My Letter about Unemployment and Amnesty Is Printed

The Washington Times published my LTE on Tuesday, which was an effort to insert a little sanity into what passes for policy debate in the big capitol city these days.

The Congressional Budget Office statistics are taken from a statement by Senator Jeff Sessions.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Amnesty would create more joblessness, Washington Times, January 7, 2013

Democrats are currently crying big crocodile tears about jobless Americans running out of emergency unemployment checks, and they’re accusing Republicans of being cruel monsters for not voting to extend the benefits. Curiously, these same Democrats vote consistently for illegal-alien amnesty, which would immediately loose millions of workers into the legal job market, thereby increasing competition for employment. In fact, all Senate Democrats voted for the deeply flawed immigration-amnesty bill last year.

Notably, the Congressional Budget Office reported that the Senate bill would reduce average wages in America for 12 years, increase unemployment for seven years and reduce per-capita gross national product growth for more than 25 years. The Senate bill also doubles legal immigration at a time when the accumulation of immigration, outsourcing and smart machines have created a jobless economic recovery for Americans. The automated future will require far fewer humans for manufacturing and services.

The pose of Democrats that they are the friends of the American worker is simply not credible, given their open-borders strategy aimed at creating a permanent Democrat majority of big-government voters.

America doesn’t need more imported labor now or anytime soon, owing to the effects of globalization and automation. Washington must get real about the economic realities workers face now and going forward.


Israel: Thousands of Africans Demand to Be Accepted as Refugees

On Sunday, tens of thousands of Africans gathered in what they called a “Freedom Rally” in Tel Aviv, insisting that their rude, unlawful presence should be celebrated and welcomed.

It’s amazing how often huge mobs of people think they can relocate to another country en masse because of their own desires alone.

Fleebag Africans have not been popular in Israel particularly since mobs of them started taking up residence in parks and committing violent crimes like rape. In May 2012, a rally of a thousand Israelis demanded that the illegal aliens be expelled.

The public can’t be happy about the current demanding pests.

Below, uninvited Africans camping out in an Israeli park.

Israel is a tiny country, of around 8,000 square miles area, a little larger than New Jersey. It’s wealthy, but is hardly in a position to be babysitting thousands of freeloader foreigners looking for an easy entrance to the first world. Israel is too busy with its concerns of self-defense from neighbors like nearly nuclear Iran to waste its energy on a welfare sideshow for scroungers. It is surprising the normally orderly Israelis have allowed the situation to get so out of control.

But the Africans know to play the victim card when they arrive, claiming genocide back home when most are economic migrants. There are plenty of places in Africa where they could be safe, but they want to mooch a modern lifestyle.

African migrants protest, push for asylum in Israel, CNN, January 5, 2014

Thousands of African migrants cram into Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, Israel, calling for a labor strike.

Their chants fill the air, summing up their message: “We need asylum.”

Activists estimate more than 50,000 migrants work illegally in low-paying jobs in Israel.

Many are fleeing persecution from war-torn areas like Sudan and Eritrea. The threat to their lives pushes them to undertake the dangerous journey via smugglers’ routes to Israel. A vast majority cross the Sinai Peninsula, known for being a hotbed of kidnapping and organ harvesting.

Once across the border in Israel, they try to claim asylum.

“All of us are fleeing genocide, fleeing dictatorship regimes. Looking for protection,” says the African Refugee Development Center’s Mutasim Ali, who came to Israel from Darfur. “(A migrant) doesn’t care where he gets it. We know it’s too difficult to cross the border making our way to Israel, but that’s the only option at the time.”

The asylum seekers complain that the Israeli government isn’t viewing their goal as legitimate, but rather sees them as migrant workers.

“The Israeli government leaves them in limbo from one side. The Israeli government calls them infiltrators, that they came here for work and that they are all criminals,” says Orit Marom of ASSAF, Aid Organization for Refugees and Asylum Seekers. “On the other side, they never check their asylum requests.”

The Israeli government refers to the asylum seekers as illegal migrants who are in the country to work.

