Acapulco was once a premier vacation spot in Mexico, known for its beautiful beaches and classy accommodations.
Elvis made a movie there, Fun in Acapulco, although it was more about bikinis than sombreros.
Today, however, the glamor is gone, replaced by dead bodies. Mexican organized crime has extended its brutal intramural warfare to the beachside city. In fact, the removal of heads appears to be a trend, a style point the narco-traffickers have picked up from jihadists, to add to the terror aspect.
Police found the bodies of 15 slain men, 14 of them headless, on a street outside a shopping center in the Pacific coast resort of Acapulco on Saturday.
Police in the southern state of Guerrero, where Acapulco is located, said handwritten signs were left with the bodies, a common calling card of Mexico’s cartels.
Acapulco has seen bloody turf battles between drug gangs in recent years.
The bodies were found in an area not frequented by tourists. The victims all appeared to be in their 20s.
It was the largest single group of decapitation victims in recent years.
In 2008, a group of 12 decapitated bodies were piled outside the Yucatan state capital of Merida. The same year, 9 headless men were found in the Guerrero state capital of Chilpancingo. Continue reading this article
Unlike many New Years list-makers, Rep Lamar Smith has put his down in writing for the public. And Smith’s position as the new Chair of the House Judiciary Committee means his list is an important indication of the direction the House will take in many important issues.
Last Friday, millions of Americans made New Year’s resolutions. Some resolved to exercise, others resolved to spend more time with their families and still more resolved to continue their search for work.
With U.S. unemployment at 9.8 percent, Congress also has a New Year’s resolution. As Republicans take control of the House, we are resolved to cut government spending, promote economic growth and help generate jobs for American workers.
Unlike some New Year’s resolutions, this one won’t be abandoned in the first weeks of 2011. We understand that the midterm elections were a clear message to Congress to change course, and we are committed to restoring prudence to U.S. policies.
Our priority on the House Judiciary Committee is job creation and oversight. More than 26 million Americans are unemployed or underemployed. Yet 7 million illegal immigrants remain in the U.S. work force.
We could open up jobs for millions of U.S. workers if we just enforced immigration laws. Work site enforcement efforts ensure jobs go to unemployed citizens and legal immigrants. Unfortunately, enforcement has dropped by 70 percent in the past two years. And with less enforcement, the jobs magnet continues to encourage illegal immigration.
Promoting the use of E-Verify is another way we can help make sure scarce jobs go to legal workers. E-Verify is the federal government’s program that enables companies to hire legal workers by verifying the Social Security numbers provided by new employees. More than 225,000 employers, large and small, use E-Verify to check the employment eligibility of applicants, and thousands of new businesses are signing up each month. We should expand this program. Continue reading this article
Rep. Elton Gallegly has been named as the Chair of the Immigration and Enforcement Subcommittee, rather than Steve King, as had been widely assumed.
I’m not completely sure what to think of this choice by Lamar Smith, the new Chair of the full Judiciary Committee. Was Gallegly chosen because King may have been seen as more of a verbal bomb-thrower on the subject of illegal immigration? Possibly.
Gallegly is no weakling on borders and sovereignty however. His career voting grade is A, and he has been in the House since 1987, four years longer than King.
My favorite quote from Rep Gallegly is “The more we become a nation of illegal immigrants, the deeper we fall into anarchy.” So la Raza is probably not doing any cartwheels over the selection of the Ventura County Republican.
An avid illegal immigration foe, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) will not continue as the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee’s Immigration subcommittee. Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) announced his selection for subcommittee chairman on Friday, and California Rep. Elton Gallegly (R) was chosen to head the Immigration and Enforcement panel.
King, who served as the ranking Republican on the Immigration subcommittee since 2007, was selected as vice chairman of the panel.
He has long been an outspoken foe of illegal immigration — and has been viewed as the successor to former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) as the party’s lead anti-immigration proponent.
In 2006, King went to the House Floor and built a model of a concrete border fence that he suggested should be electrified.
“We could also electrify this wire with the kind of current that would not kill somebody, but it would simply be a discouragement for them to be fooling around with it. We do that with livestock all the time,” King said at the time.
On Thursday, the Iowa Republican introduced a bill to eliminate “anchor babies.”
