogin said, referring to an invitation Cruz accepted to participate in some debates held by local conservative activists. “Will Dewhurst show up to these debates? Any others? He says he’s willing … but we’ll see!”

North Dakota: Somali Faces Trial for Quadruple Murder

In North Dakota, Omar Mohamed Kalmio, a Somali national, is in jail, accused of murdering his girlfriend Sabrina Zephier, her mother, brother and the mother’s boyfriend.

Kalmio made a court appearance last Tuesday, where it was noted that the murders occurred at two different residences, suggesting the Somali killed his girlfriend, then travelled across town to murder the others.

When one thinks of Somali mass murders in the United States, the case of Said Biyad, a refugee residing in Louisville thanks to Catholic Charities, comes to mind, He also killed four, specifically slitting the throats of his own children.

Somalis have arguably been the least assimilated immigrants ever, ranging in crime behaviors from gangster activities like child prostitution rings to junior thugs in St. Paul assaulting old people to film for Youtube entertainment.

I remember being struck with the cultural acceptance of family violence when reading Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s autobiographical books about growing up in Somalia. So a family mass murder committed by a Somali is sadly not surprising.

Curiously, the political asylee was not deported after his previous violent crimes, perhaps because Washington has been leery of repatriating bad guys to unsettled Somalia (a dangerous place, liberal lawyers say) even though the population there (over 9 million) has been rising steadily for nearly two decades. So it can’t be that unhealthy to live in Somalia.

Besides, being a rough character would have helped Kalmio to fit into the Somali lifestyle. As a British judge remarked to a Somali he was deporting, “‘You’re a criminal, you’ll be safe in Somalia.”

Anyway, it’s too late for sensible crime prevention now (e.g. end Muslim immigration). Kalmio will be a permanent resident for the rest of his life.

Suspect in North Dakota killing now faces four murder counts, Associated Press, May 24, 2012

FARGO, N.D.  — A Somali man charged in the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old woman in northwest North Dakota is now accused of killing her mother, brother and the mother’s boyfriend, who were found dead the same day in mobile home across town.

Omar Mohamed Kalmio, 27, who has a history of violent crime, was charged with murder several months after his infant daughter’s mother, Sabrina Zephier, was found dead at her home in Minot in January 2011. The baby was found in the home unharmed.

Court documents show prosecutors filed additional murder charges Friday, alleging Kalmio also was the gunman who killed 13-year-old Dylan Zephier, 38-year-old Jolene Zephier, and Jolene’s 22-year-old boyfriend, Jeremy Longie.

Multiple slayings are virtually unheard of in North Dakota, which had 10 murders and non-negligent homicides in all of 2010, according to data compiled by the FBI. Continue reading this article

California Assemblyman Aims to Undermine Public Safety

California’s disdain for public safety knows no bounds when the comfort of illegal aliens is threatened, as shown by new legislation that would wipe out Secure Communities, the federal program for identifying already arrested illegal aliens.

Secure Communities is moderately effective, so the Raza-tarians hate it. They frequently show up to protest the program, so we know it’s good.

In this instance of elected representatives working to sabotage public safety, San Francisco’s own gay Assemblyman Tom Ammiano is the author of the bill. He seriously dislikes law enforcement against foreign criminals, as indicated by his participation in an anti-Secure Communities event last January sponsored by Archbishop George Niederauer. Yes, the catholic church dislikes public safety also, particularly when it interferes with their illegal alien pew-warmers’ happy lifestyles.

Ammiano gets extra points for blood on his hands because he represents San Francisco, which recently concluded the trial of Edwin Ramos for the triple murder of Tony Bologna and his two sons. Ammiano should know very well that letting foreign gangsters run amok can kill — it already has happened in his city.