They blame them for an increase in crime and say they threaten Israel’s internal security. The government says it is increasing the number of security personnel to combat the crime. Continue reading this article

Nevada: 75 Percent of Illegal Aliens Fail Test for Driving Card

Wait, you mean unlawful foreigners actually had to DO something to get their freebie? They don’t just get a driving permit merely by arriving at the door of the DMV? They are expected to LEARN the traffic laws of Nevada in order to pass a written test?

Doubtless la Raza will now lobby to lower the standards of the test, which is clearly racist as shown by the results.

See my earlier report: Crowds of Illegal Aliens Jam Nevada DMVs to Procure Driver Cards. At that time, excuses were made that illegal aliens were nervous about being in a government office and that was the reason for some not passing the quiz. Now we know the statistics of the failure, and it shows the typical attitude of entitlement that illegal aliens have in this country: they believe they should get everything just by being here.

Most fail test for Nevada driver privilege card, Associated Press, January 5, 2013

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles officials have advice for immigrants seeking a driver authorization card: study.

They estimate 75 percent of applicants have failed the written test needed for the card under a new law that made the state the 11th nationally to offer driving privileges to people in the country illegally. The cards became available Thursday.

Applicants must correctly answer 80 percent of 50 questions to pass the test. They also are required to pass a driving exam to receive cards. The failure rate on the driving test was not immediately available. Continue reading this article

Senator Rand Paul Promotes Legalization for Illegal Aliens

Why can’t anyone wearing a suit not understand the connection between permissive immigration (legal and illegal) and American unemployment? Do universities no longer teach supply and demand in Econ 101?

To liberals and their media poodles, there is no contradiction between a segment on a suffering long-unemployed American worker followed by an item about mass legalization with immediate work permits for millions of illegal aliens. (To elite Washington, the jobless American needs more unemployment benefits, and the illegal alien, who does just fine without “papers” as shown by length of residence, needs legalization for jobs.)

Which is exactly what happened on ABC’s “This Week” on January 5:

Here’s the transcript showing some highlights of elite thinking about unemployment and amnesty:

ZELENY: We met Kathy Biscotti of Baltimore, one of the 1.3 million Americans whose benefits expired late last year. She’s looking for a new job and asking congress for help.

KATHY BISCOITT, UNEMPLOYED: I’m not saying that it should last forever, but we need more time. What are we supposed to do in the meantime?

A few minutes later, Senator Rand Paul was chatting up his economic freedom zones to increase employment.

PAUL: Well, I think what’s really cruel is to have an economy that doesn’t have jobs in it. So we have to talk about what policy creates jobs. With regard to unemployment insurance, I’ve always said that I’m not opposed to unemployment insurance, I am opposed to having it without paying for it.

I think it’s wrong to borrow money from China or simply to print up money for it. But I’m not against having unemployment insurance.

I do think, though, that the longer you have it, that it provides some disincentive to work, and that there are many studies that indicate this. So, what I’ve been saying all along, we have to figure out how to create jobs and keep people from becoming long-term unemployed. That’s why I promoted the economic freedom zones which would dramatically lower taxes in areas where there’s long-term unemployment.

And then Senator Paul said he wants mass legalization for the illegals who can then lawfully snatch American jobs even though the result would be even worse hurt for US citizens. He believes in “very expansive work visas” — not just easy farm picker entrance, but the whole range of employment. He must be on the Mark Zuckerberg list of campaign check recipients, er friends. The billionaire Facebook founder met with Sen. Paul in a sit-down meeting last spring in Silicon Valley, and it’s likely that increased tech visas were discussed. The anti-sovereignty lobby, which now includes Zuckerberg, has spent $1.5 billion since 2007 to open American borders.

STEPHANOPOULOS: A final question. I want to get you on the record on immigration.

Our next guest, Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, is confident that it’s going to get done, a comprehensive bill will eventually get done this year.

Is he right?

I know you were opposed to the comprehensive bill earlier in the year.

But can you support Speaker Boehner’s call for a series of measures on immigration?

