West of the Mississippi, water supply is a problem. (Check out the Drought Monitor map, updated weekly, to see the current state of dryness which is concentrated in the west, not the east.)
California is overpopulated at 38 million residents, and several years of sub-average rainfall have added to the stress on water supply. The majority of water goes to the agriculture industry but nevertheless when a drought hits, the city dwellers are required to use less.
Now we learn that so much water has been pumped from underground sources that the land is sinking at an alarming rate, a foot in one area. Not only is the subsidence a big wake-up call about supply, but the land movement also affects the proper function of things like gravity-powered movement of water around the state.
The damage is the result of immigration-fueled population growth putting too much pressure on natural systems to replenish themselves. But elites hope to import another hundred million workers and consumers over the next few decades. Liberals like to chatter about environmental sustainability regarding issues that they like (e.g. global warming), but not so much when immigration is part of the discussion.
SAN FRANCISCO — Land in California’s San Joaquin Valley is sinking more rapidly than usual because of increased pumping from underground sources, a phenomenon that is damaging vital water infrastructure, the U.S. Geological Survey said Thursday.
The USGS study found that land sinking had been measured at nearly one-foot per year in one area, and that it is reducing the flow capacity of the Delta-Mendota Canal and the California Aqueduct, two key sources of water.
“We were surprised at the amount of land being affected,” Michelle Sneed, a USGS hydrologist and the report’s lead author. “We were also surprised by the rapid rate of (sinking).”
Because canals were built with a small slope to propel the water, sinking land can change that slope in random areas and affect flows, Sneed said. Continue reading this article
How fascinating that the wellspring of liberal wisdom, the New York Times, has noticed that many illegal aliens don’t care about becoming Americans. For most illegals, their heart’s desire is anything that allows them to steal Americans jobs without punishment and make lots of money. They came for the money and that’s all they really care about — first, last and foremost.
We can look to the 1986 amnesty to see how important American citizenship has been to lawbreaking foreigners. Simple legalization solves their problems by allowing them to remain in this country to work without fear of deportation; as a result, only 40 percent of the 1986 cohort chose naturalization.
Under the 1986 move to open the way for illegal immigrants to eventually become citizens, only 40% of the 2.7 million immigrants who received a green card, or permanent legal residency, had become naturalized citizens by 2009, according to a 2010 study by the Department of Homeland Security.
Legalization IS the amnesty.
The Times prints varying opinions in its article, with no polling to sort the feelings about legalization versus citizenship. But there is no reason to think that the current class of foreign lawbreakers would behave any differently from their earlier counterparts.
Glendy Martínez is waiting anxiously to see if Congress will ever pass legislation to allow immigrants like her without papers to stay in the country legally. But frankly, she says, she does not care if it will include any promise of citizenship.
With the earnings from her job in a Houston hair salon, Ms. Martínez, 30, is supporting one child born in Texas and three others she left behind in her home country, Nicaragua.
“So many people back there depend on those of us who are here,” she said. “It would be such a help if we could work in peace and go back sometimes to see our children.”
As President Obama looks for a way to salvage a broad overhaul of the immigration system, he opened the door this week to a piecemeal series of smaller bills as a way of getting past the objections of the Republican-run House, which refused to take up the comprehensive measure that the Senate passed in June.
But as far as Ms. Martínez and many other immigrants are concerned, one of House Republicans’ sharpest disagreements with the Senate and the White House — over a path to citizenship for those here illegally — should not be that hard to resolve.
“For many undocumented people, citizenship is not a priority,” said Oscar A. Chacon, executive director of the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities, a network of immigrant organizations that includes many foreigners here without papers. “What they really care about is a solution that allows them to overcome their greatest vulnerabilities.” Continue reading this article
This ABC story is an interesting follow-up to an old story, that of refugees brought from Iraq and Afghanistan turning out to be serious bad guys. The new information seems to be details about how jihadist soldiers were discovered. I’ve been writing for a couple years about the now-imprisoned Iraqi refugees, Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi (shown below), and what the affair indicates about America’s haphazard refugee program. It’s good to see the case hasn’t disappeared from media interest.