Furthermore, we learned from the murder trial of Pedro Espinoza for shooting Jamiel Shaw that even extremely violent prisoners are routinely released in sanctuary cities rather than deported. Illegal alien gangster Espinoza had homicidal crazy written all over him after attacking several people while in jail including a police officer, but he was released and murdered 17-year-old Shaw just 28 hours after being let go on Los Angeles streets.

If some illegal aliens are deported who haven’t committed axe murders or worse, that’s fine. As the late Congresswoman Barbara Jordan wisely stated in 1994 testimony to the Senate, “As far as immigration policy is concerned, credibility can be measured by a simple yardstick: people who should get in, get in; people who should not enter are kept out; and people who are deportable should be required to leave.”

IMMIGRATION: Bill would cut local authority to hold illegal immigrants for feds , North County Times, June 1, 2012

A bill introduced by a San Francisco assemblyman would prohibit local law enforcement agencies from detaining illegal immigrants for federal agents unless the detainees have prior felony convictions.

The measure, Assembly Bill 1081 by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, is aimed at curtailing the federal Secure Communities program, which is credited with helping to deport thousands of illegal immigrants held in local jails. The program electronically matches the fingerprints of people booked into county jails against federal databases to help identify illegal immigrants.

Critics of the Secure Communities program say it has cast a wide net, catching many people who have never been convicted of any crimes.

“What is truly draconian is the endless stream of heart-breaking stories of food vendors, crime victims, even U.S. citizens and so many other community members trapped needlessly in local jails and swept in an out-of-control deportation dragnet,” Ammiano said in a written statement.

The bill was introduced last year, but lawmakers held it in a Senate committee for changes. Ammiano rewrote and reintroduced the bill last month.

Under the measure, law enforcement officers would be prohibited from detaining a person for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents after the person is eligible to be released from custody unless that person has been convicted of a serious or violent felony. Continue reading this article

Brussels: Burqa Attacks Police Officer When ID Is Requested

From Belgium, we have another example of why the culture of hostile Muslims does not work in the West.

When a burqa-covered Muslim woman was asked for identification in Brussels, she head-butted a female police officer and broke her nose. Face coverings are not permitted on Belgian streets.

The burqa then contacted her co-religionists, more than a hundred of whom then surrounded the police station and proceeded to throw stones and get into scuffles. Riot police were brought in to defend the station.

Muslims have really taken the message of “Winning through intimidation” to heart. Continuing to admit them as immigrants seems very unwise.

(For more background about the Islamic unfriendlies residing in Belgium, see Sharia Invaders in Belgium Declare Their Intentions.)

Brussels police attacked by Islamists: mayor, Euronews, June 1, 2012

Brussels police came under attack on Thursday after they arrested a Muslim woman who refused to remove her face veil.

Protesters threw metal barriers and trash cans at a police station in Molenbeek. The district of the Belgian capital has a high number of Muslim immigrants.

Belgium and France passed laws last year that ban the wearing of full-face veils in public.

Johan Debecker, the head of Brussels-West police authority, said the unnamed woman became aggressive during questioning.

“She head-butted our policewoman and the policewoman now has a broken nose,” he told reporters.

Some 100 people surrounded Molenbeek police station late on Thursday night, with scuffles breaking out.

Phillippe Moureaux, the town mayor, said an extreme Islamist group,
Sharia4Belgium, was behind the trouble.

Sharia4Belgium issued a statement on its website on Friday, condemning what it called “a terrorist attack of Brussels’ assassination squads”.

Last month, an Antwerp court jailed the group’s spokesman Fouad Belkacem for two years for inciting racial hatred against non-Muslims.

Universal University Utopianism

Thoughtful columnist Robert Samuelson recently posed some questions about the silly idea of universal college education and its corrosive effect on preparing young people for future gainful employment.

It is indeed curious that so much of K-12 is geared toward sending all the kiddies on to the big university when only 30 percent of Americans have BA degrees. Add in a preference of many for hands-on non-cubicle work and universal college education sounds like a bad idea.

