Now all of Britain faces the January opening of its national doors to Romanians and Bulgarians due to the commandment of the European Union that open borders must prevail. The newbies will all be poor and headed for the welfare offices to take advantage of the UK’s generous benefits. The Roma tribe is so backward that even Muslims think they need socialization training.
When Poland entered the EU in 2004 the diversocrats predicted only a few thousand Poles would immigrate to the UK, but the number grew to a million, so current reassurances from experts are not convincing.
Ah, diversity! England is facing even worse overpopulation, and the new residents will be jihadists, professional thieves or welfare moochers. Such is the cultural enrichment of diverse immigration, particularly when transnational organizations (i.e. the EU) order it against the wishes of local people.
Now that long-term unemployment benefits for over a million workers are about to end, the press is full of stories about Americans who cannot find jobs. It’s a fine opportunity for the liberal media to bash hard-hearted Republicans who don’t want to extend the program (which would require still more insane borrowing).
MSNBC went so far as to peg the issue to racism, that whitey needs to fork over the cash because of high black unemployment.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Michelle Marshall is one of the 1.3 million long-term unemployed Americans who will lose jobless benefits Saturday.
Marshall, 56, has been out of work for a year, since she lost an administrative assistant job that paid her $44,000 per year.
She started collecting $624 each week in New Jersey unemployment benefits, but the state benefits ran out after 26 weeks. When federal benefits kicked in, she collected $521.
But Marshall will stop getting these checks next week.
That’s because Congress failed to extend the recession-era program when it passed a budget deal last week.
Federal benefits kick in after state benefits run out, and range between 14 to 47 weeks, depending on the state where a person lives.
According to government figures, the average weekly benefit check is $300.
Even the cut from the larger state check to the federal benefits was hard for Marshall. She had to consolidate her $12,000 worth of credit card debt and enroll in a mortgage assistance program.
When the benefits stop entirely, she doesn’t know what she’ll do.
“I imagine I will go apply for food stamps,” she said. “Depending how long this goes on, I might lose my car, which will impact my ability to get a job. I won’t be able to drive to interviews.” Continue reading this article
“Shanty towns spreading in Stockholm. Around Stockholm there are small shack villages populated by poor European migrants. Social agencies estimate that there are now a total of some 30 active settlements in the capital. …
Using plywood, plastic, inflatable boats and building materials some 20 shed-like buildings have been set up at Högdalen in southern Stockholm. … several of the homes have fireplaces and simple insulation. A type of home that you might associate only with a shanty town in Africa.”
On Friday, I heard a radio report about “migrant” farmworkers who live in taxpayer-subsidized housing in Watsonville, one of 24 such facilities in California. The existence of specific welfare for foreign nationals is part of the “welcoming” attitude the state has toward foreigners, which liberals regard as a sign of their moral superiority.
The immigration status of the 104 families in the facility was not mentioned, merely hinted in the audio version where we hear, “It’s harder to cross the border than it used to be.”
Below, the state’s housing units in Watsonville cost less than $400/month for non-American farmworkers while private rentals in the town are more than twice that amount.
However, from the moocher viewpoint, the cheapo housing is less than perfect because it is open to farm pickers only six months of the year. Most pack up and return to Mexico in November when they are required to leave. But the new complaint is how the education of Mexican kiddies is interrupted by the regulations which put them in two school systems every year.
Say, wouldn’t Mexican school immersion be an invaluable cultural enrichment, one that allows the kiddies to soak up their all-important raza heritage?
Despite the cultural opportunities of Mexican schooling, the Center for Farmworker Families hopes to overturn the regulation of closing the housing half the year and keep it open so eager little scholars can make more use of free-to-them American education.
The fields around Watsonville produce more than half a billion dollars in berries every year. After the raspberry vines have been cut back for winter and the strawberry fields plowed under, some farmworkers from Mexico still go back for a few months each year. At the Buena Vista Migrant Center, the end of the season means it’s time for 104 families to move out. But as Rowan Moore Gerety reports, more and more farmworker families are having second thoughts about migrating twice a year. At the Buena Vista Migrant Center, home to 104 farmworker families for six months a year, that means it’s time to move out, but more and more families are giving second thought to migrating twice a year.