This sloppiness is not new news — many Americans can remember the decades of wrangling over Ukrainian immigrant John Demjanjuk about whether he was war criminal in a Nazi death camp. But at least as a Ukrainian, he was culturally unlikely to wage war against Western people, something you cannot say about Muslim immigrants.
One important fact tucked into the ABC piece was the amount of time devoted to rescreening to find enemy soldiers, that the FBI assigned “hundreds of specialists to an around-the-clock effort aimed at checking its archive of 100,000 improvised explosive devices collected in the war zones” for fingerprints matching those of refugees. That is a lot of time spent that could be better used to keep enemies out in the first place.
Detecting “bad” Iraqis among the non-hostiles is a fool’s errand. If we send our armed forces to smack down jihadists in foreign countries, that should be the extent of our efforts. Our immigration door should be limited to friendly and productive folks. And why admit Muslims as immigrants at all?
Big government appears to work as efficiently for refugee and immigrant screening as it does for ObamaCare. As a result, authorities are now pursuing “dozens” of cases of jihadist enemies admitted to our country as refugees.
Several dozen suspected terrorist bombmakers, including some believed to have targeted American troops, may have mistakenly been allowed to move to the United States as war refugees, according to FBI agents investigating the remnants of roadside bombs recovered from Iraq and Afghanistan.
The discovery in 2009 of two al Qaeda-Iraq terrorists living as refugees in Bowling Green, Kentucky — who later admitted in court that they’d attacked U.S. soldiers in Iraq — prompted the bureau to assign hundreds of specialists to an around-the-clock effort aimed at checking its archive of 100,000 improvised explosive devices collected in the war zones, known as IEDs, for other suspected terrorists’ fingerprints.
“We are currently supporting dozens of current counter-terrorism investigations like that,” FBI Agent Gregory Carl, director of the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC), said in an ABC News interview to be broadcast tonight on ABC News’ “World News with Diane Sawyer” and “Nightline”.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if there were many more than that,” said House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul. “And these are trained terrorists in the art of bombmaking that are inside the United States; and quite frankly, from a homeland security perspective, that really concerns me.” Continue reading this article
Are Norwegians waking up to the questionable blessings of diversity? Perhaps. According to a recent poll, half of Oslo residents now fear street crime, and the cause is apparently understood.
Another interesting statistic: one-third of inmates in Norwegian prisons are foreign born. Not all are Muslims however, since criminals of all stripes love open borders, such as those in the European Union: it’s so convenient to be able to skedaddle to a new country to avoid getting pinched.
Excessive immigration of inappropriate cultures reduces freedom for the receiving nation. Fear of street crime keeps people at home and out of the public square: it’s safer to watch TV from the couch rather than attend a lecture or hang out at a bar downtown.
“There is no doubt that the freedom, the level of freedom I had as a young woman, young women in Norway will not have, and don’t have actually today and they will not have it in the future, as far as I can see. So the freedom for women in Europe is going backwards.”
“Girls in school, they are mocked by Muslim boys and they dye their hair black, yes. Blondes are dying their hair black, that is correct. And some of them also move to other parts of Oslo to be let alone.”
Will this Norwegian girl face a diminished future because of Muslim immigration in her nation?
Immigrant parents should take more responsibility for stopping the wave of street crime sweeping Oslo, Norway’s new prime minister has argued.
“It looks like young gang members are behind most of this,” Erna Solberg told Dagsavisen newspaper on Monday. “I think the call from local parents to mobilize immigrant parents is important. We have to crack down on this, and parents in the immigrant community must also play their part.”
Oslo saw 120 robberies in October, more than any other city in Scandinavia. There were just 78 robberies recorded in Copenhagen and only 63 in Stockholm. Continue reading this article
Funny how the plutocrats running the amnesty campaign against American workers haven’t paid much attention to Speaker Boehner’s November 13 declaration that “We have no intention of ever going to conference on the Senate bill.” Instead, they are forging ahead with their plan to flood America’s labor market with excess, exploitable workers.