Plus, there have been predictable sidebar consequences like dumbing down of admissions standards and course work, grade inflation and the abandonment of apprenticeships and blue-collar skills training.

Remember, half the population is below average (in school performance and every other way).

Another bad result of the idea of universal college entitlement has been the hispanic demanders’ squawks for subsidized higher educations for illegal alien students, aka DREAM Acters.

I have a few ideas for fixing an educational system that has devolved into more scam than honorable institution:

● Redesign high schools to equip the non-scholarly types with some sort of useful skill. No graduation without the student submitting a serious job-skill plan for his/her future.

● Refocus junior colleges on job training and keep them affordable.

● Four-year colleges should charge less for classes leading to socially useful knowledge. Nursing students should pay far less for their education than kids majoring in subjects like Chicano or Ethnic Studies, which are training grounds for future anti-sovereignty activists.

Now for Mr. Samuelson. . .

It’s time to drop the college-for-all crusade, Washington Post, By Robert J. Samuelson, May 27, 2012

The college-for-all crusade has outlived its usefulness. Time to ditch it. Like the crusade to make all Americans homeowners, it’s now doing more harm than good. It looms as the largest mistake in educational policy since World War II, even though higher education’s expansion also ranks as one of America’s great postwar triumphs.

Consider. In 1940, fewer than 5 percent of Americans had a college degree. Going to college was “a privilege reserved for the brightest or the most affluent” high-school graduates, wrote Diane Ravitch in her history of U.S. education, “The Troubled Crusade.” No more. At last count, roughly 40 percent of Americans had some sort of college degree: about 30 percent a bachelor’s degree from a four-year institution; the rest associate degrees from community colleges.

Starting with the GI Bill in 1944, governments at all levels promoted college. From 1947 to 1980, enrollments jumped from 2.3 million to 12.1 million. In the 1940s, private colleges and universities accounted for about half. By the 1980s, state schools — offering heavily subsidized tuitions — represented nearly four-fifths. Aside from a democratic impulse, the surge reflected “the shift in the occupational structure to professional, technical, clerical and managerial work,” noted Ravitch. The economy demanded higher skills; college led to better-paying jobs.

College became the ticket to the middle class, the be-all-and-end-all of K-12 education. If you didn’t go to college, you’d failed. Improving “access” — having more students go to college — drove public policy.

We overdid it. The obsessive faith in college has backfired. Continue reading this article

California’s High-Speed Rail Boondoggle Lurches Along

In California, Gov Jerry Brown and his Democrat cronies are trying to jam through a high-speed rail project from San Francisco to Los Angeles that has been a gold-plated turkey from day one.

When first proposed to the voters in the form of an initiative in 2008, the price tag was pitched at a ludicrous $34 billion, and the measure for a $10 billion bond passed (though without my vote) with more cash predicted to come from a mysterious “private partnership.”

What a scam. No way could California build a 500-mile rail line for that amount of money.

The project was originally promoted as a necessary infrastructure upgrade required because of the growing population — as a result of a crazed immigration, though that detail wasn’t mentioned in glossy mailers.

The ugly truth has been burbling out in recent months. The more likely cost has been estimated to be anywhere from $98 billion to $118 billion. Despite lots of bad press and falling public support, Gov. Brown is hoping for something to turn up, particularly a pile of federal money from President Obama to bail out his pet project.

CNN produced a good report on the subject, titled, C‪alifornia high-speed rail to nowhere?‬

CNN Anderson Cooper Transcript May 29, 2012

COOPER: As for California’s high speed rail line, another project backed by President Obama. It turns the original costs estimates were way off. Now there’s a real chance the rail line may never be completed. Here’s Drew’s report.


DREW GRIFFIN, CNN INVESTIGATE CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): It sure looks like the future, an animated version of California’s high speed rail and it sounded really cool too. L.A. to San Francisco at more than 200 miles an hour.