PAUL: Yes. The reason — and I’ve had this conversation with Senator Schumer before — is that the reason it has failed is that the Senate bill that he proposed actually limited work visas and, I think, creates an incentive for more illegal immigration.

I’m for very expansive work visas. If you want to come to our country or if you’re one of the 11 million who are here, I’m for giving you a work visa. Continue reading this article

Isaac Asimov's 50-Year Predictions from 1964 Are Considered

When the brilliant futurist, biochemistry professor and science fiction writer Isaac Asimov visited the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City, he was inspired by the array of new technology to prognosticate about how American society would look five decades hence.

The Business Insider recently had a fascinating analysis of the many things he forecast accurately: In 1964, The Brilliant Isaac Asimov Wrote Some Predictions For 2014 — Wait Until You See How Right He Was.

Below, the interior of Google’s self-driving car, now under development. In 1964, Asimov predicted “roboticized cars” for our time.

He was concerned about automation’s effect on society, with one problem being that of widespread boredom: “The world of A.D. 2014 will have few routine jobs that cannot be done better by some machine than by any human being. Mankind will therefore have become largely a race of machine tenders. Schools will have to be oriented in this direction.”

In 2014, we are beginning to see the effects of automation and robots on jobs of all sorts. Schools don’t train many machine tenders per se; instead numerous human jobs are quietly disappearing due to smart machines.

Asimov saw explosive population growth as dangerous to social order, as shown by his observation (not from the NYTimes article): “Democracy cannot survive overpopulation. Human dignity cannot survive [overpopulation]. Convenience and decency cannot survive [overpopulation]. As you put more and more people onto the world, the value of life not only declines, it disappears.”

The US Census has a live counter for American and world population. The snap below is from January 5, 2014:

Below, I’ve excerpted the section about population, although the rest of the piece is fascinating as well:

Visit to the World’s Fair of 2014, New York Times, By ISAAC ASIMOV, August 16, 1964

[. . .] As I stood in line waiting to get into the General Electric exhibit at the 1964 fair, I found myself staring at Equitable Life’s grim sign blinking out the population of the United States, with the number (over 191,000,000) increasing by 1 every 11 seconds. During the interval which I spent inside the G.E. pavilion, the American population had increased by nearly 300 and the world’s population by 6,000.

In 2014, there is every likelihood that the world population will be 6,500,000,000 and the population of the United States will be 350,000,000. Boston-to-Washington, the most crowded area of its size on the earth, will have become a single city with a population of over 40,000,000. Continue reading this article

Crowds of Illegal Aliens Jam Nevada DMVs to Procure Driver Cards

The joint has been jumping at the Nevada DMV, as thousands of unlawful foreigners have sought possession of driving authorization cards. The new year allows illegal aliens to register to receive a document that permits legal driving within the state.

As usual, greasy politicians in support claimed that the policy would increase highway safety and lead to more insured drivers. However, illegals often purchase insurance in order to register their car or get a driving permit, then cancel it a month later. Sometimes they manage to buy insurance after an accident and get away with it.

The federal Real ID Act prevents the authorization to be used for identification, but that sounds like a squishy proposition. Any business or agency that would accept a worthless Mexican matricula card would likely find the Nevada card legal enough.

A Las Vegas television piece reported that some of the illegals were not prepared to take a written test and flunked it. The excuse was made that they were just nervous because they had never been in a DMV before — poor sensitive Mexicans! The segment also called the foreigners “undocumented citizens” more than once:

FOX5 Vegas – KVVU

Below, illegal aliens flocked to Nevada’s DMVs for new driver’s authorization so they can motor legally to their stolen jobs.

We see in the following news story how thrilled the illegals are to get a mini-legalization. They are pumped about being able to drive without worry of being deported. It’s hard to imagine such excitement about becoming citizens — it wouldn’t happen. The top priority is to make maximum money without fear of deportation. Indeed, a recent Pew poll found that exemption from deportation is more important to illegals than citizenship. Democrats and raza types want to turn them into grateful big-government voters someday soon, but the illegals themselves want the money, period.