“Today is our last day, the end of the program, so we’re doing inspections,” said Camp Manager Martin Gomez on November 25, checking the keys to an empty duplex. Buena Vista is one of 24 state-run camps around California, built in the 1970s to improve living conditions for migrant workers. For farmworkers living on wages of about $350 a week, it’s a pretty good deal: rent is less than $400 a month, and the camp offers free daycare. But there’s a catch: to live there, you have to move at least 50 miles away during the winter.
Rogelio Fernandez, who is headed to Michoacán for the winter, has been coming to California to pick strawberries for 38 years. He followed in the footsteps of the men in his family. “My grandfather was a bracero, my father was a bracero,” he said. Continue reading this article
On this religious holiday for many Americans, we shouldn’t forget the Christians around the world who are persecuted under the Islamic jackboot. Muslims sometimes use Christian holidays as an occasion to attack followers of Jesus, and this Christmas has been no exception:
Christians in Muslim countries are awaiting Christmas not with joy, but with trepidation.
Fox News reported that in Iraq, “Christians are afraid to put up a Christmas tree or other decorations, according to one Christian pastor in Iraq. Such displays of faith in an increasingly extremist nation can bring threats and violence, say human rights groups. Christian churches must be regularly guarded, but congregants are even more on edge during their holiest days.”
And in Nigeria, according to Reuters, “fearing attacks by Islamist militant group Boko Haram over Christmas, Nigerian police said on Sunday they had ordered extra patrols, surveillance and covert operations to better secure potential targets during the festive period. The militants have struck every Christmas for the past three years, most dramatically in 2011, when they bombed three churches. One of them, on St. Theresa Catholic Church in Madalla, on the edge of Abuja, killed 37 people and wounded 57.”
Likewise in Indonesia, Reuters reported that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono “has ordered police to step up security around churches over the Christmas holidays following reports of possible attacks.”
Meanwhile, Xinhua reported that last Saturday, “Syria’s armed rebels fired multiple mortar shells on a church in Syria’s southern province of Daraa, killing 12 people and injuring many others.” Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregory III Laham “told Xinhua in an interview that Syria’s long-term crisis has displaced more than 450,000 Christian Syrians and killed more than a thousand of them.” IB Times reported Thursday that in the Central African Republic, Muslims recently murdered Christians wholesale, “killing nearly 1,000 men over a two-day period and systematically looting civilian homes.”
Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako recently said that Iraqi officials were readily giving Christians visas to leave the country, saying that there was “a whole strategy to help Christians leave Iraq” and warning: “The Middle East is going to empty of Christians.” Continue reading this article
In Mexifornia, the growing population of hispanic kids is still doing poorly in school compared with the palefaces. A recent meditation from the Associated Press implies that the problem is Low Expectations, neatly pinning the blame on teachers and society as a whole. No mention of non-scholarly cultures at home.
Even so, the AP story suggests that if only there was more positive thinking about diverse students, they would respond with more effort and better grades, even though expensive programs of ethnic coddling, like bilingual education, haven’t worked. Despite all the special attention, half of hispanics drop out of high school.
Unfortunately for the future of California, Governor Brown wants to spend more money on sub-average students rather than on advanced programs for exceptional young people who could create wealth for the state. Excellence is being sacrificed because liberals believe in equality of outcome rather than opportunity.
Below, Below, hispanic moms line up with kids in Ventura County for free-to-them school chow, with no tiresome cooking required. (For details, see California Free Food Gets Many Takers).
The AP reminds the reader early on of rapidly changing demographics, particularly that hispanics will outnumber whites in California next year. But not to worry about the dismal future; after chronicling a collection of gloomy statistics, the piece ends with a hispanic wanna-be rocket scientist!
PAJARO, Calif. (AP) — As Hispanics surpass white Californians in population next year, the state becomes a potential model for the rest of the country, which is going through a slower but similar demographic shift.
But when it comes to how California is educating students of color, many say the state serves as a model of what not to do.
In California, 52 percent of the state’s 6 million school children are Hispanic, just 26 percent are white. And Hispanic students in general are getting worse educations than their white peers. Their class sizes are larger, course offerings are fewer and funding is lower.
The consequence is obvious: lower achievement.
Just 33 percent of Hispanic students are proficient in reading in third grade, compared with 64 percent of white students. By high school, one in four Hispanic 10th graders in California cannot pass the high school math exit exam, compared with 1 out of 10 white students.