No planes, no cars, no fuss. That’s why Californians voted for it back in 2008. Passing a $10-billion bond measure for a train that was projected to eventually cost $34 billion.

Keeping them honest, it’s now four years later. Not a single track has been laid and a bombshell report was dropped on California’s taxpayers last fall. Their $34 billion train would actually cost closer to three times the estimated amount.

LISA SCHWEITZER, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, PRICE SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY, USC: The new business plan puts a cost estimate of about $98 billion to $118 billion.

GRIFFIN: It was a shocker. Three times the estimated cost and guess what? You, the federal taxpayer, might be on the hook for a big chunk of it. We’ll get to how that’s possible in a moment.

But in California, the sticker shock caused yet another changed in accounting, a big turnover with California’s High Speed Rail Authority Board, and yet another rethinking of just where the train will go and how fast and how much it would cost.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Today, we are releasing the revised plan. Continue reading this article

Israelis Reject Illegal Alien Africans

Everybody like their own tribe the best, because that preference is hard-wired in the human psyche for reasons of safety. Despite liberals’ persistent efforts to convince us that even the diversity of illegal immigration should be celebrated, home towners all over the world remain unconvinced, as indicated by a Pew survey showing that increased immigration was universally unwanted.

When those illegal aliens take up residence in public parks and engage in violent crime like rape, the citizens tend to react negatively, as happened in Israel recently when a rally against illegals got violent.

Below, African squatters live in a city park.

Some Israelis stuck with the liberal ideology, like one cigarette smoker.

A recent CNN report is worth watching for the scenes of African squatters hanging out in groups on kids’ swings and such.

The big question is whether the Israeli government will get serious and deport the foreign “infiltrators.”

Why did anti-immigration sentiment boil over in Israel?, CNN, May 31, 2012

Jerusalem (CNN) — Amene Tekele Haymanot thought he had made the right choice when five years ago he escaped war-torn Eritrea and opened a business in sunny Tel Aviv, Israel.

But he and his countrymen couldn’t escape conflict for long.

Haymanot never expected himself – or his store — to become targets of threats and violence in a metropolitan city known for its tolerance. But it was. His windows were smashed in and his business looted during an anti-immigration protest.

“Now I am afraid here. I cannot live this way. I’m afraid for my life,” Haymanot, who is an illegal immigrant awaiting refugee status, told CNN.

His fear has been growing for many months because illegal African immigrants have attracted anger in certain parts of Israel — and Haymanot believes the color of his skin makes him vulnerable — because many here will assume if you’re black in his Tel Aviv neighborhood — you are here illegally.

Many Israelis are frustrated with the estimated 59,000 illegal African immigrants in the country and Israel’s inability to deal with them. Most of the new arrivals are from Eritrea and Sudan, and the government says they come illegally through the Egyptian border.

The police say about 700 African immigrants enter the country illegally every week.

Illegal African immigrants are blamed by residents in neighborhoods where there is a large African population for increasing levels of crime, suffocating the infrastructure and changing the fabric of Israel. Continue reading this article

Sex-Selection Abortion Debate Misleads by Not Mentioning Immigrant Cause

It’s been disappointing to see the issue of sex-selection abortion debated with such dishonesty, where the cultural background of the practitioners has been omitted, presumably because of political correctness. In doing so, the discussion maligns American women, who do not as a matter of culture engage in sex-selection abortion.

Aborting female fetuses is an accepted custom in misogynous China and India, to the point where Asia is missing 163 million girls, a number that should shock, but doesn’t, because it’s only women.

Diverse immigrants bring all sorts of objectionable customs with them, and that’s okay according to multicultural ideology. In 2001, the New York Times reported on sex-selection abortion among Asian immigrants: Clinics’ Pitch to Indian Émigrés: It’s a Boy.