Thousands of immigrants fill Nevada DMV offices to get new driving cards, Las Vegas Review-Journal, January 2, 2014

Rafael Soto is the odd man out in his family.

His three daughters are U.S. citizens, his wife’s a U.S citizen, but he’s not. He’s still waiting on the federal government to give him that shot under comprehensive immigration reform proposals being considered in Washington, D.C.

As a result, the 44-year-old North Las Vegas resident from Mexico has been working construction jobs without a Social Security number and has been driving illegally in Las Vegas for well over a decade.

But at least part of that immigrant narrative is about to change.

On Thursday, Soto was among thousands who showed up at DMV offices across the Silver State to apply for the new driver authorization card, which allows those who are in the country illegally to drive legally.

Nevada is just the latest in a group of 11 states that are allowing these immigrants to drive. As many as 60,000 immigrants are expected to apply for the cards in the state. The process began Thursday, when Nevada’s new law took effect.

Despite widespread criticism of the driving card law, there were no protests across the state on Thursday, although some of the offices in Las Vegas became so crowded that DMV halted written tests, said DMV spokesman Kevin Malone.

The intention of Senate Bill 303, which passed the state Legislature in the spring, is not only to raise millions of dollars in revenue for Nevada but also to make the state’s roads safer.

Officials say nearly all the holders of the card will have to purchase insurance for any car they operate. They must renew their driving card every year for it to remain valid. They will also have to pass DMV driving tests, which will make roads safer.

If you thought Black Friday after Thanksgiving drew crowds, you should have seen the DMV offices across the Las Vegas Valley on Thursday. Lines formed before dawn; the DMV offices didn’t open until 8 a.m. Later in the day, the wait time was an estimated hour, due primarily to people applying for the new card, DMV officials said.

So coveted is the card that Soto got up at 4:30 a.m. to get the first spot at the DMV office in North Las Vegas on Decatur Boulevard just north of the Las Vegas Beltway.

“This is going to be great, not having to worry about driving anymore, not having to look in the rearview mirror every time you start the engine,” said Soto, who has paid nearly $1,000 in fines after he was stopped by North Las Vegas police on two occasions in the past two years and could not produce a valid driver’s license. Continue reading this article

California Got a Load of New Laws in 2013

With the New Year, a pile of new law comes into effect, and the Golden State has almost exactly its share. Nationally, the states passed 40,000 bills into law and California’s new batch of 805 is pretty close to 1/50 of that number.

Nobody would accuse California of having a do-nothing legislature: the state’s Democratic lawmakers were busy bees last year, cranking out an assortment of items from the uber-liberal playbook. Governor Jerry Brown approved most, by signing 805 bills into law, while vetoing 96 in 2013.

This being Mexifornia, illegal aliens made out like bandits. An AP story dedicated a whole section of a recent article to the new laws benefiting them.

New Calif. laws try to help employees, immigrants, Associated Press, December 28, 2013

[. . .] Immigrants in the country illegally receive several new rights and protections.

It is a crime for employers to report workers to immigration authorities in retaliation for work-related complaints and for anyone to extort money from those in the country illegally by threatening to report their legal status.

Local law enforcement agencies can no longer detain immigrants for deportation if they are arrested for a minor crime and otherwise are eligible to be released from custody. Law enforcement agencies also are prohibited from requiring immigration or citizenship papers before releasing crime reports and other public records.

Immigrants who are not U.S. citizens can assist voters casting a ballot, and lawyers who are in the country illegally can be licensed to practice law.

A law granting immigrants who are in the country illegally the right to a driver’s license will take effect in 2015. [. . .]

The San Francisco Chronicle provided a fascinating sampler of 20 new California laws, illustrating the audacity of busybody liberalism unleashed:

More than 800 new laws added in California, San Francisco Chronicle, December 31, 2013

Sacramento — California will begin 2014 with more than 800 new laws, many of which take effect New Year’s Day. The added laws run the gamut, from the controversial – such as gun-control measures and protections for transgender and undocumented people – to the lesser known about teen texting and home improvement requirements.