The bill, formally named the “Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011,” would bar children born on United States soil to “illegal alien parents” from automatically becoming citizens. Continue reading this article
On Wednesday the National Press Club was the site of a meeting aimed at dislodging the mistaken interpretation of the 14th Amendment that the children of illegal aliens born in the United States are US citizens. Members and supporters of State Legislators for Legal Immigration appeared to raise the issue, which is a major magnet for illegal aliens.
An anchor baby is an immediate entre to the welfare system of free food and medical care. When junior turns 21 he can sponsor his illegal alien parents in a perfect circle of lawbreaking.
Linked below is the press release of Pennsylvania State Representative Daryl Metcalfe, who has been a leader on state immigration enforcement.
Pennsylvania State Representative and State Legislators for Legal Immigration (SLLI) founder Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler County), state lawmakers and Constitutional scholars from across the nation convened in Washington D.C. today to unveil historic model legislation to correct the monumental misapplication of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. This historic press conference was held on the same day as the swearing-in of the 112th Congress; encouraging that one of the first actions should be to uphold their oath and defend the Constitution to protect the states from the illegal alien invasion.
“According to the 14th Amendment, the primary requirements for U.S. citizenship are dependent on total allegiance to America, not mere physical geography,” said Metcalfe. “The purpose of this model legislation is to restore the original intent of the 14th Amendment, which is currently being misapplied and is encouraging illegal aliens to cross and cost American taxpayers $113 billion annually, or nearly $1,117 yearly per individual taxpayer.”
Currently, hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens are crossing U.S. borders to give birth and exploit their child as an “anchor baby,” as a means to obtain residency, access taxpayer-funded benefits and steal American jobs for themselves and for their families.
During an 1866 Congressional debate, U.S. Representative John Bingham of Ohio, considered one of the fathers of the 14th Amendment, said “…every human being born within the jurisdiction of the United States of parents not owing allegiance to any foreign sovereignty is, in the language of your Constitution itself, a natural born citizen…”
“I’ve long considered birthright citizenship to be the holy grail of the illegal immigration debate,” said Oklahoma State Rep. Randy Terrill. “It has created a perverse incentive for foreign nationals to break U.S. law and proven to be a policy disaster for our Republic.”
Of course, no good deed goes unpunished, and the presser was invaded by noisy open-borders anarchists, who succeeded to some extent to disrupt the proceedings. “Free speech for me but not for thee” is the leftist ideal. Nevertheless, the event got a good amount of coverage, including a piece in the New York Times, State Lawmakers Outline Plans to End Birthright Citizenship, Drawing Outcry.
I heard John Eastman, Dean of Chapman University School of Law, speak about birthright citizenship last summer in Phoenix and was impressed with the clarity his explanation on the subject. The video below is from Californians for Population Stabilization (transcript).
Faleh Hassan Almaleki used his Jeep to run down his daughter Noor and the mother of her boyfriend in a Peoria, Arizona, parking lot. Noor died after two weeks in a coma, and the other woman survived her serious injuries. He was furious that his daughter wanted to live as a free person in America rather than as a slave to Islam’s primitive directives.
And the fear of Muslims does figure in strongly to the decision to drop the death penalty. Almaleki’s lawyer successfully played the Muslim card by implying the state’s pursuit of the death penalty was because of the perp’s religion rather than his heinous crime. Shameful, but it worked.
The lawyer for an Iraqi immigrant accused of slaying his daughter in an “honor killing” is asking a judge to take special precautions to ensure the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office doesn’t wrongly seek the death penalty against his client because he is a Muslim. […]
Citing a tie between the case and religious or cultural beliefs, [attorney Billie] Little is asking [County Attorney Andrew] Thomas’ office to record or keep transcripts of any meetings used to determine whether it will seek the death penalty for Almaleki.
“An open process provides some level of assurance that there is no appearance that a Christian is seeking to execute a Muslim for racial, political, religious or cultural beliefs,” Little wrote, referring to Thomas as a Christian.
Immoral lawyer tricks, like the one cited above, should not cause the justice system to cower in fear. The Muslim world needs to know that women are full citizens in America, and our society does not accept its misogynous sharia law. All honor crimes against women need to be punished to the extent the law allows. Harsh punishment of persons committing honor crimes may well provide a deterrent to future Muslim immigrant murders of women seeking to live as individuals.
Contact information for the Maricopa County Attorney may be found at this link. Please demand a vigorous prosecution at trial against the honor killer to support Western values of justice and equality.