More recently, Zuckerberg’s gang of Silicon Valley billionaires and associates, FWD.us, have upped their game by launching new television ads to pressure House Republicans to pass amnesty and double legal immigration. Below is an example video, filled with lies like “Reforming our immigration system would dramatically reduce our nation’s debt, grow the economy by 5.4% and take bold steps to secure our borders.” In fact government services for millions of poorly educated third worlders would add trillions of dollars to the the taxpayer cost of legalizing the foreigners, and the CBO reported that the Senate bill would reduce average wages in America for 12 years, increase unemployment for 7 years and reduce per capita GNP growth over 25 years.
The Mark Zuckerberg-funded issues advocacy group FWD.us is launching a new round of ads with a decidedly different tone than past spots on immigration reform, using quotes from President Barack Obama and House leadership to highlight a growing frustration with legislative delays.
The new push features a weeklong, national cable ad buy in the mid-six figures. There is an English-language spot and one in Spanish, and the ads will be on the Web for a longer period of time as part of an online ad buy. Continue reading this article
November 16 marked 80 years since the Roosevelt administration normalized relations with the USSR, and several national security experts met in Washington to reflect on what the decision meant then and whether anything has been learned in the interim.
What followed was the “massive infiltration of our government by communists and Soviet agents” particularly during WWII, according to expert of the period Stanton Evans (author of Stalin’s Secret Agents) to the extent that “there were literally hundreds … of Soviet agents in our government by the early 1940s.”
In addition, speakers Christopher Farrell of JudicialWatch and Stephen Coughlin of the Center for Security Policy drew the parallel of Soviet infiltration then and Muslim subversion in high places now.
The video is nearly two hours in length but is valuable for the hidden history it brings to light as well as insights into current policies.
Washington, DC — Eighty years ago this Saturday, President Franklin D. Roosevelt agreed for the first time to recognize the Communist regime of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. He did so on the basis of formal undertakings by then-Soviet Foreign Minister Maxim Litvinov that the Kremlin would not engage in subversive actions in America. Continue reading this article
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) announced Thursday that it would ask the Department of Justice to pursue charges against the Northern Virginia businessman accused of assaulting a Muslim cab driver after going on a profane rant attacking his religion.
All Fairfax County charges against Ed Dahlberg were dropped Thursday morning. Prosecutors said the story cab driver Mohammad Salim told authorities didn’t match the evidence presented in the case.
Salim said that after he picked up passenger Ed Dahlberg from a Fairfax County Country Club in April, Dahlberg became verbally abusive, criticized his Muslim faith and called him a terrorist. Salim recorded the confrontation on his cell phone.
Salim claimed right after he dropped Dahlberg off, the businessman returned and hit him, breaking his jaw.
The prosecution said there wasn’t enough time between the cell phone recording and a 911 call placed immediately after the recording for an assault to have occurred. Commonwealth’s Attorney Raymond Morrogh says they also found inconsistencies in Salim’s version of events.
“At first he claimed he was assaulted in the cab and had the whole assalt on film. He later changed that to say the defendant left the cab and came back and assaulted him a second time knocking him unconscious for several minutes. That’s inconsistent with the physcial evidence,” said Morrogh.
Dahlberg’s lawyers accuse Salim of making up the assault story to try to later make money through a civil lawsuit.
“The complainant, it appears, was trying to egg him on, putting a video camera in his face, pushing it at him and then he made up the story about the assault and punch in jaw,” said defense attorney John Kenneth Zwerling. “It was all disprovable. So this nightmare has ended for Mr. Dahlberg.” Continue reading this article
The former Vice President’s daughter is running for Senate against incumbent Republican Mike Enzi, and the main question is WHY, since Enzi is a reliable conservative on many fronts, including immigration enforcement.