Some of the most talked about laws have delayed implementations, such as the $1-per-hour increase to the minimum wage that begins July 1, or new regulations allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses by Jan. 1, 2015.

Here’s a look at 20 new laws.

Gun control: Eleven new gun-control laws were signed into law in 2013, including a ban on the manufacturing or sale of large-capacity magazine conversion kits. Possession of large-capacity magazines will be banned under that law beginning July 1.

Lead bullets: A controversial law banning lead hunting ammunition will be phased in statewide by 2019 in an effort to protect wildlife from ingesting the toxic metal.

Trust Act: State and local law enforcement agencies will no longer be allowed to detain undocumented residents solely based on their immigration status, unless they have been convicted or charged with serious or violent crimes. Continue reading this article

Obama Deportations Are Minimal, but MSM Spreads Sob Stories of Suffering

Among the various end-of-year enumerations, one of Obama’s many falsehoods was notable: his “record deportations” turned out to be as big a whopper as ObamaCare’s “You can keep your doctor.”

Is el Presidente even deporting rapists, murderers and child abusers after prison? It doesn’t sound that way. Only a tiny handful of foreign intruders are being repatriated.

Obama deported only 0.2 percent of 11.7 million illegals in 2013, Daily Caller, By Neil Munro, December 31, 2013

Fewer than 0.2 percent of the 11.7 million illegal aliens in the United States were deported in 2012 for violating immigration laws, according to data released by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

“It is a drop in the bucket,” Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, told The Daily Caller. “Relative to the [agency] resources and tools they have been given to do this job, it is a record low,” said Vaughan.

Government officials say they deported a total of 368,644 people. But almost two-thirds of those people, or 235,093, were caught at the border and promptly returned to their home countries.

Only 133,551 resident illegals were picked up in the interior of the country and deported, the ICE report admitted.

But 82 percent of those residents were deported for other offenses, ICE acknowledged. Those offenses include drunk driving, assault, robbery and drug possession.

The remaining 18 percent adds up to only 20,000 illegals of the 11.7 million illegals believed to be living in the United States.

That’s only one immigration-law deportation for every 585 illegals. [. . .]

Meanwhile, liberal propaganda organs continue to pump out emotional tripe based upon the self-created problems of lawbreaking foreigners.

The Washington Post published one such item on Sunday about a family with an illegal alien dad who might get the hook. It reminded me of the dog-and-pony show I saw when Congressman Luis Gutierrez brought his magical amnesty tour to San Francisco in 2009: Treason Lobby Triumphant: Speaker Pelosi Boards Gutierrez Amnesty Express.

The opening act was a nine-year-old boy who complained of living in fear because his father might someday be caught and deported. The office janitor dad wasn’t in jail or especially in danger because of American immigration laws, but just the slight possibility of deportation was considered a cruelty worthy of sympathy by the largely hispanic audience.

The Washington Post found a similar worried little boy in order to purvey its sob story:

Below, illegal alien Jorge Penate resides in Virginia with his wife Diane and son Jason.

It’s too bad for the kid. It’s tough being 12 and knowing your father might be sent back to Guatemala — although a deportation is unlikely after all this sympathetic publicity.

On the other hand, 2.7 million American kids have a parent in jail caused by deliberate lawbreaking and nobody writes sensitive newspaper stories about their emotional suffering.

Deportations of parents can cast the lives of U.S.-citizen kids into turmoil, Washington Post, December 29, 2013

Twelve-year-old Jason Penate spent the holidays hanging close by his father. They picked out a Christmas tree and decorated the front window of their Gainesville, Va., home with candy canes, and Jason tried very hard not to think about whether his father would still be here in the new year.

Jorge Penate, a Guatemalan national who came to the United States illegally in 1997, has a hearing scheduled Monday that will determine whether he can stay in the country. A drunken driving arrest two years ago launched deportation proceedings and cast his family’s future into uncertainty.

Jason wrote a letter to the immigration judge, explaining that the three days his father was detained in 2011 “were the worst days of my life” and asking not to be separated from him again. “If he does have to leave I think every day of my life is going to be the worst,” Jason wrote.