And while overall test scores across the state have gone up in the past decade, the achievement gap hasn’t changed.
“The expectations at my school were just so low, and that’s so shortsighted,” said Alvaro Zamora, 17, who excelled despite the educational challenges in the Pajaro Valley, a farming region near the Central Coast where his classmates were almost entirely Mexican immigrants or children of immigrants.
“Most economies are driven by innovation. If you don’t have a math and science literate population you won’t have the majority of the population innovating,” he said.
Nationally, an achievement gap is also showing up as Latino enrollment has soared from one out of 20 U.S. students in 1970 to nearly one out of four, and white students account for just 52 percent of U.S. first graders. Continue reading this article
Every Christmas season, the world glances toward Bethlehem and sometimes notices the disappearing Christians in the town of Jesus’ birth as hostile Muslims make life untenable there and beyond.
A century ago, Bethlehem was 90 percent Christian. Today the population has dwindled to around 15 percent. So now the place is a Muslim town with a Christian history — like the rest of the Middle East.
Meanwhile, some leading politicians of Bethlehem want to go against the ethnic cleansing trend and encourage Christians to stay in the community, even return from abroad. The reason is not a newly developed sense of human compassion (which is hard to locate among the Soldiers of Allah), but the appeal of money. Allowing the birthplace of Jesus to devolve into a cardboard theme park run by Muslims who despise the Christian message is understandably unappealing to religious people who want to visit the place of the Gospels. So Christians are now seen as desirable living props to attract tourist cash.
Of course it’s unsurprising that Christians want to leave. Who can blame them? Islam and freedom are incompatible, as Dutch statesman Geert Wilders has noted.
Below, a worshipper lights candles at Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity.
BETHLEHEM, West Bank — There’s been something missing in the birthplace of Christianity: Christians.
For years, Palestinian Christians have been quietly abandoning the place where Jesus is said to have been born in a manger. Middle-class residents here have packed their bags for less chaotic lives in Latin America, Europe and the United States.
Tourism ground to a halt more than a decade ago, during the second Palestinian intifada, or uprising, and is now experiencing a comeback.
But Palestinians say major challenges remain: the Israeli military checkpoints and security barrier that separates Bethlehem from Jerusalem, a ten minute drive away; the shuttered homes and shops that are symbols of a stagnant economy; and the Israeli settlements that are growing around Bethlehem on land claimed by the Palestinians for a future state.
Vera Baboun, Bethlehem’s first female mayor, wants to make her city open to all, especially to Christian pilgrims — and those Palestinians who have left. A Christian whose late husband spent three years in an Israel jail during the first intifada, Baboun wants to lure back former residents, and roll out the red carpet to encourage Christian pilgrims to extend their stays. Continue reading this article
Public Radio International, aka PRI, is a media outfit that produces a half-hour program on the local NPR station called “The World”. It is quite the celebration of diversity, even more than the mother ship of NPR, if that is possible.
A recent item opined that “an amazing diversity” of Muslim taxi drivers in New York City — half of the total number! — were admirable fellows for pursuing their five-times-daily prayers to Mecca even if it means double parking or blocking the streets for other drivers.
Obstructing fire hydrants? No problema, since the Muslims pay the tickets, so they can keep their cabs and continue to do their Allah thing. Authorities apparently overlook the obvious public safety complications.
“We have to pray no matter what!” says one, so annoying infidels will just have to adjust to oh-so-special Muslims, who got here via Washington’s diversity-tuned immigration policy.
Below, Allah’s loyal cabbies perform their rituals at a gas station.
The link below includes the audio version, with colorful diverse details, although it’s hard to imagine a similarly positive portrayal of Christians involved in their religious activities from PRI.
New York City is home not just to a massive fleet of iconic yellow taxis, but to an amazing diversity of cab drivers.
Roughly half of the city’s 40,000-odd cabbies are Muslims who hail from countries all over the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere — and a great number of the drivers are observant, praying five times a day. Which raises the question: How and where do these men on the move pray?
When you spend your days driving a taxicab, it’s impossible to say where, at any given moment, you might wind up. Followers of Islam can perform their five daily prayers in any relatively clean space, even bowed down on the side of the road. But the process isn’t so simple. You first need to ritually wash with water and then to prostrate yourself facing east, toward Mecca.