Columnist Ann Coulter has criticized certain Republicans for self-centered opportunism in campaigns which has caused several disastrous losses in important races in recent years. Appearing on Fox’s Hannity show in October she remarked, “Why should we be having — and I love Liz Cheney — but why should we be having a rancorous primary against a good Republican senator other than for Liz Cheney’s ego?” Coulter has helpfully suggested that Cheney might better put her skills to work by moving to South Carolina and running against amnesty crusader Lindsey Graham.
Most of Sunday’s Fox interview concerned predictable topics of ObamaCare and general conservatism.
Fox showed a graphic illustrating Senator’s Enzi’s conservative cred:
Unsurprisingly, the network did not include NumbersUSA’s immigration enforcement grade for Enzi (lifetime A –), even though many viewers might have found that information to be important.
The immigration subject did not come up at all in Sunday’s interview, so enquiring minds must look elsewhere for Cheney’s stance.
Here’s a direct question from the Daily Caller, July 20, 2013:
Would you have voted for the Gang of 8’s immigration bill?
I wouldn’t have voted for it. I think that there were too many good amendments, for example, that were not accepted, such as those offered by Sen. Cruz, that would have provided much more insurance in terms of border security. I am not comfortable with leaving so much discretion in the hands of the secretary for Homeland Security – to decide whether to carry out those provisions of the bill. And I think the bill as it stands now doesn’t deal with the most important issue we’ve got to address first, which is to secure the border.
This answer shows a severe lack of knowledge. In an effort to bring up the name of popular Ted Cruz, Cheney showed her ignorance, because he behaved like a potted plant at the Senate markup hearing where amendments were heard. Cruz submitted only five amendments to S.744 and one of those was to increase H-1b tech visas by 500%.
Back to Cheney, if she thinks Ted Cruz’ markup behavior was admirable, she is badly informed to be kind. Plus she has shown no passion for immigration enforcement generally, which is often a bad sign of quiet squishiness.
It’s the same old story: a previously arrested but not deported illegal alien remained at large in America to murder an innocent person. The government refused to do its basic function of law enforcement because of ethnic politics, and a young woman died as a result.
Below, illegal alien Guatemalan Julio Miguel Blanco-Garcia (left) killed 19-year-old Vanessa Pham in 2010.
At that point, the mystery of the murder was somewhat solved, as Garcia stated Pham picked him up in an act of kindness when he was carrying a baby and said he needed a ride to a hospital. He further claimed that he was crazy-high on PCP and freaked out when she took a wrong turned, stabbing her at that point. The prosecution believes instead that Garcia tried to rape her and she resisted.
Lat week a judge sentenced Garcia to 49 years imprisonment per the recommendation of the jury, though he could have gotten life.
FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA9) — The man who murdered Falls Church college student Vanessa Pham was officially sentenced to 49 years behind bars today. Just before being sentenced, Julio Blanco Garcia apologized to his victim’s family.
“I would like to say to Ms. Pham’s family and friends, that I am deeply sorry for what I did. And that I hope, that I hope that my punishment will help them in their grieving process,” said Blanco Garcia.
He stood in a dark green jail shirt and pants as he spoke those words, never looking at the Pham family or friends seated behind him.
Judge Jane Roush said, “I have given a lot consideration to this case and considered e jury’s recommendation appropriate.”
In the August trial, the jury watched a cell phone video of 19 year old Vanessa Pham talking to her mother.
At sentencing today, Chief Deputy Commonwealth Attorney Casey Lingan read from the mother’s victim impact statement:
“Society has lost a beautiful, compassionate, ambitious young woman who would have lived a full life if it were not taken from her. My dreams of her finishing college, falling in love, getting married and giving me grandchildren has all been taken from me…. I have a tomestone where I go to visit Vanessa and all I can do is place fresh flowers and have a one-way conversation.”