There’s have been occasional reports since then, for example:

Sex-selective abortions moving to West with immigration, author says, Catholic News Service, Jan 24, 2012

ROME (CNS) — Aborting unborn girls on account of their gender has been a documented trend in certain Asian countries for at least two decades. Now, according to an Italian biologist and author, the practice is also growing in the West.

Women and couples who emigrate from cultures where male children are deemed more prestigious and economically valuable “will often bring those same values to their new country,” said Anna Meldolesi, author of “Never born: Why the world has lost 100 million women” [. . .]

Silicon Valley has seen fewer girls born, because of Asian immigrants’ preference for boys:

It’s a boy! Asian immigrants use medical technology to satisfy age-old desire: a son, San Jose Mercury News, Jan 7, 2009

Researchers are finding the first evidence that some Asian immigrant families are using U.S. medical technology to have sons instead of daughters, apparently acting on an age-old cultural prejudice that has led to high ratios of boys to girls in parts of China and India.

The new research, produced by independent teams of economists who arrived at similar conclusions, focused on Indian, Chinese and Korean families who first had girls and then used modern technology to have a son.

With birth records in Santa Clara County showing that Asian mothers are more likely to give birth to sons than white or Latino mothers are, the new data could reawaken a local controversy. Some local South Asian women have pressured local Indo-American newspapers and magazines in recent years to stop running ads for medical procedures that offer prospective parents the promise of a son.

For some South Asian couples, having a boy is a “status symbol,” said Deepka Lalwani of Milpitas, the founder and president of Indian Business & Professional Women, a nonprofit business support network. “If a woman has male children, she feels in her family, certainly with her in-laws, that her status will go up because now she is the mother of a male child.”

Such cultural pressures may explain the recent findings. A Columbia University study suggests that Chinese, Indian and Korean immigrants have been using medical technology, most likely including abortion, to assure their later children were boys. And a soon-to-be published analysis of birth records by a University of Texas economist estimates there were 2,000 “missing girls” between 1991 and 2004 among immigrant families from China and India living in the U.S. — children never born because their parents chose to have sons instead.

“We didn’t expect to see a male bias. And for the first child, we didn’t find one. It seems to appear after a first daughter, and more strongly after a second daughter,” said Douglas Almond, co-author of the Columbia study.

Among Indian families in Santa Clara County in the 1990s, Texas economist Jason Abrevaya found a 58 percent chance of having a son among families that first had two girls — significantly higher than the natural 51 percent chance of having a boy.

The teams found no comparable bias toward boys among white, African-American and Japanese-American families that first had girls. [. . .]

In the present discussion, the Asia connection is hinted, but the word “immigrant” is taboo.

Here’s the usually plain-spoken Charles Krauthammer on Fox News Wednesday:

You have to ask yourself, how could a feminist oppose this kind of legislation? After all, gender selection is the ultimate in gender discrimination. It’s the killing of a female – and it’s almost always a female — in utero, and you would expect a huge protest.

Here it’s probably a very small issue, although it’s a huge issue in India and China where it’s done on a mass scale. The normal ratio is 105 female children to boys, and in China and India it’s 110, 115, which creates huge social imbalance, and it’s unbelievably unjust and sexist.

So how did sex-selection abortion come to America??

The practice came via immigrants and they are the ones who do it, not traditional Americans. Yet the media is full of misleading half-truths, as I noted last December when Rep. Trent Franks made the issue political: Congressman Wants to End Sex-Selection Abortion (but Doesn’t Mention Immigrants).

Bill O’Reilly has been focusing on Planned Parenthood and only hinted at the Asian culture connection.

O’REILLY: Now, there is no question that Planned Parenthood is a pro-abortion outfit which has been in trouble for years. Undercover videos have documented underage abortions, abortion advice associated with prostitution, and now gender-based abortion guidance.

On Thursday, the House of Representatives will vote on outlawing gender-based abortions. We’ll have special coverage on that. We’ll name the names of Congress people who vote against the bill perhaps advising them. They are in synch with China’s abhorrent abortion policy.