“That’s why we have an app in our iPhone, we know where is the Mecca,” Youssef Kamal told me. “Right now, I’m here, right? I check my iPhone, check which is the Mecca. Straight to Mecca. Like, I am in Mecca right now. Technology!”
I found Kamal praying alone at the BP gas station on the corner of Houston and Lafayette streets. He’d taken a prayer mat from the cardboard box kept there for drivers, laid it down in front of the pumps and was kneeling in the cold. Continue reading this article
Indio High School recently showed up in the news because of a student being diagnosed as having tuberculosis and 45 others testing positive for exposure.
The school responded to the threat by requiring all students and staff to be screened before returning to the campus after Christmas vacation. TB is highly contagious among people sharing space over extended periods of time. The disease has been largely wiped out in this country but is still an active public health problem in the third world.
Recent research shows what has been obvious for a long time — many illegal aliens don’t want to join the American community but care only about being able to work here and make money without being repatriated. Unobstructed job thievery is Job #1!
While lopsided majorities of Hispanics and Asian Americans support creating a pathway to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants, two new surveys from the Pew Research Center also show that these groups believe it is more important for unauthorized immigrants to get relief from the threat of deportation.
By 55% to 35%, Hispanics say that they think being able to live and work in the United States legally without the threat of deportation is more important for unauthorized immigrants than a pathway to citizenship. Asian Americans hold a similar view, albeit by a smaller margin—49% to 44%.
Together Hispanics and Asian Americans account for two-thirds of the 28 million immigrants who are in the U.S. legally,1 and Hispanics alone account for about three-quarters of the additional 11.7 million immigrants who, according to Pew Research Center estimates, are in the country illegally. Continue reading this article
A giant crowd of Syrian refugees has reached Europe, safe from the bombs and shooting at home, that’s the good news for them. The bad news is that at least 11,000 have gotten to Bulgaria, Europe’s poorest nation which is not prepared to be welcoming.
The American media is frustrated about the Syrian situation because the human suffering is genuinely terrible, and the press doesn’t know whom to blame, other than the obvious warring Syrians themselves who as victims are not eligible in the liberal media mind.
The New York Times used the influx as an opportunity to bash Bulgarian “right-wingers” who are fearful of crime, cost and cultural conflict.
SVILENGRAD, Bulgaria — After spreading turmoil and desperate refugees across the Middle East, Syria’s brutal civil war has now leaked misery into Europe’s eastern fringe — and put a spring in the step of Angel Bozhinov, a nationalist activist in this Bulgarian border town next to Turkey.
The local leader of Ataka, a pugnacious, far-right party, Mr. Bozhinov lost his seat in the town council at the last municipal elections in 2011 but now sees his fortunes rising thanks to public alarm over an influx of Syrian refugees across the nearby frontier.
Membership of the local branch of Ataka, he said, had surged in recent weeks as “people come up to me in the street and tell me that our party was right.” [. . .]
The Times went on to mention Bulgaria’s miserable economic condition, but it didn’t discuss the religious and historical background. Bulgaria has been part of the embattled territory between the Christian and Muslim worlds for centuries. Over three-quarters of the population are Eastern Orthodox Christian, with a 10 percent minority of Muslims. The Islamic population is a reminder of the 500 years of Ottoman rule of Bulgaria, which was marked by the oppression of Christians as sharia law was enforced.
Around 90 percent of Syrians are Muslim, with around 10 percent Christian. So it’s hardly surprising that Bulgarians regard Syrians with dread. If Syrians were expecting a warm welcome from a depressed corner of historically Christian Europe, they were delusional.
PBS took a look this week and yes, the suffering is profound. But it’s Muslims, who don’t get along with anyone, not even other Muslims, so violent disagreements like civil wars are to be expected. It’s not Europe’s responsibility to rescue Muslims by admitting them. The Muslim world has plenty of wealth; the ummah should be taking in refugees.
JUDY WOODRUFF: Driven from their homes by civil war, Syrian refugees are fleeing,flooding across borders in numbers that have received a considerable amount of international attention. Many of them, thousands, have fled to Europe’s poorest country, Bulgaria, only to find that it is ill-equipped to handle the influx and sometimes hostile to their very presence.
Jonathan Rugman of Independent Television News traveled there recently and filed this report.