Attorneys began discussing a possible plea deal for an Iraqi immigrant accused of killing his daughter because he believed she was too Westernized, but failed to come to an agreement Wednesday.
The talks involving Faleh Hassan Almaleki, 50, lasted for hours at a closed-door meeting in Maricopa County Superior Court. His trial is set for Jan. 18.
Almaleki has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault and leaving the scene of a serious injury accident.
If convicted, he could face life in prison. A plea deal could bring a lighter sentence.
Police say Almaleki slammed his Jeep into his daughter, 20-year-old Noor Almaleki, and her boyfriend’s mother in October 2009.
The mother lived, but Noor was in a coma for two weeks before she died from her injuries.
The case caused outrage nationwide after prosecutors deemed it an “honor killing” because Almaleki had said his daughter dishonored his family and became too Westernized.
Faleh Almaleki moved his family from Iraq to the Phoenix suburb of Glendale in the mid-1990s. He wanted Noor to adhere to Iraqi traditions, but she wanted to be a typical American girl, according to court records and her close friends.
At 17, she refused to enter an arranged marriage in Iraq, enraging her father, according to a court document filed by prosecutors. Continue reading this article
We all know that elections can have big consequences, such as the most pro-immigration-enforcement Congress in years (in the opinion of Roy Beck) being voted into power. Surely millions of patriotic Americans were thrilled to see the end of Nancy Pelosi’s pro-amnesty House of Representatives on January 5. Sweet.
On the state level, there is both progress and retrograde motion: consider the two differing examples of approaches to illegal immigration: Rhode Island and Florida.
In November, Rhode Island voters chose former Republican Lincoln Chafee as their next governor. He acted quickly after being sworn in to diminish public safety in his state by hobbling police in their contacts with potentially illegal and criminal aliens.
PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee has rescinded an executive order that cracked down on illegal immigration, and says he’s directed state police to end a federal agreement that allows them to assist with immigration enforcement.
Chafee on Wednesday rescinded the 2008 order, signed by his predecessor, Republican Gov. Don Carcieri. Chafee, an independent, says it had been divisive and that he’d seen no evidence that it worked.
He said immigration is an issue that needs to be dealt with on a federal level.
The order required state departments and state contractors to use the federal E-verify system to check the legal status of new employees and allowed State Police to check the immigration status of people they take into custody.
Down south, however, the new governor of Florida Rick Scott has a different idea. He campaigned as being tough on illegal immigration, saying that he favored an Arizona-style law.
Scott also has emphasized job creation and liberation. True to his word, he recently got off to a good start by requiring state agencies to use E-verify.
TALLAHASSEE | Culminating a dramatic climb from political obscurity to the state’s top executive job, Richard Lynn Scott became Florida’s 45th governor Tuesday, promising to put Floridians back to work by aggressively seeking to limit taxes, state regulations and lawsuits.
In his first official act, Scott, a 58-year-old Naples businessman who has never before held public office, immediately issued an executive order freezing state regulations in place in the agencies under his control, while ordering all regulations and major state contracts to be reviewed.
In another order, Scott — who used a tough stance on immigration to win the Republican primary — directed state agencies, when hiring new employees, to use the E-Verify system, a federal Internet-based portal for checking work authorization and Homeland Security information. The verification system will also be used for state contractors and their workers.
Additionally, Scott issued executive orders creating a stronger ethical standard for state employees and committing to avoid discrimination in hiring practices during his administration.
While the executive orders are not unusual for a new governor, these — particularly the regulatory freeze — signal Scott’s willingness to assertively take on the Tallahassee establishment. And the early moves are reflective of Scott’s campaign theme of running as a political outsider. . . .
Meanwhile, the future is not so bright in Mexifornia. Americans who reside there face a state government where all top officials are Democrats, and Governor Jerry Brown has promised to spend more taxpayer money to educate illegal alien students despite the enormous debt which he says he will solve.
Years of worsening violence, intimidation and general unpleasantness now show up in the pollster’s results, in which a sizable minority see Muslim immigrants as a threat. A recent survey conducted by France’s Le Monde also indicate an increased willingness on the part of Europeans to express doubts about the immigration enterprise now transforming the continent.
Paris – Four in 10 French and German people see Muslims living in their country as a “threat”, according to a poll published on Tuesday by French newspaper Le Monde.
Forty-two percent of French people and 40% of Germans questioned by pollster Ifop said they considered the presence of a Muslim community in their country “a threat” to their national identity, Le Monde said.