More than 1 million illegal immigrants were deported in the past three years, a record number reflecting increased enforcement efforts under the Obama administration. The crackdown has spun the lives of hundreds of thousands of U.S. citizens — including children like Jason — into upheaval. Continue reading this article

Crowdifornia Has a Very Dry Year

On the last day of 2013, one bad statistic is the amount of rainfall for California; this year has been among the driest around the state, and the driest ever on record in San Francisco.

The average precipitation for the city, as recorded from 1849, is around 21 inches; this year saw only 5.59 inches.

Elsewhere, Yosemite Valley got only 11.24 inches of rain, not even a third of its average 35.95 inches. Coastal Santa Cruz normally sees over 30 inches of precipitation in a year, but received just 4.78 inches in 2013.

The state has begun to increase in population growth once again as jobs pick up somewhat, after being hard hit with double-digit unemployment lasting four years during the recession. Around 300,000 new residents now arrive annually, and the total population is around 38 million resource users.

That’s a lot of persons requiring water, particularly for a region that has suffered two century-plus droughts in recent history, starting only 1100 years ago.

Why are the limits to growth as related to water supply never discussed by elected officials? Must Californians suffer increasing water restrictions and rock gardens instead of grass so that another 10 million Mexicans can be crammed in?

Washington plans on importing tens of millions of immigrants in the next decades, with no thought at all about whether the natural resources can support them.

Driest year ever in Calif. sparks fire, water fears, USA Today, December 26, 2013

California is enduring its driest calendar year on record, with no signs of relief coming anytime soon. In San Francisco, the city is seeing its driest year since records began during the Gold Rush year of 1849.

Although a drought emergency has not yet been officially declared, a lack of rain and snow this winter could bring catastrophic losses to California agriculture, as water allotments are slashed by state agencies.

“Soil moisture is depleted, reservoir storage is down and even if we had average rainfall statewide, we probably wouldn’t see average runoff just because soil moisture is so depleted,” California Department of Water Resources deputy drought manager Jeanine Jones said last week.

In Southern California, through Tuesday, the weather station in downtown Los Angeles had received only 3.6 inches of rain so far in 2013, according to the National Weather Service. If no more rain falls, this would make 2013 the city’s driest calendar year on record, breaking the record of the previous driest years, 1947 and 1953, when 4.08 inches fell each year.

In a typical year, Los Angeles receives 14.91 inches of rain; records in the city go back to 1877. “Many other locations around the region are approaching similar dubious record or near-record dry calendar years,” climatologist Mark Svoboda noted in the most recent U.S. Drought Monitor, a federal website that tracks drought across the country.

The U.S. Drought Monitor reported that 94.25% of the state is enduring some level of drought conditions and that most of the prime agriculture area of the Central Valley is in extreme drought, the second-worst category.

At least 90% of the state has been in a drought since early May. Continue reading this article

Happy Birthday, Afghans!

How backward is Afghanistan? One measure is the fact that everyone has the same birthday, January 1, because the use of modern calendars hasn’t quite reached there yet.

It’s a mystery why anyone in Washington ever thought that nation-building had a chance in such a retro place. Liberals must have thought that killing the Taliban without also building schools etc. would have been too rude to contemplate. Now the jihadists are waiting for the promised pullout of US military so they can take over; sadly huge piles of money as well as American lives were wasted in useless efforts to advance basic civilization for Afghans. There is too much cousin marriage, belligerent tribalism, cultural misogyny and Islam for even minimal social advances to occur.

Below, Afghan women briefly experienced individual freedom and access to education, but the Taliban forced them back into bondage.

Afghan women devolution

The US Census counted 89,040 Afghans residing in the United States in the 2011 Community Survey.

One can foresee a clamor for increased Afghan immigration/refugees when the Taliban institutes full tilt sharia law in a few years time. Think of all the diverse victims that America should rescue!