During the trial, the jury watched Blanco Garcia’s video-taped police interview and confession of the killing. In it, Blanco Garcia said he was hallucinating and high on PCP. With his baby in his arms, he flagged down Pham and convinced her to drive him to the hospital. He said when she took a wrong turn, he freaked out, and fearing for his baby’s life, he took out his knife and killed Pham. He stabbed her 13 times. Continue reading this article
That’s $41 billion not being spent in American communities, keeping the economy going at home. The money doesn’t help dysfuntional third world countries either: the free money makes it easy for corrupt governments to avoid needed reforms to make their own economies function better. Bribery-fueled Mexico comes to mind, and scholar George Grayson wrote specifically on this topic for CIS in September: Remittances Abet Mexican Officials’ Irresponsible Behavior.
The LA Times likely wrote a friendly story because so many local residents are remittance senders.
The amount of money U.S. immigrants send to their families in Latin America has more than doubled since 2000, and the cash flow home — except to Mexico — has recovered from a considerable drop during the Great Recession, a 13-year survey of remittance trends shows.
For years, remittances have far outpaced foreign aid in helping lift people out of poverty in Latin America, the study released Friday by Pew Research Center notes.
In 2011, remittances totaled $53.1 billion, more than eight times the amount of official aid, the report says.
More than half of those immigrating from Spanish-speaking countries — 54% — send part of their U.S. earnings home, and 17% of U.S.-born Latinos also maintain financial lifelines to relatives abroad, the Pew research shows. Continue reading this article
The beautiful and historic National Mall in sight of the Capitol has been turned into a campground for lawbreaking foreigners who demand legalization. By the looks of their ginormous tents, they intend to stay a long while. Why is this permitted?!
Unsurprisingly, on Thursday Catholic Bishop John Wester of Salt Lake City (contact info) dropped by to lend his support. You wouldn’t expect him to condemn unlawful behavior, would you? The Catholic church elite believes the poor have a right to ignore law and borders when they want upgrade their lifestyles. “Any family in economic need has a right to immigrate, that’s our posture,” according to a Texas spokespriest. How convenient, since most illegal aliens are hispanic Catholics.
WASHINGTON The tents on the southeast corner of the National Mall were nearly empty this afternoon, with the activists inside receiving visitors quietly and with little fanfare.
Just two blocks west of the U.S. Capitol, those inside have pledged to a daily fast until Congress passes comprehensive immigration reform.
Organizers of the campaign, called “Fast for Families: A Call for Immigration Reform and Citizenship,” have set up visits to those fasting by members of Congress, prominent organizers, and faith leaders.
Salt Lake City Bishop John Wester was among those making a visit Thursday. He stopped by for about half an hour in the afternoon, and spent about 20 minutes with the people fasting, who are not speaking publicly or taking interviews during their witness.
Speaking to NCR after making his visit, Wester said he was “taken and touched by their commitment to immigration reform.” Continue reading this article
The administration never misses an opportunity to send loving regards to its illegal alien base. A recent example was the use of a Columbian immigrant named Adriana on the front page of the failed ObamaCare website. The White House could have chosen an American citizen to be the welcoming image of its signature public policy effort, but it didn’t. In picking a foreigner (albeit a legal one), the administration may be sending a subtle message that O-care will eventually be available to diverse illegal aliens.
Below, the smiling face of immigrant Adriana invites the American public to join the ObamaCare system.
Much of the press played the story of Adriana as a victim of meanie online thugs, which is more play on the increasingly tiresome bullying meme, a favorite cause of the liberal media to show its social responsibility.
The mystery woman who became the face of the most criticized website in America, designed for Obama’s health care law, says she is the victim of cyber bullying and the object of harsh public criticism over ‘Obamacare.’ [. . .]
People have speculated about Adriana’s immigration status since undocumented immigrants are not eligible for the health care program. Adriana said she is a permanent U.S. resident and has been married to a U.S. citizen for six-and-a-half years. Together, they live in Maryland with their 21-month-old son.
“I’m pure Colombian,” she said to ABC News.
Ann Coulter opined that Obama could have hired an American but instead exploited an immigrant (who was paid nothing for her image).
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