JONATHAN RUGMAN: In a small town in Bulgaria, a refugee camp like no other in Europe. Over 1,000 Syrians are crammed into housing meant for just 400. Many of them have been living without electricity or hot water for weeks. And because there aren’t enough prefab huts, some are facing winter in Bulgarian army tents.
Whatever the horrors of war they left behind, nothing prepared these Syrians for a European welcome as warm as this.
Jadia Al-Daim was a teacher, now finding herself sharing a tent with three Syrian families many miles from home.
WOMAN: I have family back there, so I have — I’m thinking about them all the time. It’s not easy. I didn’t say goodbye to my family. And they came here. I thought it would be much better. But I was wrong.
JONATHAN RUGMAN: Would you ever go back?
WOMAN: Yes, I will go back today, before tomorrow.
JONATHAN RUGMAN: But there is no turning back. These families, mostly Kurds from Northern Syria, have already paid smugglers 300 euros each to cross into Europe from Turkey. It can take up to a month to be registered as a refugee here.
And then the Bulgarians give them just one euro a day each with which to feed themselves. Menau told me she and her children had fled from jihadist groups and that their home was bombed. Rashid was once a tour guide in Damascus. His own tour of Europe has not started well.
RASHID JAMIL, refugee: And coming here, it’s different, not what we think or what we have dreamed or something like that. That’s a big problem for us, but what we can do? We are in here now.
JONATHAN RUGMAN: You’re trapped.
RASHID JAMIL: Yes.
JONATHAN RUGMAN: Rashid walked for 10 hours to reach Bulgaria, one of a steady stream of Syrians caught here on heat-sensitive cameras by Bulgarian police.
Here, the border guards are waiting to ambush new arrivals. When they do, the refugees can be seen cowering as they are rounded up in the early hours of the morning. We joined a Bulgarian border patrol. The guards say this route into Europe has become popular since the Greeks built a fence last year. Now the Bulgarians have begun building a fence of their own.
They are catching 10 times the numbers they did a year ago, rounding them up in this processing center which is full to overflowing. The U.N. has repeatedly described conditions for refugees here as unsafe and dire. But we weren’t allowed to meet these brand-new arrivals.
The camps in Turkey are already overloaded, and the Bulgarians say they too are in danger of being overwhelmed. Turkey, which is just on my right here, has taken in about half-a-million Syrian refugees, Bulgaria, by comparison, about 5,000, but this is fortress Europe at a time of austerity. And the presence of some 5,000 Syrian refugees has become one of the biggest political issues of the day here.
In the capital, Sofia, crowds have been protesting that the poorest country in Europe can’t take any more foreigners and that the border should be sealed shut.
MAN (through interpreter): We have warned that the increase in legal immigrants will increase the criminal situation. It will start clashes and increase tensions, leading to social, religious and social unrest in Bulgaria. Continue reading this article
One might think that the top executive of one of the world’s premier companies would appreciate the rule of law as necessary to conducting business, but not so much for Tim Cook (pictured), the successor to Steve Jobs.
Perhaps he is just using the morality dodge because he doesn’t want to say that multi-millionaires depend on cheap labor to become billionaires. Cook is estimated to have a net worth of around $400 million which makes him something of a slacker in Silicon Valley.
Zuckerbucks also attempts to frame worker exploitation as an issue of virtue, remarking in November that amnesty for illegal alien kids is “one of the biggest civil rights issues of our time.”
Hint to billionaire whippersnappers: the real civil rights movement was a struggle to obtain Constitutionally guaranteed rights for black American citizens who had been denied political equality because of race. Interestingly, it is black citizens who are arguably the most harmed by the open borders policy of Washington elites of both parties. But now plutocrats twist black Americans’ own political struggle into propaganda against them and other citizens.
On Saturday, Apple CEO Tim Cook showed up at the United Nations to talk about American politics. Cook, who is openly gay, talked in vague terms about facing discrimination, stating that after seeing a cross burning as a child, his life was “changed… forever.”
Cook labeled opposition to illegal immigration a form of discrimination, stating that amnesty measures should be undertaken: “Do not do them because they are economically sound—although they are—do them because they are right and just.” With regard to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), he stated, “Now is the time to write these basic principles of human dignity into the book of law.” Continue reading this article
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