The findings of the study “go beyond linking immigration with security or immigration with unemployment, to linking Islam with a threat to identity”, said Jerome Fourquet of Ifop, quoted by Le Monde.
Of the sample of people questioned for the survey in early December, 68% in France and 75% in Germany said they considered Muslims “not well integrated in society”.
Out of these, 61% of French and 67% of Germans blamed this perceived failure on “refusal” by Muslims to integrate.
Eighteen percent of those who said Muslims were not integrated in France and 15% in Germany blamed it on “racism and lack of openness by certain French and German people”.
France has the largest Muslim population in Europe, estimated at about six million, originating largely from its former colonies in North Africa. It has passed a law banning the wearing of the face-covering Muslim veil in public.
Germany received vast numbers of migrant workers, most of them from Muslim Turkey, from the 1960s. German federal authorities estimate its current Muslim population at up to 4.3 million.
Rep Lamar Smith (R-TX) appeared on Fox News on Tuesday night to discuss a preview of what he plans to do as Chair of the Judiciary Committee regarding immigration.
He proceeded directly to the topic of liberating jobs from illegal aliens to open them up for citizens: “We have 7 million people in the country who are working illegally, so if we enforce our immigration laws we are going to create jobs for American workers that need those jobs, they don’t need competition from foreign workers.”
Smith also noted that workplace enforcement is down 70 percent under Obama and he hopes to improve that.
January 1 often brings the implementation of laws passed during the previous year. One that bears watching is the Arizona law that ended seditious extremist ethnic studies in public schools. Since so many hispanic kids drop out of high school they miss the opportunity to be brainwashed in collegiate Chicano studies.
Last year, Arizona legislators chose to end ethnic studies that promoted racism and hatred of America. Perhaps they became concerned at the sight of Raza-uniformed youngsters (see above) who mouthed the ideology of hispanic victimhood at the hands of meanie white people, along with Mexican supremacy.
So it’s no longer legal for teachers to promote the overthrow of the US government in public schools. How annoying for Raza revolutionaries.
The experience of some Arizona schools illustrates what happens when Washington allows deeply hostile foreigners, who think they have a historical grievance against America, to settle in and take over local education infrastructure. Marxists have always targeted kids in schools.
A few decades ago, curricula that taught American values was the norm, as described in Victor Davis Hanson’s excellent remembrance of his school days, The Civic Education America Needs. But now the teaching of US history and culture is said to be discriminatory according to Raza Mexicans and other complainers.
A hispanic teacher, John Ward, who worked in an afflicted school, wrote a 2008 op-ed (Raza studies gives rise to racial hostility), he said he “refused to be complicit in a curriculum that engendered racial hostility, irresponsibly demeaned America’s civil institutions, undermined our public servants, discounted any virtues in Western civilization and taught disdain for American sovereignty.” He was interviewed on Fox News a few months ago.
Back to the current day: former state school superintendent Tom Horne, who led the fight against seditious ethnic studies, is now the Arizona Attorney General. He has deemed the Tucson school system in violation of the law and to get with the program or lose 10 percent of the school district’s budget. Raza supporters stand in opposition: Save Ethnic Studies.
State schools Superintendent Tom Horne says the Tucson Unified School District is violating a new state law intended to quash its ethnic-studies program, a breach he believes can only be remedied by doing away with Mexican-American studies.
Horne has scheduled a news conference today, hours before he officially leaves office to become the new state attorney general, to announce his findings.
He said his findings show the program he has long sought to eliminate runs afoul of the law’s requirement that classes cannot be “designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group.”
“It is inherently designed for students of a particular ethnicity, and it’s got to stop,” Horne said Friday.
The very existence of the Mexican-American studies program violates the law, he said, and the only way the district can comply is to scrap it.
If school officials refuse, Horne said they should lose 10 percent of their state funding, as allowed under the law. That amounts to nearly $15 million for TUSD. Continue reading this article
Incompetent California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger left office in a style that will add “morally corrupt” to his many negative adjectives because he commuted the sentence of convicted killer Esteban Nunez, the son of the governor’s friend, former speaker and open-borders advocate Fabian Nunez.
The arrogant governator apparently figured it would look really bad to release Esteban outright, so he cut the sentence by more than half, from 16 years to seven. The original charge of murder was pleaded down to manslaughter and could have led to life sentences for all involved.