In Afghanistan, it’s everyone’s birthday, Washington Post, December 31, 2013

KABUL — The first day of January isn’t celebrated as the beginning of the year in Afghanistan, but since the American invasion, it’s become a new kind of holiday — a de facto birthday for thousands of Afghans who don’t know when they were born.

During protracted wars in the 1980s and ’90s, the government didn’t have a system in place to register births. Because identification cards and driver’s licenses weren’t standard in this impoverished nation, families saw no reason to record the exact dates. Government paperwork asked only for an approximate birthday on the Islamic calendar.

But when the United States and its NATO allies arrived, they brought with them a flurry of job opportunities, visa applications and Web sites that all required a specific birthday on the Roman calendar.

“Those of us who don’t know when we were born selected January first,” said a U.S. Army interpreter named Tariq, who first wrote the date on his job application with the military and would repeat it when he applied for a visa, and whenever anyone asked. “It was very easy to remember.”

Like many Afghans, Tariq, who requested that his last name not be used to avoid Taliban threats, has only a vague sense of his birthday, which coincided with the country’s collapse into civil war in the early 90s.

As Internet access became more widespread, with 3G networks advertised in the country’s major cities, the question of birthdays arose with even greater frequency. Urban Afghans were quick to create accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Gmail, all of which ask for the registrant’s date of birth.

“I have been using the first of January for every online registration and social network site,” said Nazer Hussain, 23, a recent university graduate who rattled off a list of Web sites he signed up for using his fake birthday. “In the past, people weren’t well-educated enough to keep record of birthdays.”

In the digital age, the collective birthday has become something of an inside joke here, as young Afghans send each other messages to celebrate. Continue reading this article

Monty Python's Michael Palin Remarks that an Islam Parody Film Cannot Be Made Today

The Monty Python funny guys may be getting old, but they don’t want to face an early death caused by angering touchy Muslims. They are famous for tweaking religion in their 1979 comedy The Life of Brian, but there won’t be The Life of Mohammed coming any time soon.

It’s too bad, since the history of Islam is comedy gold, aside from the murders and brutal wars of conquest. Imagine the prophet’s nine-year-old wife Aisha and the possibilities for hilarious domestic misunderstandings between her and the geriatric hubby!

The excellent comic book Mohammed’s Believe It or Else! shows one approach, of illustrated stories from the prophet’s life and early Islam, plus accompanying scripture from the Koran and Hadith.

Another publication that has felt the brunt of Muslim literary criticism is the French humor magazine Charlie Hebdo which was firebombed in 2011 when it announced Mohammed would be a “guest editor” for an issue, as shown below:

So the Python people are just being realistic about the degree to which Muslims despise western free speech. When The Life of Brian was shown, protests and complaints occurred, but the controversy played out in polite western fashion, such as in television debates, with no firebombings or murders. By comparison, the Japanese translator of The Satanic Verses, Hitoshi Igarashi, was stabbed to death in 1991, and the book’s author Salman Rushdie was fatwaed into hiding from death threats for years.

In addition, the Mohammed cartoons printed by the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in 2005 were stirred by jihad activists into a controversy, causing anti-free-speech riots around the world and more than 200 deaths.

Perhaps the only hope for a Mohammed comedy film is for someone to follow the example of What’s Up, Tiger Lily, in which a Japanese James Bond-type film was redubbed with a completely different dialog with hilarious results (Trailer). But there would be no entertaining visuals, like a dancing Aisha music number.

For religious film humor, we will have to stick with The Life of Brian.

One of the funniest bits, for Latin students at least, was the graffito scene: “Romani ite domum!”

Back to the present, where the Religion of Bullies wants to end everything fun. Why do we continue to allow Muslims to immigrate here??

You can’t parody Islam, says Palin: Monty Python star believes religious sensitivities have increased so much it would be impossible to make Life of Brian today, Daily Mail, December 30, 2013

During his Monty Python days he poked fun at everyone from the Establishment to Christianity.

But thanks to the threat of ‘heavily armed’ fanatics, Michael Palin has admitted there is one comedy taboo he is too scared to break- Islam.