The traditional American view on the gender of children is well expressed in the song Tea for Two (lyrics), written in 1925.

We will raise a family,
a boy for you , and a girl for me,
Can’t you see how happy we will be.

So pardon me for preferring American values to the misogynous customs of Chinese and Indian immigrants. If the government truly wants to end the practice of sex-selection abortion in the United States, then the Congress should curtail immigration of the cultures which practice it.

Switzerland: Neighborhood Watch Observes Criminal Asylum Seekers

Swiss citizens have at times shown less interest than many Europeans in PC celebrations of diversity, as demonstrated by their voting against minaret construction (pictured below) and for deporting criminal aliens.

The latest is a neighborhood watch strategy moved to the next level by active observation of foreign criminals particularly asylum seekers, who are responsible for worsened crime. For example, as the video below notes, the level of crime in Geneva has increased by nearly a third, with most committed by auslanders.

When authorities cannot or will not protect public safety, then citizens often step into the breach. One example was the Minuteman movement to keep watch on America’s open border. For their efforts, the Minutemen were called vigilantes, as if that were a bad thing. In fact, vigilantes have filled a need in many cases, such as in San Francisco where the word originated in the lawless 1850s with the Vigilance Committees.

Swiss citizens who are taking action to protect public safety today have the same problem with authorities who aren’t doing the job but condemn those who are trying to help with simple observation and photography.

The article following is translated from the original French, Garde civique pour surveiller les requérants.

‘We demonstrate our presence’ / Vigilante group watching asylum seekers, translated on

In two St Gallen [swiss canton] townships, a group of annoyed citizens follows every step asylum seekers take. Now the authorities react.

‘Sexual harassment, vandalism, noise and drug dealing are almost a daily routine’, laments Hans Thoma about asylum seekers of the Landegg asylum centre at Eggersriet SG [St Gallen] in ‘Reporter’, SF [swiss state tv] programme. That is why he has formed a kind of vigilante group, together with a neighbouring village. ‘We demonstrate our presence, we document through photos the asylum seekers’ incorrect behaviour, and we report it to police’, according to Thoma.

Now, the canton has reacted: On monday, Jürg Wernli, director of the Appenzell-Ausserrhoden [canton next to St Gallen, both with interlaced borders] Interior and Cultural Department, announced first measures – more positions at the asylum centre, additional busses for asylum seekers and security services at train stations. These and more measures are to be implemented, in the interest of the neighbours of the asylum centre – despite the ‘palpable additional costs for the canton’, according to Wernli. Thoma considers this a ‘success of our engagement’.

However, Stella Jegher at Amnesty International warns: ‘Such action like the one shown by the Thoma group could tilt towards discrimination, even racism, if this leads to a kind of prejudgement of certain groups.’

Dangerous vigilante justice
Members of the ‘Informationsrunde Wienacht-Tobel/Schwendi bei [near] Heiden’ follow asylum seekers living in Wienacht AR [Appenzell-Ausserrhoden canton] (see text). This is not the only kind of a vigilante group in Switzerland: According to the ‘Zürcher Oberländer’ [paper], in the Zurich Oberland a patrol service intervenes against burglars. In Geneva, inhabitants chased tricky conmen, of which violent conflicts resulted. That is why Beat Flach, jurist and national GLP [Green-Liberal Party] MoP warns of vigilante justice: ‘Simply ‘demonstrating presence’ is at the legal borderline, the danger for escalation is great.’

Obama Honors Anti-Borders Activist Delores Huerta

President Obama handed out Medals of Freedom on Tuesday, and they well reflected his political beliefs. Rock legend Bob Dylan got a lot of attention, and he was a famous social rebel in the sixties.

One recipient of interest is Delores Huerta, who was an early activist for farm workers with Cesar Chavez. In recent years she has been a community organizer with a specialty in illegal alien amnesty.