Four young men went to trial, of whom only Nunez and Ryan Jett got the tougher sentences for voluntary manslaughter.
How shameful for Schwarzenegger to set aside the legal decision of the judge and jury, based on his friendship with Fabian Nunez. If the governor’s son were the one murdered, it’s doubtful he would find a 16-year prison sentence to be “excessive.”
Below is a news clip about the sentencing.
Following is the LA Times article about the recent commutation, which also includes details of Schwarzenegger’s rewards for Republicans who voted for the governor’s 2009 tax increases near the end.
On his final night in office, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger reduced the prison sentence of the son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez, Esteban Nuñez, who had pleaded guilty to participating in the killing of a college student.
The governor also granted several other commutations and pardons and gave plum government appointments to political allies and the spouse of his chief of staff. Schwarzenegger announced the moves in a batch of eleventh-hour press releases e-mailed to reporters.
Esteban Nuñez, now 21, was sentenced to 16 years in prison for his role in the stabbing death of Luis Santos. Schwarzenegger cut the prison term to seven years, noting in a statement that Nuñez, although involved in the fight that ended in Santos’ death, did not inflict the fatal knife wound. Schwarzenegger cited a finding by the court that it was Esteban Nuñez’s friend Ryan Jett who stabbed Santos, “severing his heart.”
“I do not discount the gravity of the offense,” the governor’s statement said. “But given Nuñez’s limited role in Santos’ death, and considering that … Nuñez had no criminal record prior to this offense, I believe Nuñez’s sentence is excessive.
“ Schwarzenegger’s action — one of 10 commutations issued by Schwarzenegger during his tenure — infuriated the victim’s family. ”We are totally outraged,” said Fred Santos, father of Luis Santos. “For the governor to wait until the last day in hopes it would fly under the radar is an absolute injustice.”
Santos, a software engineer in Concord in Northern California, said Esteban Nuñez “had already gotten lucky once” when prosecutors accepted a plea bargain that allowed him to avoid standing trial on murder charges, which could have led to a life sentence.
Santos said the family was not warned about the impending commutation and learned about it Sunday from reporters. ”The governor did not even have the courtesy to notify the victim’s family,” he said. “This is dirty politics: cutting backroom deals. I guess if you’re the son of somebody important, you can kill someone and get all sorts of breaks.” Continue reading this article
If jihadists were disappointed that they couldn’t blow up a big target like New York City for their New Year’s celebration, Allah’s gangsters must have been pleased to explode a church in Egypt, where savage attacks on Christians meet little disapproval.
Interestingly, President Obama released a statement condemning the bombing, noting that those victims included “deaths and dozens of injured from both the Christian and Muslim communities.” Perhaps he meant to embrace the suicide bomber as well, or it may have been his usual cultural relativism applied to Muslims.
A powerful bomb, possibly from a suicide attacker, exploded in front of a Coptic Christian church as a crowd of worshippers emerged from a New Years Mass early Saturday, killing at least 21 people and wounding nearly 80 in an attack that raised suspicions of an al-Qaida role.
The attack came in the wake of threats by al-Qaida militants in Iraq to attack Egypt’s Christians. A direct al-Qaida hand in the bombing would be a dramatic development, as the government of President Hosni Mubarak has long denied that the terror network has a significant presence in the country. Al-Qaida in Iraq has already been waging a campaign of violence against Christians in that country.
The bombing enraged Christians, who often complain of discrimination at the hands of Egypt’s Muslim majority and accuse the government of covering up attacks on their community. In heavy clashes Saturday afternoon, crowds of Christian youths in the streets outside the church and a neighboring hospital hurled stones at riot police, who opened fire with rubber bullets and tear gas.
Egypt has seen growing tensions between its Muslim majority and Christian minority — and the attack raised a dangerous new worry, that al-Qaida or militants sympathetic to it could be aiming to stoke sectarian anger or exploit it to gain a foothold.
Nearly 1,000 Christians were attending the New Year’s Mass at the Saints Church in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, said Father Mena Adel, a priest at the church. The service had just ended, and some worshippers were leaving the building when the bomb went off about a half hour after midnight, he said.
“The last thing I heard was a powerful explosion and then my ears went deaf,” Marco Boutros, a 17-year-old survivor, said from his hospital bed. “All I could see were body parts scattered all over — legs and bits of flesh.” Continue reading this article
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