The 70-year-old said religious sensitivities have increased so much since his comedy days it would now be impossible to make 1979 film Life of Brian – which satirised the life of Jesus – let alone laugh at Muslims.

He said: ‘Religion is more difficult to talk about. I don’t think we could do Life of Brian any more. A parody of Islam would be even harder.

‘We all saw what happened to Salman Rushdie and none of us want to get into all that. It’s a pity but that’s the way it is. There are people out there without a sense of humour and they’re heavily armed.’

In 1989, Mr Rushdie was forced into hiding after the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, issued a fatwa calling for him to be killed in revenge for his novel The Satanic Verses. Continue reading this article

Results of Mass Hispanic Immigration Displease Its Boosters

The Associated Press has plopped out an article that is rather curious. It worries over the idea that immigrants are increasingly living in communities of “racial isolation.” The scribbler visits California farm town Watsonville and frets that nearly everyone is Mexican and speaks Spanish. A hispanic who was the first mayor of his ethnicity observed, “It’s got a very different feel than a traditional American town.” Forty percent of town residents are foreign born and most of the business signage is in Spanish.

Below, downtown Watsonville, which is described as “like being in a small Mexican town” by a resident.

Isn’t that what liberals wanted? Haven’t they condemned assimilation as racism against poor victimized brown people? Haven’t they insisted on America becoming a bilingual Spanish-speaking country so immigrants wouldn’t have to learn English? Even though a strong majority of US voters supports English as the official language, liberals reject language assimilation. Plus, expecting immigrants to accept American values is likewise thought to be cultural arrogance on the part of the citizens.

Immigrants are taking part in the American economy to improve their material lives, and most seem happy living in ethnic and linguistic separation from the dominant culture. They came for the money, not to become Americans as previous generations of immigrants did. They have their own Spanish-language media catering to their desires and the Watsonville library has Bilingual Toddler Time. None of the Mexicans in the article seemed to be pining for inclusion in the broader society. Watsonville should be seen as a paradise by liberals who looked to immigration to make America less American, but Dr. Frankenstein doesn’t seem satisfied with his creation.

Whatever were the liberals expecting when they promoted the mass immigration of millions without assimilation? The balkanization result was totally predictable.

Diversity prompts increased racial isolation, Associated Press, December 28, 2013

WATSONVILLE, Calif. (AP) — In a grassy downtown plaza, strolling musicians wearing glitzy cowboy outfits blast a mariachi song, while Spanish-speaking shoppers bustle between farm stands, sampling tart cactus leaves, sniffing roasting chilies and buying bundles of warm pork tamales.

The scene is an increasingly typical one in towns across California, where Hispanics are on pace to become the largest ethnic group next year. And Watsonville is but one of dozens of California communities where Hispanics outnumber whites.

The town of 52,000 on the picturesque Central Coast, where good soil and pleasant weather enrich crops of strawberries and lettuce, and a driven and determined low-wage workforce fuels small factories producing everything from high-end shock absorbers to handcrafted glassware.

Spanish is spoken in most homes and businesses in town, and one out of five households is linguistically isolated, meaning no one over 14 speaks English.

Rising immigration hasn’t made Watsonville more diverse; it is a community heading toward racial isolation, a growing phenomenon in a state that offers one possible look at how the nation may change as non-Hispanic whites become a minority in the coming months.

Like most U.S. towns, Watsonville has been formed by waves of immigrants, Croats, Portuguese, Filipinos and Japanese, each arriving with their own language, customs and cuisine. The current surge of Hispanics has brought a Latin American influence.

“For me, downtown Watsonville is like being in a small Mexican town,” said Oscar Rios, who was Watsonville’s first Latino mayor. “Everyone speaks Spanish. The restaurants are Mexican. It’s got a very different feel than a traditional American town.”

Rios came into office after a landmark voting rights case 25 years ago deemed Watsonville’s at-large election system discriminatory and mandated district elections to end all-white political leadership. At the time, 50 percent of the residents were Hispanic.

Today, 82 percent are either immigrants, or descendants of immigrants, mostly from Mexico but also elsewhere in Latin America. Continue reading this article

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