In choosing Huerta, Obama was sending a signal to the raza alien gang that he is still thinking about their welfare and a major amnesty in his second term — a big hint to vote for him.

Below, Delores Huerta helped lead a protest against immigration-law-enforcer Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona. She is seen holding the sign above the “A” in “HATE.”

Dolores Huerta to Receive Medal of Freedom at White House Ceremony, Fox News Latino, May 29, 2012

Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers union, will receive the country’s highest civilian honor Tuesday.

The White House will present the lifelong unionist and immigrant rights advocate with the Medal of Freedom. Huerta is one of 14 recipients of the award this year.

“I was humbled, thrilled, and surprised,” Huerta, 82, told the Daily Beast. “I never expected to be nominated.”

Huerta’s sense of justice developed from an early age. Raised in Stockton, Calif., Huerta watched her father work for little pay in the fields, while her mother managed a hotel that often let poor migrants stay for free, according to the Daily Beast. Continue reading this article

Mexifornication Update: Oaxacan Slurs Banned in Oxnard Schools

Newbie Mexicans have a habit of enforcing the primacy of their home culture among hispanics who reside in this country. In the dear homeland, for example, Spanish speakers look down on indigenous Mexicans who speak Triqui, Nahuatl and other tribal languages, and they bring that ethnic discrimination with them when they hop the border to the United States.

In addition, Mexicans disrespect other hispanic nationalities as well. One example is how Salvadorans in Los Angeles sometimes pretend to be Mexicans in order to get along at their jobs and not get beaten up.

In the New York City area, hispanic indian language diversity is extreme, and many of those groups go to night school to learn Spanish rather than English. Apparently cultural coziness with other non-Americans is more important to them than economic success in this country, even though the knowledge of English has a real dollar payoff.

In Washington state, Mixteco speakers want to learn Spanish, and then maybe English later if they have time.

The upshot is that indigenous persons, Central Americans and other hispanics often assimilate to Mexican culture in areas where it dominates (i.e. places where there are large communities of Mexes). The American assimilation engine is broken and is getting worse.

Today’s diverse example is from southern California, where school authorities are concerned that Oaxacan indian kiddies are being insulted by Spanish-speaking Mexicans.

The following story contains no mention of assimilation to American values and language, which has never been a big priority of la Times. But a Spanish anti-bullying campaign fits perfectly into currently stylish values of self-esteem and diversity.

Epithet that divides Mexicans is banned by Oxnard school district, Los Angeles Times, May 28, 2012

‘Oaxaquita’ (little Oaxacan) is used by other Mexicans to demean their indigenous compatriots — who are estimated to make up 30% of California’s farmworkers.

Rolando Zaragoza, 21, was 15 years old when he came to the United States, enrolled in an Oxnard school and first heard the term “Oaxaquita.” Little Oaxacan, it means — and it was not used kindly.

“Sometimes I didn’t want to go to school,” he said. “Sometimes I stayed to fight.”

“It kind of seemed that being from Oaxaca was something bad,” said Israel Vasquez, 23, who shared the same mocking, “just the way people use ‘Oaxaquita’ to refer to anyone who is short and has dark skin.”

Years later, indigenous leaders are fighting back against an epithet that lingers among immigrants from Mexico, directed at their own compatriots. Earlier this month the Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project in Oxnard launched the “No me llames Oaxaquita” campaign. “Don’t call me little Oaxacan” aims to persuade local school districts to prohibit the words “Oaxaquita” and “indito” (little Indian) from being used on school property, to form committees to combat bullying and to encourage lessons about indigenous Mexican culture and history.

Indigenous Mexicans have come to the U.S. in increasing numbers in the last two decades. Some estimates now put them at 30% of California’s farmworkers. In Ventura County, there are about 20,000 indigenous Mexicans, most of whom are Mixtec from the states of Oaxaca and Guerrero who work in the strawberry industry, according to local organizers. Continue reading this article

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